Josh’s top apps of 2011

31 December 2011

More apps, more better.

Being the "apps guy" is an interesting position. It means I get tasked to play with apps all day long, each and every day. It feels a lot like being an adventurer, wandering through a dense (really dense) forest, where danger and suspense lurk around every corner.

As such (and because I'm more the average Joe user than you might think), my list is a combination of my most-used apps and some apps that are so great, they still deserve recognition (despite not being on the daily list).

With that said, here's some of my favorite and useful apps from the past year.

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The top Android news of 2011

31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

So here we are, in the final hours of 2011. (And to those of you who have crossed the threshold already, happy new year!) It was certainly the busiest 365 days of Android we've seen yet — and we're willing to bet 2012 gets even crazier.

Here's a look at the top 10 news stories (as in not device reviews) on Android Central for 2011, as ranked by pageviews. Of course, that means older stories have a leg up — and, interestingly enough, the most-read story of the year was actually from 2010. (And one other from December 2010 snuck in, too.) And the winner was a post by Jared DiPane explaining the best way to move from BlackBerry to Android. We thought about tossing it from the list. But it also makes sense. When you're activating nearly a quarter-million Android devices daily, another platform will suffer. And that it's BlackBerry is no real surprise.

We can't thank you all enough for your support in 2011, and we can't wait to get 2012 started with you. From all of us here, thanks, and have a safe one. And now, the top Android news stories of 2011, as ranked by pageviews.

  1. Jumping from BlackBerry to Android? Here's what you need to know!
  2. A slew of popular apps are now 10 cents in the Android Market
  3. Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have 20 months before you can get a new phone
  4. Flashable Honeycomb ZIP for the Nook Color now available
  5. Will my Phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions
  6. Verizon's new data plans broken down in complete detail
  7. Will my phone get Gingerbread? Our predictions
  8. First Nexus Prime photo leak shows buttonless device with 720p display
  9. RAM: What it is, how it's used — and why you shouldn't care
  10. How to manually update your T-Mobile Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich




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Sonos prize pack

Drumroll, please.The winner of the Sonos End of Year Rockin' Giveaway, with prizes including a Sonos Play:3 and a Play:5 as well as a brand new Kindle Fire is….

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Thanks to DooMLoRD, the HTC Jetstream from AT&T has finally received a permanent root solution which should kick start things for the community over at XDA-Developers. The Jetstream, HTC’s second attempt at an Android tablet, has been on the market since early September. We’re not sure how many people have actually bit the bullet and [...]





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It’s a bit odd when we post more than one of these stories in a week, but it looks like we were a bit misinformed when we reported that HTC has released the source for all of their Android phones. Since the HTC Dev team didn’t want to make liars out of us, they went [...]





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MIUI Nexus S 4G   AOSP Nexus S 4G

Google may not have officially pumped out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S 4G yet, but that won't stop you from having it.  We've got two custom ROMs in the forums that are dripping with ICS goodness.  If you're a fan of the stock Android experience, you can get a fully working AOSP 4.0.3 ROM for your 4G, with just enough changes from standard to make everything work well from Beezy.  It's like having a smaller Galaxy Nexus in your pocket, with face lock, beam, and everything else you've seen in videos and reviews.

If you want something a little different, fergie716 has ported over the latest ICS MIUI ROM to the Sprint Nexus, with everything good to go except for Wimax (which you'll never see working on MIUI).  It's also Android 4.0.3 under all the candy, and offers a very different experience that everyone should try for themselves at least once.  It's subtle, beautiful, and a nice change of pace.

Of course, nobody here will blame you if you just want to wait for Google to get the official 4.0.3 build pushed to you.  But if you like to tinker around, there's no need to wait.  Check 'em out. 

[ROM] AOSP 4.0.3 for the Nexus S 4G

[MIUI 4.0] MIUI SwAT for the Nexus S 4G

Thanks, devs, and thanks Paul for the tip!




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From the Forums

One more day and then 2011 is all said and done. The real question after that though will be 'What's your new years resolution?' and will you actually keep it? My new years resolution will be to help out some more in the Android Central forums and give back to the community. If you're looking to help out some folks as well, check out some of the threads below:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.




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Toshiba Thrive

You might want to look away if you just purchased a Honeycomb tablet for Christmas: 1saleaday.com has the 32GB Toshiba Thrive on sale today for a mere $299.99, a full $180 cheaper than the list price you'll find at Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers. The 10-inch, Tegra 2-powered tablet is no slouch, as we discovered in our review back in August, and while it may not be the prettiest Android tablet out there today, it's hard to pass up for a mere three Benjamins. Hit the source link before midnight tonight to grab one and if anybody sees Santa, break the news gently.

Source: 1saleaday.com




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Android Central

If you have been patiently waiting for your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE model to receive the TouchWiz update you will be pleased to know the update is now rolling out. The update brings a mini apps tray, a quick panel for easy access to things like screen brightness, wifi, auto rotation and more. In addition to adding TouchWiz to the device they have also enhanced the wifi connectivity, fixed issues with emails not marking themselves as read, added a photo editor, memo application and much more. For full details be sure to hit the source, and if you take the upgrade be sure to let us know in the forums how it works out for you!

Source: Verizon

 




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If you tired of using IE9 on your HTC Windows Phone, this post is for you! A developper from XDA achieved his port of Opera Mobile 10! If you have an unlocked Windows Phone  you should be able to install the modified app. This version of Opera Mobile 10 is not an app specially created for Windows [...]





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