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

Google Camera v2.2 Update Brings Timer, Panorama Modes, And Aspect Ratio

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Google Camera has received yet another update. The last major update brought us the amazing blur effect and this latest update brings us three new features, making the app more powerful. The timer has returned with this latest update allowing users to delay picture taking by 3 or 10 seconds. Aspect ratios have been introduced and a separate ratio can be set for both the front and the back camera. The major update though is the introduction of two new panorama modes that let you take a circular fish-eye like photo and a wide angle mode. Read More

Search Now Lets Your Search Your Device Or The Internet From Anywhere [Android]

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Have you ever wanted to search for something on your Android without leaving your current application? Then fret not, as Digital Life International has developed Search Now, a beautiful and extremely user friendly app that should make life a lot simpler for Android users who want to quickly search the web and their device. It enables you to search from anywhere on your smartphone and tablet without having to launch a separate application by placing a persistent floating search icon on top of your screen. You can tap on it and begin looking for your query right away on the internet, contacts, apps, bookmarks, media files, calendar and system settings. Read More

Tweet Balloon Lets You View Timelines As An Overlay On Your Homescreen

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Twitter apps in the Google Play Store are plenty, some are truly amazing and others not so much. If you aren't using the official Twitter app, you have a huge selection of unofficial ones to choose from. Tweet Balloon is a Twitter app available in the Google Play Store. Like any Twitter app, it lets you read your tweets, view your mentions, direct messages, pretty much standard stuff. What sets it apart is the little balloon widget that comes with it. The balloon widget works a lot like Facebook chat heads and that's exactly what the balloon resembles (except that it's a balloon). This balloon is why you would want the app; it snaps to the edge of your screen and when you tap it, it brings up your timeline as an overlay on your phone's home screen. You can snap the balloon back to a side of your screen to dismiss it. Read More

Translate Quickly Upto 45 Languages With Inapp Translator [Android]

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Translation apps are a dime a dozen, and prove useful when travelling and quite essential in certain situations when you need to quickly and accurately translate something, making them an indispensable accessory on smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, the Google Play Store has way too many translator apps for all and sundry, ranging from Google’s own Google Translator to the recently covered Floating Translator, and many others. For years, I’ve used Google Translate as my main app to get a grip on other languages I don’t natively speak. But Google Translator can be pretty taxing to access whenever you need to translate something fast. If you want your translation companion with you all the time, then Inapp Translator is a new kid on the block that aims to help. The app puts a floating button on the screen tapping on which lets you easily translate text. Read More

Monitor Which Appications You Use Most Frequently [Android]

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Every new smartphone owner ends up in frustration when their device doesn’t last a whole day on a single charge, or when they face various memory issues owning to a ton of background apps and running services. Android is no exception. The open source mobile operating system is designed with multitasking in mind. But this multitasking comes at the cost of memory lag when a boatload of apps are left running in the background. Frequency: App Usage Tracking (or Frequency for short), is an Android application that lets you monitor app usage, and in turn remove those that you don’t often use, allowing you to uninstall them right away from the app itself. Read More

Translate Text And Find Word Definitions On The Fly With Floating Translator

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In my teen years, I was so keen to study Japanese culture owning to my love with Manga and videogames, and often spent a lot of time looking for online resources like translators and dictionaries to even learn the language. Thankfully, I now have many mobile apps at my disposal to easily translate one language to the other. I’ve tried plenty of popular translation apps in the Google Play Store, and my favorite one so far is Google Translator, which carries a ton of features like support for a wide array of languages, and ability to translate text, speech, handwriting etc. Floating Translator is another one such tool that lets you convert text on the fly by being accessible over all other apps you might be using, including full screen apps. It also carries a built-in dictionary so you can easily search for meanings of words you not know of in and out without leaving your current activity. Read More

Control Music Playback Over Any App With Floating Music Widget [Android]

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We’ve already given you an awesome breakdown on the best music player applications for Android available at the Play Store, making it easy for you to choose which one is best for you. But the problem commonly faced by users is that how to control the music playback when the music app isn’t active. To give you one example, if you want to skip a song, lets say, you do need to either open the main application and then tap on the next button, or use the standard lock screen widget for the purpose. Or you may even place a widget that lets you do the same on your home screen. Floating Music Widget, however, serves you the purpose of providing playback controls over any existing app. A single swipe enables you to bring it in and out and play, pause or skip songs with ease. Read More

New Features In Chrome 35 For Desktop & Android

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Chrome 35 for desktop and Android is out. The changes and new features introduced for the desktop version are disappointing for end users but developers are going to welcome it. Chrome 35 supports more touch input, some new JavaScript features, and new extensions and APIs. Chrome 35 for Android has a lot more to offer end users; for select devices it now supports multiple windows. For all other devices, the new version supports full screen video playback with HTML controls and subtitles, and a new 'Undo closed tab' that is pretty self explanatory. Read More

Remo MORE Is A Brilliant Desktop & Mobile Optimization Tool For Noobs

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Computers not only cost several hundred dollars now a days, but they are also fairly costly to repair. While you can have most hardware problems repaired, it's better to just take care of your tech better and back-up data regularly. The problem is that most people don’t know where to begin, for instance, when should they back up data, how to clean junk files, or how to optimize its memory and other components. Remo MORE is a great tool created for the less tech savvy among us, letting them manage and troubleshoot common computer problems in a single click. Could it get any better than that? Read More

Stream Music From Dropbox, Google Drive, And Box With CloudAmpz

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If you listen to music on your Android device, chances are you’re perfectly happy with the stock music app that ships with it, which lets you browse and play songs stored locally on your phone. You can also create personalized playlists, or simply shuffle your whole collection to casually enjoy whatever plays next. So what more could you possibly want? While there are no shortage of music players waiting for you in the Google Play store, only a handful of them might offer you a way to play music stored on your cloud storage. CloudAmpz is a new such app that not only playback music stored on the internal storage of your device, but also let you stream tracks from Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net. Read More

Addappt Arrives On Android; Sync Contact Information With Friends

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Most of us take it for granted that our address book is synced right along with our email account. And while this works well for retrieving the same information on multiple devices, often times we encounter situations when one of our friends or coworkers changes or updates their  information. Perhaps they are using a different email now, or may be they got a new number? Android users can now automatically exchange up to date contact information with people in their contacts list with the latest Addappt app available for free in the Google Play Store. First released on iOS about a year ago, Addappt is a simple app that privately syncs your contacts with your friends, in turning allow both of you have the same contact info about each other.

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