One of the most important features of Android for many users is the ability to have external storage: with this ability we can carry loads of music, TV shows, and movies. One problem that we have however, is choosing the right program for each. One program has kept up to date with all the design, performance, and compatibility standards for every device and version of Android – MX Player. [Read more...]
A video for LG’s Optimus Vu has recently popped on Youtube, providing us with a glimpse at the device and its size, and little else.
The screen will come in at 5 inches, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 (this strays from traditional smartphone ratios). [Read more...]
Skype video chat has finally made its way to the Android application, but has a taken after Hulu and will only be available for a handful of phones.
The phones that will support Skype video chat as of right now include:
-HTC Desire S
-Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
-Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
-Google Nexus S
The list isn’t very impressive, and it seems like it’s too little too late. But, Skype promises they’ll be adding more devices “very soon.”
In addition to video chat, Skype has redesigned the application. The menu makes navigation easier; customers can manage their profile and account, their contacts, and share statuses.
The latest Facebook update is now available for your Android device.
There are a few tweaks that come with the 1.6 version. There’s better Facebook page browsing- the pages now open up easily through the application.
More importantly to most users is the new ability to upload videos. This is most convenient since you can now record videos from your Android device and directly upload them to the Facebook app without any extra steps.
Overall, the update makes things a bit easier, but we’re still waiting for some things (tagging pics?). The update is manual so you’ll have to go into your Apps to get it for your device.
Another 4G 3D phone is being tossed into the market, this time by LG under AT&T’s network.
The phone, named the LG Thrill 4G, will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will be able to upgrade into Gingerbread later on. The phone will have a 4.3 inch WVGA 3D display and a 1GHz dual-core, dual-channel RAM processor for the 3D capabilites. The phone will not require glasses to see the 3D and will be preloaded with two 3D games: “Let’s Golf 2″ and “NOVA.”
It’ll have a 1.3MP front facing camera and dual 5MP cameras in back with 720p video capture; photos and videos will be able to be converted into 3D as well and have unique features such as ‘no shake’ for the vids.
Also available for the phone is YouTube and mSpot- 3D of course on both- and an HDMI port and micro usb cable.
Naturally, no one has said when its coming or how much it’ll cost.
For the XOOM Wifi owners hoping to catch movies on the Android Market, your wait is now over. Motorola tweeted that that the movies are officially available. Grab the Google Video app first then and have access to thousands of movies starting at $1.99.
But, as I mentioned about a month ago, rooted devices are banned from the application. This ban was implemented to avoid pirating movies.
You can download the Google Video app here to get started.
WildTangent, a gaming company for computers, is now planning for a release of Android apps for the Google Market. The games available range from free to ad-supported, and you can rent games for just a day. The app is designed to run much like any renting business, but with low costs.
WildCoins, WildTangent’s currency, will be anywhere from $4 to $10 per month and renting will start at 25 cents each day. Though you pay monthly, games are not unlimited.
Of course you can still choose to buy the game outright if you don’t want to bother with samples of it.
Do you store all of your music on one device or just don’t have enough space on your phone or computer to transfer it between the two? Twonky is an excellent choice for people who do not like storing 16GB of music, video, or photos on their Android device but would still like to access their music on their tablet, phone, or computer in their home without having to use a mess of cables. Twonky was easy to install and set up, just a few taps on the screen and the server was up and running. I was able to access all the media that I selected, wirelessly on my laptop to stream movies, music, or photos without any lag or hesitation.
• Easy to Use
• It will play your streaming music in the background, so you can multitask
• Can share a photo or music via the application
• Able to play music off your phone or tablet on your computer
• Able to stream music off your computer to your phone via installing the Twonky software on PC
• Good streaming quality
• Offers a 15-day trial to give you plenty of time to test out their product before purchase
• Supports Audio formats: AAC, ALAC, AMR, HE-AAC, iLBC, IMA4, Linear PCM, MP3, μ-law and a-law
• Supported Video Formats: H.264 video (640×480 or 320×240), 30 fps with AAC-LC audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats OR MPEG-4 video (640×480), 30 fps with AAC-LC audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
• Supported Photo Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
The Not So Good:
• As of now, is unable to stream WMA files (as seen by the screenshot above), which was the majority of my library, severly limiting the usefulness of the application to me
I didn’t notice many problems with the program, only the WMA playback with me. Go ahead and try out Twonky Mobile in the Android Market to start your trial now and see if you like what it offers. If you do, the License is available for purchase for a low price of $2.99. Let us know what you think of the program!
Own a rooted Gingerbread device? Then you could be video chatting on Google Talk in no time. Thanks to XDA for the application, and Phandroid for the guide, you can install the new Google Talk update which will enable your mobile device to take full support of that microphone and camera you have equipped on there. Like us Galaxy S users, Gingerbread is still a myth and is nowhere to be found from Samsung; Thanks to developers like XDA, you can grab a fully functional 2.3 ROM which is even more stable than the stock 2.2 and unlock all these features instead of waiting months to even hear a release date for the Gingerbread update. Chris Chavez from Phandroid.com made a Youtube tutorial on how to back up your current ROM, and install the GTalk update, just click on the play button below to check it out!
There are multiple apps now on the market that support video chatting over any internet connection such as Qik, Yahoo Messenger, and Fring. Although these apps have had the ability to video chat for months, Google decided to get into the game.
Yesterday, Google introduced the new feature that will be included in the 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S device: Video and voice chatting through Google Talk. The application that comes natively bundled with Android will now include a small icon to begin a video chat to one of your contacts. It is more than likely that you could be waiting a few months to receive it on your device unfortunately. Like the other chatting applications, Google Talk will now be able to call any Android device, tablets or mobile phones, as well as PCs.A feature included in the small update is a text overlay through your video chat, so you can send links to websites or videos and share them while you talk (see video below). The update seems slightly impractical right now due to the limited number of devices running Gingerbread, but in the future could be a very practical replacement for a few of the non-native applications stuffed into your device.
Google’s official video announcing the update:
Source: Google’s Blog