Android-Apps

Enhanced Email Review

For the majority of Android users who need email access beyond their Gmail account, Android's built-in mail client performs adequately. It handles POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts without fuss, or any bells and whistles. But if you're someone who relies on email for your profession (and these days, who doesn't?) you've probably found yourself looking for a few more features, like a search function for Exchange accounts. If that's you, check out Enhanced Email from developer Quantum Apps.

Read It Later is now Pocket: we go hands-on

If you're a hardcore web user, odds are pretty good that you've got some way of managing your content so that articles, images and videos that are interesting, but not pressing, are saved for later. Android has a lot of options for this, but one of the most popular has been Read It Later, a bookmarking and sharing service that's gained millions of users over the last few years. Today Read It Later becomes Pocket, and with the branding identity change comes a brand new (and free!) app for Android. We took a look around the new Pocket to see how it stacked up to Read It Later.

Next Issue magazine app review

The idea of reading periodicals on a tablet-like device is in fact older than the current crop of tablets. But the reality has thus far left something to be desired, mostly because translating an essentially analog experience to the digital world is a major UI feat. Dealing with content that seamlessly integrates text and photos is a lot more difficult than simple words. The latest company to have a go is Next Issue Media, and they've got some of the biggest magazine publishers in the US behind them: Hearst, Meredith, News Corp, Time Inc and Condé Nast. The format and pricing of the Next Issue service present a compelling front, so we decided it deserved a full review.

The Daily Show comes to Android – still no full episodes

The Daily Show, the only source of world news for the young, uneducated and cynical, has finally come to Android... in clip form. While parent company Viacom keeps a deathgrip on the streaming of its full episodes until Hulu customers pony up for Plus, you can at least get some native short-form video on your Android phone or tablet. The Daily Show Headlines app presents clips and bits from episodes up to two weeks old, as well as selections from the show's 15-year backlog and web-only content from show host John Stewart.

Instagram for Android gets 5 million downloads in one week

Guess what: Android users really, really like Instagram. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that lots and lots of people like Instagram, and a lot of them use Android phones and tablets. At least 5 million, to be precise - today the download ticker in the Google Play Store was upgraded to "5-10 million", meaning that at this precise moment it's probably at around 5.1 million total downloads.  For an app that came out exactly one week ago, that's an astounding number... though we've got to point out that they'd be doing a lot better if they hadn't waited a year and a half before releasing a proper Android port.

Qualcomm invests in BlueStacks Android player

Have you tried out BlueStacks? If you're reading this on a Windows PC, you really should - it's an impressively simple way to get Android apps onto your full-sized computer, and ever since the software's beta update, it's only gotten better. BlueStacks' success has not gone unnoticed: TechCrunch reports are surfacing that chip maker Qualcomm (you know, the Snapdragon people) has invested in the company after an unusually strong showing this month. The amount of dollars changing hands isn't clear, but sources say it's in the millions.

N64 emulator ripped off, then kicked out of the Play Store by copycat

The great thing about open source software is that anybody can use it. The not-so-great thing about open source software... is that anybody can use it. Such was the case with two N64 emulators battling it out on the Google Play Store. According to a massive Reddit thread, the original game emulator was called "Mupen64Plus Android Edition", developed by Paul Lamb and based off of the open-source emulator Mupen64Plus. Under the General Public License, anyone can use the Mupen code for any project they like (including charging for it) as long as proper attribution is given. Paul put up his app on the Google Play Store, and for a while, all was right with the world.

Opera Mobile beta gets mobile extension support

Mobile browsers are a dime a dozen on Android - not even that, since most are actually free. But outside Dolphin Browser HD and Mozilla's Firefox Mobile, not many allow you to expand the browser's capabilities with extensions like desktop browsers can. Browser old-timer Opera has just published an experimental release of Opera Mobile (not to be confused with Opera Mini) with support for browser extensions, as well as publishing APIs and guidelines for would-be developers. You can download the experimental build at Opera's developer blog.

BlackBerry Playbook to lose Android side-loading for fear of piracy

Well, so much for that. Just a couple of months after formally introducing the capability to use Android apps on their BlackBerry Plabook tablet, Research In Motion has announced plans to disable the updated OS' capability to install Android apps outside of the BlackBerry App World. AllThingsD reports that the OS 2.1 update will disable the side-loading feature, though RIM is working on a solution for developers to get their apps on tablets. Their reasoning? That good old standby justification for crippling hardware and software: piracy.
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