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4 years ago

BBC launches iPlayer Radio for Android devices, including Kindle Fire

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Now available from Google Play for smartphones and tablets, the iPlayer Radio app will shortly follow in the Amazon Appstore

The BBC first launched their iPlayer Radio application on iOS in late 2012. Essentially, a way to gorge yourselves on all the best BBC radio content national and local, as well as podcasts, in much the same vein as the main iPlayer app. Some 6 months on from that, the app today launches on Android for the first time, and will follow shortly in the Amazon Appstore as well. 

In coming to Android, the iPlayer Radio app has been made available for tablets for the first time. The UI has also been tweaked to better suit the Android user, so while it retains the same general look and feel of the iOS version, there are platform specific changes. Additionally, the Android version will make use of the notification tray to allow an easy return to the app. 

The BBC has acknowledged an issue with the app on the Galaxy S3, which it says it hopes to rectify soon. For more on this and the full run down on the Android app, hit the source link below. 

Source: BBC

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4 years ago

Facebook Messenger gets official sticker support

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Previously hidden, stickers are now accessible using an actual button

Sending stickers in Facebook Messenger was possible before today's update, but only using an invisible button that was located just to the left of the "+" button. It looks like Facebook is finally ready to reveal this feature, and has added a smiley face button to access the sticker screen. Multiple pages of smiley face and critter stickers are included in the app, with an optional sticker store that has even more cute critters you can download. Also listed in the change log is a batch of bug fixes, which is always good to see.

This version is available now in the Play Store for all your adorable smiley and critter needs.

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4 years ago

eBay app updated with new UI, improved search and shopping cart

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Version 2.2 adds new features for US and UK users

Today the eBay app for Android is getting an update to version 2.2, bringing both visual and functional changes. The Home, Cart, and Checkout areas of the app have received a new look. Users in the US and UK get a Shopping Cart that will synchronize across all devices that use eBay -- the items to your cart on one device will be reflected when the cart is viewed anywhere else. Checking out with cart items becomes easier, with the option to pay for multiple items at the same time using a single checkout. eBay's item search was updated to feature inline search suggestions, autocorrect, and expanded international results when few to no results are returned.

The app is live in the Play Store for those wanting to update; new users can follow the Play Store link above. We hope this update was more thoroughly tested than the previous one, and won't be recalled in the next few days.

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4 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere update coming soon with improvements and bugfixes

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Software version changes to i405.GC1, Android version remains the same

Those still rocking their Samsung Stratosphere will be pleasantly surprised today -- Verizon has announced it has a brand new update finished and almost ready to download. Although small in size, both Verizon and Samsung feel this is an important one and 'encourage you to download this update.' The new software version is i405.GC1, and includes a hand-full of enhancements:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

We've yet to get reports of anyone receiving the OTA update just yet. If you're one of the first, hit the comments and let us know the roll out has begun.

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Netflix $11.99 plan will allow simultaneous streaming on 4 devices

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Company is 'shortly adding' new plans for US customers

Netflix subscribers who are liberal about sharing their login information with family and friends may have run into the 2-stream cap before. As of now, Netflix accounts can stream content on 2 devices at the same time; any more, and you'll get denied until someone else stops their online viewing.

Netflix has recognized that some customers need more than the current 2-stream maximum, and are planning to roll out $11.99 plans that will allow for 4 streams at once. Although Netflix thinks the need is there, they expect less than 1% of members to take them up on this new offer. While the numbers don't quite speak to the current need of the new plan, continuation of the company's recent growth could make this a more widely used option in the future.

There is no official date just yet, but if your family falls in the 1% that wants the ability to watch Netflix shows on your Google TV, computer, tablet, and phone all at the same time, these plans should be available very soon.

Source: Netflix, via: The Verge

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4 years ago

Minuum keyboard fundraiser a runaway success - coming soon to Android

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Supporters will get access to the first beta version in June

Whirlscape started an Indiegogo campaign about a month ago to raise funds for development of their new keyboard. The fundraiser started with a goal of $10,000, and ended today with a total of $87,369 raised (almost 900% of the original goal). The solution to the problem that this keyboard proposes to deliver resonated with over 9,500 financial supporters.

The goal of the Minuum Keyboard Project is to create a keyboard that is both effective in typing and small in screen real estate. Taking down keyboard rows to just one, the Minuum keyboard allows for highly imprecise typing by using a specialized auto-correction algorithm. A magnifying function will allow for precise typing when needed, such as when entering passwords.

A second 'stretch goal' was hit once the fundraiser reached $60,000. This money will be put towards the wearable development kit (WDK). In the demo video, the potential of typing using wearable items was shown, which could be extended to peripherals like watches, glasses, or even rings. This could be the perfect complement to the upcoming Google Glass.

It's too late to get access to the early beta, but it shouldn't be long before we see a general release as well. If this keyboard delivers the functionality it promises, this could be the biggest thing in mobile typing since Swype.

Source: Indiegogo

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4 years ago

Runtastic branches out with two new biking apps

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From amateurs to professionals, you now how have two more biking exercise options

Runtastic, best known for its high-quality running, fitness and health apps, is branching out to include biking fitness apps to its catalog on Google Play. The two new apps, Runtastic Road Bike and Runtastic Mountain Bike, provide all of the great tracking and fitness features you come to expect from Runtastic, tailored to those who prefer to get their workout on two wheels. New biking-specific features like climb rates, live tracking, weather data and offline maps should compliment your rides well. The apps are also highly customizable, so you'll always have the data you want most in view.

As Runtastic tends to do, each of the new apps has both a free and paid version. We've linked to the free Road Bike app at the Play Store link above, but you can also find the Mountain Bike app right here. The paid versions each ring in at $4.99, and have extra features available. 

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4 years ago

Xbox SmartGlass now available on Amazon appstore for your Kindle Fire

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Microsoft brings their "second screen" application to Amazon's storefront for Kindle Fire devices

About six months ago Microsoft released their Xbox SmartGlass app for Android to generally good reviews. If you haven't been paying attention, the app acts as a sort of controller for your Xbox, allowing you to surf the net from the console, act as a media controller remote and even change your Xbox 3D avatar. But until today, users wanting to use the app on their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices had to resort to hackery to use Google Play or outright sideload a copy.

No longer, as it's now officially available from Amazon. We're not sure just how many folks want to use a tablet as a remote versus use a smartphone, or how many of the folks who do will be using a Kindle Fire, but if you're one of them, click this link to grab it, or check out the appstore from your Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD.

Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 Jelly Bean update rolling out now

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350MB update will start hitting devices today over the air

It's not the latest, greatest, biggest or fastest device out there, but the LG Optimus L9 on T-Mobile will benefit from an update to Jelly Bean just the same. Today the carrier announced via a support page document that the move to 4.1.2 will be coming OTA (Over The Air) to devices starting today. The European models of the L9 started receiving the update just last week, so it's nice to see a U.S. variant fall right in line.

There aren't too many specifics on the T-Mobile support page about the update, other than the fact that you'll need over 50-percent battery to accept the OTA and that you'll be downloading a sizeable 350MB file for it. Have an Optimus L9 on T-Mobile? Keep an eye out for this update, or drop a comment below if you've already received it.

Source: T-Mobile Support

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4 years ago

Quick look: Cut the Rope Time Travel

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The extremely popular franchise just keeps growing with this new addition

There may not be a casual mobile game franchise more well-known than Cut the Rope at this point. And while other names come and go, developer ZeptoLab just keeps cranking out great iterations of this simple concept. It looks like they have yet another winner on their hands with the latest iteration -- dubbed "Time Travel" -- with new game mechanics, sounds and a few new friends as well.

Stick around after the break to get a quick primer on the big changes you can expect in Cut the Rope: Time Travel.

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4 years ago

Flip Frenzy: A unique new puzzle game

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A puzzle game with an original concept, but what about those in-app purchases?

We've seen plenty of games that just build off of other proven puzzle concepts, but they often end up being lackluster because you feel they could have been more original. Flip Frenzy is a breath of fresh air -- a nicely original game for Android devices that's challenging as well. On top of quality game mechanics, developer Funky Squid Games has put together fun and light hearted graphics and sounds to go along with it.

Like so many games today though, you don't get far in the game before the in-app purchases set in. Are the pay-to-play mechanics enough to turn you away from an otherwise enjoyable title? Read along with us after the break and see how it all breaks down.

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: franco.Kernel updater, World Politics Review, The Room and more!

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It's been a whole week since our last crop of app picks, so let's get to it

Every week we take to the "Apps of the Week" post to let everyone know the apps the Android Central writers have been using on a daily basis. If they're good enough to stay on our devices out of all the apps we try, they must be doing something right -- and that's why we take this weekly segment to share them with all of you.

So what are you waiting for? Click or tap along after the break and see what we have in store for you this week.

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4 years ago

TweetDeck will stop functioning, be removed from Google Play on May 7

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Twitter API v1.0 retirement the final nail in the coffin for TweetDeck

Starting May 7, the current TweetDeck app on Android (and iOS) will cease to function, and will then be removed from Google Play the same day. This will come as no surprise to those who saw the first news back in early March, but the shutdown is due to the retirement of Twitter API v1.0, which the TweetDeck apps rely on to function. Twitter, which has owned TweetDeck since mid-2011, has chosen to retire the apps rather than re-engineer them to work with updated API's.

Considering its general push towards slowing development of third party clients and encouraging users to use its own official Twitter client, the writing was on the wall for TweetDeck's shutdown. The one surviving piece of TweetDeck after May 7 will be the web app, which Twitter will continue to support. If you are still a TweetDeck user, you'll probably want to start looking for a replacement option. Luckily there are lots of great choices out there.

Source: TweetDeck

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4 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4: The latest action-packed RPG in the series

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Quality graphics, content and gameplay packed into a mobile RPG

Gameloft has taken the wraps off of the fourth iteration in its Dungeon Hunter franchise, and it doesn't disappoint as a worthy successor to the first three. The franchise is a top-down hack-and-slash game, but just leaving the description at that sells it a little short. There's also an extremely expansive RPG component to the game, with character management, skills, upgradable weapons, item crafting, quests and so much more.

The depth of content available in games on mobile platforms is baffling, and the experience provided in Dungeon Hunter 4 is a great example of this. Hang with us after the break and learn more about what Dungeon Hunter 4 has to offer.

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4 years ago

One Today by Google launches to support non-profit organisations

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Google's limited pilot program brings people and non-profit projects together through the act of giving $1 a day

Google's latest efforts to change the world have been unveiled, with the launch of the One Today app. The app, currently limited to the U.S and only to Android users, is designed to highlight non-profit organizations and their work and allow you to support them through giving $1. Each day a new project is highlighted with a new opportunity to donate. As with so many other Google projects, you will need to request an invite to take part, so if you're interested hit up the source link below. You will need a Google Wallet account to donate, but if you get in and take a look at this, be sure to jump into the comments below and let us know what you think. 

Source: One Today by Google

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