Entertainment remains a top performing category for Android apps, and 106 & Park, a popular television program, extended its reach with a new app in the Android Market. Songza also debuted an Android app this week, making the “mix tape” cool again. The cloud is expanding for personal and business use, as GoToMeeting and Western Digital headed to Android. Here are this week’s top Android apps.
106 & Park (Free)
106 & Park has been a flagship program on BET’s network for years, and it’s arrived on Android to tap a whole new audience. Free, this app delivers music videos and highlights from the show, as well as updates for upcoming guests and clips of celebrity appearances. As Twitter has become an integral part of the show, the app also streams their trending topic of the day, where you’re invited to send in your reply. And for another level of engagement, you can scan the barcode when it appears on the TV screen for promos and to unlock secret app content.
The idea behind Songza is to have a ready-made playlist for any event, and now the service is going mobile. Known for its free access and simplified interface, Songza has made quite a transition into the music cloud space. After an acquisition from Amie St. and a recent round of funding, Songza’s looking to the mobile realm for a bigger listening party. With this app you can browse through curated playlists, all organized by activity, genre, decade, mood and culture tags. Playlists can then be shared across the social web. You can stream music for free, uninterrupted by advertisements. The only drawback is you can’t yet make your own playlists from the app -- you’ll have to go back to the website for that.
Citrix is dedicated to the mobile space, so it’s no surprise to see one of its popular products, GoToMeeting, hit the Android Market. It’s an online meeting service that I use almost daily, as developers, entrepreneurs and executives demonstrate their products or run through a slideshow presentation. Very much geared towards business users, GoToMeeting for Android lets you log-in to a meeting, view those presentations and reports, connect to audio and view other meeting attendees. You can even resize shared content to optimize your Android screen size. GoToMeeting makes it easier for mobile workers, leveraging mobility trends and collaborative technology.
WD 2go Pro ($2.99)
Hard drive maker Western Digital has expanded their and personal cloud service, adding more functionality and Pro options for Android users. The WD system works like a personal Internet, with a physical “server” at home base. You access this cloud from connected devices like your Android smartphone, pulling up your photos, music, videos and documents. The new Pro app lets you clip files from your Android device, and it auto-syncs your content. There’s also new content sharing options, and beefed-up security to protect your content from any device trying to access it.
SportStream Football (Free)
Just in time for football season comes the SportStream Football app from Evri. The app comes with real-time updates for breaking football news, scores and stats. It also pulls live tweets from all the important personalities, and alerts you to game highlights as they happen. From SportStream you can also tweet in your own comments, directly from the alert. SportStream Football is the latest in a line of growing sports and news apps from Evri, which leverages its core search and filtration technology for niche categories, each with their own app on Android.
Historypin is an app we’ve been watching at Appolicious, and it seems users have been keeping an eye on it too. Gaining traction in the Android Market, Historypin is an interactive app that brings history into the present. Revealing photos near your current location and layering them over the modern scene before you, Historypin creates an augmented reality that encourages curious minds to delve into the past. Add your own images, shake the phone to unveil global photos and see images on a map view for additional context. It’s great for exploring, learning and capturing your own history.