Android Apps Overview

BarControl, RockOut ActiveFrequency and DataViz
At regular intervals, I would like to present a selection of applications from the Android Market, so once again: The Android Market is already installed on the G1 of T-Mobile. Simply click on the icon and the programs can be accessed via “Applications”, “Games” (Games) or directly via the search (“Search”). Then select the desired software, click “Install” and voilá, the download will start automatically. Now start the program (drag the action bar at the top of the screen, click on the download) and have fun. The program is definitely in the main menu, if you press the icon longer, so it can also be dragged to the desktop. Next, the fifth part of the series…
Bar Control
The T-Mobile G1 has a feature that I find terrific-the taskbar. Here you can see the schedule, the SMS and the small message short, the time and the power supply of the battery. The bar can also be dragged down by the finger-and then detailed functions are displayed. And actually there is still quite a lot of space in the taskliste-which can be filled by Bar Control very well.

Launch Bar Control
After the free download from the Android Market and the successful installation, all programs installed on the G1 are displayed. An app can be selected from the list by means of a fingertip. An additional screen opens with a large selection of icons, which can be assigned to the selected program. Unfortunately, the original icon can not be used – it must be hoped that a “clone icon” is present in the selection. Android does not allow the use of the original icons. And already the user finds the icon in the taskliste again and so can start the desired app with Quicklink the desired app.

Bar Control allows free access to all installed apps and the task bar as a quick start menu, providing flexibility and usability that other manufacturers’ smartphones can not and do not want to offer.

Bar Control is certainly not a program that the user of the Android must have-but who likes fast access to some apps and whose homescreen is already crowded-this is very helped with this application. The app is free in the Android Market, and there she is awarded 4.5 out of 5 possible stars.

RockOut ActiveFrequency RockOut
ActiveFrequency is a lite version of a paid application: RockOut Acustic Pro. Because of the name you can almost guess that on the Android Phone an acoustic guitar is simulated. By means of a finger, the freestyle guitarist can strummage on the G1, in the Light version there are two different songs to choose from, each with 3 chords.

Start RockOut Active Frequency
In the basic view, an acoustic guitar with three chords is displayed, the gifted hobby rocker can hit the song “Goin ‘South”. The “My Buddy’s Gal” song can also be selected via the hardware menu button, there are also 3 chords.

The free Lightversion is a little lean, the two songs do not really make much. In the Pro version there are probably a number of other songs and the possibility to change the chord set itself. Also no one has to stop with only 3 chords, a double assignment is possible by pressing the trackball in any case.

Well, I’m not a guitar player, but I found it quite amusing on the G1 a bit rumzuklimpern, however, luckily no one there. A well-known acquaintance found the implementation of the acoustic guitar quite nice and quite successful. However, he still lacked an app with drum simulation and a karaoke app to crown the Leadsinger before he could launch an Android app band. But this is certainly only a matter of time until there is something like that and the band conquers the charts.-]. The app is available free of charge in the Lightversion to try out in the Android Market, where the app was awarded 3.5 out of 5 stars.

And now there’s another announcement. The Android smartphone has so far lacked a sensible way to edit documents. Finally a porting of the popular suite “Documents To Go” byDataViz has been presented. With Documents To Go, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files can be created and edited directly on the G1. Of course, the documents can also be received and sent via e-mail, but also Bluetooth, USB and memory cards are ways to transfer the documents. By the end of May, the introductory price of just under 20 dollars, then Documents To Go costs nearly 30 dollars.

Also introduced by DataViz is RoadSync-the G1 Microsoft Exchange is capable of doing this. At the moment, the free beta supports only emails and contacts, but no calendars.

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