If you're someone who reads this blog but is still waiting for the cost of smartphone ownership to drop enough for you to get one (I used to be one of you, so I know you're out there), then newcomer Scratch Wireless might have something to say that will pique your interest. This company pitches itself as the world's first truly free mobile service, and it does this by relying first and foremost on Wi-Fi access for voice and data.
If you've been eyeing up the Moto X, today might be the day to jump on it. All Moto maker orders today will include a free Motorola Skip and a pair of SOL REPUBLIC Jax earbuds. Because this is only for Moto Maker purchases, that means it's limited to AT&T customers.
The items will be added to your cart automatically at checkout and discounted to zero bucks. However, you can't make any color substitutions – you get chalk-colored headphones and a black Skip.
There are a number of ebook readers available for Android, but if you want a Holo-friendly option, your best bet is to rely on Google Books or the latest version of Aldiko. Now there's another competitor making its way over from iOS that seems to blend in just as well, if not more so. Readmill for Android offers a reading experience that's easy on the eyes and - since it's not tied to a bookstore of its own - your wallet.
There's been a quiet trend among user interface augmentations as of late: the swipe-out app and menu bar. SwipePad is probably the progenitor (and still my go-to app), and we've featured a handful of interesting alternatives, but Edge: Quick Actions deserves special attention. This little app has managed to outdo Google itself by making the Recents function (the right-most button on the default navigation configuration) obsolete.
How so? Instead of tapping a button and then tapping the app you want to switch to, Edge embeds the last five open apps into a quick-firing mini-launcher that comes across the screen as a ribbon.
Spending too much on your phone service? You could maybe cut that bill down a bit, if you're willing to make a few sacrifices. How does free sound? FreedomPop, which previously started offering free mobile and home internet access, is expanding into phone service. For $0 per month, you can get 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of 3G/4G data.
This is obviously not a plan for heavy data users, but 500 MB might be workable if you're on WiFi most of the day.
Lets get this disclaimer out of the way right from the beginning - video game adaptations of toys are rarely as much fun as the products that inspire them. The long-running LEGO series of movie titles may be the exception to the rule, but don't expect Pullback Racers to follow in their footsteps. The premise here revolves around crafting a game that matches the functionality of the plastic wind-up cars themselves, and like the inspiration it pulls from, the game is rather limited.
There's an almost obsessive quality to equipping and upgrading your character that makes the RPG genre so addictive for some players. OrangePixel's long-awaited Heroes Of Loot understands that and strips out all the unnecessary fluff like story, character development, and whiz-bang 3D graphics... to make room for more loot. The game is available now on the Play Store in a $2 paid version or a free ad-supported version.
Heroes Of Loot technically fits into the "roguelike" sub-genre thanks to semi-permanent player death and procedurally-generated dungeons.
Speak softly and carry a big user base. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but that might as well be the unofficial motto of WhatsApp. The cross-platform messaging service has been quietly spreading over the last couple of years, coming to every major mobile platform and gaining over 300 million active monthly users, according to AllThingsD. What's next for the quiet revolution? Voice communication.
Well, sort of - it's more like a short voicemail message, not a live two-way conversation.
At this very moment in time, the new Nexus 7 is probably the hottest tablet on the planet. There's a good reason for that, too: Google built on what it started last year with the first gen N7, improving it in almost every way. The new generation has a faster processor, double the RAM, and a higher-resolution display, just to name some of the most obvious changes. Early reviews of the device (worry not, ours is on the way) have praised it almost endlessly, proving that Google really hit the mark with its newest small tablet.
I love freebies. Picking one up is liking buying something nice, only without the cost. For a limited time, you can download a free copy of Android Photography by Colby Brown. It's a simple primer for learning how to take photos using a, preferably stock, Android phone or tablet.
The basics, and I do mean basics, are covered here. The book opens with a description of the best way to hold a phone for both horizontal and vertical pictures, and while this may seem obvious to some users, there's no shame in admitting if your picture-taking form could use some work.