Barnes & Noble has already shown great interest in the Android platform by choosing it to run on their own e-reader, and this relationship continues to grow. B&N has just released Nook For Android, a full-featured app that includes access to their e-book store.
With plenty of e-reader applications on the Market already (including Nook’s main rival, Kindle) this may seem like overkill. However, the LendMe feature, which allows users to lend their e-books to friends for short periods of time, may be enough for some to make the switch. Read More
Today, AOL released two new applications for Android as well as an HTLML5 web app for the other guys. The two applications, AOL Portal and AOL Daily Finance, are the latest in a line of mobile applications bridging platforms. The AOL portal app is the first application AOL has chosen to release on Android, but not on iOS.
When asked why the company chose Android over iOS and other platforms, David Temkin, VP of Mobile for AOL said “Momentum is the key reason.”
AOL is banking on Android’s momentum to carry their product to the greater body of users but also mentioned that an iOS version may follow the Android version in the future. Read More
Ever since Apple released its App Store on the (then) iPhone OS 2.0, a special emphasis has been placed on the quantity of apps. As other app markets arrived, the same metric of success carried over. The platform creators used the quantity of applications as a way to convince critics that their platform was popular and thriving and that prospective buyers could take comfort in the platform they were investing money. Read More
Adobe has given us a nice taste of what Air is capable of. Using the upcoming version 2.5, Adobe developer Mark Doherty created a demo of video calling on Android on two Nexus Ones, which he cleverly called “FlashTime” (a not-so-subtle jab at Apple’s FaceTime.)
Doherty tells us that Air 2.5 adds support for many features, including use of cameras and microphones on a device, and that the Android version is on par feature-wise with its desktop equivalent; however, though these features are “working,” he also tells us that they may not make it into the final release of Air. Read More
Normally, to sideload (install from outside the official market) an Android app, you need to enable the "Unknown sources" option in Settings > Applications, then copy the app anywhere on the SD Card, and install it via a file manager, such as Astro.
Unless, of course, a certain entity removes the whole option altogether, making it impossible to install off-Market apps unless you root. Aria, Backflip, Captivate, X10 all have this problem. Read More
What is RockPlayer?
The first multi-device, multi-format video and audio player for Android, RockPlayer, has been officially released on the Android Market today. The free version is fully functional, but features in-video ads on occasion. The paid version eliminates said ads for the price of $10.
RockPlayer gives your Android phone (more on which ones later) a formidable array of media playback capabilities which not even the iPhone can hope to match. Read More
One of Android Market's biggest shortcomings compared to the iOS App Store is that paid apps are available in only a handful of countries compared to this much more impressive list of countries iOS supports.
Google needs to change this situation, and if they want to make Android just as appealing to developers as iOS is, they need to do it now. The more markets with paid apps supported, the more potential customers, the more appeal. Read More
The news of the Android Market reaching the milestone of 100,000 apps may have been great news for Android – but perhaps it came a bit too soon.
Those numbers come from AndroLib, but Google has announced the official numbers, with the Android Market having just over 70,000 apps. So, why the big difference in numbers? Google’s numbers come only from the official Android Market, the one pre-loaded on just about every Android phone, and the one you are probably most familiar with. Read More
Up front, I’m going to say I never text while I drive because typing correctly and driving well are mutually exclusive – you can only do one at a time. That said, this app is cool, and it’s even cooler that it’s from Samsung (who has been super cool lately – check out our unboxing and hands on for the Intercept and Captivate, and a Vibrant unboxing is coming soon.)
It’s called Road SMS, and it’s pretty self explanatory. Read More