The Samsung Galaxy S line gets a lot of custom ROM love, and the Captivate is no exception. The awesome hardware just begs to be put to task, and there's that whole Android 2.2 update issue for Galaxy S phones in the USA. This time around Android Central forums adviser ls377 gives us a look at Serendipity 6.2 for the Captivate, and it's a stunner. But don't take my word for it, head on past the break and have a read. Thanks, Larry!
Wunderlist has finally made its way to the Android Market. Great timing as well, since they have just surpassed 1 Million downloads. If you're unfamiliar with Wunderlist, it's a personal task manager application that is available for Windows and Mac users that lets you synchronize all of your tasks from your home computer to your mobile device or vice versa. While the idea itself is rather simple, it's the simplicity of it all that makes it my preferred task manager application.
You just simply fill in what your task is, when you need it completed by and that's it! If you wish to go further with it, Wunderlist also allows you to sort your to-do's by date, mark completed and even "star" special events that you need reminding of-- and of course, once completed you can check them off as such as well. Toss in some added cool stuff like customizable backgrounds and a web accessible version and you have a pretty complete tool at your disposal.
If you need to maintain a to-do list or task manager give Wunderlist a look. Again, the simplicity of it when added with the extra functions makes it a great overall application. Wunderlist is available for free from the Android Market and the desktop versions can be downloaded from their website. Jump on past the break for the Android app link to get started.
Google has flip the switch on app download statistics, giving developers a cool look at who is downloading their apps, where they're from and what devices they're using. You get a Google Finance-like chart showing the total number of downloads, and breakdowns for OS version, device, country and language.
The example you see above is for the old Android Central Widget (which we no longer support, but it still works). Here's the breakdown for the widget, which has 11,400 installations:
80.6 percent of users are on Android 2.2. Android 2.1 has 13.8 percent, and Android 2.3.3 third at 1.8 percent.
25.6 percent of those who use the widget are using an HTC EVO 4G. The Motorola Droid X is next at 16 percent, followed by the Droid Incredible at 10.6 percent.
91.9 percent of the widget's users are in the United States. The UK is second at 1.6 percent, followed by Canada at 0.9 percent.
So it's a cool little look at who's using what. If you're a developer with an app or two in the Market, be sure to check it out.
It's (unfortunately) pretty normal for Android to still play second fiddle when it comes to app development. We see iOS get 'em first, then Android. Not so in the case of Formula 1, which broke the news on its website.
The popular racing league is prepping an Android application with push notifications for the start of the upcoming season. It's being developed in conjunction with Vodafone and will feature "live timing data direct to your phone from every session of the Grand Prix weekend." You'll need to be registered with Formula1.com to take advantage of all the features.
There also will be track and weather info, track status indicator, text commentary, and results for every race of the season, a calendar and standings. Basically, everything an F1 fan could want.
No precise date was given for release, but we'd look for it soon, with the Quantas Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 25-27 in Melbourne. F1 says iOS and other platforms will follow. [Formula 1 via @racelike]
After its announcement back at CES, we have heard next to nothing about Hulu Plus coming to Android. Well, Hulu has now gone and thrown up an image of a Nexus S along with a "coming soon" for "Android OS 2.2 phones" on their list of Hulu Plus compatible devices. As the Nexus S is an Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phone, we can presume that Froyo is the minimum OS requirement. Tablets are not specifically mentioned so it may well be that only phones will be supported at launch. Either way, hopefully this means that the app really is "coming soon" and we will have our questions answered (as well as satisfying our need to watch Fringe on the go) shortly. [Hulu] Thanks to everyone that sent this in!
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.
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!
Adobe this morning released more details regarding the upcoming release of Flash Player 10.2. First and foremost, it'll be available in the Android Market on March 18. A number of smartphones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) meet the hardware requirements. (See Adobe's official list here.) Android tablets running Honeycomb will technically be running Flash Player 10.2 as a beta.
The big points you need to know:
Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine
Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets
Everyone's favorite FPS (fowl precision shooter) Angry Birds Seasons just got the update for St. Patrick's Day. Rovio brings us some new golden eggs, and 15 new levels packed with shamrocks and pots of gold. It's in the Market with an update available if you're already running it, and if not we have the download link after the break. Thanks everyone who sent this in!
Want to help out with beta testing a new weather application? Sure you do. MIUI Weather is now available for download and the developers are of course looking for some help with finding any bugs that may exist in the app itself. Basically, you get a pretty awesome weather app that may -- or may not work when you want it to. That's part of the joy of beta testing though. If you're interested in helping out, you can hit the source link for more details. You can also jump on past the break for some more sexy screenshots. [MIUI Dev via XDA] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!
Taptu has updated the Android version of their popular news reader to version 1.3, and now brings the customization to a whole 'nother level. The folks at Taptu call it being a "news DJ" and it fits. You can mix your own news feeds from scratch, using Taptu's pre-loaded site feeds (they have thousands of popular blogs, magazines and newspapers), Bing's RSS search and feeds from your Google reader account to build and curate your own news stream. You also can add your Facebook feed and Twitter timeline, and "like" or comment, and reply and retweet right from the Taptu app. You're not restricted to one news stream either -- you could build one for Android news, one for local news, and one for Charlie Sheen if you like. #tigerblood
Taptu has upped the bar with this one, and they kept it free for Android devices (Android 1.6 and up). It's pretty slick, and well worth checking it out. The download link, and Taptu's press release are after the break.
Ever find yourself heading out the door when you stumble across an interesting looking article and wish you had the time to read it? Unfortunately there is not always an easy way, besides hunting it down again later to mark the link so you can read it later, let alone from a different location.
Read it Later is a great application that syncs between your computer and your device and allows you to mark a page to be read later, and will even hold your position if you do so happen to begin to read something without the chance to finish it in that moment. In addition to all these great features, Read it Later downloads all your articles, so if you don't happen to have a network connect, like on a plane, there are no issues with keeping caught up on the articles you wanted to read. For only 99 cents this application is a must-have for anyone who uses the internet on both a personal computer and their Android device. Download information and links after the break.
After two years, 7.5 million members and some 500 million check-ins, Foursquare is turning 3. Version 3.0 that is, and it brings new features for users and merchants. For those of us doing the checking-in, there's a new way to discover venues using the "Explore" and "Me" tabs. For businesses, there are new analytics, and new ways to reward customers for their check-in loyalty. And Foursquare says there's more in store. Check it all out in their most recent blog posts, and we've got download links after the break. [Foursquare, 2]
One of the great things about Android is the ability to install emulators and ROMS that allow you to play your favorite games from past consoles. The latest to hit the market is N64 Emulator, which plays such popular games as Goldeneye and Super Smash Brothers.
After playing the NES, SNES and N64 emulators, the N64 version is more playable thus far, though by a small margin. I think what makes the difference is the joystick, which is extremely functional and works a lot better than I expected it to.
If you’re not familiar with emulators, they create a virtual controller on your screen. An interesting part of N64 is that there is an important button, Z, on the bottom of the controller. Obviously there is nothing comparable on your mobile device, so they have positioned it in the top left corner of the screen. The joystick is on the bottom left, A + B are bottom right, the yellow C buttons are above A + B, and R is top right.
The layout is solid, but difficult for some games, like Goldeneye, that require the use of all of the controls. This is a difficult predicament to overcome and smooth gameplay will only come with practice or heavy configuration of the controls.
Some of the best games to play on this app are racing games, due to the fact that they require less buttons. I’ve played MarioKart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing and both have played very well. I assume this will mean games like F-Zero X and Wave Racer 64 will play just as well.
I have also spent some time with Madden, NHL, Mario Golf and Super Smash Brothers. The sports games worked fine while Smash Brothers was a bit more difficult due to the amount you depend on the C Buttons.
Keep in mind that I’m playing all of these games on a Samsung Galaxy Tab and that on a smaller screen where the buttons are closer together, you may get better results.
Overall I am very pleased with N64 Emulator. It’s amazing that we can get these games to work well on our mobile devices. To have Goldeneye and Perfect Dark available in my pocket at all times is unbelievable.
The app is $5.99 and is available from the Android Market. While the price seems high, it’s worth it in my opinion. Just to have the ability to play any N64 game you want at anytime is worth it to me. Check out a video, more pictures and download links after the break.
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