[Apps] Apps, Market, etc
Happy Xoom day!
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up of what to expect when they sign in to their Xoom's today.
If you're coming from a Froyo device and chose to backup your Google data to your Google account your Xoom will start to download all of your apps, which is kind of funny because when you click on the market it'll say that your client is out of date and needs to update shortly. If you have a lot of apps, just chill here and play with them as they get installed. (Check back in the market after you get the "market updated" notification)
If this is your first android or you're starting from scratch with a new Google account you won't have to worry about this, you can enjoy the "apps for tablets section"
A quick heads up: The Honeycomb market will let you switch Google accounts! So you can start with a fresh account and then add your existing one and get the apps to that google account. I know a lot of people will like this.
Once your apps are in and your market does update, there's another market update! (I don't know if this happened over night or if these two updates will get rolled in to one). When you go in to the market now you'll actually see the market as an app, and it'll (for me at least) have an update, so you can go ahead and update that.
-- (will update the apps part, but please help out as you get setup)
Google Voice - not in the market! I know I can't make calls but thought it would be cool to manage text messages from here, sadly either the app isn't ready yet or won't be included for tablets without phone abilities. (I'm hoping just not ready) - A great work around is to just go to voice.google.com - if you're a GV user this is more than manageable.
Facebook - no contacts sync, some views force vertical screen orientation and the widget is broken.
- 02-24-2011, 07:53 AM #2
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I should have mine in hand and ready to use in a little over an hour from now. That is if there is no line at my VZW store.
When I get mine I will be testing the following apps:
Native PPTP VPN. Not an app but built into the OS -- Works
Mocha VNC Lite -- Does Not Work -- Keyboard is invisible
Lookout -- Not in Market
Remote Media Center -- FC on adding a server IP
VPlayer -- Not sure -- used with Remote Media Center
TouchDown -- Not in market
Movies -- Works
TvGuide -- Works
- 02-24-2011, 08:37 AM #7
Movies is definitely going to work very well as last night they updated it to work specifically for tablets.
I also hope Lookout works, great application. The nice thing about the Android Market is most developers have their email there so if it doesn't work in, say, Honeycomb, we can email them asking to please update it using the SDK!
I really hope stuff like Slacker and Pandora work. And maybe PowerAmp will update it soon to work really well on Honeycomb, even though the stock player looks really good.
Oh and my number one is Kindle. I loveee the look of the Google Books app but I'm a Kindle person and would love the page-turning animations along with the dual-page landscape mode, instead of a wall of text.
- 02-24-2011, 08:49 AM #8
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Thanks for that follow up on the PPTP tp08757 hat's very good to know.
That's one thing down.
Now I just need to wait till there's a fix to allow connecting to an AdHoc wifi
And please let NetFlix release something, but I think Google needs to work on the DRM API's first
How good is the GPS on it?
- 02-24-2011, 10:40 AM #15
I really hope NetFlix can do something with the Honeycomb API to satisfy Hollywood.
The GPS locked in about 2 seconds, I was inside and standing still both times I've used it. It's dead on in maps as well. Way faster than the GPS on my EVO.
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- 02-24-2011, 11:26 AM #19
Good deal about the GPS also. I heard it will be in the wifi model also.
Now if we can get netflix wooooot. That's my one hold up. I really don't want to go the PlayOn route to do it.
Hopefully by the time the release the Wifi version more apps will be out. Maybe we'll see it in 30-40 days...
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Pandora is all funky. In landscape mode, the cover art is in the upper left corner and that's it. When I turn it portrait, I get a blank screen. The music plays ok though.
Mint.com app works but its the size that you would probably see on a phone. Everything works other than it not scaling to the screen size.
Angry Birds works great.
- 02-24-2011, 12:51 PM #23
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I just got mine from Best Buy and only played with it for 5 minutes. Where are all the tablet apps? I saw about 10 to 12 in the Market. Weather Bug, demoed earlier this month at the Honeycomb event, was not one of them. I also saw last week that Dolphin has a tablet browser, and that was not listed in the Tablet Apps section. I also did not see Movies listed there. Are the developers not flagging the apps correctly or are the apps universal for all versions of Android and the UI is dependent on the OS version?
- 02-24-2011, 12:59 PM #25