Motorola Electrify M Review (US Cellular)

The Motorola Electrify M recently landed at US Cellular, and with it we're getting a very strong feeling of deja vu. Despite the new name, we've seen this phone before, as its nearly identical twin – the DROID RAZR M – is currently gracing Verizon's shelves. The DROID RAZR M was a pretty solid handset, though it was somewhat overshadowed by the release of the DROID RAZR HD and the RAZR MAXX HD. Can Motorola keep the quality train rolling with the Electrify M? Read on to find out.

Merry Christmas from Android Community!

We hope this morning you find yourself surrounded with friends and family, loads of gifts, and of course boxes with neat little ribbons and bows on top. It's Christmas! From all of us here at Android Community to all of our dearest loyal readers, Merry Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Hanukkah! And anything else you're celebrating this wonderful day.

A few apps to get you started with your new smartphone

Coming up with a top 5, or even a top 10 list of apps is sort of difficult these days. But not because it is hard to find 5 or 10 apps to recommend, but because there are so many worth recommending. That being the case, we decided to recommend some apps that will get the new smartphone user started. After all, it is the holiday season and we suspect more than a few people will be getting a new Android smartphone. So without any further adieu, here are the apps that I install first when getting a new device. These are also the apps that I almost always have installed. Lookout: This is a security and antivirus app and while I appreciate that it scans apps that I install, I primarily use Lookout for the find my phone feature -- you know, just in case it gets lost of stolen. With Lookout you can remotely track your device as well as remotely lock and wipe your device. This app just gives me some peace of mind. Evernote: What can I say here, Evernote serves as my digital brain. I could easily write thousands of words about my love of this service. Evernote is free to use, available on multiple platforms and allows me to easily capture text notes, image notes and audio notes. If you are often taking notes or needing to jot things down to remember, Evernote is a good solution, especially if you like the ability to also grab those notes from a regular computer. Runkeeper: A big part of my mobile use comes with this app. I am an avid runner and like using Runkeeper on my smartphone. Runkeeper is an easy to use app that has been more than reliable for me. And similar to Evernote, all of my runs are also stored online so I can access and view them from my smartphone as well as on the computer. I have been using Runkeeper for years, across multiple devices and have logged thousands of miles. In fact, I only have one complaint and that is so minor and specific to my use case, it is not even worth mentioning. Facebook, Falcon Pro for Twitter and Untappd: A big part of smartphone use these days is social and given that, how can we not mention Facebook and Twitter. For Facebook I always use the official app. For Twitter I like the official app, however I have been rocking Falcon Pro lately given it seems to have a bit more feature wise. One of the Falcon Pro features is being able to see image previews while browsing the timeline. And sure, I like and use Google+, but rounding out my top 3 social apps is Untappd, one that beer lovers will likely enjoy. Pixlr Express: In buying a smartphone, one of my must have features is a good camera. I take at least a few pictures each and every day and love to edit and share them. Filters, such as in Instagram and the Flickr app are nice, but I like to be able to dive a bit deeper with other tasks such as cropping. The Pixlr Express app is free, easy to use and with lots of features. Slacker, Audible, DoggCatcher: Aside from running, my most common use is audio listening. I almost always have headphones plugged in and am listening to something. In my case I use Slacker, the $9.99 per month pro account because it gives me mobile caching as well as on-demand listening. And while I hate to keep recommending paid services, Audible is fantastic. It helps keep me entertained while getting in some long runs and doing chores around the house. Finally, while Audible is great, I only get one book per month with them and I supplement that with podcast listening. For the podcast listening, I have used DoggCatcher for years. I love the app and given it has been so reliable for me over the years, I cannot recommend it enough. Netflix, Hulu Plus: Video is one set of apps that I always have installed, but often do not use. I am a Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriber and these are my go to apps. They also work nicely when on hour, or hour plus car rides as they can help keep the kids entertained in the back seat. We think most will know what both of these services offer, movie and television streaming. In fact, we think the only real limiting factor here is whether you want to spend $8 for one, or subscribe to both and end up paying $16 per month. Flipboard, Instapaper: Rounding out my must have apps is reading. Flipboard, what can you say -- it does what it should and it does it well. If you want to read news in a magazine like set-up, you cannot go wrong with Flipboard. Personally I use it on my Galaxy S III and my Nexus 7. And given I spend all day working on the web, I often find stories I want to read, but don't have time to read at that very moment. This is where Instapaper comes in, it generally serves as an end-of-day reading list. And as you may have noticed, one category of apps that were left off were games. I do play some Android games, but more often than not play on my Nexus 7. I more often than not have no games installed on my smartphone. But if I were, two that I have been playing lately include Pudding Monsters and Dead Trigger.

Happy Holidays: Here’s some top apps for your new Android tablet

Many of you this morning will be waking up to friends and family, warm fireplaces, hot chocolate or coffee, and tons of presents under the Christmas tree. Today's Christmas around these parts (or something similar) and for those that were lucky enough to get some Android toys for the holidays, we have you covered. Today we'll be sharing some top apps for your new Android tablet, as well as another post for your new Android smartphone.

Sonic Jump Game Review

I've been a Sonic fan almost as long as I've been alive. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was the first game I ever played at the ripe old age of five, and since then, there have been a lot of ups and downs. Thankfully, the series seems to be on the upswing lately, with titles like Sonic Generations, Sonic Colors, and Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed doing surprisingly well with critics and fans alike. Sonic's latest appearance is in Sonic Jump, a new vertical platformer that launched last week on Android. Does this new title keep Sega's string of good Sonic releases going? Do we dare hope?

Getting into the Christmas spirit with your Android smartphone

Similar to what you would find for other holidays, searching the Google Play Store for Christmas will give countless results. That being the case, we here at Android Community spent some time digging through the listings and came up with a handful of Christmas related apps that should help keep you in the Christmas spirit. The app list includes some music, some sounds, wallpapers and live wallpapers and a naughty or nice scanner. Of course, there is the Santa Tracker app and also the Charlie Brown Christmas app, because really, can you get fully into the Christmas spirit without the Peanuts gang. Up first, the apps have that deal with sounds. We have Christmas Radio (free). This app offers more than 50 stations including North Pole Radio, which is said to be broadcasting directly from the North Pole. And in addition to being supported on smartphones, Christmas Radio is available for tablets and Google TV. Keeping with the sounds and we move over to ringtones. This app is called Christmas Ringtones. This is also a free app and thanks to recent update, now includes 10 additional sound clips. Next up, the scenery, which in this case comes in the form of wallpapers and live wallpapers. The regular wallpapers is the Christmas Wallpaper HD app and the live one is Christmas Tree Live Wallpaper. Both of these apps are available for free and feature just what you would expect -- wallpapers with Christmas trees as well as snow, lights and more. Moving past the audio and visual and we have two that should be fun for the kids, or maybe for the adults as well. We have the Elf Scanner - Naughty or Nice app which is $0.99 and A Charlie Brown Christmas which is priced at $1.99. The Elf Scanner app is as the name implies, it will allow you to scan your kids to see if they have been naughty or nice. The app has some nice looking graphics and in my limited time playing, seems to be really fun for the kids. As for the Charlie Brown Christmas app, what can we really say here as we suspect many will already be familiar. This app features dialog and soundtrack goodies from the original 1965 classic as well as the ability to decorate your own (virtual) Charlie Brown Christmas tree and more. Finally, what Christmas app roundup post would be complete without a way to track Santa. This one is the Google Santa Tracker app and it does just what you want -- it tracks Santa. This app is available for free and should help get those kids in bed at a respectable hour on Christmas Eve.

Android Community Weekly Christmas Edition: December 23rd, 2012

Hello and Happy Holidays to all you Android fans. Today we have another Android Community Weekly to wrap up all the fun and exciting news from this past week in the Android world. Being Christmas in a few days this is our holiday edition. We wanted to take this moment to start by saying have a happy holiday's, and our team will be taking off Monday and Tuesday to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Read on for everything that happened this week.

Sega launches Sonic Jump on Google Play Store

Sonic fans take note, because Sega has just released a new game called Sonic Jump on the Google Play Store. One look at the title and you're likely to know right away what kind of game this is - it's a vertical platformer in the vein of Doodle Jump, a game that was extremely popular a while back. Here we've got the same basic premise, only this time, it features everyone's favorite blue hedgehog and his friends.