Prism Is An App Focused Launcher Geared Towards Simplicity [Android]

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A great user interface is one of the most important factors of whether to download an app or not, but it shouldn’t have to be the only one. When it comes to application launchers for Android, the opinions between design and simplicity will greatly vary among users. Some people fancy loads of customization options and gorgeous UI but others simply want a launcher app that works and provides quick access to the installed apps and important Android settings. There’s really no shortage of app launchers on the Google Play Store, but Prism Launcher is purportedly geared towards users who need a bare bones launcher replacement. The app is still in early BETA so don’t expect too many features out of the box. Read More

Reddit Vibrant Is For Those Just In It For The Pictures & Videos

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As great as the content shared on Reddit is, OC or otherwise, the one type of content I will always prefer over others is pictures. DIY projects, cats, kittens, huskies, landscapes, and anything that's lol-worthy is what I click on 99% of the time. Reddit Vibrant is an Android app available in the Google Play Store for Redditors who prefer photo and video posts only. The app lets you sign in to your account, up/down vote whatever you want, and read and post comments. It's a filter for image and video content for the front page and every single sub-reddit you are subscribed to. Read More

WakeUp Automatically Turns On The Screen When You Pick Up Your Device [Android]

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Your smartphone is resting on your desk, you pick it up, and its screen automatically wakes up. You didn’t press anything — it just knows. Magic? Or maybe an alien race swapped your phone with some interstellar gadgetry. Who knows. But all this mumbo jumbo aside, the free little app called WakeUp will now enable your Android device to turn itself on without pressing any power or home button. The app uses the built in tilt sensor of your Android to automatically wake it up when you pick and tilt it towards your face. Read More

Gecko Dialer: Access Dialpad And Google Search In Floating Window [Android]

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We all know that Android can easily handle two different tasks simultaneously. But Google’s open source OS doesn’t offer true multitasking a la Windows or Mac OS X. Even though manufacturers like Samsung have already tried to fill this gap with their Mult-Window feature found on the company’s top end Galaxy phones and tablets, other OEMs are yet to bring similar functionality to the table. Recently though, floating apps are becoming the de facto standard for performing multiple tasks at the same time, because these apps enable users to access certain tasks within another application  (Facebook Messenger, anyone?). Gecko Dialer is one such handy tool that lets you access the dialler interface in a floating window, enabling you to easily input long numbers and extensions inside another app. Read More

Perfect Tip: Calculate How Much Should You Pay And Tip When Splitting The Bill

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Whether you eat out alone or with a group of friends, tipping is common etiquette (provided you get good service of course) and we all know that 20% is the standard rate.  Perfect Tip is a smart and simple little Android app that not only helps you calculate the right amount to tip based on the percentage you should be tipping, (percentage is customizable) but also divides the final amount among the group of diners. It also uses subtle visual cues to let you know if the amount our tipping is fair or if you're stiffing the serving staff. Ready to eat out? Read More

LenX: Take Long Exposure Shots & Adjust Exposure Level [Android]

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Ever seen those amazing shots of the night sky taken with a long exposure camera? Or maybe you'd just like to take a cool looking picture of your friends playing with glow stick but without a DSLR or any other fancy camera equipment. LenX is a nice new Android app available for free in the Google Play Store that lets you take long exposure shots. It's very basic with an adjustment slider for exposure levels and a simple zoom feature. The photos turn out fairly well and all it takes is two taps to capture one long exposure photo. Read More

QuickClick: Map Volume Keys To Perform Quick Actions [Android]

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Gone are the days when phones were used to just make voice calls. These days, your smartphone might be more powerful than your personal computer, and with the right set of tools, it can be an invaluable asset to your lifestyle. Android is a brilliant operating system when it comes to performing tasks quickly and effectively because the open source OS has been designed to perform all tasks with a few simple screen taps and swipes, but if you still fancy using physical buttons, QuickClick is a free app that can let you cleverly accomplish this. This little piece of software allows you to map your device’s Volume keys for quickly performing frequent actions like launching an app, accessing settings, toggling flash light et al. Read More

Hitman Go Arrives On The Google Play Store [Paid]

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Hitman is a video game series based on Agent/Mr. 47, a silent assassin who stops at absolutely nothing to neutralize his target. Agent 47 is as ruthless as you choose to make him, that is the essence of the game. You are a highly trained hitman let loose in an area full of potential targets. He can kill an entire building full of people or he can slide in and out of a mission unnoticed. That kind of freedom of approach is what makes the Hitman games such a success since his first appearance in November of 2000. Its sequels, movies and novels have made 47 the quintessential video game character. A blank emotionless slate for you to project yourself and play away. Agent 47 has been out on mobile (iOS) since late April, it is now finally out on Android, let us see how Hitman Go fares in our review. Read More

Wordbase Is A Word Game That Combins Scrabble & Letterpress [Android]

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Word games have been around for ages and they still live on as strong as ever in today’s smartphone era. Being an Android user, you don’t have to worry about finding one because the Play Store houses countless games that fit this genre. Wordbase is one such new kid on the block that couldn’t escape our radar. Essentially, it is a word game that requires you to strategically reach your opponents base, not with weapons or climbing humongous mountains, but rather with a strong vocabulary, one word at a time. Read More

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

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Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We've covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It's a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn't just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks. Read More

Newsbeat Reads Your Favorite News Stories To You Out Loud On Your Phone

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Keeping up with news of any kind is pretty simple these days thanks to the swathe of smartphone apps and the abundance of online content. When it comes to newsreaders on Android and iOS, there’s really not any shortage of such apps on both these platforms. But Newsbeat –by Tribune Digital Ventures – is a free, well-designed news app that brings something unique to the table. Instead of letting you read long-winded news stories, it narrates them for you using text-to-speech technology. The clear dialogue in turn makes it fairly similar to how you hear the news on radio or podcasts. The really interesting bit is that instead of a select few stories, you can listen to literally any news you want and curate news playlists of your topics that interest you, as well as select custom news sources and sections. Read More

NOTEify Take Notes During Phone Calls & Manage Contacts

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Talking on the smartphone is something we take for granted these days. And while it’s no longer unusual to be seen taking a phone call, what’s rather useful about a smartphone is the things you can do while you’re in the middle of a call. NOTEify (or Noteify for that matter) is a small Android application that can help you jot down notes when you're in acall. It pops up as a floating window carrying a built in text editor where you can freely add things you may want to remember about a particular contact, or even if you need to casually note down something quickly without jumping to Evernote. Read More

6 New Photo Editing Features Added In Instagram v6.0 Update

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Instagram is the camera app that gets filters right and it's just released a new version that brings 6 new editing features that take it beyond filters. The new features include adjustments for shadow and highlight, vignette, the intensity of the filters applied, adjustments for brightness, contrast, and saturation, sharpness, and light intensity. The update has been rolled out for both iOS and Android and changes to the camera viewer and photo editing screens have been made to accommodate the new features. Read More

Whistle Phone Finder Lets You Whistle To Locate Your Phone [Android]

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No one ever wants to lose their smartphone, because when it does happen panic quickly sets in. Yesterday we covered a paid iOS application called Marco Polo that helps you find your iPhone by shouting “Marco”, and it will respond back “Polo” allowing you to locate your device via hearing the sound. If you’re looking for a similar solution on Android then Whistle Phone Finder is a free app that can help you find your misplaced smartphone by simply whistling at it, giving you clues to its location. When using the app, users can find their device by whistling loudly and it will respond via audio notification so they know where to look. Read More

How To Get Android 4.4.3 On Nexus Devices [OTA + Manual Update]

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It was a busy night all around with Apple announcing the latest OS X and iOS instalments, and Android 4.4.3 finally rolling out to Nexus devices OTA. Android 4.4.3 is not huge in terms of features and mostly has bug fixes but that's no reason to not want to update to it. For those that are receiving the update OTA, getting it is super simple but those who keep checking to see if an update is available only to find it isn't, getting the update now is only slightly complicated. Here's a how-to for both manual and OTA updates. Read More

Set Timers For Any Length Of Time On Any Future Date With DownCount [Android]

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The default clock app of Android is useful enough for quickly timing things like boiling an egg, waiting for you friend, or steeping tea. But when you need to keep track of longer periods of time, or use multiple timers simultaneously, the clock app can’t help you. Downcount, a new Android app available for free at the Google Play was developed to fill this gap, allowing users to instantly create timers for any length past the usual hours limit. Is it worth your time? Let’s go check it out! Read More

5 Xposed Modules That Tweak Google Music, Notifications, Your Lock Screen, And More

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The Xposed framework is awesome if only you look at the many modules that are developed based on it, and what they let you do. We found five really amazing modules last week that add simple to complex functionality to your Android device. Statusbar Icon Hider is a simple little module that helps you clean up the icon in your status bar. Google Play Music Listen Later is a powerful module that lets you choose the default tab that Google Music opens to, and what each tab should show by default when you switch to it. Knock Code is a new way to unlock your phone; instead of drawing patterns or tying in a numeric code, you knock on your screen in a pattern. PinNotif lets you pin notifications so that they aren't dismissed and you can get back to them. And lastly, there is Ok Google that lets you add the Ok Google listening feature to third party launchers. Read More

Street Racing 2 Is A Simple No Nonsense Racing Game [Review]

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Ah, that new car smell! The spectacular roar of V8 engine and those black rubber stains, who doesn’t love ‘em? For driving fans, Google Play has got a ton of amazing titles ranging from the likes of Burnout-esque Asphalt series to the ultimate Need for Speed franchise, the choices are plenty. But that doesn’t mean everyone likes feature-laden racing simulators. If you want a quick arcade session on your way to work or on the road, then Street Racing 2 has got the answer. The game’s fast paced gameplay and intuitive controls let you quickly drift through 8 increasingly difficult tracks, wreck cars and win your way to the finish line. Read More

Add “Ok Google” Support To Third-party Android Launchers

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Google's hotword voice feature ‘Ok Google’ has been slowly but surely working its way into more products. Originally introduced with the launch of Moto X – the first smartphone to incorporate touch-less voice command capabilities – the hotword feature made its way to the Nexus 5 and back in November 2013, Google also released it as an extension for their Chrome web browser. Not a while ago, we covered an Android application labeled Active Searching that brings this functionality to third-party launchers like Nova, Apex and TouchWiz etc. XDA-Developers forum member MohammadAG has created a similar app that works with Xposed Framed and brings hotword support to 3rd party launchers and lets you activate it on a per-app basis. Read More

Impressive iOS Calendar App Sunrise Comes To Android

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Most calendar apps on Android have two major issues: they’re plain ugly, and they are not so user-friendly. Sure Google Calendar is a straightforward solution, but when it comes to third-party alternatives nothing beats the enormous options on iOS. One such fantastic calendar app Sunrise Calendar for Apple devices has now made its way to Android. And it looks exquisite, to say the least. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed using it on my friend’s iPhone, I’m loving it on my humble Android daily driver. The app boasts a truckload of handy features, including agenda, week and month view modes, Google Maps previews for directions, weather information, and Facebook integration to never miss important events and birthdays again. It's available now for all Android devices running 4.0 or higher, but sadly there's no tablet version at the moment. Read More