Smartphone App Wrap: Travel, TV, Google, and sports

Smartphone App Wrap: Travel, TV, Google, and sports

Summary: As summer approaches and we start to think about getting out and about, I took a look at apps related to travel, sports, and the new Google I/O launches.

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    As the pleasant weather finally approaches, we start to think about travel, baseball, golf, music, and enjoying time with family and friends. This collection of apps covers all these aspects of life while also including two new Google offerings from the I/O conference last week.

    Google Hangouts

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Google has always had a piecemeal approach to communications so I was pleased to see them launch Hangouts as they attempt to consolidate these communications. Hangouts replaces Google Talk and gives you a quick and easy way to chat and connect via a video call.

    Hangouts also lets you work across multiple platforms, including your desktop so communications flow better. I look forward to SMS integration like we see in Facebook Messenger.

  • (Image: Google Hangouts)

    Google Hangouts

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    I was able to enjoy a group chat in Hangouts on my HTC One while my daughters were on iPhones. A nice feature on Android is the ability to use a number of emoticons by tapping the smiley face on the text entry line.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, iPhone, Nokia, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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