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A recent leak at Amazon.com has many people wondering if Amazon will undercut the Android Market with its new app store. Not long ago, Amazon's upcoming app store was leaked to the Internet. Although it wasn't working to the point that you could purchase apps, a German Android site was able to see some of the apps the store will offer as well as its prices. Through this leak, the alleged store appeared to have some overlap with Google's Android Market. It also showed several places where Amazon was cheaper than Google for some apps. However, the difference wasn’t exactly jaw-dropping and... Read more...
Google has released a goofy, fun little app into the Android Market, called Androidify. It allows you to create your own Androids; you know, Google's mascot for its smartphone platform. In fact, the idea of Androidify (and Google has gone so far as to give it its own site) is to turn the Android into you or your friends or family. You can customize the Android you create in a number of ways, including hair, skin color, clothes.  You can even add a Bluetooth headset and a beard if you like. The app is a joint effort from Larva Labs, the company behind Retro Defense and Slide Screen, and the... Read more...
Security firm Sophos warned on Friday that the new Android Market website, as currently configured, could present a security hole for Android users.  However, given the way this website works, in reality it's not really that much of a concern. As noted by Sophos, when you select an app from the Android Market, and approve its installation on your phone, it is more or less immediately downloaded to your smartphone. While a user has to approve the permissions an app requires on a device after the installation on the website, when it downloads to the Android phone, no user intervention is required.... Read more...
How many times have you downloaded a free app from the App Store, played with it once, and discarded it? Or Android users, how many times have you done the same or bought an app, used it once, then refunded it (ahem, Apple)? Apparently, people do it a lot. According to Localytics, 26 percent of the apps downloaded in were tried once, and never again. That was just long enough to decide the app was worthless, not as advertised, or just not what was expected. Here's what they said: Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app... Read more...
Carbonite is making it even easier for you to access your files through a smartphone with the beta release of Carbonite Access for the Android platform. This free new app lets Carbonite users share backed up files via email, Facebook, Picasa and many other Android-supported applications. The app also features an integrated photo viewer for viewing backed up photos and Carbonite Access for listening to backed up music on the phone in a matter of seconds. Carbonite Launches Android Application for Quick and Easy File Access Consumers can download or share files, view photos and listen to music through... Read more...
Clearly, this is an app that would have helped Elin Nordegren find out just what Rachel Uchitel was texting to Tiger Woods. The app, Secret SMS Replicator, installs and leave no trace (icon, notication, anything) but forwards all incoming text messages to a second phone. However, while it entered the Android Market on Wednesday, it was also pulled from the Android Market on Wednesday. Google punted it from the Market, saying that the application had been suspended effective Wednesday evening because it “violates the Android Market Content Policy.” The app had been $4.99 in the Android... Read more...
Back in July, we told you about a new application for Android smartphones that claims it can predict the next word you intend to type. The app, known as SwiftKey, was previously available for free as a beta product. Now TouchType (the makers of SwiftKey) want you to know the app is ready for prime time. With the official launch of SwiftKey, the app now supports voice dictation as well as multi-touch. It also has a new keyboard layout and is capable of making simultaneous predictions in two languages. If you've been anxious to try out the official version, now's the time—to celebrate the launch,... Read more...
It's not official, because it's not a number that Apple has published, but it's seemingly confirmed by two different counts. That means it will likely be one of the items that Steve Jobs uses to preface the "real content" of Apple's Sept. 1 event. According to 148Apps.biz, the U.S. App Store passed the quarter million milestone on Friday. That was two years and 49 days after it opened. As of Saturday morning, 148Apps.biz's count (which doesn't include apps only available overseas), sat at 251,007 applications from 50,304 publishers. AppShopper.com keeps a similar list, and it has a total of 253,777... Read more...
If you used one of the old PalmOS PDAs, prior to its smartphones, you might remember Graffiti, the shorthand writing system which used gestures to enter characters with a stylus. It's back, thanks to Access, who acquired the rights to Graffiti following the Palm / Xerox settlement in 2006, but only on Android devices. Indeed, you might think this would be more appropriate on webOS devices, but at any rate, the new app, available on the Android Market, is free and ready to bring you retro goodness. Typical of such alternate text entry methods on Android, Graffiti for Android has to be enabled in... Read more...
SwiftKey recently introduced a new application for Android users that promises to predict your next word with "incredible accuracy." To do this, SwiftKey uses TouchType’s Fluency technology in order to predict the next word you are likely to type. SwiftKey has been two years in the making. Now, it's available in beta version through the Android Market. According to the British start-up company TouchType, SwiftKey can increase writing speeds by up to 50% with its powerful prediction engine. Although SwiftKey uses your own messages to help predict future text, the company assures users it does... Read more...
AppBrain, which we've written about before, is a great place to search online for Android apps, and then select them to install to your device. In the past, however, you'd have to install the AppBrain App Market application, then "sync" your device with it. You would then see a list of apps to install manually. With the release of their Fast Web Installer, however, the apps are now pushed to your device. This is something that's expected to come later from Google. It was shown at Google I/O; it's the ability to select an app from the Android Market and have it sent to your device OTA. However,... Read more...
App store analytics firm Distimo has released its latest report. The June report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, the Apple App Store for iPhone, BlackBerry App World (Worldwide), Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, for May 2010. The following highlights were noted: More than 50% of applications are priced below or equal to $2.00 in all stores, with the exception of BlackBerry App World (which does not allow apps to be priced below $2.99) and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The average price of all paid applications and the 100 most... Read more...
For those of us with bad vision (really bad, in our case), the optometrist is an annual ritual. The researchers at the Camera Culture team at MIT's Media Lab have developed an Android application to make optometry nearly a self-diagnostic procedure. What they have developed is an app that uses a set of lines and dots that a user manipulated while looking through a $2 “eye” which was created out of the technology of a holographic barcode scanning device previously developed by MIT. Before you ask, it's Android only. What a patient does is to continue to adjust the image things comes... Read more...
Considering Microsoft and Google are competitors in the mobile phone space, it may seem a bit surprising that Microsoft is writing applications for the Google Android platform. In reality, though, Microsoft has previously released a couple of applications for competing platforms. In December 2008, Microsoft produced its first iPhone app called Seadragon. The software giant then released Tag for the iPhone in early 2009. Microsoft has also made Tag available on J2ME, BlackBerry, and Symbian S60 platforms. Now, Tag is available for Android. Tag is an application that links 2D barcodes to websites,... Read more...
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