Just like the title says, you can now purchase apps from the Android Market if you're in South Korea. (There's a larger issue of being able to purchase paid apps in every international market, but that's for another time.) Google's Tim Bray explains:
As of today, Android Market is open for business to application buyers in the Republic of Korea. We hope that this will make the outstanding Android devices now available in that nation even more useful and fun. We welcome the people of Korea, acknowledged everywhere as one of the world's most-wired societies, to the world of Android.
The Android Market now has more than 70,000 applications, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg said during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. That's up from the 68,000 count Andy Rubin announced in June at the Motorola Droid X event, and it's a good bit lower than the 100,000 number Androlib has been throwing around. As to which is more correct? We'll go with the guys who run the store. Now we just need to make developers some more money.
Vlingo has updated its popular Android application, and a new feature called SuperDialer makes a great app even better. What SuperDialer does is allow you to make calls, or searches, or get directions based on what you are looking for, not what's in your address book. Growing up, I had dreams about how mobile computing would be in the 21st century. While we're not quite where I had hoped, and I'm not working for Spacely Sprockets, this is a push in the right direction. We've got a video, some screenies of my own playing around useful testing, and a press release after the break.
We took the Log Me In Ignition VNC app for a spin a couple of months ago, and now it's available in the Android Market. For those of you not familiar with VNC, it's a standard way of controlling one computer from another -- in this case, your Android phone. Check out the video again after the break, where you'll also find download links. [Log Me In]
The folks over at Qik have announced that they will continue to allow the free use of premium services through the month of September. They acknowledge their "rocky start" and in return are throwing all of us using the HTC Evo 4G a bone:
Heya Android Qikkers – with the launch of the new Android client and video chat capability on HTC EVO 4G, we announced premium services for Qik that will enable you to get much more from your everyday Qikking. With the announcement we had an offer to provide the premium services for free till July 15, 2010. We understand that we had a bit of a rocky start with the new and improved Qik and so as a small token of appreciation we are now extending the offer to enjoy Qik’s premium services for free till end of September.
Once again the developers at AndroidGamer have an awesome new Live Wallpaper to share with us. You might remember their last jewel, Advanced Map Live Wallpaper, from when we had a look at it last month. Well, Album Art live wallpaper is just as original! The application scans your music, and pulls out the album art to create a collage of sorts as your wallpaper. It's chock full of settings, and according to the developers the features include:
We've been using it for a bit now and are having a tad of trouble getting it to recognize our collection of Hungarian folk tunes, so your mileage may vary.
You can get Album Art live wallpaper on the Android Market for 99 cents, or there's a demo version for free! (Live wallpapers only work with Android 2.1 and higher!)
Like ton's of other apps, this one comes from the minds and hearts of the guys over at Xda-Developers, and you can check out the official support thread HERE. Links and more pics after the break. Thanks David!
For those not familiar with ADW.Launcher, it is one of the most feature enriched launcher replacements available for Android at the current time. Lately it seems as though developers have really been pushing themselves to the next level and attempting to add things we never would have expected, and AnderWeb doesn't appear to be any different. In the latest release they have added theme support which allows users to select between four current themes, two of which are free, and two of which are paid ($1 each). In addition to the theme support, a few minor bugs have been added, and development continues. Remember folks, this is a one-man team behind the scenes, so donate and buy the themes so the amazing development efforts can be rewarded. Download now from the market. [via ADW Things]
The Seesmic Twitter client got an update today, and it's now known as Seemic for Android. Oh, and it also adds support for Google Buzz, in-line picture previews, an updated settings UI, support for OAuth, and some other UI tweaks.
Wanna see it in action? Check out our video after the break, where you also can get download links. [Seesmic]
Listen up all you file downloaders and everyone paying $10 premiums for unlimited data -- dTor, the native Android BitTorrent client is now available (as a release candidate) for download. Blueplanetapps has made the client available exclusively on Android Central's Forums for a short time before it hits the Market. Torrents are a great way to download big files like music or video, and a great way to distribute files you need to share, and now you can do it right from your Android phone.
Hit the forums to read about the app and for the download and support links, and remember -- legal files only, m'kay? [Android Central Forums]
Fox News has joined the New York Times, CBS News, and several other mainstream news companies in offering an official app on the Android Market.
The app comes packed with features, including video highlights and live audio streaming from Fox News Radio. It is available for download now via the Market for free. [AppBrain | Fox News] Thanks for the tip, rugbyua9!
The final version's faster, we're seeing better and more accurate page rendering, and basically everything you might want in a mobile browser. Opera Mini also compresses data by up to 90 percent before it reaches your phone, which helps with speed and data usage. Check out some video after the break, and give it a try for yourself. [Opera]
One of the great things about Android is the fact that you can change deeply ingrained parts of the operating system to suit your needs, and use applications like SwiftKey beta keyboard. I've been using the closed alpha of this app for quite a while, and was excited when the guys from TouchType reached out to let us know the app was now available for all through the Market. They also included a preview version for testing, so I was able to put the latest version through the paces of a busy day, and am thoroughly pleased. Follow the break to learn a bit more, see some action shots, and read the press release.
Seems like only yesterday that we were discussing in-app ads, and whether we're willing to put up with them, or fork over a few dollars for a long-free app. Oh, wait. It was yesterday. Fine. Fast-forward to today, then, and see that the ASTRO File Manager has released an app addition (you load it on top of the full ad-supported app) that washes those ads right out of your hair. For $2.99, your file browser can be ad-free.
It's not a new practice, and judging by yesterday's poll, a good number of you are more than willing to fork over a couple bucks. Our only thing is that it's one more thing to reload when we switch phones or ROMs. But our wives and mothers keep telling us most normal people don't have six cell phones or flash their memory every other day, so there's that. Download links after the break, people.
Knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Bing app for Android, right? It's pretty good for Windows Mobile, pretty darn good on the iPhone, and we're expecting it to be really good on Windows Phone 7. So it only makes sense that we get to play with Microsoft's "Decision Engine" on Android, right? This is all happening as we speak (erm, type) at the Bing Search Summit in San Francisco. Says CNet's Ina Fried:
Microsoft isn't announcing a lot of new things at this event, but it is talking for the first time about plans for a Bing Android client as well as new mapping features and a new TV listings feature that is in testing and about to launch.
We'll keep an eye out for more. Stay tuned. [CNet via LiveSide]
We stepped out of a killer panel Monday from MobileBeat 2010 titled "How to turn Android into a money machine," and the answer from the panel to that very question seems to be "all the little things." Is it as easy to make money on Android as it is on, say, the iPhone? The answer seems to be "no" at this point, but there's not a single killer reason that Google is lagging behind.
We are going to mash up a ton of smart insights from the panel in one big hodgepodge after the break, so check in for the collective insight from
Peter Farago, VP Marketing, Flurry
David Marcus, Founder & CEO, Zong
Evan Neufeld, CMO, Groundtruth
Darren Cross, Head of Business Development, Fandango & Movies.com
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