With the release of Froyo, Google promised to start decoupling applications bundled with the Android at the core - we've already seen it done to Maps, Navigation, Street View, and other programs. Today Gmail joins the party with the rollout of a new version 2.3 that can now be installed from the Market.
What does it mean? Well, previously, the Gmail app was only updated when you upgrade the whole operating system. Now that the app is downloadable from the Market directly, any updates will be available immediately.
Unfortunately, only users of Froyo and above are able to install the standalone version - everyone else is out of luck. Read More
WorldMate is a company that was created to make travel easier - easier to track, easier to book, and easier to keep up with from the moment you receive that itinerary confirmation email. WorldMate already has apps out for Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, and WinMo, and today it is finally filling in the glaring omission by announcing the official Android app.
The most useful feature, to me and thousands of users of this free service, is the ability to forward those itinerary confirmation emails from any of the popular booking sites to [email protected] and have them automatically converted into a new travel itinerary, broken down into individual travel items. Read More
At the AppNation conference today, I got a chance to talk to Shainiel Deo, the CEO of Halfbrick, a company most known for its best selling iOS game Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is an addicting game in which you try to slash as many pieces of fruit thrown in the air as possible, getting bonus points for combo slices, while avoiding bombs at all costs. The biggest appeal of the game is probably its excellent graphics, fluid movements, and the satisfaction of chopping all that fruit in half.
Shainiel made 2 major announcements:
The New Arcade Mode
The new Arcade mode is coming to the iOS version this week and the Android version in the future. Read More
When it comes to photo editing on the fly, there are usually two kinds of apps: those intended for mindless fun, and those intended for actual work. Without a doubt, Camera ZOOM FX falls into the latter category, along with its mediocre UI, strange (though not necessarily poor) selection of effects, and (relatively) low price tag. So is it worth a look? A purchase? Read on for the full Android Police review.
Like I said in the introduction, Camera ZOOM FX's design is not exactly my definition of sexy. The problems begin when you first open the app and discover just how ugly the UI is. Read More
You Woot, right? Of course you do - everyone does. If you want to keep tabs on this Internet addiction, you should check out WootWatcher.
If you're 1 of the 3 people left who aren’t familiar with Woot, it is a family of sites which includes Shirt.Woot, Wine.Woot, Sellout.Woot, Kids.Woot, and the main site, Woot.com. Every night at 12:00 AM CST, each site puts up a new deal that is available for 24 hours or until it sells out, which ever comes first. These deals can range from a $300 32” HDTV to a $1.99 stuffed flying monkey (seriously) to a bag of crap (also serious - those are awesome). Read More
I'm not usually a supporter of apps that don't have much of a purpose, especially the ones that fall under the "pranks" category. Now, I say "usually" because most of the time these apps are pretty stupid (I'm looking at you, iFarts) or not very prank-worthy.
Rarely, however, worthy apps do come out, and the recent Shavester is one of them - it caught my attention due to the freakout potential of turning your merry friends into something like Britney here, except not as happy, if only for just a few seconds.
The premise behind Shavester is very simple:
Step 1: Install the app and start it. Read More
The team behind Buzz Voice, a service that converts posts from your favorite blogs and news sites into speech, and previously available exclusively in the Apple ecosystem, has been working diligently for the past few months to release a version for the Android OS. The good news finally came this past weekend, when Buzz Voice for Android was officially announced.
This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.
Buzz Voice on the Android platform brings a couple of new features over its Apple counterparts, including an Android Radio which features Android Police, among other great Android sites. Read More
One of the most vaunted features of webOS was its decidedly pretty multitasking interface. Users could invoke an overlay of thumbnail “cards” of their running applications and switch to or close them.
Fresh onto the Android Marketplace is Visual Task Switcher. Continuing on from some progress made earlier this year (although probably not using the same method), this application grants you thumbnail application switching. While not as polished as Palm’s version, this is an encouraging step towards that alluring goal.
Users can switch to a running application by tapping the thumbnail, or kill it by long-pressing.
Visual Task Switcher allows multiple pages of grid thumbnails which can be scrolled through by swiping. Read More
In an effort to make it easier to access AndroidPolice news on the go, we have partnered with the makers of the Dolphin HD browser to release a Dolphin RSS add-on for AndroidPolice.com. This add-on is a basic RSS app with a 1-click access to the latest AnderoidPolice headlines.
Power users may not be too impressed by the simplicity of this app and may instead add our RSS feed in their favorite RSS readers instead (such as Newsrob). However, those of you who are not after too many bells and whistles may find that this simplistic approach is exactly what you've been looking for, short of a dedicated AndroidPolice app (if you want to create one for us, don't hesitate to contact Artem). Read More
If you've been anxiously waiting for TweetDeck for Android, like we all here at AP, you can start jumping up and down right about now, because the company blog just announced that a public beta will be rolling out this week.
Ever since I had the pleasure of seeing a private demo of the app given to me by TweetDeck's CEO Iain Dodsworth at Google I/O, I've been anxious to get my grabby hands on a copy. Expected back in April to be "a few weeks," the app's release timeline apparently got stretched to a few months, in the best traditions of Blizzard and 3D Realms. Read More