webOS apps for the Spring 8
Ah… you can feel it in the air. The crystal white snow has melted, no icicles dripping on the fragile limbs of trees and your breath no longer condenses in the air before your eyes. Yes, springtime is finally here (at least on the upper half of the globe), and with that we urge you to pack a picnic, put on your shorts, and grab your webOS devices to have some fun. To help you out, we've rounded up four webOS apps for smartphones and tablets that will put some spring time bounce in your step and maybe help you with that plant-killing black thumb of yours.
Free, by Syntactix (webOS smartphones and TouchPad)
February to June is the time when people spend the most on flowers for special occasions, events and for the home. Thanks to Mobile Florist, you can have the power of a full-service floral shop in your hands. You don’t need to travel or wait in long lines or be worried if you got the right thing for the occasion. With Mobile Florist you can select from fresh arrangements to plants or select by occasion (if you're just not sure what to get). Just start out by filling out your zip code, pick a date for delivery, and fill our the rest of the order forms. Mobile Florist has a handy integrated help function, and ties into WhitePages (also built by Synactix's James Harris). It even gives you an order history under preferences and you can set holiday reminders. This app is beautiful and so handy when you have a last minute gift to get. So go ahead and order those flowers for you special occasion, or for no reason at all.
$0.99 by Visual Generation (webOS smartphones, upscales on TouchPad)
Power Flower is one wicked little app. It reminds us of Speed Brain, but with psychedelic flowers instead of more logical iconography. Your eyes have to be fast and your fingers even faster. The graphics are stunning, the colors are vibrant, and you can play the game alone or with a friend. It might be the perfect game for girls and their moms to play together, because what’s prettier than flowers, and girls like flowers, right? The object of the game is to match the displayed flower to one of the three choices at the bottom, with three incorrect or missed matches before you strike out. But the more you get right, the more points you obtain and the faster Power Flower goes. It’s a wonderful tool for developing hand-eye coordination for youngsters, and just keeping the older ones amongst us entertained.
Free, by ITS on Mobile (webOS smartphones)
Want to beautify your webOS phone more than sixty colorful wallpapers of flowers? And let’s say these wallpapers can be programmed to change whenever you like? Well is possible with Orchid and Tropical Flower Wallpaper, a free app for webOS smartphones. The pictures are stunning and full of detail, with the collection including everything from beautiful slipper orchids to dark burgundy torch ginger and tangerine birds of paradise. The app also lets you share the photos onto Facebook or through MMS or email to a friend. Only downside: these wallpapers are scaled down to Pre-screen size, so you're not going to want to load them up on the much-larger TouchPad screen.
$2.49, by CleverMatrix (TouchPad)
Garden Planner could best be described as a gardener's diary, though a highly interactive one. The app comes with an extensive list of plants, vegetables and flowers you can add to your garden tracker. Garden Planner also has a section on problems to be on the lookout for what to do if/when they occur, as well as calendar for the best times to plant and harvest (though this winter/spring/summer we've got going right now might be screwing with that plan). There are so many bells and whistles it’s incredible. The only quibble would be the UK-centric linkage - Garden Planner sends you to the UK website for Lowes Garden Center when you tap the buy button, leaving potential shoppers elsewhere on the globe out of luck. But you can still use it to build a list of the plants you'll need and related supplies.