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Oct
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Everyone knows that smartphones are awesome, but it’s hard to beat using a large screen and full keyboard to control a device. Developers Peter Mora and Zoltan Papp believe they have come up with a compelling compromise: Webkey, for Android. Webkey allows users with a rooted Android device to text or call contacts, view SD card contents, and more - all from a web based interface.

Webkey Final 4

The Interface

Webkey's interface leaves a lot to be desired, as it is more bare and utilitarian than polished and perfected.

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Oct
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Looks like the already-awesome AppBrain App Market app (yea, it's a little hard to wrap your head around that one) has been updated today, and now includes some pretty awesome new features:

  • Cloud to Device app uninstalls
  • Set wallpaper
  • Send URL to phone
  • Landscape mode
  • Dark theme

Cloud to device uninstalls are by far the big winner there - AppBrain already allowed some pretty awesome remote control over your phone's apps via your PC, and remote uninstall is a major addition to the existing feature set.

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Oct
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Sony's Crackle app has landed in the Android Market, and brings streaming of original shorts, TV shows, and movies to Android. The app is free, but requires a premium subscription to view TV shows and movies. At $5/month, the premium content isn't necessarily expensive, but after quickly running through the app, I'd have to say it's probably not worth it unless you're pretty desperate.

A word on the app itself: it's small, installs quickly, and runs smoothly.

07
Oct
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Yesterday morning, Lifehacker published an article titled "How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer," and it's well worth a look for any Android power user. The article is broken into three sections: Two-Way (Android <-> Desktop) and One-Way (Desktop -> Android) and (Android -> Desktop).

In the interest of not stealing their thunder, I'm not going to tell you what apps they suggest and why, but I will tell you what types of apps they cover:

  1. Two-way
  1. Files
  2. Small data/notes
  3. Reading material
  • One-way (Desktop -> Android)
    1. Remote control/screen viewing
    2. App sync/installation
    3. Web pages, maps, and text
    4. Files
    5. iTunes
  • One-way (Android -> Desktop)
    1. Phone activity (SMS/calls/etc)
    2. Web pages
    3. Files

    Be sure to hit up the source link to check out their app suggestions!

    06
    Oct
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    Last Updated: November 3rd, 2010

    Although the name may be reminiscent of Optimus Prime, this phone might not live up to the most powerful Autobot. Think of the Optimus T as an Android feature phone with the stats of a mid-range device.

    It comes packed with the following specs:

    • Android 2.2 FroYo
    • 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen
    • 3.2MP Camera (no Flash - what is this, 2005?)
    • Wifi (includes Mobile Hotspot Option)
    • GPS
    • Bluetooth

    The Optimus T appears to be the exact opposite of what most people are expecting to see from handset manufacturers: a starter phone.

    05
    Oct
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    Verizon has just announced the Droid Pro (that's right, the same device that was previously rumored to have a dual GSM /CDMA radio for global roaming, a 1.3 GHz processor, and a 4" display), and let me tell you, the thing's got a few surprises hidden up its sleeve.

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    For starters, it's not a landscape slider, unlike the Droid 2. Instead, Motorola's decided to go with a candybar form factor for this one, much like the form factor used by RIM for numerous BlackBerries and also by Palm for the Pixi.

    05
    Oct
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    Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

    Reviewed version: 2.0.4
    Requires: Android 1.6 or newer
    Cost: Free

    I have fat fingers. There. I said it. With my old Sanyo Katana, it wasn’t a problem because I would just multitap and tap and tap to enter text. But when I finally made the jump to a smartphone, I quickly ran into a stumbling block with the virtual keyboard.

    The HTC Hero has a pretty compact screen, especially in portrait orientation.

    05
    Oct
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    Looks like Gorilla Glass is fast becoming the trend among tablets and smartphones - not only is Samsung slapping it on their Galaxy S devices, but the Tab as well. What's so great about Gorilla Glass? To quote Wikipedia:

    Corning attributes the choice of Gorilla Glass superiority not only for "unparalleled damage resistance and protection" but:

    • "Thinner form factor: Gorilla Glass retains its performance advantage over standard chemically strengthened substrates even when used in thin form factors.

    05
    Oct
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    Take a look at what I found in the Android Market this morning when I was doing a casual sift through the swamp of garbage that the Market is today. It's the official Yahoo Finance app - an app that trails behind Google's own super popular Finance app by over a year. Of course, the more the merrier, and Yahoo is a huge player in the finance world with its Yahoo Finance site, so I downloaded it to take a look.

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    Oct
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    Last week, Google announced that over the next 2 weeks, support for purchasing paid apps was coming to 18 more countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

    This morning, reports are trickling in that the switch has been indeed flipped, at least in some of these countries. So far, we've been able to confirm Sweden, Denmark, and India.

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