Archive for the ‘Mobile Applications’ Category
  • Android 2.1 Google News/Weather widget available for download.
    by Mike
    Posted December 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    Android 2.1 (Flan) may or may not be available (depends on your level of Android hackery) yet but that doesn't mean you can't at least have one of the shiny new features 2.1 brings. For 2.1 Google has thrown in a new weather/news widget. It isn't anything groundbreaking but nonetheless is a nice addition to the stock allotment of widgets. The weather widget is rather simple and shows the city, current conditions, and temperature while the news widget is a bit deeper allowing customization...
  • Internet/Web apps to take over the mobile sphere in the long run…
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:37 pm
    Smartphones and app stores are the current crack for geeks alike. Back in 2007 however, Apple tried to set a very different precedent by abandoning the traditional native app model and focusing on web apps. That attempt ultimately failed as end users wanted the features native apps provided and weren't too fond of web apps' meager functionality. As the mobile web and mobile browser constantly evolve, would a web app/browser combo once again have a chance at unseating native apps? "Yes" say...
  • iHeart Radio coming to a Droid near you just in time for the holidays!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Pandora, Last.fm, and Spotify are cool and all, but sometimes you want a more online radio type of service. For that, iHeart Radio is your app. Already available on iPhone and BlackBerry, iHeart Radio is simple to use web radio app that allows you to find the exact type of radio station or stations you want be navigating by genre. With over 350+ of america's favorite radio stations, those looking to tune into the infamous radio stations that we so often hear about on TV, movies, and the media...
  • HTC to release widgets for non-HTC devices?
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 9:45 am
    After my colorful rant voicing my displeasure for HTC's move to C&D; LevelupStudios and their "Beautiful Widgets" which mimicked the Sense UI widgets, I was mad, sad, and frustrated. But a few obscure, hidden gems on AndroLib highlighted by one eagle-eyed Phandroid commenter digs up some dirt that could very well make me eat my words. The three test applications in the picture above show nothing more than a "test" application put forth by HTC themselves. Awesome, what's the significance? Th...
  • Zune Twitter app goes the China/Apple-net-nanny route. Censorship now standard! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:27 am
    **Update: Microsoft pushed out an update for the Zune Twitter app. It's f****** fucking great. Get it while it's hot! Oh joy. Don't you love it when some company, software developer, or hardware manufacturer decides what is and isn't suitable for your senses to consume? I know I sure do. Mmmmm censorship and net nannies how I love thee. /sarcasm Blatant sarcasm aside, having the Zune team tackle the whole net nanny is rather disappointing. Kids may see vulgar content in live, user...
  • Waze, the social GPS “geo-gaming” app gets holiday theme, foursquare support, and new languages.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 7:02 am
    If you haven't checked out Waze yet, you don't know what you're missing. The simple "find all of the state license plates on your cross country trip" now pales in comparison to the scope and cool factor that Waze offers. What started as a simple social GPS app that allowed end users to upload road conditions among other things has grown into a GPS game of sorts -- enticing users to discover new paths to their destinations in order to collect the hidden presents on the map for the chance to win...
  • Whoops. Android Market actually contains just over 16,000 apps
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Well damn. Yesterday we mentioned the joyous occasion of the Android Market's journey into the 20,000+ app arena only to have Google of all people debunk that number before it was even a day old. 20,000 apps is still a target that hasn't been obtained. So hit the backspace button, delete it from your memory, and shake that etch-a-sketch mental note from your cortex. The *actual* tally of Android apps available in the Android Market is just touch over 16,000. Whoops. So who's right? An...
  • “Type n Walk” now available in the App Store
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Continue walking and texting with ease complete with new fearless attitude thanks to "Type-n-Walk". Anyone with a phone that has sent even one text message while on the move knows the dangers that present themselves when engaged in a riveting text based conversation whilst on the move. Thanks to the ingenious heads behind Type-n-Walk, worries of near death experiences can now be a thing of the past. The concept and operation of the app is easy. Whenever you want to send a text, email, Face...
  • HTML5 making iPhone devs second guess native apps and frustrating app approval process.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    Even though Apple's App Store continually gets knocked for god awful delays in getting apps approved, updates issued, etc., Apple will never close down the actual approval process. Sad as it is, it's just something we'll have to live with. But devs who don't want to deal with App Store woes have a new tool in their arsenal -- HTML5. The iPhone's Safari browser supports HTML5. What's the big deal? HTML5 allows web pages and web apps to act and display extremely close to what an actual na...
  • Beautiful Widgets developer receives C&D from HTC. BW to be no more.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:08 am
    You know, I'm not an "anti-protect your property" kind of person. I understand credit is needed where credit is due. With that said, the sad and downright maddening circumstances surrounding by far the best weather widget on the Android Market -- Beautiful Widgets by LevelupStuios -- are enough for me to voice my displeasure here. Time and time again we see companies wasting corporate dollars and time pursuing stupid ass lawsuits that won't benefit anyone. With that past us it is with grea...
  • Bing iPhone app hands down classiest, nicest Microsoft designed product ever.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    Say what you will about Microsoft and Bing (ok, both are questionable) but Redmond's ultra new Bing search app for iPhone is hot -- at least visually speaking that is. While the styling is simplistic yet modern and basically feels right at home on the iPhone platform, it is actually pretty lust worth from someone with an eye for visual candy. I'm curious to see how many times (if multiple attempts were needed) to get a design tat was up to Apple's standards before they'd approve it. Speaking ...
  • Swipe for Android demoed on screen
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    If you haven't heard, the next up and coming touchscreen tech is Swipe. It is an alternative method to inputing -- in this case sliding -- text onto a touchscreen device. Instead of tap tap tappin' away, Swipe users can simply slide their finger from one letter to the next providing quick and fluid firing of words and thoughts. This innovative new mobile app was first seen and launched exclusively on the Samsung Omnia II. That phone in particular is nothing special -- at least to more ha...
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