The competition for voice activation technology in mobile products has escalated in the last six months in large part due to the launch of Siri, Apple's "personal assistant", on the iPhone 4S. Several developers have attempted to fill in the gap on Android by offering voice-centric apps that provide access to search and other functions, with mixed success. One such app is Dragon Go! by Nuance Communications.
The Internet has brought the concept of content creation to the masses in the form of social media, blogs, and personal websites. People with interests of all types are able to share ideas and passions with likeminded individuals throughout the world. But as the Internet has become more open to content created by end-users, competition has increased in the form of other competing messages, making it increasingly important for content creators to embrace new forms of media, like video blogs or podcasts.
News readers are some of the most popular apps in the Android Market, but each of us has our own habits and preferences for how we take in news that interests us the most. Standalone feed readers or Google Reader clients offer more efficient methods of finding the topics that are worth our time, while apps like Pulse and News360 offer a reading experience that feels more like something you would find in a magazine. For those of us who find both sides of the equation appealing, the fine folks at Google have our back.
Most of you Android junkies out there have probably been using Google Maps on your phone since day one. A big reason Android is such a powerful platform, Google Maps offers GPS enabled Maps, location-based search, and even turn-by-turn navigation. With version 6.0 being recently released, Google brings something new to the table with maps of indoor spaces.
The NCAA Football season is drawing to a close, which means bowl games are right around the corner. Keeping track of the who, when, and where during such a busy time of year can be a pain, but the folks from ESPN have you covered with the Bowl Bound app for Android devices.
Despite Android's majority market share, it lags behind both iOS and Windows Phone when it comes to its music ecosystem and stock apps. The flip side of this coin are the third-party developers who can create music apps that take advantage of the openness of the Android platform. One of the best third-party music apps for Android is the freshly updated DoubleTwist.
We’ve reviewed note apps before, particularly Evernote, and celebrated the ability of cloud-aware apps to synchronize your important information seamlessly and safely between multiple devices. Springpad looks to take the classic note app to a whole new cloud-service level.
Twonky is a name many readers of this site will find familiar. Twonky's media server provides DLNA functionality in high-end NAS appliances like the QNAP TS-459 Pro II, and is a great solution for those looking to serve media from their PC. Twonky Beam Browser is a streaming media application for Android devices that makes use of the company's experience with DLNA, but takes it to an entirely new level.