Twitter for Android joined the group of apps that had a beta test program back in late-August. The beta program is handled through the Play Store and available for those who want early access to new features. Not to mention, those who are willing to provide feedback and possibly put up with some quirks and issues.
Facebook just can't get enough of the reports and feedback that its getting from volunteers who have helped test beta versions of its Facebook for Android app. Now the social networking giant seeking even braver souls to help it squash bugs even sooner with its new alpha testing program.
LibreOffice, the open source offshoot of popular free office suite Open Office, was headed to Android. While it would be wrong to say that the team of developers is making rapid progress, progress is nonetheless being made. The prototype app for Android tablets (Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich) was recently shown off in a single screenshot. Without passing too much judgement this early in development, I can say this: for those frustrated with the relatively sparse feature-sets of mobile office suites like Google Docs, it'll be well worth the wait.
ClockworkMod Recovery, hands-down the most popular custom recovery out there for ROM junkies. Developer Koush has just released another ambitious community-minded project, ClockworkMod Tether, and it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. The non-market app connects to a Windows, Linux or OS X PC over a USB connection (not WiFi or Bluetooth), and doesn't require any special root permissions or other mods. A separate PC app is required, much like other, similar programs that have been in use for years. Naturally, the app is free. Koush (Koushik Dutta) claims that the program is undetectable by carriers, almost all of which charge for the privilege of sharing your paid smartphone data. The app is in its alpha release, but according to early comments, it's already commendably stable. The developer notes that while most of the software nuts and bolts are in place, the user interface is unfinished, and will be seeing a lot more polish in the future. The current version will expire on Saturday, January 7th, but a newer version should be out by then. Future releases may include a Bluetooth version, as well as better client apps for all supported operating systems. Trying it out on my Galaxy Nexus with a Windows 7 PC seems to work like a charm, though it's not quite as fast as official tethering. Koush is one of the most highly regarded modder/developers out there, and with good reason - expect to see fast and comprehensive updates for ClockworkMod Tether over the next few months. Don't expect this one in the Android Market any time soon. [via Androinica]
on its official blog, along with the source code it's based on. Now that's what I call customer service! Any Adam user can download and install the ROM at their pleasure, though of course there's still a few bugs to squash.
HP decided to disperse WebOS as an open source OS, and recent news suggests developers are getting excited. MIUI, an extremely popular visually modified/skinned version of CyanogenMod, has started to make its way over to the HP TouchPad. This is an extremely stable Alpha version, and would suffice for daily use.
available for download at RootzWiki now.
TouchPads starting at $99 for the 16GB model and going up from there. Sunday December 11th on the HP Ebay Store you'll get a chance to snag an awesomely cheap tablet -- then install CM7 on that bad boy.