Ever wondered how much your phone knows about you? How many calls you’ve ever made or received? How many text messages, e-mails? What time of the day do you use the phone most? Or when you miss calls most often? Whom do you call most? In which locations you prefer to take pictures, or to listen to music?
Now that I’m asking these questions, it does seem logical that your phone should be able to provide all these answers, doesn’t it? Well, about time your ‘smart’phone really lived up to its name. Enter Friday, a personal analysis and statistics application for your Android phone.
Google I/O has been happening this week in San Francisco and the conference was kicked off with some major announcements on the Android front. Big things are happening for Google’s position on the mobile front, including their new cloud-based music player, Android 3.1 for tablets, and the new version of Android for phones and tablets: Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, amongst all the exciting software announcements, Google also unveiled the Android Open Accessory Developer Kit, or the ADK. In the real world, this new development kit allows accessory makers to build native accessories for the Android platform which are connected via USB, in a similar way to Apple’s dock connector on their range of iOS devices and iPods. (more…)
Missed what’s been announced at Google I/O this week? Check out our overview!
There are lots of reasons to be excited about Google’s announcements, but what were you most happy to hear about? Vote in the poll and let us know your reactions in the comments.
The Mac vs PC argument is long-standing and has evolved over the years. However, recent times have introduced a second major battle in the technology industry: Apple vs Google. The platform war has become mobile with most arguments coming down to Android vs iOS.
However, most of the core points on the Android side centre around the OS rather than the applications. Some argue that Android’s open nature is an advantage, while the iPhone defenders mainly look at apps, and how many there are. Both are valid arguments but in the average consumer’s mind, the need for quality applications is a big one. (more…)
At its core, FileExpert is nothing more than a file manager for Android. However it bears some distinct and useful features which I explore in this review. The stated aims of FileExpert are to be a free file manager that gives its users valuable and useful extensions. It most certainly does.
We have all been in this situation before: you’re driving, you remember you need to call someone or you get a call, and you start fumbling around, first to find your phone and then to find the keys to press to get the call done. For some of us, it doesn’t happen often; for others it’s not urgent and can wait until you pull aside; yet, for many, it’s a frequent scenario that the era of touchscreen phones hasn’t made the least bit easier.
I fell into this routine a few months ago, when I bought my pharmacy’s shop 50 minutes away from my house, with 20 minutes of these on a sinuous mountain road. I knew I had to get a bluetooth headset or car kit, and after much online searching, I stopped at the Clip and Talk Bluetooth Car Kit V3+ thanks to its features and multipoint support. (more…)
I’m sure that you, like me, have seen all those TV commercials for those Windows phones at the moment. The major point Microsoft is focusing on is that a version of Office is available on Windows Mobile 7. Gates and his crew are pitching it to people who feel tied down to the office and promises that it allows you to work on the move, which is certainly something that is very appealing in today’s society. Even Apple have ported their iWork office suite onto the iPad and although it is quite a cut down version of the one you’d expect to see on any Macintosh computer, it’s still relatively functional, if little basic.
Android users are a little spoilt for choice with regards to office suites. Google even finally pulled their finger out and recently released the long-awaited Google Docs standalone application for Android, but it does have limited features (to say the least). Other than that, QuickOffice, DocumentsToGo, OfficeSuite and ThinkFree are all available for Android and all are priced around the $15 mark for the full editions (the free editions will often allow you to read Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents but not to edit them).
What’s in a name? Everything. Extended Controls is definitely the best settings widget app that I have come across and there are quite a few available at the moment. This app provides great functionality and does not require a rooted device.
A couple of years back, a Flash game called Canabalt became an unlikely smash hit, proving wrong a lot of theories about what made a good game. The concept was very simple – you control a man running over rooftops, jumping over hurdles and across buildings. You didn’t control how fast he ran or whether he stopped or did anything at all. The controls were a single key that made him jump. All you could do was to make him jump at the right time. The distance he traveled was your score. Tons of games have tried to rework the magic of Canabalt since, including vertical variants like Abduction.
Sandstorm Rush is a new mobile game for Android that takes the Canabalt idea and adds some twists of its own in am attempt to keep things interesting. Like its inspiration, there is not much in terms of a back story to the game. In Sandstorm Rush you control a prince running in the desert to avoid a tornado. Reach the palace before the tornado catches up with you and you have completed a level. Rinse and repeat.