Google has launched a new platform known as Google Play. Dubbed to be the next digital entertainment destination where users will find, enjoy and share their favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on their Android phone or tablet. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBook store will become part of Google Play.
Android Market has expanded much since its launch. It has grown from being just an app store to a big hub where users can purchase books, music and even rent movies. Google has recognized the shift and hassle users are facing with the Market. Thus Google Play came into existence to coupé up with all the new challenges. It is also a strategy shift from just being bounded to the boundaries of Android to the openness of the cloud. Google Play is entirely cloud-based and thus users will now be able to get access to all their music, movies, books and apps without worrying about losing them or moving them again.
Dropbox has updated their Android app with new automated photo upload feature, iOS users will soon receive the update.
Dropbox Android App is now available in the Android Market. It enables users to automatically upload their photos to the cloud while also giving them 500MB free extra cloud space, up to 3GB in total.
Automated photo uploads are coming to the desktop as well. But the desktop apps are not yet ready for prime time. When they are ready, you’ll be able to directly upload photos to the cloud from the camera connected to your computer.
Along with the updated Android app, Dropbox has also revealed a redesigned website. Thanks to its minimalistic look it feels more like an app. The new website emphasizes on photos, understandable by the recent photo-centric Android app and the upcoming photo-centric Desktop edition.
Google Chrome has finally arrived for Android mobile devices.
On Tuesday, in an official Google Chrome blog post, the company announced the release of Chrome Web browser for Android app. While announcing, the company said that like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity. The new browser features seamless sign-in and sync to make sure you get the same personalized web browsing experience wherever you go, across devices.
Android Market has exceeded 10 billion app downloads, Google announced on their Google blog. To celebrate the milestone, Google has announced that for the next 10 days, starting from December 6, they’ll have a new set of apps available each day for only 10 cents each.
“Of course, none of these apps would have existed if it weren’t for the developers who created them. Every day, these developers continue to push the limits on what’s possible and delight us in the process. For that, we thank them,” said Eric Chu in his post at the Android Developer’s blog post.
The celebration started with the following ten apps:
Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids,Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and SwiftKey X.
Recently, there is a huge controversy going on around Carrier IQ and the Internet has been abuzz with mentions of it.
If you don’t know what Carrier IQ is, well here is a brief introduction about it. Carrier IQ is a software that runs on more than 140 million mobile phones (according to Carrier IQ website). It is a monitoring software to track user activities, including their personal information, locations, network communications, phone calls, messages and more. If you want to know about Carrier IQ in-depth read this article by Engadget.
Carrier IQ was apparently designed to give metrics to help mobile carriers improve their services, but in some circumstances, the software is not offered as an opt-out feature and in many cases users don’t even know it’s there, tracking all interactions with their mobile phone.
Coming back to the main purpose of this article, we are here sharing some free tools for Android users that will help them find out if their Android device has Carrier IQ or not. Click on the title of the app to download it from the Android Market.
Sygic: GPS Navigation for Android is a premium turn-by-turn navigation. We took the app for evaluation to see how it performs in our tests. You can read the full review of Sygic: GPS Navigation for Android here. It is a great navigation app for people who like or do a lot of traveling and can’t live without the GPS!
Sygic lists its premium app for free (actually a 7 day trial version) in the Android Market. The app is around 6 MB download and after installing it, users must download the maps. You don’t need to download all maps available through Sygic to your Android phone as it will take up precious space on their device. Using the Sygic Downloader, you have the choice to download each map. Sygic recommends using WiFi for downloading maps data as some maps are very big in size. After the 7-day trial expires, the app prompts the user to buy an activation key from the official webpage.
We would like to first thank Sygic for sponsoring the exclusive giveaway for our readers. Through this giveaway you can win an activation license of Sygic GPS Navigation worth 79.99 €. Using this license you will be able to activate Europe & America & Southeast Asia & Africa region.
Third-party premium navigation apps for Android faces stiff competing from Google Maps on Google’s Android Platform. Since, almost all Android devices comes bundled with free Google Maps plus Navigation app. Though Google Maps Navigation is not available everywhere. This stiff competition is good for end users as it brings in some good and innovative features for them. To compete with free Google Maps, premium GPS navigation apps comes up with innovative features. We started evaluating Sygic: GPS Navigation app for Android, a premium navigation app to find out if people will pay for something which they have grown accustomed to getting free?
Sygic lists its premium app for free (actually a 7 day trial version) in the Android Market. The app is around 6 MB download and after installing it, users must download the maps. You don’t need to download all maps available through Sygic to your Android phone as it will take up precious space on their device. Using the Sygic Downloader, you have the choice to download each map. Sygic recommends using WiFi for downloading maps data as some maps are very big in size. After the 7-day trial expires, the app prompts the user to buy an activation key from the official webpage. Read on for more in-depth review of the app.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a very good car racing game for Android users. EA sells the game through the Android Market for $6.99. But, here’s a very good news for Samsung Galaxy S II owners, they can save $6.99 and download the game for free from the Samsung Apps store application present in their phone. Earlier, Samsung through Samsung Apps provided GameLoft Asphalt 6 for free to all Galaxy S2 users. Even, at the time of posting, Asphalt 6 is still available for free to all Galaxy S II users in all regions.
Google has finally released the official Blogger app for Android users. Using this app, you can easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information. You can also view the list of posts. If you have multiple accounts or blogs, you can easily switch between them.
Overall, its providing very basic functionality at this time. It only lets you compose new blog posts, and attach photos. There’s no comment moderation, nor anything else particularly exciting. Google took so long to launch an official app for Blogger but it lacks many basic functionalities. We can only hope that Google improves it and adds more features in the future.
Google has finally released the Android Market Web Store which you can get access to at: http://market.android.com/.
Through the Android Market Web Store, you can buy apps directly from the Web and push apps directly to your phone. The Android Market Web Store lets users send applications directly to their Android device and share applications with friends through Twitter.
According to Google, the browser-based version of the Android Market will make it easier to discover new applications. Until now, Android Market was only accessible via a mobile phone client “Market”.