Oct 15 AT 12:37 PM Brooks Barnard 7 Comments

Flyne and Switchr: Two beta apps to keep on your radar

Flyne feature

Android has some fantastic independent app developers out there that are putting out some amazing apps. One of the really cool features of the Android ecosystem is the opportunity to become a part of developers’ beta communities most often through Google+. This gives YOU the chance to try out our fantastic app developers’ latest and greatest features and gives YOU an opportunity to make a difference and shape the development of an app. Unlike the feeling we sometimes get with apps from big companies, these independent developers love to listen to the Android community and output a product that makes you happy. In my experience, it’s super fun to be a part of the development process and watch amazing apps grow and become even more awesome.

I’m sure there are more then just two out there, but today we have two beta apps for you to keep on your radar from highly respected Android app developers. If you care, try to join their beta communities, enjoy the apps, and keep making our Android community even more awesome.

Flyne. The Offline Reader.

Flyne

Flyne is a new offline reader from Joaquim Verges, the developer of the popular Twitter app, Falcon Pro. I’ve followed the development of Falcon Pro for a long time and Joaquim is a super fun developer to follow who listens to his app users. This app looks beautiful and I’m excited about where it’s headed. From the app’s description:

Introducing Flyne, a fast, fresh and simple way to stay up to date with your favourite News sources. Flyne uses Twitter Lists to provide you with news on real time from the most famous blogs, to your most trusted friends. Flyne fetches FULL Articles for offline viewing, and displays it in a clean, mobile friendly manner. Flyne presents articles like a newspaper, page per page, allowing you to flick through titles and full screen pictures for the best reading experience.

Right now, Joaquim has Flyne in a private beta. You have visit Flyne’s website here to sign up to become a part of the beta process.

Switchr Beta

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Switchr is a new multitasking app from another awesome developer, Mohammad Adib. If you’re not familiar with Mohammad, he’s the developer of the popular apps like Roundr and Sidebar Pro. Switchr Beta allows you to swipe from the side of the screen to access a beautiful list of your recently used apps.

With Switchr, you have the opportunity to be a part of the beta now. Just hop on over to the Switchr Google+ page, join the community, become a tester, and download the app. This app will be released in a non-beta version on October 20, so you still have a few more days to get in on the beta action.

So what do you guys think of these new apps? Do you love to be a part of the beta communities? What are some other brand new apps that I haven’t talked about that need to be on our radar? Let us know in the comments below!

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours surfing the interwebz and addictive ROM flashing and began writing. He has a hot wife, is a father of two, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 5 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms rooted and modded with Xposed Framework (but this is subject to change). You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • Pravas

    Flyne seems interesting. Visiting their page now. Thanks for the update.

  • donger

    Cool.

  • ihatefanboys

    I tried some of those multitasking apps and mostly theyre tedious. Nothing wrong with double tapping my home button on my HTC ONE and accomplishing the same thing.

  • Fiasko

    I like this type of post, very interesting and fun to see new beta apps from smaller developers. I still think Google has some work to do in helping customers find new high quality applications through the play store.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      I like this kind of stuff too! I try pretty hard to find fun stuff like this, so as I find new things maybe I’ll try to keep these post coming. Also, as AAM readers find cool new apps, let me know and I’ll do a post and give you a shoutout! Lets share the wealth!

  • mattcoz

    My problem with apps like Switchr that detect swipes from the side of the screen is that some apps use that as part of their interface.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      I agree. I’ve been using Action Launcher’s new feature, 1-swipe, that actually offers a fairly similar feature to Switchr and I’ve been running into that a bit.