As we get closer and closer to the unveiling of Android 2.3 Gingebread, let's look back at one Google app that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Google Listen is the podcatcher of choice for a lot of us, whether it's for its Google Reader integration, its ease of use -- and that it's free. But it's not without its shortcomings, that's for sure.
It was only a few weeks ago when Nullsoft's Winamp exploded onto the Android market. And despite being in beta, we were quite surprised by how usable and polished it was. Its WiFi syncing alone is reason enough to have it installed on your Android phone, even if you use a different music player.
Fans of streaming radio will appreciate one of Winamp for Android's latest additions, as Nullsoft has focused on implementing support for SHOUTcast -- their proprietary internet radio software. Functionality may be limited, but this test build allows you to browse top stations, genres, and search terms. Users can stations to their favorites, and even browse recently listened-to stations.
"Yeah, but Jesse, I already use Slacker/Pandora for my internet radio. Why should I care about this?"
Well, I'll tell you why, dear pessimistic Android Central reader. As I type this, there are 44,287 free SHOUTcast radio stations, and Winamp can tune in to any of those, from anywhere in the world (so long as you're connected to the internet of course).
No ETA has been given as to when we'll see this update live in the market. [Download Squad]
If you're a hardcore Dropbox user like most of us here at Android Central, then you should already have this update. But just in case you're not yet on board the Dropbox train, now is as good a time as any to get started. The latest beta version (18.104.22.168) has been released via the Dropbox user forums and is now available for all to download. We've got the change log below for any folks out there wondering was is new:
Better error logging
If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
Bug and stability fixes. - Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed. (Though may still show up a single time for each file, when you first use the app)
Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola Charm, as well as tablets.
Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
Check to make sure that uploads aren't larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
Various stability improvements.
If you're feeling like taking a walk on the wild side and running the beta version you can find the download link in the Dropbox forums. If you need to know more about Dropbox first, be sure to check out their website for more details. [Dropbox]
Lookout, the popular cross-platform mobile security solution, has announced the availability of Lookout Premium -- the advanced version with extra features like the privacy advisor, remote lock and wipe, and enhanced backup and restore. We took a look at it a few weeks back -- check it out here. The app provides quite a bit for $2.99 a month ($29.99 annually), and the free 30 day trial lets you have a look and try the extras out for yourself. To try it, just install the free version from the Market (links after the break) and update from within the application.
Waiting on the Comcast Xfinity Android app and tired of seeing it on the iPhone and iPad? No worries. We've got you covered. Here it is running on the venerable Sprint Hero. We're told it's plenty snappy and has the myDVR management built in, which is nice.
We still don't know exactly when it'll be available for Android, but it's currently in testing, so that's a good sign. We've got more pics of it in action after the break. [Xfinity] Thanks, anon!
Google Maps just got itself a little update to Version 4.7. And as you can see above, you can now rate plates (as in Google Places) to get personalized recommendations, and add a widget to your home screen to make it that much quicker. (How long before you let us check in, Google?) Street View also got itself a little bump, which is nice. We'll have to poke around this one and see if there are anymore Gingerbread Easter eggs, too. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Here in the states, we are about a week-and-half away from one of largest shopping days in America: Black Friday. The day after people stuff their faces with Turkey, crowds of people bum rush retailers just to get that "big" TV or "in" toy for half price. But instead of running the risk of being trampled by raging soccer moms at 5 a.m., a wise team over at Google just made shopping a bit more easier.
Google has just updated the Google Shopper app in the Android Market. The new update brings the app to version 1.3. As noted on the Google Mobile Blog, the update carries new search filters that allow users to filter by price and brand. In addition, the app now features -- well, a new "featured lists." The lists let you browse suggested gifts and let you know where the best place to get them at. So instead of trying to fend of some women swinging her purse at you for that microSD card -- remember, a Googler made shopping for the cheap deals a bit easier for you. [Google Mobile Blog]
Pulse, a popular news reader by Alphonso Labs, is now available for the low, low cost of free on your Android smartphone. Pulse allows you to select up to 20 feeds and arrange them in an image-based grid. Check out our Quick App Review.
Previously the app was available for 99 cents, but thanks in part to those who purchased the application, the development team had the time and resources needed to bring the app to it's current release. If you're in the market for a news reader (or you just want to give another one a try) check out the video and market links after the break. [Alphonso Labs]
As the rest of the world is waiting very (im)patiently for an official Gingerbread announcement, Dell Home UK issued a statement via Facebook yesterday claiming FroYo (Android 2.2) will be making the rounds to their premiere five-inch Android tablet. They didn't mention any specific dates, however, they did assure Streak owners that it would reach their fingertips by the end of November. Dell also noted that depending on your particular hardware build, you actually may not see FroYo on your Streak by the end of the month, but rest assured, you will be notification directly on your Streak when the update is ready.
The much anticipated FroYo update will begin in the UK, and work its way to other regions in the following weeks. [via AndroidOS]
Applications are always a great addition to any Android device, and finding the right application for you. Let's take a look at some of the application updates as well as some of the new releases from the past week after the jump.
If you're a frequent Foursquare user you'll want to check in to the Android Market to grab the latest update. The changelog indicates some minor fixes with being able to add and accept friends as well, corrects some issues with the widget. Nothing drastic but an update nonetheless. Download links after the break. [via Droid-Life]
Facebook for Android just received an update, bringing higher resolution picture uploads, improved Places usage for non-English locales, and always welcomed bugfixes. Sorry, still no Facebook chat.
You can grab the latest version from the market, and be sure to check us out on Facebook once you have it up and running. If you don't have Facebook installed on your device, hit the jump for the download links. [Facebook for Android] Thanks isaiah32!
After a good amount of time being tested under a "beta" tag, Tether for Android has finally been released. While we all know that the tethering option does come included on some devices, Tether has been built in such a way that it works with all Android devices.
That's right, no Froyo is needed to be able to use Tether and no extra data plan is required from your carrier. You can use your already existing data plan with Tether and not have to worry about having another "add on" placed on your account.
As part of the launch celebrations, you can now get Tether for only $24.99 up until November 19th. After that time, it will go back to it's regular pricing of $29.99. If you want to learn more be sure to check out their website. [Tether]
For those of you looking longingly at your friends on Verizon as they Bing their way through the day, take note. If you find yourself constantly asking "How can I get that wonderful Bing Decision Engine on my phone?", pay heed: Bing (read our full review) is now available on every phone, every carrier, for every decision.
That's right, for the low, low price of free in the Android Market, you can forgo Google, forsake the search engine that brought you this fair Android operating system, and Bing your way through life. It's OK. We won't tell. [Bing]
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