TuneIn Radio Pro
Video may have killed the radio star but TuneIn Radio puts life back in the old dog. The app gives you access to over 60,000 internet radio stations and two million on-demand programmes, with content divided into music, news, sports and talk radio and then subdivided by genre to help you more easily find what you are after. You can also look for content by location or language.
Once you've launched a station you can swipe the Now Playing screen to see other stations offering similar genre content, an options screen that lets you select from all the available stream formats and bitrates as well as a daily running order if such is available.
Another recent addition is a Twitter feed relating to the station you are listening too assuming it has a Twitter handle. Stations can be easily added to a favourites list which can then be synced between all your devices and the TuneIn web portal. You can also buy tracks from Amazon or record directly off air and donate to listener-supported stations.
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If all you want to do is watch movies rented from Google or your own H.264 files then the standard Nexus 7 video player will do the job, but if you want to watch anything using less common codecs and file containers or with subtitles then you are going to need a video player that is a little more capable. Until VLC gets its woefully unstable Android beta sorted out, I’d suggest VPlayer.
The latest version has brought hardware accelerated decoding and rendering to MKV, AVI (DivX/Xvid), QuickTime, FLV, TS, M4V and 3GP files which should keep the vast majority of film buffs satisfied and reduce battery drain. It will also play 1080p files with dismissive ease, supports near enough every audio codec known to man, all common subtitle formats plus a few I’ve never heard off, and can it handle streamed content. The pinch-to-zoom feature is pretty cool too.
If you want to try it out the app is yours free for seven days after which you’ll need to buy the £1.99 unlocker. But that's a very small price to pay.
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Price Free for 7 days then £1.99
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Keep 'em coming!
I got my sweaty mitts on a Nexus 7 the other day and as a complete Android n00b these articles are great.
Thumbs up to the contributors and El Reg.
This made me wonder ....
" The word prediction is uncannily prescient in part thanks to the app’s ability to peruse your Twitter, Facebook and Gmail scribblings and learn from them."
Am I paranoid or are the alarm bells in my mind reasonable?
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And the comments may be even more useful then the original article for finding things you might have missed.
Most often I look for an app and find about 8 that sound like they might work, 4 turn out to be crap, 2 have promise but turn out to have a major fault or two, and then I spend some time with the last 2 to figure out the one that works best for me.
With an article like this I can skip to the last 2 step most of the time.
If you root your Nexus
Then get Stickmount, with an OTG cable you can attach flash drives or with a little adaptor plug in your MicroDS cards.
OK not as good as built in SD but at least you can take loads of stuff around with you.
For instructions on rooting etc search XDA forum.