Android's official Twitter client -- Twitter for Android -- just got itself a nice big update to version 1.0.5. We've got a slew of bugfixes and improvements. Here's what's on tap:
Promoted tweets in search. Searching for a topic will return promoted tweets if there are any.
Speed improvement for Timeline/lists. Scrolling Tweets is lot smoother now.
About, Privacy & Terms added to Settings. Go to Home -> Settings -> About to see what version of Twitter for Android you are running.
Quote/Retweet confirmation dialog. The user has the option to either Retweet, Quote, or cancel when tapping on the retweet icon.
Tweet details. Tap a tweet to view its details.
Tweet actions in search results (retweet, favorite, share, reply)
Pull-to-refresh. From the top of a list, pull down and release to refresh the list.
Swipe to reveal. From your timeline, fling a Tweet left or right to reveal actions underneath.
Inline maps. Open a tweet with a geolocation to view a map inline with its content.
Search results now contain top tweets
Page break. If you haven't refreshed in a while, you may see a page break in your timeline. Tap the page break to load tweets.
Like we said, a bunch of stuff. It's still not our favorite Twitter client out there, but it's taking a big step in the right direction. Update now in the Android Market, or hit the links after the break. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Western Digital, one of the largest hard drive manufactures, has announced the release of its "WD Photos" app for the Android Market. The app, which has been on the iPhone for some time, allows users of WD's "home network" drives to access photos stored on those drives directly from within the app as long as your phone has a connection to the Internet. The app itself requires Android 2.1 or later, but we are sure that won't be a problem for the majority of our readers. This should a a great feature for users who love having their entire photo library at their fingertips, but this app would really be amazing for devices like the Galaxy Tab. Check out the full press release after the break along with usual application links.
Single sign-on is at the heart of today's Facebook announcement, and Zynga Poker is first on board -- and is coming to Android. You can see in the blurry screen shot above that there's a big "Login with Facebook" button. And that's how it'll work. You'll be logged into Facebook on your phone, then just tap that button in other apps. And in addition to Zynga Poker, these apps were announced as early adopters:
Remember how Google Maps got an update a couple of days ago that brought some changes to search results? Looks like it also got prepped for Gingerbread. What you see above are two phones, both with Android 2.2 Froyo. But the Nexus One on the left has had its build.prop file changed to API Level 9, while the Droid X on the right remains on API Level 8, which is Froyo. OK, so it's just a little UI tweak. But we're expecting a bunch of them with Gingerbread, so this is likely just a drop in the bucket. [via Android Police]
OpenFeint -- the cross-platform gaming service -- has just unleashed a slew of new games on Android. Some are new, some are newer, but they all now have the power of OpenFeint behind them, meaning you can share scores and compete against your friends -- if they're on other platforms. The new wave of games, from a bevy of developers, includes:
Flick Kick Football (PikPok)
Dot 3(TM) (ustwo)
Cows Don’t Fly, Prism 3D, and JellyBalls (HyperBees)
Dynamo Kid (OrangePixel)
Abduction! (Psym Mobile)
Bonecruncher Soccer (Distinctive Developments)
Pocket Racing (Measured Software)
Egggz (SmartPix Games)
Chopper Control (The Game Boss)
Happy Island (CrowdStar)
You can find them all now in the Android Market. Full presser after the break.
Lookout, one of the premiere smartphone security suites, has released Lookout Premium -- offering Privacy Advisor, remote lock, and remote wipe on top of their award winning free services. Current customers need do nothing to keep the service they have now, and the free version of Lookout will remain available for those who choose to use it over the premium package. The premium service costs $2.99 USD per month, or $29.99 annually, and a 30-day trial is available.
We spoke with John Hering, CEO of Lookout and got the information everyone is wanting to hear, as well as some time with the new premium service. We have the rundown, the official press release, download links and all you need to make a decision after the break. Thanks Max, Erika, and John from Lookout for taking the time to answer our questions!
Think back, and this is pretty much how things went for the original Droid 2, right? Leak after leak after leak, and finally Verizon announced the phone about 48 hours before it was released. So it's with little surprise that VZ Navigator for the Droid 2 Global appears in the Android Market. Leak after leak after leak, folks. Place your bets on when the phone finally appears. [via Droid Life]
PowerAMP is a very feature-rich music player that leaves me wishing for very little else. Throughout my testing I could only think of one or two changes or additions I'd like to see, but even if development on PowerAMP ceased today, it'd still be the music player I use every day.
Just a couple weeks ago, Android users were given the opportunity to test out the beta version of Nullsoft's Winamp for Android, and you may remember how much Phil loved it for its awesome WiFi syncing capabilities. For an app that's still in its infancy, Winamp for Android felt like a very well rounded music player. I mention Winamp here simply because it's one of the most recent music players to hit the market, and for that reason alone I felt it necessary to touch on a few differences between Winamp and PowerAMP, mostly concering their respective widgets.
Join me after the break as I show off PowerAMP's nicely designed UI and explore its many features. [App Homepage]
Update: The version live on the market is slightly newer than the build I used in this video. The version on the market (1.0 build 204) has even more features.
Have a shiny new G2 and an interest to help developers optimize their applications for your handset?
Qik, the popular video streaming application for Android, is seeking G2 owners to participate in a Beta to test their application for the device. If you're interested in helping them bring their cross platform application to your device, shoot off an email to email@example.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.
Pulse, an elegant newsreader we have covered before, recently released a major new update bringing several new features. Native widgets (small and large versions versions visible above) and Facebook support are the big ones, but a redesigned UI is also a welcome change. The app will run you $.99 on the Android Market; check out the download links past the break.
With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump.
Adobe has announced another security advisory for Flash on Android, affecting all builds, including the current version of 10.1.95.2. Additionally, the same advisory goes out to users on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux for builds up to and including 10.1.85.3, and for Acrobat and Reader 9.4.
According to Adobe, "This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player."
Adobe says it is already in the process of finalizing the fix, and will have it rolled out by Nov 9. Should any real exploits for Flash on Android surface, we'll let you know. [Adobe via PC Mag] Thanks evoinmypalm for the tip!
Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read others' reviews.
OK, so not the sexiest of updates, but a fairly major one nonetheless. Have at it! [Google]
Tap. Tap. Sync. It's that simple to get your browser bookmarks from Chrome to Android, thanks to ChromeMarks. It's really that easy. OK, it takes a couple more taps the first time around, giving your phone permission to sync with your Google account. But it's just about the easiest way we've found to get your bookmarks from your browser to your phone. And it even follows my crazy folder scheme, which helps keep my head in order. We've got a few more screen shots after the break, plus download links. It'll be the best $2.37 you spend today.
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