Angry Birds adds 15 levels of Mine & Dine

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Rovio’s Angry Birds is the most popular game in the Android Market and for good reason. Not only is it a good game, but they continue to update it regularly.

For those of you that have 3 stars at every level, and desperately need something new, you will be happy to know that Rovio just released 15 new levels. The theme is Mine and Dine and you will be battling the pigs in underground tunnels

If you are one of the very few people that don’t already have it installed on your phone or tablet, head over to the source link to download or hit our apps data base for the QR code.

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Google Maps 5.8 lets you upload photos for a Place

by Robert Nazarian on
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Google Maps was updated to 5.8 and with it comes some nice improvements:

  • Upload photos for a Place
  • My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you’ve starred and recently viewed
  • Descriptive terms for Places in search results
  • Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in

The biggest change has to be the photo uploader. You can now contribute photos of places to help others decide where to go. Often people like to see what a place looks like before making their decision. I am also digging that you can now add a place. Many times I wanted to check into a place, but couldn’t because it wasn’t there.

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Quickoffice Updated To 4.1, Adds Additional Word, Excel and PowerPoint Editing Capabilities

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The folks over at Quickoffice Pro have announced that their powerful document editing and creating application has been updated to version 4.1 for devices running Android version 1.6-2.3.  A welcomed addition, the application offers several new and functional features for office savvy individuals on the go.

“The Android market continues to be an exciting platform as new devices appear from various handset manufacturers,” said David Halpin, VP of engineering at Quickoffice. “We continue to seek ways to innovate essential features that will enhance, streamline and evolve consumers’ mobile Office experience. Our latest update does just that, building new and exciting capabilities into our comprehensive application.”

Among some of the powerful new features you’ll find with Quickoffice Pro are the ability to view footnotes and end notes in Word documents along with a simple “easy-to-use formula builder enhancement in Excel”  In addition, there has been enhanced image rendering and improved speeds for loading documents thanks to the new cached capabilities, saving on memory and providing an overall boost in scrolling capabilities.  Furthermore, you’ll now have the ability to undo/redo picture inserts and deletions on the fly.  It would seem that one fact still remains, the days of being pinned at the office to your PC are long gone.

Quickpoint offers a new range of editing features, including: undo / redo for picture insertion and deletion; shape background editing; improved bullet rendering; and insert shapes and render vertical text in a presentation. For users who mostly work on Excel spreadsheets, Quickoffice Pro v4.1 features a control redesign, which lets users actively edit inline, selecting and scrolling through different cells, rather that double tapping on different cells to make edits. Combined with the new formula builder that automatically activates when users edit inline and contextual input capabilities, consumers are able to quickly and easily revise cells for a more streamlined Excel editing experience.

Back in May, with the release of Google Docs for Android, I discussed why I thought the application wasn’t ready yet as well as why I left Docs To Go for Quickoffice.  As of this day, I still stand by the decision as Quickoffice has a crisp, clean and streamlined UI, it’s easy to use, syncs up with my Google Docs account and it renders beautifully on a tablet.  In addition, searching for documents is as good as doing it from Google Docs online itself.  If you haven’t given the app a try you can head on over to our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can quickly grab it from the Android Market.  Hit the break for the full press release and to check out some more screen shots of the application as well.   » Read the rest

Beta browser Dolphin for Pad V1.0 now in the Android Market

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We’ve stayed informed on the latest updates to Dolphin browser product. Doing what we can to bring you the latest information. Now we have straight from the Dolphin Browser Blog the announcement of the Dolphin for Pad V1.0 beta, released to the Android Market.

With the large number of browsers available to our mobile Android devices, there is a good bit of competition, and Dolphin has always put forth its best efforts to complete with the likes of Skyfire, Opera, and even the stock Android browser. Truth be told, if you take the time to search and evaluate you’ll find that browser that fits your needs best.

Some of the features:

  • Smart Gesture
  • Add-ons
  • Multi-touch-zoom
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Side bars

I will point out (as mentioned in what the blog calls “fine print”) that this beta will only run on Android 3.0 or higher. Now this is going to be a downside for may tablet users as there are a great number of tablets out there not yet running Honeycomb. If you have a problem with this and would like to voice your opinion, hit the source and leave a comment. As it seems, so far the Dolphin Browser team is responding to comments.

Dolphin for Pad V1.0 Beta is downloadable via the Android Market

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Spring Zen Free Live Wallpaper, Available In The Android Market

by Joe Sirianni on
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This has got to be one of the coolest Live Wallpapers we’ve ever seen.  Spring Zen Free Live Wallpaper has excellent animation, cool graphics and a fresh 3D breeze of New York’s Sakura park in the Spring time.

Sunlight filters through swaying trees in a peaceful park, as cherry blossoms float past. A birds nest perched in a branch overlooks a park bench, gently flowing brook, and blooming flowers.

If that doesn’t sound serene to you, I don’t know what will.  The Live Wallpaper has some of the best graphics we’ve seen yet and is extremely customizable.  Check out the video demo below of the app in action and then head on over to the Android Market via the source link below to download.  There’s also a ton of screen shots for you to check out as well.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of this one in the comments below.  I’m convinced you’ll love it as it brings you Spring time at its best, regardless of what time of year it is.   » Read the rest

Gain Some Serenity With Nightfall Live Wallpaper For Android

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If you’re of the Live Wallpaper variety, we’ve got one that promises to bring a little serenity to your home screen.  Nightfall Live Wallpaper for Android is a calm and serene background that shows a slight rotation of the stars above.  In addition, you can slowly see the moon making its way northbound, beautifully illuminating the sky.  The background is reminiscent of a couple sitting in a convertible starring up at the skyline as they watch a shooting star make its way across the horizon.  I love the contrast of the dark background, subsequently allowing your applications to pop out.  The free version definitely does the job, but if you want more out of your apps and you’re willing to part with $1.50, there is a version that will allow more functionality and control over stars, the moon and silhouettes.  Ready to give it a try?  Head on over to the Android Market via the link after the break to snag the download and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Today’s Free Amazon App: Grave Defense HD

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Today’s Free Amazon app comes to us from ArtOfBytes, a relatively new developer to the market. In Grave Defense HD, one must fight the hordes of zombies, slimes, and demons using strategic placements of lasers, turrets, and missiles.

Yeah, it’s another tower defense game.

In its defense, I’ve been playing this game since it was in beta, and it’s a blast. Forget the fact that there are a million and one tower defense games on the market (many of them already free), Grave Defense HD is an example of what tower defense should be. Challenging and unforgiving, I’ve spent hours playing just a few levels, yet never felt “ripped off” when I would lose.

It’s also worth noting that the visuals are amazing, for a 2D app. Stylized animations, bright colors, and pretty explosions make for an engaging experience that always leaves you wanting to try “one more time”.

This reviewer deems Grave Defense HD a keeper, and easily one of the better tower defense games to hit the market.

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Subsonic: The Music Streamer You Didn’t Even Know You Needed [Part 1]

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Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.

While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Last.fm). Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.

While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.

What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?

Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.

Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.

Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!

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Web based Android Market adds installation trend charts

by Robert Nazarian on
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The Android Market has been making all kinds of changes lately. They completely revamped the mobile site and added support for multiple APKs. The web version added device compatibility checks, and now they have added a visual chart showing the installation trend for the last 30 days for each app.

To me the most important gauge is how many downloads an app has. That is how you know if a lot of people really dig it. Of course, you have to factor in how long the app has been out.

These trend charts might also be helpful because, in theory, it could give you an indication that it might be time to give certain apps a try, especially after major updates. You can see an example of this with the above chart for Evernote, which recently had a major update supporting tablets.

[via androidpolice]