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June 18, 2010

Cool apps on the Desire


The HTC Desire comes with loads of applications to get you up and running. Apart from the weather applications, the new and super cool apps available for HTC Desire can really make other smartphone owners green with envy !  C’mon I’m sure you’ve had iPhone users shove their handphones to your face asking you to check out the latest and coolest applications they’ve downloaded off Appstore, now it’s time for payback !!! Here are some exclusive applications to show off your Desire with that are not available on any other smartphone or at least not that I’m aware of 😀

1. Google Sky Map

This one gets the girls. 🙂 and turns iPhone friends green with envy. Imagine you’re lying down at some remote beach with a group of friends or that special someone under a sky full of stars and you tell them you can name each and every stars in the sky. Next you whip it out, the Desire of course and launch Google Sky Map and voila you have the universe literally at the palm of your hands. Sky Map uses the phone’s GPS, accelerometer, and compass to show the sky. Sky Map is able to show naked-eye stars, planets, sun and moon, constellation lines, horizon, cardinal points, and Messier Objects. Take that iPhone !!

Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map

Easily search for planets or stars

Follow the arrow

You found it !

You found it !

Gallery to make searching easier

Hubble Gallery showcase

2. Google Goggles

Google once again brings the next evolution in searching –  this time to the Android devices. Goggles basically allows you to capture an image with the phone’s camera and a search query is sent to the Google search engine. The most obvious things that comes to mind to test it on was books and CD’s. Goggles had no problems detecting those. I even tried snapping the Maxis logo and surprisingly it manage to recognise the words from the photo. I’m impressed !! Goggles is also able to identify famous landmarks though I have not had the chance to do exactly that yet. Maybe this warrants a trip to KLCC, our most prominent landmark in KL 🙂 Overall an interesting app to showcase the power of Google search.

The type of things that can be recognised

The type of things that can be recognised

Tried an audio cd

Tried an audio cd

No problems

No problems

Maxis logo

Maxis logo

Character recognition works

Character recognition works

3. Places Directory

I wasn’t really sure if this application would work here locally but I decided to try it out anyway and boy was I glad I did. Places directory basically detects your current location and allows you to look for places in the nearby vicinity, kinda like a directory 🙂 It shows a thumbnail of the places, if available, in it’s listing. Clicking on the item you want reveals more details about the place and you can even share your reviews of the spot via the application. There’s a map which shows the exact location of the place and also pictures courtesy of Panoramio. Kind of  the basic stuff you would expect from a directory right? But Google went one step further and integrated Google Maps with the Place directory !! In the details, press the Menu button and you’ll be prompted with an option to get Route info to the location and voila just like that you have discovered a new place with directions on how to get there. Now if only there’s Google Navigation integrated into it, am I asking too much here ?? 😀

Places Directory

Places Directory

Nearby attractions

Nearby attractions

Details of the place

Details of the place

Directions on Google Maps

Location on Google Maps

Images of the place

Images of the place

Allows you to share, add to favourites and get Route information

Allows you to share, add to contacts and get Route information

Directions to the place

Directions to the place

Detailed directions

Detailed directions

4. Google Translate

I’m pretty sure most people have used Google’s translation service at one point or another and guess what ? It’s available on the Android. Yup now you have a translator on your Desire. If you think that’s all the application can do, you’re wrong. It has text to speech as well !! Yes it can speak your translated text, though the robotic voice has rooms for improvement but at least it’s a start. Plus you also get to translate your SMS to other languages. Now how cool is that 🙂

Translate your SMS

Translate your SMS

Not 100% accurate though

Not 100% accurate though

Text to voice

Text to voice

5.  Metal Detector

I kid you not !! The Desire can now act as a metal detector and it actually works !!! Magic ?? 😀 It utilises the built in compass which detects changes in the magnetic field hence why it only works on metal and not stuff like silver. It also works detecting other phones. Can you feel the disturbance in the force ?? LOL Amazing what phones can do nowadays 🙂

Show me some metal

Show me some metal

It's close by

It's close by

Bingo

Bingo

The settings

The settings

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7 Comments »

  1. Nice review on the phone.lucky to have this blogger to help me to justify the advatages of the phone before I decide to purchase 1 myself!

    Comment by Pauline T. — June 18, 2010 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  2. this is sooooo impressive!!! Wow, what phones can do these days! why do people buy iphone anyway? this is better and cheaper!

    Comment by Janice Shun — June 18, 2010 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. Pauline,
    Thanks am always happy to help a friend make a right decision when choosing gadgets. After all they cost a bomb and we want something we’ll enjoy using

    Janice
    I know right. Phone has gone beyond being just a phone. Its a useful resource in helping us in our everyday life. It’s a digital PA 😀

    Comment by yoga — July 5, 2010 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  4. Kid.. silver is metal as well. You probably meant iron instead metal. Suppose you slept well instead of paying attention during your physics/chemistry classes.

    Comment by The Dude — October 11, 2010 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the chemistry lessons. Yup what I meant to say was iron.

      Comment by yoga — October 14, 2010 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  5. that really a cool features…can I know can we use the text to speech on Desire?? u know like while we r driving…instead of reading an e-book…can we hear instead?

    Comment by nina — March 22, 2011 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  6. Hi Nina,
    Yes you can actually use the Text-to-speech feature to get your emails and sms read back to you. Bear in mind it has to be in English though 😉

    Comment by yoga — March 22, 2011 @ 11:12 am | Reply


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