I do realize there a tremendous amount of games both free and games you have to pay for out there for the Android. I also realize that a lot of them are really good. So how can I pick just three? Well, it wasn’t easy, but I settled on the three I play the most: Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and SongPop.
Let’s start with Angry Birds. When I say Angry Birds I mean all the different versions together. I myself play five – Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, and Angry Birds Star Wars. That is also the order in which I downloaded and started playing them. There are some I haven’t tried yet. I like some more than others but still it’s hard to put in order of preferably. The games can be quite challenging. You need a fair understanding of Physics as they take into account gravity, trajectory, and propulsion. You use a sling shot to propel different shaped and colored birds at obstacles in order to take out the evil pigs. Each different bird has a different “power”. In Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons you have simply gravity, trajectory, and propulsion to take into account. However, Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars they actually involve the weightlessness of space and the effect of planetary gravitational fields. It can become quite tricky to complete the puzzles with the amount of birds allotted. You sometimes have to play it multiple times to figure out how to use the allotted birds in the right spot to successfully take out the pigs.
Words with Friends, on the other hand, is basically Scrabble. I assume they could not use the name, scrabble, without stepping on Hasbro’s toes. With this game you play against any other player. You can play against more than one person or even multiple games with the same person. (But each game is just two players). I probably have about 10 different games going at one time. The other players can be from other droids, Facebook apps, or even iPad, anyone on the game’s network. You can play against friends or random players. When you challenge someone or accept a challenge you receive a standard Scrabble – type board and seven letters. Place the letters on the board creating words. Each letter has a different point value and the boards also have places where you receive double letter value, triple letter value, double word value or triple word value. The player with the highest point total after all tiles has been used or there are no more turns WINS!
SongPop is more a Trivia game. I think of it as “Name That Tune” for the Android. You challenge a friend or, again, a random player on the game’s network. You chose a music genre and the game will time you on your responses to a music snippet. You may be asked the songs title or the Artist. Your speed and accuracy is pitted against your opponent’s. Even though you may have gotten more songs or artists correct, you may still lose if your opponent was quicker answering the ones they got correct than you were. It can be a very exciting game, and who knows you might just surprise yourself with the music you remember. There is also a chance for you to totally space and guess the wrong one even though you knew it or hitting the wrong button. So be carefully when playing, but remember, don’t take too much time. I have lost by one point before, which is basically the difference of tenths of a second’s difference!
Today, a phone has become so much more than a device that allows us to phone and text people. The Smartphone of today’s generation is a gadget that has become part of most people’s daily lives and has the ability to pretty much everything apart from make you a coffee.
Whether it’s a sat nav you are looking for, a bar code scanner, or a social management tool, your phone will be able to help you out.
So why do people still hang on to a second phone? You would think that a pioneering phone such as the iPhone or Galaxy S would give people enough confidence to let go of their old phones, right?
Well, the team at SellMyMobile.com decided to find out the answer to this question by running a survey that consisted of 2,000 people, to find out just why they hang onto second phones.
The survey results were pretty close, apart from one choice which stood above the others. This choice was:
- So I have a spare phone in case my current phone breaks
This answer alone accounted for 52% of the total votes.
Does this show us that even though phones are becoming far superior, that they are prone to breaking down, losing battery etc?
The second choice:
- I’m too lazy to get rid of it
This answer was the second most popular choice, and accounted for 19% of the votes, and shows us that British people tend to just sit on their phones as they don’t want the hassle of having to try and sell the phone on auction sites, to friends, or mobile phone trad-in sites.
The third choice, which was close behind with 18% of the votes:
- I don’t know what else to do with it
Even though mobile phone trade in sites are increasing in popularity, due to various TV advertisements and media campaigns that have been run across the country, we are still seeing a lot of the population not knowing what to do with their old phones.
Most people know they can’t throw them in the trash, so what else is left to do with them? Pop them in a drawer or up in the attic to gather dust.
Other choices in the survey consisted of:
- I can’t let go of old gadgets
- I don’t know how to wipe data from the device
- I don’t know where I put my old phone(s)
- It’s a company phone I was given but I have changed jobs now
This shows that there are a broad range of reasons to why people still hang on to one or two spare phones, even though they probably own a top of the range phone as there main phone. Whether it comes down to the fact that battery life is a problem, they are scared of losing their primary phone, or just prefer to have a back-up, every person has their own reasons in doing so.
Do you currently own a second mobile phone, if so do you reasons differ from the ones that we have mentioned above?
We would like to thank Craig Timmins for helping gather information and stats that have been used in this article. Craig currently works for the mobile trade-in comparison company, SellMyMobile.
Whether you’re an Android-owner, or if you gave into the iPhone craze, more applications are now available to anyone who owns a smart mobile device. In 2012, we have seen our share of new websites and apps that have revolutionized the consumer market, specifically through Apple App Store and Google Play.
This year, new apps that span demographics are being introduced to the playing field competing with new, updated versions of last year’s products. Here’s a list of five of the hottest apps that have taken the consumer market by storm:
Statistically, people over the age of 30 have a much higher probability to invest in different publicly shared companies due to the fact that they have more income and tend to have more knowledge and interest in the stock market. An app that was created by two Stanford grads is making investing a lot easier for people of all ages. Conceptualized in 2012 and brought into the public sector in early 2013, Robinhood was launched in order to place stock market wisdom into everyone’s pocket, turning Wall Street into an equal playing field.
The app works by providing a daily update of popular stocks. The user then has the option of adding these stocks to a “watch list”. The app tracks the rate of the stock as well as any news that is put out by the companies and media organizations in order to keep users informed of internal structuring. The app also allows users to recommend certain stocks to your friends and other users (this also works vice-versa) through the feed. If you want into the stock game, Robinhood allows anyone that uses it the convenience of informed and easy investing without the extra cost of hiring an stock advisor.
Ready to enhance your fundraising efforts? Kickstarter, launched on Valentine’s Day of this year, has gained a lot of publicity after the efforts of actress Kristen Bell who used this app in order to raise funds for a possible “Veronica Mars” film. After a few days, the film was funded in it’s entirety, giving fans hope for a film and consumers exposure to what exactly Kickstarter does. Kickstarter is an app that allows users to post projects and get funded by other users.
The project could be as big as a film in the silver screen (as previously mentioned) or as small as a simple short-film production. The projects are ranked by popularity, giving users an idea of which projects are more likely to come into fruition. Whether you’re looking for someone to fund your project or you’re just looking to help someone in need, Kickstarter is the perfect app that can get the task done fast and effectively.
Launched in Feb. 2013, Sunrise has been mentioned to be the best calendar app that you will ever use, possibly replacing the calendar you have in your iPhone or Android. When you download the app, you immediately get a torrent of feed added to your calendar, syncing with most social media networks in your mobile device so you never miss an interview or birthday. Not only is it efficient, but it’s clean and easy to understand providing a simple user interface. Try it out! It’s free and it will definitely make your life easier.
Today, we have apps that play movies, TV shows and even concerts, but for the theater buff, there has not been anything that meets their needs, until now. Digital Theater is a revolutionary new app that allows people to see plays and musicals through the convenience of their own smart phone. Having a pay-for-play setting, similar to iTunes, users are able to stream their favorite performances. The app works best on WiFi networks, as most video streaming apps do, so be sure you have a reliable connection if you’re using one or look online for wireless internet deals. Although the app is not free, it is still an invaluable investment to theater junkies and to those who have not yet experienced the magic of the performing arts.
There has never been an easier way to create and build your own short movies! Introduced to the public in 2013, Qwiki has been ranked one of the most popular apps this year by Gizmodo. Essentially, Qwiki takes your photos and videos, selects the best ones and in a matter of a few edits, turns them into short movies. It’s the best way to make short videos after your vacation to Europe, your birthday party or even a wedding! It’s the best way to make something memorable for free!
As the year moves forward, new apps will be launched into Google Play and the App Store, so why not check them out through your mobile device? Keep in mind, however, that not all are apps are available in both devices as of yet, but be on the lookout!
Smart Phone applications are a must these days, you can play games, read the news, watch video and browse social media with ease and not have to wait for websites to load. Most applications are designed and created to solve a problem and provide a unique experience for a user. There is an app for everything you can think of and if you cant find it build it you might make some money. With the way the world is moving more online the app that are already out there are improving on a daily basis. It is great to see governments giving grants to get these company set up and launched.
This application can be quite helpful if you want to try new places for dinner or maybe for a quick lunch. The Tempster app will get your location and show you what restaurants have deals on. You can sort the app by food type and filter out things you don’t like. It allows you to take advantage of the deals that are on nearby you and by clicking that you are in the restaurant the deal can be immediately applied to your bill. It is a more instant take on a daily deals website but without having to pay money up front and not printing off pieces of paper.
This might be one of the more traditional apps on the list but this translation service has improved immensely since it began. I remember using Google translates and the sentences or phrase you would get out of it would not make any sense in your desired language. However Google have really perfected this translation app and it allows users to translate from most languages to another language. It is very helpful when you are on holiday or live in a country that you only know certain elements of the native language.
This app works by you typing in a phrase into the translation bar and clicking translate. After this the app will give you the sentence in your desired language and it can say it for you. You can also use the siri function on iPhones to speak your sentence into the translation bar.
Waze – GPS Traffic Navigation Application
Waze is one of the best Free Apps in it’s class and I would use it every day driving to work and home again as it gives you an accurate reflection of the traffic on your route home. Not only is the traffic noticed by GPS a user can also leave up a notice to say that a car has broken down or how bad the traffic is. It is nearly like a social media app in itself and it allows users to warn other users of hazards or speed cameras on the road.
Apart from providing you with accurate up today information on traffic volumes it has another great feature of route guidance. The GPS Navigation element is top class and always includes new roads that Google maps would not have included.
If there is one thing you can be thankful when it comes to Android, they have some of the most interesting apps and thanks mainly to Google’s lax policies about what apps can and cannot do to your device, they seem to be a whole lot more useful. Now finding these apps isn’t easy, and when you have to search through nearly half a million apps to find the one you want, that can be hard. So here are five new or updated apps from April 2013 that we think you’ll like.
- Sketchbook Ink:
Designed for Android tablets of at least 7” screens or bigger, Sketchbook Ink focuses not really on sketching, but inking your sketches and so far, some of the things we have seen from it is incredible to say the least. It’s not the perfect sketching app and it definitely will not replace the versatility of paper, pen and ink, but it comes real close.
- Rosetta Course:
It took a while to come to Android, but Rosetta Stone is finally on Android in the form of Rosetta Course. With this app, Rosetta brings “the award winning Rosetta Stone language-learning method to Android devices.” With the app you can take your learning on the go. You can learn to speak any language supported by Rosetta Stone by listening and reading. There is the speech recognition feature that helps you fine tune your pronunciation as well as interactive activities that takes the bore out of learning.
- Everything.me Launcher (Beta):
There are hundreds of launchers for Android and honestly, the majority of them are crap. But this one strikes us as cool. The launcher is based on the idea of your phone changing to match your ever changing life such as interests, uses and location. The launcher will customize it based on your interests, your usage, such as the different apps you use the most. It even comes with smart folders to help you organize your apps and content. It is even location aware which, an extremely good added benefit is.
- 4 Pics 1 Word:
The object of the game is extremely simple. You are given four photos and you have to find the common theme between all four photos. For instance, you may be given a photo of a man cutting peppers, a logger chopping wood, a baker slicing bread and a machine slicing cheese. Of course the common theme between those will be cutting. But not everyone is that easy. The game is fun and provides loads of innocent fun.
Other than recently going native on Android, Facebook has added a great new feature to the Android Facebook App. You can now, chat with your friends without exiting out of what you were doing. Thanks to chat bubbles, you can chat with people while commenting on a photo or reading one of your friends depressing posts. They have also streamlined the news feed, tweaked user profiles and made other minor UI adjustments.e
Billy is a technology enthusiast and writes on IT, software development and software services. He admires Charles Phillips for his contribution to the tech industry.