Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in app coming next month


Comic book fans now have something to look forward to in both March and April. Prior to Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s film release on April 4, Marvel will release a tie-in app next month. Although the game will have the same name as the film, it will feature a unique story. It meshes “combat action and flexible tactical options for a complete Marvel experience that teases the upcoming movie.” The graphics are comparable to comic books, or the Borderlands series if you are an avid console gamer.

Hit the break for the official trailer and full press release. Read more

EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play


EverythingMe hopes to get in on the market for alternative launcher apps that work in place of the stock interface on Android devices. Continuing a trend that we see with launchers, EverythingMe tries to be predictive in nature, changing homescreen components based on factors like time of day. Moving from beta to an official release, the EverythingMe Launcher does include a few additional features in addition to the homescreen replacement function. Read more

Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app


With the 2014 Winter Olympics nearly upon us, fans and spectators will be pleased to know that they’ll be able to keep up on standings and medal winners while on the go. The official NBC Olympics app is now available in the Play Store for your downloading convenience. The highlight and results app will allow you to watch video, read news, and check out pictures of the events going on. It will also include real-time results and schedules, medal counts, as well as TV and online listings. During the nightly Primetime Show, the app will act as a second screen to accompany the broadcast.

It’s only available for those in the US or US Territories. It requires a data connection obviously. We have a gallery, QR code, and download link for you after the break. Enjoy!

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Koushik Dutta’s AllCast app now updated to support Chromecast


After a long ordeal Koushik Dutta’s AllCast app is now officially compatible with the Chromecast, thanks to Google’s release of the Google Cast SDK yesterday. If you remember, Koush was one of the first developers to offer an app that could send photos, music, and videos to the Chromecast, but Google put the kibosh on it since most apps were only supposed to work on whitelisted Chromecast devices at that time.

Koush went ahead and released the AllCast app in the Play Store for other devices like the Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, and just about any DLNA renderer. Even so, Chromecast was something people were waiting for, and the wait is over.

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Sprint adds Push-To-Talk support for six new devices

sprint-logo-1For longer than Android’s existence, Sprint has had push-to-talk functionality. The feature isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be, but that doesn’t stop Sprint from adding support to more Android devices. An update to the official Android app adds support for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, LG G Flex, LG Optimus F3, and Kyocera Hydro Edge. Support for the ,Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy Mega, and Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark is coming soon, according to the carrier.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

Google adds 30 new holiday calendars to Gmail’s Calendar


Google’s Calendar app is pretty fantastic. It integrates cleanly with Gmail, it’s well-designed and organized, and the mobile apps are top-notch. To make it even better, the Gmail team is adding holidays from 30 new countries to their Calendar app, ranging from Australia to Brazil.

Like all Google improvements, this update is going to roll out in phases over the next few days. If you’re itching to put another country’s holidays in your calendar, just hang tight for a few days until you see the update.

source: Gmail Blog

Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

apex launcher 1

Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.

Hit the break for the full change-log and a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Pebble releases beta version of app store for Android users


Earlier today Pebble released an app store for their smartwatches for users mating them with iOS devices. Not wanting to leave out Android users, Pebble’s developers have released a beta version of the Pebble Android mobile app that includes code for the app store for the first time on the Android platform. The app is intended for developers, so access to the app store even on a beta basis means having to register as a developer. You will also have to know how to sideload apk files to get it installed.

As a beta release, Pebble’s development team is aware of problems. The good news is the beta works, along with the app store component, albeit it runs slow. Users do have to contend with Pebble’s limitation of 8 apps installed at any one time as well. Hopefully Pebble will be able to attract enough testers to provide some solid feedback so the app can move out of beta and to an official release for all users in a short period of time.

source: @PebbleDev

Microsoft’s Xbox team tweets Xbox news – from an Android device

Microsoft Xbox Twitter Android App

Microsoft’s Xbox team did what everyone would expect them to; they tweeted some information about Xbox gaming events. Normal, right? Well, apparently they handled all that tweeting from an Android device, using the official Android Twitter app. Oops.

There’s nothing wrong with using Android to handle your Twitter account. In fact, most of us here would approve of that. But it is a little odd that a major division of Microsoft, who heavily promotes Windows Phone and publicly tries to embarrass Google’s services, uses Android devices over Windows devices.

Microsoft has done other quirky things like this, such as releasing their Bing rewards app for iPhone and Android devices before Windows Phone. It’s obvious that Windows Phone isn’t doing as well as Android or iOS, but the captain is supposed to go down with the ship, right?

source: The Next Web

AOSP commit could point to next version of Android using ART over Dalvik

Android ART 4.4

One of the big changes in Android 4.4 was the addition of ART, a new runtime compiler for apps that was set to replace the aging Dalvik. ART was introduced as an experimental feature in Android’s developer options, and it came with its own set of problems. Even though ART was quite a bit faster than Dalvik, many apps didn’t play nice with the new compiler, and even though several apps have been updated to be able to function with it, it’s still not the norm for most apps. Of course, since ART was an experimental feature, it wasn’t a big deal that some apps didn’t work with it. Considering that not too many devices even have access to Android 4.4, it’s really not much of an issue at all. Read more