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YouTube App for Android Gets an Update, Now with Refined UI

Last year Google completely redesigned the YouTube app for their Android 4.0 ICS update. Today they’ve unveiled yet another redesign for their upcoming new firmware Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The app looks wonderful and fluid. Google has given their YouTube app uniformity with their other apps such as the new re-designed Google+ app. The main page gives you a “card” like system of your subscriptions and you can scroll down for new videos. To access your main menu and everything else, you just simply swipe to the right and you are brought to the main tabs. I love the update, it’s elegant and all of the important aspects are now easier than ever to access. You can download the new update via the Google Play store with links after the break:

 

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source: YouTube blog

Flipboard hits Google Play!

Flipboard is no longer a Samsung Galaxy S III exclusive app and you don’t need to perform any mumbo-jumbo to install it on your Android smartphone. It’s now available in Google Play from where any user can grab it and install it on his device as long as it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. You know what’s it all Flipboard is no longer a Samsung Galaxy S III exclusive app and you don’t need to perform any mumbo-jumbo to install it on your Android smartphone. It’s now available in Google Play from where any user can grab it and install it on his device as long as it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. You know what’s it all about, right? Flipboard is a social magazine that mixes popular news and articles with stories, photos and videos your friends are enjoying. The application can pull data from 12 social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren. Moreover, it is available in 14 localized editions – for Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K. However, it’s important to note that this is a phone edition of Flipboard that will work on Android tablets but will not take advantage of the extra screen estate. Guess that will be addressed in some future versions of the app. In the meantime, you can download it for your phone. about, right? Flipboard is a social magazine that mixes popular news and articles with stories, photos and videos your friends are enjoying. The application can pull data from 12 social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren. Moreover, it is available in 14 localized editions – for Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K. However, it’s important to note that this is a phone edition of Flipboard that will work on Android tablets but will not take advantage of the extra screen estate. Guess that will be addressed in some future versions of the app. In the meantime, you can download it for your phone.

Official Nike+ App Finally Arrives On Android

Look at you – going for a run without a gizmo to track your progress and bother your friends on Facebook. Lame, right? Well grab your sneakers, because the Nike+ app had landed in the Play Store, and it’s free.

 

 

The app connects you to nikeplus.com, which acts like a portal for all the social features in Nike+, as well as a larger interface to check out your run data. There is no additional hardware needed to use Nike+. Just load up the app, and it uses your phone’s GPS and accelerometer to record your pace, distance, and time. All that data gets fed into Nike+ and aggregated so you can enjoy some data porn later on.

Some handy features include a home screen widget that reminds you how lazy you are by displaying your total mileage and when you last ran. The PowerSong feature lets you crank your best tunes when you need a little more motivation. That’s great if you’re into 80’s sports training montages set to Eye of the Tiger (like I am).

The app itself is fairly attractive, but doesn’t really go in for the Holo UI scheme. It will pull up the legacy menu button on ICS devices. Remember that pinging the GPS and accelerometer will eat up battery life, and adding social content over wireless data to that is likely to worsen matters. Keep a spare battery handy.

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Dolphin Browser Gets Updated Flippers, Faster than Ever.

Mobotap on 19th released some details about its upcoming Dolphin Browser engine, which they claim is 5-10 times faster than the default Android browser, and 100% faster than Chrome.  When tested on HTML5test.com, it does seem to shoot ahead of its rivals, but we all know benchmarks can be deceiving, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new behind-the-scenes tweaks turn into real user experience changes.  Improvements in canvas element rendering using both the gpu and the cpu seem to be behind most of the speedup.  You can read more, and grab a link to the beta below.

Full Press Release after the break:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jun 19 (Marketwire)

 
Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and iOSand the only Gesture and Voice enabled browser, today announced thelaunch of Dolphin Engine, behind-the-scenes technology that makes DolphinBrowser Beta the highest performing HTML5 browser available today.
 
Dolphin Engine allows HTML5 rendering up to 5-10 times faster than thedefault browser on Android, and at times, 100 percent faster than Chrome.
 
Dolphin Engine was tested on HTML5test.com, the industry’s mostrecognized tool for testing a browser’s support of HTML5 functionality.
 
Dolphin Beta Engine performs significantly better than other mobilebrowsers available today:
 
Browser HTML5 Test Score
Dolphin Browser Beta 450+
Opera 369
Chrome Beta 364
Firefox 325
iOS 5.1 324
MeeGo/Harmattan 284
Android 4.0 273
BlackBerry OS 7 273
Bada 2.0 268
Nokia Belle FP 1 226
webOS 2.2 210
Android 2.3 189
Windows Phone 7.5 138
 
“Dolphin is committed to building a browser that provides theabsolute best consumer experience for mobile Web browsing, Web apps andgaming,” said Yongzhi Yang, CEO of MoboTap, makers of Dolphin Browser.”We’re always looking for ways to tweak the browser to make it faster,easier and more fun to use. Dolphin Engine’s tremendously high scores area testament to the tireless work of our engineering team.
 
“Dolphin was able to achieve this remarkable accomplishment throughextensive canvas improvements, with particular attention to canvaselement, 2D context and text. In addition, Dolphin Engine madesignificant GPU technology improvements around GPU accelerated canvasrendering and optimized CPU / GPU parallel computing.
 
About MoboTap
MoboTap is a mobile technology developer that is committedto advancing the mobile revolution by improving the way peopleexperiences the mobile web through their smartphone devices. Founded andled by an international team of proven engineers and entrepreneurs andbacked by leading venture capitalist firm Sequoia Capital, MoboTap hasbegun this revolution with the launch of Dolphin Browser, a freeWeb-browser specifically optimized for mobile users.
 
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