Tag Archives: mobile


Microsoft Office for Android (Beta)

Last week, Microsoft announced that they’re expanding the “preview” — formerly only available to a limited number of users — of their Office apps for Android tablets:

We want more feedback from more users to ensure that Office apps work well on a range of different Android tablets before launching the official apps. To participate in the preview, you can use an ARM-based Android tablet running KitKat or Lollipop, with a screen size between 7″ and 10.1″. Starting today, anyone can go to Google P…


40 Android Apps for Teaching and Learning

A few weeks ago I invited readers to share their favorite iPad apps for the classroom, and the comments section features several good suggestions. Last week I asked readers to share their favorite Android apps for the classroom, and… well… we didn’t end up with nearly as many suggestions.

I do not own an Android device, but I spent some time searching for apps that might prove useful for pedagogical purposes, and the list below is the result.

(I’ve also made this information available as a spr…


Android Apps for the Classroom

Two weeks ago I asked readers to share their favorite iPad apps for the classroom, and the comments thread now features several good suggestions. However, here at ProfHacker we’re not interested solely in the iPad as a teaching and learning tool; we’ve also written about Android devices. See, for example, Amy post on “Android for Academics,” Natalie’s “From the Archives: All About Android,” and Ryan’s 3-part series on switching from iOS to Android.

As Amy points out, the Android for Academics s…


Get Real-Time, Social Driving Directions with Waze

6371619037_fd8e11ba7f_bWhen I was planning to move to Atlanta for graduate school, one of the first things that I bought was an atlas for the United States. How else, in 2002, was I going to know how to get from one state to another? When I finally got to Atlanta, the very first thing I did was drive to a CVS to buy an umbrella and a big multi-page map of the city. In 2007, when I was attending my second MLA conference in Chicago, I went with a small folder full of printed-off directions from Google Maps to help me ge…


Google Now: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 3

In my first post about switching from iOS to Android, I noted that Google Now was one of the reasons I decided to try Android:

I read over and over again about Google Now’s superiority over Siri. I’m not sure how important this will actually be to my mobile experience. I didn’t have a Siri-capable iPhone before, and I don’t know how often I’ll want to talk with my phone. But its does seem like Google is pulling ahead of Apple in this new area of voice-driven interface, and as a geek I wa…


“Hacking” Your Own “Apps”

HackThose who use smartphones regularly know that there are all kinds of apps available for doing all kinds of useful things. A large number of them are free (which can be a great thing for leaving yourself free to switch from one platform to another when your contract is up, as Ryan mentioned recently).

There are also, of course, a large number of paid apps for all the major platforms. If a paid app does what you need it to do, and does it well for what you consider to be a reasonable price, great!…


Tinker, Android, Why: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my choice to switch from iOS to Android. In this post, I want to focus on the final reason for switching that I listed in that post:

I’m a geek and was lured by the customizability of Android. The great benefit of iOS is that it just works, and works pretty well. But Android has become a very attractive and stable platform in its own right, but adds to that the ability to customize nearly every aspect of the experience, down to swapping software keyboards and oth…


Switching from iOS to Android, Part 1

Three years ago, Amy wrote a piece comparing Android and iOS for those considering a new smartphone. Since then, we’ve written much about Android and much about iOS on the blog. I’ve long been an iOS user, as evidenced by my posts on Things, Attendance, Mailbox, and other iOS apps.

Nevertheless, when the time came to upgrade my phone last week, I decided to pick up an Android phone. My reasons for doing so were several:

  1. I’m already hooked into All Things Google. I was syncing Gmail and Google C…

Schedule E-mail on the Go with Boomerang

let's all sit under the big boomerang
Back in 2010, Amy reported on using Boomerang to schedule email within Gmail or Outlook for a later send date. I personally use this email add-on daily, finding it useful to queue up emails to arrive to their recipient at a reasonable time. For example, I often process email on Sunday evenings (a time that works well for me), but in case my colleagues check their email that same evening I don’t want them to feel that I’m pressuring them to respond immediately. So I use Boomerang to send the ema…


Making Web and Mobile Games with Construct 2

Earlier this month I taught a workshop on games in the classroom for faculty at my university. Several people showed up with their iPads and asked about making games for their mobile devices, inspiring me to revisit my quest for the perfect crossplatform development tool. Building for mobile is a great way to get students excited about a digital project, but making any content for mobile platforms (particularly iOS) can be daunting. My current favorite beginner’s solution is the free version of …