Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

Summary: The T-Mobile G1 is showing up in the hands of those who pre-ordered one this week (mine is schedule for Tuesday arrival) and I have been seeing new applications appearing in the Android Market almost daily on my review unit. There are still a very limited number of games and I think only one or two were added since I started my review. I loaded up eleven applications (a couple of these just appeared yesterday) and took the below video of eight applications in action on the G1. I covered the Video Player in my full review since that was really an application that should have been included by T-Mobile and Google. As I stated in my full review you only get 128MB of onboard storage to load up applications and you cannot currently load them on the microSD card. With the eleven applications I tried, I only had 34MB of remaining memory. However, in looking at the space allocation settings it looks like your data is stored in this area too so if you have a ton of contacts and lots of calendar entries your space may fill up faster.

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The T-Mobile G1 is showing up in the hands of those who pre-ordered one this week (mine is schedule for Tuesday arrival) and I have been seeing new applications appearing in the Android Market almost daily on my review unit. There are still a very limited number of games and I think only one or two were added since I started my review. I loaded up eleven applications (a couple of these just appeared yesterday) and took the below video of eight applications in action on the G1. I covered the Video Player in my full review since that was really an application that should have been included by T-Mobile and Google. As I stated in my full review you only get 128MB of onboard storage to load up applications and you cannot currently load them on the microSD card. With the eleven applications I tried, I only had 34MB of remaining memory. However, in looking at the space allocation settings it looks like your data is stored in this area too so if you have a ton of contacts and lots of calendar entries your space may fill up faster.

Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

The eight applications shown in my video below include (in order of appearance in the video), Android Says, Accuweather, Plusmo Pro Football Live, PacMan, Bonsai Blast, Compare Everywhere, Ecorio, and QuickList. I also recently loaded up and tried Shazam, Wikipedia Mobile, and iMap Mobile. Several of these applications won prizes in the Android Developer Challenge and can be found in the ADC Gallery. I look forward to seeing ShapeWriter launch soon with its onscreen text entry method.

I enjoyed playing Android Says (Simon), PacMan (classic game), and Bonsai Blast and think the games are great for mobile game playing with good sound and graphics. I liked Accuweather a bit better than the iMap Mobile weather application because it seemed to give me more information (taking up more of the display) and longer forecasts. iMap Mobile has a cool weather icon in the notifications area for alerts, but even when I turned them off the notification kept appearing.

Plusmo Pro Football Live as fun to follow the NFL while I was at my daughter's soccer game, its just too bad my Seahawks are so bad this year. I used QuickList several times as a way to take notes when a thought entered my head, but want a better note taking application. I never tried Compare Everywhere yet since I haven't been shopping since I have had the G1. Shazam worked like a champ at identifying the song that was playing and then gave me options to search the Amazon MP3 store or YouTube for related information.

I tried Ecorio for my train commute, but it required the GPS receiver to be on all the time when traveling and I didn't want to leave it on that long on my commute. It was cool to see updates from across the U.S. though and may have to play with this some more on my own G1.

The new Wikipedia Mobile (may have a different name, but I sent away my G1) application is a handy way to find things in Wikipedia and also just browse through interesting topics.

FYI, you can also download and install applications that may not yet be in the Android Market. Check out this video on the Phandroid site to see how to get the iTunes Remote on your G1. I also tried and installed the new ContactsSync application that lets you sync your Exchange contacts to your G1. Unfortunately, my IT guys just setup Exchange so I don't have the ability to use this yet.

I hope that T-Mobile/Google or a 3rd party developer soon adds the ability to install applications to your microSD card because with the applications being one of the possible strong points of the new OS you really need the ability to load up what you want without restrictions.

So far all of these applications are free and we haven't heard how you will be paying for them. You may pay through your T-Mobile account or via a credit card you input and store in your store account.

Topics: Apps, Collaboration, Mobility, Software

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  • Call me "old fashioned" but...

    ...is this a telephone, or a GameBoy?

    Does anyone actually make telephone calls anymore...besides me? I would like to know how this thing performs as a telephone from someone...PLEASE.

    No wonder the business world is in the toilet, what with everyone apparently playing games all day long.
    IT_Guy_z
    • Work/Play

      I can't speak for everyone, but I work an average of 60 hours a week and find myself relying on my phone as not only a tool for work but for a break in a stressful day to take a moment for myself by playing a game, reading the news, listening to a tune and sending a quick message to my friends and family to let them know I'm still alive. I have to say that most people I know work really hard all day long and need to recharge for a few minutes each day. As for the business world being in the crapper, this is due to a few high level executives and politicians making poor decisions and affecting the lives of their hard working employees and families. This is unfortunate but we will bounce back.
      eddieslostepisode
  • RE: Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

    Matthew,
    My name is Susheel Daswani and I'm Director of User Experience at Plusmo.

    Thanks for featuring our Pro Football Live Android application in your blog post and video!

    Android on the T-Mobile G1 is an exciting development platform and we are delighted that our Pro Football Live application is available on Android Market at launch. Also, we are continually updating the application to fix bugs and add features that allow our users to be engaged with their favorite Pro Football team whenever they are on the go, so stay tuned for updates.

    Thanks again!
    Susheel Daswani

    PS: For College Football fans, we also have the College Football Live application on Android Market.
    susheel_daswani_plusmo
    • I'll look for the College Football one too

      I didn't see the College Football one, but when my own G1 arrives tomorrow I'll definitely be adding that. Then again, my local Huskies and Cougars are just as bad as the Seahawks so it is not a good year for Seattle sports fans.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Mark

    Hi Matthew,

    I'm the lead developer of the iMap Weather Mobile application you mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to review it. We actually decided to take out the notifications for watches and warnings from the release because it was not as robust and we would have liked. We will release it again in the future, probably as a push technology via SMS. Sorry to disappoint on that feature. In the meantime you can always check for watches and warnings via the context menu for any of the 11 locations (including the current location) in your list. I think our radar is pretty nice (US mosaic with 8 zoom levels). :-) There's an updated apk on the Market.

    Roland
    roland.schweitzer
  • RE: Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

    Hey, just wanted to post a correction notice - that Simon game you showed seems to be called "mem", not Android Says like in the video. Not sure why they changed the name to something so non-descript but whatever.

    On a related note, my mem game keeps saying "No themes" How the heck do you get themes for it anyway????
    prinnymask