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3 years ago

Viber announces Viber Out worldwide, brings low-cost calling to any number

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Promises no connection fees and significantly lower per-minute charges than Skype

Viber, the popular cross-platform messaging and VOIP calling application, is rolling out their Viber Out service worldwide. The service uses credit purchased through in-app purchases, or via credit card for desktop users. Purchased minutes can be used on Android, iOS or the desktop client.

In addition, Viber is also adding more stickers to their paid Viber Sticker Market, and will continue to add more content.

The most interesting part — the rates — are detailed after the break along with the full press release.

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3 years ago

Hangouts update hopes to fix MMS issues

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Option to send group messages to individual recipients also included

Hangouts is making the subtle jump to version 2.0.2, bringing fixes for the way the messaging app handles MMS. Although the issues haven't necessarily been widespread, many who have updated to the latest Hangouts and began using it for text messaging have been running into issues sending and receiving MMS. While this update doesn't specifically go into what the issue was or how it's being fixed, folks who have been having trouble with MMS in Hangouts should be doing better after the update.

MMS isn't just used for pictures though, it is also used for group messaging. Tied into this update is also a new option to turn off MMS group messaging if you'd prefer to have your messages sent to multiple recipients individually.

You can grab the latest update from the Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

LG G2 £350 with free cover from UK retailer

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If you missed out on Amazon's cut-price LG G2 deal last week, another British retailer is offering the device with an even lower price tag. Expansys is offering the unlocked European G2 for £349.99, with an LG Quick Window cover — valued at £34.99 — thrown in for free. Considering the G2 packs a Snapdragon 800 CPU, one most impressive displays out there and a 13-megapixel OIS camera, you're getting lot of smartphone for your 350 quid.

Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say in his review of the AT&T version —

"In my opinion, at this very moment, the G2 is the best Android phone on AT&T if you want a phone filled with features. It doesn't look as good as the HTC One. It doesn't have the Samsung name behind it like the Galaxy S4. But it does have the best hardware available if you're into specs, and it's the only Android phone I've used that allows you to actually use all these features without affecting the performance."

Downsides include only 16GB of fixed, non-expandable storage and a decidedly plasticky exterior. Nevertheless, it's still a good deal — hit the source link to check it out.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Active Display to fight lock screen lag

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A quick heads up for those of us rocking the Moto X or (eventually, once they're on Android 4.4) one of the new Droids — Motorola has updated its Active Display app, which should help alleviate some of the lag we've been seeing on the lock screen feature. The changelog reads thusly:

Fix for the 1- (or) 2-(second) deley seen when swiping down or up to unlock from Active Display screen.

So get your update on and let us know if you're seeing an improvement.

Thanks, @keithvlk!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Ravenmark Mercenaries, Android Web Developer, Knightmare Tower and more!

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Great apps to try on your own device this weekend

It's our first Apps of the Week column for December, and as we round the final corner towards 2014 we're keeping up with the same recipe as all previous columns. Each Saturday this post rounds up an app pick from each of the writers here at Android Central, accompanied with a little explanation of why it's on our device.

This week's list fills out with a couple of new games to try, some interesting tools and as usual, a few odds and ends. Stick around with us after the break and see if you can find a few new apps to install this weekend.

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3 years ago

The best Android RPGs

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Keep losing your twenty-sided die? Tired of hauling sourcebooks over to your buddy’s place across town? Getting screwed on loot drops in your raids? Well, take a look at these role-playing games for Android. Though they’re story- and character-driven titles first and foremost, you’ll find plenty of action and strategy elements throughout.

Without further ado, these are the smartest, best-looking, and most immersive RPGs you’ll find in Google Play right now.

3 years ago

Latest Google Search app will return spoken results in Japanese, German and French

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Commencez à parler à votre téléphone

Although the feature has been available for some time for English speakers, Google Search (aka Google Now) will now respond to queries in Japanese, German and French. You'll need the latest Google Search app installed, but once that's done you'll be able to ask questions in the three new languages and receive spoken results in the same language.

Naturally Google can't guarantee that you'll receive spoken results for every voice query, but that's already the case for English as well. You can expect the app to speak back to you when receiving results from the "knowledge graph" that returns a card at the top of the results.

While this is a big deal for those living in Japan, Germany and France, it could certainly be of use when traveling to those countries as a non-native speaker as well. Pair this up with Google Translate and you may have an easier way finding things in a new place.

Source: Google Search Blog

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3 years ago

Google Play Music updated with SD card cache support

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Cached music can now be handled on external storage

There's a new update for Google Play Music rolling out from today, and it brings a pretty big feature addition for anyone using Google's music app on a device with an SD card. The new Google Play Music version 5.3 introduces the ability to store cached or pinned music on external storage — i.e. a microSD card — as an alternative to internal storage. The app has always been able to play music from external storage, but until now cached music from online libraries was limited to internal storage.

It's a pretty big deal for the many users of Android phones with an SD card slot but limited built-in storage, for instance most Samsung phones and lower-end devices from other manufacturers. Cached music can quickly chew through precious internal storage, and so offloading it to an SD card wherever possible makes a lot of sense. It's a curious decision, however, given Google's stance on SD cards, and the lack of external storage on current Nexus devices.

As usual, the new version of Google Play Music is being pushed out to devices gradually as part of a staged rollout, so watch out for it in the days ahead. The new option to change your cache location can be found under Music settings > Download > Storage location.

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3 years ago

Fleksy keyboard exits beta, now available on Google Play

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New keyboard free to try for first month

Fleksy is a new Android keyboard that's been in private beta testing for the past several months, and now it's out on Google Play for all to try. With large keys and an emphasis on prediction and auto-correction, Fleksy is designed to allow users to type without necessarily looking at the screen — just hammer the keys with your thumbs and use swipe gestures to toggle through corrections and delete words. It's an example of the kind of thinking behind the autocorrect feature of most on-screen keyboards taken it its logical extreme — often you can miss every single letter and Fleksy will do a reasonably good job of piecing together what you mean.

Fleksy is free to try for the first thirty days, after which it'll cost you $3.99. Grab it using the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

Google search now includes the data from installed apps

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Relevant results from your own data now included

You've been able to search for installed apps by name for a while now, but today Google opened up a feature we first heard about when KitKat was announced — search hits from your installed app data.

You won't have to do anything, but developers of third party apps will. Some are ready, with names like IMDB, Wikipedia and Open Table already displaying relevant results. For these apps, the search result will include an "open in app" button that does exactly what you think it will — open the app with the relevant information ready for you. 

In addition, searching for apps will now show relevant results. A search for downhill ski app (Google's example) will show results from Google Play with a handy button to go fetch them.

Google is actively working with developers to get more apps included. If you're a developer and want in on the action, visit here to get started.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google Santa Tracker 2013 page live, Android app coming soon

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Google is getting ready for Christmas, and they want to help you keep track of Santa

Google has once again built a neat little Santa tracker page, complete with an advent calendar and interactive web elements. Point your browser right here, and you can count down the days until he makes his rounds, and click a few things in the calendar to keep track of all the happenings in Santa's village.

In addition to the web site, Google will be releasing this year's Android app once "the elves approve it" in mid December.

This looks like a lot of fun for the little ones in your life, or the big ones who still act like little ones around Christmas time. Be sure to check it out.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Action Launcher 2.0 released with latest features, new free version

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Pro version just $1.99, 50% off, for a limited time after launch

Popular third-party launcher Action Launcher has made a notable jump to version 2.0 today, bringing with it new features and a slightly different business model. Version 2.0 brings Quickdrawer, Covers, Shutters, Quicksearch and Quickpage out of beta for everyone to use, and also introduces a free version of Action Luncher.

Previously you had to go all-in with a $3.99 purchase of Action Launcher, but you can now get a taste of what it's all about for free and simply pay to unlock the "Pro" features at a later date. Those who have already purchased Action Launcher will have their version turned into an unlock key, and be prompted to download the most up-to-date version of the "free" app to get the latest features.

To celebrate the release, the Pro version is 50 percent off for a limited time as well, meaning you can pick up all of the latest features for just $1.99. You can take a quick video look at the latest version after the break, or head to the Play Store to download Action Launcher at the link above.

Source: +Chris Lacy

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3 years ago

Sky Go tablet app now available

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Dedicated tablet app looks just like the phone equivalent 

British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has launched a dedicated tablet version of its Sky Go app, which allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand content to their Android devices. Sky says the app, like its smartphone counterpart, also gives customers access to more than 800 movies and a library of "hundreds" of entertainment shows and kids' content.

The launch of an official tablet app follows the gradual rollout of the Sky Go smartphone app over the past year — that app is available for a selection of popular Android devices sold in the UK. However the design of Sky Go for Android hasn't changed markedly in the tablet version — in fact it's almost identical to the phone version, leaving a lot of dead space on a 7-inch screen.

Sky Go for tablets is available now on Google Play for free, though you'll need a Sky subscription to use it. The app is compatible with "the majority of Android tablets that are 7 inches or larger and running Android 4.0 or later," according to the Play Store listing.

via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

Field Trip adds new navigation layout, publisher info

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New bottom bar makes switching between views simpler

Google's Field Trip app is receiving a bit of a facelift today with new navigation functions and more information on publisher sources. In the latest version (v1.20), you can now switch between the map, nearby, recent and favorite menus with a new bottom bar that can also be switched with swipes between them. A new hamburger menu in the top left of the app also offers quick settings for notifications and voice controls, along with the deeper app settings menu.

When viewing individual cards, you can continue to scroll when at the bottom of a particular article to move onto the next one in the list. You can also view information on the publisher of that card at the bottom of each, including all cards published by that establishment. From there, you can choose to see more or less content from that publisher.

Field Trip may still be a bit of a niche app for those who travel or are just interested in knowing more about the place they live, but these new changes are certainly improving the experience.

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 gets updated, brings game balancing, new environments, and tweaks everywhere

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Enhancements to one of mobile's most ambitious action shooters rolling out from the Play Store

An update for Dead Trigger 2, Madfinger Games latest and possibly greatest thriller-killer-shooter, is live in Google Play today. The update looks to balance game play, making progression more fluid and less tedious — a problem all action-shooters have.

You'll still need to grind (or use the in-app purchase store) for the gear, but now you have new environments to grind through. With more than 50 new gameplay moments, including more air combat from the helicopter as well as new environments in Africa, we'll have a lot of new content to work through.

Gameplay balancing and tweaks, as well as new rewards should also make for a better game all around. Here's the full list of changes:

New Features

  • Over 50 new gameplays
  • More Helicopter & Sniper missions
  • New African Environments
  • Redesigned Warfare Rewards

Balancing

  • Zombie difficulty has been rebalanced
  • Number of fast zombies decreased
  • Several missions have been rebalanced

Other

  • Various tweaks across the whole game
  • Pink textures on Galaxy Grand

Madfinger also gave us a glimpse  at what will be in the .3.0 update, and we can look forward to game environments in China, new melee weapons, chat and special holiday content. We're looking forward to this one, too. 

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