By Dark FurieFurie. Friday, March 23, 2012 2:58:59 PM
As much general mobile web news as it is Android news, the BBC are currently trialing a new mobile web page.
While still in Beta (and the mixture of links to new mobile pages, old ones and full web pages show how early the beta version is) this new style focusses on showing as much information as possible on the screen at one time, customising that data according to the users needs and taking full advantage of the higher resolution screens that have come around since the page was first designed.
You can try out the page yourself at the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/home/mobilebeta
By seaempty. Monday, January 30, 2012 6:48:40 PM
You may have noticed that it has been a bit… quiet… here on Overjoid of late. This is partly due to there being a lack of news since CES, but the Overjoid mods are busy chaps, and as much as we love contributing to the blog, our pesky personal lives just get in the way.
As such, we’re going to be changing the content you’ll find here on Overjoid in the future. In the main blog, you’ll still find reviews and previews of any apps and games that grab our interest, together with features and commentary on developments in the Android world. What you won’t find, however, is posts about app updates or daily news. If you like this type of post, don’t worry! We’ll still be covering this information from our Twitter account, so be sure to follow us!
With a relatively small group of mods, keeping up with the amount of Android news across the web was always going to be a struggle, but as the group grows, maybe we can look to expand in the future. Indeed, if you wish to help contribute to Overjoid, please let me know!
Bowie Android picture by Julie Jin.
By seaempty. Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:25:24 AM
Today is a very special day for Overjoid; it’s been one year since the group was created! In that year, the grouped has flourished beyond expectations. We’ve nearly reached 500 members, and have many, many more readers of the blog than I ever anticipated. I’d like to think that this is just the beginning, and Overjoid will continue to grow in the future. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my highlights of the Overjoid’s first year.
Up North Web
It’s hard to start anywhere else. Back in October, Overjoid were asked to attend Opera’s Up North Web press event in Oslo, and it was a fantastic experience. Although we covered most of the event through our Twitter stream, we did blog about some of the big news from the event, namely the release of Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5.
Our first “official” review
Although we review a great number of games and apps, Shoot the Birds was the first time that a developer gave us a copy of a game to review. Since then we’ve been actively approached to review titles, and it shows that Overjoid is becoming more widely known. We’ve also been able to run competitions along side reviews, such as Rock the Vegas.
We cover hardware
Android is huge. It’s available on so many devices that we always thought it would be best to concentrate on the software side of things. As the group grew in popularity, however, we thought it’s an area we should start to cover and would be of interest to a lot of the members. We started with Robbie’s review of his HTC Sensation, and went on to write about handset announcements and launches. It’s certainly an area we want to develop, so hopefully there will be more hardware reviews next year!
Reckless Getaway brings in the readers
Our review of Reckless Getaway proved very popular, attracting nearly 330,000 unique pageviews in one month. Although being posted on the MyOpera Community page was a factor in this, it’s the first time I realised the how popular this group was. Before I saw the figures, I wasn’t aware so many people read it, and it was a proud moment. It provided a real incentive to push forward and try and make the group as good as we could.
Just before Up North Web, the brilliant Dustin gave the group a makeover. We got a new logo, layout, and colour scheme, and I think it looks fantastic. It gave the blog a real lift, and I hope that it made the group a nicer place to visit!
Those are just a few of the more memorable moments for me, but there are a great deal more that I could have mentioned. It’s been a great first year, with new writers coming on board, and some great member contribution and input.
I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, and if you want to let us know your thoughts about the last year (good or bad), let us know in the comments! We hope you continue to read and participate in the next (and future) years!
By seaempty. Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:24:59 PM
The web version
of the Android Market has received a little update, and you can now see which device people have (and app version) when they write a review.
It'll be very useful when you want to know how an app or game will run on your device, but I'm waiting for the first complaint about privacy issues...
You can also link directly
to individual reviews, which isn't quite as useful, but a nice addition.
By seaempty. Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:18:35 PM
Now that Google have made it possible for businesses and brands to have their own Google+ pages, we thought it would be rude not to join the party.
We've created our very own Google+ Page, so if you want to follow us, feel free to add us to your circles.
I'm not quite sure how we'll use it at the moment, but I'm sure we'll think of something! Hangout reviews and discussions would be brilliant, but let us know your suggestions in the comments!
By Geoff GirardinG-off. Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:40:23 AM
The official unveiling of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) shows that the latest update to the platform is a well polished beast. Here's a quick rundown of the new features:
- More rounded and friendly seeming font "Roboto" globally applied.
- All native applications now include the ability to swipe left and right to change screens.
- Ability to resize all widgets on homescreens.
- Easy-to-create folders (very iOS, mostly drag and drop)
- Full Google+ Integration throughout the OS.
- Announcing Face Unlock. Use the camera and your face to unlock your screen, with the intent of making it the most secure unlock method in the industry. This didn't work during the presentation.
- Easily take screenshots at any time and share them on any service. The screenshot application is activated by pressing the home and power buttons simultaneously.
- Onboard browser: Tabbed browsing, with support of up to 16 tabs. (But we've already got Opera )
- Onboard browser: Switch between mobile and desktop views with one tap.
- Onboard browser: Save entire webpages for offline viewing.
- Incredibly new and detailed data statistics. Set a custom warning notification for when you reach a certain amount of data usage, and create your own caps on your data. Shows a timeline of your data, allowing you to view what apps were running at any given time, and even limit apps to only use data when you specify. Or turn off data all together.
- Camera got a major overhaul. Virtually no shutter lag. Photos are instant, sharing is instant. "Hipster filters" show that services like Instagram are not required. New Panoramic view allows you to make one continuous movement and Android takes care of the stitching.
- After taking a picture, users will be able to crop, remove red eye and perform several other edits, including add Instagram-like filters to their photos.
- Camera can be activated from the lockscreen.
- Photo stills can be taken while recording a video.
- Timelapse video ability native to the video app.
- Zoom while recording video. While on some phones and tablets, this was a manufacturer addition and is now native to the OS.
- Contacts has evolved into "People". A gorgeous magazine-style screen that lists all contacts. Individual entries show off a natively aggregated feed of all services linked to a name. Ie. if I'm in your contacts, you can tap my name and see a main timeline of my Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Screenshot on the right.
- Notifications are now accessible without unlocking the phone.
- If your friends call at bad times, swipe your finger up and shoot them a quick text letting them know that you're busy, rather than ignoring their call. All responses are fully customizable.
- Visual voicemail is now natively available from the dialler screens.
- New feature: Android Beam. Touch two phones together and "beam" any content to a friend's phone. Contact information, web pages, games, messages, photos, videos, anything.
4.0 looks fantastic, and will start appearing packaged with phones in November. The API is available for download RIGHT NOW, so you can get started on making some sweet 4.0 apps!
By seaempty. Friday, September 16, 2011 5:40:22 PM
Or tablet... Infinite Dreams have today released a new trailer for Jelly Defense, their new tower defence game with a twist. A plasticine world is under attack, and it's time to join the resistance!
We love the style of this game, and it looks fantastic. The release date is 29th September 2011, so if you're a fan of tower defence games, be sure to look out for it in the Market. If you want to make sure you get the game at a bargain price, head over to the Jelly Defense site to vote that price down!
Jelly Defense will offer over 20 campaign missions, 8 unique power-ups, 10 towers to strategize with, normal and hardcore speed mode and Game Center integration. High-resolution eye-catching
gorgeous graphics, awesome 'Jelly' world and fantastic sounds.
By seaempty. Monday, September 12, 2011 9:38:49 AM
Although they've been here for a while, it seems that some people might not know that Overjoid has a forum.
With the member numbers steadily increasing, the forum is a great place to share your Android discoveries and tips with other users.
It's very quiet at the moment, but we'll hope it grows into a buzzing hive of activity. And of course, we'll share anything that's of interest on the blog!
By seaempty. Saturday, September 3, 2011 7:15:07 PM
Whilst I'm a fan of HTC Sense, it is nice to try out new launchers in the Market. It can breath life into older devices, and just adds a bit of variety.
That said, I'm not a big fan of Samsung's Touchwiz - it's a bit too "iPhoney" for me, and I've never really understood why they went down that route.
They have, however, released an alternative. Pure Breeze is a launcher that focuses on organisation of apps. I like the look of it (but it's still too much like an iPhone layout for my liking), but not sure on the functionality. I may have to give it a go, just to see what it's like.
The video below, gives a good demonstration of the launcher, and the free version can be found here.
By seaempty. Friday, August 26, 2011 6:35:21 PM
Gameloft have today announced a new subcription service for their games. For £0.99 per week, you can download (and keep) one of their titles. once you've signed up to the service via their site on your phone, you will be sent one text a week (costing you £0.99), that acts as a reminder to download your free game that week.
As an incentive to sign up, you can download two free games in the first week, and also be entered into a draw to win an LG Optimus 3D. Unfortunately the service is only available for "HD" devices.
Whilst this is currently only open to the UK, I wonder if it's a model that will soon be seen in other parts of the world? I think I'd prefer just to keep on using the Android Market to get my games and apps, how about you?