Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Apps: AccuWeather, Dolphin Browser, and imo instant messenger

Presenting a few great, free apps for the Kindle Fire! Apps are like books: you can never have too many. And these will prove very useful and affordable. I think tomorrow I'll catalog the five most popular apps of the week!


Name: AccuWeather
Rating: 3.6 stars over 27 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Whether you're packing for an important trip, planning a picnic, or you simply enjoy following the weather, AccuWeather Platinum has what you need. This app is packed with all the weather information and interactive features you could want for your mobile device.

Analysis: A weather app is a must for any device. Never be in the dark about what the sky's going to be doing with Accuweather, which will tell you what's going on now and in the future, plus share it on facebook and twitter.
Get AccuWeather for free!


Name: Dolphin Browser Mini [Edit: Must be side-loaded to use on Kindle Fire]
Rating: 4.6 stars over 29 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Looking to put your Android Web-browsing experience on turbo? Then put that clunky stock browser aside and surf with the Dolphin Browser Mini. This browser is a lightweight version of the popular Dolphin Browser HD. This streamlined app is designed to run on Android OS 1.6 and up, but the Mini still has many of the great features of its big brother. If you're looking for pure speed, the Mini is the way to go.

Analysis:
I keep hearing amazing things about this little browser, an alternative to the built-in Silk browser provided by Amazon. It's fast. easy to use, and has a number of nice features like the ability to take screenshots. Could be a useful back-up you might need at some point.

Get Dolphin Browser Mini!

Name: imo instant messenger
Rating: 4.1 stars over 9 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Instant message on Skype, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, and Myspace Chat with all of your friends in one app with this fast and reliable messenger for your smartphone. No need to create a new account, just sign in using your existing IM accounts. You can even send multimedia attachments (audio, video, and other files).

Analysis:
Tired of shuffling between ten different programs to talk to people? Cut that out and use this simple app, which connects you to all of those programs from one easy place. 

Get imo instant messenger!

5 comments:

  1. You might mention that the free apps can be downloaded while the person waits for the delivery of the fire. The app store will download it as soon as they register. If they already have Android, those apps from amazon app store will also download. This was news to me when I registered my Fire.

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  2. Absolutely, Melissa. Very good point. We actually have an earlier post on that very topic: http://fireapps.blogspot.com/2011/11/guide-to-downloading-apps-before-your.html

    Thanks for visiting!

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  3. You're aware the the dolphin browsers aren't allowed to be installed on the Fire, right?

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  4. Thanks for your post, double. Amazon sure seems to make it hard to get the browser on a Fire, preventing a direct download, but Dolphin can be installed by side-loading, which Amazon fully allows. A note about this will be edited into the main post.

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  5. I found the full Dolphin HD browswer on getjar and it loaded and installed and ran just fine. No sideloading required. Would love to know where I could get all the neat addons they have listed, but the browser keeps looking for them in the Amazon App Store (and googling them did not help). My only quibble with the Dolphin browser is the Share feature is weak; the Silk browser will let you share a webpage link via hootsuite, email, or other ways. I wanted to tweet a particular page link and post it on facebook; this did not work in the Dolphin browser and did in the Silk browser. So, you may not want to set this up as your default browser if you do any serious page sharing. If you have already done so, you will need an app task killer to stop it running so you can use the Silk browser and reset it as the default. I did that and now it offers me the choice between the 2 browsers whenever I press a link.

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