It’s been said so many times already, yet people still have a need to use their mobile phones when they are driving. Because of this, there are several Android phones that offer a Car Mode app that can either be built-in or downloaded through the Android Market. Once in this mode, there are some additional steps that need to be taken unfortunately.
To get rid of this, Cobra Electronics has released a new product known as the Cobra JoyRide. As soon as you plug in your Android phone into the charger, it automatically reconfigures a companion app which opens your customized Car Mode. As a result, you get a car-specific interface with large buttons that allow you to easily [...]
A few years ago, GPS devices were selling like hotcakes! Everyone wanted to have a piece of them and if you didn’t have one in your car, you’re not cool. This has turned into the opposite, nowadays. If you were still using your GPS unit, then you’re not cool. So what did people use to navigate directions? Their smartphones, of course!
But when it comes to such apps, there’s nothing smarter than using them on an Android device. In fact, Consumer Reports have tested this out. This is one area which iOS isn’t doing too well. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Android phones come with a free built in Google Navigation system.
Meanwhile, iPhone users [...]
Now that you can track your phone’s location online, and even track other people’s locations, it is almost impossible to lose your phone given that you have an application that tracks your device’s locations. But what happens when you don’t have one of those programs installed? Now, thanks to Lookout Labs, you can turn to Plan B. More specifically, if you lost your phone and did not install Lookout Mobile Security, or any other location tracking service, simply go to the Android Market Web Store and install Plan B remotely.
After the app has installed, it should start up by itself. However, you may have to send yourself text messages to get Plan [...]
There are a total of more than 150,000 Android apps out on the market now. The overwhelmingly huge amount of application choices can be mind-boggling to a new Android phone user. Here is an attempt to make the decision a little easier. Presented below are some apps that by their features and popularity can be labeled as ‘must-haves’. They cover most of the common uses and aspects of an Android phone from basic operation to entertainment and security.Customization Apps 1. Free Advanced Task Manager
As the name says, this program enables you to accomplish the basic routines quickly without eating up your phone’s resources. These tasks include viewing system information, [...]
Next week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, ViewSonic is expected to launch two new Android tablets. The ViewPads, as the company has hinted they will be called, will come in both 7-inch and 10-inch flavors. Both devices are expected offer speedy 3G and WiFi connectivity, dual cameras, microSD support, GPS, and a USB port.
T-Mobile USA slashed the price of its Garmin-ASUS navigation smartphone, the Garminfone. The Android-powered Garminfone was originally available for $199.99 at launch in June, but can be had for $129.99 with a two-year service contract today.
A possible T-Mobile USA Motorola Android device has shown up on the FCC’s site for use in the U.S. The phone looks nearly identical to the MOTOROI, which runs Android and began shipping earlier this year in other markets. The unannounced MB710, as it is labeled, supports WCDMA 3G data on the 1700MHz AWS frequency band as well as EDGE and features a large touchscreen display, an 8 megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and GPS for navigation. We won’t know availability and pricing information until the phone is officially announced.
As part of its Thanksgiving weekend super-sale, Alk Technologies is offering its popular GPS navigation software, CoPilot Live 8, for a mere $19.99. CoPilot is an excellent navigation tool for Android 1.5 and earlier devices which lack the navigation feature found in the latest version of Google Maps. For those that do have Google Maps with navigation, CoPilot is a nice alternative for those times when you are without a cellular or WiFi signal as all the map data resides on your handset. Purchase this title through the Android Market or Alk’s website before midnight on November 30th and you will save yourself $15 off the normal retail price of $34.99. Pass the word on to your [...]
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Google has announced that it has added the same voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation capability as possessed by Android 2.0 to its Android 1.6 platform.
The new navigation-capable version of Maps is available in the United States through the Android Market.
T-Mobile’s G1 and myTouch 3G currently run the Android 1.6 operating system and can therefore run the new Google Maps Navigation app.