SwitchMe brings multiple user profiles to (rooted) Android phones and tablets

There's one thing that I've heard requested more than anything when it comes to Android tablets: support fur desktop-style user profiles. It's rare that more than one person uses a smartphone, but tablets were practically made for sharing, especially in the communal area of the family coffee table. While Google graciously allows you to connect more than one Gmail account to a single device, true separation (as in apps, passwords, and settings) is impossible. Enter SwitchMe, the first enabler of a truly multi-user device. The app is free in the Android Market, but requires a $1.98 license key for more than two profiles.

Official Steam app in closed beta, available now

While we saw at least one impressive attempt at an unofficial Steam app, big daddy Valve has now stepped up and offered an official Steam client for Android. The ubiquitous PC game store-cloud client is incredibly popular among gamers, who have had to settle for access to the desktop web version before now. The Steam app is in beta and available as a free download on the Android Market, but unfortunately, your Steam account needs to be part of the batch of beta users in order to log in.

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX hands-on and unboxing

Verizon's long-haul update to the Motorola DROID RAZR is available in stores today: the DROID RAZR MAXX. If you've seen (or unfortunately, own) the DROID RAZR, there's only one major difference: a slightly larger body that accommodates a huge 3300mAh battery. Verizon was kind enough to send us a review unit, which we promptly unboxed for your viewing pleasure and consideration. Same song, second verse:

Star Command: Trekkie RPG with Game Dev Story style

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of War Balloon Games, a tiny indie game developer with a love of all things Star Trek. Their continuing mission: to develop and Android game that combines the classic spacegoing stories of TV's greatest scifi series with 16-bit RPG gameplay. To boldly go where, um, many, many people have gone before, actually. But in an awesome way.

Tenqa REMXD Bluetooth Headphones bring DJ style with an affordable price

Bluetooth headphones are not the revolution we hoped they'd be way back in the early 2000s. Partly that's because the A2DP streaming protocol only has so much bandwidth, but mostly it's because the vast majority of Bluetooth headphones cost much more than most people are willing to spend. Fortunately, the last few years have seen some improvement on that, culminating in a new set of DJ-style over-the-ear cans from small accessory maker Tenqa. The "REMXD" Bluetooth Headphones come in at a wallet-friendly $39, and are scheduled to launch  in early February.

More evidence for an official Xbox Live Android app

Earlier this month we reported that a job listing on Microsoft's website pointed towards a possible Xbox Live app for Android devices. That's looking more and more likely: a Microsoft spokesperson recently indicated that the company was looking to expand the social and remote features of the Xbox 360 with more mobile platforms. That would be a major boon to those who use a combination of Microsoft hardware on the console gaming side of things and Android (or iOS) on mobile - and given the high sales of both, that's a large section of that particular Venn diagram.

BBC News app updated for Android tablets

Anglophiles have been able to get their British Broadcasting Company News fix on Android for a while now, but if you prefer a larger screen, you were stuck with an upscaled interface on tablets. Until now, that is: the BBC just announced an updated News app that plays nice with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. At the moment the app is only available to UK users, but according to the news service the international version will soon be updated as well.

Toshiba BookPlace DB50 takes the color e-reader craze to Japan

7-inch Android devices that blur the lines between a "color e-reader" and "budget tablet" are all the rage here in the US, bud purpose-built models are a bit thin on the ground elsewhere. Toshiba aims to change that, at least in its home country of Japan. The BookPlace DB50 combines a unique shape with a customized version of Gingerbread to create a device purpose-built for Toshiba's proprietary bookstore, which now serves up "about 50,000" Japanese books and periodicals.