Want a new Google feature to try this morning? Why not give Google Nose a go? The new search engine, which operates using the smells around you, is Google’s latest ground breaking product. At the moment, it’s still in beta, but it functions properly and is even available at the top of the Google results page.
A couple of months ago, a Google Now themed Android music player appeared on Reddit. At the time, the design was just a concept but thankfully, somebody saw this concept and decided to make the real deal, named ‘Now Playing’, which is available as an APK right now.
The Crysis 3 beta is available to download on PS3, XBOX 360 and PC. Graphically, the game is very similar to Crysis 2, however a number of new features and game modes have been included, some of which are accessible in this beta.
EA is now allowing Windows users to sign up for a beta version of SimCity. However the company are only allowing users to play the unfinished product for 1 hour, leaving you desperate for more.
Google have just launched Chrome beta onto the Google Play store, available to download right now. No, you haven’t travelled back in time. Unlike earlier this year, when the beta was the only available option, this re-release is alongside the stable version so that you can have a choice of which version you want to download.
SnapKeys SI is yet another unique take on the standard qwerty keyboard on mobile devices. Rather than a full keyboard, SnapKeys uses four carefully arranged buttons with the most used letters inside. When the user wants any other letter, they simply tab in the middle of the screen, and just like SwiftKey, the keyboard guesses what you were trying to type.
Scope for Android is a social network application for Android which compiles Facebook, Twitter and Instagram into one gorgeous package which is both easy to navigate, and extremely useful.
Scope is currently still in Beta, meaning you do need an invitation to be able to use it. I applied for my invite code before I went to bed a couple of days ago, and had the code by the time I woke up. However, if you don’t want to wait a matter of hours, you can use Scope without an invite code if you download it directly from the Amazon App Store.
How is Scope different?
Scope isn’t just Tweetdeck or another Social Hub with a new design, it completely changes the way you browse through your friends and followers. Scope works through columns which take up the entire screen. The first column is everything, that means all your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare updates in one place.
From here, swiping to the right is the photos page. This is where all the photos are stored from any social network. Each photo is full width across the page so that you very rarely feel the need to tap it to enlarge it. Going to the right once again brings up the videos menu. Just as with the photos, this is the place where the recently shared videos from all your social networks are stored.
Next is the location based menu, which updates every time somebody marks their location on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
There is a dedicated page for each social network by itself, as well as a page for your mentions. It even has a built in chat so that you can continue communicating through Facebook chat.
Why choose Scope?
Here’s what I want you to do. Go to your applications menu and delete your Facebook and Twitter applications. Once you have downloaded Scope, they will be rendered useless. I was under the impression that Scope wouldn’t be able to offer me the same amount of depth into social networks as their official applications, but this is far from the case. In fact, Scope offers just as much in a package which is much better looking.
Mozilla have released a beta version of the new Mozilla for Android browser, and it’s excellent.
Mozilla beta features a completely new user interface which is made to suit the growingly popular Ice Cream Sandwich. With the new UI comes a new way to change tabs, and a completely new address bar.
I have been very impressed by the speed of the browser so far, and the new flash integration works well, however I did suffer a few problems when I tried to play videos in full screen.
I highly recommend you try this out. As a Chrome user on both my phone and laptop, I haven’t been really tempted by any of Mozilla’s recent releases, however the speed and usability of this beta makes it a tough contender with the Chrome beta for Android.
Before you download it, remember it’s a beta and there will be a few bugs.