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300,000 Android Devices Activated Every Day

If there was any doubt that was not a force, a simple tweet from the founder of Android should quench your doubts. According to Andy Quinn’s tweet, over 300,000 Android devices are activated each day.

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That is an enormous number of phones and goes on to show that Android has finally arrived and is taking over iOS big time. Android has surely inched a lot since it was started out. In the past 6 months itself, Android has almost doubled it’s daily activation, back in July they were doing about 160,000 a day.

Android Apps Stats

Android is also quickly gaining on iOS in another department, apps. According to the Android Apps watchdog Android Lib, over 23 Billion Android apps have been downloaded till date, and the count just goes up every second. In addition to that there are currently around 20K+ apps being added each month. In the past 8 days itself, 7131 apps were added to the Android market.

So is Android slowly inching towards gaining over ? Also Apple does have the which gives them an added advantage over Android currently, but considering the number of Android based tablets being launched by next year, Apple has Google breathing down their throats.

(Source: Fortune and Techmeme)

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #1

Welcome to the first edition of Best Mobile Apps Of The Week where we will feature some popular and useful apps for different mobile platforms. From now on, every Friday we will be introducing our readers to one new application for the , and platform. We may add any other platforms such as WP7, webOS and Maemo on popular demand. So if you guys want us to feature apps of any other OS drop in a comment and let us know.

Here are the featured of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

Remote (iOS)

If you own any of the iOS based devices, chances are you must be using iTunes to manage media and apps on it as well. If you use iTunes as your primary media player, then Remote is going to come in very handy for you. The application basically allows users to control media playback on their PC/Mac running iTunes using their iOS device.

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However, for Remote to work users must have a Wi-Fi network and their PC/Mac must be connected to the same network as well. Users also need to enable the Home Sharing’ feature on iTunes and share their media library on the network.

iOS owners can download Remote from here.

Gravity (Symbian)

Gravity is among the few good applications available for the old sinking ship Symbian. Gravity is a combination of many apps into one. It is basically a Twitter and a social networking client. It supports Facebook, Foursquare and even acts as a great RSS reader by importing your feeds from Google Reader. The application is available for all the popular Symbian versions S60v3, S60v5 and Symbian^3.

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There is a 14-day trial version of the application available for download. The full version costs 10 Euros but is totally worth it. The developer of Gravity Janole is also very active on twitter and tries to solve all the problems which Gravity users face.

Symbian users can download Gravity from here.

Launcher Pro (Android)

One of the main reasons why Android is so popular is because it’s highly customizable. Users can customize nearly every aspect of the phone (software wise). It might be possible that you may not like the Launcher your phone manufacturer has shipped your phone it. Users can easily replace the default home launcher app in Android by downloading another one from the Android Market. Launcher Pro is arguably one of the best alternate home launcher app in the Android ecosystem.

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The application is available for free but a paid version ($1.99) is available as well which adds a few nice features like Widget resizing, Sense Widgets and Gesture Swipes etc. However, the paid version is not available for download from the Android Market.

I will recommend all Android handset owners to try out Launcher Pro once. Not only is it fast, it offers some nice features as well like a 3D app drawer and a landscape mode home screen. The app also looks very sleek and users can easily customize the icons and the background used by the app.

So that’s it folks! I hope you liked the applications suggested by me in our first edition of Mobile Apps of the week.

Download Official Google Reader App for Android

Google has finally released an official app for . The Google Reader Android app supports multiple account, synching preferences, subscription features and search among other things.

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Google Reader for Android also allows users to change settings to allow using the volume keys for previous and next items in your list and also includes a "send" feature which integrates with other apps on your phone, so that you can quickly share items in , or .

You can download the new Google Reader Android app from the Android market or use the QR code below to quickly download it.

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Review: Pulse News Reader is a Gorgeous RSS Feed Reader for Android

Android apps are often criticized for lacking the visual appeal and design aesthetics of iOS apps. There are apps like Slide Screen and Touiteur and which are truly beautiful. But, such apps are the exception rather than the rule. Fortunately, more and more iPhone apps are beginning to make an appearance on the Android market. As competition increases, other Android app developers will hopefully be compelled to improve.

One such app is Pulse News Reader. Earlier Pulse used to be a paid app on iOS as well as on Android. However, a couple of weeks back, the Pulse Reader team decided to make it available for free on all platforms. I have been using Pulse as my primary feed reader for the past week (previously it used to by FeedR and My6Sense). Here’s my in-depth review.

The attention to detail impressed me the moment I started using it. On first launch, you are presented with a curated list of feeds under the “Featured” tab. If you wish, you can dig deeper and “Browse” through a larger selection of popular feeds organized into categories. I simply imported my feeds from Google Reader. One odd thing about the Pulse app is that it only supports up to 20 feeds.

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Pulse Reader presents your feeds as horizontally scrollable columns of thumbnails. Tap on the thumbnail and it will open the content. On websites that offer partial feeds, Pulse can strip away all additional formatting and junk, and scrape the full content. If you enjoy reading stuff in context of the original website, you can do that too with Pulse’s web mode. As you might expect, sharing options (Facebook, Twitter and more) are baked right into the application. Pulse Reader executes everything with a flourish. There are neat animations when you switch between screens (see the video embedded below). However, these animations never get in your way.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Pulse-News-Reader Pulse is all about making consumption of information clutter-free and fun. The interface is simply stunning. Unfortunately, when it comes to features, there are a few significant lapses. The cap on the number of feeds alone might be enough to deter many users. Additionally, Pulse lacks a search function. It also doesn’t have the ability to hide read messages or organize feeds (although with just 20 feeds, organization isn’t really necessary). These drawbacks will perhaps make Pulse unsuitable for heavy duty users. However, if they aren’t a deal breaker for you, go ahead and try it. It’s definitely a pleasure to use.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

[ Download Pulse News Reader for Android ]

This Angry Birds Spoof Video from Israel Is Awesomeness Redefined

Angry bids is a marvel of a mobile game and has recorded a #1 position as the most popular iPhone game in over 60 countries. It has been released for the iPhone, for Android and the developers also have a plan to release the game for smaller Android devices like the HTC Wildfire. This clearly shows how popular the app is. Seeing the popularity on leading mobile operating systems, the game was also released on Symbian and is the most popular game on the Ovi store. In short, Angry birds is out on a world conquest.

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This is a spoof video of Angry birds. If you have played or seen Angry Birds, you will find this video  hilarious. The video originally featured in Hebrew and was remade in English seeing its worldwide demand.

A price tag of a dollar for a game with around 100 levels is the best deal you can get. So, if you have not played the game until now, get your hands on it and join the fun.

Google Sky Map Gets ‘Time Travel’ Feature

No, you can’t actually go back in time. But hey, you can at least check out how the stars were aligned when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, or Kennedy was assassinated. Google Sky Map’s new ‘Time Travel‘ feature allows you to go back or forward in time and check out how the sky will look at your location on any given day.

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Google Sky Map is a super cool augmented reality app that allows budding astronomers and sky gazers to learn more about the stars and constellations decking the sky. The user can simply point their Android phones towards the sky to learn about the celestial object they are pointing at.

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Google-Sky-Map-QR-Code The Time Travel feature allows the user to smoothly travel to his desired datr and time. He can even forward or rewind to see how the sky gradually changes with time. Use the attached QR code to download Sky Map from the Market.

Pulse Reader App Now Free For iPhone, iPad and Android

Pulse Reader is one of the most famous apps for and touch to read news and RSS feeds. The app which debuted on the iPad has received rave reviews and some controversy too from New York Times.

Pulse Reader App Free for iPhone, iPad and Android

In a blog post, the Pulse Reader team announced that the app was now free across all platforms:

Today we’re announcing that Pulse is free across all platforms! We would like to thank our early users, who have given us both time and money to help build the product to this stage. You have given us the resources to build a company dedicated to improving your news reading experience. We’re now a team of 8 people working very hard to make Pulse better everyday.

The app which has changed the way people consume news and feeds is definitely worth downloading. It makes reading content more pleasant and elegant. I definitely recommend you to go ahead and download the app (links below).

Download Pulse Reader for iPhone | Download Pulse Reader for iPad | Download Pulse Reader for Android

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger for Android Updated

Close on the heels of a major revamp of the webmail interface, Yahoo has updated its email and instant messaging apps for Android. “We’ve been pleased with the success of both Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the Android platform, but of course we never stop looking for ways to make the apps even better,” wrote Lee Parry, the Product Manager of Yahoo! Mail.

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The major new features are:

Multiple-account support: Over the years, many of you have probably accumulated multiple Yahoo accounts for different purposes. Now, you can seamlessly manage all of them from the Yahoo! Mail app.

Contact sync: As the name suggests, you will now be able to sync your yahoo mail contacts with your phone.

Photo preview: The update makes Yahoo! Mail capable of displaying quick previews of images received as attachments.

Video Calling: The Yahoo messenger app now supports video calling along with photo and video sharing. However, you will need Android 2.2 along with Yahoo! Messenger Video Add-on to take advantage of the video calling feature.

[ Download Yahoo! Mail for Android | Download Yahoo! Messenger for Android ]

Get Ready For Halloween with Halloween Android Apps

With Halloween just around the corner, the time is ripe to get into the spirit of Halloween with some spooky Halloween apps. You can already dress up your computer for the festival of scares with Microsoft’s Eerie Autumn theme. Now, I will share a few Android apps that will help you prepare your mobile devices for the occasion.

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Have a great Halloween and don’t forget to share your favorite Halloween Android apps.

The iPhone App Store Now Has 300,000 Apps. Or Does it?

It looks like Apple’s iPhone App Store may have crossed yet another milestone. Mobclix, a mobile app analytics company, is reporting the App Store now has 206828 paid apps and 94147 free apps which comes to a total of 300,975 apps, well above the 300,000 milestone.

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The iPhone App Store reached the 250,000 app milestone on August 28th, which was confirmed by Apple a few days later. This means that if Mobclix’s data is correct, the App Store has been adding about 1000 apps every day since then. Another analytics company, 148Apps is still reporting a total of only 277,807 apps yet, well below the number reported by Mobclix.

There is no official way to confirm which is true, but if the number has indeed been reached, expect Apple to issue a release soon.

By the way, whatever the number may be, the App Store is eons ahead of the Android Market, its closest competitor, which now sports close to 125,000 apps. Without a better app discovery method though, I’m not sure that these numbers mean much.

via TNW and Mobclix

GetJar Taken Down By Angry Birds

The Angry Birds were shooting for the pigs, but it looks like they got GetJar instead. Who would have thought that one game would have taken down the second most popular app store in the World? However, it has happened with the release of a free Angry Birds for today.

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Both Rovio and GetJar are fighting to keep up with the demand one of the most popular game and soon to be one of the most popular game on Android too.

If you visit GetJar right now, you will see just this message

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The tremendous load on both Rovio’s website and GetJar goes on to show how popular this game is. Go birds go.

Angry Birds For Android Available For Free

Angry Birds, the most popular game for and is now available for users for free. Rovio the publisher of the game have made the game available to users today morning.

Angry Birds for Android Free

The free release of the game has taken their site down, but you can download Angry Bird for Android from GetJar for now. So go ahead and use those birds to kill those pigs right away on your Android device. And if you have time, check out some Must Have Apps for your Android Device too.

TweetDeck 1.0 For Android Now In Market

has announced the final version of the popular and Social Media client, TweetDeck 1.0 for . Users can download TweetDeck 1.0 from Android Market.

TweetDeck for Android

Over the past two months, TweetDeck, the popular desktop and client have released several beta versions. Today they have finally perfected the version and released TweetDeck 1.0 for Android. Users can download TweetDeck 1.0 by searching for it in the Android Market.

Also Read: Best Tips, Tricks and Use Cases for Using TweetDeck

Crackle Launches First Android TV & Movies Streaming App for Android

Sony’s Crackle, a service which is known for their TV and Video streaming has announced a new App which will allow users to watch full episodes of TV shows and full movies on their devices.

Crackle Movie Streaming Android

The free app which is available in the Android Market gives users access to hundreds of movie and TV show titles. The free version lets viewers watch snippets of the TV shows, whereas the premium version which comes at $4.99 a month gives users access to all the titles available with Crackle.

Crackle which boasts of a huge list of original shows, movies and TV shows does not have the video library the Hulu boasts of, however, it does have some really good movies which you could watch on the go.

Some of the top movies on Crackle include Snatch, The Cable Guy, High School High and Taxi Driver, with original shows such as Urban Wolf, Angel of Death and Trenches.

The Crackle app itself is free in the Android market, however, you will have to pay the $4.99 subscription fee to access the service monthly.

HootSuite For iPhone and Android Free On October 13

HootSuite is a popular client which allows you to manage your Twitter accounts and allow multiple users to access and post to them.

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In addition to that web interface, HootSuite also has an app for the , and . However, the is paid which might deter using from buying it. However, if you haven’t bought the app because of the $2.99 price, here is your chance to get it free.

According to an announcement on the official HootSuite blog, HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for will be available for free on October 13, 2010. Users will be able to view Ow.ly clickthrough stats for your links, manage more than three social networks, and enjoy all the benefits of the full version of HootSuite mobile.

Download HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android free on October 13.