Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #7

Welcome to the seventh edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. In this edition of BMATW, I will introduce our readers to a Fitness app for iOS and a popular third party browser for Android owners. Symbian users will know how to unlock their phone in a fun yet, efficient manner.

Below are the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week For iOS, Android and Symbian :

Fitness Free HD (iOS)

As the name suggests, Fitness Free HD for iPad is a fitness application containing information about more than 300 different exercises. All the exercises have been clearly explained with the help of many pictures and proper text instructions.

The benefits and the difficulty level of each exercise have been clearly explained as well. The app also lists all exercise according to various body parts.


The app also includes some inbuilt Recipes’ which can help a person burn all those fats or prepare him before he hits the gym. A paid version of the application is also available which features more than 700 exercises with video clips. The paid version also includes other goodies like a Calorie counter, Body tracker and BMI (Body Mass Index).

One killer feature of the paid version is that users can get live support from professional coaches! The paid version of the app costs $3.99. The free version of the app can be downloaded from here.

Nokia Bubbles (Symbian)

Today, Nokia released a new application called Bubbles which will help Symbian owners to unlock their phone in a fun, yet efficient manner.

Bubbles’ will appear on the screen if a user presses the Apps’ button whilst his phone his locked. The user can then either have some fun by simply throwing the bubbles away or initiate an action by dragging a bubble to the available drop point.

Below is a video of Nokia Bubbles in action on the Nokia N8 :

At the moment, users can use a bubble to unlock their phone, view an unread SMS, control the music player or the FM radio, call a specific contact or change the phone profile etc.

The application is still in beta so do expect some bugs. The application sure has a very interesting concept and hopefully, the future versions will improve the functionality of this app further. The application only supports the latest Symbian phones from Nokia like the N8, C7 and the C6-01.

The app can be downloaded for free from here.

Firefox 4 (Android)

It was only a couple of days ago that Mozilla released an updated version of Firefox 4 for Mobile for Android and Maemo. Compared to the previous beta releases, this new release of Firefox 4 for Mobile is way better.

The page loading times and the loading time of the application has been reduced drastically. In fact, the Mozilla team says that this new beta version of Firefox 4 is faster than the stock Android browser.


One big advantage of FF4 for Mobile is that it supports plug-ins. As of now, the mobile add-ons gallery for Firefox 4 features more than 100 plug-ins. The app does have its share of downsides including a very heavy memory foot print.

Readers can read more about Firefox 4 for mobile here. Android handset owners can download Firefox 4 for mobile from the Android Market.

News Corp Launches “The Daily” iPad App

“New times demand new journalism,” said Rupert Murdoch at the launch of The Daily, an iPad only newspaper, in New York today. “So we built The Daily completely from scratch — on the most innovative device to come about in my time — the iPad.”

The DailyIt will be a daily newspaper which will be available exclusively on the iPad for now. It is priced at $0.99 per week and $39.99 per year. It will be free for the first 2 weeks though, thanks to Verizon.

It will offer a combination of traditional journalism and technology and will be packed with a lot of interactive multimedia content. It will be updated daily and comes with videos, audio content and will allow users to share content directly via Twitter or Facebook. It also has a built in browser as well as an apps and games section, which is linked directly to the App Store.

With the launch of The Daily, Apple also unveiled a new feature for application developers – in-app subscriptions. Apple will be enabling one-click, in-app subscription pricing for apps on the App Store soon. It would be ideal for media companies who rely on subscription based services. Expect an announcement by Apple on subscription pricing soon. Rupert Murdoch stated that The Daily will be launched on all major tablets eventually.

via The Daily

Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads

Apple had recently put up a download counter on their website, which displayed the total number of iOS apps and games downloaded from the App Store. Since the last two days, it has been hovering around the 9.9 billion number, but today, at around 4 PM IST, it has finally touched 10 billion.

Yes, more than 10 billion apps have been download from the App Store since it was launched on July 10, 2008. That’s more than 10.8 million apps every day, about 125 apps every second.

Apple App Store 10 Million

According to a report by Asymco, about 60 apps have been downloaded on every iOS device on average. The App Store has completely revolutionized the way in which apps and games are distributed and has created many millionaires. It spawned many copies like the Android Market, Windows Marketplace, Blackberry App World etc.

Inspired by the success of the iPhone App Store, Apple even launched an App Store for Mac OS. It has also been trying to trademark the word “App Store” to stop competitors from using it.

Apple had also announced a contest in which it would give away a $10000 gift card to the person who downloaded the 10 billionth app. The name of the lucky winner will soon be revealed. Even MacPhun announced a $5000 gift card to the winner.

via Apple

Get $15000 iTunes Gift Card For Apple’s 10 Billionth App Download; Conditions Apply

Apple recently put up a countdown on their website for the number of apps downloaded from the app store. The countdown is a race to 10 billion app downloads from the Apple Apps store.

Apple App Store Download Counter

To celebrate the feat, Apple is giving away a $10000 iTunes gift card to the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store. However, you could win another $5000 iTunes gift card if you download the FX Photo Studio app by MacPhun.

The additional $5000 gift card was announced by the MacPhun folks on their blog. So if you are the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store and you purchase the FX Photo Studio app, you are set to make a cool $15000 in iTunes gift card.

MacPhun is also willing to give away $1000 if the 10 billionth downloaded app is not the FX Photo Studio, however, the downloaded app has to be an app from the photography category. It could either be a free or paid app.

Considering that the app store counter is already inching towards 9.99 billion, you might want to start warming up to get that 10 billionth download.

Playboy App for iPad to be Available on App Store

Hugh Hefner, the notorious founder of the erotic magazine Playboy, has announced that, come this March, an official Playboy application for the iPad will be available on the App Store.

Hefner’s announcement was made through a tweet on   his twitter account :

Big news! Playboy–both old & new–will be available on iPad beginning in March.

Playboy logo
This was followed by more updates from him mentioning that the Playboy Magazine App will be uncensored. Furthermore, all the editions of the magazine, even past editions will be available on the iPad.

It’s not that the App store currently does not have sexually explicit Apps on the App Store. In fact, there is already   a Playboy app for the iPhone. We have previously covered Apple’s dual policy, where Apple thought it fit to ban 5000 Apps, but did not touch the Playboy app. But having a completely uncensored version for a bigger form factor, like the iPad, is quite another thing.

Could this mean a surge of such applications for the iPad ? Will this eventually penetrate the iPhone and iPod Touch devices too ?

Source : GigaOM

Jealous About Mac App Store? Here Is A Software Store For Windows

Mac users just got a brand new app store which features several apps they can download and use, if you are not happy with it you can always try out some Mac App store alternatives.

Windows App Store AllMyApps

However, what if you are a user? Well, thanks to sites like and Softpedia, you can downloads and use tons of apps or software as we prefer to call it. However, App stores provide users with a unified experience of software installs, software updates and easy installation. In case of Windows, this experience is hard to get.

All My Apps, an application installer which allows users to install multiple apps at once, which we had covered earlier has now turned into an App store for Windows providing an experience similar to the Mac App Store.

All My Apps Software Installer

All My Apps providers users with a web interface and desktop tool to download and install apps. The advantage of using the desktop software is that it will also check for available updates for installed software. This will make updating software on your computer as easy as clicking a single button.

Also See: 7 Tools to Keep Your Windows PC Software Up-to-date

All My Apps has a big catalog of Freeware which you can download and install for free. The app also provides one-click-installation of software which does away with the multiple-screen software installation you are usually accustomed to. The software also acts like an app launcher, allowing you to launch installed applications by double clicking on it.

Download: You can sign up and download All My Apps for your PC from

Techie Buzz Verdict

All My Apps is a really good way to discover new software and keep them up-to-date. However, the software is still buggy as it does not discover the software which was already installed on my PC. However, since the software is still in beta, we can expect these things to be taken care of in the future.

Another nice thing about this software is that it does away with those pesky multiple-screen software installs and replaces it with a single click. However, some advanced users might find the lack of advanced options like changing install directory and removing start menu listing a problematic.

Overall, All My Apps providers users with one of the easiest ways to install new software to your computer and is a recommended download.

Ratings: 3/5 (Good)

The Mac App Store Has Over 1 Million Downloads on Launch Day

Apple has announced that the Mac App Store has already hit one million downloads on its first day of operation. It has been just one day since the Mac App Store launched with about 1000 apps, and it has already had its share of issues and controversies. What remains to be seen is whether these numbers are indicative of greater future sales numbers or just initial excitement.

The Mac App Store has been modeled after the extremely popular iPhone App Store and functions as a centralized marketplace for Mac apps and games with developers keeping 70% of the sales revenue and Apple pocketing the rest.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting. Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

Check out the official press release by Apple for more details.

Mac App Store

Apple Mac App Store Alternatives

Apple launched their Mac Store yesterday (which was apparently cracked), and it has already seen over million downloads in a single day. However, not everything is hunky dory with the app store and it comes with several problems too.

App Bodega Mac App Store

The biggest problem of all is that if you have already purchased an app, you won’t be able to get updates for it through the Mac store and will have to re-purchase the app again. There are several more problems which have been listed out by Life Hacker.

Over at a Reddit thread, several users have been bringing similar complaints to the table. So is the Mac Store your only source for apps? Well, no. There are several alternatives available for the Mac Store out there, which have been doing it for quite some time now.

One of them is App Bodega. App Bodega is a complete alternative to Mac App Store where you can download and install apps and use it as a complete package manager for all your software. App Bodega provides you with an easy way to browse and install apps, along with providing you software updates so that all your software is up-to-date. Bodega also downloads and installs all the available updates automatically if you set it up  to do so.

Another alternative to the app store is App Fresh. Though it is not a market place to buy new apps, it keeps all the installed software on your Mac up-to-date. This is what you won’t get with the current Apple App Store for previously purchased apps.

So if you have been pissed with the new App Store, you can try out these alternatives and see which works for you. After all it shouldn’t be a monopoly.

Mac App Store Cracked

It seems that the Mac App Store, which was launched on January 6, has been cracked already. The crack will not be available until February 2011 though, according to Dissident, the hacker who created the hack – Kickback.

Mac App Store Crack

We don’t want to release Kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that.

Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback.

So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.

It has already been widely reported that the security of the Mac App Store is very easy to circumvent. The team that developed Kickback is a part of the Hackulous community that cracked Apple’s DRM system for iOS.

via GadgetsDNA

Apple App Store Opens Up For Consumers; Angry Birds And Twitter For Mac Also Released

Apple has finally opened up the Mac App Store for consumers. Mac OS X Snow Leopard owners can get the App Store by downloading the OS X 10.6.6 update. Mac owners can purchase apps from the App Store using their iTunes account.

As of now, the Mac App Store contains more than 1000 apps. The apps in the Mac App Store are divided into many categories like Education, Games, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities etcetera.


The Mac App Store contains popular apps like Autodesk, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages and Aperture 3. The Mac App Store also features some new applications like Angry Birds for the Mac platform for $4.99 along with Twitter for Mac. All the apps which users will download from the Mac App Store will pop up in your OS X dock.

The whole UI of the Mac App Store is pretty much similar to the App Store which users see on the iPad. Along with the Mac App Store, the OS X 10.6.6 also fixes some bugs and improves the stability of your Mac.