Gmail gets updated
What's in this version:
Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail
Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones
Remember ‘Show Pictures’ for senders
Turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations
Better TalkBalk support for accessibility
Google just updated the Gmail app. The app now sports some great, small but still great features. My favourite being remember Show Picture options for senders. No more having to click Show Pictures for trusted sources.
There's also a few additional extras like having different ringtones for different labels, only syncing certain mail boxes and removing the navigation bar from the top.
Look for the update in your My Apps section of Market.
Maps had a slight backend update. It now adds public transport information for London
Public transport routes already exist for my area, Nottingham, and it's pretty awesome. You use the Navigation app, so it's a bit like driving, you have commands spoken to you or it will just buzz in your pocket if you need to change direction (if you don't fancy walking around with a phone in your hand constantly. But the bus routes service is very handy. It not only gives you estimated time of arrival it also tells you how long that journey should take and also how many stops it is until your stop.
It's handy for when you're in a new city, just be careful your batter has plenty of juice.
A new app, still in beta and not available on the Market, is Total Commander. Ever since I got my first Android, the Hero, I, like millions, have always had Astro File Manager on my phone to compensate for Androids lack of file manager.
Total Commander is a game changer.
Two file windows side by side
Multiple language and Unicode support
Enhanced search function
Compare files (now with editor) / synchronize directories
Quick View panel with bitmap display
ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling + plugins
Built-in FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support
Parallel port link, multi-rename tool
Tabbed interface, regular expressions, history+favorites buttons
Thumbnails view, custom columns, enhanced search
Compare editor, cursor in lister, separate trees, logging, enhanced overwrite dialog etc.
Unicode names almost everywhere, long names (>259 characters), password manager for ftp and plugins, synchronize empty dirs, 64 bit context menu, quick file filter (Ctrl+S)
New: USB port connection via special direct transfer cable, partial branch view (Ctrl+Shift+B), and many improvements to ftp, synchronizing and other functions
There's a whole list of features here
Being in Beta things can only improve but at the minute this app is far better then any other app manager out there.
Total Commander is not yet available on the Market, but you can get the .apk here (http://ghisler.fileburst.com/android/tc_b10.apk
AIX Weather Widget
I already have two weather apps on my phone, a unused stock Weather app and Weatherbug Elite. AIX is something totally new and a fresh and fun way to display the weather.
AIX is a widget that displays the weather as a chart over the next 24 hours. There's a line chart for temp. A bar chart for rain. And icons showing sun/cloud cover.
It's only downsides are there is just one widget size to chose from, 1 X 4. And there is no My Location/Follow Me option for location. You can only select by postcode/city, but you can have multiple widgets.
If you enjoy being able to see the days weather in beautiful charts and graphs and have a little spare space on your phone, then this is a must download.
AIX Weather Widget is available on Market either no ad free
My Data Manager
I recently received a new HTC Sensation (more on that at the weekend). One of the things I noticed after a week was my data allowance was getting hammered. I had gone from N1 with 500MB allowance and using about 300MB a month, to Sensation with 1GB allowance and used 200MB in a week.
I had to investigate this as the apps on the two phones were identical apart from stock apps so it could only be one of those right?
Despite using 3G Watchdog, which only show amount used by phone I needed something a little more.
My Data Manager tracks each app and how much data is has used. It shows this in either bar chart or pie chart, depending on your preference for pie's. It's a simple as that. But it's very handy for hunting down data hungry apps so you can go ahead and tweak.
Since getting this app I've been able to locate the culprits and my data usage as decreased immensely.
My Data Manager is available ad supported
(with the option of a widget).