Official Google Android Beanies

Perfect for staving off the cold of winter, official Android beanies have arrived at the Google Store! Keep warm and become an Android with one of these 100% polyester polar fleece beanies. Five different sizing options are available that fit infants to adults, but as of this writing the Google Store has less than 100 adult sizes left, so if you’re interested you may want to make a move on this one. There’s no telling whether or not Google will make any more of these available in the future… One can be yours for $16. Not into beanies? Be sure to check out Google’s other offerings including the Android cap, alternative beanie, and more. Otherwise…

Shut up and take my money! – *US Product Page

*If you are located outside the US you may find it necessary to click here and choose your respective location for shipping purposes.

 

Another Physics Game: “Shoot The Apple” For Android

Looking for your next physics game?  Look no further as Shoot The Apple for Android, a featured app on the Android Market, is sure to claim the spot on your device.  This fun and addictive game allows you to shoot little blue aliens who have fallen madly in love with apples in a fun effort to unite the two.  Shoot these aliens out of a sensitive cannon in the least amount of times to hit the apple and score big.  The power and angle at which you launch your alien depends on where your finger touch point is placed.  The developer has created more than 150 levels for you to stay busy and the game offers a plethora of fun themes during game play such as mechanical trees, weird moons and more.  According to the dev’s page, there’s more to come in a future update, so stay tuned.  Ready to give it a go?  You can head on over to our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can snatch it up on the Android Market.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think about it in the comments below.  Enjoy and don’t forget to hit the break for some more screen shots of the app in action.  

A Must Have App For The Holidays: Calorie Counter by FatSecret

If you’re gearing up to head home for the holidays and want to get a heads up on what kind of a caloric intake you’re going to be partaking in then this is the app for you.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret, is a must have app to manage the kinds of food you’ll be stuffing your face with today.  It’s simple, intuitive and offers an aesthetically pleasing UI for navigating.  find nutritional info for all kinds of food fast, easy and on the go.  Keep track of all of your meals while also focusing on exercise and weight gain/loss.

Calorie Counter is simple to use and has all the cool tools to help you succeed:

– A food diary to plan and keep track of what you’re eating.
– An exercise diary to record all the calories you burn.
– A barcode scanner and manual barcode input
– A quick pick to find calorie and nutrition info for your favorite foods, brands and restaurants.
– A diet calendar to see your calories consumed and burned.
– A weight tracker.
– A journal to record your progress.
– Recipes and meal ideas

The application offers “in-the-cloud” support and allows you to store and access all of your info online at anytime.  There’s also a fantastic widget with all pertinent info reflected directly on your home screen.  The dev promises there are “more goodies to come” so stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the download links.  There’s also a QR code available if you need it.  

Update, Mindjet Answers Concerns Over Buy-Out

You know, nothing gives us here at Talk Android greater satisfaction then writing a post and having comments from our readers to read as well. We encourage all our readers to comment on any post we put up. Whether you agree with us or not, (That’s what makes us better writers.) it is still important to hear your feedback. What makes it even better is when you get the attention of the company you are writing about.

Yesterday I wrote about Mindjet’s buy-out of Thinking Space Pro, and how a lot of customers weren’t too happy about this. I am more then pleased to say that Mindjet read my post, and answered my questions. In the comments section on the same day no less! Jascha Kaykas-Wolff the CMO of Mindjet had this to say:

Thank you for your passion for Thinking Space Pro. I wanted to let you know that we hear you and we understand you having some reservations; however, I’d like to take this opportunity to address your concerns.

We are sorry that you feel like this came as a surprise; unfortunately, we weren’t able to disclose acquisition information ahead of time. The good news is that we will continue to enhance the current app, and it will remain free. There will be optional subscriptions offered through it (e.g. Connect Business) in the future, but we want to assure you that the app itself is – and will remain – free.

In terms of future plans, we are happy to tell you that we’re working on cloud storage improvements, plus an integration with Mindjet Connect, our cloud-based product. Future updates will also make your maps more shareable, allowing you to take full advantage of the Android OS and be better connected with the Mindjet platform.

We’re incredibly excited about combining the ease of TSP with the power and resources of Mindjet to offer users the best of both worlds.
Have a great holiday and happy new year,

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff
CMO, Mindjet
@kaykas:twitter

For me this is an excellent way to regain some of the trust I had lost for them. He defiantly did put a few of my concerns to rest, and I appreciate his response, as well as how soon he did get it out. I  look forward to the new products he mentions. This is the kind of response I want to expect from a company, quick, clear, and down to business.

I would like to thank Mr. Kaykas-Wolff for reading our blog as well as giving our readers the answers we asked for. Let’s face it people, he didn’t have to read my post nor did he have to respond back to it either, but he did and I thank him for it. I will be keeping an eye on future developments from Mindjet.

Thinking Space Pro Is Now Mindjet Free, And Man Are We Pissed

 

Are you like me, and spent $5 on Thinking Space Pro (TSP), and now you see in the Android Market that it is no longer going to be supported or developed further because a company named Mindjet has bought out Thinking Space? If you are like me, then I bet you’re just as pissed off as I am about it too. We paid our $5 bucks to have all these features in Thinking Space Pro, only to find out that the company has been bought out, and their once paid app is now offered free under the name Mindjet for Android. If you want to hear the rest of my rant or leave a comment, read on past the break.

Contest: Win one of three pairs of a-JAYS One+ Earphones (Updated With Winners)

I recently reviewed the a-JAYS One+ Earphones, and I was quite impressed. The folks over at JAYS were nice enough to provide three of them to giveaway. All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and simply tell us what the first song you’re going to listen to with these earphones if you’re lucky enough to win.

You have until Thursday, December 22 at 11:59pm. We will announce the winners on Friday, December 23. Winners will receive an email in the account that’s associated with your username. Good Luck!!!

click here to enter

Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Emmuno – Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast

sc3764 – city on the hill by casting crowns

aggourodolmas – Benny Benassi – Leave this club alone

I’m sending each of you an email to the one associated with your username. All you have to do is reply back with your address and phone number and they will be off.

Thank you everyone for playing.

Get Ready To Hit The Slopes This Winter With “Ski & Snow Report” For Android

Let the snow come I say!  If you’re of the skiing and snowboarding variety then you’re going to want to download this handy dandy guide before hitting the mountain.  OnTheSnow.com, in direct competition with EpicMix, brings you this pretty detailed ski report offering cameras, weather and so much more for your trip.  Check out your favorite ski resort while on the go, search seamlessly for a ski area nearby if you’re not familiar with the area, use live ski cams to see real time conditions and check out what other skiers are saying about the place before you tear it up.  Want to give it a shot?  You can snag the download via the Android Market link below or use the QR code if that’s easier.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think about the app in the comments below.   Hit the break for all of the download links and to check out a few more screen shots of the app in action.  

Get Ready For The New Year With 3D Skyrocket Live Wallpaper

Well, it looks like Christmas snuck up on us again and before you know it, the new year will ring and CES will be up on us.  Why not kick things off with a little fireworks show on your home screen this year?  Check out 3D Skyrocket Live Wallpaper for Android and show it off to your friends.   The app offers a stunning realistic firework show thanks to OpenGL.

It is the 1st 3D live wallpaper from Go Wallpaper Dev Team. Blooming light, camera turning and camera tracking are used comprehensively with many incredible blooming effect, to display a vividly colorful and stunning grand fireworks show.

Check out the key features by the developer, Go Wallpaper Dev Team, and don’t forget to check out all of the screen shots of the app in action.  You can check it out on the Android Market here or snag the QR code here on our popular apps database.  

Contest: Win one of three DROIDAX PortaChargers (Updated with Winners)

It’s time for another Talk Android contest. This time the folks at DROIDAX are providing three DROIDAX Portachargers. These units will charge up your Android phone, your Sony PSP, Kodak camera, and other USB devices. Checkout my review here. To enter, all you have to do is head over to our forums thread. Hurry, the contest closes Sunday, December 18 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!!

Click here to enter

 

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners:

hwitaekim
dacur
JakeSiemer

I am sending each of you an email to the one associated with your user account. Please respond back ASAP with your address and phone number.

Thanks everyone for playing.

 

 

Turbo Charge Productivity With “Personal”, A Private Personal Network And Data Vault (Video)

If it’s one thing I love the most about any smartphone, it’s the fact that they can highten your productivity ten-fold if you know how to use them.  That’s why I’m always on the look out for productivity applications whenever and wherever I can get them, hence the reason I’ve been scouring the 10 days of 10 cent apps deal on the Android Market. Among the many apps on my device, such as Quickoffice (one of my most favorite and frequently used applications), Google Docs, Evernote, Astro, Mobisle Notes and Business Calendar, “Personal” for Android will certainly be joining the ranks.  The application allows you to create and organize your own personal and private network & vault because lets face it, not everything was meant to be “social”.

“Personal enables individuals to own, control access to and benefit from their personal information bouncing around the digital world…The startup’s over-the-top ambition is to disrupt the online business model.”

The great thing about Personal is that you’re in total control of all of your digital content.  It’s been said that Economists call this a “life-management platform”.  The app further allows you to enter or import all kinds of data for you to use, disperse and share as you see fit with those you trust the most from the time you upload it and on.  Share personal bank acct info, lists, directions, passwords and business plans, to name a few, all while on the go.  There’s even an online UI for you to use while on a PC, laptop or Tablet.

Instantly grant select access to trusted friends, colleagues and companies – and turn off access with a click. Security and privacy are baked into Personal, and our revolutionary legal agreement makes you the true owner of your data. Make your life Personal.

Check out the video below detailing the app in its entirety and hit the break to check out some more screen shots and all the juicy features from the developer.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

New developments in Galaxy Nexus Builds – Yakju & Mysid are AOSP supported

Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?

It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,

After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.

yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.

There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…

[via Google Groups]

Nexus or Not? Varying builds have come to light, are your updates from Google?

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone which should stand as the epitome of a pure Google Experience device, has been receiving a lot of flak lately for inclusion of bloatware and exclusion of Google Wallet, at least in the Verizon version. That being the case, many have resorted to obtaining a purer version elsewhere, purchasing the GSM counterpart for use on alternative networks. As it turns out the GSM version may have its fair share of problems as well, besides the volume bug. One of the key aspects of a Nexus device is the fact that it is updated before any other devices, and the updates come to you straight from Google immediately thereafter they release them. As expected, Google pushed out update 4.0.1 and people started receiving it without missing a beat, some people that is. A buzz began when select XDA community members realized they had failed to receive the 4.0.1 update. Many of them anything but new to Android took matters into their own hands and decided to flash the update to their devices manually using the Google provided update zip file. They subsequently found that they could not manually install either.

What’s going on here?

Stocking Stuffer or Gift Idea: Smartphone Coasters and Tab Rests from newPCgadgets

If you’re looking for something inexpensive but cool to give to someone this Holiday Season, than head over to newpcgadgets because their stainless steel smartphone coasters make the perfect stocking stuffer. I still can’t figure out why phone manufacturers aren’t incorporating built-in kickstands, but for $4.95 you can use these coasters with any phone.

We have a bluetooth speaker in our kitchen, so this makes the perfect stand when cooking up a gourmet meal (yeah right) and listening to some tunes. It’s nice on the nightstand as well. The possibilities are endless.

Why I Got Rid of My DROID Razr and Am Waiting for the Galaxy Nexus

The moment I heard about the DROID Razr I was extremely excited.  I checked out the Droid Does web site constantly drooling over this phone. A few days before the launch, a contest was held where the first person to decipher the code won the phone. Sadly I didn’t win the phone, but that didn’t stop my drooling over it. It did land me this job here however, so I chalk that up as a major win in itself.

The Razr

I happened to be in Best Buy on 11.11.11, the day the Razr was released, and stopped by the mobile phone department to see if they had one to play with. The moment I touched it I was surprised at how light it was. The screen was rather crisp and the phone was quite quick. I was hooked. I bought one right then and there. I didn’t hold out for the Nexus because of Motorola’s announcement about bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the Razr and figured I could patiently wait for that update. At this point, we were thinking it would be the beginning of 2012 to see it.

I took it home and started installing all my apps (roughly 150). I was impressed with the amount of internal storage the phone had. I was able to install all of my apps without moving any to the SD card with a heap of storage to spare. I still moved some out of principle, but it was nice knowing that I didn’t have to. All the apps started up quickly and I saw no lag, whatsoever. I was impressed.

For the first few days I had the phone I was in heaven. It did everything I wanted it to with ease and finesse. The Motorola don’t-call-it-blur overlay had a few bells and whistles I was impressed with. I liked their contact widget and the little flare they had when you switched between home screens was nice. I did notice that there were only five home screens to play with. Considering that the norm is seven, and I use every single one of them, I was a little miffed at only having five. Maybe Motorola figured we only needed five, something I didn’t like, but something I could over look.

HTC Sense Can Ride In The Trunk, ADW Launcher EX Will Drive From Now On

Now, as catchy as my title may sound, all of us HTC owners can think of a more and to the point, (vulgar) thing to say about the Sense UI. Believe me I wrote a few different tittles that said exactly what I was thinking, but alas, this is still a publication and I must refrain from being vulgar, no matter how called for, it really is.

I’ve had the HTC Evo Shift 4G for about a year and a half now. I really do like the phone. Excellent hardware for what I need, and I’ve never had any major issues with it, that didn’t involve the Sense UI. I’ve had to replace it twice, once when it was stolen, and the second time I droped it and broke the screen. I would like to say that it still functioned like it was brand new. It had a screen protector over the screen when it broke, so I never lost any of the glass pieces, which allowed it to still work for another 3 months, when I could afford to replace it. My beef is in no way with the phone, or its quality, it is a solid piece of hardware, in my opinion. Sense on the other hand is half-crap, half-decent start.If you want to hear more and find out my solution to the Sense UI, continue reading on past the break.