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Google has just launched a Newsstand app for Android which basically replaces Google Magazines and Google Currents. This app will allow you to add RSS feeds and customize your reading experience while on the go. It works mightily fine on both tablets and smartphones and should be a boon to people who want to read most things Google offers in a singular app.
In order to get Google Play Newsstand to work, some users will need to update to the newest version of Google Play Magazines while others will need to update to the newest version of Google’s feed-reading app Currents. If you check out the Play Store you will be prompted to upgrade these apps.
Not only will you be able to read any magazine you have purchased from Google or read your favorite news blogs, but you can watch video in the app too. I like the interface it is clean and robust, and features little animations. The news blog icons are quite large and full of color. People looking to use an app that will likely receive a ton of updates might want to give this a try.
Download it today for free from the Good e-Reader App Store!
The Good e-Reader Android App Store is Canadas largest and has close to 100,000 free apps to download. The Android client for smartphones and tablets is currently being used by over a million people every single month and we have just pushed out the largest update we have ever done!
We have added a new Facebook Connect system that will allow users to connect up their accounts and stay logged in, even if they close the app. When logged in via Facebook you can now have your Facebook image appear when leaving reviews of apps. There is also new sharing options available when you install an app or click the share button, so you can let your besties know what new game or reading app you are checking out.
Most Android users have at least one tablet and a smartphone and use the same apps on both devices. The new Good e-Reader Cloud system compiles a list of any app you have ever purchased or installed from the store. Under a dedicated “Cloud” list you can 1 click install any app from your list of prior installed apps, no more searching the the store for your favorites. If you want to uninstall an app, we have a new 1 click uninstall option accessible under “My Apps.” Finally, we eliminated a ton of existing bugs to make the store more usable on older devices.
The Good e-Reader Android App Store has been going strong for over one year now and we offer a more compelling ecosystem then Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Getjar or 1Mobile. We mandate ourselves to only stocking the best apps available and have no fear of promoting our competitors. Our App Market whether you are accessing it on the web or within the client will work in every single country in the world, without restriction.
Every week we will be developing a list of the best new apps from the Good e-Reader App Store for Android and Blackberry 10! Sometimes its hard to keep track of all of the best new apps to come out on a weekly basis. All of our Top Lists will be valid for one week and then we will generate a new one, so download quickly.
The Good e-Reader App Store features over 100,000 Android, Playbook and Blackberry 10 Apps! We are the leading alternative store that works perfect on the Kindle Fire line of tablets, and tablets not certified from Google. We have over 5,000 apps that are able to be sideloaded onto your Blackberry device and you can get exclusives with us such as Netflix, Vine and Instagram.
AOL Patch for Android and BB10 – This brand new app delivers a beautiful browsing and reading experience to Android users, with an emphasis on simplicity. You’ll be able to check out what’s new in News, Boards, and Blogs, recommends posts, and participate in conversations, from all of your favorite Patch towns.
Switchr for Android - Switchr is a well-designed, well-polished, feature packed and simple, yet practical application that allows switching between running tasks with impeccable elegance and flawless perfection.
Google Maps Engine for Android - Google Maps Engine on Android enables you to view your custom maps anywhere, anytime.
ESPN Fantasy Hockey for BB10 - With the ESPN Fantasy Hockey app, you can manage multiple teams and leagues, follow your matchups in real-time, add/drop/trade players, and make last second line up changes from wherever you are. You’ll be one tap away from your teams and leagues, and one step ahead of your friends.
Grand Theft Auto iFruit for Android - Fruit hooks directly into your experience of Grand Theft Auto V with some fun activities to further postpone the need for real social interaction. Keep up-to-date on the latest Grand Theft Auto V news, log into the Rockstar Games Social Club, stay connected on LifeInvader and launch other Rockstar Game apps.
BlizzCon 2013 Guide for Android and BB10 - The BlizzCon 2013 Guide mobile app, available now for Android™, is a fast and easy way to help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience. With it, you can: Plan your day, Catch your favorite events, chart a path, stay updated, live streams, and social networking.
Google Helpouts for Android - Helpouts connects people who need help with people who can give help over live video. Download the Helpouts app today to get help across multiple topics with your mobile device anytime, anywhere
Band of the Day for Android and BB10 - Band of the Day delivers fresh music daily by revealing just one new artist a day, every single day. Love staying in the loop with the best new music, but don’t have the time to do so? We’ve got you covered. Think of us as your go-to music geek friend who always knows the hottest new bands before anyone else.
Dessin Free for Android - Dessin (pronounced like “design”) is an innovative combination of mind map and phone automator. It allows you to make notes, draw mind-maps and even build circuits, which will control your phone.
The Good e-Reader App Store has been going really strong for the last two years and we now have over 30,000 games and apps available for Android and Blackberry. Towards the end of the month Blackberry will be pushing our their fabled 10.2 update that will upgrade the Android emulator from 2.3 to 4.3. This is huge news because you will now be able to run most mainstream apps on your Z10, Q10, Q5 and other phones running the Blackberry 10 operating system.
In order to prepare everyone for the launch of the new firmware for Blackberry 10 we have created a brand new section in our Good e-Reader App Store. Every day we will be uploading a copious amount and apps with the intention of keeping Blackberry relevant.
Since we opened up the new section 48 hours ago we have uploaded popular games such as Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds Star Wars 2, Simpsons Tapped Out and tons more! If you would like to request an app we don’t have, you can do so on our official Crackberry Request Station Thread.
Blackberry has officially released their Q5 smartphone that could be considered the spiritual successor of the Curve. It may not pack the punch in terms of overall hardware specs like the Q10 does, but the price is right at around $300. Is there room in the world for a low-cost phone with a full QWERTY keyboard? Today, we give you a full hands on review of the new Q5, and let you know if we recommend it.
The Blackberry Q5 features a 3.1 inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 720×720 pixels. The overall display screen gets the job done, but I feel that the Q10 Super AMOLED screen provides richer colors. This is more noticeable in graphic heavy content, such as comic books, magazines and videos.
One thing that is important to note about the screen is that you are locked into a portrait exclusive view. You cannot turn the phone into landscape mode and watch videos or use it the same way as you would the Z10. Blackberry has locked the phone in such a way, that you will never be able to use in it landscape mode.
Underneath the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 1.2 GHZ dual core processor and 2 GB of Ram. It has only 8 GB of internal memory, but you can enhance it via the SD Card up to 32 GB. Most Blackberry phones have the SD card underneath the removable battery, but the Q5 buckles that trend by having the SD and Micro Sim card slot on the side of the unit, underneath a plastic flap.
Speaking of plastic, this phones build quality is all plastic and does have the elegant aluminum and glazed glass as the Q10. It does not necessarily feel like a cheap phone, but draws the distinction between a high end and lower end phone. Sort of like drawling the old parallels between the Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Curve. The Q10, has a faster processor, more memory and a bigger camera, but carries a hefty price of around $900. This unit is only $300 off contract, so it may have a more global appeal.
The big draw about the Blackberry Q5 is the full QWERTY keyboard. This phone will make sense to current or former Blackberry users, who find typing a lot of texts and emails too cumbersome on a traditional touchscreen device. Personally, I get around 200 emails a day, and it is nice to respond with a real keyboard instead of relying on the predictive text correction features found on an iPhone. The keyboard is the real reason you are buying this phone.
In the end, this may not be the most glamorous smartphone out there, and the plastic design does feel a bit tacky. Still, you can get the full Blackberry 10 experience with a keyboard at more then half the price as the Q10.
Blackberry has invested heavily in their Blackberry 10 operating system, and this phone ships with version 10.1. One of the most seldom recognized features of this new generation OS is the built in Android emulator. All BB10 phones have the ability to run Android files, which makes it easier for developers who submit apps into Blackberry World. They don’t have to redo their apps in the native language and can easily use tools to convert their existing library of Android content over to Blackberry. Currently, Blackberry 10.1 has a fairly outdated version of the Android Runtime, with 2.3. Blackberry is currently beta testing a new version of the emulator that will bring it all the way up to Jellybean. This will ensure that a greater number of apps will be compatible and will likely kindle renewed interest into Blackberry devices.
There are a few things that remain attractive about the Blackberry ecosystem in general. First of all, email. Email is handled very differently on Blackberry then it is on Android or iOS devices. The most compelling feature is the ‘delete prior’ which will bulk delete all emails in a specific inbox. If you have an iPhone and get a bunch of emails, you have to manually delete each one and it’s unrealistic to manage large quantities. Blackberry makes email management a top priority and currently still offers the best service in the business.
The second element is the revised Blackberry Messenger experience. This is one of the few services that have all data handled by the companies own data servers, so customers benefit from lower data usage. You can chat via text, voice or video chat with your BBM brethren. If you want to add a friend, you can use NFC to bump the phones to share contact details, or even generate a QR code to add a friend. No wonder the entire internet is enamored with the idea of BBM coming to iOS and Android.
Blackberry World is the place to go if you want to download apps, movies, music and games. They have over 200,000 apps currently in their system, but most are painfully woeful. Most of the apps people use on a daily basis, such as Instagram, Vine, and Netflix are nowhere to be seen. Instead, customers have turn to 3rd party app stores to get these apps, such as our own Good e-Reader BB10 App Store.
One of the big drawbacks about Blackberry World is a large number of the content is converted Android apps. This type of content normally suffers from performance issues and can often provide a lackluster experience. There is no way to organize the store by apps that were developed natively for BB10 and what ones were converted. There are also a number of pirate apps and games issued by people who weren’t the original developer.
Blackberry 10 on a whole, is a fairly polished operating system. You will likely never encounter crash issues and everything just works. Multi-tasking and Blackberry Balance remain two things that most competitors cannot touch. The severe downside is the quality of the apps out there, and people are obsessed with them.
Readers in North America and Europe often have dedicated e-Readers and tablets to consume media. A large demographic in China, Japan, Korea, and South America mostly use their phones. Reading is big business and often the phone is always with you, which makes it easy to catch up on websites and news items.
There really aren’t an extensive library of reading apps in the official Blackberry World app store. Amazon released a Kindle app for the Z10, but is only compatible with that specific model. You won’t find many apps at all and instead you will be forced to learn how to side-load in your own apps. Luckily we have put together some extensive tutorials on how do this, step by step. This will insure you can get Pulse, Flipboard, Feedly, Kindle, Kobo, Comixology, Manga, or anything else you want. I still find it odd that Blackberry has not really tried to focus more on e-Reading.
The Blackberry Q5 only has a 3.1 inch screen, so it is not the most compelling e-Reader out there. I have found the type of apps best suited to the screen are ones that display pure text. eBook reading apps really shine, because you can chance the size of the font to suit your optimal needs. RSS apps are also fairly useful, because they normally strip away everything but the core story.
We tried various newspaper, magazine, and comic book apps, but the screen was really too small to read effectively. You will find yourself constantly pinching and zooming every single page to get the pictures large enough to read the built in text.
When we first got this phone last week, I thought I would hate it. The Blackberry Q10 was a fine phone, but not worth the $900 it was available in Canada to buy off-contract. The Q5 is only a few hundred, and will reel in prior Blackberry users that may have shifted to another phone, because of the high costs.
If you love physical keyboards, text like crazy, or answer a ton of emails, this may be the phone for you. You will not break the bank and it has enough features to suit most peoples needs. For the advanced user, there is an entire new world of app-possibilities out there with sideloading.
Keyboard is a pleasure to type on
No Micro HDMI
Plastic Design feels cheap
Not the best phone to watch movies on
Blackberry World still woeful for quality apps
Flipboard is a popular news reading application that is doing battle with Pulse Reader for market supremacy. Today, the app has been updated on Google Play, which gives people the ability to craft their own digital magazines with text, audio, and video.
Being able to make your own magazine and share it with your friends is something most people have a passing interest in. You can document your trip or adventure by adding videos from your tablet or smartphone and tapping into your pictures folder. You can add content from other people by grabbing YouTube videos, or other content from Pinterest. Flipboard also launched a web based editing tool called Flipboard Editor, which can be used to manage magazines and view the statistics. This is a handy online tool that is fairly excellent for checking out who is reading what.
When Flipboard announced its curated news feature last March, it hit iOS first. Since then, it has garnered 6 million new users and its network of 56 million users have created one million magazines so far. You can download Flipboard for Android from the Good e-Reader App Store.
Good e-Reader is proud to introduce the only dedicated Android App Store for Kids! This is a standalone Android App that you can install on your smartphone or tablet. We feature thousands of games, art, ebooks, and educational content that is geared specifically for children. This app is perfect for kids ages 1-10 and parents who want a safe place to grab great new stuff.
The Good e-Reader Kids APP store has been a project six months in development and has around a thousand quality, curated apps. Our editing team has been making sure that all of our content abides by the highest of standards.
Currently we have seven different categories for kids apps, which makes content discovery easier than ever. You can browse our latest apps, new apps, and top apps, right from the main screen. Kids can rate apps and leave comments about their favorite ones. We also invested a lot into the search function, which makes finding great content intuitive.
Good e-Reader is proud today to announce the creation of our new children’s App Market! Thousands of games, learning, multimedia, painting, and other apps are freely available for download.
Currently, our main app store has over 17,000 Android and BB10 apps in our App Market. We have fielded hundreds of requests from not only parents, by companies such as Leapfrog and V.Tech to create a solution just for kids.
It is important to us that parents can get kid friendly apps, and not worry about them downloading something they shouldn’t. Many kid tablets have access to Google Play, which has been called a cesspool by many people, due to the sheer amount of inappropriate content. All of our apps are selected by our editors to ensure that every one is endorsed and good for your kids.
Currently our new Kids App Market is available HERE and in the next few weeks we will be rolling out our dedicated Android Client. This way, you can install our APP market directly on your Kindle Fire HD, Kobo, or other tablet/smartphone and be good to go.
We have issued the first major update to the Good e-Reader Android App Store client since August! This new fix solves many of the crashing issues that were plaguing the old system. Now when you visit all of our app categories, 25 of the most popular and rated editions will be displayed first, instead of thousands of them on a singular page. If you want to peruse even more apps we created a “Load More Apps” feature to quickly scroll to each app page. Searching is a huge priority for us, as is the ability to find the app you are looking for quickly. We have revised our search engine to only scan for apps that are in the title, this allows for more refined results.
The majority of these bugs stem from the sheer amount of apps we have added to our system in the last four months. We went from 2,700 this summer to over 13,000, and had to fix a number of issues that stemmed from all of this new content. To celebrate we have added a number of new apps and updated around 300 existing ones.
The Good e-Reader APP Store was one of our first major initiatives of 2012 to give all of our readers a place to download Google Android and Blackberry Playbook Apps. The entire ecosystem has grown in leaps and bounds and we are pleased to report that today we have hit 10,000 apps in our ecosystem!
The main reason we started our app store was because of all the daily emails we would get from many of our loyal readers. A large number of people found that they had purchased an Android tablet that did not come with Google Play. We started our app store to give people an alternative that works anywhere in the world and does not hinder your downloading just because you don’t live in a specific country.
We started the Blackberry Playbook section in our store because of a firmware update that RIM released very early in the year. This allowed customers to install Android apps on their devices, but through a complicated process. RIM apps work on the BAR format, and Android apps need to be converted from the traditional APK file to the new BAR format. This results in us having to physically convert and test each app on our development Playbooks to ensure that they work and 1/10 apps actually work on the Playbook because of the native libraries.
Reaching 10,000 apps was a personal milestone for everyone working at Good e-Reader. We may not have the hundreds of thousands other app markets have, but we do have an advantage. Our Android App Client and Playbook App Client has NO advertising of any kind and gives advanced features most of the other indies don’t give you. Our web-based version is also accessible and our entire ecosystem was designed to be free! We don’t offer any pirated apps and we make sure we are focused on quality, not quantity.
Many companies, such as SkyTex Technologies, have licensed our app store and carry it on their entire line of tablets. 2013 will be a huge growth year for us, and we intend on securing at least five new companies to bundle their new lines of Android devices with our own app store.
I would like to thank everyone who has found value using the Good e-Reader App Store! We have had our ups and downs since first launching, and in December alone we had over 3.8 million visitors to the site.
One of the benefits of running the Good e-Reader App Store for both Playbook BAR files and Android APK’s is that we can track the most popular apps on any given month. During the month of October, a number of really interesting games and apps have been released and here are the most essential downloads you need to install! On this list are both versions and you can instantly download them! If you have never sideloaded in your own Blackberry Playbook Apps before, check out this TUTORIAL.
Bad Piggies HD – APK
Create the ultimate flying/crawling/rolling/spinning/crashing device and pilot the pigs safely to the eggs! The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again — but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation!
Downloaded over 300,000 times! Free Texting to any numbers in US, Canada and 40 countries in the World! Get a personal texting number and start sending free text and save on your texting plan !!
Zite is a free personalized magazine for your phone that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you’ll love.
Rise of Glory – Sky Gamblers – APK
Earn your wings as a World War I Flying Ace in Sky Gamblers: Rise Of Glory! Immerse yourself in WWI combat and the dawn of aerial warfare as you pilot revolutionary flying machines. Take-off solo in mission-based Campaign Mode, or take to the skies online with up to 8 players in real-time multiplayer.
Record a voice, moment or original music in seconds and share it privately or publicly on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. Easily access, browse and listen to the sounds people share with you, wherever you are.
The #1 Mobile Travel app includes flight and car search, hotel search and booking, Flight tracker and My Trips, so you have your itinerary at your fingertips. And of course, KAYAK for Android is free.
The Kindle app puts over a million books at your fingertips. It’s the app for every reader, whether you’re a book reader, magazine reader, or newspaper reader—and you don’t need to own a Kindle to use it. Choose from over a million Kindle books from the Kindle Store or enjoy popular magazines like The Economist and Reader’s Digest with high-resolution color images
Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they’re on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC, as well as IMs to your friends and family. Only Messaging works with the Playbook Version.
The leading indie App Store on the internet that caters to both the Blackberry Playbook and Android! Two different apps, two different experiences. Our app store currently has 6300 Android Apps and 900 Playbook Apps! We basically select the best games and apps out there and keep them updated and tested to make sure everything works properly. Leave a comment or rating, be notified when updates are available and automatically install programs right to your device! Optimized for Tablets.
The Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet HD and HD+ demand is at an all time high. Pre-Orders in the USA have surpassed prior records for their line of devices by over 240% The company is only offering their new line of e-Readers in the USA and UK. International users have the ability to now order them via Shop e-Readers!
The Nook Tablet HD is a seven inch high-resolution display and will have a mighty resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels and 243 pixels per inch.Video playback will allow you to watch videos in 720p. The pixels are really punched into this model, 25 percent more per square inch than the Kindle Fire HD. Underneath the hood will be a 1.3GHz high-speed processor and 1GB of RAM.
The new NOOK HD+ will feature a 9-inch display with resolution of 1920 x 1280 and 256 pixels per inch for up to 1080p for movies, magazines, and more. The fully laminated display reduces glare and provides excellent viewing angles, perfect for personal or shared viewing. This amazing display rivals the new Apple iPad, but is 20% lighter and nearly half the price. Underneath the hood is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It will also have a mini HDMI port that will allow you to stream media directly to your television.
Both of these tablets will work for international users and give you access to games, apps, books, kids content and comics. Barnes and Noble is unleashing a new video service that is similar to Amazon Instant Video, so you can now watch movies in high-def on your Nook Tabs.
Whether you live in Canada, Europe, Australia or Mexico, you now have the ability to buy these new devices. Shop e-Readers has been in business since 2009, when e-Readers were still very fringe. The company now sells over 24,000 e-Readers a year to customers and Universities, becoming the world leader in e-Reader sales and support. Each device ships with 100 free eBooks and a DVD Video Tutorial that teaches you how to use the device.
Visit Shop e-Readers Today to pre-order the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet HD and HD+
When Amazon initially announced its new Kindle Fire HD lineup, the company also announced it was rebooting its Kindle 4th generation and original Kindle Fire with updated specs. This marked one of the first times Amazon has ever revised devices with new hardware to appeal to multiple price points.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 features a seven inch IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixels. It offers an amazing viewing experience and the ability to watch 720p movies right on the unit. Underneath the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor and 1 GB of RAM, which makes accessing media, books, and other content very fast and easy.
One of the best aspects of this model is the fact that it has twin stereo speakers with Dolby Surround Sound technology. It is seriously the loudest tablet I have ever used! The speakers themselves are on the back of the unit, wrapping up the left and right sides. Even if the Kindle Fire HD is lying flat on its back, you still get amazing sound. When we conducted tests with the Kobo Arc, Playbook, iPad 3, and Acer Iconia A100, the Fire blew them all away. Sounds are clear and crisp whether you are listening to music, video, or audiobooks. It rivaled cheap external PC speakers in its ability to make the whole room swim in music. If you are a serious audiophile, this tablet is the device to beat for tablet audio functionality.
Meanwhile, the rebooted Amazon Kindle Fire has double the RAM, a faster processor by over 40%, and battery life that lasts ten hours. The resolution is 1024×600 and runs a 1.2 Dual Core Processor, along with 1 GB of RAM. The menus and navigation have also been mirrored off of the new model, so you gain a bit of a homogenization between both devices.
In this video we compare both the hardware and software to give you all the information you need on how these tablets compare against each other. We show videos, music, ebooks, games, internet experience, and much more!