Educational android apps for galaxy s3


It’s not every day we see a mainstream Android device take an interest in educational software, but then again Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy Note 10.1 is not your usual run-of-the-mill tablet, is it?Sammy’s 10-incher comes pre-loaded with the Kno textbook app, according to an official press release from the Korean manufacturer, which is a newsworthy topic from two points of view. On one side, it’s nice to see Samsung thinking a little outside of the box and trying to draw the attention of customers in an original way, while on the other we can finally welcome Kno’s educational software on Android.Silicon Valley-based Kno tried the impossible last year, when it unveiled a dual-screen tablet for students to support the company’s pretty popular software. Unfortunately, though, that proved a major and painful failure. After that, Kno’s textbooks have only been available on Apple’s iPads and on PCs, with Android tech users/students being completely left out of the mix.Well, we’re certainly not left out now, with the Galaxy Note 10.1 being only the road-opener. That means Android will soon get its own “Textbooks by Kno” app, though we don’t have an official release date yet. In the meantime, let’s concentrate on what the Note 10.1′s pre-loaded Kno software brings to the table, especially considering that the future full-fledged Android app should most likely look identical.Kno supplies electronic textbooks for both K-12 and college students, with more than 200,000 titles from 65 publishers in its digital portfolio. Aside from being able to read your school books on a friendlier format with more reduced costs, the Kno app also comes with over 70 features to make learning fun.Social Sharing is by far the highlight of Kno’s feature list, allowing teachers and students to share the content they add to a digital book with their peers. This can be anything from simple notes to “SmartLinks” to external websites, drawings, pictures or videos. The app will of course be much more functional and interactive on the Galaxy Note 10.1 than on other future Android tablets, as Sammy’s new slate comes with the advanced S Pen technology enabling handwriting recognition.“Studies have shown that students who hand-write their notes retain information more effectively. The Galaxy Note 10.1′s advanced S Pen technology makes it the perfect complement to the interactive digital textbook experience we’ve created at Kno,” said Don Morisson, VP of Business Development at Kno, Inc., explaining the company’s relationship with Samsung.Other Kno functions and features that should allow students to “engage with the content better and study more efficiently” include a digital Journal, automatic Flash Cards of key terms in books, 3D models making abstract chemistry concepts easier to understand, a Quiz Me feature, and a supposedly very powerful advanced search engine.
Anyone thinking of getting the Note 10.1 because of the pre-loaded Kno software? Does it at least make the tablet a little bit more desirable, or is studying on a 10-inch slab cool no more?

It so happened that my phone contract was up for renewal at the same time as the Galaxy S3 was launched. The dilemma was awful, on one hand, the option of a cheaper contract, on the other, a nice shiny example of the very latest Android device. Naturally, the new toy was just too much of an attraction for me. I could not resist: I just had to upgrade to a Galaxy S3! The question is, does it live up to the hype?You’ve no doubt seen endless reviews of all the fantastic new features, what I want to do here is look at how it has faired in day to day use.

First up is battery life. I travel a lot and when travelling, spend a lot of time either accessing the Net directly from my phone or tethering a tablet or laptop. The battery life on my old Desire was to be honest awful: if I could get three hours of intensive use I was doing really well. The S3 is amazing, with low-use at the weekend, it will last from Thursday to Sunday night without a charge. Even during the working week it’s not a disaster if I forget to charge it every night. The reports that it takes a while to charge are true but to be honest: I rarely sit up all night watching my phone charge!

So what of the other features? The marketing material makes a lot of the face-recognition for unlocking the phone. It does work; sometimes! You need to teach it what you look like under lots of different light conditions before it really works and you should be aware that Samsung regard this as a low-security mechanism for unlocking the phone. I’ve not tried extensive tests but Samsung’s documentation says that others who look (vaguely?) like you will be able to unlock the device. If phone security matters to you (and it should) then face-recognition is a nice toy to show off to your friends. You should still use a PIN or a password to properly protect your device.

There are two big negatives which strike me: the first is why have used a physical Home button? It feels really clunky in comparison to the standard ICS on-screen navigation buttons. The only reason I can think of for this beastly piece of design is that the Home button doubles as a wake button. Whilst it does not ruin the entire experience, it is very much a black mark against the device.

The other horror is the built-in keyboard implementation. I’m a great fan of the Swype style of typing where you drag your finger across the keyboard. My Galaxy SII tab has a genuine Swype implementation which is excellent. Unfortunately on the S3, Samsung have rolled their own version. It looks the same in many ways but the absence of the clever predictive mechanisms built into Swype pretty much halves my input speed. Fortunately, Swype have now released a beta version for the S3 which works beautifully.

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