Matthew Sabatini(169 posts)

Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.

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PlayUp App Review: “Where Sports Get Social”

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 26, 2012

Are you a sports fan? Are you a sports fan that is addicted to social media? If so, then PlayUp is quite possibly the best app for you.

With access to 9 different sports and well over 28,000 live games you and your friends will never miss a game again. Basketball, football (soccer), hockey, cricket, baseball, AFL, Rugby League, football (American), and Rugby Union are all on PlayUp’s list of live sports at your disposal. So without further ado, let’s jump into PlayUp.

Design and Usability

At first glance, the app looks very nice and tidy. All the text is easy to read, but not in your face, and it’s easy to see which games are live at a given [...]

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Take pictures at the speed of light with Fast Burst Camera

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 23, 2012

Burst or Continuous Shooting mode is the digital camera’s ability to take several shots immediately one after another. Generally, this feature is only found on higher end cameras, such as a DSLR. However, with the help of Fast Burst Camera by Spritefish, burst shooting is available on Android 2.2+ devices.

Taking up to 30 photos per second (or 5-10 on lower end devices) this app will give you the frame rate of the iPhone 4S’s superior 1080p video capture. Similar to that of the Galaxy Nexus, Fast Burst Camera also gives you zero shutter lag! That means that as soon as you press the camera button, your picture(s) will be captured [...]

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Google Play vs. Windows Phone Marketplace

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 9, 2012

Apps, apps, and more apps! It takes more than just a fancy device sporting an incredible HD display, a great camera, and amazing processing capabilities to make a phone truly “smart”. Honestly, it’s all about the apps. An “app market” is a one-stop shop for getting games and other Internet applications such as Google+, Angry Birds, and more. It’s easy to say that without app markets, your smartphone might as well just be called a dumbphone. Here’s the rub: The Android Market (Google Play) entered the game after Apple did, and the Windows App Market was not even released until one year after Google broke ground. We [...]

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SMS Popup updated with new “Holo” ICS-style user interface

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 5, 2012

SMS Popup is the one stop app for, well, SMS popups. As soon as you get a text message, SMS Popup creates a well placed popup dialog. You can view the message in your inbox or reply to the message directly, without leaving whatever it was you were doing. SMS Popup also specializes in customization of notifications, sounds, vibrations, and LED settings. Furthermore, the app even takes care of marking the message as “read” after you reply to it.

Without a doubt, the functionality of SMS Popup is extremely useful. In addition, the developers have just added an update with bug fixes, the ability to view and reply to multiple messages, and a user interface [...]
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Draw Assistant: for people who need to cheat at Draw Something

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 5, 2012

OMGPOP recently took over Google Play and the App Store with its smash hit “Draw Something”. The social drawing game received over 10 million downloads on Google Play alone in just a few weeks.

However, the game has one drawback – it requires you to actually draw! Those of us who are not artists (meaning, we couldn’t draw a stickman to save our life) or don’t have a Galaxy Note stylus, are left “drawing” “pictures” that are nearly impossible for our friends to understand.

But worry not! Draw Something [...]

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread vs. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich [video]

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 2, 2012

September 23, 2008, Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android is released. Just over 3 years later, October 19, 2011, after evolving from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, not including Astro and Bender, Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Along the way, Android put out loads of features and took in some 200+ million users. Today, we’re going to be breaking down two of the newest, and arguably best, Android versions (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich). Obviously, a winner has already been chosen for this Versus Match. However, look at the competition as more of a comparison and evolution of Android.

UI (User [...]
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Google Play (Android Market) vs Apple App Store – 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 24, 2012

Despite the cool designs and dazzling hardware of today’s hottest and most modern smartphones, many users would agree that apps make the phone. We all know what happened to the likes of Nokia, RIM, and HP simply because they didn’t manage to spur the creation of better app markets. All were completely clobbered after the debut of Apple’s App Store and the Android Market, which is now known today as Google Play. To make matters more complicated, there is also Amazon’s Appstore, which was actually created long before anyone had heard of the Kindle Fire. Nevertheless, apps are what make our devices the magical things we know them to be. Without apps, are [...]

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Destination: tgeltaayehxnx – Samsung launches The Next Galaxy teaser site [Updated]

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 23, 2012

It is still two weeks before Samsung will reveal the “next Galaxy” in London. However, Samsung Mobile put out a tweet today saying: “Destination: tgeltaayehxnx”. Although that may only be gibberish to you, it soon became clear that “tgeltaayehxnx” is an anagram for “The Next Galaxy”. In addition, after doing a quick search, the anagram is also being used at The website is a countdown to 7am EDT in the USA and 12 noon in the UK.

With so much time left before the actual event in London, no one really has any clue what the countdown will reveal. However, we do already know that the next device [...]

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Top 8 Best Free “Location-Aware” Android Apps

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 18, 2012

The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you.

Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wired


Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, [...]

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Gmail Tap brings Morse Code to Android, we say about time

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 1, 2012

Did you ever get the feeling that 26 keys is just way to much for your smartphone screen? Well, that’s exactly how Google feels. Today, on this fine April 1st, Google has released Gmail Tap. This intuitive application for Android and iOS will bring back Morse Code in place of that clunk ‘ol keyboard that you’ve come to know. Gmail Tap also boasts the ability to type 2 emails at once, audio feedback, and a re-imagined auto-complete.

The keyboard takes advantage on minimalism with only 2 keys and a space bar. You can make each letter out of the two buttons by following the chart Google has created. Most letters are made out of just a tap or two. [...]

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