We all know that cellular carriers love to get their logo, name, and trade-dress everywhere they can on a phone — even inside the UI itself. When carriers started replacing the “Downloads” tab in the old market with their name and app recommendations, many objected — myself included.
By now you’re likely familiar with the new Market app that’s starting to show up on many Android-powered phones. Love it or hate it, the new Market app is certainly different, and eventually coming to the majority of Android-powered phones. Following the UI [...]
ShopSavvy, a barcode-scanning and price-comparison app for iPhone and Android, is now available for Windows Phone 7 devices, letting those users track down deals of their own.
Once you find a product that you’re interested in, snapping a quick photo of its UPC will let ShopSavvy identify the item and start searching its database for the best available deals. You’ll be able to see both the best online price as well as the best one that’s locally available at a retail store. Once you have all that information, you can balance the cost of online shipping versus [...]
Following the recent Android Market overhaul, Google is continuing to push out some additional updates, as it’s added extra app categories and the ability for AT&T users to bill purchases to their mobile accounts.
The category refresh adds Sports to available game types, and does a dozen-odd changes to the list of different app flavors. Gone is Multimedia, replaced by the more specific Music & Audio and Media & Video. All-new categories include Education, Medical, Photography, and Transportation. While it’s counter-productive to get TOO specific when [...]
Remember the mysterious “third tab” in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it’s a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread.
Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it’s labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it’s “Similar”, sometimes “Related”. The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other [...]
Winamp for Android is on its way out of beta, celebrating the graduation with the addition of support for Shoutcast MP3 streams and syncing with the PC edition of Winamp over WiFi.
The Shoutcast add-on gives your smartphone access to any of the 40,000-some streams Nullsoft reports as available, adding to the mobile version of the media player a big part of what made the PC version so popular a decade ago. Nullsoft maintains charts of the most popular stations, grouping by genre to speed-up searches.
The wireless PC syncing joins earlier wired sync support, letting you use [...]
The Mozilla Foundation revealed that it’s been working on an app store concept of its own, as discussed in its most recent “The State of Mozilla” report. Unlike the offerings from Apple and for Android devices, Mozilla-based apps would be fully cross-platform.
Sure, it’s great when companies release versions of their apps across multiple platforms, but not every group has the resources to undertake such a development task. When it comes to making the decision as to which devices to support, Sony Ericsson thinks that the smart bet is Android, pointing to both the number of available developers and the platform’s potential for global growth.
Sony Ericsson makes its point quite convincingly: Android already has a global reach, with access to the Android Market continuing to expand as well. Of course it makes sense that if you [...]
Three weeks ago Sling Media teased Windows Mobile fans with the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 version of its SlingPlayer Mobile video-streaming software, promising higher resolutions than it ever before delivered to a Windows handset. Today the app makes its Marketplace debut, available for nearly $30.
When we took a look at the nearly-complete software we saw Sling taking full advantage of the processing power that will be standard for all Windows Phone 7 devices, letting the app display four times as many pixels as the old Windows Mobile version could. The Sling/Windows Mobile [...]
Microsoft has added a Windows Phone 7 app gallery to the Bing Visual Search library of structured data sets. Besides offering a convenient and visually pleasing manner in which to browse the Marketplace, the gallery allows the user to filter the full catalog of software — updated daily — by several different criteria, including category, sub-category, and price. This gives us the ability to tease out the fact that out of the 1,658 programs in the market at the time of writing, 483 are free, 753 cost 99 cents, and only 16 are over $10. Unsurprisingly, games are by far the [...]
Dataviz has released Documents to Go 3.0 for Android. The application is now available in the Marketplace.
There are a lot of new features in the update especially for Google Docs users. You are now able to download and use files directly from Google Docs and then synchronize any changes over the air. Other features of note are Desktop Synchronization over USB, improved PDF support, compatibility with Microsoft Office 2010 and the ability to install the application to an SD Card.
Documents to Go 3.0 is available in the Marketplace at $14.99 for new users or as a free [...]
Cocktail Flow has to be one of the most visually-rich applications for searching alcoholic drink recipes on any mobile platform – and it’s coming to Windows Phone 7. What separates this cocktail app from others I’ve seen is the presence of a virtual stock cabinet. Simply tap on the ingredients (spirits, liqueur, mixers), which are represented with images, and the app will recommend drinks to make. As a bonus, it can offer advice on which additional items to buy in order to make even more drinks out of the contents in your cabinet. You can also search through a list of [...]
Grooveshark has released an Android update for their popular music streaming application. The app allows you to play virtually any song instantly to your device. You can find out more in our recent review of Grooveshark here.
The update introduces many new features like Subscribed Playlists, Genre Radio, User Stations, Repeat Options, Last.fm scrobbling support, Bluetooth Support for play, pause, next and previous song controls and finally an intelligent Queue that is restored even after restarting the application.
For more information and details on the bug fixes, you [...]
Two of the most popular app stores for jailbroken Apple products like the iPhone and iPad have announced an alliance, bringing together the catalogs of Cydia and Rock Your Phone after nearly two years of competition. According to both companies, Rock’s entire catalog will be transferred over to Cydia’s store, along with customer app licenses; users without a Cydia account will be asked to create one in order to access their Rock products.
By combining their efforts instead of competing for customers and developers, the merged entity promises to eliminate duplicate [...]
MobileTag is a barcode reader for Windows Mobile devices. The program is capable to searching thousands of product codes either by barcode or datamatrix, flashcode, fotokody, QR Codes, 1D UPC, EAN 13. Save lists of products by scanning the barcodes and making shopping lists. Want to know when something goes on sale? Set a price and have MobileTag send you an email when that product reaches below the price that you have set. MobileTag is free on the Windows Mobile Marketplace and supports French, English, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish languages.
The puzzle game Droplets 2.0 is both challenging and addictive. The game consists of various drops that must be smashed into each other to complete the level. There are special drops that require to be saved to the last move and others to avoid. Each level tests your strategic and logical thinking, but in the even the game has stumped you just click on the hint to be showed a partial solution. The graphics are both eye catching and transition seamlessly. Multiple game modes and score tracking make for hours of fun filled challenges.
Two versions of this game are available one [...]
Today is a federal holiday in the United States of America which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It’s commonly referred to as “The Fourth of July”, but I take exception to that term, it negates the history and meaning behind the holiday – it’s real name is “Independence Day“.
With that in mind, check out my “Independence Day apps for Android” video. In it I’ll cover nine apps and one Live Wallpaper in 12 [...]
Okay, so you’re not actually running Windows 7 on your Android, but using this app and its PC client you can remotely connect to your desktop PC via WiFi or 3G from your Android.
Wyse PocketCloud Beta is a proprietary RDP engine to connect to your desktop computer from various mobile platforms. The Android version includes switches to turn various UI elements (wallpapers, themes, etc.) on and off to either speed up the connection, or make it look more like you’re sitting in front of the box.
What’s more, PocketCloud has been tested on the Motorola DROID, [...]
Reader Zohner recently asked, “Are you aware of any porn filters for Android phones?” What a great question! A lot of what we’ll cover applies to any phone, and potentially your home computer, but some of it is Android specific.
Steve Jobs threw in his two bits when he was asked about whether or not Apple would allow app installations via any source other than iTunes. “There’s a porn store for Android… you can download it, your kids can download it. That’s a place we don’t want to go, so we’re not going to.” (Hopefully [...]
One of the things I’ve wanted from day one was a way to view all the Android apps in the Market on my desktop computer. At Google IO we were given a taste of what that might look like, and today you can do that — almost.
Head over to market.android.com to see what it looks like!
In its current version, the web-based view of the Market will let you filter apps by featured, top paid, and top free apps. You can then select an app to view it’s title, developer, description and a couple screen shots. What’s still missing are user comments, the entire [...]
Back in 2008 it was reported that Google had a “remote kill switch” built in to the Android OS.
“Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion.”
We’ve never seen exactly what that means, until recently.
In a blog post by Rich Cannings, Android Security Lead, the decision to forcefully remove two apps from phone was explained:
“Every now and then, we remove [...]
Let’s say you’re browsing the Android Market and decide to go all-in and actually purchase an app. Most apps are free, but some cost money. Those that do are generally fairly inexpensive (less than US$10), but there are those that can get into some serious cash. Once the price of an app raises above your “pain threshold” you might be hesitant to make that purchase.
I’m here to tell you, you needn’t worry!
Google’s Market is unlike any I’ve seen before. You can buy an app, download and install it, and see if you like it (or [...]
It has taken a few years, but Slide2Play has finally hit version 1.0. S2P is a popular music player alternative for Windows Phone and the latest version has undergone a number of changes – all of which can be viewed in the change log below. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a free app and will now carry a charge of $3.99 on Windows Marketplace for mobile.
Although it’s now a paid app, this is a positive move for fans of the player because it will likely translate to more frequent bug fixes and updates. A_C, the developer of S2P and S2U2, certainly deserves a [...]
Google Maps Navigation is arguably the biggest thing to hit GPS navigation since its inception. I use it pretty much where ever I go, not because I don’t know how to get where I’m going, but because of dynamic re-routing and near-real-time traffic data. Combine these two and I can avoid congestion, accidents, and road hazards, and be directed through the side-streets with which I might be unfamiliar.
One of the biggest complaints about Google Maps Navigation has been its lack of availability outside the United States. There are some hacks that allowed foreign access [...]