Year after year, version after version, Opera's mobile browsers keep getting better and better. And that brings us to the recent release of Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 for Android.
For Opera Mobile 11, we're talking an improved user interface, better panning and scrolling -- no checkerboarding -- and other fixes that make Opera Mobile a top-tier browsing experience. For Opera Mini 6, you've got even more of the data compression that keeps your browsing fast on a slow connection, plus a new look and skin.
And we figured what better way to show you the new updates than to have Opera do the walkthrough here at CTIA. So check it out, then get your download on. [Opera Mobile 11, Opera Mini 6]
Next up from CTIA is Viewdle, which brings a cool little addition to your Android camera. It's facial recognition, tied into Facebook, all via a little augmented reality. Point, shoot, and it recognizes faces (after you teach it who's who), then automatically tag photos for Facebook. It's pretty slick actually. Check out the video above, and there's more at Viewdle's site. [Viewdle]
The LG Optimus 3D is coming to AT&T, bringing what may once again be the nation's largest carrier its first 3D Android smartphone. The Thrill, for all intents and purposes, is just as we saw it a month ago at Mobile World Congress. You've got the 4.3-inch stereoscopic touchscreen, a special section on the phone for the 3D apps, and it's all powered by that a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor.
More 3D-enabled apps, including Let's Golf, are in the works. Take a gander at more pics and hands-on video, after the break, and do keep in mind that the software's not yet final.
Maybe it's because deep down we are nostalgic for resistive touchscreens of old, but we have to admit we're seriously geeking out over HTC Scribe, the technology that allows you to use an honest-to-god writing implement with the HTC View 4G - see our hands-on here.
If you're not familiar, here's how it works: HTC is selling a capacitive stylus that talks to the View 4G over Bluetooth and lets you take notes directly on the screen. On the View itself, they've replaced the standard search button with a context-aware Stylus button. When you're in a context where you can't write on the screen, the button is red and serves as a shortcut to stylus-aware apps. When you can use the stylus, it turns green and it's writing time, baby.
More impressions and photos and video after the break!
Springpad has updated their Android client, adding in new ways to share your notes and memos, as well as new widget options. Springpad is a popular cross platform service, that stores and sorts your notes and reminders in the cloud, making them easily to access from any Android or iOS device, or your computer desktop. What makes Springpad unique is the way it gathers other pertinent information from the web about the item your saving.
New in the latest version is what Springpad is calling "Save for later" from other apps. Anything you can long press you'll be able to save to Springpad, and their service will fill in details like directions, prices, deals and the like, and attach them to your item. Of course it handles simple note-taking as well, and does so like a champ. Add in a quick note style widget, and a to-do list widget, and it all works really well. Sounds like it may be very useful, and well worth a look. Springpad is free on the Android Market for phones running Android 1.6 or higher. The download link, press release and some more screenshots are after the break.
Your phone's on you all the time. Might as well put it to good use -- other than playing with Angry Birds. Enter Bodymedia. It's a small arm band that connects to your Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth. And if you have a Sprint ID device -- and that means anyone with an Epic 4G or Galaxy Tab as of this week -- you can keep an eye on your vital signs with a number of attractive widgets. Peep the video above for a look at Bodymedia in action.
I need to work out more any. And after finally checking out Endomondo, I'm more determined than ever to just waste away. That's not the app's fault. It's pretty darn cool, actually, mixing an exercise monitoring app with social networking. And by social networking, we mean your friends can send you messages while you're on your route. And by send you a message, we mean "We can see you're walking! You want to look like that your whole life?"
Or, maybe your friends are the encouraging type. Consider yourselves lucky. Anyhoo, we caught up with Endomondo at CTIA in Orlando, where they offered to take us on quick 10K stroll of the city. We'll get right on that.
Ever try to make plans with a group of friends, and have to send the same message to all of them, only to have to reply with the same answers to all of them? Wouldn't it be much easier if you were able to just text one number, and have it go to all of your friends, creating a group SMS message? The folks at GroupMe had the same idea, and they have released an application that will do just that; make it easy and effective for people to SMS with a group of people.
Simply launch the application, search your contacts for the people you wish to be in the group, create the group, and boom, you are assigned a number. This number is the one that will be used to send messages to, and all the people in that group will receive them, and be able to reply to it, making planning events a piece of cake. Additionally, not only are you able to send SMS but you can call that number as well, which creates a conference call between all of your friends in that group. If you are looking for a free, yet extremely simple and effective way to communicate with a group of friends, you will want to head into the Android market, and check out GroupMe. If you have friends on BlackBerry devices, be sure to let them know it has just gone into beta for them. Download information after the break.
Whether you just picked up a HTC Thunderbolt this week, or you have been an Android lover for a while now, finding new useful applications can be a struggle at times. Let us share with you some of our favorites that we have found, and hopefully you will find them useful as well. Join us after the break to see what we have in store for this week.
The various live wallpapers that are available on Android are one of my personal favorite parts, because sadly they can keep me entertained by just watching them. While the market is certainly flooded with live wallpapers, there are not very many which offer extensive customization options, but luckily Gravitron is one of the ones that do, and they offer quite a few options. This live wallpaper, which is based around a bunch of flying particles, gives you near complete control of the look of the wallpaper, with customization features including:
Built-in presets: Original, Patriot, Love, Bokeh, Pride, Droid, St. Patrick's day, and more.
10 shapes for particles & decoration
Color randomization & cycling
Up to 8 colors preselection
Background color selection
Camera movement adjustment: speed, distance and behaviour (3D positioning)
In addition to all these custom settings, they have implemented the ability to save and load various presets, and soon they hope to have the ability to share these via Twitter. For less then $1 you can have all these features, as well as whatever they are able to add in the future, so if you want a live wallpaper that you are able to customize fully, be sure to check this out. Download links, and video can be found after the break.
It is always great to see successful iOS games make their way onto the Android platform, but sadly this isn't something we see every day. Guerrilla Bob, an action shooting game, brings some stunning graphics to Android, and offers some rather entertaining game play. Unlike many other applications, this game offers cross platform game play, which allows Android owners to play vs PC or iOS users if they so wish. In addition to this the game offers a Story Campaign, a Classic Survival Mode as well as a War Attack Mode, which will allow each user to find a style that is fitting for them. Guerrilla Bob has OpenFeint support, along with tons of other great features. For only $2.99 this game is certainly one you will want to check out. Game trailer to be found after the break, along with download information.
The developers at Fring have updated their video calling application to support the Motorola Atrix and the Dell Streak. The application isn't yet available in the Market, but a quick trip over the the Fring blog (source link) will give you an email address to request the updated version before it gets uploaded to the Android Market.
This creates a sticky situation with the AT&T devices -- sideloading is blocked by default. There's no need to fret though, you can use the Sideload Wonder Machine to get past that one. You'll be chatting face-to-face with friends and family in no time. [Fring] Thanks, Jeremy!
When looking for new games for my device I have not only myself in mind, but also games to keep the little man busy when we get stuck somewhere unexpectedly. Hungry MonstR is a great, easy to learn game that can be used to keep you extremely entertained, whether it be for the three minute quick game, or the unlimited time mode. The idea behind the game is simple, you have to fling the monsters to the appropriate corner, which is determined by the color of the monster, and if your fingers flick the wrong way, the corner does remain blocked for a period of time.
While the concept is very simple, and there is nothing too crazy about the game, it is certainly entertaining, and is sure to provide some great entertainment. For only 99 cents in the Android market, this game is definitely one you will want to try out for yourself. Download links, and video sample available after the break.
Have you ever been somewhere, reading something, and got stuck on a word that you weren't quite sure what it meant? Don't be shy, you are not alone, it happens to me all the time, and to be honest it can be rather frustrating, having to attempt to figure it out, or having to open the Dictionary.com application and then typing the word to find the definition. Well, gone are those days, now simply launch SnaPanda, click on the word you are unsure of, and boom, definitions are found that easily. In addition to definitions, you are able to view some expressions of how the word is used, and also add it to a list for easy accessibility at a later time. Check out the video above, and then download and test for yourself, this is an application everyone will find use for in their daily life. Download links available after the break.
If you are a college basketball fan, March is probably one of your favorite months, but while unfortunately you are unable to take the whole month off to keep up with the games. This year, the tournament is being broadcasted all over the place, potentially making it rather difficult to ensure you are able to watch your game of preference. PlayOn, which just finally came to Android last month, has announced they are offering one simple way to keep up with all the NCAA action, in just one place.
"Last year we were thrilled to offer PlayOn subscribers access to every game in the NCAA Championship," comments David Karlton, MediaMall Technologies' CTO. “This year we wanted to let hoops fans take March Madness with them. PlayOn still works with your television, but it also works on the most popular devices, including Android Phones, iPads and iPhones.”
The application itself runs with a subscription fee of only $4.99 a month, and they are also offering a 14 day free trial of the services, so be sure to check this out if you don't want to miss out on any of your favorite college hoops action. More information and download links after the break. [Playon]
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