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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Video Game Controls For Mobile Phones Arrives Via Xperia Play

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 04:00 AM

"The Xperia Play, an Android-powered, gaming-optimized phone designed by Sony Ericsson, tries to bridge the gap between PlayStation games and the mobile platform. The Xperia Play's most significant feature is the inclusion of a slide-out DualShock controller-type set of controls, geared toward customers who find themselves carrying a handheld console along with their phone because they are disappointed by touchscreen-oriented mobile games and prefer the more precise experience of a controller."

Buttons, buttons and more buttons! The Xperia Play brings joysticks and analog pads to mobile phones! The Play should be out soon, but in the meantime take a look at all the features that it will offer!

Friday, June 10, 2011

In New Survey Developers Pick Android Over iPhone

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"A new survey from Vision Mobile and Bluevia finds that Android is the most popular mobile platform amongst developers, with 67 percent of mobile developers indicating they're developing for Android in 2011-that's an 8 percent improvement over 2010."

We have a winner, folks! A new survey just released from Vision Mobile and Bluevia found that Android is the most popular platform for developers! But not far behind is development for iPhone. Does this mean that Android is slated to be the market leader in years to come?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Trillion 5 Available For Free On All Platforms; Syncs Across Multiple Devices

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Trillian, the cross-platform, message-syncing IM client has made its service even better by releasing all their clients with Pro features for free with advertisements."

Trillion 5 is releasing their pro features for free. The new version will be ad supported but it will be available for all platforms. The mobile IM app also syncs between all your devices so download it now and get chatting!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rumor: Boost Mobile May Get More Android Phone Options

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 02:30 PM

"Boost Mobile phones are far from impressive. It's mainly flip and feature phones; there aren't many choices for Android phones except for the Motorola i1. Boost phones may get a - wait for it - boost from an upcoming device from Samsung."

There is speculation that Samsung and Boost Mobile are teaming up to bring more Android phones to the carrier. Samsung is holding a meeting early next month, but as of now we don't have any confirmed details on the event. But if we hear more, we will let you know!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Google Instant Previews Now Available On Mobile Browser

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 01:00 PM

"Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results. Starting today, Google Instant Previews is available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages. Similar to the desktop version of Instant Previews, you can visually compare search results from webpage snapshots, making it easier to choose the right result faster, especially when you have an idea of the content you'd like to see."

Google is constantly adding new features to their mobile search page but this is the first one that I may actually use! Sure Google Instant was a fun addition that is honestly pretty pointless on mobile. The keyboard covers the bottom half of the screen while the drop down with your search history covers the rest. There isn't really any place where you can actually see the Instant search results. Google Instant Previews, however, is wonderfully useful.

Normally when searching from my phone I will press and hold on every link and open them in a new window so that I don't loose my place in my search results just in case the link I clicked is totally not what I was looking for. Google Instant Preview for mobile works much like it does on the desktop, providing you with a thumbnail overview of the site the result links to. In your mobile browser you get a nice full screen UI where you can swipe left or right through all of the results on that page. It's really pretty slick. This won't entirely take the place of "Open link in a new window" searching for me but it will sure help most of the time. You should definitely give it a go. Just search for something on your phone then press the little magnifying glass next to the results to open the new Instant Preview UI. Isn't it cool?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Become A Pro Mobile Blogger With These Five Tips

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 01:30 PM

"Earlier this month, we announced the first version of the Blogger app for Android on the Blogger Buzz blog. Today, we'd like to share some tips on how you can use the Blogger app to quickly publish posts when you're on the go."

I must say the more I've played with it the more I really like the official Blogger for Android app. The only problem is that I don't really use Blogger anymore. :) However, for those of you who still live and die by your Blogger blog here are five quick tips strait from Google themselves that will help make you make the most of your mobile blogging experience. I'm a sucker for well written software. This program makes me want to find a reason to use Blogger again. Any Blogger users still lurking around out there?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Google Voice Users: Take Your Mobile Number With You!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 02:30 PM

"867-5309 could be one of the most iconic phone numbers of all time, but it's not the only number that a lot of us remember by heart. Many of us have a phone number that we've shared with family, friends, and contacts over the years and are reluctant to let go."

I personally know quite a few people who have been waiting for just this. Today Google announced that they have officially made number porting available to all current Google Voice users! Almost everyone I know has had the same mobile phone numbers for years. I can see why they wouldn't want to give that up. Me, personally? I don't really care. I don't use my phone for voice. :) Many people, however, live and die by their mobile phone. Many of those people have also become addicted to the amazing features that Google Voice brings to the table but just couldn't commit fully to it because they couldn't give up their old number. Well no more! Anyone else out there plan on moving their mobile number over to a Google Voice account?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Google Updates GMail Mobile; Brings Priority Inbox, Inline Reply, & Custom From Addresses

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

Talk about a great Birthday gift - Thank you Google! Now I can reply inline in GMail as I do on my desktop, I can also see priority information and, most needed, send from whatever address I'd like!! Grab the update now, it's in the market!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mobile Google Docs Gets An Update: Let The Real-Time Editing Begin!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

"With Google Docs, we're always trying to make you more productive-and part of that means making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at anytime. That's why we're excited that the new documents editor now supports editing on your mobile browser."

All I've gotta say is that it's about time. Google has finally enabled editing of your Doc files right there in your mobile browser, provided you have Android 2.2 or newer. This feature should roll out to Google Docs users over "the next few days". Though spread sheets have been editable for quite some time now it has been impossible to edit even the simplest of text documents from your mobile device. I've tried many a program over the past few months just to edit the shopping list doc that my wife and I share. I'd find one that would work for a while then break or one that worked most of the time but would occasionally delete the entire file. Not an ideal solution. So thank you Google for finally giving me the ability to edit a simple text file from my phone! Is this new feature working for any of you guys yet?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview Reveals Guild Wars 2 Available for Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Video games have evolved far past the button-mashing days when your entertainment was easy to forget because the game was simple. Games today often influence our emotions, making us feel as though we are part of the story, part of the game universe, and that we matter in important ways. The end result is that, very much like other forms of entertainment, we find ourselves drawn to the experience even when we aren't in-game. Proof of this are the fan sites, forums, and other applications that we devour in order to continue the in-game experience. The bragging, information sharing, and verbal sparring we engage in on these sites are all signs of high levels of passion and our desire to continue the experience outside of the game."

The exciting game, Guild Wars 2, will be available for Android phones according to ArenaNet's Tech Director, Rick Ellis. The game looks fun and will allow you to interact with other players. And the best part - Android is one of the first platforms to have it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Google Announces Two-part Verification and Mobile Doc Editing on Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Today we're hosting more than 300 CIOs and IT professionals from around the world in Paris at Google Atmosphere, our annual European event dedicated to cloud computing-web-based applications that are built on shared infrastructure and delivered through the browser. This year, the discussion at Atmosphere is focused on how companies can benefit from the breakthroughs in productivity and security that cloud-based applications are uniquely capable of delivering....We're launching new cloud-powered capabilities: two-step verification to help enhance security and soon, mobile editing in Google Docs on Android and the iPad."

Looks like two exciting achievements are coming from Google. The two step verification will allow for tighter security on an account so that if someone did get the password, it would be harder to steal the account. Mobile editing will will allow you to edit your documents where ever you are - great for making changes as they come to you while you are on the go!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Get Priority Inbox in GMail Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 06:30 AM

"Want access to Gmail's fancy new Priority Inbox sorting on your portable browser? You can view the messages you've trained Gmail to consider Priority through a simple email search bookmarked for later."

Lifehacker has picked up this pretty simple little piece of hackery from Twitter user steverubel and it's pretty impressive for those of you who find GMail's Priority Inbox to be useful (as opposed to me). Labels & Searches are an awesome thing in GMail, and this little bookmark should let you access your most important email in a snap.

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