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Songbird 1.1 for Android brings lock-screen widget and Honeycomb support

The Mozilla-powered rapidly iterating media player for Android, Songbird, just got updated to version 1.1, bringing with it both bug fixes and new features. Top of the list is Android 3.0 Honeycomb support, so now you can get Songbird on your Honeycomb tablet. Also included is a new lock-screen widget that allows you to control music playback right from the lock-screen. Speaking of widgets, the...

RunDroid dual boots Android and Windows Mobile on the HTC HD2

If for some reason your smartphone of choice is the HTC HD2, you'll probably be very happy that RunDroid has been created. Sure, the HD2 has some very capable and high-end hardware under the hood, but on the other hand, it runs Windows Mobile 6.5. Not even Windows Phone 7, but its ancient predecessor. Understandably, people have been hacking Android onto the HD2 for months and months. Up until now...

Hello Expense is a simple, reliable expense tracker for Android

A good mobile application is a fine balance between simplicity and functionality. You're using it on the go, so you don't have a lot of time to sit there and fumble with the phone to figure it all out. But you also need it to be powerful enough to let you do whatever it is you're trying to get done. Hello Expense is one mobile app that gets it right. It's an expense tracker that lets you use...

Amazon Cloud Player review: functional, not mind blowing, and still US-only

It's hard to believe: our world-spanning network, our Internet, which is the cornerstone of free speech and free society -- which, on a good day, is capable of causing populist revolutions -- is still crippled by banal geolocation restrictions. We are, of course, talking about Amazon's two latest offerings, both of which are only available in the United States. Last week it was the excellent Andro...

Amazon Cloud Player streams music from your free Cloud Drive to Android and the desktop

Amazon has just launched its free Amazon Cloud Player for both Android and the Web, plus an accompanying digital locker service, Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon has beaten both Apple and Google to the punch with a digital locker music streaming service for Amazon.com customers, and it can be yours for free, right now. The Amazon Cloud Player allows you to stream music stored on your free Amazon...

Quickoffice Pro HD launches for Android Honeycomb tablets

Quickoffice has launched a version of its mobile office suite that's tailored specifically for Android Honeycomb tablets. Quickoffice Pro HD, as it's being called, was designed from the ground up for tablet use, and as such features a user interface that's meant to take advantage of the extra screen real estate tablets have compared to smartphones. As expected, Quickoffice Pro HD allows yo...

LauncherPro for Android adds Gmail widget and new home screen transitions

LauncherPro, one of the most popular third-party launchers for Android, has just received an update, taking it to version 0.8.4. This update brings two new features, and lots of fixes. First off, users of the paid LauncherPro Plus have gotten a new LauncherPro widget, this time for Gmail. This widget matches the style of all the other LauncherPro widgets (for Contacts, Calendar, Twitter, and Fa...

Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only

When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features -- Test Drive -- was disabled just a few minutes after it opened. With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process, and 1-Click purchasing ready to strike at any moment, this caused some problems. Anyway, don't despair: Test Drive is now enabled. Before you get your hopes up, Test Drive doesn't work with every app....

Quickoffice Pro for Android gets cloud storage, improved document editing

Quickoffice has updated its paid Pro app for Android yesterday, bringing it to version 4.0. The company says this is the biggest update of its Android application yet, and many new features have been added. Perhaps the most notable is the added ability to save files in the cloud. This works Box.net, Google Docs, DropBox, Huddle, SugarSync, and MobileMe accounts. Additionally, Quickoffice P...

AVG Mobilation for Android tablets is a full-featured security suite

AVG has been offering a pair of Android security applications for a while, and both the free and paid versions of its app have proved to be extremely popular with Android users. Now the company has launched a tablet-specific version as well. Called AVG Mobilation for Android, the new app offers protection from malware, and a handful of other useful functions. Mobilation also provides a backu...

Android Market in-app billing now testing, goes live next week

The Android Market is still missing a few key pieces of functionality. Among them is in-app payments -- which Google has now announced will begin rolling out next week. The company is encouraging developers to upload apps that include in-app purchases, and instructions have been provided to walk submitters through the set-up and testing process. Google has made sure test apps can't actually b...

Google Music being tested internally, beta soon?

One day soon, we may actually get to spend some hands-on time with the oft-delayed Google Music service. According to CNET, Google is currently testing the service internally. Unfortunately for the rest of us, until Google works out all the licensing details with the major record labels, there's not really any chance of us being able to set up our own cloud-based music lockers on Google servers...

Google holds back on open-sourcing Honeycomb, heralds massive shift for Android

Google, in an interesting but not entirely unexpected twist, will not be open-sourcing Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the foreseeable future. Historically, Android is usually open-sourced via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) a few days or weeks after the code is finalized. While this departure from the norm won't affect OEMs like HTC and Motorola that have access to internal builds of Andro...

BlackBerry Playbook to support Android and Java apps with optional app players

RIM announced yesterday via a press release, that both BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps will be supported on the BlackBerry Playbook using optional 'app players.' The app players will provide support for native C/C++ code along with HTML5, Flash and Adobe AIR. Games will also be catered for with support for game engines including AirPlay from Ideaworks Labs and Unity 3 from Unity Technolog...

Color location-based photo sharing app makes a big splash on iPhone and Android

Just when Instagram had reached the peak of trendiness, along comes the next big thing in mobile photo-sharing: Color. Color is an iPhone/Android app that lets you share location-tagged photos. What's new about Color is the way it builds your contacts: it shows you photos from people who are currently within 100 feet of you, whether you know them or not. If you're around someone all the time...