Getting a bit of publicity this week is new Android voice assistant, Robin. Despite the inevitable comparisons to Siri on iOS, Robin actually offers a lot of handy features, especially while driving. Also new is Nexercise, which offers an exciting way to get motivated, lose weight and stay in shape. In games, check out Atmo, a real-time multiplayer space combat title which just got out of beta, and offers plenty of challenging 3-D gameplay
Another day, another Siri competitor. Is Robin a better voice assistant app than the many others in Google Play? Well, it’s free to try at least. You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, details of your Twitter feed and much more.
Robin is definitely focused on in-car usage, which sets its apart from many of its peers. With real-time gas prices and full navigation features, along with traffic details (similar to Waze), Robin is definitely worth a look. It can even help you find a nearby parking space which could come in very handy if you’re driving in an unfamiliar city.
Nexercise aims to make losing weight and staying fit and healthy a bit more fun, as well as more permanent. It works by offering users plenty of motivation, often one of the biggest barriers for people hoping to lose weight.
The app tracks everyday things like walking or housework as “every little bit counts” activities which are encouraged. It also sets you challenges and goals. When you achieve these, you’re offered rewards, points and badges, so staying fit becomes a fun and enjoyable game rather than a chore. Invite your friends too, and track each other’s progress to stay motivated.
Atmo is a real-time multiplayer space combat title which plays a bit like “capture the flag” style games. You team up with a colleague and have to destroy opponents’ capsules, find their flag and return it to your goal. At the same time, you’ll need to defend your own flag and destroy your enemies should they attempt to make off with your flag.
Atmo looks like a fun and challenging game with nice 3-D graphics. It emerged out of beta only recently, so expect future enhancements and improvements down the line. For now, it’s free and definitely worth a look.