If you're rocking the "beta" version of Swype (we put beta in quotes because if it didn't come preloaded on your phone, it's the only version you're legally supposed to be using -- nudge nudge, wink know, know what I mean?), note that it just got and update, and it's one you need to pay attention to. Here's the full changelog:
Revised installer workflow. Users can now enable Swype and select it as the default input method from within the Swype installer.
The installer now includes a repair feature. If a previous installation failed, or if the existing Swype BETA installation is broken (missing/corrupt license, etc), the installer will attempt to resume the installation process and repair any broken elements.
Clarified error messages to give a more accurate description of the specific problem encountered.
Added links to the tutorial and tips-and-tricks videos to the end of the installation.
SWYPE BETA v22.214.171.12470
Added support for new installer features, such as version checking and installation repair.
Merged the most recent changes from trunk (mostly device-specific bugfixes)
Of particular interest to us is the second bullet point. If a previous installation failed (and guess who had that problem) ... That's right, it crashed and burned for me but is up and running now. Oh, happy day.
Again, this is for everybody running the official beta. If your phone came pre-loaded with Swype -- and that's damn near every phone released in the last six months or so -- satay away. For everybody else, head to http://beta.swype.com/android/get and get your download on. [Swype]
Games like Raging Thunder are pretty fun to play on the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet. But when you add in some ingenuity and an accessory from your own driveway, it becomes epic. YouTube user CodingHut has just made every young mans fantasy of driving their own car like a lunatic a step closer to reality. And we all thank him for it. Check out one bad ass video after the break. [CodingHut's YouTube channel] Thanks, JerseyIroc!
Yes, everyone loves Angry Birds. But did you know that Android users love Angry Birds about $1 million a month? That's what Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle (seriously, that's his title) of Rovio told Tech Crunch that the 5 million currently downloaded copies of the Android version will generate in ad revenue. Talk about a success story!
Speaking of success stories, check out the video from Google Mobile Ads (after the break) where Mr. Vesterbacka talks about all the ways he is making a mountain of money from the Angry Birds franchise, and gives some interesting numbers about the Android version. [Tech Crunch, GoogleMobileAds]
Ah, December. The month of friends, family, festive holiday cheer, giving gifts, awesome sales, and free Android games.
Gameloft, the developer behind Android games such as Let's Golf, N.O.V.A., Asphalt 5, andAssassin's Creed, are offering up one of their most popular titles -- Dungeon Hunter -- for an appealing price of free-ninety-free (that's $0). Originally priced at $4.99, Dungeon Hunter offers a robust RPG/adventure game right on your Android phone.
You won't find this title in the Android market, so you'll have to head on over to Gameloft's website to get in on this deal, or hit the break to learn more about Dungeon Hunter for Android.
Looks like a new version of the Android Market is being silently pushed out to devices running Froyo, complete with a new tab to find related applications. Yours may say "Similar" as it does on the Droid X in the shot to the left, or it may say "Related" as it does on the Evo 4G to the right. For all intents and purposes, it appears to be the same thing with a different label.
This one's for you coders out there: Mozilla's looking for some good add-ons to be built or ported to the mobile version of Firefox (aka Fennec). There are six categories (Sports/games, commerce/shopping, geolocation, productivity, sharing/social, novelty/innovation), and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winners will get $1,000 cash, an Android (or Maemo) phone, a spot on the Firefox for Mobile Start Page, be listed as a featured add-on, and a blog post about your add-on.
And one grand-prize winner will get a free trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and a full pass to the event. (And if you're really, really lucky, you'll run into us there.)
So get to coding folks! Full info at the source link. [Mozilla]
When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses. Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate. However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog'sSmart Keyboard Pro.
Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction. Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers. The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly. Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.
If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it. Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.
If you are like me, and are easily amused, Aces Traffic Pack is a game that is bound to keep you busy for hours on end. After spending just two minutes with this game I instantly knew I was going to be hooked, and was very thankful that the game came with over 400 different puzzles to play through. The graphics instantly caught my attention, the vibrant colors used on the game brought it to the next level and set it apart from many other puzzle-style games.
We kind of didn't even want to draw any attention to this app, this $4.99 waste of time, but figured in the interest of public service ... So there's "4G LTE Upgrade" app that popped up in the Android Market today, just after Verizon announced its 4G data (and not smartphone data) will be flipped on come Sunday. The app promises you can get 4G early, which of course, you can't. It also says to wait a day or two if it doesn't work at first. And you'll keep waiting.
So go ahead and drop $5 on it if you really, really, really want a 4G icon in your notification bar. Or, do what I did and buy it, refund it and mark the SOB as malicious. Download links are NOT after the break.
Google has finally released a proper application for Google Reader -- a must for anyone who lives with RSS (like most of us bloggers do). For those of you new to RSS, it's a method of bringing websites to you, instead of you visiting the website.
The app itself is exactly what we've been looking for. There's proper syncing with Google Reader on the desktop side. The buttons are large and easy to press. Images all appear in-line, and plug-ins should work as well. Feeds and groups are sorted alphabetically at first, or you can change it to match the order on the desktop side.
You can "like" stories, share them through Google Reader or e-mail to someone, take notes, star -- everything you can do on the desktop version. We're more than a little over the moon about this one.
We've got a plethora of screen shots and download links after the break. Huzzah! Thanks, Bill!
Tis the seasons for Angry Birds Seasons -- 25 holiday levels (one for each day through Christmas), available now in the Android Market. Also included is the 45-level Halloween special edition, in case you missed it earlier. Now excuse us, we have some pigs to kill. Download links are after the break.
DoubleTwist has just been updated with the long-promised and highly-anticipated wifi syncing feature, which has been dubbed "AirSync." Unlike the player itself, which is free, AirSync is an add-on that will run you $4.99 (or 99 cents for the first 10,000 users), you will see a link to purchase it when you start up the updated DoubleTwist Android player. In addition to the phone app, users will need to make sure to update their desktop client, which is available for the Mac and PC.
Despite having been available in the Android Market in beta form for a while now, Winamp for Android was never really officially announced by AOL. Today however, they've updated the app and put the official stamp of greatness on it, including full Shoutcast support. As noted on the Winamp blog, this release pushes Winamp to version 0.9.2 and adds a ton of new features to the already awesome media player. Hit the break for the download and full rundown of features. Be sure to check out our hands on review if you want to see it in action. [Winamp Blog]
If you're a fan of Revison3 shows such as Diggnation, The Totally Rad show or Tekzilla then you'll be pleased to know the official Revision3 app for Android has arrived. Yes, it's been a long time coming but now that it's finally here you can get in on all the Revision3 goodness on the go. Be sure to check it out, the download is available in the Android Market for free. Download link after the break. Thanks Zac for the heads up!
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