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Amazon Kindle for Android Arrives

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 in App News, Multimedia | 7 comments

Today, Amazon announced that their free Kindle for Android application was live (for Android 1.6+). No Kindle is required. If you do have a Kindle, syncing your library, notes, marks, etc. is a breeze with Whispersync.

Features:

  • Access to over 600,000 Amazon books
  • Syncs with Kindle if you own one (even last page read)
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode
  • Order books directly from your Android phone, instant delivery



Tell us, are you a big e-book reader (previously, the best option for Android was Aldiko Book Reader)? Do you own a Kindle (or a Nook)?

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Meet your newest Android App Reviewers!

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 in App News | comment

One month ago we started our search to add great new Android app reviewers to meet your demand for the best Android information around! So without further ado, congratulations and welcome the the newest #BAAR team members!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a review! Check back in the future for more opportunities to join Best Android Apps Review.

johnpariah

Bio: I’m a tech pundit. I love gadgets, music, writing, television, movies, pro wrestling, comic books and so much more. I love chatting about gadgets, and especially Android powered devices. Google is The Matrix, just give in and join the family. When theres no limit to what Droid gets, there’s no limit to what #DroidDoes!

Feel free to send me a message. I’m a tech, so I can answer most any questions you have on Android. Check out my YouTube Channel for some fun videos, JohnPariahPWX!

  • Current phone: Motorola Droid 855 (Verizon Wireless), soon to be replaced with the Droid X next month :)
  • Favorite Android app: Wireless Tether For Root Users
  • Favorite Android game: kitten cannon FTW!
  • Favorite Android widget: Beautiful Widgets. I can’t tell how many people I’ve reccomended this too.
  • Favorite Android feature: The openness, and total Google sync. The apps, the developer community. Everything
  • Twitter: @johnpariah



Lance

Bio: A communications major at BYU with a love for all things Google. I also play guitar, snowboard, and love movies, music and soccer.

  • Current phone: HTC Droid Incredible
  • Favorite Android app: Google Listen
  • Favorite Android game: Cestos
  • Favorite Android widget: Data Counter
  • Favorite Android feature: Customization
  • Twitter account: @Lance_harper



Scott

Bio: I’ve been in IT for 26 years, currently working in IT at a company in the Telecomm industry. I love tech, anything with an engine in it, surfing and writing. I currently have an Incredible and can’t wait for it to get rooted. Oh yeah, I use a Mac…

  • Current phone: HTC Incredible
  • Favorite Android app: Google Navigation
  • Favorite Android game: Jewels
  • Favorite Android widget: Pure Calendar
  • Favorite Android feature: Task switching
  • Twitter account: @sturvey


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Follow the FIFA World Cup 2010 with Android

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 in App News, Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is going to be held in South Africa and is scheduled to start on June 11th. If you’re like me, you’ll probably be at work or on the go when some of these matches will be played, so you’ll definitely want to stay up to date using the 2010 World Cup app.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 775KB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



The main page of the app includes a countdown to remind us all of the excitement that the World Cup will bring. From here, you can navigate to view the calendar of all scheduled matches, team information, and comprehensive news.

When viewing match-ups, long-press to access previous head-to-head results or to set yourself a reminder for when the match is going to begin. When matches do start, real-time scores and information will be added, including goals, bookings, and substitutions. To find more statistics about your favorite team, just click their flag in the Teams view.

Pros:

  • Comprehensive World Cup coverage in one place
  • Easy navigation
  • Facebook integration for social discussion



Areas for improvement:

  • UI could use some refreshing, but good enough for a temporary-use app



Conclusion: The 2010 World Cup is a must watch event and following it on Android when you can’t see it live is a definite convenience. Download in time for the first matches!

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Fring Brings Video Calling to Android

Posted on May 27, 2010 in App News | 5 comments

Fring is extremely excited (as you can see in the video below) to announce their Android app into the Market. Fring is the first to offer video calling for Android (you can also make free calls and chat using many of your favorite social applications). The app is currently available for all Android devices running 1.5+. However, for the full effect you’ll need a phone with a front facing camera like the HTC Evo. Hopefully, a larger number of future Android phones will include the dual cameras.

This app is quite similar to KnockingLive, but with the extremely important feature of including audio capabilities.

Supported networks:

  • Skype
  • Google Talk
  • AIM
  • ICQ
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • and more…



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Join Us as a Reviewer! [Closed]

Posted on May 24, 2010 in App News, Top Rated Apps | comment

Contest closed!  Click here to see the newest Android app reviewers!

Since Best Android Apps Review was started in 2009, we have worked hard to deliver the most comprehensive, professional reviews of Android apps/games. With the success and growth of this site, it’s hard to keep up with all of the requests for reviews. Because of this, we’d like to announce that we are looking to add at least two new contributors (we may consider more, depending on the interest we get and the quality of reviews submitted).

Note: The contributor positions are currently not paid, but are great if you love sharing Android information, want to get your name out there, or would like to jump into the tech/smartphone field.

Position Details

Contributor Requirements:

  • An Android phone (any version, but 1.6+ preferred)
  • Be an effective communicator (proper spelling and grammar critical)
  • Ability to take screenshots on your Android phone (follow link for the tutorial if needed)
  • Have a love for the Android platform!



Contributor Responsibilities:

  • Author at least four Android app/game reviews per month



Review Format

The goal of our site is to provide the most useful, concise reviews possible. We want to review and promote the best Android apps, not just any of them. We go for quality, not quantity.

Each review should include the following:

  • Brief introduction to the app, invite the reader in
  • Bulleted app information/scoring (App scoring criteria: User interface, ease of use, customizability, originality, indispensability. Game scoring criteria: Graphics, gameplay, originality, indispensability)
  • “Pros” and “Areas for improvement”: bulleted list of the positive and negative aspects of the app.
  • Conclusion: Short, 1-2 sentence final summary of the entire review. Who would enjoy/use the app? Is it worth the download? etc.
  • 2-5 app screenshots and a QR code (QR codes available at androlib.com)



Selection Process

The search for additional contributors will run until June 25th. At that point, we will select the two people who submitted the best reviews (or possibly more). Multiple submissions are encouraged. Since we uphold a high standard for all of our content, not all reviews received will be published. We will contact you if this is the case.

How to Apply

Online Review Submission Page

Please make sure that the review you submit is your own and has not been published elsewhere.

Questions?

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or need any further clarification.

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