Amazon’s Kindle for Samsung app offers 12 free eBooks per year

Samsung and Amazon have unveiled a new Kindle app developed specifically for Samsung smartphone and tablet users. Kindle for Samsung is basically a custom version of the Kindle app Amazon already offers for all Android devices, but it includes a special perk called Samsung Book Deals, which lets users snag 12 free eBooks per year. The app will be available for download from Samsung Apps, and should… Read more »

BlackBerry 10.1 adds HD camera mode, support for BlackBerry Q10 handset

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry has released the first major software update to the BlackBerry 10 platform. The launch of BlackBerry 10.1 coincides with the release of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone and adds support for that handset’s hardware keyboard and smaller screen. The update also includes new features for the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen phone, including a new HDR camera mode. High Dynamic Range photography allows you to snap photos… Read more »

Gameboy Advance emulator for iOS sneaks into the App Store (as a baby names app)

Awesome Baby Names

Apple polices the App Store pretty vigorously to keep out porn, piracy, and video game emulators, among other things. But every now and again something slips through the cracks. For instance, there’s now a Nintendo Gameboy Advance emulator available in the App Store for $1.99. But you’d never know that from the name or description of the Awesome Baby Names app. Update: And… it’s gone…. Read more »

Google Maps returns to iOS, this time as a third-party app

Google Maps for iOS

Apple has included a Maps application with every iOS device since the original iPhone. Up until recently the mapping capabilities were powered by Google Maps, but when Apple released iOS 6 this year, the company severed the relationship with Google Maps, instead building an in-house mapping system. That move’s been a bit controversial… with many users feeling like they’re acting as beta testers for a… Read more »

Gmail 2.0 brings multiple user accounts, new UI to iPhone, iPad

Gmail 2.0 for iOS

Maybe the second time’s a charm. Google released its first Gmail app for iOS over a year ago, but it was a bit buggy and short on features. While Google offered a few minor updates with support for things like push notifications, the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad continued to play second fiddle to the company’s Android apps. Now Google has released Gmail 2.0 for iOS,… Read more »

Windows Phone 7.8 to start rolling out in early 2013, will bring home, lock screen improvements

Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen

Microsoft plans to start rolling out a software update for Windows Phone 7.5 devices in early 2013, bringing improvements to the home screen, lock screen, and other areas. While Windows Phone 8 will never be able to run on phones like the Nokia Lumia 900 which shipped with Windows Phone 7.5, the new operating system (called Windows Phone 7.8) will bring some of the most… Read more »

CyanogenMod’s Apollo Music Player available from Google Play Store

Apollo music player

Apollo is the default music player in CyanogenMod 10, a custom version of Android 4.1 which is available for dozens of phones and tablets. But now you can download and install Apollo on any device running Android 2.3 or later, whether you’re using CyanogenMod or not. Two versions are now available from the Google Play Store. Apollo is a free, ad-supported music player, while Apollo+… Read more »

Google releases Android 4.2 software, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 devices

Google Android 4.2 on the Nexus 7

Google has released the source code and software developer kit for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The company also started selling its latest Nexus devices today including the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 10 tablet, and new 32GB and 3G-capable Nexus 7 tablets. Hardware sales have been off to a rocky start (demand seems to have exceeded supply, and the new phones and tablets have sold… Read more »