New and fresh Android apps of the week (September 28 issue)
Ever been excited for an event yet anxious about not having a friend with you? Don’t let being lonely, socially awkward or feeling out of place at an event stop you from meeting new people! Part of the blessing of smartphones and social media is the ability to mingle without actually mingling. We’re familiar with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but what if we could take the networking and communicating aspect to the event you’re attending?
Atendra is an app that not only helps you get an idea of what the upcoming event is about but also makes connecting with people at events easy.
Sign up for an Atendra account and make your profile visible. You can then select an event you’ll be joining and see an overview of what the event is about. The venue will also be indicated on the event’s main screen, as well as indicated on a map. Atendra also allows you to view the list of participants and the event line up with their schedules. Tap on an event to learn more about it and maybe catch the interest of your friends by sharing an event to Facebook or Twitter.
Finally, read what other people are saying about the event by tapping on the Social tab. You’ll be shown the event’s official hashtag and everyone’s tweets about the event.
This isn’t the first time we’ve covered a shopping list app, and it certainly won’t be the last. The number of shopping list apps on the Google Play Store just goes to show that everyone needs help in organizing their weekly trips to the supermarket. What makes Shopping List by ginkgosoft a standout is a number of its features.
Start by making a shopping list. Tap on the pencil in the upper right corner of the screen to start adding items. Whenever you start typing an item in the item field, such as “ju” the app will give you suggestions to complete it, such as “fruit juice,” “orange juice,” and even “vegetable juice.” If the item you want is not on the list, you can keep typing to add it to your list.
You can move on to the price and the number of items you’re purchasing and its unit. Finally, add a note, such as the brand or any details that you’ll need to remember later. Tap Next if you have more items to add but if you don’t, just type OK.
Now that you see your list, keep your finger away from the Menu button. Shopping List’s real shining feature is its ability to organize your shopping list with the help of gestures. Draw a line with your fingertip to the right if you want to check an item off your list but if you realize you made a mistake, draw a line to the left. Organize your list by drawing an arrow head on the left portion of the screen to sort items by color, in the middle of the screen to sort by title and on right to sort by cost. An arrow head facing up sorts the list by ascending order and the arrow head facing down arranges items in descending order. You can also draw gestures to arrange items depending if they’ve been checked off the list or draw a circle to cancel sorting.
Face it: being able to communicate with the people you care about and being able to do so many things on your mobile device means that you can get powerfully addicted to them. Who can blame you? You can keep in touch with your significant other miles away, or you can catch up with an old friend by talking about the newest trend in town. Having your mobile device in your hand is pretty obvious, though, and if your supervisor sees your phone glued to your hand when you have a report due in a few hours, your supervisor isn’t going to be very happy.
If you just can’t stop sending messages, don’t worry. Developers at Appjungs GmbH & Co. KG certainly understand, and that’s why they made pocket.do.
pocket.do makes it possible for you to access your phone via your web browser. You don’t have to install any companion desktop software on your computer. In fact, you don’t even need to connect your phone to your PC via the USB cable. Just a Wi-Fi connection will do. All you need to do is sign up via the Pocket.do app on your device, set a password if you like, and open https://pocket.do/connect on your web browser.
We tested it using an HTC Sensation and a Firefox browser on an Ubuntu machine. When a contact texted me, his message appeared on the pocket.do web browser at almost the same time it arrived on my phone. That isn’t all that you can do. If you’ve registered your device via pocket.do and you’ve lost it while you were out, log on to the pocket.do/connect page and locate your device. You can also activate the Spycam to see whatever your rear facing camera sees.
It was a great day for students and other people who engage in group projects on a regular basis when Google Documents with its live collaboration feature came into being. I certainly wished that it came out back when I was working on my undergraduate thesis, fixing various document inconsistencies, and collecting literally dozens of versions of the same project. Because of its success and improving work efficiency, it’s only natural that developers wanted to tap into the collaborative group project market. One such service that can help you get your group project together is Clinked.
The Clinked app for Android lets you access your Clinked group from your mobile phone so you can easily track updates even when you’re on the go. You’ll need to sign up for an account on Clinked.com. Signing up is free and it will give you access to managing your work group from the website.
Whenever your group member uploads files, such as images, documents and what have you, you can view these via the Clinked app. You can also view any tasks that have been added as well as events. That way, even if you’re nowhere near a computer, for as long as you have an Internet connection, you can take part of your group discussion when you arrive at the meeting.
Being able to find restaurants and nightclubs in your area can be handy. Though, a lot of apps that promise to help you locate places tend to be rather limited to the countries they serve. Go Places, however, earns plus points in my book because it manages to locate restaurants in my country.
When you first launch the app, Go Places will give you an overview of its functions. When you get started and you’ve turned your device’s GPS on, you can start looking for locations according to suggested categories, such as food, entertainment, or interest, and let the app find places near you. Locations in your vicinity will be shown with their respective star ratings and distance from where you are.
Once you’ve picked, say, a restaurant, tapping on it lets you access its phone number, location on the map as well as the route to get there, and any available website. You can also share it with your friends via text, e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also save the place to My Places for access later.
The results that Go Places shows are limited, but you can access more places by purchasing plugins from the Google Play Store and by paying for them via Google Wallet.