Track & Monitor Your Everyday Habits On iOS & Android With Chronos

Most of us have had moments when we just stop to think about what we’re doing with our lives, and often, that triggers a thought process that takes us way down memory lane, and also analyze whether we are spending the right amount of time doing the right activities that actually contribute to our goals, or just wasting our time in distractions that we might end up regretting later. However, it isn’t always easy to keep track of everything that we’re doing, and the forgetful ones among us (like me) can definitely use assistance in this regard. One way is to keep a journal of your activities, but that in itself requires time and effort. So, how about a solution that requires zero effort from you, and keeps track of your day-to-day activities in order to present you with that information in an actually useful manner? Enter Chronos – a web service that uses its iOS and Android apps to monitor your routine in order to give you insights on how you are spending your time. In addition, it also aims to help you with your goals and adopting a healthy lifestyle by showing you relevant alerts. More details after the jump. Read More

Hemisphere Aims To Replace Now-Defunct Google Latitude On Android

If you’ve been a regular user of Google Latitude, you you must have been disappointed when Google decided to retire it a couple of weeks back on the 9th of August. While there was the announcement of a replacement in form of the feature’s integration within Google+, many wanted the same old Latitude experience back. No, Google itself isn’t bringing it back any time soon in its old form but as with Google Reader, third-party developers are coming to the rescue with alternatives to keep providing users with the same experience, or as close to it as possible, and Hemisphere is one such app that brings the Latitude experience back to Android. Let’s take a closer look at the app after the jump. Read More

Remotely Run Commands On Android Via Text Messages Using SMS Tasks

One of the best things about owning an Android smartphone is the plethora of things power users can do with it, especially after rooting their smartphone or tablet.  These include tweaking its complete user interface beyond what's possible with launchers and lock screen replacement apps, and running certain apps that require root access to perform a wide variety of functions. Developed by XDA member jkok, SMS Tasks is a tiny app that lets you remotely execute commands on your Android phone by sending it an SMS. The commands can range from rebooting your phone and toggling its different features (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data etc.) to executing any terminal commands on it and more. Read More

Hands-On With The New, Gorgeous Yahoo! Weather App For Android

Ever since Marissa Mayer took over as its President, Yahoo! has been making strides in terms of apps released for both iOS and Android such as Yahoo! Sports, Mail, News and Weather. What’s better than releasing quality apps? Keeping on updating them with new features and improvements, of course, and that’s what the team behind Yahoo! Weather has just done for the app on Google’s smartphone OS. Yahoo! Weather for Android features stunning user-uploaded pictures for locations, complete with themes based on the time of the day, sign-in support for syncing your locations across devices, widgets and more. Read More

FX Is A Dual-Pane, Multi-Window, Desktop-Class Android File Manager [Review]

Android is known for its vibrant app ecosystem that offers a wide range of options in pretty much every app category, and file managers are no exception to this, as evident in our list of 10 best file managers for Android. While ES File Explorer remains my most favorite among the lot due to its extensive feature list and unbeatable price tag of free, there are some other, even more powerful file managers available for the platform, and FX File Explorer happens to be one of them. Although its free version doesn't offer a few features like network and cloud capabilities unlike ES File Explorer that offers these features for free, it instead comes with a few other features in the free version that ES File Explorer lacks such as multiple windows, dual-pane view, easy file selection and moving, and many more. Furthermore, network and cloud support can be easily added with a paid add-on, while root-level file management is available as a free add-on. Let's take a closer look at this powerful file manager after the jump. Read More

Lockscreen Free For Android Offers A Unique Combination Of Pattern Unlock & Quick App Launching

One of the best things about Android is how customizable the OS is. You can change nearly every aspect of the interface by merely installing apps, and this includes the lock screen. We have previously covered many lock screen customization tools and apps with you and today, LockScreen Free joins the club. Rather than merely providing you with a way to unlock your device, this lock screen replacement app aims to save you time and add more security to your unlocking experience by utilizing app icons for a lock screen grid, and adding a twist to pattern-based unlocking and quick app launching. Read on for details. Read More

NicePlayer Is An Android Music Player With An Awesome Card-Based UI

There are countless music players available for Android both on Google Play and other app sources, though what most of them have in common is a ridiculously huge number of screens or tabs for artists, albums, playlists, all songs, playback view, equalizer, settings and what not, which makes the experience of making a playlist and adding more songs to it (or removing some) during playback quite cumbersome. This has been such a major turn-off for me personally that I rarely listen to music on my phone. NicePlayer's developer apparently seemed to be just as annoyed with this, so he developed the player with one primary thing on mind: making navigation super-easy, and what better way to do that than letting you access all your music from one screen, and putting both the player itself and the playlist on another? These two are the only screens you'll need to be switching between when using this music player, thanks to its killer card-based UI. That said, the player still offers the features you'll expect from a full-featured music player. Let's take a detailed look at it after the jump. Read More

Get Moto X-Style Active Display Lock Screen Notifications On Any Android 4.0+ Device

Just a few weeks back, Motorola revealed its Moto X phone that's the manufacturer's first device developed entirely since its acquisition by Google.  Apart from its much-hyped customizable body, the phone comes with some nifty software features of its own as well, one of which is Active Display that shows notifications on the phone's screen while it is locked. These notifications are shown in white in a minimal manner over s black background in order to save battery life on the Moto X's AMOLED display. Users can then unlock their device directly to the notification's pertaining app or activity, or dismiss it altogether if it's not important. XDA-Developers forum member nico001 wanted this feature but didn't want to get a new device for it, so he decided to develop it himself, and the result is ActiveNotifications. This free app brings this feature to any device running Android 4 or later. Read on for more details. Read More

Dual-Boot HTC Sense & Play Edition (Stock Android) ROM On HTC One With MoDaCo.SWITCH

HTC One is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones to hit the market so far, and it has been received immensely well by users and critics alike. While HTC's own customized edition of Android i.e. HTC Sense has come a long way from being a load of slow bloat wit childish graphics, and has become much more refined over the years, many still prefer the pure Android experience. That's why Google released the Play edition of the phone running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with no modifications whatsoever. Though how about having your cake and eating it too? Wouldn't it be swell if you could simply dual-boot your HTC One into Sense or Stock Android at will? To top it off, what if both those ROMs shared the same apps and settings? All of this is now possible, thanks to Paul O'Brien's MoDaCo.SWITCH for HTC One. Read More

Install Android 4.3 OTA On Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 & HTC One

So you got yourself a Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One, thinking it'll be just as good as a Nexus device but went all long-faced with disappointment when Android 4.3 was made available for Nexus devices before yours? Fret not; you did have to wait for a few days, but the latest version of Android has finally started to roll out for both these Google Play edition devices. If you can't wait for the official update to hit yours (which may take anywhere between a few minutes to a few weeks depending on your location), we've got you covered as usual. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of manually updating your Google Play edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean using the recovery-flashable zip file of the official OTA update. Read More

How To Root The New Nexus 7 (2013) On Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

It has been barely a couple of weeks since Google revealed the new 2013 edition of its Nexus 7 tablet shipping with Android 4.3 at its “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event, along with the latest version of Android itself that we covered for you in our summary post. If you’ve managed to get your hands on the tablet and can’t wait to root it in order to run all your favorite root-only apps on it or mod and hack it to your heart’s content, we’ve got you covered. Read on for more details and the instructions. Read More

Quickly Open Android 4.3’s Hidden App Ops Screen With Permission Manager

Just a couple of weeks back, Google revealed Android 4.3 at its “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event. While the latest version still carried the Jelly Bean name and didn’t really come with any features we would consider groundbreaking, it did come with a few new features and some enhancements to some of the old ones that we covered in our summary of what’s new in Android 4.3. One feature that we missed in our coverage was App Ops – a hidden granular permission management system for all the installed apps, including system apps and the ones you installed yourself. However, there’s no official way of launching it in this release, and a workaround is using a launcher that allows you to add shortcuts of activities directly. If you don’t wanna go through that hassle but still want to be able to access the feature on your device using a normal shortcut, Permission Manager is built for letting you do just that. Read More

Run Terminal Commands With A Single Tap On Android Using QuickTerminal

Being Linux-based, Android comes equipped with the power of Linux utilities under the hood, though that part of the OS is abstracted from the regular users and all Android apps are java-based, running on the Dalvik virtual machine of the OS. That said, rooted users can enjoy the privilege of using their Android device like a Linux machine, complete with the ability to run shell commands via any terminal app or ADB. Though in this era of GUI, not all users are comfortable with the idea of using a terminal. If you belong to that category of users but need to use some terminal command as a part of some guide or hack and don’t want to install a full-blown terminal emulator or ADB for the purpose, you now have an easy solution in QuickTerminal for Android. It lets you enter a command to quickly execute it as a regular user or root (superuser) and in addition, offers some quick pre-made commands, allows you to add your own commands for quickly executing later, and even run commands in batch using shell script files. Read More

How To Root Nexus 4, 7, 10 & Galaxy Nexus On Android 4.3

Google recently pushed out Android 4.3 to the AOSP as well as made the update available for the latest Nexus devices including Nexus 4, 7 and 10, as well as the not-yet-obsolete Galaxy Nexus. If you have installed Android 4.3 update on your Nexus device and are missing root access on it, we’ve got you covered. Read on after the jump, as we guide you through the process of rooting your Nexus device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Read More

Google Play Games For Android: A Detailed Hands-On Review

Google Play Games was one of the few new features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that were announced at at Google I/O this year, though back then, it was showcased in more of a developer-focused manner, highlighting how developers will be able to incorporate it into their games. At today’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event, the app was finally made available (along with Android 4.3 itself for the Nexus devices). We’ve taken it for a spin and from what we’ve seen, it looks impressive, apart from one rather major annoyance. So as always, join us as we go on an in-depth tour of Google Play Games and all the features it has to offer. Read More

Install Leaked Stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM On Nexus 4

Google showcased a few features of Android 4.3 at I/O this year but unlike 2012, the latest version of Android wasn’t the focus of the event this time. That said, two devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean have already been released: Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but the last Nexus phone i.e. Nexus 4 hasn’t received the latest version so far. While the official Android 4.3 release for the device might still take some time to surface, we’ve got the next best thing for you – a flashable zip file of Android 4.3 JWR66N for the Nexus 4 based on a Nandroid backup that was leaked just a couple of days back. Read on for more details and installation instructions. Read More

CyanogenMod 10.1 – A Complete Hands-On Review & Guide

When it comes to the custom ROM scene for Android, the one name that instantly comes to mind is CyanogenMod, and for good reason! This is where it all started, or at least where it all got real and big. When Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) started the project just to improve Android for himself and share the fruits of his labor with other users of the platform, he didn’t have the remotest of clues that it would one day get to this magnitude. Today, it’s undoubtedly THE biggest third-party Android customization project in the world, with support for hundreds of devices and counting, both in form of official ROMs and unofficial ports by third-party developers. Join us as we take an in-depth look at CyanogenMod 10.1 and all the features it offers that make it one of the best custom Android ROMs around. Read More

A Detailed Look At The Deeper SkyDrive Integration In Windows 8.1

While Windows 8 did come with some SkyDrive integration, it was dismal, to say the least – especially considering how cloud storage is increasingly becoming more of a norm than a novelty in this connected world. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has addressed these shortcomings quite well, integrating SkyDrive into the OS in a seamless manner. Not only can you easily access, sync and save your data to your SkyDrive account, but you can also sync more PC settings and your camera roll, and even set SkyDrive as your default location for saving your documents! To top it off, both Windows 8 and RT now get full native Explorer integration with SkyDrive in Desktop mode, without requiring to install SkyDrive for Desktop app separately. Read More

Guide To The New Unified Smart Search Feature In Windows 8.1

Microsoft initially introduced search-as-you-type functionality for launching apps as well as finding locally indexed files and media in the Windows 7 Start Menu, and the feature made its way to the Start Screen with the release of Windows 8. However, it still had plenty of room for improvement and with Windows 8.1, Microsoft might have just made it about perfect! Dubbed Smart Search, the search feature in Windows 8.1 integrates with Bing to not only let you easily and quickly find and launch local apps and files, but also content from your SkyDrive, and conduct web searches, all by simply starting to type while on the Start Screen. Read More

Paranoid Android’s HALO Notification System – A Complete Review

CyanogenMod is usually the first name that comes to mind when talking about custom ROMs for Android, but it isn’t the only big player in the game. Over the past couple of years, a few other ROMs like MIUI and AOKP have also joined the ranks of this behemoth, but none of them has been as innovative as Paranoid Android. In addition to bringing us per-app system colors, choice between phone, tablet, phablet and hybrid UIs, and the famous full-screen PIE navigation system, the latest and arguably the greatest feature brought to the world of Android by this AOSP-based ROM is HALO – a Facebook Chat Heads-style notification system that works universally for all your system and app notifications. What’s more – it also opens up the relevant screen of the appropriate app in a floating window for you to respond to the notification, so you don’t have to completely switch to that app from what you’re doing. Let’s take a more detailed look at it right after the break. Read More