Google last week teased us all with a test of number porting. Today it's gone live for everyone. You're going to need to think about this a bit before you dive in, however. If you port your current cell phone number to Google Voice, your current plan will be canceled, and you may be subject to an early termination penalty if you're still under contract. You'll then need to get a new plan, with a new number, which you'll then instruct Google Voice to ring.
Have you poked around in the Android Market recently? Unable to find an application that suites your needs due to the incredible amount of apps in the market? Well, have no fear, your friends here at Android Central are back at it again with another weekly rendition of our favorite app picks, so let's hit the jump and see what they are this week!
The good news -- the T-Mobile Vibrant indeed is getting its Froyo update. The bad news -- it looks like (thus far) you have to do it through Samsung's Mini Kies program. That's right, in this day and age of over-the-air updates, you have to plug your phone into a computer to update. Le sigh.
We've only been at it for an hour or so now, and Kies is still seeing our Vibrant as an "Unregistered device." Whatever that means.
You know that Froyo complacency a few of you have accused us of? It's rapidly going away. There's really no excuse for making an update this difficult. [via TMoNews]
Widgets are a great part of the Android OS, and clocks are a necessity in many peoples lives, and who wouldn't enjoy to have a futuristic styled clock, much like that found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? This clock, which is a great replica of the one found in Honeycomb, offers users a very clean clock that takes a bit of getting used to in order to read properly.
Two versions of this clock widget are available, a free as well as a premium version, both of which allow direct access to the alarm application by simply tapping on the clock. The premium version will allow users to select between eight different colors, which is almost one for any color wallpaper that you are using at that time. For less than $1, the premium version is a must have for anyone looking for a great clock widget to keep their home screen clean and futuristic looking. Hit the break for more information as well as download links.
If you're currently making use of the popular Launcher Pro, you'll want to hit up the Android Market and check for updates. Version 0.8.3 is now available for download and while it's not a huge release, it does add some fancy new transitions. You'll be able to find the transitions through the settings:
You Fruit Ninja addicts need to mosey on over to the Android Market and wrangle yerself an update, as the long-awaited Arcade Mode has finally been added. One-minute rounds to do some serious damage (we got 209 on the first go if that's of any consequence). Anyhoo, if you need us today, you know what we'll be doing. Download link's after the break, too. Thanks, Chris!
Nationwide Insurance has finally ported its mobile claims app to Android phones. The app has been available on iOS for some time and allows Nationwide customers to use their phone to submit a claim after being in a car accident. Users enter their login info into the app and can then submit a claim, get contact info for their agent, and even check up on the progress of an ongoing claim. Full download links are just past the break. [BusinessWire]
The Ubuntu One service is a pretty cool thing. Think of it a Dropbox, but written by the open source people at Canonical. Maybe one of it's coolest, yet least known features is the ability to stream the music you save in the cloud to your Android phone. It's really easy -- install the client on your phone and sign in, and you're ready to go. Really, that's it. The app finds all the music in your personal Ubuntu One cloud, and sorts it automagically. Because of the way it caches data to your SD card or internal storage, it works great even on slow connections.
We love the app because it does what it should very well, and it's as simple as possible, but what about the Ubuntu One service? It's a personal cloud site, that gives you two GB of storage for free. Need more than two GB? 20 extra GB of storage is only $2.99 per month. The streaming service itself will cost you $3.99 per month, or $39.99 per year. The best part is the fees go back to the people behind the Ubuntu project, and helps further open source development. If you need a big personal cloud, or the ability to stream your own music it's not a bad deal at all. We've got a video of the player in action, a few screen shots of the Linux and Windows client, and all the links you need to get started after the break.
If you've been looking for a new VOIP app for Android, you need to take a look at Line2. Forged form the bowels of Toktumi, Line2 is in the same vein as Google Voice in that you get a new phone number. But unlike Google Voice, it will place calls over Wifi or 3G/4G data when available, or over the regular network when it's not.
You get a 30-day trial, and it's $9.95 a month after that for unlimited calling and texting in the U.S. and Canada. It's still a little green, certified only for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible, and it's a no-go on Galaxy S phones running Android 2.1 (that's all of us here in the States), and glitchy on the Evo 4G. But with the free 30-day trial, we'll give it a go.
Download link and video with Line2 from CES are after the break. Thanks, Ryan!
If the stock Android calculator isn't quite enough to fit you needs, have no fear. App developer Doug Melton has ported the AlmostReal TI-83, TI-85, and TI-86 emulators to Android. I've been monkeying with the TI-86 version for a few days, and have to say the job is very well done. Support for TI-Basic is included, so hours of geek fun can be had writing those small programs many of us love to tinker with. It even works as a calculator, too!
You can grab the TI-86 version (my personal choice) after the break, or visit Doug's AppBrain page to see the other choices, as well as a few other apps he's written. Thanks Doug for the beta copy, and thanks everyone for sending this one in!
Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.
Even hardcore Android geeks need a break from the shell and their code editor every now and then, and I like to spend some time getting a line wet at one of the many creeks and streams around my area. I'm not the best fisherman around, and I'm certainly not at the level of expertise you see from fishing professionals (what a job, eh?), but like everyone else who shares my passion for angling, I'd love to catch more, and bigger, fish. The secret to doing this, according to the experts, is to keep track of the when, where, and how you catch them so you can repeat what's successful, and have a plan for any conditions.
What if you had an application for your Android phone (any version of Android is supported) that could help, and even fill in many of the important details for you? You would have the records and locations, and know what to look for the next time your out. Well we have such an app, FishNotes by Jimmy Houston. It's not cheap -- it checks in at a whopping $12.99, so I think it's pretty important to give this one a close look so you can decide if it's for you. We cover it all, with a mess of screenshots and the download link, after the break.
It's been a couple weeks since we have let you know the fun applications we have running on our devices, and we apologize for the delay, but the suspense was fun, no? Well, fear not, we are back on our weekly track of bringing your our favorites, so let's take a look at some of the great applications we got running this week!
If you're looking for the latest version of the Android Market, look no further than the Android Central Forums. Member Upstreammiami has blessed us with Version 2.2.11 in .apk and .zip form. He says it's a security fix, and apparently some people have seen it pushed out already. But if you're not in the waiting mood (that'd be us), you can get your download on at the source link. Huzzah! [Android Central Forums]
TouchType sent out an email Friday (Jan. 14) reminding everyone that their SwiftKey VIP program sign up was ending Jan. 18, and to announce that they're offering SwiftKey keyboard at a sale price on the Android Market. We already heard that they were closing the program to any new members (last chance to sign up), and they say this is just ahead of "releasing some great new stuff in there," so it sounds worthwhile to get enrolled while you still can.
They've also put SwiftKey keyboard on sale for just $1.99, and this one too isn't going to last forever. The sale is only going to run for a few weeks, so if you've been on the fence consider this the heads-up that you can save a couple bucks off the regular price of $3.99. We've dropped a link to the app after the break, and you can also visit SwiftKey keyboard's developer forum right here at Android Central.
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