Launcher 7 offers an interesting alternative among the wide world of Android launchers. Taking a page from Microsoft’s book, it mimics Windows Phone 7, giving users a simple, tile-based interface. I spent a few weeks with it as my daily driver and although I am a diehard Android fan, it did more than just change how my phone worked. It made me want a Windows Phone.
Okay, so I definitely would’ve believed it could happen in my lifetime… but this early on and this fluently? Console gaming is now available on your PC, TV, and now your smartphone and tablet! It will actually work on anything with a screen, internet access and some kind of controller, by streaming an actual console’s gameplay to your Android.
In spring, Connor Turnbull outlined then-recent developments in Android gaming showing us that it was only a matter of time before this service was mass released to Android. An application named OnLive, which has been available for PC and laptops for a while, has been released on Android phones and tablets.
Windows is a great operating system. It is user friendly, affordable and supports legacy hardware and software fabulously. But it is prone to virus, malware and spyware attacks, often. Without an antivirus and firewall software, your safety isn’t assured at all. This one drawback has tarnished the Windows brand for decades and eventually gave way to the rise of Mac and to some extent desktop Linux.
Now I’m seeing a similar trend with the Android ecosystem. I knew antivirus software existed for Android, but only after researching for our recent roundup did I discover how many of them are available for download in the market. All security biggies from Norton to ESET have set shop. The funny thing is that we are yet to witness mass malware attacks of scale in our green robot community. But that’s a discussion for another time; for today, let us take McAfee Mobile Security for a spin. (more…)
Do you remember the first time you saw a Shazam commercial or a SoundHound demo on a mobile phone and thought: “Oh my God! This is fantastic. Now I’ll never have to worry about getting stuck for hours trying to remember that song’s name!” Well, if you haven’t heard of IntoNow, you should prepare to be amazed again, as it does the same level of magic for TV shows and movies.
For the last week, I’ve been building floors and operating an elevator for a tower that houses tiny little people. No, I haven’t taken a second job as a contractor; I’ve been playing Mobage’s cute (and addictive) game: Tiny Tower. Let me explain why, after seven days play, I’m still not bored. (more…)
“What time is it?” A simple question, right? If someone asked you the time, what would you look at? I’m sure that most of you have a watch, but if you are here reading you probably look at your smartphone more often. Like most of our possessions we want to customize it and make it beautiful – so why not make the time and weather more pleasing to your eyes?
So you’ve subscribed to your mobile carrier’s unlimited data plan and can now use your phone’s Internet apps 24/7. Congratulations! For heavy Internet users, this is more of a necessity than a luxury. Having unlimited mobile Internet access is part of the lifestyle you’ll lead as a power Android user – one that is not dependent on Wi-Fi hotspots wherever it may be available.
In a perfect world, your carrier should deliver the kind of mobile Internet speed they promise: 3G, HSDPA or 4G. If you’re an advanced user, or had a lot of experience with mobile Internet, you should know the difference between these speeds, and can instantly recognize when it is present – or not – in your phone’s Internet connectivity.
In reality, however, this may not be the case. Your browsing experience may slow down at certain hours of the day. If it comes to a point where you simply cannot get anything done, it’s time to check your actual connection speed. That’s when an app like Speedtest.net Mobile becomes handy. (more…)
Back when I had an iPad, one of my favorite features was an app called Flipboard, which displays your RSS feeds in a great-looking newspaper style. It’s a really beautiful app and one of the only ones I actually miss now that I am using the Galaxy Tab. A few days ago, Google Currents launched in the Android Market, claiming to be a fast, clean way to read publications on your tablet and phone. Curiosity (and hope) got to me and I downloaded the app. Let’s see what I found. (more…)