The majority of Android developers use Java to create their apps. While Java isn't the hardest programming language to learn, it's always best to get as many people developing as possible.... not that Android is hurting in that respect. Even so, a new way to create apps using Microsoft's familiar C# language is now available, by way of TallApplications BV's Dot42 - a tool that aims to accomplish this task without requiring something like mono.
The long-awaited Carbon for Twitter app landed on the Play Store a few days ago, but some were of the opinion that it wasn't quite finished yet. This happens in software development. Nothing to be worried about. What should cause worry is if problems persist for months or years at a time (*coughGoogleVoicecough*). On that note, it should be very encouraging that the developers have already rolled out an update that includes a variety of bug fixes.
The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.
Here's the full list of changes:
- Notification progress bars
- External SD Card support
- Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
- Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
- Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
- Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
- Create a .nomedia file per backup
- Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
- Fixed issues on Asus tablets
- Detect desktop backup password errors
Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server.
A doctor did this. Before I get any deeper into this story, I want to point out that a person with the prefix "Dr." in front of his name—Dr. Christopher Culligan, a Canadian ER physician and instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, to be precise—is responsible for this mobile app that promises to infer a man's size based on a variety of factors. This criteria includes but is not limited to height, shoe size, butt size and whether the man is gay or straight.
Dropbox integration is something I've come to rely on in Android - I honestly don't know if I could do without it. Whether through the native share interface, or via direct integration with a particular app, Dropbox is my go-to for cloud storage, and has been for a while. Mobile developers wanting deep Dropbox sync integration in their apps, though, have generally been left to their own devices, necessitating the creation of custom-made solutions for those wanting to go beyond simple upload and download.
Twitter for Android received its first update in almost two months today, though it's a rather focused one: the 'search' experience has been substantially revamped. Now, instead of merely getting people and tweets results tabs, you get a mixed feed of results that can be refreshed by pulling down.
The results, as far as I can tell, are organized in three ways: tweets, people, and top tweets. If there are any Top Tweets for a particular search term, you'll see those tweets on top of the general tweet results.
Update: We've heard from US Cellular that the rollout will begin on February 12th - apparently someone jumped the gun on the update page.
After promising to do so in Q1 2013 back in December, Motorola has officially begun rolling out Android 4.1.2 to the Electrify M on US Cellular. The Electrify M is basically a de-Verizoned RAZR M, so it makes sense that the Electrify's update follows after its DROID kin's.
A non-zero number of Android Police team members enjoy skiiing. Who wouldn't, right? Well, people who get lost for starters. Mountains can be mazes! However, Google did what Google does best and made some sense of the madness. Now you can find guides for 38 different resorts all on your mobile phone.
The runs are color coded by difficulty, as they normally are on the mountain. You can view them with GPS on your mobile phone, or even check them out on the desktop before you hit the snow.
This might just be one of the better deals we've seen in a while. Lets Talk is offering the Nexus 4 for $85 on a new 2-year T-Mobile contract. Enter the coupon code "TALK4TEN" (no quotes) during checkout and you can knock another $8.50 off that (money's money, right?) for a grand total of $76.50. Not bad!
Existing customers can get the handset for $155 before the coupon code which will take $15.50 off for a total of $140, which isn't too bad of a deal, either.
After a several-month-long stint on the Amazon Appstore (and an even longer one on iOS), epic open world RPG Aralon: Sword and Shadow is finally on the Play Store. The title is by Crescent Moon Games, the team also responsible for the decidedly less hack-and-slashy Paper Monsters.
Aralon promises 30 hours of story-infused action, with four character classes and three races to choose from. Visually, it looks like a mashup of Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls, which certainly adds to the appeal.