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3 years ago

Tapatalk 4 now on sale, just $0.99 for one week

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Existing Tapatalk HD owners get the upgrade for free with phone compatibility included.

After releasing its updated Tapatalk HD for tablets and beta testing Tapatalk 4 for phones, the new version is now fully available and kicking off with an 80-percent off sale. As we've shown before, the new version of Tapatalk brings a whole bunch of new features and modern design that is well worth the upgrade price. Users who have previously purchased Tapatalk HD for tablets will now get the upgrade to Tapatalk 4 for free, supporting both phones and tablets in one app.

For those who have an older version or have yet to pick up any version of Tapatalk, the version 4 app is on sale this week for just $0.99, and will go up to $4.99 after this week. The new Tapatalk 4 app requires Android 4.0 or above, but Tapatalk 2 will continue to support devices on Android 2.x.

If you're a user of several different forums you'll want to pick this one up. While it's a great purchase at $4.99, it's unbeatable at $0.99. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Send us tips right from the Android Central App!

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Have some news you just can't hold back any longer? Want to tip us straight from your phone? Maybe we missed the latest update to the Nyan Cat app. It's easier than ever to ping us.

Just head on into the official Android Central app and scroll through the menu to "Tip Us." It's the quickest and easiest way to get our attention, submit a story or just say hi.

Give it a shot!

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3 years ago

Kindle app receives new library sorting, sync improvements

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Small but important tweaks to make book, magazine and newspaper management simpler.

Amazon has pushed a small but notable update to the Kindle reader app tonight that adds two new features as well as performance improvements. Starting with this version 4.2.0 update, you will now have more options for sorting the items in your library including by recent purchases, title or author (A-Z or Z-A). Additionally, the update added a new feature showing the amount of time left to finish the current chapter or entire book (presumably based on your average pace).

Naturally the update includes "sync and stability improvements", although no specific fixes were mentioned. Kindle users should go ahead and snag the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Root Explorer updated with Superuser compatibility, new multi-file handling

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Manifest updated for Koush's Superuser app, adds new permissions and owner change options

It's always good to see one of the most tried-and-true root friendly apps get updates for our ever-changing Android environment. In version 3.1, Root Explorer adds an entry to its manifest to make it Superuser-friendly. By adding ACCESS_SUPERUSER, users of Koush's Superuser app will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission, and those that use the "Declared Permission only" setting no longer have to worry about Root Explorer not being granted root privledges.

Also gained is the ability to change the permissions and owner of multiple files at the same time. Simply select each file using the checkboxes Root Explorer added a few updates ago, and use the action overflow/menu button to carry out the task. This is definitely a potential time saver, allowing users to avoid doing it one file at a time or connecting to ADB and doing it that way.

As always, the Play Store button up top is there to take you directly to the app page — or simply update Root Explorer directly through your device.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta updated with numerous fixes

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Several known issues still on the list to be fixed in future updates.

SwiftKey is pushing out an updated build of its latest beta product, "SwiftKey Cloud", that fixes many annoying issues with the initial release that have been reported by testers. Version 4.2.0.155 makes several big improvements including being able to personalize with multiple Gmail accounts, removal of Android's own backup service if Cloud is enabled and removing redundant SwiftKey account entries in the Android settings menu.

Additionally, many small issues have been fixed. Gmail personalization should no longer crash, Flow predictions are now more responsive, Cloud preferences crashes have been fixed and emoji input in Handcent has been fixed. There are still several more known issues that are next in line to be fixed, but this is still a big update that all beta testers should move up to.

You can grab a download of either the phone or tablet version of the SwiftKey Cloud beta at the source link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Klyph, Hungry Shark Evolution, ActiveNotifications and more!

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A great selection of apps from the Android Central crew.

Welcome back to our second edition of the Apps of the Week column for the month of August, where we give the Android Central writers a chance to show off apps that they're using. This post is a place for the writers to sound off about an app or service they've been using in the last week and just have to tell everyone about.

Hang along with us after the break where we have a Facebook alternative, a couple of games and a few tools to round out the group. 

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3 years ago

Samsung Wallet now available for select Galaxy devices

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Samsung delivers Passbook functionality for select Android devices

If you've been wanting an iOS Passbook clone, complete with zero NFC functionality, Samsung Wallet has you covered — provided you own a Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Note II. The official Samsung application has been released through Google Play, and provides a way to manage and store things like tickets, membership cards, coupons and similar items.

The application syncs and stores your data through your Samsung apps account, making things easy for folks with multiple supported devices, and supports push messages via the Samsung push services app. Connected to other "Wallet-compliant partners apps", your details are all bundled up into one easy to find and easy to use place. Samsung isn't saying which other apps are Wallet-compliant, but at the original announcement back in February, they mentioned Expedia.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Walgreens, MLB and Lufthansa as US partners.

What it doesn't do is any sort of financial transactions, despite having the name Wallet. 

If you've a need for this sort of thing, and have one of the few supported devices, grab it from the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

PAC-MAN + Tournaments updated with new features, swaps out ghosts for Androids

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Classic Pac-Man with a few new twists and turns.

Namco Bandai has just pushed out an update to its free-to-play Pac-Man + Tournaments game, which adds new gameplay features and a small Android Easter egg in tournament mode. New in this update is a feature called "My Mazes", which lets you add specific levels to your own collection to play whenever you want. Also added this update are bonus levels, a handful of stability fixes and the option to install the game on your SDcard.

The current tournament running in the game also has a nice little Android-only feature — instead of navigating around mazes to avoid the classic ghosts, you'll now be chased by multi-colored Androids. While it may not change the dynamics of the game, it's nice to see Namco Bandai give a little nod to the Android gamers out there.

Rightfully so, Google Play has even featured the game in the Play Store this week. You can grab your own download from the link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books updated with textbook rentals just in time for school

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Purchase or rent textbooks for a fraction of the paperback cost.

About a month before most college kids get ready to start making book purchases and head into class, Google has flipped the switch on digital textbook rentals in Google Play. Announced back in July alongside Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7, rental textbooks in Google Play Books will be a great way for tech-savvy students to save money every year.

Google has penned deals with major textbook publishing houses to offer both textbook purchases and rentals at deeply discounted rates when compared to traditional paper books. Textbooks rented in Google Play will be available on any device with a Google Play Books app — such as an Android or iOS device — as well as on the web through Google Play, which is a nice touch.

Great tools for students include bookmarking, annotating and global book search, which can be a lifesaver when you're studying. You can head to the Play Store and start checking out books now, with many titles offering free samples.

More: Official Android Blog

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3 years ago

Google bringing 'relevant ads' to Maps search on mobile

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Google recently rolled out a new look for Maps on Android, bringing it in line with other Google properties and focusing on search, with a prominent search bar at the top of the screen. Now the company says it's going to start displaying local, "relevant" ads at the bottom of the screen after users search within the Maps app for Android and iOS. The new ad system, Google claims, will be "attractive for users and more effective for advertisers."

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3 years ago

Facebook beta updated, adds a couple new options

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The beta track for the Facebook app got an update tonight. 

New in Version 3.6 is the ability to cancel a photo upload while it's in progress, and you'll like and comment on Pages recommendations.

You'll need to join Facebook's beta group if you've not done so already — and be sure to follow the instructions. (By the way, that's the same process you have to go through to take part in the beta track for our app, too.)

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3 years ago

Light Flow update adds a bevy of new features, including remote notification clearing

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Notification support added for 72 new apps, including the new Skype app

One of the most popular notification light apps, Light Flow, has received a major update today. Along with new features to support the latest version of Android, more support has been added for multiple new apps, including device-specific support:

  • Swipe away notifications
  • Remote clearing of notifications read on other devices (e.g. hangouts, email)
  • Handle restricted profiles for users
  • Support for new Gmail folders (e.g. promotions, social, updates etc)
  • Exclude notifications from sleep mode
  • Support for incoming calls
  • Samsung multi-window support
  • Better support for HTC one root users

While many of these new features are great, the most notable is surely the ability to (finally!) remotely clear notifications. This feature was made possible by a new API that was made available with the Google Play Services update.

Previously, getting a new email meant triggering Flow Light to activate an LED notification that would persist even after clearing that notification via the web or another device. Now, once that email has been checked elsewhere, Light Flow can turn off Android's LED notification, giving some clarity about new versus old notifications.

Click through the Play Store link up top to download the newest version of Light Flow.

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3 years ago

Shameless self-promotion time ...

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It's shameless self-promotion time here at Android Central. (Which is any damn time we please, actually.) If you're running Android 4.x and have yet to try out our app, now's a really good time. We're getting ready to ramp up on Version 1.4, which should bring some new features as well as some much-needed improvements in stability. 

So hit that link above, give it a go — and know that we're hard at work making it better with each version.

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3 years ago

Quick look: Android versions and the Android Central app

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Vast majority using Jelly Bean, 19 percent already up-to-date on Android 4.3

The Android ecosystem as a whole is a large, slow-moving ship, and it's taken a while for Jelly Bean to become the most prominent flavor of Google's OS. Even Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is still going strong after almost three years. So it's interesting to see how Android Central app users compare to the ecosystem at large.

The Google Play developer console allows devs to keep track of which Android versions are being run by their users, and there's a striking difference between Android as a whole and the AC app install base when it comes to platform versions.

We'll start off by pointing out that our app requires Android 4.0 or higher, which eliminates Honeycomb, Gingerbread and older versions. Nevertheless, some 92 percent of AC app installations are on a Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) device, with 4.1 being the most popular version at 44 percent. A surprising 19 percent of users are already on the just-released Android 4.3, while the 18-month-old Ice Cream Sandwich release (Android 4.0.3-4) accounts for just 8 percent of users.

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3 years ago

Netflix updated to address issues with Android 4.3

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If you were experiencing issues running Netflix on your phone or tablet with Android 4.3, you'll want to grab this one. Netflix has been updated, and the words everyone wanted to hear are in the change log:

  • Fixes and optimization for devices running Android 4.3.
  • On the new Nexus 7 HD, this version requires all Android 4.3 system updates to be installed.

This is of special interest to everyone using a Chromecast with their Android 4.3-powered device, and an update we're happy to see. Give it a try, and let everyone know how it works out for you in the comments below. You can grab the update from the Google Play link above.

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