The Android Market is evolving at a rapid rate, and nearing those big numbers of the Apple App Store. The number of Android devices in the market is more than what you can count and it’s only increasing. You can use the Android Market to buy apps, download free apps, sell apps and also know about all the new apps that are being added every single day.
Some time back, if you remember, we told you that Amazon had also launched their own App Store to sell Android apps. Since Google’s Android OS is open source, it wasn’t a problem for Amazon to go ahead and set it’s own Android App Market.
However, until now, the Amazon Appstore was only available in the United States of America, thus leaving everyone else in the world inaccessible to it’s stores. The best thing about their appstore is the App a Day section, where they sell an app for free every single day. The Amazon Appstore is now available in few more international countries, including India, which is a really good thing for all the Android users here.
The main reason that you should download the Amazon Appstore on your Android device is ‘App a Day’, where you can get Paid apps for free and they do have good discounts on certain paid apps now and then. A really good alternative to Google’s Android Market, however the test-drive feature is still not available in India, which lets you test an application on the browser before downloading. Check out this video after the break;
To download the Amazon Appstore on your Android mobile device you’ll need to go to this link : amazon.com/appstorelanding on you mobile browser and the app will be automatically downloaded and installed on your device. Also you’ll have to create an Amazon account to start using the Appstore and download/buy apps.
Yet another + from Google Motorola. Don’t you think Google is just stretching the Google+ too long. After Google bought Motorola Mobility, two phones were announced – Motorola Defy+ and now Motorola Pro+. But that doesn’t matter really because the specifications and features of the phones are still as great as they ever were. Motorola always announces cool and nice phone and it’s no exception this time.
This is yet another Touch-and-Type phone which are now flooding the mobile phone market. Motorola also announced that Defy+ would hit the shelves of United Kingdom sometime in September. That would be good to see. For now, we would just check with the specifications of Motorola Pro+. Read on!
It comes with a QWERTY keypad and a TFT capacivite touchscreen(Touch and Type phone).
The size of the display screen is 3.1 inches with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
It weighs 113 grams.
It has an internal memory of 4 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. 512 MB RAM is available.
It has a 5 megapixels rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging. Normal video recording is available. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
It runs on Android v2.3(Gingerbread) which you are most likely to see on all the latest smartphones.
It has a 1 Ghz processor to make your experience of using this phone as fast as possible.
GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSBv2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
It has a 1600 mAh standard battery. Stand-by : Up to 312 hours Talk time : Up to 8 hours
Motorola Pro+ is expected release someday in October 2011.
Just like all the other smartphones, this phone will also be packed with 2G and 3G compatibility. These kind of phones(Touch and Type) really benefit people because the users can use their phone in any way they are comfortable with. If you want touch, you will use touch and if you want to type, you will use the buttons. And yeah, the QWERTY keypad would make all the typing much easier and hassle-free in this phone. So, I am just waiting for its launch to see what is the response of the people.
Share your views and opinions about this phone in the comments
LG Electronics has finally launched its new Android phone, the LG Optimus Black P970 here in India. The phone has entered the Indian market quite some time from now, though LG never officially announced the phone. Optimus Black is another phone which belongs to the LG’s Optimus series, comes with a sleek and compact design.
The phone features a 4-inch multi-touch IPS LCD display, which boasts to be the world’s brightest display available on the current smartphones. The new display offers great visibility even under sunlight and helps in reducing power consumption than the regularly used LCD displays.
LG Optimus Black comes with a new feature called UI 2.0, which helps users to customize their home screens. There is an additional button called G-Key which integrates with the Gesture UI, which allows you to navigate between homescreens by simply tilting the phone, answer calls or open camera app by shaking and tapping etc.
Check out the complete Specs of the LG Optimus Black after the break.
LG Optimus Black P970 Specifications
Android 2.2 Froyo OS
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
4 inch WVGA IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen display
As a previous Android user, I’ve experienced some difficulties when answer calls using the slider function on Android phones. Sometimes they just don’t respond or you end up sliding it the wrong way. ShakeCall for Android phones brings the really cool feature of shaking the phone to answer or end a call instead of using the slider or the normal function keys.
You might wonder what might happen if you’re running and you get a call, will that answer because the phone is shaking? Of course not, do you think the developers won’t have thought of that and many other circumstances such as that. ShakeCall provides many functions that you can use to adjust the sensitivity so that only when you shake it with your hand will it answer or end a call.
That’s not it, you can also use ShakeCall and answer your phone just by placing it near your ear. This only works on phones with Proximity sensors, which almost every smartphone has these days. However to be able to use this feature you’ll have to enable the Shake to Answer feature in the settings. ShakeCall has many settings that will enable you to set things like Shaking Sensitivity Value and Proximity Sensor Value. These settings will help you when you want to answer or end a call.
So once again, here’s what this tiny little application ShakeCall can do:
Receive and Disconnect the Phone with a shake
Answer calls when you place the phone near your ear. (Proximity Sensor)
Corrects the problem when sometimes the screen is still blank once you move it away from your ear
You can test your settings using the Virtual Phone Sensor Test
There are few other features that you can use, find out more about it once you install it on your phone as they are phone dependent.
ShakeCall is a free application and can be downloaded from the Android Market. It requires Android 1.6 and above.
Do let us know how you liked this application. Do you think it’s a useful one?
Using your mobile device to text all the time can get a little tiring, if you’ve been doing for a really long time. After a while you don’t feel like replying to anyone, and that sometimes could lead to problems. How about an extension on your favorite browser that you can use instead of your phone to send and receive text messages? That’s right, we all know how your Boss is going to react if he catches you texting someone while you’re supposed to be finishing up some work.
This is where Texty, an Android app and a Google Chrome extension comes to your rescue. This application, with the help of a Chrome extension will save your ass when it comes to sending and receiving texts without using your Android phone. Although, Texty currently works on Android powered smartphones, but not everyone can use it yet.
The app currently requires invites to be able to use it, so all you Android users shouldn’t start rubbing it on your friendly iOS, Symbian and other OS users. Texty is a very useful app, once setup you can sync all your contacts and texts to your Google account via the extension and then start sending SMS through PC using the chrome extension.
So in short, Texy App for Android saves you loads of time, as you can now work and text at the same time using the same keyboard. But of course you’ll need to try to experience how awesome the whole interface and the speed the whole thing works. As soon as you receive a text on your Android device it pops on your Chrome extension. There’s isn’t much to set too, all you have to do is:
Download the Texty for Android app from the Android Market onto your phone.
Install the Texty Google Chrome extension on your browser, but first apply for the Beta over here. Once you’ve applied, a download link will be sent to your e-mail.
Login to you Google account on both the Texty app and the Google Chrome extension, it will start syncing all your contacts and SMS messages. You can however not want the extension to do that by using the settings tab.
That’s all you’ll need to be able to use this amazing and really very time management app when you’re at work or at home and your phone is charging or you’re just too lazy to type. It requires Android 2.2 and above with an active data/Wi-Fi connection. Also background data must be enabled on your device for this to work perfectly.
What do you make of this app? Would you download and use it and do let us know of any other SMS apps that you use to accomplish this task!
A new handset in the Galaxy series is launched by Samsung toady, Samsung Galaxy Pop. After a grand success of Android OS, most of the smartphones are integrated with the Android OS. Same is the case with the all new Galaxy Pop; it is also running on Android 2.2 Froyo. The phone is released at a very affordable and fair price of Rs. 8999.
Samsung Galaxy Pop
Samsung Galaxy Pop is an Android Based smartphone which features 3G, Wi-Fi and Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). This phone is a 3.14-Inches TFT Capacitive Touchscreen phone, with 3.15 MP camera and QVGA video recording at 15 fps. Samsung Galaxy Pop fulfills most of features of a smartphone like HSDPA connectivity upto 7.2 Mbps.
Salient Features of Samsung Galaxy Pop
3.14-Inches TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)
600 MHz Processor
3.15 MP Camera and Video Recording at 15 fps
Wi-Fi, HSDPA and 3G connectivity
GPS & A-GPS Navigation Support
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Internal Memory: 160 MB
MicroSD/SDHC card Support upto 32 GB
Integrated with all the Basic Google Applications
Samsung Galaxy Pop is officially launched in India and is available at all the Samsung outlets. The price of the phone is comparable with the features of the phone. Within keeping in mind about the revolution of 3G and Android, this phone fulfills both the needs.
What are your views about Samsung Galaxy Pop? Do share with us.