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Android comes pre-installed with a voice recorder app. I’m sure many of you have given it a whirl and had a similar opinion to mine: largely uninterested and unlikely to use it very often.

I think the main reason behind this is that the default recording application lacks functionality and is by all accounts extremely basic. It doesn’t go out of its way to help the user and as such shouldn’t expect frequent usage.

AndRecorder, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. Within just a few days of downloading it, my views on voice recording notes, memos, and ideas had changed entirely.

An Introduction

Metro UI is a new and alluring Home Screen for Android. It’s been in development for approximately two months by Joe Chrisman, who took to the Windows Phone 7 interface when he saw it used on the TV adverts. Somewhat smitten, he looked into the Android Market to see if a clone of the interface had already been made for Android. Though he found one, Joe was disappointed by the poor speed and behaviour the application gave him. Determined to give his phone the Metro-Effect, he sat down and started coding his own version: Metro UI.

Metro UI’s current purpose is to serve as a clone of the Metro-style interface Windows Phone 7 boasts. I suppose there are no practical advantages to using it other than to have a taster of the WP7 interface, and to have a neat-transitioning fast Home Screen, both of which are rare!


Android recently overtook Nokia’s Symbian to become the top smartphone platform, according to Q4 2010 shipment numbers, with an apparent 33.3 million people rocking Android. The full data, credited to Canalys, suggest that Google gained 32.9% market share in the final quarter of 2010, pushing Nokia down to only 30.6% and Apple to a measly 16%. However, what does what actually mean? How did that actually happen? And what’s next for Google and the mobile industry?

The biggest shock from these results us the Nokia downturn, which is cited to be because of weak smartphone sales against Android and iOS. Apple’s one-and-a-half phone strategy still garnered them a nice 16% share (which, if my math is correct, is around $10 billion in revenue) but Google’s every-shape, every-size attitude netted them a phenomenal 33.3 million shipments. (more…)

Just in case you haven’t heard the news, it’s true. Amazon is creating their own Android marketplace, scheduled to launch later this year, but currently open to developers to start submitting apps.

Read on to find out why there’s a need for a new marketplace and what this could mean for how you find and purchase Android apps.

Nope, Google Buzz isn’t getting an update (at least, we don’t think so). Instead, Google is hosting an event in Mountain View today to show off what’s new in the Android ecosystem, including news and demos on their upcoming Honeycomb release. We expect to see extensive descriptions of Android’s 3.0 software and possibly news of an expected 2.4 release dubbed “Ice Cream” (or “Ice Cream Sandwich” depending on where you read). The event started at 10am PST, and will last approximately an hour and a half before the invitees get hands-on.

Honeycomb is Google’s tablet-based release of their popular Android smartphone platform, expected to launch on the Motorola Xoom earlier this year. Honeycomb also introduces video chat via Google Talk, tabbed browsing and support for dual-core processors.

The rumour mill also suggests Google might be officially announcing its streaming music service (a topic I covered in my first article here) and maybe even upgrades to the Android Market, including a web-based, desktop interface.

The event is now over. Check out the post to see the video and the transcript of our live tweets of the event.


Android is rapidly increasing in market share and this certainly isn’t a consequence of the same people constantly upgrading their phones. In addition to the market’s growth, some users are switching (or upgrading) from other platforms for different reasons: Android is open, cheaper, more customizable; it’s on your preferred network; there’s more choice in terms of hardware… whatever your reason for choosing Android, there’s a big chance you’re a new user.

While Android ships with a number of pre-installed apps (in addition to some custom apps and widgets from the phone maker), the Market also houses a number of fundamental apps that every new user should have. If you’re experienced with Android, be sure to check out our absolutely essential app roundup. If you’re not, then check out this newbies’ list to get you started, instead of jumping in at the deep end.

In this special, extended article, we’re going to take a look at the first steps you should take as a new Android user including a tour of some “hidden” UI elements, must-have apps and widgets and to finish off, some tips. It’s a “Beginner’s Guide” in both senses: it’s designed for new Android users, and written by a relatively new Android user 🙂


I won’t write some sort of crude pirate analogy as my onlookers made when I started writing. Instead, I’ll start with a rule of thumb generally accepted in the mobile app industry: Google plays catch up to Apple. That’s the consensus around the mobile industry now when referring to the two rival app marketplaces. However, the reality is that Google gave developers a lot more time to prepare apps prior to their grand launch, yet they still seem to suffer at the hands of iOS. There are several factors that may dissuade developers from joining the Android Marketplace, with one of them being pirating.

One of Android’s major selling points is that it’s entirely open source and not a closed ecosystem like it’s Cupertino (or Canadian) rivals. However, this introduces the ability to plunder apps. As pirates learn the system, they also learn how to pirate and of the ability to install these apps without the need to manipulate the phone, like jailbreaking an iPhone.


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.


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.

Subscribe and Stay Up-To-Date!

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!

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!


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