Android Finally The Sexy Platform To Develop For

Android has always been second to the races when it comes to triple-A applications and games like Instagram, Path or even Temple Run. These applications are usually developed by companies that choose to publish on iOS first and Android second, if ever at all. In the case of Path, the company waited for the revamp of their application to simultaneously launch version 2.0 on both Android and iOS. This worked out great for Path, showing a huge increase in users after launching on Android. Users on Android are rabid application hounds, as shown by the ever-increasing Play Store statistics for downloads and applications per user. With Path, Android didn’t have an “alternative social networking” application as gorgeous and as fluid as Path. With 2.0, Path showed the rest of the world that not only was developing for Android simple enough, you could also gain huge exposure and user counts by supporting the largest smartphone platform in the US.

Then came along Temple Run, which dealt with different device issues and support at launch, but is updating the game in what seems like a weekly fashion, adding new device support along the way. The game itself is a huge hit on Android, boasting over 1 million downloads (at least) in the Play Store so far, merely over a week since launch. Before Imangi Studios announced that Temple Run was on the way for Android, tons of unofficial applications littered the Play Store, with some folks going so far as to posting applications named Temple Run that were really just malware titles. Now that the game has launched, other iOS developers are realizing that if one of the most successful iOS games of all-time can be on Android, why can’t others? The old argument of “fragmentation” is quickly becoming just an excuse.
Instagram for Android, out now.
With today’s launch of Instagram, the stakes have never been higher. With over 30 million users in just 17 months, Instagram is a huge hit. No, it’s not the filters that makes the app so attractive to new users, it’s the exclusive social network that lives entirely on-device. Previously, Instagram was iOS-exclusive, but today’s launch enables any Android handset owner to sign up for Instagram and instantly reap the benefits of being a part of their bolstering 30 million-strong community. Before today, you couldn’t even sign up on their website – which is extremely bare bones, but for a reason – for an account, you had to have an iOS device or use your friend or family members’. With over 300 million Android devices, the potential for Instagram has never been bigger. With a solid app taking a few design cues (but not enough, some are arguing) from Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich standards, Instagram is the application to have on Android. If anything, the social network that is tied in is a blast to be a part of – even if you’re sick of Facebook and other intrusive social networks, like many of us are.

So, the question is then: has Android finally wooed the hearts of developers of the top iOS applications? Angry Birds is on Android, and even struck an exclusive deal with Samsung for their latest game, Angry Birds Space. Will we be seeing other triple-A titles make their way to Android, with a lot less waiting? I think so. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a title that is overwhelmingly popular that doesn’t have an Android port or similar app. Instagram is just the start of a paradigm shift for Android, and is extremely important to the ecosystem in general. Having a hard time believing that? Checking Google+ shows all the big Android boys – Hugo Barra, Romain Guy, etc – promoting and getting excited for the launch of Instagram.

As Dustin wrote extensively about yesterday, Android has a huge year ahead of it for 2012. With ICS rolling out to more devices as we speak, it’s only natural that these triple-A titles come not far after. Strap in folks, it’s going to be a great year to be an Android user.

Source: androidandme

Motorola Mobility’s MOTOSMART™ Flip Arrives in Perú

Say “hola” to MOTOSMART Flip™, a Motorola Mobility cell phone that really will surprise you and will truly make you flip. With its pocket-friendly design and smartphone smarts, MOTOSMART Flip gives you the best of both worlds in one mobile device. And all at a price that won’t set you back much on nuevos soles.

With its transparent and touchscreen cover, you’ll never have to flip this smartphone open to see who’s calling and answer or reply if you have a new message. And with its crystal-clear 3.2-inch touchscreen display, handling and getting around your phone is a breeze.

Capture all of your favorite future memories beautifully with the phone’s 5-megapixel auto focus camera with flash. Then share them instantly with friends and family using the phone’s pre-loaded social networking apps. And, thanks to MOTOSMART Flip’s GPS technology, you’ll always be able to navigate your way to wherever you’re going.

Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface is tailored to fit your needs and make life easier. With MotoSwitch, your smartphone learns who you talk to and which apps you use and keeps all of that information front and center. The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. With Music Now you can easily play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery displays your favorite pictures as collections.

With a smart and stylish black design, and touchscreen display and cover, MOTOSMART Flip stands out from the rest. And always keep boredom at bay with immediate access thousands of games, apps, music, books and movies available in Google Play™.

What else does MOTOSMART Flip have under the hood?

  • Android™ 2.3
  • 800Mhz processor
  • HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps for download and Quad-band EDGE
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • 3.2 “HVGA touchscreen
  • Bluetooth®-compatibility
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • 1540mAh battery for up to 9 hours of Talk Time and 500 hours of Standby Time

-Availability-

MOTOSMART Flip will be available in Peru next days through major carriers.

Vignette Full v2012.03.24.6

Latest version:2012.03.24.6
Requirement: Android 1.5 and up

. . . Details . . .

Vignette: Add film and camera effects to your photos.

Add film and camera effects to your photos.

• 68 effects & 56 frames
• Retro/vintage styles
• LOMO/Diana/Holga toy camera styles
• Polaroid/instant camera styles
• Cross-process, tilt-shift, photobooth, double exposure and more.

• Supports the full resolution of your camera (3.1MP, 5MP or 8MP)
• Flash (if your phone has one) (not working on Dell Streak)
• Front-facing camera support (on some phones)
• Self-timer and time-lapse
• Digital zoom
• Geotagging

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Ice Cream Sandwich Update To Motorola DROID Razr Indicates Major Changes To Custom WebTop Software

Somewhere out there are a handful of Motorola DROID RAZR smartphones with a leaked Android 4.0 build. In addition to the standard frills of ICS, there was mention of updated WebTop software in the form of WebTop 3.0 Beta. A curious DROID RAZR owner decided to test out the new enhancements to the WebTop software and found some surprising differences between the previous and new versions of the software. You’ll find that not only has MOTO revamped the laptop UI by removing excessive items which bogged down the interface, MOTO modeled the same UI to more of a tablet UI. Because ICS was made for any screen, you’re essentially seeing a blown up screen of the DROID RAZR instead of a custom UI when in WebTop mode. Looks like MOTO has taken a cue from ASUS and it’s intriguing PadFone.

Words can’t describe how the new WebTop looks and acts until you see it live. So why not hit the break to get a better understanding of the new software?

source: talkandroid

HTC One X Review

> The Good

A great camera, equally great display, and all the power of NVIDIA Tegra 3 that we’ve come to expect. Sense 4 meshes nicely with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Free 25GB of online storage thrown in via Dropbox. Impressive design and build quality. Battery life is pretty good.

> The Bad

That said, the non-removable battery and lack of microSD card may be a sticking point for some. The 4.7-inch phone may be too large for small hands. The protruding camera lens can be easily scratched and isn’t easily replaceable.

> Conclusion

The leader of the next-generation HTC One series of smartphones has been a breeze to use. Android 4.0 has been improved upon with HTC Sense 4 while still retaining the overall look, feel and function of Ice Cream Sandwich, which in and of itself has an excellent user experience. The camera is a high point, Beats Audio makes music sound better, and you get a bunch of online storage thrown in for free. HTC easily has a winner in the One X.

– HTC One X Hardware –

The X is the big brother of the HTC One family. As in, it’s the svelte older brother who drives a Bitchin’ Camaro. No, really. The X looks great, runs great, and, like Lane Meyer, is a much-needed big bowl of win served up after too many bad runs. It’s also the start of a new era of design for HTC.

The One X has a 4.7-inch display, putting it into the class of “Seriously? That’s pretty darn big.” Not as big as one of those newfangled tablet hybrid things (That’s the Galaxy Note you see above, with the original Nexus One on the other side), but it’s the same size as the first phone in this new generation of Android, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The display might also be the most impressive part of the One X. In fact, we’re just going to come out and say it:

The HTC One X has the best display we’ve ever seen in an Android smartphone, and it’s quite possibly the best display we’ve seen in any phone. It’s that good.

That’s a big claim, we know. And resolution fanatics will cry out that its pixel density still doesn’t match the 326 pixels per inch of the iPhone 4S. Know what? It doesn’t. But 317 pixels per inch on a 4.7-inch display is plenty impressive. (The One X has a 720×1280 resolution.) It also bypasses the AMOLED argument, using a Super LCD 2 display. There’s virtually no space between the glass and the display, so the colors and icons seem to nearly be floating on top, also giving it some excellent viewing angles. You know those dummy phones you’ll see in some stores, with the fake displays that are really stickers stuck to a shell and that look a little too good to be true? It’s almost like that, but in a real, working phone.

And we’re not done singing the display’s praises. The ambient light sensor keeps things surprisingly bright. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a phone we can actually use outside, let alone in direct sunlight. So long as the big bright ball in the sky isn’t reflecting directly back into your retinas, you’ll be able to use the One X outdoors.

And then there’s the body of the phone. Much hay has been made over HTC using a special polycarbonate for the One X shell. At the end of the day for the end user, it’s going to still feel like plastic. It’s got a matte finish to it, and while we still miss the soft-touch paint of days gone by, the One X feels just fine to the touch. We’ve yet to experience any scratches on it in a week’s worth of pocket life, but there’s no substitute for the test of time. (Same goes for the durability of the display, too.) It is, however, subject to smudges.

Above the display you’ll find the HTC logo, the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 52 little pinholes for the earpiece speaker grille. (A great design touch, even if not all 52 serve as the speaker.) Neatly hidden one of the pinholes (sixth from the right on the bottom row) is a tiny LED used for notifications and charging indication. It’s very subtle.

Below the display is where you come to the first controversial bit. Being a phone of the Ice Cream Sandwich generation, the One X has shifted to a three-button scheme. But unlike the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, its buttons are capacitive and not a part of the display itself, on screen when needed and hidden from sight in apps that want to use the full screen. That leads to a couple concerns. One is that HTC is deviating from the spirit of Ice Cream Sandwich, and that sticking with off-screen buttons will lead to confusion when it comes to actually using the phone. We’ve had no problems whatsoever. Sure, you lose the little animation effects that linger on the Galaxy Nexus as your thumb lifts away from the screen, but we wouldn’t say we miss them.

The other issue is a matter of software and user interface in Ice Cream Sandwich, because there’s no longer a dedicated menu button on the phone. We go into it in more detail here, but the short version is HTC has had to come up with an interim solution. Developers should be reworking their applications to better include menu options without the need for a superfluous button. But change has been slow to come, and HTC’s addressed this by making the on-screen menu button take up a small portion of the display. That upsets some, because it means less real estate for the rest of the app. Hey, it’s a 4.7-inch display. There’s lots of room to go around, but point taken, and developers need to update their apps to Android’s new standard.

The two sides of the One X are fairly benign. On one is the volume rocker. On the other is the microUSB port.

Up top you’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack, power button and a pinhole for a secondary noise-canceling microphone. The main microphone is on the bottom of the phone, exactly where you’d expect it to be.

Moving to the rear of the One X, this is where you find the other major design feature. (Or flaw, depending on who you ask.) There is no battery cover. Well, at least not one that can be removed. The One X has a single-piece polycarbonate shell. That gives it some extra strength, and it looks damn nice. But that also means you can’t swap out the battery for a fresh one. And there’s no microSD card, either, so you’re left with whatever internal storage the phone comes with. (Ours has 32 gigabytes of storage, but remember that AT&T’s version is only going to have 16GB.) The storage situation is mitigated by the fact that so much is shifting to the “cloud” these days — and HTC has teamed up with Dropbox to give you 25GB of free cloud storage for two years. The battery situation is what it is. The One X has an 1800 mAh battery, and that’s it. When it’s dead, it’s time to charge.

The rear-facing camera is an 8MP shooter with LED flash, a 28mm lens and an f/2.0 aperture. HTC’s pretty proud of it, and it should be. We’re a little worried about how much it protrudes from the phone, though. We can’t help but think about how horribly scratched our HTC EVO 4G lens cover became, and quickly, too. We’ve already managed a few scratches on our lens cover. Be careful is all we’re saying, because this thing’s attached to the phone itself, and you won’t be replacing it.

Near the camera lens you’ll find the SIM card tray. It’s got a little pinhole that you stick HTC’s SIM card tray unlocking mechanism tool thingy, or cousin to the battery cover unlocking mechanism tool thingy we saw on the Motorola Droid 4. In essence, it’s a well-designed paper clip used to eject the tray. It’s easy enough to use, just remember to insert your micro-SIM card face down. You’ll either need to cut down or replace your mini- or full-size SIM card. (Check out our micro-SIM tutorial.)

The final features on the rear of the One X are five gold contacts used for dock integration — you’ll recall that the One X has a killer car dock and app — and there are 44 pinholes that serve as the rear speaker. Again, great design there. Just above the speaker grille is the Beats Audio logo, and FCC information is printed beneath it.

The HTC One X is not a small phone. But neither is it setting any records for size. It’s roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In fact, because of design differences, the One X actually is just a tad thinner than the GNex over much of the body (though they both match up on paper at 8.9mm), and it’s a hair more narrow. The One X may be big, but it’s no fatty.

– HTC One X Software –

The HTC One X (as well as the other phones in the HTC One line) has the latest version of the Android operating system, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Specifically, our One X review unit is running Android 4.0.3.

The One X also has a brand-new version of the Sense user interface — HTC’s custom design of Android. Just as we saw at its unveiling in February at Mobile World Congress, Sense 4 perhaps is the best iteration yet. Sense 4 more gracefully lends itself to Ice Cream Sandwich, which in and of itself has an excellent, if not a little robotic, user interface. Instead of replace large portions of the UI (trading the customizable dock for the old-school Sense dock, for example), Sense 4 leaves intact the vast majority of what’s been done in Ice Cream Sandwich, improving on it in bits and pieces. A few examples:

  • Folders behave the same way in Sense 4, but HTC has made adding items a little more intuitive.
  • Menus are more friendly and colorful (but not in an overly cartoonish way).
  • HTC’s customizable “Scenes” and “Themes” — sets of preloaded home screens and different colors for icons and widgets — add even more functionality to the ICS UI.
  • The HTC lock screen with its customizable background and quick-launch apps is a major plus, though it has lost a little functionality.
  • HTC has improved on the browser, which already is pretty good. You can still download the Chrome beta if you wish.

For our part, Sense 4 is pretty darn good. It’s toned things back (in particular with the launcher and app drawer) while still putting its own stamp on Ice Cream Sandwich. Not too little, not too much, with improvements in just the right places. If you’ve been using stock Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ll be right at home in Sense 4.

The question we’ve kept asking ourselves while exploring Sense 4 is “What are the haters going to hate?” When someone says they don’t like Sense, what, exactly, are they talking about? Is it the large, colorful (and often useful) widgets? Swap ’em out. Is it the dock and app drawer? Install a third-party launcher. Is it the color menus? Well, you’re kind of stuck with them, but Sense 4 has some useful themes to you can use to change that.

But that’s just the user interface stuff. Where things really start to get sexy is with the camera, and with music.

HTC in the latter fall of 2011 made a significant deal with Beats Audio that brings some fairly major audio enhancements. News in Sense 4, HTC’s made Beats available to any application that outputs music. There aren’t any settings for Beats. There’s no customizable EQ. You’ve got the option to turn it off, if you so desire, but you’re not going to want to.

The Beats enhancements are like smartly applying a sharpening filter in Photoshop. Sure, the picture might have been pretty good before. But now it’s sharper and clearer. And Beats makes everything just a tad louder, too.

By the way, you might have noticed that we didn’t mention the earbuds that came with our One X review unit. That’s because they’re pretty basic earbuds, aren’t Beats branded and really aren’t anything to write home about. If you’re OK with cheap earbuds, you’ll be OK with these, we suppose. But let’s hope we see some nicer ones in regional releases.

And all that leads us to that other major piece of software …

Download Speed Widget v1.3

A handy 1×1 widget for measuring Download Speed alongwith a cute graph.

  • Application

Parental rating: G: General Audiences (for all ages)
Trial version: No
With advertisements: Yes
“In-App” billing: No
Default language: English

  • Requirements

Requires Android Market and Google account: No
Requires third-party libraries: No
Requires ‘rooted’ device: No
Minimum Android version: Android 2.2
Minimum screen width: 320 dpx
Requires features: Touchscreen
Requires permissions: Access network state
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aiSystemWidget v1.5.1

Trial 3-days;

Changes:

1. Battery usage reduced.
2. Location added to system information.
3. Added support for all known devices (HTC Tattoo, HTC G1, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Motorola Droid, Sony Ericsson x10, etc.).
4. Widget UI adopted to multiple screen sizes and resolutions.
5. Updated per new aiCharts APIs.
6. Main activity starts from the launcher.
7. Added smooth scrolling for history charts.
8. Several performance enhancements

Description:

aiSystemWidget is system monitor utility that provides newest, innovative way of monitoring your Android based mobile device system resources, like Memory, CPU, Network traffic, Battery usage and etc.

Benefits:

  • View runtime information about resources usage right from home widget.
  • Record history of system resources usage and analyze it in a visual way. You can record up to one month of system resources usage data and analyze it.
  • All resource tracking routines is highly optimized to make memory and CPU utilization minimal. Access to lowest system levels.
  • Explore your phone internals by integrated advanced System Information activity. In one touch review all information about your system devices such as CPU (real frequency, factory frequency, model, revision), Memory (RAM, micro-SD card size, cache), Battery (charge, status, health, temperature and much more), Telephony (IMEI, sim state, network details), Firmware (build, version, board brand, etc) and Display (resolution, DPI, refresh rate).
  • Task Manager with advanced features: view/kill all running process, mark important processes, view process runtime details.
  • Customizable history trigger activation intervals.
  • Network traffic monitoring and usage reporting for all types of network connections (WiFi, GPRS, EDGE, 3G)
  • Recyclable (aka RRD concept) memory usage for history database.
  • Application uses advanced aiCharts engine to visualize gathered data(one touch scrolling, extra zooming, haptic feedback, advanced animation).
  • Keep track of your data even after phone reboot.
  • Stylish widget for home screen with glossy look effects.

Application

Parental rating: NR: Not Rated
Default language: English

Requirements

Target Android version: Android 1.6
Minimum Android version: Android 1.5
Minimum screen width: 240 dpx
Requires features:

Location
Location gps
Screen landscape
Screen portrait
Touchscreen
Wifi

Requires permissions:

Access fine location
Access network state
Access wifi state
Internet
Read phone state
Restart packages

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