Handster to Lend a Hand to Developers, Bringing Android Apps to the RIM PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook has potential to be a formidable Android Tablet, especially since it is receiving a big update in February of 2012 that will add the Android App Player to it. Also, earlier today we showed you how to root the PlayBook, giving access to the Android market. Now, it already seems that the world of apps are totally accessible, but for those who don’t want to root their device might be wondering what apps will be available through the App Player come February.

The nice people over at Handster will be putting in a lot of work in an effort to bring as many apps to the Android App Player as possible. In fact, it has been said that over 7,000 Android apps have been undergoing testing on RIM employee PlayBooks and more are expected in short time. According to reports, Handster will be helping out app developers and will convert and submit their apps for them, all the dev needs to do is supply an appropriately sized App World icon.

Sounds like good news to all you PlayBook owners! Welcome to the wonderful world of Android!!

[via Android Central]

Forgot Your Phone At Home? No Problem Thanks To “SMS2Gmail”

If you’re the forgetful type like some, and you’ve left your device at home but are super duper dependent on receiving all of your messages, we’ve got a useful tool for ya.  Check out SMS2Gmail for Android.  The application allows you to forward all of your important SMS and call info to your Gmail account.  In addition, you can activate the app remotely. So the next time you dart out of the house and find yourself at work without your handset, just remember, you can simply send your phone an SMS from a friend’s device and activate the service seamlessly.  Furthermore, the developer has a feature that allows you to manually enable a function that allows you to keep a record of all incoming SMS messages and call logs in your Gmail account for reference.  Definitely a handy tool to have around.  Hit the break for a few more features from the developer and to check out an extra screen shot of the app.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application in the comments below.   Read more

Victoria’s Secret App Hits The Android Market, Still Trying To Decipher Which Gender The App Is For

Hey, what can I say?  Sometimes you have to review certain apps that you’re really not interested in, but it’s part of the job and so my arm has been twisted.  What?  Of course I didn’t twist my own arm.  With that, we introduce to you for the first time ever to enter into the “there’s an app for that” arena, the Victoria’s Secret Android application.  The app is now available for download in the Android Market and offers you a way to shop from the comfort of your own device.  In addition, you’ll receive video previews for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, stats on several of the supermodels and of course, store location features and a barcode scanner.  Now, all we need to do is figure out who the targeted gender is for this app :)  Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to hit up the download links.  If you’re in dire need of a QR code feel free to hit up our popular apps database.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

GetJar to Add Update Notifications to Android Applications

GetJar just announced that they will be adding a new update notification feature that will allow developers the opportunity to reach out users to let them know when an app update is available. For example, say you have the Angry Birds Seasons app downloaded to your phone via GetJar, the developers can now push out a notification telling you that new levels or features are available for download. In addition, GetJar suggests using updates as an engagement tool so that developers can send friendly reminders about apps that users may have forgotten about.

Although still in beta, the new feature is currently being tested and should hit airways relatively soon. As far as user updates go, GetJar 3.5 began rolling out last week and it looks to be “stable and sustainable” according to GetJar. For further developer information hit the link below.

[via GetJar]



There’s A New Way To Kill Time Thanks To Tap Tap Glider For Android

Got a few minutes to spare?  Waiting in the car for the wife to complete some quick department store shopping?  Bored as heck in the waiting room of your doctor’s office?  Well, you get the point.  Next time you’re in that situation check out Tap Tap Glider for Android.  It’s a cool and quick time killer as you use your finger to launch your paper plane across a 2D screen doing your best to avoid a number of obstacles in your path.  Tap the right side of the screen to give your plane a “wind boost” and fly over obstacles while then allowing it to gracefully fall in time avoiding other objects.

There’s three different modes in which you can be challenged.  You can play in easy, medium and hard.  Do your best not to crash into any of the obstacles or else, it’s back to the drawing board.  There are several planes to choose from and each plane has its own respective “ability”.  Snatch three bubbles as you’re flying and you’ll be able to activate that ability, such as shrinking your plane to fit into small spots.  The developer says there are more planes in the works so definitely stay tuned.  If you’re ready to give the game a try you can head on over to the Android Market for the download or hit up the QR code below for more convenience.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  Good luck and have fun.  More screen shots after the break.   Read more

Go Dev Team Helps Productivity Soar With “Go Keyboard” For Android


The Go Dev Team continues to innovate and this time they’re entering the virtual keyboard arena with their latest iteration, Go Keyboard.  At first glance, I almost dismissed it as just another keyboard, however, I believe the application brings quite a few new features to the game and just might be worth taking a look at.  The software aims to make you a quick, better and smarter typer using its accurate dictionary, smooth key strokes and multiple languages and layouts.  You can import contacts easily and there’s even support for fantasy text output and support for Emoji in any application that you can type in.  Switch from a number of themes and skins with ease so as to stay out of the ever too often visited stale department.

Further features like auto-memory and correction when typing, multi-touch support and slide input (Swype like) all assist in accurate and easy input.  And to top it all off, the Go Dev Team added gesture support to make things easier.  You can swipe left or right to activate a cube like effect to switch keyboard layouts and swiping down closes the keyboard entirely.  Hit the break to check out some more screen shots, snatch the QR code and to see all the languages supported in this release.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  Does it compare to popular keyboards like Swype, Betterkeyboard and Thumb Keyboard?  We’ll let you be the judge.   Read more

No, Google Didn’t Extend The Android Market Return Policy to 48 Hours

Today, a new developer distribution agreement was sent out by Google and caused quite the stir within the rumor mill. There is a certain part of the new agreement that talks about the Android Market’s return policy that when read, can definitely be misleading. Here, I will let you read the excerpt in question so you know what I am talking about.

Products that cannot be previewed by the buyer (such as applications): You authorize Google to give the buyer a full refund of the Product price if the buyer requests the refund within 48 hours after purchase.

After reading that doesn’t it seem like Google is extending their 15 minute return policy to 48 hours? While I can admit that 15 minutes is hardly enough time to fully test out a purchase, at the same time I think 48 hours is a bit excessive. I mean you can totally beat many of the games out there within half that amount of time. Anyways, after initial speculations went a flying, someone actually thought to dig a little deeper to try and figure out what this actually means.

It seems that the way that Google worded the statement was in reference to how long developers have to return funds to unhappy customers. They have 2 days to return your money if you ask for a refund within the 15 minute trial period. Nothing at this point has changed for end users, rather just a more strict refund policy for app developers. Sorry guys, I wish we could get an extension too. Another 15 minutes wouldn’t even hurt.

[via AndroidCentral]

Android Market Makes It to the Kindle Fire [Courtesy of XDA]

As you know from yesterday the developers over at XDA wasted no time in bringing more functionality to the newly released Kindle Fire. While Amazon did say that the Fire would be able to side load apps, a question of how it was to be done, lingered. Owners of the e-reader/tablet are now able to side load applications and thanks to the SuperOneClick app, now being able to root the device. Well XDA hasn’t stopped at just that. Today they bring users the ability to install the Android Market, bringing this and other Google applications with it. Just a heads up, those of you who have a Fire and want this added functionality will need to have the device rooted and be comfortable with the use of file explorers. If you are an owner of the Kindle Fire and want full access to both the Android Market and Google Apps follow the link below to get started courtesy of Jolleyboy over at XDA.   Read more

CNNMoney Now Available For Free In The Android Market

If you’re the type of person who likes to keep a tight reign on their money, we’ve got a little tidbit for you.  CNN just released their application, CNNMoney for Android and is now available for free of charge in the Android Market.  Get tips on stocks, breaking money alerts and other financial happenings all at your finger tips with this little personal pocket broker.  Head on over to the Android Market for the download or check out the QR code available below for an even added convenience.  And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  This ought to make you a little more productive while on the go.  Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to snag that QR code if you need it.   Read more

Put Angry Birds Down For A Sec And Try Snappy Dragons For Android

Extremely reminiscent of the story line in Angry Birds, in steps Snappy Dragons for Android.  With the option of playing as 1 of 4 different dragons, your job is to rescue your precious dragon babies which were snatched up by evil little wizards.  The game is extremely colorful and vibrant as you attempt to rescue your yellow babies taken by red wizards who trapped them in cages spread out through various worlds.  Object of the game overall is to spit fireballs at the evil red wizards without hitting the baby dragons.  There are four colorful worlds your snappy dragon can traverse and provide more than 80 different and exciting levels which can be played in three different modes.  Each dragon has its own special ability in which to fight the evil wizards.

– Take a journey in 4 very unique worlds
– Play in More than 80 levels
– Use one of the 4 skilled dragons with special abilities
– Have fun with the 3 different types of thrilling gameplay
– Destroy the world and find secret paths
Coming soon:
– More colorful worlds
– More levels to explore
– and other surprises!

Game play is smooth and great and we think you’ll agree it’s fun and exciting.  To download the game you can check it  out on the Android Market or head there via the QR code we’ve provided after the break. Don’t forget to check out the extra screen shots of the game and to check out the game play and teaser video as well.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.