Do you fancy the new minimalistic look of Android’s Jelly Bean clock app, but are afraid to root and hack your device just to get it? Well, good news for you: a developer in the Play Store has just released Android’s shiny new clock app for all devices running Android 2.2 and up. It’s called Clock JB+ and costs $0.99 which gets you all the features of Google’s new alarm layout, timer, stopwatch, world clock, plus some new customization options. Jump past the break to see screen shots and a QR code or download link. Read more
While Google Now has only been available for Jelly Bean devices (officially), that hasn’t stopped people from finding numerous ways to get it onto their Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Google Now has been available for Ice Cream Sandwich devices for some time now thanks to the folks at XDA. Back then you just needed to have a rooted device and being able to sideload an .apk file and changing some things in your build.prop.
Now there’s a newer method that utilizes an application called GNow Handlebars. Your ICS device still has to be rooted, and all you have to do is install the application and follow the simple steps:
Last week, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was pulled from the Play Store after a short stint due to validation issues. I’m happy to report that the game is now back on the Play Store for you all to enjoy.
Vice City has been one of my favorite iterations of GTA and I’m sure it will run great on a high end Android device. Any GTA fans out there planning on grabbing this now that it’s back? GTA: Vice City will run you back a decent $4.99, links will be provided after the break!
Hulu has been pretty content with their Android app lately as it hasn’t seen much of an update in quite a long time. But in the shadow of some looming competition, it looks like Hulu is trying to improve the experience with a few new features on their Android application. The biggest new feature in Hulu’s latest update is kid-friendly; there’s a new section dedicated to things younger viewers want to watch, as well as the ability to lock out some of the more mature content. If you let your children watch videos on your phone or tablet, this is going to be a pretty useful feature. They’ve also added in some new discovery tools, which makes it easier to find something to watch if you just can’t decide on a movie or show. Overall, a nice update to the application. Hit the break for the download links. Read more
The New York Times released an update to their official app today, taking it up to version 3.0. The biggest changes involve optimizations for tablet devices. The app has been redesigned to adapt to different screen sizes. This is accomplished by changing layout properties like the number of columns displayed, adjusting image sizes, and typography scaling. Read more
The Sky Go app, which lets Sky TV subscribers in UK & Ireland stream on demand and live TV to their Android device, has added 14 new devices to the list of supported devices. The updated app is now compatible with both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7. The update includes an improved user interface and navigation. Other devices now supported include the HTC Desire X, HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII.
Sky Go is currently available on all iOS devices and the Xbox 360 so it’s nice to see it working its way through more Android handsets. If you guys can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, I will be VERY jealous.
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Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, formerly an executive with Google, took to the blogs yesterday to announce that they’ve completely revamped Yahoo! Mail after only five months at the helm of Yahoo!. In the blog, she mentions, they “told us loud and clear” that customers wanted “fewer distractions when it comes to email.” Well, ask and you shall receive. The updated version is faster, cleaner, and more consistent across all devices. Along with the mail application running more efficiently, you can specifically expect the following:
- Rebranding: The application can now be found as ‘Y! Mail’ on your device.
- Better battery performance
- Increased stability
- More secure with SSL turned on by default
- More reliable push notifications
What are your thoughts? Do you currently use Yahoo! Mail and look forward to the revamped performance and looks? Let us know.
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Sony just announced the release of the Xperia Lounge Beta app for Android smartphones. Users will be able to access new content from Sony’s world-class portfolio of partners and sponsors. You can expect content from music, sports, films, and gaming and there will be competitions to win tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events. Users can also stream live concerts, get behind the scenes footage for new films, access music, and meet celebrities.
The app has actually been around for over a year so I am not sure why there is an announcement now. Maybe it’s because there is exclusive content from Coldplay or that they are offering a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their farewell tour or to attend various FIFA events.
It’s available to all Android users, but only owners of Xperia smartphones get access to a special VIP area and streaming mobile content. Hit the break for download links and the full press release.
Google has released a fresh update to the official YouTube application for Android which features an entirely new UI for 10-inch tablets like the Nexus 10. Similar to the current smartphone application, the refreshed two-pane interface offers a more intuitive experience, allowing users to navigate the app by swiping through channels and genres on the left, while browsing content on the right.
Other than the noticeable visual changes, the update to version 4.2.16 brings a swath of much appreciated bug fixes. If you haven’t already received a notification from Google Play, you can manually retrieve the update via the download link or QR code below.
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It’s no secret that Twitter has been tightening its belt when it comes to allowing its competition to access its services. Today Twitter tightens that belt one notch tighter with an update to its official Twitter app that adds photo filters. This seems to be a direct attack against its biggest photo sharing competitor – Instagram. Twitter’s latest release now includes eight “creative” filters that enhance your images before you upload them. The filters include: vignette, black & white, warm, cool, vintage, cimematic, happy, and gritty. Twitter has also added cropping and auto-balancing tools. The cool thing about how Twitter is approaching photo filters is that their editing grid allows you to see how each filter affects your photo in a side-by-side comparison (see the screen shot below). This update should cause a lot of people to cut out the middle man and edit their photos and upload them all from the same app, which is exactly what Twitter wants. If you’re ready to update, head past the break and use the QR code or Google play link to get your photo-filtering on.