3rd Party Applications

Android Community App Directory launches!

One of the features we get asked for most frequently here on Android Community is an applications directory, somewhere for developers to show off their hard work, users to file feedback and make suggestions, and generally a place to go to dig up new and interesting software for your Android smartphone.  So we're pleased to unveil the Android Community App Directory, a simple - but full-featured - way to promote your software. Listings in the App Directory can be as simple or as info-rich as you want, and the whole thing is organized by category with user-ratings and commenting.  You can also see which software is getting the most attention or the most feedback. We've got a number of new features planned that should roll out over the rest of this week, again answering some of the more common requests we've had over the past few months.  Let us know what you think - we're always open to suggestions!

Fring update Android VoIP app: more stable, better audio

Fring have released a new version of their Android messaging and VoIP app, which promises reduced battery consumption, improved audio quality on the DROID and Milestone, and better support for the Nexus One.  Fring v1.2.0.25 also improves general app stability, something much requested after the software first arrived in the Android Market back in November 2009. The Android version still lags behind Symbian and other platforms in terms of sheer number of features, as you can see in this diagram.  However, if you're looking for Skype, MSN and Google Talk VoIP along with IM support, all over carrier data connections as well as WiFi, it's one of the few apps in the Market that offer it. Key changes:
  • Hide/Show offline buddies
  • Hide/Show address book
  • Privacy settings for IM signature and mood message
  • A fix for the audio issues on Motorola DROID and Milestone
  • Better support for Google’s Nexus One
  • Improved battery consumption
  • Bug fixes

Mikandi: First Adult App Market for Android [Video]

Well, well, well, this is a new one for me, I'm no angel, nor am I an saint, but you have to admit, not everyone will be happy about this one. It happens that Android has an adult app market now, unofficial, of course. The name of this new market is; Mikandi. There are certain rules and standards not only on the Android Market, but on other app stores as well. This rules are normally against porn apps, it doesn't mean that you cannot just use your smartphone's browser to visit the adult-only websites, but that's the way it is. So anyway, now, the Android platform has a porn market. There will be people thinking that this is unnecessary, and others will be either happy or upset, the truth is, we are just giving you the info, not to judge anything. The MiKandi market, which claims to be the world's first adult app store, is currently available for Android phones only, but according to their website, support for other devices is coming soon. This adult marketplace downloads to your Android phone as a central portal where you can download, find, and use adult themed applications. Also, developers will be able to distribute their free or paid adult apps, without any fear of being rejected from the Android Market. Any type of adult content will be allowed into the MiKandi Market, as long as it doesn’t go against the law. And of course, you have to be 18 years or older to download this. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7TfRnYSxOU&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Spotify Mobile hits Android Market

Spotify have finally released their official app into the Android Market, meaning that premium subscribers to the music streaming service can now access tracks on the move.  As promised, the app delivers on-device database browsing, playlist creation and offline playback. The offline playback means that playlist contents are cached, and can be replayed while the Android device is temporarily without a 3G or WiFi signal or indeed switched to airplane mode.  A third-party app delivering catalog access was released back in August, but removed at the request of the company themselves. Spotify Mobile for Android (and the iPhone/iPod touch app, which has also been released today) is available for download now, and requires a subscription to Spotify Premium.  That costs £9.99 per month ($18); currently Spotify is only available in the UK, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Spain, though a US launch has been tipped for as early as the end of 2009. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ALGPknOsiU[/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Google IO 2009 HTC Android phone unboxing video and pics

I had a quick chat with Vic Gundotra prior to this morning’s Google IO 2009 keynote and he said to me there is many-many surprise at this year’s developer’s convention.  It never occurred to me that one of those surprises included an Android-phone by HTC (also known as the HTC Magic).  This version of the HTC Magic has T-Mobile’s 3G band, unlocked capable of being a world phone!  Also included with this limited edition Google IO 2009 Android phone is a 30-day T-Mobile SIM card with data and minutes for you to use – free of charge! The Google IO Android phone is black with light blue accent on the edges and Google IO Developer Conference on the back.  You'll also be greeted with the same logo when turning the phone on.  Yes it's all true, all members of the press and conference attendees get one – no questions ask.  How awesome is that? We’ve already reviewed the HTC Magic for Android Community here; so make sure to check out the detailed review by Chris Davies. Vic Gundotra introducing GD2 and the Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 35da0b6f6ea37bcf8bcb] Unboxing Google IO 2009 HTC Android-phone [vms 7100777c7190b76d2823] [gallery]

GP2X emulator lands on Android [Video]

The Android platform may soon get a sizable shot of retro gaming, if Jrioni's GP2X emulator project continues to develop.  Currently in "pre-alpha" stage, the project basically recreates the GP2X open-source Linux-based handheld on an Android phone like the T-Mobile G1. Since the GP2X is capable of playing classic titles from the Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, Master System, Game Gear and Commodore 64, among others, that means there's a huge back-catalog of potential games.  In this demo video, Jrioni plays Marvel vs Capcom and Samurai Shodown, among others. No word on when - or even if - we can see a release of the emulator, but there undoubtedly seems to be demand for it.  Another of Jrioni's projects is streaming video to the G1 via VLC and vnc.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezr9LJrGJiU[/youtube] [via Engadget]

Glympse time-controlled GPS tracking hits Android [Video]

Fresh to the Android Market and set to take on Google's Latitude is Glympse, another way of sharing your location with friends, colleagues and family.  Glympse attempts to tackle the problem of ongoing privacy present in many location-based apps; that is, you may want to let someone know where you are for a certain period, but not forever. Generally, location-sharing software works in one of two ways: either a one-off alert, which usually sends out a set of GPS coordinates either by SMS or email, or an ongoing connection as in Google Latitude.  While Latitude does allow for privacy settings, such as turning on and off tracking on a per-contact basis, it's something the user needs to remember to switch. What Glympse offers, instead, is a range of time-controlled tracking invitations.  These can run from a single instant, through minutes and several hours.  No special software is required by the recipient; instead they merely receive a link which takes them to a web-based map; the sender can also prematurely end or extend the invite.  The Glympse app is currently available through the Android Market as a free download, but the company is planning Windows Mobile, iPhone and BlackBerry versions.  More details at their FAQ here. [Thanks notxel21!] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-MsCQJ6n4[/youtube]

DataViz Documents To Go, free RoadSync beta released

DataViz have launched a version of their Office file editing app Documents To Go for Android.  Promised back in December, Documents To Go can open Microsoft Word and Excel files and attachments, as well as allow editing and creating of them, up to and including Office 2007 files. Rich formatting is supported, such as bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, bullets and numbered lists, together with tables, bookmarks and comments. Documents To Go will also display footnotes, endnotes and track-changes, while the Excel part of the app supports a full 111 functions, together with cell formatting, row and column preferences and auto-fit options. There's also integration with DataViz's new RoadSync Beta, which brings Exchange ActiveSync push email to the Android platform.  Currently a free beta in the Android Market, RoadSync supports both email and Exchange contacts.  It'll be free until May 31st; full pricing is yet to be announced, but as a guide RoadSync is priced at $29.99 for PalmOS and $49.99 for S60. As for Documents To Go, that's normally priced at $29.99 but, as a launch offer, it's just $19.99.

Google allowing tethering apps for non-T-Mobile users

After performing a mass sweep of tethering applications from the Android Market earlier this week, Google have backtracked.  Rather than a total ban, their suggestion is to leave tethering software available to "users outside the T-Mobile US network":
"We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application" Google statement to WiFi Tether for Root Users developer
It looks as though, as we suggested, Google has a filtering system which allows them to limit Android Market content depending on carrier.  It's arguable whether that's good news or bad; one perspective is that at least developers can promote Android software that, while perhaps falling foul of some carriers' Terms of Service (ToS), would still be usable by those with unlocked devices on different networks.  However, a different view might maintain that by giving in to carrier pressure, Google has set a precedent which could significantly impact future software, such as VoIP apps.  The layering of ToS and distribution agreements involving users, carriers and Google themselves makes keeping track of which apps will be permitted, whether partially or totally, difficult, and it'll only get worse as more carriers sign up their own Android devices.

FriendMobilizer Facebook Android client

A new Facebook application for Android has been launched by Macrospecs.  FriendMobilizer offers status control, notifications, photo access and more, all with what Macrospecs describe as minimal memory footprint.  There's also integration of photo uploads into your Android phone's standard menu options, with a new "FriendMobilizer" choice in the "Share picture via" dialog.  Images can then be captioned and commented on, with uploads happening in the background. FriendMobilizer is available through the Android Market now.  The company also offers free versions for Windows Mobile devices. [gallery]
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