If you're keeping an eye on your storage space and move as many apps as possible to the SD card, note that the Skype Android app has been updated for that very reason. You're not going to save too much space -- its less than 1 megabyte -- but every little bit helps, right? Download link's after the break if you need it. (And, yes, you have to have Froyo to move apps to the SD card. That hasn't changed.) Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
You ever get a call from someone you really don't feel like talking to at the moment and decide that you'll just let it go to voicemail and wait and see if they leave a message? I know I do. In fact, I really dislike talking on the phone so I tend to do it a lot. That habit of mine used to make checking my voicemail rather annoying as well. Especially after letting 5-6 messages build in there.
So instead of actually, you know answering calls I decided I'd switch to a visual voicemail service and make it a lot easier on myself. I decided to go with YouMail. Read on after the break for a quick run down of what YouMail is all about.
There's a lot of new, behind-the-scenes goodness going on in Gingerbread, and not all of it was made with the end user in mind. One of the new APIs, "StrictMode," is built for Android application developers to use as a debugging tool. It monitors code as it's executed, detecting things that can slow an application down.
It specifically was designed to target disk reads and writes, and network activity, which as Android software engineer Brad Fitzpatrick points out can cause stuttering animation and UI elements that don't respond to input as fast as we would like. Having an easy to use tool like this means that developers can find spots in their code that might contribute to a bottleneck and take care of the issue before the app goes out for testing.
While the changes that come with Gingerbread don't appear very big on the surface, all these little things add up. We've went over all the "showcase" changes, but these smaller additions are just as important. Gingerbread is shaping up to have great potential, and I can't wait to get my hands greasy with it. [Android Developers Blog]
Just in time for for some holiday travelers, Southwest Airlines has released their Android application to the masses. Given how hectic traveling is to begin with any application that's sole purpose is to make it easier is fine by us. Southwest has included some great features into the app including their rapid rewards program for frequent Southwest fliers. The full feature list is below:
Manage air reservations
Manage rental car reservations
Check in for flights
Check flight status
Review flight schedules
Access your Rapid Rewards account
Access helpful contact information
The latest version available is v1.4 which, is actually an updated version from the initial launch so if you're running a previous version be sure to update. It's available now for free from the Android Market. Download link can be found after the break. Thanks Quincy!
Words with Friends -- the uber-popular Scrabble-esqe word game for the iOS -- is coming to Android, according to an e-mail tipster Jordan has sent us and others.
In the e-mail, Jordan asked about the prospects of an Android version of the game. The response he got from the developer:
"We've since hired a team to develop an Android Version. They're actively at work on it at the moment and are getting close to being done, so not too much longer!"
We've asked the developer -- which was purchased by Zynga earlier this month -- for any more details about the Android release. Will we be able to play (and beat) our iPhone brethren? When, exactly, will see the app? Will it be ad-supported? Stay tuned, folks.
Feeling a bit under the weather, have a Walgreens prescription you need filled, and wish that Android powered device of yours could magically fill said prescription? Well, it can't produce any pills or nasal spray, but the Walgreens Mobile app can do the next best thing. By simply scanning the prescription's barcode, you can alert the folks at the Walgreens pharmacy that you're out of pills, and need a fix.
If you don't roll with barcode scanning, you can also fill your prescriptions based on account history. By entering either your account number, or prescription number, the Walgreens Mobile app will notify Walgreens pharmacists that your prescription is empty, and needs to be refilled. And then once it's ready, you'll receive an SMS notification -- pretty slick. Now to just get out of the same sick clothes you've been wearing for three days, comb your hair, and drive all the way to your nearest Walgreens -- something else the Walgreens Mobile app will assist you with.
The Walgreens Mobile app also features a flu shot & store locator, photo print ordering, and weekly ad fliers. This is actually a pretty robust app for a retail/pharmacy chain, and I'd like to see this level of usability from other retailer apps. Download links are after the break. [Walgreens]
If you're not using Root Explorer on your rooted Android phone or tablet, you should be. It's an easy way to work with the files on your device, using a graphical interface that so many of us are used to. To make a good thing even better, while updating things to work with Gingerbread (thanks to the release of the SDK), Speed Software has added a couple changes to make things even better -- support for the upload dialog in the Dropbox app, and displaying the correct icon for installed applications instead of the generic icon it has used until now. With these changes, Root Explorer is now the only file browser I need on my rooted phones, and is the best $3.95 I've ever spent. There are a couple more screenshots, and a download link after the break.
The new look to the Android Market will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. But if you just can't wait, you can download and install it now. We've done so and have taken it for a test ride.
Graphically, things are much improved, trading the tabs for one long page. Comments, related items, screen shots and all the usual fodder is there on that one page.
The home screen and categories have carousels at the top -- you can flip through them to see promoted applications. It's quick and rather nice.
Installing an app is the same process, but much more aesthetically pleasing. When you press the install button, it then shows you the system and security components that the app can access. That's not new, but it's much more friendly, and we're hoping that casual users will actually pay attention to them now. You then press "OK" to actually install the app. Again, not new, but nicely refined.
Purchasing an app is exactly the same process as before. You make the deal, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and the app is installed. Refunding is seamless -- just open the app in the Market and press "refund." Careful of the 15-minute time limit, though.
We've got a brief video walkthrough after the break. Check it out. [Download the apk at XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Getting bored with those applications on your device? Looking for something new, but don't have hours to devote searching the market? Fear not, we bring you our weekly dose of our favorite selections that we use daily, and hopefully you can find some of the same value in the that we do!
The changes that came along with the latest update to the Gmail app are pretty substantial. Google seems to have listened to the users, and gave us the two things we've been whining asking about the most -- decent priority inbox support, and sending from another address. And they managed to pull it off without slowing down the app, which is pretty damn important if you ask me.
The one drawback? This is only available for Android 2.2 or higher. We're seeing a lot of that, and we're bound to see more as Google updates its core applications to their 2.3 versions. That's called progress, folks. You can't stop it. Hit the jump, and see it in action.
I guess the folks at Google decided it was time to update a lot of things today, all of which is likely minor preparations for Gingerbread. Either way, we'll take em. If you're making use of Chrome to phone you'll want to be sure you get that updated to the latest release made available. The change log is that of a short one, and notes the addition of a history tab for links previously sent to your device which can be sorted. While there is likely other bug fixes here, nothing major that Google felt the need to point out.
The latest update to Nimbuzz has finally hit the Android Market and aside from the usual "bug fixes" included with the release, Nimbuzz has added some great new features that have been long requested.
HD voice call quality on Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz calls! Nimbuzz is the first one to bring HD voice technology to all Android users. And it’s Free!
Install Nimbuzz on SD card to save space on the phone memory. We listen to our users and this has been one of their most requested features.
Updated My Profile page. All your information in one place.
Free avatars: Personalize and customize your Nimbuzz experience! Find new free and cool avatars on our N-World tab!
Out of that list the HD calling is the hugest portion of the update. According to Nimbuzz, now when you use the application for your calls you should get the most optimal call quality available to you. This is achieved by auto adapting your calls based on your coverage available as well as using a peer to peer connection which routes the calls device to device rather then actually going through Nimbuzz servers to connect. We've not tested it out as of yet so please, feel free to leave some comments letting us know how it works out. And no, you can't have Sally's number so don't ask. Download is after the break folks.
Google has updated the Gmail application to version 2.3.2, and with it comes some often requested features. Android phones running Froyo or higher can and should grab the update, the new features look awesome:
Better support for priority inbox
Send from any address you have set up in your account
Switch between reply, forward, and reply all while composing
And of course, the magical "Bug fixes"
Hit the source to see the full set of changes. It looks like Google is keeping their promise of updating some of their core applications independently of the operating system, as we saw Google voice, YouTube, and Voice Search get nice updates yesterday as well. Update in the Market, or hit the download link after the break for a shortcut. [Google Mobile blog]
Wyse has reached the 250,000-user milestone across Android and iOS devices. To celebrate this milestone, Wyse simultaneously launched PocketCloud 1.1, which is already available in the Android Market. Boasting industry-leading security, improved performance, and tablet optimization, Wyse is positioning PocketCloud 1.1 to be your one and only remote desktop app for your Android tablet or wireless handset.
Available in the Android market as a free or paid ($14.99) app, PocketCloud offers something for everybody. Enterprise users will appreciate its NLA (Network Level Authentication) security, while the casual remote desktoper (that's a term now) will probably be suited perfectly with the free version.
If you're looking for a more robust remote desktop experience from your Android device, join me after the break as I lay out some key features and bullet points for you.
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