Android Applications

Pixelpipe helps get your pictures into the world

Pixelpipe has come to the rescue with an easy way to get photos off of your Android and out into the world. You can now upload photos to your favorite social network, micro-blog, photo/video and blog services then with Pixelpipe. There are many photo and video service that are supported including, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket, Nokia Ovi, Phanfare, Smugmug, vimeo, ImageShack, pikeo, webshots, kyte, FotoTime, Zooomr, Fotki, 23hq, 72 photos, ipernity, Viddler, Shutterfly, photobox, Kodak Gallery, Windows Live, Mobypicture & Gallery Menalto. As you can tell there is already plenty of support behind Pixelpipe with more to come. Pixelpipe Features include:
  • Upload once and we’ll take care of the distribution, no need to send to each destination individually
  • Ability to add and configure destinations from the Phone or online at
  • Complimentary desktop applications available for OS X, Windows and Linux
  • Background uploading!
  • Integration with the “Share” menu in other application
  • Preservation of geotags when available

Android Community Week in Review – Week 46 2008

This week a very strange bug was found in the Android software that could potentially cause problems.  The bug takes all your keystrokes and secretly sends them to the root shell as commands with the highest user privileges. The bug was found when someone was typing the word “reboot” in a text message and ended up rebooting their G1. Mozilla made a comment on their new mobile browser Fennec coming to Android. Unfortunately it does not look good for Android users. We will only be getting Fennec if Google allows applications that are not written in Java. The company iSuppli has pumped out yet another parts estimate, this time it is for the G1. They are claiming that in parts alone it costs $143.89 to build the G1. Google later took the time to explain what the causes of the root bug were. They left the root commands open for developers to use and never closed them in the release. Google says they will remain silent on what updates to until everyone has received it.  Android got the first virtual keyboard this week due to the A7 SMS application that hit Android Market. However Many users are not able to get it to work. This keyboard has a bit of an odd layout, the top row of keys read “QWERT.” PhoneFusion is making an effort to bring a free visual voicemail application to Android users. The catch is you have to deal with the extremely ugly, outdated interface that they are known for. In other applications Android will be getting the ever so popular Loopt application very soon. Loopt allows users to keep track on their friend’s locations and what they are doing. Needless to say this application sometimes can be used negatively to spy on people. G1 owners in the United Kingdom are still reporting that they have yet to receive their RC8 update. This update in the UK is supposed to be the same as the RC30 that the US just received. It appears that Android Market is going to get another Wiki application this time it will be WikiTap. This application allows you to search and contribute videos on Wikipedia. A while back we reported that it was highly unlikely that Android would get a Facebook application. It appears that it has happened after all, just not in the form we were thinking. fBook is basically the mobile web version of Facebook wrapped for use on Android. This application was not actually made by Facebook; it was created by the guys over at Next Mobile Web. In other Android application news, WeatherBug has done it again. Android users will now get to experience the amazing weather application that so many have been using for a while now. WeatherBug has many fantastic features that are integrated with Android through programs like Google Maps to give users GPS-enabled Severe Weather Alerts, Customized Forecasts and More from the Largest and Most Precise Weather Network in the World. We also received word that the famous iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge will make its way over to Android if the demand is high enough. One of the developers over at Tapulous commented on a users question and gave hope to many of us who have made the transition from the iPhone over to the G1 and can’t live without it.

WikiTap allows Wikipedia searches and contribution on the go

Veveo has announced the launch of their own WikiTap application for both the iPhone and T-Mobile G1. Now G1 owners can contribute to Wikipedia anywhere from the vtap TM web video service. WikiTap allows you to quickly search Wikipedia to find multimedia content such as pictures and video. This is the first application that allows people to not only read articles, but also make immediate multimedia contributions on the go. WikiTap also enhances the Wikipedia experience on the G1 by bringing up relevant videos from vtap’s video index.  You can also rate the relevance of the content for other WikiTap community members. “WikiTap gives iPhone and Android users a unique way to discover, enjoy, share and contribute to the already amazing amount of knowledge that exists in Wikipedia, all from the convenience of a mobile device,” said Murali Aravamudan , CEO of Veveo. “Built on vtap technology, which delivers over 250 million media search queries per month, the iPhone and Android community now have the ability to easily search through millions of Wikipedia documents, and micro-contribute by uploading videos on any topic, from anywhere, making it an even more powerful knowledgebase for other users.”

AT&T waiting for Android to open up to non-Google applications

AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de La Vega, had the time to speak with the Web 2.0 Summit today about the iPhone 3G broadband limits. The talks mostly consisted of U-Verse and data limits that followed, but for some reason he slipped a bit of Android information in among all of the iPhone talk. It looks like AT&T's position has not changed, an AT&T representative has stated, "We continue to evaluate the android platform, and if customers want it, we will offer it." AT&T seems to likes the Android platform, but wishes to let it open up and evolve a little bit before taking on an Android-powered handset of their own. “De la Vega said AT&T continues to look at Google's Android operating system but is not prepared to make any moves to carry any Android phones. He said the platform is still evolving and needs to open up even more to offer a wider array of non-Google applications.” Looks like AT&T is one of the few companies not using the opportunity to put Google’s Android OS. Who (other than myself) would like to see Android on AT&T next? [Via SFGate]

Splashplay brings learning guitar to Android

SplashPlay is now available in the Android Market for guitar players everywhere. While the application title does portray that it is geared around music, it does not do the application justice. SplashPlay claims to have people strumming away to their favorite songs in minutes. For those of us who have always wanted to learn how to play guitar here is our chance. SplashPlay offers a new generation of learning to play the guitar. Only G1 owners have the ability to interact with videos giving them exclusive features. Getting started is easy, just attach the pod and light panel to your guitar and download the software.
  • Share and learn music on different instruments using the SplashPod and a paper-thin light panel.
  • Combines freely available tutorials with optionally available hardware.
  • Learn songs or chords wherever you want, on a bus or train or even in your tent at a music festival.
  • Use the phone to wirelessly control the light panel using Bluetooth.
This application is very portable, SplashPlay sends information to the pod from a mobile phone or computer using a Bluetooth connection. Some features SplashPlay also offer include a guitar tuner, metronome and hands free Bluetooth foot pedal. The guitar version of SplashPlay is scheduled for early 2009, shortly followed by light panel releases for the keyboard/piano, drums, violin and many other instruments.

PocketFinder finds its way into the Android Market

Today Location Based Technologies Inc announced that Android smartphone users will now be able to download PocketFinder. This application gives users the ability to stay connected in several ways. Some of the features PocketFinder has to offer include real-time location, zone and speed alerts, instant messaging, and travel history for one low service fee. The CEO of Location Based Technologies (LBT), Dave Moros stated, "In addition, our new Android-based application will eventually support other smartphones and smartphone platforms as we intensify our development efforts to make this enhancement available to their customers and expand our coverage of the global marketplace." PocketFinder is now available in the Android Market with a 15-day free trial, starting November users may purchase the app for $4.95/month per phone through the month of November. It will remain at that price as long as the account is kept current and in good standing. Users can even integrate PocketFinder with other devices such as the PetFinder device. PocketFinder will eventually work its way to other smartphone handsets making this a perfect application for families that need to know where everyone is.

Caller ID from WhitePages hits Android Market

Among the applications that hit the Android Market today, one in particular stands out in our minds. Caller ID from WhitePages is a handy application that very well might get looked over. This application provides you with advanced caller ID functionality on your Android-powered handset that you would normally only get on a land line. Utilizing the mapping tools and promoting the truly mobile nature of the device. Caller ID from WhitePages allows users to:
  • See name of incoming caller (based on one of more than 200 million listings in WhitePages online directory)
  • Map location of caller
  • Add caller to contacts
It took less than two weeks to create this clean, branded user-interface with simple, clean functionality. This application is just what a mobile phone needs, it takes the guesswork out of incoming calls. Caller ID from WhitePages is perfect for those of us who screen our calls. Below is a video provided by Vice president of monetization and mobile for WhitePages, Kevin Nakao. [youtube][/youtube]

JOYity brings mobile gaming into the real world

JOYity has brought social based gaming to a whole new level with Android. JOYity uses GPS to help users play adventure-based games with other people in the real world like it has never been done before.

JOYity is not one but three games in a single application. Once you download the application you can either choose to play YouCatch, Roads, San Francisco or City Race Munich or choose to design your own game. In Roads of San Francisco you have to follow clues all around the city. When you arrive at one location, a text or picture message tells you where to go next. The game is basically a Scavenger Hunt with a story line that can be played with several people. YouCatch is a version of Manhunt in which players in the same proximity sign up for the game. Everyone acts as a hunter and the hunted, the game assigns you a person to hunt while assigning you to someone else as the victim. The location of everyone is periodically flashed on the map so you can locate others. When you get within 25 feet of your victim just press the scroll ball for the kill, the catch is your location is broadcast every time you press the scroll button. The winner is the last person left standing. Below you can see two video reviews from AppVee of Roads of San Francisco and YouCatch. YouCatch is being played in Madison Square Park in New York City. AppVee was also impressed with this application saying that it is a “massive multiplayer trans-reality game.” What do you think about the new direction mobile gaming is going? [youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] [Via Tech Crunch]

AndroidDevCamp 1 being held in Dallas

Today an event called AndroidDevCamp is being held in Dallas Texas to help developers prepare for further developing for the Android platform. Developers will be able to learn from not one but two of the Android Developers Challenge winners.

Jason Hudgins, developer that worked on Tunewiki (and that is now a part of ShopSavvy), along with Rylan Barnes, the original developer of GoCart (now known as ShopSavvy) will be demonstrating their applications and sharing development experience on Google’s Android platform. Basic points that will be covered during the camp are: How to get started on Android, Google’s Android Developers I and II, lessons learned in the development of ShopSavvy and understanding Android fundamentals. The event will include breakout sessions where developers can share ideas and form working groups to begin building Android apps. AndroidDevCamp 1 in Dalas is being sponsored by SpringStage and hosted in the Big in Japan/Architel offices located in the Dallas INFOMART. They can support around 75 'campers' for the day. AndroidDevCamp is organized by Anuj Bhatia, Alexander Muse, Rylan Barnes and Jason Hudgins. If you are interested in sponsoring, helping, organizing or hosting an event please email Alexander Muse at amuse 'at' Event location: Infomart 1950 Stemmons Fwy Suite 2022 Dallas, TX 75207 Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Upcoming - Yahoo]

Android Market charging for apps in early 2009

Today the Android Market was officially launched, as the Android Developers Blog reported. They wrote a lot about what is expected for developers in order to bring their applications to market. Developers will be able to upload their applications on Monday, October 27th when they have wrapped up all the details. Google requires registration and a one time application fee of $25 to ensure developers are authenticated and responsible for their apps. Once the developer is authenticated they may add applications for users without any further validation. We believe that a lot of applications that have been ready for an ok by Google will hit all at once, making many G1 owners very excited to get so many at one time. In early 2009 developers will be able to offer paid applications to users, bringing home 70% of the revenue their applications brings in, while the remaining amount goes to carriers and billing settlement fees - Google will not be taking any percentage of profits. It comes as no surprise that Google is stating the Android Market is still in Beta. "Android Market helps developers get their applications in the hands of users by acting as an open distribution system. A beta version is now available on the world's first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1." Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Android Developers Blog]
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