Check out the latest and greatest in apps for your Android smartphone with our monthly app roundup.
Öffi – Public Transport BuddyWorldwide public transport planning.
Öffi is a worldwide public transport manager that is of particular use to anyone city-hopping. I still use TripView for my regular commute, but if I find myself in a strange part of Sydney or Melbourne, then Öffi provides a great means of finding the nearest stop, what connections you need to make and the different options available.
The app is actually divided into three apps: Öffi Directions (for navigating address to address), Öffi Network Plans (for viewing maps of transport networks) and Öffi Stations (which shows you the nearest stations, bus stops and routes).
The interface is rather busy and a far cry from attractive, but the chart-like display of transport options is actually a pretty effective way to view the many different transport options on a single screen.
Of course, the app is designed for countries with reliable public transport, so some of the features (such as monitoring your upcoming stop) don’t work with any accuracy when your bus is running late.
However, if you plan to travel to one of the supported countries (United Kingdom, USA [San Francisco and Philadelphia], Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Netherlands [Amsterdam], Denmark, Sweden, Norway [Oslo and Bergen] or Poland), then this app can save you the trouble of finding the nearest bus to De Wallen.Free > Andreas Schildbach > Online
8tracks allows you to browse and discover playlists created by fellow users. You can browse music by tag, or subscribe to your favourite users to hear their latest playlists. However, the final ‘mix’ product isn’t really a mix at all -- there are gaps between every song.
With so many great DJs out there putting out mixes that segue between tracks, this can be a little frustrating, but it’s still a great way to find music to fit a certain mood.Free > 8tracks > Online
Office Suite Pro 6
Office Suite Pro 6 provides a means to view, create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your Android phone or tablet. It’s handy for anyone still stuck in Microsoft’s world, but less so for anyone who’s transitioned to the free Google Docs.
However, as far as mobile office apps go, it’s as full-featured as they come, giving you the option to leave the laptop at home. It includes a PDF viewer, but sadly, not an editor.$14.60 > Mobile Systems > Online
Grabatron is sort of like a destructive version of those grab-the-teddy-with-the-claw machines. You play a UFO that has come down to Earth to pick up and fling heavy objects in a flurry of wonton destruction.
There are 30 levels, a choice of tilt or onscreen controls, power-ups, OpenFeint support and all the redneck-abducting, caravan-flinging and home-destroying action you could ever want in your pocket. It includes a cool GrAbATRROoOoOn! opening sound that tickles me every time I hear it.Free > Future Games of London > Online