» Android apps http://androinica.com Google Android phones, news and apps Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Google Translate offers offline support for 50 languages http://androinica.com/2013/03/google-translate-offers-offline-support-for-50-languages/ http://androinica.com/2013/03/google-translate-offers-offline-support-for-50-languages/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:03:17 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46823

Google Translate is a great app to help facilitate communication between individuals who speak different native languages.  The one limitation to the Translate app is the fact that it requires an active data connection in order to work.  However, Google…

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Google Translate is a great app to help facilitate communication between individuals who speak different native languages.  The one limitation to the Translate app is the fact that it requires an active data connection in order to work.  However, Google is removing that barrier today by offering an update to Translate that enables offline support.

Essentially, Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher are able to download and install multiple language packs in order to achieve offline mode access.  Google acknowledges that the offline language packs are “less comprehensive than their online equivalents,” but they will get the job done.  In total, there are fifty support languages for offline usage, and I imagine Google will continue to expand the list.

Downloading a language pack may take a little bit of time since each pack could be around 100MB in file size.  Therefore, make sure to download any necessary packs before traveling without a data connection and leave yourself time for the download to finish.

[Google Android Blog] [Play Store]

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Google launches Keep in the Play Store, offers Drive compatibility http://androinica.com/2013/03/google-launches-keep-in-the-play-store-offers-drive-compatibility/ http://androinica.com/2013/03/google-launches-keep-in-the-play-store-offers-drive-compatibility/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:37:57 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46789

When you think of virtual note taking, Evernote likely comes to mind.  The service a neat way to take notes on a smartphone and have it sync with your laptop or other devices.  While many people use Evernote and enjoy…

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When you think of virtual note taking, Evernote likely comes to mind.  The service a neat way to take notes on a smartphone and have it sync with your laptop or other devices.  While many people use Evernote and enjoy it, Google is ready to enter the realm of note-taking.  Even though I haven’t used Google Keep extensively yet, I imagine it is definitely worth a shot since it is a Google product.

There is one main caveat associated with the app, which I will get to in a moment.  However, let’s first discuss what makes the app unique and practical.  Some of the main features include creating checklists, creating voice notes, and embedding photos in notes.  A home screen Keep widget can help organize your notes and show what’s most important right on your home screen.  In addition, Google allows for color coding making it very similar to virtual Post-it notes.

The interesting feature about Google Keep is the fact that it is deeply integrated with Drive.  As a result, any notes created on your smartphone can be easily accessed on your tablet or home computer.  Lastly, Keep can be accessed and edited on the web if you don’t own an Android device running 4.0.3 or higher.

Here is the main caveat, Google Keep only runs on Android devices running Android 4.0.3 or higher, which alienates a sizable portion of Android users.  If your Android smartphone or tablet runs ICS or higher, then you are in luck and can install Google Keep right away.

The question that immediately comes to mind is whether Google Keep can dethrone Evernote.  I am not so sure, but it’s great to see Google offer Evernote some competition.

Below is a YouTube video explaining the service in a little more detail and provides a real-life example.

[Google Android Blog]

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Gmail for Android updated to allow archives and replies straight from notification bar http://androinica.com/2013/03/gmail-for-android-updated-to-allow-archives-and-replies-straight-from-notification-bar/ http://androinica.com/2013/03/gmail-for-android-updated-to-allow-archives-and-replies-straight-from-notification-bar/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:32:31 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46763

The Gmail app for Android received an update today that can be downloaded and installed through the Google Play Store.  The update is actually quite useful, so right off the bat I would recommend updating the app at your earliest…

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The Gmail app for Android received an update today that can be downloaded and installed through the Google Play Store.  The update is actually quite useful, so right off the bat I would recommend updating the app at your earliest convenience.  Specifically, the updated Gmail app allows you to reply or archive an email directly from the notification bar.  This way, you do not need to open the app to perform these functions.

Unfortunately, this portion of the app update is available for users running Android 4.1 or higher, which is not a huge majority of Android users, but a welcomed feature nonetheless.  Secondly, the update offers faster searches even in offline mode, and this applies to Android 4.0 users and up.  Since there are many Android users now on ICS, this is a nice improvement.

I have already updated the app on my Nexus 4 and gave the reply and archive function a whirl.  Both work as you would expect, and I am sure many Gmail users will take advantage of this feature.

[Gmail Blog] [Google Play Store]

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New doubleTwist update adds Magic Radio subscription based feature http://androinica.com/2013/03/new-doubletwist-update-adds-magic-radio-subscription-based-feature/ http://androinica.com/2013/03/new-doubletwist-update-adds-magic-radio-subscription-based-feature/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:16:32 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46714

If you are trying to get more out of your music player app on your Android device, then you may want to consider the free doubleTwist app.  It is a popular alternative to the standard music player found on Android…

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If you are trying to get more out of your music player app on your Android device, then you may want to consider the free doubleTwist app.  It is a popular alternative to the standard music player found on Android since it is free and offers many features.  Another popular aspect of the app is the fact that it is able to sync nicely with your iTunes playlist.

Today, doubleTwist announced a new feature that can be found in the doubleTwist music app.  Aimed to compete with the likes of Spotify, Sony, and others, Magic radio is a subscription based feature that can create infinite playlists on the go.  It offers a catalog of 13 million different tracks in order to find the perfect blend of music you like combined with songs you may like.  For $3.99 a month, which can be paid through Google Wallet, the Magic Radio option offers you many more songs on the go than you would be able to load onto your device.  Another nice feature is the fact that it offers ad-free music streaming.

If you are interested in trying out the Magic Radio option, then you can take advantage of doubleTwist’s seven day free trial.  Keep in mind the app itself is free through the Play Store, but the subscription based service is $3.99 per month.

Feel free to check out the video promotion below.

[Google Play Store]

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SwiftKey 4 lands in the Play Store, offers SwiftKey Flow in tow http://androinica.com/2013/02/swiftkey-4-lands-in-the-play-store-offers-swiftkey-flow-in-tow/ http://androinica.com/2013/02/swiftkey-4-lands-in-the-play-store-offers-swiftkey-flow-in-tow/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:43:19 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46671

For a while now, SwiftKey had been testing SwiftKey Flow in beta for several months.  However, the Flow feature is now neatly baked into SwiftKey as the popular third party keyboard app has been officially updated in the Play Store.…

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For a while now, SwiftKey had been testing SwiftKey Flow in beta for several months.  However, the Flow feature is now neatly baked into SwiftKey as the popular third party keyboard app has been officially updated in the Play Store.  Even though it is technically known as SwiftKey 4, it will remain in the Play Store as SwiftKey.

The Flow aspect is similar to what we are familiar with in Swype, but it represents SwiftKey’s take on swiping as a method of text input.  Users can switch easily between Flow and the normal tap method of text input.  Another cool new feature found in the latest version of SwiftKey is Flow Through Space.  Essentially, this mode of text input allows you to input entire sentences without ever having to lift a finger.

Other new features are as follows:

  • SwiftKey Flow – blending SwiftKey’s mind-reading next-word prediction and autocorrect with the speed of gesture typing
  • Flow Through Space – lets users write entire sentences in one motion without ever having to lift their finger to add a space
  • Support for contextual prediction across 60 languages – with new support for Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai and Vietnamese, all with dynamic auto-correction and next word prediction
  • Easier corrections – tap on a word and SwiftKey 4 will move the cursor to the end of the word and offer two alternatives
  • Personalized typing style – whether you write inaccurately with two thumbs or more carefully using a single finger, SwiftKey 4 now automatically adapts to how users type to provide more insightful corrections and prediction

As a limited time promotion, SwiftKey is offering its latest Android app for $1.99 in the Google Play Store.  Typically, the keyboard sells for $3.99, but SwiftKey wants to entice new users to give the updated keyboard a chance.  Current owners of SwiftKey will receive a free update to SwiftKey 4.

[Google Play Store]

 

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EA launches The Simpsons: Tapped Out in the Play Store for free http://androinica.com/2013/02/ea-launches-the-simpsons-tapped-out-in-the-play-store-for-free/ http://androinica.com/2013/02/ea-launches-the-simpsons-tapped-out-in-the-play-store-for-free/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:02:05 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46618

One of my favorite television shows while growing up was The Simpsons.  While I realize The Simpsons is still running strong, I am referring to the first ten seasons of the sitcom, which are arguably the best of the television…

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One of my favorite television shows while growing up was The Simpsons.  While I realize The Simpsons is still running strong, I am referring to the first ten seasons of the sitcom, which are arguably the best of the television series.  In any event, Electronic Arts wants to help many of us relive our young, teenage years by playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Fans of The Simpsons, and causal gamers alike, can download and install the free Simpsons Android game through the Play Store immediately.  Be warned, after the initial download, the game will require another 175MB of data in order to run smoothly.  The required version of Android for the game apparently varies with device, but it should work on the majority of Gingerbread and higher Android devices.

The basic premise of the game is that Homer Simpson blew up Springfield from a Nuclear Plant related accident.  It is your job to recreate Springfield and help relocate the rest of the Simpsons.  So far, it has a 4.0 rating in the Play Store and many of the comments seem positive.

If you are interested in playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out, then feel free to download the free Android app below.

[Google Play Store]

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Carbon for Twitter can now be downloaded through the Play Store http://androinica.com/2013/02/carbon-for-twitter-can-now-be-downloaded-through-the-play-store/ http://androinica.com/2013/02/carbon-for-twitter-can-now-be-downloaded-through-the-play-store/#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:44:48 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46601

If the current Twitter client isn’t exactly meeting your needs and expectations, then you may want to look into Carbon for Twitter.  This Android app was announced with much hype as it was heralded to be a tremendous third party…

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If the current Twitter client isn’t exactly meeting your needs and expectations, then you may want to look into Carbon for Twitter.  This Android app was announced with much hype as it was heralded to be a tremendous third party Twitter app designed around aesthetics and user experience.  As of today, the Carbon for Twitter app is finally available for download through the Google Play Store.

There are a couple of caveats associated with the recently published Android app.  For instance, there is no support for Android tablets at this time, but I imagine the developer is currently working on a fix.  Secondly, it requires Android 4.0 and higher, so the sizable population of Gingerbread users are left in the dark.

Dots & lines (the developer of Carbon for Twitter) mentions there may be bugs with the build, but they are quickly working to solve any lingering issues.  For now, feel free to download and install the app and let us know your thoughts.  I will likely install the app on my Nexus 4 and see how it runs.

[Google Play Store]

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Ant Raid – A Fast-Paced Hive Defense Game [Game Review] http://androinica.com/2013/01/ant-raid-a-fast-paced-hive-defense-game-game-review/ http://androinica.com/2013/01/ant-raid-a-fast-paced-hive-defense-game-game-review/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:49:26 +0000 Ben Crawford http://androinica.com/?p=46580

Ant Raid is made by the same Developers of The Tiny Bang Story and brings a more action-packed style to the Tower Defense Genre.  Don’t let the cute graphics and quirky sound effects fool you, if you don’t…

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Ant Raid is made by the same Developers of The Tiny Bang Story and brings a more action-packed style to the Tower Defense Genre.  Don’t let the cute graphics and quirky sound effects fool you, if you don’t make the correct moves at the beginning, you will fail and fail often at levels.

To start, Ant Raid is a simple defend-your-home game.  You have an army of ants that you group to fight off snails, bees and more.  There aren’t different types or classes of ants for you to choose; instead, you, eventually, have different powers to give your ant horde.  Your ants surround their hive to defend it, and you use your finger to select as many ants as you want to send to attack your enemies.  The trick at the beginning of the game is to select the right number of ants to attack the different approaching enemies.  If you select too many or too few, the snails will destroy your hive within seconds.  The last levels give you more tasks than simply defending your hive, and these add a dimension to the game that the first levels lack.  Ant Raid starts off slow, but with more powers come more fun.

The further you progress in the game, you get more powers like berserker-mode, healing, and an earthquake that you control with your finger.  These powers are much-needed as the story progress, but they seem to imbalance the power between you and the approaching enemies.  While the first chapter has overpowered enemies where if you slip up, you die, the last couple chapters allow you to gain the upper hand with your powers.  The earthquake power basically allows you to kill everything without remorse or challenge.

For replayability and a challenge, you can get up to three stars in each level.  You can achieve these by beating the level within a certain time, not allowing your hive to get harmed, not letting your finger earthquakes hurt your ants, and more.  These are great to have and add to the game, but don’t expect to get three stars often on your first try.  As I mentioned, it takes knowing what enemies are coming where and how many ants you need to take them down to really get those three stars.  These are achievable but much more difficult than say the first few levels of Angry Birds.

The story is enough to carry the game.  It’s quirky, funny, and silly without being strictly for kids.  The music and atmosphere match that light-hearted description, and it’s all very well created.  The graphics are serviceable, very much in the Herocraft style; though, I would have liked fewer sharp edges on the enemies and a bit more detail to see your ant army easier.

My few complaints are all above:  it takes too long to get all your powers with so few short levels (45, with more promised), your ants are difficult to see (especially the ones hidden behind your hive), and an imbalance in your powers versus the enemy’s.  Overall, it’s worth trying out the demo, and without a lot of noteworthy Tower Defense games on Android, Ant Raid could soothe your tower-defenseless gaming soul.

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Ant Raid Free http://androinica.com/androidapps/ant-raid-free/ http://androinica.com/androidapps/ant-raid-free/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:14:05 +0000 Stéphane Dion http://androinica.com/androidapps/ant-raid-free/ With the original game averaging a 90% review score on Metacritic, there simply isn’t a better arcade-strategy game on mobile!

Ant Raid fills your device with fun cartoony action! Jump into the hilarious story of an ant colony trying to…

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With the original game averaging a 90% review score on Metacritic, there simply isn’t a better arcade-strategy game on mobile!

Ant Raid fills your device with fun cartoony action! Jump into the hilarious story of an ant colony trying to survive swarms of fellow insects, mutated into mindless monsters!

You’ll know when you’ve been bitten by the Ant Raid bug!

????? Features ?????

? GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! ?
Feast your eyes on high-definition 3D graphics and animations.

? OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! ?
Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.

? EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! ?
Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.

? ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! ?
Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.

? AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! ?
Indulge your ears with an original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.

????? Press review ?????

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It’s real-time strategy meets Plants vs. Zombies, with lots of legs. Well worth a look.” Guardian.co.uk, 30 best Android apps of the week
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Tap! magazine (score: 5/5): “It’s pretty much Ants vs Zombies, but Ant Raid’s controls are more organic than those in PopCap’s game, and the oddball sense of humour and design is, if anything, superior.”
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“While Ant Raid is definitely a more casual take on traditional RTS games, it’s skillfully done.”
- Slide To Play (score: 4/4, “Must Have”)
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“Ant Raid shows how sneaky the casual RTS is.”
- 148Apps (score: 4.5/5 stars)
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“For anyone who wants some strategy in their action games, it’s a perfect fit.” – TouchArcade (score: 4/5 stars)
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- ewtang.com (score: 4/5 stars)
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? The Tiny Bang Story
? Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim
? Musaic Box
? Bombergeddon
? Scrubs
? Romance of Rome
? Art Of War 2
? Yumsters!
? Treasures of Montezuma 2
? Dragon & Dracula
? KiKORiKi
? Birds On A Wire
? Farm Frenzy Free
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Temple Run 2 is now available to help Android users procrastinate http://androinica.com/2013/01/temple-run-2-is-now-available-to-help-android-users-procrastinate/ http://androinica.com/2013/01/temple-run-2-is-now-available-to-help-android-users-procrastinate/#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:30:46 +0000 Natesh Sood http://androinica.com/?p=46546

Just as we anticipated, the critically acclaimed Temple Run 2 is now available in the Google Play Store.  It succeeds the original Temple Run game and offers users the same classic game play, but improves upon graphics and includes…

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Just as we anticipated, the critically acclaimed Temple Run 2 is now available in the Google Play Store.  It succeeds the original Temple Run game and offers users the same classic game play, but improves upon graphics and includes different environments for the character to traverse.

If you are interested in playing Temple Run 2 on your Android device, then feel free to check out the Play Store link below.  It requires that your smartphone and/or tablet is running at least Android 2.1 or higher.  Just as a side note, Androinica is not responsible for how many hours you may waste by playing Temple Run 2.

[Google Play Store]

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