If you’re an Android user, you’re probably used to the bizarre and unappealing Market layout by now. You’ve accepted that Apple makes the pretty things and you’ve learned to live with this ugly, cumbersome design. Well, you better get un-used to it, mister! Google had unveiled a brand spankin’ new Market design that not only looks considerably sexier, but adds tabs for book and movie (Huzzah!) downloads. Exact dates aren’t specified, but the new layout will be hitting your device in the next couple of weeks. Allow me to wipe away a tear…the Android Market is finally growing up.
Next week, you’ll be able to read a glowing App Spotlight column on the wonderful, invaluable Google Maps app. Just so we don’t look too partisan, you should go ahead and read how a (still uncorrected) Google Maps error is making life difficult for a New Jersey woman by telling users that her driveway is a short cut to popular State Park.
Do you like pushing physical buttons? If so, today is not your day. It is being suggested that the next generation of iPhones, iPads and iPods will not feature a physical home button, choosing to exclusively use capacitive (that’s fancy talk for “touch screen”) buttons for all operations. This is all speculation at this point, but Steven Jobs had made his disdain for such Victorian-era technology like keyboards pretty clear in the past. Although not an iPhone user, I quite like the physical buttons on my HTC Incredible because they give me a true sense of control over my phone, especially when my touch screen decides it wants to go nuts or buggy for a moment. If everything from volume control to locking the phone is done via touch, what’s to stop my pocket from constantly playing with my phone?
Do you find yourself frequently saying “Blah! Why should I turn activate my personal computer machine when I can check my electronic mail and daily interwebs on my new-fangled smartphone”? If so, you are among the 28% of smartphone users who use their phone as their primary method of connecting to the internet. The number is growing. You are not alone.
Bluetooth device manufacturer Jawbone has unveiled their next big project: the Up bracelet. Supposedly, this little blue band (when synced with the corresponding app) will monitor your sleeping habits, your exercise, how you’re feeling and what you’re eating, letting you know if you’re getting enough rest, if you’re working out enough, how you’re getting sick and whether or not your daily Taco Bell runs are the true culprit in your current digestive difficulties. If it works, it’ll be pretty flipping amazing. It’ll also make geeks like us feel really, really bad when we realize how truly unhealthy we are.
After being available on iOS devices for ages (okay, since May), Zaarly is finally available for Android devices. For those not in the know, Zaarly is Craigslist in reverse. You post an add desiring an object or a service and someone who can provide that object or service will hopefully respond. It’s now on my phone and I plan to test it out and get back to you. Look for that in the coming weeks.
You’re a major media conglomerate with hugely recognizable name and logo, known and watched/read by thousands, if not millions. So you get a Twitter account. But a cat still manages to have more followers than you.
As part of its (so far successful) plan for total world domination, Facebook is planning to launch the Facebook For Every Phone app, which will provide a “fast and rich” Facebook experience for over 2,500 different mobile devices. Essentially, it’s mobile Facebook for people who don’t have a smart phone, which is still the majority of the world.