Monthly Archives: December 2010

Android

6 free Android apps to make you a smash hit at tonight’s New Year’s party

Going to a New Year’s party tonight? Of course you’ll be bringing your Android phone along, but did you know that very same little device can help make you the life of the party? We’ve got some apps to help you do just that, so hit the break to find out what they are. Want us to make it even easier? We’ll even line out when during the night you can use these apps.

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6 free Android apps to make you a smash hit at tonight’s New Year’s party



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SiMi Folder Widget for Android keeps you organized

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Built in folders for Android isn’t the best way to keep things at your fingertips when moving around your device. Thankfully, XDA member hateman has developed a better, more customizable way of navigating on your Android device. The app is called SiMi Folder Widget, and this latest version is the first bug fix release, with some added features to boot as well as a well put together interface.

The following features are available within SiMi Folder Widget;

  • Size 1×1, 1×2, 1×3, 2×1, 2×2 and 3×1
  • 9 different Widget Layouts
  • User defined Folder Icons
  • User defined Text Color and Size
  • Unlimited number of Apps can be linked to a Folder
  • User defined Background color

You can grab this nice little Widget through this discussion thread, by scanning the QR below, or searching the Android Market for “SiMi Folder”. Enjoy!

Simi Folder QR

Android Market Link

SiMi Folder Widget for Android keeps you organized



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Droid Streamer can stream shows and movies on your Android

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There’s a number of internet streaming services available, most of which you need to pay for content, so it’s refreshing to see someone take matters into their own hands. Developer KarlssoN1337 has put out an App called Droid Streamer, which will stream TV Shows and Movies on your Android powered device. The content comes from various sources online including Youtube, but you’ll need to bear in mind that this app is still in beta mode, and as such, you may not find exactly what you’re looking for for content or TV Show episodes.

That in mind, feel free to grab this app for Free by scanning the QR below, or searching the market for “Droid Streamer”. Also, feedback is always good for a developer, so if you grab this app, make sure you provide feedback in the comments below, or on this thread.

droidstream QR

Android Market link

Droid Streamer can stream shows and movies on your Android



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More Asus tablet details emerge, does the suspected Android model have a detachable keyboard?

A couple days ago we showed you some leaked images of what appears to be an Android-powered Asus tablet (as evidenced by the physical buttons on the bottom). Although the photos were pretty high quality, they didn’t leave us with a whole lot of information about the device. Thankfully a new teaser video gives us a little more insight into what ASUS has up their sleeves in terms of their tablet offerings being presented at CES next week.

We still don’t know anything in terms of specs, but we now know the model names of the three devices: EP121, EP102 and EP101. The EP121 is a Windows tablet, but either the EP102 or EP101 (or perhaps both?) could be the Android device. There is also an EP71, which looks to be a small media player of some kind. That’s all we have for you right now, but we will be on hand at CES next week and we’ll be sure to follow this one for you. Continue after the break to catch the teaser vid as well.

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More Asus tablet details emerge, does the suspected Android model have a detachable keyboard?



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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G details

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The HTC Thunderbolt 4G will be a Verizon device sporting some pretty sweet features. We just hope that these claims are actually going to be true, as for now, they are not confirmed from Verizon or HTC.

The features we hear will be built in are 128GB storage expansion capabilities, which doesn’t mean much now as we’re just going to start seeing 64GB MicroSD cards in 2011. Also, we hear 16GB onboard storage, kickstand, Android 2.3, 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, and a dual-core processor (which we hear is not available for these devices, but its rumors anyway).

More may be confirmed at CES in a few days. Stay tuned.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G details



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Little girl opens Android tablet on Christmas morning to find porn pre-loaded

Tired of all the boring, standard apps that come with the Android platform? Well, maybe you should get yourself a Coby Kyros tablet, as it seems you could end up with some big surprises. According to a local news story, a little girl opened up a shiny new Android tablet on Christmas morning, started messing with it, and found some “questionable” apps pre-installed.

When asked about the situation, Michael Paladino, Coby’s Senior Product Manager, said:

There is nothing preprogramed from Coby. LIke any other internet device with an open platform, a wide range of content is available which may require parental oversight.

Pretty sad that Coby did nothing here to remedy the situation. Could the little 12-year-old girl have downloaded “Boobs! Butts! Babes!” and “Undress Me” on her own? Possibly, but that’s pretty unlikely. If I were the parents, I would – at the very least – be asking for an exchange for a brand new tablet… same model, of course.

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Little girl opens Android tablet on Christmas morning to find porn pre-loaded



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Bug in Android SMS system sending messages to random contacts

Well, well, well… this is certainly interesting. According to the Android developers forum, there is a bug in the Android SMS system that may end up sending your text messages to random contacts in your address book. The issue, apparently, has been ongoing for the past 6 months or so, and is being listed by the development team as a “priority: medium” issue. It looks like the issue, specifically, is that you compose a message, and tell Android to send it to contact A, but the system will send it instead to a random contact.

Be sure to hit the break for a log of these issues. Have you had any problems like this? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Bug in Android SMS system sending messages to random contacts



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Here is my list of the best iOS games of 2010, signed and sealed

I’m sure you don’t need to hear about mobile gaming evolution over the last few years once again. The Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS pocket consoles have millions of fans and some really good titles, but mobile phones, and especially the iOS devices, keep threatening their existence. Every new iDevice eats deeper and deeper […]

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Here’s to the New Year! Androinica’s 2011 Android Wish List

Android had a heck of a 2010, but that doesn’t mean 2011 can’t – or won’t – be even better. As the Androinica.com staff took stock of the year, we couldn’t help but also wonder what we hope to be looking back this time in 2011.

Below are the dreams of what we anticipate for Android in 2011. These are not predictions, but a wishlist that we hope companies resolve to make a reality. Feel free to leave a comment about what you hope to see next year.

Ed Clark

I’m looking for Android to come out with a real iPad competitor in 2011. As an iPad owner (long story) I love the strengths of a tablet, but the iPad should not have dominated the market this easily. Put simply, it has a lot of flaws, and it is unbelievable to me that no one has come out with something better. Maybe that Honeycomb tablet we’ve seen glimpses of will do what everything the iPad does and more, plus be cheaper.

Andrew Kameka

The world wants tablets, but I’ve cooled on that. I already have several mobile devices and want to see improvements to the stuff that I already have. My biggest concern is the advancement of Google TV, which has suffered big setbacks since its debut. I hope that we see some advancements for the Android Market and support for Cord Cutting. I’ve watched Netflix so often that if I could get HD streaming from Hulu Plus on Google TV, I’d tell my cable provider to come get its stuff and never return.

And while we’re on the subject of improvements, I want to make a plea to Google: please bring all that great stuff you promised us at Google I/O 2010. Browsing and installing apps on the web has become crucial for me, and I’m disappointed the Market no longer makes that possible since AppBrain is blocked. I’m still waiting on that music streaming, purchasing, and managing service too. Please don’t make me wait until I/O 2011.

Michael Heller

I don’t just want a true iPad competitor, I want an all-in-one solution. I want a full-fledged Android tablet, designed from the ground up with Honeycomb, that can take over the duties of my phone. I don’t care if this is done through VoIP or a shared voice/data plan. I want convergence and synergy. In short: I want the official, unlocked, Google Nexus Tab.

Chris Smith

First, I would like to see what most Android geeks would, an awesome tablet that rivals the iPad and then takes it a step further. In my opinion, there is still room for a device that actually is more than a “consumption” based device; a device that allows you to create as well as consume. I have an iPad that almost hits the mark, but I/O is still a pain in the neck. Android, with it’s sync qualities and decent speech to text, may be able to make this a reality.

I also hope to see a fresh revamp in Android’s UI as I still don’t think that Gingerbread is enough. I’m talking a complete 180° from where Android is now. Something new, fresh, and intuitive to use. We are still living in the UI that is “desktopish” that hasn’t seen a huge revamp in almost 20 years. Hopefully the smart engineers at Google can take UI to the next level.

Lars Aronsson

The past year and a half, Android has enjoyed a faster hardware evolution than any other mobile OS, and I hope that Google’s platform will continue to push the boundaries of wireless technology in 2011. I’d personally like to see a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb device with a 5”-7″ screen and a great hardware QWERTY, ideally at CES or MWC.

I hope that even more developers will realize the potential of our platform of choice, so there will be iOS ports of popular Android titles and not the other way around. I hope that the trend with ambitious 3D games will persist, and that we’ll see lots of first-person-shooters based on the Unreal Engine 3. I would also very much like an Android version of id Software’s RAGE to materialize. Gameloft games in the Android Market would be nice, too.

As for the folks at Google, I don’t think they’ll ever add the kind of circumstantial functionality to Android that you get with LauncherPro or certain custom ROMs. Neither should they, perhaps, since it’s natural that they focus on the major, underlying additions. I really enjoy Gingerbread and I hope and believe that Honeycomb will be an even bigger step forward. Finally, I wish that all phone manufacturers will get better at keeping its Androids’ firmware up to date.