When you spend as much time as we do looking at the horizon, it’s easy to lose sight of things right in front of you. As great as it is to talk about the next hot phone or tablet, we know a vast majority of you already have a device and plan to stick with it for quite a while. So, instead of making you angry with rumors of the next killer handset, we’d rather help you get the most of the one that is on your desk right now. With that, we’re starting off a new series called Developers We Love. These are the guys you should be looking first for great apps and games to take advantage of your Android devices.
This time we focus on LevelUp Studio.
We’ve heard plenty of stories about how scary it is to lose our phones and what could happen should we not take precautions. For every success story of someone tracking
Keypurr Keyboard is trying to be the next big thing when it comes to Android keyboards, but does it offer enough of a different approach to be able to get to the top?
CLARIFICATION: There seems to have been some confusion that needs addressing. BioLock is NOT becoming a part of the CyanogenMod source code. CM is 100% open source, and BioLock is
Thinking about flashing a new ROM? How about a theme? Chances are you googled it and were just too overwhelmed with all the steps. Thats where Rom Manager comes in, you can easily flash
Before you jump to conclusions, this is not a “launcher” like ADW or Launcher Pro. Although the title might hint at being that type of app, this is simply a
When we made mention of SwitftKey’s new tablet optimization, we didn’t want the smaller developers to be forgotten. Beansoft has had a tablet optimized keyboard available for months now. So
I have to admit, I don’t use my phone’s video camera that often. Sure, I take lots of pictures, but not too many videos. But I’ve faced a problem in the past: taking still images from videos. Sure, you can do that with PhotoShop or another online tool, but there’s never really been a good way to do it from your Android device. Until now! FrameGrabber does exactly as the title suggests: it “grabs” frames from a video.
The Developer Says: “FlexT9 powered by Dragon is a four-in-one keyboard experience that puts you in the driver’s seat for communicating how you want – when you want. And only FlexT9 gives you the power to seamlessly switch between the Speak. Trace. Write. Tap. input modes as easily as it is to flip on a light switch!”
What We Liked:
Dragon voice recognition lives up to its reputation, easily besting Google’s voice recognition accuracy.
As a tracing keyboard, FlexT9 is every bit as good as Swype (better at telling the difference between “in” and “on”), with a better UI for suggested words.
Last week I came across a great ROM for Motorola Droid 1 (a.k.a. “OG Droid”) tucked away in Droid Forums: Project Elite v4. Now, I usually flash the major ROM developers’ work (Cyanogen, Bugless Beast, Chevy and the others on ROM Manger) because of their history, and pass up the new guys because of fear of abundant force closes and buggy performance.
Well, I’m glad I took a chance on this one.
It got off to a slow start, but Android is gaining appeal among business users. That isn’t to say there aren’t any issues. There are many. Still, an evolving platform allows Google and its developers to overcome these issues. Even now businesses can benefit by using Android devices.
I stand beside my time honored statement that what allows Android to be successful is not this enlarged definition of open, but choice. You can choose a carrier, choose a style
It’s that time again where everyone starts making those promises to themselves. Next year, I’ll lose 25 pounds. Or quit smoking. Or manage my money better. Or get back in church. Or… whatever. With the new year comes new resolutions. This time, stick to it longer than a week why don’t you? This year, arm yourself with a few Android apps to keep you on track. We’ve put together a list of titles we think you should consider installing on your phone to keep you adhering to your 2011 resolution.
We have spoken about this before, but with Christmas right around the corner we thought we’d refresh your memory! Guy’s and Gals’ it’s that time of the year and in less than a week we will be gathered with loved ones, surrounded by holiday cheer. Depending on where you reside, you either are sick of the snowy conditions or wishing when you awake Christmas morn’ you can feel that glee of seeing a snow flurry.