In somewhat shocking news this week, Google announced that they would acquire Motorola Mobility. The company that bet it all on Android, making it the sole operating system on all of their smartphones, is now officially joining the Google family. There are many interpretations as to why Google and Motorola have agreed to this deal, but the primary motivation seems to be to protect and energize the Android operating system.
I hate banks and not just because they messed up much of the world’s economies. I hate banks because they smell weird, have boring leaflets to read in the queue, and send me thinly-veiled threatening letters every few weeks. That’s why I use mobile banking applications. Apps tell me my bank balance without skimming my debit card, let me transfer money without leaving my bed and don’t offer me cheap pens that waste in an instant.
PayPal, being basically the ‘Internet’s bank’ in all but name, have an Android application that I use regularly. Almost all of my income flows through PayPal and much of the stuff I buy is bought online using it. Over the few weeks I’ve been using the application I’ve found it to be a great addition to my online account with PayPal. Much like mobile banking I can check where I stand financially in an instant and can transfer my income to my bank account the minute it’s received instead of forgetting like I used to and wonder why it’s taking so long!
It’s far from being the perfect application however; and if any PayPal developers are reading this, I’ve a few suggestions.
When it comes to Twitter clients, Android users are really spoilt for choice; there is a wealth on the Market that are worth looking at. You can, of course, go with the default Twitter for Android application, however this is a little lacking in features and you may want try out one of the many third-party offerings available, such as Seesmic, TweetDeck or Tweetcaster. But the burning question is, which one is the best?
Thanks to the advent of digital cameras, the experience of shooting and sharing photos has become so effortless and inexpensive. Mobile phone cameras make the entire process of capturing important life moments further more convenient. However, at the end of the day we end up with a whole bunch of images and sharing them all becomes a painful task.
Email attachments are way too clumsy. Facebook and Twitter are way too open. The solution lies somewhere in the middle. That’s where LiveShare comes in. LiveShare makes it quick and easy for groups to share photos live either privately or publicly. Ready to take it for a spin?
So Microsoft and Apple ganged up on Android and bought some mobile patents out from under their nose, and Google said that wasn’t cool and they were under attack, but Microsoft said they offered Google the chance to share the patents with them and Google turned them down, only, wait, that was for another set of patents, while in the meantime Apple are preventing Samsung from selling Android tablets because they might infringe on their patents, and…
Oh gosh. Let me start over.
There’s a certain topic on Android.AppStorm that keeps getting traffic week after week after week: customisation.
This is an area where Android really shines; here are some examples of what you can do that we’ve covered in the past:
- Change your wallpaper (static or live).
- Apply a home screen theme, with different icons and colors.
- Alter your ringtone and notification sound alerts.
- Use a different home screen launcher, which can do anything from allowing you to fit more icons on the screen to giving you a 3D interface.
- Change the apps used for all your standard phone functions.
- Install an entirely different version of Android.
It’s all fun to play with, and I spend a lot of time fiddling about with my Android to make it suit me. And yet, some people I know are content to leave theirs as it is, with one or two minor alterations so they can pick it out of a line-up.
How about you? Vote in the poll, and leave a comment to let us know how much you obsess over your phone’s appearance
Although Honeycomb tablets have gotten off to quite a shaky start, most tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM are now drawing on the increased power of NVIDIA Tegra to deliver better graphics and promise console-standard gaming. Honeycomb already has quite a wide choice of games that have been specifically optimised for it, but to make your life easier I have chosen 10 of the best to help you while away those hours of boredom.
Pano is an app that lets you create seamless panoramic photos using just your mobile device. There are other apps that seems to do the same thing, but Pano seems to stand out among the crowd. It has been available only for iPhone and iPod Touch, until now; the folks at Debacle Software let us test drive the newly-released Android port before it came out, and I am definitely impressed.
I think the key is the “deliciously simple interface” as the team puts it. There are minimal bells and whistles and no distractions. The process of creating your panoramas is simple and intuitive. Each panoramic photo can include up to sixteen images, which gives you a resolution of up to 6800×800.