Last week was interesting for Android smartphone users; lastminute.com, Truphone and last.fm all released (or announced) Android specific apps…
The last.fm application provides access to a whole range of last.fm facilities, although we’re not sure if it yet offers to scrobble (document what you listen to from your local music collection, as opposed to streamed music from last.fm). One key feature is the ability to keep the music streaming in the background when you move to other applications, although given the general complaints about the T-Mobile G1′s battery life, this may not be a well used option by those away from mains chargers throughout the day. However, they’ve released a nice video showing the integration of the app…
lastminute.com have released their nru (Near You) application; this provides information on what you can do near you, based on your current location and the direction you’re facing. Move your phone around to see what there is to do in different directions, from bars and restaurants to cinemas and cafes. If you lay the phone flat, it shows a compass like view of the options, whereas it displays what’s available in the direction you are walking when the phone is held up; a very nice neat trick.
Finally, Truphone have launched their Android application too, although there is not yet any information on their website about this new version, but Mobile Industry Review covered the application last week, and covered the basic functionality of it.