Talk Android Apps of the Week: December 27, 2015


It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic Xbox One companion, a reliable satellite tracker, a great shift calendar and last, but not least, an incredibly addictive game.

Xbox One SmartGlass


If you were lucky enough to receive an Xbox One from Santa this Christmas, then you’re going to want to pay very close attention to the first application up this week. SmartGlass is an all-in-one service that enables you to interact with your Xbox on an entirely different level.

While using this app, you’ll not only have the facility to access your friends list and respond to messages whilst on the go, but you’ll also be able to use your smartphone’s touchscreen as a remote control when you’re at home in front of the TV.

I prefer to use my Xbox to take in a show on Netflix using this application as the integrated media buttons make it significantly easier to navigate through a large catalogue of content. SmartGlass is great too when you want to check out your achievements as it’s much quicker than sifting through the My Apps & Games menu on the console.

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ISS Detector Satellite Tracker


Since Tim Peake’s recent arrival on the International Space Station, my interest in astronomy has been reignited. As a result, I took to the Play Store to seek out an application to help me find the satellite, and that’s when I came face to face with the ISS Detector Satellite Tracker.

The app is a third-party tool that records your location so it can tell you when and where to look in order to see the International Space Station, the application also checks nearby forecasts to see if you are experiencing suitable weather conditions for space-spotting.

My favourite feature the ISS Detector app bundles is the facility to create an alarm to alert you when the satellite is about to pass, which means that you can always be in the right position with your camera at the ready.

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Shift Schedule


Shift Schedule is an extremely useful calendar application and widget, which has been designed specifically for shift workers. The main purpose of the app is to provide you with a clear and detailed overview of your shifts, so that you can easily see when you’re working.

You will also be able to access a comprehensive breakdown of all the hours you’ve worked in a specific month, together with your estimated income based on the rate you provided during the configuration process. These figures can then be exported as a spreadsheet and uploaded straight to Google Drive for safekeeping or emailed to your employer for payment.

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Up last this week, we’re looking a simple puzzle game, which goes by the name of Arrow. All you have to do is tap on either the left or right side of your device’s display to navigate the maze without hitting any walls. If you do happen to come into contact with a wall, your arrow will instantly crack and you’ll be forced to start again. Just like Circle, progress is tracked by the scores that you obtain — so the longer you go without colliding with any obstacles, the more points you’ll be credited with.

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About the Author: Josh Levenson

Josh is an avid Android enthusiast who writes news, reviews and the occasional how-to articles. He lives in the UK and is fascinated by anything technical. He enjoys stripping and rebuilding vintage Macs and is a keen amateur photographer. Currently, his smartphone of choice is the HTC One (M8), but he has a sneaky suspicion that’s going to change when the Galaxy Note 4 finally hits the shelves.