It’s time for another Talk Android contest and this one is sponsored by androidslide, makers of Camera ZOOM FX, which we just reviewed. Since Camera Zoom FX is all about photos, we’re asking you guys to send us your photos showing your NFL team pride. It can be a photo of yourself (and friends) wearing your favorite team wear or maybe it’s a picture showing off all your memorabilia. The Super Bowl might be all about the Giants and Patriots, but this contest isn’t. We’re looking for fans of all 32 NFL teams.
You will have a chance to win a free copy of Camera ZOOM FX, and the top photos will get Amazon gift cards. Here are the rules:
- Tweet us your photo to @TalkAndroid using the hashtag #superbowlphotos
- Entries are accepted starting at the time of this post through the final second of Super Bowl XLVI
- The Talk Android staff will vote on the best photos. 1st prize will be a $30 Amazon gift card, 2nd prize will be a $15 Amazon gift card, and the top 20 photos overall will each receive a free copy of Camera ZOOM FX.
- We will announce the winners on Monday, February 6, 2012. Winners will receive a direct message from us with instructions.
Good luck everyone!!!
Web-based file storage titan Dropbox has released a new beta upgrade of it’s Dropbox Android app, offering the ability to earn a whopping 5 extra GB of storage for your uploading pleasure. Among the awesome new features being implemented, automatic uploading of your photos and videos (in the background, yum!) as well as the demise of the 180MB limit, are the most enticing.
Interested in swallowing up the offered 5GB? You’ll have to get your photo journalism swag on, as subsequent to the first 500MB earned by your first automatic upload, you’ll recieve 500MB of storage for every 500MB of your photos and videos you automatically upload. Keep in mind however, that both the desktop and mobile earnings contribute to the same pot. Release notes after the break.
It seems every month we’re getting different statistic reports on which mobile OS has the highest market share. A couple weeks a go, Neilsen released a report showing that Android is still top dog when it comes to Apple vs. Android, and to no surprise Android took the lead by 16%. Just yesterday, comScore released a new study that corroborates with Neilsen’s, and actually shows Android jumping up 1% a month over a 3 month average (keep in mind Nielsen’s report reflected new smartphone buyers in Dec. only) Despite the iPhone’s massive increase in sales recently, it just isn’t enough for them to gain much ground in the battle for #1.
As you can see, it’s kind of a loosing battle when you are competing against Android and iOS as they continue a trend of stealing market share from BlackBerry, Windows, and Sybian.
The stock camera app for Android has gotten better over the years, but if you really want the best camera app for your phone, you need to get Camera ZOOM FX. From taking photos to adding over 90 effects, Camera ZOOM FX does it all. It’s really mind boggling what you can do.
When you take a photo, you have options for stable shot, timer, burst mode, collage, or time lapse. There’s even a voice activated mode which means you can set it to take a photo when you clap or shout.
After you take a photo, the fun really begins as you can immediately start adding enhancements from the following categories: FX, Overlays, Effects, and Colors. They even have a “Ready Made” option which includes a variety of different enhancements from the four categories. Some of those include Old Film Reel, B&W Classic, Picture Postcard, Dark Night, and six others. As you’re adding effects, you can long press on the photo to see it in its original state. Removing enhancements is also a breeze. You can also save a copy at any time, which means you can archive different versions of your photo.
Well you have to give it to Apple. If anything, they are relentless. Rather than admit defeat in regards to their recent lawsuit in Australia against Samsung being overturned they’ve come at the Korean company a second time. This time, Apple is expanding its lawsuit to inclue 278 claims that spans across 22 patents and covers 10 new products.
This news was reported by The Australian and according to them, Apple has widened its claims in New South Wales Federal Court today. Samsung’s lead barrister confirmed that Apple expanded its patent lawsuit “enormously” from the three patents regarding features that were packed in the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Also the barrister, Neil Young, states that Samsung was only given a day’s notice of Apple’s legal bid against Samsung being amended to include over 200 claims against smartphones and tablets that haven’t even been seen in the country. Given the short notice Samsung won’t even be able file a defense against Apple until mid-May.
Starting February 5th, Sprint customers should check their account to see if they are eligible for a fantastic deal. On an individual basis, Sprint will select some accounts to receive a discount of $25, $50, $100 to upgrade to a new phone with a standard 2-year contract. This discount is in addition to the normal upgrade prices. If you’re flagged in Sprint’s system, you will receive an email or paper mail notification. The special will run from February to March 21st, so if you’re coming up on an upgrade, you should definitely look into this.
Sprint is certainly trying to keep their customers loyal. Perhaps this is an attempt to offset a possible policy change. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Hypocrisy is one of the only things we absolutely despise in other people yet staunchly defend in ourselves. That’s the very definition of the word. Of course we can rationalize our own hypocritical behavior because we understand why we’re behaving a certain way.
What does this have to do with fanboyism? Let me tell you about how I became an Android enthusiast (ok, fanboy) and you’ll understand.
Ever since I chose to use IBM compatible PC’s as a youngster, I’ve had an almost irrational feeling of negativity toward Apple as a company. Even back then I understood that the more open PC architecture was more in line with my way of thinking. I wanted to be able to open up my own computer and tinker with it, and the PC platform allowed for that. Apple, on the other hand, owned everything from the hardware to the software to the level of “tinkerability” with its more closed, proprietary system.
This closed system allowed Apple to develop a more highly polished end product since they didn’t have to worry about being compatible with anything other than themselves. From this walled garden arose a symbol of solid usability, security, and style. For many, that’s more than enough. For me, it was too rigid and limited. Tinkerability factor close to zero.
Ah yes, the iOS vs. Android debate is a seemingly neverending battle. Each has it’s pros and cons when it comes to both hardware and software. It’s no secret that iOS is a seemingly stable, an aesthetically stunning and a beautiful OS, while its simplified nature has won over the masses. As popular and successful as iOS is, we all know it’s all about its sheer number of apps. It’s no secret the number of iOS apps is far greater than what is available for the Android platform. It’s also no secret Android users complain about certain apps crashing perhaps because of compatibility or an app being far from a finished product. But what about iOS users, why hasn’t anyone complained about the iOS apps and those subsequent apps crashing? So let’s ponder this question: “Do iOS apps crash more than Android apps?” Well there are some people who have been pondering that very question and sought out to answer it. A recent study was completed by independent mobile app monitoring research firm Crittercism that yielded some surprising results. While additional testing needs to be done, Crittercism’s preliminary findings suggests that iOS apps do crash more than Android apps.
Just in time for the premiere of the second season of The Walking Dead, Xoobis releases the popular iOS game Zombie Wonderland 2: Outta Time for Android. We’ve been waiting for this one! The survival/tower defense/action zombie game blends these genres into a unique style, enhanced by cartoony 3D graphics. The goal, unsurprisingly, is to rid the town of zombies using all sorts of weapons and tactics.
From the description in the Android Market:
- Travel back in time with Chuck, and fight through the hordes of undead in this action packed adventure!
- Pick your anti-zombie arsenal carefully, as there are dozens of wacky weapons to use against the shuffler’s onslaught!
- 31 Missions, 12 different places to fight, 25 different types of zombies, big and small, to make your life very complicated – fast!
- Use your cleaning tools to keep your clients happy. Shoot first, then mop the undead’s guts off the floor, or you will pay for the damage!
- Amazing layered orchestral soundtracks, along with tons of sound effects and elaborate voice-overs, the game delivers an earful in the sounds department!
The best part: It’s FREE! It does include in-app purchases and some relatively non-intrusive ads, but rest assured there is plenty here to distract you and keep you occupied.
Check out the trailer and download links after the break.
An update for the Motorola ATRIX 2 just started rolling out. This will bring your software version to 55.13.25.MB865.ATT.en.US. The enhancements include:
- Camera – Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment
- Google Music – Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music. Shop millions of songs and hundreds of free tracks. Store your purchases on Google Music for free, and listen instantly on your mobile device.
- My Gallery, My Music, My Files – Re-naming of Motorola Gallery, Music, and Files applications for easy access in the Applications Tray
- Device Security – Enhancements to deliver greater device security, including addition of Android security patches from Google and Cisco Any Connect VPN enablers.
- Emergency Alerts – Enhancement to allow you to receive emergency alerts from authorities such as Hurricane warning notifications.
- Amazon Kindle – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to access your library of Amazon digital books as well as access to the entire Amazon library.
- AT&T Messages – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to give you access to all of your texts, calls and messages which have been stored in the cloud.
- Keyboard – Improvements to keyboard functionality for better email experience
- Mobile Hotspot – Improved stability for better overall performance
- Webtop – Enhancements to improve stability and better overall performance
Some of our readers already received the automatic update. If you haven’t, you can try to manually pull it by hitting Menu from your home screen, then Settings, About Phone, and System Updates. Make sure you’re connected to a WiFi network and keep trying since it may not work on the first attempt.
Thanks Kevin, Bill, and Tyler!!