Android apps

  • Can an Android phone run without Google?

    Posted February 20, 2012 - 11:51 am

    So, how, exactly, do you trick Google into giving you the foundation without allowing them to look through any windows? Here’s how to set up an almost entirely non-Google-powered Android, in practice.
  • 28 great Android productivity apps

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Just last summer, the dearth of Android tablet apps comparable to the offerings available for the iPad posed a serious problem for Android tablets makers trying to compete with Apple's market juggernaut. But more recently, lots of outstanding tablet-optimized apps for Android have emerged--enough to make the task of selecting the best ones difficult because of the abundance of choices rather than the scarcity.
  • How to run Android apps on your PC

    Posted February 11, 2012 - 8:48 am

    As the popularity of smartphones and tablets increases, so will our dependence on the myriad apps available for them. Whether the end result is a hot game, a handy price checker, or a useful contact manager, the constraints of smartphone and tablet designs and interfaces have forced app developers to find creative ways to present and access data.
  • Google pulls 'official' Siri app from Android Market

    Posted January 1, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Google has reportedly yanked an app masquerading as Siri, Apple's voice command personal assistant software, from the Android marketplace.
  • Want Siri on your Android phone? Try these apps

    Posted November 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Wouldn't you like to have your very own gofer dedicated to doing all the menial tasks you hate? That's a big part of the appeal of the iPhone 4S: Siri, the voice-driven virtual assistant, turns anyone with a couple hundred bucks into a CEO attended by a full-time lackey. But can you get the same kind of slavish devotion from an Android phone?
  • Scala designer cites goals, directions for JVM alternative

    Posted September 20, 2011 - 6:12 am

    Developer Martin Odersky discusses origin and plans for Scala, a statically typed language that can be used to build Android apps
  • 16 essential Android apps for IT pros

    Posted September 19, 2011 - 6:32 am

    There are hundreds of thousands of Android apps, including many that are useful for IT professionals on the job. These apps can help connect to servers, monitor computers, access databases, analyze the airwaves, scan networks, and serve as a reference. Here are 16 of these apps, most of them free.
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    Share files wirelessly between Android and any computer

    Posted August 27, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Between my Android tablet and my Android phone, I've been creating a lot more content on the go than I may ever have expected to. Between pictures and notes captured on my Thunderbolt, and the occasional article hammered out on my Iconia, There's pretty much always something on my mobile devices that I'd like to grab from my PC. Dooblou WiFi File Explorer handles this task beautifully.
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    Review: Spotify for Android

    Posted August 27, 2011 - 8:08 am

    Spotify for Android is a simple music player that ties in with Spotify's free and premium streaming music services. Sure, you can use it to manage your phone's locally stored tunes, but as a music manager it's inferior to, say, Winamp. Spotify as a package deal--with the all-you-can-stream online and offline premium account--is quite good.
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    Android app connects city goers, green transport

    Posted August 19, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Spotcycle lets users search for bicycles for rent in cities worldwide.
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    Choosing the right mobile browser for your Android phone

    Posted August 6, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Choosing a mobile browser is a lot like choosing a browser for your desktop. Do you want something light and speedy? Or is the ability to customize your online experience with add-ons and themes more important to you? Here's a look at some of the most popular Android browsers, to help you decide which browser is right for you.
  • The best office suites for Android tablets

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    Looking to get some work done on your Android tablet? We tested productivity apps to see if they're ready for business.
  • Verizon gets greedy about tethering

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    As far as Verizon is concerned, tethering is a privilege, not a right. First it blocked tethering apps in the Android Market, and now the carrier's latest over-the-air update for the HTC Thunderbolt disables the phone's hotspot feature. The Thunderbolt had come with free tethering as part of a special promotion. When the freebie period ran out, Verizon promptly reached into users' phones and shut off the spigot.
  • Google updates Android Market client to better showcase apps

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    The new client, which also features an improved UI, is intended to boost app selling opportunities
  • Skype relaunches Android app after flaws found in original

    Posted July 5, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Skype has launched an update to its video calling app for Android devices only months after a security flaw was discovered in an earlier version of the application.
  • How Amazon's Appstore competes with Android Market

    Posted May 31, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Some say the Android Market is too much of a free-for-all--especially compared to Apple's App Store. But for those few things that Android Market doesn't have, Amazon's Appstore is becoming the place to go.
  • App builders eager for taste of Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich'

    Posted May 16, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Developers hope the upcoming Android release will resolve fragmentation issues
  • Google I/O day one: 5 coolest apps

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    During the first day of Google I/O, I roamed the App "Developers Sandbox" looking for the next big thing in apps. The companies exhibiting their apps were invited by Google, and many are very small companies that have been around only a couple of years. But they've all built something innovative on one Google development platform or another.
  • Google plug-in links Android mobile devices with App Engine cloud

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 7:42 am

    The Google Plugin for Eclipse makes it easier to build native Android apps that can take data with them wherever they go
  • Four essential productivity apps for Android tablets

    Posted May 10, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    A few weeks ago, I grabbed an Acer Iconia A500 tablet to replace my aging first-generation iPad. (Personally, I find the Iconia a better value than the iPad 2, and I'm addicted to Android's widget support.) Not surprisingly, the Android Market features a pretty short list of tablet-worthy apps, but that list is growing. Here are three excellent productivity freebies that work great on Android Honeycomb slates.
  • Google, Amazon music services make cloud storage, and security breaches, idiot-proof

    Posted May 10, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Apple has tweaked the iOS version of Safari to be able to run Amazon's Cloud Player music-service client, just as Google launches the second service to beat Apple to its own punch.
  • Why the Amazon Android AppStore is a crock

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    The Amazon Android AppStore isn't just a nice repository of Android business, gaming, and lifestyle applications, it's a new nozzle on the Amazon wallet-and-purse vacuum cleaner.
  • 10 tips for turning Android into a business phone

    Posted May 5, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Android still has some work to do to match the control and power of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but it's not as much work as you may think. Here are 10 tips for turning the Android into a rock-solid business-class phone.
  • How to uninstall apps from a Google Android device

    Posted April 29, 2011 - 8:08 am

    If you've got a Google Android smartphone, then you've probably already made use of one of it's greatest features – the ability to install third-party software from Google's app store – the Android Market.
  • Angst could drive Android developers to focus on far fewer mobile OSes

    Posted April 26, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    The number of OSes, devices, apps stores and requirements are stretching app developers; users should look for a lot of consolidation starting later this year.

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