There are now over 1,000 fascinating talks available on TED (Technology , Entertainment and Design) – from Bill Clinton on rebuilding Rwanda to Brian Cox on the Large Hadron Collider. The collection’s popularity has soared as it’s become a modern-day internet sensation. This Android app lets you navigate around the TED universe with ease.
TED Mobile offers a client to make navigating, enjoying and sharing the burgeoning number of TED Talks as effortless as possible, so as you’d expect, the user interface is clean and fuss-free.
Scroll through the talks by newest first, with each video displaying all its vital stats – speaker, topic and time, plus a small summary of the talk. There’s also a tag-based search so that you can hunt down your favourite talks based on themes and then tag any as Favourites.
We found that it can sometimes take a little while for the talks to load after selection, but playback is fine once they’ve hit their stride.
As well as various settings to change fonts, viewing sizes and subtitles, the option to download to watch when your offline is the most welcome addition, and, as the TED Talks vary in length from about three to 20 minutes, you’ll find one that’ll fill an otherwise empty slot in your day with a little learning.
The bottom line
The thinking-person’s talks for the thinking-person’s OS.