Sonos, the Android-friendly speaker system, has been able to stream SiriusXM Radio since 2007, but only in limited geographies. Today, Sirius announced that Canadian subscribers can now remotely stream their favourite stations out to the Wi-Fi-enabled sound system.
You can check out our full review of the Sonos over here, if you were thinking of picking one up. I've spent a bit of time with it myself, and I was definitely impressed, and it works great from your phone. It's really ideal for bigger homes where you want to have consistent music across multiple rooms, since the whole family of products talks to one another wirelessly. Of course, that gets a little pricy for the speakers alone, and then if you want something like Sirius, then you're also paying subscription fees on top of that, but hey - if you love your music, this is one smart way to get it into your home without the hassle of wires.
Us poor saps in Canada are usually subject to limited content licenses, so it's no surprise to see a delay here, but when it comes to music, there's really not much we don't have access to anymore. So what's the hold-up, Pandora? Slacker and Rdio are doing business up here just fine.
It's been a long time coming, but Wikipedia has finally released an official Android app, sneaking it into the market a few days ago. It's kind of ironic timing given that Wikipedia is blacked out today in protest of SOPA and PIPA, but everything seems to be working on the mobile version.
Features of the app include:
Save for later for offline use
Search articles nearby
Multiple language support
Full screen search
It's great to finally see an official Android app from Wikipedia. Alternatives that we've used have been decent, but it's nice to have one straight from the Wikipedia developers. The free app is available in the Android Market. We've got links to it after the break.
The Google+ Android app is about to get an update which, among other things, now includes the What's Hot section. What's Hot is a useful portion of the web version in that you can see some of the most popular posts and stories floating around Google+. Now with it translated to mobile, you can access the content on-the-go right from your Android device.
In addition to What's Hot, you can now see who has +1'd your posts.
The update will be rolling out gradually so if you don't see it yet, sit tight. If you don't have the app yet, we've got links after the break.
YouMail announced this morning a new partnership with online retailer LetsTalk.com, which will preload the visual voicemail app on select Android and Blackberry devices sold through its site. In addition, LetsTalk.com will power the YouMail Online Store, which will be accessible through YouMail and will be custom tailored to your current carrier and plan. The announcement comes on the heels of a well-publicized tiff between YouMail and T-Mobile, which resulted in the app being yanked from Android Market early last month. Hit the break for YouMail's official announcement.
Here's a little tip you may not have known about -- while working inside Google's applications in Ice Cream Sandwich, you can long press any icon and its name will appear. This can be handy for figuring out what all those fancy new icons mean, and is a heck of a lot better than Jerry's method of "just press it and see what happens". For now, this seems limited to Google's apps, but it certainly seems like something that can be done for any application. Let's see more of this sort of thing, Google! When things are easy to learn, we all love them just a little more.
Staying at a hotel is so 2009. Airbnb has made it easy for landlords to put rooms and entire properties up for rent, and easy for rentors to find a place to stay. And today, we now have an Airbnb Android app.
The Airbnb Android app is nicely done, with loads of photos and easy access to property descriptions. There's a video section as well, and integration with Google Maps makes it easy to see exactly where you're staying.
Airbnb's also offered up a "featured" section, showing you the service's top 40 properties, and the best of cities such as Austin, Texas; Paris, New York, beach locations, Los Angeles and others.
Sign into your account, and you've got easy access to upcoming rentals (or properties that you're renting out). Upcoming stays are beautifully displayed, with location, duration and contact information for the host.
We're not quite sure we want to go so far as to book a stay from our phones -- we're a little too anal for that. But the Airbnb Android app is a great way to browse listings, and a great way to keep up with your upcoming stays. It's quickly earned a spot in our app drawer.
We've got more screen shots and download links after the break.
Groundlink has updated its car service Android application with a number of improvements that make the entire process easier on you, the rider.
For starters, you'll get updates on where the car is even more quickly than you were before. That's one of the more fun aspects of an app and service like this -- being able to see the car en route to pick you up. You'll also get more accurate estimates as to when the car is on the way.
Groundlink also has simplified the registration process. So if that's kept you from trying out the service, no more excuses. There's a new registration screen to go along with it.
Groundlink also now accepts international billing, for those of you traveling to the United States. That also allows you to book a car from anywhere in the world.
In addition, there have been improvements to the overall order process, as well as general bug fixes.
OneLouder announced today that its most recent update for BaconReader, the popular reddit reader app, is now available through the Android Market. Added in this update is the ability to sort by "Top" and "Controversial", as well as to search for posts directly through the menu. Other bug fixes and menu redesigns are abound, though don't try to use the app tomorrow: OneLouder is reminding everyone that reddit will be dark for 12 hours tomorrow, and that BaconReader will be back up and running at the close of the SOPA-induced blackout. The Android Market link is after the break.
We're not implying that the insanely cute and colorful Android game Whale Trail was inspired during some sort of psychedelic episode, but -- OK, who are we kidding? That's exactly what we're implying. It's one of those simple up/down games -- press the screen to fly up, release to drop down. You're controlling Willow the Whale while you fight to make sense of it all, man get away from the evil Baron Von Barry. There are 32 levels, two game modes and 96 stars to collect. Download links are after the break. Now somebody pass the Cheetos.
CyanogenMod 9 Music is now available for download, and you don't even have to be running CM to install or use it. It offers a level of customization you won't find in other music apps, from things like searching the Android Market music store for the currently playing song, gestures for audio controls, sharing the current track with any of your social media outlets, and even setting your favorite song as a ringtone with one button. To top it all off, the app has a theme engine that changes just about every aspect of the look. A "Google Music" style theme is available, as is a theme template for you artistic types to have at it.
To get the app, follow the link below. We have to mention that this one only works for music you have stored on your device itself, as it doesn't hook into any streaming or cloud service. Andrew Neal, the developer of CM Music, says we'll see it in the Android Market shortly, as well as see it in CyanogenMod 9. This is one to have a look at guys and gals.
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