Google Maps is a fine tool if you need to find your way around, but Google also has a way to create custom maps called Map Engine. The service is getting a mobile upgrade today with the release of the Map Engine app. This will allow users to view and share custom maps on Android devices. It even comes with some neat samples.
The Map Engine Lite web service is available to everyone and has a fairly robust set of tools.
The latest gaming rigs are powerful enough to run circles around the upcoming generation of gaming consoles, but unless a PC gamer is willing to run a title in windowed-mode, invest in a second display, or become an alt-tab ninja, getting absorbed in a game can mean tuning everything else out. Keyboard and mouse developer ROCCAT's Power-Grid app offers gamers a way to stay immersed with much less effort. This free offering turns your Android device into a customizable remote for your PC, giving you the means to monitor system stats, play music, follow social media, and more without having to interrupt the game.
After a number of delays and an untold number of fake spam apps, BBM for Android is about to really arrive in Google Play. This will mark the first time Blackberry's premier messaging service has been available on a non-Blackberry device. You'll be able to download the app today, but you might not be able to actually use it.
BBM was leaked a few weeks back and the flood of users caused all manner of server issues for the company.
The week is getting underway and maybe that's a bummer for you. Don't worry, though. There are some deals on apps and games that are sure to make you feel better. What else do you really need to be happy in life? Be honest, pretty much just app sales, right?
It's getting very close to the time of year when children dress themselves up as super heroes, princesses, zombies, and race car drivers, going door to door taking advantage of the one day when they are all entitled to receive candy. Most people that are swept up in the Halloween spirit will probably stick a jack o' lantern on the front porch alongside an inflated skeleton, but you, dear Android Police reader, are not most people.
HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie announced last week that the T-Mobile Android 4.3 update would arrive on October 21st, and in contrast to last week's delay, today's update has arrived right on schedule. Multiple users have already reported Android 4.3 OTA sightings on their phones. If you're an impatient HTC One owner on T-Mobile, now's the time to start hitting that refresh button and trying your luck.
The Android 4.3 update is tucked away under a download labeled version 3.24.531.3.
A lot of Android devices have dedicated buttons to bring up the multitasking list, but Switchr may offer an even faster way to jump between running apps. This utility debuted on XDA recently as a beta, but now it has come to Google Play in both free and paid forms.
Switchr, like some similar apps, creates an active swipe zone on the edge of the screen. Swipe in through that area, and you trigger the app switching interface.
If you buy a Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or one of the other fitness sensors out there, you're committing to a single software ecosystem. That can be a problem if you want to use your hardware with third-party apps. Plenty of Android users know the pain of being unable to wirelessly sync a Fitbit with most Android devices. The Angel fitness and health sensor is an attempt to build a completely open device that app developers can plug into and create new experiences for users.
Even with the now thoroughly leaked LG Nexus 5 about to make an appearance, you can still save some cash in the short term by picking up the LG G2 from Amazon. The AT&T variant can be had right now for a mere $99.99 on contract for all new lines and upgrades.
The LG G2 on Ma Bell is closely related to the standard international edition of the device, unlike the Verizon version which took some liberties with the casing.