Category Archives: Google Android

Official BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Apps Coming Soon

BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Web App

UPDATE: It looks like BeerAdvocate is also working on a mobile app for the upcoming, sold out Extreme Beer Fest in Boston this February. (You bet your ass I already have tickets.)

BeerAdvocate.com just posted what I think is the first image of its upcoming, official BeerAdvocate mobile app on Twitter. It’s unclear when exactly the application will be released, but it is apparently “in development.” And the apps will be Web apps, meaning they’ll run in the mobile browser and will work on all platforms. (There are some disadvantages to Web apps vs. true mobile apps—they cannot take advantage of certain device features, such as notifications, for example—but at least the BeerAdvocate apps won’t be restricted to just one or two platforms.)

The app is noteworthy because though BeerAdvocate.com is probably the single most popular beer-related website on the Internet, it does not have a mobile app. Third-party mobile developers have created BeerAdvocate.com mobile apps in the past, and some were even distributed via major app stores including Google’s Play Store. But they were quickly, removed, presumably at BeerAdvocate’s request.

BeerAdvocate’s mobile app could also have a direct impact on similar beer apps such as Untappd, my personal favorite beer app, due to BeerAdvocate’s massive user base. (Just last week, BeerAdvocate.com’s Todd Alstrom tweeted that the site is now serving up around 800,000 views per day on average.)

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Untappd Beer App Will Be Ready for BlackBerry 10 Launch

Untappd Beer app on BlackBerry 10

If you read this blog, you know I’m a beer nerd. What you might not know is that I’m also a tech nerd; I love gadgets of all shapes and sizes, and I’m particularly partial to smartphones and tablets. I own and use a number of different phones and slates, including Android phones, BlackBerrys and an iPhone.

Despite the rapidly shrinking popularity of Research In Motion (RIM) and the BlackBerry, I still carry one regularly, because I love the QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry software however, is another story. It’s clunky, slow and embarrassingly outdated at this point. So I’m anxiously awaiting the release of RIM’s brand new mobile platform, BlackBerry 10, which is set to launch on January 30, 2013.

Earlier this week, I posted about Untappd, a social drinking app that lets you “check in” the various beers you drink, share checkins with other drinkers, earn prizes and badges, and much more. Native Untappd apps are available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices, but BlackBerry users have had to use a Web-based “app” to access Untappd in the past, which limited its feature set. For example, BlackBerry users can’t include photos of their brews with checkins.

But that’s about to change with the launch of BlackBerry 10. I just spoke with Untappd co-founder Greg Avola, and he informed me that he and his partner in crime Tim Mather are porting over their Untappd iOS app to BlackBerry 10. “It will have the same features as iOS and Android,” Avola said. It will be available just as soon as the first BlackBerry 10 device is released, if everything goes as planned.

That’s great news for BlackBerry-toting beer nerds.

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Image (without Untappd screen shot) via Thinhte.vn

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Why I Support Untappd (And You Should Too)

Untappd Beer App Supporter on Android

If you’re not familiar with the Untappd mobile app and Web service, you’re sleeping on the best smartphone-based beer buddy available today. Untappd lets you “check in” beers and associate them with the venues where you drink them, to keep track of the various brews you consume. Untappd also lets you rate beers; post images of your brews; connect with friends and toast their checkins; earn beer-related badges and prizes; and much more.

Untappd is kind of like a fancy, digital beer journal. I’ve been using it for years now, and though other similar mobile apps exist, Untappd offers the best overall experience. And it’s completely free, with no ads or other annoyances.

Last week, the two beer nerds behind Untappd, Greg Avola and Tim Mather, announced the Untappd Supporter program, which is a completely optional way for loyal Untappd users like me to support the app and service on a monthly or yearly basis.

Untappd Beer App Supporter on Android

Untappd users can pay $5 a month of $50 a year to support the app’s growth, and Supporters also get a handful of exclusive perks, including the ability to:

  • Export your check-in history
  • View detailed check-in statistics
  • Show off your shiny supporter banner
  • Unlock a special supporter only badge
  • Access more features in the future

Honestly, I would donate $5 a month to Untappd even without the additional features and the badge; like I said, I’ve been using Untappd for years, for free, and I can say without a doubt that the app and service have helped me step up my craft-beer game.

If you’re not currently an Untappd user, I strongly suggest downloading the mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes Store, post haste. (It’s also available as a Web app at m.untappd.com for BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other smartphone users.) If you’re already an Untappd user, you should consider becoming an Untappd Supporter, even if it’s just for a month or two. Avola and Mather deserve all the support they can get, and you’ll only have to part with the price of pint for a month of support. (Don’t be a cheapskate, punk.)

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Respect Beer — and Trees. Read Beer Advocate’s Digital Magazine for Android

Beer Advocate magazine for Android

I’ve been reading Beer Advocate magazine for years, but it wasn’t until last month that I actually subscribed to it. In the past, I’d just pick up a free copy at my local watering hole. That meant I’d sometimes miss an issue because the magazine always disappears from bars quickly—it never ceases to amaze me how much people like free shit, doesn’t matter what it is.

I figured it was about time to subscribe to Beer Advocate, because I really like the magazine, and I appreciate what it and its associated website, BeerAdvocate.com, do for the craft beer community. I’d been freeloading for long enough. But what really inspired me to subscribe was the release of a digital version of Beer Advocate for Android tablets and smartphone. Now I’m able to read my favorite craft beer publication on my Nexus 7 Android tablet and my Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone.

The digital subscription is half the price of the print publication, at $7.49 a year, or just $0.63 per issue, via Google’s Play Store for Android. (The print subscription costs $14.99 a year, or about $1.25 per issue.) You can buy individual issues for $1.99 each, and you get a 14-day free trial from Google. Back issues are available. You can download the digital edition of Beer Advocate instantly, as soon as new issues are released, so you don’t have to wait for the USPS to deliver them—and you don’t have to worry about your shiesty-ass, Bud-Light-guzzling neighbor stealing your copy. You can read Play Magazines on Google Android smartphones, and both 7- and 10-inch Android tablets. And you can read the digital version of Beer Advocate on your desktop computer using Google’s Chrome browser. (Unfortunately, Beer Advocate digital is not available for Apple iOS devices or any other mobile platforms at this point.)

Beer Advocate magazine for Android

The digital Beer Advocate interface is good-looking and intuitive. You can access a table of contents at any time by tapping your Android screen once and then tapping the box that appears in the bottom left corner of your display. You can also quickly scan through thumbnail images of all the pages; just tap the screen and then slide the horizontal bar of images that appears at the bottom of your display. And you can click into a text version, which strips out some of the images and formatting for easier reading, by tapping your display and then choosing the “View Text” option at the top of your screen.

My one complaint about Beer Advocate‘s digital version for Android: Existing print subscribers have to pay separately for the digital edition. That sucks, because print subscribers already pay double the price of the digital edition, and Beer Advocate should reward these folks for their loyalty, not punish them by charging an additional fee.

Beer Advocate magazine’s motto: Respect beer. Now you can follow that advice while respecting Mother Nature and saving some trees, thanks to the digital edition of Beer Advocate for Android.

Learn more about the digital edition of Beer Advocate on BeerAdvocate.com or download it from Google Play.

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