Three new apps that make me proud to be Australian
Over here at Android Australia we love to promote apps that are for Australians and/or made by Australians. As such, we’re about to begin a weekly sum-up of the new Australian apps that we want to let our readers know about. The first two apps that I’ll be mentioning are quite, as you would say, food & beverage-centric – just the way we like it.
As we all know, us Australians love many things – theatre, sport, food, drink, politics, technology, drama, multi-culturalism, etc. The stand-outs among the group are most definitely sports, technology, food and drink. This is where the new apps come in.
QkR - ETIHAD STADIUM
QkR for Etihad Stadium is really an interesting one. Etihad Stadium last night gave sports fans the option to never have to leave their seat again for a pie or a beer. Instead, they’ve latched onto the new QkR app (built by MasterCard) for fans to be able to make ‘in-seat’ purchases. It’s currently only being trialed on certain seats in the stadium, but I can imagine this will be boosted over time.
News.com.au is reporting that Etihad Stadium spokesman Bill Lane said:
Fans can now drive into the carpark, take a lift to their level, sit under a roof if it’s raining and now have food and drinks delivered to their seat … If it’s a raging success we’ll have to see how many waiters are available around the stadium.
The app allows you to simply scan a QR code at your seat, or enter in a code. You’ll then be privy to an entire menu where you can select your food, enter your card details (or pre-enter them for convenience) and have it delivered right to you. You know what that means – no more beer spilt when hopeless trying to carry it in those $1 trays. Unfortunately, the app isn’t widely adopted just yet, but I can imagine many cinemas, sports arenas and other venues will quickly adopt the technology.
Check out the app over at the Play Store.
SYDNEY FOOD TRUCKS
Thanks to a post on Google+ I was able to discover this little gem.
Sydney’s food scene has been hit by some awesome flavour with the introduction of the Sydney Food Trucks. Having lived in Melbourne my whole life, I’m not 100% privy with the activity of these trucks, but it appears as though they bring high quality and interesting foods to different areas of Sydney each day.
People are kept up-to-date with the location of the trucks through Twitter and Facebook, however, that just doesn’t cut it. The food trucks have just gotten themselves an Android and iOS application, meaning that fans are able to track their favourite trucks much more easily. You can:
✔ See where food trucks are serving now
✔ Get directions to each truck
✔ Check out menus, pictures and prices
✔ Check the latest updates and specials
✔ Follow the trucks on Facebook & Twitter
If you’re in Sydney and after some food on-the-run, or are just after a little bit of a fun Sunday then head over to Google Play for download.
Emergency Aus provides an incredibly comprehensive and well thought out method to view all emergency warnings in Australia. Powered by RIPE Intelligence’s Australian emergency information network, Emergency Aus compiles everything you need to know about Australian warnings in a nice, fluid and holo-themed app.
I haven’t had much time to play around with it, but I haven’t encountered any noticeable problems, with the app seemingly constantly up-to-date. Head over to the Play Store for download or follow our widget below:
These new apps are really promoting technology in Australia and the start of embracing the new online era. With initiatives like the Etihad Stadium (QkR) app and the Sydney Food Trucks, it really makes me happy to be Australian. Head over to the links above and grab your new apps!