23 October 2013 ~ 21 Comments

Aviate – first look review & beta invites

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We have a few limited-edition invites available to give away to our readers to try out the new Aviate launcher. Aviate is a unique type of launcher for Android mobile phones. Compared to regular launchers which allow you to change animations, icon layouts, and widgets across your home screens, Aviate aims to provide a fully immersive experience is that reacts dynamically throughout the day.

This is a completely new smart phone experience and Aviate has just been released as an invite only beta version which we’ve been lucky enough to try out over the last few days. It’s marketed as providing an intelligent home screen that gives you access to relevant information as and when you need it the most.

So, for example, when you wake up it tells you what the weather is going to be like and displays a list of your meetings and appointments for the coming day. When you’re driving, it automatically tells you about the local traffic conditions and also gives you turn-by-turn directions to get where you’re going. And if you’re out and about, it will offer a few tips about places to go or even pull up the menu in the restaurant you currently sitting in.

Aviate is stylised with a very clean and clear flat design style which we found to be the very reminiscent of Google Now’s “cards” interface. It also automatically arranges your apps into categories organised by type and function. So, for example, all of your social apps will be kept in one place and all the apps user work will also be kept together.

The Aviate launcher has been created by a new start-up from a Silicon Valley team that includes two ex-Google employees. With the huge range of replacement launcher apps available for Android, it really aims to offer something totally different. And with almost $2 million investment so far, we’d wager that Aviate really might be going places.

A reactive, intelligent launcher certainly is an innovative idea, and if it does all its promises to, Aviate might really start to change the way that we interact with our mobile phones on a daily basis. But how does it work out in practice? And how smart can Aviate actually be?

Check out our first look video review below. And even if you have any comments at all about Aviate or opinions about this new style of launcher, please let us know.

If you want to try out Aviate for yourself, we still have a few invites left to give away. All you need to do is tweet about this post and video or share both them on Google+ and let us know with a comment below and we’ll send an invite right over.

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04 July 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Google Now vs Siri

Just a quick video post for you while we put the finishing touches on our full Android Jelly Bean post. In case anyone was still under the impression that Siri is a reason to use an iPhone, spend ten minutes with us and check out how it performs when compared to the new Google Now:

And if that weren’t convincing enough, check out all these things that Google Now can do:

What do you think? Which do you prefer? And would you ever actually use these features? Let us know in the comments below.

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