It's been a while since the Nexus S hit the Android scene, bringing two noteworthy new features with it: Gingerbread and NFC. While the former has seen relatively wide adoption, the latter hasn't gotten much action as of yet - the closest we've come to witnessing a useful example of the technology is Google Wallet, and we have yet to find out when that will be available for public consumption.
Coupled with the Market update that was announced and subsequently leaked earlier today, Google released a new version of the Videos app, previously available only on certain tablets. Because the new Android Market adds support for movies, among other things, the much needed update to Videos opens up access to devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Now to some bad news: as suspected, if you are using a rooted device, you will be able to run the Videos app but won't be able to play any content through it.
The new Android Market, announced mere hours ago, has started rolling out to a small set of users who, of course, immediately shared it with the rest of the world for everyone to enjoy (or hate, depending on your reaction to the design).
The process is very simple (no root needed):
Moving right along with today's seemingly unplanned Honeycomb extravaganza, Ustream has pushed an update to its official app that, among other features, adds support for Honeycomb tablets. Now you can watch video streams or broadcast your own right from your tablet. Naturally, the update offers a new interface to take advantage of the large display, have a look:
The update also brings some nice updates for phones, like the ability to move it to the SD cards and improved device support, including the Nexus S running Android 2.3.4.
I've been using Evernote for quite a while now, and while I really like it, there are things that I've found myself wishing it had. It's almost as if the Evernote team read my mind, because they have incorporated all of the features that I frequently use on the desktop version to the mobile version, including rich text formatting, bullet points, lists, and checkboxes, making the overall experience much more akin to that of the desktop.
The Internet Movie Database, or IMDb as it's commonly known, pushed an update to its official Android app earlier today that includes some new features, including full Honeycomb support - and it looks quite good, too. The interface is very intuitive and clean, and it takes full advantage of the large display.
The update also brings movie rating, a watchlist where you can track movies and TV shows, enhanced showtimes, the ability to purchase tickets directly within the app, improved performance, and tons of bug fixes.
Google Shopper - an app that uses your phone's camera to locate products and prices on the web - received an update today that brings about some new features, as well as an interface overhaul. In an effort to streamline the experience, tabs have been added to the bottom of the app that highlight some of the newest features of Shopper, and the 'starred' and 'history' buttons are now located at the top.
We cover a variety of apps here at Android Police: productivity, games, root, and even wtf every once in a while - but this one is a bit different. This one is for the children, and it's so well done that we couldn't resist throwing it out there for all of the parents.
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit is an interactive pop-out book that does more than just read to you.
History is a great way to get in touch with your surroundings, find out where you came from, and learn the past trials and tribulations of your hometown. Historypin is a great new app that aims to help you with these things by way of photograph. Using geolocation, it allows you to browse through thousands of images and stories relevant to where you're at in the world, as well as overlay the classic image on a modern backdrop in augmented reality fashion.
Wordsmiths who like to take their vocabulary games with them no longer have to rely on Zynga's popular but super-buggy Words with Friends, as Electronic Arts has made good on its promise to release an official Scrabble app today.
Coming in at the wonderful price of free, the app allows you to play Scrabble with your friends - be they iPhone or Android users - or with random online opponents.