The first-party fabric and Google Earth Live cases for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL were among our favorites when we reviewed them, but the high price tag associated with Google's self-branded cases probably prevented many of our readers from picking one up. Thankfully for them, Best Buy has marked down the Carbon and Rock cases for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL by half.
Android's ads for the past several months have highlighted the diversity within the ecosystem as a whole, extending into the diversity between users as well. In fact, Android's de facto slogan is now "Be together. Not the same," implying that the platform benefits more from the collective differences between its users, devices, and manufacturers than the plain, boring homogeneity of other mobile operating systems.
Android's latest ad highlights how different people can have complementing strengths by telling the story of White Sheet of Paper, the new kid at school that's having a hard time fitting in. Yellow Sheet of Paper, the local school bully, takes a disliking to our protagonist and decides to beat him up with the help of his two goons, Pink Sheet and Failed Exam with Coffee Stains.
Anyone who knows me (or has read any article where I mention music) is probably aware of my music preference: I'm all about rock and metal. Thus, when Rock Radio from AudioAddict hit the Play Store, I knew I had to check it out. And I wasn't disappointed.
For starters, Rock Radio offers 22 channels that cover the gamut of basically anything a rock or metal fan could want - all for free. The list is quite impressive:
As you can see, Rock Radio offers something for everyone, regardless of whether you're into the softer side of rock or want the heaviest, melt-your-face-off metal you can find.
Well, folks, the hits keep on coming from CES. Verizon, who seems to be dominating the Android portion of the conference, has just sent us word of its latest foray into the gaming world with Rock Band Mobile. For now, it is only available on Verizon LTE devices and allows you to play some of your favorite songs wirelessly with your friends. It also allows you to play all of your favorite instruments from the console version, including vocals, which will, arguably, be the most fun to do in a quiet waiting room. We've got a video and a press release for you so you can have all the fun details, too:
ROCK BAND™ COMING TO VERIZON WIRELESS’ 4G LTE MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORK
Popular Music Game, Designed for Android, will Bring Friends Together Over a Cellular Network for the First Time
It looks like user Rock_Harder over at the XDA community has solved a problem most people didn't even realize they had. If you, like many people, are faced with the issue of where to put the music widget on your homescreen, he's got you covered.
Essentially, his dilemma was that he simply didn't have the real estate to place the music widget effectively. He uses LauncherPro and had some of those handy extra dock icons laying around so, using all of his cunning and wit, Remoter was born. Huzzah!
"What is Remoter?" you may ask, "and why do I need it?" Remoter is awesome, and you need it because it is a very clever implementation of Android's capabilities that saves you time and space.
One of Android’s major shortcomings is its lack of compatibility with many audio and video file types. Fortunately, doubleTwist stepped in to fix the audio problem, but what about video playback? That’s where RockPlayerBase comes in!
Compatible with a plethora of video formats, including MKV, AVI and DivX, RockPlayerBase combines great compatibility with a simple interface. Controls are overlaid on the screen, so you can still see the video track whilst using the controls.
When testing on the Nexus One, I found playback quality to be predominantly good. I tested a DVD rip encoded in AVI which played back without any problems, although audio output was sometimes a little pitchy and inconsistent.