Twitter Updates Android App with Improved UI and New Features

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‘Tis the season for social networking sites to update their Android Market app, I guess. Just after we saw yesterdays much needed and anticipated Facebook update, Twitter follows suit and releases one today as well. With the new update you will notice a few changes with the UI and the addition of new features like:

  • The latest version of Twitter offers a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about on your Android.
  • Home is where you start: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
  • Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets.
  • Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world.

I really like the new Twitter app and its UI improvements. I usually use a third party app for my Twitter account but I might just keep using the official Twitter one now, I just wish they would have made the widget scrollable. Jump past the cut to check out some new screenshots, promo video, and download links. Be sure to let us know what you think! » Read the rest

inPulse Smartwatch pairs with your Android phone

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We’ve seen a number of watches that either have Android onboard or work in conjunction with your Android phone. inPulse just released a new smartwatch, which is a wrist-computer that pairs with some Android and BlackBery phones to receive notifications or even check-in to Facebook places. There are also a number of watchapps that include different watch faces, as well as an app that lets you control PowerPoint presentations. If you own a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus One, any Motorola device, or a CyanogenMod based phone, you can pair it to the inPulse. Unfortunately HTC and Samsung have an incompatible Bluetooth stack. It’s priced at $150.

I would love to hear from you guys. Do any of you own a smartwatch to go along with your Android phone? I’m not seeing too many out there. Checkout a couple of videos after the break.

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Beautiful Widgets: First Paid App to Reach 1 Million Downloads

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The first thing I did when I switched from my HTC phone to my Droid X was secour the internet in an attempt to bring the Sense flip clock to it. In my search I stumbled across a forum that boasted Beautiful Widgets as being the closest thing to getting the Sense flip clock on my device. I hurriedly downloaded the app and since my first install I haven’t used anything else; even when I moved on from my Droid X to another HTC phone. Beautiful Widgets gives us handy widgets and shortcuts right on our homescreens and make them look, well, beautiful.

Given that this is one of my essential widgets of use, I was quite excited to read that LevelUp Studios, the creators of Beautiful Widgets, had announced that the app is the first paid-for app to reach the 1 million downloads. In celebration they released an infographic toting some pretty awesome stats. They are:

  • 121 updates in the Android Market
  • There is a total number of 1109 skins
  • These skins have 1.3 million downloads every month.

Beautiful Widgets is also part of Google’s 10 Billion App Download celebration which means you can get these awesome widgets for $0.10. When I checked a moment ago it was still available for that price. So if I were you I would jump on the chance to check out this awesome app for an awesome price. Hit the break below for download links and to check out the infographic. » Read the rest

Instagram CEO Confirms App Development for Android

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Instagram, the uber popular iOS photography app that uses filters to replicate 1970′s-like photos, is slated to finally make its way to Android devices. Reports show that Instagram’s user base is around 14-15 million, and is expected to double with a release for the Android Market. “We have two people working on Android now,” says Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, at LeWeb in Paris. “I’m excited to be able to see our numbers today nearly double.”

Currently there are no details on when the app will be released for us Android users, Systrom says they are still focusing primarily on increasing membership. During Le Web, the company also said it plans to include ads in the near future which would require appealing to many advertisers. “Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” Systrom says. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”

Anybody looking forward to seeing the Instagram photo app become available to Android?

[via CNET]

 

Bell And Virgin Mobile Launch The Galaxy Nexus Today, U.S. Still Waits Patiently

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Looks like everyone but the US is getting their sweaty palms on the Galaxy Nexus device.  Next on the list to receive the flagship device is Bell and Virgin Mobile, who’s now offering the device for $159 with a three year contract (ouch).  If you’re not looking for a contract both carriers are offering the device right out for $649.99.  If you’re on Rogers or Telus, be patient, as you’ll be receiving the device sometime early 2012.

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Day 3 Of Google’s 10 Billion App Download Celebration, 10 New Apps For 10 Cents Each!

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Today is Day 3 of Google’s 10 Billion app downloads celebration. That means it’s time to share with you guys the new list of apps available for you all to download for you guessed it, 10¢ each:

Just click here to see the complete list in the Android Market

Time’s wasting kids. Get to those downloads!

Major Update for ADW Launcher EX Released in Both Birthday and 10 Billion App Download Celebration, Available for $0.10

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If you haven’t heard of ADW Launcher then you are either new to the Android OS or you don’t use your Android phone for much. ADW Launcher is probably one of the more famous of the custom home launchers available and has been used in some of the more famous ROMS out there, like CyanogenMod. The free version has been around for a while but it wasn’t until a year ago that Anderweb released a pro version of his famous launcher known as ADW Launcher EX. It had everything one loved about the free version, however added some new cool features.

Well, today marks a big day for ADW Launcher EX as it is its one year birthday celebration, and just in time to for Google’s 10 Billion App Download Extravaganza. With its birthday, the launcher comes with some major upgrades. Also in celebration of the Android Market’s milestone, the launcher is available for just $0.10. While normally it is available for roughly $3.32 (Euro Conversion) this makes the premium launcher a steal.

For those of you that are interested in replacing your current launcher or were holding off on purchasing this one, I would recommend everyone going to the Android Market link below to check it out because $0.10 is a steal for this.  Also if you are interested in seeing what has changed or been added hit the break below.  » Read the rest

Eric Schmidt talks Ice Cream Sandwich, Google TV, and Motorola at LeWeb 11 [Video]

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If you haven’t had enough Ice Cream Sandwich talk, then you need to check out this video of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt at LeWeb 11 in Paris. He had the keynote and it was a lot of Ice Cream Sandwich, but also some talk about Google TV, Motorola, and iOS. You even get to see Hugo Berra show of ICS on a Motorola XOOM. It’s just another thing to keep all of us here in the United States salivating while waiting for the Galaxy Nexus and ICS.

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It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy S II Hits T-Mobile In White On December 14th

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If you thought the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II was already a sexy handset, just wait until it slips into something a little more comfortable.  Alright, I’m not entirely sure where I was going with that, but you get the idea right?  We’re a little excited because T-Mobile has made it official that it will be offering one of its major flagship devices in white with a confirmation for December 14th, just in time for the holidays.  The device will be available for $230 bucks with a new 2 yr contract.  Not a bad devices to spend a couple of years with if you ask me.

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OnLive Brings Cloud Gaming To Smartphones And Tablets And Offers A Universal Controller For $50 Bucks (Video)

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The future of gaming is here folks and thanks to OnLive, playable cloud games are hitting a tablet and smartphone near you.  It’s been in the works for quite some time but looks like beginning today OnLive will finally make the experience available for a number of devices on the market via an Android application.  Our friends over at The Verge managed to get a sit down with the OnLive folks in which they provided a demo of the software running on the HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom as well as an iPad 2.  There aren’t a ton of touch games as of yet, however, there were demos of Defense Grid Gold and Split/Second which happened to work very well.  Defense Grid Gold is a tower defense game which supports pinch-to-zoom and finger scrolling and Split/Second is a fast-paced arcade style racing game which allows you to use virtual joysticks, sliders and buttons to maneuver.  OnLive has been working with some popular names as well to work hard in getting good quality touchscreen games to the market.  One such game, L.A. Noire, will implement touchscreen controls as well and will allow you to manipulate criminal evidence with your fingers.   » Read the rest