I had a chance to get my hands on the HTC EVO 4G LTE tonight in New York City at the Sprint/HTC event. This is definitely the best EVO yet as it should be. The HD Audio demo here sounded incredible. What’s there not to love about this beast. It has a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, what might be the best 8MP shooter (f/2.0) in smartphone history, a 1.3MP front facing camera, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, LTE, Beats Audio, HD Audio, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4. Pre-orders start on May 7 and priced very attractively at $199.00. Check out the hands on video. My apologies, I said it was the EVO One in the video because I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
We all know Instagram is coming to Android soon, and with its success on the iOS platform, many are waiting anxiously for it to arrive. Let’s take a look at what Instagram offers.
Nearly 20 photo filters
Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field
Social sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous, and Instagram’s own network
Over 15 27 million iOS users use Instagram, so it must be popular for a reason. The fact is, it’s a well-made app that’s easy and fun to use, adding a coolness factor to social photo sharing. It’s gotten so popular, in fact, that I’m actually starting to get a little tired of seeing the same retro filters applied to everyone’s photos. I mean, sure it’s cool looking, but if everyone’s photos have the same look, it’s not that unique anymore. This is a testament to how easy it is to use, of course.
Your love of retro filters notwithstanding, Instagram is here to stay, and with the Android version coming soon, it’s going to blow up even more. But what if you want the Instagram experience today? One thing Android already has is a huge list of apps that are similar to Instagram, some with more features, some with less. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.
I just reviewed the Androidified case from Cruzerlite for the Samsung Galaxy Note and now it’s time to give a few away! We have a total of six Androidified cases in various colors for the Galaxy Note to give away to six lucky readers. All you need to do is visit our forums, AndroidForum.com, and tell me why you think you need a free Androidified case. Be creative and I will pick the six entries at random for the win. Contest ends on Wednesday, April 4th at 12:59 PM EST. Good luck!
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When it comes to smartphones, Android competes very well with the iPhone. In fact, I think it’s a much better experience, but when it comes to tablets, I hate to admit it, Android is losing. The problem has never been the hardware, it’s the availability of quality apps. Automatically the assumption is that fragmentation is the problem, but fragmentation is an issue with phones, and yet quality apps aren’t a major issue. so why hasn’t developer support transferred to tablets? Well lets first start with a little history.
Back in late 2009, Android phones seemed far behind the iPhone, but then things changed in a hurry. Even though Android’s first phone, the G1, was introduced in 2008, things didn’t get cooking until the DROID debuted on Verizon in late 2009. From that point forward the Android world really started to multiply by numbers even I couldn’t imagine. I remember when I bought my DROID, people would say there aren’t any apps available on Android to speak of. Things changed dramatically, and by the end of 2010, the iPhone didn’t have much of an advantage when it came to apps.
It doesn’t appear that Android tablets are enjoying the same kind of success. Although the Motorola XOOM, technically wasn’t the first Android tablet, it was what really started a wave of tablets with the OS about this time last year. One could argue that it’s only been one year, and look what happened to Android phones in its second year. The problem with that theory is that the success of Android phones was actually an advantage for tablets to get a better kick-start. Actually in terms of sales, Android isn’t doing so bad. According to the IDC, Android tablet market share for the 4th quarter of 2011 was 44.6%. That’s actually very good, but somehow things don’t seem that close.
I like zombies. They’re tenacious, hungry, and single-minded in their bloodlust. They’re also easy to kill when there’s just one or two, but much more difficult when there are hundreds lumbering toward you. In tribute to my current favorite TV show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, I’ve put together my top 10 favorite Android zombie apps for your zombie-killing pleasure! Check out all 10, in no particular order, after the break!
Dang it, as if we weren’t already addicted to physics games like Angry Birds and Shoot The Apple, now we’ve got Dude Perfect, an addicting as heck physics game too that calls for ballers everywhere to download. If you love taking trick-shots and are a huge fan of the Dude Perfect following, you can now bring it to your smartphone with this all new time passer. Bathroom breaks are sure to be extended as the game allows you to create and take trick-shots with all sorts of obstacles and in the most bizarre of places.
We’re Dude Perfect™—the YouTube guys that bring you the world’s craziest basketball shots—and we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever trick-shot basketball game! Prove you have what it takes to master the art of the trick-shot by taking, and making, the most epic shots imaginable!
The new puzzler offers a slew of cool trick-shots to take and even furthers game play by allowing you to create your very own levels with their new custom level editor. In addition, you can challenge friends online as you try to beat their high scores to show off to the world. Some are calling it the new Angry Birds and some are just touting how awesome and rich the graphics are. Judge for yourself by heading past the break for the download links and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. More screen shots and a video demo after the break.
I just did a review on the IDAPT i4 Universal Charging Station, which allows you to charge up to three devices wirelessly and a fourth via the USB port. The folks over at IDAPT were gracious enough to provide three units for our awesome readers. All you have to do is like IDAPT on Facebook and head over to our forum thread and tell us how many devices you need to charge each day. You will have until Sunday, March 25 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick three random winners and post them on March 26. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their username. Only one entry per person please.
Widgets are certainly a dime a dozen on the Google Play Store however, it’s rare to find a good Gmail widget that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. In steps the Gmail Widget by Katzoft, a simple, intuitive yet very functional application for quickly glancing at your incoming Gmail. The application offers several different types of home screen widgets that display the accurate number of unread messages while also offering a quick preview of them. The developer touts they’ve made these ICS esque apps now available for devices still running Froyo 2.2 and Gingerbread 2.3. However, the application should work for most versions of Android out there. Get timely updates as emails arrive, quickly glance at subjects and the first line of the message while on the fly, see all of your priority inbox mail, compose a message and choose from several different widget sizes. The application will run you $1.49 in the Play Store and also works on tablets. Ready to give it a go? Check out the download link below as well as a qr code. Don’t forget to check out all of the features as well as the quick video demo of the app in action. Feel free to leave your comments below too. Read more
I just reviewed Perfect Keyboard, which is one of the best keyboard replacements for Android. The folks over at Perfect Keyboard were gracious enough to provide 20 copies to give to our awesome readers. We’re going to keep things simple again. Just head over to our forum post and tell us what phone and/or tablet you are sporting right now. You have until Monday, March 19 at 11:59EST. We will randomly pick 20 winners and announce them on Tuesday, March 20. Winners will receive an email with instructions to the email account that is attached to their username. Good Luck!!!
Ah yes, the variation of the Android platform. Some people love it while others hate it. Let’s face the cold, hard truth about Android: it’s an open-source platform in which any individual can take the basic source, tweak it a little and truly make it their own. Similarly manufacturers can take the basic open source and throw it onto all sorts of devices with all sorts of hardware configurations. What do both amateur developers and established manufacturers of Android devices have in common? Each want to develop and create an end result or product that is “unique” and more or less different from its competition, while also providing a need for its customers and consumers. Amateur developers have a different perspective from both the engineers/developers at Google and OEMS– that’s to take the Android platform which notoriously omits items such as built-in functions like the ability to take screenshots and make it available for all. OEMs and manufacturers conversely see the bare Android platform as too basic and will slap on enhanced features such as social communication widgets. Independent/amateur developers and OEMs/manufacturers have different visions, but again— they’re looking at the bigger goal of answering what they perceive to be Android customer’s need ands try to address them.
What Android users truly want or need can be subjective and there’s no real right or wrong answer. However, we all believe Android’s benefit to users involve the freedom of choice. There are a myriad of options prospective and interested consumers can look into when it comes to manufacturers. For those who want a simple phone which allows for web browsing, messaging (texting and Twitter) and basic phone calls, there are a ton of budget options such as the Pantech Burst smartphone. For others who are interested in watching videos, listening to music or gaming on the go, there are other devices which feature dual-core processors with built-in GPUs such as the HTC Rezound. Whatever it is a prospective user is interested in, they’ll find what they want. Now suppose I ask this question to you: considering Android is truly an open platform, is it fair that manufacturers generally market devices with various hardware profiles, but only one UI option? More importantly, what is the benefit of having an Android device with a custom UI and would manufacturers and ultimately consumers be better off having the option to choose between a device with a custom skin or no skin at all? I personally believe that not only is it unfair for OEMs to market most devices with custom skins, but also marketing devices with no skins may be a financial benefit as well as positive perception from the various levels of the Android community.