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4 years ago

ClockworkMod's AllCast hits Google Play, casts all the things to (almost) all the places

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App is free, but $4.99 license removes ads and limit on video length

AllCast, the no-root, cast-all-the-things app from ClockworkMod developer Koushik Dutta, has finally made its way into Google Play. The gist is that with the app you'll be able to stream your local pics and video to a number of devices, including Roku, Apple TV, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV and other DNLA-enabled devices.

Chromecast, still locked down by Google, isn't yet supported.

There's a $4.99 premium unlock key that removes ads and splashscreens — as well as the limit on video length.

via +Koushik Dutta

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4 years ago

Tank Domination coming to Android next year

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Online multiplayer combat game will be free on Android 

With World of Tanks Blitz still in development, the only proper alternative on Android is Tanktastic. But that is due to change early next year. Game Insight, publisher of the My Country series and Dragon Eternity is preparing to bring their largest game yet to Android: Tank Domination.

With 10-against-10 online battles, a large array of realistic tanks, and even the celebrity voice talent of Michael Ironside, Tank Domination aims to be a serious contender in the tank combat genre. We recently visited Game Insight in San Francisco to try the game out and came away impressed. Head past the break for gameplay details and our hands-on video with the iPad version.

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Meme Generator, Google Santa Tracker, Canvas for Pebble and more!

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A list full of tools, games and holiday fun

Welcome to another edition of our Apps of the Week column, where we highlight an app pick from each of the Android Central writers. We take a bit of time each Saturday afternoon to make up a solid list of apps for you to check out, each one being an app that is currently installed and in-use on our phones and tablets.

They aren't always the best-in-class or top-selling apps, but the fact that they're installed on our devices should at least give some idea of their worth. Read along with us after the break and see how this list breaks down this weekend.

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4 years ago

Sega gets festive with great deals on Sonic mobile games

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Everyone's favorite blue hedgehog gets selected price cuts for the holiday season

From today until January 1, Sega is getting in the festive spirit by offering a range of price cuts on selected Sonic the Hedgehog mobile titles. Sonic Jump is going free for the promotion, while there are savings of up to 80% across other titles. 

Four other Sonic titles have been reduced from their respective regular prices, down to to just $0.99. So, if you're interested, you can grab Sonic CD, Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I and Episode II for under 4 bucks. And that's not half bad. 

Source: Sega (Google Play)

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4 years ago

Foursquare overhauls interface in latest update

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A move to deep colors and flat design

Foursquare has just undergone a pretty substantial interface refresh with the latest update. Today's change marks a move away from the "map" home screen view to a bigger focus on friends, suggested goings-on and check-ins. When first launching Foursquare you'll now notice a cleaner view with deeper colors and flatter styling that simply lists your friends, with access to a full map of locations hidden behind an additional interaction.

When tapping on a suggested place, the search button or the menu key you can get into a map view (each with different functions, of course) that is more familiar. The slide-in panel from the left is familiar and simple, with again deeper colors and a bit smoother design.

Functionally, not many things have really changed. You can still check in immediately with the pin icon in the bottom of the home screen, and view a friend's check-in or search for a place with just one tap. While it's certainly something new to get used to, we're fans of the bold design.

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4 years ago

Plague Inc. Mutation 7 now available with loads of new content

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New diseases and gameplay modes to keep the game fresh

A new mutation (update, if you prefer) to Plague Inc. is now available, bringing new gameplay modes and features. You can now experiment with real life diseases of all kinds in 14 new gameplay modes, opening the door to new strategies to infect the entire globe. Above all other diseases the Black Death may be the most interesting, and it's available in the latest version.

You can also see how your diseases would change the world if it was also undergoing another worldwide event, such as a mini ice age or a financial crisis. Just more variables to take into account when playing the game if you so choose.

The latest version of Plague Inc. is available from the Play Store link above. The game is free with one scenario also being free — additional scenarios can be purchased for $0.99 each, or $2.99 for the whole lot. Those who have played Plague Inc. a lot will no doubt say it's worth the money.

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4 years ago

Riptide GP 2 adds immersive mode for KitKat devices

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Get rid of the navigation bar when playing this awesome game

Riptide GP 2 is one of the better graphical and gameplay experiences out there today, and it's about to get even better with immersive mode support for KitKat devices. Immersive mode lets apps (and in this case games) take over 100 percent of your screen real estate if you're using a device with on-screen navigation buttons. That means along with the status bar disappearing, your navigation bar gets out of the way to give you just that little bit more space to see and play.

Along with the improvements to KitKat support, Riptide GP 2 is also adding native support for x86 processor devices, and fixed multiple bugs across the game. If you haven't had a chance to see immersive mode in action on your own device, now may be a good time to check it out with a great game.

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4 years ago

AP Mobile app gets a badly needed redesign

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For you news junkies who love the Associated Press but loathed their Android app, be aware that it's been completely redesigned and is now available. This one's for Android 4.0 and up, but you get some new features along with the new tiled design. 

The same old banner ads are there, though — we'd love to see an option to buy out of them. But for now, this is a much better app than it was a week ago. Give it a look-see.

Source: Associated Press

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4 years ago

Zedge releases version 4.0, brings slick new UI and recommendation engine

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Uber popular app Zedge now does more than deliver content - it helps you discover it

Zedge has long been an Android favorite. One of top 15 apps in the Android Market (remember that?) and Google Play since 2010, chances are you use it or know someone who uses it. 

it just got a lot better.

There are still a gazillion great wallpapers and notification sounds to be found, but looking for them will be easier with the new slide-out menu and Android-centric user interface. It will almost make you say HOLOYOLO while looking for just the right wallpaper for your set up. Things are nice and fluid, everything is easy to navigate through, and most importantly, the focus is still on the content.

Speaking of the content, finding what you like is easier, too. You simply search for a wallpaper, or sound or game, and the recommendation engine  — which has paid attention to what you look at in the app — presents you with the results it thinks are most relevant. It seems to work well, and after some time testing things I get different results than my wife does for the same searches. And both of us think they are more relevant to our tastes than things would be if we switched phones for a few minutes.

Of course, some folks will have privacy concerns, and Zedge provides a big fat link to their policies that you need to agree to before you use the app. Read them before you click.

The app update should be pushing out right about now, and first-timers can find the Zedge app at the Google Play link above. The full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony PlayMemories app refreshed, QX-series firmware update coming soon

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Sony is in the midsts of updating its PlayMemories Mobile app for Android and iOS, bringing them up to version 4.0 and 4.0.1 respectively. The app allows smartphones to connect to Wifi-equipped Sony cameras, including the QX-series "lens camera" accessories which clip onto the back of handsets. The latest update introduces a quick photo browser to make it easier to see shots taken with the connected device, as well as support for the new version 2.1 PlayMemories Smart Remote Control app on Sony cameras.

And there's a sizeable update coming for Sony's QX10 and QX100 lens cameras too, Sony says this morning in a press release. A firmware update due to arrive next month will bump max ISO levels to 3,200 for the QX10 and 12,800 for the QX100, allowing for sharper low-light snaps. Both devices are set to receive 1080p widescreen video recording, while the QX100 will be updated with a shutter priority mode.

The new PlayMemories app is available on Google Play now; the firmware update for the QX-series lens cameras will land in January, Sony says.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Rdio now fully integrates with Shazam for songs, playlists

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New 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist keeps all of your searched-for music in one place

Fans of the music streaming service Rdio and music discovery tool Shazam can finally enjoy both products together. Building on integration that was previously available for other services, Shazam has now made its music discovery compatible with Rdio. Users of both services can now join up their accounts to see every song they've searched for on Shazam available for streaming inside Rdio.

You can even proactively create a playlist called "My Shazam Tracks," which will automatically populate with music that you've searched for so yo ucan listen later all at once. While Shazam may not have the "wow factor" it once had, those who use it for music discovery will surely enjoy having another music service option to listen to the tracks they find.

The integration with Rdio is available in both free and paid versions of Shazam, which can be downloaded from the Play Store at the link above.

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4 years ago

Press gets a 'huge' update, brings new dark theme, immersive mode and more

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Update to version 1.5 also includes new gestures and sharing options

Press is a favorite here at AC. We value its clean interface and easy readability when we need news on the go, and it's one of the bright spots from the whole Google Readerpocalypse from 2013. And it just got a hell of an update.

Version 1.5 brings along a slew of changes. To quote the developers, it is huge. A look at the change log from Google Play.

  • Dark theme
  • All new light theme
  • Immersive mode when viewing articles (KitKat devices)
  • One-tap saving to Pocket/Instapaper (configure in Settings)
  • New gestures in article list
  • Swipe to mark as read/starred
  • Swipe and pull left/right to reveal quick actions
  • Font scaling for accessibility
  • Localization for several languages
  • Bug fixes, performance enhancements

We love the immersive mode on Kit Kat, and the easy saving to Pocket is a huge plus. We also know that plenty of people will love the dark theme, and the rest of the list.

If you're already using Press, grab the update. If you're not, it's a great time to give it a look. Hit the Google Play link above.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey adds new 'ice' theme for the holidays

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Snowfall from your keyboard presses, because you can

The latest update to SwiftKey improves the installation process, but most importantly also brings a bit of holiday cheer with a new keyboard theme. After switching over to the new "Ice" theme, you'll be greeted by a deep blue background with snow-capped keys that drop snowflakes when you tap them or swipe over them with SwiftKey Flow.

So go on and update SwiftKey to add a little bit of holiday cheer to every one of your messages, Google+ posts and emails. (Pro tip: try typing "hohoho" with the new ice theme for even more holiday cheer.)

More: SwiftKey

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4 years ago

Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Amazon's Kindles now have access to live and on-demand TWC content

Time Warner Cable has announced the release of their TWC TV app for the Kindle platform. In an update today that also includes the Xbox 360, Samsung smart televisions and Roku streaming players, the free app will allow customers to watch live and on-demand content without any additional hardware purchase. Users on the Kindle platform can download the app from the App store on their device, or from the web here.

The TWC app has been around a long time for Android and iOS, and there's not anything new in today's version that we can see from the press release. But this is an interesting move nonetheless.

Companies — even traditional media companies who are always late to the party — treat the Kindle as a separate platform. Like many of the users, they don't care that underneath things are Android-powered. The Kindle is not a Android tablet without access to Google Play — it's a Kindle.

This is a good thing. The open-source component of Android is meant to be used, folded, mutilated and shoehorned in all manner of ways, and I'm sure Andy Rubin is more than happy to see it done. The folks crunching the numbers in Google's financial department may not be as happy, but from a consumer standpoint they really aren't important. What is important is that Amazon was able to take the code and create their own highly successful platform from it.

Bring on the Android-powered coffee makers, and I hope they can run the TWC TV app.

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4 years ago

Evernote improves note editing, attachments and keyboard support

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Cross-platform text formatting will now be preserved on Android

An update to the Evernote app is now available that improves note taking functionality whether you're on your phone or tablet. First up is improved attachment support — in the latest update, you can now attach files like images to a note and have them in-line with the words. Further, on the editing front Evernote on Android now supports the same set of text formatting and styles as other platforms. No more wiping out formatting when working with notes created elsewhere.

If you're one that uses an external keyboard with your tablet, Evernote now supports keyboards fully, along with several keystroke combinations for easier note management. New note, bulleted lists and more are all available with a key combo rather than reaching up for that touch screen element.

Source: Evernote Blog

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