Must Have Super Bowl XLVI Apps

Super Bowl
You’ve worked so hard to get ready for the big game! You have the chicken wings, cheese dip, and your favorite beverage. Throw in some decorations and good friends and you have all the makings of a great Super Bowl party! But wait! This is the 21st century. Everyone knows you need great apps to kick things up a notch, and I have just the thing to make you look like the smartest fan in the room! Here is my compilation of must have Super Bowl apps.

Official App

It seems only logical to start with the NFL’s official “Super Bowl XLVI Guide” to start off our list. This is a free app and is available for both Android and iPhone. The app connects you to the sites and sounds of the Super Bowl. You can get 3D interactive maps of the stadium and keep up with all the buzz. You can also use it to navigate your way around Indy if you’re there for the big game. [Download Android | Download iPhone]

Official App

If you want to take it to the next level, you might want to consider using the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVI Commemorative App Presented by NFL Magazine. This app is very inexpensive, currently priced at $2.99. It includes a lot of video and follows each team’s road the Super Bowl. You get Super Bowl history, videos, and there will be bonus features after the game. Above, you can see some screenshots from the app. [Download Android | Download iPhone]


For the New England Patriots fan, the official New England Patriots app is a must have. This is a free app available in both Android and iPhone formats. Here is a list of features as quoted from the developer description:

– Latest news
– Live video press conferences
– Tons of audio and video
– Live in-game blog
– Game day information, including real time stats
– Game schedule
– Exclusive photo galleries, including cheerleaders

[Download Android | Download iPhone]

Giants App

For the New York Giants fan, the official New York Giants app is also a must have. This too is a free app available for both Android and iPhone. Here are just a few of the items listed on their developer description:

– News: Real-time breaking news from the Giants, previews of upcoming matchups, post-game blogs
– Video: Video-on-demand clips of Giants’ press conferences, coach and player interviews
– Photos: Gallery of game-time action
– Audio: Podcasts
– Stats: Real-time statistics and scores from the official NFL stats engine, head-to-head stats of the Giants and their opponents, player stats, drive-by-drive stats, box score and out-of-town scores from around the league
– Standings: Division and conference standings
– Fantasy: Keep track of your favorite fantasy players
– Depth chart: Shown by offense, defense and special teams
– Social media: Aggregated Twitter of all of your favorite Giants tweeps, check in to the stadium on game-day, one-click tweet of all media items, one-click Facebook posting of all media items

[Download Android | Download iPhone]


Last, and certainly a very exciting entry to our list, is Shazam. Yep, you heard me right! Shazam, mostly known for its music discovery service, has announced a new service called Shazam for TV™, and will be offering a Super Bowl experience. If you use Shazam to listen in on your favorite Super Bowl ads, you could win one of more than a million giveaways. Here are some of the exciting giveaways mentioned on their website:

  • Toyota – the ad will include a sweepstake to win two Camrys – one for you and one for a friend.
  • Best Buy – Best Buy’s spot will feature two of Shazam’s founders. Additionally, Best Buy is running a $50 gift card offer for consumers looking to buy and activate a mobile phone in 2012.
  • – when viewers use Shazam to tag the ad, will donate $1.00 to one of seven charities, up to a maximum $100,000.
  • Pepsi – the new ad that features the winner of the X FACTOR – Melanie Amaro performing Otis Redding’s song “Respect” – will invite people to unlock a free video.
  • Teleflora – viewers who tag Teleflora’s “Give” ad starring super model Adriana Lima will receive a secret offer.

[Download Android | Download iPhone]

I hope you enjoy these apps and that your favorite teams wins big for the Super Bowl! Now, can you please pass the guacamole?

Google Releases Android Design To Help Developers Create Beautiful Android Apps

Back in October, Google announced the next major version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – which laid major emphasis on making Android beautiful and much more user-friendly.However, the OS is only one part of the equation. Apps also need to be beautiful and simple to use, just like the OS.

Sadly, like Android OS, Android Apps are also known to look like piece of shit, and have a non user-friendly UI, and inconsistent UI. One major reason behind this is that Google, unlike Apple and Microsoft, does not provide developers with any specific guidelines on how to create beautiful Android apps. Until now that is!

Today, Google has released Android Design, a place where Android developers can learn the principles, building blocks and patterns for creating high-quality Android apps. The big G has provided an exhaustive amount of information in Android Design so as to help developers.

Android developers don’t necessarily need to follow the principles mentioned by Google, but it is highly recommended they do so, so that they can maintain a consistent UI experience across Android devices. I seriously hope all popular Android app developers will update their apps based on the UI principle from Android, and help in improving the quality of apps in the Android Market.

Track the Iowa 2012 Presidential Caucus with iPhone and Android Apps

Much to the dislike of many Americans, the 2012 Presidential campaign season rolls into full swing tonight with the advent of the Iowa 2012 Presidential caucus. For many of us, we have to endure seemingly endless political coverage and get to hear every bad thing these politicians have done since their childhood. However, for you political junkies out there, you’re in luck! There are now apps for both Android and Apple devices so you can track all the exciting news out of Iowa.

Iowa GOP Countdown Clock

The first app I would like to tell you about comes from the Iowa Republican party. Not that I want to put a political slant on this article, but rather the Republican party is pretty much the only real news that will come out of the Iowa caucuses because the Democratic party only has one candidate, President Obama. The App is called “IowaGOP2012″ and is designed by Victory Enterprises. According to the description at the Apple store the app will “explain the history and the process of the caucus, let you find your caucus location, and provide easy to use ways to contact Iowa GOP staff, Iowa Elected officials, and Caucus Candidates. You can see a screenshot of the app pictured below. It looks very much like the Iowa GOP website. You can download the Android app here and the Apple app here.

Iowa GOP 2012

If you would like a more objective view of the caucus, then you might want to consider Gannett’s “Iowa Caucuses” app. It appears to only be available via iTunes. It is developed by The Des Moines Register. According to their description the app will:

★ Find all of The Des Moines Register caucus coverage or filter by your choice of candidates.
★ Get live results on caucus night on Jan. 3.
★ Add a candidate event to your calendar simply by tapping the date and time listed in the event.
★ Get directions to an event by tapping the map.
★ Share stories, videos and candidate information on Twitter, Facebook and more.
★ Download the content once and read offline.
★ Push notifications.

Below you can see a screenshot of the app on the iPhone. You can download the Apple app from the iTunes app store here.

The Des Moines Register App

Iowa is the first U.S. state to cast votes toward presidential candidates. They take great pride in being “First in the Nation”. The Iowa caucus is a very different process than primaries that are held in many other states. ABC news has an interesting video which explains the process.

Hopefully you political junkies out there will find these apps useful and they will help you get your political “fix”. If you would like to watch the countdown to all the action, go to and enjoy their countdown clock on the front page of their website.

Top 10 Android Apps To Have Right Now

If you thought Android exploded in 2010, then wait until you see this year’s graph of Android’s growth. The open-source mobile OS from Google has been going places, blowing people’s mind from what all its capable of doing, changing fortunes of companies and what not.

However, Android has always been criticized by iOS fanatics that the UI of the OS is barely usable, and that there are hardly any quality’ apps on the Android Market. While the first statement is very much true, Google solved it a couple of months ago by releasing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The second statement though, is completely baseless. In the last 1 year or so, I have seen some extremely polished, useful and feature-rich app being available in the Android Market.

Below is a list of what I think are the Top 10 must have Android Apps present in the Market right now :

10) Google Goggles – There is a 99% probability that if you own an Android phone, you must have Google Goggles installed on your handset. Users can wow their friends by using Goggles to recognize popular landmarks, solving Sudoku puzzles, and Translating by taking a picture of a foreign language text and much more. Google Goggles is available for free on the Android Market.


9) Swiftkey X Swiftkey X is one of the best and the most popular third party keyboard available in the Android Market. The app learns your typing style with time, and users can also grant Swiftkey X access to their Twitter timeline, emails and Facebook status update for greater personalization and accuracy of suggesting words. If you have not tried Swiftkey X keyboard on your Android phone, I’d strongly recommend you to do so now. Swiftkey X Keyboard is available for $1.99 on the Android Market.



7) Facebook   – The official Facebook app for Android is totally un-usable. Chances are you must have already uninstalled the app from your phone, or hardly use it on your phone. Well, if that’s the case its time to update or re-install the official Facebook client for Android. The Facebook team released a new version of the Android app recently with some major changes, which finally makes the app usable. Not only is the app faster now, it is also much more polished and has a usable UI.

The UI has also been tweaked keeping in mind the extra ‘space’ offered by the 720p HD display found in recent Android phones. The Facebook app for Android can be downloaded from here.


6) Avast! Avast is a pretty well known free anti-virus solution for Windows based PCs. The company recently also released an official Avast! anti-virus app in the Android Market. The app is still in beta, but is packed to the brim and has no major bugs or issues. Beside being an anti-virus, the app also has a world-class anti-theft and firewall feature. For the unknown, IT Ware Agents the developers of Theft Aware a popular Anti-Theft solution for Android handsets, were picked up by Avast and their app was integrated into the Avast! anti-virus app. There is also a web version of the app in progress, which will allow users to control their phone right from their PC. Avast! can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.

5) ROM Manager ROM Manager is THE best app to use if you constantly switch between ROMs on your rooted Android handset. The app allows users to update their custom recovery version, download a new ROM, install a new ROM, backup their current ROM, restore an existing ROM backup and much more. No wonder ROM Manager is one of the most popular app among Android handset users who have a rooted phone. ROM Manager is available in both free and paid versions in the Android Market.

4) Titanium Backup Titanium Backup is another popular Android app among rooted Android handsets user. The app allows users to backup their existing apps before they flash a new custom ROM or re-install their existing one. Titanium Backup saves users from the hassle of re-installing all their apps and games, whenever they switch to a new custom ROM. Titanium Backup is also available in free and paid version in the Android Market.


2) Any.Do Any.Do is one of the best looking Android apps out there. Any.Do is a simple task list app, which a drop-dead gorgeous UI. The whole UI of the app feels inspired from Microsoft’s WP7 OS, but it still is simple and elegant. In fact, I never really use any to-do app but I started using Any.Do only because of its beautiful UI. On the HD screen used in recent Android handsets, the app looks simply gorgeous. In my opinion, Any.Do is possibly the best looking app in the Android Market! Even though Any.Do is a feature rich and polished app, it can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.


1) ???

There are thousands of other quality apps in the Android Market like Google Maps, PowerAMP, UberMusic, Paper camera, SoundHound and much more. However, I would love to hear from our readers as to what is the best Android app according to them, both feature wise and UI wise. So, drop in a comment and let us know the best Android app you have ever used!

GTA3 and Dropbox for Android Updated

Now that the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android handset running Ice Cream Sandwich is  publicly  available, its time for developers to update their apps according to the magazine style UI. The team behind Dropbox has done exactly that, and have released a major update for the app in the Android Market. The new update brings a new overhauled UI, bulk uploads and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Completely redesigned the app and added lots of new features!
  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Rename files and folders
  • Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to local storage
  • Optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
Readers can download the latest version of Dropbox from here.
In other Android apps and games related news, Rockstar has updated its recently released GTA III game on the Android Market to add support for the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2 and a few other handsets. The overall stability and performance of the game has also been improved. The company has also reduced the price of the game by 40% until December 29th. GTA3 can be purchased from the Android Market for $2.99 from here.

GTA 3 Hits The Android Market; Costs a Mere $4.99!

Folks, its finally here! Rockstar Games has finally released GTA 3 for Android phones! Yes, its the same full blown GTA game that you used to play back in your teens, killing bad guys, doing all sort of crazy stuffs and what not. The company has released GTA 3 so as to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this critically acclaimed game.

Rockstar has done a remarkable job in porting GTA 3 to Android handsets. On my Samsung Galaxy S2, the game was utterly smooth without any lags. Just a word of caution though, the game downloads an extra 300MB+ of data after you purchase it from the Android Market. So please make sure that your phone is supported by the game prior to buying it.

The game only supports a dual-core powered  Android  handsets including the HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix 4G, Droid X2, Photon 4G, Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2X and the Galaxy S2. The only single core phone which is capable of running GTA 3 is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The game also supports all the Tegra 2 powered Android tablets out there as well, along with support for selected USB gamepads.

The game does not support the Galaxy Nexus, but Rockstar is working hard on adding support for the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

GTA 3 is available in the Android Market for a mere $4.99.

Facebook, Googles Goggles and Google+ Apps For Android Get a Major Update!

Last night, quite a few popular Android apps got a pretty major update. First and foremost, the official Facebook app for Android was updated by the developers hired by Zuckerberg. The new update is a pretty major once, and brings some major UI enhancements along with faster notifications and access to the Games and apps available on Facebook.


This new update finally makes Facebook for Android usable and nearly on par with its iOS counterpart. I would highly recommend all Android users to try out the latest version of Facebook for Android. Here is the download link of the app.

The big G also updated two of its apps, Goggles and Google+ app. The update for the Goggles app adds some new features including a Continuous mode. This mode allows users to use the Goggles app without pressing the shutter button. The app can now also recognize text in a document and provide a link of its online version.

The Google+ app was also updated last night, and its adds some much needed features like the ability to +1 a photo or a comment. Users can now also upload a high resolution photo directly on Google Pllus. Support for videos in Instant Upload was also added back. It was removed in the previous version because of a bug. The latest version of the Google+ app for Android can be downloaded from here.

ADWLauncher Ex Updated; Brings Tons Of New Features and ICS Compatibility

ADWLauncher EX is one of the most popular launcher available for Android devices. The EX/the paid version of ADWLauncher was released nearly an year ago in the market. When it was released, ADWLauncher Ex was no doubt the best launcher available in the Android market. However, with the passage of time, and due to the lack of updates from the developer, GoLauncher Ex became the de facto home screen replacement app for Android users.


However, the developer of ADWLauncher Ex AnderWeb has released a new major update for the app in the Android Market so as to celebrate the first anniversary of the app. The developer has been hard at work since the last few months to add certain new and much requested features to the launcher.

Below is the full change-log of the update-:

A new unified Dock bar with both the combined superpowers of the previous ones:
  • Easily drag and drop icons into it.
  • Unlimited icons support with paginated scrolling
  • Options stretch, scale, show reflections, change the background image…
  • Easy icon management by double tapping them.
  • Action to show/hide the dock at a glance via gestures/launcher actions
Easier and more user friendly folders.
  • Drag a desktop icon over another one to auto create a new folder
  • Visual representation of folder contents with theming support
  • Options to choose how the folder contents scroll and behave like you do with the app drawers
  • Single/multi row auto fitting support
New desktop management system while moving items.
  • Easier visualization of desktop and drag operations
  • Easier trash can operation
New desktop indicator inspired by IceCream Sandwich
Improved compatibility with ICS devices
Use of hardware acceleration on specific features when possible.
Persistence of the ActionBar visibility on android >3.x tablets by the hide/show status bargesture or launcher action.
Usual bug fixes and performance improvements

ADWLauncher Ex will also be available for a mere 10 cents in the Android Market in the upcoming days, all thanks to the 10 Billion 10 cent sale going on in the Android Market. So, if you have not purchased ADWLauncher Ex, now is your time to do so! Here is the market link of the app.

Google Updates Maps for Android to v6, Launches Indoor Mapping Project

Now that Google has managed to map most of the places across the world in a fair amount of detail, it has set its eyes upon conquering the next frontier – indoor navigation. Yes, I am not kidding. Google wants to map notable indoor locations like airports and retail stores to provide floor by floor navigation to users. With that goal in mind, it has released a new version of Maps for Android that is fine tuned for indoor navigation.

Google Maps is launching indoor navigation with floor plans for a few dozen airports and retail locations in the US and Japan. The list of supported locations in the States include Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot, select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. “We’re thrilled Google Maps continues to provide you with new and helpful perspectives—whether you’re rushing through the airport or finding your way around a mall”, wrote Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering, Google Earth and Map.

Besides introducing indoor maps, Google Maps 6 also features a couple of other improvements. The Places user interface has been revamped, and it now helpfully lists your frequent searches on the home screen, besides featuring direct Latitude check-in integration. The Maps user interface has also been tweaked slightly to accommodate floor selector for indoor mapping, and convenient switching between common features.

The updated Google Maps is available for download in the Market.


Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail Fame Launches New Messaging App

Sabeer Bhatia, the serial entrepreneur from India who became a household name back in the late nineties with Hotmail’s meteoric rise, has been trying hard to repeat his success, but his later projects like Arzoo and BlogEverywhere flopped spectacularly in spite of plenty of initial hype. Nevertheless, not being the one to give up, he is back again with a new product. Bhatia believes that his new venture called Jaxtr, launched in partnership with Yogesh Patel, has the potential to be as disruptive and popular as Hotmail, which pioneered the email revolution.


JaxtrSMS is a free mobile texting app that is launching with support for a wide range of platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, and Java. Free texting apps are dime a dozen these days, and Jaxtr is entering a fairly competitive and crowded space. Giants such as RIM, Google, and Facebook are tugging it out with newcomers like Kik and WhatsApp. However, Jaxtr has one feature that almost all of its competitors lack – support for SMS. Jaxtr works for all your contacts, no matter where they are in the world and what phone they are using. If the receiver has Jaxtr installed then he will instantly receive your message through app to app delivery. If he doesn’t have Jaxtr installed, then he will receive a standard SMS message. Although I can’t vouch for Jaxtr’s claims of complete worldwide coverage, it did work for the Indian carriers that I tested.


Jaxtr’s user interface varies significantly across platforms. I took the Android version of Jaxtr for a spin. Although the color combination is rather distracting (the iPhone app is offensively ugly), the interface feels intuitive and familiar. However, there are a couple of annoyances that might put off users. Jaxtr transparently attaches an annoying ad (self-promotion) to every SMS sent through it, and it doesn’t provide delivery reports. On a couple of occasions, the SMS didn’t actually get delivered even though Jaxtr marked it as sent. If Jaxtr wishes to be taken seriously, it needs to sort out these two issues. However, it is undoubtedly the most promising product that we have seen in recent times from Bhatia.