We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Android application that may appeal to everyone who uses their phone while driving.
InDrive is a GPS-enabled application that combines the standard car home functionality with a trip computer and Poweramp support. The app makes it very easy to launch your favorite applications, directly dial numbers, view your trip information and control music playback*. It will auto launch when placed in a compatible car dock. If you don’t have a physical car dock, InDrive provides an option to force the phone into car mode, in which it will override the Home button.
* The music screen is designed to work in conjunction with Poweramp. Without Poweramp installed, you will only be able to do very basic controls such as switching to the next song in the default Android music player. Support for other media players is not guaranteed.
Please download the app from Google Play and tell us what you think. Your feedback is much appreciated.
Simple and clean widget designed to be a primary lockscreen widget. It shows current date and time together with events from your Google calendar. Swipe down to expand the widget to the entire lockscreen.
• Resizable and scrollable.
• Shows number of days/minutes to event.
• Tap on time to launch Clock app.
• Tap on date to open Google Calendar.
To add to the lockscreen:
1. Swipe lockscreen to the left until you see a big [+] icon.
2. Tap on the icon and select ‘Neat Calendar’.
3. Tap and hold on the widget and move it to the left of the camera screen.
To add to the home screen:
1. Open widgets list in the app drawer.
2. Tap and hold to place widget on the desktop.
Droid NAS allows you to share folders over Wi-Fi network, making your Android device visible as Bonjour computer in Finder on your Mac. Turn your phone or tablet into wireless flash drive with a single tap!
Different profiles can be used to quickly choose which folders to share. Assign your home or office Wi-Fi networks to profiles and Droid NAS will auto-select profiles on start.
- Mac OS X.
- Android: apps like ES File Explorer, Solid Explorer, GTVBox Video Player.
- Windows doesn’t supported because it can’t connect to SMB servers via non-standard port.
- Linux most probably also won’t work.
Droid NAS on Google Play
If you tired of waiting official update for Revue, there are another way. Just flash two leaked updates and enjoy Honeycomb on your device. I just did it and it works great.
What you need to do:
Most apps working just fine, including Plex, Google Music (streaming), IMDb, Palmary Weather (widget), File Expert, Dropbox. Not many apps for Google TV right now on Android Market, but you can easily side-load apk files.
Unfortunately streaming audio not working yet in Digitally Imported Radio and TuneIn Radio.
I was afraid of lack of transcoding in Plex for Google TV, but it plays 99% of files, including 20 GB 1080p video file over WiFi! Very impressive. Also Revue can control via IR-blaster your TV, AV receiver and even Xbox 360 (just setup the video source as as Microsoft MCE-500). And I like full-size keyboard, if you need a small remote, install Logitech Harmony app on your Android phone.
A few days ago I’ve read on Google+ about upcoming version of Plex for Google TV and decided to test it on my Asus Transformer. I was looking for a way to watch movies on a TV screen. Connecting tablet with HDMI cable and using MX Video Player did the trick, but with local files only. DLNA apps and VLC Direct were not very convenient nor reliable.
After installing Plex server on my HTPC and adding folders with movies, TV series and music, I was able to play media on another computer, phone and tablet. Plex automatically downloads the information about media files and presents it very nicely.
It also keeps track of watched videos and maintains playback position. Media files are transcoded if necessary, so no problem with unsupported codecs on Android devices.
The same Plex app can also work as remote for a Plex client running on Mac or PC (server part is also available for Linux and compatible NAS devices).
On the left you can see how Plex looks on a computer screen, very similar to XBMC and other media centers designed to be controlled with a simple remote control. You can also stream content from over 150 popular online video, music and photo sources like Apple Movie Trailers.
Recently I tested several video players on Asus Transformer tablet. From my past experience, the most demanding task is playback of MKV file, so I tried to play 720p video with 2 audio stream and 2 subtitles.
The winner is MX Video Player, which was able to use hardware acceleration for smooth video playback and allows to switch audio streams and subtitles on-the-fly. Interface is good with native Honeycomb support. Swiping on different areas of the screen will ajust volume, brightness and playback position. Zoom video as you like with multi-touch. MX Video Player also keeps watch time and position for all files, and you can manually mark any file as finished.
Market link: market.android.com/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad
Other tested players: RockPlayer, Mobo Player and VPlayer. If you know another good player, please post comments below.
Hey Dan, I was just reading an interesting piece in that new iPad magazine. I think you’d really dig it.
Isn’t it amazing how it’s 2011 and we can just share these things quickly? Remember when you first used email and you were like, whoa dude, did you just send a letter to a possibly hot possibly girl in Cambodia? And you mean to tell me that she is going to be able to read it before I’m done saying this senten holy crap she wrote back already! Remember that? So since it’s 2011 this is going to be so much more amazing, yeah?
Alright, let me find this bad boy. For some reason* I can’t search this app so let me simply swipe my way through every page of every issue until I see the article I mentioned. I appreciate your patience. Ok here it is. Hey also for some reason* I can’t directly email this or select it to send it to you, so let’s do this right. You ready?
(*The pages are just dead images. There is no text to search or copy lol.)
Ok, download Futurio from the App Store. Got it? Love the sound of FREE, yeah. Take that, 1999. Ok, now, scroll on over to issue #9, the one with the poorly compressed JPEG on the cover, oh wait, now it looks better. Ok, buy (sike!) that one. It’ll take a few minutes to download. No, we can’t play Words With Friends while we wait, are you nuts. Hell yeah the download would break and probably be impossible to continue later.
Got it? Oh sorry, yeah, I’m eating a chicken confit sandwich. I had time to make it while the thing downloaded. Anyway, the article, the article… Right, it’s on page number, uh, well, ok it’s a big red page towards the back. Got it? Ok, it’s down at the end. No, scroll down. More. More. More. Ok there it is.
I know! I also thought Amanda would love it. You should totally send it to her.
Can’t agree more – these news and magazine apps seems to be better than websites until you try to share an article.
How many times you forgot to turn the phone ringer back on after a movie or meeting? This free app will activate itself when you silence your ringer using the volume buttons. Once your ringer is off, it asks you how long to stay silent.
Shush! Ringer Restorer on Android Market
Great analysis from Blaze comparing browser performance:
We set out to discover which mobile browser is truly faster – when used on real sites. Our goal was to measure the true mobile browsing experience, and see which device comes out ahead. 45,000 page loads later, this report summarizes our conclusions. We can now give a definitive answer to the question: which browser is really faster, from a user’s point of view?
The results surprised us.
First of all, we found that Android’s browser is faster. Not just a little faster, but a whopping 52% faster. Android’s Chrome beat iPhone’s Safari by loading 84% of the websites faster, meaning Safari won the race only 16% of the time. While we expected to see one of the browsers come out on top, we didn’t expect this gap.
Are you tired of switching auto-rotate setting back and forth? This tool can help you auto switching it.
You can set auto-rotate setting for each app, when you open/close those apps, it will help you turn on/off auto-rotate setting automatically.