You don't usually get sumpthin' for nothin', and the adage rings true with the latest update to Skype for Android. The good news: A baker's dozen devices have had video calling turned on, but at the price of having to put up with advertising. You can get around the ads (which show up for everyone, not just the new crop) if you've got Skype credits laying around, which we're betting most of you don't.
Anyhoo. Here's the list of phones that gained video calling:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
HTC Shooter (KDDI)
Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
A nice smattering, indeed. Download links are after the break.
What do you get when you take a traditional web browser, crunch it through some cloud servers, compress the data and make it more mobile friendly by sharing the load locally as well as in the back end? That's Amazon's Silk browser. Actually, it sounds a bit familiar, but it's going to get some prominent play on the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, which is likely to be a hot seller when it launches Nov. 15 for $199. Check out the video above for how it all works.
If country music is your thing and you're a Sprint customer, the latest Sprint ID may be right up your alley. The folks from CMT have teamed up with Sprint to create the ultimate country music Sprint ID pack complete with apps, widgets wallpapers and more. Included in the pack aside from Rhapsody, Soundhound and The Grand Ole Opry is quite a few CMT select items such as:
CMT Insider: CMT Insider gives access to country music’s biggest stars with exclusive videos, articles and photos. Follow artists on Twitter and stream music with Rhapsody audio clips.
CMT On Air: CMT’s On Air App features the network’s full lineup, videos and allows fans to connect with other fans of CMT as they converse across Twitter.
CMT Video Widget: Check out new videos featuring country music artists, CMT shows or the latest in country news.
CMT Photo Widget: The CMT Photo Widget offers instant photos, updated often, of country music's biggest stars and events.
CMT Twitter Widget: Check out instant updates from CMT's official Twitter accounts and stay connected to your favorite artists and CMT Shows.
The CMT ID pack is free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint on supported Sprint ID devices. You can check out the pull press release past the break or hit up the source link for the full details.
Rather then just simply offering you another address book, Smartr organizes your address book and takes it to the next level by offering a solution of making sure the people you contact the most, are always at your fingertips. Contacts are no longer arranged alphabetically, your contacts are now ranked by how often you reach out to them -- bringing the most important to the top. In addition to the better organization, profiles can be completely filled out with a photo, job title, company details, email history, common contacts and info from social networks.
Acessing your Smartr contact information is easy as well, you have access to them from the home screen, via the main search bar, the widgets, or the Smartr app. If you're in need of a better contact management system for your device, give Smartr a look. Couple it with Smartr contacts for GMail and you have a pretty awesome solution for keeping your contacts organized. We're going to have a full review up soon but for now -- it's available in the Android Market for free and you'll find the download, press release and a video further explaining the services past the break.
Better known for its microSD cards, Sandisk has released its own memory management application onto the Android Market. Whereas popular file management apps like Astro allow you to dive deep into the file system on your device, Sandisk aims to cast a wider net by linking into cloud storage services as well.
The underlying intent is to assist you with backing up your device's contacts, photos, music, videos, documents and even apps to either your memory card, or to your Dropbox and Box.net accounts. It also works the other way allowing you to restore from these locations. You can set up your backups to occur automatically at different time intervals using the "Backup/Restore" function. This only allows you to utilise automatic backups over wifi by default, so you don't need to worry about gigabytes worth of data uploading in your pocket while you're sat on the bus. There is still an option to allow upload over cellular data though should you want it.
The app also allows you to access your Picasa and Google Docs accounts. Through both of these services you can both upload to and download your content from the cloud to your device as well as deleting files from your cloud storage.
The app has a really nice looking UI, and splits all your files into type; music, images, videos, documents, and applications. If theres something specific you have in mind that you're trying to find, a little of the work is taken care of.
It comes at the moment with the beta tag, but feels really polished and could well replace a number of memory management applications by combining so many services into one.
Sandisk Memory Zone is available free in the Android Market. Download links and screenshots available after the break.
If you're a fan of the Firefox browser for Android, know that Firefox 7 is now available in the Android Market. Officially, the changelog is as follows:
Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
Built-in language detection on first run
WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites
The list of desktop changes is a bit longer, but rememeber that the mobile app is cut from the same cloth, and we're very much enjoying this accelerated release schedule. Download links are after the break.
Here's how to flag an app as 'inappropriate' in the Android Market
We suppose it should be flattering that there's currently a fairly massive Twitter campaign calling for Google -- and Android Central -- to remove the obviously offensive (and ridiculous) "Is my son gay?" app from the Android Market.
If only it were up to us.
Actually, we don't even like calling attention to this app -- or any of the other scores of offensive apps that are in the Android Market. That's one of the pitfalls of having a relatively open app ecosystem -- you have to take the bad with the good.
But that doesn't mean you have to like it, and petitions and Twitter campaigns are two great ways to let Google know you don't want apps like this in the Android Market. You can also flag an app as being inappropriate, and we recommend you do so. Here's how:
On your phone, go to the app in the Android Market. (Here's a link for you.) Scroll down, then tap "Flag as inappropriate." Then chose a reason.
Not too long ago we took a look at the Uber50 theme for UberSocial for Android, and today the folks from UberMedia are back at it again with a new custom theme for us to enjoy. This theme is martial arts themed, and is called UberWarrior. The theme includes a custom wallpaper, martial arts styled sounds throughout and gives you the MMA UberChannel to keep you in the loop at all times. So if you are rocking UberSocial for Android and want to kick it up a notch, hit the break and download UberWarrior.
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