Fan of barges, alpha applications and 7-inch carrier-branded tablets, lend me your ears! This week has seen updates from a number of big players in the Android world, including Google themselves and Verizon, the latter showing off their own brand of Android tablet this week. Let’s take a look!
I know that many folks scoff at the idea of using a voice recorder because it seems about as sexy as a pocket protector — and our dwindling camp of personal recording fans aren’t helped any by Louis Litt’s shenanigans on TV’s Suits. Still, there’s a very strong case to be made for recording on the go: it helps you be more productive, ideate and act on your thoughts, and remember everything from to-dos to an acquaintance’s name when you don’t have time to write anything down.
Plus, you can carry a recorder around with you wherever you go: your smartphone! Digipom‘s excellent app Easy Voice Recorder Pro makes it dead-simple to record and play back your notes, ideas and ramblings on the go, features high-quality audio capture and is flexible enough to adapt into your workflow easily. Let’s take a look at how you can get into the habit of voice note-taking and get more done everyday.
Most Redditors who’ve been around the site for a while probably recall wondering, “why haven’t I been here since it launched?” Having been hooked on Reddit for a while now, I barely remember how I used to spend my spare time four months ago, before I became a regular at this something-for-everyone repository of links and discussions. Naturally, it quickly became important for me to find an Android app to browse this beautiful universe, on the couch, in the kitchen and eventually, at my desk while I write reviews. Yeah, I have something of a problem.
I tried a bunch of Reddit clients, but eventually settled on OneLouder’s BaconReader, because I prefer a more visual Reddit experience: the app’s slideshow mode allows users to swipe through posts with their accompanying content without having to manually launch links — making it perfect for bedtime reading. But just when I thought that my Reddit fix couldn’t get any sweeter, a friend introduced me to a new client doing the rounds that promised speed, a slick UI and no ads. I decided to take it for a spin, and boy, was I pleasantly surprised by Flow for Reddit.
One of my favourite things about writing app reviews is the amount of cool new things I’m exposed to daily. It goes well beyond software, and I often learn about really cool projects simply because I’ve been exposed to unique designers and their interesting projects.
One of those exact situations happened recently with Neven Mrgan, a designer who believes in the end product and not the means (and yes, that’s how you spell his name). I like his work. As it turns out, he has released a new game on both iOS and Android called Blackbar that’s… Well, it’s unlike any game I’ve ever played. Read on to find out more about it.
How much do you love Android? Do you love it so much that you’d like to use it all the time, even when you’re sitting at your PC? This might be taking the idea of being an Android fanboy a little too far, but there are lots of reasons why you might want to have Android running on your PC.
Just as you may emulate a second copy of Windows in a virtual environment for testing purposes, so you can do the same with Google’s mobile operating system. Not all that long ago I looked at how this can be achieved with VirtualBox and a freely downloadable ROM, but now I have another more impressive and stable option to share — Genymotion.
Wearable technology is tipped to be the next big thing and so naturally Google, who never likes to lack in the innovation department, is seemingly getting ready to enter the incredibly young market head-first using Android.
Android’s version 4.4, KitKat, was just recently announced and the long list of under-the-hood internals are sure to please Android users everywhere. But amongst this long list of enhancements, certain features stand out to me for the reason that they are the exact type of improvements or additions that a wearable device needs, and would benefit greatly from. This is what leads me to believe that in the coming months we will see Google disrupting the wearable market like no other company can. But what will we see from them? I’ve done my best to decrypt the hints left in Android KitKat to find out!
One form of media that has definitely stood the test of time is the comic book. Since 1933, when the first comic book was published, the industry has grown from strength to strength and led to blockbuster creations such as the Avengers and Batman. And the main reason people still read comics is that they provide both visual and textual gratification to the reader. Thanks to our mobile devices getting larger screens and the ubiquity of tablets, comics are no longer limited to physical books but can also be enjoyed on our Android devices.
There is now a growing number of apps that allow you to devour comics and mangas on your mobile device, and in this article I will show you my personal favorites and help you find a few other high quality ones.
Wherever your allegiance lies, this week has been big for new releases. While iOS users enjoy the release of the iPad Air, Android users have the finally-officially-unveiled Nexus 5 to revel in. With mystery barges, new phones and a biscuit-themed OS to discuss, let’s take a look at this week in Android!
Coming out to either support or attack an operating system, company or piece of hardware almost inevitably leads to accusations of fanboyism. My choice of headline here may make it sound as though I’m on the attack, going out for Microsoft all gun blazing… But that’s not the case.
While this is an Android site and I spend a huge amount of my time playing with Android apps, tablets and smartphones, I actually spend the vast majority of my time using — ironically — a first generation Surface Pro… and I love it. So I’ll preface this article by saying that I love Android, and I love Windows and the Surface platform. But I’m not foolish enough to think that Surface will ever overtake Android — or even become its equal. Why? There are various reasons.
Breaking news is, perhaps, the foremost staple of connected computing, mobile or otherwise. If our interconnectedness isn’t for receiving the latest, then what is it for? Pretty much every smartphone owner has some method or other of staying up to date, whether by app, by browser, or by Twitter.
Given how much time we spend away from our desktops, however, it seems strange that news is produced in a format that is specifically designed for the large screen. At best, mobile users get a simplified design, but that doesn’t change the underlying content, which is often far too in-depth to provide an on-the-go summary of events.
The creators of Circa realized this. They realized it at least 12 months ago, in fact, and their app has been serving the folks on iOS with human-edited news, broken down into bite-sized chunks, ever since. Now, Circa’s flavour of précis-based reporting has arrived on Android – but can such simplified reporting really quench our thirst for news?