Ready for another dose of awesome applications? We thought you were, so we put a few together for you after the break, so join us there!
Chris Parsons - How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($3.99)
With holidays now in full effect, it's time to take How the Grinch Stole Christmas out for a reading. Luckily, this year you can grab it on your android phone or tablet and have it digitally stored thanks to the folks from Oceanhouse Media. Whether you're a child or an adult, the Grinch is a great read and a classic holiday tradition for most. With the digital version kids can now follow along as the book reads to them, they can read it themselves or make use of the auto play mode -- which lays it out as if it were a movie. Very cool and must have for Christmas time and a great way to help kids learn how to read without them even knowing it. [Market Link]
Richard Devine - Hailo (Free)
My app pick this week is a true, real world application of how Smartphones grow more and more a part of our daily lives.
Hailing a taxi in London can be a nightmare, and sometimes very dangerous. The idea behind Hailo is so simple, but so incredibly effective that it's actually surprising it hasn't been around longer. By locating you via gps, you are able to view, book and pay for nearby taxis all within the application. You can also view your drivers photo, and track his location until he picks you up.
With the backing of Transport for London and 23000 cab drivers, this is serious stuff. What's more, the intention is to roll out beyond London. I spend a fair bit of time in our nations capital, and my smartphone is now an essential part of each trip thanks to Hailo. [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - Spotify
While the weekly app picks are usually good for uncovering some hidden gems, it's also good to reiterate just how fantastic a well-known app actually is. While most of you have undoubtledly heard of Spotify, it's worth mentioning how great the Android app performs. If you love Spotify on your computer, the app is worth a look. Streaming is instant and the library is as rich as I've seen on any internet music database. Create a playlist on the fly or sync up with your iTunes library at home. Share your music picks on Facebook and Twitter and save your favorites for offline availability. There are just so many good things to say about the wonder that is Spotify. Unfortunately, the app requires a $10 monthly subscription to Spotify Premium, but it's a small price to pay for carrying around millons of tracks in your pocket. And upon downloading the app, you'll get an initial 48-hour trial, followed by a free 30 days of Spotify Premium, which will give you just enough of a taste to make you a true believer (and subscriber). [Market Link]
Jared DiPane - MegaWords (Free)
When I play games on my devices I usually like to play something that will challenge me, otherwise I tend to lose interest. MegaWords is a new game, (it is in beta) that has hit the Android market, and unlike other word games it gives you the tiles and you have to connect them to make a word. The game allows you to play verse other friends, giving a good sense of competition and it is fun to see who can make the best words. Keeping in mind the game is still in beta, and there are probably some features missing, and bugs to be found, I think it is well worth the free download to try it out and give the developer some feedback! [Market Link]