Web Readings Weekly Roundup (24th May) – Mobile Apps

At the beginning of the year, the International Data Corporation reported a rise of the worldwide smartphone market, with Android “helping to drive the smartphone market“. By the same time, the New York Times published a story about a report by Forrester Research that “estimates that the revenue created from customers buying and downloading apps to smartphones and tablets will reach $38 billion by 2015.

This month TechCrunch reported that Android will surpass Apple’s App Store in size by August 2011 and the Web is full of reports, news and blog posts about the increasing of this market.

There are several kinds of apps, in both platforms (iOS from Apple and Android from Google) and Humanities are present in both of them.

By iClio, a spin-off company created by students of the EuroMACHS master’s programme, “which combines GPS location, available time, audio and points of interest, creating personalized itineraries in order to satisfy user’s specific need“, that was reviewed here.

By Museum of London and Brothers and Sisters Creative Ltd. This is an augmented app that allows you to point your smartphone to a London Street and see how it was in the past, making use of geo tagging and Google Maps. According with Brothers and Sisters Creative Ltd., the “Museum of London wanted a digital idea that would create a buzz about the opening of their new Modern Galleries. They didn’t have a lot of money, but they did have an incredible amount amount of content.

They expected 5000 downloads, but by the end of 2010 they had already 125 000 and the visitors to the museum tripled. You can watch how it works here.

By British Library and Toura. The app has over 100 unique or rare items like the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or ‘The Tyger’ in William Blake’s hand.  Furthermore, “the app includes sound recordings and nearly 50 short videos, all WiFi-enabled. They include interviews with British Library curators, linguist David Crystal, and TV presenter and explorer Ben Fogle.

You can watch how it works here.

By Library Of Congress. This app provides a virtual tour and historical background about LoC, with links and podcasts.

By Al Gore and Push Pop Press. Although this app is not about really about history, it shows the possibilities of ebook publishing and scientific books, where data visualizations could be crucial. In fact, this app is an ebook. An ebook that you can read, watch, listen and interact with.

You can watch a demo given at TED talks.

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