We’ve all seen the futuristic sci-fic films that feature cool headsets or bionic eyes that enable someone to see live information around them. Perhaps the best known examples include Terminator, Robocop and Iron Man, who each have the ability to identify and analyse the environment around them, like the Terminator’s ability to identify that one particular punk’s garments would fit him perfectly – “Your clothes… give them to me, now”.
Augmented Reality apps have been available on the Android Market for some time, and I believe they represent one of the best things about smart phones; the ability to overlay the view through your camera with useful and fun information was one of the things that initially wowed me enough to buy my first Android. Now, there are some pitfalls in trying out AR apps. Some – let me tell you – are pretty awful. I’ve weeded these out, and below are what I consider the best currently available on the Android Market.
So, read on for a round-up of great AR apps and let your Android show you what it can do! It’s like the future… only ‘now’.
Android Police recently uncovered a large security flaw in some of HTC’s ‘forced-upon-you’ bolt-on software. Though the software doesn’t reveal personal details itself as such, other applications do have the ability to request information from this toolkit. This gives them access to some of your personal information including GPS locations and SMS data. Read on to learn more.
He covered some great ideas, though I’m sure he would agree that there are even more ways, beyond what he could include in his articles and I what included in this poll.
A lot of Android users are fanatical about their choice of platform – though perhaps not to quite the same extent as the stereotypical Apple user – but beyond that, I think many people (particularly geeks) genuinely love Google and want to help their efforts however they can. It’s really cool to see such a lot of users contributing: some in small ways, some in big ones.
But let’s be clear: there’s no need to feel guilty if you’re not devoting time and money towards supporting Android. we’re not talking about a charitable organisation or a religious movement or a band of plucky young open-source developers trying to take a stand against The Man; Android is a profitable division of one of the most successful and well-known companies in the world. I wouldn’t suggest for a moment that you don’t deserve to call yourself an Android fan if the only option you can click is “I bought an Android device”. Be proud
I’m just curious, that’s all. How many of you like Android so much that you’ll spend your own effort to help it out? Vote in the poll and let’s find out.
We’ve all heard of Instagram, iOS’s great image sharing service. You take a picture, apply a filter, add a frame and a comment, and it will instantly post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Pixlr-o-matic tries to give Android users an Instagram equivalent. It lacks the social capabilities of Instagram and Flickr, but the sheer number of filters and effects to add to your photos are mind-boggling.
Read on to find out more about this great application.
Sharing code is for individual developers and teams to decide on; it’s their work and their time and energy spent on producing the code. The Android development team Touchdroid have been working hard on their Android ROM for the HP Touchpad, a tablet by HP which has been discontinued – but not before a massive discount sale at an astounding $99 where 350,000 where sold. I tried buying a few for my family – sadly they’d sold out within hours; some within minutes!
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in September. 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!
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XDA-Developers is a great community, famous for all sorts of mobile hacking and development but with a particular focus on Android and Windows Phone. It provides great resources and information about all things developer-related, with a wiki and a large forum that has over 4,000,000 active users. It is due to those active developers and forum members that XDA is considered a leader among all dev communities. Most of the custom ROMs ever built are made by the experienced developers over at XDA.
These developers often create apps and software which are not suitable for the Android Market – some of which are even against the Market’s Terms of Service. Here are a few great examples that I find to be very useful and one of a kind. Some of these can be found on the Android Market, but many can’t; all are made by members of XDA-Developers.
QuickDesk is an app that seems so simple in concept, but turns out to be extremely powerful once you begin using it. Once you give it a go, you’ll wonder why it’s not a built-in feature of the Android OS. By providing one-click access to a customizable dashboard, QuickDesk adds a whole different level of efficiency to navigating your device. To put it another way: it allows you to access an app from within an app.
QuickDesk was developed by Faruq Rasid, the man behind Helix Launcher and Calendr+. Given his creations, it seems that Faruq is definitely into being productive and efficient. QuickDesk fits the bill perfectly, allowing you to eliminate unnecessary swiping, tapping, and waiting when trying to get things done on your Android device. (more…)
I’m going to be totally upfront with you: I’m as big a fan of Amazon as I am of Google. I think they do a lot of great things, including MP3 selling, digital video streaming, app sales, and of course, e-readers. I’ve had my Kindle for about 2 years, and love it. When I read a print book, I sometimes miss the Kindle for its ease of use and annotation capabilities. It’s true that a lot of people haven’t jumped on the e-reader bandwagon (most of my students, college freshmen, don’t like them), but I think Amazon has a good opportunity to change that with their latest Kindles.
Samsung have always had a strong track record when it has come to mobile phones. They have always been cutting-edge and have seemed to bend the norm when it comes to mobile phone standards. Their phones have always been admired for their design, interface and practicality – and this admiration has been reflected in their sales figures; according to Mobile Burn, Samsung shipped 280 million units in 2010 (by contrast, Apple shipped a mere 47.4 million units).
In June 2010, Samsung released one of their most famous phones, the Galaxy S, which was seen as unbeatable at the time due to its claims of being the fastest smartphone on the market. Now there’s a new beast on the prowl: the Samsung Galaxy S II. It’s been around in Europe for a couple of months now (the phone was first released in the UK and South Korea in May 2011) and the U.S. launch is due very soon.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is, without a shadow of doubt, the best Android smartphone out there yet and is a strong contender for the best smartphone in the world period. Its sheer range of features, unbeatable specifications and damn good looks leave other smartphones quivering in the shadows of its almightiness. You’re itching to find out why, aren’t you? Well, read on for my full, in-depth review.