- Best Android apps of all time: Top 100
- US Update: Skyfire, Ovi Maps 3.06, Xperia X10
- Texas Instruments to unveil dual-core OMAP4 processors Feb 7th?
- Xperia X10 and X8 update includes pinch to zoom
- Google Maps updated: check in with Google Latitude
- A quick look at Nokia Ovi Maps 3.06
- Skyfire 3.2 for Android adds BBC iPlayer support
- Check out the latest Electricpig Offers: Android tablet discounts and more!
- Teatime Tech: iPhone 5, Visa’s NFC experiment and Vodafone bumper PAYG plans
- Sony announces new PartyShot and CyberShot cameras
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 09:00 PM PST
The best Android apps of all time are a hard bunch to pick: after all, there’s now an estimated 230,000 different Android apps and games on the Android Market alone to choose from, and that’s not even the only repository for programs that’ll run on Google’s mobile OS.
But pick them we did, and you can see them – and download them – right from our epic guide right here. Grab your Android phone, make a cuppa and read on for the best Android apps of all time: Top 100.
There’s no statistical procedure for making the cut: these our simply the 100 best Android apps as decided by Electricpig’s staff, who live and breathe Android. These are the ones we use day in, day out, and have earned a vital place on our Android phones’ all too limited internal storage.
We’ve not included core Google apps that come preloaded, like Gmail, Voice Search, Google Maps and Navigation, or others that come pre-installed in supported phones like Adobe Flash 10.1. If you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll already have these, and you’ll already know they’re awesome. Likewise, we’ve only included Android apps that are available in the UK – so no Google Voice for now.
For download links, we’ve not provided QR codes, but instead linked through to AppBrain wherever possible: that way, whether you’re on PC, tablet or Android phone, you can click through to a central hub page where you can see reviews, pricing, direct Android Market link and QR codes. Where an Android app isn’t sold through the Market, we’ve linked to the developer’s download page so you can buy it just as easily. But enough talk: read on and see the best Android apps of all time!
Adobe Photoshop Express
Album Art Grabber
Aldiko Book Reader
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Angry Birds Seasons
App 2 SD
AppBrain App Market
Astro File Manager
Auto Mount Your SD Card
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Brothers In Arms 2
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Dolphin Browser HD
Dungeon Defenders: First Wave
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Game Dev Story
Google Chrome to Phone
Google Sky Map
Keyboard from Android 2.3
Meridian Media Player Autonomy
MiniSquadron Special Edition
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Prey Phone Tracker
Pulse News Reader
SMS Backup +
Five of the best Android GPS apps
The Sims 3
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TV Show Favs
Waze: Community GPS
Wii Controller IME
Made it to the end? What did you think? Are there any apps you think are missing from our Best Android apps of all time list? Tell us what they are, in the comments below!
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:00 PM PST
It's that time for your daily dose of tech news from my side of the pond. In today's US Update we cover the latest software updates including: Skyfire 3.2 for Android, Ovi Maps 3.06, Google Maps for Android and the Xperia X10 and X8 update. We've also got the scoop on Texas Instruments big mobile announcement.
Software is king, at least for today. Breaking headlines this morning was Skyfire 3.2 for Android. In addition to the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, the update adds support for many new sites and even the BBC iPlayer. After topping our best Nokia apps list for January, today we sit down and review all of the key features including the the new Ovi Maps 3.06.
Google has redefined the world of check-ins with Google Maps 5.1 for Android, now with support for Latitude. The software includes automatic check-ins-/outs and even the option to constantly receive pop-up alerts if you arrive at a destination to check-in.
Pinch to zoom is finally coming to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. On the SE product blog, the company confirmed an update for the Xperia 2010 family has begun to roll out, first to the X10 — followed by the X8 and the mini handsets in the "coming weeks".
Last up this morning is news on Texas Instrument's OMAP4 processors. Virtual invites have been sent out for an event next Monday, February 7th. Headlining the agenda could be 3D chipsets and OMAP4 dual-core processors, we'll be on hand to report.
That wraps up your daily dose of tech news. As always, I'm Nick Marshall and I'll see you again tomorrow.
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 05:30 PM PST
Texas Instruments has reportedly sent out invites for a virtual press conference, set to take place on February 7th. With the headline "TI is transforming the concept of mobile", some believe TI will unveil their dual-core OMAP4 processors — possibly with 3D capability.
Dual-core Tegra2 processors took center stage at last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We saw our first glimpse of the Droid Bionic, Motorola Atrix and even the Motorola Xoom — all powered by Tegra2 chips. Meanwhile, Texas Instruments has remained relatively quiet about their dual-core technology, OMAP4 processors.
With today's news about the LG Optimus 3D, we can only image what TI has planned for next Monday's event. As always, we'll covering the virtual press event live — so stay tuned. For now, we'd love to hear your best guess at what Texas Instruments will unveil next week – sound off!
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 05:10 PM PST
The highly anticipated update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X8 is now rolling out. According to the SE product blog, the update for the 2010 family of Xperia products can be done using PC-companion or via an over-the-air update, depending on your market. Alas, pinch to zoom is upon us.
There's really two highlights to the Xperia update: the addition of some bi-directional language (Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew) and pinch to zoom, or as Sony Ericsson calls it "pinch/zoom touch", for mobile Internet and Google Maps on the Xperia X10.
Pinch to zoom support for the Xperia X10 has been a difficult task, dating back to early November 2010. If you are curious as to what to expect from the functionality, take a peak at the video above. We're not sure whether some third party games will include support (like the video shows), but we've got our fingers crossed.
Other improvements, market and operator dependent, include:
For the mini products and the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson has enabled the ANT+ support in the chipset. ANT+ is a standard for short-range communication with things like heart rate monitors. The roll-out should start now from the Xperia X10 and "within a week or so for the other products". Every kit needs different approvals before it can be released, so we recommend a bit of patience.
Anyone else excited to finally have pinch to zoom capability on the Xperia X10?
Out Now | Sony Ericsson | Free
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 03:30 PM PST
Google Maps 5.1 for Android has just unleashed the power of Google Latitude, connecting your location to a real place with check ins. If you're an Android user, it's time to update Google Maps and start sharing your location.
Unlike other check in methods, Google Latitude support for Google Maps introduces a few twists. First, you have the option of enabling check-in notifications in Latitude's settings so that you'll constantly receive alerts.
The next twist is automatic check-ins. Instead of manually checking in, simply add locations to your approved list and Latitude will do the rest. The final twist is automatic check outs. When you leave a location, your friends will be notified so they aren't guessing whether or not you're still around.
Google Maps 5.1 for Android is just the start. Later this week, Google has promised we'll have access to our complete history of check-ins using the optional History tab at google.com/latitude from our computer. Also, iPhone users who have the new Latitude app for iPhone will be able to see their friends' check-ins. An updated version of Google Maps for iPhone with check-in capability is "coming soon".
You can download the Google Maps 5.1 for Android from the Android Market and then join Latitude from the main menu. If you are currently using your Android smartphone (running Android 1.6+ or higher) you can click here to download the update.
Out Now | Google | Free
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 02:33 PM PST
Making the our list of best Nokia apps for January was Ovi Maps 3.06, the latest edition of Nokia's navigation software. One of the best features in version 3.06 is that you no longer need a computer or cable to download street maps. Here's a rundown on the new features:
As I mentioned, Nokia Ovi maps 3.06 no longer requires a computer or data cable to download street maps. Maps can be downloaded directly to your device, saving time when it counts. Depending on the map data, the download may be large so Nokia recommends you use a WiFi network for street map downloads.
Trains are a big part of Ovi Maps 3.06. Train lines from subways and trams that run in over 80 cities around the world are now available. Opening up a transit map will show you all the nearby station, intersecting transit lines and which train is on what line.
Social networking is now integrated with a 'Check In' button. Just open Ovi Maps and hit the button to post to your social network of choice with a link to a map so your friends can see where you are. Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, LiveJournal, Hyves, studivz, Kaixin001 and RenRen are currently supported.
If you'd prefer not to go public with your location, you can privately alert a friend by selecting your location, click Share and choose between either SMS or Email. In addition to social networking, Ovi Maps 3.06 also includes people's ratings of restaurants and businesses — making it easy to arrange your search results by best or closest.
The last big feature is Live Traffic. As seen in this video, Ovi maps helps you avoid traffic on the road and even see traffic over different time periods so you can choose the best time to plan your travels.
Overall Nokia's Ovi maps 3.06 looks to be a stellar update. The new Ovi Maps 3.06 is available through the update feature on Ovi Suite or at Nokia Beta Labs.
Out Now | Nokia | Free
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 02:02 PM PST
The latest version of the infamous Skyfire browser for Android has been released, version 3.2. Included in the update are several bug fixes and stability improvements, but most importantly — expanded site support and video players such as the BBC iPlayer.
Back in December when Skyfire 3.0.1 for Android launched, they added SD support. Today, we've got a nice list of improvements and new features. The first thing you'll notice is that a search box has been added to the top of the toolbar UI. Finding video in Skyfire is now easier thanks to an increase in the number of content providers.
In terms of usability, the top toolbar no longer needs to load prior to scrolling — meaning you can browse immediately. If you've had issues with download and saving files, the update addresses that stability as well as eliminates the crashing.
Skyfire 3.2 for Android has expanded the list of supported sites and video players. In the UK, Skyfire now supports the BBC iPlayer and in Canada the app supports CTV.ca. There's plenty of other sites and video players supported in the update, but these two highlighted the announcement.
Skyfire 3.2 is available now. Launch the Marketplace application on your Android phone and search for “Skyfire”. Skyfire 3.1 requires an Android 2.x device. If you have Android 1.5 or 1.6, download Skyfire 2.3 which works on Android 1.x devices
Out Now | Skyfire
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 10:12 AM PST
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Posted: 01 Feb 2011 10:03 AM PST
First up, let’s talk mobile. Specifically, the iPhone 5: Visa’s reportedly testing NFC tech for wireless payment, and on iOS devices too, hinting that the next model from Apple might just have the kit built in. We also rounded up all the rumours spinning around the web right now in our iPhone 5 ultimate FAQ.
Elsewhere in mobile, Vodafone outed its new top up attraction: a thousand minutes for a tenner on Pay As You Go.
And finally, Sony outed its new range of compact cameras – check out all the new models here!
Still want more news? Head on over to the homepage and help yourself to it all as it breaks!
Posted: 01 Feb 2011 08:17 AM PST
Sony has announced not one, but three new Sony cameras today, as well as a new Party-shot dock. New Cyber-shots announced are the DSC-HX100V with 30x optical zoom and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V with 16x zoom, plus the Cyber-shot W520. Click through for full details, and more photos of Sony’s latest super-zooms.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V & CyberShot DSC-HX9V
The Cyber-shot W520 compact digital camera will be available from March 2011. The Cyber-shot HX100V and HX9V will be available from April 2011.
Out March/April | TBC | Sony
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