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3 years ago

VSCO Cam now available for Android, will take some getting used to

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As promised, VSCO Cam — a longtime favorite of serious iPhone photographers — is now available on Android.

This isn't a camera app for everyone. Depending on your taste, it's either dead simple, or so devoid of any telltale buttons and icons you might not know where to start. But once you get the hang of things, you've got a pretty serious set of tools at your disposal. Filters (with individual settings for each), a whole bunch of editing tools, and a slew of sharing options — including easy access to VSCO's own service.

Best news, of course, is that the app is free. So give it a whirl.

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3 years ago

Assassin's Creed Pirates sailing to Android this week

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When Assassin’s Creed IV arrived on consoles recently, many gamers liked the game’s sailing and piratical activities even more than the traditional assassination missions. Ubisoft must have known the pirate stuff would go over well, as they’re about to release a nautically-themed mobile spin-off called Assassin’s Creed Pirates.

We recently snuck over to Ubisoft’s San Francisco headquarters, played Assassin’s Creed Pirates, and lived to tell the tale. Check out our hands-on preview after the break!

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3 years ago

Colin McRae Rally reportedly powersliding towards Android

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Already on iOS, Codemasters' classic rally title is reportedly bound for Android

Colin McRae Rally is a classic game, no doubt. Anyone who's ever played the console original will likely agree, and following a release earlier this year on iOS, Codemasters is reported to be bringing it to Android as well. Our pals at iMore are big fans of the mobile remake, and so you'll understand we're quite excited to get our hands on it here as well. 

The news comes courtesy of Pocket Gamer, though at this point lacks any kind of timeline, indication of price, device support, anything really. But, they say it's coming, and that at least makes us happy. It's usually $1.99 in the iOS App Store, so it's not likely to break the bank, and it's an awful lot of game for it as well. Any fans of the original out there that would love to have this on their Android devices? 

Source: Pocket Gamer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam making its way to Android tomorrow

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App will be free with additional presets and tools available for purchase

One of the more popular camera and photo editing apps out there, VSCO Cam, will be available in Google Play starting tomorrow. On its blog VSCO Cam says that its app will offer the highest quality of photo presets and tools available for Android photographers out there, and given its popularity on iOS we tend to think they're doing something right.

VSCO Cam has been in private beta for Android users since the end of July, but there was no real indication of when it would finally debut for the general public. Now we know it'll be hitting the Play Store tomorrow, and it will be free to download and use with 10 presets and various editing tools. VSCO Cam will monetize with in-app purchases for better preset packs and tools, but it's good to see a basic feature set come out for free.

The app will be available for "most" devices running Android 4.0 and above, so be on the lookout tomorrow for the official release.

Source: VSCO Cam Blog

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3 years ago

Our top 5 apps: Ask the AC Editors

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The first applications we install on every phone

As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, and to be honest — most are somewhere right in the middle. That's bound to happen with so many applications in the platform's store, and like all things the average is, well, average. We try to share ones we think are worth looking at every Saturday, but each of us has a core set of apps that get installed on every phone we have. And at certain times of the year, that's a lot of phones.

Apps are important. You don't really need them, as the essentials  — things like messaging, calendar or a calculator —come pre-installed on your phone. But our phones are a lot more capable and fun with them. Hit the break and see the five must-have apps from Phil, Alex, Andrew and myself.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Badland, PickMe Fruits, Doctor Who: Legacy and more!

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A few new apps to try out this weekend

Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.

We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.

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3 years ago

FIFA releases its own FIFA app for latest FIFA (and other futbol/football/soccer) news

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FIFA — that's the world governing body for soccer — has released its own Android app, appropriately named "FIFA."

The app, which is free and available for devices running Android 2.3 and up, is a portal into the latest soccer news, from the upcoming World Cup next summer, to the European leages to the MLS here in the United States. As far as apps go, this one's pretty decent (though the font's a bit annoying), with the usual sort of design you'd expect from a news-type app. There's also a section for live matches, and you can get recaps on video on photo galleries as well.

We've got a few screen shots after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon Appstore giving away free Android games for Thanksgiving weekend

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Eight games free in the UK, nine in the U.S. until Sunday

Amazon has announced that its Appstore for Android will be giving away a selection of top Android games this weekend. The "Ultimate Game Collection" promotion runs from today, Nov. 29, through until Sunday, Dec. 1. Free titles include the paid versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds Space Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run and Fruit Ninja. Here's a breakdown of the sales on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk — the only major difference is U.S. buyers get Battle Bears Fortress as part of their promotion.

Amazon US Amazon UK

In addition, Amazon's free app of the day is The Adventures of Mosaica, which was previously $0.99.

Google Play also has several popular titles at reduces prices today — check out our post for more details.

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3 years ago

Cyber Monday game and app sales for Android

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We somehow survived Black Friday, and the weekend of savings finishes off with Cyber Monday sales. We're here to point you to the best deals on Android apps, and we'll be updating this list all day long, so feel free to let us know in the comments about any sales you find. Be sure to act fast - these price cuts aren't sticking around for long. Updates will be made at the bottom of each list, so refresh often and keep scrolling. If you're looking for hardware, be sure to check out our massive round-up over here!

Without further ado...

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3 years ago

Image Comics now available in Google Play

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Read award winning titles in Google Play Books on your HD Android tablet or phone

Publisher Image Comics has brought their library single edition and series comics to Google Play Books. Titles you know and love, like Saga and The Walking Dead (yes, it started as a comic) are now found right in Google Play and available to read today from your Android phone or tablet.

Over 500 titles, including numerous Eisner Award winners and New York Times best sellers are available for purchase, and to kick things off with a bang Image is making the first issues of The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew, Invincible and Super Dinosaur series for free to Google Play customers.

The comics are still available through other venues, such as Comixology and the Amazon Kindle. Publisher Eric Stephenson says:

It’s exciting to bring digital versions of Image Comics titles to the Google Play Store. Our philosophy toward digital content is expanding as the market evolves and grows, and this is just one of many steps we're taking as we continue to move into the future.

Check out the full list of titles from your browser or your Android at Google Play.

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3 years ago

The official Android Central app is now available in BlackBerry World!

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You'll need to be running OS 10.2, which you'd prefer to be running anyway

Ask and ye shall receive. We have brought the official Android Central App to BlackBerry World

For all intents and purposes, this is the same application we're running on Android — with all the stories, videos and podcasts you've come to expect — but optimized and improved for the Android runtime on BlackBerry. So we recommend that anyone who has sideloaded the actual Android apk use this one for a better experience.

A quick caveat, though. The app is for OS 10.2 and higher. And much like in the Android space, updates don't always come as soon as we'd like. We'd suggest taking this opportunity to remind your operator that you need to be able to run the official Android Central app on your BlackBerry, and perhaps they should consider updating post haste.

Otherwise, enjoy!

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3 years ago

YouTube update improves search results, channel pages

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Channel discovery on mobile just got a bit easier

A small update to the YouTube app is being pushed out tonight to improve search and channel functionality. The changelog is brief here, but these are some important small tweaks. First up you'll now see channel results when you search for keywords along with video results — channels will show up at the top of the search results when a match is found.

Additionally, when you tap into those channels you'll now make use of the standardized "tab" layout on the page, which you can easily swipe left and right between Activity, Videos and Playlists. Google says that the app update has various bugfixes as well, including a bizarre issue where the Cast button would be on top of the current video when Bluetooth was connected.

You can snag the latest updated version (5.3.23 on our devices) at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Sonic Dash hits the Play Store - an endless runner with your favorite SEGA characters

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Android players receive special score multiplier this weekend only

SEGA is launching another Sonic game on Android today, an endless runner called Sonic Dash. This new title is an "endless runner" kind of game (think Temple Run) set in the wonderful old-school 3D Sonic world, with all of the fun associated. You'll jump, slide and roll your way through enemies, collect rings and see how long you can go without dying.

The game runs on both phones and tablets in portrait mode, and is a blast to play — even more so if you're a Sonic fan. The big downside here is the intense focus on upselling you to buying more rings, unlocks and power-ups. You'll watch video ads between runs and generally be nagged to make purchases, so if you plan on playing for long you'll want to make at least one in-app purchase with a minimum price of $3.99 to remove the ads.

Beyond the weird freemium model, SEGA seems to have another great title on its hands here, and we're glad it's made its way to Android. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 adds more games to the above-average donation list

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Nine games now on offer for a donation of just over $5

The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is expanding its game offerings with three new games today. As it regularly does, at the midway point of the sale the Humble Bundle is expanding to now offer four games for donations at any amount, and another five games if you donate above the average thus far. The three new titles are as follows:

  • Hundreds
  • Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
  • Desert Bus

That builds on the other set of great games, some of which are making their debut on the Android platform. If you're looking to pick up nine games at a great price and help out charity in the process, hit the source link below. Currently, the average donation is sitting at $5.26 — a killer deal for nine DRM-free games.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

BBM will be preinstalled on some Android smartphones, BlackBerry says

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BlackBerry this morning announced that BBM will be preloaded on some Android smartphones starting in December. The specific models weren't named — BlackBerry said "from leading [original equipment manufacturers]" — but you'll be able to find them in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the MIddle East.

Parties involved include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCORSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and ZEN.

Via CrackBerry

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