I am not a big fan of live wallpapers. They provide me with eye candy for a few minutes before I completely lose interest and start playing Cut The Rope. However, sometimes live wallpapers can be informative or so compelling that they deserve a second look. The Neon Microcosm Free LWP is one such live wallpaper that is not particularly useful but is aesthetically pleasing.
This live wallpaper hurtles you around a colony of glowing cells and if you purchase the paid version you can also tap the screen to generate new cells and select their colour. Read More
The unstoppable GO dev team keeps pumping out amazingly polished products seemingly almost every week - they've already won me over on the launcher side with the GO Launcher EX (and its gorgeous Calendar widget), and yesterday they've added Switch GOWidget to their arsenal.
This toggle widget is compact and only occupies one row on the homescreen, showing 4 primary toggles you've configured, but with a single press of the "..." button, it opens up a full page's worth of other toggles along with the phone and media volume sliders. Read More
We're continuing our big giveaway-spree with another book giveaway from informIT. This time around, we've partnered up to award five copies of yet another book to help aspiring developers along their way.
Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours
This go-round we're giving away Teach Yourself Android Application Development In 24 Hours (2nd ed.), written by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, published by Sams just over a month ago (the phrase "hot off the presses" seems to apply nicely). Read More
Back in April of this year, we, consumers hungry for anything that legally streams full movies and TV shows, welcomed Android's first high-caliber streaming app done right - HBO GO. With the ability to watch the goodies on the go utilizing an existing HBO subscription, the HBO GO app suddenly made train rides and treadmills a whole lot more fun. Netflix and Hulu followed, but HBO GO still occupies a special place in our hearts as the pioneer encouraging others to push the limits and not be afraid of unleashing more content on mobile. Read More
Scottrade, a popular brokerage firm, just introduced the official Android app that lets its customers trade stocks using their mobile devices.
In addition to trading, transaction history, balances, order status, and account management, which is obviously limited to logged in users, all of the app's other features can be used by anyone, even those without a Scottrade account. These include:
- receiving real-time streaming quotes (I'm impressed that these are real-time even for those not logged in - not bad, if true)
- detailed research tools, including stock price histories, charts, fundamentals, insider info, market news and commentary, earnings, options, etc.
There are lots of applications available on the Android Market which are aimed at adults, falling into various categories from 'Productivity' to 'Health & Fitness', but you don't often see truly good applications aimed at children. There isn't even a category for children's apps in the Market!
That doesn't mean that great children's applications aren't out there, however, and The Going To Bed Book, from the same developer that released The Tale of Peter Rabbit, looks like it could be one of those great titles. Read More
Skysoft... errr, I mean Skype updated its previously measly Android device support from 5 devices to more than 20 today with the introduction of version 2.1 of its Android app. There are no new features outside of expanded device support, which was badly needed in order for the app to climb out of the sea of 1-star reviews (although stability and quality improvements would have made today's release even sweeter). Read More
As a Canadian, I can't use Google Voice in order to send my SMS. However, there are numerous apps that act very similarly, including the new DeskSMS from the developer who brought you ClockworkMod.
DeskSMS transfers SMS to both your e-mail and other IM applications through the use of your Google Account. This allows you to answer SMS on-the-go and with the use of a full keyboard. As someone with big fingers, I can't tell you how annoying it is to try to do a large amount of typing with an on-screen keyboard. Read More
Capital One Services has finally joined the ranks of large financial institutions offering native Android mobile banking apps with the introduction of the official app.
Capital One account holders can now check their balances, pay bills, transfer funds between accounts, view recent transactions and rewards, and, of course, find the nearest branches and ATMs.
The app works on Android phones running Donut (1.6) and up, but cannot yet be installed on Honeycomb tablets (support for them is coming later). Read More
Gmail for Android hasn't received much love lately, but Google definitely hasn't forgotten about it. The new version 2.3.5 (curiously, it matches the latest Gingerbread release version), which showed up tonight, brings a host of new features, including one that I was *just* thinking of yesterday after clicking the "Show Pictures" button for the 1800th time.
The new features are:
- Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail
- Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones
- Remember ‘Show Pictures’ for senders
- Turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations
- Better TalkBalk support for accessibility
- Performance improvements
As I mentioned, my favorite is definitely the sticky "Show Pictures" setting, which means I won't have to click the annoying button in every email that I receive from all the deals sites on a daily basis. Read More