If you do quite a bit of downloading then I’m sure that you’ve seen how it can be difficult to manage multiple downloads at once when using the default download manager for your desktop computer. There are quite a few download managers available which provide a free service to assist you in making the management of those downloads easier. One of the more popular ones is jDownloader; indie developer Josh Burton has created an awesome looking application which allows you to remotely control, add, pause, and manage the downloads and jDownloader application on your computer. [Read more...]
Have you been missing swype while using ICS? Well, you don’t have to miss it anymore! Swype has just launched a beta version that’s compatible with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition to super efficient swiping to text the new version has Android ICS support, downloadable languages for tablets, and accuracy improvements. Too bad that last improvement means less hilarious autocorrect fails! For a refresher course on checking your Android for Swype and downloading beta, go to the Swype website.
The über popular puzzle game Portal is making its way to Android- unofficially. Developers not associated with Valve (the makers of Portal) have created a beta, proof-of-progress version of the game.
In case you somehow missed it, Portal is a first-person puzzle game in which you’re equipped with a portal-shooting “gun”. You can launch two portals at a time, walk in one and [Read more...]
We’ve all been there- so wrapped up in whatever is happening on our smartphones (Facebook, Twitter, texting) that we have absolutely no attention to give to anything else. Occasionally, this can lead to disaster. To put it simply, that small screen in front of your face can make you oblivious to what’s really right in front of you, and that can get dangerous. [Read more...]
Symantec has developed a new avenue to it’s Norton Online Family, and that is the Norton Safety Minder app. The application is a way for parents to monitor their children’s mobile behavior.
The app (which is free) gives parents the opportunity to track what websites are being visited, and block sites on their children’s mobile devices. [Read more...]
If you’ve been waiting for the Lenovo ThinkPad tablet to receive the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ve only got a few months to go. The Android 4.0 update for this device is officially scheduled for May 2012.
Big features you’ll be treated to include face recognition, voice input, and a faster web browser. The face recognition feature, or Face Unlock, is a way of keeping your tablet locked against anyone who isn’t you. [Read more...]
The online social tool Formspring has gotten an official Android application in the android market.
Formspring works within a question-and-answer method for simple entertainment. [Read more...]
Steam has developed an app for the Android Market, that is currently available in beta.
You won’t be playing any pc or mobile games on your smartphone through the Steam app; the app is more of an accompaniment to your current Steam activity. [Read more...]
There’s few apps that Android users receive that iPhone users don’t have, generally it’s because it’s either:
- A keyboard (like Swype or something, you know?)
- Something illegal (And those are the best, right?)
- Something awesome and the developer loves Android far too much to share ( Those guys are my favorite)
- Something that Apple just Really doesn’t like.
- It’s really stupid and doesn’t deserve to be on the Market either (Ex: Roll A Joint – really?)
In this case it is a little of 2 & 4. The ever popular uTorrent PC and Mac application is now accessible from your phone; the mobile app accesses the running uTorrent application installed on your computer which is eating up all of your bandwidth and downloading your favorite TV show. All it requires is your Android device, the uTorrent Remote App, and about 30 seconds on your home computer (running uTorrent 3 on Windows and 1.5 Beta on Macs). [Read more...]
Interested in keeping up with the latest Mozilla Firefox beta? Well version 6.0 has now hit the Android Market. For those of you not so familiar with Firefox beta, be aware that it’s not the finished product and the final “official” release of it could have more going for it (for example, still no flash on the beta, but we might still have a chance of seeing it when it’s actually ready).
Here’s an excerpt on what 6.0 beta’s got going for it…
What’s New in Firefox Beta for Android
The latest version of Firefox Beta for Android has the following changes:
Getting you to the web faster:
The new first-run experience gets you directly to the home page and briefly shows you browser features in the side panels. Firefox starts up faster and uses less memory.
Creating a better web experience:
-Higher-quality image scaling (on devices with NEON-compatible processors). Smoother zooming, less pixelation, crisper display of logos, etc.
-Improvements for large-screen tablets: Optimizing Firefox for larger tablet devices, e.g. by adjusting UI elements, buttons, font size. (Phase 1)
-Better integration of Form Assistant for a smoother user experience
-Visual refresh with new Gingerbread theme for phones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread): –A fresh look for the browser to look even more beautiful on Gingerbread.
-Universal Access: Optimized rendering of pages that use RTL layout (languages like Arabic, Hebrew) (see bug 634386)
Important improvements “under the hood” and new technology features:
-Touch Events (part 1 – single touch only): Expose touch events to content for better interaction with web pages and services, and improved compatibility with existing web content.
-IndexedDB database storage for web pages
-Better performance and improved memory management
-Automatic text hyphenation with the -moz-hyphens CSS property (see bug 253317)
More bug fixes and enhancements:
-Move Find In Page, Share Page, and Save As PDF to app menu on Android (see bug 612193)
-Implement the W3C DeviceOrientation Event Specification (see bug 615597)
-Selecting “Tabs from other computers” on home screen directs to Preferences (see bug 639711)
-WebGL textures broken when decode-on-draw is enabled (see bug 647802)
-Tweaks to Firefox Gingerbread UI (see bug 659447)
-Update Gingerbread UI for Preferences/Downloads/Addons and Context Menu (see bug 659457)
-Tweak selection color in Gingerbread theme (see bug 660632)
-[Java][SwiftKey] StringIndexOutOfBoundsException in String.substring() via GeckoInputConnection.getExtractedText (see bug 663445)
If you’d like to grab the beta, head on over to the Android Market.