XDA member rbtconsultants has developed the perfect way to interrupt yourself when you’re trying to surf the web, or text a friend, or follow driving instructions…kidding. The app is a neat idea, and its called Tune Pop. When you’re around any music playing, your Android device will pop up a little info bubble about the song name and artist so you can be the first to know what the heck that crazy song is the DJ started playing at the club.
This app is free, and also has a Pro version for $.99 USD. Advanced preferences in the Pro version include how often you’d like to see the pop up during songs, text sizes for the pop up, pop up shape, and the pop up position on your display such as center, bottom, or top of the screen. The App also includes a ticker if you’d like it to appear at all times.
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Android Market Link
If you like this app and would like to give some feedback to the developer, follow this thread.
[via XDA Developers]
Okay, so you’re not a developer (like me), but you’ve always thought you could make a decent looking app to share with your friends. Unless you’re next in line for the Product Manager of EA Games, you may never get the opportunity to express you’re digital creative side….but wait…perhaps you can still.
Weezapp may change that for you, by allowing you to create an account with them online, and uploading pictures that you can bundle into an App format, depending on the platform you use, and send it out to whomever you like through email or SMS! Yes, you can now finally get your digital memories all wrapped up in a nice little app bundle to give to your favorite person(s). Want to show your co-workers what you did, or didn’t do ;), in Las Vegas? Want to show that special someone you care enough about them to stalk them and take photos without their knowledge, only for you to create an app dedicated to them and send it to their Android device so they can find out just how creepy you really are? (I Kidd…)
In all fairness, it’s a pretty good idea and all it’ll cost you is 4.99 EUR per year (approx. $6.50 USD), and you’re able to logon and begin creating your app. Pretty easy, and you don’t have to be a developer to do it!
Android devices supported are as follows;HTC Desire/Z/HD, Nexus One/S, Motorola Droid/X, Samsung Galaxy S.
Check it out for yourself here
If you can recall, last week LevelUp Studios was under heavy pressure to change the name of their Twitter client, Touiteur, to something other than a slight “misspelling” of the already popular and official Twitter app. LevelUp Studios decided to allow the fate of the new name to rest in the hands of the masses, by putting it to a vote. Well, the ballots are in. The official new name for the twitter client is “Plume”. Head over to our popular app database here and give it a try. Let us know what you think about it by leaving a comment below.
plume [ploom] verb, plumed, plum·ing. - a large, long, or conspicuous feather.
Capitalizing on social networking applications, Twidroyd has announced a fun new way to use their App. It’s called Twidroyd Factory, where you’ll start by using some of their themes, then customizing and sharing them to other users of Twidroyd.
You can get started on it here.
Let me state my point on this article right out of the gate, and give the marketing team over at Microsoft (or whoever they hired) props for the Windows Phone 7 “Really?” ads. Pure genius. I’ll save the theme of those commercials for another rant, because what you see in those ads really is what the mobile market has made of us humans…bumbling idiots with no ability to respect or properly communicate with each other. Like I said, genius!
The emotion of this article is to highlight the marketing message that those same commercials are attempting to fool you with. That somehow, the main screen on a Windows Phone 7 device will magically save you time, thus keeping you up to date with your mobile life, allowing you more valuable time with things that ‘should’ matter, and thus… not ruin your relationships with family or friends.
Read More Ranting below…
If you love video calling with all your little turtle friends (seriously, I’ve NEVER understood the image shown above), then chances are you may have tried out Tango. The video calling app is cross platform, and just recently put out an update, wherein changes include:
- Support for front facing cameras on Samsung devices
- Fixed an issue that was causing some HTC EVOs to reboot when launching Tango
Another cool thing about Tango: it works over any data connection 3G or greater, so all you 4G and wi-fi fiends out there have a few more options for your video chat goodness. Be sure to hit up Tango on TalkAndroid apps, and let us know what you think in the comments.
You’ve been waiting patiently, and now we’re ready to unleash our latest feature. Now announcing “Apptly Android“, our new Android app database. The new site will provide you with up-to-date information on all the best parts of the Android Market:
- Top free apps
- Top paid apps
- Comments on the Market
- Version history
- Package names
- Permissions used by the apps
- Download stats
- Installed app sizes
- QR codes to open the apps in the market from your device
This site has been a long time in the making, and we’re hoping that it finds its way into the daily lives of all Android users. Apptly Android stays fully up to date with the latest market stats, updating as things change in the market. Apptly Android can be found at:
Being the initial release, there might be some bugs in the beginning, so if you find any, be sure to let us know via email or in the comments. And don’t forget to simply let us know what you think in the comments as well, we love to hear from you!
First Facebook decides to upgrade their Android app, and then Twitter follows suit. What’s this world coming to? The new Twitter app is available now in the Android Market, and offers the following changes:
- Tweet details page. We changed the layout of the timeline and introduced a Tweet details page, which you can access by simply clicking on a Tweet. This feature – which is already available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone – makes it easier to click on links and reply to, retweet, or favorite a Tweet.
- Speed. The app is now even faster. In this version, we’ve tried a new way of drawing a timeline of Tweets that optimizes for scrolling speed. Try it out, and you’ll see how much faster and smoother the timeline loads and scrolls.
- Polish. We added some more nice touches to the application as well:
- Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds – when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.
- Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.
- Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.
- Hi-res avatar photos
Scan the QR code below, or hit up the market link to grab the latest Twitter app!
[via Twitter blog]
Ever been prompted by your Android device to update an app or widget, only to search through and find absolutely zero information as to why it’s being updated? Well, it looks like Google is on the path to fix that, as they ave now set aside a section of the app information pages in the Market for changelogs. For those who are unfamiliar with changelogs, they are basically just quick snippets of text that let you know what’s new in the latest version of whatever it that you’re downloading.
The “recent changes” option is now a new text box for Android developers, so they don’t have to remember to put it into the text when uploading a new version of their app.
Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
Developers for Android discuss some of their pros and cons in developing applications for Android vs. Apple’s devices in a recent article found in The New York Times.
Some of the biggest cons are different form factors and manufacturer devices available running Android, which make it a challenge to ensure bugs don’t show up between devices. Another concern is the method of check-out, where users must enter credit info (which Google check-out remembers mind you) to purchase an app from the Market. Also, paid apps are not available in all the areas the Android Market is either, which makes for a less attractive launch for a paid app in regards to revenue potential and sales.