Android Apps of the Week: Zagat, Microsoft Office, and More


Zagat: Zagat's new app offers pretty much everything you can get on the website in both its iPhone and Android versions. You'll see Zagat reviews and summaries, directions to restaurants and night spots via Google Maps, news and videos from editors, and curated lists varying by city. Most notably, this is the first time that all the Zagat content you need comes to users on all platforms with free—and without any prior registration. Right now, the update will only be hitting Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York PHiladelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London. About 50 more cities (both US and international) should be getting the new and improved app soon, though. [Free]

Microsoft Office for Office 365: Hey, Microsoft Office is out for Android now, too. Now you can work even more. It's not optimized for tablets, though, so stick to the Office web apps if some deranged kidnapper is forcing you to work on a tablet. You can make bare bones edits to presentations, documents, and spreadsheets in addition to accessing your cloud drive and picking up reading where you might have left off. Of course, you'll need a qualifying Office 365 subscription to even use the app. Downloading, though, is free. [Requires Office 365 Subscription]


Appsi: Appsi adds swipe-out side bar panels that can be triggered by hot spots. You choose where on the side of your screen you'd like them to go, and a simple swipe will pull out sidebar access to all sorts of information. You can add calls, contacts, SMS, calendar events, or settings for up to six different slide-out panels. [$1 Per Plugin]


SCR Screen Recorder Free (Root): This is one of the rare screen recording apps that works on a large number of Android devices. Once installed, you're free to customize the settings as you like, changing frames per second, screen resolution, and capture settings. The app is currently in beta, but you should be fine as long as you're using a device with 4.0.3 or higher. [Free]

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