August was light on new Android apps, but there's one new arrival that might change things in a big way: Amazon Underground. Aside from that, Google's new push towards streaming games and a new translator service from Microsoft make up the more interesting apps from the big publishers. That said, there are a few indie gems in both our primary lineup and the Honorable Mentions sections, so check them out below. Read More
Business is happening all over the world, and Google's finance tools are now ready to help you track a little bit more of it. The company has announced Google Finance has added support for indices, stock price movements, trading volumes and more in some additional countries.
The new arrivals are Spain, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina. This brings Google Finance's total supported exchanges count to 35. You can get access to all the data Google has on various exchanges through search results, the Finance website, and with Google's stupendously ugly Finance app. Seriously, that UI is straight Gingerbread. Because the new exchanges are tied into search, you can add them to Google Now cards as well. Read More
Wall Street analysts always read the tea leaves to come up with predictions of how a company will perform each quarter. If said company does better, investors are happy. If it does worse, investors are angry. The financial system is really based on our primal urges. Today, investors are very happy with Google. The company that spawned Android announced Q3 earnings last night that beat expectations, and the markets are going wild – Google stock is currently trading over $1000 per share.
Analysts were predicting $14.80 billion in revenue for the third quarter, but Google announced $14.98 billion last night. After coming in below expectations for the last two quarters, investors were in a celebratory mood. Read More
If you're the type who likes to keep their head deeply nuzzled in the stock market, then you probably already have a mobile phone full of apps to help you stay connected. If there's one thing I know about Android users, though, it's that we can never have too many apps - especially when they rub the belly of our favorite hobbies, obsessions, or other dependencies just right. So, for all you business, accounting, or other finance-minded folks, CNN Money just landed in the Android Market for phones and Google TV.
The phone app lets you grab all the latest happenings on-the-go, track markets in real-time, monitor a personal watch list, and catch breaking news. Read More
One of my favorite features of Android is being able to have widgets on my device. With just a few widgets, my important information can be a quick glance away. Unfortunately, widgets typically offer a limited set of information (e.g., the last five messages) and the lack of animation on the majority of widgets makes them feel more static than they really are. Even Honeycomb's widgets are fairly limited. Fortunately, Android's live wallpapers allow for a far more engaging experience and the Bubbleator live wallpaper takes advantage of that.
Full disclosure: Bubbleator is made by ARO
, and I have recently been hired on as a developer at ARO.
Scottrade, a popular brokerage firm, just introduced the official Android app that lets its customers trade stocks using their mobile devices.
In addition to trading, transaction history, balances, order status, and account management, which is obviously limited to logged in users, all of the app's other features can be used by anyone, even those without a Scottrade account. These include:
- receiving real-time streaming quotes (I'm impressed that these are real-time even for those not logged in - not bad, if true)
- detailed research tools, including stock price histories, charts, fundamentals, insider info, market news and commentary, earnings, options, etc.
- price alerts
- SmartText for technical analysis, which seems to be some sort of a help system that explains technical terms around the app
The features are detailed very well in the video accompanying Scottrade Mobile's release. Read More
If you're the business-minded-Android-tablet-toting type, then grab your beloved Honeycomb device and fire up the Android Market, as a tablet-friendly version of the Bloomberg app is now live. With this app you can grab the latest news, market data, and portfolio information, as well as charts and graphs, so you can stay on top of the latest business trends.
Although the Market listing claims that this app will work on Android 2.1+, that doesn't seem to be the case, as I couldn't install it on my phone at all - only my Galaxy Tab 10.1. In its current state, the app is little more than a glorified, expanded version of the phone app, but I have little doubt that more Honeycomb features will be added as the application is updated. Read More
If you have a Honeycomb tablet, you are probably aware that there is a very small subset of Android apps made specifically for the tablet OS. NBC Universal is here to fill this gap, starting with this excellent and beautiful finance app - CNBC Real-Time. It was built to utilize the large screen real estate of your tablet, with independent scrolling UI parts created using the ingenious Fragments API that was introduced with Honeycomb.
Here are the features of CNBC Real-Time, in the order of importance:
- You guessed it - actual real-time quotes (pre-market, market, and after-market), all for free. This is just excellent - no 15 minute delays to deal with here.
E*TRADE Financial and Fidelity Investments have finally made their mobile applications available to Android users. Up until now, both programs have been compatible exclusively with iOS and Blackberry OS. Although I'm not much of a stock trader myself, these apps are big wins for enterprise customers who use Android devices. Both are very slick and easy to use. I should also mention that both of them have very quick load times.
The ability to get free real-time quotes, news & charts
Conduct market research
Check the market and monitor your savings account
Securely buy, sell, and place orders with just a few taps
Get breaking market news
E*Trade Mobile Pro
The ability to get free real-time quotes, charts, and market commentary
Conduct market research
Have an experience completely integrated with your online account
Securely buy, sell, and place orders
Get breaking market news
If you have an E*TRADE or Fidelity Investments account, you are definitely going to want to check these apps out. Read More