Looking for ways to feed your inner geek on the go? Look no further than the official Android app for NBC’s Blastr, a subsidiary of the SyFy website that keeps you updated with all the latest news for sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural TV shows, movies, comics, video games, books and more.
The iOS variant of the free “geekertainment” news app has been around for quite some time now and as is the case with most apps that are available on both platforms, the Android version lacks slightly in UI looks and user-friendliness.
Fourteen categories to choose from (Menu > Categories), videos (Menu > Video), pictures (Menu > Image Gallery) and articles/news from regarding your favorite sources of geekertainment make Blastr a must-have news app for supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy fans. The app features a background service that fetches news items as they come to increase loading speed for whenever the app is accessed. To enable this feature, hit Menu while on the app’s homescreen and select Settings > Background Preloading.
The app is new to the Android Market and does have a few bugs here and there. We test-ran the app on an HTC Desire (running MIUI 1.4.29) and a Nexus S (running stock Android 2.3.4). On both devices, playing a video from within the app caused it to force-close.