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4 years ago

Rock out for three months with Sony Music Unlimited for just £3

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Get all the music you want for just £1 a month in limited time offer

If you're currently not invested in a music streaming service, then Sony Europe wants to make a play for your business. If you sign up to its Music Unlimited service before January 31, you'll be able to enjoy three months of all the tunes you can handle for just £3. 

The beauty to Music Unlimited over some of the competing services is getting it on your PlayStation console, if that's your thing. Since this is Sony we're talking, there's a pretty good selection of music, it offers 320 kbps AAC streaming and offline music. If this sounds like your sort of thing, grab the Android app from the Google Play Store at the link up top, and hit the source link for more information on this limited time offer. 

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Announcing iMore.com's official Android app!

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We're well on our way to getting all of our Mobile Nations sites into Google Play. Smartwatch Fans went up this week, and tonight we bring you the official Android app for iMore.com. 

As you you're well aware by now, this will being you the latest in news, reviews and editorials from the premier iOS site on this Wide Wide World of Webs. Plus you'll get all the podcasts and videos those Apple-loving fools can muster. And you can leave comments on stories and join in on the forums as well.

So hit the link above and get to it.

And don't forget about our own Android Central app!

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4 years ago

Record iTunes Radio tracks with doubleTwist's new tool

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A clever use of AirPlay gives you offline access to streamed music

With the existence of Rdio, Spotify, Google Play Music and Pandora, there's really no need for iTunes radio on your Android device. But what if you could download tracks directly from iTunes Radio to play back later? Well-known music app makers doubleTwist have just released an app in the Play Store, iTunes Radio Recorder, that does just that.

The process is pretty simple — launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, start playing iTunes Radio and launch the new iTunes Radio Recorder app on your phone. Your phone will then show up as an AirPlay device, and once you select it from iTunes on your computer it will begin to download every track that is played in real time.

After each track is finished streaming, you'll have a music file that is ready for offline listening from any music app of your choice — though we bet doubleTwist wishes you'd use their own. By default you get a 32 Kbps track that frankly sounds bad, but you can unlock high-quality AAC recording with a $4.99 in-app purchase.

We're not sure of the issues doubleTwist may run into with Apple going forward, but for what it does the tool seems to work just fine and can be an option for those who listen to iTunes Radio on the desktop and want to save those tracks for later. Hit the Play Store link above to grab a download.

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4 years ago

Final Fantasy VI makes its way to the Play Store for $15.99

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This 1994 classic will set you back a pretty penny, but you can't put a price on nostalgia

Square Enix has released yet another Final Fantasy title into the Play Store for Android users to enjoy. For $15.99 you can now play through the entire Final Fantasy VI title on your phone or tablet, complete and untouched from its original release nearly two decades ago on the SNES. Hours and hours of gameplay await you on this RPG, which looks to be compatible with just about every device under the sun.

We applaud Square Enix for putting up the Final Fantasy series for download with a high (but fair) price with no changes or in-app purchases mucking up the gameplay experience. Plenty have downloaded previous Final Fantasy versions on the Play Store, and we expect FFVI to draw just as much attention.

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4 years ago

Google's Niantic Labs to bring 'ENDGAME' book series to an AR game

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Game is expected to launch on Android and iOS devices in late 2014

The folks over at Niantic Labs, the Google company behind the widely popular Ingress game, have just announced a new partnership with James Frey to make his newest series ENDGAME into a location based augmented reality game. Building off of the books Niantic Labs will create an experience that builds upon their successes with Ingress and provides players the ability to bring a video game even further into the real world.

ENDGAME is a multimedia experience unlike any that have been seen before, combining fifteen original e-book novellas, YouTube videos, mapping coordinates, social media and so much more. Each book in the trilogy will have an interactive puzzle that needs to be solved using clues and riddles that are found right within the text of the books. For the final book, ENDGAME: THE CALLING a huge prize has been announced.

Placing a quantity of gold on display in a public environment -- behind bullet-proof glass of course -- they will live broadcast an event on YouTube which will allow those who are able to solve the puzzle to cash in and win some gold.  The game is set to launch on Android devices later in 2014, so be sure to keep your eyes out for the arrival of the game, and be sure to figure it out quickly so you can try to get in on some of the prizes.

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4 years ago

Google releases Play Movies & TV for iOS

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Watch the shows and films you've purchased right on your Apple iOS device

We know that plenty of you fine folks have an iPad or even an iPhone as a companion for your trusty Android. It's cool, none of us here judge and most of us have an Apple product or two laying around as well. They just got a little bit better if you're entrenched in Google Play.

The Play Movies & TV app for iOS has been released, and it's not half bad. You can't purchase or rent through it — we imagine that's a way around Apple's fees — but you can watch anything you've rented through the Android app or from a desktop browser. Protip — Chrome for iOS is a desktop browser. Wink wink, nod nod. There's even support for the Chromecast.

Anyhoo, if you've been wanting this one, you can grab it through the App Store.

Via: iMore

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod installer for Mac enters public beta

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The Android application may have been removed from Google Play, but that hasn't stopped the folks behind the CyanogenMod Installer project from pumping out a public beta of the Mac OSX version. 

In case you're not aware of exactly what we're talking about, the CM Installer is an easy — some say bulletproof — way to swap the software on your supported phone out and install CyanogenMod. You need a computer for this sort of thing, and the Android application was a helper to make sure you have everything set up and ready, both on the phone (or tablet) itself and the computer you're using. Before, this was a Microsoft Windows-only affair. Now it's not.

Getting started is easy enough, you'll just join the Google+ community and follow directions in the sticky post to download and install. Not sure you're ready to start doing things like flashing phone software? That's good — it means you're thinking. Jump into the forums for your Android device and poke around a little to see what's involved and how people are doing all this.

Source: CyanogenMod Installer for Mac Google+ community

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4 years ago

SwiftKey Beta updated with new emoji layout

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Performance and memory issues also addressed

SwiftKey has pushed a rather large update to their beta track today. Besides the under-the-hood changes that always come with any beta software, the emoji keyboard UI has been completely revamped, with gestures to switch tabs, a backspace bar, and layout changes. The full change log:

  • Secondary characters on the top letter row modified when number row is enabled
  • Redesigned emoji UI including new space and backspace bar, swipe gestures to switch emoji tab and changes to how the layout works under the hood
  • Fixed performance issues when switching between tabs
  • Emoji now appear larger
  • Fixed issue where emoji still predicted even when disabled
  • General memory problems fixed
  • Fixed issue where Ice theme used extra RAM
  • Fixed keyboard freezes
  • Fixed issues when syncing
  • Fixed problem with Trending Phrases not updating
  • Fixed incorrect vibration feedback when scrolling

You can read what SwiftKey has to say and grab the apk file at the link below.

Source: SwiftKey. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

My Verizon Mobile app updated with new splash screen, bug fixes, and a trio of new permissions

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New permissions are a bit troubling, and no explanation is given

You may love the My Verizon Mobile app because it's an easy way to manage the data you're using. Or you may hate the My Verizon Mobile app because it's bloatware that sucks precious resources away that could be better spent elsewhere. Either way, it got updated today.

The list of changes include a new splash screen and some bug fixes. No big deal, and it's the sort of thing we see every day. Also included, but not mentioned, are three new permissions that seem to be a bit out of place for what the app does. Specifically, we're talking about permission to send and receive SMS messages, initiate Bluetooth pairing, and retrieve a list of all the apps running on the phone.

We can think of plenty of good, legitimate reasons to have these permissions in this sort of app. Like sending messages to Verizon with questions and comments, right from the app. Or to check what apps are running and give you a recommendation of things to do that might save battery. The problem is, this app doesn't do any of those things on our Droid Maxx but still needs those permissions. And we can't think of any good reason for this app to need a Bluetooth connection. 

The problem is easy for the end-user to solve, thankfully. If you're the casual type, just deny the update and even disable the app in your device settings if you like. Done. If you're a more power-user type you can use something like "app ops" to kill permissions you don't want the app to have, at the risk of breaking things. But that's just a Band-Aid.

It's great that Android tells us the permissions an app has before we install it. It's the best way to do things, and we hope that never changes. But you would hope they could do a better job explaining what they all mean. These scary line items do no service to developers or users alike.

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4 years ago

Xbox Music for Android now more useable, finally adds offline access

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Microsoft has finally made Xbox Music a more viable option for Android users, with offline access finally added in todays update. While the folks up at Redmond said from the word go offline music would always become a feature, eventually, it's taken four months to get it. 

Offline music access is a big deal to folks on strict data plans, and as such the necessity to stream everything may have turned more than a few away. The bigger question perhaps is; now it's here, are you tempted back to Xbox Music? Grab the latest update from the Play Store link above. 

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4 years ago

Smartwatch Fans Android app now available!

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Good news, everyone! Our latest and greatest Mobile Nations site — that'd be Smartwatch Fans — now has its own Android app! This one's done in the same vein as our official Android Central app, so you'll be right at home. All the latest news, reviews, videos and podcasts are there. Plus you've got access to the forums, and can comment on stories. (Be sure to log in!)

And, of course, the app is free to use, and free of advertisements. Download it now at the link above!

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4 years ago

Samsung rolls out its Sochi Winter Olympics app

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App currently is only available on Samsung devices, though ...

Samsung this week has unveiled its official application for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin next month. 

The app is pretty good, breaking things down by sport, country and athletes, with easy links to schedules. You can get more information on the event venues in Russia, check out videos and photo galleries — and even see which events are wheelchair accessible. It's easy to follow your favorite athletes and sports as well.

As of the time of this writing, you're only able to install the app on Samsung devices. (Reading the press release again, though, it sounds like that might just be an oversight, so check back to see if more devices are added.) You can also install from the Samsung App Store, if that's how you roll.

(And should you want more information on Samsung products, there's a big banner link at the bottom of the app to help you out. Of course.)

Anyhoo. It's a good app. Give it a whirl.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod announces 'GalleryNext' to handle photos in future versions

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New interface and cloud service integration highlight beta release

It's no secret that the stock Gallery app from AOSP is rather simple, but effective. CyanogenMod thinks it can offer something better, though, and has just announced an app to replace it called GalleryNext. While the app isn't complete, it does offer integration with Flickr, Google+, Facebook and Dropbox for photos, as well as automatic album grouping.

It of course supports videos, gifs, deduping and all of the features you'd expect from a more advanced gallery app you'd download as a replacement for the stock version. On the "todo" list currently is implementing KitKat's immersive mode, photo editing and some polish around all of the features.

GalleryNext is available starting today through the Play Store's beta testing system, and will presumably ship as the default gallery app in future versions of CM. If you're interested in becoming a tester, head to the source link below and follow the simple instructions.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Motorola Assist now lets you reply to texts with voice while driving

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For those of you rocking a newer Motorola phone that has Motorola Assist, it's time to check for an update. In this new version, you'll gain the ability to reply to texts using just your voice. You'll also be able to pick which music app you want to use, and the phone will do a better job detecting when you're driving, thanks to a Bluetooth connection. 

Hit up Google Play for the update.

Thanks, Max, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Want to send Android Central a tip? Use our app!

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Find something super cool that you want to the rest of the free world to see? Maybe you've got a picture or two of a hot new phone, or you spotted CrackBerry Kevin with an Android device, or a supermodel stopped to ask if you know the best way to root a Galaxy S4 and took a picture with you because you helped and you're an awesome person. (Hey, it could happen.) Or maybe you're wearing your Android Central T-shirt and just wanted to say hi.

Point is: If you want to get our attention and get in touch with us, once of the easiest ways is with the official Android Central app. Just slide on over into the drawer, hit "Tip us," and pick your method. We'll make you famous! (Or keep you anonymous, if that's how you roll.)

Download the Android Central app from Google Play. (Or you BlackBerry-wielding folks can hit up BB World for your version!)

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