For much of 2010, the iPad was regarded as the superior tablet to many and its rivals found it hard to take any of that market share away from it. However, most of the major players in the Android market decided it would be right to ensure bloggers had no break at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show by launching a wealth of Android tablets on them in the mere few days the show ran.
Now that it’s over, today we’ll look at our favorite Android tablet announcements from this year’s CES.
Google Reader is the ultimate RSS feed subscription and consumption app. Actually there aren’t many compelling alternatives for the desktop available out there. However, there are a lot of mobile apps to help you assimilate RSS feed subscriptions, leveraging your Google Account. Native apps for Gmail and other Google services have been around since the launch of Android, except for Google Reader.
It’s been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here. Read on after the break to find out how good the newest native app from Google is.
Android has thousands of brilliant apps for all sorts of different uses, from apps to find where you parked your car, to apps for your personal trainers. One set of apps that many people over look though, is possibly the most used application on their phone: their keyboard.
While many of the different keyboards are similar, an app used as much as this needs to be suited as much as possible to your typing style. Finding the best keyboard could save you a lot of time, as well as embarrassing errors in your text!
How to change your keyboard
To change your keyboard after installing a new one, go to settings > Language and Keyboard, and then check your desired keyboard to enable it to be used.
Once you have any desired keyboards selected, you can then choose it as your default keyboard for input, you can also choose what keyboard to use whenever you’re writing by pressing and holding your finger on the text box for a few seconds.
Now that you know how to switch keyboards, read on to find out which to try out…
Apple, one of Google’s main rivals in the mobile (operating system) industry, is also the operator of the number one digital music store in the US. However, recent reports suggest Google may be planning its own attempt at breaking the market and reclaiming some share from the Cupertino crew. An alleged Gingerbread screenshot shows the ability to sync music with an Android handset, but the real question is whether it will be a success like Android itself, or a failure due to a lack of mainstream user adoption as was Wave.
With Gingerbread the Android platform has been tweaked and improved to be more sleek to use, which should make it more user friendly and lower its learning curve for new users. Bundled in this latest update are a new design, a new software keyboard, better power management, higher performance, and increased support for the ever-improving hardware that phone manufacturers are building.
This update improves on an already polished version 2.2 (Froyo). And while its not a big update — like the much talked about Android 3.0 — it does bring with it many great tweaks and changes, as well as a few new welcome features.
Update (27 May 2015): Since this article was originally written, it’s become much easier to free up space on your Android device. These days it’s possible to take advantage of services such as Google Drive or Dropbox to relieve the strain on your SD card. If you want a more advanced cloud storage solution, check out Hightail, which allows you to access and share important files on your Android devices or anywhere else.
“Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low.” Uh-oh. This issue is easy to fix if you’ve rooted your phone, but what if you haven’t? Let’s take a look at the possibilities…
What’s the Big Deal?
Does it really matter if you run out of internal phone storage? After all, you’ve got an SD card that can fit gigabytes of data and applications.
Actually, yes; being low on internal storage causes problems. If you’ve got less than 25MB free, you won’t be able to install over-the-air updates to your system (including new versions of Android). Less than about 15MB, and you can’t sync emails, Facebook statuses, calendar appointments, and so on. Also, some applications can only be installed to the internal storage: Flash Player 10.1 and the AIR for Android runtime are two big examples of this, each weighing in at a hefty 10MB.
Rooting your phone allows you to move these applications — as well as various system files — to the SD card, freeing up plenty of space. In this article, we’ll look at what you can do if you don’t want to root it.
After announcing the site a couple of months ago with our huge roundup of 100+ Absolutely Essential Android Apps & Tips, I’m incredibly excited to let you know that we’re officially launching Android.AppStorm today!
Get ready for fantastic daily updates covering the latest Android apps, news, how-tos, and roundups of the latest and greatest Android software.
Introducing Michael James Williams
We’re incredibly lucky to have an awesome editor for the site, in the form of the multi-talented Michael James Williams. Already the co-editor of Activetuts+, Michael is a freelance Flash developer and technical writer.
You can find him on Twitter @MichaelJW, or check out his blog – but I’m sure you’ll get to know him very well through Android.AppStorm. We’ll be posting up an interview with Michael at some point in the near future, so stay tuned!
It’s worth mentioning that if you’re interested in writing for the new site, you should shoot Michael an email at [email protected]. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.
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We have some absolutely fantastic posts lined up over the coming week, and we’d hate for you to miss out… There are a few different ways to subscribe to Android.AppStorm – hopefully one of the following options will work for you!
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We’d love to hear any of your thoughts, comments, or post suggestions for the new site, so please feel free to drop us a comment below. We’re really excited about the future of Android.AppStorm – I hope you enjoy everything we have lined up for you. Thanks for reading!
Android has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. From humble beginnings, the operating system has quickly become a dominant force in the mobile industry today. The open-source platform is free from restrictions that come with other devices, and this has lead to the development of some really fantastic software.
Today we’re going to highlight no less than 100 fantastic Android applications, across categories such as productivity, entertainment, reading, file sharing, and useful utilities. You’ll be amazed what the Android device in your pocket is capable of!
Of course, even these 100 applications are only the tip of the iceberg; there are plenty of others that we just could not fit in the list. Let us know in the comments if there are any you think deserve a shout-out.
We’ll also share a series of 15 nifty Android tips and tricks that you may not have come across before… Read on to find out more!
We’re pleased to announce this sneak preview of a new member in the AppStorm network of sites: Android.AppStorm!
Complimenting Mac.AppStorm, Web.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, and the recently announced Windows.AppStorm, our new Android site will be offering reviews and roundups of Android software, along with tips and tricks to get the most from your Android phone.
Although we’re announcing Android.AppStorm today, it won’t be officially launching until early 2011.
Subscribe in Advance!
To start receiving our awesome Android content as soon as the site officially launches, you can easily subscribe in advance.
What Do You Want to See?
So, I hope you’re as excited about Android.AppStorm as I am. We’ll be building up a team of writers and editors over the coming month, dedicated to bringing you high-quality Android news, reviews, roundups and how-to’s. It’s going to be fantastic!
If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions for the new site, I’d really love to hear them. Just leave a comment here – I’ll be sure to read everything that gets posted!