That was the week that was. And while it was a long week in politics with the humble pasty dominating the headlines, it’s been all go in the land of Android too.
So for those not paying attention, what did you miss? Well, achieving astronomical success, Angry Birds Space catapulted itself straight to the top of the app chart, racking up a staggering 10 million downloads in the first three days of release, Instagram developers announced that the snap-app will be making its way too Android “very soon”, we learnt of some ‘smokingly’ unsporting behaviour at Microsoft’s Santa Monica store, that Bluestacks can let you play your Android apps on your PC, and that industry analysts at IDC have predicted that Android will eclipse Windows by as soon as 2016. Yes, you missed quite a lot and we hope you have a very good excuse and a note from your mum.
Then we come to the week in apps: another mixed grill of digital delights, sating all appetites from cinema to gifts to flights to voice-controlled virtual assistants to photos, and served with a delicious splash of Life of Android sauce.
But the weekend is here now and my WeatherPro app has promised sunshine, so I’m off into town in nothing but my Speedos and crop-topped vest to impress the girls, so read, digest and download. In that order…
When it comes to gift giving we’re all told that it’s the thought that counts. But it really isn’t, is it? As we all know really know, particularly on the receiving side, it’s the awesomeness of the gift that actually counts. So, to that end, ensuring that the two-way street of gifts remains as awesome as possible is this: Karma.
An essential app for those ‘fanatical about film’, it would have been oh so easy for those at the Odeon Googaplex to have simply pumped out an app extension of their hard-of-hearing automated booking phone service, but we’re pleased to report that the movie palace moguls have gone the extra mile with this little beauty.
Whether just a casual BA user or a member of their crack Executive Club, with a few clicks you can book flights, bring up your booking, check in and pick your seat, view arrival and departure info by Route, Flight and Airport, get the latest travel news and even follow the Twitter feed on offers and links to articles in the BA Highlife magazine.
You may think that certain fruit-centric OS systems have the monopoly on voice control technology, but while Siri gets all the press coverage and apologises very politely when he can’t do something/find something/completely mangles your dictation, his Android alternative, Alice, doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘sorry’.
Most savvy web users will probably be more than familiar with Flikr, but the app offers even more – an in-app camera, image enhancement with custom filters, direct uploads to the Flikr, instant sharing over Facebook, Twitter and email, geotagging to keep track of where photos were taken, full-screen browsing and the ability to add descriptions and tags.
If that’s whet your Android appetite, check out more right here!