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Netflix on Android!

Well, kinda. Google cringed this week when Netflix announced that they would be rolling out their Android app soon, as Google just released their movie rentals service. The Netflix app will be available on select HTC devices very soon. More details on the way.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

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Amazon Cloud Drive + Cloud Player and Firefox 4 Mobile

Amazon Cloud Drive + Cloud Player

I saw this one coming. Amazon’s music service was a little annoying. You could download music files [for a fee of course] then sync them to your mobile device. Now, everything becomes easier with a handy dandy little Android app that lets you stream all of your music from your Amazon account directly to your mobile device without the computer in the middle.

Advantages: Takes up very little space on hard drive, no computer syncing needed

Disadvantages: Need to be connected to the internet to listen to any of your music.

Firefox 4 Mobile

I only remember hearing bad things about Firefox Mobile, until now. Firefox 4 for Android has just been released from Mozilla onto the Android App Market. The browser is supposed to be much faster than Android’s built in browser, but the best part is Firefox Sync. Now, you can send a web page from your desktop to your mobile phone wirelessly. A video and written review of this app are soon to come.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Motorola Xoom officially $600

Looks like Motorola can’t compete with the iPad. The all-new Motorola Xoom starts at $100 over the starting price of the iPad at $600. It will be launching on March 27th and will be available at the usual retailers (Wal Mart, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco)

The Motorola Xoom is Motorola’s latest tablet. It has a dual core NVIDIA 1GHz Tegra 2 Processor. Features include: 1GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board flash storage, a 5 megapixel camera, and a 10.1 inch display.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Motorola Xoom is Under $600?

Now I’m confused. I’ve been reading reports for months now that the Motorola Xoom will be somewhere around $800. Today I saw a picture from a Sam’s Club listing the Xoom as $539 for the Wi-Fi only model. This means that the Xoom is only $40 more than the iPad, but you still don’t get the same wide variety of apps to choose from. Will you be getting a Xoom? Another tablet? Send us your thoughts to app.masters.rule@gmail.com

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Notion Ink’s Adam tablet

Hello Internet!

Yesterday I received my Adam from Notion Ink. For specific technical specifications go to notionink.com. The model I got set me back $500.

As far as the hardware goes it’s great. It’s made of plastic, yet feels solid. One end is thicker than the rest of the tablet so it’s easy to hold. It has two usb ports that work great with my flash drive, good speakers, and a swivel camera. Really the only thing I don’t like about the hardware is that the capacitive buttons on it aren’t┬áback lit, so you can’t see them when doing something in the dark.

The Adam is running Eden, a highly customized version of Android developed by Notion Ink. At the time of this post their market, Genesis, is not online so any additional apps I wanted I had to find online and download the apk file. This problem should resolve itself soon as Genesis is on the way, and eventually Notion Ink will go through the certification to get the Android Market on the Adam too. I got a third party app store, Slide Me, on my Adam until Genesis comes online.

It allows you to have three smaller apps on the screen at a time, each taking up 1/3 of the screen. I haven’t honestly used this that much, but I have a feeling once Genesis is online and more apps that support having a panel come out I’ll find myself using it more.

The UI sometimes feel slow, unresponsive, and a little buggy, but this is a new product from a new company running a newish OS, things can only get better from here.

Sometime in the near future I’ll post pictures and more details on it.

Derek Gonyeo, Android Analyst, App Masters

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK Officially Released

Developers, start your coding.

This morning, Google released the official SDK [Software Development Kit] for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. That means you can develop for the Motorola Xoom! And that’s pretty much it. For now…

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

The Motorola Xoom Has A Twin Brother!

At the Mobile World Conference, Samsung showed off their new Galazy Tab 10.1, and if you know what the Motorola Xoom is, it’s pretty much exactly the same.

It’s running Android Version 3.0 Honeycomb, with no overlay UI like Moto Blur. It’s stock Honeycomb. The front features a beautiful 10.1 inch touch screen and NO buttons, just like the Motorola Xoom. There is no frontal branding as expected either.

The rear has something pasted on it like carbon fiber and a nice round Samsung logo.

Check out a few more pictures and information at CrunchGear

 

Taylor Ness

Editor, App Masters