Google released an update today to Maps that introduces a few new and exciting features. Now there are biking directions, you can share your location via Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter and there is a new navigation Icon you can place on your home screen. This update is for 1.6 and up devices.
If you’re forgetful like me then apps like this will really come in handy. The latest update to Todo Q makes reviewing and entering tasks much easier than before. The new button bar has shortcuts for open settings, maps, adding tasks, and toggling the display for tasks that you have completed. Widget has received and overhaul as well. It now has a 3x2 and displays up to 4 items at once. This app is $1.99 in the Android Market and it only works with 2.0 and above devices.
This is an awesome hack, it’s actually not much hacking involved but we’ll still call it that because it sounds cooler. You can now use your Wii remote to play games on your Android device. There is no need to use onscreen buttons now.
Since the release of Android, Google had made numerous updates to their core Android Apps (with the exception to the music player). All of the changes have made the Android experience more visually appealing. These changes usually slide by “stealthy” without the user being notified of the change.
Foursquare, a location based social networking game, is now available for Android. This game allows users to share their location with their friends. It has been one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and is Gowalla’s main competition. Usually apps ported over from the iPhone are not as good on Android as they were on the iPhone. But this app has a few features that the IPhone doesn’t; the most notable one is Google Maps integration.
Android 2.1 for the Droid may be closer than we think. An official pamphlet has been discovered from Verizon wireless that gives specific details on the update. So we can pretty much put this in the confirmed pile.
The most popular mobile browser in the world has finally made its way to Android. This version 5 seems to be light years ahead of the version 4 which has been available for quite some time.
This version now offers tabbed browsing, there is a bar at the bottom that shows you the number of tabs that you have open and when you click on it a mini view of the page appears. This browser for most will replace the stock browser.
Some of the other big new features:
* Speed Dial: Gives you one-touch access to 9 of your favorite sites.
* Password Manager
* Opera Link: Syncs your bookmarks (and Speed Dial) between your handset and your desktop (be it that you’re running Opera on your desktop, that is)
The only two problems I've found so far is the browser doesnt recognize my existing bookmarks and there's no Flash integration. So if you have a Flash capable phone, I would play with this but stick to the stock browser.
The mod community has been hard at work hacking new features into the Nexus One and they are picking up steam as they learn the in's and out's of the device. Even before it was released it was rooted and only 2 months later there are many different options that has been added from custom ROM's to trackball lighting.
One of the new features that was introduced to Android with the release of the Nexus One and Android 2.1 was the voice to text input. This feature has now been duplicated and is available now for all Android devices. The folks over at Better Android has just released Better Keyboard V5.0.
After being out for months with no update it seems like Google totally forgot about this app. Or, maybe they have been working on this updated version. Listen from Google Labs brings podcasts and web audio to your Android-powered device.