Sony Smart Connect – A Quick Way To Automate Your Android

While I am not too fond of the many accessories that Sony has currently released, there is no doubt in my mind that they are on the right track. The Smartwatch, Smart wireless headset, among other accessories by them are not a bad idea – just horribly implemented for the time being. The software for managing these pieces of hardware just got a massive update which makes the application useful for everyone, even if you don’t own one of their products. [Read more…] Beta is Now Live

Some of you might remember our review on the fantastic application Slices, a Twitter client, from One Louder apps. The wait is almost over, 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, the Stats category and the People category still have a “Coming Soon” tag on them. All of the functions that has are there so you could easily drop it after 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 a spin.

Doom Live Wallpaper

Are you a big fan of DOOM? Who isn’t. Enjoy that arcade shooter feeling wherever you go. Thanks to the wonderful community at Reddit I’ve discovered an older live wallpaper that still deserves some publicity. It’s one of the few that is highly interactive and quite fun to play with. Whenever you turn on your phone a space marine spawns and will walk around the screen. Monsters will randomly start to spawn with increased difficulty. Don’t worry though, you can help out your little space marine by simply tapping the screen to spawn him weapons and health that he’ll go and retrieve. Is that mini marine starting to get smug? Well, you can knock him back down a few pegs by simply dragging and dropping your icons around the screen. Every time an icon is moved a new monster will spawn in that location. Live wallpapers can be pretty hit or miss, so it’s nice to see some top quality ones floating around out there. It’s completely free, completely fun and completely addicting. Give it a shot. [Read more…]

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Coming Soon

Apparently, Sony Ericsson and Walkman have joined forces to bring us the Live, a Gingerbread 2.3 touting, music-centric smartphone with a
dedicated Walkman button, deep Facebook integration and all that fun stuff to bring customers a music-sharing experience.

It’s got a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display powered by a single-core 1GHz processor with 380 MB of RAM. It’s also got 2 cameras, a front facing VGA for video chat, and a 5 mega pixel back camera with 720p HD video recording. The Live sports wifi, blutooth, and Sony’s xLOUD system for enhanced audio. There isn’t any pricing info as of right now, but we should see something pretty soon, since the phone’s supposed to be coming out this fall.

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Google Maps Includes Live Transit Updates In New Update

Use public transit often and “try” to keep up to date with the arrival schedule of the buses? Not anymore thanks to Google Mobile’s most recent update which puts live transit updates right in Google Maps.

Google Maps has teamed up with transit companies in Boston, Portland, San Francisco, and San Diego to achieve live departure times to tell you where the bus is and how long until it arrives at a station you tap on. Some of the included features is live departure times and service alerts when getting transit directions. The new update can be found in the Google Maps application, Google Maps Mobile website, and the desktop version of Google Maps so you can keep up to date in with your public transit in all of the 6 cities that are included. Four of the cities are in the US while the other two are in Europe at the moment, but like usual for Google, this is just a test run and will most likely be implemented in various locations within the next few months.

Check out the video below straight from the Google Mobile blog to hear some more information on the update and see it in action:

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Want To Add A Gingerbread Feel To Your Android Phone?

Android Developer Steven Lin might have your answer; Lin has developed/ported the Gingerbread Keyboard, Launcher, and Live Wallpaper and they are all available for download on the Android Market for free.

The Keyboard (Android 2.2 and up) is a simple multitouch keyboard with support for user dictionary, built-in dictionary, Auto correction, and speech to text. He also has downloads on the Market to download more language packs for the keyboard. The default key sizes are perfect for typing on a small phone when you don’t feel like using swipe, or just feel like browsing the internet. The developer also offers a paid version of the keyboard with custom vibration, custom key height, custom row gaps, and options to hide period and comma keys. You can get the free version here, and the paid version for $.99 here on the Android Market.

The Gingerbread Launcher(Android 2.1-2.3) is designed after the stock Gingerbread one and includes a 2D/3D app drawer, a high quality Nexus S wallpaper, and eclair 2.1 backwards compatibility (which is currently in testing). Along with the launcher you can grab the Gingerbread Live Wallpaper to complete the Gingerbread theme on your phone. The paid version on the market does not add a lot of features but really is a “donate” option so to say. You can get the free version here, and the paid version here for $.99 on the Market.

Countdown to Google I/O Drops below 24 Hours

Google’s annual conference, Google I/O, kicks off in less than 24 hours!

According to Google’s blog, the conference will covering all things Android and Chrome. It’ll be taking place in San Francisco and have some 5,000 participants from 60 countries. With 261 speakers and 110 sessions, Google is confident this will be their biggest yet.

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, claimed Google I/O will show off “new features, preview upcoming updates, and provide new insights into the growing momentum behind these platforms. “

The conference sold out within 59 minutes, so most people will have to tune in here. Gundotra said, “for the first time in Google I/O history, you’ll be able to join us throughout the two days at I/O Live. We’ll live stream the two keynote presentations, two full days of Android and Chrome technical sessions, and the After Hours party.”

The above link takes you to what is currently a countdown page, and will become the live showing at 9:00 a.m. PDT on May 10.