Today’s App of the Week is… Google Docs. Just kidding. Oh man could you imagine. What a terrible excuse for an app Google put out last week. The real app is a little game called Pool Break.
Pool Break is a 3D game that really shows off the graphics power of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. With real-time lighting and shadows, the game comes to life.
You can either play online, against a computer, or switch off with a friend locally.
There are four different games – Pool, Snooker, Carrom and Crokinole. The last three are a mystery to me, but somebody must know what they are.
It might be 7:12 PM EST, but App of the Week is still coming as promised for Monday. Today I am introducing you to a very useful application that can help you get rid of that handwritten to-do list. That app is Taskos.
Personally, I do not get anything done unless I write a to-do list, so this application is invaluable. Just open up the app and you have your list on your beautiful Galaxy Tab. Adding new tasks is simple and there are two ways to do it. Touch the top input box and either type with the keyboard or use speech-to-text by pressing the microphone on the top left corner. Then just hit the plus sign.
Removing finished tasks is even easier. Just give swipe over it as if you were to strike a line through the completed task.
Also included in the free application is two widgets – a 4×4 and 1×4. The larger is essentially the application scaled down to show the listed items as well as the box to add new ones. The smaller only shows one item at a time and only allows speech-to-text input.
The biggest bonus of all is that it will sync with your Google Tasks.
Go ahead and give it a try and see if you are not more productive than usual.
Download: Android Market
Dropbox is cloud storage at its best. I use it daily to transfer files between my computer and my Galaxy Tab wirelessly. Of course I could use the microSD card, but that is not the easiest thing to do.
When you register for Dropbox, you get 2 GB of storage for free. There are further storage options – 50 GB and 100 GB. 50 GB costs $9.99/month or $99.00/year and 100 GB costs $19.99/month or $199.00/year.
The latest update of Dropbox for Android brings password security. You can enter a four digit pin number to keep your files private and secure.
Another excellent feature of Dropbox is shared folders. You and your friends or colleagues can set up a shared folder to collaborate with or just to share files.
Go ahead and register/download the app right now and try it out for yourself. It does not disappoint.
I have had a roller coaster relationship with the Amazon App Store, but today it has found its way to App of the Week.
Amazon’s new app store is the second largest source for Android apps. They did a really good job of getting developers to add their apps to the market.
There really is not a reason to make this your primary app store, but it is worth having. Every day Amazon discounts one paid app to the low price of $0.00. So far these apps have been popular and high quality apps from the Android Market – X Construction, SoundHound Infinity, and Angry Birds Rio to name a few.
Unfortunately, it is only available to people in the United States of America for the time being. There are plans to release it to the rest of the world though. Until then you are stuck with the far superior Android Market, but do not get awesome free apps daily.
Download the Amazon App Store here.
Speedx 3D is this weeks App of the Week. It is an accelerometer based tunnel game in which you try to make it as far as possible without dying. You must dodge obstacles to survive. It is insanely fun and challenging!
The game has four levels of difficulty – easy, standard, extreme, and pure.
Playing the game is rather simple. Just tilt your Tab to move left or right in the tunnel. The game also has integrated Zeemote controls for those wanting to use a Wii controller.
If you have 3D glasses, then you can enjoy a more immersive experience racing down the tunnel. It supports both red/cyan and green/magenta glasses.
It is a really fun game and definitely worth a try. You can pick up the ad-free version on the Android Market for ~$1.59 or get the ad-supported version for free. The ad-supported version is not a lite or demo version, but the same as the ad-free one with ads. Enjoy!
Everybody knows that the default browser blows, but there is a lot of debate about which third part one is best. The most recent update of Opera Mobile has given it a chance at the title.
The first thing about Opera Mobile that you will notice is how fast it is. Check out these page load time scores to see for yourself. It loaded this website in as little as 5.6 seconds. Opera’s speed is not limited to page load time, but includes how smooth pinching to zoom is. It has a framerate that rivals iOS’s Safari browser. Unlike Safari, and every other mobile brower, it won’t ever give you a checkerbox pattern when zooming or scrolling.
Opera’s flash implementation is not as great though. Even the default browser can handle it better. That is ok though, because 90% of the time I do not need flash when browsing on my Galaxy Tab. When I do I can just open it up in another browser. A minor inconvenience, but very manageable.
The homepage sports Opera’s classic dialpad with your nine chosen websites ready to be loaded up. Each website is designated with a thumbnail preview of the website.
Go ahead and give Opera Mobile a shot. Search for Opera Mobile Web Browser or click this Android Market link on your Galaxy Tab or computer.