I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zite from our own Stacy Bruce. Zite is yet another news/magazine app that’s been around on iOS for a while, but finally found its way into the Play Store. All if these news/magazine apps have their gimmick and Zite’s is that it’s a “personalized magazine.” It automatically learns what you like so it will deliver the news, articles, blogs, and video you know you want. You can even sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader account to give it a head start. Unfortunately it’s only optimized for phones so no tablets yet. Hit the break for download links.
For those of you that like puzzle games, I’ve got a treat for you. It’s called Traffic Wonder HD. It was released a couple of days ago in the Amazon app store for $1.49, but after a short delay, it’s now live in the Play Store for .99 cents. The goal is simple, but the task isn’t. You are given a certain number of vehicles, and you need to figure out what the best route is for each one to get to their respective destination or garage. I say the “best route” because there are two other issues at hand, which is what makes this game so challenging. The first is that none of the vehicles can collide with each other and the second is you have to use the least amount of fuel. For each vehicle, you trace the path that you want it to take to get to its garage. After you have completed the paths for all the vehicles, you hit the play button and watch the results. Hopefully you won’t burn too much fuel and none of the cars collide with each other. If either of those happens, and it most likely will, you go back to the drawing board.
I have to be honest. I’m not really into keyboard replacements. I’ve found that most of the time they either respond slow or are buggy. I have tried a few, but I always end up going back to stock. I recently tried Perfect Keyboard, and it might actually be the first keyboard that I keep.
First of all, the reason this is called Perfect Keyboard is not because it’s perfect, at least “out of the box.” What’s perfect for me may not be so perfect to you so that’s why they offer so many customizations. It’s the user that makes the keyboard perfect so the title implies that this keyboard is actually perfect for everyone because each user will tailor it to their needs. Isn’t that what Android is all about? Customization is what attracts most of us to Android and Perfect Keyboard delivers that.
There are various settings for the look, feel, touch response, and word suggestions. For example, if you want blue keys with pink letters, you can do that. Do you want vibrations? How about being able to set any image as the keyboard background? You can do that as well. They even have nine preset keyboard themes that include Basic, Honeycomb, Stone, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC, iPhone, and others. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there is a while bunch more that you can download from the Play Store.
If you have a Gingerbread phone and want a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, then you might want to check out Phoenix Launcher. It was created by XDA user, andy572, and it will give you the same look and feel of Android 4.0. There are 2 versions, the Free version features:
- 5 home screens
- Included Android 4 wallpapers
- Very smooth scrolling
- Enabled for LDPI, MDPI and HDPI devices
And for $2.01, you get your choice of 3, 5, or 7 home screens and the following additional features:
- Set your favorite workspace as default
- Enable/Disable wallpaper scroll
- Choice between 2 hardware home key actions (workspace overview and “snap to default workspace”)
- Show or hide the workspace indicator
- Enable or disable icon text backgrounds
- ability to change dockbar style up to 9 different styles
Last week we watched the iOS version of NCAA March Madness Live release with the promise that the Android version will release in time. We’ve seen a lot promises come and go with zero, and yes, Turner Sports delivered on their promise, but unfortunately it won’t be available to most of the Android world. Let’s start with the good stuff. They’ve gone with the freemium model, which means it’s free for you to download and you will be able to enjoy such features as:
- Live game radio of all 67 games
- Live social chatter for teams in every game
- Fill out your official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket right from your Android
- Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
- Get alerts for upsets, overtimes, crunch time (close games), and your favorite teams
- Post directly to Facebook and Twitter
- Use My Channels to see where each game is on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
NCAA March Madness is about to begin and just like last year they are going to make PC, smartphone and tablet apps available so you can keep up on all the action, wherever you are. Formerly March Madness on Demand, the new app, March Madness Live, should be available in Google Play for “selected” Android devices before the tournement gets under way on Monday, March 13th. The app will run $3.99 but will give you access to a slew of cool features such as:
- High quality live streaming video of every game
- Video highlights of every game
- Live radio broadcasts of every game
- Live scoring and stats
- Live tournament brackets
- NCAA Bracket Challenge game
- My Channels
- Social Arena
Those are just a few of the features you get for $3.99 and any basketball fan will love this app. Keep your eyes peeled for its release because we should see it over the next few days. Jump past the break to see the full press release.
Let’s face it. 3D printing is cool stuff. Being able to create your own models for various purposes like gifts or even desktop decorations is a pretty enticing concept. It’s yet to take off in a practical and accessible form, but that isn’t stopping developers from riding the wave and creating some cool stuff. That’s what a team of developers based out of Johannesburg has done with Paint3D. The application promises to let you create and print your own 3D designs straight from your Android-powered device!
The application isn’t available to the general public as of yet, but it surely demonstrates some really cool and futuristic capabilities. Hit the YouTube video after the break for a better idea of what Paint3D does and how it does it.
Doctor Seuss’ The Lorax might be one of the hottest films of the year so it’s no surprise that NBC Universal just released the Official Lorax App. It has two features. The first one is demoed in the video below. As you hold your phone over your mouth, a full screen Lorax mouth moves as you talk. The second is that you can add the Lorax mustache to any photos you already have on your device. It lets you rotate and resize the stache according to the size of your photo. The app only lets you add one stache per photo, but if you have multiple people, you can still do it. Just add one stache and then save the photo, re-open it again and add the next stache. I did one up of myself, Joe Sirianni, and Stacy Bruce from an image taken from CES at the Venetian.
The adoption of Google Music has been dismal. Maybe it’s because we expect Google services to erupt like a volcano and immediately soar into the sky, blanketing the people below in Google awesome ash. Or maybe it’s because iTunes, Pandora and Slacker Radio already have a foothold ’round those parts. Or it could be that Google Music is only currently available in the U.S.
My guess is as good as yours, however there might be some sunshine on the horizon in the form of a developer, Simon Weber. Simon has been working on his unofficial Google Music API for a month, and has pretty much every functionality of the service coded into the API. Only one major implementation is missing at the moment: support for uploading formats other than .mp3. Unfortunately, however, the API is currently coded in Python, restricting it to desktop platforms. It isn’t impossible to port it to a mobile-friendly language though, and thankfully Aaron Gingrich of Android Police has put Simon in contact with CM9 [music player] Apollo developer Andrew Neal.
This could mean we see a port of the API to mobile platforms, pending the result of Neal and Weber’s collaboration. The only problem that will immediately come to mind reading “unofficial”, “Google”, and “API” is action taken by Google to, well, cease and desist. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, as Mr. Weber will be interning at Google this summer — possibly bringing official Google support for the API in the near future. This could be great news for Google Music, as integration into Android applications could surely inject some much needed life into the service’s disappointing adoption stats.
source: android police