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Posted by androidjunkie at 11 February 2013

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instagram_android_alternative_androidguysKevin Systrom, Co-Founder of Instagram, today announced the launch of Instagram on the Web. Once limited to your smartphone app and browser app for viewing photos on your feed, you can now access your feed from any web enabled device. This means your home PC, notebook, or tablet get the same experience. My question, however, is whether the time spent creating this is truly worth it.

At first glance, the web version is clean, and the ability to view your photo feed in a larger scale is nice. Details are more noticeable, and just like on the phone, you can heart (like) and comment on your friend’s photos. But, as much as I love the idea, of Instagram on my laptop or tablet, the website is so simple it is almost annoying.

“Since our launch in October of 2010, we’ve focused on building a simple app that has inspired creativity while capturing everyday moments through the lens of your mobile phone. In fact, our focus on building out a mobile-only experience is a unique path that we’ve chosen for many reasons, the most important of which is that Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on-the-go.” Kevin Systrom

Wonderful, so why not keep it that way?  When you log onto instagram.com, you are only offered to see your feed. Sure, you have the ability to edit your profile, but beyond that there is nothing new or exciting. Instagram was created with the idea that one could manipulate and edit pictures from a mobile device on-the-go, and it works beautifully. My advice Mr.Systrom, is to spend more time adding features to your current mobile application.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 11 February 2013

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Google is looking at making some changes to the way they handle finances in the Play Store. According to emails sent to developers, payouts are shifting from two days after the end of each month to 15 days. According to the email,

We are committed to providing you with a consistent and reliable payout experience while we introduce new forms of payment to better serve your users and create more revenue opportunities for you. These changes will allow us to ensure users can buy your apps and we can transmit payments to you in a reliable fashion.

We can’t really be sure what new forms of payment will be available, but there’s talk of more Google Wallet and other contractless payment options in the works.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 31 January 2013

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Sprint today announced the next Android smartphone to offer 4G LTE service on the Now Network, introducing the rugged and waterproof Kyocera Torque. Pricing and exact availability is still unknown however the carrier expects it to show up in the “coming weeks”.

Details for the Kyocera Torque include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch WVGA LCD IPS capacitive display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, microSD support, and a 2500mAh battery.

If you’re the type of person who needs a phone that handles abuse, then the Torque might be your best option. This guy can take drops, handle water, dirt, and everything else that life throws its way.

Waterproof, Dirt-Proof, Drop-Proof

Built to Military Standard 810G, Torque is made to withstand water, dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, and extreme temperatures, along with IP67 standards for dust and water immersion.

Torque has been tested to hold up against life’s extremes – including some most people will never see – to help ensure it will be there when you need it, including:

  • Waterproof whether sprayed or immersed in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, Torque can handle all the rain, sprinklers, hoses, spit, drool, drinks, sinks or toilet water life can throw at it – that’s more than can be said of the around 82 million handsets in the U.S. that have already been destroyed by liquid.1
  • Extreme Temperatures of -22° to 140°F (-30° to 60°C) for a non-operating unit for two hours and -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C) for an operating unit for three hours – from backcountry snowboard trips to hikes in Death Valley, don’t sweat it.
  • Dropped 26 times from 4 feet high – or, the average week with kids at the playground.
  • Heavy dust for six hours – going off the grid while off-roading and camping will never be an issue.
  • Horizontal, vertical and sideways vibrations for one hour – that mountain bike ride or roller coaster will be no match for Torque.
  • Exposure to salt fog, for a complete 48 hour cycle; this cycle includes 24 hours exposure to salt fog followed by 24 hours drying time  – ideal for surfers, beach lovers or those who left their hearts and phones in San Francisco.
  • 95 percent humidity for 10 days straight – the phone can handle it, but its owners may not.
  • Solar radiation exposure of 1120 W/m2 for 24 hours – you might need sunscreen, but your phone doesn’t mind soaking up some rays.
  • Low pressure at 57.11 kPa/15,000 feet (4,572 meters) for two hours – higher than the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 U.S. states.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 January 2013

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One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs.  Sure, there’s rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.

In a nutshell we will show you a new look for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need if you want to mimic the feel. Note that the following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish – results will vary.  But that’s awesome. In fact, many of the designs we highlight tend to use the same apps

Continue reading: Get this look for your Android homescreen: Ideo White


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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 January 2013

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Your tablet is a great asset. Bigger than your run-of-the-mill phone, it gives you the opportunity to use your favorite mobile OS on a slightly grander, much more efficient scale. One issue? Trying to use the darn thing while still being able to multi-task elsewhere. If you’ve got a tablet (especially of the larger variety, such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1), you know what a pain it can be to try to type as you move around or keep a free hand available; many would say they’ve lost their favorite device to the welcoming jaws of a hungry concrete floor that way.

Enter: Thumb Keyboard. From the app development company Beansoft, this app is a full-fledged replacement keyboard for your device, and is easily one of the most customizable - and common sense – keyboard replacement options.

Upon downloading the app, you’ll need to activate it in your phone’s settings, by going to settings > Language and Keyboard, and checking “Thumb Keyboard”. After that, just choose it as your phone’s keyboard, and you’re all set.

You’ll notice a couple really cool things right off the bat – one of them being the layout options. There’s a split keyboard, shown here:

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There’s also options for a full-fledged keyboard (like the one that comes standard with Android), and a one-handed – yes, you heard that right – option. The one-handed option is great. It makes one side of the keyboard a blank slate that you can hold your tablet with using one hand, while putting all the keys on the right side. Best part? It doesn’t pick up your touch on the holding side on the screen, allowing you to touch the screen without impeding your ability to type.

There’s also a ton of themes, everything from a stock android look to pink skulls and crossbones, high contrast, and more. The app will normally set you back just $2.50 or so, but is currently on sale for $1.29.

What We Liked

  • Customization options
  • Different layouts
  • Makes using a tablet or large phone easier

Room for Improvement

  • Less lag on typing

Download Thumb Keyboard (Google Play)


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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 January 2013

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A new version of the Dolphin web browser is available in the Google Play store which sees a number of improvements and enhancements.

One of the key features in the update includes easier sharing of web pages and images to Facebook and Twitter,  and email. Along those lines, users who share a Wi-Fi connection can broadcast pages to each other directly withing the app.

Another big improvement in the Dolphin browser is the ability to clip recipes, images, articles, and more and save to Evernote. If you’re an existing Evernote user then you’ll appreciate how addicting it is to do clip items from the web.

  • First-ever mobile web-clipping to Evernote: If you’re an Evernote user, you know that their web-clipping is one of those features that made you fall in love with the app. Trouble is, you’ve never been able to do it easily from your mobile phone. Now, you can clip recipes, articles, and other pages into Evernote with tags and comments, and also annotate the note within Dolphin - this is huge!
  • One-click sharing: Dolphin is upping its social game with this new feature which allows for Tweeting, posting to Facebook Timeline, and emailing all in just one click. Further, now Dolphin users on the same wifi connection can broadcast pages to each other from within the app.
  • Dolphin Connect: Dolphin’s mobile browsing experience is deeply personalized, and Dolphin Connect makes users’ web (desktop, mobile, etc.) totally synced. Pick up where you left off from any device, simply by enabling Dolphin Connect, and installing a Chrome, Firefox or Safari extension.

If you have not had a chance to check out Dolphin for your mobile browsing experience, we definitely recommend you do so. It’s fast, lightweight, and a welcome departure from the stock internet client.

Dolphin Browser


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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 January 2013

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Hey there!  Are you a new Android user looking to pick up a Twitter application for your phone or tablet? Maybe you’re a seasoned Android veteran who is ready to switch things up a bit and try something new.  Whatever the situation, you now find yourself in the hunt for a Twitter client.  We’re here to help, so we’ve picked out 24 insanely great Twitter apps that may be of interest. We want to make it easy for you to follow @androidguys!

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list and there are always going to be a few gems that slip through the cracks. To that end, we would love for you to add your favorite app in the comment section below.

Here they are, in alphabetical order:

chant

Chant for Twitter – One of the most recently released Twitter apps on this list, Chant is currently an ongoing beta project which looks to bring a simplified experience to your phone. Note that it does feature in-app advertising which the developer advises has a “clever placement approach” that shouldn’t annoy users.

echofon

Echofon for Twitter (beta) – Standout features for this one include light and dark themes, a widget, and multiple account management. One of our favorite details is the way in which is will synchronize across all Echofon apps, regardless of platform or device.  This ensures you don’t have to read the same tweets, mentions, or direct messages twice. Future features include mute, gap detection, and in-app browser/in-app picture viewer.

Echofon Pro - Like most other premium Twitter apps, $4.99 will remove ads from your experience.

falcon

Falcon for Twitter (Donate) – One of the newer Twitter apps we’ve fallen in love with, details include a double sliding menu UI, phone and tablet optimization, and real-time and expandable notifications. Choose from either a light or dark theme and customize this one in nearly every aspect. At $1.99 it is as good as other, more pricey alternatives.

Falcon Pro – Get rid of the pesky ads for under a buck ($.99). Yes, it is lower than the donate version right now.

hootsuite

Hootsuite – If you want to manage multiple social networking services with one app, Hootsuite is one of the premier players in the game. In addition to Twitter, you can also maintain your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare accounts. Details include the ability to schedule Twitter updates, upload photos, view click stats, and receive notifications.

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Janetter – Popular on Windows and Mac, this app handles multiple (limited to three) accounts, features long press shortcuts, and allows for muting keywords or users. Create a bunch of bookmarks and synchronize your favorite keywords, lists, or lists at once.

Janetter Pro – For $6.99 users will remove the timeline ads and pick up support for up to 7 accounts.

plume

Plume – Formerly known as Touiteur, Plume is a highly customizable Twitter client with a scrollable widget. If you’re the kind of person who likes to upload and share photos you’ll enjoy being able to choose from no less than eight services, including Lockerz, Twitter, Twitpic, Plixi, YFrog, Posterous, Mobypicture, and MyPict.me. Got someone on your timeline who keeps irritating you or spoiling TV shows? Mute them or the name(s) of your series before relationships are ruined.

Plume Premium – For $4.99, you can pick up the ad-free experience from LevelUp Studio

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Scope – Like others on this list, Scope lets users post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Foursquare as well as read Instagram, Reddit, Slickdeals and more. Gather all of your social goings-on in one centralized, sharp-looking place and stay in touch. One of the easiest ways to update your status across multiple channels with a single post.

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Seesmic – One of the first apps and services to allow for multiple social network and multiple account support, Seesmic is highly flexible.  Post and read updates, photos, and videos with third party services that include Twitpic, picplz, Yfrog, Lockerz, MobyPicture,and Instagram.

Seesmic Pro – For $2.99 you can combine views from multiple accounts into one timeline, meaning Facebook and Twitter in one screen. That, and you’ll also help fund further development.

slices

Slices for Twitter- In addition to your standard fare of Twitter features, Slices makes discovery quite fun. We like to use this one to follow live events and hop around various categories. For those who prefer to organize users into lists or streams, this Twitter app can auto-detect and categorize the people you follow.

Slices Pro – Remove the in-app advertising for $4.99.

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TweetCaster – Staying with the same developer (OneLouder), TweetCaster is an old-school favorite of ours. Rich in features and customization, users can take advantage of multiple color schemes, photo filters, speak-to-Tweet, and a number of widget options.  Keep your place across different devices with TweetMarker or save your links to read later on Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability.

TweetCaster Pro – Cough up $4.99 and you’ll be rid of the banner ads.

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TweetDeck – While this one might not be getting any future love, it’s still a popular Twitter client. Details include multiple columns and social networking services and a simple (read: very basic) interface. Also works with Foursquare and, for those with a time machine, Google Buzz.

twicca

Twicca – It is difficult to talk about this one without making it sound like an average Twitter app. Spend a few minutes with it, however, and you’ll see it is anything but. Standard options for Twicca include multiple accounts, a widget, local trending topics, plugin-in support, and saved searches.

twidroyd

Twidroyd – If you were in the Android space back in 2008-2009 then you’ll certainly recall the way Twidroyd ruled the roost. Although it has not picked up an update in nearly a year, it is full of features that other Twitter apps were late to include. Perfect for older, legacy Android devices.

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Twitter – Did you know that Twitter offers an official Android app? Of course you did. Getting better all the time, the mobile client is a straightforward experience with photo filters, search, pushed notification settings, and more.

tweetings

Tweetings for Twitter – Based on the open source project (Twidere), this app has all the features you’ll find in other, even paid, clients. One of our favorite features is letting it auto-update on Wi-Fi connection and keeping us in touch with everyone else. One of the newer Twitter apps but definitely one to keep an eye on.

ubersocial

UberSocial for Twitter - Picking up where Twidroyd left off (same developers), this one is chock full of user-defined settings. Set up multiple accounts and pick custom notifications so you know who is tweeting and whether it’s related to your personal or business profile. Handy features include pull or shake to refresh as well as the ability to preview links, videos and images in your timeline.

UberSocial for Twitter Pro – Spend $4.99 and you’ll also enjoy inline viewing of photos and videos from  twitpic, mypict.me, yfrog, pic.gd, tweetphoto.com, lockerz, flickr, mobypicture, twitvid, twitgoo, twitsnap, imgur, instagram.


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Posted by androidjunkie at 16 January 2013

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Samsung seems to really be trying to take the cake with their latest hardware announcement. Hot on the heels of the new Tegra 4 from NVIDIA and the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm, Sammy has announced a new chipset of their own – the Exynos 5 Octa. That’s right, folks. Octa. As in 8 cores.

Sounds like a lot of power, right? Speed wise, yes, battery wise, perhaps not so much. Samsung has developed this new chip with your sanity in mind: the cores are separated 2 ways, with 4 Cortex A15 cores handling the intense stuff, while 4 Cortex A7 cores handle the menial work. The chipset is well-suited for phones, and Samsung knows it – in fact, they’re saying that it could end up using 70% less battery life than current quad-core CPUs on the market now, as well as the dual-core Exynos 5, which currently runs the backbone of the Nexus 10

This is big news, folks, and has the potential to change the capabilities of our mobile devices for a long time to come. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 16 January 2013

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IK Multimedia, a big name in the world of music technology, they finally decided to show some care to Android. They announced today that the iRig Recorder for Android will be available by the end of January. It is one of the best apps for recording purposes, allows you to record on the go, edit it and a lot of other things, thanks to the impressive and versatile software. Along with iRig’s hardware like the 3.5mm compatible microphones and a 3.5mm-to-XLR conversion dongle, it takes the recording experience to the next level.

irig_0If you are a musician or a a journalist, then I am sure this is something you must be looking for. The full version will be available for $4.99 with the waveform editor and the volume optimizer. Check out the features:

  • No set up required – just launch the app and hit record
  • Auto record feature – the recording immediately starts as soon as the app is launched to catch the moment
  • No recording time limit – the recording time is determined by the available space on your device
  • Recordings are automatically grouped by recording date and tagged with geo location info for quick locating
  • Extremely easy to use – simple editing lets you cut and crop your recordings
  • Non-destructive editing – the original recording file is always kept as a backup
  • Export your files in OGG compressed format and WAV uncompressed format
  • Files can be sent via E-Mail, FTP upload, Bluetooth, copying from the phone via USB cables or from SD card or shared and stored via apps installed on the device
  • High-quality audio processors automatically optimize levels and tone

Are you planning to get this for your Android phone? Tell us about it in the comment box below.

Source: IK

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Posted by androidjunkie at 31 December 2012

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One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs.  Sure, there’s rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.

In a nutshell we will show you a new look for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need if you want to mimic the feel. Note that the following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish – results will vary.  But that’s awesome. In fact, many of the designs we highlight tend to use the same apps.

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Continue reading: Get this look for your Android smartphone: New York


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