Last week I had the chance to hang out with Kellen and Tim while I was visiting family in Portland. One of the things that we talked about was what it was like to be an Android enthusiast back in 2009 and on. Back then, Android was about rooting, installing custom ROMs and kernels, customizing your device, and pushing the limits of the hardware.
It was also about not using an iPhone; at the time the iPhone was considered the state of the art device, and it would arguably continue to be a superior overall package for several years. While the iPhone had more apps and a more established ecosystem, the Motorola Droid boasted both a physical and software keyboard, real multitasking (it’s hard to remember now, but the iPhone didn’t get real multitasking until iOS 4), a higher resolution camera with a flash, customizable home screens with widgets, expandable storage, and a user-replaceable battery. It was the antithesis of the iPhone in so many ways, and those of us that used it were proud to say we didn’t use iPhones.
As I was reflecting on this, I began to wonder what it means to be an Android enthusiast today. How much has changed and how much has stayed the same? Read on for my top five things Android enthusiasts care about in 2015. (more…)
One More Line, a new game from SMG Studio, is definitely my new favorite game. SMG rightly describes it as “a highly addictive, one button, space disco, skill timing game.”
The game starts by explaining when to tap to grapple onto oncoming objects. Tapping and holding will allow you to connect to the object and then spin around it until you release and quick taps let you quickly connect and then release to weave between objects. Once you connect with an object to grapple, you can fly through the wall, but releasing before you’re back in the corridor will cause you to lose.
VSCO Cam, the popular photo editing app, has released another update for Android users bringing three headline features to everyone and a few more goodies for select devices.
The first, and probably most important, new feature in 3.1 is sync. Now users can sync edited photos between devices. If I start editing a picture on my iPhone, but have to put it down before finishing up, I can finish the edits on my Moto X before sharing the picture to my Grid or Instagram. Syncing my first photo took a few seconds, but after that future syncs were almost instantaneous. Images that are syncing have a spinning animation over them from the Library view; once synced you’ll see two overlapped circles in the top right corner. (more…)
The Sony Xperia Z3v is a strange phone. It’s not quite a Z3, not quite a Z2. Thinking about the Z3v reminds me of the strange Xperia Play commercials where a back ally deal resulted in human thumbs being appended to an android. This mashup of hardware with Sony and Verizon software at first glance might seem like another disappointment, but I think Sony fans and Verizon subscribers ought to find much to love about the Z3v.
This is our Sony Xperia Z3v review. (more…)
Beginning in 2006 Algoriddim began developing professional-grade DJ software for the Mac. By 2011 Steve Jobs was using djay for iPad to demonstrate that mobile devices are not just about consuming content, but creating things. Now, Algoriddim is bringing its award-winning software to Android phones and tablets. (more…)
Gmail has looked like Gmail for a very, very long time. It looks stark and minimalist to a flaw. With the onslaught of third party Gmail apps like Sparrow, Mailbox, Acompli, and Boxer it seemed like Google was going to become a dumb pipe for these smarter Gmail apps. Then came Inbox. (more…)
After reading Kellen’s iPhone 6 review and discussing the lack of an app gap on the Droid Life Show, I thought I should revisit my conviction that there were still some apps that could not be found or matched on Android.
It had been about a year since I last checked for certain kinds of apps and my tastes have changed some, so I figured I should take a look.
To my delight, I discovered that eight of the apps that I love to use that I thought were iOS only are now either available on Android or have comparable counterparts from another developer. (more…)
Below are the top ten features your friends who use iOS devices are probably freaking out about at the moment. Maybe some of them simply cannot believe how revolutionary iOS 8 is, but hopefully they recognize that a lot of iOS 8 is just Apple catching up to Google and features its Android platform has had for years. On the other hand, some of these improvements would be great to have on Android. (more…)