Welcome to your Android app reviews roundup harvested from the past seven days on this ‘ere website. We’ve been busy combing the Android Market for the best tools and gaming downloads but first, a dash of news.
Ice Cream Sandwich’s launch for Android has been delayed in a joint move by Google and Samsung who claimed a case of ‘bad timing’. The smartphone and tablet OS’ grand unveiling had been expected to occur on 11 October in San Diego but the awkwardness of announcing a new product around the time of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ funeral has been cited by analysts as an unfortunate block on potential news coverage.
Jobs’ sad passing occurred just a day after the launch of the iPhone 4S which we measured up against the best Android has to offer, naturally the Droids came out on top. With the launch of BBM Messenger and Google’s Chrome browser also pencilled in for the near future, it seems the smartphone OS war is only just getting going.
If that weren’t enough, we also rounded up the top five time-saving apps available from the Android Market. Not too shabby eh?
Enough of with the news though, bring on the app reviews…
Flick Golf! is the kind of Android app which you’ll pick up for five minutes and end up playing for half an hour. It’s so infuriatingly addictive, we’re surprised we ever got round to doing this review. As smartphone time wasters go, this will rob you of your life and us of our career if we don’t get back to work soon.
Pocket League Story is a quirky football management app where your aim is to build the amateur Sun Rays into major league contenders. To conquer the soccer world, you must mould a ragtag team of misfits into an outfit of stellar quality while building your fanbase and roster of sponsors. All this is conducted with Super Soccer-esque graphical aplomb plus a well-refined sense of humour. We’re hooked!
There are already plenty of great office suites available for Android but most of them are going to set you back a fair few pennies. Our favourite of the bunch, Documents To Go costs £9.99 to download and that’s a figure not everyone will want to pay depending on their requirements for working on the go. Enter Google Docs, the free office suite for Android devices which has just been revised for tablet usage.
The Guardian is the fifth most read English-language news site in the world, so it was only a matter of time until this top notch British publication reared its head on the Android Market. Content rules in terms of newspaper apps and The Guardian has enough free news, podcasts and videos to make up for a dull design. The ability to download content for your daily commute is a welcome is a welcome touch too.
Space Guru is an innovative puzzle app set in space where you’re tasked with keeping galatic order by fusing suns together. Trippy huh? It’s the first app from a talented young developer named apesoup so don’t go expecting a note-perfect offering but for a free download of an offbeat creation, this gets our thumbs up.