Market Pick


Multiple Users Enabled on Google Play Store Developer Accounts

If you want to publish an app in the Google Play Store (formerly known as the Android Market) you had to sign up, pay your dues, and you were good to go. But what if you wanted to later sell your app to someone else, or if you wanted to bring on…

By Joe Levi March 30, 2012, 12:02 pm

Are App Stores Where the Real Money Is? (Editorial)

When Android was first released on the T-Mobile G1 it came with Google's Android Market built in. The Market wasn't the only way to get apps onto your smartphone, but it was the easiest way not only to install apps on your phone, but to find them as…

By Joe Levi February 15, 2012, 11:07 am

Google Wallet’s Secure Element Not Responding Error Explained

Google Wallet is an app that lets you use your NFC-enable Android-powered smartphone to make payments on compatible credit card terminals. Currently the only officially supported phone is the Sprint Nexus S 4G. Since both the GSM and Verizon of the…

By Joe Levi December 28, 2011, 10:50 am

Nintendo’s Duck Hunt Ported to Android, Light Gun Not Supported

When I was a kid, the coolest gaming console around was the Nintendo Entertainment System. One of its cooler accessories was the "Light Gun" — a pistol-shaped controller that would detect squares of light on the screen to register "hits" or misses…

By Joe Levi October 31, 2011, 6:58 pm

Netflix for Android Officially Recognizes CyanogenMod ROMs

If you've rooted your Android-powered phone and installed a nightly build of the CyanogenMod custom ROM, you probably have run into problems with the Netflix app at some point in time. The problem had to do with Netflix' paranoia around securing…

By Joe Levi October 21, 2011, 4:12 pm

Custom Notification Icons with NoLED Themes

Near the end of 2010 we started seeing smartphones without notification LEDs. While it seemed insignificant at the time, there's something to be said for being able to tell what notifications you have just by glancing at the device, without turning…

By Joe Levi September 21, 2011, 5:08 pm

How to Get the Old Android Market Back

The new Android Market app is something you either love, or you hate. I'm leaning toward the latter. I mean, sure, it looks cool, but I'm not able to "rent" movies on my smartphone because I'm rooted, so those are just taking up space (besides, I…

By Joe Levi August 24, 2011, 4:49 pm

CoPilot Live for Android Gets Update, Fixes Re-Installation Bug

I'm a fan of CoPilot Live, but recently had an experience that soured my opinion of the company. I'm what some call a "power user", and as such I do a lot of stuff with my smartphones that "normal" people don't do. This time around, however, it was…

By Joe Levi August 1, 2011, 4:41 pm

Cook Your Own Android App From an RSS Feed with App.Yet?!

Some of today's best apps do nothing more than present information. While that may be a bit overly broad, eBooks and reference apps make up a good deal of the apps you'll find in the Android Market. For many, app writing is a bit beyond their…

By Joe Levi June 27, 2011, 9:58 pm

Animating Flip Clock Widget, No Longer An HTC Exclusive

The most coveted aspects of HTC's Sense UI are their animated widgets — specifically their flip clock, complete with smooth animations. Others (including LevelUp Studio) have attempted to replicate the look of the trademark flip clock, but to the…

By Joe Levi June 20, 2011, 10:08 pm

Keep Unwanted Images Out of Your Android Gallery With This App

The Android Gallery is the app that most Android-powered smartphones use to display photos and videos. Unfortunately it also picks up other folders that contain images — not necessarily photos. For example, I use LauncherPro as my launcher app,…

By Joe Levi June 1, 2011, 10:52 pm

Blocks Live Wallpaper, Tetris-Like Game Play on Your Homescreen

I've got a soft spot for Live Wallpapers. Some can be functional, others pretty, and some are just fun. The Blocks Live Wallpaper app falls into the "fun" category and according to the author it's "the world's first live wallpaper that turns into a…

By Joe Levi May 13, 2011, 1:22 pm

FPse PS1 Emulator Now Available in the Android Market

FPse for Android , the "fastest and the most compatible PSone emulator for handled devices", is now avaliable in the Android Market. This app lets you load up your PS1 games and play them on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. According to…

By Joe Levi February 14, 2011, 2:28 pm

Customize LauncherPro with Dock Background Images

Brandon just showed off how cool LauncherPro for Android is. Something he didn't go into was the ability to apply custom background images to the dock bar. Sure, it comes with a few very elegant looking backgrounds, but this is your phone, and you…

By Joe Levi February 9, 2011, 6:46 pm

Tiger Lab, a Nintendo DS Emulator for Android

Tiger Lab is an Android app which lets you "play" Nintendo DS games on your Android-powered device. Well, sorta. Presently it's a proof-of-concept demo that the developer says will only be available for a limited time. If you want to try it, you'll…

By Joe Levi January 31, 2011, 4:06 pm

Video: Beautiful Widgets, Beautiful Live Wallpaper Updated

LevelUp Studios just released updates to their Beautiful Widgets and Beautiful Live Weather apps, and wow, they're impressive! First up, a new set of "clock" widgets has been added to Beautiful Widgets . These widgets offer everything from the time…

By Joe Levi January 31, 2011, 2:11 pm

Coca-Cola Christmas Snow Globe Live Wallpaper

Give your Android an early Christmas present and decorate it in holiday style with this festive app. AdMod has taken inspiration from Coca-Cola's Snow Globe commercial to turn your Android-powered phone into the inside of a snow globe. As you'd…

By Joe Levi December 21, 2010, 10:46 am

Get the Gingerbread Launcher on Froyo Now

Yesterday, we showed you how to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread keyboard on rooted devices running Android 2.2 Froyo. Today, we've come across another piece of the Gingerbread puzzle, the launcher, courtesy of Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo. This is rather…

By Legacy December 8, 2010, 11:38 am

VISIONary Temproot App Pulled from Android Market

Several of the "How to Root" articles that I've shared with you recently have a prerequisite of being "temprooted" — have temporary root permissions. Temproot, unlike actual root or "permaroot", is lost when you restart your phone. However, while…

By Joe Levi November 12, 2010, 3:45 pm

Use Your MagicJack Account on Your Android

Something that interests me more than any other in the context of communications is VoIP. Voice over IP is pretty much what it sounds like: transmitting and receiving voice over Internet Protocol. Okay, okay, exactly what is that? VoIP is generally…

By Joe Levi October 27, 2010, 2:45 pm

Album Art Live Wallpaper for Android

For those of you familiar with the Zune desktop software or Windows Media Center you're no doubt familiar with how both of these programs scan your music library and tile the album art in the background. Applying the same concept to Android via a…

By Joe Levi July 20, 2010, 10:21 pm

MicDroid: Auto-Tune App for Android (Video)

The "I am T-Pain" app for the iPhone, whether you're a fan or not, has been a huge hit. The app has the ability to auto-tune and record your voice according to specific user settings. This allows users to dramatically modify the sound of their voice…

By Legacy July 18, 2010, 7:37 am

Video: aCircuit Board Android Live Wallpaper

Live Wallpapers are always fun to use and show off because they animate and sometimes have unique interactive elements about them. I recently came across this cool, new Live Wallpaper called aCircuit Board. As the name suggests, it turns the…

By Legacy July 9, 2010, 6:40 am

Android Market Pick: Compass

One of the best innovations of Android devices is the built in digital compass. Compass is a free application on the Android Market that allows users to get precise compass directions. The program has many skins and features like GPS and true north…

By Daniel Webster June 19, 2010, 2:28 pm


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