GLOBAL – Apps are all the rage, with more and more of us downloading the little things. They do all sorts. They let us play games, listen to music, watch videos or see how bad someone smells. Yes, there is an app for that. But whatever it is that you download an app for, it’ll be an easy way to pass the time or be useful to you somehow. There’s one company that knows more than most about apps. That’s Offscreen Technologies. Let’s tell you about five of its apps right here.
Offscreen Technologies specialises in high quality, touch-optimised apps for Symbian and Maemo touch devices. And people have downloaded its apps more than 34 million times. If you pop over to Forum Nokia, you’ll find more details of the company’s success.
Here’s a video showing one of their games – Fifteen Touch – in action.
Firstly, let’s start with Grid Touch. It’s the latest app from Offscreen and it’s an impressive one. When you load it up, it’ll round-up all your apps and programs from your phone and stick them into one big grid. This grid is made up of nine pages, clicking one of these pages will zoom you in for a closer look. In essence, this gives you 9 homescreens to flick between. Each page has been assigned a name. So you’ll find Ovi Maps and Ovi Store in the Common page, and Themes and Profiles under the Settings page. You can rename all the pages by zooming into a page, long-pressing the page name for two seconds and typing in something else. You’ve also got the flexibility to move apps around too. Try renaming a page Games, and moving all the games there. Do this by long-pressing a game, watch it float out of its position and drag it to another page.
You and a group of friends have gone out for dinner. You’ve enjoyed a lovely meal, drinks and are now looking to settle the bill so you can head home. The bill arrives and you try to figure out how to split £127 between 6 people. But don’t forget, you need to add a ten per cent tip for the super-friendly waiter. Where do you start? You could sit there hoping somebody else comes up with the correct amount, or you could just load up Tips on your phone. Just type in the total amount, the tip you want to leave, followed by the number of people around the table. The figure you and your friends each need to contribute is worked out for you. Very handy.
We wrote about Currencies Touch last week, but it’s worth mentioning again. For anybody that’s useless at converting currencies, that’s me included, then you’ll find this app really useful. If you’re lucky enough to escape the cold, dark winter months and escape to foreign climes for the Christmas period, then install this before you go. Tap the first box to select the currency you want to convert from and in the second, the currency you want to convert to. It’ll tell you how much your Pound is worth in Euros, U.S. Dollars, Thai Bahts or even Estonian Kroons.
Puzzle games have never been my forte, give me a (virtual) sniper rifle and and some camouflage and I’m in my element. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy them. Fifteen Touch is a remake of a classic game I used to enjoy as a kid. You’ve got 15 tiles embedded onto a board with a gap for one more tile. But it’s left unfilled. This leaves space for the tiles to be pushed around and moved into position. Each tile is either red or white and has a number on it ranging from one to fifteen. The idea of the game is to move all the pieces around until you make lines of white and red and with al the numbers in order. I’ve not mastered this yet, but I’m getting there.
It’s always wise to check the weather report before you leave for work in the mornings,especially here in the UK with winter approaching. Drawing the curtains and peering out into the grey mist doesn’t always give you much idea of what to expect. Is it cold, or will it rain later? Weather Touch is a nice little app that lets you know what to expect. If you see a dark grey cloud with rain drops hanging from the bottom of it, you’d better take that umbrella. But on the flip-side, a bright glowing sun will mean it’s a great day for shorts.
Download all these apps above and let us know if you like them or not. They’re free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.