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Microsoft has now opened its doors to developers. This means any developer willing to pay the fee could develop apps for the new Windows 7 phone. Droid by far has the least inexpensive license for developers. This is obviously a double-edged sword; there’s a reason the Apple applications are so beautiful and well built.
Rumor has it that Tuesday could bring the release of an iPhone by Verizon. What could this mean for Catholic apps? Technology is always changing, and the competitive market can only translate to more and better apps being built.
As for me, I’d just be happy to be able to have Catholic Mass Times on my phone. I’m sure the Lord appreciates me habitually being thirty minutes early for Sunday Mass whenever I’m visiting family (you’d think I’d have learned by now that the local Mass is 9:30 a.m. but you’d be wrong) but I would love this application.
Maybe Santa will bring me an iPod touch.
Since it’s All Saints day, let’s talk about some Saint-based mobile applications.
Both Android and iPhone offer a free saint of the day app. The Android version is a nice widget that gives you the Saint of the day right on your home screen. The wish by SMS or mail would be a great feature if it didn’t leave so much to be desired – it simply sends a text message with the name of the saint.
The Android Prayers to Saints app leaves a lot to be desired in the graphics arena. The paid app, Patron Saints Pocket Guide seems like something great for kids to learn on. The iPhone version lets you “light” a candle.
Do we want the ability to connect with the saints as we’re on the go? Or would we rather be in a dark church, or at home with a favorite prayer book? As for myself, I’d like to find a nice saint app that I really enjoy. That way when I do have downtime – waiting in a doctor’s office, for example, maybe I would say a prayer rather than check my Facebook for the umpteenth time.
Catholic iPhone.com is the site for the “Answers for Catholics” app on iPhone and iPad. It has a great list of the Catholic apps available on the iPhone. Their site has an easy to follow list, as well as screenshots. Definitely a must-view page for anyone using the iPhone (or any of the Apple products).