May 13, 2011
In this week’s Freaky Friday, we’ve delved deep into the dark and dank recesses of the Android Market and pulled out a real gem, the sort of app that people are going to be talking about for years to come. Seriously, one day your kids are going to ask you; â€œDear parent, when did you first use a Proud Jobs app?â€
The Proud Jobs series, developed by Softdyssee, offers users a unique experience and exclusive access to some of the manliest jobs in the whole wide world. That’s right, avid app consumer, for the throwaway price of nothing whatsoever, you can turn your phone into a window onto the world of firemen, policemen, commandos and lifeguards.
Well, sort of. What the Proud Jobs apps actually do is show photos of sweaty men doing their jobs. Proudly. You phone becomes a juddering slideshow, guiding you through images that are at best bland and at worst bland. Proud Jobs: Fireman, for example, is like doing a Google image search for â€œbored looking firemenâ€, then scrolling through the results whilst shaking your head from side to side.
The other apps fare little better in terms of quality, but in terms of hilarity, they’re almost unassailable. The fact that someone thought that these apps had a legitimate reason for existing is a spectacular joke in and of itself, but when it’s coupled with a cumbersome UI, jerky scrolling and terrible pictures, the apps start to skirt dangerously close to parody.
If you’re looking for an app that shows pictures of jobs happening, then best of luck to you in all of your future endeavours, but might I suggest that you just use a search engine like a normal person. The Proud Jobs series earns its place on our cavalcade of the curious by being utterly unnecessary, fabulously broken and unintentionally hilarious.
Look out for the next release in the series, Proud Jobs: Android Writers, which will feature pictures of coffee soaked men (Ed. Note: Mountain Dew is this Android writer’s caffeine of choice. with bloodshot eyes, hunched over computers, proudly typing rich and fulfilling content for the benefit of you, our beloved readers.
The Proud Jobs series of apps is available now, for free, on the Android Market.