Our Mobile App of the Day is OfficeSuite Pro 6+ for Android.
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Create, view, edit, print and share Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments and view PDF files on your Android based phone with a single complete feature-rich mobile office solution. The software utilizes the most commonly used desktop document formats and also includes a File Browser and integration with Google Docs, DropBox, Box and SugarSync to help you manage your local, remote files and email attachments. OfficeSuite Pro is an essential productivity application offering greater office efficiency than ever anywhere, anytime.
Facebook's ongoing IPO roadshow is happening, and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has teased investors with a better idea of what they could expect to be key revenue drivers for the social networking site, once it goes public.
Firstly, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will concentrate on improving its mobile application, where they'll infuse other online apps into Facebook, and secondly, creating a "transformative" advertising experience".
Zuckerberg spoke at Palo Alto's Crowne Plaza, where he tried to calm investor nerves over Facebook's revenue streams. Advertising revenue and user base growth rates have begun to slow down as Facebook reaches market saturation. Zuckerberg of course calmed investors that Facebook's advertising would still drive revenues.
If you're one of the many users of Turntable.fm, the online DJ site which helps people find new music, and own an Android phone, there is now an app available for you. The new app is compatible with every Android device running version 2.2 or higher. There are a couple of bugs that still need to be worked out, but it's great it has expanded from just being on the web and iOS.
Turntable.fm had promised this app just a little bit ago saying that it was "coming soon" and it did. Now that the Android app is out, there are some other features that I'm sure users would like to see. Mainly, I think that the primary thing on fans' wishlist is for the site and app to be available outside of the United States.
Right now, the expansion to beyond the United States has been halted due to licensing agreements and copyright difficulties. It most likely will take a few years before all of that gets cleared up, so right now focus on the new app and help find bugs for the Turntable.fm team to fix. If you do, everyone will end up with a better app.
Flipboard CEO, Mick McCue has revealed that the apps number of downloads in China will "easily surpass" what they're seeing in the US in the near future. The company is also looking to create a Chinese base of operations, too.
The company launched a Chinese service last December, which even included a dedicated editorial team. March of this year saw an iPhone app, and just yesterday we saw the app hit the Samsung GALAXY S II. McCue has said that the number of downloads of Flipboard in China is already equal with those in the US.
Flipboard is looking at 5 million downloads in China by the end of 2012, and in order to help that growth, McCue has revealed that an official Android-based application will hit the country. This is a good move, as Android represents 68.4-percent of smartphone sales in China, according to Analysys research.
Google have updated their Google+ for iPhone app, and with it, are headed in a new direction, a "simpler, more beautiful Google" as they put it. Today's update really pushes photos and videos, which is the Google+ experience the Mountain View-based company wants to head toward, some of the new features are:
- Whether you post photos or articles or text, we're making 'em look gooood
- We're adding crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier homescreen
- We're making the stream easier to scan, and easier on the eyes with overlays, gradients and other visual elements
On top of this, "fun and performance" has played a key role in Google+ for iPhone 2.0, with the following additions:
- Conversations fall into view as you move forward and backward in time
- Optical cues (like parallax) help the mind linger on individual posts
- Important actions like +1 now float atop the stream, making it easy to endorse all your favorites
Google have said that the iPhone update is rolling out to the App Store as we speak and that the Android update is coming in a few weeks, "with a few extra surprises". We'll keep you posted on that one.
Our Mobile App of the Day is eBay for iPad.
The eBay for iPad app lets you sell, search, bid, buy, browse, and pay in an interface optimized for the iPad. With seamless scrolling, advanced search, and high resolution pictures - you've never seen eBay look so good. The app takes advantage of the iPad's stunning image resolution, large touchscreen, and on-the-go portability to deliver a revolutionary shopping experience.
Customize your homescreen with your favorite searches and keep track of what's popular along with eBay's Daily Deals. Found something you can't keep to yourself? Share it with your friends, family, and social circles on Twitter, Facebook, email, and SMS messaging.
The eBay for iPad app is a must-have for savvy eBay users.
What's New in Version 2.0.0
★★★★★ With this many new features, fixes, and user requests, it's hard not to be excited!
Redesigned for the Retina display and packed with added enhancements like better search, a back button, and the ability to revise listings.
Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 4 to the public two months ago now, but the software is now available through the Mac App Store. This isn't ground-breaking news, but it is to note, as its the most substantial Mac App Store release for Adobe yet.
Adobe don't just have Photoshop Lightroom 4 on the Mac App Store, they also have Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor, as well as the subscription-based Revel. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is priced at $149.99, which is identical to the pricing of the boxed version. Adobe does offer a $79 boxed upgrade version for users who own previous versions of Lightroom.
Adobe also offers the boxed Lightroom 4 at a discounted $99 if you purchase it with one of Adobe's Creative Suite 6 bundles. What do you think of the pricing? $149 for the boxed version, and $149 for the digital version?
At the CTIA Wireless conference, Pandora CEO, Joe Kennedy told the crowd that the music streaming service has slammed past 150 million users. This huge mark now makes Pandora the second most downloaded app of all-time in Apple's App Store.
Pandora have high hopes that this is just the beginning, and that with several major deals pending, Kennedy could definitely be correct. Pandora is reportedly trying to get their service integrated into the vehicles of virtually every car maker, just like satellite radio. At the moment, there's no ETA on when, or if this would even happen, or if the company would charge a subscription for vehicle service.
Last year Pandora removed the 40-hour listening cap on free accounts, as well as updating the site's layout with improved features. You can now share stations with friends through a URL unique to that particular station. On top of this, there's a share button for Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to help sharing.
I love Flipboard, I use it on my iPad and I think it's a perfect reading app. News today has arrived that Flipboard has floated over to Android. Flipboard was pre-installed on the Samsung GALAXY S III which had people thinking it would arrive baked onto the phone.
But, XDA forum member "Valcho" grabbed the APK off one of the GALAXY S III's at the launch event, and put it up to download here. So if you're rocking an Android-based device, grab the APK and get to it now!
Flipboard initially started off as a browser for Twitter and Facebook, but with the built-in support for Google Reader feeds, Flickr photos and other real-time media streams, it really is quite a powerful app. Now that it's arrived for Android, I can put it on my GALAXY S II and enjoy Flipboard when on the toilet. Yes, I'm one of those smartphone users.
Google has released version 6.7 of Google Maps for Android. Sorry iOS users, but you guys are left out of the features that come with this update. Google Maps for Android now features indoor walking directions and Google Offers integration with participating venues. The announcement states that these features are only available in the United States, but it appears that the walking directions extend to Japan at the least.
Google Offers hasn't exactly spread like wildfire and is currently on the decline. However, this new integration within Google Maps should give the service a boost as it will allow users to purchase or use nearby offers straight from Google Maps. A perfect example is if you are taking a roadtrip and are looking for a place to eat.
Google's blog post:
Today, in the U.S. only, we're launching a way to discover nearby Google Offers in Google Maps for Android. To see great deals near you, tap on "Maps" to open the dropdown menu and then tap on "Offers." If you see something you like you can click on it to learn more. Some Google Offers can be purchased and saved for later while others are immediately available for free.
With free Google Offers, press "Use now" to redeem instantly or "Save for later" for future use. You can also opt-in to receive notifications in the app when there are offers near you.
Sending risque photos of yourself is pretty risky. Once the data that comprises that picture leaves your phone to another's, it can exist, be copied, or shared indefinitely. But what if you really want to send that picture of yourself in that tiny bikini to your boyfriend? Well, that's where Snapchat comes into play.
Snapchat facilitates the prevention of photos remaining on other people's devices after sending them. The person who sends the picture can choose how long the other person can view the image for after it is opened. The sender can choose anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds. After the time is up, the app deletes the data.
This isn't fully fool proof. The recipient could take a screen shot, but the app will notify the sender if this occurs. The recipient could also take a picture of the phone with a camera so that the app doesn't notify the sender. If a receiver goes this direction, however, there is a bit of quality loss. However, it is likely to aid in preventing some unwanted saving and sharing.
Video-sharing app Viddy is continuing its ride to super stardom, with the app hitting 26 million users and is growing by 500,000 new users each and every day. We reported last week that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had joined the video-sharing service.
Viddy is growing at this rate thanks to some of its celebrity users, like Zuckerberg, and investors such as Shakira, Jay-Z, Will Smith and more. Viddy is huge because it doesn't just relate to one subject, one person, or a group of people. It's video sharing for everyone. People from Bill Cosby, to Snoop Dogg are joining the Viddy ranks, and we can see it expanding from its 500,000 new users each day.
People are even referring to uploading a video to Viddy as "posting a Viddy", which seems to be catching on. Just like you'd tell someone who wants to search for something, you'd say "Google it". Vissy is definitely catching on, and it should see a surge when it jumps over to Android, too.
Our Mobile App of the Day is SwiftKey X Keyboard for Android.
- Android typing has never been this easy.
- * Global Mobile Awards Most Innovative App 2012 *
- SwiftKey X Keyboard makes typing much easier on your phone, replacing your touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology.
- SwiftKey X understands how words work together, giving much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will magically make sense, and SwiftKey X also powerfully predicts the word you may want next.
- SwiftKey X learns as you use it to make typing easier and even more accurate over time, and you can also personalize it using your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.
- This app is among Android's best selling apps for a reason -- it genuinely transforms your keyboard, making typing a breeze and saving you hassle every day.
As I reported yesterday, users of the iOS Rock Band app received a message that they would no longer be able to play the game and thanked them for 'rocking out with us.' Users, of course, flipped out and started posting bad reviews on the app and demanding their money back across a plethora of online communities.
The developers of Rock Band were caught off guard by the message, so they redirected all questions to EA Mobile. Apple additionally directed questions to EA, who remained quiet in the face of it all. EA has finally come out with a statement blaming the message on an error and that the game would still be playable.
Rock Band for iOS will remain live-the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible.
The app itself has also received a similar message in the same manner of the last message. If you're confused how the message got in there by error, you're not alone. I'd like to take this moment to throw out the possibility that EA was indeed shutting the game down, but has reversed the decision due to all of the public outcry.
Yes, I know that money is a good thing, but when a company starts to go overboard on advertising and monetization, they start to lose users. I'm afraid that is what is going to stat happening with the hip app DrawSomething. The number of users playing the game daily is already dropping, and has dropped so much that it is back to the level it was at when Zynga acquired the app.
Zynga is adding advertising to DrawSomething, in addition to the current banner ads and paid versions. This time, Zynga wants DrawSomething users to draw brands or words associated with brands or picked by brands. The National Hockey League has already paid Zynga for this, hence why you may have been asked to draw 'puck,' 'Zamboni,' or 'slap shot.'
OMGPOP had actually been testing this before the acquisition by Zynga, so this move isn't exactly surprising. It's pretty clear that brands would pay for this sort of advertising, but let me suggest a feature. Zynga, if I am drawing brands, you should save all the pictures for that brand and give them to them so that they could be used in marketing.
We all know how immensely popular Instagram has been, considering Facebook purchased them for $1 billion, but how have they gotten this popular? Speed. When sharing photos, you don't want to snap the shot, wait a few seconds for the app to finalise the shot, wait a few seconds, begin to upload and wait more seconds for it to upload, right?
Well, how do they do it? The image below explains it, really:
As you can see, as soon as you have taken the image, selected the filter and tapped the green tick, Instagram begins its upload regardless of whether you upload the picture or not. Instagram makes "two requests, two round-trips", where the data is sent as soon as part of it is ready to go, after which, it matches the rest of the data up. So what you think is a static screen with your picture, is actually magic behind-the-scenes, where it uploads your picture and appears to be super fast when it's finished.
This is most likely one of the key reasons Facebook acquired them for so much money, because they are great at what they do. As well as being a kick-ass photo-sharing app.
Spotify users are officially getting a native iPad app after complaining for a long time. The app is available free in the App Store, but of course still requires the $9.99/month subscription that is needed for the iPhone and Android apps. That said, you can get a 48-hour free trial and a 30 day trial, if you haven't had the 30 day trial yet.
The app, as would be expected, supports the iPad's new Retina display and makes use of the extra screen real estate available on the device. High resolution cover art images along with menus and playlists are displayed in a layered manner. The app also comes with gapless playback and crossfade.
The app also supports Apple's AirPlay technology for wireless streaming. Check out the promo video above for a glimpse of the features of the app. There has been no word from the company who refused to comment on whether there would be an Android tablet version. I would imagine that they will release one as it would help increase their market share.
In a move that is sure to upset people who purchased Rock Band on iOS, EA has started an in-app announcement alerting players that "on May 31, Rock Band will no longer be playable on your device. Thanks for rocking out with us!" It's not clear whether just the multiplayer is being shut down or if they are going to disable the app.
Even better is the fact that the app is still available for purchase without any sort of warning about the May 31 date. Makers of apps are able to remove their apps at anytime from the app store, but the software often remains playable on devices which have it installed. If EA fully disables the software come May 31, there could be bad publicity.
EA has shut down games before. Just last month they announced the shutdown of nearly a dozen titles. "As games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level -- fewer than 1 percent of all peak online players across all EA titles -- where it's no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running," the company said at the time.
It's likely that the game will still be playable locally and will just lack online support. In fact, it's on the list of games that will be losing online support. However, this latest message seems to indicate that the game will be fully shut down come the May 31 date.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Ski Safari for iOS.
#1 Paid App in Australia
Game of the Week in US, Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Great! - Love everything about this game. The graphics are excellent, the controls easy to use, and best of all, it's endlessly fun!"
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "How can you go wrong ! - This game is smooth as a sheet of ice !! Love it"
Welcome to Ski Safari!
Ski Safari is where Animals, Avalanches and Action come together to create a new casual gameplay experience.
Our deep sleeping hero has to stay ahead of a relentless avalanche that threatens the local mountainsides. Sven, as we like to call him, can use animals to aid his escape from an icey end. Each of the hillside animals have different attributes to make a speedier escape. Penguins glide further, Yetis are tougher, Eagles soar to great heights, each of these can provide useful advantage for Sven. Sometimes on the slopes Sven can find fast Snowmobiles which can ferry multiple animals a maintain a very high top speed.
Angry Birds Space, a follow-up to the Angry Birds series of games, has been immensely popular since its release back on March 22. We reported how it rocketed past 10 million downloads in 3 days, and later 20 million downloads in 7 days. Now the company has tweeted that they have flown past 50 million downloads in just 35 days.
If my math is correct, and it usually is, the pace of downloads is slowing down, but 50 million in 35 days isn't something to scoff about. The company behind Angry Birds believes that the speed of downloads makes this game the fastest growing mobile game available today. Told you it isn't something to scoff about.
"50 Million downloads in 35 days! Proud to have #angrybirdsspace as one of the fastest growing games ever! rov.io/50MILL" the company's tweet said. Along with this announcement comes the teasing of something bigger. The company said the following in a blog post, "There's only one conclusion to draw: something even bigger is on its way."
No mention of what that bigger thing is, but it will be curious to see if they can beat 50 million downloads in 35 days. Or, it could be an announcement of a weekly cartoon or feature film, things that have been rumored for a while now. You can be sure that whatever happens, we will be here to report it.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Street View on Google Maps for Android.
With Street View on Google Maps, explore the world at street level.
With Google Maps Street View, you can explore the world at street level. See popular landmarks, check out places you want to visit in your hometown or far away, and take a virtual trip around the world.
To use Street View, open Google Maps, search for a place or long-press the map, and tap the Street View option.
To learn more about Street View and see where it's available, visit maps.google.com/streetview.
You can download Street View on Google Maps for Android directly from Google Play on your Android device, or here.