Some Android apps, most notably the free ones, bombard users with ads in exchange of not having to spend a cent to download them. Unfortunately, not only do ads hog the battery of your Android device, but some even go as far as invading your device’s notification system. The troubling part is that it’s rather hard to pinpoint the culprit that’s sending the ads to the notification bar of the device. This will all change with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Among the myriads of goodies that Jelly Bean comes with, there’s a new feature that lets you track spam that infiltrates your notifications bar. You can see what application pushed the spam by simply long-pressing the [...]
YouTube went through a major redesign last year and, after a long waiting period, the video-sharing website’s Android app has finally been updated to keep up with the desktop version. The new app comes with a whole new UI, but also adds a few very important touches of functionality, making YouTube for Android better and cooler than ever.
The first thing you’ll notice about the updated app will most likely be the interface, which looks nothing like the old one on Android. That’s a good thing, though, not only because we felt the need for a change, but also because the new UI is friendlier, easier to use and more focused on the user’s actual needs.
The app’s [...]
Pet animals are a big part of our lives. Some people treat them as friends, while others treat them as family. Pets can also teach us how to become responsible. Parents give their kids pets so the kids can learn how to become responsible and how to take care of others. Pets can also be great stress relievers.
When my body is full of stress and my mind drained of creative juice, I go and play with my pet hamster to lighten my load and bring a smile to my face. I’m also thinking of buying a new dog or putting a big aquarium right in our living room.
Unfortunately, just like me, time and resources may not allow you to have a new pet. But, with the help of [...]
In the last few years, with our mobile phones becoming more powerful and packing a lot more features, a lot of other products such as point-and-shoot cameras and mp3 players are slowly becoming redundant. This is especially true in the case of our media requirements. With the ability to view HD quality videos and movies, and listen to high-quality audio either from our own playlists, or via internet radio, for a lot of us, our smartphones have primarily become media devices.
In most cases, the stock media players on devices are more than satisfactory. But sometimes, there are certain user requirements and features, that require us to look at third-party resources to [...]
Slightly buried underneath the flurry of spectacles that were showcased at the first day of the Google I/O conference was the revamped Google+. The company’s premier social network has received two major updates: Google+ Events and Google+ for tablets.
Out of the 250 million users of Google+, Google said that the majority of the 150 million active users access it from a mobile device. With the introduction of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it’s only fitting that Google+ has gained a native tablet app. Now we want to share more about Google’s take on online event planning.Google+ Events
Now this is something that we’d love to get on board with. Gone will be the [...]
With all the major hardware and software announcements made by Google yesterday at the I/O Conference keynote, one could see that the entire Android/Google ecosystem is evolving towards a smoother cross-platform experience.
Some of the best (subjectively, of course) software exponents of this principle let you continue reading your ebook on the Nexus 7 tablet from exactly the point you left off on a browser, or continue watching a movie (TV shows are now also available from Google Play) from the frame where you left it off on your notebook. But it turns out that Google now also allows you to uninstall or update your apps directly from the Google Play website, accessible on [...]
One of the advantages of running Android apps on top of a virtual machine is that, if you port that VM (which shouldn’t be that hard since the Dalvik VM is open source), you can use Android apps on any other operating system.
This is how we got the Alien Dalvik from the Myriad Group, which was originally supposed to work on top of Meego, but that plan went nowhere after Meego was scrapped by Nokia. Myriad then released version 2.0, which came with support for many other non-Android devices, such as TVs, e-book readers, and even iPads.
Then we also have RIM, which has made its own custom Dalvik VM to support Android apps on their QNX tablets, only requiring [...]
Ever since the launch of Google’s “social layer”, Google+, the guys in Mountain View have been trying to focus on fewer products, instead of the scatter-shot approach on products they had before. But while they have streamlined many of their products and services in the past months, there’s one area where things have gotten worse since the launch of Google+, and that’s Google’s own messenger clients.
There is Google Talk (with video), then there is Hangouts, and then we have the Google+ Messenger, originally launched as Google Huddle. You might even count the SMS app on Android as a different product – Apple actually unified [...]
If you’re an avid podcast listener, tuned in to the latest audio content everyday, you should have a podcast-streaming app that can cope with your personal podcast demands. Try VoAudio, a new podcast streaming app with ample functional features packed in a clean user interface to give you better a podcast experience for free.
Podcasting has definitely changed the way things were, allowing every individual user to consume or listen to his or her favorite podcast anywhere and anytime he or she wants to. It has turned into a growing trend, with everyone listening to the latest scoops on music, sports, politics, business, news and more. In turn, the list of podcast [...]
We’ve been expecting this day for at least two or three years, basically since Chrome came out and quickly started to become the default desktop browser for many of us, even when it was still in beta. Since then, we wanted to see Chrome for Android, but for some reason, Google kept avoiding the subject until this year.
This year we saw Chrome for Android Beta for the first time, and we were impressed by the browser’s speed and performance (you’d expect that from Chrome after all). But we also liked the app’s UI, which feels like swiping cards, something I’m sure Matias Duarte, Android’s Chief Designer, remembers well from his webOS [...]