Sunday, July 10, 2011

10 Cool Summertime Apps for Your Android Phone

Summer is here and the days are long. Whether you are taking a trip to the beach, one of our National Parks or Disneyland, theres an Android app to make it easier, quicker, cheaper or safer. Heres a list of 10 useful summertime applications for your Android phone. 

Weather
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.weather.Weather&hl=en
One of the best free weather apps, The Weather Channels app features current conditions, real time animated radar, hourly, 36 hour, 10 day forecasts, weather alerts, videos and weather channel TV listings.

Driving Directions
http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/
Google Maps still offers one of top mapping applications with a wide feature list including navigation, 3D maps, street views, hotel and restaurant locations and traffic reports.

Tide Charts
http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/sports/tide-prediction_mac.html
Headed to the beach? Load up this tide prediction app which lists 3000 tide stations all over the world and can run completely offline for those out of the way locations.

UV Index
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/uv/android.html
This app, provided by the EPA and NWS, predicts the ultraviolet radiation levels for selected cities and offers suggestions for safe exposure.

Hotels
http://blumedialab.com/products/google-android-apps/Hotels-near-me-for-Android.htm
Use this app to locate and book hotel rooms while on the road. View pictures, compare prices and get discounts not available online.

Calorie Counter
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&hl=en
Stay looking great in your swim suit with this Calorie Counter. It has a database of over 750,000 foods, fast foods and even a bar code scanner.

Theme parks
http://www.appbrain.com/app/ride-hopper-park-wait-times/com.at
Ride Hopper-Park Wait Times is a handy app for assessing wait times at more than 260 theme parks and including over 4300 rides. Lists show times and park hours of operation.

State/National Parks and Monuments
http://www.cartosoft.com/national-park-maps-android
Get maps, weather information, park information and Wikipedia pages for national parks, monuments and recreational areas.

Hiking Trails
http://www.backpacker.com/android-app/destinations/14052
This free app helps locate trails near you, records statistics including calories, distance, speed and elevation. Use the digital compass for bearings and then share your adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Backpacker.com 

Gas Prices
http://www.gasbot.net/
This is a free trial app (Full version is $7) which provides info on gas prices near you. You can set criteria for distance, price, brand and more. It provides a list of stations based on your gps location and criteria and then helps you get there with maps or driving directions.

With all these great Android apps available to help you make the most of your summer, it makes you wonder how we ever got through August without our Smart phones.  Now get out there and have an adventure. September will be here before you know it.

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