I've raved about Mobiata's FlightTrack app before, and for good reasons -- it's just about the best at helping me keep track of where in the world I'm going. And it's just gotten better in a couple of big ways.
First is with the addition of a live wallpaper that shows flights in progress. If you're a travel nerd, airplane buff or just like shiny things, you'll want to check it out.
Then there's the recently released FlightBoard. Previously available for iOS, it does what the name suggests -- it's a slick way to see what flights are coming up when.
We caught up with Mobiata for a quick demo at the Android booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.
Google does a lot of really cool things, but some times they just get it right the first time. Take Androidify for example. Making yourself, loved ones, bitter rivals, or co-workers into Androids is fun. Using Androidify, it's simple. When simple and fun get together, you just can't beat it.
I know we have a lot of creative readers, and Android Central forums member jjcasillas15 (that tall drink of water you see above is his!) started up a great thread to share what ya got. It's bound to get interesting, so jump right in and share. Androidify yourself!! Share your Androidify avatars .
Didn't install Androidify yet? That's an easy fix. Hit the break for the download link. [Android Central forums]
With well over 50,000 downloads in just a few hours, Words with Friends for Android is already a huge success. Yes, there's a few kinks to work out, but we totally expect Zynga to get everything sorted in short order. They're Zynga -- games is what they do. Like you guys, we've been waiting for this one to hit Android and now that it's here we've set aside a small fenced in area in the forums just for it. In the Words with Friends Lounge you can forget all about the carrier discussion, debate about who makes the best Android phone, and even the endless hacking some of us like to discuss after we've broken things customized our phones.
Jump in and find someone to play against, discuss strategy, do a little friendly trash-talk, and anything else WWF related. And if you have friends with an iOS phone/pod/pad/thingy, invite them over -- we love everyone in the lounge. If you haven't already, you can grab Words with Friends for Android after the break. [Android Central forums]
As Eric Schmidt mentioned in his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, the Android Market now has over 150,000 applications. The number of apps has tripled over the past nine months, and grown by a full third since last fall. They're getting better as well -- I think we all have noticed applications of a much higher quality appearing, as well as cross platform apps and games from the bigger developers.
It's a testament to Android's extremely fast growth, and we don't expect it to slow any time soon.
For those of you who don't know what in the world was just said, have no fear you are not alone. Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand has decided to serenade us with a geeked out Valentines Day poem. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some great Valentines Day applications for your favorite Android device. Especially if you've forgotten it was Valentines Day and are now rushing to figure something out.
If you ever take a self-pic with your smartphone -- stick the camera in your hand, extend your arm, point it at your melon and hope for the best -- you know how it can be a bit of a crapshoot. And unless you have a physical camera button, the tiny shutter buttons on the screen don't help matters any.
Enter Big Camera Button. It does exactly what you see. Press the shutter button once, and your screen changes to a Big Camera Button. No more hoping you hit the right spot. It's stupidly simply, and makes self-pics a breeze.
There's a free "lite" version, and a 99-cent version. Download links and a slightly NSFW video of it in action are after the break.
Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:
Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
Digital Only: $3.99/month
Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term
Android's "official" Twitter client -- the aptly named "Twitter for Android" -- just hit Version 2.0 and brings with it a host of performance and user interface improvements. Changes include:
Easier navigation and layout
Scan contacts to find friends who are on Twitter
Autocomplete usernames when composing tweets
Easier photo uploading
Faster tweet actions
We're going to give this a couple days' use before passing judgment, but so far it certainly looks better than the previous version. Download links are after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Two thinks I hate to have happen when I'm at the convenience store -- One is they run out of Funyuns. The other is I get to the Redbox movie rental kiosk and find the manly action movie I wanted to watch sensitive chick flick the wife demanded has already been rented.
Redbox has released its official app that will let you find the nearest kiosk (maps are included, natch) and reserve a movie so it'll be there when you are. You can search by genere as well and get basic info about the movie. Pretty slick, actually. Market link's after the break.
Now if only it could do something about that Funyun supply. Thanks, Jese!
Let's not mince words here: If you're in the market for some basic -- and extremely easy to use -- webcam monitoring, you need to check out Dropcam. It's been available for some time now for the iPhone (and on a desktop web browser), and now it's come for Android.
The Dropcam folks sent us one of their Dropcam Echo cameras to test out. How did it fare? We'll discuss after the break.