Coin is Already Delaying Its Release, Will Only Let 10,000 Backers Beta Test Until Spring 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Coin – the credit card to replace all credit cards - told us that it was ready to ship to backers and that its companion Android app would arrive by September 25, about a month after the iOS app. Today, things have changed drastically, with Coin announcing to a small group that it has essentially delayed the product as it works out kinks, manufacturing issues, and most importantly, gets card swipes up from its current 85% success rate.

Coin will now only invite 10,000 people to test what they are calling “Coin Beta.” The rest of its thousands and thousands (potentially in the hundreds of thousands) of backers will have to wait until Spring 2015 to get the “Gold Standard” edition, almost a year after it was promised.  (more…)

Fragment is My New Favorite Android Wallpaper App

Fragment, a prismatic art wallpaper app that was introduced on iOS some time ago, is now available on Android. To say that this app is “awesome,” is probably not doing it justice. If you like wallpapers, custom ones at that, and prisms, you should probably grab this app.

The app allows you to start with new photos taken from your camera, grab images currently stored on your device, or ask the app for inspiration before creating your own prismatic masterpieces. Once you have an image ready, the app’s all-inclusive set of editing tools are at your fingertips. There are over a dozen frames, shapes, and patterns to get you going, options for rotating/resizing/framing/dragging/zooming/etc., and even sliders that will let you adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and more. The possibilities for creating a new wallpaper are practically endless.

If that all sounds like too much work, there is a shuffle button that will attempt to pair shapes and color adjustments for you on the fly. Tap it as many times as you would like until you find a combination that looks amazing. (more…)

T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Soldiers are Tegra-optimized Games, Now Available on Google Play

Two new Tegra-optimized games are available on Google Play this week, T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Solders. The games are promoted as perfect games for any new Tegra-powered device, such as the SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable. And of course, if you have a SHIELD Controller for your Tablet, then checking these games out should be high on your list.  (more…)

OpenSignal Releases Android “Fragmentation” Report, Counts Almost 19,000 Different Devices

That chart, situated at the top of this post, represents 18,796 different Android devices that are in the wild, according to OpenSignal’s latest Android “fragmentation” report which looks at the number of devices that have downloaded their app over the last couple of months. That, is a lot of devices. In fact, in last year’s report, OpenSignal reported that there were 11,868 different devices, which means we saw a 60% growth year-on-year. In 2012, that number stood at 3,997 individual Android devices. Calling the growth of the Android platform “impressive” would be an understatement.

So what’s the point of this report? OpenSignal wants to show the level of “fragmentation” in Android devices, to somehow relate that back to the benefits and negatives it creates for developers. Mostly, they point out the negatives, but do note that the range of devices in the Android world also makes the opportunity for developers greater than any other platform.

We really just like looking at this report for the neat charts and to see which devices and manufacturers are leading the Android charge.  (more…)

Freebies: AVAST Mobile Security Passes 100 Million Downloads, We Have 100 Licenses to Give Away

AVAST! Mobile Security, a leader in providing protection for Android devices, recently eclipsed the 100 million download mark on Google Play. To celebrate the occasion, AVAST! has provided us with a redemption code that will unlock its premium features for its security app for 100 of our readers. This is a 1-year premium unlock code, which would normally run you $14.99.

For those new to AVAST!, think of it as the ultimate security suite and protector for your phone. It can do things like provide insight on privacy issues for apps, block numbers from contacting you, measure network usage, lock apps, backup important info (call logs, photos, music, video, apps, etc.), and also act as a “Find My Phone” solution should your phone get stolen or lost.

The premium version adds unlimited app locking, detects ads, allows you to remotely send SMS from your phone or recover data, and also brings in extra backup features.  (more…)

Uber Releases API, Allows Partners Like United or OpenTable to Access Uber Info

Uber, the insanely popular ride requesting service that my hometown of Portland hates (personal problem), released an API this morning that allows partners to build-in Uber support to their apps and services. Through this API, apps can now “pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, access trip history and more.”

What does that mean? Well, it could be that you book a car to pick you up just after you book your restaurant reservation for tonight. Or maybe you need a ride to and from the airport, which you could book through you favorite airline’s app?  (more…)

Mediafire for Android Receives Major Update – Auto Backups of Photos and Videos, Instant Sharing, New UI

Mediafire, an independent cloud storage service with over 37 million users, introduced a brand new Android app today with a couple of really nice features.

First off, the app has a new “native interface,” with smoother scrolling, browsing and sharing. The app now has an automatic backup setting for photos and videos as well, bringing it nicely in line with Dropbox (Why doesn’t Box have this yet?). Finally, the new app has enhanced streaming support for your music and video collections, along with instant file sharing through email, SMS, or chat apps.

The update is live now, so go grab it.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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