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Tweetdeck For Android, Privately Demoed At Google I/O, Is Coming "In The Next Few Weeks" - Will It Be The Best Twitter/Social App For Android? [Post Google I/O Coverage]

Tweetdeck For Android, Privately Demoed At Google I/O, Is Coming "In The Next Few Weeks" - Will It Be The Best Twitter/Social App For Android? [Post Google I/O Coverage]

Across from the Plaxo booth at Google I/O, where I was spending most of my time demoing our Gmail<->Plaxo contact sync, stood the Tweetdeck booth.

I absolutely love, love, love Tweetdeck, especially after the 0.34 update (which was announced during the I/O), so I took advantage of the opportunity to chat with the CEO and one of the engineers about Tweetdeck, some bugs I've run into, and future plans.

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It turned out that the next project in the pipeline, kept under wraps for now, was Tweetdeck for Android.

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App Review: Beautiful Widgets

App Review: Beautiful Widgets

HTC's Sense UI (user interface) includes plenty of features that could make those with vanilla Android jealous, most of which involve the home screen. Phones running the custom UI have their own set of high quality widgets, which includes a "flip clock" that plenty of Android users seem to clamor over. The widget itself is four icons wide and two icons in height, and includes a clock that flips between numbers, the temperature, and icons to denote the current weather.

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Beyond Froyo: Google Drops Some Potential Gingerbread Crumbs

Beyond Froyo: Google Drops Some Potential Gingerbread Crumbs

Today is Day Two of the Google I/O 2010 conference, and the Android universe is celebrating and rioting in the streets (in a good way - like Mardi Gras). In addition to speed (2x-5x faster than Eclair), support for Flash Player 10.1 Public Beta/AIR Developer Pre-Release, and native tethering/ hotspot support, there are a number of changes that will make your Android life easier.

Update by Artem Russakovskii: You guys are all correct - there should be no gingerbread icon here unless Google actually confirms that this is what is indeed happening.
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Get The Latest Version Of Firefox For Android Every Day - Mozilla Now Making Nightly Builds Of Fennec

Get The Latest Version Of Firefox For Android Every Day - Mozilla Now Making Nightly Builds Of Fennec

Excited about finally having Firefox running on your Android phone? Not so fast - Firefox for Android, codenamed Fennec, is still in early alpha stages. However, an alpha build released a few weeks ago has given us a decent preview and instilled hope of a great browser to come.

After being quiet for some time, Stuart Parmenter and Vladimir Vukićević, Mozilla engineers, today announced that they had launched the Fennec nightly build system.

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Official Amazon Kindle Application Coming "Soon" To Android, Has Us Excited

Official Amazon Kindle Application Coming "Soon" To Android, Has Us Excited

May 18th is starting with some great news for book lovers. Amazon has just announced that it would be releasing the official Kindle application for Android, available "soon".

The Kindle app is already available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, and BlackBerry, so Android is quite late to the party. Better late than never though - there is no WinMo app anywhere in sight.

Official Amazon Kindle Application Coming "Soon" To Android, Has Us Excited

Main Features

The Android application is, surprisingly, not going to be shy on features.

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Roundup Of The Top 7 Android Market Exploration And Review Sites - Where Will You Look For Your Next App?

Roundup Of The Top 7 Android Market Exploration And Review Sites - Where Will You Look For Your Next App?

With over 50,000 applications in the Android Market, and that number increasing very rapidly, finding a legitimate and detailed review of an application is difficult.

If you’ve tried using the official Android Market website, you’ve probably noticed that the experience is…well, less than ideal.

Enter app review websites. Many app review sites are supported by an open-source API (Application Programming Interface) that allows these sites to provide information that is congruent with the Android Market to its visitors.

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Free Google Voice Invites Now Available To Students With .edu Emails

Free Google Voice Invites Now Available To Students With .edu Emails

If you've been trying to get a Google Voice invite, you know how scarce these bad boys are. However, if you are a student with an .edu email address, you are in luck. Though it may not be the most well-timed release (exclusively for students near the end of the school year), this is still a huge plus for them.

To receive the service, all you have to do is sign up here with an e-mail address ending in ".edu",

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New York Times App Review

New York Times App Review

The New York Times has recently released an application for Android, and it looks great!

Appearing on the Android Market following releases on both the iPhone and WebOS platforms, the NYT application looks extremely similar to its iPhone counterpart. You can access news from an abundance of sections via a drop down menu, similar to how you’d pull down the notification bar.

nyt sections

The interface is extremely simple, and easy to navigate.

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New Google Goggles v1.1 Can Translate English, French, Italian, German, And Spanish To Many Languages, We Go Hands-On

New Google Goggles v1.1 Can Translate English, French, Italian, German, And Spanish To Many Languages, We Go Hands-On

Goggles Translate (OCR)

Fresh off the press, Google just announced that the latest update to its Google Goggles for Android (1.6+) introduces a Translate feature.

The app currently supports the following input languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish

and can translate them to a much bigger set of languages which I just jotted down (from the app itself):

  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Catalan
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Galician
  • German
  • Icelandic
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Google promised support for more Latin based languages soon, with non-Latin based languages coming after.

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Full Dropbox Android Application Now Available + Detailed Review

Full Dropbox Android Application Now Available + Detailed Review

Well, that was quick. Dropbox announced today that the full version of their Dropbox client (v0.9.7) is available in the Android Market. My speculation is that additional features are planned for a full 1.0 release in the near future.

Dropbox for Android

Compared to the private beta I got a chance to preview, there are a few marked differences, specifically with the file uploads. The new file upload dialog contains 6 options:

  • Take a New Picture
  • Import Picture
  • Take a New Video
  • Import Video
  • New or Stored Audio
  • Text File

Checking one of the failures from the beta, I checked the “Import Picture” option, and see that the photo albums are fixed.

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