Forget all those people streaming their movies from the likes of Netflix and Hulu. You like to have a proper collection of video files. You want to own them and watch them wherever you want. RockPlayer, the all-purpose media player app for Android, has been a crowd favorite for just this purpose for a while, even if it's been lacking a bit of luster. Well, today that changes with a huge update to the interface that makes it both prettier and far more functional.
Google's holding a holiday promo of sorts over the next couples of weeks (and it seems to be US-only), and every day will bring a new "surprise" on the Play Store. Through the 1st of January, every day a new promotional offer will appear on the Play Store. Today's offer isn't exactly earth-shattering - $35 off a hotel booking in the Hotel Tonight app (a same-day hotel booking service), but we expect at least some of the offers during this promotion will be worth taking advantage of.
We all knew this day was coming, and now it's here: Solid Explorer has graduated from beta. As one normally expects, the final version of the application brings several new features to the table:
-Out of Beta, yay!
-Support for Samsung's Multi Window
-Support for subtitles with streaming videos
-Ability to set ringtones
-Busybox included in the app
-Fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-Optimized package size
-Minor bug fixes and stability improvements
It also brings something else that was quite unexpected: a price tag.
There's some disturbing news today on the Android security front: an vulnerability has been discovered for Samsung's Exynos 4-powered devices. While the related exploit is useful for the mod scene in that it can be harnessed to gain superuser permissions and root pretty much any device running on an Exynos 4 chip, it's also got some rather disturbing implications. According to an XDA member with the handle "alephzain", who developed the exploit, using this security hole can also grant an app access to all physical memory on a given device - basically, anything stored in RAM is fair game.
Apparently it's the Day of the Deal, because the savings just keep rolling in. We've already highlighted a couple of good deals on GSIIIs today, but if that's just not your cup of tea, Amazon Wireless just knocked quite a bit off the price of Sprint's Note II and Optimus G for new customers.
When it comes to podcatchers on Android, there aren't a whole lot of good, free options. The current top dogs - BeyondPod, Doggcatcher, and the like - can cost upwards of five dollars, which is a bit of stretch for anyone who only casually listens to one or two key podcasts (like the AP podcast for example). That's really what makes AntennaPod so special - it has a very nice, Holo-theme layout, offers many of the features that users really want in a podcatcher, is completely ad-free, and is open source.
If you're looking for a Twitter client on Android, you won't be pressed for a lack of choices (just look at the poll options below). But what you may be pressed for is equivalent functionality, speed, and features across those various options.
The CyanogenMod team has been steadily working on getting Android 4.2 ready for nightly status, with builds already available for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The newest member of the CM 10.1 family is ASUS' flagship 10" tablet: the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700).
Hot on the heels of Best Buy's daily deal, Amazon wireless has dropped the prices of all its GSIII models to match - with one exception. Instead of knocking Spring's GSIII down to $50/$99 for the 16/32GB respectively, it's now $0.01/$50 for new customers. That's basically a free GSIII!
It's hard to say if this is a permanent change or just something temporary in order to compete with Best Buy, but one thing is certain: this is the best deal we've seen yet on any version of the GSIII.
Inductive charging is quickly becoming one of those clutch features that everyone wants in their next smartphone. Since a few phones - like the Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA - already have the feature, one crafty reddit user decided that he wanted to install his wireless charger inside of his desk. Neat, right? He also took a few snapshots along the way, highlighting just how easy the process was.