Category Archives: Android Applications

Charge Your Application Purchase to Your Carrier Bill?

Sprint is working on making it a reality. Eventually, customers will be able to purchase an app and have the charge turn up on their phone bill, though we don’t have a date yet. It’s not just for Sprint’s Android customers, either. WinMo, Palm, and BlackBerry users will have the same option. Sprint is also aiming at a one week application process for programs headed to their new app store for non-Android devices.

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Streaming NBA Games Now Available on Android

Watch NBA games live on your iPhone or AndroidThe National Basketball Association is now offering mobile phone owners the ability to watch entire live games for $40 per year.
Just a few games into the 2009-2010 NBA season, this is the first time entire games are available for streaming — only game highlights were previously available through an official service.

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AddressBook availability, 1.6 only on Android Market

From: Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering, Asurion Mobile Applications

The AddressBook team would like to thank everyone for trying and giving feedback on AddressBook. It’s only been a few days but we’ve learned a lot and will be responding to feedback with improvements in short order.

One issue that may best be addressed when we can catch them in the blogs is “where in the heck/he__ is the AddressBook app?”. We made a mistake and were not as explicit as we should have been that only Android 1.6 is supported by AddressBook at this time.

We realize this is a disappointment to HTC Hero (guess who LUVs her Hero, me) and Moto Cliq users. However, try as we might, there was a severe bug introduced with Android 1.5 that added significant instability into our app, especially with installation and deletion of mixins. We worked with Google, submitted a fix for Andorid on 1.5, and while Google was able to respond for 1.6, there was not an opportunity for them to get the fix into an update for 1.5.

If any of you out there are willing to join our “guinea” program (very pre-release), and likewise are willing to follow a strict set of guideline for installing/de-installing with “as is” ground rules, please email us at addressbook.support@asurion.com to discuss use on 1.5. I’d like to get feedback on is it worth offering it on 1.5. If not, we’re working day and night to be ready for 2.0.

Keep the feedback coming, we are listening,

-Nancy

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AddressBook availability, 1.6 only on Android Market

From: Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering, Asurion Mobile Applications

The AddressBook team would like to thank everyone for trying and giving feedback on AddressBook. It’s only been a few days but we’ve learned a lot and will be responding to feedback with improvements in short order.

One issue that may best be addressed when we can catch them in the blogs is “where in the heck/he__ is the AddressBook app?”. We made a mistake and were not as explicit as we should have been that only Android 1.6 is supported by AddressBook at this time.

We realize this is a disappointment to HTC Hero (guess who LUVs her Hero, me) and Moto Cliq users. However, try as we might, there was a severe bug introduced with Android 1.5 that added significant instability into our app, especially with installation and deletion of mixins. We worked with Google, submitted a fix for Andorid on 1.5, and while Google was able to respond for 1.6, there was not an opportunity for them to get the fix into an update for 1.5.

If any of you out there are willing to join our “guinea” program (very pre-release), and likewise are willing to follow a strict set of guideline for installing/de-installing with “as is” ground rules, please email us at addressbook.support@asurion.com to discuss use on 1.5. I’d like to get feedback on is it worth offering it on 1.5. If not, we’re working day and night to be ready for 2.0.

Keep the feedback coming, we are listening,

-Nancy

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Watch NBA games live on your iPhone or Android

The NBA has dramatically updated its mobile offerings for the 2009-10 season, including a new application for the iPhone and Android that provides live video streams of games.
The slick looking app, NBA League Pass Mobile, allows fans to watch more than 40 live games each week. It also offers digital video recording technology to pause and rewind 30 seconds of action, access to up to two days of archived games, live stats, push alerts and more.
The cost: $39.99 per season.
Not cheap, but hey, that’s the price you pay for ostracizing your loved ones, right?
The new NBA League Mobile Pass is due to appear in the iTunes App Store and Android Market any time now, so with luck, you’ll have Chris Paul(notes) and Kevin Garnett(notes) in your back pocket before they tip-off in Boston on Monday.
To get the complete low-down, including more screenshots and news about the NBA’s new and improved $9.99 Game Time app, check out NewTeeVee.
The future is now.

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MLB Testing “At Bat” App for Android?

If you’re a big baseball fan, you probably already know what happened in Game 1 of the World Series (Phillies won, Cliff Lee dominated). What you probably didn’t know is that Major League Baseball has released their At Bat application for Android that’ll allow you to keep track of what is sure to be a classic World Series. The At Bat application has been available for the iPhone and it’s a truly immersive application that pretty much sets the bar for sport-specific apps. At Bat for Android delivers live scoreboards, box scores, pitch-by-pitch updates, and video highlights. Sadly, it won’t stream live games (the iPhone version does) but you’ll be able to stream audio of the World Series.

At Bat for Android is only in beta and MLB is releasing it for download through their mobile MLB.com site (not available in Android Market). MLB says they’re only testing waters with this app and will not confirm whether At Bat for Android will arrive next season. We would love to have the MLB At Bat app for Android next year, it’ll make keeping track of next season’s Dodgers World Series run all the more easier.

Test it out while you can!

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Google Navigation Goodness Available on Android 2.0

Google has announced Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 that will offer users free turn-by-turn navigation. You heard that right. Google Maps. Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation on Android 2.0.

Google Maps Navigation has everything you’d expect to find in a GPS application 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and automatic rerouting.  Google has also added compelling new features ‘built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection’. Google lists seven features that are possible because Google Maps Navigation is connected to the Internet:

  • Always have the most recent maps and business data
  • Search with the power of Google (no need to know exact address, Google can do the legwork)
  • Search by voice
  • Live traffic data just like you see in the current Google Maps with real-time information
  • Search along route allows you to search for results that won’t take you far from your route
  • Satellite View — high resolution, 3D view of your route
  • Street View — you’ll be able to see where you need to turn, what your final address is, etc

This is big for Google Maps and even bigger for Android 2.0. Turn-by-turn navigation has probably been the most requested feature for Google Maps and for Google Maps Navigation to come native on the Droid (with a slick car dock UI to boot), and future Android 2.0 devices is a huge bullet point victory over competing mobile smartphones. Eventually, Google Maps Navigation will make its way to other phones but there’s nothing like being first (and nothing like being free!).

With the release of the Motorola Droid running Android 2.0 on Verizon there is only one question that remains — Will Verizon lock this feature down and require their users to pay for the Verizon branded Verizon Navigator?

Learn more about Google Maps Navigation here!

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