There's no nice way to say this: interesting and new apps were a bit thin on the ground in September. Maybe it was the double-threat of new announcements from both Google and Apple that scared off developers, or maybe they're all hung up on ancient Green Day lyrics. Either way, things were looking pretty sparse, but we still managed to find a few interesting tidbits for you. Here are our top seven and a few honorable mentions.
Boom! The Woot app is finally, officially, available on Android. How 'bout that? Boom! It's all about the website's exclusive offers and daily deals, in a sweet material design. Boom! There's even a cool navigation drawer and scrolling. Scrolling, you guys. Boom! If you're wondering about the explosion sound effects, you should watch the app's promo video below. Boom!
For a first legit try at an Android app, Woot really nailed most of the design and interactions.
Are you looking for a ludicrous amount of external battery power? Then look no further than Woot.com today. The electronics section of the site is offering a two-for-one deal on a Limefuel 15000mAh external battery pack for $39.99. That's an almost ludicrous 30,000 milliamp-hours, approximately ten complete recharges of even huge phones like the Nexus 6. Also I guess you could keep one and give the other to someone else. Weirdo.
These particular batteries are pretty standard: they feature two charging ports each, 1 amp and 2.1 amps, plus an LED flashlight and a tiny LCD readout for viewing the battery level.
If you've been looking to score a high-end Android Wear device on the cheap, head over to Woot's landing page. The main daily deal for today (Thursday) is the Moto 360, refurbished and sporting either black or gray leather strap, for just $129.99. That's a full $120 off of the original retail price, and $35 off of the price that was dropped last month. It's the cheapest round Wear watch available at the moment, and well below the average price for any smartwatch.
I used the DROID MAXX for more than a year. It is, hands-down, one of my favorite Android devices. If you're looking for a good deal on a fantastic phone that's a little past its prime, you can't do better than Woot.com's current Electronics section promotion. The Amazon subsidiary is offering the Motorola DROID MAXX in refurbished form for $179.99, a little less than $500 off of the original retail price.
The description says that this is a "Droid Ultra Maxx," but based on the battery spec it's the higher-end DROID MAXX, not the DROID Ultra.
If it's been a while since you've looked at Motorola's 2013 line, then think of the DROID MAXX as a spruced-up version of the original Moto X.
Let's get something out of the way right from the start. The LG G Pad 7.0 isn't a particularly exciting piece of hardware. It's powered by a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. That 7-inch display only provides 1280 by 800 pixels. On the software front, you're looking at Android 4.4.
But if you turn your eyes towards Woot, you will see that the site is offering a refurbished LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for only $89.99. That's a pretty good price for an LTE-equipped tablet. Paired with the right data plan, it's a decent way to keep the little ones in the backseat occupied during long trips (and perhaps short ones, too).
In the book of Judges, the Hebrew champion Samson claims to have killed a thousand men with a donkey's jawbone. We wouldn't recommend killing anyone with the Jawbone BIG Jambox, but if you just happen to be surrounded by a hoard of enemies, it's probably a better blunt instrument than the standard model. Consumers in the market for high-fidelity Bluetooth speakers and/or weapons of biblical destruction can pick one up from Woot today for just $187.99.
That's a hefty $112 off of the $300 retail price, a 37% discount made all the sweeter because these speakers are brand new, not refurbished like many of Woot's sales.
With so many ways to catch up on your favorite shows, sitting down when a cable network wants you to and putting up with dozens of ads doesn't sound particularly compelling. But if you record that stuff to get back to later, then it's not so bad (VCRs taught us that). There are multiple ways to go about this, but right now you can get a Simple.TV DVR with a lifetime subscription for $99 on Woot. That's a discount of $250.
SiliconDust's Simple.TV app will let you watch those shows on your mobile device (with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone all supported) or stream them to something larger, say a Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV.
Android aviation enthusiasts, you've got a rare opportunity to get a sweet discount on a refurbished model of Parrot's full-sized AR Drone today. The 2.0 edition of the quadcopter that uses your phone or tablet as a controller is just $169.99 on Woot's Sellout mini-site, a full $130 off of the retail price. The deal is open for the rest of the day, until midnight Central US time, or until they run out of magical flying robots.
The AR Drone has quickly become a favorite among amateurs and enthusiasts thanks to its easy setup, piloting, and remote camera view. The 2.0 edition of the toy uses a 720p onboard camera and an expanded battery compared with the original, though the ~10-minute runtime is bested by the slightly newer Elite Edition.