Category Archives: Android Phone

Top 10 Music-Making Apps for Android

By Simon Hill

 

These apps won’t turn you into Lady Gaga or Eric Clapton, but they can help you become a better, more creative musician than you already are.

 

MicDroid

Price: Free; intervigil

Rating: 4 out of 5

If you love to sing but you have trouble staying in tune, then this app is for you. MicDroid offers automatic pitch correction and on-the-fly pitch correction. Simply hit “record,” sing into your phone and the app will correct the pitch. You can access and play back your recordings to hear the new-and-improved versions. You also have the option to set a recording as your ringtone or share it via email. Read the rest of this entry

Android Phone Buyer’s Guide

By Simon Hill

And the winner is …

Some of the most advanced and powerful smartphones available run Android, so deciding on the best mobile to buy can be a seriously tough decision. Fear not! We’ve got everything you need to know about the world of high-end Android mobile phones to bring you the cream of the crop and help you make the right purchase decision.

Google’s Android has emerged as the fastest-growing mobile platform out there, and with more and more Android devices hitting the market every day, that situation looks set to continue. There are plenty of reasons for the success of the Android. The Android Market is packed with great apps and games, the platform is perfectly integrated with Google services, and it’s fast, efficient, and versatile. A wide range of top manufacturers support the platform, notably HTC and Motorola.

Motorola Droid X

Motorola had fallen on hard times when it made the clever decision to throw its weight behind the new Android platform. The company helped to build the Droid brand with the hugely popular Motorola Droid and now it’s back, with a new range of devices under the Droid banner. The best of the bunch is the Motorola Droid X.

Pros

Large 4.3-inch screen (854×480 pixel resolution)

Fast 1 GHz processor

8GB of internal memory (can be expanded up to 32GB)

8-megapixel camera (dual LED flash)

HD video recording (720p)

Cons

No physical QWERTY keyboard

No support for 4G

Android 2.1 (will be upgraded to Android 2.2)

4 out of 5 stars Read the rest of this entry

Just For Fun: Androidify

If you loved “Mad Men”-ing yourself, you’ll like the free Androidify app.

Start with that familiar little green droid. Adjust body type by dragging the screen. Then add fun hairstyles and accessories from side-screen selections.

I had a blast Androidifying myself while I waited for my lunch to come today. I plan to make little droids to represent every family member and … then what? Holiday cards? Stickers for my minivan? The possibilities are endless.

Android Phone App Numbers

Report from Bill Dumas:

At the recent Mobile World Congress event, Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, confirmed that the Android Market app numbers have now topped the 150,000 mark. On top of that he claimed that are over 350,000  device activations every day.

Those are some very impressive numbers. However, Android still has a long way to go to catch up to the iPhone apps count which recently surpassed 350,000 on the App Store.

Plus, it seems 350,000 is some sort of magic number. According to executives at Intuit, their company has seen over 350,000 downloads of their tax return SnapTax app in less than three weeks after the app went live on the iPhone and Android smartphones.

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Sports Illustrated Offering Digital Subscriptions

At a recent press conference, Time Inc announced that they are going full speed ahead with digital subscriptions for all of their publications on all platforms. One of their publications, Sports Illustrated, got an early start by releasing their new swimsuit issue in all digital formats this week. In addition to a printed magazine, you can now view your copy of Sports Illustrated on the Web, tablet or smartphone. The issue is currently on Android-based platforms, but the SI group says the publication will eventually be on all qualified tablets and phones. SI’s current 3.15 million subscribers will have free access to the digital version until their print subscription runs out. SI readers will have the opportunity to purchase a print/digital bundle for $48 annually.

For full details you can check out this Sports Illustrated Digital LINK: https://subscription.si.com/storefront/site/si-everywhere/login.html

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Play Golf Battle 3D With Friends on Any Phone Platform!

 There is nothing that can beat the feeling of a perfect hit with the golf driver, which is why Imperial Game Studio is proud to announce the launch of Golf Battle 3D www.golfbattle3d.com, an interactive application available today on Google’s Android market. Available for about $3, or skr21.00 (Swedish Krona), this game is all about the two best features of golf: Hitting furiously long drives & kicking your friends’ butts! That is why they have produced this network based, action golf game with the driver as the only weapon.

Thanks to the Airplay software and the fact that the game is network based, users can play against their friends no matter what platform they are on. With their sister company, Martin Flensburg (CEO), Pär Green (Producer), and Alex Sahlin (Producer) were among the first developers ever to connect multiple platforms in mobile applications. Now, Imperial Game Studio has kicked it up a notch by connecting players from five different operating systems – Android, iOS (Apple), Symbian (Nokia), Windows 7 and Samsung Bada.

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Love Phone Texting This Valentine’s Day!

“b mine” “I ❤ u” “ur hot” – not exactly sonnets, but these little love notes are what today’s teenagers are most likely to send and receive on February 14…

 According to a survey of 705 textPlus users ages 13-17:

 Nearly 40% said they think it’s ok to tell someone “I love you” for the first time via text message, and 35% have actually done it

  • 35% of those who choose to say “I love you” in text don’t spell out the word “love” – they use the text symbol ❤ (a heart)
  • And often they’re not careful – 30% admitted to accidentally texting “I love you” to the wrong person at least once!

 Clearly the rules of love are changing in the digital age – so what does a romance today look like?  textPlus resident “textpert” Drew Olanoff offers these tips for texters in love:

 1.          Saying “I love you” over text is perfectly fine – as long as you follow it up with a face-to-face “I love you.”  You can’t ONLY say it over SMS.

2.          Send your Valentine a photo of you blowing a kiss or making a heart shape with your hands – visuals can be sweet

3.          Surprise your significant other by texting “open the door” or “look outside” and be ready and waiting with a bouquet of flowers

4.          Long distance?  Use tech tools like textPlus Face Text to hold a real-time text conversation with photos

5.          No Valentine this year?  Group texting and communities of single friends are the perfect place to commiserate together

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Google’s Android is the World’s Top Smartphone Platform!

Canalys today published its final Q4 2010 global country-level smartphone market data, which revealed that Google’s Android has become the leading platform. Shipments of Android-based smartphones reached 32.9 million, while devices running Nokias Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31.0 million worldwide. But Nokia did retain its position as the leading global smart phone vendor, with a share of 28%. The fourth quarter also saw the worldwide smartphone market continue to soar, with shipments of 101.2 million units representing year-on-year growth of 89%. The final quarter took shipments for the year to fractionally below 300 million units, with an annual growth rate of 80% over 2009 (see table below).

In Q4 2010, volumes of Google OS-based smartphones (Android, OMS and Tapas) were again boosted by strong performances from a number of vendors, notably LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, whose volumes across these platforms grew 4,127%, 1,474%, 709% and 371% respectively year-on-year. HTC and Samsung together accounted for nearly 45% of Google OS-based handset shipments. – Canalys Report

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