For all the gamers passionate about sport cars, Drag Racing is an enticing option. It features some of the world’s greatest and fastest vehicles, starting from Volkswagen Golf VI GTI all the way to Bugatti Veyron and Henessey Venom GT. All the cars come with individual specifications, handling and can each require some time to get accustomed to. The graphics are pretty good, being a drag racing game (racing in a straight line) there are no 3D objects involved. Check a more detailed review below.
For all those that are holding their RSS feeds in Google Reader there is this great and simple app created by Google that puts your feeds in the palm of your hand. It uses your own Google account linked to your phone (you may add more accounts if you like) and does exactly what it’s web counterpart can, but with an obviously lighter interface. And it is ad-free.
One of the drawbacks of having a smartphone is that you need a data plan from your carrier. Unless you are one of the lucky ones that have unlimited traffic, you should always check the data usage to make sure you don’t go over the limit and end up paying outrageous fees. Fortunately, 3G Watchdog can help you keep track of your data usage and notify you if you are approaching the limit.
If you are a long time Internet user then you might still have a Yahoo email account. Unfortunately, all your contacts from the last decade have your @yahoo.com email and you cannot forward the emails you get or access them in any way other than use Yahoo’s website. So you are stuck with this. Fortunately, Yahoo developed an email app for Android that allows you to pretty much do all the major operations you could want: send, receive, add attachments, be notified.
One of the strengths of the Android system is multitasking. However, when you exit an app it doesn’t necessarily mean it no longer runs in the background. The majority of apps still run silently behind the scenes. Unfortunately this can lead to performance issues, battery consumption and other problems. It rarely is the case, but it does happen. Task Manager addresses these issues by allowing to terminate any running app with just a tap.
One interesting hardware feature on most Android devices is the built in digital compass. Lots of applications use this to determine the direction you are facing (including Google Maps). The Compass App is a simple way to access the information using a realistic representation of a real life compass that rotates according to the magnetic field.
The first game reviewed by Android Target is this piece of art created by Rovio. After having tremendous success in Apple’s App Store, the developers thought that the Android community deserved their own version. Unlike the iPhone counterpart, Angry Birds for Android is free to download and play.
You may be familiar with the SpeedTest.net service. It offers a simple test for your internet connection using hundreds of servers from around the world. Each test verifies the ping, download and upload speeds between you and a chosen server. The Speed Test app for Android is very similar with the web based one and allows you to test different WiFi (or the carrier’s network) while on the go.
SilentMode OnOff provides a simple widget that can control the ring tone with just a single tap. It’s basically a shortcut for Settings > Sound > Silent mode. It is part of a collection of widgets from CurveFish that can be installed separately. Other apps include GPS OnOff, WiFi OnOff, AutoSync OnOff, AutoRotate OnOff etc.
If you ever used your phone at least once to find something in the dark you might want to try this app. Unlike other lighty apps that just put up a bright screen, Tesla LED uses the device’s LED flash to illuminate the target. What’s more interesting is that you can turn it on and proceed to use other apps while the flashlight keeps running in the background.