Sometimes you just want a simple video editor that allows you to do what you need to do both on your device and while on the go. If that’s you, then you might want to check out VidTrim for Android. The free application allows you to edit your videos with simplicity and ease all from the comfort of your wireless device. The application is ad supported but has all of the same functionality minus a couple of features than the paid version, which will run you $2.82 on the Android Market. So, if you’re ok with a few ads, then you’ve got yourself a little bargain here. Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out another screen shot. And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you’re ready for the download you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code or you can grab it on the Android Market. » Read the rest
If you’re anything like me, and you have a 4G phone or you’re constantly on your phone, you know battery life can suck these days. One common way to preserve battery life is to keep your screen brightness at a lower level. I realize that the auto brightness feature found on most Android phones is an answer to many, I find that sometimes the screen can still be unnecessarily bright. XDA member, Marinelli.Tv, has come up with a solution that I love and frequently recommend to those who complain about excessive battery drain. It may even impress your friends!
Brightness Motion Pro allows you to adjust your screen brightness with percentage increments by a simple flick of the wrist. Moving in a right hand motion will take you up a notch, moving to the left will take you down. To add to its effectiveness, the app even displays an icon in your notification panel informing you that it’s active, and includes your current percentage. The paid version, Brightness Motion Pro, is only $.99 for a limited time, and allows for more advanced features like, start up on boot, initiate auto brightness, brightness slider control, and more. There is also an ad-supported free version without all the bells and whistles for those who want to try it in its simplest form. Hit the link or QR code below to give this great idea a try, and be sure to let us know if you think it improves your battery life. » Read the rest
The U.S. patent system will get its first major overhaul in 60 years. The senate voted 89-9 in approval of the America Invents Act, and President Obama said in his speech last night, “Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.”
The goal is for streamlining the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the funding it needs to process patent applications faster.
The United States is switching from the “first-to-invent” system to the “first-inventor-to-file” system which puts us in line with other industrialized countries.
Small investors are concerned as they feel they will now be at a disadvantage with big corporations. Supporters are concerned with costly lawsuits in which companies are arguing and trying to prove who the first inventor is.
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
Occassionally we run across an elegantly simple app, that just makes sense and makes things easier. Wizz Bar is one of those apps. Essentially it’s a mini app drawer for your tablet that remains quickly accessible from within any other app. It’s perfect for those apps you need on hand like calculators, note-taking apps, or settings, and it’s a cinch to use!
- Open the Wizz Bar application
- Add an item
- Touch on the middle of Android Honeycomb’s navigation bar
To clarify, it doesn’t have to be just apps either. It can be any activity, like activating a playlist or launching a bookmark.
Wizz Bar is free in the Android Market.
Try it out!
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
The Droid Bionic Arena scavenger hunt game for Android is live today and I made sure to try it out first thing this morning. After some concerned looks explaining to someone what I was about to go and do, I updated the app to the newest version and put on my shoes to head outside. After starting the first game, I noticed the app was really wonky when trying to point my phone in the prize’s direction. Performing a quick calibration on the compass fixed this issue (go to settings -> Location & security -> Calibrate Compass). Once this was fixed, I setup my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter account in the app and started looking. Hit the break for how this all went down.
As soon as word spread that Google acquired Motorola Mobility, it didn’t take long for people to assume that it was all about Motorola’s patents. Everyone knows that Google and its Android partners are in the middle of a patent war with the likes of Microsoft and Apple. The fact that Motorola owns roughly 17,000 patents made it an easy conclusion. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the purchase was aimed at acquiring products, and not just patents.
“We did it for more than just patents,” Schmidt said in a conversation with Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff. “The Motorola team has some amazing products.”
I am sure Motorola’s value was more than patents for the single reason that if Motorola’s patents were so strong, they would not be in current legal battles with Apple and Microsoft. I really think Google is looking at Apple’s model of owning the design and manufacturing. The fact that Motorola owned 17,000 patents was frosting on the cake, not to mention they were probably the only Android manufacturer that could be acquired. Lets face it, Samsung, HTC, LG, or Sony Ericsson could not be acquired.
The white Samsung Galaxy S II will begin shipping in the UK tomorrow as scheduled.
The average price seems to be around £492.95, with both Clove.co.uk and Mobilefun.co.uk offering it for that much including VAT. Other than the color, it’s the same phone as the non-white Galaxy S II.
What color is your present phone, and what would color do you want your next phone to be? Let us know in the comments!
If you thought the white Samsung Galaxy S II wasn’t quite chic enough, the latest offering from HTC might be right up your alley.
Phones4U is now accepting pre-orders for a very pink HTC Wildfire S. This limited edition phone comes with Android 2.3, 720p HD video capture, and a 5MP camera with LED flash.
You can get the pink Wildfire S on monthly contracts starting at £15 per month. The £15 tariff is via an Orange SIM, which will arrive with 100 minutes of calling time and a 250MB data allowance.
Did I mention the phone was pink?