Friday 19 September 2014

Android Apps Like Vine, Evernote, and Others Arrive on Chrombooks, Google Says

Google has announced the arrival of handful Android apps on Chrombooks and Chrome OS based desktops. These android apps include Vine, Sight Words, Evernote and Duolingo. This is just a start or try by Google and will bring more apps in the future; as it is working with a group of Android developers to bring-in more apps. This move by Google is not only to bring the Android and Chrombooks together, but the aim is to allow the users to operate their Chrombook using their Android device (handset).


Vine is basically a video sharing service founded by Rus Yusupov, Colin Kroll and Dom Hofmann in June 2012. Twitter in October 2012 acquired this company for $30 million. Vine app was officially announced as a free app on 24th January, 2013 for iOS devices and its Android version was released on 2nd June, 2013.

The users can record video clips of 6 seconds long using the in-app camera and share it after editing it on the fly or by creating stop motion effects, if required. The video is recorded only when the screen is being touched by the user. Later in July 2013 the developers added few more features in this app which include ghost and grid image tools for the camera, revine, protected posts and curated channels. Further, the app came up with a new update which shows the number of times that the vine was viewed. This update was named ‘loop count’.


Evernote is a collection of services and software which is designed for archiving and note taking. Stepan Pachikov founded it and its services were made available on June 24, 2008. A ‘note’ can be a web page, a piece of formatted text, a voice memo, a photograph, or ‘ink’ (handwritten) note. These notes can have files attached to it and can be saved in folders, then edited, annotated, tagged, exported and searched as a part of the notebook.

Image capture and voice recording notes are also supported by Evernote. The user can recognize the text written on the captured images using OCR and annotated. Tablet and touch screens with handwriting recognition is also supported by Evernote. Skitch—which allows users to share the image online after adding text and shapes to an image, was acquired on August 18, 2011 by Evernote. This app is made available on Windows 8, iOS, Android and OS X devices for free by Evernote.


Duolingo is a free text translation and language learning platform. French, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Irish and American English courses are offered this app. This app is available on iOS, Web and Android platforms with the above mentioned and other combinations of languages. Its private beta was launched on 30th November 2011 and was made available to public on 19th June 2012 after having more than 300,000 users as waiting list. Duolingo was selected as the iPhone app of the year by Apple in 2013 and also at the 2014 Crunchies it won the Best Educational Startup.

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