The Trendsetter: Android App Inventions and the Google App Inventor!

Developers should more or less, code anything and everything they want in their real life. They can create apps to check the weather, code a game to play it and for every problem they encounter, shrug your shoulders and say: “There’s an app for that”. Indeed, with Android storming the app world there is constant need for new apps which utilize the full ‘brain power’ of the newest smartphones on the block.

As customers and businessmen are going mobile, it is difficult to bring out products and services to the mobile market but one needs to stay in touch with the market. The need is to stay in loop with the existing customers and attract the new ones with innovative ideas which can solve real world problems. Android has a vast customer base of potential clients. Most of the apps which are in demand are lifestyle apps and utilities.

While creating Android apps, one needs to keep the relevant content fresh and attractive to the critical tech-savvy audience which is quite difficult. Adopt new technologies for pleasing new consumers since the consumers always prefer the newest thing on the surface. Mobile apps continue to grow and customers scour for the next big app which can create the right impression. The apps that you provide need to be easy on the customers and they should like the ease in which it solves their problem or fulfills their need.

Android apps are important to get your company a huge brand exposure. Having an Android app in the marketplace provides chances of limitless marketing and other huge perks. One needs to consider whether the benefits that the app provides outweigh the costs of investment. Then decide on whether it should be a paid app or free! The Android app development process involves a trustworthy app developer who would have the ability to create and share innovative apps which should not mean a pricey investment.

Now here is a worthy bit of information for all non-developers. The news at Google is that it is launching a new tool which would help one create an Android app even though if one is a non-developer.

Google App Inventor is the name of this tool which claims to enable non-coders to create fully functional Android apps by completing a series of “blocks.” The App Inventor has been tested for a year in schools and now available to those who fill up their registration form.

The best part is now non-developers will be able to create Android apps and get into the market without an approval process. The increase of apps will be radical enough now since the volume would get increased, even though it is doubtful that there would be any growth in quality. There is one advantage though that the new App inventor would prompt non-developers to refine their skills by taking app development professionally. If the school-children can do it, then why can’t others do it? Google seems to thinking in appealing the non-developers too.

The Best Free Android Apps For Sports Fans

Just like all the other categories of Android apps, the sports apps available for your Android phone are extremely diverse. In my opinion, this particular category may be the most diverse simply because of all the different sports that are played throughout the world. Of course with every sport comes hundreds of Android apps.

If, for instance, you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep up with the many European soccer leagues, you need to have at least some help before you start downloading apps. If you go in blind, chances are you will download ten apps that sound like they would do the trick before you find one that does half what you would want it to do! That’s just how it is. I just hope that if you go about finding apps that way, you are doing so with free apps- otherwise you could be out hundreds of dollars pretty darn quick.

One last note: I am going to concentrate on free Android sports apps that are popular now and will be popular in the future. Well that’s obvious, right? Not exactly- a lot of the apps fly to the top of the rankings because it’s a certain time of the year or a huge sporting event is going on (World Cup or the Olympics). I’m also looking into the pure quality of the app and the developer of the app. This way, if you want an awesome Football App (either US Football or regular Football), you should be pretty happy now and in the future with the one I list…

Although there are a lot of Android sports apps that do many more things than providing sports news, I’m concentrating on free Android apps for sports fans on this particular list.

Sporting News Pro Football

If you’re a huge NFL fan, this app should be on your phone. This is a great app to have for game day or if you’re like me and like to look up every stat for every player! The user interface is classy and not too crowded.

CBS Sports Pro Football

I really shouldn’t have two pro football Android apps on my list, but it’s the most popular sport in the US and after thinking about it, why not have three? Maybe I won’t go that far. This is a great football app for everyone, but it’s really geared towards those who play Fantasy Football through CBS Sports. Just login and you will have complete control over your fantasy team!

NBA Game Time Lite 2009-10

This is the official NBA Android app from last season. This coming season’s app will surely be even better! It provides all the player and team stats, real-time scores and even TV information so that you can find out what channel your favorite team is playing on! If you’re an NBA fan and you want a standalone pro basketball app, this is your best option.

F1 LIVE RACING

Are you a Formula 1 fan? I’ll tell you what, honestly, I’m not much of a fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this app. This free Android sports app provides more than just live updates for every F1 race around the world. Plain and simple, the graphics and the features are fun. If you download this app, you won’t be disappointed!

FotMob 5.0 – Live Soccer

The best soccer leagues from around the world are followed on this app. Some of them include the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Division and Allsvenskan. I could go on and on, but I really wouldn’t have a clue about what I’m talking about, haha. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest soccer (football) fan, but I’ve looked through this app and it’s a very solid, professionally built app that I would recommend to anyone.

ESPN ScoreCenter

I really shouldn’t have to say much more than this is the official ESPN app. Heck, I’m not going to: ESPN is “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” after all!

SportsTap

This is again more of a sports portal. All of the big sports are covered by this app and it’s obvious why hundreds of thousands of people really like it! It’s tastefully done and you’ll never complain about a lack of stats or information.

If you’re looking for just one free Android sports app to satisfy your sports-fix, you can’t go wrong with either ESPN ScoreCenter or SportsTap!

Major League Baseball News

There is borderline too much (not in a bad way) baseball information crammed into this app! If you can’t get enough of MLB, you need to download this free Android app now. Along with all of the standard stats, standings and results, each team has their own page and you can customize your own RSS feed through this app!

MMA News

All the latest results, upcoming matches and octagon gossip you’d ever want! If you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, this is the app to get. IMO, it blows away any other MMA-related Android app.

Sports Radio Droid

his radio app gives you the capability to listen to just about any sports show in the country! There’s a healthy list of stations that are covered and I literally NEED this app when I go on vacation. Heaven forbid I’d be away from my sports talk show for a few days, haha. It’s also a great app if you’re living far away from your hometown and your favorite team.

Honorable Mention:

BOXING NEWS
Fantasy Guru
Golf Channel Mobile
NHL News Feed
WNBA Center Court

How To Install Applications On Android Phones and Tablets

Being free and open source, Android has a lot of application developers. In fact, anyone with programming skills and curiosity can begin to develop applications. This makes thousands of applications available for android, and every day they are increasing.

What types of applications are available in Android Market?

Here you will find games and applications of two types: free and paid. Although the payment options are usually quite affordable.

How do we download applications?

We have to do it from our end. You only have to click on the icon of Android Market application on the screen of your phone or tablet.

Once we enter the Market, we can use the search engine or browse the different categories to find the application or type the name of application you want.

Google does not monitor people who upload applications. As a lot of applications are uploaded daily so you may find a few applications which are of low quality or has bugs. To filter out such applications from the market Google has adopted a grading system, where if an application has more stars the better it is. In addition, users can leave comments on the application.

The price:

As we said, not all applications are free. Price is usually displayed in the currency of the supplier. Before paying, you will see an approximate conversion to your local currency.

After selecting the application, just press the Install button or Buy now and pay accordingly. It’s that simple.

When you start Android Market, you will find the section My Downloads. From here we can manage installed applications, and if one does not meet our expectations, uninstall it with a “click”.

Android Developer:

As mentioned, anyone with minimal knowledge can develop applications for this operating system.

To program the applications, we need knowledge of Java and object-oriented programming.

From the site Android Developers can download the necessary tools to start. Basically we need the Android SDK with all necessary libraries and the emulator.

The development environment is integrated into the free platform Eclipse.

And when we have our application, we can upload it to Android Market.

According to recent survey 60% app developers on android don’t recover their invested money. So, if you are planning to outsource development of android app then make sure that it is worth investment. Also if your application is not at par with standards of Android market then it may get rejected during the approval process.