Pretty much the first thing that gets done to a new Android device when it hits the market is benchmarking. The Android community seems to be obsessed with benchmarking their devices over and over, and comparing the results to other devices. Personally I've always found this practice to be a curiosity at best, mainly because apps such as Quadrant give somewhat nebulous scores, which are hard to compare objectively, and offer little in the way of exact measurements. Rightware, a well known provider of benchmarking tools for various platforms, is looking to disambiguate the benchmarking process, however, with Basemark OS for Android.
This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon, and you can find the tablet app roundup here.
Today's roundup is sponsored by HeroCraft's latest game - Musaic Box.
Have you ever wanted to evict someone from your Wi-Fi network for whatever reason? Maybe your roommate is hogging all the bandwidth? Wife spending too much time on Facebook? Kids playing too much WoW? Now you can easily knock them off of the network thanks to an app called WiFiKill.
If you already use Remember the Milk to handle your todo lists, then there's a good chance you already know about this update. If you're not currently using RtM, though, then maybe it's time to give it another look.
The latest update brings an enhanced interface for more intuitive task management, as well as some new features and widgets. The updated app also includes another major change: it's now free for everyone. Of course, there are some bells and whistles that have been saved for Pro account holders, like push syncing, reminder notifications, and widgets; but considering those limitations are few, RtM is still highly usable in its lite form.
Baseball fans rejoice, MLB has released an Android App that provides an easy and fun way of keeping track of your favorite team as it progresses through the 2011 Postseason. The MLB.com At Bat 11 for tablets is chock-full of enough stats, information, schedules and live ball-by-ball coverage to keep even the most rabid fans satiated during the Postseason.
This app features a number of interesting and innovative features, including:
Maxelus, a "Top Developer" in the Android Market, is well known for creating stunning (if not slightly trippy) live wallpapers - particularly the "Galaxy" series of LWPs that bring gorgeous, fictional outer space scenes to your Android phone or tablet.
Ostensibly looking to up the ante a bit, Maxelus recently introduced Alien Skins, a live wallpaper that offers over 1900 theme combinations, allowing one to mix and match skins and color schemes to their heart's content.
Unlike the "Galaxy" quartet, Alien Skins' full version comes at a price, ringing in at $1.99. Still, the sheer volume of options available to users may justify this price.
Joining the vast crowd of dialer replacements in the Android Market, our hunt has brought us to Angel Dialer, an uncomplicated app that effectively replaces the stock Android dialer, but which may have compromised necessary functionality for a no-frills implementation.
At A Glance
While Angel Dialer takes a concerted stance against superfluous features, its simplicity is not always a plus. While its features work, and it provides the same basic functionality we've seen before, it is lacking a few things that would take it up a level, and make it a decent dialer replacement. As it stands, I wouldn't say it's in the running for my day-to-day dialer app, but it does have some positive points.
BlizzCon is an annual convention held to celebrate the three major franchises (Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo) of Blizzard Entertainment. The next convention has been announced for October 21 to 22 and to help conference goers stay on top of all the events BlizzCon, in collabaration with NVIDIA, have launched the official BlizzCon 2011 Android App.
The app features:
The app supports all the standard features one would expect from banking apps, including the ability to:
- Deposit checks with DepositPoint Mobile - simply take a photo of the front and back of your check and input the dollar amount.
- Pay bills
- Check balances
- Transfer money between accounts
- View transactions
- Locate ATMs
Current U.S. Bank customers who use internet banking can login to the mobile app by using their current personal ID and password.
Firefox is finally getting flash support. Support for the plugin landed in the nightly builds a few days ago - meaning you can try it yourself, right now.
If you want to experience the magic of flash on Firefox, you can try out the latest trunk build right here (pick the .apk file). A word of warning though, it crashes. A lot.
It really works!
Luckily they've got tons of time to work the bugs out. According to the bugzilla filing, it's not going to be ready until Firefox Ten. If the desktop version is any indication, that'll be launching around January 31, 2012.