The Wolfram Alpha team has released an official Android application for their popular “computational knowledge engine” into the market for $1.99.
For those unfamiliar with Wolfram Alpha, it is a program that calculates answers to complex scientific and mathematical problems in an instant. Simply type in a mathematical problem, chemical equation, or food item into the search bar, and Wolfram alpha will solve the math problem, balance the chemical equation, and provide detailed nutritional information for the selected food. And that’s just a sampling of what Wolfram Alpha can do. Basically, any question you can think of, Wolfram Alpha will likely be able to quickly and correctly find the answer for you. It’s every high school and college student’s dream.
The Wolfram Alpha Android application brings the power and sophistication of the Wolfram Alpha website to the Android platform for users on the go. Though Android users have been able to access Wolfram Alpha’s mobile website since day 1, the application offers three main advantages that the mobile site just doesn’t allow. First, Wolfram Alpha comes with an extended keyboard that contains every scientific and mathematical symbol you have likely ever come across (and many you haven’t), which makes solving problems much easier. Second, the Android app allows you to share information with users of your social networks of choice. And finally, Wolfram Alpha optimizes the images and graphs that come up on your screen much better than the mobile web version can do.
All in all, the Wolfram Alpha application does as well as you would expect from their top-notch reputation, and provides the information in a meaningful way to the end user. For more information on the Wolfram Alpha app and what it can do, head on over to Wolfram Alpha’s blog.
- Ability to solve complex problems in an instant.
- Extended keyboard with Greek mathematical and scientific symbols is awesome.
- Optimized for mobile viewing.
- Easily share what you’re doing with your favorite social networks.
- $1.99 might be a little steep for a limited improvement over the mobile site.
- Some users reporting FCs, especially on the Motorola Droid series.
Wolfram Alpha brings answers to both simple and complex questions right to your fingertips with it’s Android application. I think having a computational powerhouse ready whenever you need it is a steal at $2. If you’re as curious about the world around you as I am, I highly encourage you to head over to the market and purchase Wolfram Alpha.
Wolfram Alpha is now available for $1.99 for Android 1.6+ devices.