As a mobile development company, it should come as no surprise that Prolific’s employees spend a lot of time on their phones. In between weekly meetings and brainstorming sessions to design and build the best apps out there, the team is always on the lookout for other standout apps on the market today. This round of Apps We’re Loving features the Yahoo Weather app, PackPoint and har.mo.ny!
Reviewed by Al Harnisch, Product Strategist
The Yahoo Weather app for Android combines usability, convenience and visual appeal to deliver a one-of-a-kind user experience that goes way beyond checking the temperature.
When you check the weather for a certain city, the app pulls in a picture from Flickr that matches the region (ie: Brooklyn) AND matches the actual weather as best as possible. I recorded myself using the app around dusk at the Prolific office in DUMBO, so you can see in the app a dusky Manhattan skyline view!
As you move down the screen, the background blurs out and there are subtle animations and places to interact. All of this happens while the app seamlessly delivers on its core focus – the weather. You can also move the widgets around to prioritize things you like and have those appear higher up.
The app also responds well to location changes. As I switch to Saratoga Springs (where Phish played this summer, no less), the background picture and all of the corresponding data update to reflect dusk on a clear night in Saratoga Springs.
Reviewed by Kevin Bui, Business Development Manager
As Prolific’s business development manager, I am constantly traveling for work and spending a lot of my time in hotels and airports. Because I’m traveling so often, packing items for my trip can become cumbersome and I always seem to forget something. This is why I use PackPoint.
PackPoint tells you what you need to pack for your trip based on your length of travel, weather of your destination, and activities you have planned. Once you have inputed all of this information, the app curates a list of suggested items that you can manually edit.
PackPoint allows you to input items that you want to pack when they don’t appear on the list, and edit the quantity of those items (ex. Work shirts, pants, umbrella, etc.)
This app is great as it allows me to pack all of the essentials for my trips, which saves a lot of time, stress, and interaction with the TSA!
Reviewed by Kenya Stewart, Software Engineer
har.mo.ny is a visually-appealing puzzler that challenges you to rearrange color blocks back into their original color palette.
Each block contains a dot that indicates the number of times the block can be moved. Blocks can only be moved vertically or horizontally via swaps.
The app certainly lives up to its name: the color palettes are harmoniously hand-crafted, the sound effects are harmonious and there’s harmonized ambient music that plays in the background. The music arrangements even coincide with the style and feel of the color scheme.
Over 1000 levels are available, and each level can contain anywhere between 3 – 10 different colors.
The app also offers an undo feature that serves to help you rewind and backtrack faulty moves. 20 undos can be purchased for $.99, while you can get 100 for $2.99, 1000 for $7.99 and unlimited undos for $11.99. Alternatively, you can just skip them altogether and simply restart the level. Having to start from scratch actually adds to the challenge of each level and helps to build your game strategy.
Harmony keeps my attention because the aesthetic is clean, simple and pleasing. The objective is also very simple, but progressively challenging.