Posts Tagged ‘Android Apps’

StumbleUpon Introduces App Discovery Beta for Android

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

StumbleUpon has announced a new feature for its Android app. You can now use StumbleUpon to find new Android Apps. The feature is in Beta currently, and was included in a recent app upgrade.

Browsing for Android apps will be personalized, based on apps you’ve already installed or used, as well as things your StumbleUpon friends like. The personalization reminds me of the recommendation feature in AppBrain.

I played with the new feature and it works pretty well. There was an initial hickup or two at first, and page loads were really slow. It then picked up speed and I was able to view a lot of recommended apps in a short time. Some of the apps I already use, and others I have heard of but haven’t installed. There was a good range of apps in my samples, including music apps, utility apps, and games. I think this feature fits very well with StumbleUpon, and I’m glad they added it. There is definitely a need for assistance in picking out the good apps amid a sea of not-so-good ones. The StumbleUpon app for Android will be a useful resource.

You can check out the press release here.

Google TV Gaining Network Support

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Google TV is coming this Fall, and it is picking up some speed. Google announced some new partners today.

Along with Sony, Logitech, Best Buy, Dish Network, and Intel, Google now has Turner Broadcasting, NBC, HBO, and the NBA.

These weren’t the only names dropped today. Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, USA Today, Vevo, Pandora, Napster, Twitter and blip.tv were among those listed. It looks like Google TV is going to hit the ground running. You can check out some of the apps in the video below.

Google shared some more information about the service as well. Google TV will be based on the Linux version of Chrome, version 5. This means that apps that work on Chrome should work on Google TV. The Android Market will be made available after launch. Google says it will come in early 2011. Google TV will start with Android 2.1, but will get an over-the-air upgrade to make it compatible with the Android Market. This is interesting, as Chrome OS is coming this fall as well. This could be a bridge between Chrome OS and Android, though nothing has been said regarding this possibility.

There are two ways to enjoy Google TV. You can either get a “smart” tv from Sony or soon from other manufacturers, or you can get a companion box, the Logitech Revue for use with your current TV. You’ll be able to use the Revue or your own Android phone as a remote for Google TV, which is a pretty convenient feature.

I’ve been looking forward to Google TV since it was announced at the IO conference. It looks like it will start out pretty strong, and then the doors will open for developers to do what they will with it. Google has said from the beginning that Google TV will be heavily influenced by developers. There is enough flexibility to offer a lot of opportunity. In other words, this should keep getting better. With a pretty strong starting lineup, Google TV apps are going to make TV exciting again. At least that’s the plan. You can learn more at the new Google TV page, google.com/tv

What do you think? Does this blow Apple TV away? What features are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

Fun Android Apps: ADW.Launcher

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I was looking at a review of the Xperia X10 and came across an app I hadn’t heard of, ADW.Launcher. It was mentioned as a workaround to the 3 home screen limit on the Xperia. I installed it and found it to be quite useful. As I mentioned last week, the Eclair upgrade for the Xperia has been delayed. One of the improvements will be additional homescreens. Since it will take another month to get the update, the ADW.Launcher will fit in nicely.

At some point the ADW.Launcher was a rooted-phone-only app. It looks like it was added to the Android Market over the summer. There are already over 100 supplemental apps to change homescreen configurations in specific ways. The launcher is available to both Android 1.6 and Android 2.X phones. See the QR Codes below to download the app.

ADW.Launcher – Android 1.6
ADW.Launcher – Android 2.X

In honor of the release of Iron Man 2 on Blu-ray today, I installed an Iron Man theme. It features a prominent Android icon decked out in Iron Man’s armor, and the Google search widget encased in gold. The Google icons like the Android Market and Maps are also altered in the theme. It is pretty fun, and easy to navigate. You can install it with the QR code below.

As I find more apps worth sharing I will post them here at Padgett Tech. There are plenty to choose from. If you have any favorite apps, be sure to mention them in the comments.