Chainfire’s 500 Firepaper Auto-Rotates Your Android Wallpaper Between 500px Photos

With HD screens becoming increasingly available on mobile devices today, the need for high resolution wallpapers is on the rise as well. While apps like Wallbase give you access to a multitude of high res. wallpapers, some users like being surprised. Enter 500 Firepaper: released by recognized developer, Chainfire, this app grabs wallpapers at random from 500px and offers users the feature to set the background to change automatically at a specified interval. Yes, there have been other apps that serve the same function, but we’re talking about high quality and high resolution photographs uploaded by professional photographers on 500px that 500 Firepaper grabs and rotates after an interval. 500 Firepaper offers a few more features as well. We take a closer look at those and the app in general, after the break! Read More

Use Your Android Device To Listen To Emails And News On The Go

Mobile apps are starting to take mobility much more seriously these days, and the latest to exemplify this is Listen to Emails and News for Android. The app is a narrator for your favorite news websites and RSS feeds, and what's more, you can also add multiple email accounts to its list of channels, allowing you to have the app read your mails out loud while you're on the move. The app supports automatic grouping of channels by genres or categories such as health, sports, technology etc, like a personalized radio. The app supports intuitive gesture controls for navigation and even offers hands-free control via bluetooth, the proximity sensor and speech recognition. We take a closer look at the app and all that it has to offer, right after the jump! Read More

Enable Or Disable Individual Android System Sounds With Ultimate Sound Control

Ultimate Sound Control for Android makes up for what the Android OS otherwise lacks in: sound customization and detailed settings. At times, you have to wait for the appropriate sound to play so that you can adjust its volume with the volume rocker, and even then, you can only tweak it for a group of similar sounds. Maybe I don’t want my phone to sound off when the battery is low, but why should enabling silent mode be the answer? Ultimate Sound Control gives you the option to turn off most sounds used throughout your device, which is otherwise quite a tedious task, only manageable through the editing of system files, where there is always the risk of breaking sounds if you made even the slightest of mistakes. It goes without saying, a novice user wouldn’t even dare venture into these parts of the OS. This app seems to have been built keeping all that in mind, and will run on any rooted Android phone running Android 2.3 and above. Maybe Google could take cue from this and work on making such features native to the Android OS. Read More

Password-Protect WiFi & Data Access On Android With Internet Lock

Mobile devices tend to become a distraction, since all it takes is a browser and an internet connection for the user to wander off deep into cyber-space. At times, your mobile device could incur hefty data charges just because it landed in your child’s hands, and while you may have had mobile data disabled, we all know how Murphy’s Law works. There may also come a time when you just don’t want anyone to connect your device to the internet for whatever reason. XDA-Developers forum member msappz created an Android app called Internet (Data/Wifi) Lock soon after he found his prepaid balance exhausted as his kid went through a couple of ads that appeared in some app. However, the app serves purposes that transcend simple child-proofing of the internet connection on your mobile device. We take a look at how the app works right after the jump. Read More

Droid Over Wifi Allows Wireless Transfer Between Android & PC With Preview Support

Droid Over Wifi for Android lets you access your device’s contents through your browser over WiFi, with a well laid out web interface. It may remind you of the famous Air Droid app, however, unlike it, Droid Over Wifi focuses solely on file read and write and making the process as simple as possible. The app even lets you preview files such as pictures and movies directly from within the web interface without having to download them to your computer or any other mobile device, for that matter. So if you find yourself without a USB cable and in need of uploading or downloading files to/from your device, head on past the jump to find out how Droid Over Wifi can help you out. Read More

Install ClockworkMod Recovery 6 On Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets ClockworkMod Recovery! A few days back, we covered rooting the Note 3 with CF-Auto-Root by Chainfire. If you’re a power user, you already know how to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the device. However, if you’re an aspiring power user or a newbie who's just getting started with customizing their Android device beyond what can be done with just root, we'll walk you through the steps for installing the recovery on your phone in no time. The famous custom recovery has been ported to the Note 3 courtesy of XDA-Developers senior forum member, Chenglu, who has released the recovery for several variants of the Note 3, including the International n900 as well as the n9005, n900s and n900w8 models. Read More

The Popular Mercury Browser Comes To Android; We Go Hands-On [Review]

Hands down one of the best and most popular web browsers on iOS, Mercury Browser, has finally come to Android! Luckily, the browser comes bundled with all the options that made it a hit on iOS, such as plugins support, gesture controls, user agent switching and much more. Of course, there are already quite a few top notch browsers available for Android, but Mercury has what it takes to give them something to worry about. How did we find the browser in everyday use? Is it really as fluid as it is on iOS? Head on after the jump to find out! Read More

MyScript Stylus Is An Intuitive, Gesture-Based Handwriting Keyboard For Android

If you thought handwriting recognition on mobile devices had rightly been extinct a year after it was initially introduced, well, I’m right there with you on that. Thing is, the concept of the technology was pure brilliance, but chalked up against the hardware from that period, all it really did was slow you down. However, mobile devices have evolved a lot since Android and iOS hit the market, and unlike before, it’s the software that has to keep up with the swiftly evolving and improving hardware to squeeze out every ounce of processing power on offer. Developed by the team behind previously reviewed MyScript CalculatorMyScript Stylus attempts to bring back the handwriting experience to all Android devices and tablets running Android 3.0 and above. Currently in beta, the app is a keyboard replacement that recognizes handwriting input and converts it into text in real-time. After the break, we take a closer look at the app and its features. Read More

FindIt Offers Unified Search For Gmail, Google Drive & Dropbox On Android & iOS

FindIt, first released for iOS a couple of months back, has now been rolled out to the Android platform as well. As the name itself suggests, the app lets you universally search for all your data in famous cloud services, such as Gmail, Google Drive and Dropbox. While services like Gmail and Google Drive do offer their own search functions, FindIt will allow you to easily sift through all three services from one screen. We take a closer look at the app, right after the jump. Read More

PwnMyMoto Roots Moto X & Motorola Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx With Full System Write Access

The wait is over - the Moto X and the Droid Ultra, Mini and Maxx lineup finally get system write protection disabled! When the Moto X was initially released, getting root access was limited to few carrier variants that came with an unlockable bootloader. Just a few days later, renowned Android hacker Justin Case (jcase) released MotoRoot, the app that roots all Moto X, Motorola Droid Ultra, Mini & Maxx variants using an exploit. However, while root access was gained, the /system partition remained write-protected, and any changes made to it were lost upon reboot. jcase has done it again, this time with the aptly named PwnMyMoto that finally removes system write protection. According to the developer, root access and the ability to write to the system should stick even with future OTA updates. For more on how to use PwnMyMoto on your Moto X or Droid Ultra, Mini or Maxx, read on after the break. Read More

SolMail Is An Android Email App With Classy UI, Multiple Accounts & More

A lot of us have more than just one email account configured on our phone. On Android, you have both the Gmail app and the Email app built to handle all IMAP and POP3 email services, which should do fine for most of us. However, the Email app doesn't really get close to Gmail when it comes to the immensely intuitive user experience offered by the latter. Enter SolMail – the all-in-one mail app that gets the job done using the same overall interface, design language and gestures as the Gmail app! The app makes use of colors to differentiate your accounts from each other if you happen to view emails from all your accounts on one page. With many more settings and functions to tinker with, read on after the jump to see what the app has to offer. Read More

Disable Android Startup Items To Save Boot Time With BootManager

Android has made leaps and bounds in terms of progress since its advent, but it can still leave even the latest hardware feeling old at times. Just like with Windows, startup times and the task switching experience can deteriorate over time if your device has tons of apps installed on it. This is because of how many apps run automatically when you boot the device, and if you're using a device with RAM less than 1GB and a single core processor, you can actually end up grinding your teeth at the dismal speed. However, as I said, Android has made leaps and bounds, and this extends to developer support as well, who seem to come up with a solution to every problem. Enter BootManager an Xposed framework module that gives you control over every app that is set to auto-start upon boot by the OS. BootManager is a breeze to use even for the most novice of Android users, and all it requires is a rooted device with the Xposed framework installed. More on BootManager and how to use it, after the jump. Read More

Install Samsung Galaxy S4 TouchWiz 5 Launcher On Any Rooted Android 4.1+ Device

TouchWiz 5 Launcher from the Galaxy S4 has been ported to all Android devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. So if you’re a fan of the TouchWiz Launcher and want to run the S4’s launcher on any Android device, you can now have it on any stock or custom ROM, be it stock AOSP, custom AOSP (CyanogenMod, AOKP, Paranoid Android etc.), TouchWiz, Sony or LG, as long as your device is running Android 4.1 or 4.2, and is rooted with a custom recovery installed. The launcher has been made available by XDA-Developers Senior Member emwno, and to complete the TouchWiz launcher experience, the Accuweather widget has also been bundled along with it. For more on the launcher and having it up and running on your device, read on after the jump! Read More

Chirp Comes To Android; Shares Photos, Notes & URLs Through Sound

Initially released for iOS almost a year back, the innovative file transfer app Chirp has finally found its way to Android. The app lets you share pictures, notes, and links with other users in a simple and quick manner that seems like an evolution of QR code scanning. Chirp simply uses unique audio signals for every file being shared, allowing all listening devices to download the file, and all of this is achieved over the web, without the use of any accounts or a common network. However, Facebook and Twitter accounts can be added for a more social experience. For a closer look at how the app works, read on after the break! Read More

Espier Brings iOS 7 Home & Lock Screen To Android

Espier Studios have been in the business of developing iOS-mimicking apps for Android for quite some time now, and have become famous for providing the closest and most accurate iOS experience compared to other such attempts made for the platform. We have already covered a handful of app from Espier Studios, including Espier Launcher, Espier Notifications and Espier Screen Locker. Now that iOS 7 is official, the developers at Espier bring to you Espier Launcher iOS7 - the best iOS 7 Springboard clone out there on the Play Store right now. Couple it up with the equally accurate Espier Screen Locker iOS7, and you have a near-perfect iOS UI right on your Android device. For screenshots and more information on the functionality offered, read on after the jump! Read More

Nice Weather Is A Minimal, Gorgeous Weather App For Android

On any modern mobile platform, if there's one genre of apps that's loaded with options, it's weather apps. Keeping an eye on weather forecasts for your region has many practical benefits, especially from a mobile device! Nice Weather is one of the newer weather apps in Google Play Store and as the name of the app itself, the app sports one of the most simplistic and intuitive interface I have come across in quite some time. The basis of it’s appeal its accuracy and the use of a simple slider to scroll through the 12 hours of a day, watching the temperature, precipitation and wind speed values change as you do so. All the while, the app cycles through five pastel colors depending on the time of the day and the weather at that time. We take a closer look at the app and its minimalist interface, right after the jump! Read More

Listen To Your RSS, Reddit & Other Feeds In Style On Android With Auri

Over the past couple of years, we have seen several voice assistants pop up for all mobile platforms. Some focus mainly on executing your commands in a minimal way, while others let you have conversations with them. Auri is different in that it's all about reading out your daily RSS, Reddit, 4chan (experimental) or any other news feed read to you, allowing you to focus on the more occupying tasks at hand. Auri is designed to behave like a radio app, playing whatever is on the playlist of the channel selected. The appeal of the app lies in its versatility, given the types of feeds it is able to handle. The feeds are read with a subtle music in the background; it’s almost like tuning into your favorite news channel on the TV or radio, and going about your tasks in the house. The app works with the built-in Text-To-Speech (TTS) engine for Android, so you can choose the voice and expression to your liking as well. To learn more about the app and it’s beautiful UI, read on after the jump! Read More

How To Get Samsung S View Feature On Any Android Phone

Samsung's S View reminded me of the good old days when flip phones were all the rage with their much-needed preview screens, and hanging up on someone was so satisfying. If you're not sure what the S View is, it’s simply a smart flip cover for the Galaxy S4, but with a small window cut out, letting the device display important information in that part of the screen. However, the S View is available just for the Samsung's latest flagship devices, and those of you wondering if you can get the same functionality on another device with or without the actual S View cover, the answer is a loud yes! S View works magnetically, but thanks to S View - HatRoid, that same functionality can now been achieved using the proximity sensor. This means a cheap, regular flip cover for your Android device with windows cut out in it can now be made to mimic Samsung S View’s features. More on the app and its usage right after the break. Read More

How To Root The Moto X & Install CWM Recovery On It [Complete Guide]

Motorola’s (or shall I say Google's) new flagship, the Moto X, has been rooted! The first phone to be produced by Motorola after Google acquired the American tech giant, the Moto X came out with focus on customization, in contrast to most competition out there that is significantly focused on the use of powerful hardware and a Full HD screen these days. Despite boasting no awe-inspiring specifications on paper, the Moto X does have a developing fan following. Over at XDA-Developers, Recognized Developer mattlgroff has just released an unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery for the Moto X, which makes it a breeze to root the phone. Needless to say, flashing a custom recovery without root access requires a device with an unlocked bootloader. Right now, bootloader unlocking is officially allowed only for devices on Rogers, Sprint and US Cellular, in addition to carriers from the Latin American region, according to Motorola. Lucky enough to fall in the categories discussed? read on after the break to root your Moto X in no time! Read More

AntTek Explorer Ex For Android Impresses With Customizable Layout & Much More

File managers for Android have been around since the initial days of the OS, and have continued to evolve till date, offering more and more features with friendlier and easier UI for the average user. AntTek Explorer Ex tends to challenge this already competitive genre of apps with it’s rich features and a clean, customizable UI, along with features like multithreaded processing for file operations such as copy/paste. Add to this a built-in music player that further sports some rich features like an equalizer and playlist support, cloud storage support for your favorite services, and root-level read-write access for the enthusiasts, and the result is an app that's poised to become the new default file manager for many Android users. Head on after the break to learn more about this new app. Read More