Posts Tagged ‘android’

Android Video Players: Best Of

April 29th, 2011 Leave a comment
Android Video Players: Best Of

Android’s standard Movies app is a little lacking; much like the stock music app, it’s functional but leaves quite a bit to be desired in polish and features. Thankfully, Android’s robust developer community have taken it upon themselves to create some video players of their own: here’s some players that are not only more polished and nuanced but are fully-featured, well-crafted video playing apps in their own right! 1. RockPlayer http://rockplayer.freecoder.org/index_en.html RockPlayer is an absolutely amazing app. It’s the VLC of the Android world, being able to play just about any media file out there. It took everything I threw at it, from… View full post »

Music on Android: Best Music Players Reviewed

April 19th, 2011 Leave a comment 2 comments
Music on Android: Best Music Players Reviewed

The standard Android player is functional, but that’s all that it is: many Android users hunger for a more robust feature set from their music player. Thankfully, a few Android developers have felt the same thing; here’s a list of a few music players that are outstanding in their features and functions! 1. doubleTwist http://www.doubletwist.com/ doubleTwist markets itself as “iTunes for Android”, and that’s exactly what it is, more or less; its UI is sleek and functional, and it offers features very similar to the music player on any Apple device. A very neat feature here is “AirSync”, a feature that lets you… View full post »

Hello Android Book Review

February 11th, 2011 Leave a comment
Hello Android Book Review

In opening this book review, I must first humbly admit that I am no mobile development guru. While I am a student of the programming arts, mobile development is a recent beast that I have just now been forced to grapple with on more than a hobbyist basis. That said, Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform (Pragmatic Programmers) by Ed Burnette is a fantastic book for beginning Android development; it is a practical, no-nonsense guide that can be powered through in a few days to have a great base for Android development. First off, the book assumes knowledge of Java,… View full post »

What is Dalvik, Anyway?

January 10th, 2011 Leave a comment 4 comments
What is Dalvik, Anyway?

If you have heard much about Google’s mobile operating system, Android, or have been following the recent Oracle lawsuit against Google, you have probably encountered the term “Dalvik”. If Android is “Java based”, what exactly is Dalvik and what does it do? To understand Dalvik, you must first understand that Android is not Java. Android being “Java based” is a great oversimplification that many in the media and tech news have used to avoid getting too deep into the details. However, Android has never claimed that it was 100% compatible with Java. Java syntax is used to… View full post »

Best Free Android Apps for Network Professionals

October 28th, 2010 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 1 comment
Best Free Android Apps for Network Professionals

Network professionals often find themselves on call. All too often, something simple pops up during these on-call periods that could be quickly resolved with the right tools. As a result, many network professionals find themselves lugging around a laptop “just in case”. However, Android phones are now capable of running a number of network applications that can greatly simplify those quick fixes. While they won’t replace the PC versions and they won’t always solve your problem, these 7 applications are indispensable to a network professional and may even save you from dragging out your laptop. Ping This handy… View full post »

Is Android Google’s Launching Pad into Apple’s Airspace?

August 15th, 2010 Leave a comment
Is Android Google's Launching Pad into Apple's Airspace?

With the release of iOS version 4, Apple continues to build on their momentum as the leading blue chip smart phone provider. As Google takes strides to develop its Android OS, however, many analysts see emerging trends that point in Google’s favor. AdMob’s own mobile metrics report (http://metrics.admob.com/2010/06/may-2010-mobile-metrics-report/) shows Android’s operating system share rising to over 25%, with Apple holding steady at around 40%, Nokia at just over 20% and Blackberry at just under 10%. In terms of the ability to scale, Android provides developers and handset manufacturers with a compelling alternative to the closed Apple ecosystem, potentially increasing the… View full post »

iPhone vs. Android – Why Dump iPhone for Android

May 7th, 2010 Leave a comment 4 comments
iPhone vs. Android - Why Dump iPhone for Android

When the iPhone first appeared on the market, it was a revolution in the mobile device area. Android took a while longer to materialize, but now that it is out there, some consumers are re-evaluating their “love affair” with iPhone. Learning from iPhone’s mistakes, Android was able to capitalize on many iPhones features that users find frustrating. In fact there are plenty of good reasons to dump your iPhone for an Android device. iPhone’s Hideous Sync Options Unlike the iPhone, the Android does not sync with the computer it is plugged into. One of the iPhone’s pet peeves is… View full post »

Best Android Apps: My Top 10 Choices

May 4th, 2010 Leave a comment 2 comments
Best Android Apps: My Top 10 Choices

Android based phones have a diverse array of applications available. For the new Android user, it can almost be overwhelming choosing which apps to install. With the recent release of new Androids handsets from major brands like Motorola, HTC, and Google, the Android developer community has been given a boost to crank out good quality Android software. Today, Android Marketplace features more than 10,000 apps from personal finances to games and utilities. While some applications are more useful to some than others, here are my top 10 Android applications. Connect Bot Connect Bot is an absolute must-have application for anyone… View full post »

Android Developer Tools

April 20th, 2010 Leave a comment
Android Developer Tools

The Android software development kit contains a number of tools to simplify your development tasks. Several of these tools really stand out for the value they add to the Android SDK. The best android developer tools included in the SDK help save time and development effort by streamlining common development tasks. Here is a summary of some of the most valuable Android developer tools packaged in the Android SDK. Android Development Tools Plugin for Eclipse Eclipse is probably one of the best IDE development tools for Java based development. As an open source project, there are numerous plugins… View full post »

Best Android Books: My Top 5 Choices

March 29th, 2010 Leave a comment 2 comments
Best Android Books: My Top 5 Choices

NOTE: We’ve recently released a more up-to-date pick of the best Android books here: Best Android Books: Top 5 Choices for 2013. There are a number of high quality books available about Android and Android application development. As with any subject, Google Android books vary greatly in quality and how broadly they cover their subject. We picked these 5 because they each approach the subject from a different perspective. Some carry the “introductory” flavor throughout the book, while others “ease you into” Android and then delve with more advanced topics. The point we are trying to make is… View full post »

Is Android the Future of Mobile Computing?

February 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment 4 comments
Is Android the Future of Mobile Computing?

Devices like Apple’s iPhone and the various versions of Blackberry smartphones are revolutionizing computing. Phones and phone-like devices are increasingly blurring the lines between notebook computers, netbooks and phones. The mobile computing revolution is on! One platform, however, truly stands out as a potential game changer. That platform is the Android platform from Google. Is Android the future of mobile computing? There is certainly a strong potential for Android to shape the future of mobile computing. Android’s strength comes from its openness. The Android SDK is open source and the license governing Android itself allows any… View full post »