Readability comes to Android

Readability - Android Apps on Google Play
The excellent service Readability has finally got an official app for the Android…

Readability turns any Web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer or Android device. With the Readability app, you can catch up reading you’ve saved with the free Readability add-on for your Web browser. Already a favorite on Kindle e-readers, now you can enjoy the benefits of Readability on your Android devices.

via Google Play.

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If you’re like me and have combined impatience with hackery, there’s good news as the recently rebranded and updated Android Store apps are now available for direct download to your phone.

These apps also work well if you’re in a region that they don’t support (tip: they work well, but are just blocked from download from the store)…

Google Play Store (which replaces the Android Market)

Google Play Books

Google Play Music

Google Play Movies

For novices there are tips on how to allow 3rd party app installs on The Android Soul

Design resource: Android native icons

Here’s a great resource for any one designing apps for Android, Olof Brickarp has done the hard part and converted the android action bar icons to Illustrator ro generic EPS files…

This project started around the time Google released it’s official Twitter client and introduced the actionbar. With the new guidelines they recommended to use the native icons in new ways. However, the ones included in the SDK have some styles applied to them and is only available in png format. So I started turning them into vector format, at the beginning mostly for myself to current and future projects.

via Yay.se

Impressive sneak peek at Android 3.0 for Tablets

That thing looks pretty hot, looks like they’ve put considerable amount of work into improving the UI. Shame the manufacturers are showing the new hardware with 2.2 installed…

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive.

Can microsoft shift their arse quickly enough to get in front of this tablet juggernaut?

via Official Google Mobile Blog.

Wall Street Journal on the iPad & Samsung Tab

Interesting comparison of similar designs on different screen sizes, aspect ratios and platforms…

Despite all the shortcomings, we’d say WSJ’s done a pretty good job here, especially for being the first publication to take a dip in this new pool with little support from Google for the tablet form factor. There’ll of course be certain limitations if you compare with the iPad version, but we’re assuming you’ve been reading this to see how well the app runs, rather than deciding which device to buy because of the app. Anyhow, if you’re picking up an Android tablet soon, it’s worth giving this app a shot.

via Engadget.