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InviteWiz Android App, Group SMS Invites & Tallying

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | comment

The InviteWiz Android app is a specialized group messaging app in that it allows you to send event invitations and keep track of all responses received via SMS text messages.

  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 1.09MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free

InviteWiz is a one-stop-shop for creating group events and simultaneously inviting as many people as you please with a single, simple to setup SMS message. The intuitive interface means you can open the app and get started in seconds, without the need to create an account or read any lengthy tutorial (awesome!).

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Google+ Android App, Real-life Sharing Rethought for Mobile

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 3 comments

The Google+ Android App makes sharing “the right things with the right people a lot simpler.”

  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 2.82MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free

Note: Google+ (Google Plus) is still in active development (read: beta) and isn’t publicly released just yet. You’ll need an invite from an existing user to gain access.

If you’re just starting out with Google+, you’ll first want to organize your contacts into different Circles (to add new contacts, search by name/email or browse the “view suggested people”). Circles act like content filters, enabling you to share information with one group of people but not another. The default Circles are Acquaintances, Colleagues, Friends, and Family. You can edit, add, or remove Circles but only in the Google+ browser version (I added Circles for Android and Tech right off the bat!).

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GroupMe Android App: Group Texting, Calling & More

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | comment

The GroupMe Android App lets you group text, conference call, and communicate with ease.

  • Version:
  • Size: 1.68MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free

To begin, use the “+” button in the top right corner to create a group of people you’d like to chat with. You can add up to 25 group members from your contacts list or Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, add a group name (optional) and decide whether or not you’d like the group to be joinable. Joinable groups are visible to friends and contacts who can request to join. This option is best used if you’re creating a group for a concert, sporting event, or any other discussion with a potentially large number of members. For more private conversations, keep this option unchecked.

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Bondaii Smart Contacts Android App Replaces Business Cards

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

Bondaii Smart Contacts Android app aims to make business cards obsolete.

  • Version: 0.6.5
  • Size: 419KB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free

First time users will need to register an account which sets up your contact details. The idea behind Bondaii is to simplify the process of exchanging contact information and then to ensure it’s always up to date.

Initially, fill out your own contact information including personal, work, social, and IM information. A brilliant feature is the application of profiles (e.g. basic, friend, business, and family) which allows you to choose which information is shared with whom. For example, most likely you wouldn’t need to share your AIM username with a new business colleague, but would probably want a friend or family member to have that information. Selecting a profile is easy when choosing the “send my details” icon on the app’s homescreen which lets your share your information via email (or directly to an existing contact). However, the “bond with existing user,” which generates a scannable QR barcode, doesn’t allow you to choose a profile first.

The true value in using the Bondaii Android app is that the contact details you obtain are integrated with your Gmail contacts and are automatically synced if both parties are Bondaii users. This means that if your friend updates their address, phone number, or any other item, their contact information will be updated in real-time on your device so you won’t have to worry about having the most up-to-date information.


  • QR codes replace loose, paper business cards
  • Setup profiles to choose what information you want to share with a particular individual
  • Contact information is automatically synced whenever changes are made
  • Slick, functional UI

Areas for improvement:

  • Allow profile selection before QR code generation

Conclusion: A simplified, streamlined way to share and update contact information solely using mobile methods. However, the biggest value offered by this app (real-time contact syncing) requires that both people use the Bondaii Android app.

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Watch the Roland Garros French Open Tennis Tournament

Posted on May 23, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 5 comments

Roland-Garros 2011 is the official Android app for this year’s French Open tennis tournament.

  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 10.59MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free

The Roland-Garros Android app is your one-stop-shop for all the latest scores, videos, and live updates from the French Open in Paris. While matches are in progress, you have a couple options; watch it live or listen to the play-by-play. If you’re not connected via WiFi or 3G/4G, you might be better off checking out the Progress/Results tab to see match scores as they’re updated every point. The News tab contains daily tournament summaries, upset headlines, and previews for some of the most exciting upcoming matches.

This app also has unprecedented utility for those lucky enough to be attending in person. From the More tab, you’ll find maps for getting to Roland Garros and finding your way around once you’re inside. The “access map” displays nearby metro, bus, rent-a-bike, and shuttle locations around the stadium. It also provides the closest parking spots as well as walking routes. The “stadium” map displays entrance gates, restaurants, restrooms, gift shops, and more. Surprisingly however, stadium names and outside court numbers are not labeled. It would be incredibly handy to be able to click a court and view the day’s match schedule.


  • Engaging, organized user-interface
  • Live video, play-by-play radio, and scores
  • Interactive stadium maps and visitor’s guide
  • Real-time breaking news, photos, etc.
  • Available in French and English

Areas for improvement:

  • Detailed match articles and analysis (in addition to the scores)
  • Maps need zoom functionality

Conclusion: The best Android app for staying up-to-date with the 2011 French Open. If you’re a tennis enthusiast, this app is for you!

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