Honeycomb was built for landscape operation and that means most of the time you are going to have to type in landscape. How are you going to spread your fingers over that 10.1 inch screen if you are holding it? You can do it but it will not be easy. Instead why not download a keyboard designed with large screens in mind – Thumb Keyboard.
Thumb Keyboard provides a simple, natural way to input text on your massive tablet. It just breaks the keyboard in half so that your thumbs can reach all the letters. You also get the added benefit of having an abundance of extra buttons in the middle including arrow keys and a full number pad!
You can customize this thing a good bit. There are seven different themes to choose from if things get stale. Also you can change some keys out for others that might fit your needs better.
This app will cost you about $2.49. I do not download many paid apps, but I can definitely endorse this one. You will never want to go back to any other keyboard!
You might of heard of this new thing called Google+. Well Google developed an Android application to compliment their new project.
Currently the app is not optimized for tablets, but it works just fine. It will let you catch up on your feed to see what your friends have been up to.
Also, you can instant message with a group of friends using a service called Huddle.
There is an optional feature in the app that automatically uploads any photo you take to Google+. It does not publish it, but will give you the option to publish it later when you are on your computer.
Gun Bros is an epic 3D shooter by Glu Mobile and has earned its place here in App of the Week. This free game is perfect for passing the time on either you original Galaxy Tab or your new Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The concept of the game is fairly simple. You and an AI partner shoot all of the alien creatures without getting hurt. If you survive a wave without getting hurt, then you will get bonus points.
Your AI partner does not have that great of weapons, but you can connect with Facebook to let him use your friends weapons. Each time you play with your friends weapons, your friend will get a little bit of money.
The game is very addictive. You will want to keep upgrading to better weapons and armor. To do this you just have to keep playing wave after wave to earn in-game money. If you want to take a shortcut, you can purchase in-game money with real money.
Download Gun Bros from the Android Market today.
This weeks application is Friend Me, a Facebook app for Honeycomb. There are not that many Honeycomb-specific apps out there, and even fewer that are any good, but this is a good one.
Friend Me works exactly how you would expect it to. When you open it the first thing you see is your news feed. From there you have five different tabs to navigate between – News, Profile, Friends, Photos, and Games. Yes Games in on the list! This app actually lets you play your Facebook games on your tablet. It does open them up in a browser inside of the app, but it is almost a seamless experience.
The app just looks good and is definitely the best Facebook application I have ever used on any platform.
You can download Friend Me now from the Android Market for free.
Edit: Friend Me is temporarily unavailable on the Market, but should be back up soon. You can read more about it here. It is back on the Market.
This week’s App of the Week is Google Music. The Google Music player is a decent app on its own, but what makes it extraordinary is its cloud features. Google can store up to 20,000 songs on its servers for you to enjoy on literally any device via a web browser, or on Android with the Google Music app.
I have never met anybody with 20,000 songs and that includes people who get their music through alternative means. So if you have over 20,000 songs and want them all stored on the cloud, then the Google Music beta is not for you. If you are a normal person with less than 20,000 songs, then you will love this new service.
The Google Music app automatically shows a grid of all of your album art that is stored locally and on the cloud. If you want to make items available on your Galaxy Tab even when you aren’t connected, then you can pin them to your device. Songs are automatically cached to your memory when they are played, so you can always listen to your most recent songs.
Playing a song from the cloud took less than a second to start playing after being selected. It is nearly as good as having it stored on the Galaxy Tab itself. Why not store it on the Tab though? Well because you have limited memory on the Tab (especially the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with no microSD slot).
This service is invite only for the time being so request an invite below.
Today marks the first App of the Week since I got my Galaxy Tab 10.1. What does that mean for you? A Honeycomb app for App of the Week. The first app is Reddita, a Reddit browser.
For those of you that do not know what Reddit is, you are really missing out. You can find anything from controversial news to pictures that will put a smile on your face.
Reddita uses a new API called fragments to display data. Fragments are columns that – well I will just let Google explain.
A Fragment represents a behavior or a portion of user interface in an Activity. You can combine multiple fragments in a single activity to build a multi-pane UI and reuse a fragment in multiple activities. You can think of a fragment as a modular section of an activity, which has its own lifecycle, receives its own input events, and which you can add or remove while the activity is running.
You can browse the topics using the left column and have the contents in the right. To view the comments you can just click on the comment icon in the left column.
Reddita is the best way to browse Reddit on a tablet.