We are pretty sure that you’ve ever asked yourself what are those specific apps for Android which have not its counterpart in iPhone. Or if they are, which of them have fewer features in the iOS version. Business Insider has posted a new blog entry naming eight must have exclusively for Android.
In this post, we would like zooming in two of them: Google Maps and Gameboid. If you want to know about the remaining six, check out the Business Insider’s post here.
Let’s start with our beloved Google Maps. Although Google Maps is also available on iPhone (and it’s a great app, of course), it’s more limited than the Android version. Why? Basically because you can’t get turn-by-turn directions, that’s, you cannot turn your phone into a GPS unit as you may do with your Android. See how it works here. Actually, the whole navigation software (voice, traffic patterns,…) are included in the Android version without downloading any additional app. It could seem like a minor improvement, but that canned voice coming from our Android reminds us that we bought something more than a phone and, after all, how much we’ve saved by not buying an expensive GPS.
About Gameboid and the rest of classicoid videogame emulators (Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid,…), we could spend hours and hours talking about them since they remind us our childhood. Gameboid brings classics back as Zelda, Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong and hundreds of Nintendo games, including some you haven’t ever heard about. As Google Maps turns our Android into a GPS device, Gameboid turns it into a classic Gameboy with a cool screentouch gamepad (which sometimes can be a little tricky though). We just recommend you to give it a try. There are both free (lite) and paid version (4.99$) with extra features. At the end, thanks to its playability and ease of use Gameboid it’s a great emulator and, from our point of view, it’s absolutely worth.
We really have the feeling that Android is striding up swiftly. Perhaps due to the influence of free Linux spirit or the boosting power of Google or somehow both… But we are glad about it.
All aplications listed are available in Androidzoom.
Happy apps discovery!