What apps do you have installed on your phone? How many, total? I don’t just mean iPhones, mind you – Android devices and WebOS gadgets and WP7 phones can have apps, too.
I have literally hundreds of apps on my iPhone. It’s impossible to choose a favorite. I have favorites in different categories… but I can’t pick an overall best of the best. There are some apps that I absolutely love, yes.
My favorite app is the one that does the job I need it to do at any given moment.
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Amazon is planning to open an Android app store in the near future. With this move, they are pitting themselves against Apple and Google. “Google’s website has 80,000 apps and is the second largest after Apple’s App Store, which has 250,000 apps. But unlike Apple, Google doesn’t screen the submissions for quality or organize how they are promoted.”
According to documents seen by developers that have been approached thus far, Amazon plans to take 30% of the sale for each app, much like Google and Apple. There’s no word yet as to a name for the service, nor a launch date. One big advantage that Amazon has, though, is the fact that they already have an established payment history with millions of you out there.
Not long ago, we announced the iPad app for our live stream. Steve (Granit in our chat room) developed this app that will allow you to see the video AND the chat room right on your iPad screen – without having to click between them. You’ll be able to private message other users if you choose, and have moderation options available if you’re a channel operator. Additionally, if you click on a link within the IRC channel, it will open a browser window right inside of the app.
AndroidAdvocate is apparently disappointed to see there is not yet an alternative for those of you who are rocking with Android on your cell phone. His solution is to use the Ustream Viewer Beta, which is found on the Marketplace.
According to the Ustream blog, this is their second application for this platform. Their Broadcaster app was released last year. It enables users to stream live from their phones on 3G or Wi-Fi. The Android Viewer provides chat functionality, and when combined with the Broadcaster application… “it allows the first mobile-to-mobile functionality available on the Market.”
When the Viewer was released in November, it was done so in conjunction with a live KISS concert that was aired over Ustream. Viewer may only allow you to watch live video feeds, but it does so flawlessly. Use it to watch anyone’s live feed – from red carpet productions to puppies to my humble little show – while you’re on the go.
Ustream launched the iPhone version of the viewing app last January, when it was downloaded a whopping 113,000 times in 24 hours. It’s worth pointing out that the iPhone doesn’t have a Broadcaster app, because Apple won’t approve them. Could this give Android a small – yet important – leg up over the iPhone os?
A few weeks ago, the Twitter team announced that we would be seeing a Twitter client coming soon to Android devices. The app has become available sooner than we thought, as announced on the official Twitter blog today. “When apps work well with each other, sharing becomes as second nature on machines as it does in person. The Android platform is really good at that, and we’ve worked with the Android team to make it super easy to share what’s happening.”
The app makes it easy to stay connected. You can access your timeline by using the home screen widget. Check out a friend’s location on a map in seconds. Or, you can see your contacts’ latest messages in your address book, GoogleTalk list or any other app that uses the Android QuickContact bar. You don’t have to click through twelve different screens to find out what’s happening at any given moment.
Likely the best part of this news is the fact that the entire code will be open-sourced in the near future: “We had a great time working with the Android team and are thrilled that Google will be open sourcing the code used in this app in the near future. We look forward to the amazing experiences developers will create using Twitter APIs in their upcoming Android apps.”
This could bring some seriously cool apps from many talented developers. I know we have a few of you in our community already working on creating Android apps. What are your thoughts about the Twitter app? What do you think can be done to make it even better than it already appears to be out of the gate?
I am still on the fence when it comes to location-based applications. I can honestly see both sides of the coin. On one side, they can be useful when trying to make plans and connect with others. On the darker side of the coin, there are privacy concerns for many people. I don’t use the services myself, but certainly “get” why others do.
I read about Tellmewhere a little while ago, and things clicked inside of my head. THIS makes sense. You can use Tellmewhere to check you in if you wish to. However, that is not the main function of the app, which is available for both the iPhone (and iPod Touch) and Android.
Tellmewhere uses algorithms to create personalized recommendations for you. It can help you find a restaurant, a hotel or a flower shop. The service will compare your preferences to those of others like you, and come up with places that would best suit your tastes and style. It doesn’t only work for whatever place you happen to be in at the moment, either. You can use the app to look for places of interest in another city entirely.
The service has been available in Europe for quite awhile now, where it has over 500,000 users. It’s just now beginning to trickle into the United States, so you may not feel it works very well just yet. Give it time, though. I have a feeling that as more of us discover it, the better it will become. Check out the app for yourself, or perhaps even take a peek via their website.
One of the most popular apps on both the iPhone and the Android has to be Bump. I see people everywhere bumping their phones together in order to get to know each other better. You can use Bump to exchange contact information, share photos, or even become friends on Facebook. As you can see from the demonstration we did in the video, it’s simple to use. Stop wasting your time manually typing someone’s name, phone number and email address into your address book. Just Bump them!
The app on your phone uses the phone’s sensors to literally “feel” the bump, and it sends that info up to the cloud. The algorithm on Bump’s website listens to the bumps from phones around the world and pairs up phones that felt the same bump. As soon as the two users confirm the bump (it only takes a few seconds for the app to ask you), the information is exchanged.
Two people who wish to Bump each other don’t have to be using the same type of device. An iPod Touch can Bump an Android, for instance. As of now, only a few phones have the sensors in them that Bump needs in order to “feel” the bumps you make. In the near future, though, all phones will include those same sensors. When that happens, the folks at Bump plan to have an app available for them all. Their goal is to see that none of us ever have to manually enter contact information again.
Be careful when you Bump! Only Bump with a partner who will be gentle to you. Your iPhone is not salsa-proof!
Special thanks to the folks at AMD for helping me to attend SXSW.
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