The Google Play Store currently has some FREE Disney Apps for Android devices. All of the apps are normally $0.99 each, but I’m not sure how long they will be available for FREE.
From now through September 30, Amazon is offering $1 free MP3 credit with the purchase of select apps from the app store. To make that deal even sweeter, today you can get Angry Birds for Android (Ad Free) for FREE and still get the $1 free MP3 credit!
Since I still don’t have Angry Birds on my phone, I was very excited to take advantage of this deal. (K is going to be thrilled!!!)
Purchase at least one qualifying app offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android in the webstore or on an Android device. The apps that qualify are apps for Android offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android that display the offer message on their webstore product information pages. Qualifying apps will not display promotional messaging on their Android on-device product information pages.
*After completing your purchase, you will receive an e-mail indicating that a $1 credit for Amazon MP3 music downloads has been applied to your account automatically. The e-mail will also provide instructions on how to redeem your credit.
*Promotional offer limited to one promotional credit per customer.
*Promotional offer is valid from July 2, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and subject to change. You must redeem the credit by October 31, 2012.
No, this post isn’t about food. It’s about tech. So if you came looking for desert move along, but if you want some sweet tech talk let me tell you why I love Ice Cream Sandwich.
As a long-time Android user, I eagerly awaited the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android’s latest operating system). I was so over the lag issues with Gingerbread (the last phone operating system), and my techy husband told me that Ice Cream Sandwich was expected to be faster with some of the features I liked in Honeycomb (on the Droid Xyboard). Of course it became available on my Droid right before my Galaxy arrived, but I didn’t have much time to play with it before switching over to my new phone. So not only did I get an awesome new phone with the Galaxy, but it came complete with the brand new operating system that I had been waiting for.
I am THRILLED to report that after using my new phone and Ice Cream Sandwich for a month it is everything I hoped it would be and more! Gone are the annoying delays due to lag time, the phone is zip-zip-zippy. Sure I know part of the reason is that the Galaxy phone is just plain awesome, but there is also a lot to be said about the processing of the new operating system too. (Of course I am not a techy, so I am not going to even try to go into all of the technical reasons the OS is faster, but it is.)
Of course, everything looks different too. For a girl who doesn’t like my tech to change, updates like this always take some getting used to. But now that I have become accustom to the new look, I really like it. It is a simpler look, with more clean lines.
Other visual improvements include updated folder abilities and widget previews — both very nice.
In addition to speeding up Internet browsing, Ice Cream Sandwich includes some fun updates as well. For example, there’s no reason to memorize another password combo, the new lock screen includes facial recognition. My hubby had fun with this feature, locking me out of my phone by setting his face as the unlock key.
Going back to lag issues. One of the reasons I often have lag problems with my tech — including phone and laptop — is that I am a constant multitasker. At this moment I have… 38 tabs open in my browser on my computer and 13 on my phone. (Ouch, that’s almost embarrassing.) Keeping all of those things processing at once eats memory. With the new Ice Cream Sandwich task manager, closing one of my many open applications is as easy as a finger swipe. If only I could turn off some of the processes in my mind as easy.
Speaking of mental multitasking, I feel my sweet tooth aching. Couldn’t Android name it’s OS after something less tempting?
For the most part TV commercials go in one ear and out the other (and that’s when I am not speeding through them on my DVR), but every once and a while one makes me pause and take notice. This Google+ ad made me stop and watch. Of course, it was the beautiful baby pictures that made me stop and take note, but as the commercial went on it was the message that appealed to me as a mom.
The gist of the ad, in case you don’t wanna watch it, is that by connecting your phone to your Google account every photo you ever take with your phone is saved, automatically to your Google+ account.
One of my many fears is somehow loosing all of those precious pictures I take of my babies. It’s a real fear that has me constantly backing up my back ups. Now I never have to worry about the photos I take with my phone, simply linking them to my account and they appear backed up in my account instantly. With the 4G LTE speed of my Droid RAZR, I really do mean instantly – it is crazy fast. Which is great since my Droid RAZR also means that I always have an eight mega pixel camera in hand ready to snap photos that I can rest assured will not be lost.
Guess who connected her Google account to her RAZR right then and there?
Now, that’s product integration!
Amazon has another FREE kids app today for Android phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire) as their Free App of the Day. Normally $1.99, you can get the My First Puzzles app for FREE today only. You can even “test drive” the app on the website before you download it, which is one of my favorite features of their app store.
Whether your kids are looking for something to do on a rainy day or you’re trying to keep them occupied in the backseat, My First Puzzles is perfect. From the lovely graphics and cute sound effects to the actual puzzle challenge that will encourage your kids to think and improve their hand-eye coordination, My First Puzzles is an absolute hit.
Check it out here.