Apps

Google pushing for Android developers to pay more attention to tablets

The Samsung-made Nexus 10 is certainly a feast for the eyes, especially with that beautiful 2560x1600 display. There's just one problem: there aren't many Android developers who fine tune their apps for use on tablets. Instead of making a version of their app for Android tablets, a number of developers will just blow up their smartphone apps, which doesn't exactly make for the prettiest of experiences. Google is looking to change that, urging developers to focus on the tablet experience when it comes to their apps.

Android Community Weekly: September 28th, 2012

Another great week here at Android Community has wrapped up. There were a lot new app releases, as well as a plethora of news from Google. On the other side of the fence, Apple is still getting a ton of grief for its new Maps app and even apologized for how awful their mapping service is. All we have to say is that it's great to be an Android user right about now.

Google Play Store hits 25 billion downloads, celebration sale ensues

Android users have been frequenting the Google Play Store in a big way, with Google announcing that the store has hit 25 billion downloads. That may not seem like a big deal when you remember that the Apple Store hit 25 billion downloads earlier this year, but it's important to keep in mind that back in 2010, the Google Play Store was only at 1 billion downloads. That's a pretty significant jump in user activity (and, by extension, consumer adoption of Android), so it's only fitting that Google kicks off a new promotion to celebrate this milestone.

SoundCloud introduces in-app audio editing

SoundCloud is a great platform to upload all of your audio creations to, and a lot of people use it to publish their own music and podcasts for the world to listen in on and hopefully gain some popularity. A big chunk of their user base enjoys using the service's mobile app, and it updated today with some pretty cool new features.

Auto Trader for Android updates with history check and more

Shopping around for a used car can be a huge pain, and sometimes it's nice to have a mobile app on hand in case you're out and about looking for a good deal. Auto Trader is one of the UK's most popular services to find used vehicles. It's also pretty popular in the US, but the UK Android app updated today with some pretty cool new features.

Twitter for Android adds new profiles, photo streams

Despite the recent shake-up with Twitter limiting third-party clients, the social network is still working on improving their user interface to make it more user-friendly and easier on the eyes. Today they've made some significant changes to their web interface, specifically with profile pages. Users can now upload a large header photo to compliment the top of their profile page. The best part of all is that Android users can now join in on the fun.