Do you remember the first time you saw a Shazam commercial or a SoundHound demo on a mobile phone and thought: “Oh my God! This is fantastic. Now I’ll never have to worry about getting stuck for hours trying to remember that song’s name!” Well, if you haven’t heard of IntoNow, you should prepare to be amazed again, as it does the same level of magic for TV shows and movies.


It’s nearly Christmas, in case you hadn’t noticed, and while we know it’s not about material possessions, getting new stuff is certainly a part of the celebrations.

This week, I’d like to know whether you’re wishing for a new Android to appear under the tree. A Galaxy Nexus, perhaps, or a Transformer Prime? Maybe a Kindle Fire?

(Personally, I’m holding out until my contract expires before I get a new handset – just a couple of months left! – though I might buy a tablet in the new year. I think Ice Cream Sandwich looks like a really promising OS, but I want to wait for some more reviews.)

Or are you very generously getting someone else a new Android? If so, good on you! And you know what to set as their homepage…

Merry Christmas from the Android.AppStorm team! We hope you have a good one!

For the last week, I’ve been building floors and operating an elevator for a tower that houses tiny little people. No, I haven’t taken a second job as a contractor; I’ve been playing Mobage’s cute (and addictive) game: Tiny Tower. Let me explain why, after seven days play, I’m still not bored. (more…)

Christmas has rolled around again, and of course so has a wave of wallpapers and themes in the Android Market. However there are also many other all-year-round applications which have great value at Christmas. In this roundup I have listed some of the best ways to keep your phone both festive and useful!

“What time is it?” A simple question, right? If someone asked you the time, what would you look at? I’m sure that most of you have a watch, but if you are here reading you probably look at your smartphone more often. Like most of our possessions we want to customize it and make it beautiful – so why not make the time and weather more pleasing to your eyes?

The analytics company comScore Inc keeps track of many aspects of digital technologies, such as the sales and market shares of TVs, broadband packages, tablets, and… smartphones! Here is a little before-and-after of smartphone OS market share and manufacturer popularity from May to October this year. How did Android do?

The holidays are upon us and ’tis the season for giving! And giving we most definitely are!

We are launching a season of fortnightly games giveaways on Windows.AppStorm and have a stunning array of award-winning games up for grabs! Be sure to follow Windows.AppStorm, and get stuck in, for a chance to enter future giveaways.

By participating in this giveaway, you’ll get a chance at winning one of three award-winning games!

Head over to Windows.AppStorm and find out more!

So you’ve subscribed to your mobile carrier’s unlimited data plan and can now use your phone’s Internet apps 24/7. Congratulations! For heavy Internet users, this is more of a necessity than a luxury. Having unlimited mobile Internet access is part of the lifestyle you’ll lead as a power Android user – one that is not dependent on Wi-Fi hotspots wherever it may be available.

In a perfect world, your carrier should deliver the kind of mobile Internet speed they promise: 3G, HSDPA or 4G. If you’re an advanced user, or had a lot of experience with mobile Internet, you should know the difference between these speeds, and can instantly recognize when it is present – or not – in your phone’s Internet connectivity.

In reality, however, this may not be the case. Your browsing experience may slow down at certain hours of the day. If it comes to a point where you simply cannot get anything done, it’s time to check your actual connection speed. That’s when an app like Mobile becomes handy. (more…)

I have Verizon as a service (shame on me), and although it supposedly covers 98% of America, my apartment seems to be an exception. Even checking on a coverage map it shows I am hopeless. After much aggravation and trying everything I could get my hands on I talked with my brother, a fellow avid Android user. He and I put our heads together and came up with a great solution: Google Voice plus GrooVe IP. (more…)

Back when I had an iPad, one of my favorite features was an app called Flipboard, which displays your RSS feeds in a great-looking newspaper style. It’s a really beautiful app and one of the only ones I actually miss now that I am using the Galaxy Tab. A few days ago, Google Currents launched in the Android Market, claiming to be a fast, clean way to read publications on your tablet and phone. Curiosity (and hope) got to me and I downloaded the app. Let’s see what I found. (more…)

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