Posts Tagged ‘Android Market’
With hundreds of thousands of apps available in the Android Market, there’s bound to be something for everyone, from the practical to the entertaining. In the second installment of Talking Android, we asked our customers about their apps and which ones they can’t live without. Like all things Android, their responses show that each Android experience is unique to its owner.
What’s your favourite Android app and why?
Stephen Lee (SL) - I’m not sure I could pick one app. I have several apps I use over the course of a day, Our Groceries , News Canada, TweetDeck, uDial, uFindMe PRO, Handcent SMS and a custom email client are some of the applications I use frequently. There are so many apps to choose from on the market and normally one size does not have to fit all. :-)
Chris – Android Headlines (CY) – The Android Market! I like to look at all the different applications and am always amazed at the new and creative and innovative applications that you can put on your Android smartphone. It is truly amazing how many applications can make your life easier and more fun.
Bryan Baker (BB) – If I had to select one Android application I love above all, it would be the Dropbox application. Dropbox is an online storage service that allows you to sync across multiple devices. This mobile application allows you to log in to your box, and download files as you need them. With one press on the screen, you can have access to your invoices, schedules, pictures, and any other information that you keep in your private storage. By using the PC application, your documents will be up-to-date, as Dropbox syncs in real time.
Puleen Patel (PP)- My favourite Android app has to be Evernote, because it allows me to take notes on my Android device and any other device (including Tablet and Desktop). It makes it easier for me to jot down ideas, thoughts and concepts on the go without needing to carry around a pen and a paper.
Don Rayner (DR)- With all of the great applications out there and the many that of them that I have installed on my phone here are a few of my favorites.
- Google Translate – Translate by typing or vocal input and have the translation written and/or spoken.
- A Online Radio – Accepts audio streams for other sources as well as ShoutCast stations.
- Shazam – Ever hear a song on the radio and you just want to know who the artist is? This app will listen to the song and then do a search for artist and title.
- WordPress – Blogging on the go.
- Astrid Tasks – Just the best task manager available and it will even sync with Google tasks.
- Stock Android calendar – I’m no good at remembering dates, this takes care of it for me and syncs with Google calendar.
- YouTube – For when you have some time to kill
- Google Map and Navigation – Works with your GPS to enable you to navigate anywhere the road will take you.
- WinAmp – Bringing the great PC based music player to Android.
Greg Carron (GC) – Dropbox – Online cloud storage application that syncs across multiple platforms including your PC and your Android device. So being in a development team we are constantly testing apps on our devices and with Dropbox, our programmer can output an app into a folder on his PC and it will sync online allowing me to view the file on my Android device and I’ll be able to one-click install the mobile app on my device. Also I can use Dropbox to stream music from my Android device. I can have all my music at home, build an .m3u playlist and copy it to my Dropbox then when I’m out I just load it on my device and it will play all my music.
Michael J. Schmidt (MJS) - This is a very tough question, there are so many from which to choose (over 150,000 at last count). Given that an Android device is more like a mini-computer than just a phone, and can be used for so many different things, I’ll give you my top 5 instead (in no particular order).
- Google Maps – I can use this as a GPS device in my car, or to look up restaurants and business via “Places”
- swiFTP – Turns my Android device into an FTP server (File Transfer Protocol) so that I can move files to and from my device from my computer wirelessly. No need for cables!
- Default Android Music player – I use this in the car (with a proper mount for safety) to listen to audio books and podcasts during my long commute.
- Aldiko book reader – I can download and read books anytime, anywhere. Free books from the public domain, or ebooks I have purchased.
- NoteEverything & Docs-2-Go: NoteEverthing is a great & simple note-taking app that can be organized into folders. Docs-2-Go (paid version) allows me to create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents on my device, and sync them to my Google docs account, or to my PC.
- BONUS: Astrid To-Do list app – The best to-do list in the Android Marketplace. I can create alerts and reminders, even alarms. Astrid can automatically add items to my calendar (which syncs with my Google calendar online) and can also sync, for free, with the great Remember-The-Milk online to-do list web site.
Do you have a favourite Android app?
Melanie Masson is a regular contributor of RedBoard
This has happened to me on more than one occasion: I’m out with friends for dinner and when it comes time to split the bill, someone has either left their wallet at home or ran out of cash.
“I’ll pay you back next time I see you,” he says. But then days turn to weeks and it becomes awkward to ask for that $25.
Might as well forget it, right? Wrong.
Had my friend registered for the Zoompass Mobile Wallet Application, he could have quickly transferred me the money right from his smartphone. (After all, while we may run out of cash or leave our wallet at home, but surely we’d never leave home without our phone)
Zoompass is offered by Enstream, a company owned in part by Rogers, that allows you to send, receive and request money securely across Canada’s major wireless carriers. All you need to do is launch the app, type in the amount and cell phone number of the recipient (who also needs to have Zoompass), enter your security password, and hit send. Done. Dinner debt cleared.
You can access Zoompass via your mobile browser or a standalone smartphone app, available at the iTunes App Store, Android Market and BlackBerry App World. It is free to send and receive money through the Zoompass service. There is a fee for transferring funds from Zoompass back into your bank account. More on Zoompass fees can be found here.
Send money worldwide
As a bonus for Zoompass users, now you can send money worldwide with Western Union Money Transfers.
Your recipient can pick up their funds in cash at any participating Western union agent location and you can also have the transfer deposited directly to a mobile wallet account. This mobile-to-mobile service is currently available on networks in 27 countries, including Smart Communications and Globe Telecom in the Philippines, M-Pesa in Kenya and Safaricom in the UK.
Visit www.zoompass.com/westernunion for more on Western Union.
Have you ever used Zoompass? What are your experiences with mobile money transfers?
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
If you’ve ever had to take a photo on the fly, you likely know what’s it’s like to reach for your smartphone only to be frustrated at the quality of the shot.
Cameras were once nice-to-have add-ons for cell phones. But thanks to innovative software and technology, they can be just as powerful as the digital camera available at your local electronics store. For example, we recently launched the Nokia N8 exclusively for Rogers customers, offering a 12-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and the ability to shoot video in 720p HD resolution.
Since almost every mobile phone nowadays has a camera, how do you ensure that you’ll get a great keepsake from that impromptu photo?
I asked that question to Andrew Tolson, Director of Photography for Macleans magazine – who lives and breathes photography. He’s almost always got a camera on standby whether it’s his professional SLR or his iPhone.
Regardless of what smartphone you use, here’s a summary of our meeting to help you get the most out of your device’s camera.
1. Keep your expectations in check. Use your device’s camera as a way to have fun and to take impromptu shots – but don’t rely on it for really important situations. Getting married or seeing your nephew for the first time? Bring an SLR or a point-and-shoot digital camera.
2. Check your settings: Make sure to go to “options” or “settings” on your phone and set the image size to the largest possible. That way, if you want to print it’ll be big enough – and your friends won’t need to squint to see it on a computer screen.
3. Grab additional storage: Some devices have both built-in memory and the ability to increase storage. Since you can pick up a 2-GB MicroSD memory card (which can hold hundreds of photos) for less than $10 nowadays, there is really no excuse to run out of space. Another benefit: you can pull out the memory card to print photos or transfer to your computer.
4. Light your shot: While you can’t always plan the perfect shot in advance, always remember: never shoot in bright sunlight (move into open shade if possible); always find a light source, even it’s just moving a lamp nearby; and never, ever shoot in front of an open window. Silhouettes are virtually impossible to repair with software.
5. Stay steady: If you can’t use a tripod (yes, they exist for smartphones too), lean against a wall or put your elbow down on the table to keep your hand steady. And don’t forget to hold it there for a second after you activate the shutter – because if you point, shoot and move, odds are it’ll come out blurry.
6. Grab some apps: Mobile photo-editing software today is incredibly powerful and incredibly cheap. You can add filters and change the look and feel of a photo with just a few touch-screen swipes – things that used to be complex and costly. Some of his favourites for the iPhone include Photoshop Express (Free); ToonPAINT ($1.99); Camera Plus Pro ($2.49) and Hipstamatic ($1.99). Other photo-editing apps can be found at BlackBerry App World, Android Market, Windows Phone Marketplace or Nokia’s Ovi Store.
7. Use flickr to share: There’s a reason 5-billion pictures have been uploaded to flickr.com: it’s easy to use, easy to organize photos, easy to share those pics with friends; and photo buffs love it. Basic accounts are free and you can get a mobile app that integrates your smartphone with your account. Or, you can easily email them directly to your account, just like sending an attachment.
What are your smartphone camera tips? Do you have a question for Andrew? Submit your tips or questions below.
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
There’s no question that tablets are transforming the way we live, work and play. From sending email to editing documents to watching video and mobile web browsing, tablets are growing in popularity among Canadians.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has officially joined Rogers lineup of world-class mobile Internet and Android devices. Beginning tomorrow, devices will start to arrive at Rogers stores and authorized dealers. You can pick one up for $539.99 with select three-year mobile Internet data plans.
The Galaxy Tab features a vivid 7-inch touch screen, expandable memory up to 32GB, the ability to enjoy Flash web content, plus a built-in dual camera, e-reader, and GPS navigation. With the Android 2.2 OS, you also have access to integrated Google Mobile services and thousands of apps on the Android Market.
As part of our RedBoard video series, I spoke with Neil Shuart, Rogers Director of Wireless Internet to take a closer look at the Galaxy Tab, including the two cameras, and the built-in apps for work and entertainment on-the-go. You can read a full transcript here.
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab? How do you use tablets?
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard
Tablets enable you to access information in new ways, while smartphones continue to pack more features into smaller packages. Is it possible to have the best of both these devices?
If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a device that is a combination of tablet and smartphone, the Dell Streak may be for you. Available exclusively from Rogers, you can get the Dell Streak for $149.99 with select three year voice and data plans. Devices are beginning to arrive in stores today.
The Dell Streak is both a tablet and phone – allowing you to launch apps, surf the Web and view media with ease through its large touchscreen, listen to music, plug into your HD TV, edit documents as well as make calls.
Here are some of the device’s specs:
- A 5-inch multi-touch WVGA display
- Weighs 7.7 ounces
- Android operating system version 1.6
- Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views
- High-resolution 5 MP camera and VGA front facing camera
- Built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity
- 512MB RAM, 2GB of internal storage and Micro SD expandable memory available up to 32 GB.
Check out a video of the Dell Streak in action below.
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
UPDATE (November 10, 2:08 PM): You can learn more about the Dell Streak and order it at www.rogers.com/dellstreak.
If these names get your heart beating, you’re in for a real treat as the men’s portion of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank hits Toronto August 7-15 and the women’s tournament touches down in Montreal August 13-22.
This year, you can catch every serve, volley and smash with Rogers on the screen of your choice:
- Rogers Cup will be broadcast live in HD on TSN and TSN2 (channels 506 & 507) and CBC (channel 514), while digital cable customers can also tune to channel 385 to get scores, schedules and updates 24/7.
- Rogers On Demand (channel 100) will feature one match per day of the Rogers Cup men’s tournament broadcast. Semi-finals and finals of the women’s tournament will also be available.
- Can’t wait? Rogers On Demand also has men’s and women’s finals from 2007 to 2009 to get your tennis on early.
- Rogers On Demand Online will have semi-finals and finals coverage of the women’s and men’s tournaments available on demand — to access anywhere in Canada that you have an Internet connection.
- Also available: men’s and women’s finals classics from 2007 to 2009.
- Rogers customers with BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices listed here have exclusive access to live-streaming of semi-finals and finals coverage of the women’s and men’s tournaments through the Rogers on Demand Mobile app.
- Available for $5/month, it can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store, Android Market and via the Rogers mobile portal. You can also subscribe by texting ‘MYAPPS’ to 555.
- Check out the Rogers Cup App for live scores, news, schedules, photos and more, available for download free from the your smartphone’s app store. Search “Rogers Cup” to find it.
For more info on the Rogers Cup three-screen experience, click here.
For some of us, nothing beats the real thing. Here’s what you need to know to make it courtside:
- Rogers Wireless customers can get tickets for the tournaments via Rogers Wireless Box Office. As an added bonus, Rogers pays the ticket service charges. And, if you’re buying tickets for the Montreal tournament via the service, you get another 25 per cent off the original ticket price and a free souvenir.
- Neck hurting from all that tennis? Chill out at the Rogers Clubhouse in Toronto or the Rogers Techno Court in Montreal
Are you a tennis fan? Who do you think is poised for ultimate glory at Rogers Cup?
Stacey Fowler is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
With the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicking off at 10:00 a.m ET today, soccer fans everywhere are gearing up for the world’s biggest sporting event.
As part of our RedBoard video series, I speak with Anthony Antonelli, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, who provides a hands-on demo of the different viewing options Rogers customers have to catch every second of 2010 FIFA World Cup. (For detailed instructions on how to access the content, check out last week’s blog post).
And, in partnership with CBC, Rogers customers – for the first time – will be able to catch a selection of tournament action in 3D, including the third place and final matches.
Recently, we also held a launch event with soccer legend Eusebio in downtown Toronto to kick off of our coverage of the tourney. If you couldn’t make it down, check out the highlight video below.
So how will you be watching the 2010 World Cup action?
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
If you’re a soccer fan, you likely know that more than two-thirds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will take place during the Canadian workday. But don’t worry about having to call in sick or book vacation days: we’ve got you covered at work, at home and on your mobile.
With 10 days to go until the opening kick, here’s how you can stay on top of every goal, penalty and celebration:
- Visit Rogers On Demand Online to get free, live streaming and catch-up of all 64 matches in English with a variety of matches available in French, Spanish and Italian, plus scores, schedules, game highlights, team and player previews, match recaps and more. Available exclusively for all Rogers customers, including Wireless.
- If you’re a Cable TV subscriber, watch all of CBC’s coverage of the tournament in conjunction with Radio-Canada, digital channel bold, CBCSports.ca and Radio-Canada.ca on your TV. You can also watch Italian and Spanish broadcasts on Telelatino (TLN).
- If you’re a Digital Cable TV customer, you can catch up on and replay every second of action in high definition and standard definition on Rogers On Demand, Channel 100. All matches are available in English with some available in French, Spanish and Italian.
- Get your FIFA fix on the go with the Rogers on Demand Mobile application that lets you live stream every game on your smartphone as well as get recaps and highlights after the whistle for a one-time fee of $10. Costing $5 a month to use, the app is coming soon for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone devices. Pick them up soon via the Android Market, Rogers mobile portal (URL mobile only) and iTunes App Store, respectively.
- Click on the Rogers 2010 FIFA World Cup mobile portal, free for Rogers Wireless customers, featuring ringtones and wallpapers, schedules and SMS alert packages. Text SOCCER to 555 for premium video highlights, penalties, warm-ups, team interviews & more.
As a bonus, you can also download the Soccer Fan Frenzy app for your smartphone, featuring soccer sounds (including Olé, Olé; Gooaall!! and more), the ability to wave your favourite country’s flag and even red-card a friend. It’s available for Apple iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices. Customers can text “Soccer” to 555 and get a link to download the app, while non-Rogers customers can search for “Fan Frenzy” in BlackBerry App World.
So, are you ready for some soccer? How will you be watching? Who are you rooting for?
We’ve had some questions about the app’s compatibility. Rogers On Demand Mobile was designed to work on devices sold and supported by Rogers. Unsupported devices, including the Google Nexus One, cannot run the Rogers On Demand Mobile app at this time. Please visit www.rogers.com/RODM for the list of supported devices.
With regards to data charges – data used by the Rogers On Demand Mobile app won’t count towards your data plan bucket. Downloading the app itself does incur some small data charges.
Update (June 11, 9 a.m.): Rogers customers with BlackBerry 9000, 9100 or 9700 are able to download the application via Rogers mobile portal (URL mobile only).
Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
Android, one of the newest – and hottest – mobile operating systems out there today is also one of the most-talked about topics here on RedBoard. One report predicts more than 50 Android-powered devices will launch this year — up from 10 in 2009.
We’re big fans of Android at Rogers. We were the first in Canada to carry an Android-powered device and have this country’s largest selection of Android devices such as the HTC Dream, HTC Magic, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy Spica and Google’s Nexus One with even more Android devices on the way, including the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.
We’re working hard to have real conversations about Android whenever possible – both online and in person – and thought it would be useful to answer some questions submitted by you, here on RedBoard.
1. Why should I care about Android?
Android is the operating system (OS) created by Google with which you can run programs on your smartphone. It is “open source” software, meaning that while Google has created it, other software developers – no matter their size – can modify the system or create add-on software programs that run on the OS called “apps.” The open-source aspect of the OS is driving many gadget-hungry consumers to Android-powered devices, causing handset makers such as Sony, HTC and LG to take notice and use the OS to power their products.
2. Why does it matter which version of Android I have?
The newer the version, the newer the features and functionality you can have. Just like how some software programs are written for Windows XP or Windows 7, newer Android-based apps – such as voice search or live wallpapers — are written for the newest Android OS, version 2.1. As the first to bring Android to Canada, we were also the first to learn just how much OS upgrades mean to our customers. This was a new challenge that we hadn’t dealt with before. As such, Rogers is working with handset manufactures to ensure an OS upgrade path on all all future devices.
3. Why does “rooting” an Android device void its warranty?
Rooting is when you wipe your handset clean of its existing operating system and install a new version. The problem with rooting is that handset manufacturers install and customize the OS to work specifically with their device so clearing it may make some features and functionality not work correctly. Furthermore, all handsets sold by Rogers are verified to work on our network before giving them to customers. In turn, it’s impossible for us to troubleshoot or provide technical assistance on a device that is no longer in line with that verification. That, in a nutshell, is why rooting voids the warranty of Rogers-purchased devices.
4. What sorts of things can I do with an Android phone — and what’s different from other smartphones?
Android phones aren’t for everybody. Some customers swear by their iPhone, BlackBerry or other smartphone. But here are some of the differences that will help you determine if Android is right for you:
- The ease of personalization of Android phones – from colours to fonts to widgets.
- The seamless integration with Google’s wide array of products such as Gmail, contacts, calendar, Picasa and maps. If you use your Gmail account on your computer to store important information, you’ll have the exact same access on the go.
- Then, there are the apps. The open source community has embraced Android and as such, there are thousands of applications for download through the Android Market.
5. Are there places online that I can get tips for using Android to its fullest?
Not surprisingly, Google has a very thorough website dedicated to Android at http://www.android.com. There are also forums and blogs dedicated to Android, which you can find via an online search.
6. Does Rogers have any custom applications for my Android phone?
We recently launched the My Account app, which provides secure, 24/7 access to your Wireless accounts to view your balance, make payments as well as check airtime, messaging and data usage. It also lets you pay your bill right from your phone. Rogers SportsNet also has an app for getting the latest scores and sports news. While we can’t discuss plans right now for competitive reasons, we will be rolling out even more custom apps for Rogers customers in the near future.
7. How does Rogers define its commitment to the android community?
We understand that for Android users, the smartphone is more than just a device, it’s an extension of who they are. We’re listening to members of the Android community, and engaging with them (online and in person) to truly understand their wants and needs. That’s not limited to just users of the devices. We’re also working with software developers to ensure Rogers Android users have the best possible customer experience.
What kind of phone do you have? Would you consider an Android phone as your next device?
Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard
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Update (September 8, 3:30 p.m.): If you have an HTC Magic+ or Samsung Spica, an upgrade to OS 2.1 is now available. HTC Magic+ update is available over the air while the Samsung Spica update is available here: http://bit.ly/aqaSjf.