Android Central Editors’ app picks for April 30, 2011

Android Central app picks

If you’re anything like we are here at Android Central, you love suggestions about must-have apps. Nothing brightens our day more than finding that new essential app that makes you wonder what life was like before it. Here are some of our favorites from the past week for your downloading pleasure.

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 30, 2011 posted originally by Android Central

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AirPush Sends Ads to Your Notification Pane (And Why I Think It’s Horrible)

So I just got done watching this video from an ad agency called AirPush that will allow developers to target users in a much more effective way – right from the notification pane. I immediately wondered what type of response they’d get from users. I’m sure developers are intrigued, but what about the people they’ll […]

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So I just got done watching this video from an ad agency called AirPush that will allow developers to target users in a much more effective way – right from the notification pane. I immediately wondered what type of response they’d get from users. I’m sure developers are intrigued, but what about the people they’ll be showing these ads to?

AirPush’s technology will allow developers to send advertisements to your notification pane even if you’re not using the app. That’s the first bad part. The second bad part is that these ads are in my freaking notification pane where I expect to see stuff that I actually care about.

And what if you have multiple apps from the same or different developers with this technology? Yep, you’d probably need to wade through a sea of notification ads (it already sounds horrible) before you can get to your real notifications. I imagine this sort of thing will become very popular with developers for a few different reasons.

Why developers will love this

For starters, like I mentioned above, these will be pushed to a user’s notification pane at any time – they don’t even need to be in the app to help make the developer money. This tactic seems quite intrusive and I don’t imagine participating developers will give users the option to disable them.

Tying into the point above, users will be more likely to click on an advertisement in their notification pane than one inside the application they’re using. Whether it be by accident (because you thought it was a real notification) or just because certain users will want to get rid of them without having to dismiss legitimate notifications from other applications they use, the click rate would probably be much higher than traditional practices.

Finally, these types of ads would not be subject to the various ad-blocking methods out there for rooted users. Unless developers find a way to block notifications from certain services from showing up, there is nothing they can do to stop it short of removing the application itself.

Resistance isn’t futile, it’s inevitable and it works

It’s not just me who thinks this is a bad idea. Developers and users alike have taken to reddit and other channels to express their distaste for AirPush. Folks are coming together to try and identify which apps use it and developers are looking to build an application that would keep AirPush from working. Take a look at two posts on reddit – here and here – if you’d like to learn more and if you want to put your own word in.

Users in the Android market feel the same way, too. The developer behind APNDroid was the first to implement AirPush and immediately felt the resistance from his users. They complained so much that the amount of reports dubbing the application as “malicious” forced Google to take it off the market temporarily. It has since been republished, but the developer said he has learned his lesson and will no longer implement AirPush.

Developers should keep their ads within their own apps

“Go and use another free application or buy the full app,” you shout. Sure, that’s an option. And believe me, I’m all for developers making money. (I have a large list of paid apps that I use regularly.) But what I’m not for is them shoving their revenue generating tactic down our throats even when we’re not inside their application.

For that reason alone, I’ll close by saying I hope AirPush doesn’t take off. There are some who might like it and some who think it might be better for users, but if APNdroid is anything to go by, no one wants this on Android. The notification system was made to bring the information you want and need to the forefront without having to jump into each and every application you own each time you need a quick update. Don’t abuse it, folks.

I’m only one man with one opinion, though. What about you guys? Will AirPush be a harmless commodity for developers to embrace or do you think this sort of advertising would destroy your Android experience? Let your opinion be known in the poll and comments section below. [Thank you to Manny for drawing our attention to this!]

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Samsung Droid Charge might be released this Tuesday (Updated)

Verizon has been advertising their 4G LTE network to be the largest in the world, as well as the fastest in America, and the recent 4G LTE outage caused great disappointment among their customers. Aside from all the commotion, though, what really bugged some people was the fact that the Samsung Droid Charge was delayed. This device was supposed to be released along with the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the Casio G’zOne Commando last Thursday, April 28, but Verizon’s second 4G LTE smartphone didn’t make it to the fantastic trio.

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Verizon has been advertising their 4G LTE network to be the largest in the world, as well as the fastest in America, and the recent 4G LTE outage caused great disappointment among their customers. Aside from all the commotion, though, what really bugged some people was the fact that the Samsung Droid Charge was delayed. This device was supposed to be released along with the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the Casio G’zOne Commando last Thursday, April 28, but Verizon’s second 4G LTE smartphone didn’t make it to the fantastic trio.

Our friends over at Android Central got a hold of some screenshots of a document from Costco, which seems to indicate that the device might be available for purchase this coming Tuesday, May 3rd. The Droid Charge shipments should start arriving this Monday (along with confirmation or revision of the launch date), and all locations should be stocked by the end of Wednesday.

Whether the Samsung Droid Charge will be released this Tuesday or not, we are not completely sure, but the date should be near, since preparations are clearly being already scheduled. If you have been interested in this device, stay tuned to see if it will make it to the shelves on Tuesday, and don’t forget to read Russel’s hands-on with the Droid Charge. As always, share your opinions and comments with us, and keep coming back for more information about the topic.

Update:

Android Central has also received an image of Costco’s inventory screen, further proving that the Droid Charge may be coming on May 5th. The image is now added to the slideshow below, so go ahead and check it out.

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The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is already a beast — and now it’s rooted

Galaxy S 2 benchmark

Look out, all you tweakers and overclockers — there’s a new kid on the block who’s likely to take the throne in very short order — the Samsung Galaxy S 2.  Right out of the box it’s an awesome performer, chewing through benchmark tests like candy even with less than optimized software on board.  We’re hearing from all over about how smooth and quick it is, and everyone seems pretty darn impressed.

And to make things a bit more interesting, the phone isn’t locked down in any way and already has a fairly easy root method from Chainfire over at XDA.  We can’t wait to see what happens with this one, as it appears we’re at a whole ‘nother level of performance here.  Samsung needs to hurry with that roll-out!

Source: XDA-Developers. Big Thanks to Jonathan for the image, and Chainfire for the tip!

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Latest developments creating a pure AOSP Base for T-Mobile myTouch 4G

AOSPIt’s great to see new developments for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G creating a pure AOSP base of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  faux123 is working hard to create the base the currently uses bits of CyanogenMOD, but each new release is slowly removing the reliance on the CyanogenMOD code and rolling back to pure AOSP foundation. One development team, TeamPokerFace, has already released a new ROM based on the source from faux123….

It’s great to see new developments for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G creating a pure AOSP base of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  faux123 is working hard to create the base the currently uses bits of CyanogenMOD, but each new release is slowly removing the reliance on the CyanogenMOD code and rolling back to pure AOSP foundation.

One development team, TeamPokerFace, has already released a new ROM based on the source from faux123.

While the CyanogenMOD team is doing an amazing job of creating a base code that can be used on almost any device, it’s been a while since we’ve seen an AOSP release that’s trying to not use it.

Where can you find more information:

Keep checking the Community Release Database for all the latest ROM releases and we’ll keep you updated as we monitor the progress of these projects.

T-Mobile pokes the bear, chides Verizon for its day of LTE downtime

T-Mobile vs. Verizon

If we were Verizon, we’d probably just point to the subscriber scoreboard, stick our hands in our pockets (filled with cash) and walk away from T-Mobile’s taunts. And maybe say something about people in glass houses.

Source: Twitter. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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ROM – @TeamPokerFace TeamPokerFace-v1.0.3beta for HTC Glacier/T-Mobile myTouch 4G

TeamPokerFace has released an update to TeamPokerFace-v1.0.3beta. The latest version is now 1.0.3 beta. This release is supported on the following Device(s):- HTC Glacier/T-Mobile myTouch 4G Change Log: v1.0.1Alpha-DEPRECATED.  v1.0.2beta-DEPRECATEDChangelog:Removed PinyinIME.apkRemoved AOSP Music.apkADDED RELEASED HONEYCOMB MUSIC PLAYERRemoved Busybox v1.16.2ADDED BUSYBOX v1.19Removed OpenWnn.apkMADE ANDROID GB KEYBOARD DEFAULT Removed ALL Japanese Keyboards included in AOSP SourceADDED GAN OPTIMIZERADDED WIFI CALLING “Not sure that it works”Removed Outdated Superuser.apkADDED UPDATED SUPERUSER.APK To version 2.3.6.1Fixed One…

TeamPokerFace has released an update to TeamPokerFace-v1.0.3beta. The latest version is now 1.0.3 beta.

This release is supported on the following Device(s):
– HTC Glacier/T-Mobile myTouch 4G

Change Log:

v1.0.1Alpha-DEPRECATED. 

v1.0.2beta-DEPRECATED
Changelog:
Removed PinyinIME.apk
Removed AOSP Music.apk
ADDED RELEASED HONEYCOMB MUSIC PLAYER
Removed Busybox v1.16.2
ADDED BUSYBOX v1.19
Removed OpenWnn.apk
MADE ANDROID GB KEYBOARD DEFAULT 
Removed ALL Japanese Keyboards included in AOSP Source
ADDED GAN OPTIMIZER
ADDED WIFI CALLING “Not sure that it works”
Removed Outdated Superuser.apk
ADDED UPDATED SUPERUSER.APK To version 2.3.6.1
Fixed One Known Force Close issue in System Partition

v1.0.3beta
ADDED SPARE PARTS.APK
Removed Wifi Calling app that wasnt working
ADDED FAUXS WIFI CALLING FIX (APP) “Thank you FAUX123″
Fixed few minor bugs 

Head over to TeamPokerFace’s CommunityRelease Developer Homepage for more information and downloads.