NASA had released two Android apps, Spinoff and NASA 360 few months back which were just peripheral things unlike the iPhone and iPad apps which saw a huge success with over five million downloads. But now, NASA has finally released a full-fledged Android application which is packed with loads of features including, images from NASA IOTD and APOD, Mission Information and Countdowns, live steaming and many more.
The application also allows you to watch NASA TV and enjoy videos from the Space Agency on the go.
The new Android app is available for free which can be downloaded on smartphones running Android 2.1 or higher versions. The current version of the Android app is 1.0.1, as it had minor fixes recently.
Here’s the complete list of features the app includes:
- Thousands of images from NASA IOTD, APOD and NASAImages.org
- On demand NASA Videos from around the agency
- Current NASA Mission Information
- Launch Information & Countdown clocks
- Current Visible Passes for the International Space Station (ISS)
- ISS and Earth Orbiting Satellite Tracker
- NASA Twitter Feeds from around the agency
- News and Features from the NASA topic areas
- Facebook Connect and Integrated Twitter client for easy sharing
- Live Streaming of NASA TV
- NASA TV and What’s On Your TV schedules
- Map and links to all of the NASA centers
- Featured content section
Here’s the official announcement made by NASA
NASA has launched the free NASA App for Android (TM), a new application designed for mobile devices that run the open source Android platform.
The NASA App for Android showcases a huge collection of NASA content, including images, videos on-demand, live streaming video from NASA Television, mission information, feature stories and breaking news. Users also can find sighting opportunities for the International Space Station and track the current positions of spacecraft currently orbiting Earth. App users also easily can share NASA content with their friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.
The app has been rated 4.1 out of 5 and has got pretty decent reviews from users in the Android Market. Among 85 user rating, almost 55 users have rated the app 5 star.
The user interface and design looks promising and intuitive. However, users in the Android Market have reported stating that images and videos were taking longer time to load than expected. This is due to high traffic and server load making the application’s functionality to slow down.
It is also mentioned that one of the most desirable feature in the application, the live steaming of NASA TV requires flash to stream and play videos, which is quite disappointing.
You can download the app and try for yourself. The Android application can be downloaded from the Android Market here.