19
Sep
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When Adobe announced the end of Flash for Android, it had a particular impact in the UK, as it was the plugin of choice for BBC's iPlayer video streaming service. With Flash for Android now officially discontinued for devices that haven't installed it previously (and all Android 4.1 devices), this is obviously a problem.

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Thankfully, BBC wasn't horribly slow to respond, and has launched the BBC Media Player, which allows all BBC video content to be played back Flash-free.

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Sep
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CloudMagic, the supersearch service that crawls through your Gmail, GDocs, GCal, Contacts, Twitter, Office365, and Exchange accounts just got a whole lot more powerful. It was bumped up to version 2.1 in the Play Store, which brings integration with even more services, including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, iCloud, AOL, mail.com, and GMX. That's a whole lotta services.

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That's not all v2.1 is good for, either: the app has been completely redesigned to shed the old-school Google Search look and to make it more ICS/JB friendly.

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Sep
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Hey, guess what? After about 18 hours as a Release Candidate, Chameleon Launcher for Android tablets is now available in its full v1.0 glory. That's right, it's no longer beta.

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It has been a twisty, turny, windy, and other non-straight words journey for Chameleon, so it's nice to see the launcher hit its first full release. According to the Chameleon Blog, there are still a few kinks to be worked out (which makes me question the "final" release status), but hopefully that'll happen relatively quickly.

18
Sep
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Finance radio! Are you excited yet? Good. Bloomberg has released an app for the company's 24 hour network of audio shows discussing economics, business, and investment. Through Bloomberg Radio+ you can either choose to listen to whatever's on the air right now, or pull from a list of on-demand shows. You can even download the episodes for offline listening.

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The app actually looks very well made. It's as feature-packed as one would want a streaming radio service to be.

18
Sep
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Google just sealed the deal with Twentieth Century Fox to brings its titles to Play Movies and YouTube. This means shows like Family Guy, Modern Family, Glee, and more; as well as movies such as X-Men, Ice Age, and Black Swan will all be making their way to the Play Store for rental and purchase. Yay!

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To celebrate this new union, Fox released Prometheus in HD to Play Movies this morning - a full three weeks ahead of the movie's release on Blu-Ray and DVD.

17
Sep
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The team at Chameleon Launcher appear to be keeping up their breakneck-pace for updates, and today have hit a significant milestone in that ongoing process: their first release candidate. It's a pretty big deal for the once-upon-a-time Kickstarter project, and while I personally haven't found much use for it, there's no denying the Chameleon team has absolutely blown through the bugs and issues from the first beta released just a little over a month ago.

17
Sep
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Just in time for the fall TV premieres airing over the next couple of weeks, Shazam has announced that its 'Shazam for TV' service now supports any show on any channel.

The app now has a staggering quarter of a billion users, and those in the U.S. will be able to access cast information, music featured in shows, trivia, social feeds, and other tailored data such as stats for sports games.

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Sep
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If you listen to SiriusXM on your Android device, the newest iteration of the application should be of interest. While the update brings the normal bug fixes and enhancements, it also packs two new useful features: access to On Demand radio and offline caching for select shows. iOS users saw this update back in early August, so it's good to see these features make their way to Android.

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Sep
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MX has always been a pretty impressive video player - it's chocked full of useful features and offers nearly every codec imaginable. Today, it received an update to v1.7 that brings a fair amount of performance improvements for various devices, as well as one really neat key feature: background playback.

Changelog:

  • Stabilized S/W decoder on Tegra 3 devices such as ASUS Transformer Prime, HTC One X, Nexus 7.
  • Added new hardware decoder named H/W+.