October 10, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Every week, Androinica.com attempts to highlight the best Android apps. The number of Android apps increases every week, and it’s growing especially large that Adobe AIR for Android has attracted new developers to port their apps and games to the mobile platform. AIR debuted on Friday and there are already plenty of apps available. Aside from the three that we previewed, AppBrain has compiled a search list shows apps with Adobe Air integrated.
Below are some of the latest Android apps, news, and reviews. This week’s theme is “Know Everything” because all of the apps listed involve learning new things or understanding information. Whether it’s your body, history, or location, these apps keep you informed.
Google may be the default search engine where people go to obtain information, but it isn’t always the best. Sometimes, WolframAlpha may be the better option because it provides comprehensive, curated results. WolframAlpha is useful for searching or computing numerical data, historic dates and occasions, or even figuring out crossword puzzles. Purchase this app for $1.99 and you can discover a more scientific search process.
One problem that I’ve always had with Google Maps and MapQuest is that they are often flat-out wrong in the directions and map data when I travel in my home state. Waze, which is built on user-sourced driving data to build its maps, can sometimes prove more accurate and appealing. The latest version of Waze has added local driving groups that connect users who may share common interest or travel in caravans or groups. Waze 1.0 turned Android into a social-based game, and 2.0 makes this a great app to socialize with other drivers.
Point Inside 2.0
In the past three weeks, I’ve been in 5 states and 10 airports, so I would have loved to discover Point Inside 2.0 during my heavy-travel period. The app provides a map for airports and malls that makes it much easier to gain a sense of what is around. Rather than walk through Houston’s colossal airport in search of a Subway and place to grab a few drinks, Point Inside would have saved me a mile-long trek and helped me quickly see what’s available. Point Inside will point out shops in locations now, and the company plans to expand into other areas. Read AndroidGuys article to see a list of places the map currently supports.
24 Hour Fitness has released an app designed to make staying fit rest in their hands. My24 auto-locates clubs in your area, making it easy to find a place to work out when traveling; read reviews to know which locations and services you wish to patronize; and browse class schedules. There are also fitness tools for tracking your workout regimen (Body Mass Index, Calorie Burner, Resting Metabolic Rate, and Daily Calorie Calculator). Download this app if you’re a 24Hour Fitness member or if you’re thinking about joining. The app provides a free 7-day pass.
App News of the Week
- How to find 4G in your area with Sensorly
- Adobe AIR will usher in plenty of new apps and games for Android shortly
- Yahoo Messenger! to get video calling on Android
- Amazon’s own Android app store now confirmed
- Firefox for Android now in beta
- AppBrain now changes wallpaper and sends links to Android from the web
- Sprint ID will offer Android apps, ringtones, and wallpapers in downloadable packs
- Cestos 2 continues legacy of one of Android’s most popular titles
- Fring lets Androids share thoughts for only a penny
- Android Market now lists local currency for paid apps
App Reviews of the Week
- Instant Heart Rate measures your heart rate using your phone’s camera, and it works
- Let the Dancing Droid Live Wallpaper takeover your screen [Video]
- Skype 3G calls now available through hacked Android app
- Crackle now streaming TV, movie, and webisodes to Android phones
- Vlingo adds hands-free “InCar” mode for Sprint customers
- Yahoo! releases Android app that’s exactly like its mobile site
- Sony Ericsson makes its Happiness app available in the Market for Xperia handsets
- Empire Strikes Back app now available for select Verizon customers
- Sleep Bot Tracker Log helps you become mindful of your sleep patterns [App Reviews]