Need to find something on Wikipedia while on the go? There’s an app for that. Need to speak to a customer service person rather than just dialing the “main number” and getting endless prompts? There’s an app for that. And while Apple’s iPhone commercials would have you thinking that those apps must be for the iPhone, the fact is that there are apps for those tasks for the Google Android operating system.
Currently, the only handset supporting Android is the T-Mobile G1, but with several other handsets on the way, we’ll likely be seeing a lot more “apps for that,” for the Android platform.
This week I’m offering a few Android apps:
- Dial Zero – Dialing a customer service number is something we pretty much do on a regular basis, but wouldn’t it be great to actually get directly to a person instead of a prompt. Well, that’s exactly what this app can do for you. It can make skipping the voice prompts just a little easier. Available from Next Mobile Web. iPhone version also available.
- Biometric Security Platform – This one is the ultimate in future tech available today. It lets you put the handset’s camera to your eye, where it can scan it to verify that it is you. As with fingerprints no two eyes are exactly the same, so you can lock your phone in case it is lost or stolen. And the security software even allows for a remote command in such an event! Lose your phone and need to keep someone from using it? Mission possible.
- Quickpedia – In the past when you were sure you were right you had to go to the library and look up the fact in an encyclopedia, possibly photocopy the fact and then call your friend/nemesis and read the information. Then came the Web and Wikipedia where you could e-mail the fact you found (and of course face the rebuttal that you probably changed the fact to make your point correct). But now even if you’re out to dinner you can prove you are right with Quickpedia, an app that makes navigating Wikipedia just a bit easier. So next time you know you’re right, bet who picks up dinner and then pull out your Android Phone and power up Quickpedia. Available from Next Mobile Web. iPhone version also available.
- CallACab – If you’re traveling to a distant city you can always get in a cab, but many cities don’t have cabs that regularly roam the streets picking up fares, and calling for one is only good if you know exactly where you are at. And for some cities the cabbies only know their immediate area, so if you need to go from say Santa Monica to Hollywood it isn’t as if the drivers are likely going to know every single street. This app helps you find the local cab company, and it even can tell your location and help get you to your destination.
After Hours Apps for Android:
- SpeedDate.com – All work and no play can make for a lonely life, and if you don’t have time to find that special someone, maybe this app can help. From the maker’s of the world’s first speed comes a mobile version for Android handsets that can give access to millions of singles 24-hours a day, no matter what their location. The free app is completely integrated with the Web version, and will let you set up a profile quickly and easily. You can peruse potential matches, write and receive messages and send “flirt” and “wink” conversation starters to those who strike your fancy.
- PicSay – Why send a mere photo picture when you can customize and personalize it? PicSay is an image editor that uses a simple interface where you can add titles, graphics and even word balloons to the picture you snapped. You can further distort the image, and even do cool editing such as color correction and highlighting to give photos that personalized touch.