Every time a HowStuffWorks episode airs on television, I know that I am in for learning something new and totally unexplored. Same could be said about the website of this immensely informative platform by Discovery that packs loads of knowledge and learning material for those interested. New to the Android Market, Discovery’s official HowStuffWorks Android app is a comprehensive portal for feeding your inquisitive mind on the go. The app allows direct access to articles, quotes, facts and shows from the acclaimed website through a simple yet good-looking UI and comes equipped with push notifications for shows (both podcasts and blog posts) and two home screen widgets, one each for quotes and facts. Better yet, you can even interact with HowStuffWorks podcasters via Twitter and Facebook. For those of you who aren’t in the habit of tuning in to the tube regularly, How Stuff Works is show aired on the Discovery Channel that explores, as the name implies, how everyday items are made and what makes them tick.
The app is food (in abundance) for the inquisitive mind, and helps you with finding feasible solutions to everyday problems. The app’s home screen sports a search bar for when you wish to look for something specific, all you need to do is key in the required search term(s), and let the app fetch you appropriate results. The Read section provides access to articles from all eleven categories on the website while the Facts and Quotes sections make you smarter one small piece of general knowledge at a time.
The app allows you to stream podcasts while exploring other sections or using your device as normal and uses push notifications to alert you when new podcasts and blog posts are available for shows of your choice.
To enable push notifications for selective shows, navigate to Menu > Application Settings > Notifications. You will, of course, need to have the Podcast (podcast push notifications) option enabled. Alternatively, you may open a show and tap the header/title image at the top to enable push notifications for it (screenshot above, second from left).
The Facts and Quotes widgets allow you to flip through random facts and quotes from your homescreen. Tapping on a widget launches the app into the respective section. HowStuffWorks requires Android 2.2 or higher to run, and can be downloaded via the link provided below.