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Paid Android Apps Download Up by 2% in May 2011

by: MinaJune 30, 2011

It may not be a significant increase, but it may be something to look forward to for Android app developers.

Chomp, a mobile application search and discovery service, recently released a report on app search trends, and revealed a slight increase of 2% in paid Android apps downloaded, from 3% in April to 5% in May. This, however, does not change the fact that paid applications in Android are still very much far in the download race as against free apps– Chomp reported that in May, 95% of the apps downloaded in Android were free.

The service company further looked at the price bracket of downloaded paid apps, and found that 1.7% of the total downloads are [...]

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Anticipation for ICS Builds Up as Google Teases with Android 3.2; Latest Release Supports Qualcomm and 7-inch Tabs

by: MinaJune 23, 2011

Before the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, Google surprised everyone with Android 3.2, reported as the last version of Honeycomb to hit the stores.

Mediapad, a 7-inch tablet manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei got the honors of being the first device to be powered by Android 3.2. What’s more surprising is that Android 3.2 apparently can support such screen size and a Qualcomm chip, whereas before this release, only NVIDIA’s Tegra and 10.1-inch screens can carry Honeycomb. There is also looming excitement for HTC Flyer users, as this increases the chances of having Android 3.2 on the Android 2.3-run 7-inch tablet. Motorola Xoom also announced [...]

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Twidroyd updated to 6.0; “Biggest Release Ever,” says Developer

by: MinaJune 21, 2011

With Twitter being the top microblogging service around, there is surely no shortage of apps dedicated to it. Twidroyd, however, stands out from the rest with its innovative features and updates. Just recently, the leading full-featured Twitter client for Android massively updated the app, dubbed by the developer UberMedia as the “biggest release ever” for Twidroyd, and users cannot agree more, with 4.2 stars out of 5 rating in the Android Market.

Originally, the app boasts of being the only Twitter-client app that can load websites and photos directly in the app, skipping the need for opening a browser. With the update, more awesome features were added, [...]

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Sprint, Lookout Aim for Safer Android Experience with Free Security App

by: MinaJune 19, 2011

After a number of malware attacks on Android, including some running with Angry Birds, Google has responded by removing almost 100 applications identified to be harmful to smartphones. Sprint, however, is keen on increasing its customers’ protection– as a result, it partners with Lookout Inc. to launch a free Lookout Mobile Security, an Android security app. It has a premium version, released late last year.

The app has a Safe Browsing feature for a worry-free browsing and net use, like phone banking, through protection against phishing scams. For malware and spyware detection on apps, the software warns users about potentially dangerous sites they might click on [...]

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After RIM and iOS, Starbucks Launches Payment App for Android

by: MinaJune 19, 2011

The success of its mobile payment mechanism for iPhone and Blackberry introduced early this year led Starbucks to expand to Android the barcode-based payment. The app allows Starbucks patrons to pay at almost 6,800 company-owned Starbucks stores, more than 1,000 Target stores, and around 1,000 Safeway stores. With the Starbucks app, one can check the balance of Starbucks Card and reload using a credit card. It also locates the nearest Starbucks that accepts mobile payment, and track one’s Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program.

With the launch of Starbucks for Android, joining the ranks of other smartphone apps, 90 percent of total [...]

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Photo-sharing App Lightbox Goes Android First

by: MinaJune 19, 2011

Building an Android application first, then creating a counterpart for iOS is said to be more difficult than normal, but the people behind Lightbox Photos for Android is doing exactly this.

Unlike photo-sharing newcomers Instagram and Path which are both run only in iOS, Lightbox takes the Android-first stance. “Android is going to take the market position of where Nokia is today,” said Lightbox CEO Thai Tran. “Android phones will, within two years, be just as cheap as the non-smartphones you buy today.” Tran further explains that Android users are offered with inferior applications compared to counterparts offered to iPhone users. Case in point: Color, another photo-sharing [...]

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Yahoo! Music Launches Play for Android: Combines Last.fm, iTunes, and Shazam

by: MinaJune 19, 2011

Android users can now skip the stock music app with Play, an app developed by Yahoo! for free. Aside from being a music player, Play allows automatic scrobbling to Last.fm, identifies songs similar to Shazam’s capability, and create playlists depending on a song or a mood, which is iTunes genius.

At first look, Play looks bare without the option to purchase songs (Yahoo! says that will follow soon.), or the ability to play from the cloud or from Google Music (It is from Yahoo!, to begin with). However, it has its pros too, like being considerably faster than the Android music app. It also takes care of missing album art, as it will automatically download it for you if [...]

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Android becomes Tapjoy’s Refuge after Apple Ban

by: MinaJune 19, 2011

Tapjoy, a provider of paid distribution services for app developers, has recently launched a $5 million fund to encourage app creators to remodel their apps to fit the Android OS. This is the service provider’s response to Apple’s tightened app distribution policies, even remarking that it “is destroying the user experience and threatening the entire freemium model.” Tapjoy has remained loyal to Apple for quite some time, but it now decides to move to Android.

The $5 million fund isn’t much, especially with Tapjoy’s developers having more than 9,000 mobile apps. However, it reflects the ease of venturing efforts for Android. The fund will [...]

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5 Free Android Apps That Will Save You Some Cash

by: MinaJune 15, 2011

With Android now having the most free apps in the world, here are five apps that are not only advantageous because they’re free, but because they will help you save a fortune.

Amazon Kindle

The Kindle app which will let you read e-books wherever you are is free to download. It’s a good news for bookworms who don’t have a preference for a reading setting, since the Kindle Store currently holds more than a million free books to download, as well as low-priced commercial e-books. Plus, no need to buy another device just to read books *ahem Kindle ahem*.


Using GPS technology, Vouchercloud will bring right to your [...]

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Introducing Postagram for Android: Send your Facebook Photos in Postcards

by: MinaJune 13, 2011

Sincerely, the team behind the “-agram” apps, is now after Android users. Finally.

Postagram for Android is at last now available for download in the Android marketplace. However, as the mother app for Postagram, Instagram, is not yet even available for Android, the Android version comes with a twist. If for iPhone users, Postagram creates postcards using photos uploaded by the user in Instagram, for the Android version, the images from Facebook and from the Android device itself will suffice, and voilà, you can now send your postcards to other users via snail mail.

The Facebook connection is not even a liability for Android users, as the [...]

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