Tag Archive | Android

Who’s More Annoying, Fanboys Or Fandroids?

Check out this “Shit Android Fanatics Say” video. Could this guy be any more grating? Get it out of your system in the comments below. You’ll feel so much better.
Hat tip to Android and Me, our sister site, for spotting this video by Mobile Phone Finder in Australia.It appears to be a response to September’s “Shit Apple Fanatics Say, Part 1” from the same outfit:
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Flipboard for Android gets updated to support sound playback in Audio category

Flipboard has just announced that its Android app now supports content in the Audio category, including NPR’s Fresh Air and more. The audio feature also allows for the playback of SoundCloud content if you connect it up to Flipboard.

There is a music note in the top bar of the section that you can use to control your audio. Audio was launched as a part of Flipboard back in May of this year, when they added music, podcasts, news and more for playback while you browse other content. At that time, it launched partnerships with National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as SoundCloud.

The update also brings some bug fixes and performance improvements.

The Apple vs Android Fanboy Wars In One GIF

Here’s a brief note intended for the fanboys who ruin technology for everyone else: Look, your war doesn’t make any sense, ok? This whole fanboys vs fandroids thing, the iPhone vs Galaxy, the iPad vs Kindle Fire… who the hell cares? They’re just machines.

And companies are not your friends. They are not here to make you happy. They won’t laugh with you at dinner. They won’t kiss you goodnight. They are just big corporations who want your money.

Corporations waging war upon each other and using you as peons to gain market domination.

Corporations who use underpaid worker drones living inside city-size factories far away to produce toys for you to buy, new shiny pieces of plastic and metal marginally better than the old plastic and metal crap.

And not only you are zombie brand worshipers buying into this whole vain spec race, but you’re also insulting and belittling everyone who doesn’t agree with your choice of phone or tablet or computer. Doing it safely behind a screen because, if you did that right on the face of someone, he or she would punch your face.

So, can you stop “defending” your choice of gadgetry like a insecure whiny cheerleader? Or a crazy religious fanatic? Don’t you see how ridiculous you look to normal people who don’t give a damn? How absurd your concerns are compared to, I don’t know, real life?

Or, if you have to justify your choice, could you at least please just think twice before insulting one another?

Because you just look bad when you do that. A tool. Just pick whatever you like best and stop trying to convince everyone that you made the right decision and that they are wrong. They are not. Nobody is. No more than you, anyway.

Carry on.

Facebook employees forced to use – and hopefully improve – Android app

Facebook employees are forced to give up their iPhones for Androids in an attempt to focus on the app’s shortcomings.

Fresh from last week’s release of a new iOS app, a move CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated was unequivocally about speeding up the user experience, Facebook is apparently turning its attention to its Android app. Business Insider writes that “a handful of ex-Facebookers and others familiar with Facebook’s plans” report being strongly encouraged and, in some cases, forced to use Android devices instead of their iPhones.

It seems like Facebook’s management hopes to subject its own employees to the inadequacies their Android users feel on a daily basis, though it’s unclear whether Facebook employees were forced to make the change because of the sub par Facebook app, or because of their reluctance to give up their iPhones. Frankly, the former wouldn’t necessarily come as a shock: Users of Facebook’s Android app have voiced their disappointment for some time, and it can’t even begin to compete with the refreshed iPhone app. The pitiful 3.6 out of five stars rating on Google Play also indicates there’s significant room for improvement. Just take a look at some of the user reviews.

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Facebook’s refocus on the UX of its entire base of users is a welcome sight to behold. The move also strongly suggests that Facebook is taking its stockholders’ concerns seriously as well, taking efforts to make the mobile experience a pleasurable one so that its forays into advertising on phones and tablets are an easier pill to swallow for its users. We can only hope this translates to a win for loyal Facebook users and brave (if anxious) Facebook stockholders.

Really it would seem that the only parties to suffer in any of this are the Facebook employees forced to eat their own dog food — in the form of the currently lacking Android app. But if it’s for the good of the users, then so be it; and given the overwhelming positive reaction to the new iPhone app (something Facebook rarely experience with any update), it’s well worth the sacrifice.

Now, onto Windows phone…

Facebook Didn’t Snub Google With iOS Update

While the iOS update Facebook released Thursday was far superior than the Android update, it’s too soon to say Facebook has chosen sides in the Google vs. Apple mobile device war.

Indeed, Facebook is reportedly asking, or even forcing, its employees to give up their iPhones for Android so they can see its shortcomings. The hope is that the social network’s engineers will move fast to create an Android app that gets just as much praise as yesterday’s iOS overhaul.

“I doubt they are doing this to spite Google,” Terence Kam, founder of Internet business consultant eStrategyPro.com. “After all, Android phones commands a larger market share than iPhones. If Facebook ignores this large advertisement market, they will earn the ire of their shareholders.”

The Facebook iOS upgrade makes progress on fixing two big complaints: The old app was slow and hogged memory. But it also addresses shareholder unrest over slack mobile revenue – the new Facebook app makes it much easier for the company to display mobile ads.

It makes sense that Facebook would undertake the iOS app overhaul first, Ben Romberg of social-media marketing agency Tug said. iPhone owners also tend to be heavy Facebook users, and Apple doesn’t compete directly with Facebook the way Google does with its Google+ social network.

“The potential backlash — which has been avoided by this recent release — comes from development of substandard apps that do not deliver the quality and optimisation that Apple consumers have come to expect,” Romberg said.

What The Future May Look Like

Expect an Android app update in line with yesterday’s iOS update. Facebook will probably continue to work increasingly closely with Apple, in part because Google is a competitor of both companies. But neither company can ignore Google and the market demand for its products, so it’s unlikely any of the three will break off ties with either of the other two.

For consumers, the latest update is just another push toward increased socialization. And despite a backlash against Facebook in the business and tech press, most Facebook members are pleased with the service, both Kam and Romberg said in separate interviews.

“The vast majority of Facebook’s users remain loyal. It’s mainly digital insiders, rather than the general social media using population, that feel the fury,” Romberg said. “For consumers of Facebook and Apple products, this will mean that functionality will be dictated by the drive to ‘socialize’ your activity whilst being kept firmly inside Apple’s walled garden of pre-approved apps and innovative software development.”

Facebook for Android app updated with messaging emoji, easey event creation and a bit mor

If you were wondering what features would be on the way after Facebook ditched pre-Froyo Android support for its app your questions have been answered. This revision lets users easily create events from their mobiles, share photos quicker and annoy their friends across platforms thanks to the kind of emoji iOS users have been annoying each other with for ages. In the screenshot above you see the new event creation pages and messaging screen where friends can toss in the icons or a picture while chatting privately, although updating to v1.9.8 will require a manual approval since it also seeks permission to obtain your location via coarse network-based methods. Assuming you’re already down with Facebook’sOpen Graph-enabled tendrils snaking their way throughout your digital life (and, as an existing user already allowed it access to precise GPS-based location data) that’s probably not too much of an issue, hit the Google Play link below to upgrade.

RIM Considered Making Android Handsets

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says the company considered dropping BlackBerry software in favor of another platform.

In the end, RIM ultimately rejected the idea. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Heins says it “took the conscious decision not to go Android.”

While such a move would have saved the company tons of development time, Heins believes that Android isn’t adept at delivering the kind of experience BlackBerry users want. He specifically notes its proficiency at gaming and the consumption of media.

But he sees BlackBerry users as a less passive group, more interested in conducting business on their phones than playing Words With Friends and watching Netflix.

We could split hairs and start citing plenty of productivity software available for Android, but we can see the point Heins is trying to make here. At the least, there’s an impression that BlackBerry is a more “serious” platform. Having that type of user base can be a valuable thing — one that might be lost should RIM switch gears to Android.

Still, it’s neat to think about what could have been, had RIM made its fateful decision the other way. Now we just have to wait for the arrival of BlackBerry 10 to see whether or not RIM made the right call.

$125 MIPS-based Smart Tab 1 brings Jelly Bean on a budget to India

MIPS-based tablet was the first slate to officially run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the processor technology will also beat the crowds to running the new Jelly Bean OS. It might be second to the Nexus 7, but Karbonn Mobiles’ new Smart Tab 1, available to the Indian market only, runs Google’s latest software — and its MIPS-based JZ4770 SoC, clocked at 1.2GHz, allows for the low price of $125. The 7-inch Smart Tab 1 itself isn’t new — it debuted with ICS in July — but current owners will receive an update, and new units will ship with Jelly Bean. Other specs include a 2-megapixel front shooter, HDMI support, 3G support through a USB dongle and up to 32GB of expandable storage via the microSD card slot. Head to the press release past the break for more info.

The Best Android Tablet Apps

 

 

With the Nexus 7 now available, Android tablets are no longer poor iPad copycats. They’re real, banging for your buck affordable and most importantly, really good. But to make it even better, you’ll need to get some apps. Here are the best Android tablet apps.

 Social

The Best Android Tablet Apps

Plume: Sadly, the official Twitter app isn’t exactly tablet friendly. Luckily, Plume, a highly customizable Twitter app, works well enough on Android tablets so you won’t miss Twitter on your Android tablet.

 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Friendcaster: Friendcaster for Facebook is a much better tablet app than the official Facebook app, as it gives you real time Facebook notifications and includes all your most-used Facebook features like status updates, photos, messages, events, groups, checkins and more.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
IM+: Optimized for tablets, IM+ is an IM app that lets you chat with your friends on AIM, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, Yahoo, Facebook chat and others. Free.
 Entertainment

The Best Android Tablet Apps

Netflix: All the joys of Netflix in your pocket, all the time-including the power to battle that always growing Watch Instantly queue. Streaming’s silky smooth over Wi-Fi, less so over 3G, but the app itself is indispensable. Free.

 The Best Android Tablet Apps
MXPlayer: MXPlayer is quite possibly the best video player for Android tablets because it packs a ton of features and can play a bunch of different video file formats (avi, mkv, divx, etc.) under the sun.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
IMDb: Who’s that guy? Where’s he from? Should I even watch this movie? Solve all your movie questions with Android’s official IMDB app. It’s basically IMDB’s website optimized for your phone—which in this case, is a good thing. Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Movies: Pretty simple: you like knowing the movies that are playing in theaters around you, right? Flixster’s got local listings and showtimes, along with trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, you can manage your Netflix queue! Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Kindle: Just because you don’t own a Kindle doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be buying Kindle ebooks—especially when Amazon has an Android app that’s dead simple to use. The e-book wars aren’t quite over, but no one will judge you for siding with Amazon. Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Sketchbook Pro: For Android tablets, it’s a canvas for you to draw and paint on, with virtual tools and brush styles that can be really used to create art. You can save up to six layers per file and export files to photoshop for further working. Great for professionals who want to use their tablets for ideas and amateurs like me who can only hope to draw a straight line. $5
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Crackle: Sony has released Crackle, an app that streams full-feature movies and popular TV shows to Android for free. For free. For free! We’re talking popular TV shows like Seinfeld or big times movies like The Da Vinci Code and all completely free! The app is the same ad-supported streaming service as the Crackle.com website (and iOS apps) and has a decent catalog from Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and other studios.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Camera Launcher: Camera Launcher lets you access the camera in the Nexus 7 and flip it into a dedicated camera app so you can take self portraits and/or tickle yourself silly with funny faces. It records video too.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Stitcher Radio: Stitcher Radio plays over 10,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts from the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, Freakonomics, Adam Carolla and more.
 Games

The Best Android Tablet Apps

Nesoid: I can’t think of anything better than playing old NES games on your brand new tablet with the NesEmu emulator. Who needs fancy graphics! Give me my childhood favorites. $4.

 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Samurai II: Vengeance: Absolutely stunning anime/comicbook-style graphics plus controls that actually make sense plus a ton of ways to slice dudes in half plus samurais plus swords equals a ridiculously engaging Android game.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Tiny Tower: IA free 8-bit style game that lets you channel your inner landlord. You build floors on a tower to attract “bitizens” to live in it and then control their lives (manage, hire, give a job, evict). It’s like SimCity but actually fun.
 Productivity

The Best Android Tablet Apps

Pulse News: A news aggregator that beautifies the way you stay up to date. You’ll see the latest updates from different news sources and enjoy swiping away on the big ol tablet screen of yours.

 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Feedly: Feedly is sort of like the much ballyhooed Flipboard in that it integrates with Google Reader, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pocket and Instapaper to cull together articles from new sources that you’re interested in. Social news, I guess. Free
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Evernote: If you need more features in a “note taker”, Evernote is simply a powerhouse of a note taking app. Not only can you jot down notes but you can take pictures, record voice notes and upload files to remember all on their cloud. Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Pocket: Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is a similar service to Instapaper, which means it’s an offline news caching reader. Save articles you want to read later on your browsers and read them offline on your tablet. Like a DVR for online articles. Looks great while reading too. Free
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Astrid Task/To Do List: No other app gives as much detail to to do lists as Astrid. Its “advanced” options lets you set priority levels, integrate with Google Calendar, sync with Google tasks, and set up tags, alerts and periodic reminders. Astrid keeps it easy, for the most part, but also offers deeper settings if you’re the obsessive, customize-everything exactly-how-you-want-it type. Free.
 Lifestyle

The Best Android Tablet Apps

CNN: You get to watch live video, receive breaking news notifications, tune into CNN radio, use a customizable widget and more. The Android tablet app is really well designed too. Free.

 The Best Android Tablet Apps
HBO Go: If you’re smart enough to order HBO with your cable, HBO Go will let you watch every episode of every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome, and any other awesome show HBO has ever made. Oh, and you can stream movies too. Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
WatchESPN: If you have the right cable provider, you can stream ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU straight to your tablet. Works over 3G or Wi-Fi and lets you watch all the biggest sports moments on the go. A must have for any sports fan. Free.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
File Manager HD: If you like to dig a little deep into whats going on in the innards of your Android tablet, File Manager reveals the file structure of the OS so you can find files, transfer stuff around and all that good stuff.
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
MLB at Bat 2012: It’s still hands down, the best sports application on any device. With MLB At Bat, you’ll be able to keep up with your favorite team in a snazzy new customizable homescreen and stream live games (if you have a MLB.tv package). For any self respecting baseball fan, it’s an absolute must have. $10
 The Best Android Tablet Apps
Chrome: How are you going to say no to having the best desktop browser on your tablet? It’s fast, light and if you use Chrome on the desktop, syncs your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords and more

Twitter for Android, iOS expands those Kickstarter tweets, becomes sensitive to our notification needs

That was fast. Just days after Twitter 4.3 had its details prematurely spilled all over the Internet, it’s now raring to go for both Android (as version 3.3) and iOS users. Like we’d seen in early release notes, its focus is on expanding tweets to provide a glimpse at content when linking beyond just photos. Along with showing snippets from news outlets such as C-SPAN, Twitter’s app now teases content from Etsy, Kickstarter and Vimeo, among others — just in case you’d like to know whether that upcoming game console is worth funding at a glance. Notifications are getting their own promised boost and can send an alert whenever certain Twitter accounts post any kind of update. The improved search autocompleteshows its face as well, and iOS users get a more advanced layout for tracking hashtags during live events. Users with other smartphone platforms will have to wait for the 4.3 feature set to filter through to their devices, but if you’re of an Apple or Google bent, one of Twitter’s bigger updates of recent memory is already headed your way.