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[Hands-On] RockPlayer Media Player Goes Official, Now Offers Playback Support For Nearly All Android Devices, Plays DIVX, XVID, H264, And Other Formats

[Hands-On] RockPlayer Media Player Goes Official, Now Offers Playback Support For Nearly All Android Devices, Plays DIVX, XVID, H264, And Other Formats

What is RockPlayer?

The first multi-device, multi-format video and audio player for Android, RockPlayer, has been officially released on the Android Market today. The free version is fully functional, but features in-video ads on occasion. The paid version eliminates said ads for the price of $10.

RockPlayer gives your Android phone (more on which ones later) a formidable array of media playback capabilities which not even the iPhone can hope to match.

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Android Devs Rejoice - Paid Apps Now Available In The Android Market In South Korea

Android Devs Rejoice - Paid Apps Now Available In The Android Market In South Korea

One of Android Market's biggest shortcomings compared to the iOS App Store is that paid apps are available in only a handful of countries compared to this much more impressive list of countries iOS supports.

Google needs to change this situation, and if they want to make Android just as appealing to developers as iOS is, they need to do it now. The more markets with paid apps supported, the more potential customers, the more appeal.

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The Facts Behind AndroLib Android Market Application Discrepancies

The Facts Behind AndroLib Android Market Application Discrepancies

The news of the Android Market reaching the milestone of 100,000 apps may have been great news for Android – but perhaps it came a bit too soon.

Those numbers come from AndroLib, but Google has announced the official numbers, with the Android Market having just over 70,000 apps. So, why the big difference in numbers? Google’s numbers come only from the official Android Market, the one pre-loaded on just about every Android phone, and the one you are probably most familiar with.

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Why Samsung Is Awesome: Road SMS Helps You Text While Walking

Why Samsung Is Awesome: Road SMS Helps You Text While Walking

Up front, I’m going to say I never text while I drive because typing correctly and driving well are mutually exclusive – you can only do one at a time. That said, this app is cool, and it’s even cooler that it’s from Samsung (who has been super cool lately – check out our unboxing and hands on for the Intercept and Captivate, and a Vibrant unboxing is coming soon.)

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Android Market Passes 1 Billion App Downloads, Nearing 100,000 Apps (And Picking Up Speed)

Android Market Passes 1 Billion App Downloads, Nearing 100,000 Apps (And Picking Up Speed)

TechCrunch published an interesting article yesterday on AndroiLib. The most interesting fact in the article is that AndroidLib estimates that the Market has passed 1 billion app downloads (the live ticker is now at 1.061 billion, as shown in the image below). It’s pretty impressive, and it’s somewhat surprising that we haven’t heard word of this from Google (then again, they don’t usually formally announce this stuff – most of the statistics we have on Android come either from public events or analysts).

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Swiftkey Keyboard For Android Now Available In The Market As A Public Beta. Swype Begone - It's That Good!

Swiftkey Keyboard For Android Now Available In The Market As A Public Beta. Swype Begone - It's That Good!

SwiftkeySwiftkey For those of you who don’t like your stock or alternative add-on keyboards on your Android device, have I got good news for you: the Swiftkey beta is now available in the Android market.

I’ve been using Swiftkey through a private beta for the past few weeks and there’s one word I have to describe it: fantastic. I replaced my Swype keyboard with Swiftkey and haven’t looked back since.

Predictive Text

One of the best features of this keyboard is the predictive text.

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Shazam For Android Goes Premium - This Is How A Paid Version Launch Should Be Done

Shazam For Android Goes Premium - This Is How A Paid Version Launch Should Be Done

Have you ever been out in public, heard a song, liked it, and wanted to know the name of it? Well, there’s a very cool app that’s been around for a while called Shazam. You simply fire up the app when you hear the song, press TAG, and voila! The app identifies (or tags) the song title and artist for you and provides ways to purchase the track via an online store or find it on YouTube.

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Follow-Up: Astro File Manager Goes Pro, Removes Ads

Follow-Up: Astro File Manager Goes Pro, Removes Ads

Yesterday we published a piece regarding Astro File Manager’s now-mandatory ads. Earlier today, the developer of Astro (Metago) released Astro File Manager Pro. It comes in at $2.99, and its  only “Pro” feature at the moment is that it removes ads from the application.

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Some users may feel this is a cheap-shot. I disagree. Metago has taken the high ground in regard to the paid apps philosophy, here’s how.

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Top Android Apps Every Rooted User Should Know About, Part 1: Apps 1-8

Top Android Apps Every Rooted User Should Know About, Part 1: Apps 1-8

Ok, I’ve Rooted, So Now What?

Aside from allowing the installation of popular ROMs developed by the Android community, rooting your phone also comes with the benefit of being able to install apps that require root permissions.

Finding such apps can be a hassle, so we’ve done some of the leg work for you and come up with a detailed rundown of our top 8 root-only applications.

TitaniumBackup Titanium Backup

Cost: FREE (Full Version: $3.99)

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup

The thought of losing all the apps on your Android device likely evokes a slight sinking sensation in your gut.

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HTC Aria Now Able To Side Load Apps Thanks To Sync Update

HTC Aria Now Able To Side Load Apps Thanks To Sync Update

Nobody was happy to learn that the HTC Aria would be locked down in the same way as its predecessor, the Backflip, and be unable to install non-Market apps. Fortunately, HTC has given Aria owners a sort of “fix” through an update in their desktop client.

The newest version of HTC Sync for Aria (which you can download for Windows here) gives users the ability to load an APK onto their phone, which means they now have access to a host of new apps that are not available on the Market.

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