For Motorola Droid and Nexus One: If you're looking for a quick way to figure out what's for dinner, there's Urbanspoon. Now in Version 1.0 (and free!) for Android, it's a simple dial-a-meal that lets you choose location, ethnicity and price. Or you can choose "shake" for a random selection.
Vote on your favorites, read and write reviews, find addresses and telephone numbers, all in one simple app. It even works with Android 2.0's voice features. It's a must-have for anyone who has to eat.
Scan the QR code here (or click on it in your Android browser) to download Urbanspoon.
We love Twitter clients. That's no secret around here. And the free Seesmic Twitter client for Android just got an update. It's a biggie, and likely enough to return it to my regular Twitter rotation.
First up (and foremost for me) is the ability to access multiple Twitter accounts. (Note to any developer working on a Twitter app: That really is a necessity. I don't care what normal people tell you.)
You also can send a tweet to one or several accounts at once. Just like with the desktop client. That's another biggie for those of us with personal and work accounts. (One thing that's missing, however: a "Jump to top" option. Oh. Found it.)
Other additions to the latest version of Seesmic include:
Adding an Extra Large text size option
Your profile information (avatar, number of following and followers,...) will now be updated automatically
Changing your Twitter account password will now be handled by the application
Composer now auto-corrects and auto-capitalize your words and sentences
Notifications are now cleared when the application is accessed from Launcher
Easily changing default account from the application's Settings
Can remove a Twitter account simply by pressing on it
If you're already using Seemic, you should get an update notification. If you're not using it, scan the QR code above (or click on it from your Android browser) and give it a shot.
And after the break, Seesmic founder and head cheerleader Loic Lemeur shows off the update.
For you Dropbox fans out there who look at your iPhone-wielding friends longingly as they browser through their stuff in the cloud, take heart in the knowledge that an Android application is in the works. (For those of you new to Dropbox, think of it as a way to sync just about anything in the cloud. Easy and seamless.) While reminding us about Dropbox's mobile site, the crew let loose a little hint in an e-mail about its future plans:
Do you own a Blackberry or Android phone? Don't worry! We've got plenty more mobile magic coming soon!
For you WordPress blogging hounds out there, an official open-source Android app has just hit the Market. You'll need to be running WordPress 2.7 or higher on the back end. From there, you just download the app, enter your credentials and type away.
Built on top of the popular wpToGo, WordPress Verizon 1.0 supports multiple blogs, comment moderation, post creation and editing, including categories, tags and photos, and you can be notified of new comments through the usual Android notification bar. Video of it in action after the break. [WordPress]
As a special thanks to all of our readers and forum members, Android Central has teamed up with LevelUpStudio to give away 10FREE copies of its very Beautiful Widgets.
If you want in on the action all you have to do is go to this thread in our forums and create a single post containing a feature that you would like to see included in a future version of Beautiful Widgets.
The contest starts now and will end at 12 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd. Winners will then be announced via private message within the forums. You can then claim your prize in one of two ways:
Have the widget e-mailed directly to you. Sadly you will not be able to get any future updates to the application.
Purchase Beautiful Widgets directly from the Android Market, and we will make sure you get credited back. This will allow you to get all future updates.
Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter application is now live in the Android Market. (If you missed it, be sure to check out our review.) TweetCaster features support for multiple Twitter accounts, geolocation, searches and all of your other favorite Twitter features.
A free, advertising-based version is available, and there's a premium (ad-free) version of TweetCaster available for $4.99 in the Android Market. Note: You need to install the free version first, and then the upgrade key, to go ad-free. Download links below.
For anyone who chases news for a living, it's important to get information in front of you as quickly as possible. The advent of RSS feeds and homescreen widgets has made that easier than ever with Android, but SlideScreen is just out of control.
We could try to explain what it is you see here, but we go cross-eyed every time we try to do so. After the break, our hands-on video with SlideScreen.
Twitter clients seemingly are a dime a dozen these days, but that doesn't mean there's no room for new contenders. Enter Handmark's TweetCaster, which has been in a closed beta for a little while now and isn't yet available to the general public (but it should be soon). We've put it through its paces on the Motorola Droid. Will it be able to stand up to heavyweights like Seesmic and Twidroid Pro? Find out after the break.
Update: Our pal Matt Miller at ZDNet gives TweetCaster the what-for in a video review. Check it out.
While at CES we had the privilege to present a number of companies at the Mobile Apps Showdown, a live (and online) competition to find the top apps on any of the major platforms. I was paired with Geodelic (formerly Sherpa), a location-based search program with a little trick up its sleeve. Find out what, after the break.
Then came word from Lifehacker today that WaveSecure Beta (one of the Android Developer Challenge 2 winners) is offering free lifetime registration through January, so I've given it a spin. In addition to backing up and restoring your contacts, texts, photos and call logs, you can remotely wipe your phone, lock it down or (from a Web interface), track where the stolen phone has been taken. (You'll have to take my word for it on that one -- not going to show you the map, lol.)
You can get in on the free registration in the Android Market, or at WaveSecure.com.
So, that's one option. Undoubtedly there are more. Tell us your favorite backup and security program, and we'll give the top ones a spin.
For you folks who are big into Photobucket, there's now a free Android app for you. With it you can search PB's library, get easy access to image URLs from your phone, and you can upload multiple files in the background. The app's now available in the Android Market. [Photobucket via AndroidOS.in]
You knew this was eventually going to happen. An official version of Tetris, from EA Mobile, was just released and it takes full advantage of the Motorola Droid's gorgeous screen.
With smooth animations along with some pretty decent music and sound effects, you have yourself a version of Tetris that competes with the best of them. Sadly, there is no multiplayer mode, but you do get three challenging single player modes -- Marathon mode, Ultra, and Forty Line.
This is a very polished version of Tetris, although I noticed the controls at times seemed a little clumsy, especially at higher levels. Hopefully an update will fix this. The other negative is that you can not use the Droids directional pad. Now perhaps I am being a bit harsh, because at the end of the day it is Tetris, and it's addicting.
Yelp's Android application has been available for just a couple weeks, but already we're seeing some promised features start to roll in. An update to Version 1.2 just hit our phones. And with it comes the following:
Log-ins: The ability to log-in to your Yelp profile via Android.
Upload photos: Take and upload photos with your handset to Yelp.com - which has already proved very popular with the iPhone.
Share business information: You'll be able to share business information with friends via SMS, email, Facebook, and any other features on your phone that are capable of receiving and sending that information.
Good updates indeed! And Yelp is promising more in the weeks to come. We'll stay tuned. [via Yelp blog]
Maybe you are one of the many who does not have Google Navigation, or perhaps you simply want an alternative. SygicMobile Maps may be just what you are looking for. It is a polished turn-by-turn GPS application that has some nice features.
Text-to-speech – voice guidance announcing the name of the next street or road.
Choose addresses straight from your contacts.
Music playback fades out smoothly so you can better hear the voice instructions.
Improved GPS lock.
Smooth position display as you follow your route.
Increased font size of street names and information bars for improved readability.
Voice guided gps navigation software and maps.
Easy installation process.
This is an application you need to install on your SD card, and it must be purchased directly from Sygic's website. The biggest negative is its price -- a hefty $90.
If you can get past that, you'll have yourself a pretty decent turn-by-turn GPS application for your Android device.
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