The app syncs with your Google Music account, so there is no need to stream from a computer or download songs to the TV. Download the Google Music app for Google TV from Android Market, login with your account, and play your music library through your HDTV and home theater system.
Posted by : November 18, 2011| On :
Posted by : November 17, 2011| On :
Finally. Though Firefox improved in speed, I wasn’t using it much due to lack of flash support. I’m not a big supporter of flash. but lot of websites still use them and I need a way to access those sites until they move out of flash. Good news for Firefox fans using Android.
Mozilla has announced that Flash is now a supported plugin in forthcoming native Firefox for Android. Flash support is now available in recent nightlies, which can be downloaded here.
Posted by : November 15, 2011| On :
The red is finally gone. The new layout utilizes the tablet space better. Read the details at http://blog.netflix.com/2011/11/new-experience-now-available-for-all.html
Posted by : April 27, 2011| On :
Google has released Google Docs app for Android today. Here are some of the features of this app:
- Create, edit, upload and share your docs from your phone with the Google Docs app
- View your documents, PDFs, images and more
- Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
- Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
- Share docs with your phone’s contacts
- Open documents directly from Gmail
- Widgets to see starred documents, take a photo and upload to Google docs and creating a new document
Source: Android Market
Posted by : March 29, 2011| On :
Amazon has announced web based music player called cloud player and web storage called cloud storage. Cloud player is currently available through web and also for Android through Amazon MP3 apps. If you have installed or updated the Amazon MP3 apps from App store, you will have the cloud player. Cloud player is currently not available for iOS.
Here are some highlights from Techcrunch:
- Any album bought through Amazon MP3 is stored for free in your Cloud Drive — a very nice perk.
- If you buy one album from Amazon MP3, they’ll upgrade your Cloud Drive storage to 20 GB for free for a year — another nice perk.
- Normally, 20 GB of Drive storage will cost $20 for a year. 50 GB is $50. 100 GB is $100. And so on. All the way up to 1 TB for $1,000.
- The Cloud Drive storage isn’t just for music — Amazon notes that 1 TB will hold 70 hours of HD video.
- Other files can be uploaded — this includes music, movies, photos, and even documents.
- The MP3 uploader accepts MP3 or AAC files, but they must be DRM-free (.wma, .wav, .ogg and others are not supported)
- Old Amazon MP3 purchases aren’t put in your Cloud Drive, only new purchases going forward (though you can manually upload).
- The Android Cloud Player is built into the Amazon MP3 app — it’s in both the Android Market and Amazon’s new Appstore.
- This is for U.S. customers only for the time being.
- Cloud Player for the web works on IE 8 and above, Firefox 3.5 and above, Chrome, and Safari. There is no Opera support. And Flash is required (but for uploads only).
- There’s also a stand-alone uploader app for Mac and PC.
- You can’t upload music from your mobile device “at this time”.
Posted by : March 22, 2011| On :
It’s finally here. The App store for Android from Amazon is finally live. To go to the Amazon App store, click here. According to Amazon, there will be one paid app free everyday and they are starting with Angry Bird Rio. To install the Amazon App store in your Android phone, enter your phone number or email address in Get Started option on the right side of the webpage. They will send you a link. Before you click on the link, go to Setting – Applications and check Unknown sources and say OK to the warning. Click the link now to download the app store. Once downloaded, click the file to install it.
When I tried to download Angry Bird Rio for free, it said I have to have the 1-click payment method setup. I haven’t done that yet to try the game.
Posted by : March 3, 2011| On :
I have listed who has the advantage in different category. My information may not be 100% accurate.
- Price: ipad2 as far as 3G models are concerned and with different prices for different storage, but the price might overtake XOOM once you include the accessories like HDMI adapter ($39) etc. Since XOOM uses standard ports (other than charging port), you might find better deals on cables.
- OS: XOOM. Honeycomb is not perfect and people have reported crashes, but it’s a OS built for tablet unlike iOS. I believe, Google will fix those bugs soon. Honeycomb has some neat features that iOS doesn’t offer.
- Processor: XOOM. I believe NVIDIA’s is faster than A5 and using the Xoom’s Tegra 2 chip, you get new features like vector graphics and 3D rendering in Google Maps.
- Memory: XOOM (1gig). iPad2 512mb, same as iPhone4.
- Camera: XOOM. iPad2 has VGA camera in the front for video chat. iPad2 camera in the back lacks flash.
- Speakers: XOOM. XOOM has stereo speakers which is missing in iPad2.
- Apps: ipad2 main reason Netflix and lots of others apps ported to iPad, but no widget support. XOOM has better Google apps integration. With the new subscription model from Apple, I’,m not sure what Netflix and others would do.
- Storage: ipad2 since XOOM doesn’t have memory card slot nor 64GB XOOM.
- Browser: XOOM. It has Google Chrome which is better than Safari. Xoom’s browser sports tabs, will sync bookmarks with PC, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome, and uses a single box for typing URLs and searching.
- Ports: XOOM has micro USB port whereas iPad has none. You have to use the charging port for syncing, but to connect products like Camera, you might have to buy an adapter and might add to the cost.
- PC connectivity: XOOM. You have t0 use iTunes for everything in iPad2 whereas in XOOM, you can mount it as another drive and you can drag and drop files.
- Flash: XOOM. XOOM might get flash support this month. Thought flash is a power sucker, there are lots of websites that still use flash. Having flash support is a bonus.
There are pros and cons in both. The problem is, things I would like to see in a tablet are split among XOOM and iPad2, making it difficult for me to make a decision.
Posted by : February 1, 2011| On :
Google has introduced this new feature as part of the Google Maps update.
Posted by : January 24, 2011| On :
Google announced a new service few months back called Google Cloud Print, which enables you to send documents to printers from any device and any OS without the need to install a software. Google is launching a beta version of Google Cloud Print to users in United States starting today that will work on most phones that support HTML5 like Android 2.1+ or iOS 3+.
To get started, you need to connect your printer to Google Cloud Print. This step can be performed only using Windows PC currently. Mac and Linux support are coming soon. Once you do the set up, to print, open your document in Google Docs or mail in GMail and select Print from the drop down menu. You can also print PDF files by clicking the Print link that appears next to them.
For more information, check the Google Cloud Print help here.
News and Picture credit: Google Mobile Blog.
Posted by : January 6, 2011| On :