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our heroes XBMC for Android, the group behind the open source multimedia manager had announced that it would be bringing support to the platform soon. Of course "soon" isn't a word that tweakers like to hear, so some enterprising fellows compiled the source code into an APK for your testing pleasure, with all the disclaimers that entails. Today, however, a more official app is being distributed by the team with a hefty 'beta' tag attached.
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- I talk about my enlightening, lovely experience with the Note II, fanboys zero in on and freak out about my comments suggesting even though it's great, it doesn't feel particularly well-made.
- Getting to Know Android 4.2, Part 2: The Gallery
- No Nexus 4 You - Anatomy of a Smartphone Launch Disaster
Android at Arms
- Oracle is appealing that lawsuit they lost really badly, and you should probably care at least a little bit about the issues going before the court.
Much like keyboards (which we covered last week), browsers are a dime a dozen. Google ships one browser with Android (in more recent versions, that's been Chrome), which most manufacturers then replace with their own proprietary version. And then there are the dozens (if not hundreds) of third-party browsers available on the Play Store.
If there's one thing that can be said of Dolphin Browser, it's that the dev team behind it stays on top of things. There's a steady stream of updates to the browser all the time, bringing new features, performance improvements, and all that other fun stuff that people usually like when they're favorite apps get.
Today's update is no different, though it is a little more notable. First - and most importantly - v1.2 brings support for Android 4.2.
I've noticed something: people who love Total Commander really love Total Commander. Like, they won't even consider another file manager most of the time. After seeing TC's extensive feature list, though, I can kind of see why - this thing's chock-full of useful features. And with v2 - which was released as a beta in early September - it just got a lot more powerful.
Version 2 brings a slew of new stuff:
- Drag&Drop files to other panel and to sub-folders
- Built-in media player with equalizer, play queue, background playing, full screen video in landscape mode, stream from LAN and WebDAV plugins (they need to be updated too)
- Improved stability of background operations
- Select a range of files/folders with a long tap on an icon
- Copy to external SD-Card on Android 3.0 or later even without root rights
- Multi-Window support for Samsung Galaxy N7000, N7100 and N8000
- Set permissions and owner/group for selected files
- Custom scroll thumb also in the editor to scroll long files more quickly
- Context menu now allows to add FLAC files to internal media player
The update's available now in the Store - hit the widget to give a try.
Start with a base of Google+'s Instant Upload, mix with about three cups of Instagram (sans filters, of course), add a dash of personal Pinterest and what you'll get is a photo sharing app from Nero that serves 3-5 platforms. The company that you best know for including a free trial of something DVD-related on any computer you bought in the last decade has released a free Android app that automatically uploads any picture you take on your phone to its central servers and makes it available on any device you have the app installed on.
In a sight all too familiar to would-be Nexus owners this morning, the Nexus 4 8GB model has once again been listed as "out of stock" on the Play Store. This comes after Google opened up a second round of Nexus sales, which were basically glorified pre-orders, particularly when it came to the 8GB model, which quickly hit a 5-6 week shipping estimate.
Earlier this week, that estimate stretched all the way to 9-10 weeks, and presumably anything past 10 was the tipping point.
When the original Galaxy Note was unveiled back in August of 2011, I’ll admit: I was one of the naysayers. Nay, I was more than a naysayer – I was a hater. The idea of the “phablet,” I thought, was absurd. Who would possibly need – or want – such a ridiculous piece of form-factor experimentation? Like much of the tech media world, I looked on and fully expected Samsung’s newest Galaxy product to be a total failure.
Back in mid-August, we highlighted a gorgeous Twitter widget called Falcon. There was a lot to like a Falcon as a widget, but it didn't take long to realize it wasn't living up to its full potential - it needed to be a full app. So that's exactly what Joaquim Vergès - Falcon's developer - did. And it looks fantastic.
Simply put, Falcon Pro is probably the best looking Twitter client I've ever seen.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera, the manufacturer's first entry into the world of dedicated shooters powered by Android, was announced with little warning at IFA earlier this year. Besides Nikon's foray into the market, the Galaxy Camera is one of the only Android cameras we've yet seen. Frankly, of the two, Samsung's entry is the only one that seems worth looking at.
The question of how much longer point-and-shoot cameras can see success is a fair one – after all, DSLRs are becoming smaller and more affordable all the time, while smartphone cameras are reaching to fill the gap point-and-shoots would leave behind.