Rhapsody For Android

Rhapsody For Android

Nov 17, 2010

For those of you with a Rhapsody subscription and an Android powered device you can now go download the Rhapsody app version 2.0 from the Android Market. This newest version is supposed to be a huge step up from the original beta and has some key additions. Rhapsody is a subscription based online music service with a catalog of over 10 million songs available for unlimited listening anytime from any supported device. The Rhapsody app for Android offers the portability and freedom of listening at anytime from anywhere even without having an internet connection.

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta Available

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta Available

Nov 15, 2010

Opera promised us a browser on November 9th and sure enough, it’s now in the Android Market. I feel so lucky as an Android user to have as many options as we do. This is not the same thing as Opera Mini for those wondering and there are some differences which may or may not suit your needs. So what exactly is Opera Mobile boasting and why should we give their browser a try? Let’s take a look at what they are highlighting as features:

Firefox 4 Beta Part 2

Firefox 4 Beta Part 2

Nov 12, 2010

It’s been less than a month and already Firefox 4 Beta has been bumped to level 2. This newer beta has slimmed down to 17MB and loads pages 40% faster than Beta 1. Firefox 4 Beta’s greatest strength comes in its ability to synchronize your Firefox history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data between your desktop and mobile (I’m hoping Gingerbread will bring us synchronization with chrome). On the flip side, lack of Flash support seems to be one of Firefox 4 Beta’s biggest pitfalls.

OpenFeint Adds More Games

OpenFeint Adds More Games

Nov 11, 2010

Popular social gaming platform OpenFeint is quickly populating Android games and shows no sign of stopping. It was just over a month ago that OpenFeint came to us bearing gifts like “Fruit Ninja” and “MiniSquadron” and already they have amassed around 80 Android titles. You can now add another 12 to that list with the releases of:

PowerAmp Music Player For Android

PowerAmp Music Player For Android

Nov 10, 2010

It wasn’t soon after Winamp released its beta media player that we caught news of another diamond in the rough. Originally only available through 3rd party downloads, “PowerAmp” has since found its way to the Android Market. First it was released in trial form but we now have the “Full” paid version available for $4.99. This newest addition to the music player market is one that will completely change the way you view mobile music players. PowerAmp is by far the most feature rich medial player I have had the pleasure of using.

As soon as you see PowerAmp you are visually impressed. The rich, sleek UI is extremely sexy and comes in 3 different color themes. PowerAmp scans and loads up music almost instantaneously. Songs can be played from pre-selected folders or from the standard Android system library. Poweramp will find and download album art which is not only static but becomes interactive upon swiping. Unlike most media players, PowerAmp gives users amazing sound control with their 10 band equalizer and preamp controls. Pretend you’re an audio engineer as you tweak all the multiple settings or simply choose one of the many presets made available.

Kids Alphabet Review

Kids Alphabet Review

Nov 9, 2010

Let’s face it, a lot of us in the Android community are also parents of young children. Sometimes our phones become their little play toys or sometimes a much needed pacifier in times of desperation. It’s amazing to see how quickly young children adapt to technology and their interactions with it can also be rewarding. Developers ElegantBits Team have created a fun and educational game called “Kids Alphabet” which helps to teach young children the English language. I myself am the proud parent of a 4 and 2 year old, who were more than happy to give this game a review.

“Kids Alphabet” comes in both a “Paid” and “Lite” version. They are both the same in terms of features but the “Lite” version can only be used for 10 minutes a day. I would say the target child age for this game would be between 2 and 5 years.

Google Maps For Android Updated to 4.6

Google Maps For Android Updated to 4.6

Nov 9, 2010

An update for Google Maps is now available bringing it up to version 4.6. This recent update focuses primarily on enhancements to the “Places Pages.” They decided to improve on the way reviews are displayed by adopting the same format as the desktop view. Reviews will now be broken down into two separate categories:

Twitter For Android Gets An Update

Twitter For Android Gets An Update

Nov 4, 2010

Twitter has released an update for their Android application, bringing it to version 1.0.5. It seems most social mongers have gone the route of using apps – like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc. – that have the ability to manage multiple social accounts, but if you are a lone wolf like myself and still using the Twitter app here is what’s new and improved:

Reckless Racing Game Review

Reckless Racing Game Review

Nov 4, 2010

“Yee-Haw!” Break out your best overalls, crack a cold one and slide over the spittoon ’cause you’s about to use dem dere digits for somethin’ other than banjo strummin’. Leading developers Polarbit have added a new game to their vast array of racing hits for Android. This one, entitled “Reckless Racing,” is their take on good ol’ fashioned hillbilly dirt-road racing. “Reckless Racing” features traditional top-down racing gameplay, multi-player support and stunning graphics. “One foot up and one foot down, here goes an old fashioned Android Rundown.”

Gameloft Gives Us 7 More Reasons to Buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Gameloft Gives Us 7 More Reasons to Buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Nov 4, 2010

Still up in the air about getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab? If gaming is one thing you would do with a Tab then you’re in for a treat. Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of downloadable video games has announced its support for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab with a line up of best selling titles. Gameloft makes some sweet games but they seem to have a knack of frustrating Android gamers by making them available only through their online store. I don’t see this changing anytime soon but they continue to make great mobile games and playing them just got a little better for Android fans planning to buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Check out this list of hit titles that will be available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab with Gameloft promising more in the future:

Motorola Droid 2 For A Penny, Still Available.

Motorola Droid 2 For A Penny, Still Available.

Nov 3, 2010

It’s true, Amazon.com offers some great prices when it comes to smartphones. Of course you need to sign up for a 2-year contract to be eligible but isn’t that the standard? Right now there seems to be some downright insane prices for the popular Droid series of phones. If you have been on the ropes about switching over to Android or looking to upgrade, the price of $.01 is as strong of a reason to do so as any. That’s the current price of the Droid 2 with a new service plan. If you want the Droid Incredible you can get one in 1- 2 months for $39.99. What about the Droid X? Well, you can have that for the price of $149.99 which isn’t a huge savings from Verizon but it’s still an extra $50 dollars you can save.

Music WithMe Available For Android

Music WithMe Available For Android

Nov 2, 2010

I know a lot of Android adopters came over from the Blackberry world, and if you are one of them, you may recognize this app. “Music WithMe” started as Parkvu’s answer to what seemed to be the number one question on smartphone (non apple) users’ minds; “How do we sync our iTunes playlists?” This app has been available on other smartphone operating systems for a while now but has just made the jump over to the Android world. This move makes sense given Android’s incredible growth and popularity.

“Music WithMe” is an application that allows you to sync your iTunes playlists using a cellular network or Wi-Fi connection. Unlike streaming solutions, you only use your connection for the download and after that you are free to drain your battery as you see fit. “Music WithMe” also features automatic updating. Just choose which playlists you would like to automatically update and “Music WithMe” will sense any new changes to your playlist and automatically update them. You can pretty much “set it and forget it” since it runs in the background and can automatically sync and update without you ever having to open the app. For this to work you must purchase the app and download their desktop client which is (oddly) only available for Windows operating systems.

“Music WithMe” is available on the Android Market for $14.99. This price seems extremely high considering the numerous alternatives. Maybe the developers just aren’t used to working with more open systems like Android and think users have no other way to sync their music. I really hope that this price is a typo because I don’t see anyone paying that price. It’s a shame because I’m sure there are many users who would love to have the convenience this app offers. Let’s hope Parkvu realizes this quickly and does something about that outrageous price.

Download: Music WithMe