The Android 4.0 presentation probably got the most attention of any Android release presentation so far. Android has grown to be more and more popular over this past year and the Android lovin’ is at an all time. A lot of the time we get so caught up in the newness that we forget what is truly innovative and what should have been here a long time ago. Apple presentations, for example, are famous for having two sides. There’s always the side that has a religious experience with everything that’s announced, and another that likes to point out that while the newer things are nice, they shouldn’t be considered “new.” After talking with some of my friends about the ICS presentation, I’ve realized that even Android is starting to develop that dual nature. So without further ado, I’ll present the things that you should be genuinely happy that Android now does while also declaring the improvements that it should have done a while ago. Ain’t nobody done tell me I be too biased. » Read the rest
Hey Photon owners, if you haven’t recived it yet, be on the lookout for a hefty OTA maintenance upgrade. Besides a slew of general fixes and enhancements, you’re also getting Google Talk with video, compatibility support for the Lapdock 100, a fix for your proximity sensor and more. The build is 45.3.6.en.US. Sprint is likely staggering the update but it should turn up in your available updates soon.
Thanks to AndroidPolice you can get a little more Ice Cream Sandwich love on your current device with the Analog Clock widget. This is just the analog clock widget itself, but it sure feels good to keep getting little tastes of ICS. We’ve also already had Google+ 2.0 and Google Music 4.0.1 ready for download from ICS as well, so there is sure to be more to come.
Download: ICS Analog Clock Widget
If you didn’t know already, depending on your version of Android, you can use folders on your home screens to help organize your apps. To do this, all you need to do is long press on one of your home screens and select Folders and then New Folder. Once you’ve added a new folder to your screen you can now drag and drop just about anything you like in here. In the screenshot above I have a folder set up for my Google specific apps which is accessed by simply tapping on the folder. This is a nice built in feature that looks nice and will put some apps all in one place for you. Be sure to share this with anyone considering an iPhone.
With the endless amount of clock widgets available for free on the Android Market today, the most difficult and daunting task is actually choosing one. But you can’t just pick any one. You need one that will appropriately compliment your home screen, right? That’s what we’re here for. Allow us to point you towards Smoked Glass Clock Widget by developer Factory Widgets. The sleek and contemporary design of this widget is sure to compliment your device’s background regardless of how busy it might be. The widget offers an array of features at a glance like calendar events, time, system information and weather forecasts.
The application comes with around 140 different skins to match up with your device’s current theme. The widget can be placed in multiple positions on the home screen and will even support your Honeycomb device. If you’ve been looking for a “polished” widget packed with as much information as you can possibly find, Smoked Glass Clock Widget should suffice. If you’re ready to give it a go, hit up our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available. If that’s not your forte, then you can grab the app over at the Android Market. Hit the break for some more screen shots of the application, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or two below. » Read the rest
As there is no shortage of weather applications in the Android Market today, there are few who offer the service in style, accompanying rich and stylish graphics with its application and widgets. The app offers you weather in the form of hourly and daily updates ranging all the way up to a 10 day forecast as it pulls its data from trusted sources like Intellicast and Foreca. With 130,000 locations around the world available at your fingertips, you’ll be in the know how for weather conditions no matter where you are and where you go. In addition, the app supports a plethora of widget sizes for your home screen’s real estate convenience as well as alerts and warnings for your local area. The app touts to offer one of the most accurate forecasts around as it works in conjunction with your device’s GPS to pin point your precise location. Furthermore, the app offers some extra added features like a world clock, barometer which trends daily air pressure, sunrise and sunset times for most major cities, moon phases as well as set and rise times, multiple location monitoring support and the ability to notify you of temp, moon phase and other conditions directly in your Android device’s notification bar. And lastly, here’s one thing you don’t see often in a weather application:
As a final touch, the Elocont Weather app even includes earthquake information. No, it can’t predict earthquakes (yet), but it does list all the recent seismic activity in a given area (that you can adjust). Call up a detailed list of recent quakes–including size on the Richter scale, location, and exact time–and, with one touch, see them plotted on a map.
Ready for the download? If you don’t currently have the Amazon App Store side loaded onto your device you can grab it by going here and entering either your phone number or email address in the upper right hand corner where you’ll be able to obtain a download link. Be sure to check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings. The application would normally run you $3.00 so take advantage of today’s free offer while it lasts. Hit the break to check out some more screen shots and to hit up the
quick whopping almost 9 min video of the app in action. » Read the rest
Still looking for a good, sleek, crisp and streamlined UI in your next weather application? Look no further. Developer pfluger, a former Blackberry coder turned Android, has put together this little weather app for your convenience. BeWeather for Android offers an aesthetically pleasing interface with forecasts ranging in appearance from 11 different widgets. In addition, the app is ridiculously customizable all the way from its fonts to its icons and colors. Features like 7-day forecasts, location tracking and access to nearby weather stations are sure to make this app a hit. Check out the extensive list of features from the developer himself. If you like what you see, you can head on over to the application thread and give it a go. Feel free to provide as much feedback as you can to the developer so as to improve the application across multiple devices. Enjoy! » Read the rest
The Motorola Titanium is getting an update next week that will address a problem with trying to dial a number from a meeting entry in the Exchange calendar. Not a huge bug fix of any kind (unless you have to call someone from a meeting in Exchange of course) but with the Titanium having only been recently released, it’s nice to see Motorola on top of this and releasing an update in a very short time frame.
The updated software version is RCD.00.02 and should be available for update starting Monday.
It must be very difficult to create a no frills to-do list widget, because not many people have done it. I’ve tried a few here and there but they all seem to have a few issues that seem so simple to fix. Well, xda member ftgg99 has apparently had enough with that shenanigans. His simple app called Moogly seems to be perfect. All the needs checked, and no random issues that seem to plague so many other of these apps. There is a free lite version in the Market, and a full paid one. The original app thread can be found here.
If you want to keep better track of your battery life without squinting and straining your eyes peaking at the notification bar, we’ve got the solution for you. How about a simple yet accurate and reliable widget? Circle Battery Widget offers a great and easy way to glance at your device to see what your battery status is. There are a number of customizations you can make with this application. Choose from six different sizes to accommodate placement anywhere on your home screens, change the size of the widget along with its color to suit your mood. Hit the break for the download and to check out some more screen shots of the application. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
The different sizes of the widget are:
1×1, 2×1, 1×2, 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 (useful for tablets).