Android

Microsoft updates Outlook app for Android

Back in November 2013 Microsoft released this app to the Android market. While still a good app it lacked several features and luster desired by us mobile users. So many voiced their thoughts and ideas and Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Outlook app for Android, adding fixes and features based on user feedback.

Someone is listening, and that’s a good thing.

Head over to the Android market and get your copy now, or simply update if you haven’t already.

Market Link

Bria Android Smartphone App

I have been testing several free SIP Apps to go along with my FreePBX Asterisk server and after using an excellent app CSipSimple for a while I wanted to test how one of the paid variants would compare.

This had me looking right at CounterPath Corp’s Bria VoIP Softphone for Android. An app suited for corporations needed and at this point my own. It simply works great right out of the box. I had this setup in under five minute’s time. The sound quality is crisp both on 3G (H+) and Wireless There are many advanced features that I haven’t even played with yet. I may not need to as there doesn’t seem to be a need to fix what isn’t broken at this point.

The phone device I am using is a Samsung Galaxy S2 (i777 AT&T model).

For those of you who are serious about the applications you use and want to use a reliable one this is the app for you. Best of all, there is customer support if I find myself needing them.

 

Highlights

  • Highly secure, SIP-based softphone with exceptional voice quality
  • Purchase in-app Premium Features like Video Calls, Presence and Messaging or audio codecs to enhance your mobile softphone experience
  • Pre-defined VoIP Providers list available when adding new accounts on the Accounts screen
  • Multi-tasking support for background operation, such as fielding incoming calls while using other applications
  • Available in the following languages: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
  • Winner of the 2011 Product of the Year Award from Communications Solutions
  • Winner of the 2011 Product of the Year Award from INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine

Telephony Features

  • Multiple account support for up to 12 accounts on any SIP-compliant server
  • Contact List leveraging the device’s native contact directory
  • Call display and voicemail indicator
  • Speakerphone, mute and hold functions
  • Call history with a list of received, missed and dialed calls
  • Ringtones and contact avatars
  • Dial plan support
  • Multiple call support – swap between two active calls, merge and split calls, transfer calls (attended and unattended)
  • Audio codecs include G.711 a/u, G.722 (HD), iLBC, GSM and SILK
  • Automatic codec selection to ensure optimal call quality
  • Support for DTMF: the ability to enter numbers to use an auto attendant via RFC 2833, SIP INFO and in-band
  • VPN support

Advanced Features

  • NAT traversal
  • Application managed, server managed or user specified
  • Global IP support
  • STUN and ICE
  • Media efficiency and quality
  • Noise Reduction
  • Echo cancellation
  • VAD (Voice Activation Detection)
  • QoS (Quality of Service)
  • ToS Marking
  • Security and encryption
  • TLS and SRTP (secure call signaling and audio encryption)
  • Logging support for trouble shooting
  • DNS SRV record lookups
  • Call quality statistics
  • VPN Support

Accessories

The following accessories are supported:

  • Headset with microphone: Bria uses the ear-piece and microphone on the headset.
  • Headphones (no microphone): Bria uses the ear-piece on the headphone and the built-in microphone on the phone.
  • Bluetooth™ support: dependent on Android device and operating system.

ITSP/Operator/Enterprise Features

  • Bria Android includes features specifically designed for business and enterprise users, including:
  • Optional customized branding for graphic assets and SIP settings
  • Additional security settings

Feature Info Source: CounterPath’s Website

Windows 8 Controller App

For the small price of a cup of coffee you can…

Turn your phone into a multi touch controller for you Windows 8 Computer giving you the full natural touch experience of Windows 8 from your smartphone.

For less than $2.00 US you can purchase this cool app and have all of the fun functions you get with a touch screen via your phone. You get it all, swipes, multi touch pinch and zoom and more.

All you need is the app and its small app installed on your Windows 8 computer and run it. So give it a test drive. So far I am impressed. In fact I wrote this post using the app to control my Windows 8 PC.

Link to the Server App and App in the Android Market Place – http://windows8controller.com/#!/download

 

CyanogenMod 10 Downloader

The CyanogenMod team has announced via Google+ the official release of CyanogenMod 10 nightly builds This includes popular Android smartphones as well as tablets that will now be able to run the latest CyanogenMod, which is based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. This is a cool new way to get the updates you want the way you want it.

Download it in Google Play now!

uTorrent beta app arrives on Android

I may not use torrents often, but when I do its with uTorrent. – jermsmit

The desktop application used in windows has found its way to the Android OS. I don’t see myself as one to use this to download the items I want but I do like that the option now exists. If you have an Android device running version 2.1 or higher, you can get it.

Best of all its free, with RSS support, fully adjustable upload and download speeds and the ability other things in the background as you wait for your files.

Download this at the Google Play store