As you may know, Android is Google's very popular smartphone platform that's been rapidly adopted by carriers and manufacturers and is strongly competing with the iPhone. A couple of our bloggers, including Steve Green, posted the news when a hacker got Android running on an original iPhone in late April.
I first wrote about The Game Trail (free) last fall. It's now been updated, and has hit a number of milestones, including 100,000 active users and 500,000 videos served. It has video reviews/previews of thousands of games so that you can quickly find the ones you like. It's a good way of discovering games that get overlooked.
I haven't yet tried this new app, but it sounds like an interesting idea — sort of like subscribing to a movie channel via your cable service, or going to a movie at a cinema. That's because instead of being the usual Internet model of movies on demand, Cinema for iPad has a schedule and streams movies at particular times. You pay $2.99 for the app, but the movies are free. The schedule changes frequently. You tune in when there's a movie playing that you'd like to see, whether a matinee or late-night show.
According to PocketNow, tethering for the iPhone won't be coming anytime soon. Tethering, as you may know, lets you connect your laptop to the Internet via your cell phone's data capability. It was supposed to come not long after the iPhone 3GS was introduced, but now AT&T says that they're afraid their network wouldn't be able to handle the additional load. You can read more on PocketNow.
iPad Case Finder is a new website that helps you find the case you're looking for. You can sort by brand or by case/bag or by color. Personally I want a vertical case with a shoulder strap. But I want it svelte, and not the luggage end of the spectrum. iPad Case Finder's category of bags (sometimes also called satchels or messenger bags) lists the sort of cases I'm looking for.
Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.
Of course, I like the fact that the iPad 3G can connect to the Internet anywhere a cell phone signal is available. But right up front I'll tell you that 250MB won't be enough for many people. I got my iPad 3G last Friday and used it a while in the afternoon. The next morning I checked and found that I'd already used 47MB of the 250MB that I had paid $15 for.
Today Apple announced that they had sold 1 million iPads as of last Friday — that's in 28 days, and over twice as many as the number of iPhones sold when that first went on the market. You can read more on CNet and Yahoo news.
I was really looking forward to downloading the iPad versions of my favorite news apps — AP News and the New York Times. But now, having used them, I've decided I prefer using the iPhone versions on my iPad. Take AP News. The home page has a lot of eye candy, but I don't see what it adds.
Lots of happy people today, as the iPad 3G makes its way across the country to thousands of eager customers. And I was one of them. What a great gadget. I immediately signed up for the At&T plan at $15 per month. Unfortunately, no 3G here in this corner of Iowa, but Edge seems to work okay. What I'm finding is that because the iPad's processor is so much faster, some of the apps that didn't work so well on my iPhone work better on the iPad. For example, it always took longer than I'd like to download the news using the USA Today app.