It’s been a big week for the Android Market, with an onrush of new apps from top companies. Microsoft crossed enemy lines to launch its Hotmail app, which quickly skyrocketed up the charts for free Android apps. Yahoo! launched a long overdue Android app with Flickr this week, tapping-in to the mobile photo-sharing trend. Adobe also ramped up its mobile suite, unveiling a fresh version of Adobe Flash Player 11.
The official Hotmail app has finally arrived in the Android Market. In the event that you still use Hotmail, now you can skip the Android web browser and access a full-featured app for viewing, sending and managing emails. Sync your calendar and contacts, view folders and subfolders, and get alerts for incoming messages. The free app supports multiple Hotmail accounts, and the clean layout is easy to navigate. The app launch is part of a Hotmail overhaul as Microsoft makes its latest appeal to users, smartly extending access to Android devices.
Joining the long line of Yahoo! apps, Flickr has launched a certified app for Android. You can take photos with the in-app camera, add effects with filters, and share them via email or across social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can also upload images directly to Flickr, organizing photos as well. Add tags, captions and comments for photos, and geotag them too. Flickr was smart to include privacy settings in the app, enabling you to share photos with just the people you select.
Adobe Flash Player 11 (Free)
Adobe dropped a few bombs this week, from an acquisition to the sneak peek of Photoshop Touch, an upcoming app for Android tablets. The Flash creator and HTML5 lover also pushed through an update for its flagship product, boosting support for 3D gaming and HD video playback. Expect faster graphics rendering and smoother videos. Flash Player 11 enables game and movie makers to do more on Android, and Adobe’s building an entire collection of tablet apps to work alongside Flash Player 11.
The Washington Post (Free)
The Washington Post has joined the rank of printed pubs with an app in the Android Market, delivering a rather nicely designed reader. A bar at the top of the screen slides you through newspaper sections, each with a set of relevant topics. Opt for a breaking news ticker, and adjust text size for easy reading on a smartphone. Be sure to check out the photo section, a short caption describes every captured moment.
The iPhone 4S may have Siri, but there’s a few Android apps on the Market that act as personal assistants. Conqu centralizes tasks for yourself and groups, organized by your own criteria. There’s no limit to how many tasks, projects and contacts you can load in here, helping you delegate and follow up as much as needed. Going after the business user, Conqu’s GTD app has been optimized for Andrioid tablets as well.
Jamcast Player (Free)
Everywhere access for music is an ongoing trend, and your choices only continue to grow. If you’d simply like access to your own music server, Jamcast has one for you. Tap-in to your Jamcast Server from a range of connected devices, streaming music from your own private cloud. It’s not the open range of songs you’ll get on Spotify, but it’s private and under your control. You can even play and manage iTunes songs from Jamcast, without syncing or downloading files to your device. You’ll need to buy the Jamcast Server for $29.99 to get started with the service, but the app is free to download.