Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

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Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines. Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. Read More

SwiP Is A Free Profile Switching Automation App For Android

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Task automation has become quite popular among mobile users thanks to apps like Tasker. Tasker allows you to configure different scenarios based on current location, time, event and so on, and automatically trigger different actions based on those scenarios. For instance, if you want your phone to automatically switch to silent mode when connected for charging, or need to turn off WiFi when you’re on the road, you can easily achieve that using Tasker. The only caveat with Tasker is that it’s a paid app, and even though it's worth every penny, most users rather not shell out the cash. If you’re looking for a free, or better yet, open-source alternative, give SwiP a go. Developed by XDA-Developers member Flow-Chi, this new app automates switching between different device profiles. It is nowhere near as flexible or feature-rich as Tasker, but what it offers should be enough for the casual user. Plus, its simplicity makes it much easier to understand. Details after the jump. Read More

‘Don’t Pause’ For Android Automatically Mutes Notifications While You’re Listening To Music

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Being an audiophile, I spend a large chunk of time listening to songs on my Android phone, but after trying out a boatload of music players, both paid and free, on the Play Store, I’m yet to come across one that let me mute those darn notification sounds during my favorite parts of a song. For those new to the platform, on Android, if you get a text message or email while you're listening to music, the OS automatically pauses it for a few seconds, plays the notification sound. and then resumes audio playback. Though it you don't miss an alert, it isn’t ideal for uninterrupted music playback. Today, I stumbled upon an app called Don’t Pause that happens to be quite a great workaround for this problem. Don’t Pause is a free app that can automatically put your phone on vibrate mode when you’re playing music, and back to normal settings when you have stopped the playback. In can be enabled and disable on the fly, and boasts a dead simple interface. Continue reading past the jump for more details. Read More

Get Complete Control Over Internet Access For Android Apps With NoRoot Firewall

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Android is much less restrictive compared to iOS and Windows Phone. It actually allows users to do a whole lot more than what most would need, which even includes things like configuring how the apps installed on your device link to the Internet. The default Android firewall does quite a good job of blocking incoming attacks from the web, but it’s not the definitive solution to keep your data safe from intruders. Also, deciding which apps can (or can’t) go online isn’t configurable under stock settings. Grey Shirt’s NoRoot Firewall app for Android aims to resolve this by giving you complete control over each app's access to the Internet, and allowing you to filter the traffic by routing it through a VPN connection, all without the need for root access. Read More

SlideLock Is An iOS 7-Inspired Android Lock Screen App With Support For Pebble Notifications

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We have covered a truckload of Android lock screen apps for our readers in the past. Back in December, we reviewed Dodol Locker, which features a diverse range of themes to give the lock screen a quick makeover. Then there's Cover, a unique solution that determines the apps you use during certain times of the day and automatically provides quick access to them from the lock screen. We've also featured quite a few replacements that clone the lock screens of other platforms, such as Ubuntu Touch Lockscreen and Espier Screen Locker iOS7. SlideLock seems to take inspiration from the iOS 7 lock screen as well, but unlike Espier's apps, it isn't a complete clone. It borrows core features from the iOS 7 lock screen - simple design, quick access to notifications and the camera app - and adds a couple of its own to improve the overall experience. Details to follow. Read More

AVG Wifi Assistant Automatically Toggles Wi-Fi On Android Based On Cell Tower Signal Strength

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Forgetting to turn off WiFi on your Android phone when you’re out and about can be quite annoying, especially when you find the WiFi scanner has drained the little battery you had left. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi toggle buried deep in the Settings app takes an extra step to reach whenever you need to enable or disable it. Even if the Android version in your phone does have quick launch toggles in the notification area for the purpose, you will still have to remember to turn WiFi off. Wouldn't it be great if you could automate the process somehow? That is exactly what AVG Wifi Assistant does. Named 'WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager' on the Play Store, this free Android app from the popular security firm remembers the cellular network towers near the locations you're at more frequently, and then automatically toggles WiFi based on their signal strength. Read More

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App

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Whether it’s about protecting sensitive financial information from thieves or hiding secret journals from your snoopy roommate, keeping your confidential files safe from prying eyes doesn’t require some state of the art equipment or an overly expensive piece of software. Nowadays, you can lock away sensitive files on your smartphone or tablet using the many security apps available for each platform. A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a 'desktop clock' dock mode. Lets take a closer look. Read More

Save, Annotate & Share Web Snippets On Android With Nimbus Clipper

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I’ve always used Evernote Web Clipper for saving fragments of content I come across when browsing the web. If you're looking for similar solutions, there's Nimbus Web Clipper for Chrome, that works roughly the same way. Since we last covered it, Nimbus Clipper has evolved quite a lot and now offers an Android app by the same name. The app allows users to quickly capture web page snippets, take screenshots, annotate them with a powerful built-in editor, and have it all synced up with your Nimbus account on the go. Read More

TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

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Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock, the list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner. Read More

Snapdragon Glance Is A Usage-Aware Android Lock Screen Replacement From Qualcomm

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Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized with the likes of Cover and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year's Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm's Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most. Read More

gFile Is A Simple Android File Manager With A Gmail-Inspired Interface

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Managing files on your Android device can be a pain if you don’t have the right tool. Fortunately, the file management category of Play Store is filled with some awesome names - such as Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer and Astro File Manager - that make this tasks fairly easy. Enter gFile, a free app designed to make file management even simpler thanks to its bare-bones design. It’s quite clear that gFile is not designed with power users in mind. It’s probably for the traditionalists among us who just need to quickly get to their files and folders without dealing with any complex settings on the way. But that doesn’t mean gFile doesn’t offer advanced features. Read on for details. Read More

Popular Project Management App Basecamp Now Available On Android

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If you’ve been using a lot of project management apps, you will most likely be familiar with Basecamp, a popular online project management tool. For those unfamiliar with it, Basecamp is a premium tool used by companies and individuals looking for a way to organize their tasks and projects, assign them to others in their team, communicate with each other and keep track of ideas and meet deadlines. The service released a native app for the iPhone in the beginning of 2013 and nearly a year later has officially made its way to Android Basecamp. The app, which is available for free at the Google Play Store, will allow users to access and manage their Basecamp account and stay up to date with their Basecamp projects on the move. Akin to its web-based counterpart, the mobile app sports a simple interface and a set of really handy project management tools. Read More

DLD Calc For Android Is A Fraction Calculator That Shows Step-By-Step Solutions

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Math can pose difficulties for even the most brilliant minds among us. If you find yourself (or someone you know) often struggling with math class then you’re not alone. On the bright side, there is a whole variety of mobile apps that can help you out during those tough math lectures. One such app that I recently came across is DLD Calc, a free fractions calculator for Android that takes the burden off your shoulders when it comes to solving even the most daunting fraction problems. The app displays each step in a calculation involving fractions to help students of basic math figure out mistakes in their own solutions. Details after the break. Read More

ZDlock Is An Android App Locking Solution From The ZDBox Team

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We all have a list of apps that we prefer to keep away from prying eyes while using our mobile devices in public. This could include social media and messaging apps, any app that can carry out financial transactions, your favorite email client, the list goes on. Most users resort to locking the entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lock, which quickly becomes an extra chore. For those who'd rather not enter a passcode every time they unlock the device, there are apps like ZDlock. This no-frills app by the team behind ZDBox helps you lock down specific apps using three different methods. Details after the break. Read More

StumbleUpon’s 5by App For Android & iOS Creates Video Playlists Tailored To Your Interest

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Months after its acquisition by StumbleUpon, the video recommendation engine 5by finally made its way to iOS and Android around the end of January. StumbleUpon acquired the start-up back in September 2013 with the aim to provide users with custom-tailored videos that can reflect their moods, ambiance and situation. The concept remains similar to StumbleUpon’s current offering: it dishes out videos from different sources that specifically target the selected situation or mood. In other words, 5by is the video equivalent of StumbleUpon. Read on after the jump to find out how it works. Read More

Exchange Text & URLs Between Android & Chrome With Message Beam

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Considering the number of devices we use these days, it can become frustrating at times to quickly and easily move information such as chunks of text and links between them. While the awesome PushBullet may be the most widely used service for Android users to send content between their devices and Google Chrome, there are some other solutions out there as well, Message Beam being one of them. Developed by XDA member d-fader, Message Beam’s free Android app and Chrome extension work in conjunction to allow you to quickly send text or URLs between your computer and phone or tablet, and easily copy that information to your clipboard in a snap. Your beams are sent via the internet through an XMPP server, allowing you to remotely access your beams. In what follows, we’ll show you how it works. Read More

Compress To & Extract From Several Archive Formats On Android With B1 Free Archiver

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File archiving feature that usually comes built-in with popular Android file managers like ES, Astro ad Dual File Manager is handy enough to quickly pack and unpack popular compressed archive formats such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z and the like. But the aforementioned solutions are fairly ineffective when it comes to extracting or compressing a handful of less popular archive formats. This is why tools like B1 Free Archiver are still around at the Google Play. It’s a simple application that lets you extract, view and compress your desired files from and to a wide array of formats including 7Z, APK, TAR, LZMA, TGZ, LZH, MTZ, RPM, XAR, XZ, ZIPX, GZ, TBZ and more. Read on for more details after the jump. Read More

Boot Multiple Android ROMs On Droid DNA With MultiROM

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The ability to boot multiple operating systems has always been the strong point of PCs, but in today’s age, the smartphone is the new PC, and it only makes sense to be able to install and run different operating systems on our phones and tablets to get the most out of them. Among the various multiboot solutions that we’ve seen so far, MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar is perhaps the most promising. After letting enthusiasts boot multiple Android ROMs as well as Ubuntu Touch and even Firefox OS on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 for quite a while, MultiROM has been ported to the HTC Droid DNA by XDA Senior Member jamiethemorris. While the currently available ROM support may not include other operating systems, it still allows you to boot multiple Android ROMs on your device on your external storage. Read on to learn more. Read More

CamFind Brings Its Awesome Image Search & Recognition To Android

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Taking photos from your smartphone surely sounds fun. Just point and shoot, and you will have the moment stored as a digital image. But what if you need to find more information about a certain subject from the image? Back in 2013, iOS users got an awesome camera app released on the iTunes App Store by the name of CamFind that identifies the subject in photographs, and then searches the web for relevant results like similar images, price comparisons and more information pulled from various sources. CamFind has finally made its way to Google Play Store, bringing its powerful image recognition technology to Android. Read More

How To Remotely Control Any IR Device (Like An AC) With HTC One

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Smartphone manufacturers have began incorporating newer and newer hardware features in their offerings that keep expanding the horizons for what your device can do. When Google introduced NFC as a native protocol for Android, a lot of useful apps popped up that let you take full advantage of the new feature, from instant payments to dead-easy media sharing with other capable devices. These days, another feature that we see in some of the latest flagships is a built-in IR Blaster, allowing the device to double as a remote control for TV, Home Theatres etc. While it’s a mighty useful functionality to have, considering how many IR devices we usually come across in our daily life, the problem is configuration. HTC One, for instance, is a flagship that comes with a native TV app to make use of the IR Blaster, but the default options are limited to TV, Cable box and Home theatre. Technically, an IR Blaster means that the device should control pretty much anything that requires an infrared beam, but the phone won’t let you do that. The good thing is, there’s a way to configure any IR device to work with HTC One, and I’ll show you how. Read More