The one thing I enjoy most about Facebook is that people constantly update their profile pictures. It gives you a better representation of how they see themselves or what mood they are in. Google does an adequate job of syncing all the images you gave in Gmail with your Android phone, but unless you are an avid Picasa Web user, most your contacts are pictureless. Facebook Sync is a new app on the Android Market that promises to bring images to all your contacts as long as you are friends with them on Facebook. Facebook Sync is fairly simple. When you open the app, there’s an check box at the bottom that asks if you want to replace non-Facebook photos that you might already have in your contacts. All that’s left to do is tap the "Start friend photo sync" and away you go. A web window opens up in which you will need to enter in your Facebook login info to allow that app to gain access to your friends list. Once it starts the sync process, if shows you each friend picture that it is syncing to your contacts. Once Facebook Sync has finished going through all your friends and contacts, it gives you a little readout of how many contact entries were synced.
Facebook Sync is extremely simple, but I’m sure most Android users who have a Facebook account will find that it’s an extremely useful tool to complete your contacts list. If you’re on your G1 right now, just click here in your phones browser or else just head over to the market and search "Facebook Sync"
There are a lot of different reasons to buy the T-Mobile G1. Some people simply love Google, others like Android or simply want an OpenSource OS. Me? I like my phone to be versatile enough to do almost anything. My wife thinks it’s a bit ridiculous that I check the Android Market a few times a day. What can I say, I must be addicted.
It’s been really a week since Google opened the floodgates, unleashing priced apps onto the Android market. Within that time there, more than 200 new priced apps have shown up, but something’s missing. There are a lot of useful apps out there, but I just get the feeling that there is still a huge void that app developers have yet to fill.
So what’s missing for you? Let us know. I’m sure we all have a dream app on our wish list that we’re hoping will get release on the Android Market.
The Android Market is now offering priced apps to G1 users. I still have not seen any, but have gotten reports from a few people that they are starting to show up. For those of you still wondering how you will pay for the priced apps, Google has chosen to use their Google Checkout service. This allows them to integrate the e-mail account used on the phone to be tied in to the payment system. We’ve also dug up Google’s Android Market policies and have chosen to highlight a few of them. there will be a 24 hour buyers remorse period, so if you paid for an app and it’s not something you want to keep, Google will get your money back. Also, don’t expect any Porn applications to show up on the Android Market. Google’s committed to keeping their Android OS and the Marketplace child friendly.
- Returns: You have 24 hours from the time of purchase (not download) to return any applications purchased from Android Market for a full refund of any applicable fees. The option to return an application within this timeframe will be made available to you through the Android Market user interface. You may not return any Products other than applications.
- Upgrades: Android Market does not provide upgrade functionality for any Products. If a Product offers free or paid upgrades, those upgrades must be obtained directly from the Developer responsible for the Product.
- Reinstalls: You are allowed an unlimited number of reinstalls of each application obtained via the Market.
- Product Removals: From time to time, Google may discover a Product on the Market that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or other legal agreements, laws, regulations or policies. In such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your Device at its sole discretion. If that occurs Google will make reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the Product, if any, from the originating Developer on your behalf. If Google is unable to recover the full amount of the purchase price, it will divide any recovered amounts between the affected users on a pro rata basis.
- Chargeback and Billing Disputes: Google is not responsible for billing disputes arising from purchases on Android Market. All billing issues should be directed to the Developer in question, the payment processor, or your credit card company as appropriate.
- Customer Support: Support for the use and operation of the Market (including how to find, purchase, download, return and remove Products) is provided by Google in the user interface of the Market application. Google does not provide customer support for Products distributed by Developers on Android Market. Each Developer is responsible for determining the level of customer support they provide and you should contact them directly.
Android has not been known to be business friendly. The lack of Exchange support and it’s inability to read or write Microsoft Office files have dealt it a huge setback in the corporate market. Quickoffice is not offering a solution to part of that problem. Quickoffice for Android now gives business users (or anyone else who want to access their Office files) the ability to sort through their Word and Excel files from their Android handset. Unfortunately, there is still now way you will be able to edit those files on your phone quite yet, but it’s better than nothing.
Quickoffice allows you to open .doc and .xls files, zoom through their contents, and even adjusts screen orientation with the built-in accelerometer. It also ships with a file manager that allows you to sort, navigate, rename, and delete those Word and Excel files. Quickoffice is available on the Android Market for $7.99 (ok, that’s what their website says, but we still have not seen it show up).
For decades, computer users have been able to edit and create pictures on their computer, now Android users can join in on the fun! The Android Comeks app hit the market a bit over a week ago. Since then, is has racked up over 10,000 downloads and for good reason. The app allows you to customize the pictures on your Android phone or create new ones from scratch with the many stickers and other add-ons. Ok, Comeks is no Photoshop, but it does allow you to edit the opacity, brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue. Other fun image effects include Twirl and Pinch. Once you’re finished customizing all the pictures of your friends, you can share your pictures from Comeks directly with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Bebo, or send them off with an MMS to email. It might not be the most earth shattering app on the android Market, but Comeks adds a little fun to your every day MMS messages and is always great for a laugh of two.
If you wanna share you’re Comeks picture creations, simply upload them to flickr and post the link in the comment section. Hope you enjoy!
Today, Eric Chu from the Android developers blog released a statement saying that the Android Market is now accepting priced applications. Google Checkout will be implemented as the only billing and payment service for app developers and app purchasers (that’s you!). You should start seeing priced apps hitting the Android Market by the middle of next week in the US and UK. Google will be rolling out priced apps to Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, and Spain later in the quarter. Australia should see the free apps on the Android Market on February 15th with Singapore trailing behind only by a couple of weeks. This news marches up with our report from Monday that the HTC G1 is launching next week.
Just like the iPhone, the G1 has suffered when it comes to GPS navigation. Don’t get us wrong, Google Maps does an incredible job of getting you to the right place or finding local restaurants and businesses. But map licensing complications have not allowed Google to give users turn-by-turn GSP directions in the same way a dedicated GPS unit does. On February 24th, Telnav is planning on changing all of that! TeleNav GPS Navigator will be launching with 10 million business listings; gas prices; weather updates and restaurant reviews accompanied by real time turn-by-turn directions. Ok, so you can already get most of those features on the G1, but this will be the first true GSP application that will allow you to throw out your dedicated GPS unit. Telnav will launch a 30 day free trial on February 24th. After the trial period is up, Telnav will charge $10 a month for the application.
Be sure to check out what Telnav will look like on the G1 after the break.