fring For Android & iOS Updated To Include Free Group Video Calls

One of the best multi-platform video calling apps just got way better. fring for Android and iOS has been updated to include the group video feature that, up until a day ago, was part of a limited beta version of the app. The feature allows up to four users at a time in a video conference call. This is a first for the world of mobile apps and a fringin’ awesome addition to the app, indeed. Read More

Facebook-Page Likes Widget For Android Shows Page Likes On Homescreen

From the developers of the recently reviewed Twitter Followers Widget for Android comes Facebook-Page Likes Widget – a similar homescreen widget that displays the concurrent number of Likes of a user-specified Facebook page and provides a one-tap shortcut to accessing the page via Facebook Mobile. What makes the widget even handier than its twitter counterpart is the fact that, as of this writing, the official Facebook app for Android is yet to incorporate similar functionality i.e. the option to monitor Facebook pages. The widget is in beta as of this writing and is available on the Android Market for free. Read More

Google Docs For Android – Create, Edit, Upload & Share Documents Online

The much awaited official app for Google’s web-based documents service has finally been released to the Android Market. Google Docs for Android allows you to create, edit, upload and share documents online via your Google/Gmail account. In our test-run, we found the interface sufficiently fluid, efficient and user-friendly and thought the app as a whole was adequate. Though, judging from the first few reviews on the app’s Android Market page, it seems a majority of users are disappointed with the overall quality and we don’t blame them. It is Google we’re talking about here. Anything less than 'fantastic' ends up disappointing. Most of the disappointed lot have called the app a mere front end for the the mobile website. True, the app's editing interface is an exact replica of its mobile web counterpart. However, most would agree that it is most definitely a faster, more efficient alternative to the mobile web interface. More after the break. Read More

Location Cache For Android Lets You Monitor, Clear & Block Location Data Collection

The controversy involving the iPhone and anonymous location-data collection has now expanded to the Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, too. While the iOS and WP7 dev communities are yet to join the fight for user privacy, Android developers are already on the move. Developed by XDA member mopodo, Location Cache is a free tool for rooted Android devices that not only allows you to view and wipe all cached cell-tower and WiFi hotspot locations, but lets you block location caching altogether and unlike the alternative method that involves disabling location collection through wireless networks (Settings > My Location > Use Wireless Networks), the app does so without slowing down location fetching. Join us after the jump for more. Read More

10 Awesome MIUI Themes [Android]

The MIUI custom ROM for Android is rapidly growing in popularity owing, in part, to the flexibility and ease of customization that it offers. The ROM may not be the most stable one out there, but its slight instability is a small price to pay for the quality of its native applications and the degree of freedom it offers with UI customization. MIUI’s native Theme Manager allows users to apply skins to the lockscreen, native launcher, messaging and dialer applications, use custom icon packs, install custom boot animations and alter framework UI elements selectively or all at once with only a few taps – no flashing required. If you’re an MIUI user who doesn’t get the time to look for the best themes out there, are new to MIUI or use another ROM and are curious as to what all the fuss is about, join us after the jump for ten of the most popular and/or unique MIUI themes out there. Note that they are the top best themes out there. Read More

BITS For Android Lets You Create Your Very Own Homescreen Widgets

Can’t find the perfect homescreen widget on the Android Market? Wish you could design your own? BITS is an editable homescreen widget that allows you to do just that. With BITS, you can choose from a wide variety of individually customizable elements (called “bits”) and add them in layers (one over the other) to a canvas size of your choice via simple drag-and-drop editing and additional controls for finer adjustment. Still in beta as of this writing, the widget is missing a few key features, such as, the option to assign actions to widget elements and importing custom graphics. However, most of these features, along with additional widget elements/bits, have already been listed on the developer’s website as possible additions in future updates. Read More

Twitter Followers Widget Shows Followers Count On Android Homescreen

Want to keep track of all your followers on Twitter without having to open the Twitter app itself? How about being able to do so right from your Android home screen? Twitter followers Widget for Android is a free, handy homescreen widget that displays the current following and followers count of a user-specified Twitter account. The widget, which was released to the Android Market as a private beta four days ago, has just been updated and is now available as a free public beta. Read More

Follow The Latest News With Official CNN App For Android Phones

The official CNN app for Android tablets was released in early February this year and now, a smartphone variant has finally found its way to the Android Market. The app allows you to view the latest headlines, receive notifications for breaking news, stream video reports, listen to CNN Radio reports, podcasts and interviews, save stories, share them with your friends and upload your own with an attached photo or video with CNN iReport (CNN’s online service for citizen journalists). For those Android users who find CNN to be one of the top sources of latest information, you can now get the latest from the Canadian network Read More

Learn On The Go With Official HowStuffWorks App For Android

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. Read More

Official AutoCAD App For Android Lets You View, Edit & Share Your DWG Files

Android-using architects and engineers rejoice! The official mobile variant of Autodesk Inc.’s acclaimed CAD application just hit the Android Market. AutoCAD WS for Android lets you view and edit DWG files stored locally (on your SD card) or uploaded to your online AutoCAD WS account and share them via email with the help of just a few taps. The app comes equipped with essential Draw, Edit and Markup tools. You will also find the option to upload locally saved DWG files to your online AutoCAD WS account and view DWG files received as Email attachments. Read More

Add Toggles For WiFi, Bluetooth, Sound And More To Your Android Status Bar

Not everyone prefers having their homescreens cluttered with toggle widgets. From amongst those who don’t, some flash custom ROMs that have built-in status bar toggles while others simply sweep said widgets under the rug. If you’re ready to do neither, we’ve got the perfect remedy for you. Notification Toggle for Android is a free tool that adds toggles of your choice to the notification bar. The freeware lets you choose from a list of seven toggles and four shortcuts and adds the chosen to the notification bar, each in a separate notification/line or up to five grouped in a single notification. As exciting and refreshing the concept of Notification Toggle may sound, it is one of the very first solutions of its type that we have come across so far. Read More

Angel Browser Is Customizable And Feature-Rich Browser For Android

Although in need of a fair amount of polishing as of this writing, Angel Browser for Android shows quite a lot of promise. The free browser sports everything but the kitchen sink – a vast assortment of old and new features including tabbed browsing, a Read Later option and a Speed Dial page (set as the home/new tab page as per default settings), which seems to be inspired from Google Chrome’s Most visited page. With a slightly more user-friendly UI than the one that currently governs the browser, Angel Browser could do wonders. Read More

How To Prevent A Directory From Being Scanned By Android Gallery

The quick and smooth loading of your picture Gallery lasts only while your Android device is new or freshly wiped. After you’ve filled your device with apps, music and picture albums to your heart’s content, it begins to take more than its due share of time to scan your SD card for images, loading everything from pictures taken from the camera to wallpapers, album art and extracted icon packs. Generally, users don’t want album art and icons cluttering the gallery and leeching its loading speed. Some might even wish to hide a particular directory or picture album from the gallery. If either of the aforementioned holds true for you, join us after the jump for the solution. Read More

GO Launcher EX For Android Gets Task Manager & Contacts Widgets

The Go dev team has been extremely active the past few months, releasing one quality freeware after another in Android Market and, as it seems, they don’t plan to go on a break any time soon. The team has now begun to add to their impressive app roster, free widgets for their highly acclaimed home replacement app, GO Launcher EX (which has been updated to accommodate said widgets). “The first two GOWidgets”, namely Task Manager & Contacts, have been released to the Market and judging from the first line of the updated launcher’s changelog, we will probably be seeing more in the coming days. These widgets can be downloaded directly from the Market or from within GO Launcher EX, provided it is updated to the latest version. Read More

Shake To Toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, Rotation And Airplane Mode In Android

Shake Toggle is a small, handy tool for Android that allows you to toggle (enable/disable) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Orientation or Airplane Mode by giving your device a good shake or flipping it facedown. The freeware is particularly useful as an orientation toggle switch as firstly, you don’t usually need to toggle the rest that often and secondly, it is a great work-around for instances where, for instance, the display gets stuck in landscape orientation even though you’re holding your device upright. If you tend to shake your device angrily whenever your display orientation begins to act all stubborn, you might as well get Shake Toggle. Read More

Full HDMI Mirroring For Unrooted HTC EVO 4G With FullHDMI

The paid version of FullHDMI For EVO 4G has been around on the Android Market for a while now, providing full HDMI mirroring for the rooted HTC EVO 4G without the need of custom kernels (except for mirroring at 720p and audio output switching). A recent update of the app eliminated the need for root access, making it much easier to set up compared to its free alternative, HDMwIn that requires root access as of this writing. And now, a free version of the app is available on the Market. That’s right, HTC EVO 4G users without root access on their devices can now enjoy full HDMI mirroring for free. There is a catch though, and not a small one – the free version does not allow mirroring in landscape view. Read More

life.contacts Is A Sleek Android Widget For Frequently Used Contacts

Currently in beta, Sony Ericsson’s life.contacts for Android is a free homescreen widget that automatically generates shortcuts to frequently used contacts, syncs contacts with Google and Email accounts, and provides an additional background service that forwards information on missed calls and SMS from said contacts to the selected Google/Email account. Read More

Launch From Notification Launches Apps From Android Notification Bar

Do you feel that you're Android's notification bar can be made a bit more productive? How about placing shortcuts to a handful of favorite apps of yours in the notification panel, and then launch them directly from there with just a tap? This can now be made possible with the help of an app called Launch From Notification 2 (app has been renamed) Simple Shortcut Panel, which is a handy tool that lets you add shortcuts to up to three apps of your choice to the notification/status area and, unlike similar apps the likes of Bar Control and Smart Bar, includes the option to display all three shortcuts in a single line within said area, providing you with quicker access to your favorite apps. You may also set the app to display a single shortcut in the notification area, tapping which displays a pop-up housing all app shortcuts. Though, it is the former feature that holds it apart from older, more popular alternatives. How is this any better than having shortcuts on the home screen, you may ask. Well, unlike the home screen, the notification area is accessible from everywhere (except from within full screen apps, of course). So if, for instance, you’re browsing the web on your device and find something that you want to take a screenshot of, Simple Shortcut Panel will aid you in launching your favorite screenshot application without having to return to the homescreen. In short, accessing apps from within the notification panel is as simple as dragging the notification bar down and tapping the icon/ shortcut of the required app. There is no restriction whatsoever on the type or order of apps that can be pinned to the notification panel. Read More

baconreader Is A Great New Reddit App For Android

Announced in mid of March, baconreader reddit app for Android has begun to roll out, starting with yesterday’s Alpha release. We’ve received a copy of the Alpha version and in what follows, will be walking you through each of the app’s features. Feature rich, simple to use and with a sleek UI that may make you want to access reddit from your Android device much more than from the web, baconreader is an app to look forward to, especially for avid redditors. Join us after the jump for more. Read More

Kernel Manager: Download & Flash Custom Kernels On Your Android Device

If you have a rooted Android device running a custom ROM and especially if you have ORD (Obsessive ROM-updating Disorder), you’re probably acquainted with ROM Manager – the power user’s best friend. Where the all-in-one ROM management tool allows you to search for, flash, back up and restore custom ROMs, it does not aid you in looking for the right custom kernel, and you know how much of a hassle that can be, especially the first time around. Well, fortunately for novice and experienced users alike, that void has now been filled by TeamWin, the team that brought you HDMwIn. Introducing the newest addition to must-have apps for customization addicts – Kernel Manager – an easy-to-use tool that lets you discover, rate, download and flash custom kernels, providing you with detailed info for each. Read More