Windows 8 Release Preview App Overview: Cocktail Flow

On May 31, Microsoft made available the next milestone in their development of Windows 8 — the Windows 8 Release Preview. I have it installed and running on two laptops and while my colleague Abhishek Baxi has covered some topics about the operating system itself, I look at one of the most beautiful apps in the Windows Store at the moment, Cocktail Flow.

Windows Phone users will recognize the name, since it was one of the first apps available on the platform and it is one which truly utilizes the Metro design philosophies. Since the launch of this app on Windows Phone, the creators of this app, Team Distinction have released versions for iPhone, Android and Android tablets.

In case you are not familiar with the app, it is designed to help you make cocktails. It provides the capability to search by base or mixer drink, by type (cocktail, shooter, etc.) and also by a combination of what you have “in your cabinet”. While the concept of a bartender-style app is not new, the way it has been designed makes the app simply beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use. What follows is a screenshot tour of the various features of their latest version, that for Windows 8.

Once you open the app, you are brought to a beautiful panorama of selections you can make to look for information about cocktails. You can see drinks by kind of drinks, by color, by type of drinks, etc.

 

Cocktail Flow Main Screen

Main screen

 

Cocktail Flow Main Screen More Selections

Main screen with more selections

 

Once you click through one of those selections, you are brought to a list of drinks. You can swipe across to see more drinks.

 

Cocktail Flow Whiskey-based Drinks

Whiskey-based drinks

Cocktail Flow Vodka-based Drinks

Vodka-based drinks

Cocktail Flow Green-colored Drinks

Green-colored drinks

Cocktail Flow Shooters

Shooters

If you want to see what kind of cocktails you can make with what you have, you can use the “cabinet” view which lets you mark the spirits, mixers, and liqueurs you have and it adds drinks which you can make from those selections, in the “My Bar” section.

Cocktail Flow My Bar Spirits

My Bar: Choose your spirits

Cocktail Flow My Bar Mixers

My Bar: Choose your mixers

Cocktail Flow My Bar More Mixers

My Bar: More mixers

Cocktail Flow My Bar Liqueurs

My Bar: Liqueurs

Cocktail Flow My Bar Cocktails

My Bar: Cocktails which you can make

 

See the next page for cocktail details screen, adding as a favorite, pinning to Start Screen, etc.

Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.

Sony_Ericsson_W8

Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.