Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.
The Sprint Epic 4G brings a horizontal keyboard, and it brings some monster gaming power (as do all the other versions of the Galaxy S, of course). After the break, we take a look at the Asphalt racing game on the Epic 4G, which sports a six-axis gyroscope, which you can see in action.
This week, Verizon Wireless put out an announcement that offered up some timely app tips for the summer travel season.
Apps for helping customers make travel plans include:
Kayak Flight and Hotel Search for Android (Market link) devices help customers find great deals on hotels, flights, rental properties and cruises
ZAGAT TO GO '10 (Market link) gives customers access to the Web's most trusted guide to restaurant reviews and ratings from over 45 Zagat Guides covering dining, nightlife, hotels, and golf courses. It is available in Android Market for $9.99.
Skype mobile gives customers the planet in their pockets, allowing them to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to friends and family around the corner or around the world. Currently available on Verizon phones.
Apps for taking the stress out of travel include:
FlightStats for Android (Market link) provides flight statuses, departures, arrivals, airport delays, and other flight and airport information It is available for $4.99 in Android Market.
VZ Navigator Global provides maps and turn-by-turn directions for international destinations, ensuring that unfamiliar areas and road signs in different languages don't keep customers from arriving at their destinations (pricing and availability may vary by device).
Apps for enjoying time away include:
Urbanspoon (Market link) gives customers a localized community of restaurant reviews and ratings (available for FREE in Android Market). Note: Urbanspoon works on Droid and Nexus One phones. If you have another Android phone, you can always find Urban spoon on the web at urbanspoon.com/m
Geodelic (Market link) allows customers to effortlessly browse their locations to find java joints, banks, restaurants and other area businesses (available for FREE in Android Market).
WeatherBug (Market link) helps keep you up to date on weather conditions wherever you travel and alerts them to severe weather warnings based on their locations (available for FREE in Android Market).
It's nice to see that Verizon is being proactive about promoting apps.
We brought you a preview of the Amazon Kindle app for Android a month ago at Google IO, and now it's available for all in the Android Market. The app is free (you must be running Android 1.6 or higher), and with it you gain access to the hundreds of thousands of titles in Amazon's e-book library.
Purchasing books is fairly easy, though it switches from the Kindle app to the browser, then sends you back again after the transaction is complete. Not a deal-breaker, just inelegant. We can't wait to give this a shot on something like the Dell Streak. In the meantime, we'll make do with something "smaller" like the Droid X and Evo 4G. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. [Market link] [Amazon]
BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all.
Key features of both applications:
Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.
The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners. Users can download them from the Android Market. For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.
What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing. Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.
Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE
With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves. Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!
The amount of developer support that the Android has been getting is rather amazing, and the applications have made great strides since even six months ago. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find a new application to try out so we try to simplify it for you and bring you some choices that we use daily. Check them out after the jump.
If you didn't know, Google has the ability to remotely delete applications from your phone that may be malicious or otherwise violate the Android and Android Market Terms of Service. And it's a pretty big deal when that happens, and it's a testament to the platform and the developers that it doesn't often happen in this open community.
But Google recently took steps to remotely wipe an app from a small number of phones. And in the interest of full disclosure, they're telling us why:
Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.
After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.
The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.
Good on Google for not wielding this sword unnecessarily, and good on them for explaining to us why it was done. Hit the source link for the full deets. [Android Developers Blog]
We're all disappointed at this news, but please -- no beating on the messenger. At today's big Verizon Droid X shindig we found out the the Motorola Droid X will be sporting Froyo and Adobe Flash, but not at launch. Not the most welcome news, but still not enough to spoil the excitement of a hot new phone on America's biggest carrier. The folks in the know haven't given any specific dates, but at the event it was announced that the Droid X and the original Motorola Droid would both be getting Froyo at the same time, and with the official source for Froyo dropping today, things seem to be moving right along. I know I wouldn't let this deter me from getting a Droid X, good things come to those who wait.
Heads up AT&T subscribers with an Android phone -- now it's your turn to help AT&T keep tabs on its network. Mark The Spot is the popular app originally for the iPhone that fires off some information and data about network errors you might be experiencing when you run it. This sort of user input is probably pretty helpful, and all conspiracy theories aside should be quite valuable, so if you use AT&T and often find yourself with less than perfect service, grab it and spend a minute improving things instead complaining about things online. OK, complain all ya want, just be sure to report it directly to AT&T, too.
While it's not the most exciting application in the world, it's refreshing to see Ma Bell didn't forget about it's Android users completely. The app is free of course, you can grab it here if you're using AT&T: [Market Link | AppBrain]
Good news for Cliq, Cliq XT and Backflip users -- Motorola has set up mailing lists for you to stay abreast of the news about your Eclair (Android 2.1) update. Again, Moto is using the phrase 'when the 2.1 arrives' and not if. You'll need to be a member of the official Motorola forums (see source link for details), and you can sign up here:
Tired of Cupcake on your Behold II? T-Mobile is rolling out an OTA update to Donut (Android version 1.6), which is supposed to be the final version add for the phone. Sure, Android 1.6 may not have been the version you were all hoping for, but it comes with a number of bug fixes, Google Apps (Google Voice Search, Google Maps, etc.) and support for Swype. Do you wish the Behold II had more of a sweet tooth for the heavier desserts? Post a comment if you wish it did or if you’re fine with the more mild sweets. [via TmoNews]
Finally! The days of lurking in forums, begging on Twitter, and hounding everyone you know just to get a Google Voice invite are officially over. Google announced that they have decided to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required, so long as you're in the United States. If you're not familiar with Google Voice, you need to be. Especially if you're hooked on smartphones in any way, shape or form. Google says it best:
"We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology."
You can learn more about Google Voice, as well as get signed up HERE. Get into everything Android and Google Voice related HERE. And finally, hit the source link to learn a little of the history and work that went into Google Voice. Enough talk -- free SMS awaits! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks Duvi!
SlingPlayer Mobile – the insanely awesome, innovative, and whimsical TV app for Android is finally out of beta testing and is available in the Android Market for $29.99. You're going to need a Slingbox somewhere, of course, but the app should work on just about any Android phone. Supported Slingboxes are the Slingbox SOLO, Slingbox PRO, or Slingbox PRO-HD. Considering you can access any of your home TV channels via your Android phone, that $30 one-time fee they’re asking seems pretty fair. [Market link]
There always comes a time when you hear a song, but can’t figure out the name of it, or who it’s by. Luckily, your Android phone’s got you covered. Simply open up SoundHound, press the big orange button and presto: you’re song, who it’s by, where to find it, videos, lyrics, and even a link to the Amazon MP3 file are all available at your fingertips. My personal favorite feature has to be the ‘Sing and Hum’ recognition which means if you can carry the tune, then SoundHound can recognize it – now that’s innovation! Another cool thing we liked was that it automatically saves any search you do within the app allowing for easy referencing if need be. Now, that’s a lot of features, and to put the icing on the cake, the company has just released a free version which gives you five “ID’s” to start with. If you feel like it, you can also earn more credits by Tweeting your songs, which we thought was pretty fair if you didn’t want to pay $4.99 for the premium version. After the break are some screenshots, so be sure not to miss them. Free version: [Market Link | AppBrain] Paid version: [Market Link | AppBrain]
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