Monthly Archive: December 2013
Motorola DEVOUR and Motorola BACKFLIP comes T-Mobile's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola CLIQ XT. As the name suggests, Motorola are positioning the CLIQ XT as a derivative of the original CLIQ (launched back in November 2009) but eschewing the QWERTY keyboard in favor of a newly slim line touch screen-only form factor. Question is, have Motorola done enough to update the rest of the smartphone? Check out the full Android Community review after the cut.
Snaptic. The company is claiming almost 2,000,000 active installs, in no small part thanks to Android's Intent functionality which allows developers to combine functionality of other applications. In that way, Snaptic's note-taking functionality has been integrated with the BBC's News app, together with various recipe, dictionary, horoscope and other apps. The app allows for text and media to be snipped from those apps and saved in a user-specific database, which is sync'd in cloud-based storage and accessible via a website. Snaptic now say they're adding in new developer functionality in the latest version of their Notes API, with more news coming out of SXSW this weekend. What they haven't said is anything about financial success; it's not entirely clear how much money Snaptic are making from their 2m active users. Press Release: Snaptic Nears 2 Million Installs on Android Quietly establishes lead in note-taking applications on Android, new developer integrations announced at SXSW San Francisco, Calif. — Snaptic , a developer of smartphone and web applications that capture, organize, and share information has quietly become the leader in note-taking applications on Google’s Android™ with nearly 2,000,000 active installs. With a vision of easy information capture for all, Snaptic has introduced a simple way for Android developers to integrate note-taking capabilities into their own applications. Many of the most popular applications in the Android Market, collectively representing millions of users, have integrated with Snaptic to make it easy for their users to save content to their notebooks. Some of the applications include: 1. Free Dictionary.org – Provides definitions, synonyms, pronunciation, spelling, and word quizzes. 2. BBC News – Delivers the latest news and headlines from the BBC. 3. DailyHoroscope – Conjures fresh horoscopes daily. 4. Favorite Recipes – Serves up thousands of recipes by ingredients, keywords or categories. 5. 10,001 Cocktails – Mixes preloaded recipes with drink search across a broad range of drink categories. 6. Tip Calculator – Simple to use calculator that makes it easy to split up a bill without having to do the math. Snaptic is leading the charge in offering note-taking integration options for developers using the Android Platform’s “Intent” feature. Android Intent offers a simple way for developers to collaborate and leverage each other’s strengths and core competencies to deliver new, feature rich experiences for their application end-users. Snaptic has defined its own note-taking Intent API and published examples for developers to reference. "Snaptic is focused on making it easy for people to capture information into a personal data cloud that's accessible 24/7," said Steve Brown, CEO of Snaptic. "Now Android developers can easily add note-taking to their apps and their users can save what they want from their favorite apps into their mobile notes." Information that is captured from integrated applications is automatically tagged to make it simple to navigate and retrieve saved content. End-users get additional benefit by being able to sync with the web at http://snaptic.com so that no matter where content is captured it’s consistent and available at all times. Snaptic will be presenting at the SXSW 2010 conference in Austin Texas on Saturday, March 13, at the Hilton at 12:50PM to showcase how Android developers are working together to enhance end-user experiences. More information can be found at http://my.sxsw.com/events/event/748 About Snaptic Snaptic is a leading developer of smartphone and web applications that capture, organize, and share information. As the leader in note-taking and geo-tagging applications in the Google Android Market, Snaptic provides the easiest way for developers to integrate note-taking capabilities into their applications. For more information, please visit http://snaptic.com. Snaptic™, 3banana®, and AK Notepad™, Compass™, are trademarks of Snaptic, Inc.
Google Nexus One, what we haven't known so far is when it might be arriving or how much the Android 2.1 smartphone will cost. Still no figures or exact dates, but Vodafone UK have updated their Coming Soon page with a "register for updates" option for the Nexus One. So far all the listing says is that the Nexus One is coming soon, though we previously heard from a UK paper that the launch would take place in April 2010. As for pricing, a leaked Vodafone Germany document suggested that the subsidized handset would come in at €149.90 (£136). We wouldn't be surprised to see the Nexus One hit the UK from free on high-priced contracts, however. [Thanks Andy!]