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4 years ago

MLB.com At Bat now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink

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Get instant, hands-free MLB updates in supported Ford vehicles

Red-blooded Americans who drive a Ford and follow our greatest American pastime can now do both at the same time, safely. MLB.com At Bat is now accessible in Ford vehicles that support the Ford SYNC AppLink. This includes 2012, 2013, and 2014 models like the Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Expedition.

Ford SYNC AppLink allows drivers to use simple voice commands to interact with Android applications. Users of MLB.com At Bat can use these commands to access schedules for all 30 Major League Clubs and get game scores in real time. Having a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13’s premium features enables users to connect their Android devices to listen to the home and away games of the regular season and postseason, which includes the 2013 World Series.

Those without a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13 can sign up for a free trial through July 31, 2013. After the trial ends, a one-time seasonal fee of $9.99 will buy access through all supported platforms (including iOS). Those that are already MLB.TV Premium subscribers get this service for free.

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4 years ago

Google Play Books now official in 13 more countries

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Thousands of titles, both new and old, are now available for reading on your Android, iOS device and the web across Europe.

We've been getting reports of Google Play Books showing up on phones and tablets in new countries across Europe since the beginning of the week, and today Google has made it "official" and announced that their book store and reader is ready to go in: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

Books are available to purchase and add to your library on the web, on your Android devices and on iOS devices in the new countries.

The revamp of the Google Play Books app makes this news even better. You're not only able to read your books purchased from Google in the cloud from anywhere, but your personal ePub files and pdf files can be uploaded and added to your library, and the app syncs your place and bookmarks as a proper app should.

We've no idea when Books or other services will push out to more countries, and content deals can be tricky. We're just glad every time we see more content available for more users. If you're looking to get your library started with Google, hit the Google Play link above for the Android app.

Source: +Google Play. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

The Android Central App: Which theme should be the default?

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I don't think we ever got around to actually asking this one officially, so let's do it now. We've got two themes available in the official Android Central App. One's light, one's dark. Right now we serve up the light theme by default. And it's a fine theme.

But that dark theme just keeps calling to us. It beckons us into the settings every time we install some new test build.

And, so, we put it to you. Which theme should be the default? Light? Or dark?

Choose wisely. Poll's after the break.

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4 years ago

Path app now available on Amazon Appstore

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Those of you who enjoy the tight-knit social network Path and have a Kindle Fire are in luck, as the app has just hit the Amazon Appstore for those non-Google Play equipped devices to download. If you haven't heard of it before, Path is a social network focused on sharing more personal moments with a small group of people, which is strongly based on using mobile apps rather than the web for sharing. With Path, you can share status updates, pictures and private messages between users in a different setting than the generally "broadcast" style mediums like Facebook and Twitter.

Kindle Fire users, as well as other users who happen to prefer the Amazon Appstore for one reason or another, can download Path for free from the source link below.

Download: Path (Amazon Appstore)

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4 years ago

Download the Mobile Nations Forums app to keep up with every site!

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Download the app that Apple wouldn't approve for the App Store

We all love Android around here, but we also recognize that there are other platforms that hold a special place in many user's hearts. That's why we have different sites that focus on the other platforms -- iMore, CrackBerry, WPCentral -- as well, and now we've also released an app that lets you access the forums for every site in Mobile Nations. The Mobile Nations Forums app is now available in the Play Store for you to download and participate in all things Mobile Nations, meaning that you can keep up with every platform without downloading individual apps for each.

And remember that if you just need access to the fantastic Android Central forums, you can look no further than our new Android Central app, which has just been updated with even more interface and feature improvements.

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4 years ago

Pocket releases great new Chrome app

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Keep up with your top stories from any device running Chrome

Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) has carved out quite a market for itself as a great bookmarking and reading service, and is expanding the number of clients available today with a new Chrome app. The new app is far more than just a web page, and actually opens properly in its own window to display your queue of unread stories. You can browse through stories in either a list or grid format, with a nice view of the article title, headline image and source name. You can also sort by articles, videos or images and use the universal search to find things if you need.

As always, there is a great Pocket app for Android available that syncs everything with your account across your devices, including when you're signed into Chrome. You can download the Android app from the Play Store at the link above, and grab the Chrome app from the Chrome Web Store at the source link below.

Download: Pocket

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4 years ago

Koush open-sources 'Babel' Google Voice integration for SMS apps

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Third-party messaging apps now have access to Google Voice; CyanogenMod to include 'Babel' soon

Likely best known for his work on all things ClockworkMod, Android developer Koush has been working for the past few weeks on a tool he currently calls "Babel" to integrate Google Voice into third-party messaging apps. Following a development cycle with some ups and downs, he has decided to completely open-source the project for anyone to use and implement. Babel (although this is only a temporary name) works alongside code in the latest nightly builds of CyanogenMod to seamlessly integrate your Google Voice messages into the stock Messaging app.

Nothing is perfect just yet, but the latest versions of the Babel apk along with the latest nightly builds of CM give users a relatively seamless integration option for the stock messaging app after a little bit of hackery to get things set up just right. In his latest post on Google+, he notes that it is going through review to be included in CM completely as well, which should cut down on the hassle for users to get things working.

The hope is that going forward more messaging apps will take advantage of this code to integrate Google Voice using Babel (or whatever it is called going forward) as the back-end. Enterprising developers among us can take a look at everything available on GitHub at the source link below.

Source: +Koushik Dutta (Google+); GitHub

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4 years ago

Evernote adds OfficeSuite document editing, improved reminders

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Evernote users get a one-week free trial of the full OfficeSuite features

Evernote has just introduced a few points of new functionality in its latest app update ranging from document editing to new widget options. First up is a new partnership with popular document editor OfficeSuite, which now lets Evernote users edit documents in their library with the OfficeSuite app. While it does require that the OfficeSuite app be installed separately, you can now fully view and edit office documents and have the changes replace or append documents in Evernote. OfficeSuite is currently $14.99 in the Play Store, but Evernote users get a 1 week free trial to give it a shot first.

Beyond office documents, the latest update makes managing your reminders even easier. Now from the main notes listing, you can add, reorganize and mark reminders as completed without entering a special menu or individual notes. Additionally, the Evernote widget has been improved to add lock screen support, a swipable "list view", quick reminders and even more customizability.

It's a big update that Evernote users are likely to want right away. Grab a download of the latest version from the Play Store link above, or learn more about the features at the source link below.

More: Evernote Blog

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4 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android in September, says BB India managing director

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Taking BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform will make a lot of Android users happy. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to see it.

BlackBerry Messenger, the one killer feature that keeps a lot of folks from ever leaving the house without their BlackBerry, should be available for Android in September according to BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Lalvani. We've known that the messaging service was headed to Android since CEO Thorsten Heins announced as much last May, but at today's BlackBerry Q5 launch event in India we're getting a little more information.

The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September.

When asked for clarification that this means a September launch, Lalvani replied that yes, that is correct.

We know plenty of folks will be happy to see BBM for Android, and we hope the programmers at BlackBerry do a great job and give us an app we will want to use. Hopefully, we'll know more in a month or so.

Source: IBNLive; Via: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

Twitter updated with improved reply screen, tweet sharing via DM

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A couple more small features to improve the Twitter experience

The official Twitter for Android app has been updated with two small but notable improvements today -- a new reply screen and the ability to share tweets to direct messages. In version 4.1.3, the new reply screen resembles closely the general "compose tweet" screen with the ability to add location and pictures right from the window. Twitter says this makes it "easier to join conversations", but really it just means you get the same features when replying to a tweet as you do when composing one stand-alone.

Additionally, when you hit the share button on any given tweet in the app, you now have the option to share it as a direct message (DM) to another user rather than retweet and mention that user publicly. Once selecting the sharing option, you just type in a user name, add any additional words (up to 140 characters, of course) and send it off.

The latest version of Twitter for Android can be downloaded from the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II software update brings improved performance and many bug fixes

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Software version JZO54K.I415VRBMF1 is going out over-the-air in Verizon's latest update

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II owners should be on the lookout -- a new software update is on the way, care of our good friends over at Big Red. The Galaxy Stratosphere II's newest software version, JZO54K.I415VRBMF1, includes numerous small bug fixes and improvements.

Reliability and stability enhancements were made to the Data Usage Meter, mobile hotspot connectivity, and Kindle App (when downloaded separately from the Play Store) connectivity. Bugs that were addressed include the internet browser reset issue, blue/monotone screen requiring reboot, and text message deletion during word correction.

New features and improvements include the following:

  • Caller Name ID is now supported as a downloadable (from Google Play Store) application
  • SIM pin entry screen now displays the correct number of remaining attempts
  • Lock screen functionality has been improved when in Emergency calling mode
  • Enhanced lock screen security
  • Custom ringtones for the contact list have been improved

Update notifications should be appearing on users' devices soon. For those that want to be a bit more proactive, updates can be initiated by the user as well. To check for available updates, the 'Check New' menu button must be pressed. It can be found by going to: Settings > About Device > Software updates > Check New.

If anyone has received this update, hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Cricket to offer monthly phone payment plans, Muve music updated to 4.0

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Cricket has announced today that they too will be moving forward with plans to purchase devices on payments. Their new flexible financing comes in three flavors, with a category for everyone. 

For users with good credit, Cricket will be offering a plan with no financing fees. For users with questionable credit, but still qualify, there will be a plan with low financing fees, and for folks who would rather skip the credit check all together there's a plan that will still offer competitive financing rates. For some phones, these plans will require a down payment. These down-payments will start at $25. Full details will follow in a Leap Wireless (Cricket's parent company) press release.

In addition to the phone payment options, Cricket also announced a major update to the Muve Music service. The new 4.0 version of the service will feature a new user interface to access all the features, and subscribers will no longer need to have a special SD card to use the music service. The new Muve Music 4.0 will first be available on the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy Discover and the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2. Other devices will follow later in the year.

For more details, visit the Leap Wireless site below.

Source: Leap Wireless

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada becomes next in line for a software update

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Galaxy S4 model SGH-M919V gets update that includes Apps2SD support

Continuing to make the rounds -- this time in Canada -- model variant SGH-M919V of the Galaxy S4 has begun its over-the-air update rollout. Reports of receiving this update are not widespread just yet, but users on carrier-branded phones in Canada are likely to start seeing the update notification very soon.

The firmware version for this new update is M919VVLUAMG1, and reportedly includes the following changes:

  • Apps2SD
  • Some new icons in the settings
  • Additional 'Smart Pause' button in quick settings
  • Stability improvements
  • Upgrades the camera firmware.
  • Storage shown as 16GB now, but 6.38 GB is occupied by System memory under 'Misc'

Screenshots of the update are also available. For the screenshots -- as well as the original forum post -- see the source link below.

Thanks arjunamin! More: XDA Deveopers

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4 years ago

We've added more functionality to our Google Play badges!

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Attention, people of Earth! Somehow in the 1,000 or so words written yesterday on the Version 1.3 update to the official Android Central App, we managed to leave out another change — and this one actually affects the website as well as the app. 

The blog for some time has used the "Get it on Google Play" badges to link to apps. We've now implemented it in the same way in the app, which is a more consistent design. But we didn't stop there. Now we're using that badge to link to anything in Google Play. Books, magazines, TV shows and movies, music — anytime you see that badge, it'll take you to the listing in Google Play. In the app, on the blog, and straight to the listing. Done.

And if you haven't already (what are you waiting for?!?!?) be sure to check out the latest version of the Android Central App!

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4 years ago

Chrome beta for Android now has WebRTC for video chatting

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Support for live video and audio without installing any software comes with today's update.

Chrome beta for Android has been updated today, and while there are the standard performance improvements on-board, there's also a slick new feature or two -- support for WebRTC.

WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications capabilities via some simple Javascript APIs. It's been supported on the desktop in Chrome for a few versions, and is a joint project between Google, Mozilla and Opera.

What it can do for you is easy -- it let's you use the camera and microphone on your phone or tablet to video chat without installing any software. You're warned when you visit a site that requests the permission, and while using it a persistent notification is present. This way, there won;t be any funny business or snooping involved. Is it useful? Not yet, but when developers implement WebRTC on their site, it very well could be. In the meantime, it's very, very cool.

You can play around with this one yourself. Fire up Google Play and update Chrome beta, or hit the Google Play link above, then visit this link

Via: Google

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