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6 years ago

ROM Manager brings a new feature -- Web Connect


ROM Manager Web Connect

Koushik Dutta (AKA Koush) has incorporated an awesome new feature into his already indispensable application ROM Manager, called Web Connect.  The screen shot says it all -- You can send a ROM, or kernel, or update right to the ROM Manager application on your phone from a web page, as long as the ROM developer supports it in their ROM and support forum thread. From there, it's business as usual and ROM Manager will back up your current system, wipe any parts of the system that may need be wiped, and install.  All without user intervention.  Koush, I love you, man. 

Now all that's left is for ROM developers to get on board.  Shout out to your favorite chef and tell him to have a look, and point them to Android Central's forums where they can get their ROM threads set up.  [My Brain Hurts (Koush's blog)]

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6 years ago

Swiftkey keyboard out of beta, autopredicts its way into the Android Market


SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey has finally made its way out of beta status, and the full version is now available on the Android Market for £0.60 (about 94 cents).  I'm one of SwiftKey's biggest fans, and even after using it through all the beta versions I'm still amazed at the prediction algorithm.  In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, have a look here and you'll see why the beta hit over 100,000 downloads within a few days of its release.  It really is that good at word prediction.  The changes are available to read at SwiftKey's blog, and consist mostly killing off any bugs that crept up at the last minute.  We have the full press release from TouchType, download links, and a video of SwiftKey in action after the break.  [SwiftKey]

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6 years ago

Android Quick-App: Vignette


Vignette homeShooting mode

One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).

A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.

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6 years ago

Droid X Froyo update includes Adobe Flash Player 10.1


 Droid X with Adobe Flash

Now that your Droid X Android 2.2 update has arrived, it's time to get your Flash on. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 was included in the update, so you don't have to do anything. You can watch Flash videos, browse Flash-enabled websites, play Flash-based games -- and do it all immediately after the update. No muss, no fuss. What other new features are you enjoying? Share them in our Droid X update forum!

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6 years ago

Twitter for Android updated, loses some of its UI coolness


 Old Twitter for AndroidTwitter for Android (new)
(Twitter pre-update, left, and post-update, right)

The official Android Twitter app -- cleverly named Twitter for Android -- just got another updated. There's no changelog just yet (it'll be here, and apparently we skipped the 1.3 update), but the cool little trending topics cloud is gone, the icons have gotten less attractive, and we kinda miss the bird looking at us. We have to hope there's something more than that in this update, and we're not alone in our disappointment. If you spot something, sing out in the comments. Thanks @macprv and Pepito141.

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6 years ago

Twidroyd 4 update brings live preview to mobile


Twidroyd's Live Preview in action

Alright ladies and gents, this one's something you have to check out -- the newest iteration of Twidroyd (formerly Twidroid) brings Live Preview to Android.  It looks and acts very much like the new Twitter website that's slowly rolling out to everyone, but in my humble opinion it goes a step further and better.  Rather than direct you to profiles, and users tweets like the web client does (screen shot after the break in case you're not familiar with it) it gives a live preview of a website link, or a picture.  In short, it's AWESOME, and the caps lock is on purpose!  Add in the other features, like native support, widgets, multiple accounts, Twitlonger, and more and you have what I think is now the premiere Twitter application for Android -- or any other OS.  You do have to be running Android 2.x or higher for the Live Preview, but by now that's the majority of us.

After the break we have some more shots, the official press release, and the download links. [Businesswire, @RalieghRETalk (Bob Fortner)]

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6 years ago

Adobe Air for Android to go live Oct 8?


Email from Adobe to Air beta testers

Adobe AIR for Android should go live on the Android Market on Oct. 8, according to a tip posted in the Android Central Forums by aquakevem, and developers will be able to upload their apps as soon as the runtimes are live.  In simple terms, AIR is a framework that allows Adobe Flash style applications (check out these from the Adobe Flash Summit) to run as installed apps on your Android phone.  A huge plus to developers is that the same code can run, using Adobe Air, on multiple platforms, which means there are a ton of apps already built that can be ported to Android with little or no changes to the code.

You can learn a bit more about AIR, and Adobe's relationship with Android from our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart.  Then it's a matter of waiting for Adobe and the inevitable flood of games and apps!  [Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Adobe patches security hole in Flash Player 10.1 for Android


 Adobe Flash Player for Android

Adobe has patched a critical security flaw in Flash Player 10.1, closing a gap that could have allowed an attacked to gain access to your phone. Version fixes the following:

A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player for Android. ... This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2884) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Props to Adobe for turning around the fix less than a week after the vulnerability was announced. Now we can all tend to our Farmville farms without worry. [Adobe]

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6 years ago

Security bulletin for rooted users: Android passwords stored as clear text


Passwords as clear text for root apps

While some may spend their weekends lounging poolside or at toddler birthday parties, some sit and hack.  We're glad in this case, as Cory (our Android Central Forums admin) found something that a good number of us need to be careful about -- in many cases your passwords are stored as plain text in internal databases.  We spent a good portion of our Saturday tracking down the issues, scouring Google's code bugs pages, testing various phones running various ROMs, and even calling in the pros for clarification.  Hit the break to see what was found, and what you might need to watch for if you've rooted your phone. [Android Central forums] And big props to Cory!

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Flick Kick Field Goal


Flick Kick Field Goal

Fall is in the air, and in North America that means Football season is upon us -- Flick Kick Field Goal for Android answers the call.  Just because you can't (or don't want to) be out in the mud, the blood and the beer doesn't mean you have to go without your fix.  The aim of the game is to score field goals, at various distances, and fighting the wind the whole time.  It runs like butter on the Evo 4G, so most 2010 devices should run it well and a new Droid X or Galaxy S class phone should chew through it without a hitch.  The bottom line is that it delivers in the fun department, and is just hard enough to hold some replay value -- I'm not refunding it, you probably won't either.

We also have a quick look at Open Feint, as Flick Kick Field Goal (say that five times fast) is another Feint game (like Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron).  I'm really glad to see this catching on, as I think having a big Android user base can only make the service more robust.  You can pick it up on the Market for 99 cents. Check out the video, and download links after the break.

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6 years ago

DoubleTwist updated, now with internet radio and playlist editing


 New DoubleTwist home screen

The folks behind DoubleTwist promised that support for internet radio was coming, and here it is. You can browse every genere imaginable, and each major genere has a bunch of sub-generes so you can zero in on exactly what kind of music you are in the mood for. The playlist editing features are a nice bonus, especially for those who aren't already syncing playlists from iTunes using the DoubleTwist desktop client. The only drawback is that I could not figure out how to create a new playlist directly on the phone, but hopefully this is an issue that will be solved in a future update. Until then, check out download links past the break along with a few more pictures. [DoubleTwist, Changelog]

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 17, 2010



Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.

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6 years ago

New Dropbox for Android beta brings bug fixes and new features


New Dropbox for Android  beta

Dropbox has sent out email notifications that the latest Android beta is now available for testing, so we fired things up and gave it a spin.  There's some bug fixes -- small file changes now sync properly, files don't re-upload on upgrade or re-install, and increased network timeout so it works better on slow networks, but the new feature list is great.  Alnog with the new version comes:

  • Added "Share to Dropbox" from other applications (Gallery, etc). Either single or multiple files can be shared at the same time.
  • File Downloads & Uploads now display progress notifications instead of Spammy Toasts.
  • Multi-touch Gallery for pictures in a directory. Long-hold on pictures in gallery to do file operations.
  • Now you can create Shortcuts to Dropbox folders by long-holding on the desktop.
  • Added long-hold folder options for sharing and open.
  • Long-hold file Open now plays non-streaming, if it's a streaming file type.
  • Added Cache Size display and Clear Cache button.
  • Prompt to install file manager such as OI or Astro if one is not installed already.
  • Notification if SD card is unavailable, so downloads, viewing, or uploads won't work.
  • The e-mail to tell friends about Dropbox now contains a referral link, so you can get a quota bonus.
  • Visual Redesign with new icons

So far, the new features seem to be working great, and not having to resync and upload/download my cached files on the phone after upgrading was a big plus.  Here at Android Central we all love and use Dropbox religiously, so we're happy to see the changes.  I think you will be, too.  Hit the break to see what the features look like, and you can head over to the official Dropbox forums for the full release notes and download links [Dropbox forums]

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Bing


 Bing for Android

Bash Bing for Android all you want. Go ahead. We'll wait. For we share your frustration that Verizon set it as the default search service on the Samsung Fascinate (and that's why we worked so hard to turn it off). But that's not the app's fault, no is it? Nor do we blame Microsoft. It was just doing its job -- making deals that make money. The motto that kept going through our head as we actually sat down to use Bing was this:

"Don't blame Bing."

It's that simple. It's not a bad app. It's getting a bad rap because Verizon did a bad thing to an otherwise good phone. (And we'd prefer it weren't Verizon-exclusive at this point.) Anyhoo, you get access to Bing's excellent image search. Web search is adequate, though it is different than Google (and, it should be). Voice search is OK, but slower than Google's. Bing Maps are just fine, and we're quite fond of Bing's local searches, actually. Give it a shot before you shoot it down. We did, after the break.

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6 years ago

Angry Birds beta updated, still in beta (and did we mention it's beta?)


 Angry Birds for Android

The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. Repeat: The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. OK, it's still in beta. And that means there may (and likely will) be bugs. And we don't get new levels or anything yet. But that's what being a beta tester is all about. So get your download on here (you'll have to register your phone number -- sigh) or update from the Android Market (download links are after the break), and be sure to leave some feedback for the developers here.

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