Itching to get the Wall Street Journal on your Android device? If you have a Galaxy Tab, you can. In an unusual move, the Journal released an app for Android tablets before/without having one available for traditional handsets.
When asked about the reason for the timing of their release, they responded:
“Our strategy is to serve readers whenever, wherever, and it’s critical that the Journal’s unparalleled news and analysis are available in a high-quality format across multiple devices and platforms,” said Daniel Bernard, chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. ”The WSJ Tablet Edition for Android continues to blend the best of print and online with an experience that showcases our strength of innovation and original delivery of content.”
The app will allow users to read stories from that day's newspaper, retrieve stock market information, and view full screen videos from the news service. The daily paper will be "delivered" every morning once it is published, downloading to your device automatically.
The app itself is free, but to gain access to all content, there will be a $3.99-a-week subscription fee. Current Journal subscribers can gain access to the full tablet app free for a limited time.
The Journal might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a sign that big companies are starting to notice Android's growth.
If you have a tablet and you want to give it a try, let us know how it looks. Download links are after the break. [Via an.droid-life.com and The Next Web]
OnStar in its latest commercial has showcased the Motorola Droid X and its Onstar Android application to show off some of the great features in action. Hit the jump and check out the video of the OnStar application on the Droid X in action! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
PowerAMP, a feature-rich music player for Android that we detailed a couple weeks ago, has finally graduated to a full version complete with a $4.99 price tag. Some of you will say that $4.99 is a bit steep for a music player, but the five-star ratings and positive market comments are piling up. "This is the best audio player I've ever tested. I would have paid 2x what they're asking!" writes one satisfied buyer. With awesome features such as the heavily lauded equalizer, album art grabber, and lock screen controls, MaxMP's PowerAMP aims to be one of the top music players available on Android.
Recent changes include:
All Artist Songs via header in Artists->Albums list
Shuffle by Artist/Album/Genre selection for SHUFFLE button
Option to enable "return to player" button in Folders/Library
Option to hide Equalizer Deck in portrait mode
Other fixes and improvements
To purchase the full version of PowerAMP, you'll first have to install the trial version of PowerAMP, and then purchase the full version unlocker. A simple market search for "Poweramp" will yield the exact downloads you need.
Android more and more these days seems to be synonymous to the Star Wars Universe. We first saw Verizon name its initial Android phone as the Motorola Droid. A "Droid," is another name for robots in the Star Wars Universe. Since the Droid name and branding is owned by Lucasfilm, Verizon must license the name. Soon after, to celebrate 25 years of "The Empire Strikes Back," Verizon and Motorola created an R2-D2 branded Droid 2. Keeping up?
To add more to the Android and Star Wars camp -- Japanese carrier NTT Docomo is advertising the Samsung Galaxy S along side the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. It's an odd commercial, no doubt. Vader in this ad, isn't the Vader we think we know -- he runs through flocks of birds, dances in the club, enjoys boat rides, and more. Even though the commercial doesn't make any sense, our favorite Sith Lord is welcome to the Android club. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
At this point we're starting to wonder if Verizon is even really going to bother with giving the Droid 2 Global an official announcement. The device is already available for pre order on the Verizon website along with the Droid Pro, yet Motorola is the one doing the introducing the device to the world via a new video. Rather weird if you ask us, but surely at some point Verizon will make some sort of announcement. While we wait, hit the video after the break for some Droid 2 Global goodness. [via DroidLife]
The Android Central forums are buzzing today with rumored devices, LTE talk and some great contests. Also, a lot of users are questioning what's ahead for Android as we roll into 2011 and the upcoming CES. Be sure to check out the forums today and share your thoughts.
It comes with two pieces that fit together. At first, I was skeptical at this approach as I felt it would easily fall apart, making it nearly unusable. But I have never had it come apart thus far, and it's still easy to remove it in order to reach the battery, microSD or SIM card slot.
One of the best aspects of the Galaxy S hardware in my opinion is how lightweight all of the devices are. This case does its best not to add much bulk to the phone and it does a good job (it's only 1mm thin). The interior of the case boasts a felt lining that will work to protect the Captivate from wear and tear of the product.
To put it on your device, separate it into two pieces. Then slide them onto the phone with the bottom part fitting just underneath the top. Pick it up to ensure that it fits snuggly and you're good to go.
Ever wish that you could easily follow all of your favorite celebrities on Twitter without having to clutter your time line and risk missing something from a friend? Celebrity Tweets by XIMAD was designed with these users in mind and is a one-stop shop for your daily dose of randomness from celebrities. Once the application is launched it will take you to a very basic screen that allows you to select between favorites, people, trends or to make a search.
First-time users will enter the people tab to browse a list of over 300 celebrities and from here they are able to select various celebrities to become their favorites, which they can later easily access from the favorites tab on the main screen. Trends will allow you to easily view the top trending topics at that time on Twitter, and search will allow you to find a user without having to scroll through the list under people. If you enjoy following the life of some of these crazy celebrities, and prefer not to clutter your Twitter time line, this free application is certainly a must have for you!
Minor Android legend (or major Android celebrity) p3droid has posted some interesting screenshots from a new OS update reportedly for the Motorola Droid 2. First, it looks like the Droid 2 is getting Profiles similar to what we see on the Droid Pro. These will allow you to quickly and easily switch between different homescreen setups as you move through the day.
Another welcome addition is the ability to tether your phone's internet connection to your computer via USB. HotSpot capability is nice, but choice is always a good thing, right?
P3droid also mentioned that the new update is "wicked fast," so it's more than just an eye candy update. Any Droid 2 users excited about getting profiles on their device? [Via MyDroidWorld]
So what are you waiting for? Check the links above and begin your update process. And while it's downloading, feel free to check out the release notes so you can know what to expect once you're up and running on 2.1.
The General Dynamics Itronix GD300 Rugged Wearable Computer may not help you navigate Vault City, but it certainly should help ground infantry troops stay alive -- and General Dynamics chose Android as the OS for this wearable combat computer.
What it is -- a very specialized GPS device, that has connectivity to tactical communications on the US armed forces secure network. Glad to see that the military sees the value in Android, and maybe another manufacturer will make a version for the outdoorsman. /ME wants an Android PipBoy. The full press release is after the break. [DefenseReview] Thanks Cory!
Motorola has announced that the Motoroi X, which is pretty much a Droid X without Verizon's branding, will be hitting Mexican carrier Lusacell in the last quarter of 2010 -- which is anytime now. No pricing was announced, but the phone will have access to Lusacell's 3G network and will retain its WiFi hotspot capabilities. The phone will ship with the same version of Blur as the X and Droid 2 on top of Froyo. Any of you Europeans feeling just a tad jealous? [Motorola (in Spanish)]
Analyst firm Gartner has released its Q3 2010 smartphone estimates, and things are getting downright ridiculous for Android, which has seen 628 percent growth over Q3 2009 and is now the No. 2 smartphone OS worldwide. There were some 20 million units sold to end users (that's you and me) in the third quarter, compared to 1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Think back. What was the hot phone this time last year? (And remember that the Motorola Droid wasn't even out yet.)
Overall worldwide, smartphone sales grew 96 percent over Q3 2009 -- they effectively doubled -- and now make up 19.3 percent of all mobile phone sales. Anyone want to place a bet on how big things will be in another year? Check out the full breakdown at the source link. [Gartner]
Update: Fixed the headline and story to reflect percentage change and not percentage points. And going to get coffee now.
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