Android tablet apps of the month: Google’s Dropbox, digital newspapers, and Flickr for photographers

April 25, 2012

Google Drive

The long-anticipated Google Drive (free, Google Play) was launched yesterday, putting the search giant in competition with the likes of Dropbox, Box and Microsoft’s SkyDrive as well as an ever-growing host of others.

As part of the launch, Google has released an Android application (supporting both tablets and smartphones) so users can access photos, documents, videos and other files, while there’s also the ability to upload documents from their Android tablet or smartphone. These files can then be shared with contacts, while files can also be made available for offline access. Furthermore, the Honeycomb (Android 3.0) optimized app enables files to be converted to the Google Docs format.


NewspaperDirect has updated its PressReader Android tablet app (now version 4.0) by boosting the image rendering engine for an improved zoom functionality – meaning you can get a closer look of what you're reading, and there’s the new SmartFlow technology so that readers can flip through digital newspapers in a continuous horizontal stream.

The PressReader Android tablet app (free, Google Play) allows readers to share stories via Facebook, Twitter or email, copy and paste articles into supporting applications like Evernote or Instapaper, as well as adjust font types. In addition, the app presents visual cues to link you to other interesting stories, asks you to effectively rate a story, and there’s an additional feature for stories to be read out to the reader.

LilyPad HD

LilyPad HD is an innovative floating instant messaging service for Android tablets, which is currently in beta.

As with other floating apps, LilyPad HD offers a quick-hide mode, resizable windows and tabs for talking to multiple people.

The app shows a fair amount of promise, and although it only supports Google Talk at this moment in time, the developer has plans for it to communicate with your contacts on Facebook, MSN, Skype and Yahoo, although this privilege will set you back an additional $0.99 per service via an in-app purchase.

LilyPad HD is now available for $1.50 from Google Play.


Seen by some as one of the leading communities for professional photographers, the developers behind the 500px iPad app have now pushed out a version for Android smartphones and tablets.

The free app (Google Play) promises much of the same features as the iPad version; the chance to discover a raft of portrait and landscape photos – either listed by Editor’s Choice or Popular, as well as the ability to search the full 500px catalog by name and category. You can also sign in to your account and view (but not upload) your own photos, your friend’s photos and other photos.


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