Today is obviously the day for popular applications to add QVGA support. As Rovio did only hours ago, Skype have added support for the increasingly-common 320x240 resolution in their application. That's good news for owners of the HTC Wildfire, Motorola Charm, Huawei IDEOS and LG Optimus T/S, who were left out in the cold until now. Skype for Android has had some nice bug fixes and improvements added, too:
It's been but a few weeks since Opera's announcement of Opera Mobile for Android at their Up North Web conference, and now the browser is out there navigating the maze of tubes that is the Internet. While they didn't quite meet their "within the month (October)" promise, we can forgive them for wanting to polish things a little further.
However, glancing at Opera Mobile for the first time, your look might be one of the askance variety; "What's this? It looks just like Opera Mini!". While this is true, the real differentiation in the Mobile version versus the Mini version is beneath the hood.
Following a beta testing phase that has been going on for about a month now, Evernote, the fantastic note-taking service, has finally updated the public market version to 2.0, bringing a lot of cool and much-needed changes and features. Whether you're using Evernote to organize your documents for work or to streamline your notes at school, these are the changes you've been waiting for.
The first change, which was arguably the most necessary, was the whole interface of the app. The older version kind of...sucked horribly. The new version is shiny and clean, demonstrating all of the new powers that were bestowed upon the new Evernote for Android.
Best New Android Apps
PowerAMP Music Player
PowerAMP is the new powerful music player for Android, finally in the Market.
- plays mp3/mp4/m4a(including lossless alac)/flac/ogg/wav/tta/ wma/ape/wv
- optimized 10 band graphic equalizer for all supported formats, separate Bass and Treble controls
- folders and system library support
- tag editor/widgets/lock screen/skins/fast scan and more
You may recall Artem's preview post last week, where he showed off the latest in slick Android music players. Well, no longer are you at the mercy of filesharing site download limits, as PowerAMP build 204 is now available in the rather more dependable Android Marketplace. Cough.
With a change log of such length that it would put a cellular network press release to shame, it's fair to say that this latest version of PowerAMP is packing a few new features. Below we've highlighted a few that may be of particular interest:
- Genre support
- Last.fm scrobbling via Simple Last.fm or Scrobble Droid
- Album art fetcher
- Pause on headset disconnect
- New widgets with album art display
- Hide status bar
- Long hold or double press headset button to skip track
- Lock screen orientation
- Lockscreen widget transparency and positioning
- Many, many bug fixes
Check out the full list at PowerAMP's new homepage.
Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.
Best New Android Apps
Angry Aviary Lite
PLEASE READ: This app requires ★ROOT★ access to function & Angry Birds *already* installed on your device, this is not the game itself!
This is a companion app which allows multiple users to maintain personal game state on a single device.
Optimised for hi-res devices!
In what is certainly a grade-A dropping of the ball, it looks like somebody accidently pulled the trigger on a post at PayPal's Blog before it was time to. We say accidently because the post read:
... reporting from Innovate 2010. Today, Google announced that you can use PayPal to buy apps on their Android Market.
The only thing is, at the time the post went live, no such thing had been revealed yet - whoops. The post was quickly pulled, but thankfully Google Cached it - and just in case that somehow disappears, we've got a screencap of it right here:
This should be good news for developers and users alike from unsupported countries, as many have complained about issues with Google's current setup.
Best New Android Apps
PowerAMP is the sexiest Android music player I've seen to date. It also includes equalizer and preamp support, making it not just gorgeous on the outside, but smart on the inside. It is not yet available in the Market, but you can download the current build from here.
See this xda thread for more info.
I think Google jumped the gun a bit on this one, but hey, if everyone is rolling with it, we'll go with it too. The @AndroidDev twitter account, which publishes official Google Android updates, this morning tweeted that the Market finally reached 100,000 applications:
You may remember we've already made an announcement of 100k back in July and may be wondering: "wha...who...why"? Well, that announcement was made by AndroLib, an unofficial market tracker that uses multiple sources (marketplaces) and includes removed apps into the count. Today's announcement comes from the most official of sources, so I'll get the Champaign ready.
I have loved StarCraft ever since the first version came out back in 1999. I've played it for 10 years, and this year excitedly watched, with all of you, the unveiling of both the beta and final versions (hey, we even got our cool Twitter background thanks to Starcraft II).
While you can't play StarCraft II on your phone, there is a variety of applications on the Android Market aimed at providing stats and other information that should help you be on the winning side of "gg" at the end of the game. Let's take a look at the best of them.