Leave it to Google to make even the most mundane tasks into intuitive and enjoyable experiences. This time they’ve tackled the chore of holiday shopping and browsing by releasing Google Catalogs, a tablet only app that lets users browse catalogs from dozens of retailers across the county.
If you’re a photographer, graphic designer, or anyone interested in powerful image manipulation, Adobe Photoshop is the go to program on PC and Mac. Up until recently, if you wanted to edit images on your Tab you had a lackluster group of very basic image editing apps, most focused on simple one click filters and effects. Now, we have Adobe Photoshop Touch, a fully featured version of Photoshop built from the ground up for tablet devices After spending considerable time with the app I can report that Photoshop Touch is a triumph of mobile computing, allowing for deep image manipulation, with very usable touch screen controls.
Netflix recently gave their Android app a much needed overhaul for tablet devices. The update makes browsing potential titles easier than ever, all while looking gorgeous on a full sized screen.
When I initially purchased my Galaxy Tab one of the earliest desires I had for the device was to watch TV and movies on that beautiful display, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone with my desires. I eagerly waited for Netflix support to come, but when it did it was a slow staggered launch with no official tablet support. Netflix has at long last rectified the situation, and it looks like the wait was worth it.
My Country is a game that has been out for quite some time now. I originally started playing this on my iPod Touch 4g, but got kind of angry because of the small screen. I recently learned it was out on Android, and found it worked GREAT on my tablet!
My Country is one of those city-farming games, as I like to call it. There are a lot of city-farming/building games out there and this one seems to blow the other’s out of the arena.
The aim-of-the-game is to make a large, beautiful city (Or Country). Like any others though, you have to earn experience points, level up, and rack in a lot of that cash. You can do this by collecting rent from Residential places, Business, and several different Industries as well. This game reminds me more of a Sims City game than any other however, because you also have to build different power stations and keep your Ecology up to place certain buildings, and also, you can place buildings, roads, lakes/rivers, etc. anywhere on the map that is open.
At the center of the Honeycomb experience is the navigation bar. Always at the bottom of the screen, the navigation bar allows users to jump to any open application, to their home screens, or back to their previous screen. Now, thanks to Wizz Bar, the navigation bar has become even more powerful.
News Republic offers a truly new and refreshing take on news reader apps. With a focus on article discovery and topic organization, users can simply enter a personal interest and find hundreds of articles on the topic, many from websites they’ve never visited.
News Republic is intended to be an all in one stop for online news by pulling articles from thousands of different websites and then organizing them by topic. Users create their own personal categories based on what interests them, and News Republic fills those categories with new article from relevant websites. One of News Republic’s finer traits is navigation, with a slick two panel design that makes browsing your custom news channels a breeze. Overall the app works quite well, with the occasional hiccup due to unreliable connections or broken links, but these are few and far between. There’s something to be said about an app that delivers thousands of relevant articles based on a topic of your choosing, and is why News Republic is my go to news reader for the Galaxy Tab.