If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to develop for the Android operating system, and we know there are tons of you out there, it’s not going to get any easier than this. If you’re a visual learner like myself, always preferring diagrams, posters and videos, you might want to check this out. A series of videos have been put together by TheNewBoston and the folks over at mybringback totaling up to about 200 episodes of non stop code action. Alright, well I wouldn’t quite make it sound that exciting because lets face it, programming is not exciting. It’s what comes to fruition that’s exciting. Think you have the next Angry Birds in you? A systematic play list has been arranged by ChangingTheUnknown for your convenience and offers easy access and learning. It doesn’t get any easier than this folks. Being in the form of YouTube videos, you can watch these anywhere, anytime, and most likely on any device. Convenience is the key, I always say.
It’s difficult these days to find good quality content like this for free. So, we tip our hats to these cats for putting this together and encourage you to take advantage of the free education. There are countless videos showing you more code than you’ll know what to do with. So, if you’re ready to get your learning on and maybe even eventually make some cash with a hit application, you can head on over to the video series to get started. We can’t see this type of tutorial appealing much to the experienced developer, but if you’re a newbie who wants to start dabbling in code for Android, this should be right down your alley. And as always, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break to check out a few video samples from the tutorial.
There are a number of travel apps out there where you can record and share your plans, and they are unique in their own way. This is a good thing, as it gives each of us a chance to find that application that is the best fit for us, and don’t we all love a little variety? Well, today we are looking at Trip Journal from developer iQuest Technologies SRL.
Trip Journal allows you to record all your travels as you are on the go. Giving you the ability to share your experiences with everyone you choose in real-time. As with many application these day, Trip Journal can be integrated into your social life, tracking your events by recording photos, videos, notes. Making use of Google Earth, Picasa, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr. There’s also a compass to keep track of where you’re headed, and much more.
This travel app stands out from others in that it has a very eye catching user interface. Making it an application your want to use. So if you are a globe trotter looking for a way to keep your travels logged, and love to share what you experience with family and friends, you may want to check this app out. Trip Journal is only $0.99 normally ($1.41 in the Android Market), but being free all day today is definitely an incentive to purchase. Hit the break for the application link, QR code and a Trip Journal video presentation.
Last month RadioShack penned a deal with Verizon to start selling Big Red’s phones on September 15th 2011. They also announced that they will no longer carry T-Mobile devices after September 14th. Now, with September coming around the corner, RadioShack needs their T-Mobile stock gone ASAP. They have decided to deal with that issue in a spectacular way. Starting August 12th every single phone is absolutely free, with a two year commitment. Don’t bother rushing to the RadioShack website, however. This deal is only good in stores. No word on when the sale might end, though considering the circumstances, it is probably safe to assume the special will last until stock is depleted.
What do we know about the coming of the Samsung Conquer 4G? Lets see, it’s coming to Sprint on August 21st, you can buy this device off Sprints shelves for $99 with a new 2yr contract at that time. But now I guess we can say that’s old news as of today, because Walmart is offering Sprint customers an even better deal. If this Gingerbread phone is right up your alley, you can acquire this little guy with the 1GHz processor and 3.5-inch display for zero dollars, or as all of us love to hear, FREE. All you have to do is head over to the Walmart website and pre-order to get this deal including a new 2yr contract.
It wasn’t long ago that users were flocking to GetJar to download Angry Birds. However, the process wasn’t seamless and this author is reminded that it took days for GetJar’s site to become stable after the release.
GetJar is making all attempts to become viable once again, and are doing just that with GetJar Gold. With GetJar Gold, users are able to download the most popular paid apps for free (you pay for Gold, of course). These apps include Backbreaker, SwiftKey X, Age of Zombies, and more. This seems like a legit way to get your hands on some top paid apps, while still paying developers for their time. You can find GetJar at the link below; tell us how you like it!
If you’re a “puzzle freak”, as the developer puts it, today’s free Amazon App is going to surely to tickle your fancy. Spectrum Puzzles for Android allows you to unscramble images much like a real life puzzle. It’s simple, slide the images around to assemble the photo at hand. The developer has packed the app with a whopping 50 lively and energetic photos for your convenience. As you increase in level the difficulty increases as well. And if for some reason you rock’em all, the developer has added support for you to upload your own photos too. How cool is that? Among the photos pre-loaded you’ll find various landscapes, nature shots, city skylines and buildings as well as cool machinery.
The puzzles range from four different sizes allowing for 12 to 48 different pieces to be visible. Level of difficulty ranges are simple as you’re offered Easy, Medium and Hard. Your kids are sure to have a ball with this one while on long trips or lengthy commutes. If you’re ready to give this a download, head on over to the Amazon App Store. If you don’t have the App Store side loaded onto your device, you can grab it from here. Just enter your mobile number or your email and a download link will be sent to you. Just ensure that your device has the “unknown sources” box checked off under “Applications” and you’re all set. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break to check out some more screen shots of the application.
Best Buy Mobile is running an exclusive sale for one day only, and it is a dandy. You can grab the Nexus S for free, and to top it off, we are talking all three carriers that it is available on – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. It can be either as a new contract or an upgrade. Sure the Nexus Prime is around the corner, but for those that are budget minded and don’t need the latest device, the Nexus S will take care of your needs. It was released 9 months ago, and it is still one of the best Android phones out there simply because it is a Google experience device.
You have until 11:59 CST tonight to make you decision.
Press release after the break
We’ve all been hearing the hooplah around Spotify finally coming to the US, and everyone knows: getting an invite can be tough. So, we’re giving away 40 free invites to Spotify here in the states. That’s right – 40 invites! The rules to enter are simple:
- Follow TalkAndroid on Twitter
- Tweet this message: RT @TalkAndroid: RT this to win one of 40 free spotify invites from TalkAndroid http://ow.ly/5Qmlz #ta40spotify
And that’s it! We’ll be giving these invites away at random until 11:59 PM CST 8/5/11, so be sure to get your entries in!
Yesterday we published an article informing our readers that as of July 25 Gingerbread has started rolling out to customers OTA for those owning the G2x. Also available was the LG Updater via LG’s website. Which is great if you’re just can’t wait for the OTA update, and don’t mind updating by way of your USB.
Today we have a bit more news relating to the T-Mobile branded G2x. From now until July 28th (tomorrow) you can get the G2x, for free as a web only offer with a 2 year contract. So if you’re in the market, check out T-Mobile’s offer. All you G2x owners already out there, let us know how you like your device, and how that Gingerbread update is working for you in the comments below.
Ever wanted to do something to show off just how much cooler your Android phone is than their __(Insert non-Android device here)__? Yea… of course you have! Today’s app, while probably not all that useful, does just that.
Prox Lite allows you to control your phone, using only the proximity sensor (hence the name). According to the application thread over at XDA, forum member and developer extraordinaire SemperGumbee states:
Prox makes use of the phone’s proximity sensor and accelerometer to initiate an action. Prox Lite has 4 actions:
*Flat – Emulate home button
*Toward – Expand and contract notification panel
*Left – Launch phone dialer
*Right – Launch browser (google.com)
All you have to do is turn on the service through the app and then tilt the phone in the direction you are trying to activate the action for and then pass your hand over the proximity sensor and it will activate the action for that direction.
You can amaze your friends, and feel like a Jedi. Imagine the look on your friend’s faces when you do things without even touching the phone itself.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the application thread here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!