National Real Estate Investor Android App

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The Android Market website has gotten a facelift.  It’s now called Google Play, and if you ask me, it bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain “App Store” run by a company whose name rhymes with chapel.

I prefer the Android platform for the phone.  Why? Better hardware, roughly the same software offerings for business use, and all without an insulting price tag.  But that’s me. What about the commercial property pro on the hunt for news on industry trends?

NREI Android App

I’ve follow National Real Estate Investor as part of my daily research and was interested to see they had published an NREI Android app.  After a bit of a test, I can recommend it if you’re in the market for a bunch of high-quality CRE content at your fingertips.  It’s nice to have an icon devoted to a quick update on the industry.

One nice feature of this app is the button for Retail Traffic that allows quick focus on retail.  Another button brings you headlines and posts from various blogs.  Items can be easily shared with a share button located along the bottom.  The app works well and earns a couple of punches of the icon a week on my HTC EVO.

My only complaints are minor: a shortage of content under the blogs category – our industry’s corner of the blogosphere updates more often that this app might suggest.  The other is a senseless number of permissions.  In my opinion, a news aggregator application doesn’t need and shouldn’t want to be able to read your phone’s state and identity, but that is the default with NREI’s Android app.  (Android users can always check what an app is doing under the hood by clicking the “Permissions” tab on any app’s download page.

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