Tag Archive: app


AppBrain main screen

After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now.

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Bing for AndroidBing for Android

Microsoft unveiled its Bing search app for Android today. But if you want to get in on the action, you’re going to have to have a Verizon phone, as it’s exclusive to the carrier’s section of the Android Market. (Place your bets  on how quickly it leaks out, though.)

The app features a daily featured image, just like Bing on the desktop. And you can swipe through seven days’ worth of images. There’s an endless scrolling search, and you can swipe through image previews straight to the host site. Microsoft’s own voice search works with Android’s speech-to-text function, and you can use Bing Maps to find your way around, too.

Is the app a threat to Google’s native services on Android? We’ll have to see, though it’s doubtful, just because of the integration factor. and then there’s the issue of it only being available on Verizon, for now, anyway. [Bing]

App review: 720tube

Apple loves to tout the HD video recording and editing capabilities of its new iPhone 4. Shoot.Edit.Share, says the slogan. Unfortunately, something nasty happens between the shooting and YouTube sharing: compression. Apple squashes your magical 720p memory into a rather glum looking 360p video just as soon as you select “Send to YouTube.” And there’s no easy way around it. That is, until we stumbled upon a little app called 720tube from Drakfyre’s Software.

It’s simplistic in its design but works exactly as advertised. Once you’ve shot or exported your video fromiMovie, simply launch 720tube, login to your YouTube account (credentials can be saved) and select the video from the iPhone camera roll. Then add a title, description, tags, and category, and off she goes into the unbridled ether. You can even make the video private if you’re not quite ready to come out as a true Justin Beleiber. Seriously though, the 720tube app is dead simple and has been rock solid during our testing, even over 3G connections — it’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for.

AT&T has officially launched version 2.0 of its iPhone app for U-Verse TV customers. Now dubbed U-Verse Mobile, it still allows users to manage and schedule DVR recordings on the go, but now has an updated UI, a favorite channels list, and most notably will allow users (with the U399 or U450 packages) to download a limited selection of shows directly to their phone. While that should make it easier to catch up with Lost, Grey’s Anatomy or whatever other shows AT&T makes available while on the subway or otherwise out of streaming reach you won’t be downloading your own DVR recordings, and you won’t downloading any of them over 3G since that’s WiFi only. While AT&T is loudly proclaiming it’s the first to allow downloads, by comparison Dish already lets users Sling whatever they want from its 922 — if they can get it to work right now. Check out the press release and a quick video demo after the break if you’re still not exactly sure how all this will go down, or just go straight to iTunes and grab the free app right now. Blackberry Torch fans should keep an eye out too, since a compatible version is on the way — no word yet on Android or webOS.

Nimbuzz just dropped version 2.0 of its popular Android VOIP application, bringing a slew of new features. Here’s what’s up:

NimbuzzOut will allow you to make cheap international and local calls to mobile phones and landlines over the internet without using your minutes! The new keypad located on the NimbuzzOut screen lets you access your entire phone book so you can make quick calls to anyone outside your Nimbuzz network.
A Dialer Tab: call mobile phones and landlines via NimbuzzOut, SkypeOut or any of our SIP partners (Google/Gizmo5, Sipgate, Xeloq, T-Pad, VoIPax, Gulfsip, IPS, Badatel and more)
Friend suggestions see which of your phonebook contacts are already using Nimbuzz so you an add them to your network. The more you add the more you save! ; )
Facebook connect: more stable connection, improved the security of your Facebook data, and allow you to see the status message of your Facebook friends.
New options in the settings, allowing you to choose different layouts, account credentials and profile information.

Fring received a minor update today, which should address many user reported issues, but it appears the feud with Skype is still going strong.  Some of the updates include:

  • “Significant” audio improvements
  • The echoing is fixed (fixed, fixed)
  • Supports new Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S using the front camera
  • Many more bugs fixes

Seeing support for new devices is great, and we always love to see bug fixes and better quality, but please Fring and Skype, bury the hatchet and work together, video calling is so much more viable when it can be used with a cross-platform desktop program.

The folks who own iPads and pay $99/year for MobileMe subscriptions have something to be happy about: The MobileMe iDisk app is now iPad-compatible. Of course, that compatibility upgrade also brought iOS4 support for the iPhone version:

What’s New In Version 1.2
– Designed for both iPhone and iPad
– Multitasking support for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS (iOS 4 required).
* Quickly switch to another app and back to iDisk
* Play audio from your iDisk while using another app
– When app is opened, the last file or directory viewed is displayed
– Option to open iDisk documents in compatible apps such as iBooks
– When sharing a file, an email can be sent from any configured email account
– The URL for a shared file can be copied and pasted
– Various stability improvements