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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 20 Android Apps in the US

Written on September 14, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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In their recently released mobile media rankings, Nielsen has unveiled the top 20 Android applications that are widely used in the U.S.

After monitoring the Android smartphone usage by using on-device tools, the Nielsen Company has released their first mobile application rankings for Android devices. The results of the rankings are not actually surprising, but it’s surely interesting.

The chart was divided into three columns: The overall active reach, the male active reach, and the female active reach. The top half of each column features six of the most popular apps to date: Facebook, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search, YouTube, and Android Market. Twitter, Angry Birds, Adobe Reader and Words With Friends were also included on the top 20 apps.

Learn more by viewing the infographic after the skip.

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Zenonia 2 Android App Review: Close Enough to a Final Fantasy

Written on April 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Although Square Enix still evades the Android Market from a Final Fantasy title (or a SquareEnix title even), gamers using Android phones search for that elusive game that can feed their RPG needs. Unfortunately, Epic Games’ Infinity Blade is still cold about the idea of bringing the game to the Android turf, bringing the game out of the equation. So that leaves us with a handful or great RPG games for Android phones.

Today GADG will be talking about GAMEVIL Inc.’s Zenonia 2, the sequel to the popular mobile app game — Zenonia. Taking off from its flaws from its prequel, Zenonia, the game improved two-folds and promises an epic adventure with action-packed fights, a sweet game progression system, and a wicked PvP mode that will pit you up against the best in the world. There are also more than 1,000 items waiting to be picked up, so that’s something to look out for as you play throughout the game.

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Sprint Unveils Sprint Music Plus App for Android Phones

Written on April 13, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Who needs the iTunes when you have the Sprint Music Plus app, right?

Can’t find the perfect replacement for the iTunes experience on your Sprint Android Phones? Despair no more (assuming that you are in despair), as Sprint releases the Sprint Music Plus app — the only app you might ever need for your musical indulgence which promises to work just like the Apple iTunes. Pretty sweet, huh?

You have two choices in getting the music app: First is by visiting the app’s site on your Sprint phone, or scanning the QR code for Android phones. BlackBerry and Java-featured phones will get the app on phones launched after May.

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Banned PlayStation Emulator for Android, Now Free and Open Source

Written on April 10, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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If you can't beat them, change the game. ZodTTD shifts PSOne Emulator, PSX4Droid, from the Google market to open source.

When there’s will, there’s a way. And Android app developer “ZodTTD” just gathered enough will power to find a way to provide content for his PSX4Droid followers: go free and open source.

The developer completely pulls out of the Google market, as he puts both the app and the source code online available for download. And he starts off his self-publishing career with a bang with the PSX4Droid version 3.0.

So what’s new with the PSX4Droid version 3.0?

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Android App Review: Wolfram|Alpha

Written on April 09, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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If Spock or Watson the supercomputer was turned into an app, it would be the Wolfram|Alpha.

Indeed, Google has etched the way for students and a variety of people in making their research fast, easy, and most of the times, dependable. However there are instances where searches tend to generate opinions instead of facts. There are also times when users need answer to math problems, which Google – admittedly – can’t help on since it goes beyond the basics. This is where the Android App Wolfram|Alpha jumps into the scene.

Wolfram|Alpha is an Android app developed by Wolfram Alpha LLC. It is a computational knowledge engine that is the first step toward a real artificial intelligence. It provides facts instead of opinions to your queries which are gathered from up to 10 trillion pieces of data. So there’s no questioning that whatever you ask the app, it delivers the most accurate results.

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Android App Review: Pulse News Reader

Written on April 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Tired of downloading all the apps of your favorite websites to get newsfeeds? Well Pulse News Reader's got the balls to give you every RSS feed you want under one cool interface.

Keeping up with the latest news and trends around the globe and around the clock can be a tough task, even with Mr. Internet by your side. With several websites and apps available for your phone to give you that need, wouldn’t it be awesome to have just one app that will give you all the information you want under one cool interface? Well, Pulse News Reader’s got you covered.

A product of hardwork and ingenuity of three Stanford graduates, Pulse News Reader is a great app that provides access to RSS feeds from websites you want to get news hot-off-the-grill. You might say “Tch, yeah. So does NewsRob and NewsRoom, what’s the diff?” Well the ‘diff’ here is that Pulse gives you the news in an intuitive interface without being a stiff utilitarian UI that provides purely text. It’s got pictures with them!

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Flash-less Mozilla Firefox for Android Debuts in Android Market Today

Written on March 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The quick red Mozilla Firefox jumped over the fence to Android's backyard.

In case you’re not fully satisfied with your Android browsers on your mobile devices, well Mozilla Firefox may (or may not) quench your thirst for some web browser goodness, as its final version launches to the Android Market today. Unfortunately, the browser won’t be coming with the Adobe Flash software. Strike one for Mozilla already, but let’s give the browser a chance, eh?

“For us, HTML5 and the open Web video standards are most important right now,” said Thomas Arend, Mozilla’s principal Product Manager. “Flash is a reality, though — I’m aware that it’s there and it’s going to be around for a while — so we’re definitely looking into it and will look into enabling Flash plugins in a future version.”

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Test Drive Apps at the Amazon.com Appstore with an Android Virtual Machine

Written on March 28, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Put the Android apps to the test with Amazon.com Appstore's Test Drive feature!

Not sure if the app you’re going to buy will tickle your fancy? Well Amazon.com got your uncertain minds covered, as they introduce the Test Drive feature over at the Amazon.com Appstore. Android users are already impressed with the user-interface and the plethora of apps the appstore can offer, but having the Test Drive feature? Well that’s Amazon and Android for you!

The Test Drive feature is what the name implies, search for an app that you’re interested in buying at the Amazon Appstore, check out the reviews, and if you’re not convinced with the reviews, you test it out before buying. So where do we test this app? On your desktop/laptop browser of course!

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BlackBerry Playbook Now Supports Android Apps

Written on March 26, 2011 by Adam Eve

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It's now official! The upcoming BlackBerry Playbook will support Android Apps. Are you ready to grab your BlackBerry tablet on April?

Research In Motion confirms that its upcoming BlackBerry Playbook will support BlackBerry Java and Android Apps. Last January, there were reports that RIM was working to make its devices compatible to Android Apps. This was due to the manufacturer’s desire to accommodate the existing Java environment.

But last Thursday, BlackBerry manufacturer extends its gratitude to two new “app players” that offers application run-time environment for Android 2.3 apps and BlackBerry Java apps. And now, users can download applications of both platforms from BlackBerry App World, and run them on the QNX-based Playbook. Moreover, RIM will also support game engines from Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies.

So now that the rumors were confirmed, are you going to grab a BlackBerry Playbook next month?

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Getting Started with the Amazon Appstore for Android [Infographic]

Written on March 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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With thousands of apps up for grabs and a free paid app on a daily basis, there is almost nothing wrong with the Amazon Appstore. But how can you bring it on your mobile device?

It’s barely been a week since the Amazon Appstore has opened for business to Android cultists everywhere. And the reviews have been amazing to say the least. With an easy to navigate interface, a stellar line-up of apps available (though there are some quintessential apps missing), plus free paid apps on a daily basis, the App Store is on a mission to rock the mobile market down to the core.

There are some people out there though, that’s a tad confused on how to get started with the Amazon Appstore. So here’s a short but sweet infographic – courtesy of Amazon.com – on how to get the software into your mobile devices.

Hit the break and start your adventure into the world of the Amazon Appstore!

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