Headlines

3 years ago

Android Quick App: OfficeSuite Pro

1

 

If you're not one for aesthetics or Apple-like gloss but still find yourself needing to edit documents from your Android device, OfficeSuite Pro might be the app for you.

OfficeSuite Pro tries to stand against the stalwarts of mobile document editing, Quickoffice Pro and DocumentsToGo, and while it offers the same basic abilities of editing and creating files, it otherwise borders on being so basic, you'll wonder why you settled on this instead of the aforementioned Goliaths of the Market.

As I've already mentioned, there are no bells and whistles on this baby. What you see is what you get, and that picture up top is your main menu. When I opened the app I thought, "Surely this isn't all of it?" Oh, but it is. It's plain, which might strike some folk's fancy, but a little bit cleaner UI wouldn't do any harm.

By default, you're presented with all the places you can pull files from. Internal storage, your SD card, or your Google Docs account are your three options. I know that it says "Add remote account" with a cute little cloud icon next to it, but your only option on that screen is to add a Google account, so if you're looking for SugarSync, Dropbox, Box.net, MobileMe, or any of the other options that might be out there, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Actually finding and opening files isn't terrible, but OfficeSuite Pro doesn't even organize your files by type, so when I went into my Google Docs list, it's got Word files bumping up against Excel files. For me, not having too many files, that's not a problem. If you're someone who does a fair bit of editing from your phone, though, you're probably going to want to keep your files separated, something this app does not.

Actually editing a file is fairly in line with it's competitors. Move your cursor to where you want to type in a Word file, choose your cell on an Excel file, type, profit. Fortunately, OfficeSuite Pro contains the requisite formatting options that we've come to expect across the board, so you won't be without those if you choose this as your editing route.

Honestly though, if you're looking to create or edit documents on your Android device, I'd go with either Quickoffice Pro or DocumentsToGo. For the same price ($14.99), DocsToGo at least gives you a more usable UI coupled with Dataviz's desktop syncing option. For five dollars less, you can get an equally stunning UI with Quickoffice Pro as well as Quickoffice's multiple cloud syncing options. If you like what you see, by all means, go the OfficeSuite Pro route, but for your money, I think there's better options available.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Opera Mobile 11.1 brings better text support, faster page rendering, Flash on Honeycomb

10

Opera has released Opera Mobile 11.1. The big strokes are that Google text and autocomplete are improved, the rendering engine should be faster, and there's now experimental support for Adobe Flash on Honeycomb tablets. Here's the full breakdown:

Improvements include:

  • Added support for Google AutoComplete
  • Added ability to search directly from the address bar
  • Added intelligent domain suggest which suggests your most used domain endings
  • Added support for country domain auto-complete such as .ru or .id
  • Added user agent setting
  • Improved CSS, HTML5 standards support
  • Improved text selection
  • A dded support for Google voice search
  • Added exit button option
  • Added support for external keyboard in Honeycomb
  • Added experimental support for Flash in Honeycomb
  • Added support for downloading multimedia files
  • Cache is now stored in Android cache directory
  • Web Search intent support
  • Fix for LTE network speed limit
  • Fix for force close related to volume keys
  • Fix for Opera locking in landscape mode
  • Fix so that 7" 800x480 tablets will get tablet UI
  • Fix for problems with colors on ZT-180 devices
  • Fix for several crash bugs (including crash at startup)
  • Permissions: See bit.ly/opera_permissions
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Check out Opera's video walkthrough after the break.

More: Opera; Thanks, Stephenn!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android App Review: Impel

13

 

If any of you out there are anything like me, there might be, from time to time, an occasion where you could just make your phone do things all automatic-like. If you don't feel like shelling out $10 for Locale or getting a programming degree to work Tasker, where are you to turn?

It pleases me to no end to introduce you to Impel, a relative newcomer to the event manager scene that aims to do what you want, plus a little more. Impel wants to do one thing and one thing only: automate nearly anything you could think of your phone doing. And it does it well.

Join me after the break for the lowdown on how Impel works, why it's great, and why it's the app for everyone.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Skype brings UI update for all, video calling for a few

24

Fire up Skype today, and you'll be greeted with a nicely redesigned user interface, as well as the ability to use SMS from Skype. But that's not the big feature the internet calling giant is really pimping. Video calling is finally officially here -- but only for a select few phones. Yeah, there's that leaked build that's been out for months. But if you've got any of the following phones (and this is going to hurt for most of us here in the U.S.), you can now officially make video calls. The support phones are:

  • HTC Desire S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
  • Google Nexus S

Not exactly a comprehensive list, but things have to start somewhere, we suppose. Quick video and download links are after the break.

More: Skype

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google Street View updated with new imagery for 13 countries

5

Google has updated the imagery for Street View in 13 of their Street View countries, making for the biggest update of this kind.  Images for places in Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom have been updated (I notice Germany is noticeably absent) with new high-res panoramic images.

Street view is fun to play with on a computer or Android device.  The above image is where the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Horn of Africa meet at Cape Agulhas, South Africa.  I'll likely never be able to find the time or money to get there, but I can at least imagine I were there right from my Android phone.  Using Street View is easy as pie.  Make sure you have it installed (we've got a download link after the break), open Google Maps and find a location then zoom in close enough to see its pop-up description.  Then click the arrow on the description and choose Street View.  It's a 360-degree view, so be sure to use your fingers to rotate around, and you can drag your "pin" along roads and paths.  Not every place will have Street View enabled, so move your map pin around a bit until you pick one up.  Google has a few great suggestions (including Cape Agulhas) at the source link, be sure to check them out!

Source: Google Lat-Long blog

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

OfficeMax releases first full-service mobile print center application

2

OfficeMax has announced a new Android application that ties directly into all of their printing solutions direct from your device. The app allows you to print documents, images, emails and anything you may have in Google Docs. In addition to all of that, if you've placed previous past Print Center orders you can also access those on the go.

“OfficeMax listened to our ‘road warrior’ customers who need to print on-the-go and often feel their documents are trapped on their phones,” said Jeff Haddon, Mobile Marketing Manager for OfficeMax. “With hundreds of in-store print centers across the country, we designed the Mobile Print Center by OfficeMax app to bring our print services to a mobile audience.”

Mobile print center will also allow you to customize your print orders however you like including paper size, color, binding and more. Plus, if you wish -- you can opt in for text message alerts so that you know when your order has been completed and what the total cost will be. If you're looking for more info, the press release and download link can be found after the break.    

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Fieldrunners HD coming to Android this Thursday

29

One of the most popular games on the iOS platform is getting ready to make the jump to Android and they're planning to do so in a very big way. Yes, Fieldrunners HD goes live in the Android Market this Thursday and for the first 24 hours it will be only 99 cents. As noted in the press release, Subatomic Studios is looking to bring Fieldrunners HD to a whole new group of players:

“Bringing Fieldrunners HD to Android is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a whole group of people that may have not had the chance to play our game yet,” says Leo Montenegro, Creative Director of Subatomic Studios.  “We really wanted to craft an amazing experience for Android users, so we updated all of the artwork - everything is now in high definition and this is the first time we've done that on a mobile phone.  So, I hope all you Android owners take this opportunity to pick up this fantastic Tower Defense game at a discounted price!”

We'll be getting a look at Fieldrunners HD once released. You all can jump on past the break for a teaser image and the full press release from Subatomic Studios.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Quick App: Bedside Mode Widget

23

A good night's rest is something never to be discounted, and developer JoPs is here to ensure you sleep uninterrupted -- next to your phone at least -- though the night with Bedside Mode widget.  It's a simple switch widget like we've seen before and with the tap of a finger, you can essentially turn your phone into a digital clock.  This widget gives you the ability to:

  • Turn off Wifi
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Turn off radios (with filter options)
  • Choose a sound profile
  • Stop account syncing
  • Display digital clock

With those options to choose from in the configuration menu, it'll allow you to tailor your sleep to your own specifications.  Just don't forget to flick the switch again when you wake up!

Bedside Mode widget is available in the Android Market for about $1.  Download links and some more screenshots after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dictionary.com

4

Knowing more words and expanding your vocabulary is helpful no matter what industry you’re in. Dictionary.com is one of the most popular websites for providing definitions and with its Android app, you’ll have easy access to every word you can think of (and some you can’t) on the go. They have done a fantastic job with the app, making it extremely user friendly and feature rich, even including a helpful widget.

When the app first opens, the home screen will display the word of the day. If you swipe right, you’ll see the Spanish word of the day, followed by the Question of the Day and then ‘The Hot Word’, which displays an interesting fact. There is a search bar up top if you’re looking for a specific word. Along the bottom, there are various options including: Favorites, which allows you to save words you would like to go back to later, Search again, Voice, which allows you to dictate a word rather than type and More. In the More section, you can provide feedback, change backgrounds or share the app with a friend.

A great feature of is the ability to switch between Dictionary mode and Thesaurus mode. Whenever you have a word open, you’ll either see a D or a T button depending on which mode you’re currently in (if you’re in Dictionary mode, you’ll see T). Pressing the button will bring you to the other.

The Word of the Day widget is also handy. It simply displays the Word of the Day preventing you from having to go into the app. Clicking on the widget will bring you to the word within the app.

If you want to have easy access to Dictionary.com in a simple interface, check out Dictionary.com, available free from the Android Market. Find links to the app and more pictures after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Barnes & Noble stores to be first Angry Birds 'magic place,' exclusive to the Nook Color

3

If you happen to have a Nook Color and love Angry Birds, you're in for a treat.  Rovio and Barnes & Noble have teamed up and made B&N stores the very first "magic location" for the Angry Birds game.  All you have to do is play Angry Birds (the official Nook Color edition -- hackers with the Android Market version can't join the fun) while inside one of the 700 plus B&N stores and you'll unlock the Mighty Eagle character for free.  If you don't have a Nook Color, or aren't using the Nook Angry Birds app, you can still check it out and the Nook Color display at any B&N location.

It's part of Rovio's magic places based gameplay, which uses NFC, GPS, and Wifi location to unlock in-game content.  They have more planned, including an NFC phone fist-bump ritual that will unlock new levels.  To help understand it all a little better, check out the interview with Ramine Darabiha, product manager for Angry Birds Magic and the full press release after the break.

Source: BusinessWire; More: GigaOm

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages