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TweetDeck for Android gets full landscape support, TwitPic integration and short URLs

TweetDeck for Android has just been updated to 1.0.3. This update, while not a major one, isn't all about fixing bugs either. Some important -- and previously missing -- functionality is now built in. TweetDeck for Android now has support for landscape mode for all update detail views, and gets support for TwitPic and manual URL shortening through Bit.ly. Users can now delete direct messages...

Adobe Reader X now available for Android and desktop OSes

For better or worse, Adobe's latest iteration of Reader is now available for both Android and desktop OSes. From the sandboxed Reader 'protected-mode', to the new multimedia implementations, there's quite a bit in the new Acrobat X suite of software. Adobe Reader for Android brings quite a few changes with one of the highlights being text search, an invaluable tool for anyone reading any sort of...

CrossLoop brings remote desktop control to Android

If you use CrossLoop to remotely access your desktop computer -- or assist friends, family, and clients -- you've now got one more way to get connected. Those of you who also own an Android device can beta test CrossLoop's new app, which brings a good bit of the desktop app's functionality to your smartphone (or tablet). New users will need to create a CrossLoop account to try out the app, and...

Clean your Market search and browsing history on Android with History Eraser

It's never a bad idea to clean up history files on your devices -- especially your smartphone. As Lifehacker points out, you might have friends constantly wanting to check out your sexy new Android phone, and they don't need to know how many Hotel Mario videos you've been watching on YouTube. Enter HistoryEraser, which cleans more than just your browsing tracks. This handy little app can also...

Google Sky Map for Android now lets you travel through time

Google Sky Map for Android has just been updated to bring us the exciting features of multi-touch pinch-to-zoom and Time Travel! The official site hasn't been updated yet, but you can definitely pick it up from the Android Market on your phone -- the QR code is included after the break. While pinch-to-zoom is nice, the Time Travel feature is something that Sky Map users have long been clamoring...

Google Maps Navigation now available in Australia and New Zealand

Voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation is now available for Google Maps for Android in Australia and New Zealand. This feature works if you have a smartphone running Android 1.6 or newer. Maps Navigation is integrated with Google Search and even Google Voice Search -- meaning that you don't even have to know your destination's name, you can just search for it either by typing or speaking....

Google Docs gets mobile editing support on Android 2.2 and iOS

Google has just announced that it has started rolling out mobile editing support for Google Docs. The roll-out will take a few days and when it reaches you, you'll be able to edit documents in Google Docs by simply pointing your mobile browser to docs.google.com and clicking on Edit while viewing the document you wish to make changes to. This feature will only be accessible for owners of...

Get Android on your iPad with OpeniBoot in the near future

Got an iPad, but bored of iOS? Fancy trying out Android, even though it's not designed for tablets? Well you might be in luck, as the team that brought you Bootlace and OpeniBoot for the iPhone and iPhone 3G has released a teaser of their open source iOS boot ROM alternative running on an iPhone 4 and the iPad. With the tablet-optimized Gingerbread just around the corner, the jailbroken iPad...

Google Goggles goes into marketing

Google has started running an advertising experiment inside its Goggles mobile visual search application. This merges offline marketing with the mobile Web. Google is working with five brands -- Buick, Disney, Diageo, T-Mobile and Delta Airlines -- to offer print ads, movie posters and other media that will support Google Goggles. When you take a picture of any such ad, using Google Goggles on...

Google Maps 4.7 for Android adds Hotpot features

Google has announced that Google Maps for Android now supports Hotpot, Google's new local recommendation engine. You can now rate places and write reviews from your phone. This is made easy by a rating widget that you can add to your homescreen. You can also rate and review places straight from any Place page -- these are in the process of being rolled out into Google mobile search results for...

An early look at Winamp for Android's SHOUTcast integration

This morning, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at an alpha version of Winamp for Android. The beta version currently available from the Android Market is already a lot better than other media players, but judging by what I've seen today, it's going to get even better. For this alpha build, Nullsoft has focused on SHOUTcast integration. The implementation is still a little rough around...

Pulse News Reader for iPad, iPhone, and Android now free

Pulse News Reader, the popular mobile news reader app for iOS and Android, is now going free across all platforms in an effort to grab more users and, as a consequence, content partnerships. Alphonso Labs, having secured sizable venture capital funding, is attempting to turn the app into a viable business. By providing a mobile optimized solution for content consumption, they hope to switch to...

Android 2.3 Gingerbread to get Wii-like motion processing?

Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be the first Android version to have support for the gyroscopes that are starting to show up more and more in high-end smartphones. The new 'sensor fusion' APIs that Google will introduce in Gingerbread include quaternion, rotation matrix, linear acceleration and gravity, and will allow the gyroscope to work together with the accelerometer and the magnetometer. The new...

BeejiveIM for Android giveaway

Must-have smartphone apps are few and far between. In fact, it's hard to name more than two apps that I use on a daily basis: Angry Birds is the first, of course, and BeejiveIM is the second. I reviewed BeejiveIM for Android last month and came away with the conclusion that it's almost faultless. The interface is smooth, and you can customize colors and backgrounds to your heart's content....

Tether releases Android tethering app, works on Android 1.5 and up

Tether, a tethering app that's been available for BlackBerry smartphones for some time now, just hit Android phones. For $24.99, it will let you share your Android device's data connection with your computer via USB. Unlike Google's free Android tethering app, Tether works on Android 1.5 and up (the built-in app started with Android 2.2). Now, to readers outside the US, Tether may sound like a...