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The Blue Jackal and the Lion, HistoryTools, Fruit&Fun - Most Promising Apps of 2011

Steve August
 


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2011 has been a great year for the smartphone users and the app developers, thanks to the impressive show from the apps and the app stores. There was no one single ruler out there as there were some exciting new arrivals throughout the year and they really gave a tough time for the old goodies. We got the chance to check out some of the exciting apps and we think these are the few apps that look very promising.

Viewpoints - The Blue Jackal and the Lion: This app is an iOS incarnation of the classical Indian tale The Blue Jackal. It illustrates this old tale from the perspectives of the jackal and the lion. It has beautiful picture and narration to make young kids involved to it. Throughout the narration, this app poses some thoughtful questions for discussion. As you guess, the size of this app is an issue (118 MB), but there could have been no other way for the developers, as this app is full of artworks. Viewpoints - The Blue Jackal and the Lion is an iPad app that requires iOS 3.2 or later. It costs USD 0.99. Download it here: http://itunes. apple.com/us/app/viewpoints-the-blue-jackal/id483063305?mt=8

HistoryTools: I think History is all that we make out of it. Here is a handy tool that can help you remind yourself of this idea. HistoryTools app has come loaded with 5,700 events that cover a wide range of areas such as art, entertainment, politics and sports. Users can search the HistoryTools database with the words like “man in moon” and “first president” or years like 1947. As the entire database is available offline, users don’t need any Internet connection. However, this app is not very bulky; it is just 14.7 MB. As the database is huge, there may be some accuracy issues, but this app is worth having. This app reached the App Store after the hardwork of the writer Larry Belling. This app is available for iPhones and iPads running iOS 3.1 or later. It costs USD 0.99. Download it here: http://itunes. apple.com/us/app/historytools/id385522233?mt=8

Fruit&Fun: This is a simple fruit-matching game from the popular Android developer Blind Logic. After launching Fruit&Fun, it loads the screen with colorful apps and users need to make them disappear by matching them in groups of three or more. They can do it by adjusting the rows or the columns. However, there may be some locked fruits that make it impossible to move their columns and the rows. If the users get struck and can’t find their way inside the fruits, they can avail help from ‘Hint’. It would show the available moves, but this feature is hidden inside the ‘Menu’. It would be better if the developers bring it to the main screen. Fruits&Fun is a free app and it requires Android 2.1 or up. This app works great even in small screen devices. Download it here: https://market. android.com/details?id=eu. bl. fruit

As you see, we have listed an Android app and two iOS app here. This list is the result of our observation over the past few months. Let’s wait and see what they have for 2012. If you think you too have found one great app, you can always suggest them to us through Alpha Digits.

Author bio: Steve August is an Android app review expert and Chief Editor of Alpha Digits (alphadigits.com), a website that iPhone app reviews and iPad app reviews. Developers can contact him through Alpha Digits to get their apps reviewed.

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