Larva Labs is stirring up some serious competition with their replacement GUI app, which is described as an almost Facebookian approach, and a mix between “Zune, Motoblur, and HTC’s Sense”.
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leaked Sense UI ROM for Android 2.1 out there. You don't have an HTC phone? Well, that might not be a problem now, as long as you have an Android-based phone. Beautiful Widgets has come to the rescue, and is now available on the Android Market. Beautiful Widgets is actually a set of widgets that run on Google's free mobile Android platform, with a stylish and nice looking design inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI). So, all those Motorola DROID owners who would kill to have Sense UI on their smartphones, now you don't have to (killing is never good, you know). If you own a Samsung Android-based phone, you can also get this app to work for you. Next are the Features: - Two nice looking flip clocks with 12/24 hours support - Weather with realistic icons - Celcius and fahrenheit temperature - Automatic language detection - Geolocation for the weather city, or the ability to enter the city name - Automatic sunset/sunrise calculation - High res graphics for WVGA Devices (such as the Motorola Droid) - 1x1 beautiful Wifi/Bluetooth/Plane mode/Silent/Vibrate widgets to easily enable or disable them - 1x1 GPS widget that act as shortcut to enable or disable location in the settings. Check below for 2 screenshots of Beautiful Widgets running on a DROID by Motorola:
Gameloft, the French mobile phone games company, is cutting their investment in Android platform. According to Gameloft, not just them, but other software developers are cutting back because of the weakness of the Android Market. All of us know that compared to the Apple App Store, not just the Android Market, but any other app store from any other platform is smaller. But according to Alexandre de Rochefort, Gameloft's finance director;
We have significantly cut our investment in Android platform, just like ... many others. It (Android Market) is not as neatly done as on the iPhone. Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue. We are selling 400 times more games on iPhone than on Android.With all the attention in the mobile industry that Android has got lately, specially with the release of the Motorola DROID by Verizon, and Sony Ericsson bringing an Android based phone of their own. This, you would think, should not be happening. Anyway, comparing games on iPhone to Android as a base line doesn't look right (or fair). Android is growing, and will get to the point where those who are living will reconsider and come back, at least, that is my personal opinion. And I'm not an Android owner! So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments. [Via Reuters]
Xataka Movil are letting us know that Vimeo works on Android and the other phone. So far the Staff Picks and HD video showcase (high def channels from Vimeo) have been already converted to be Android friendly. Well, not all the videos, but that's a good start. And as you can see on the image above, support for all Plus Members will soon be available too. So Android and iDon't users can start to enjoy some of the fine videos that you can find at Vimeo. And as time goes by, and this gets on the right track, Vimeo might end up with an application for Android pretty soon. How soon? Well, not an exact date, but soon.
You are receiving this email because you have applications published in Android Market. We’d like to let you know that there is a new Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA) for Android Market. The next time you sign in to the Android Market publisher website, you’ll be asked to agree to these new terms before continuing. If you have not accepted the new DDA by Friday, December 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, your application(s) will be unpublished from the Android Market. You can view and accept the new agreement by visiting http://market.android.com/publish/ddaUpdate. Please do not reply to this message. Thanks, The Android Market Team
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]
we've seen for the Android platform, but Vision Objects' MyScript system still finds itself with little company. MyScript recognizes all manner of individual characters, hand-printed and cursive handwriting in around sixteen different languages, and is happy with you using a finger rather than a stylus to trace out letters on your Android handset's screen. As the video demo, below, shows, you don't have to wait for individual letters or even words to be recognized before moving on. Instead, the text-entry box effectively scrolls across, creating more space to write; you can squeeze a couple of words on-screen at a time. Vision Objects provide handwriting-recognition engines to a number of partner software companies, so it's possible we could see an Android version of MyScript using the technology from another developer. No word on when that might happen, though. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCpwfUD024E[/youtube] [via UMPC Tips]
Cupcake, right? Not so fast, says Big in Japan - the team behind the popular ShopSavvy application - Android 1.5 presents more than a few problems for developers. According to Alexander Muse, applications currently running on Android won't necessarily be compatible with Cupcake 1.5; that means a mad rush to download the new firmware and rebuild their software. Compounding the problem is the fact that the Android Market won't allow more than one version of an app, which means developers aren't able to simply create a new, 1.5-friendly update and leave the existing version in place for those without Cupcake. Instead, Big in Japan face creating a new build that's also backward compatible with earlier versions of Android, something they conservatively estimate should normally take around two to three weeks of development. However according to some reports, Cupcake will be pushed as an over-the-air to Android device owners in just two days, and it's already live in Spain. That means three weeks of development needs to be squashed into two days, never-mind any time for testing:
"The good news is that we will release our new version whenever Cupcake is pushed OTA to users. The bad news it will be untested. It will have bugs, bugs that we will fix. Please bear with us and realize that we don’t have much choice in the matter" Alexander Muse, Big in JapanAs Alexander notes, the Big in Japan team are likely more prepared for the coding challenge ahead than many others, particularly those part-time developers who have been cooking up Android apps in their spare time. The public perception of Android as a platform depends in no small part on the success and stability of its third-party software; have Google shot themselves in the foot by allowing carriers to rush out Cupcake 1.5? [Image via]
ContactsCalendarSync is one such program, bringing contacts and calendar synchronization between an Exchange server and your Android device. Up until now, though, it's been a not-inconsiderable $24.95; more than many would like to pay, especially as it doesn't include email support. Wrike have answered with a limited discount: from Thursday April 2nd through to April 16th, ContactsCalendarSync will be available for $9.95 through the Android Market. Obviously you'll need an Exchange server and the Exchange Web Services feature enabled in order for this to be of any use. Back when we tried it in October we found it pretty straightforward, though not without glitches, but a more than 50-percent price cut certainly takes the edge off them. [via jkOnTheRun]