Do you like steak? No? Then get out of this post right now - because it's Steak Time.
Omaha Steaks has had their popular app "Steak Time" on iOS for a while now, and it was only a matter of time before an Android version emerged. That day has come, and now Android users can grill with the best of 'em.
I know what you're thinking, "this is probably some gimmicky app that just wants me to buy overpriced Omaha Steaks." But you're wrong - it's so much more. First and foremost, Steak Time does what its name implies: it times steaks. The cooking of them, that is. Take a look.
That. Is. Awesome. Now, I'm a bit of a grillmeister myself, and I know a thing or two about cooking a steak. But, if you're grilling with company, keeping track of your meat can be a difficult task with all the various distractions you're going to be engaged in. That's what Steak Time is for. It can track multiple timers for steaks of different cuts, desired done-ness, and saves those timers by name. It also tells you when it's time to flip your steak - a key part of grilling success. You can also set up manual timers for non-cow things like vegetables or, dare I say, poultry and fish.
You're notified of flip-times and done-times with a long vibration and ringer, so there's little chance your precious steakums will get burned because of your grilling negligence.
While the timer is the app's flagship feature, there's more fun to be had in steak-town.
You can learn about grilling - by reading short guides and viewing how-to videos. You can shop for Omaha Steaks. You can even look up recipes for different cuts of beef. And when you look up those recipes, you can add ingredients to an in-app shopping cart individually. Now that's just convenient. It's all very exciting if you're a steak sort of person.
There is one caveat - the app is a direct iOS port. It looks like an iOS app, it feels like an iOS app (the Menu button doesn't even do anything), and the resolution has been downscaled for Android, so it looks kind of fuzzy and, well, unprofessional. Still, it works great and runs smooth, even on my aging Nexus One.
Maybe over time we'll see a UI overhaul, but even in its present fruity state, Steak Time is a great application that will be living on my phone indefinitely.
You can get it on the market right now:
See the full press release, below:
OMAHA, Neb., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Omaha Steaks today announced the launch of its Steak Time App for the Android. Steak Time for Android capitalizes on the strengths of the original app designed for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This new Android version offers the user features like an informational "Steak 101" section, complete with how-to videos, tips for perfect grilling, steak facts and hundreds of delicious, shareable steak recipes. As with the original Steak Time App, the 'Grill Timer' is the highlight feature of the Android version, enabling users to create a personalized steak timer setting for everyone on their guest list. Other key features include:
- Universal timer which allows users to set food preparation timers directly from within recipes and view active times from anywhere in the app.
- 'Buy Now' buttons that appear in a user's grocery list, allowing them to purchase Omaha Steaks products.
- Ability to browse the Omaha Steaks store from within the app.
- Conversation card feature that provides a host of interesting facts and questions to help liven up the dinner discussion.
- Social media integration allowing users to share recipes and tips with their friends on Facebook and Twitter.
The Steak Time App is available for free from the Android Market at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.omahasteaks .
About Omaha Steaks
Omaha Steaks, founded in 1917, is an Omaha, Nebraska-based, fifth-generation, family-owned company that markets and distributes a wide variety of the finest quality USDA-approved, grain fed beef and gourmet foods. Today, Omaha Steaks is recognized as the nation's largest direct response marketer of premium beef, available to customers by calling 1-800-960-8400, online at www.OmahaSteaks.com or at retail stores nationwide.