Back at the end of 2010, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka said:
…paid content just doesn’t work on Android.
He was speaking from his experience in the mobile games market. (Rovio, in case you can’t place the name, makes Angry Birds.) I wonder if he’s changed his mind now, with the paid versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio available exclusively on the Amazon Appstore.
Anyway, this post isn’t about his experiences, it’s about yours. Have you ever paid to play an Android game, either to get the game itself from the Market, or to buy something within the game? Let us know via the poll and the comments.
Ran out of milk and need to remind your husband to pick up some on the way home? Need to remind your friend about your big football game on Sunday? Got to ask your sister about tickets to an upcoming concert? Retire the calendar. Put away the post-it notes. Take a look at Bubble.
Bubble is a note-taking application that connects notes with your contacts so that, when they ring, you are easily reminded. Whenever your contact calls, your bubbles pop up to inform you of any of the notes you made for that contact. You’ll never forget to ask your friend about their job interview ever again. (more…)
The newest version of Google’s popular Android operating system, Honeycomb, was released to the general public last month with a radical new interface and new features designed specifically for larger tablet screens. For a full rundown of the new features and a critical look at Android 3.0, please feel free to read my in-depth review of the OS.
As I wrote in my Honeycomb review, there are currently only about 120 applications available on the Android Market that are optimized for Honeycomb (meaning that their interface has been redesigned or upgraded to suit a larger screen). Having said that, most of the applications available right now are practical and very functional in their performance, and certainly do Honeycomb justice rather than being white elephants and simply hogging space on your tablet.
Here’s my rundown on the top 10 apps to download onto your new Honeycomb tablet right now. All the apps listed below (apart from MoboPlayer) have been optimized for Honeycomb and were tested on my Motorola XOOM.
MobileGo is a fantastic application by Wondershare, designed to interact with many aspects of your Android phone. The big difference to other applications for Android is that it doesn’t run on your phone — it runs on your Windows computer and offers up several tools, all of them beneficial and enhancing. In this review I will be explaining and critiquing these features.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in April. 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. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
You’re probably familiar with the retro game of Tetris. The 1984 puzzle game features seven tetrominoes, with the aim being to fit them together and eliminate complete lines. If you let the tetrominoes hit the top of the screen, the game’s over.
Reverstris is literally Tetris in reverse. Rather than letting the tetrominoes fall from the top to form lines, you remove shapes by drawing them onto the blocks. It’s a fun twist on the popular game and an entertaining time waster. (more…)
Call forwarding is the diversion of a call that Wikipedia defines as allowing “an incoming call to a called party, which would be otherwise unavailable, to be redirected to a mobile telephone or other telephone number where the desired called party is situated”. However, it’s a lot simpler than that sounds — basically, we’re talking about redirecting an incoming call to another phone number.
On Android, there are a couple of different ways that you can forward calls, including the ability to forward missed call information to an email address. This is especially useful if you left your phone at home before your commute to work, or if you just lost your phone but still want to keep on top of things. Let’s take a look at some applications to help in these situations. (more…)
There may be tens of thousands of native apps that offer awesome user interfaces and functionality, but none of them can match the experience of browsing the Internet without any restrictions. The number of browsers available for download in the Android Market is huge, with new ones launching frequently.
Each browser is unique, and pushes the limits of mobile browsing, taking it closer to the desktop counterparts. Dolphin is one of the notable browsers that is leading the mobile Internet revolution from the forefront. (more…)
You may well be thinking, “Oh not another launcher…”, and I can’t blame you. You would think that the launcher niche has been filled up; Alex Pascal reviewed six here alone. That sounds like enough, but another one gets created every now and then. I must ask you to forego any predictions you may have about Zeam being just another replica of a simple launcher with some eyecandy chucked in, because it most definitely isn’t. As a matter of fact it distinctly lacks the latter, which is what separates it from other third party launchers.