In-app payments have been a wish for many Android users and developers ever since the idea was introduced to iPhones. Last week Google finally made it a possibility for developers to integrate it into their apps, after announcing back at the end of last year that Google wanted to revamp the payment methods due to a feeling that the users just weren’t buying apps. (A reputation Android users have developed over the years.)
Hopefully this introduction of in-app payments will release Android users of this burden of being people that only get free apps, and encourage more developers to see Android as a profitable platform.
Read on to find out what in-app payments are, and what this means for the platform.
One of the biggest advantages of Android’s open source roots is that users have complete control over pretty much every aspect of the operating system. If you don’t like any aspect of the stock Android experience, there’s a good chance that someone somewhere has already done something about it. If you own an Android phone that is not a Nexus (One or S), you have probably already experienced this. HTC’s Sense UI and Samsung’s TouchWiz are examples of phone manufacturers’ attempts to providing device-specific Android experiences.
This is often misunderstood by the less tech-savvy, who assume that what you see is what you get. But with a few downloads, you can completely overhaul the way your phone looks and acts.
Google have announced that they are going to hold on to the Honeycomb source code indefinitely, rather than making it open source and available to other manufacturers. For a couple of different perspectives on this, check out two of our articles from this week: The Honeycomb Lockout and Google Starts to Rebuild the Fragments.
Opinion seems to be split on whether this is a good move or bad move on Google’s part. What do you think? No range of answers this week; just a very simple, black and white, yes or no poll. Vote, and then share your views in the comments below.
Over the last couple of years, Dropbox has quickly become one of the stellar file storage and synchronization services that every computer or mobile enthusiast knows and uses religiously. The idea is simple: 2GB free of storage, upgradable, applications for Windows and Mac OSX, and an effortless sync process between many devices. Dropbox also has an Android application on the Market, but everyone who has used the service knows that its power can be pushed way beyond what that official software offers.
Here, we will take a look at 11 different utilities, in varying categories, that make the most of Dropbox’ seamless cloud synchronization and help you keep everything neatly backed up and available on multiple devices. Where possible, we will mention similar applications that fit in the same category and also work with Dropbox.
Finally, Mozilla Firefox lovers who also have an Android phone can rejoice — Firefox Mobile is here with a full version of your favorite browser. The stock browser for Android is not bad, but, then again, the stock browser for Windows is not that bad either, yet most of us have moved on. There are alternatives for Android but many of us have been anticipating a full version of Firefox for some time, as it is one of the best browsers for the PC.
Let’s take a look at the features and performance of the newest Android browser to see if it is a download-worthy app for you.
How many times have you been out with your friends showing them your latest and greatest apps, but then had to go through the trouble of spelling it out because there are ten other apps with similar names.
ShareMyApps is here to help! It’s a fast and easy way to share app info with your friends.
What’s the name of that app? How is it spelt? Did you get the free version or the paid version? It was this one, right?
All these questions and your friend has yet to even download the application! There must be an easier way! That’s where ShareMyApps steps in. (more…)
Since the dawning of “real” smartphones, Apple loyalists have argued that Android is fragmented. And this is certainly not a lie. The variety of operating systems in play under the Android umbrella is a lot wider than with iOS, and this is a problem that Google recognises. Now, they’re apparently taking some action.
The company is refusing to release Honeycomb’s source code as they have done with previous, phone-based versions of Android. Google seems to be, according to a Bloomberg report sans official comment, considering standardising Honeycomb in an effort to reduce fragmentation across its lines.
[Editor's note: since this article was written, Google has spoken about their decision in an interview.]
Google’s exact plans aren’t very clear right now, but, what is more visible, is their intention to not make the same mistake they made in phones. Limitations will be in place to OEMs that restrains what tweaks can be made to Honeycomb.
Top tier Android evangelists and Product Managers never miss a chance to rant about the openness of the Android platform. The open source nature of Android serves to snub iOS at every turn and that has been justified until last month. So what changed?
Google announced that they won’t be open sourcing the code of Honeycomb, Android 3.0, any time soon. That announcement does hurt the image of Android as an open platform. But, as always, let us weigh in on how this will affect the ecosystem and us, the users. (more…)
What do music streaming and productivity apps have in common? Both have been given a fresh lease of life, thanks largely to the smartphone revolution. Now that we have so many things to do and so little attention to spare, apps to help us remember things while on the move are vital.
Just like with every category of app, there are so many productivity and Getting Things Done (GTD) apps available to choose from. The general rule of thumb while selecting a GTD app would be to find the one that syncs to the web and allows you to access your tasks from anywhere. Doit.im is one such ubiquitous productivity app, available in the browser and on smartphones.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in March. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month.
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month.