The ubiquity of portable touchscreen devices today has led to an abundance of online media specifically designed for such mobile platforms. The mobility of these platforms, and their ease of use, has opened up an unprecedented variety of ways to consume online media.
Improving mobile network speeds and ever-increasing numbers of public wi-fi hotspots allow people to consume their media just about anywhere. Here are five popular Android Apps that will make your next peak-hour bus ride much more bearable.
1. Google Search
Google Search certainly increases user-friendliness on your Android phone or tablet with its phone search functionality, a useful tool for those with cluttered home screens and too many applications.
The app searches your phone and the web simultaneously to provide phone search results plus web search and web site suggestions as you type. The application ‘learns’ from your past search results and uses this to filter the most relevant results.
Google is still the king of search engines, and with this lightweight app it definitely does not disappoint.
Over 208 million people access Facebook from their mobile device, and the Facebook app is just the thing to use. Instead of accessing Facebook from the relatively clumsy default browser, the Facebook app offers seamless integration with your phone and your life on the go.
Upload pictures and share content easily, and access your newsfeed anywhere in the world with an Internet connection – now that’s real social media.
3. Angry Birds
The Angry Birds franchise has been a massive cult hit worldwide, with related items such as soft toys and plastic figurines flying off the shelves. Get the game that started this phenomenon with Angry Birds for Android, a deceptively difficult game in which you catapult an ‘Angry Bird’ towards a makeshift shelter in the hope of killing bright green pigs.
The concept may sound ridiculous, but the physics-based puzzle game is hopelessly addictive, and be prepared to waste significant time on it.
4. Amazon Appstore
Amazon Appstore is the prime alternative to Google’s Android Market. A significant advantage of the Amazon Appstore is that the applications are screened before they are put up for sale, ensuring that apps you download from Amazon are of a good quality.
The Amazon Appstore also features a paid app for free each day, which in itself makes it worth a look.
5. Pandora Radio
The Pandora Radio app offers the best of Internet radio, condensing the popular Pandora Internet radio service into a nifty Android application. Now you can discover new music and stream it on the go, hassle-free.
Pandora’s useful music recommendation has come right over from the Internet browser to Android, and your profile can be ported over directly, without a hitch.
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