Alarm clocks are thick on the ground on the Google Play Store, which is surprising in itself, since Android has a perfectly capable alarm clock built in. There are popular alternatives like DoubleTwist's slick-looking Alarm Clock, and various options for softly lulling you to sleep with music. Now there's a new option that's become quite popular on iOS (though we won't hold it against them), which uses your smartphone or tablet's sensors to wake you up at the right time.
So you're a graphic designer who's constantly inspired by the colors around you. That's fine and dandy, but just try putting "that sort of yellow-orange I saw on the aspen leaves in Durango last Saturday" into Dreamweaver and see what happens. Well, chromatically frustrated artists, we have a solution for you. SwatchMatic takes a look at the colors streaming into your Android smartphone's camera, and creates live, continually shifting dynamic color palettes from the relevant scene.
Eternity Warriors 2 is the sequel to the surprisingly popular Glu Mobile original, which has amassed over a million downloads. The epic story follows the valiant fighters of Northern Udar as they face the master of the Demon Towers, scourge of the...
There's a lot of options for Twitter on Android, both in full apps and widgets. But the newest player may just be my new favorite. Falcon for Twitter, now in beta, combines the standard timeline view with enough options and settings to make the obsessive compulsive Android user ecstatic, while still fitting in with the Holo theme of ICS and Jelly Bean beautifully. The standard features include listing your mentions, retweets and private messages, and a quick and useful mobile view that opens links in a mini-browser without ever leaving your homescreen.
Look, no one likes flying. No one. With the possible exception of that guy who's racked up a billion airline miles and takes a round trip from JFK to Dubai just to get free cocktails. But since you've got to fly now and then, it's nice to have an aesthetically enjoyable way of keeping tabs on your flights and connections. Mobiata has a new, free version of the FlightTrack app, which is more than you can say for the dry sandwiches on your last non-stop Delta flight.
Until recently, Amazon's Appstore for Android has been the only game in town when it comes to (legally) obtaining paid apps for free. Getjar has changed that, however, by beginning the Getjar Gold Program which offers an entire catalogue of paid apps absolutely free and without ads. It would seem that Getjar's new program is a huge success, at least in the case of one development company.
Mobisoft, developers of Imperio RDP remote desktop client, released a press statement recently reporting on the company's experience thus far with Getjar Gold, boasting "three times the revenue" in its first week as part of the program over revenue generated by the Android Market.
Amazon's Appstore for Android is well known for handing out paid apps for free, but normally users don't have a choice in which apps are offered up. Amazon is currently running a promotion that changes that, however, offering a $2.00 credit to anyone who follows @amazonappstore and allows Amazon to tweet a special message on their behalf.
Getting the credit is as easy as pressing a button, and sending out one promotional tweet is a small price to pay for $2.00 worth of free apps.
Analytic firm Distimo has released its report for June 2010, and the results are interesting. This may not be a surprise to Android users who have spent some time browsing the market, but a whopping 57% of Android apps are free. That’s an impressive percentage on its own, but it gets even better when compared to other app stores:
Amazing, right? Looks like the open mentality of Android pays off, as the Android Marketplace’s free rate is two times higher than anyone else's, excluding Palm’s App Catalog.