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4 years ago

What's your AC App signature?

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As we continue working toward v1.4 of the official Android Central App, let's take a look at another of our favorite features.

Anytime you post in the forums or leave a comment on a blog post, you post a signature, letting folks know that you're using the best damn Android Central app we've ever produced. And you can customize that signature so that you stand out even more. 

Give it a shot. Just go into the Settings menu and customize away.

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4 years ago

Google+ update will make switching accounts easier, improves location controls

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Looks like a pretty decent Google+ update is coming down the pike, according to Google's Virgil Dobjanschi. Rolling out in the next day or so in version 4.1 is:

  • Easier switching between accounts. You won't have to sign out and then back in anymore. Same for pages you manage.
  • Better options for sharing your location. You'll get to choose just how precise a location you share with your circles, and it's done on a per-circle basis. So you could share the city for folks you don't know as well, and be more precise with folks you do.
  • Google Apps for Business. Finally supported.
  • Access photos and video from Google Drive. Maybe one day everything will live in one place. But for now, it's good to be able to get to them wherever they are.
  • Bye-bye Messenger, hello Hangouts. No great surprise here, and perhaps the bigger news is taht you'll be able to export all you Messenger conversation from Google Takeout.

Indeed, a good update. If you're not yet seeing it, hang tight. And if for some reason you've yet to circle us, we're at google.com/+androidcentral.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly builds now rolling out

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Initial nightly rollout begins for Android 4.3-based custom ROM

While some have been compiling "unofficial" builds since the CyanogenMod 10.2 source code became available, there have so far been no "official" builds of the Android 4.3-based custom ROM. Today the CyanogenMod download portal has become populated with the first nightly builds for a handful of devices, including various members of the Samsung Galaxy families, The 2013 Nexus 7, Nook HD, and LG Optimus G.

With the Android 4.3 source code becoming available less than four weeks ago, this is has been a quick turnaround on the developers' parts to get the first nightly builds of CM 10.2 prepped and available. As always, though, these nightly builds are considered unstable and experimental, so flash 'em at your own risk.

The new builds come with many goodies, including but not limited to the new Focal camera app, a version of Superuser compatible with Android 4.3, and the ability to send Google Voice messages through standard SMS apps via Voice+

Follow the source link below to check and see if an official build is ready to download for your device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Box updated with design refresh, new widget

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Account switching, new folder views and sorting highlight this update.

A new update to Box is bringing several interface improvements to what was previously tired-looking app, including some new features to improve usability. First and most noticeable is a visual refresh to the home screen of the app, which now has an updated slide-in left panel for navigation between folders and access to accounts and settings.

Now that settings are found in that drawer, hitting the overflow menu button gives options to refresh or sort your files, which now offers several more options including by folder name, date and size. Also helping usability is a new thumbnail view with larger previews of files.

Those looking for a more feature-filled Box widget now have that option as well, with a full resizeable version that shows  a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. This is overall a considerable update, and you can grab your download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

OpenTable now makes it easier to find and book tables quickly

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Access to even more information with fewer steps to get it.

An improved first launch experience is on the menu with the latest update to the OpenTable Android app tonight. With necessary improvements to the somewhat dated-looking experience offered before, the v3.0 update now gives you a quick and simple reservation search along with recommended restaurants right when you launch the app. The new UI lets you set your location, date, time and number of people and quickly find a table without any extra pages or taps.

Those recommended restaurants on the main page are what OpenTable calls "Great Tables", a curated list of highly-rated restaurants in your area with their availability displayed prominently. When you do tap in to search results or listings, you now get a view of ratings from the results page and can even sort those results by user ratings.

The OpenTable app update has just been pushed out to the Play Store, and you can grab your own install or update from the link at the top of this post.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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