Writers Wanted Here at Android Rundown – Join the Fastest Growing Android Site

We’re looking for several App Reviewers and Bloggers to expand our coverage here on Android Rundown. The premise is very straight forward: a website focused on Android, with heavy emphasis on reviews of paid apps available in the Android Market.

Your past experience is not nearly as important as your ability to write proficiently, your passion for Android, and your drive. The ideal writer for our Android site should be able to devour apps and games and be able to write about them quickly and authoritatively. You should have a good critical eye and the ability to express yourself well. You should be able to self edit your posts and deliver them ready to publish. And most importantly, you should be able to do this while keeping your review fun and interesting like the common voice of our sites.

In addition to app and game review writers, we are also looking to add one or two news reporters. The ideal news reporter would be someone who knows when an app is going to be released before anyone else does. Someone who knows the industry and the people in the industry. Wakes up in the middle of the night to see what new apps have gone live. And is comfortable talking to developers, marketing people, and even press agencies. You must be able to respond to and write about events and industry changes quickly. And most importantly you should be able to filter through information for what is a good story and what is just PR fluff.

If you think either of these descriptions fit your skills, please keep reading. In exchange for your amazing writing skills, we will provide a brand new outlet for your talents. And of course there’s the money. We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency of at least 5 posts per week. While this isn’t a full time job, it is certainly not a once-in-a-while hobby either.

As this is a paid opportunity, please provide several samples of your work that is relevant. For those of you who don’t have relevant experience, please pick your 2 absolute favorite Android games and 2 favorite apps and provide a 300 word review of each of them along with your information.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the address below.

How to apply

If you think you have the writing skills, the drive, and the Android focus to help take our Android site to top, send us the following:

Your name
Where you live (city, state, country)
What Android device(s) you use
Why you want to write for us
3 writing samples
Past writing experiences

Email all that to helpwanted+android {at} 148apps {dot} com and we will be in touch.

Freaky Friday – AR Shooting

Freaky Friday – AR Shooting

Jun 24, 2011

This week’s Freaky Friday game is a polarizing one. Some see it as a bit of harmless fun, an app that can fill some boring spare time with a brief giggle. Others see it as a slightly evil, worrying sort of an app that may bring about the end of civilization as we know it. So depending on which side of the line you find yourself on, yay! Or boo!

AR Shooting is, as you’d expect, an AR shooting simulator. If you’re unfamiliar with AR, or augmented reality it basically means your phone uses its camera to place objects onto the world that aren’t actually there. In this case, those objects are guns.

Ever felt like shooting an annoying sibling, or pumping a few shotgun rounds into that annoying work colleague who never puts the milk back in the fridge? Well now you can, and without getting sent to jail for it. You can even have shootouts with your friends, without the embarrassment of having to make gun shapes with your fingers.

Alternatively, this app is an evil plague on society, spreading the message of acceptable gun violence and endangering the lives of children, adults and old people the world over. If you download this app, then you’re basically admitting you’re a few steps away from being a psychotic murderer and you should probably take yourself off to the local police station and hand yourself in.

So there you go, you’re either going to love or hate AR Shooting. It sort of depends on whether or not you like fun, I suppose. I’m pretty sure no one ever became a loony spree killer just because they got to try it out on their phone, but I could be wrong, heaven forbid.

Oh, and for the record, you might just not care about the app at all. In fact, that’s probably the most likely outcome.

AR Shooting is available now, for free, from the Android Market.

Wikitude World Browser Review

Wikitude World Browser Review

May 9, 2011

One of the coolest developments of the smartphone era has been the rise of augmented reality. Using your phone’s camera, AR apps place information and entertainment directly onto the world around you. In essence, they turn your phone into a magical lens, through which the world becomes more interesting and local knowledge can easily be attained.

Wikitude World Browser, from Mobilizy GMBH, allows you to build an AR world of your own, filled with details, directions and other snippets of information about the area you find yourself in. It also lets you look at any geo-tagged tweets, Flickr pictures and last.fm users that are around you as well. You’re building up a picture of your surroundings, using data that’s widely available on the internet.

For example, if you’re in a new town and you fancy finding something interesting to do, you can set the app to show all of the Foursquare check-in points. Hold your phone up and Wikitude will show you the direction you have to travel, as well as how far away the check-in points are. There’s a handy map view as well, if you want to double check your route to whatever activity you fancy.

Wikitude also allows you to create your own “worlds”, by joining together different search options. Maybe you want to check on all the tweets that have been posted nearby, and all the Wikipedia points of interest – create your own world and you can do that every time you’re somewhere new.

There are a few problems with the app – it’s awkward to use if you’re sitting down, because the app expects you to be standing up, meaning you have to wave it about above your head if you’re using the camera view. Also, sometimes the directions aren’t perfect – a fault of the information the app is collating rather than the app itself – but it’s still annoying when you’ve followed your camera into a dead end rather than a happening nightspot.

As a first step into the world of AR apps, Wikitude is brilliant. It shows off a lot of features and ideas that are, over time, going to become the norm in smartphone applications. It’s not perfect, but updates and more user input will likely smooth out the worst of its problems. If you haven’t downloaded Wikitude yet, then might I suggest you make your next stop the Android Market, because it’s going to open up a whole new world of possibilities for you.