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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
If you're a working person in just about any field, you need access to your documents at all times. On the road, in a plane, wherever. Documents to Go from DataViz fills that void. At the Google Conference this week, I/O, DataViz has been selected to showcase Documents To Go 3.0 for Android.
Some of the most exciting features include support for Microsoft Office 2010 files and two-way desktop syncing. Read More
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.
The Android application is, surprisingly, not going to be shy on features. Read More
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. Read More
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", Read More
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.
The interface is extremely simple, and easy to navigate. Read More
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:
and can translate them to a much bigger set of languages which I just jotted down (from the app itself):
Google promised support for more Latin based languages soon, with non-Latin based languages coming after. Read More
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.
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. Read More