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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…

Instagram for Android - Finally!

Today's app of the Instagram.

Unless you haven't read a paper, watched the news or picked up your smartphone over the last two weeks, you would all likely be aware that after years of waiting, Instagram has finally arrived on Android! On top of this, only days ago Facebook acquired Instagram for the neat sum of $1 billion USD, spawning Gen's Y everywhere to begin dreaming up new app ideas in the hope to become the next acquisition.

So was the wait worth it? In my opinion - Yes. There have of course been, and continue to be, countless Instagram competitors and imitators on Android. Great examples include apps such as PicPlz, which not only work well, but also feature far more variety in their effects than Instagram. So what makes Instagram worth the wait? In my opinion it is the community. With other photo sharing apps, even after connecting all my social networks I still usually only have one or two friends with the same app installed, and usually no friends who actually use it on a regulated basis. In contrast, after seconds of having Instragram installed I was connected with roughly 50 friends (acquaintances maybe?), and the community is definitely active.

I am sure that many of you reading this may also have SLR cameras, or are even a passionate point and click photographer. If so, you should Click Here! to check out an amazing eBook about trick photography and special effects - it is truly impressive stuff!

 


In a similar vein, although the effects available are limited, It deficiently adds to the simplicity of the app, which I think is one of the reasons it has become so popular. There really is not much to it, simply take a photo, apply a comment, add a filter and before you know it your done. There is no messing about with complicated upload systems. Instagram simply works, and it works quickly. On top of it, the limited effects available look great!

If you feel the need to get into a new social network this year, then Instagram would be my first choice. With the Android community growing at a dramatic pace, I would not be surprised if iPhone users quickly became the minority! At the end of the day, it doesn't really both me if Android users or iPhone users are posting pics, as long as the pics they post look good, and as long as I can browse, comment, follow and interact with users easily. Instrgram ticks all these boxes, and for these reasons is well worth the install.



In the words of the developers:

Instagram – A beautiful way to share your world. It's fast, free and fun! 



Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.


Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.


Features:

☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders
☆ Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before
☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)
☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
☆ Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2
☆ Full front & back camera support

☆ And much much more...

Price: Free

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