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!
Archos, which recently revealed its FroYo update timeline via Facebook, has held true to its word. As of today, anxious Archos internet tablet owners can get in on the Froyo goodness. For their price and functionality, the Archos line of internet tablets are an excellent option if you're in the market for an Android powered portable media player or tablet. I'm guilty of owning an aged iDevice from 2007, and I'm looking for any reason to ditch it for an Android PMP, and this FroYo update could be what it took for me to get on board with Archos.
FroYo brings quite an impressive list of improvements and enhancements to the Archos family. In addition to the infamous JIT compiler, Android 2.2.1 brings enhanced Microsoft Exchange support, better 3rd party application support, improved camera operation, faster USB transfer and more.
Hit the break for a full list of improvements. And of course, head into our tablet forums to share your thoughts. Let us know what you think of FroYo on your Archos tablet. [Archos.com]
It's hardly a secret that the Galaxy S Android smartphones have had some, erm, problems when it comes to GPS location. For some of us, things have worked just fine. But far too many have had problems -- from slow to no GPS functionality. We've installed new ROMs. We've hacked our way to fixes. Now Samsung has released an app to undo anything we might have messed up in the process. GPSRestore does just what it says -- fixes any fixins' you might have fouled up.
Download links are after the break. Does it help? Let us know. [Samsung]
Apps that include references to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, as well as violence (cartoon, fantasy or otherwise) shall be labeled "Mature." Same goes for sexual or suggestive content. Porn still isn't allowed.
A app that includes inflammatory content, profanity and crude humor, that may offend users should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."
Here's where it gets a little interesting: Apps that ask users for their location at any point must not be rated "All." Apps that "ask to access course or fine location data" are "Pre-Teen." Any app that can publish your location should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."
Users will be able to flag apps that they believe are incorrectly rated, and Google will take a look. Repeat offenders can be "subject to further action," says Google, up to and including killing the dev account.
We're not seeing ratings on apps in the Market just yet, but you know they're coming.
Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors' App Picks, I send a lot of text messages. Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it's not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.
If you're a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you'll enjoy SMS2PC. Respond quicker, and type faster -- without ever having to pick up your phone.
Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.
The popular Dolphin Browser HD got an update recently, and there's an interesting tidbit in the changelog (thanks again, Google, for adding that). The line in question is "Fix UI compatibility with Android 2.3," which is interesting because Gingerbread still hasn't been announced, nor has the SDK been released -- publicly, anyway. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the new compatibility requirements are. Thanks, Yamatine!
Switching between keyboards isn't that difficult, but it can be annoying if it's something you do frequently. It's a few extra long presses and taps that can really slow you down if you just want to fire off a quick message.
I know some (most) of the 777 results for "keyboard" at AppBrain are skins and language packs, but Android is also home to several keyboard replacements. And of those several keyboards, you may prefer one over the other, based on how well it functions in a certain orientation.
Personally, I don't long for separate keyboards in each orientation, but in case you do, developer ne0fhyk at XDA Developers has been working on a solution for you.
Join me after the break for more about Keyboard Manager, and a couple screen shots.
If you've patiently been waiting for a better way to remotely admin Windows, Linux or Mac computers from your Android device, then this week brings some great news for you all. Team Viewer has finally released their Android Beta to the general public.
It's been a long time coming as Team Viewer wanted their Android app to be up to par with their other offerings and having tested it out for the past little while, I can say the time was worth the wait for sure. Now when you get those emails, sms, calls from friends asking how to fix whatever it is they broke, you can do so with ease over Team Viewer. Hit the break for the download or head on over to the Team Viewer mobile site today. [Team Viewer]
There are a ton of keyboard variations for the Android platform, and nearly one to match just about everyone's personal preference. Graffiti is a great keyboard replacement that has been available on the Palm OS for a while, and has finally been made available on Android.
What sets this keyboard apart from nearly all the rest is the fact that letters are actually drawn by the user, instead of selected on a keyboard that is displayed on the screen. For those who are used to taking notes, or writing instead of typing, this keyboard replacement will compliment your Android device very well. The application has been updated to version 2.0 which now allows for word learning, auto correction, as well as word prediction. The keyboard is priced at a very fair $0.00, but know upfront that it will take a little bit of getting used to in order to be able to use it efficiently. Luckily there is a great demo video that shows you exactly how to use it, and help you better understand it. Hit the break for the video as well as download information for Graffiti for Android.
It's Thanksgiving week -- the busiest holiday travel week of the year. And that means fighting through thousands of people, dealing (ahem) with security and finally, once you get to where you're going, dealing (ahem) with family.
Android makes it easier. Maybe not painless, but easier. Uncle Fred's still gonna annoy half the family, and you might come out of the airport engaged to someone with a badge, but Android can make holiday travel a little less hellish.
After the break, we share some of our favorite travel apps. If we’re missing any of yours, point ‘em out in the comments.
If you're a fan of the OpenFeint social gaming network, today's your lucky day: Eight new games have been added to the Android arsenal. They are:
Jet Car Stunts (True Axis) – Coming Soon!
Frogger (Konami Digital Entertainment)
Bomberman Dojo (Hudson)
aTilt 3D Labyrinth FridgeCat Software – Coming Soon!
Word Mix (Greenrift Software LLC)
Kilgamore Castle (Hyperbees Ltd)
That's quite the boost, indeed, and adds to a lineup that includes the likes of Fruit Ninja, Flick Kick Field Goal, MiniSquadron, and dozens more. With OpenFeint, you can share scores and compete against your friends, regardless of platform. OpenFeint has seen 8 million game downloads on 1.6 million Android devices. Full presser's after the break. Now excuse us while we get our Frogger on.
Skyfire just released their cool new social networking browser, and you know we had to get our hands on it. It just so happens that we have a Viewsonic gTablet at our disposal, so we figured -- what better way to test out a new version of Skyfire, than on hardware that isn't running a "phone style" version of Android. If it breaks, we need to know and let you know, and if it works, well that's important, too. Especially with tablets due to come out of the woodwork this Friday. And having a 10 inch screen to demo it one is always a good thing.
Check out the video after the break, and you can see Skyfire in action.
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