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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Foursquare

Today's app of the day is Foursquare.



It is possible to "check in" in almost every social application around these days, but it worth reminding ourselves that the entire location based social networking phenomena was brought to the masses with Foursquare and Gowalla. With Gowalla recently being purchased by Facebook, it is therefore worth re-visiting one of the first, and also best location based social networking apps around.

In a nutshell, Foursquare allows you to "check in" to places you visit. The more times you check in, the greater the distances between check ins, and the variety of places you visit, will all give you points, which rank you in a leader board against your friends. If you check into a place the most, you will become "the mayor". Finally, all this activity earns collectibles in the form of "badges" - essentially simple electronic "rewards".

In the beginning, the purpose behind such a "game" was a vague concept, but with the popularity of Foursquare on the rise, many companies now offer discounts and other special promotions to the mayors of their establishments or for customers who simple can demonstrate they have "checked in" at the time of making their purchase.

 

 

 

In addition, Foursquare can be a great place to see pictures and tips / reviews from customers before trying a place. For android devices, the app behind Foursquare is slick,with a clean interface and all the features one could expect. If you haven't tried Foursquare yet, give it a go and see what you think. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but you might as well check it out!

If this is your sort of thing, Design degrees at online universities can teach you how to design and develop more advanced social applications.

In the words of the developer:

Foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards.
While on the go, you can easily tell friends where you are, share pictures, get their comments ("I'm right around the corner, I'll stop by to say hello"), and get insider tips ("order the Lobster Ravioli; it's the best dish by far."). Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to foursquare users, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love.
Have fun exploring!

Price: Free

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Today's app of the day is Social Bookmarks



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