If you haven’t seen the new GEICO commercial, it asks the question “do people use smartphones to do dumb things?” Watch the embedded YouTube video below. Now when Friday rolls around you can bust out your Android phone to celebrate the end of the week just like the enthusiastic guys in the commercial.
1. GEICO BroStache
Choose from a variety of ‘staches and then hold your phone up to your mouth and begin talking. The microphone automatically detects audio input and will move the mouth accordingly. The “Yeah Dawg” image and sound can also be found by tapping around the top right of the app’s start page (before you get to the ‘staches).
2. Yeah Dawg!
When the time is right, tap the screen for a perfectly rehearsed “Yeah Dawg!” The app’s Android Market description states that the YeahDawg Yeah Dog has “a PhD in both Yeah and Dawg” so you’ll never be disappointed. Yes, really, that’s all this app does.
Unwrap the foil, shake the bottle, and pop the cork like you just won the World Series! Unfortunately, this isn’t the exact app that was featured in the GEICO commercial but is the closest thing available on Android. Enjoy some bubbly!
The IntoNow Android app is an exciting way to connect with friends around the TV shows you enjoy most.
Size: 1.37MB (apps2SD enabled)
IntoNow is to TV much like Shazam or Soundhound is to music. While watching any TV show, tap the green button to immediately identify the show/episode just by listening to the audio. Different types of audio including dialogue, music, and sound effects can all be used to make an accurate identification.
The Animated Greetings Android app lets you create (and star in) your very own, personalized greeting cards.
Size: 2.48MB (apps2SD enabled)
Next time you are thinking about sending your birthday wishes or holiday greetings, use the Animated Greetings app to create a unique, personal message that will surely be remembered.
First, you’ll want to choose a card type from the gallery. The selection is rather slim at this point (only around 10+ to choose from, although they are all free) and so it should go without saying that we’d definitely like to have a much larger lot to choose from. The upside is that each card is customizable and can fit your needs with just a little bit of creativity (this is what will make your greeting stand out!).
Backgrounds is your one-stop-shop for unique Android homescreen wallpapers.
Size: 120KB (no apps2SD)
This app features high-quality images, designs, etc. that can be instantly applied as your wallpaper. You should definitely take advantage of this app if you’re not running Android 2.1+ or aren’t a fan of live wallpapers. With over 10,000 to choose from, there is obviously something for everyone. Here are a few of the categories that you can select: animals, cars, cute, space, sports, and patterns. In addition to searching by category, you can also browse the most popular backgrounds, as well as the ones you’ve recently looked at.
When you click on a specific image, you can choose to instantly set it as your wallpaper or use it as the image for a specific contact. If you’d like to be able to come back to a wallpaper later, make sure to either save it to your SD card or set it as a favorite (otherwise you’ll have a hard time finding it later!).
Over 10,000 unique wallpapers to choose from
Organize by category, most popular, recently viewed
Text-search helps you quickly find what you want
Areas for improvement:
Add more descriptive categories to enhance search
User-interface could benefit from some beautification, but it’s functional
Conclusion: The biggest selection of backgrounds/wallpapers for your Android device.
Xfinity TV lets you find your favorite shows and movies, control your TV, and schedule DVR recordings.
Size: 4.91MB (no apps2SD)
The Xfinity TV Android app requires that you have 1) a current Comcast ID/password, 2) compatible cable box, for TV and DVR control, and 3) WiFi or 3G connection.
Initial setup is very quick. Login with your Comcast ID/password and the app will automatically detect any eligible DVR devices. At this point, an on-screen message will appear on your TV(s) displaying the name(s) you have assigned. This way you can control multiple DVR cable boxes if necessary.
The app makes it extremely easy to browse TV listings for your specific area, browse and search On Demand listings, and filter content by genre, network, HD, free, etc. You can even change channels or start watching an On Demand movie directly from the app. Because On Demand can be clunky and difficult to navigate, the option to browse from your Android device is rather refreshing.
Unlike the other Xfinity Mobile Android app, Xfinity TV’s interface is much more user-friendly and responsive (less lag and shorter loading times). However, there are some issues that need to be ironed out before this app meets its full potential.
Browse TV listings, On Demand offerings, and more from your Android device
Schedule DVR recordings of your favorite shows, movies, etc.
Convenient results filtering and search options
Areas for improvement:
Currently doesn’t return an error if you’re already recording the maximum number of shows at a single time and try to add another
Reduce the 16MB application limit to support more Android devices
Conclusion: A useful, convenient Android app for Comcast/Xfinity TV subscribers.