Android certainly has its share of music streaming applications, and sometimes it can be hard to choose between them all. If you do a lot of radio streaming, either on your computer or on your phone, you know just as much as I do how many options you have.
But rdio is a little different from the rest. Rdio allows you to choose from any song, artist or album that it has in its database at any time, and it does a fairly good job at it, too. We'll take a quick look at this app after the break!
One aspect of Android that has remained nearly untouched since 1.0 is its music player. Some would say Android's UI as a whole could use some polishing, but when it comes to the stock music player, I couldn't agree more.
The leaked APK is a bit buggy, but it does work (kinda). The playback is a bit choppy at times, and force closes weren't absent. But it offers a pleasing look at the new UI enhancements. If this is where Android's UI is going in future versions -- I dig it.
If you want to get your hands on the leaked Music 3.0 app, head over to the source link and give it a spin. Not up for it? Check out the video after the break [XDA Developers via Engadget]
Now this is just plain awesome. Thanks to the efforts of the Cellbots team, and worldwide collaborators, Cellbots allows you to control supported robots with up to four different input methods right from your FroYo-toting Android phone. Using direct control, Google Talk, a web browser, or phone-to-phone controls -- Cellbots makes chasing your pets around the house even easier.
To take advantage of Cellbots, you'll need to acquire one of the supported robots -- Lego Mindstorms, iRobot Create & Roomba, and VEX Pro devices. If you've already got one of those, head into the Android market and grab the last piece of the puzzle.
See it in action and grab a download link after the break.
On Android, your home screen and app drawer are collectively and commonly referred to as the "Launcher." And you're not stuck with the one that came with your phone. There are plenty of custom launchers out there. And you're going to want to check out the new ADWLauncher EX.
It brings a whole lot of custom UI goodness to your Android phone. For you old salts, bask in the glory that is ADWLauncher EX. It's based off the old ADW.Launcher code, but with more sex appeal. Five app drawer styles and behaviors, eight home screen transitions, new icons, fast presets -- you're going to want this.
ADWLauncher EX will cost you about $3.43 -- money well spent. Check out the video after the break, and there's more info and screen shots are at the source link. [JBThemes]
Google just announced that AT&T customers with Android phones can now charge apps to their AT&T bills. (That's something T-Mobile customers have been able to do for a while now.) So if you have an Android smartphone on AT&T, you'll soon have an updated Market app that lets you charge apps to your bill. Huzzah.
Also, Google mentions that new app categories are live, including "Media and Video," "Music and Audio," "Business" and "Sports," among others. Look for the AT&T billing and new categories with your updated version of the Android Market app. [Google]
Improved support for Android keyboards, both hardware and on-screen
New Android-style menus
Fixed a bug in opening links from other apps
Support for uploading files
"Save as PDF" command in the site menu
Fixed rendering of Arabic and Farsi text (on devices with Arabic/Farsi fonts installed)
Slowly but surely, it's coming along, and the install size is at 13MB, for those of you worried about such things. The folks at Mozilla recommend uninstalling any previous betas before this one. [Mozilla via Android Central Forums]
Update: Mozilla's Madhava Enros has done a really good walkthrough of the beta. Check it out.
It wouldn't be the holiday season without us offering up some free goodies for our readers, so many thanks to Federico Carnales for his participation in this giveaway.
LauncherPro -- one of the most popular replacement launchers for Android, and one that I use exclusively -- provides for a ton of customizations to your home screen. With LauncherPro, you can apply custom icons, use up to seven home screens, tweak your app drawer settings, add up to 15 apps or shortcuts in a scrollable dock, and much more. I've tried several home replacement apps, and some may offer more in terms of customization (re: themes), but LauncherPro's silky-smooth animations and UI are what keep it installed on my Evo.
OpenFeint -- the gaming network that lets you compete against your friends on other platforms -- has added 11 new titles to its roster. They are (and links to go AppBrain, if available, or you can find them in OpenFeint's Game Spotlight app.):
That makes 158 or so games that are now OpenFeint-enabled. And if you download any of the above games between Dec. 23 and Dec. 25, you'll be entered to win one of two gift cards, or a Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Not too shabby.
Just like I predicted earlier this month, Gameloft is offering up another one of their high quality Android games -- Hero of Sparta -- absolutely free. But you gotta act quick, because the giveaway ends in less than 24 hours.
Featuring eight levels to explore in full 3D, Hero of Sparta provides an excellent action/adventure experience on your Android phone. It's not available in the market, so you'll have to hit this page to see if your device is compatible, and begin your free download.
While you're over there, make sure you check out some of their other HD Android titles. Most (possibly all) of their games come with a trial version that can be unlocked for $4.99.
Check out a trailer for Hero of Sparta after the break. [Gameloft]
If you are the type who just can't resist gadgets that have the extra bit of cool factor, and have US $299 to blow on some (I know you're out there), you have to check out iGloLEDset now that it's come to the Android platform. Imagine a WiFi-enabled set of rope lights, that you can control in real time from your phone, swiping and pressing to control the colors and blink rate. It does sound really cool, but I'm not quite sold on MEA Mobile's idea that light switches are now obsolete and there will soon be an entire industry dedicated to their safe removal from walls everywhere.
For those who haven't already rushed to order their very own set for you holiday decorations, we have MEA Mobile's press release and a demo video after the break.
You read that right, folks. For those of you waiting to officially get in on the Swype keyboard, you'll wait no longer. The beta program has opened up to anyone able to type in a little user information. That means you can be up and running the official version of Swype in just a couple of minutes -- including the new and improved "micro" version -- without worry of being hassled by the man. Hit up the source link to get your Swype on. [Swype] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
It's been 10 long months since we saw SPB Mobile Shell for Android. That's right, the same SPB who used to make Windows Mobile usable. And long after we got a look at it at Mobile World Congress it's ... still not available. But you can now sign up for a private beta, and possible get a look at a whole 'nother UI for Android. Be sure to check out our hands-on from February, and there's all new video after the break. [SPB Mobile Shell for Android]
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