Pokemon TV App Now Available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Pokemon TV App Now Available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Apr 24, 2014

Pokemon Company International has just released the Pokemon TV app for the Kindle Fire.

The app allows for users to watch select episodes which are updated weekly from a pool of 700+ episodes across 16 seasons; there are also special features, trailers and more.

From the press release:

There’s a new way to catch up on Pokémon animation anytime, anywhere on the Kindle Fire with The Pokémon Company International’s launch of the official Pokémon TV application for the popular tablet.

The Kindle Fire launch adds another platform for the Pokémon TV app, which has had more than 2.5 million installations since its 2013 launch on iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and Android devices.

Now featuring more episodes than ever before, the Pokémon TV app helps fans follow many of their favorite episodes from the animated television series. It is updated weekly from a library of more than 700 episodes spanning 16 seasons. Pokémon fans can also use the app to watch special features, trailers, and Pokémon movie events.

Additionally, fans can watch popular Pokémon animated episodes and movies on Netflix and Hulu and at Pokemon.com, providing more ways to catch up on the exciting adventures of Ash, Pikachu, and their friends

The Pokemon TV app is available for free on the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Vine Gets New Features

Vine Gets New Features

Oct 25, 2013

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In its latest update, Vine has received a couple of very impressive additions. The first one is “Sessions” that allow users to save their posts, edit and publish them later. The second one is “Time Travel” that brings ability to edit photos withing the post, before sharing it. The update is live, and for users who don’t have Vine app yet – it can be downloaded for free from here: Vine on Google Play.

The Verge Launches Official App With Video Content Available

The Verge Launches Official App With Video Content Available

Jul 19, 2012

Vox Media’s technology site, The Verge, has just launched their official mobile app, covering everything technology from their expansive list of veteran writers and reporters.

All the stories posted on the site can be read through the app. There are separate categories available for stories, reviews, and their long-form features. Video and audio from the site can be viewed under the media tab, and is all optimized for Android devices. Have something to say? Commenting is also possible through the app. Want to follow a particular topic? Use the Follow button to get updates whenever an update is posted. Of course, everything can be shared through Android’s built-in sharing options.

The app doesn’t just contain technology news and reviews; content from Polygon, Vox Media’s upcoming gaming site that currently posts under the “Gaming” category on The Verge, is also available. The app is currently not tablet-optimized, though it will work. Some items like advertisements appear extremely stretched-out, though. The Verge’s official app is available on Google Play for free.

New Spotify Mobile App Review

New Spotify Mobile App Review

May 21, 2012

I’m going to start this app review by saying how much I love Spotify. I made the unfortunate mistake of getting Spotify Premium and now I am hopelessly addicted. For those who are not aware of what Spotify is, it is a service that allows the user to browse and listen to nearly every music track in existence. It is like owning the entire iTunes Store, but for free. Naturally there is a paid version that offers advanced features such as higher streaming rates, offline playback, mobile access, and ad-free listening. For subscribers of Premium, such as myself, one of the biggest advantages was being able to stream songs through Spotify onto any mobile device. Unfortunately, until now the Spotify app had been one of the most frustrating experiences on a smartphone since Facebook updated their Android app.

Now available on the Spotify website for download is a completely new app that bears no resemblance to the old clunker, and has been completely rebuilt from scratch. Because this is still in testing phase, it is not out on the Play Store but rather available for download as an .apk file to be manually installed. For any Spotify Premium user, I would definitely recommend giving it a shot, even for those who have never manually installed an application before.

The app has too many changes to name, and every one of them is for the better. It is more stable than its predecessor as well as markedly faster. The styling has changed from a dreary dark gray and green to a white and lime combo that takes definite nods towards Google’s restyling of all their web services. The giant gray buttons are now replaced by simple, flat squares and rectangles, and the obtrusive ‘Now Playing’ tab is gone. The menu is accessed in the exact same way as in Facebook’s new app, and the two look so similar that I cannot tell specifically if there are any differences. Searching for a song is finally logical and the feeling of needing to outsmart the app just to find a song is mercifully gone. While the whole app revolves around the ‘Playlist’ feature, ‘What’s New’ makes an appearance and artist and album pages have been redesigned with giant cover photos adorning the header.

With the reincarnation of their Android app, Spotify has more than likely brought themselves Premium subscribers in droves. The argument to stay at Spotify Free and not upgrade to Premium just got a little bit harder to make.

DoubleTwist AirSync Review

DoubleTwist AirSync Review

Nov 1, 2011

This review is one part of my two part look at Mac compatible/WinAmp alternatives for wirelessly syncing music to your phone. Because doubleTwist is one of the more highly used programs, I figured that a full Rundown would be appropriate.

DoubleTwist comes in with a lot of hype. There are three parts to the full package: one iTunes-like desktop app, a free media player app, and a $4.99 AirSync app that’s basically an add-on to the media player. The aim for doubleTwist is to be the Android version of Apple’s iTunes and iCloud service. It comes close, but there’s no way for Android to replicate the success and simplicity of their Macintosh counterpart.

Starting with the desktop application, I’ll say this first: I am an iTunes slave. I’ve tried multiple other media players but I always end up reverting back to iTunes eventually. I admit that iTunes is bloated and needs a rewrite, and I thought that any new media player would have to be faster and smaller. Shockingly, I was proven wrong with the doubleTwist media player. I’ve uninstalled/reinstalled this program a few times on my MacBook Pro but it doesn’t seem to alleviate the sluggishness through the menus, and the program will frequently lock up for 30 seconds before working again. The program also takes longer to load than iTunes, which I wasn’t even aware was possible. Without the Android AirSync app, however, doubleTwist does do a good job of wired syncing; it organizes your files accurately within the Music folder on your phones SD card. But a means to easily put music on your phone is the only thing this application should be used for. This is not an iTunes replacement, even though it tries to be. It also hijacks the play and next/previous buttons when closed but not fully quit which can be very frustrating.

Fortunately, the mobile app fares better. The mobile media player is very capable, and has a very elegant lock screen widget. There isn’t much to set this app apart from other mobile media players like WinAmp, but like I said in my review for UberMusic, if you want a basic media player to replace an iPod, this will do the job handedly. There are many complaints of sluggishness and “glitchiness” on the Android market, but in my experiences with it I have not found any problems on my HTC EVO 4G. There is an add-on to the media player that adds Gracenote album art automatically and allows for an advanced equalizer. But for $5.99 it kind of seems like a raw deal.

Finally, the last part of this package is the separate $4.99 AirSync application. This application basically allows you to wirelessly sync music, photos, and videos to your Android phone over a home network. Setting up AirSync with doubleTwist is easy enough, but I would like to see it simplified down a little bit more. I can easily see less experienced users having a hard time getting doubleTwist to recognize their phone. I was impressed with the speed that my files were synced over to my phone. It took less then a minute to sync a 19 song album to my phone, which is faster then it takes to do the same thing wired. I had no problem is having other media players recognize the files, which means that even if you do not like the mobile player or the desktop app, you only have to use them to transfer your files.

The final aspect of this app is its integration with the Xbox 360, PS3, and Apple TV. Surely, the Apple TV feature can’t be true. Streaming music from your Android phone onto an Apple TV? No way. Well yeah, it’s true. DoubleTwist easily streams your videos, photos, and music to Apple TV. It’s not perfect; when a song is playing, no info appears, displaying just a black screen, but come on. Close enough. Even better is the streaming to the Xbox 360. Your phone appears under the list of drives when you open the music tab and the songs start playing instantly after selecting them. This actually surprised me. One problem is that the AirPlay feature will stay on even when DoubleTwist is closed which will drain your battery, so just make sure to turn it off when done.

Overall, DoubleTwist is a good Winamp alternative if you can deal with some fairly noticeable problems, even though I’d recommend TuneSync if simply wirelessly syncing music is what you’re after.

Winamp (Beta) Available for Android

Winamp (Beta) Available for Android

Oct 26, 2010

When I heard the news about Winamp (beta) launching for Android I thought to myself: “Winamp, why does that name sound familiar?” I forgot all about this old school (if you consider late 90’s old) media player and now I see that it’s still around. Although I only tinkered with it back then and never really made it my default media player, I still feel a little nostalgic while writing this.

Winamp has decided to create what they call “The Ultimate Media Player” for Android devices (Android 2.1 and above). They have released the beta version for free and it is available for download via the Android Market. If you’ve been looking to replace the stock media player or have been a Winamp devotee for all these years then you may want to check this out:

Sony’s Crackle Subscription App Available In Android Market

Sony’s Crackle Subscription App Available In Android Market

Oct 19, 2010

Sony’s Crackle service for streaming movies and television shows has “Snap, Crackle, and Popped” its way to Android. They offer a variety of subscription plans that start at $4.99 a month for unlimited viewing. You must first download the free Crackle application which features free minisodes (short 5 minute edited clips) and hundreds of free Crackle Originals. Once you have downloaded the free Crackle app you can then unlock content by purchasing one of their subscription plans.

Bitbop Available for Android

Bitbop Available for Android

Sep 23, 2010

Bitbop seems to have a leg up on rival Hulu when it comes to the Android Market. Bitbop provides streaming mobile video to a number of devices, and has recently announced its support for Android. The app is now available (for certain devices) and can be downloaded directly from their website (you will not find it in the Android Market so don’t even bother looking). Right now they are offering a free trial of up to 3 shows over a 7 day period. After the 7 days you will be charged the subscription price of $9.99, which is comparable to Hulu plus.

Some key features to consider are Bitbops ability to offer full length tv shows (movies to be available soon on a pay-per-view basis) without the commercials and they also offer the option to download for later viewing which has yet to be offered by Hulu. The services works over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi but the obvious advantage to everyone out there reading this is the fact that it is available for Android. While their library of content is below that of Hulu’s they do offer some exclusive content not yet available to Hulu. As for viewing quality, I would say it was fair (I was viewing on my Motorla Droid) and did an acceptable job of automatically optimizing video quality.

Taking into consideration the fact that Hulu (currently only available for some i-devices) has yet to support an Android app and other major players such as Netflix have yet to even release an app makes Bitbop pioneers of their market. This early multiple device support may be enough for them to gain enough subscribers to further their viability.

For those of you who can’t wait, go sign up for the free trial and see if it’s for you. Personally I use my trusty slingbox/slingplayer combo to watch live tv & on demand content whenever I want so this doesn’t really appeal to me. This also holds keeps me busy until Netflix releases an app which hopefully will allow me to integrate my subscription into mobile viewing. With Blockbuster mobile content, Netflix coming, and Hulu sure to offer support for additional platforms I can’t help but think Bitbop needs a few more tricks up their sleeves to be competitive. With that said, kudos to you Bitbop for supporting us Android users quicker than the rest and for also allowing for added choice. A collective thanks and good luck.

Source: VentureBeat