There’s always some kind of app to check-in to some kind of activity, but what’s the payoff for all of these activities? Sure, it can be useful to alerting friends to what you’re doing or find out what’s popular, but there’s got to be something more to it all. In the case of Viggle, that something is a points system that rewards users for their frequent use of the app.
Viggle is an entertainment app in which users check in to reveal what they are watching on TV, as well as discover what is worth watching. To check in, users tap on a show and then Viggle begins listening to audio to validate that the viewer has selected the right show. Tell the app that you’re watching the MTV Movie Awards and it will award you 75 points. Take a 15 second, three-question survey about a brand and that
TiVo has finally made its way to Android tablets. Sure, the phone app released back in January was accessible on 7-inch tablets, but that was of little comfort to all of the people who wanted a tablet UI on their Xoom’s, Primes, and Tabs. Those users can officially join the party now.
TiVo for Tablets requires Android 2.2 or higher and does a better job of filling up the screen with content. The design has more in common with iOS than ICS, but there are at least a lot of features to help overlook that. TiVo has a programming guide to see what’s on, and it can be viewed by channel, date, or time. The guide also schedules recordings and starts playing shows if it’s currently broadcasting.
Search is another way to discover what movies and shows are playing – or at least when they play – and then perform the same tasks available from the guide.
Other features from TiVo include:
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Android's SiriusXM app (yes, some of us love and use satellite radio over streaming services) just got itself a fairly decent update in the Google Play store. On tap are "enhancements and fixes to the following core features:"
A decent update indeed. We've got a download link after the break should you need it.
Androinica.com recaps the new and interesting apps in the Google Play Store each week. We select these apps by weeding through the Play Store and trying to find things we think people might be interested in.
This week, the theme is “Everything is Social” because every app mentioned, save one, is built around the concept of connecting with others. Click on the install button to get download links.
Android 2.3.3+ required
Peel is no stranger to Android Apps Alert (this is the second or third time it’s been featured). The personalized TV guide app has returned this time because it has gone social. The latest version of Peel added a new Social TV feature that lets users to follow each other and check-in to declare their favorite shows or what they are watching. It also tracks Guilty Pleasures, recommends, Last 5 Shows Watched, and Most Watched Shows.
On the surface, this is Peel competing with the social TV apps like GetGlue and IntoNow. However, it’s also an important step to making Peel better at knowing what to recommend to its users. Peel previously made recommendations on what to watch based on what shows one person said he or she liked. But by combining the favorites from multiple users who decide to follow each other and might share similar interest, Peel has more data points to get sharper recommendations. They also provide more discovery options through connections, making this a much better app to have when watching television.
Android 2.1+ required
Where are all the cool kids hanging out tonight? Where’s a good place to take the Mrs. for a night on the town? Anything interesting happening in my neighborhood this weekend? These are the types of questions that Roamz seeks to ask. The Android app selects places and activities to consider based on real-time activity. If you’re downtown leaving work, the app might recognize that there’s a popular bar having Happy Hour nearby. If a book signing or festival is happening nearby, you’ll be clued-in.
Roamz is an intelligent app that learns from a user habits, which eventually leads to more accurate and relevant recommendations. It works by pulling in data from Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, and Twitter and “making sense” of those various data streams. The app looks for signals that determine where you might like to go, so it’s useful for people with time and no clue about what restaurant they want to try or how they want to spend the afternoon.
Android 2.2+ required
The push towards better social managing has increased in popularity in recent years. The concept of limiting friends, promoting exclusivity, and having tools to better target certain groups has proven successful for Path, Pair, and Plus. Now it’s Everyme’s turn.
Everyme is designed to share “intimately” with others, but it’s not entirely a social network because it doesn’t require that everyone use the app to communicate. All it takes is for one EveryMe user to share a Story – photo, location, and/or text update – with a Circle. Anyone who is included in the private circle can then reply via email or phone. Everyme creates circles based on family, friends, coworkers, or knitting group, and then keeps sharing within that circle private. You may already get this from Path or Google+, but if you want to try a different approach, Everyme can create a private news feed for you and your social circle(s).
Android 2.1+ required
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a U.S. television provider recognizes that its paying customers would like to be able to access video on their mobile devices, and that company steps in to provide it. And as an added bonus, it’s available to Android users first.
DirecTV has updated its official Android application to support on-demand streaming to phones. The latest version allows users to view movies and original programming from HBO, Cinemax, Encore, Showtime, Starz and other popular destinations. The app works only in the United States and not all devices are supported, but as Engadget points out, this is one of the rare times when a media app is available on Android phones before it goes to iPhone. (And yes, the app supports some Android tablets.)
There’s no live streaming of DirecTV channels yet, but users can see plenty of their favorite shows at their convenience. The DirecTV Android app also supports browsing television listings by channel or broadcast time, and helps fans discover new content by seeing what’s trending. Once a user finds what he or she wants, the app can remotely set recordings through the DVR. It also sets parental controls from the device and includes account management tools.
DirecTV is available for download now in Google Play Device and version compatibility will vary.
Previously on Mobile Nations, Kevin told you all about our new network brand, and I had the honor of introducing Mobile Nations Broadcasting and the new Girls Gone Gadgets show. We've also been hard at work behind the scenes as well.
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Well, that was quick. Google today on its GTV blog announced
If listening to a lot of podcasts and internet radio is your thing but you've yet to check out Stitcher, now is as good a time as any. The latest update brings quite a few changes to the table — most importantly the UI as a whole has been revamped for a more fluid design. So what do you get from Stitcher? Check out the features below:
There is a lot of podcast and live radio apps available on the Android Market and while Stitcher has always been fairly highly ranked among them – this update looks great and fixes some of the bugs from previous builds. Coupled with the UI update, it's certainly worth a look plus, the Android Central podcast is available on there. That alone makes it worth checking out, download link is past the break for you all.