Those who have been jealous of the Kindle app out for iPhone (myself included) will be glad to know that Amazon has now given us Android users the same opportunity. Anyone running Android 1.6 or higher (which is now a good percentage of Android users) can now download a Kindle app for free. This may be exactly what I’ve needed to jump into the ebook game. From Amazon:
Get the best reading experience available on your Android phone. No Kindle required
Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible device
Read in portrait or landscape mode
Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages
Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly
Search and browse more than 600,000 books, including 109 of 110 New York Times bestsellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary
Find New York Times® Best Sellers and new releases from $9.99
Get free book samples. Read the beginning of books for free before you decide to buy
Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile devices
Apparently magazines, newspapers, and blogs distributed via Kindle are not yet available on this app, but the verbiage implies that will change.
Hit the source link to read the full article, or just download via the following QR code and get started.
Google has announced via their blogs that the Google Documents viewer has released a mobile version that will allow you to view any documents, spreadsheets, or pdf files that you have uploaded to Google Docs right from your phone’s browser.
While this service will not allow you to edit your documents, let’s be honest — your phone isn’t the best device to do that, anyway. The viewer is very usable, though, and allows you to take your documents with you wherever you go.
Apparently seeing the interesting new Swipe keyboard bundled on the Droid X is only the beginning. CEO Mike McSherry stated that although this is the biggest break yet, it will certainly not be the last. He is estimating the keyboard will be on around fifty devices by the years end.
The company continues to pursue integration with the iPhone but is more than happy to feed the product to whoever is biting. So far Swype can be seen on HTC, Motorola, and Samsung devices to include the upcoming Droid X from Motorola, to be released July 15th.
In case you aren’t familiar with the Swype keyboard, the app allows you to simply trace a path between the letters of a word you are trying to type. The app then chooses the word that fits with the letters traced and inputs it automatically, claiming to save you time and effort typing longer sentences faster.
DoubleTwist posted on Twitter tonight a preview of upcoming widgets for their Android media player. DoubleTwist is already an excellent choice for audio and video playing on the Android platform, integrating well with their desktop media-syncing applications available for Mac and PC. These new widgets are certainly icing on the cake though. Shiny, beautiful icing.
With summer upon us, backyard barbeque’s and just parties in general will be in full swing. But how many parties have you been to where they’ve run out of your favorite beverage, run out of ice, didn’t have anything to do, the music has been terrible (or none at all), or they had a decent selection of alcohol, but didn’t know how to make any drinks? Any one of these things is extremely frustrating to a party-goer or a party host.
That’s exactly why we’ve compilied this list of the top 5 Android apps that will make sure you’re the life of the party. Keep in mind these are free apps, so if you have a paid-app suggestion leave it in the comments. Also, if you think we’ve missed a few good ones, leave them in the comments too, we’d love to see what suggestions you have and have no problems doing a follow up list if we get enough suggestions.
Swype has been in the touchscreen keyboard market for a while now. If you’ve done a little searching for 3rd party software keyboards, you’ve most likely seen or heard Swype. Or maybe you haven’t, because it hasn’t been available for all Android phones (six actually), well today, that has changed.
Swype’s keyboard allows input by swiping your fingers through the letters of each word instead of typing them out individually. What’s great about this (and Android) is that the app isn’t just limited to smartphones. It can easily be used in any device with a software keyboard. Such options are what makes the Android platform so great. This is something that the iPhone (and iPad) can never enjoy based on current App Store rules. It’s just more proof how having an open platform allows Android and its developers to innovate in ways that the iSystem can’t.
Look for Swype in the app store now or via their homepage.
Update 2: Ok, well it appears that Swype still won’t be in the market place, but the BETA is open for all Android phones. Head on over to http://beta.swype.com/ to sign up and download the beta. And you may have to try the site a few times, I’ve had problems with it timing out.
Update: It seems that nobody can find Swype to download. I’ve just contacted Swype regarding the issue, so let’s see what their response is.
The world cup has started. No, literally – it kicked-off about an hour ago. The office here at work has absolutely no men at all and there are only women left. And me, of course. Naturally, I’m watching the world cup on a streaming feed and enjoying my solo status.
For the rest of you unlucky folks who don’t have such a lenient (or slack) Internet policy, Mashable have compiled a list of the top five must-have applications for your Android phone for the 2010 World Cup, so you need never miss a goal, booking or metatarsal injury.
While each of the five applications is slightly different, there is invariably something for everyone – well, if you are interested in keeping abreast of the World Cup, anyway. It might be worth trying out all five, seeing as they look pretty polished and funky.
While the BBC iPlayer is available as a browser-based application only, ITV (channel 3 for the old school) is apparently in talks with Apple, Blackberry and Google, to bring a proper catch-up application to mobile platforms.
So what does this mean? Well, put simply, you should be able to download the garbage that ITV spits out using the dedicated application and watch it wherever you so please – within the assumed time-frame of course, as per most ‘on-demand’ services. The current browser-based solutions require that you stay connected while you watch your TV show – which almost defeats the point of mobile viewing and eats up precious mobile data-plan allowances.
What’s the catch? Well, the application is not likely to be free, incurring a one-off payment and could well be ad-supported, but details are still unclear. ITV are hoping for a release to respective app-stores by September this year, just in time for another series of ‘The X Factor’.
Remember Jarvis from the Iron Man movies? He was Tony Stark’s uber-powerful computer that Tony could talk to like just another person and the computer would follow his every command. That’s aaaaaaalmost what Vlingo will do to your Android phone.
Yes, most Android devices come with voice recognition built it, but they don’t function as well as this:
I know I’m impressed. The app will set you back $10, but if you’ve got fat fingers or if you want to impress your friends… Then this just may be the app for you.