Google Docs Android Apps and Games
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Google Docs Android Apps and Games
Increasingly, people are using mobile phones to access information — from email to web browsing to editing documents. Part of getting work done on the go is being able to easily access, edit and share content, which is why new Google Docs app for Android is awesome.
With this new app it’s easy to filter and search for your content across any Google account, then jump straight into editing docs using the online mobile editors. The app also allows you to easily share items with contacts on your phone, right from within the app.
The Docs app also allows you to upload content from your phone and open documents directly from Gmail. You can also add a widget to your home screen for easy access to three core tasks: jumping to your starred documents, taking a photo to upload, or creating a new document with one tap.
And my favorite feature: Using the app and your phone’s camera, you can turn photos with text into editable Google documents with the power of optical character recognition (OCR). Just create a new ‘Document from Photo’ or select the camera icon from the widget, and your converted document will appear in your documents list shortly after you snap the picture. You can also convert photos already stored on your phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app. OCR does a pretty good job capturing unformatted text in English but won’t recognize handwriting or some fonts — stay tuned, it will get better over time!
Google Reader Android Apps and Games
Yes, sir, this is finally the motherf***ing official Google Reader (GR) app, and it is beautiful.
Now we do have an ultimate tool for RSS reading, fully compatible and syncable with your Google accounts (more than one!), packed with options for sharing, adding subscriptions and pretty much everything from mobile web Google Reader. What I really like about it is its simplicity embraced with brilliant code just as good and smooth as you would expect from Google devs.
Essential remark: this praise only applies if you use GR as your main RSS reader, otherwise you may feel that this app lacks some redundant functionality: precaching, for instance, or customizing the looks. Anyway, there are some cool things already, and I hope more of them coming: volume-key navigation between articles (must be enabled in settings), also you can long-press on a folder or subscription to bring up a contextual menu with useful options, and when you press the menu button on an individual item, you can share it with variety of apps on your phone like facebook, twitter or other social stuff.
For me — the person who’ve been using GR for years — this app is an immediate wave goodbye to all substitutions like gReader, Pulse News Reader and all others.
Laputa Android Apps and Games
Laputa Reader is my second favorite book reader on Android platform, though it has both great advantages and disadvantages.
First of all, it looks exactly like the canonical iBooks from Apple, which is rather a good thing, because in terms of design it’s almost perfect. You can see a totally replicated bookshelf, where all your books could be stored (or selected ones only), and a page flipping animation is also implemented in a similar way to the iPhone/iPad/iPod app.
Reading is pretty comfortable, but you would certainly miss the vast variety of settings available in Aldiko and some awesome features like onscreen gamma correction. I can’t completely agree with the official statement as «the coolest paper leaf rolling effect provides you the best reading experience on Android», because making a roll every time you’ve read a page is not very convenient thing: instead of quick flick you have to move your finger to the considerable distance from side to side.
Another serious matter is content. And here we come to a major trouble — you can’t add your own e-books from SD card or import them in any other way. Laputa Reader gives you access to the several repositories, where you can possibly find what you want, but this is not always probable. The recently added library named Avayewn provides lots of modern books, for instance as you can see on screenshots, I was able to download (for free) all Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings trilogy. I don’t know how they resolve copyright issues, maybe with revenue from ads or cash earned with «pro» version, but if you turn off internet connection there will be no ads at all. So as long as you can get some great books for mobile reading without any charge applied, consider it kinda decent app.
And the last thing must be mentioned: some users complain in market comments about poor service and disappearing books. Well, never happened to me, but just FYI. Anyway, if your book suddenly would’ve become inaccessible, there are tons of places where you can get it again and upload in another reader with less gloss.
P.S. In case you’re wondering what the name of this app means, it’s pretty obvious:
Laputa is a fictional flying island or rock, about 4.5 miles in diameter, with an adamantine base, which its inhabitants can maneuver in any direction using magnetic levitation. Its population consists mainly of educated people, who are fond of mathematics, astronomy, music and technology, but fail to make practical use of their knowledge (the rest are their servants).