I read over the weekend at MDA in their “Weekend Link Love” that there was an Android app for the site. Developed by MotherApp, it looks to be a simple way to get all the major news off the site in an easy to navigate application. Here is a quick and dirty overview.
After installing launch the application:
The first time you load it it takes a few seconds but appears to speed up on subsequent uses.
Once it’s loaded you get a nice clean look at major posts on the MDA site. There are quick links to videos posted to Youtube, Mark’s Tweets on Twitter, The basic Primal lowdown, and your favorites.
Clicking a post pulls up the article in a mobile friendly format, pressing the Menu key gives the option to “Favorite” the article.
Clicking a Youtube video directs you to your default method of viewing.
Clicking the Twitter icon loads the @Mark_Sisson timeline and allows you to follow links to the full blown article if you choose.
In essence it is the website boiled down to into a mobile format which is fine but forum support would be really nice. Hopefully in the future this can come to pass. From a primal perspective the app serves as a great portal to the full site and is handy to stay on top of the outstanding work that goes on there. From a practical nerd perspective, why not just go to the full site on your handsets browser? At any rate get it if you are a primal droid.
- This App Was Tested Using: HTC Hero (CDMA) OS 1.5
- Presentation: Nice clean presentation
- Value: A free app for a free site.
- Stability/Resources: Over a week, I’ve had no force closes but sometimes get a weird error on closing the app.
- Bottom line: If you like your primal fix on the go you could do worse or you could go to the full site.