The VideoLAN team is hard at work on the Android version of VLC media player, and yesterday one of the developers working on bringing this leading video player to Android gave a quick update on the current state of development.
While a public release is still quite a way off, the team currently has a basic prototype of VLC running in the Android emulator, as well as the Nexus S, Nexus One and HTC Desire. Several features remain to be completed, such as the GUI and support for screen orientation changes. Various codecs and libraries must also be ported across to Android in the coming months.
"VLC media player on Android is working quite well. Anyway we are not ready to release a version until some months because we want something stable and nice to use. Be patient, we are working on it, even if this job is only done on our free time."
We look forward to seeing what the VLC team can conjure up as development continues.[Ivoire Blog]
Let's talk about the weather. Or, more specifically, let's talk about WeatherBug, which has been redesigned for Android Honeycomb tablets. It's a pretty striking change, thanks to the new framework in Android 3.0.
The new app spends a good deal of energy on flipping through the weather of various cities. It looks pretty cool, but how often do you really need to do that?
Where it gets much more useful is with the radar mapping, which looks pretty spectacular on a 10-inch screen. Check it all out above.
As we all know, the Super Bowl is coming up this weekend and it should be an amazing game. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers have both had great seasons and they shouldn't disappoint on Sunday. If you're a Steelers fan in particular, you should download the Terrible Towel app, which is necessity if you bleed black and yellow. (Hi, Phil's wife!)
The app, which was of course developed by a diehard fan, gives Steelers fans a portable Terrible Towel right on their mobile device. The yellow towels admittedly aren't that bulky, but it's nice to be able to pull one up on your phone and as the developer states in the description:
You don't have to ever wash this Terrible Towel. Actually, I recommend against it!
Aside from providing users with a digital Terrible Towel, the app also provides real-time Steelers news, 2010 highlights and past Super Bowl rings display,and live updates and tweets from various Steelers' players.
The app is $0.99 from the Android Market and is perfect for any Pittsburgh fan who can't wait until Sunday. Find the QR code as well as links to the app after the break.
Note: It also requires the Adobe Air plugin. And we don't recommend waving it around.
No problem! We got just the thing to help you get started. Although I've never looked at crocheting anything before in my life, the little Android guy above is making me think I may need to take up a new hobby -- or at the very least ask my fiance to make me one since she knows how to crochet. If you're wanting to make one of these yourself, you can find the pattern at by hitting the source link. Now, who is gonna make us all a Lloyd version? Thanks Andrew! [Bethsco]
All signs point to a Feb 14 release date for the HTC Thunderbolt, and according to next week's Best Buy advertisement, you will soon be able to pre-order the first LTE phone on Verizon at your local Best Buy. The ad mentions the pre-order with a $50 deposit, and has all the right buzz around LTE speeds, but offers no concrete release date or any hidden specs or features.
What a day thus far. New goodies to play around with, new things to look forward too. Google has clearly been hard at work when it comes to Honeycomb and we can't wait to see it's release. Did you miss out on today's event? If so, hit up the Android Central forums to get caught up and discuss more.
Go ahead, admit it. More than a few of you are waiting on We Rule for Android. It's OK. No reason to be embarrassed. Especially after the demo we got with the game running on a 10-inch dual-core Android 3.0 tablet. And with the new in-app purchases coming to this ngmoco game, you'll have more than enough to keep your hands full.
Did you miss our live coverage or just want to see all of Google's Honeycomb demos shown in video format? Well, Google has your back and has posted a video of their entire Honeycomb event on to YouTube. The video will run just over 50 minutes but is well worth the time as Google employees and guests show off apps, widgets, multitasking, notifications, and more. (And see if you can spot Phil!) [YouTube]
If you're looking for a cost effective monitoring solution then allow us to introduce you to Dropcam if you've not heard of them before. Dropcam is a easy to use, easy to set up service that allows for remote monitoring via your device or web browser when using a Dropcam monitoring system. With the Dropcam Android App you can:
Stream Live Video: Your Dropcam cloud-based cameras stream secure, uninterrupted live video that let you see every single minute of action. With the app, you can watch your video streams or friends’ Dropcam camera streams. Get live, smooth video playback on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.
Receive Instant Activity Alerts: The Dropcam system is so intelligent it uses motion and audio detection to identify and capture activity ‘Events’. These activities are displayed as a snapshot on your video timeline so you can check in immediately to see what’s happening. Using the Android app, quickly set up automatic email alerts to get instant notices for motion and noise event detection.
Access Dropcam DVR: The Dropcam DVR captures every second of what your camera sees and stores that video online for up to 30 days. DVR controls let you playback previously recorded events from your personal video stream. You can also download video clips to archive footage permanently.
Previously only available on other platforms, Dropcam has now moved into the Android Market as a free download. If you're a Dropcam system owner already this app compliments the services nicely. If you do not as of yet own a Dropcam system then you may wish to check them out of you're looking for any sort of remote video monitoring solution. Hit the source link for the full product details and a video of the app as well as the download can be found after the break. [Dropcam]
We've gotten so many e-mails about when Tap Tap Revenge might be coming to Android, we started to think there might be some sort of conspiracy afoot. But coming it is, and we've gotten a look at it. Gameplay is exactly as you'd expect, and the music list is the same as on other platforms.
We recently took at look Dungeon Defenders on the LG Optimus 2X, with its dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. So what happens when you scale things up a bit and play it on a Motorola Xoom with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and all that 3D graphics awesomesauce? The video above tells it all.
Gameplay is that much more fun. Graphics are even better than what we saw on the phone. And with the incorporation of the new in-app payments, you'll have new weapons and new defenses at the ready.
Take Google Earth and combine it with the human body, and you get ... Google Body. It's almost exactly what it sounds like -- a three-dimensional, layered look at the human body. It's pretty much a big pile of awesome on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet. And as you'll hear in the video, schools are going to be screaming for this thing.
You can dive through layers just like you might on Google Earth -- skin, bones, muscles, organs, whales, snails and puppy dog tails. What's the name of that muscle you pulled trying to show off how strong you are? Look it up. Start typing and you'll get a predictive search of whatever unspellable body part you're thinking of.
We had a look at Fuze Meeting for Android when it kicked things up a notch and released a tablet-specific application, and now they have gone a step further. Fuze Meeting will be the first collaboration application for Honeycomb, delivering HD mobile video, full hosting abilities and pinch-to-zoom and iPoint laser technology for the Motorola Xoom.
Fuze Box says that hosts and attendees will be able to view up to 10 high resolution videos in a single instance of the app, which should give the new rendering engine in Honeycomb a run for it's money. If they can pull it off well, this will make the Motorola Xoom a serious business tool, and a true competitor to the iPad. Hit the break for the full press release.
The Pulse News feed reader is one of the coolest RSS readers available for Android (and not just because they include our blog). It's graphically awesome on the phone, and it's downright stunning on a Honeycomb tablet.
It's almost too good, actually. You might have to struggle a little bit with the sheer amount of information coming at you -- but that's something we noted with the phone version as well. It's not a knock against the app, it's just that if you happen to be a blogger with a few hundred feeds, things can get a little confusing.
But back to the stunning part. The graphics and transitions on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet are pretty darn smooth, and the home screen widgets showcase some of our favorite parts of the Android 3.0 framework.
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