App Week: Google Drive official, new Angry Birds Space levels
In another busy week for app news, Spotify and Microsoft could be about to enhance their musical range, while Google has finally launched its cloud storage platform
Google Drive launches with 5GB of free storage
The long-awaited cloud storage solution from Google is here, bringing 5G of free storage for all users. The Android app will allow you to view, access, edit and save your stored documents and files, while instantly syncing any changes back to drive. Photos can be instantly uploaded and those on Google+ can be instantly backed up.
Spotify 'working on online radio app'
The days of not being able to hear certain bands on Spotify could soon be over, with reports that Spotify is working on an online radio app, which would create artist based stations, yet remove the choice of individual songs. The upshot is the licensing fees for radio are much lower, meaning the likes of Metallica, The Beatles, Coldplay and Adele could soon be available.
Meanwhile, Microsoft planning to battle Spotify
Spotify's potential to move into the online radio arena wasn't the only big streaming news this week. Speculation is rife that Microsoft will launch a new music service at E3, which would encompass the existing Zune service and an iTunes Match-like feature, which would scan your own music collection and make it available over the cloud.
Rovio adds 10 new levels to Angry Birds Space
Rovio has never been shy of giving Angry Birds downloaders a little extra value for money, and the newest addition to the stable is no different. The Finnish company has added ten new levels to the Angry Birds Space title in the form of a 'Fry me to the moon' update. Get slingin'.
Full Skype for Windows Phone app launches
Microsoft has removed the Beta tag from its Skype application, bringing the full official version to Windows Phone. However, the app won't let you accept calls in the background and will often cut calls when new notifications hit your phone. However, the app will let you make calls over 3G and Wi-Fi.
APP REVIEWS FROM THE T3 APP CHART
iPad App Review: Noteshelf
"Everyone who owns an iPad should get this app. And other developers should watch and learn," says our reviewer, but what makes Noteshelf stand out from the array of other amazing note-taking iPad apps? It's flexible, feature-packed, easy to use, with a host of paper styles, custom templates and too many drawing options to mention. For the full story, check out the Noteshelf for iPad review
Android App Review: Llama
It's rare that a free app is this good. Llama allows you to set up profiles based on location and takes care tons of time-consuming tasks. For example, you can set your ringer to silent when you're at work or to auto-sync your device when using home Wi-Fi, then it can be instantly configurable. Have a play and let us know what you think.
Windows Phone App Review: Pocket Recorder
"What sets Pocket Recorder out from the competition on Windows Marketplace," says our reviewer, is the sheer level of integration and functionality; for instance, it’s easy to place a tile on the home screen to start a recording, or use what you’ve recorded as a ringtone instead.