Searching for Android applications that will enhance your daily life can be a bit of a difficult task, because sometimes if you don't know it exists, you won't know to search for it. Part of our goal here is to bring our favorite readers some of our favorite applications each week, so let's take a look at some of our favorites from this past week.
When we first got a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10-inch at Mobile World Congress, it was your usual trade show free-for all. But the upcoming Honeycomb device (when's this thing gonna drop, anyway?) has shed its Samsung shackles and apparently paraded around the streets of Paris for the AndroidHD blog, which churned out 11 minutes of quality video in return. Nothing too new here, but you get another good look at the hardware, a good look at the software and some sample pics taken from the 8MP rear camera. [AndroidHD]
If you have thought about how awesome it would be to use your Motorola Xoom as an in car media player, or for navigation, you are not alone. Android Central forums member 3800scpowered took to creating a custom car dock for the Xoom for this very reason. With the use of some aluminum, and the standard desk dock for the device, a rather unique, yet professional looking car dock for the Xoom was created. It's wired for power from the car to keep it charged while on the go. Hit the source link for more pics and all the details. [Android Central Forums]
HTC threw out a piece of HTC ThunderBolt news, to let us all know another piece of HTC ThunderBolt news is coming "soon." On its Facebook page, HTC had this to say:
There is a lot of excitement about the first Verizon LTE device, the HTC ThunderBolt. HTC and Verizon will officially and publicly announce the Thunderbolt launch dates soon. Please stay tuned for the debut of this great new device.
So yeah, it is just a nice way of letting us know there's more waiting to be done. But at least this time it's official, and we know you guys love you some ThunderBolt news. And I'm afraid of what you would do to me if you found out I knew this one and didn't share :p [Facebook via Twitter] Thanks, Cory!
The Kyocera Echo, the first dual screen Android device which is set to release on Sprint, has finally made its way to the FCC. This device, which consists of two 3.5 inch screens that can be folded out for a single 4.7 inch viewing space is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and carries 1GB of on board memory. The Kyocera Echo is certainly the first of its kind, and a quite revolutionary, and we wait to see how it will do in the Android consumer market today. [FCC]
Well, that didn't take long. Just half a day or so since Adobe announced that Flash Player 10.2 would drop for Android on March 18, and the darn thing's already leaked out. This is the version that the Motorola Xoom has been waiting for, of course. So we fired it up on a Xoom, and -- behold, Flash! It's also running decently on our CyanogenMod 7 device (that's Gingerbread for you teetotallers), and our man Alex has it on his Froyo'd HTC Desire. That's not to say there's not some stuttering, still, but who's to say if this is a final build -- or if it's early and busted. If you're the adventurous type, give it a shot. [via My Droid World] Thanks, Sean!
You will notice this device certainly looks just like the HTC Incredible S, which we went hands on with at MWC, only difference appears to be the branding. We hope to hear some more information about the release of this device in the coming weeks, and our fingers are crossed that it won't have the same stocking issues the original had. [via AndroidSPIN]
Wewt! The weekend is here finally upon us so, we hope you all enjoy it. We've had busy week here at Android Central between the blog posts and all the new forums posts. Lots of new happening and rumors are once again starting to flow for some upcoming device release dates. If you missed anything this week be sure to go back and check it out, especially the Android Central podcast.
Nullsoft has updated the Android version of Winamp, its multi-platform music player to version 1.0, adding a host of new features and bug fixes along the way.
Changes include gesture controls, redesigned home and "now playing" screens, as well as "listen to..." Voice Action integration and a "free music" section. Sony Ericsson Xperia series owners will also be pleased to hear that issues causing Winamp to crash on their phones have been resolved in version 1.0.
Our first impressions of Winamp 1.0 were very good -- the app is fast, easy to navigate and it integrates well with the OS. If you're not satisfied with your phone's stock music player, or if you're big on SHOUTcasting, then we'd recommend you take Winamp for a spin.
Winamp 1.0 for Android is available now for free. QR codes and Market links can be found after the break.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified Android smartphone, will launch in the UK on Mar. 31 with six games pre-installed, according to reports on UK gaming site MCV. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Tetris, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3, with a further 50 games available through the PlayStation Suite online store.
The phone is currently available for pre-order via many British online retailers, with SIM-free prices hovering around £500 (~$800). Subsidized on-contract prices should be competitive, as the Xperia Play is being offered on all major UK networks. Be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia Play for more details. [MCV UK]
Looks as though the Motorola Atrix 4G SBF file has leaked out around the Internet. Not exactly something of interest for everyone but if you're ever needing a quick way to get your device back to stock or know how to recover it from being an expensive brick then this is the file you're gonna want to have laying around. Now we just need a magic 4G switch. [Brief Mobile]
Be assured that AT&T has not "capped" the upload speeds on the ATRIX. The ATRIX is a HSUPA-capable device, and we currently are performing the testing and preparations necessary to ensure that, when we turn this feature on, you will continue to have a world class experience.
We discussed the whole mess issue in episode 53 of the Android Central Podcast, and while we're still not sure why things are being done the way they are, we all agree that AT&T needs to be a little more transparent with their customers, and this is a great start. Hopefully AT&T will "turn on" HSUPA for the Atrix and the Inspire soon, but at least they acknowledge that they are not yet providing high speed uploads for their Android devices. Read the full reply after the break. [Android Central forums]
Speed X is a 3D accelerometer-controlled game where you fly through tunnels and a futuristic grid landscape, dodging obstacles and collecting points. It has amazingly smooth graphics, great music, and is a fast-paced action game that is easy to play and loads of fun. By tilting your phone (or tablet -- Speed X works great on the Xoom or Galaxy Tab) you steer your ship past blocks and towers, dodging land traps and fighting against gravity wells and blackouts. On the surface, it seems simple, but trust me it gets very addicting, and will keep you coming back for more. Add in 3D glasses support (red/cyan worked great and the wife says I look hot in them) and you have a game that's a hell of a lot of fun. And after almost a year in the top 20 paid apps list, HyperBees has made it free.
To celebrate the launch of the new Speed X, HyperBees is giving away a Zeemote controller (which works great with Speed X!) to a lucky Android Central reader. Hit the contest thread for the details right here, and we have some screenshots of gameplay and the download link after the break. Thanks Tom!
Skyfire has updated their blog letting everyone know they are hard at work on Skyfire version 4.0 that is apparently going to be made available in the "coming weeks". When Skyfire updated to version 3.0 it brought a lot of changes such as social networking and overall, a better browsing experience.
With version 4.0 they are once again going to be introducing new features but also a new pricing model. While we're not sure what that means for end users in terms of costs but Skyfire was quick to note that all current features will remain free. Check out our previous hands- on to get a look at Skyfire 3.0 and we'll be sure to let you know when v4.0 drops. [Skyfire]
The uber-popular Swype keyboard just got a pretty major update, and we think you're going to like this one. No talking, just bullet points:
The hidden word tip window is "all but completely removed." Huzzah! You'll see it one time (and one time only, Swype says) after a new installation. So it won't be bugging you any time you uncover a new word.
Contact names that are automatically added to the user dictionary will now stay deleted instead of being re-added accidentally
Prediction accuracy won't degrade over time
Support for QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA and qHD touchscreens.
Dictionaries for Dutch, UK English and Russian
We'd say that's a pretty big update. If you're already in on the beta program, just go to http://beta.swype.com/android/get to update. There are a couple more details you might want to check out -- including for those of you who like to change ROMs frequently. Hit up the source link. [Swype]
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