Quizlet app review

The Quizlet Android app is not just for students and teachers, but for anyone engaged in learning for business, pleasure, and happy hour trivia competitions. It is a smart, sophisticated, and surprisingly simple tool to research, share, and study flashcards – called sets in Quizlet – on virtually any subject, concept, and strategy at any level. With topics ranging from chemistry and finance to learning the alphabet and destroying an opponent in chess, the impressive quantity and quality of study tools are smartly organized in the Quizlet Android app.
The sign-in process is straightforward. A log-in may be created with date of birth, username, password, and email address. Social authorizations of Google and Facebook are also options to create an account. The social connections allow collaboration for study groups, and some teachers and students have created classes to add sets relevant to in-class material. It is helpful to be aware social sharing is not a requirement to access tools and functions. The Quizlet Android app also syncs with a quizlet.com account, so all devices have access to history, favorites, and saved sets.
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The home screen is crisp, clear, and easily navigated. There are two menu bars at the top of the screen – one is blue, and the other is black. The blue menu bar provides tools to move between the vast amount of resources available in the Quizlet social network, and the black menu bar serves to filter and sort the specific sets identified for study.
The blue menu bar has just four icons. A touch on the arrow icon leads to a slide down menu of classes, so movement between classes and all sets is quick. The card with plus icon remains a placeholder for the upcoming feature to create sets within the Quizlet Android app. Currently, the tool to create sets is online only. With more than nine million users, it is entirely possible that sets on a needed subject are already available. The three dot icon allows access to profile and feedback, and the search icon opens a search field to search for flashcards, classes, and specific users. As a search is entered, a list is created on the screen. For example, a search for “chess” yields hundreds of options, but additional words like “strategy” and “openings” narrows the options. The title of the flashcards and number of cards are listed.
The black menu bar is labeled with sorting options like filter, all, studied, created, and favorites. A touch on each word changes the lists of sets instantly. The lists are generally sorted by the most recently studied and added at the top. To enter a keyword, a tap on filter reveals a keyboard for swift entry.
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After a set is selected for study, there are three different modes to engage with the content. The first option for study is simply studying them from a list form. The term is featured in bold print, and the definition is shared just below it. With a touch on either term or definition, it is read aloud. This functionality accommodates those who learn better from listening or reading. The next option is similar to Jeopardy. The term is missing, and the definition is read aloud. In order to win, the missing term must be entered. The final learning tool is matching terms and definitions in a puzzle against a clock. Terms and definitions are placed in a matrix grid, and two consecutive taps on a term and the correct definition removes them from the board.
A cool, unexpected feature of the Quizlet Android app is the incorporation of photographs. If a set has photos, they are used in interesting ways to enhance visual learning. A thumbnail image will appear to the left of a term and definition in a list. In the matching game, the photo is softened and placed in the background while the definition is shared in bold font.
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The Quizlet Android app prevents you, your kids, and colleagues from playing awesome Android games because your study materials are not easily available. There is no more procrastinating with these practical study tools available on your Android phones and tablets.
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Scoble Stays on Android, and He Is Not Alone!

Robert Scoble has just said again that he stays on Android.  
This follows a few others like Paul Stamatiou, TechHive’s Andy Ihnatko, and even Guy Kawasaki have made surprising revelations – they are moving to Android phones and tablets.  On Quora, Scoble says, “I saw a new series of trends that, bundled up, bring us to contextual computing … Most of the apps in this new field are on Android.” Stamatiou decided he had to immerse himself more fully in Android to create better products on this platform.  He notes, “You can access the file-system, the hardware, use intents to pass data to other apps and services, and, much more.” As a writer for TechHive and other tech websites, Andy Ihnatko has the unique opportunity to spend time with new phones and operating systems without pesky contracts.  He explains, “Almost anything I do that involves one app working with another app is much, much easier on an Android device than on an iPhone, thanks to a deep-rooted mechanism for interapp collaboration.” While Guy Kawasaki sums it up,”To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

This innovation in app technology is driven by the freedom to customize, tailor, and craft a dynamic, intuitive experience on the Android platform. The creative possibilities available for developers in this environment free of the restrictive iOS app development program have enabled the insightful Google Now app, enhanced voice recognition software uses, and created practical solutions to everyday challenges–the simple, cohesive notifications interface is a perfect example of streamlining a process that iOS has made laborious.  Developers are taking advantage of the malleable and innovative Android platform and converting even the most devoted iOS users in the process.  These influential tech movers and shakers have made dramatic shifts in their thinking, and they have each articulated how and why they made the move from iOS to Android with candor and thoughtfulness.  But, as all of these guys make clear, there are still iOS advantages with its excellent camera and smooth, intuitive interface.
Paul Stamatiou’s blog post documents the unmatched integration of Google into virtually every aspect of day to day life with incredible detail and insight.  “It only took that first week to realize I wasn’t really locked into the Apple ecosystem and certainly not iCloud,” he says.  From Gmail to Google calendars to the relatively new verb “google,” Google has amazing insight into how we live and work and has used this information to develop Android app technology that streamlines, organizes, and enhances mobile experience.  Stamatiou explores the latest iteration of this cohesive experience, as Google Now predicts the information you may need based on travel plans, appointments, locations, and more from your Google services on your devices.  

Stamatiou confesses, “I do, however, miss iMessage. I ended up setting Facebook Messenger as my default SMS app (yes you can set default apps!).”  The ability to customize apps, eliminate those you don’t like or want, and alter settings has a broad appeal to Stamatiou and other Android converts.  Simply put, Google iOS apps do not have the enhanced level of functionality available on Android.  Perhaps, this simple fact describes the limitations of iOS as developers create the next generation of mobile apps.  Developers are finding they can do more on Android.

The generous room for innovation on the Android platform can lead to practical, yet can’t-live-without solutions.  Guy Kawasaki shares in an interview with readwrite.com that he is particularly drawn to “support for NFC (near field communication), true multitasking and the ability to see all of his apps in alphabetical order.”  The brilliance of a standard charging cable leads him to say, “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable.”  Robert Scoble makes a compelling case for the leap forward in voice recognition software on Android.  He says, “Since it is illegal to touch a phone while driving, both Glass and Moto X are big deals for me since I drive 1.5 hours every day.”  Siri cannot initiate a phone call without at least one touch on the phone.

Android is slowly shrugging the reputation of being without similar style and finesse of the iOS system.  In his multi-part series documenting his transition from iOS to Android for TechHive.com, Andy Ihnatko says, “Most of the time, I could find feature-equal Android versions of the same apps I had been using in iOS. When I couldn’t, I found Android substitutes that I liked just as much or even more.”  Design-driven and chic apps are finding their way to the Google Play store with modern graphics and slick interface.  A great example of the merging of Android technology and high-end design is Google Glass.  Scoble shares, “Google Glass is a real game changer. No other consumer electronics device knows where I’m aimed, where I’m looking, and has such a consistent access to my context through the sensors inside.”  In fact, fashion designers are stuck designing expensive and stylish iPhone cases, while Google Glass is an accessory worthy of the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show at New York Fashion Week.

The freedom to express, experiment, and examine ways to make life more productive, fun, and exciting with Android is here.  The restrictions of the iOS app development program have created an opportunity for app developers to explore and take advantage of Android’s dynamic platform.  As Paul Stamatiou puts it, “I needed to more intimately grok Android UI paradigms.”  And surely, with fresh perspective and spirited exploration, Android developers will grok and overtake iOS’s consumer-friendly edge – and integrate a much needed awesome camera.

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Everything Home app review

Looking for the perfect restaurant? Following a breaking news item? Searching for a gift for the quirky hard-to-buy-for friend? The Everything Home app customizes an Android phone for each moment. Everything Home eliminates gesture-controlled movement through your phone to search for complementary apps, and the manual re-entry of the same topic in multiple search engines and apps. Simply speak or type a topic to check out, and your background, apps, and content instantly change.
The Everything Home Android app opens with an insightful, appealing video to introduce you to its features. Set in a similar style to the Apple versus PC television ads starring John Hodgman that aired several years ago, an Everything Home user is juxtaposed with his twin who doesn’t use the app. The Everything Home user shows how the background, apps, and content change on his phone, as he uses voice recognition software to quickly find what he wants and needs. He starts a movie and finds a restaurant while his brother who doesn’t use the app is stuck shaking his phone. The video is effective because it is well-produced, entertaining, and informative.
Following the video, a touch on the continue button moves you to a succinct and powerful screen. The directions state, “It’s all about you. Enter whatever’s on your mind, and your phone will instantly adapt.” In the top of the phone’s screen, there is a Google-style search bar. This Everything Home search bar accommodates a keyboard-entered search, or a touch on the microphone allows users to speak a topic. That’s all it takes for a complete overhaul of your Android phone, and the result is surprising and exciting.
The visual change to your Android screen is striking, but the adjustment of topic-oriented content is a time-saving, why-hasn’t-anyone-thought-of-this-before moment. The screen’s background changes to a photograph or visual element that touches on the topic entered. Relevant contacts from the contact list are available for one-touch access. Apps that are applicable are presented, as well as maps, web content, and more. When an app is opened, content relating specifically to the search topic is available without extra entry or filtering. For example, the Twitter icon will lead to a list of tweets with the hashtag of the search. When searching for a type of cuisine, Yelp opens to a list of restaurants that serve the cuisine. Search for a musician, open YouTube, and start a video – in literally two touches on your phone screen.
The dots in the upper right hand corner of the screen offer access to limited, yet effective, sorting and filtering options. With a touch on the refine results icon, several different options may be presented that relate closely to your topic. For a news item, the options included trending news, news, and web search. For a style of cuisine, the refinements allowed a search for restaurants. Each search can be filtered and refined with suggestions like those found in a typical Google search. With a touch on the new search, the background changes and apps change.
The Everything Home app makes an Android phone smarter and more intuitive, as it instantly connects users with the most relevant information for each situation, whim, and desire.
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Apps marketing – 7 mistakes to learn from

Before starting up TestFairy we did some really nice mobile apps. We don’t do apps any more, and this is a great opportunity to write about some of the best mistakes we made along the way. These are not the biggest mistakes, just the ones that can turn into a good advice.

Tell Every Single Person You Meet About Your Idea

Before talking about apps, this one is about starts-ups in general and would probably be the best advice I can give to any entrepreneur I would talk to. If you have a new idea, go look for as many people you can talk to and tell them about your plans. Leah Busque CEO of TaskRabbit wrote a beautiful post about it: “Talk to every single person you meet about your idea. Talk until they tell you to shut up. Discover new questions and patterns so you can test and refine your idea. Then find more people to talk to.” I think that her post is a mandatory post for anyone that wants to start anything.

Prepare the best media kit ever.

Think about the blogger you are trying to reach. In order to cover your story he will need to learn how your app works, take screenshots, find the icons and change their resolution, and if he is a video blogger he might even prepare a video by himself. Why don’t you help him? Have everything ready in advance including icons, screenshots, sample images and have them all in more than one resolution. Prepare your video files, youtube links and have your PR ready in a format that allows copying. Maintain a list of all the blogs that covered your story so far, so it will be easier for that blogger to start. For some bloggers this may be the difference between writing about you or writing about somebody else. Checkout these media kits. We made them too late and they are far from being perfect, but still they helped quite a few bloggers to cover our story.

Timing is everything.

Look at the calendar and find the best date for releasing your app. Think about holidays and days of week, make sure that there are no major events on that week that might attract all the media attention or maybe if it serves the purpose, do the opposite and use those events to promote your campaign. In any case, just check the calendar and make a plan, don’t just release the app whenever it is ready.
Two weeks before the official release start your quite launch. Contact bloggers, (email, twitter, Facebook, phone, meetups) send them your 100 words pitch including your youtube link, media kit, and let them try your app (Promo codes in iOS, apk in Android). Ask them not to write anything before the official release date. In our case all the bloggers we spoke to, respected our request.
You can not imagine how I felt when I spoke to a very well known blogger that told me that if StillShot would have been released on a Tuesday she would have covered it, but on a Monday she can’t because she has too many stories.

Use promo codes smartly (relevant for iOS only)

Apple gives every iOS developer 50 promo codes for every app. These codes are valid for 28 days and can be used once your app is approved by the Apple review team. There is a very important trick here that can help you a lot. When you upload your app to iTunes, do not set it for immediate release, but instead set it to be released in three months. Now, once your app is approved, this trick will hold it in the store with status “Pending Vendor Release”. At this point, the app is hidden from the public and is available only for those who have a promo code. This is the reason why promo codes are so important and that’s why you shouldn’t waste them on family and friends. You got only 50 codes, be smart and use them only for marketing purposes. On every app update Apples give you another 50 codes. The ones you get on updates, when your app is already released are the codes you can give away to your Facebook friends, this is the time for generosity, not before.

Have a kick-ass video.

I’m a big fan of video marketing. I think that there are cases where a good video can do a better work than a whole marketing team. Your video must be simple and short – try to keep it below 40 seconds. Make sure the video describes really well the problem you solve (15 seconds) how you solve it (another 15 seconds) and include a very clear call for action – download url, app store keyword or anything else the user should do now. Make it just a little bit funny, so people will like it and enjoy sharing it. There are sites, books and schools that teach how to do it right. Find the right people that know how to do it and hire them. This is the best investment you can do with your marketing budget. This is one of the things that we did right, with the help of the great guys from Clutch animation studio.

Start big.

In one of my favorite movies in all times, there is a guy that explains his secret in winning swim contests. He says “Start the strongest you can, and then slowly increase…” In our case as well, it is very important to start with a big blast. Having thousands of downloads in the first few hours may help you get into the top-25 list in the app store. There are users who check the top-25 list on a daily basis to see what is new. Once they find your app and get it, your numbers may increase and get you to the top-10. Try to make as much noise as you can at a specific day and hour. Schedule your release to 10am EST and ask your friends to post and tweet exactly at that time. Schedule your PR to that hour and if there are bloggers that are friends of yours, ask them to get your story in the morning. All this is just to get you as many downloads in the shortest time interval possible.

Stay around.

The minute you have released your app, is the time when everything starts. This is not the time to go to bed, this is not the time to get drunk. Be there when it happens! Stay online, listen to Twitter, reply to the tweets and get new followers. Google up your keywords (use the “Past hour” option) and see who is talking about you in real time. Your best coverage may come from a reply in a forum you never knew, a comment on a news blog or a new Twitter follower you just met. Make it really easy to contact you: Email, Facebook, Twitter, web contact form, Skype and phone. This is not the time to protect your privacy. This is the time to be reachable.
If you have more tips or any thoughts about this list, the comments below would be a great place for that.

Battle Towers app review

Test tower defense gaming skills with the Battle Towers Android app. You will earn rewards, points, and power-ups, as you construct fortresses, build an army, and attack the enemy. The classic battle graphics, cool interface, and goal-oriented game play create an addictive and fun experience.
A tutorial video explains the story and premise of the Battle Towers Android app game. After years of peace, goblins attack “humies,” as the warrior humans are called in the game. A war erupts between the two parties. The soundtrack is ominous and foreboding of ill will and struggle. As the story is introduced in the tutorial video, the gesture controls required to be successful are introduced. You drag towers and focus fire with taps as instructed. A cool touch throughout the game is the narration by the warring factions in pop-ups. The narration can have different themes–instructions, hints, and story elements.
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The epic battle graphic style is best described as fantasy meets traditional mideval battle. The home screen is a map where the missions and successes are plotted. In the game screen, the two worlds are placed side by side. With horizontal finger swipes, you move back and forth between the lush, traditionally constructed “humie” world and the parched, dark, and dilapidated landscape of the goblins. It is possible to pinch and expand the game screen with your fingers to zoom in and out for a closer perspective. A neat tool is the screenshot camera to snap a photo of the battle in action. When a stage of the game is successfully completed, point totals are tallied on a “Hear ye, hear ye” style declaration presented by a graphic of a warrior rescuing the damsel in distress.
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Prior to each battle, there is a list of goals including building construction, use of power-ups, types of arms and mercenaries, specific battle actions, and time limits. To enhance difficulty, a simple tap on the difficulty icon adds another achievement to the list. Points are awarded for the tasks completed, so adding tasks and executing them helps rack up point totals swiftly.
The game play is straightforward and accessible, and the interface is sophisticated. At the top of the screen in the middle, there is an icon that switches between swords and a shield. The battle starts with a tap on the swords icon, and a retreat is initiated with a tap on the shield. In battle, taps on enemy structures and goblins direct the attack. Tap an enemy fort, and the mercenaries run towards it. Tap a goblin, and it is attacked. The items available to enhance your game play are available from the spinning wheel in the bottom portion of the screen. Scroll through the items by drawing an arch with your finger. To select an item, tap it and drag it to the desired position on the screen. If an item cannot be used at that time or in the preferred position, a pop-up explains the appropriate use.
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Familiar tower defense strategy is required for success. Build the best fortresses, heal warriors, and keep structures in good repair; meanwhile, take out opponents and their structures with speed and agility. It is important to remember warrior skills are greatest at day, so a nightly retreat to gain health and energy is vital to success. Power is measured in volume-style bars throughout the game, so adjustments to your items and strategy can impact the game swiftly.
As points are earned, they can be redeemed for a variety of items during the game from the bottom of the screen or selected between battles. After each success, an opportunity to purchase power-ups and advantages with points or in-app purchases appears in a pop-up. In-app purchase prices range from pocket change to a pair of swanky running shoes. A share to Facebook and Twitter from the Battle Towers Android app is also a quick way to earn points.
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The Battle Towers Android App is a solid, well-crafted tower defense game. The graphics, soundtrack, and game play are cohesive and thoughtful, but, most importantly, it’s a blast to play.
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