This is not a new app but it’s something that we’ve just recently discovered and one that we thought is useful, awesome and amazing enough for us share it with you.
AirDroid is a simple to setup and easy to use application that allows you to manage your Android device wirelessly from the web browser on your computer. The app is a really great way to access stuff on your Android device. You can manage files and documents on your device’s micro SD card, you can drag and drop files to and from the device, and even access your contacts, call logs, emails, and a whole host of other things too. You can also text using the app as well as download and install apps on your device all wirelessly from the web browser of your choice on your computer.
The interface is pleasant and you don’t need to root your device to access most of the cool features of AirDroid. You don’t even have to install anything on your PC either. Just key in passcode or scan a QR code and you’re done.
This is something we really recommend you try out. Download the free app from Google Play here or just scan the QR code below.
The folks at Instagram has released another update which finally supports the HTC One X. To download, head over to Google Play Store.
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After months of waiting, Instagram is now officially available for Android version 2.2 and above. Currently Instagram has more than 15 million worldwide on iOS and finally the photo sharing app has expanded to the Android platform. Previously Android users had to make do with alternatives such as MOLOME. We wonder when will Instagram roll out a Windows Phone version as well.
Head over to the Google Play Store to download.
Instagram is coming to Android, everyone knows that. What we all don’t know is when exactly this will happen. Well it looks like the popular social photo sharing app will be available for Android user sooner than very soon.
Instagram has opened registration for Android users, saying that those who register will be among the first to receive what would most likely be a beta release of the application on their device. You can register here.
The registration is simple enough. All you need to do is enter your email address and you’re done. You will receive an email right after that saying that the people from Instagram will get in touch “soon” – we so hate that word.
This right here is the reason why Android fans will tell you that Android is awesome. You can do so much with it and you don’t even have pretend to be a geek to get it done.
It’s not quite the real deal but its pretty close. You get the two pillar tile-and-settings navigation feel just like on Windows Phone 7, except that the tiles are not live, though they do offer some status indication (like number missed calls and text messages received).
There’s a great deal of customisation options with Launcher 7 as well. The app lets you change individual tile colours with presets choices or you can fully customise the colours if you want. You can create new tiles to call up apps or display widgets and you can customize the size of certain tiles too.
Best of all, at a glance, you can really trick people into thinking that you’ve somehow ported Windows Phone 7 into your Android device. Installation is easy and the app is free (ad supported), nothing to lose really. Try it out, Android Market link here.
Video walkthrough after the jump.
Multitasking work on Android devices, that’s nothing new, but the tap and hold technique is not the fastest way for you to switch between apps on Android.
SwipePad is a free app that allows you to switch between apps on your Android phone faster and it looks way cooler. All you need to do is swipe across the screen to call out a pad with all your running apps. The gesture to call out the pad is customisable so you can have a gesture that you’re comfortable with, and you can also add shortcuts for frequently called numbers, apps or just about anything else you’d like to have access to in a jiffy (like folders or files).
We tried it out for ourselves and it’s a utility that we can really get comfortable with. If you are running an Android device, it’s something we recommend you try out.
If you need more convincing, head over to after the jump for a demo video on how SwipePad works. To download, search for SwipePad in the Android Market direct from your Android phone.
Curelean Studios has released a time limited beta version for Android. For those who didn’t know, Trillian is an all in one IM client that supports AIM, GTalk, IRC, Mobile Me, Facebook, MySpaceIM, Yahoo and others in a single app.
It is good to know that Trillian support devices using Android 1.6, so most Android phones including Xperias can get it. Get it now since it is a free beta, as Trillian is expected to charge after its final release.
Download Trillian for Android Beta here.
Even wanted to send browser links to your phone so that you can read it during lunch?
Well now you can with the new Chrome to Phone extension that adds a button to your Google Chrome browser that instantly sends web pages, maps, YouTube videos, phone numbers and even copied texts to your Android smartphone.
With Chrome to Phone you can send links from your browsing session straight to your Android device so you can continue browsing the same content on your phone. Chrome to Phone works with Google Maps as well, so once you’ve found the directions to where you want to go next, you can send the link directly to your Android device and it will automatically launch the Google Maps app ready for you to get going on your journey.
Same goes for links on YouTube as well as phone numbers on a web page. Let’s say you want to make a dinner reservation and the place you want to make the reservations have their contacts online, all you need to do is send the contact over to your Android device using Google Chrome to Phone and your phone will launch its dialer with the selected number already entered, ready for you to make the call. You can also select text on browsers and send them over to your phone. Doing so will automatically copy the text and launch your Android clipboard for later viewing.
Unfortunately, Google Chrome to Phone only works with devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo). For the many Malaysian Android fans out there, that means you can’t use Google Chrome to Phone at the moment because none of the Android devices widely available here have official Froyo updates (unless of course, if you have the Nexus One or Droid 2).
If you do have a Nexus One or Droid 2, you can get Chrome to Phone by installing the extension in your Google Chrome browser and the Android application on your phone from Android Market, and you’re ready to go.
Check out the intro video of Google Chrome to Phone after the jump for more.
Google mobile has added a new feature to Google Voice Search for Android and they call it Voice Actions for Android.
Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.
It sounds pretty awesome and the demo video looks convincing but we’ve yet to try this new feature to the fullest. If it works like Google says it does, yeah, its going to be a major convenience for those quick text reply while you’re driving (again with the driving).
For the other Froyo devices that are available here like the Nexus One, you’ll need the latest version of Voice Search and Google Search widget. For the Desire and Galaxy S owners out there, sorry, you’re out of luck at the moment.
Also, Voice Actions only currently recognises U.S. English speakers, and we don’t think some of the features are fully supported here just yet.
Check out the Voice Action demo video after the jump.
To the Android aficionados out there the Google Gesture Search app might not be a new thing but to the n00bs, we can’t tell you enough how awesome this app is. Gesture Search lets you search by writing out characters on the touchscreen of your device. It’s really useful when you’re searching for something while driving (though we do not recommend this).
Google has just released a new version of Gesture Search (v.1.2) and added a new nifty motion gesture feature. With motion gesture, all you need to do is just “double flip” your phone to activate Gesture Search. This eliminates the need to activate Gesture Search from a home screen shortcut. You can turn the feature on or adjust its sensitivity in Settings.
Google has also sorted out some bugs and improved usability by adding accessibility support. Though Google is quick to point out that Gesture Search is still in its early stages and will still be looking at improving the app in future releases.
Google Gesture Search is available for Android 1.6 and above. Just scan the QR with your Android phone below to download. Or you can search for it in the Android Market. And of you’re wondering, no there’s no iPhone app for this.
If you don’t know what a double flip is, head on over to after the jump to see a demo video.