London Taxi Cabbies Launch Service for Android Phones

Anyone who has tried to hail a cab knows how frustrating and difficult it can be. However, cabbies in London are aiming to make the process easier. A group of London cab drivers are collaborating together to launch a new cab service called Hailo which will allow users to call a cab with just a few taps on your Android phone.

The clever app uses your phone’s GPS to locate nearby cabbies and how close they are. Any free driver available would then be able to accept your fare. The app gives you pertinent details such as your driver’s name and vehicle registration. For added convenience, you will even have the ability to pay your fare with your credit card. Hailo will be available for free starting tomorrow, November 1.

[via The Independent]

Google’s answer to Flipboard could launch this week

We told you about Google’s new social news reader, code-named Propeller, about a month ago, and it looks like a launch could take place this week. Propeller will be a lot like Flipboard, which has been a big hit on the Apple iPad. It will also compete with the likes of Pulse, Taptu, and News360. Furthermore, we are hearing Yahoo! will also launch a similar offering this Wednesday called Livestand.

We aren’t sure if Propeller will be the actual name since it’s a code name, but there are reports that “Currents” could be the choice. It’s an HTML5 reader, and it will be available for both Android and the Apple iPad. Propeller will have plenty of media partners, and it will integrate with the Google+ social network.


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Quick Look at Amazon’s Free App of the Day: Hungry MonstR

Today’s free Amazon app, Hungry MonstR, is another one of those time-killer games. Usually $1.99, this may not be that killer game you have been looking for and ends up being one of those you load only to hand off to your kids while driving.

The game-play is easy, you have to protect your ice cream cart from hungry monsters who’s only desire is to make off with your goods without the intention of paying. Each monster has a different color, one of four colors that correlates with these suction tube thingys in each corner of your screen. As the game begins, the monsters walk toward your cart at a leisurely pace in random order from all sides of the screen. Your goal is to flick them into one of the corner tubes based on what color the monster is, blue monster – flick em’ to the blue tube, pink monster – pink tube. You get the idea, just don’t flick the monster into the wrong color tube because that will plug it up for a few seconds rendering it unusable. As you progress the monsters pick up the pace, all the while bringing even more monster friends to the ice cream heist.
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Build the city of your dreams… and then run it in Virtual City Playground (Video)

Ever want to just build your own city and run that bad boy?  Well, now you can in Virtual City Playground for Android.  This virtual fantasy allows you to build your very own city any way you see fit and then run it in the same manner.  With the ability to add 85 new optional guests and build exciting real landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera, it’s sure to be one of the most happening places around.  Run the city as you see fit, build an empire, make decisions that you believe will overall benefit the environment.  You can also earn achievements as you go on with your game play.  The developer touts that there are over 95 new achievements to be had.  You can even upload your success to Facebook for all of your friends and family to see.  If you’re a huge fan of FarmVille, then you’ll love this.    
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[Android Quick Tip] How To Install The Amazon App Store On Your Android Device

You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.

Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your Amazon.com account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.  
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Sprint Continues to Upset With the Blocking of WiFi Tethering Apps

It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a cap on 4G mobile hotspots and broadband usage, charging $.05 for every MB exceeded. If your device is rooted though, you still have an option for stickin’ it to the man. You can sideload the third-party apps by doing so directly from their websites, ie. WiFi Tether. So although it sucks and pisses us off, lets at least be thankful for all those great developers out there who always have our back in a pinch. Thanks guys, you rock!

[via Android Police]

Quick Look At Amazon’s Free App of The Day: CandySwipe

Amazon’s free app of the day is another method of killing time. CandySwipe by Runsome, is a brain teaser similar to Bubble Popper, but with a twist. You see delectable treats such as Hershey’s Kisses, peppermints, candy apples, and gingerbread men among other sweet treats instead of bubbles. You simply swipe your finger left, right, up, down, or diagonally across matching pieces of candy without touching non-matching pieces. As you swipe five or more pieces, you’ll gain additional time and added points. For an added strategy, you can also track back your swipes to collect missed pieces as long as your finger doesn’t touch a non-matching candy piece along the way.
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[Video] Google TV 2.0 officially Announced – Updates to Begin Next Week

So apparently Google has been reading TalkAndroid and heard my frustration in yesterday’s post about the ongoing lack of the Android 3.1 update. This morning, Google made an announcement in the official Google TV blog and also released a YouTube video preview. The big G says “these are still early days, and we’re working hard to move forward with each update”, so don’t plan on the first release to be a fully polished version. Personally, I will take anything at this point.

You can read the full blog post for yourself here, but the following statement pretty much sums up the roll-out process:

This software update will be coming to Sony devices starting early next week and Logitech devices soon thereafter. We look forward in the coming months to announcing new software updates as well as new devices on new chipsets from multiple hardware partners.

A few things you can expect to see once your device is updated will be:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV — apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

So for you Sony owners, be on the lookout over the next couple of weeks, if you own a logitech Revue, you and I will have to wait it out lust a little bit longer. Jump past the break to see that YouTube preview video I was talking about and let us know what you think!
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Starlight Live Wallpaper For Android Adds A “Dreamy” Landscape To Your Home Screen (Video)

As one who is always on the lookout for the next awesome Live Wallpaper, it was clear that Starlight Live Wallpaper for Android was the next wallpaper to hit my device.  Offering wispy clouds that drift across a soft purple’ish start lit landscape, you’re bound to be thrusted into a serene mood regardless of what kind of day you’re having.

Hand-painted starlight vista by Anne Paetzke. Wispy clouds drift dreamily across a distant landscape while the silver moon glows in the twilight.

Check out the video below from the developer and see Starlight Live Wallpaper in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  There is a free version and a full version for 99¢ which offers a multiple of options when it comes to customizing this landscape.  
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Thou Shall Open The Sea With Thy Almighty Finger In Open Sea Free For Android

In this hilarious mock up of Moses and and his efforts to help let God’s people go by crossing the Red Sea on foot, Mo, a Prophet who works for Pharaoh in Egypt must run for his life while assisting a variety of characters across dry land.  In Open Sea, your burden and task is to help lead wacky people: panicked girls, sleepy sloths, slow elders, zigzagging drunkards and dumbs who want to turn back, get to the other side safely while fending off the enemy.  As Mo, you’ll have the power to touch the sea and part it, swipe and shake your device to close waves and simply tapping on the screen sends lightning bolts towards the enemy.

Your adventure will let you cross heroes’ path, who will join the people and help them with miracles, like Jess who allows people to walk on water… And Abe, the Lovers, or El, whose miracle will allow you to turn villains back to ashes! And last but not least, take control of the legendary Nono’s Ark!

Open Sea! is a new unique action game for everyone, easy to grasp, but it will challenge your dexterity and tactical skills the more you progress in the adventure.
Gorgeous stylized HD graphics, refreshing addictive game play both simple and deep, cute and funny characters, humor, and catchy musics, are what you’ll get in this game… of biblical dimension!

Ready to give this biblical classic a go and help Mo perform?  Head on over to the Android Market for the download or feel free to use the QR code below for an added convenience.  And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think of this comical app in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out the screen shots of these funny characters in action.
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