Way back in July, Lookout released the results of a study on app security, and found that many apps have access to user data that they have no need for - suggesting that there was plenty of potential for illicit information use. Two months later, a group of researchers from Intel, Penn State, and Duke came forth with data showing just that: 15 of the 30 apps tested sent GPS data, 7 sent unique hardware information, and a few sent more private information such as phone and SIM numbers.
Amazon has updated their Kindle for Android app to the ridiculously-numbered version 188.8.131.52810146. With the update comes a few notable new features:
- Access to over 100 Kindle newspapers and magazines
- "Move to SD Card" option
- In-app purchases
- Social network integration
- Chapter titles now show in the reader status bar
- Zoom for images
- Volume rocker can function as page up/down
The app supports all versions of Android from 1.6 up. And don't forget - your purchases are linked by account, not device - meaning any books you purchase on your actual Kindle can be accessed in the Kindle app on your phone.
It's not the PlayStation-related Android announcement we were hoping Sony would make, but the Official PlayStation app is still (sort of) intriguing in and of itself. Version 1.0 of the app will be coming soon to both our beloved Android Market and the iOS App Store, though we here in the States will be left out of the fun initially. For those lucky enough to live in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, or the Netherlands, (the areas where the app will be available upon launch) here's what you have to look forward to:
- Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
If you were simply dying for a Lotus Notes solution on Android like me, today is your lucky day! IBM has introduced a version of it's Lotus Notes Traveler software for the Android OS. The free software is designed to give Lotus Notes customers two-way, over-the-air synchronization of information between their accounts and mobile devices via the Lotus Domino server. The new app impressed with:
Do you feel the need for speed? Apparently you aren't alone, as Dolphin Browser Mini has just gone into public beta on the Market. The app offers numerous improvements over the regular version of Dolphin Browser as well as the HD version, including:
- High speed responsibility [sic]
- Speed Dial Homepage
- Innovative Menu design
- Infinite tabs browsing
- Intelligent back & forward button
Like its ancestors, it also features a variety of innovative gestures, bookmark syncing, private browsing, and a host of other features not found in the stock Android browser.
A new update to Facebook for Android just landed on the Market, and it brings a duo of long-awaited features: push notifications and Chat. Naturally, it also packs some bug fixes for good measure.
Personally, I find the new Chat feature to be perfectly adequate, but David is thoroughly unimpressed. His complaints are that it has a boring interface, it's slow, and it just feels tacked on. I don't exactly disagree with any of those points, I just don't think they're major issues.
Evernote, everybody's favorite note-taking
app platform that allows you to record data using a variety of mediums, including notes, snapshots and recordings, released an update to the Android version of its app yesterday, with a number of advanced features many users have been clamouring for.
Firstly, Evernote stores a wide variety of different types of notes and information, so it can often become difficult to locate the specific note in question.
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. This roundup covers the last 2 weeks instead of the usual 1 due to all the Gingerbread coverage that took up our time last week.
Best New Android Apps
Mana Chronicles is a classic Action-RPG!