Several big brands brought their best to the Android platform this week, starting with Flipboard. The popular social magazine for iPads has finally made its way to Android devices after months of anticipation, weeks of built-up hype, and a very public leak. Nike also ported another great training app to Google Play, helping you stay fit. But if you’d rather watch some already-fit tennis players go at it, the official Wimbledon app has arrived just in time for the All England Lawn Tennis Championships.
After a great run on the iPad, Flipboard finally made its way to Android devices. The hold up, according to the company, was creating an app for Android’s varied handsets that worked as well and looked as beautiful as the iOS version. And it was worth the wait. Flipboard for Android looks great, delivering the best news from a range of popular sources as well as your personal social streams like Twitter and Facebook. Search for the content you want, get quick updates with cover stories, save items for later reading and discover new items.
Nike+ Running (free)
Another iOS favorite, Nike+ Running found its way to Google Play. The free fitness app keeps you motivated by tracking your running progress in the gym or in the wild. Using your Android phone’s GPS and accelerometer, Nike+ Running records your distance, pace and time, delivering metrics on every mile to keep you focused as you run. There’s plenty of perks to keep your spirits high, such as the ability to set up songs to play at certain points to keep you pumped up. Sync the app with your Nikeplus.com account to gain access to your graphs, setting goals and searching for popular routes in your neighborhood.
Arguably the epitome of international tennis, Wimbledon is already in full swing, running from June 25 through July 8. You can follow the action live with the official Wimbledon app, now on Android. You’ll see real-time scores and results, a schedule of the matches, updates on draws and general event news. There’s also a section for player profiles, and on-demand video highlights, previews and interviews.
TiVo for Tablets (free)
TiVo became a household name a few years back with its DVR tool and the wondrous ability to control how you watch TV. Expanding its mobile experience, TiVo for Tablets turns your Android handset into command central for your DVR. Search, browse, discover and share programs on your tablet, avoiding the laborious task of using your television remote or interrupting your show. You’ll get new content, guides, schedules and recommendations, as well as the ability to manage your recordings. You can set a scheduled recording for single episodes or entire seasons, searching Netflix, Amazon and Blockbuster, as well as your cable or satellite provider’s on-demand menu for programs. Get additional info on shows including the cast and crew, and use your tablet as a TiVo remote for your television.
Joining the ranks of popular cloud services like mSpot, Jolicloud is a cloud-based personal library that gathers your favorite items from the apps and services you use regularly. It’s kind of like a Pinterest for your social networks and photo-sharing sites. Your content is aggregated and well-organized in Jolicloud’s rather elegant interface. Add items from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Picasa with more services on the way. Once you’ve saved an item you can share it with others, and is a certain replacement for your default gallery when it comes to viewing the content you love.
A popular podcast from WNYC, Radiolab features 20-minute shows with fascinating insight into the human mind, or as hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich say, “wonder, curiosity and big ideas.” It’s great to see a dedicated Android app from Radiolab, which expands the listening experience by letting you add your own audio effects, text and photos based on requests from the hosts, uploaded to Soundcloud. With the app you also get access to blog posts and push notifications for news, new episodes and events.