Android 1.6+Google Maps went and updated itself to Version 4.1 tonight, bringing with it an updated search page, support for multiple accounts, a Latitude widget and -- this is very cool -- the ability to make Google Maps your live wallpaper. Let's break it down, erm, after the break.
"Currently there are no plans to update the HTC Tattoo with éclair."
HTC has been known to change its mind, and Tattoo owners can only hope that it happens again. The Tattoo for sure isn't a powerhouse, but it's a nice little phone that fills a niche in Android's lineup. Since the Tattoo was released just last November, it's pretty disheartening to find out that it's already reached the end of it's software update path. Any readers using one of these small sexy phones? Sound off in the comments! [Tracy and Matt's blog]
Android 1.6+ ZumoDrive, a cloud media storage/streaming/sync solution, is now available for Android. Here's the skinny: Install an app on your computer, and media (music, photos and the like) become accessible through the ZumoDrive app on your phone. You get 1 gigabyte of storage for starters (take a tour and get it upped to 2GB), and tiered pricing is available, from 10GB for $2.99 a month to a whopping 500GB for $79.99 a month. [ZumoDrive | Market link]
Opera Mini features data compression on the server side, which means it's fast. Very fast. It will load almost anything faster than a standard mobile browser, so there's almost no point in comparing the two (we don't bother in this hands-on). Also remember that this is beta software, so bugs are likely. And, no, there's no Flash support, and no multitouch. But everything ran pretty smoothly in our brief testing. Check it out after the break.
Most of us are waiting for Opera Mobile for Android to somehow make it on Android phones but the next best thing has landed on the newswire: Opera Mini 5 Beta is now available for Android. And little brother browser ain't so shabby. Opera Mini 5 Beta comes with tabbed browsing, speed dial bookmarks, download manager, password manager, and other features. Opera Mini is typically a speedy browser and this iteration is no exception.
It's supposed to work with all Android devices so everyone gets to play! Try it out yourself by searching Opera Mini 5 in Android Market or by heading to m.opera.com/next
One of the first questions we get from new Android users is "Great phone. Now how do I get my music on it?" And one of the first answers we give is "doubleTwist." The free software syncs with just about every smartphone out there, has the Amazon MP3 Store built in, and -- best of all -- frees you from the shackles of iTunes. And the Windows application just got a major update, adding:
doubleTwist Podcasts - the world's largest podcast search engine! Search, subscribe and sync podcasts to any device.
Improved the speed of the sync planning phase and transfer of media items to device.
Support for network drives that are mounted as a drive letter.
Tether, formerly known as TetherBerry, has spent lots of time behind the scenes porting their extremely successful BlackBerry application to Android. Tonight is a great night for many that have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this beta. Tether has sent out emails to those that have signed up for their long awaited beta so that public testing can begin.
This announcement comes shortly after they announced their 1st Birthday Celebration, which includes some amazing prizes, including 3 Android devices. If you are not signed up for this beta and want to sign up, point your mouse here, fill out the few pieces of required information and sit back and wait. At this time there is no word as to when more testers will be given the application, but keep an eye out for more information to come!
Chances are if you've been hanging around Android for a while you've run across the Pure series of widgets. There's Pure calendar, Pure messenger and now, Pure music.
The widget works with the stock Android music players (or HTC's music player, if that's how you roll) and like the other Pure widgets is skinnable, so you can make it look however you want. The widget also is available in several sizes, from a 1x1 spot to 4x4. It offers direct controls to your music including repeat mode, shuffle mode and Bluetooth on/off.
Twitter clients are nearly as ubiquitous as Android phones these days. There's Seesmic, Twidroid, Tweetcaster, HTC's Peep, HootSuite, Touiteur, Twicca and Swift, to name but a scant few. And then there's always the mobile Web site. And it seems that new clients are being introduced every day.
And so, we want to hear from you. Head on into the forums and tell us what you use for your daily Twitter client. We'll pick one lucky winner at random to win a free 16-gigabyte MicroSD card from the AndroidCentral Store. We'll take entries through Wednesday, and announce your two Twitter client pics later this week. Good luck!
Update: Good news, everyone. Because of the overwhelming response, we're upping the prizes. We're now giving away a 16GB microSD card and two 8GB cards. Posts count through Wednesday.
Been holding your breath waiting for the "I am T-Pain" auto-tune app to come to Android? Ain't gonna hAAAaaa-pen. At least right now. In an interview with All Things D's Peter Kafka, Smule co-founder and CEO Jeff Smith lays out his reasons for avoiding Android, including having to contend with multiple versions of the operating system.
"Android is not in the plans for Smule," he said. "We just don't see an opportunity for us to make money short-term on Android."
"We love what Google's doing, we're really excited about it ... and people are using their products. The challenges with Android are -- the retail distrubution is not clear for us, and we don't see how we could monetize through their current distribution. It's not one platform. ... So, from the developer standpoint, it's expensive to get into Android."
Hard to blame the man for wanting to make a living. So, no official T-Pain auto-tune on Android. And you know what, we're OK with that.) Video of the interview after the break. [All Things D]
Yes, yes, Microsoft has released its Microsoft Tag app -- which has been around for a while on Windows Mobile -- for Android. A little background: Microsoft Tag codes are a lot like those black-and-white QR codes you often see on this site. But the MS Tags can hold more information and, let's face it, they just look cooler.
But here's the continuing problem we have: It's yet another standard that has to be adopted. And right now, they're not compatible. Microsoft Tag Reader doesn't scan QR codes, and something like Barcode Scanner doesn't scan Microsoft Tags. Hopefully that will change, because it's a huge hurdle in Microsoft's quest to get its standard adopted. (And if there is an app out there that does both, let us know, huh?
Go ahead, download Microsoft Tag (it kept crashing on my Nexus One, by the way), and give it a shot with the code you see here. Now try it with Barcode Scanner.
With Spring Training having just started, it's time for Major League Baseball fans to gear up and figure out how they will be able to keep up to date with their favorite team while on the go. We've got an answer to that: MLB Advanced Media L.P. has brought MLB.com At Bat 2010 out of beta, and in the nick of time. Check out more information as well as pictures after the break.
Yes, the application is $14.99. But the features, the look and feel and the ability to pick your favorite team in the application make it well worth every dollar.
When you first open the application, you see the scoreboard, which shows who your team is playing, the score of the game, as well as how far into the game they are. You can use the arrows on this screen to view future games, as well as look at the scores from the previous days. From here you can navigate to standings, audio, videos, news, preferences or more. These options are pretty self-explanatory.
The features I found to be most surprising were the audio and video features. These areas include highlights from throughout the day, so you don't have to fear having missed that walk off home run, or game winning strike out.
If you are an avid MLB fan, and like to keep current on what is happening throughout the day and season, this application is a must-have for you. More screen shots after the break.
As we all watch the Android OS become more and more popular, and the Marketplace continue to grow, it is always nice to hear about success stories from the developers who dedicate their time and efforts towards making a great application for all of us. If you have spent any time cruising through the Marketplace you may or may not have noticed “Car Locator” in there. First thought that came to my mind when I saw it was “who really loses their car?” But when I thought about all the times I’ve been to the city and parked in a parking garage, and forgot which one, I quickly realized this application was brilliant.
This application is available free and paid versions for Android users. While you would think many would go with just the free, over 6,500 people have downloaded and opted to use the paid version of this application, scoring the developer around $13,500. While yes, this won’t happen to every single developer; it is always nice to hear these success stories. We can hope stories like this will draw other developers to port their current applications to Android, as well as continue to create new useful applications for us to use. [Eddie Kim via IntoMobile]
Once again Android Central has teamed up with LevelUp Studio, the developer of the ever popular Beautiful Widgets, for a giveaway of its latest application. We will be giving away 10 FREE copies of Touiteur Premium!
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 update of Touiteur premium.
The contest starts now and will end at 12 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 4. Winners will then be announced via private message within the forums. You can then claim your prize by replying with an email address that we can use to send you the premium activation key.
There's somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 applications in the Android Market. And every day we get e-mail after e-mail asking "What's the best app for this?" and "What's the best app for that?" Truth be told, there's nobody better to answer those questions than all you guys and gals out there.
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