Google Voice received its first major update in some time earlier today, undergoing a major UI refresh for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices (Gingerbread devices only see minor changes, such as the app icon), as well as new interface for Honeycomb and ICS tablets. Under the hood, SMS offline message queuing is now supported and works for multiple recipients.
Unfortunately, it still is ungodly slow to load on my Gingerbread phone, and scrolls like something from Android 1.6. Read More
Are you outside one of the eligible countries for the Chrome for Android Beta? Good news - we've pulled the .apk (the app installation file). Simply download the file from one of our mirrors, then run it from the Downloads menu on your device. Remember, this only works on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
Hot on the heels of filing for a $5 billion IPO, rumor has it that Facebook could introduce in-line ads into its mobile interface as early as next month. While few details are known at this time, it's said that these ads will show up directly in users' timelines as "featured stories."
There's no word if this will affect both the mobile web version of Facebook and mobile apps alike, but it looks like we won't have to wait very long before finding out. Read More
The guys behind the official Dropbox Android app have an enticing present for everyone to check out. They just released an experimental beta v2.0.9 that includes a brand new automatic Camera Upload feature. There are definitely third party apps out there that offer this same service, but it's nice to see the official version updating with some fresh new features.
Here's what you'll find:
- The app can now automatically upload photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or your data plan.
As Android has grown from a small hobbyists OS to the mainstream-conquering behemoth it is today, so has the amount of malware directed towards it. A large chunk of the problem comes from malicious apps that make it into the Android Market - often times, duplicates of popular apps with a few strings of code thrown in that allow the app to transmit personal information or hijack the device.
Makers of anti-virus apps claim that there's more malware in the market than ever, painting the picture of a wild west-esque place that's ever-more attractive to the scum of the app universe. Read More
The Facebook app received an update to v1.8.2 today, but since its developers neglected to include a changelog, millions of users found themselves wondering what exactly this version brought to the table. Thankfully, the Facebook for Android page on Facebook (you still with me?) released the following blurb:
We just released Facebook for Android 1.8.2 with better memory management, and all kinds of bug fixes. Please download it and post your feedback!
It seemed like Google completely abandoned one of its most useful Android apps - Chrome to Phone, which I personally use almost every day, but an unexpected update that showed up in the Market today shows us they still care about it, even if only a little bit.
The new version 2.3 comes over a year after 2.2 hit the Market back in December 2010 and brings a few improvements, the most important one being a crash fix after receiving copied text. Read More
If you use Mint to manage your finances, there's a good chance that the smartphone counterpart app is one of your most launched (if you manage your finances the way I do, anyway). While using Mint on your smartphone is an ideal way to get a quick look at your finances, the entire experience left something to be desired if you fired the app up on a tablet. Until now.
The new and improved tablet-friendly version of Mint is pretty spectacular, actually. Read More
Amuse has been out for some time now, and there certainly are apps like it, but we decided this one was worth mentioning simply because it works great and has an insanely high rating on the Android Market. The function of this app is very simple, it basically provides you with a mobile feed consisting of the most popular 'entertainment' sites like Rage Comics, Demotivators, 9gag, and many more. Populate the app's home screen with your favorite sites from the list, and see a feed of content directly from the site in an easy-to-consume mobile layout. Read More
Kaiser Permanente, the largest medical organization in the U.S., has released its official app into the Android Market. The app allows health plan members to access vital information, including medical records and prescription information, as well as the ability to make appointments and send messages to their doctor directly from their smartphone.
The information provided within the app gets quite detailed, as it offers full information about your medical history and past doctor appointments. Read More