by George Heymann

Android App Round-Up!

Android Apps worth a look!

by George Heymann | @techeadlines


I wanted to share some of my favorite Android applications that have made it to my smartphones homescreen. I’ll try to make this a regular feature and highlight apps you might not have noticed that are worth a look:

Spare Phone: Spare Phone formerly gVoice is a $1.99 Android VoIP app developed by guidology that allows you to use your data connection (WiFi, 3G, 4G,EVDO) to place voice calls using a Google Voice Account. gVoice essentially turns your phone or tablet into a free wireless phone when using the application over WiFi.

Plume: Plume formerly Touiteur is highly customizable Twitter client that has many desirable features including the ability to colorize your timeline, pull to refresh your timeline, handle multiple twitter accounts, picture preview, autocomplete Twitter hashtags, the ability to mute select users and much more it is my current Twitter client of choice. There is a free ad-supported version of Plume as well as a premium ad-free version of Plume available for $4.99.

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Dropbox offering additional free storage, for referrals!

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Dropbox has been one of our most used Android apps, it was selected as a must have Android app by us in the past.

Dropbox is a cloud based file storage, sharing and syncing service. It allows you to access your files stored within your virtual Dropbox from any other device (PC, Mac, Phone etc…) that has the software installed. Great way to share files across devices and platforms. I use this software daily to share files between various devices without the need to carry flash drives or disks.

Dropbox is now offering to expand your free storage up to 16GB. You can take advantage this offer by inviting your friends to Dropbox! For every friend who joins and installs Dropbox, they’ll give you both 500 MB of bonus space.

If you don’t currently have a Dropbox account  start here, once you sign-up for service you can invite your friends with your personal referral links, email, or by utilizing Facebook and Twitter.

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“7 Days of Play” Promotion now in “Play”at the Google “Play Store”

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has added a “7 Days of Play” promotion in addition to initial 49 cents premium app promotion that we detailed earlier. To celebrate Google will be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app as a special price each day for the next week.

“In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That’s What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where’s My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you’ll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team’s favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents” according to the official Google Blog.

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What are the most popular Android apps? Unsurprisingly the majority are Google properties according to Nielsen report.

by George Heymann


Nielsen released a report today that analyzes Android app usage for the past 30 days. Nielsen broke down the usage data gathered from its proprietary software installed on thousands of consumer phones who agreed to be part of Nilsen’s ongoing smartphone research.

Unsurprisingly five out the top six Android applications were Google properties, with Facebook being the notable exception across all three reported age categories. I say unsurprisingly from looking at my own “most frequently used” apps list.

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Personally my top five Android apps are:

  1. Google Voice
  2. Gmail
  3. Browser
  4. Google Search
  5. Android Market

Rounding out my most used list is Dropbox, KeePass Droid, PandoraDoggCatcher and Amazon AppStore. What are your most frequently used apps? How do they compare to the Nielsen List?

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I can now speak in 14 different languages, and so can you with the help of Google Translate

by George Heymann

Google  came one step closer to the ‘Sci-Fi’ fantasy of creating a universal translator with its most recent update to Google Translate for Android.  The latest version of the software V2.2 has been updated to translate between 14 different languages.

Earlier this year Google introduced an experimental feature called conversation mode, which enabled you to translate speech back and forth between English and Spanish. This was expanded this week to include Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Using Google translate is pretty simple, select the languages you want translated then speak into your phone’s microphone and the application will display the translation in the language you preselected from the drop down menu of available languages. You can optionally select ‘Enter Conversation Mode’ and you will receive both a written and spoken translation of what is said. In conversation mode the translations work in both directions enabling you to have a conversation with someone in a language that you don’t natively understand.

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Amazon offering $2 credit in Amazon appstore for Android in exchange for a Tweet

Pretty straightforward, Connect your and Twitter accounts. If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so. Automatically follow @amazonappstore on Twitter. The message “I just got a $2 credit for Android apps from the @amazonappstore. Click to get yours. #get2″ will be automatically tweeted from your Twitter account.

You will need the Amazon Appstore for Android installed on your Android phone or tablet to complete installation of your app. For detailed instructions on installing the Amazon Appstore for Android, go to:

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Android apps to Eclipse iOS by August. Welcome your robot overlords, resistance is futile!

by George Heymann

The two most recent reports analyzing application market trends provided by app research specialist Distimo and research2guidance concur that Android apps should surpass iOS by August.

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Unrooting and updating the Nook Color

by George Heymann

Barnes and Noble recently released a firmware update for the Nook color which added several new features. The latest firmware V1.2.0 upgrades the Color Nook to Android 2.2 Froyo and adds an integrated Nook email client, an enhanced web browser with Flash and access to a limited curated Barnes and Noble app store as well as other enhancements.

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LauncherPro v0.8.5 released!

by George Heymann

LauncherPro v0.8.5 is now available in the Android Market. You can also purchase LauncherPro Plus in the market through an app called “LauncherPro Plus Unlocker,” which enables all the Plus features on the free version.

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