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.
EA Sports' series of Madden NFL football video games is easily one of the most popular sports video game franchises. So it's easy to see why we'd be excited to see it on Android. But Madden NFL 2011 on Android -- and the Motorola Droid X, specifically -- has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Read on to find out why.
Judging from all the e-mails we just got -- including one from Swype that says we were accepted into the beta program -- it looks like a new round of Swype invites has gone out. Trust us, folks, it's a much better track to be on than having to deal with the hacked (and pirated) versions out there. So congrats, everyone! [via Android Central Forums]
If you're using Twidroyd (4.3 or higher) to get your Twitter on, there's a new goodie for you -- OTA themeing. Just fire up the browser on your phone and head to the Twidroyd Factory ( twidroydfactory.appspot.com ) to check 'em out and download one. Or two.
If you're feeling a bit artistic, the engine to create your own themes is up and running, too -- hit the same URL from a computer and crank out something wonderful. There's a couple of pics of the "Sunset L.A." theme after the break. [Twidroyd Factory via @twidroyd]
Can Amazon's bookstore stand up to the might that is Google?
Google Books, or Amazon Kindle. That's the question du jour. Google this week released its online bookstore -- Google Books, or eBooks. It's not a new premise, you go online and buy books, and then read them on your laptop or PC, or on a mobile device. And you have plenty of options in the mobile space. You can purchase and read books on Android devices, of course, as well as the iPad, iPhone, Sony eReader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
But is Google Books better than Amazon Kindle, the big daddy in the space? Will you need both platforms? Join us after the break as we take a look at Google Books versus Amazon Kindle?
Xmarks -- formerly known as Foxmarks -- has brought their cross-platform bookmarks and open tab syncing service to Android. For a small fee of $12 a year, Xmarks users will now be able to access their bookmarks and open tabs via their Android device. Although Firefox for Android already offers this very same service for free -- and there are other free options, too -- it's nice to see some bookmarks syncing for the stock Android browser, which also happens to be the one I still use every single day. We've covered other bookmarks syncing apps for Android, but like I always say, the more options, the better.
Personally, I've been using Xmarks for close to three years now to sync my desktop bookmarks, and I've found it to be an invaluable service. Having access to the same bookmarks on my laptop and desktop PC is very handy, but part of me wonders if I would ever feel the need to shell out $12 for access to these same bookmarks on my mobile device. The pages I browse from my phone are not the same pages I browse from my desktop computer. In addition, I've already got my Android browser bookmarks setup perfectly to my liking. I use Titanium Backup to backup/restore my bookmarks when loading a new ROM, so I don't really need a premium sync service. Plus, a quick search at AppBrain will reveal how many free bookmarks syncing apps exist for Android.
Xmarks for Android may only appeal to the hardcore Xmarks users. Somebody who is constantly adding/removing/updating bookmarks and needs access to them on the go 24/7. Open tab sync is a nice feature, but not one I would pay for when Firefox already does it for free. If Xmarks also offered access to browser history, that would be the icing on the cake that I would finally pay $12/year for. However, part of me wonders if Google has any plans to include this type of browser bookmarks/history synchronization into Android.
Xmarks is giving Android users a two-week free trial, so what have you got to lose? Check it out and see if you like it. [Xmarks blog]
Comcast communications has finally brought their Xfinity application to the Android Market. We were told to expect a Comcast Mobile application today, followed by the Xfinity application early 2011, but as a Comcast user, I'm not complaining about their naming convention. The app seems pretty functional at first use, with it's own Comcast mail client, Voicemail inbox, TV listings, a DVR Manager (which takes up to 24 hours to set up), and full OnDemand listings. Hopefully, the Jan 2011 version has the ability to view OnDemand items, but seeing the listings beats nothing.
If you're a Comcast subscriber, grab it from the Market and check it out, there's a download link and a set of pictures after the break.
Looking for a better way to show off your sweet badges from Foursquare? If so, make sure you grab the latest update from the Android Market. The latest update adds a new trophy case for badges as noted in the above change log picture. In addition to the badges display update, popular tips are now more prominently displayed when checking in so that you're sure not to miss them and source attribution now shows on your friends checkin page. Not a massive update by any means but one that should better the user experience. [Foursquare]
LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings virtualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number -- completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.
The idea, of course, is security, and it gives VMware a handhold into the mobile enterprise market. Chances are most of us don't have jobs that need that level of sandbox security but it's nice that it's available. Full press release after the break and video that Engadget scrounged up is after the break.
The topic of video calling these days is a rather hot one for many. What was once noted as a thing of the future, video calling this year has sort of been placed at the front of the line when it comes to device manufacturers and application developers. The other element here is the carriers, rather the networks they provide and their ability to provide enough bandwidth to make video calling happen. Fring, well aware of the fact that carrier networks are often times constrained have adapted their video calling applications to make use of Dynamic Video Quality as they refer to it.
DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) automatically, and continuously, adjusts your video call quality to match your internet bandwidth at all times, giving you the best video and audio quality possible for your connectivity.
In short, that all breaks down to this. Whenever you have what may be considered spotty coverage, Fring will adjust your video calls a quality level, which the network can provide dynamically without user interaction. The goal here is to not limit your ability to make video calls but rather to give you the best audio and video the network can provide. Hopefully, a lot more developers will adopt similar technology as well. It really is a basic philosophy of networking. Fring is available now in the Android Market. [Fring]
Seesmic for Android -- the Twitter client of choice for a certain Android Central editor -- just got an update to Version 1.5. And if you haven't tried Seesmic yet, it's time to rectify that. With the update you now have:
A new UI: Refresh, compose and search buttons are front and center, no longer hidden under menu button.
Post to Salesforce Chatter.
Autocomplete usernames when you type @xxxxx.
Improved attachment uploader.
Ability to change avatar from the app.
Now available in eight languages.
And that's in addition to the usual excellent support for Facebook Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts. Seesmic's free, and download locations and video of it in action are after the break. [Seesmic blog]
The team over at Dolphin Browser is working on a new browser which they hope will bring faster browsing to your Android device. Currently in a "preview" stage, the team just released the second public build of the browser on their blog.
Even with the recent updates to the Android Market, finding a great application can still be quite a hunt due to the shear size of the market. Here at Android Central we spend a lot of our time on our devices, so we sort through what we can on the market, and we bring you weekly some of our favorite picks from the last week. Let's take a look at what made it into this weeks choices.
For all you Comcast subscribers out there waiting on the Comcast Mobile and Xfinity apps for Android, listen up. (Erm, or just keep reading).We're still waiting on the Xfinity Mobile App (aka Comcast Mobile App 3.0), and the Comcast Mobile App Android 2.0 release (there's a mouthful) is now slated for Dec. 7 release -- yes, another delay.
In the meantime, we've basically got the user manuals, plus feature lists, buglists and troubleshooters. Everything you could want, except for the actual app, that is. You can check it all out after the break. E-mail retrieval, DVR settings, voicemail, TV listings, the works.
And in the meantime, we'll all just have to sit back and wait and hope that there won't be any more delays.
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