There are times when I’m using an Android tablet that I wish I was able to use more desktop oriented features on the device – specifically when using a 10″ tablet. Many applications don’t take full advantage of larger screens and leave us feeling a little shafted when it comes to viewing a single pane of content on such a large screen; thankfully, a few developers have created a collection of extremely useful floating applications to cover all of your multitasking needs. [Read more...]
Some of you might remember our review on the fantastic application Slices, a Twitter client, from One Louder apps. The wait is almost over, Slices.me just went into BETA and those of you who requested access to the BETA through their website should be getting an e-mail with log in information soon. It functions almost identical to the Android application, with your slices being displayed on the left along with mentions and messages. As the BETA tag entails not every feature is out yet for Slices.me, the Stats category and the People category still have a “Coming Soon” tag on them. All of the functions that Twitter.com has are there so you could easily drop it after Slices.me goes live. My only nitpick so far is the theme of the whole site. Sticking to the darker theme like in the Android application would have probably looked nicer. Who knows though, changing the theme could be on the way after the release of the BETA, only time will tell. So, check your e-mails and give the new Slices.me a spin.
An “open” market says Google, but from recent activities it looks like there are quite a few limitations. Developers looking to software change or any sort of modification to apps are now being held back from their creative ideas. At first Google has been gracious and, well, open to modders, but as the Android OS becomes more involved in its user’s lives the need for limitations arise. Yong Zhang’s Android Market developer account was abrubtly stopped in May after another mobile developer’s ZodTTD account. “I was quickly notified of my account suspension via my Twitter followers and e-mail,” ZodTTD said, receiving the letter from Google later on in the day.
The need to be an open service comes from Android’s competition, the Apple iOS. Android being the cool alternative for the daily hacker and modifier, the user who wants more power. Keeping up with their obligation has been benefitial, losing it could be severe.
The highly anticipated HTC Sensation is almost here; it’ll be hitting stores for T-Mobile on June 15- but is also expected to be available as early as June 12 at select Walmart locations. It’ll be $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.
The HTC Sensation will have a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera that can capture 1080p HD video, HTC Sense, and 4G network.
T-Mobile’s Newsroom lists the following preloaded applications for the smartphone:
HTC Watch™: A library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows available for rent or purchase using innovative progressive download technology
HTC Listen™: A VIP pass to a library of millions of songs with the freedom to transfer purchases to another device or computer
T-Mobile® TV: A free selection of live and on-demand TV including news, sports and kids programming, plus full episodes of popular shows
T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™: Video conversations with friends and family through T-Mobile’s network and over Wi-Fi
Slacker Radio: Free, personalized radio with over 150 genre stations and the ability to create your own stations
Phone displays a bit too small to enjoy? Ignition Ventures, Radar Partners, Helion Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz have invested their $7.6 million to BlueStacks so you don’t have to squint your eyes anymore. Now in development is a technology to bring your Android apps to a bigger screen such as your windows running tablets, netbooks, notebooks and desktops.
BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma stated, “Our vision is for an entirely new type of experience that supports the consumer interest in Android and also allows them to access some of the most valuable enterprise applications, enabling them to use their device of choice for work and play. We are currently working with a number of OEM and strategic partners and look forward to bringing our product to market in Q3 of this year.”
Since the release of the Android phone on their network, AT&T has kept a tight leash on the user’s ability to natively install third party applications. These non-Market applications let users install beta software or applications downloaded offline onto their device. For “Security Reasons, and users personal safety” AT&T has kept this option grayed out or turned off for the most part. A photo released from AndroidCommunity.com on May 5th reveals some exciting information leading us to believe the Infuse 4G from Samsung has the ability to install third party applications from the start. Although the ability to install these third party applications leads to piracy, many users use it with a legitimate purpose to download and install applications like the Amazon Appstore, or carrier blocked applications (such as the tethering apps now removed off the market.) Hopefully Samsung and AT&T will keep this option unlocked on future releases; after all, the Android users are going to do it whether or not the carrier has the option available. If you would like to know more about the Infuse, you can take a look at Samsung’s mobile device website and see for yourself.
AT&T customers now have a new advantage when ordering any application off of the Android Market. Upon selecting the app of your choice, there is now a drop-down menu which let’s you select “Bill my AT&T Account”, which in turn will tack on the price of the app to your next phone bill. It’s definitely a privilege for those of us on AT&T, but what’s uncertain is how this effects the new 15 minute refund window.
Watch out Apple, you may not be the top dog in the app race for too much longer. Google recently confirmed that they’ve surpassed 100,000 apps on the Android Market, and the numbers just keep on growing. It took only three months to jump from 70,000 apps to this point, which is pretty dang impressive if I say so myself. With the implementation of Adobe AIR apps coming into play, these numbers are sure to grow quicker than we think. Cheers to you Android developers out there!
Adobe AIR just recently hit the market a few weeks ago, and already we’re seeing a pretty epic update which was just announced from Adobe at their MAX conference. The Adobe AIR 2.5 update enables support for still and video capture from your Android smartphone, GPS, accelerometers, microphones, and hardware acceleration. To top things off, Adobe also announced their own marketplace specifically for AIR apps. This is just the beginning for Android developers out there, as this will open up a new realm of possibilities in the app world. So if you haven’t done so, hit up the Market and grab the 2.5 AIR update.