Apps with Ads Killing Android Phone Battery Life, But There’s Hope

Google-Play-Store-281x500

A research team at Purdue University and Microsoft found that ads lead to most power consumption in Android apps. During the course of the study the team discovered that ads account for up to 75 percent of battery usage in Android apps. To calculate how much battery life ads within apps use the team used an HTC […]

Amazon Appstore Celebrates One Year With Sales and Stats

Amazon Appstore Birthday Sales

Though the Amazon Kindle Fire has only been available for four months, the Amazon Appstore is celebrating its first birthday this week. Amazon’s Android app store started one year ago with 4,000 apps, and now holds 31,000 apps. To celebrate the year, Amazon is putting some of those apps on sale, and released some numbers. […]

Get Your March Madness On With Slacker Radio And Other Sports Apps

NCAA March Madness Live

For those of you suffering from March Madness and can’t get to a TV, you can now listen to all of the NCAA Tournament games on your mobile device. Slacker Radio (iOS, Android) is broadcasting all 67 championship games. Beyond this, sports fans will also be able to listen to other games in the future, […]

Nook Comics Now Available On Android Tablets

Wolverine: Logan sample showing page scroll at the bottom

Barnes & Noble announced that the comic books available via Nook Comics are now available to customers with the Nook app on Android tablets. Previously only available to those with a Nook device (Color or Tablet), the bookseller is expanding the reader base to the thousands of customers with Android tablets (7 inches and up. […]

Why Android Needs Instagram (And Other Photo Filter Apps)

Picture of Mike with the Kryptonite filter

At first I didn’t understand the appeal of Instagram even though I own a Lomo camera (that I haven’t used in years). Making your pictures look fuzzy and old? Now that I’ve started testing cameras on smartphones and tablets I’m starting to get it more. Even less than great images can look fine with some nice photo filters.

Top Android Apps Drop to $0.49 For Google Play Launch

Google Play

To celebrate the launch of Google Play, the united app, movies, music, and book store from Google, several Android apps have been put on sale. Google has put a total of 25 apps on sale for just $0.49 in its “Play Our Favorites” sale. Despite the name, the sale isn’t entirely about games. A lot […]

Android Apps Can Also Upload Photos Without Explicit Permission

Android Apps access to Photos

On the heels of iOS apps getting caught uploading user contacts and photos, Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets is under fire for a similar vulnerability. As it turns out, if an Android app has access to the Internet, it can upload your photos without asking permission. According The New York Times Bits […]

Cloud Music Sniper App For Android Review

Cloud Music Sniper Settings

Google Music is a great service, but many prefer other Android music players. Cloud Music Sniper can make offline Google Music tracks available to your favorite music apps in a few minutes. But it needs work to justify the price.

Apps to Super Charge Your Super Bowl Party

sp-app.jpg

Here’s a list of mobile apps that will help you get ready for the Super Bowl and help you enjoy the game. I’m not as excited about the Super Bowl this year as I would be if my Packers made it. So I looked for some apps to make the game more enjoyable as I hang […]

GBM’s iOS and Android Apps Of The Week [Jan 15 - 21]

iOS and Android apps of the week

Every week the staff of GBM uses dozens of apps, some we can’t live without and some we can’t uninstall fast enough.

These are the apps we’ve been using or discovered recently that stood out in the crowd. They range from the practical to the time-wasting (in a good way).

Airbnb Launches Android App, Mobile Site

air-bnb-android-app

Airbnb is introducing an all-new Android app that lets users rent and book non-traditional rooms. Airbnb is designed to provide travelers with alternatives to hotels and to help hosts pay their rent or mortgage.  The service launched an iPhone app quite some time ago, but Android users were left out in the cold. Users can use […]

Android Smartphone Marketshare Rises; So Why Don’t Devs Love Us?

comscore november 2011

comScore just released their November 2011 report on mobile subscribers. The data is mostly unchanged from August’s numbers, though there are interesting tidbits. For example, Apple gained ground in the Top Mobile OEM category, a measurement of which companies sell the most actual phones. From August to November Apple went from 9.8% to 11.2% marketshare, […]

Swype Beta Incorporates Dragon Dictation And Provides Better Accuracy

Swype Beta with Dragon dictation

Happy users of the Swype keyboard for Android may be getting a new version of the popular app soon. The popular trace-to-type keyboard — pre-loaded on many smartphones — just launched a new beta that includes two major upgrades. The first is Dragon voice dictation by Nuance, the company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking and the […]