Even though I’m enjoying some “R and R” (can it really be rest and relaxation when you’re on an extended family, family vacation?) with a fantastic cast of characters, I still had some time to put together this summary of Android happenings. Enjoy.
- USA Today published this list of 9 “must have” apps for your Android tablet. I agree with their selection on 1, 4, 8, and 9, I’m not so convinced that the others are “must have.” Personally, I prefer Seesmic for managing my social networking (I avoid “blanket” social media broadcasts and try to personalize each platform), and I couldn’t find Apps Organizer in the Android Market – the next best thing was this, which I can’t approve or reject. I do like doubleTwist, though with Google Music, I can store and play almost my entire iTunes library.
- Sygic announced that its turn-by-turn navigation app ($29.99 for North America; $74.99 for Europe, Americas, SE Asia, & Africa) had reached 5 million downloads. This is significant, as this is the first Android app to reach that milestone. I reviewed GPS navigation apps, but this app didn’t make my radar. My biggest complaint is that it’s difficult to pay $29.99 for an app, when others offer the same features for less, or free.
- Google is notorious, like other companies, for tracking its customer data. Some people are in arms about its privacy changes and how Google bypassed Safari’s privacy settings. One of Google’s other metrics is letting its Android developers know the distribution of its Android OS. Google has a rundown on the percentage of devices running the variety of Android OS versions. The table shows that 95.6% of Android devices run some version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), or below. Many devices are receiving an Android 4.0 upgrade (though some aren’t), and there are rumors of an Android 5.0 release sometime in 2012. Now, when you’re frustrated because your favorite Android app doesn’t work on your device, you’ll know why; and anyone who says Android fragmentation isn’t an issue is lying. Note: check out this post that presents some really good ideas to make fragmentation work.
- Three students at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland, received attention for their Android app, Shake to Shuffle. The app brings (obviously) the shake-to-shuffle feature, popular (or not), on the iPhone and iPod to Android. With a flick of your carpel tunnel-inflamed wrist, you can move to the next song.
- This post on Computerworld builds on my recent security post, and suggests five more apps to keep your Android device secure.
- Futurelawyer recently linked to this post about enabling “God mode” on your Windows 7 PC. Although this isn’t in any way Android-related, I’m always in the mood to be known as a “God,” even if it’s in my own mind.
- Google enabled mobile to its Google Flights program, so now you can search for a way to get away, while you’re away – anyone know the travel time from Orange County to the Bahamas? Also, if you haven’t noticed already, Google Maps now goes indoors at many places like malls, airports, The Home Depot, and IKEA.
- PC Magazine has this post that suggests developers are making more money selling their Android applications in the Amazon Appstore than in the Android Market. The only hold-up for Amazon’s Android success appears to be the limited number of Appstore apps, which is quickly increasing.
- The team behind the Cyanogenmod ROM pleaded for financial support to continue their endeavor. I threw some money their way, since I believe in financially supporting people who develop good products (listen up music and movie industry). Well, they reached their goal in just 1 day, which means that CM9 is on its way. CM is a great ROM for Android devices, and often includes many forward-thinking innovations (multitasking for one) that sometimes Google fails to include. Here’s the teaser for the CM9 boot screen:
- Aas millions in the bloggo-sphere and print media advise, you need to watch what you’re saying online. Specifically, this article in Time highlights a study that links one’s performance in the workplace with the Facebook profile. In fact, the study found “a high correlation between the perceptions drawn from Facebook profiles and their performance at work . . . [and] the Facebook evaluations proved to be more accurate than traditional personality tests companies often use to gauge prospective employees.” In this case, you are what you speak.
I want to end this post by thanking you, my readers. This blog hit a milestone this week with over 100,000 visitors. That is amazing, especially considering the fact that I only started publishing posts 1 year ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t mark either of the milestones with any significant posts.
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