Archive for the ‘Android Apps’ Category

Get Updated Locally with Patch App

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Mobile News… App That Can Bring Communities Closer Together- Learning about your community is never been so easy with the help of Patch app. Both iPhones and Android running devices can download Patch app for easy and quick access to local events and current news. The app also allows users to upload news, comments and photos on the fly. Here are the details on how to connect with Patch apps using mobile device.

Patch for iPhone allows owners to get connected to latest weather bulletin, current events and local business listings. Local community coverage never stops even a single second with Patch app.
The app’s useful features include access to the most important news and local blog posts, the latest information on weather conditions, complete listings in several businesses in the community, interesting events happening nearby and allow users to comment on interesting stories or upload photos through Facebook or e-mail. Additionally, the app can save anything online such as business listings and favorite stories for easy access without the need of internet connection.

Patch Places for Android allows users to walk through their communities through mobile phones. The app has more than 800 Patch towns’ listings. Android owners can select any place nearby to connect to a mobile directory.

Useful features of Patch Places include access to restaurants, shops and nightlife places in the community, surf business locations, browse and upload pictures and share place pages to social network sites and e-mail.

Just like the iPhone, Android users can save anything online with the app for easy offline access. The main objective of Patch Places is to make everything local, thus, bring people in the community closer together. (c) 2012

Disadvantages of Buying Cheap Android Phone

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

It is not new to people who have been following different mobile news that one main reason why Android mobile operating system has been experiencing a huge success is the wide range of hardware. There are units with slide-out keyboards, large screens, fast internals and even come with cheap price. However, buying a cheap Android phones might provide you insufficient performance that you are looking or expecting.

Android OEMs are constantly and frequently making updates. On some instances, a phone is not capable on a particular update making the internet experience not that good as expected. Most Android handsets are updated by the OEM having just a little input from Google. Now, because of deficiency in resources for development, low-end phone could be left behind with those updates. Bugs and security flaws could hurt low and slow phones. Apparently, these cheap and low-end phones are less popular in retail than the high-end phones.

Sometimes, phone specifications do matter. Owning a cheap Android phone may in fact result of having a slow hardware. In reality, some cheap phones are running old system-on-a-chip (SoC) that cannot manage to load new apps.
A great example in which a cheap phone can be left behind are games. More games are now requiring dual-core chips and quad-core is coming very soon. Some of the most interesting games available in the Android market are not made available to a cheap phone. More about that soon on mobile news.

Slow hardware will not be only affecting the game aspect of the smartphone’s usage but also to the different updated apps. Latest apps need high memory bandwidth and GPU speed to get the sufficient element of pixels and obviously, only high-end phones can have these. Additionally, low-specification phones might don’t have the capability to run the latest versions of Android.

Android OS allows users to do multitasking but with low-end Android phone, jumping from another app to another app could be very annoying. Most likely cheap phones cannot handle various processes at the same time because a lot of memory would be eaten up in doing so. Apparently, inexpensive phones always have lower RAM compared to high-end ones. (c) 2012

Google Android introduces the new Facebook Timeline

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Facebook has released their all new, modified Timeline profile on mobile website and Google’s Android platforms.

The giant social networking, Facebook has evolved their Timeline on their mobile website and Google’s Android platforms after doing some changes on Facebook desktop.

For feature phones and some smarthpone devices will be still using the old timeline while other touchscreen smartphone devices can experience the new Timeline at where it is the mobile website of Facebook.

For Android users, Facebook has released its new Facebook timeline which is now available in the Android market with the latest version of Facebook for Android 1.8. But this platform has bug issues and Facebook had resolved this problem and released a 1.8.1 version.

Mobile timeline is just similar with the desktop timeline. Upon logged in, users will be able to view their profile picture at the left-upper portion and their posts, photos and events underneath. The only differ is swiping.

In this timeline, other posts and photo albums can be swipe horizontally without further living your timeline. In this case, your Facebook menu is in the left portion of your timeline, by swiping it to the right, you may be able to view your photos, subscribers and other menus.

Mobile platforms will not allow you to make changes on your Facebook like deleting post and etc. but rather log on to your Facebook desktop to do some changes. Photos now are bigger and you will now be able to navigate your friends depending on their check in status.

At the end of the day, we cannot still rely on these two platforms since sometimes we committed mistakes in posting or etc. Since Facebook has been an essential way of communicating others, we are still using these two platforms in our mobile to communicate when we are out of houses even if it has some bug issues. Its primary satisfactory is to helps as locate and to be located depending on devices we are using. (c) 2011


RuFraud threat, 22 Free Apps were removed by Google

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Google has removed 22 applications in the Android market last week from a threat of RuFraud, a threat that charges European users for text messages.

Users were charged to send and receive a text messages believing that their free apps were free. Lookout Mobile had informed Google about the said problem about the apps that aren’t working as they’ve promised but harmless at all.

“To continue, click below” was the only button after launching the downloaded free wallpaper art, horoscope readings or free popular games by the user. Since it is the only button has a user to click, some users impatiently click the button to proceed to a vague terms of service agreement just to use their downloaded apps.
Derek Halliday, a senior security product manager of Lookout Mobile warned the users that these apps have vague terms of service that when the button was clicked, this gives an access to your phone to text messages of your charge for every SMS. “We’ve seen this family of premium estimates fraud apps over the last couple of weeks, in a few different waves,” said Derek Halliday.

After the annoying horoscope was removed by Google, another promising free app was released within Android Market giving a free Wallpaper Theme. For now, the most popular deceiving free app was Angry Birds (Free).

Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France and Germany are countries that were affected while USA weren’t, since the app reads first the sim card to determine the location of the user but phone networks in US block the codes that were used by this app to send messages.

This kind of scam focuses in Eastern Europe and it started to hit Western Europe explained by Derek Halliday.

Google was originally warned by Lookout Mobile from these 9 applications that were a threat from the users and even Google itself.
“A few versions will be published every few days or so…I can’t tell the future, but we’re going to be paying really close attention to it as it develops.” Derek Halliday said.

However, this threat was monitored by the Lookout Mobile and gives assurance to the users to be secured from these scams.

News on Mobile Technology: Android Users Can Now Download the TomTom Places Local Search App

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Android smart phone users can now enjoy the TomTom’s new local search app TomTom Places. The app provides comfort to users in searching specific places such as shops, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions as it gives detailed information which allows users to specifically navigate results and precisely choose what they are searching.

The local search app is taken from enhanced POI database of TomTom which stores 10 million places and gives directions to the specific destination with up-to-date traffic situation. It does not support turn-by-turn navigation functionality.
Managing director of TomTom Places, Lucien Groenhuijzen, said that they consider the market share of android in most countries, which is more than 50%, in developing this mobile technology. According to him, people like the search results and 50% of the search requests resulted to a call, e-mail or visit to the site through the application.

Android application TomTom Places is available in most countries in Europe including Sweden, Belgium and Denmark. It will be soon available in Spain this December.

The creation of the detailed local search tool is made possible with the help of various companies including Gelbe Seiten, Truvo and Paginas Amarelas. (c) 2011