That's right, carrier billing is now available for some Android users on the least Android-friendly wireless carrier in the US. Huzzah. I guess I shouldn't be so cynical - I am an AT&T customer, after all. Unfortunately, I also run CyanogenMod 6 on my AT&T Nexus One, and have not yet received any Market update to allow me to use carrier billing, and doubt I will until an official Gingerbread build coaxes me off my custom ROM goodness.
Many people who use custom themes or launchers are familiar with WidgetLocker. What many people don't realize, though, is that customizing WidgetLocker itself is a fairly straightforward task. Better still, there are plenty of existing customizations available, meaning that you have to do little more than shove your modified .PNG files into the APK.
Before / After
Mozilla's been pretty good about keeping the mobile version of its ever-popular Firefox browser up to date (both with the current beta and with the old Fennec Alpha), and it looks like they have every intention to continue that trend. Just today, the third beta of Firefox 4 went live in the Android Market, bringing a number of minor additions along with it:
OpenFeint, a social gaming network for Android and iOS users, already comes included with 158 Android games - not too shabby. However, it's about to get even better - five titles completely new to Android are launching today:
- Mega Jump by Get Set Games
- Finger Physics by PressOK Entertainment
- FaceFighter Gold by Appy Entertainment
- Galaxy NGC3D by HyperBees Ltd.
- Super Drill Panic by OrangePixel
Additionally, the following six games have just been updated with OpenFeint compatibility:
Continuing with the numerous Android Market updates, Google just refreshed the categories that users can use to filter and browse Market apps and games. The changes are now live on both the backend Developer Console and the live Market.
Here is a table showing the previous and new categories (new categories are in green, modified in yellow):
|Previous app categories||New app categories||Previous game categories||New game categories|
|Books & Reference||Arcade & Action||Arcade & Action|
|Business||Brain & Puzzle||Brain & Puzzle|
|Comics||Comics||Cards & Casino||Cards & Casino|
|Health||Health & Fitness|
|Multimedia||Media & Video|
|Music & Audio|
|News & Weather||News & Magazines|
|Travel||Travel & Local|
|Software Libraries||Libraries & Demo|
A shot of the Developer Console:
Gameloft, the game publisher with arguably the most advanced Android games, which you, unfortunately, won't find in the Market (I guess they really hate giving Google the 30% fee), announced its latest daily Christmas promotion. On the 22nd day of December, Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta, an RPG with awesome 3D graphics, for absolutely free.
Earlier today, Kmobs updated the NexusKang live wallpaper app with the Nexus S live wallpaper background, compatibility with Android 2.3, and some bug fixes for good measure. For those unfamiliar with the app, it's pretty damn cool, letting you build customized versions of the standard Nexus live wallpaper found on the Nexus One. Users can choose their own backgrounds and even their own custom colors to fly around the screen. For a custom live wallpaper app, this one is top notch!
Google's recent updates to the Android Market have further refined the process of installing and purchasing apps, but they still haven't developed a suitable desktop alternative to browsing the thousands of Android apps available. AppBrain is a third-party website that fills this gap by allowing users to browse apps on their computers and then choose which ones to install on their phones.
AppBrain is a great tool, but it is limited by the policies of the Android Market, which allow almost any app to be installed.
Best New Android Apps
Smart Diagram brings easy diagram making to Android
Organize ideas and thoughts with clear diagrams. Simple & Easy, No painful learning!
Usage: Flow Chart, Mind Map, Tree Diagram, etc
- Create Shape with Gesture
- Drag & Drop Delete
- Manually Shape Movement
- MultiTouch Zooming
- Easy Sharing
The dead simple way to post everything online.
Take a look around Google and you can see that people are seriously peeved by the lack of notification LED in the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices (excluding the Epic 4G). Developer and i9000 owner Michael R. - better known as neldar on the XDA forums - was annoyed enough by the glaring omission that he decided to come up with a solution. The result: BLN (BackLight Notification).
The basic idea behind the app is quite simple: as there's no LED on the devices, the logical decision is to light up the soft-touch keys.