Smartphones are great; they organize our lives, provide us with news and information, and keep us in touch with friends no matter how far away they may be. Smartphone gloves on the other hand? Not so much. They don't do a great job of keeping your hands warm in the cold weather, and they aren't exactly renowned for their comfort.
Fortunately for Xperia sola users, Sony has you covered. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the sola, which began today, includes a new feature called "glove mode" which, you guessed it, allows you to wear any pair of gloves and still use your smartphone.
Poweramp, the popular music player app, has been updated to provide expandable notifications for users running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), as well as a few other improvements.
This latest update allows you to easily control tracks from your system notifications, whilst viewing information about the track currently playing. Also, the notification controls no longer disappear when you pause a track, so you don't have to dive back into the app to continue listening. In addition to this, support for FLV files has been added, and there is improved WAV and WMA support, too.
What's in this version:
- new "rich" notification support for Jelly Beans (Android 4.1) - improved .wav and .wma support - audio in .flv - Music Folders selection can be 10 levels deep now - fixed missing last song in iso.wv - few other improvements and bug fixes
The update is live on the Play store right now, so if you own the app you can grab the latest version immediately.
Sony's Tablet S (or "S1") was released over a year ago to little hubbub. Still, that's not keeping the increasingly-awesome Sony from shooting a new update out for it with many of the software features of its successor, the Xperia Tablet S. None of them are especially mind-blowing, but they certainly add functionality:
Redesigned media players
More "Small" (floating) apps
Expanded functionality for the remote control app
Social Feed Reader Cloud has been updated to Socialife
Oddly, they suggest people also download Watch Now from the Play store
Otherwise, things stay basically the same. There are no Android updates included (still 4.0.3), nor other changes, from what we can see.
One of the most common questions users have regarding Google's various content offerings is "Why isn't it available in [insert any number of countries here]?" Google has been working to change that, offering more and more of the Play Store's non-app content abroad. In that spirit, today it announced that Google Play Movies is now available in Korea (where we saw Eric Schmidt having some Gangnam style fun earlier this week).
We’re adding movies to Google Play in Korea, including films from Korean studios & Hollywood. Get started with Avengers:goo.gl/4Alrd
According to the announcement, Korea's Play Movies includes "hundreds of full-length feature films from some local Korean studios and Hollywood." The post goes on to invite users to start their movie enjoyment with The Avengers.
Those of us with rooted devices and a penchant for flashing ROMs know just how valuable a great backup tool can be. Titanium backup is undoubtedly one of the most popular (and most useful) backup tools around, and it just got an update to version 5.6.0.
The update, which had been floating around as a "test version" prior to official release, brings a few UI enhancements and fixes, an updated set of translations, and improved "Market Doctor" and "Force Attach" functions to repair broken links between apps and the Play Store.
The real story here, though, is Titanium Backup's new ability to allow for the restoration of ADB backup files (which can be created without root) from TB when rooted.
When turntable.fm first came out on Android, we were excited. In my review, I said that it was a fantastic start, but could use a bit of polish. In no small part, because of those dang iOS-style buttons. While I still believe that iOS- buttons do not single-handedly make a lazy port, it's nice to see that the developer has taken the time to bring the UI in line with the newest guidelines. Additionally, the update says it fixes some force close problems and generally improves stability.
Of course, don't tell that to Artem. He fired up the app and gave it a go on his Evo LTE and still experienced a few crashes.
Back in August, Halfbrick Studios brought their hit iOS game Jetpack Joyride over to the Android side. The problem was, though, you could only get it from the Amazon Appstore. That's not the case any longer, as the game has finally abandoned its exclusive period in the Appstore and is now available in the Play Store.
For those who may not have seen our previous coverage of the app or read Jeremiah's review (spoiler: he loved it), a little insight may be in order. For starters, there are only three words you need to know: Machine gun jetpack. If that's not enough, then here are two more: robot dragons.
Big Red customers who just can't enough of the ol' pigskin, listen up: from now until October 1st, you can catch all the NFL action for free on your mobile with Verizon's NFL Mobile app. The service, which normally costs around $5 a month, allows you to stream live NFL content directly to your phone so you never miss a beat.
And, considering the app was just updated to add support for Jelly Bean and high-res screens, you can rest assured that it will work just fine on your newly updated Galaxy Nexus.
Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.
The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps. Here are some specifications that describe it:
4.0” WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
If those don't get you pumped up, well, you're probably a person of pretty reasonable expectations.