Kids Zone App Lock Balances Work & Play For Your Children On Android

If you’re a parent or have kids around you at home, chances are your smartphone or tablet is always being pursued as a source of entertainment by them since the time they caught you playing a game on it when you thought you weren't being under their watchful eye. Then there are times when you want the kids to just leave you in peace for a while and allow them to indulge in some harmless pastime with your phone. With that, though, there’s always that risk of an accidental call or SMS. Also, you may get the phone back with the home screen totally messed up, and changes in your settings that would make a novice smartphone user go crazy. Kids Zone App Lock for Android aims to put an end to all such worries. It allows you to restrict kids to a number of apps on your smartphone or tablet, preventing them from treading into areas of the OS you don't want them to visit. Think of it as a kiosk, where you decide what apps can and cannot be used by them, all the while being sure that no phone settings will be altered by them. The app sports another interesting feature called ‘Chore Mode’ that acts as a sort of time allowance for children. For more information, read on after the break. Read More

Easily Create GO Launcher EX Themes Right On Your Android Device

The excellent theme support of GO Launcher EX has always received a lot of praise by its users, but there has never been a newbie-friendly way of creating your own themes for the launcher. All of that has changed now, with the release of GO Launcher Theme Maker. As the name of the app suggests, it lets users make a custom theme including including icons, docks, folders, icon size and more. The app also gives you control over colors, transparency, rotation etc. and you can add stickers via pictures or icon packs downloadable through the app, or simply draw an icon by yourself. The possibilities are quite endless and you can end up creating some stunningly original designs. More so, all themes created via this app can be uploaded to a Themes Hub, which means you have access to themes created by other GO Launcher Theme Maker users. Such crowdsourced theming was earlier seen in Buzz Launcher, though GO Launcher Theme Maker employs a rather basic and simple approach. Let's take a closer look at how the app works, right after the jump! Read More

Install Paranoid Android ROM On The New Nexus 7 (2013)

Google's hot new tablet, the Nexus 7 (2013), has just received one of the most popular custom Android ROMs out there: Paranoid Android based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean! Undoubtedly, this is exciting news for all owners of the new Nexus 7 who can now get their hands on the much useful Halo and PIE controls the ROM has to offer, coupled with some of the best features you could ask from an AOSP-based custom ROM. Running this ROM with it’s customizable hybrid of tablet UI on the device's gorgeous 1920x1080p screen will truly showcase the awesomeness that is Paranoid Android, especially if you're new to Android and have not had the chance of using this ROM. The ROM is fully stable and functioning nicely for most users, so if you want to add some zing to your Nexus 7, head on after the break to see how you can get this ROM up and running on your device in no time. Read More

How To Install ClockworkMod Recovery 6 On The New Nexus 7 (2013)

The new Nexus 7 (2013) was rooted and flashed with a custom recovery not too late into its release. However, custom recovery choices were limited, and in fact you couldn't really call it a choice. TWRP recovery – one of the best and most popular custom recoveries for Android – was the only way to go but for some users, TWRP isn't the recovery of choice. Like me, even some of the advanced Android users tend to stick with the more familiar and old, ClockworkMod recovery, which has finally been made available for the Neuxs 7 (2013) users. Unfortunately, this is not the touch-based recovery, but I've never really felt the need for touch-based recoveries myself, and there are quite a few people out there with the same preference as well. So if you own the new Nexus 7 and prefer the good old classic ClockworkMod recovery on your device, head on after the jump to see how you can install it right away. Read More

Root, Unroot & Unlock Nexus 7 (2013) & All Other Nexus Devices With Wug’s Toolkit

Earlier on, we covered a guide detailing how to root the new Nexus 7 and the older Nexus devices – barring the Nexus S and Nexus One – on Android 4.3. If you've owned a Nexus device, you probably know how the bootloader unlock and rooting process is pretty much the same across the board. While there are plenty of toolkits available for every Nexus device out there, Wug's Nexus Root Toolkit would be the first one that serves the new Nexus 7, complete with bootloader unlocking, one-click root and recovery flash, and more. Make no mistake, the toolkit has been around for a while, catering to Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, older Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but it has just recently been updated to include support for the latest Nexus 7 as well. Read More

Smart Messenger Might Be The Most Customizable & Intelligent Messaging App For Android

If you’ve been using Android phones for a while now, you should be no stranger to messaging replacement apps. Some focus on the aesthetics and others on extra functions like auto-reply, scheduling, filters, etc., but none of the current lot offer an example that sets a high bar for all future SMS apps. Enter Smart Messenger by XDA-Developers forum member ‘deanwray’ – the messaging app that we believe all others will bow down to. The app - currently in beta - is wrapped up in a great UI that takes cues from Google's 'Holo' design guidelines. The app also comes bundled with a few eye-candy themes (with more likely coming soon), and has plenty of features and advanced settings that will keep you hooked. For example, the app sports a Filters & Rules feature that left my Editor calling it the ‘Tasker for SMS’. Yes, it is that customizable. It also supports scheduling, Google Drive uploads, syncing with the stock SMS app, all while it is still in the works, with a bunch of more features in the pipeline. More on this brilliant app right after the jump. Read More

Back Up Android Apps & Data And Sync With Cloud Using Ease Backup

Sure, nothing beats Titanium Backup when it comes to backing up data and apps on Android, but then again, it is not an app that every user is comfortable with. For the average user, there are plenty of simpler backup-taking apps out there; some with price tags, and others that are free but have limited features. I’m not saying there are no good options on the Play Store. It's just that there aren't enough of them, and certainly very few that excel aesthetically. Ease Backup is yet another backup-taking app, but as the name suggests, it is actually a breeze to use, even for the most novice Android users, and is aesthetically pleasing, too. Cloud support and sync, freezing apps (root required), backing up SMS, contacts and WiFi access points (root required) are some of the features that might grab your attention. Read on after the break to learn more about this app. You might be interested to know that its Pri key is available for free for a limited time, which will give you access to many more features as well as an unlimited backup history! Read More

Compile A Movie Of Your Life From Daily Photos & Videos On Android, iOS With ‘1 Second Everyday’

What if you could account for each day of your life with a one second video snippet or picture? Now imagine a compilation of this for the next ten years or more. I believe it could give a person an entirely new perspective on life and how each day should matter as much as any other day. This concept of recording ones life is not new at all, but it would be the first time that an app for Android has been released specifically for this purpose. 1 Second Everyday, which is also available on iOS, will compile photos of your choice and snippets from your videos into a movie about your life. Imagine flashbacks of ten plus years of your life - nostalgia redefined! The app offers a lot of convenience, sporting some very smart features, one of which involves sorting of photos and videos according to date. Read on after the jump for a closer look at the app's feature-set. Read More

Profile Flow Allows Easy Time-Based System Automation On Android

The genre of system/task automation apps for Android is quite crowded. There’s Tasker - this behemoth of an app that will automate your device down to adding a sugar cube to your coffee based on its temperature, if the device supported that. However, if the purpose is as simple as setting up automated profiles for different occasions, Profile Flow will do all of that from its beautiful Holo UI in an interface interface that won't leave you scratching your head trying to figure what to configure. You can set up multiple profiles and trigger them based on date, time range, day etc., while defining ‘entry tasks’ and ‘exit tasks’. We take a closer look at how the app functions after the jump. Read More

Gain S-OFF On HTC One With The revone Tool From Revolutionary

The HTC One M7 gets S-OFF! The Revolutionary team is back with a developer preview of revone – the tool to gain S-OFF and more on your HTC One. The Revolutionary team has played a pivotal part in getting S-OFF to most HTC devices in the simplest manner possible with their automated scripts. However, this time around, their S-OFF solution has started off as a command-line based developer preview in favor of providing early access. The tool should allow users to unlock, lock and relock the device as well as reset its tamper flag. So much for carriers locking down their phones citing security concerns. If you’re wondering whether you need S-OFF on your device or not, check out our post on explaining S-OFF. Head on after the jump to learn how you can gain S-OFF on your HTC One. Read More

Front Flash For Android Allows For Brighter In-The-Dark Selfies

Front-facing cameras on mobile phones have usually been quite neglected by most manufacturers, especially in light of the major improvements in their rear-facing counterparts. Improved lenses, sensors, flash etc. have all been targeted at the rear cameras in smartphones, leaving a lot to be desired in the front-facing cameras' quality – which is at best suited for casual video chats or some occasionally impulsive self-shots. Sensors and quality aside, the user is also set aback when taking a self-shot in low light conditions due to the absence of a flash. While smartphones manufacturers really need to address this issue in the future, and not just for self-shots but for video-chats in low light conditions as well, if you have an Android device and find yourself taking self-shots more often than you would have us believing, Front Flash may just be what you need. Read More

Tapatalk 4 For Android Brings New Holo UI, Photo Editor & More

Tapatalk, is synonymous with forum browsing apps for Android and iOS. Having been around for some time now, the app has been quite popular with forum browsing junkies and during all that time, it has been evolving for the better. Enter Tapatalk 4 - Community Reader – a public beta app by the developers of Tapatalk that is set to redefine forum browsing apps and hopefully integrate into Tapatalk - Community Reader and Tapatalk HD on the Play Store. Where the later two apps are paid-only, Tapatalk 4 can be installed from the Play Store for free on devices running Android 4.0 or later. With an all new redesigned UI based on the much-demanded Holo theme along with Google Now-style cards, the apps looks poised to impress. Let's take a closer look at what the app has to offer and how well it fares. Read More

Get Chat Heads-Like Per-App Alerts In Android With Floating Notifications

Facebook Chat Heads caused quite a stir when the feature was first released on Android in form of Facebook Home as well as the updated Facebook Messenger app, and even more so after later making it to the Facebook app for iOS. The feature inspired the likes of the famous Paranoid Android ROM developers for Android, who then created their HALO feature with Chat Heads-like support for all notifications. This, however, required the installation of the custom ROM - something most people wouldn't do just to get a single feature. Senior XDA-Developers forum member ‘crazyfool_1’ has just released what is a free and working Chat Heads-like app for Android and better yet, it has answered the needs of all those who wish to use this feature on their stock ROMs. Floating Notifications is currently in alpha, but is working better and better with every update. In essence, you will see a floating icon on the screen pertaining to the relevant app whenever a notification is received. This icon can be dragged around for repositioning and tapped to see the details of the notification. Read on as we take a closer look at the app's features and how it functions. Read More

Auto-Set Google Now Backgrounds As Android Wallpaper By Time Of Day

Those of us who often use Google Now on their Android devices running Jelly Bean are bound to be awed by the background images of the app. What makes those wallpapers awesome is the way they automatically change based on your current local time. All of this however is restricted within the the app itself. Enter GoogleNowWallpapers – the wallpaper app that brings Google Now wallpapers to your home screen, from stars lit in the sky to a bright sunny sky. The app also changes them according to times split into Day, Dawn, Dusk, and Night. You can customize the time after which wallpapers will change to reflect the time of the day. Let's take a closer look at this simple but distinct app after the jump. Read More

Flayvr Is An Auto Gallery Organizer For Android With Online Sharing Of Interactive Albums

Android’s native Gallery app has never been disappointing and suffices for most users, but it does leave much to be desired, especially by power users and media enthusiasts. If you want to organize or edit your albums, you have to resort to a third-party app, since the native app offers no such features, being entirely driven by the folders on your device’s storage. Enter Flayvr - an album organizer with dynamic previews for both pictures and videos. Released earlier for iOS, the app has been available on the App Store for quite some time, and has just made its way to Google Play Store as well. Let's take a closer look at how it performs on Android, and the features it brings to the platform. Read More

Player FM Is A Comprehensive Android Podcast Player With Auto Downloads

Over the past few years, podcasts have become increasingly easier to find, manage and listen to, thanks to several dedicated channels for them available on the web and in form of apps for pretty much every platform out there. We have seen several such apps for Android in the past, a few notable ones being AntennaPod, Volksempfanger and VoAudioPlayer FM is the latest entrant in this genre that supports accounts as well as guest login, complete with support for sharing your own channel, automatic downloads for offline listening and manually downloading any podcast of your choice. With a choice of over 300 topics to choose from and more planned by the developers, you can always find something of interest, and set the ones you like as ‘favorites’ for quick access . With its widget and lockscreen widget (Android 4.2+) support, swipe navigation, and the fact that the app is free, Player FM has all the makings of an app that will make people want to explore and learn about stuff on the go. We take a closer look at the app after the break. Read More

Cloudii: One App To Access & Sync Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & Box On Android

Names like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and SkyDrive have become synonymous to cloud storage. Each with their own appeal and distinct features, these services sport their own dedicated apps for both desktop and mobile platforms. If you happen to use more then just one of these services regularly, it is always more convenient to manage your accounts and data through a single app. Cloudii is just that app that allows you to to setup all four aforementioned cloud storage services on your Android device under one roof, and gives you some powerful settings for synchronizing and managing your files. The app gives users the ability to add multiple accounts for each supported service as well, along with some nifty additional features.The app requires Android 4.0 or above. Right after the jump, we take a look at what it has to offer and what makes it worthy of a mention. Read More

Splay Launcher Redefines Android Home Screen Replacement With Unique, Pie-Like Navigation

Let’s face it, single-handed operation on mobile phone with a screen size of over 4.3 inches gets a bit tricky and as you up the screen size further, it almost becomes a challenge. Developed by Else Ltd., the company behind the smartphone 'First Else' that never made it to the shelves, Splay Launcher for Android is another Home Launcher replacement, but what makes it stand out is its distinct interface that focus on single-handed operation. The app's interface may remind some of you of the the much popular Pie feature from the Paranoid Android ROM. Think of it as a semi jog-dial containing three menu levels that are accessible via some intuitive swipe gestures. The app requires Android 4.0 + to work. Read on after the jump, as we take a closer look at the app and its interface. Read More

Got-IT For Android: Beautiful To-Do & Notes App With Google Tasks Sync

Got-IT might seem like just other task management + note-taking app, but with its intuitive and Holo-themed UI coupled with features like unlimited lists, swipe navigation, widgets and DashClock support, it could very well become the choice for many users for taking notes and managing tasks in a quick and simple manner. Developed by XDA-Developers forum member ‘Mikro ddd’, the app was built with inspiration from Google Now and Google Keep while adding drop-down menus and swipe navigation to the mix. We take a closer look at the app and see how well it fares, after the jump! Read More

Universal Unroot Offers One-Click Unrooting For Any Android Device

If you’re reading this, you already have a rooted Android device, or you’re looking for reasons not to root it. Sure, rooting your phone opens up a plethora of new possibilities for your device that are otherwise restricted by its manufacturers. Root access and the mods that follow, such as installing a custom recovery, and consequently, a custom ROM, are not meant for every novice Android user, which is precisely why most manufacturers want you to stick to the stock firmware. So, in order to discourage this practice and prevent complaints that lie outside the scope of support that a manufacturers can provide, consumer devices are designed with layers of protection.  The procedure leading to the rooting your device not only makes you ineligible for troubleshooting support but also voids any warranty that you could have claimed from the manufacturer in case of a fault in the device. So you do what you can – you unroot the device before handing it in to customer support. However, this is not always as easy as it sounds, especially if you’re a novice who had his phone rooted by a friend. Enter Universal Unroot, the one root access removal app to rule them all! This app is the simplest one-tap unroot solution out there till date for any and all rooted devices. Details to follow. Read More