Add Ok Google Detection To All Screens On Your Device [No Root]

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A recent update to Google Now made it so the it listened for the hotword on your home screen without you having to launch it or do anything else. Naturally, everyone went 'yay' and it was business as usual. The update, although not that amazing made it a little easier to use Google Now but it still doesn't have anything on Siri which, although not voice activated, can be launched from any screen. It turns out you can get Google Now to listen for the OK Google hotword on any screen, even if you're playing a game, or using Facebook. There's a trick to unlocking it that involves nothing more than a quick voice search and a little tinkering in Google Now's settings. Read More

Commandr: Control Hardware Switches Using Google Now’s Voice Recognition API [Android]

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The “OK Google” hot-word detection is purportedly the best bit about Android. Introduced with Moto X, it is useful enough to quickly open Google Now and perform specific actions like check weather, set an alarm etc. However, the feature hasn't been able to do much with the actual hardware of supported devices. That being said, Google Now essentially lets you interact with Google related services, but if you want to toggle a few device specific features like the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without touching your phone, you’re pretty much out of luck. Commandr is a new Android application that aims to fill this gap. The app uses Google Now’s powerful voice recognition API to let you flip hardware switches. You can even add custom commands via Tasker and make them work in Commandr. Read More

Rescue Yourself In The Multi-platformer Beyond Gravity [Paid]

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You may have noticed that in the past month, mobile gaming went through a bit of a slump with a handful of big name titles such as the much awaited Hitman Go for android and the multi-platform Angry Birds Epic, but not many others, coming out. The mobile gaming landscape has been humdrum, at best. This could have been because of Steam's summer sale, diverting all gamers to PCs, or it could just have been coincidence, we cannot be sure either way. What we can be sure of, is that the new releases are a sign that the mobile gaming market is picking up once more. Beyond Gravity has been out on Android since the last week of  June 2014 and has enjoyed multi-platform launches. Even though it was slated for a late 2013 release, but after a few unexpected delays, it is scheduled to be out for iOS on July 10th 2014. Here is our review. Read More

Topia World Builder: Play God As You Populate The Earth With Animals [Paid]

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With all the mainstream attention coming to mobile gaming and all the souped up hardware that goes into these things, it is high time a non-traditional game came along to set new precedents. There is immense power in modern mobiles which goes underutilized to reach a wider audience. Developers who cater exclusively to high end devices have to narrow their demographic from potentially billions to a handful of millions, that is not a risk developers are generally willing to take. However, sometimes, these risks are necessary to the medium progress. Games like Asphalt, The Room and Walking Dead are good examples of games that push the performance part of this platform, but they are not as unique as Topia World Builder in its approach. Here is our review. Read More

Denny’s Atari Remix Resurrects Famous Titles; Asteroids, Centipede, Breakout

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It’s hard to describe just how exciting retro gameplay was in its time. Modern video games may sport the most realistic graphics but many of them fail to capture the same charm that Atari did back in the 80s. Denny’s, the popular pancake restaurant chain across the US, aims to bring back that charm by resurrecting three Atari titles through its Denny's Atari Remix offering for Android and iOS. Available for free at Google Play and iTunes App Store, the remix is basically a homage to Atari’s 8-bit era, and aimed to promote Denny’s new “Greatest Hits Remixed” dishes lineup. Lets take a look at each title of the package. Read More

Shift Work Schedule: Customizable Calendar That Follows Your Work Week [Android]

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Part time work, whether done remotely from the comfort of your home or done on-location usually requires a schedule. Where part time work offers extra cash and a more flexible schedule, it also comes with the slight complication of having an unusual schedule. Your weeks don't always begin on a Monday, some days you're working nights and other days you're working a day shift. It's hard to keep track of it all and adding it to a calendar app is very time consuming. Meet Shift Work Schedule, a calendar app that exists for the sole purpose of making shift tracking easy. You get a calendar where you can select the start and end of the week according to your work schedule and a long rich list of shift combos that you might be working in to highlight on this calendar. The app also has a nice search feature that lets you check if you're supposed to be working a particular day and it lets you customize its appearance down to the background. Read More

Pixel Player Is A Highly Customizable Music Player With An Equalizer & Color Themes

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Pixel Player is a music player for Android that you can customize down to the default tab and the color scheme. Aesthetically speaking, the app is clean and functionality wise, it lets you do as much, if not more, than the average music player. In addition to creating playlists and finding and playing songs by the same artist as the one currently playing, the app lets you set a song as your device's ring tone and comes with an equalizer. Read More

Get Android L’s Heads Up Notification On Your Device Now [No Root]

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Android L, and its new material design have made quite the impression but unless you own a Nexus device and don't mind your phone flaking on you now and then, you aren't going to be able to check out the new features. This is where the amazing and exceptionally active developer community comes in. Heads-up notifications is a new Android app that mimics Android L's heads up notifications on your device. You can interact with the notification just like you can on Android L and the app does not require the Xposed framework to be installed nor does it call for a rooted device. Read More

Flynx: Load Links In The Background & Continue Using Other Apps [Android]

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When I am usually browsing Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr on my phone, a lot of it involves opening links and then waiting for them to load in the app's own browser, barring my ability to navigate to a different screen of the app. And though it may all sound normal because that's just the way things are done, it is in fact cumbersome to stare at the never ending load screen. Previously reviewed  Link Bubble for Android has tried to remedy this by providing you with a nifty bubble to load link redirects in the background and take you straight to where your link ends up. Flynx is a new Android app that can open a link when you tap on it in any app. The link loads in a floating bubble and you are free to use the app. When the link finishes loading, you can tap to read it, and dismiss it the same way you do Facebook chat heads. Read More

Mad Magazine’s Iconic Spy Vs. Spy Game Out Now For Android [Paid]

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As long as the printed word holds value, Mad Magazine will retain its place in the annals of humor. They have been responsible for some of the most iconic gags of our time. None more iconic than Spy vs. Spy. With numerous best seller titles made entirely on the lives of the black spy and the white spy, each besting each other using a range of traps. Its game was first published by First Star Software in 1984 for the Atari 8-bit familyCommodore 64 and Apple II computers. Innovative was the word, especially for the time it was a two-player, split-screen game. The game has been alive in one form or the other, it made its way to mobiles back in 2012 via iOS. Now, Spy vs. Spy is out on Android.  Read More

Words MishMash Brings Find-the-word Puzzles To Your Finger Tips [Android]

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For fans of word puzzles, there is no shortage of options on the Google Play Store. Words MishMash, created by Magma Mobile, is a newcomer in town that I found fairly enjoyable in every way. At its core, the game asks you to find hidden words in blocks of letters to earn points in 2 different difficulty modes. Your objective? Find and mark all these words hidden inside the alphabets grid as quickly as you can. The game sports decent visuals and runs equally well on all Android hardware including smartphones and tablets. Read More

Hands On: Android Lollipop Developer Preview

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Google has released the developer preview of Android L for Nexus devices. As impressive as Google I/O 2014 was, there is nothing that can compare to actually getting a user's impression by going hands on with the OS and we did just that. The new Material Design isn't just a fresh coat of paint; it's a UI overhaul and we love it so far. We've detailed the new features end users are likely to love though there is plenty more, in the form of new APIs that will be of interest to developers. So, without further to do, here's are new features. Read More

By-Pass All Restrictions To Download App APKs Directly To Your Device [Android]

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Just last week we reviewed Raccoon, a Windows application that let you download Android app APKs from from the Google Play Store to your computer. For apps hosted on the Google Play Store, a desktop application like Raccoon is possibly the easiest way to get the APK. Meet Apk Downloader Extension; unlike Raccoon, it is an Android app that lets you download app APKs to your Android device's storage. All you have to do is open the link to an app in your browser (that's right, no Google Play Service intervention needed) and use the share options to download the APK. Read More

Popular Home Maintenance App BrightNest Comes To Android

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If you’ve ever happened to take a look around your house and seen the gazillion or so tasks awaiting your attention like things to be fixed, cleaned, moved, sold or boxed, then you’d definitely appreciate what BrightNest brings to the table. This popular website turned mobile app which we covered a while ago has now landed on Google Play Store for Android devices and brings with it a ton of tips and tricks for cleaning and maintaining a home. Read More

Simple Currency Converter Tracks Forex Rates & Converts Currency

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Whether you’re a frequent traveler, trade multiple currencies on a daily basis, a small business owner or you manage a huge corporation, a good currency conversion app can prove an indispensible accessory for you. There are a multitude of currency converters available on the Google Play – with XE Currency purportedly being the most popular one – but I recently started looking for an alternative and immediately fell in love with Simple Currency Converter, thanks to its gorgeous, user-friendly UI. With this amazing app, you can easily track up to 12 currency rates simultaneously. And its built in updater keeps your informed about changes to the exchange rates down to every minute. Read More

Resflux: Edit Resources To Create Custom Themes On A Per App Basis [Android]

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Android users can make their devices look amazing. They can tear things down to get an absolute clean and minimal look or they can install widgets, apps, and whatnot, to get more out of it. Adding themes is one popular way to make your device look unique and if you like playing with themes on your device then Resflux is an Xposed module you will love. You will need a rooted device and the Xposed framework installed to get Resflux working. The module lets you customize everything from an app's icons and buttons, string values, color scheme, and more. Each app can have its own individual theme which means you can create a nice dark theme for the Gmail app and a nice light theme for the Clock app. Read More

Dragon Finga Is A Ragdoll Kung-Fu Fighting Game For Android

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In about the same span of time it takes to Google the meaning of the word ‘sushi’, I found that I too knew Kung Fu when I got my hands on Dragon Finga for Android. This free game is simply mind blowing, offers some amazing gameplay mechanics and comes loaded with hours and hours of fun. The game is built entirely around rag doll physics, featuring organic animation and collisions instead of pre-set fighting moves. It looks and feels great, but the game doesn't give us much to do with these fun tools. And a single-player challenge is all that Dragon Finga has on offer here. Read More

Boom Beach Is Now Available For Android

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Boom Beach is a freemium base-building game from Supercell. You may remember them as the people who brought you the best sellers Clash of Clans and Hay Day. These games, like Boom Beach, were originally released for iOS and later ported to android. They were received with much fanfare. It is forecasted that Boom Beach will follow suit. Despite some fanfare, a myriad of clones have already made their way to the Play Store, if you have been indulging in clones, perhaps your appetite is whet enough to prepare for Boom Beach for Android. Read More

My Experience Downgrading From Flagship Phones To The Nokia X

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We usually write about how smartphones help improve our lives one aspect at a time. Sometimes we review apps, sometimes we give you tips on how to make the best of what you already have. Today we have a different kind of tip for you.  Have you ever considered why we need smartphones that badly? I posit, we don’t, at least not badly. A recent series of events made me reconsider my dependency on smartphones, which led to some realizations. Here is how that experiment went.

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Wemple Weather: Hourly & Bi-weekly Forecast For Multiple Cities

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Weather apps are never going to get old, there will always be a new way to display, check, and track weather. Some people like aesthetically pleasing apps like Yahoo Weather, others like simplicity. In the end, we're all looking to see if we'll need sunscreen or an umbrella if we decide to go out. Wemple Weather is a weather app, as its name implies, for Android that lets you track the weather for multiple locations, including your current one. The forecast for each city that you want to follow is divided into three tabs; now, hourly, and forecast. Read More