When I went hands-on with Facebook's new launcher a few days ago, I stepped away pleased with the overall experience, but felt that it lacked a lot of the features a power user (or even a regular user who does stuff) would like. Still, I found the "lock screen" functionality to be a very pleasant experience – turning my phone on to nothing more than a scrolling photo and the time is very minimal and relaxing.
As an Android site, we try to keep a close eye on newcomers to the Play Store. Sometimes that helps us find new, innovative, and highly useful apps. On the other side of that, it also help us find WTF apps for the roundups. But every once in a while an app shows up that simply baffles the mind, because its existence is so seemingly questionable it's hard to imagine why it's a thing in the first place.
While I personally had not heard of Ting until today, the Tucows-owned Sprint MVNO operates on a pay-per-usage billing model, providing voice and data service on Sprint's complete network (including LTE). The company launched its first Android app in the Play Store today, designed to help you monitor your Ting account.
The Ting app may not be jam-packed with features, but it is decidedly clean and simple, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Last November, Microsoft released an Outlook.com 'app' for Android. I say 'app,' because it was only one in the strictest sense of the word. It was functional (barely), but it was also absolutely disgusting to look at, didn't do push email, and generally kind of sucked. The new app appears to suck much less, especially in the visual sense.
It has a completely redesigned don't-call-it-Metro UI look, push email, calendar and contact sync, and conversation view mode.
If you're an avid Twitter user, then there's a good chance Falcon Pro is your go-to client on Android. For good reason, no doubt – it's fast, full-featured, and well supported. Today, the dev once again proves the latter, as the app is getting a nice little update to v1.8, which brings a handful of useful features to the app:
v1.8 - 16/04/2013
- New : *Starred Users* Inline Articles preview with offline access (enabled for all Starred Users that you follow)
- New : *Starred Users* Individual notifications (disabled by default)
- New : *Starred Users* Offline access
- New : translations (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish & Norwegian.
It looks like Google is gearing up for the Glass Explorer program, launching the MyGlass companion app and a new Glass setup page, both accessible to the general public.
The companion app relies on Google's now-signature "Card UI," and the listing's screenshots show off some of the app's functionality, though Google reminds us "if you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that." The description goes on to comfort readers, however: "But if you swipe the screenshots to the right, you'll see there's a picture of a puppy in pajamas.
Press, arguably the most well-designed Reader client of them all, got a sizeable update today. It's the "biggest update yet," in fact. Climbing up to version number 1.2, Press got some useful new features. Though this update isn't the one with which Press migrates to "a new backend syncing solution" as it is promised to do once Reader takes its final breath, it's definitely an update worth looking at.
First up, Press now has widgets, both large and small.
Don't drink and drive. Ever. Now that we've got that out of the way, Breathometer, the smartphone-powered breathalyzer, has reached its Indiegogo goal about six times over. What does that mean for you? Cheap BAC tests for everyone! The $20 device aims to make it inexpensive and easy to know when you're too intoxicated to drive. This will, naturally, replace the more commonplace test of "Have I had any alcohol? Yes?
Google Voice is a great service for replacing your carrier's voicemail and texting options. If you need something that's a bit more robust, however, SendHub has launched on Android and allows business-class users to set up a phone number (or set of numbers) and get texting and calling for free or cheap, depending on what class of service you need.
Free users can get 60 voice minutes, 500 messages, and 3 groups of 50 contacts for their first line.
In the cutthroat world of mobile office suites, developers are always trying to bring more features to the table so you'll pick their offering as your go-to. And when it comes to that arena, I personally can't say anyone does it better than Mobile Systems with Office Suite Pro. It's been my personal choice for, well, a long time.
Today the office-on-the-go was updated to version 7.1, which brings with it several new features, including some rather unique options:
What's in this version:
New features in 7.1:
*Oxford Dictionary of English integration (available as a separate add-on product)
*Ability to perform Google search form Word documents
*Insert image from camera (in Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
*Better compatibility with QuickSpell
*Tables resize in Word (separate branches)
*Dual screen support
*Links and Shadows support in PowerPoint
*Image replace in Word
*Improved font formatting and Autofill with cell dragging in Excel
*Improved UI in Excel sheets
*Sheets reordering in Excel
As you can see in the above list, this version has "dual screen support" –
whatever that means (seriously, what does that mean?