TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, really lives up to the name. With a collection of more than 1200 educational talks and videos, TED is one of the best sources to find inspirational and motivating talks by thought leaders who changed the world with their ideas. The good news for Android users – TED has just released its official Android app and it is available as a free download on the Google Play store ( Android market).
Using the Android app, you can watch TED videos on Android or download each and every TED video for offline viewing – absolutely no strings attached.
All the TED talks are neatly organized under categories, tags and you can even bookmark your favorite TED videos for later viewing. The feature I really liked is the ability to stream an audio podcast of a TED video, without having to download the video on your Android phone or tablet.
To live stream an audio podcast, all you have to do is hit the “Listen” button on the top right corner of any video page and wait until the apps streams only the audio recording of the TED video on your phone. Here are a couple of screenshots of the app UI:
Hence, if you are browsing the web on a really slow mobile data plan, simply turn off the video and listen to the TED talk, there is no way to save the audio recording as an MP3 file though.
To download a TED video on your Android phone or tablet device, simply hit the download icon on the extreme right corner and choose the quality of the video file, either a high quality or a low one, depending upon the speed of your mobile’s internet connection. If you’re connected to a home Wi-Fi network, you should go ahead and choose the high quality download link.
Kindle users can grab the TED app from Amazon here while iOS users can download the TED app for iPod, iPhone here. How do you download TED videos on your desktop, phone or tablet? Share your ideas in the comments below.