If there is one thing you are absolutely not supposed to be doing while driving, it’s playing with your phone. Not only is this a dangerous (and in many places illegal) practice, but also highly inefficient; if you’re trying to text while driving, for example, it’s pretty much impossible to do either very well.

Fortunately, there are a number of applications for Android that help you get things done while driving, and even maximize your driving experience. There are some that actually make driving fun. Here are a few that caught my eye.
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Do you love Android apps? Are you always on the lookout for the latest and greatest utilities, mobile tips, widgets, or ROMs? You sound like the type of Android expert that we’d love to have on our team!

We’re always on the look out for fantastic new writers across the AppStorm network, but we’re particularly wanting to find a few new contributors to Android.AppStorm over the next few days. All our writing positions are paid, and we’ll work with you to choose apps to review and suggest article ideas.

If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you. Find more info and register your interest here, and we’ll be in touch!

Picture this situation: you are out with your friends on a Friday night. You have all been to several pubs and are starting to feel hungry, so need a good place to eat. You know you all want to see a film tonight too, but have no idea what is showing or when. Perhaps you want to keep the party moving, and try out some pubs you haven’t been to before. Poynt is a great application that can handle all this for you.
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Unless you live under a rock, or you don’t follow the Android community, you’ll know that Ice Cream Sandwich is at an imminent release! In fact, Samsung was supposed to announce the first smartphone that would run version 4.0. Unfortunately, due to the sad news of the death of Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs, Samsung and Google moved the event, to respect the visionary.

Ice Cream Sandwich will bring with it a new version of the Google+ app. Screenshots of this have already been leaked; here, we’ll take a look at what we can expect… (more…)

I doubt there’s a single news organisation in the world that doesn’t receive criticism. It’s part and parcel of the industry; especially today, when everyone can voice opinions online. The butt of many jokes, including their own, is FOX for apparently being biased and sensationalist.

Al Jazeera is flamed quite often as well; some of it just, some of it not. The criticism of Al Jazeera often descends beyond the reasonable and into a ‘dey took ar jobs’ uproar simply because ‘real’ reporting can touch nerves. It’s this realistic reporting that keeps them in my daily news feeds.

As an Android user, their app was one of my most used, but least favoured. It was essentially a skin for their mobile site – and a very old, decrepit skin that should never have seen the light of day in the first place. Their new app however – well, they’ve turned the game around altogether. (more…)

Perhaps you haven’t noticed (in which case I must assume that you are not on Twitter), but iOS 5 was released within the last 24 hours. Okay, so the new features not looking all that new to us Android users, but it is still a new OS, and that’s got me yearning for a new version of Android.

(Well, beyond CyanogenMod 7.1, which was also released this week.)

It seems that James Cull is thinking along the same lines, as evidenced in his recent post, 8 Things I Want in My Ice Cream Sandwich. He makes some great points (though I do disagree that Android is significantly worse looking than iOS) – check out the article if you haven’t read it already.

Personally, from his list, I’d most like to see:

  • Improved OTA updates – I remember having to wait a very long time to get Froyo, before I rooted my phone.
  • Better look – even though I quite like the way I’ve themed my phone, it’d do Android wonders to improve their default skin.
  • Easy screenshot ability – I use Screenshot ER 2 for this (just long-press the Search button to snap), but this requires rooting. If this functionality was built in, it’d make things much easier for the non-rooted writers on my team!

What about you? Vote in the poll (you can pick more than one item), and post your own ideas in the comments.

Flick Golf is an entertaining bonanza of golf that places more emphasis on fun and playability than it does on being an authentic simulation. This is certainly no comprehensively accurate Tiger Woods title, and you won’t be staring at your device trying to determine whether the rugged St Andrews par three requires a 4-iron or a sand wedge.

No, Flick Golf is all about hitting a hole-in-one, first time. In the Caribbean. From a yacht. If that sounds like your cup of tea… read on. (more…)

Have you ever had somewhere to be but knew that no matter how fast you drove, walked, or ran, you were going to arrive late? A decision presents itself. Do you text the person you are seeing to tell them that you are going to be late? At what point do you need to do that? When expecting a five minute delay, or ten, or twenty?

ETA is a neat little application that uses your location and a pre-set message to make your apologies for you as and when they are needed. Having to text someone to say you will be late only adds time to your already prolonged journey. No matter how good you may think you are at it, texting whilst walking does slow you down. ETA allows you to focus on the walking, and forget about having to need to send an apology message.
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With Google teasing us about the next major release, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, of its popular mobile operating system fan sites and online forums are already brimming with speculation about what new features the latest incarnation of Android could contain. (more…)

We’ve all seen something related to dominoes at some point in our lives. Either we’ve played a game of dominoes or watched an epic show of colored dominoes falling, toppling each other in a chain reaction.

Developers at Shiny Eggs Studio have tried to reproduce the latter experience rather than the former; they have created a puzzle game that, for me at least, has walked me back down memory lane to being a seven-year-old kid, trying to create a swirly pattern out of some dominoes I had lying around the house. Read on to find out more about the game.
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