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 »

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 »

Google Play Music adds gapless playback, auto-generated mixes

Google Play Music instant mix

Google has updated the Play Music app for Android, adding support for gapless playback, the ability to save your thumbs up, last add, and other playlist on your device, and more. One of my favorite changes is that Google will now automatically create mixes for you based on the songs you’ve played the most. In order to check out the instant mixes, just fire up… Read more »

Verizon app store is closing in January, 2013

Verizon Apps

There’s no shortage of app stores for phones and tablets. Most popular mobile operating systems include their own app shops, stores, and marketplaces. But device makers and wireless carriers often decide to load their own stores too… just in case you’d rather download a game from the Verizon Apps store than the Google Play Store for some reason. Oh yeah… and so they can try… Read more »

Amazon expands Cloud Drive with a Photos app

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos

Amazon Cloud Drive gives users 5GB of free online storage space for any files they’d care to store online. It’s also the backbone of the company’s Cloud Player app that lets you upload music to the cloud and stream it to any device with a web browser or Cloud Player app. Now Amazon is launching another Cloud Drive app for Android, and this one’s aimed… Read more »

AOKP Jelly Bean Build 5 brings more Android tweaks to phones, tablets


The folks behind the popular Android Open Kang Project have released AOKP JB Build 5. That’s the fifth major release of the custom ROM for Android phones and tablets to be based on Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Among other things, the latest release incorporates Google’s source code for Android 4.1.2, a minor update that was made available recently. Update: AOKP JB Milestone 1 is… Read more »

Dolphin Browser 9 for Android with Jetpack plugin offers even better HTML5 performance

Dolphin Browser 9.0

There’s no shortage of web browser apps for Android. But Dolphin Browser has been around longer than most, and the developers say users have now installed Dolphin 50 million times. In the early days of Dolphin, the browser stood out by offering tabs and support for add-ons. Those features aren’t unique anymore, but the new Dolphin Browser 9.0 has a nifty new feature – a… Read more »