That Android supports live wallpapers (LWPs) is a cool feature, no doubt about it. But to many people, it's no more than an impractical novelty - something that looks cool but kills performance and battery life. Still, they remain popular on the Market, presumably among more casual owners who don't notice (or care) about the performance hit, or just don't know better...
For those tired of strangers latching on to their unprotected Wi-Fi network, or simply looking to have a little fun at the expense of others, Digitalsquid created Network Spoofer, allowing users to play a few tricks on those connected to just about any accessible Wi-Fi network.
Users can switch, blur, or flip images, redirect browsers to specific URLs or videos (with a special setting for automatic RickRolling), and change Google searches (on others' computers) all from their rooted, Android-powered device.
When it comes to my Android devices' home screens, I'm fickle. It is rare that a wallpaper or layout will last more than a few days. That being said, I find that live wallpapers tend to have a much longer shelf life than their static counterparts, perhaps because they are – generally – so much more dynamic. Taking the concept of a truly dynamic LWP to another level entirely, Central Core Studios has introduced RadiantWalls HD – PlanetScapes to the Android Market, making your device "a window looking out onto the surface of the planet Avalon."
The wallpaper comes in two flavors – free and paid.
So, there's this thing called Formspring. Apparently it's really big, yet many people have never heard of it. Here's the gist: you ask people questions, they answer you. In turn, people ask you questions and you answer them. Sounds exhilarating, no? You can get questions from users you know, users you may not know, or anonymous questions (that's where it gets... fun).
Now this Formspring thing is native on Android.
Users of the popular VoIP app Vopium (here's the older version with many more installs) may want to put all usage of the app on indefinite hiatus, at least for the time being. It was recently discovered that the app sends basically all of the sensitive information, including username, password, device IMEI, geolocation, and contact list in plaintext.
Kaiser Permanente, the largest medical organization in the U.S., has released its official app into the Android Market. The app allows health plan members to access vital information, including medical records and prescription information, as well as the ability to make appointments and send messages to their doctor directly from their smartphone.
The information provided within the app gets quite detailed, as it offers full information about your medical history and past doctor appointments.
If you're a fan of live wallpapers and holidays, then you probably love holiday-themed live wallpapers, no? That also probably means you're still rocking DualBoot Games' Christmas LWP while waiting for a new holiday to coat your homescreens in. Good news! Valentine's Day is right around the corner and DualBoot Games has once again delivered the LWP goods that you so desperately crave.
Like DB's previous wallpapers, V-Day HD is filled with customization options, including the ability to add pictures of your love into a frame atop the wine-filled table, crack the bubbly in a romantic location such as Paris, place a gift with a personalized message on the table, and so much more.
If you're an Eventbrite user, here's one for you. The company just released its official Android app to the Market, letting you find info about upcoming events, pull up ticket barcodes and registration information, share events with your homies, get directions to events, and contact even organizers with questions all from the palm of your hand.
For those unaware, Eventbrite is a service that allows you to create and promote events, sell and track tickets, and discover events in your area.
If there's one thing that the desktop world has that Android desperately needs, it's multiple user support. A shared Windows machine or a Mac both support multiple user profiles on a single device. While this isn't that big of a deal on phones, tablet users might find it unsettling passing around a shared device tied directly to their all-knowing Google account. Enter SwitchMe, an app to help alleviate the uncertainty. This root app allows users to boot into multiple profiles within a single ROM.
There's no shortage of weather apps in the Android Market - they're all pretty useful and give basically the same information. So how do you make one that stands out? If you ask OneLouder Apps, the same guys behind apps like Tweetcaster, Friendcaster, and BaconReader, they'd tell you to make it one of the most visually stunning apps in the Android Market. And that's exactly what they've done.