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Guitar Pro Tab Player now available for Android

Arobas Music have announced that the popular iOS app Guitar Pro is now available for Android devices. Their press release gives details of a special launch price for the app on the Android Market of €3.99 (£3.39).

Guitar Pro Press Release imageGuitar Pro is an app that allows you to view, hear and learn guitar, bass and drum scores wherever you are, on your Android device. The app can reproduce the sound of over 80 instruments and also features useful things like a metronome, the ability to play sections of the score in loops and also share files via Wi-Fi and USB. This app is definitely recommended for musicians who would like access to their scores on their Android phones.

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Ubuntu for Android announced by Canonical

An interesting idea from Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, has been announced. Ubuntu for Android will allow owners of multi-core Android phones to use both Android and Ubuntu on the same device. By docking the phone at a workstation you can run the Ubuntu operating system, and when you’re using it out and about it will run Android. Both operating systems will have access to the same data.

Ubuntu for AndroidThe potential for this is enormous, and should drive mobile technology improvements as well as giving Android a big boost over competitors such as iOS and Windows 8. I will be very interested to see if this comes to fruition, it would definitely persuade me when choosing a handset to see if it was compatible with this.

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VLC 2.0 to be released shortly, Android port on the way

Version 2.0 of the popular media player VideoLAN VLC is now available as a release candidate (download link is for Windows 32-bit) which offers new features including improved playback and a new interface. However, the most interesting part of the changelog is the mention of ports for Android and iOS devices. It will be interesting to see how the media player works on Android devices.

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Chrome Browser now available for Android phones and tablets

A beta version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available for download for Android phones and tablets, albeit only those running the latest version of Android, v4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich.

Chome for Android BetaChrome can be downloaded from the Android Market if you have an ICS device. It offers the following features:

  • Faster browsing with accelerated page loading
  • New tabs for browsing multiple pages
  • Sync Chrome between your phone and desktop browser
  • An ‘Incognito’ mode for private browsing.

I look forward to trying out the new browser once my phone receives the ICS update.

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The Humble Bundle for Android now available

The latest bundle of games from Humble Bundle is now available – and this one is aimed at Android owners! All four of the games in the bundle work on Android phones, as well as also working on Windows, Linux and Mac computers. All of the games are DRM free and best of all is that you can pay what you want!

The Humble Bundle for AndroidThe four games included in the bundle are:

  • Anomaly
  • EDGE
  • Osmos
  • World of Goo

World of Goo will only be included if you beat the average price paid so far, which is currently $5.91. The RRP of the four games is $60 it’s well worth getting the bundle! World of Goo is a great game which I own on several different platforms (it was in a previous Humble Bundle), and Osmos has had excellent reviews as well. I look forward to getting the time to play these games!