APPY Geek News Reader App

You just saw some thoughts on News Republic earlier. Now what if you are only interested in technology-related news? Well you’re in luck. MOBILESREPUBLIC has their APPY Geek app which essentially is a technology-centric version of NR. Similar to NR, you search for articles based off your topics– Android, Apple, Smartphones, Dual-Core, Gaming, etc. The topics you search for are then  pushed to you in the form of recent, noteworthy, and relevant articles. Again, you can’t view articles from your favorite technology sites, but rather are limited to a handful of technology news sources. When you find an article interesting, you have the ability to be social by sharing the app via email or any social networking site that you may have. You also have the ability to find related topics and articles based off your original article using the handy link feature.

Be sure to hit the break for the Market download link, QR code, and some screenshots of the app in action. Now go on, what are you waiting for? You have a great app waiting to find a home on your smartphone or tablet.

Quick Look At Amazon’s Free App Of The Day: Hungry Shark Part 3

Hungry Shark 3, there was two other versions of this game? Anyways, Amazon’s free app today is Hungry Shark 3, basically a “Jaws gets revenge” game. The game uses your devices accelerometer to control, that’s right, a hungry shark. You eat everything; people, fish, and even other sharks. You have to keep eating while looking for the exit or you will die.

I didn’t play much of it before I had my opinion on it. It’s free today so I encourage all of you to check it out while it is, however this is not a game I would spend the $4.99 usual price on. Maybe there is some cooler levels in the game, but it’s definitely not a game worth 5 bucks. I don’t even want it for free, this was a quick uninstall folks. Check out the images after the break as well as the download link if you dare.

Never Miss A Concert By Your Favorite Artist Again With Gigbeat For Android

If you’re the groupie type, and by that I only mean that you like to keep up with your favorite artists’ happenings, then we’ve got the app for you.  Want to know when U2 is playing next?  Need to know if Kanye is going to be in your area?  Then check out Gigbeat for Android.  With a contemporary and streamlined UI, the application offers the ability to do all the work for you by scanning your device’s music library.  If your library is empty the application also supports functionality to scan your favorite music app like Last.fm.  After scanning your library, you’ll instantly know when and where your favorite artists are playing.  The application is completely self sufficient and can even remind you when a concert date and time is approaching.  Get quick updates and notifications when new tour dates approach for your area.  Stalking is not included.  The app requires a device running Android 2.1 or higher and works on Honeycomb tablets as well.  However, the dev touts that a “more polished version for tablets is coming very soon”  Ready for the download?  Head on over to our popular apps database with QR code and all or you can check it out on the Android Market as well.  Hit the break to check out some more screen shots and to see the full features list from the dev.  As always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  

The Go Launcher EX Team Adds New “Go Locker” Lock Screen To Their Arsenal Of Applications

The Go Launcher team is at it again and this time they’re offering you a pretty nifty lock screen to compliment their many customizable applications.  The GO Locker design is simple, intutive and allows for features such as navigating directly to a specific application such as your Phone’s dialer, SMS and camera app, much like we’ve seen in Sense UI devices.  The application compliments their GO Launcher app well and offers a slew of features for functionality along with the option to add a number of themes.  Check out the developers notes below.  And if you’re ready to give it a go, head on over to our popular apps database or you can check it out on the Android Market.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the dev’s notes on additions, changes and tips.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  

Quick Look at Amazon’s Free App Of The Day: Wooden Bridges

First off, I love games like this. I have X Construct, which is a same style game and made nicely, but Wooden Bridges is by far the hands down winner for me. In Wooden Bridge you’re asked to build bridges to get the car or train across the gap. The game gives you a set number of wood planks to use, and you have to create a solid bridge. If the bridge is strong enough the vehicle makes it across. If it’s not strong enough however, gravity kicks in (well the computer simulated gravity anyways) and the vehicle falls and you must rebuild your bridge.

What totally hit this home for me is, the developers thought outside the box and gave us a level right away that asks you to make the car jump the gap. OK, so maybe I’m a little to happy about this, but it is an interesting new take on bridge style games. How many of these games can they make before we are no longer interested in just building bridges? Answer: Not very many.

Check out the screen shots below the break.

Have You Ever Wanted to Use Your Android Device as a Universal Remote? You’re In Luck

Today, Griffin and Dijit announced Android support for their Beacon universal remote, allowing any Android device, tablet or smartphone, to serve as a universal remote for home theater equipment. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is run through a free application found in the Android Market, the Beacon unit will run $69.99 – A hell of a lot cheaper than the Logitech Harmony remote.

Using both hardware and software, this universal remote utilizes a Bluetooth connection to transfer commands from your Android device to the Beacon, which sends the signal via IR. The Beacon is capable of transmitting IR signals to all of your home theater equipment: TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, and set top box etc., making the need for multiple remotes unnecessary.

The Android App is freely available in the Android Market, but does require that your device is on Android 2.3.3 or higher. Some older devices may not be compatible, but most all Android tablets should fit the bill. Hit the Market link below to check out what Griffen and Dijit have cooked up. If it is something you digg, you may want to go find yourself the Griffin Beacon hardware unit. Looks pretty damn cool to me.

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Jump past the break for the full press release.

Gain Cool Effects For Your Home Screen With Voscillate Live-Wallpaper

Next up on the list of “cool as hell” backgrounds is Voscillate Live Wallpaper by developer Polymorphic Dissociation (cool name).  The Live Wallpaper offers the color centric in you a cool customizable arrangement of colors that neatly swirl about on your home screen, overlapping and intertwining with each other.  You can choose from 1 to 10 different emitters going at once and can even change their frame rates slowing them down or speeding them up.  The developer also adds the ability to place the emitters in “Wild Mode”, which allows you to change the particle movement behavior.  You can choose from two different colors at a time as you pick the one you want with the built in color pallet.  Overall, the effects are neat and you can really have fun with it as you show it off to your iPhone friends who’ll most likely ask you “what is a live wallpaper?”.  If you’re ready to give it a try, you can head on over to the Android Market or feel free to check out the QR code below for an added convenience.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think of the Live Wallpaper in addition to providing feedback to the developer so as to improve the application.  Hit the break from some extra screen shots and for some more info from the developer.  

Win a DROID RAZR from Talk Android and Verizon Wireless (Updated)

UPDATE: We have a winner. See our announcement post here.

This Friday one of the sexiest and thinnest smartphones will become available on Verizon Wireless. Of course, with any DROID release there is a major contest hosted by @DroidLanding. It already began last week, but don’t worry it’s not too late. It appears the operative has secured 4 safes that each contain a DROID RAZR and Talk Android was one of the lucky blogs to receive one (pictured above).

Make Serenity Yours With Sun Rise Free Live Wallpaper For Android

It’s that time again, time to scour the Android Market for a decent Live Wallpaper.  Next in line to make the “decent wallpaper” list is Sun Rise Live Wallpaper for Android.  Nothing beats a nice looking and serene background on your device to stare at when you’ve had a long hard day.  Let the soft warm colors take you in on that long train ride home.  The Live Wallpaper offers you a “fresh and spectacular animated scene of the morning sky…” in addition to complete customization, allowing you to change settings such as the morning birds.

This live wallpaper features tree silhouette, on top of a morning sky background with soft cloud moving, birds flying, and rainbow appearing occasionally.

If that doesn’t sound peaceful to you, I don’t know what will.  In addition, you can access a whole slew of settings like speed, direction and having a rainbow show up on your screen when an incoming SMS arrives.  Ready to try it out?  You can head on over to the Android Market for the download or check out the QR code available below.  And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Quick Look at Big Animated Origami Tutorial App in the Android Market

Here’s something you don’t see every day – An Android app that teaches you how to fold origami via flash videos! Big Animated Origami Tutorial Lite is not only a long name, but it is also a free Android app found in the Android Market that allows you to quickly learn how to make dozens of origami.

This free version of the app will provide you a visual aid for mastering the art of paper folding. By watching videos you can learn a whole bunch of cool designs, from basic paper airplanes to complex flowers and animals. Jump past the break to learn more.

Make Volume Rocker For Android Your Next Volume Manager

If you’ve been looking for a decent volume manager for your Android smartphone, look  no further.  Volume Rocker for Android supplies you with all of the functionality you need when accessing and managing your volume profiles.  The developer touts that the application has recently been updated and offers a simple, fast and clean interface.  The app allows you to preset five different volume levels that you can access with just one click.  The app and volume settings are fully customizable and allow you to adjust settings exactly the way you like.  Access to your preset volume levels can also be gained easily in your notification/task bar, offering a quick glance at your current settings.  In addition, you can enable or disable your settings from there as well.  Furthermore, you can choose from a large selection of colorful and/or transparent themes for an added pizaz.  Check out the details from the developer and don’t forget to check out all of the screen shots to see what the app looks like as well.  Download link and QR code available after the break.  

Quick look at Bro Lifeline by TechiXoft, Winner of the Break the Maze contest [Video]

A week or so ago we ran a contest for developers along with other participating sites sponsored by appbackr. We are happy to announce that TechiXoft was the first developer to find all the pieces from the participating sites to complete the maze. Their app, Bro Lifeline, will be the first app accepted in the appbackr Xchange program.

Bro Lifeline is for all the men out there. It just might be the ultimate wingman in your pocket. but can also help you be a wingman to your friends.

A Quick Peek at Toon Ball – Free Game in The Android Market

We here at TalkAndoid are often approached by developers with hopes that we will review their latest apps. I recently looked at the growing list and thought I would randomly check one out. A game called Toon Ball caught my eye with its quirky art and goofy looking camel.

After downloading the game I noticed that the camel really has nothing to do with game play and is just used as background art (and, in my case, successful advertising!). The mission of the game is to get the ball to roll past obstacles and traps by altering the path it takes. Relying on gravity, the ball rolls from the starting point once you initiate movement by breaking a wooden block or other object that is keeping the ball at rest. As soon as it’s off and rolling you have to act quick in order to complete your next move to keep the momentum going. Once the ball is static you have to start the level over.

A Moon Odyssey – A Live Wallpaper That’s Out of This World


I’m not usually one to report on live wallpapers (our very own Joe Sirianni usually finds the best ones), but I found one tonight that I think is pretty damn neat. It’s unlike most live wallpapers, instead of fluid computer generated graphics it uses a hand drawn sketch-like in old school animation.

Reminding me of a flip book I did when I was a kid, A Moon Odyssey LWP, gives your android device a completely different and unique look than before. When you unlock your phone from a resting state you are presented with a hand drawn moon that appears to be in orbit. Once you swipe from screen to screen or press any where on the display, you activate the space shuttle and thus begins the moon odyssey. Following your finger placement, the shuttle traverses left and right and journeys closer and closer to the moon. I am not sure what exactly happens after long use, does the shuttle actually make contact? Either way, you should give it a test flight.

This live wallpaper is free and can be found in the Android Market or through the QR code below. You should check it out if you want to try something completely out of the norm and be sure to let me know what you think. Now don’t go getting your hopes up thinking this will be the most epic LVW you have ever seen, I just wanted to point out something completely original. I give the devs credit for thinking out of the box – nay, out of the universe!

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Power Puddle Gives You A Large Melting Android To Gauge Your Battery Life

Here’s something you don’t see everyday.  Power Puddle allows you to use a Live Wallpaper of everyone’s favorite Android to gauge your battery level.  With a massive huge green Android as your background, you can slowly watch him melt away offering a quick glance at your overall battery life.  To activate this Live Wallpaper and see the Android melt as your battery drains just long press your screen, hit Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers and choose “Power Puddle”.  To download the application now, head on over to the Android Market or check out the QR code below for an added convenience.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.