We have previously seen Bluetooth keyboards paired with rooted devices, and all of that fun hackery, but this time we have a very simple, straightforward solution that can be used on a stock Android device. Share Keyboard is an application that will allow users to use their computer keyboard to type notes, emails, or any other messages for their Android device right from their computer.
The way this works is after a user sets Share Keyboard as their input method, they are then given a URL at the bottom of the screen, which they visit from a computer. After visiting this from a computer they are then able to type, and watch it all appear on their Android screen after they have finished typing and clicked the send to phone. Additionally, if you found yourself in the middle of an e-mail that got longer then expected, you can pull the text from the phone, sync it to the website, finish the message and sync back to the phone for easy sending. For those who want an easy solution, without the need for root and flashing custom ROM's on your device, this application is definitely a great way to achieve easy typing on your Android device. [Android Zoom via Android Central Forums]
It's that time again folks, when we share a few of our finds over the past week. So have a look at what some of your favorite Android geeks are using, and hopefully we can narrow the choices down for you just a little bit.
How easy is it to push an Adobe AIR app to the Android Market? Let's watch Adobe's Lee Brimelow create a very simple test app for Adobe AIR, compile and distribute to the Android Market -- in about 6 minutes. It's that simple, folks. We can already imagine Adobe AIR giving the Android App Inventor a run for its money. And given that there are so many AIR developers out there already, it's time for a whole new crop of Android apps, folks. video at the source link. [gotoAndLearn()]
Driving is a tricky thing at times, make one wrong directional decision and you could be stuck in hours of traffic. Waze is a great application that brings users to skip the rush. This application, which was recently just update to version 2.0, allows drivers to report accidents, traffic back ups, road closures and more, and others can then view them in real time to know where not to go.
With this update they brought a great new feature which they call Local Driving Groups which allows brands and media a way to tap into certain groups of users and engage them in a more meaningful way. Whether you are a heavy traveler, or just a casual driver around the town, this application is a must have to keep you in the know, and to be able to report to others if you are the unlucky one stuck in the jam. Download link after the break.
Healthy lifestyles are important to many people, and with hectic lives, and always being on the go it can be difficult to maintain without proper tools. The folks at 24 Hour Fitness have launched an application, My24, which allows users to keep track of all their fitness needs on the go. While the application was developed for the members of their club, it is also available to the general public without any log in information required.
Users will be able to have quick access at their fingertips to the club finder, club details and class schedules with the click of a button, in addition to an extensive video library that will help them understand how to use the machines and maximize their workouts. Additionally users will be able to track their Body Mass Index, calories burned during workouts and a daily calorie calculator so it is easy to tell if your consumption is in a healthy range. Applications promoting personal fitness and ways to assist have become rather popular, and there are several options, but if you are looking for something with extra functionality, and a clean interface be sure to give My24 a shot. Download information after the break. [via BusinessWire]
The download is just the runtime (and, yeah, you need Froyo), so most of us non-coding types can't really do anything with it just yet. But be on the lookout for AIR apps soon, we hope. And for sure we'll have some demos when they hit.
Update: We've mentioned it before, and it bears repeating: AIR apps will be available in the Android Market and install just like any other app. For you dev types, Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart explains in a blog post.
Android 2.0+ The development of Firefox for Android -- for all mobiles, actually, has been a long one. And today, it's finally reached beta status for Android. Again, that's beta -- not a full-fledged release, so there may still be bugs about. Keep that in mind. We're going to go give it a spin and check in later after some quality playtime. Download now at firefox.com/m/beta. [Mozilla]
Now that Google has enabled the full Market for quite a few more countries, some great applications that were previously only available through third party sources have shown up for sale. Titanium Backup Pro is one of them. If you're any type of hacker, ROM junkie, or just prudent and want to keep your own backup, you've heard of (and probably used) Titanium Backup.
It's a great tool that has saved my bacon more than once, and I know I'm not alone. I didn't have any problem buying the Pro license via PayPal, but there's a lot of you that for one reason or another weren't comfortable with that, or just couldn't do it. Now's your chance to support the developer, and unlock all the great extras that come with the pro version -- dropbox sync support, batch one-click restore, and more. It will be the best six bucks you've spent on the Market. Download link after the break!
Look what happens when you release Skype to the masses. They go ahead and change it so anyone can make calls over 3G. The app once exclusive to Verizon customers only, went live the other day for any Android user running Android 2.1 and above.
User xeudoxus at DroidForums decided he didn't like the idea of a WiFi only Skype app. So, he went ahead and well -- fixed it. Now, whether this is the most ethical or even legal change to an app, we're not quite sure. If you're brave enough to give it a shot (and don't mind a little gray-market software), give it a shot. [DroidForums]
Good news, folks. The long-awaited full version of Angry Birds (we've been going nuts playing the limited beta over and over) finally will drop next week, developer Rovio announced on Twitter this morning. They're working on proper multitasking, which pushed things back a tad. But that's worth waiting for, right? [Twitter]
When OpenFeint announced it was going cross platform last month, everyone figured it would have an effect on the state of gaming in the Android Market. But I don't think anyone could have guess just how much. Within 72 hours of launch, both the number one and number two spot for the most downloaded paid games were using OpenFeint. Of course we're talking about Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron, both of which are made better (and more engaging) with the addition of multiplayer through OpenFeint.
It doesn't stop there. Out of the eight games incorporating OpenFeint, four of them are top 15 sellers, and the addition of Android games to the OpenFeint system brings the number of total users to over 40 million, making it the largest mobile social gaming network in the world. I've bought (and wasted countless hours playing) a few Open Feint enabled games, and can understand the attraction. And to follow up all this success, OpenFeint has announced a new batch of 12 titles they're bringing to Android, including titles from Glu, PikPok and ChickenBrick Studios. While my credit card and battery may not be very happy, I can't wait. Read the full press release after the break.
Once upon a time there as a little rumor that Skype was going to shed its exclusivity with Verizon and once again be available to everyone else. Friends, that day has come. Chat and call all you want. It's cool. Free Skype to Skype calls. Call internationally for cheap. IM your friends. One caveat here is that calls have to be made over Wifi in the United States, but that's not the worst thing in the world.
So let's raise a glass to the death of another exclusive agreement that shut out more users than it included, and get your download on after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Music is a big part of my life, as is my Android device since it keeps me in contact with everyone no matter where I am. While on the go I like to listen to music between destinations or while waiting for the next event to take placee, and sometimes it is hard to find just the right music for the mood. Solutions like Pandora and Slacker are great, but sometimes just listening to the FM radio is enough variety and has just the right selections. Whether your prefer local or standard FM channels, TuneIn Radio is a great free application that allows you to browse and listen to a huge variety of music while on the go. The application is supported by a small ad on the bottom, which is a small trade for the $0.00 pricetag associated with it and the vast variety of music that will now be in your hands at all times. Download links after the jump, give it a shot today!
Tired of boring puzzle games that are easy to beat and have limited functionality? So were the folks at Al Factory Limited so they used this as inspiration to take puzzle games to the next level. Move It is an extremely interactive puzzle that allows users to move in any direction needed to get the blocks to a new position to help meet the goal of getting the big red block to its home square. They have given users the option of a free version, which offers 72 different puzzles, and the paid version, which is only £1.99, has 672 puzzles and 6 different levels of difficulty. If you have a few minutes, or few hours to spare, and are looking for something challenging, yet fun, this is a great solution to end your boredom! Download links after the break.
Don't worry, you weren't sent back to the year 1999. It's still 2010. The original peer-to-peer music sharing service as hit the Android Market. Only now, it's legall. The app is free, but to access the music, you must be a Napster subscriber -- $10 a month.
Here is the description:
Listen to your choice of over 11 million full-length songs -- anytime, anywhere, all for just $10 a month. Also enjoy Napster on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-ray player, or other home audio products. Sign in today, or sign up for a FREE TRIAL and save 20% with the annual plan. Enjoy Napster everywhere.
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