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. Read More
Today marks the first time we see the number "100,000" associated with the Android Market. Or, wait, no we don't - remember this, this, this, and about 5 million other posts? Let me try again.
Today marks the first time Android actually crossed the 100,000 apps mark, a whole month early from my earlier September projection, if we go by the unofficial app count from AndroLib.com:
Don't be confused by the discrepancies in the official count and AndroLib - as we explained before, they count many markets (not just the official Android Market) and don't account for unpublished apps. Read More
ICQ, a still popular IM network that started it all, today released the official ICQ Mobile For Android v1.0.0 application to the Android Market.
While ICQ hasn't been at the top for a while, it still remains popular in Europe, and Russia specifically, with 100s of millions of registered accounts and 50 million active users as of 2008.
In 1996, ICQ became the first Internet-wide instant messaging service, changing the Internet chat, previously dominated by IRC, forever. Read More
The news of the Android Market reaching the milestone of 100,000 apps may have been great news for Android – but perhaps it came a bit too soon.
Those numbers come from AndroLib, but Google has announced the official numbers, with the Android Market having just over 70,000 apps. So, why the big difference in numbers? Google’s numbers come only from the official Android Market, the one pre-loaded on just about every Android phone, and the one you are probably most familiar with. Read More
For those of you who don’t like your stock or alternative add-on keyboards on your Android device, have I got good news for you: the Swiftkey beta is now available in the Android market.
I’ve been using Swiftkey through a private beta for the past few weeks and there’s one word I have to describe it: fantastic. I replaced my Swype keyboard with Swiftkey and haven’t looked back since.
One of the best features of this keyboard is the predictive text. Read More
Google’s push for developer support knows no bounds. While they have previously used free phones to encourage developers to work with Android, they are now using an entirely different tactic – making everyone a developer.
How will they go about this? Through the just-announced App Inventor. Already in beta form, the program is designed to allow anyone to create fully functional apps for Android, without any programming whatsoever. Read More
A notification about the new version of Yelp just popped up on my EVO, and without thinking much about it, I gave it a whirl. Ohh, version 2.0 - it must be bringing new features, I thought. Indeed, it was. And I'm in love with them.
New In Yelp 2.0
Here's the list of the most interesting stuff:
- Mobile check-ins
- Review drafting (though not posting)
- Adding photos, tips, and bookmarks
- A brand new look
- A bunch of force closes, which I hope would be fixed soon.
Yesterday, Reddit (one of my most favorite community news sites on the web) launched an updated and completely revamped mobile site, supporting most of the functionality of the main website.
I checked it out in the Dolphin HD browser on my EVO 4G and found very pleasant to use. Here are some features that I saw present and a few comments:
- there are larger, mobile friendly upvote/downvote buttons
- messages, including compose, reply, and context functionality
- viewing of your own profile and links related to each comment/submission (reply, collapse, permalink, parent, edit)
- submission is there
- search too
- lots of space saved via context menus provided by little boxes with 2 down arrows
- the view should autoscroll when you reach the bottom, though it currently doesn't work for me on Dolphin HD
- full commenting works, including the little useful "help" link
You can access the mobile site via this shortcut: http://i.reddit.com or by appending .compact to any reddit url. Read More
A few weeks ago we reported that the official Amazon Kindle app would be coming to Android, most likely this summer, with direct access to all your Kindle books and buying books from within the app using a special Android optimized store with wireless auto-delivery, which would set the app apart from its equivalents on some other devices.
App Demo At Google I/O
At Google I/O, I got to demo the app that Amazon was showing off, and managed to snap a few photos describing pretty much all of its functionality. Read More
Across from the Plaxo booth at Google I/O, where I was spending most of my time demoing our Gmail<->Plaxo contact sync, stood the Tweetdeck booth.
I absolutely love, love, love Tweetdeck, especially after the 0.34 update (which was announced during the I/O), so I took advantage of the opportunity to chat with the CEO and one of the engineers about Tweetdeck, some bugs I've run into, and future plans.
It turned out that the next project in the pipeline, kept under wraps for now, was Tweetdeck for Android. Read More