Even with the recent updates to the Android Market, finding a great application can still be quite a hunt due to the shear size of the market. Here at Android Central we spend a lot of our time on our devices, so we sort through what we can on the market, and we bring you weekly some of our favorite picks from the last week. Let's take a look at what made it into this weeks choices.
Despite Eric Schmidt showing off what we believe to be the Nexus S at last month's Web 2.0 summit, Google has been very tight-lipped about its new flagship device. Thanks to a Picasa gallery that has since been removed, we got to take a look at some photos that are rumored to have been taken with the yet to be announced Samsung device. And today, thanks to somebody who hopefully won't lose his or her job, we get to check out the video recording capabilities of the Nexus S, and Google's pimpin' bus fully equipped with leather seats.
By brief, we mean it; the clip is just 15 seconds long. It shows what appears to be the dedicated Playstation app from Sony. In the Library section of the app, it looks to have three tabs: All, Recently used and Recently Added as well as a search option.
What we're all waiting for is to see some content in the app to see how the gameplay is, but until then this will have to suffice. Enjoy the video after the break. [YouTube]
For all you Comcast subscribers out there waiting on the Comcast Mobile and Xfinity apps for Android, listen up. (Erm, or just keep reading).We're still waiting on the Xfinity Mobile App (aka Comcast Mobile App 3.0), and the Comcast Mobile App Android 2.0 release (there's a mouthful) is now slated for Dec. 7 release -- yes, another delay.
In the meantime, we've basically got the user manuals, plus feature lists, buglists and troubleshooters. Everything you could want, except for the actual app, that is. You can check it all out after the break. E-mail retrieval, DVR settings, voicemail, TV listings, the works.
And in the meantime, we'll all just have to sit back and wait and hope that there won't be any more delays.
If you're rocking the "beta" version of Swype (we put beta in quotes because if it didn't come preloaded on your phone, it's the only version you're legally supposed to be using -- nudge nudge, wink know, know what I mean?), note that it just got and update, and it's one you need to pay attention to. Here's the full changelog:
Revised installer workflow. Users can now enable Swype and select it as the default input method from within the Swype installer.
The installer now includes a repair feature. If a previous installation failed, or if the existing Swype BETA installation is broken (missing/corrupt license, etc), the installer will attempt to resume the installation process and repair any broken elements.
Clarified error messages to give a more accurate description of the specific problem encountered.
Added links to the tutorial and tips-and-tricks videos to the end of the installation.
SWYPE BETA v18.104.22.16870
Added support for new installer features, such as version checking and installation repair.
Merged the most recent changes from trunk (mostly device-specific bugfixes)
Of particular interest to us is the second bullet point. If a previous installation failed (and guess who had that problem) ... That's right, it crashed and burned for me but is up and running now. Oh, happy day.
Again, this is for everybody running the official beta. If your phone came pre-loaded with Swype -- and that's damn near every phone released in the last six months or so -- satay away. For everybody else, head to http://beta.swype.com/android/get and get your download on. [Swype]
The last time we got a sneak peak at the Playstation phone, it came courtesy of good ol' Mr. Blurry cam. That of course left some folks out there still questioning it's existence and still feeling a little skeptical about the whole thing. Alas, another video has now popped up showing off the device rather vividly. All hail Zeus for this one, it's nice.
Not much has changed in that time; the device is still rather thick and still appears to be running Gingerbread. But, if you look carefully you can now see the Playstation icon on the device itself which, for most should leave you with no doubt about it's ability to run Playstation games. When will we see it? Not sure really but CES is upon us. [Engadget]
It's Friday, folks, which means we all survived another week and it's now time to prepare for the weekend. Looking through the forums we have some contests to be wrapping up, so be sure to get in those before we shut em down. Also, don't forget to get your votes counted for our Best of 2010 roundup plus, lots more in the forums.
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color, an eReader that moonlights as a pretty nice Android tablet, now has its own Android SDK add-on. This means developers have access to code snippets, android debug bridge drivers, and a device emulator to test things on. Seems that even Barnes & Noble realize the Nook Color is a bit more than just an eReader, and hopefully we'll see some of the Android genius we're used to get thrown at this one. At $250 dollars, with a now confirmed 800MHz TI OMAP 3621 processor and POWERVR SGX530 GPU, this just might be the Android tablet you're looking for. [Android Community]
Games like Raging Thunder are pretty fun to play on the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet. But when you add in some ingenuity and an accessory from your own driveway, it becomes epic. YouTube user CodingHut has just made every young mans fantasy of driving their own car like a lunatic a step closer to reality. And we all thank him for it. Check out one bad ass video after the break. [CodingHut's YouTube channel] Thanks, JerseyIroc!
Yes, everyone loves Angry Birds. But did you know that Android users love Angry Birds about $1 million a month? That's what Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle (seriously, that's his title) of Rovio told Tech Crunch that the 5 million currently downloaded copies of the Android version will generate in ad revenue. Talk about a success story!
Speaking of success stories, check out the video from Google Mobile Ads (after the break) where Mr. Vesterbacka talks about all the ways he is making a mountain of money from the Angry Birds franchise, and gives some interesting numbers about the Android version. [Tech Crunch, GoogleMobileAds]
It's been a whirlwind year for Samsung Mobile. The success of the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones has been phenomenal with over 3 million units shipped across major carriers within the US. Now, the recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab has already shipped 1 million units globally and that's just the key details of their year.
Having looked at the figures, Gartner research firm today has confirmed that Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009. All of which pushes Samsung Mobile to the number one mobile provider slot within the US. Congrats go out to Samsung! But, let it be know that we've not forgotten we still need Android 2.2 to be released. Full press release is available after the break.
Due to the overwhelming success of their Free Phone Friday promotion, Best Buy Mobile is giving away new phones (on contract) every day this month. Every day throughout December, Best Buy Mobile will feature a minimum of four free smartphones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy Stores, in all 157 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, and on their website.
We haven't been told exactly how many phones will be featured during this promotion, but we do know of these four:
Nvidia has released a whitepaper extolling all the reasons why dual-core CPU systems are the future of mobile. It's a really good read, even though it's a little technical for the average smartphone user. They focus a lot on speed and rendering improvements, as well as the battery use benefits of their dual core Tegra 2 chip, and their evidence is compelling. I've had a chance to use the Viewsonic gTablet (see our review), which uses the Tegra 2 chip, and even without full SMP (Symmetrical Multiprocessing -- using more than one CPU or core) support it's a good performer on the hardware side, and I imagine with full support it's going to blow everything we have seen so far right out of the water. Looking at some of Nvidia's benchmarks, it looks like they have access to some Android changes that haven't made their way to us lowly end-users just yet, which is one of those good things you always see us writing about -- who better to help test and develop SMP support than companies making multi-core mobile CPU's?
Enough of my rambling and speculation. Our pal Taylor over at Android and Me has written up quite a comprehensive breakdown of Nvidia's paperwork, I suggest anyone interested in learning a bit more about the tech involved, and exactly how we're going to benefit give it a read. [Nvidia, Android and Me]
Ah, December. The month of friends, family, festive holiday cheer, giving gifts, awesome sales, and free Android games.
Gameloft, the developer behind Android games such as Let's Golf, N.O.V.A., Asphalt 5, andAssassin's Creed, are offering up one of their most popular titles -- Dungeon Hunter -- for an appealing price of free-ninety-free (that's $0). Originally priced at $4.99, Dungeon Hunter offers a robust RPG/adventure game right on your Android phone.
You won't find this title in the Android market, so you'll have to head on over to Gameloft's website to get in on this deal, or hit the break to learn more about Dungeon Hunter for Android.
If you just have to get that "Related" tab into your Android Market and can't wait any longer, you can force it to update on your phone, if it's running Froyo. All you have to do is go to Menu>Settings>Applications>Manage applications>Market (you might have to hit the "all" tab first) and then clear data on the Android Market app. Re-launch it, and you should have the "Related" or "Similar" tab. Thanks, @SethHikari, for the tip!And p.s.: We totally should have thought of that! :p
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