Motor Trend Android Apps and Games
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Motor Trend Android Apps and Games
If you like to read news about the cars and automobile industry garnished up with pics and videos, this app will suit you great.
It basically works as a mobile version of Motor Trend’s website, which includes coverage of the worldâs biggest auto shows, daily news updates, and road tests of the newest and flashiest cars. It also includes reviews, photos and videos of cars that are currently on the market. For those that are always two steps ahead in terms of technology, the Motor Trend app also has also information available about concept cars and vehicles that are still in the planning stages.
Motor Trend also has a buyer’s guide included with the app, which is something that anyone interested in buying a new or used car should consult before heading to the car dealership. The app also narrows down your choices by helping you figure out what kind of designs you like and what you can afford. You can click on different vehicle models to look at prices, current rebates and incentives and safety information.
Click on the features section and you can read stories that appeal to everyone. These aren’t stories about the mechanics or technical design, which ordinary consumers probably don’t care to read about. These stories are more about the kind of cars that celebrities drive, holiday gift-giving ideas, and the pros and cons of similar looking cars. These articles are actually pretty interesting and useful.
While Motor Trend’s website isn’t anything special to look at, its app is actually quite clever by comparison. When you launch it, the main menu looks like the dashboard on a car. It isn’t difficult to figure out where you’re going. Click on any of the options “Wide Open Throttle”, “Road Tests”, “Photos”, etc, and you’ll be brought to a scrollable interface. These scrollable screens have a ton of information on them, but they don’t feel cluttered at all.
While the app’s photos are very vibrant and seem to be organized effectively, it is disappointing that they don’t become larger when you click on them. Another thing is that the app doesn’t have its own media player and offers to use either the browser or YouTube for watching a video. It also has slightly annoying ads with popup feature.
Instagram Android Apps and Games
Finally the most popular vintage photo app on iOS arrives to Android platform after two years since its launch in 2010.
Developers did a great job to deliver the same awesome and user-beloved experience merged into Android environment. It doesn’t feel all-native (in a good way) and definitely has more polish than 90% of all other apps.
The best thing about this release is that Android users are not separated from existing iOS user pool, so you can easily find and add your friends with iPhones and vice versa. For instance, on a launch day I’ve got more than 30 new followers. Downside of this is a heavy server hardware load, which causes numerous problems lately such as user profiles won’t opening, feeds working slower than usual, etc. Not if this wasn’t unexpected, but still they should’ve been more prepared to green robot invasion.
Another classic Android problem people used to encounter is an extreme phone models diversity, and of course there are lots of older ones that can’t run it or do it incorrectly. Even if you’ve got Android 2.2+ it doesn’t guarantee that new app will run without a couple of occasional crashes. It will probably take months for devs to cover all bugs and stabilize Instagram on the vast majority of smartphones. I can only wish them good luck and godspeed on this hard work.
In my case the elder HTC Desire with custom MIUI interface got it for good and everything seems fine, except for writing speed due to poor SD Card bus bandwidth. But the 1GHz processor is more than enough to process filters within reasonable amount of time. Sadly, it’s not as fast as on an iPhone 4S, but absolutely faster than on an old iPhone 3G, and about the same as on a 3GS model.
Instagram was the must-have exclusive for any iPhone user and the platform defining featured app. Now almost all people can (and should) use it, which is absolutely awesome.