Agent Offers Easy Automation For Saving Battery, Managing Calls, Texts & More On Android

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Smartphones these days are becoming more and more powerful, but what makes them truly smart are all the great apps being created for them. You might have heard of Tasker and Condi, handy apps that allow you to automate certain tasks on your Android device, such as automatically switching off Wi-Fi when you reach work, stopping music playback after a certain time, and much much more. Agent is another similar option that lets you automate five different functionalities of your phone without any input from your side. It’s an amalgamation of multiple utilities, each called an agent, which run in the background to save your phone’s battery by toggling off features like Bluetooth & auto sync when the battery is low, silence the phone during meetings, remember the location where you parked you car, automatically respond to messages when you’re on the road, and only allow important calls or text messages to get through while you sleep. Read More

Ask Questions & Get Answers From Your Facebook & Twitter Friends On iOS & Android With Jelly

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After months of speculations, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has finally taken the wraps off his new venture, a social question-and-answer service for iOS and Android dubbed Jelly. The eight person startup lets users asks questions through uploading pictures and in turn receive answers from their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Users can answer the questions via links, drawing on the image itself, or text. Biz Stone has been working on the project for more than a year and with Jelly, he aims to help people help each other via simple visual questions and answers, which Biz simply refers to as ‘an act of kindness’ in his blog post. Read More

Solo Weather For Android Shows You Just The Right Amount Of Info In A Minimal Interface

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We've covered a ton of weather apps in the past for our readers here at AddictiveTips. Just a few days back, we featured Solar: Weather - a recent release for Android that was initially released on iOS a year go. Likewise, people who fancy simple and minimal app designs may prefer Nice Weather instead. Speaking of minimalism, the weather app we have at your disposal today is a prime example of it. Labeled Solo Weather, the app sports a gorgeous design and is free from any intrusive UI elements, ads, and other annoying bits that many apps usually ship with these days. The app focuses on presenting you with just the right weather information and statistics while skipping on all the fancy background and animations that do look pretty but make an app more resource-hungry. Details to follow. Read More

Mumble! For Android Adjusts Phone Vibration Based On Content Of Incoming SMS Messages

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In addition to making and receiving phone calls and checking email, smartphones are fast becoming our primary devices for surfing the web, playing music, accessing social networks, streaming YouTube videos and a lot more. But lets not forget, they also allow us to send and receive text messages, which is of course one of their core functionalities. Speaking of messages, we all know that Android allows us to set custom notification tones for our SMS alerts, but an often overlooked feature is assigning custom vibration patterns to these notifications. While Android doesn't boast this feature natively, that shouldn't be an issue when we have apps like Mumble! for the purpose. It offers a great way to know about the type of text messages you receive without even having to check the notification, all by the vibration pattern. Details after the jump. Read More

Stop Or Silence Any Audio App After A Set Time In Android With Super Simple Sleep Timer

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It often happens that you are listening to your favorite song on your phone or tablet at night, and you unknowingly fall asleep with the music still playing and headphones still in your ears. You wouldn't like that to happen at all, of course, as it would not only drain your device's battery, but even worse, can also disturb your night’s sleep with the constant music noise. If you wish your device could pause music playback automatically during such situations but your music player app of choice doesn't support an auto stop or sleep functionality, then give Super Simple Sleep Timer a shot. It’s a super-simple and user-friendly Android app created by XDA-Developers member crazyfool_1 that allows you to lower the volume of your music player after a specified interval. You can also use it to automatically close your music player via a predefined timer. Details right after the jump. Read More

172 Best Android Apps Of 2013

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2013 was yet another great year for Android and its app ecosystem, with developers really making best use of the power offered by the world’s most popular mobile operating system, resulting in many apps that left us spellbound. My personal favorites from this year include Aviate launcher, Cover lock screen, Fleksy keyboard, Switchr, PushBullet, Themer, Smart Launcher, Disa, Lightning Browser, DashClock, Tonido, Condi, Timely, Simplenote, Readmill, NicePlayer, Focal, Spotflux, Duolingo and 9GAG, and these are just the ones that I have been actively using since first trying them. Needless to say, these aren’t the only great apps from the year. So, join us as we take a look at the best Android apps from 2013 (including the ones mentioned above) that we’ve covered for you here at AddictiveTips. Read More

Easily Manage & Trade Your Dogecoins On Android With Dogecoin Wallet

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The battle between cryptocurrencies is now blazing hot with Bitcoin taking the upper hand. It’s not an unknown fact that the value of Bitcoin recently soared over a staggering $1000 per unit, a massive surge for a currency that isn’t even regulated by any official financial body. But Bitcoin isn’t the only kid on the block, various alternatives – or should I say ‘alt-coins’- have now popped up out of nowhere looking to try for similar success. That said, if you’re aware of Bitcoin, then you might have also heard of Dogecoin, an open-source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency like the former. Dogecoin, however, doesn’t have an official mobile app, which means trading your hard earned digital currency on the go is not plausible, or plain tedious. Fret not! Enter Dogecoin Wallet, an Android app that lets you manage your Dogecoin savings and transactions from your phone or tablet. Read More

Popular Minimal Weather App Solar Now Available For Android

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Besides using our smartphones and tablets for the essentials - texting and calling, accessing the internet, reading emails and capturing photos - we find use for them in viewing daily weather forecasts. Almost over a year after it rolled out on the iPhone and iPad, the popular Solar : Weather app by Hollr, Inc. has made its way to the Android platform. And while its iOS counterpart was launched as a paid app on the App Store, the Play Store version is available for free and boasts the same gorgeous design that made it one of the best looking weather apps on iOS. Details and screenshots after the jump. Read More

What Is ART & How Is It Different From Dalvik Virtual Machine On Android?

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In the world of technology, new terminologies and abbreviations are nothing new, and at times, with every new release of even existing software, you might see a new term coining up that everyone seems to use and understand. The problem for beginners and even a lot of casual users, however, is that they neither fully understand what the new connotation means, nor can they easily find out about it on their own from official sources, primarily owing to the fact that developers aren't too keen on explaining many such terminologies and their technical details. At best, you’ll get pointed to an official link that does provide an explanation, but in such technical terms that it’s pretty much useless to a non-techie. We at AddictiveTips have always taken pride in dumbing down technical concepts and providing answers in terms that are agreeable to the casual user and the tech beginner. Hence, when Google decided to introduce ART with Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw this as an opportunity to introduce our readers to the new runtime environment and help everyone understand what all of this is about, and how is it different from the Dalvik virtual machine that ART is being built to replace. Read More

8 Best Music Players For Android

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With the current size that the Google Play Store has grown to in sheer number of apps available, it’s more than just a tough call to pick a definitive best in any category. Still, there are always contenders that outshine all others. This especially holds true for those app genres that are more sought after, and that have a higher user base. One classic example is music players, which, although by definition, should serve only one purpose, but have so much more to offer that one could easily get puzzled as to what would suit their needs best. A few days back, I went on a crusade to hunt down the best music player alternatives that Google Play Store carries for Android devices. Without declaring a decisive winner (which is almost impossible, to be honest), the following is the list of the top contenders that might suffice for all your music playback and library management needs, while getting extra info/lyrics on your favorite artists, tracks and albums. Enjoy! Read More

Official GameTrailers App Comes To Android Phones & Tablets

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Whether you’re a video game pundit, an avid console or PC gamer, or just someone who likes to keep an eye on the industry, you would surely be aware of GameTrailers. Known as GT for short, it’s one of the largest online gaming news, reviews and previews websites around, with focus on providing free access to the latest video game trailers. After over a year since it was first released on iOS, the official GameTrailers mobile app has finally made its way to Android. Read More

Loopr Offers A Faster, More Fluid Alternative To The Default Android App Switcher

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Task switching is an interesting aspect of smartphone usage, though it is not something that makes or breaks platforms, it certainly adds to the experience. On Android versions prior to Jelly Bean, task switching was more of a UI specific operation; but it did exist in one form or another. Lately, all platforms are reaching singularity (even iOS) and the task switching function is no exception. It takes a unique creation to look at this facet and figure out how it can be improved. Enter Loopr, a task switching app for Android, available for free at the Play Store. Read More

Floating Draw Lets You Annotate Anywhere On Your Android Screen

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If you often find to the need draw over your Android screen in real-time, be it via a stylus or touch gestures, you’d probably have used BaroMemo at some point. It’s a small tool using which users can freely draw and annotate over their screen using geometric shapes and a pen tool, and then take screenshot of that if required. If you’re looking for an alternative to BaroMemo, or a similar app that could easily let you draw anything over your Android screen for any purpose, Floating Draw is worth giving a shot. This highly barebones app provides you with on-screen drawing tools accessible on the fly from the Notification drawer. Something like this can come especially handy if you need to highlight certain areas of your screen or add some notes to it to explain things further, before sharing the screenshot with others directly or over social media, and don't want to go through the tedious process of first capturing a screenshot and then opening it up in another photo editor for the purpose. More details on the app, along with screenshots and usage info right after the jump. Read More

5 Best Apps To Design Greeting Cards For The Holidays

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Holidays are upon us, and it’s that time of the year when it’s all about sharing the joy and spreading the happiness. It’s, however, also a time to keep traditions alive, and whilst gifts are an essential element of the holiday season, for most of us, sending out greeting cards is equally important. Thanks to the advents of technology, post cards and paper cards sent through email are not as common as digital versions are now, and what's better than to be able to send a card of your choosing to your loved ones through the comfort of your smartphone? As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that”, and so, it turns out, there are hundreds of apps that will help you do exactly that. Without much ado, what follows is a list of our best picks for digital card apps, encompassing both iOS and Android devices. Spread the holiday season joys to your friends and family! Read More

Dolphin Zero Is MoboTap’s New, Privacy-Focused Browser For Android

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The recent revelations of NSA spying over our internet activities has caused quite a hullabaloo among the masses. If you’re online reading this article, chances are that your online activity is being monitored by the NSA or some other government agency. However, you may now avoid this altogether by using MoboTap’s new app dubbed Dolphin Zero, which aims to provide James Bond-level super secure web browsing. Released by the same company that has brought us the popular Dolphin Browser for Android and iOS, and being described as the ‘Snapchat of browsers’ , Dolphin Zero automatically keeps websites that you browse from tracking you, and deletes any data and information about your browsing session as soon as you exit it. Read More

Enable KitKat’s Full-Screen Immersive Mode For All Apps On Android

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Google introduced the new Immersive Mode in Android 4.4 KitKat that automatically hides the status bar and the navigation bar for certain apps, letting you view the app in full screen mode while still being able to bring up either of the system bars by swiping down from the top edge or swiping up from the bottom one. However, this mode works only in apps that have it enabled by their developers, giving users no control over the apps for which it gets enabled. Though thanks to Immerse Me Xposed Module by XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, you can now enable the full screen Immersive Mode for all your apps, as long as you have a rooted Android 4.4+ KitKat device with the Xposed framework installed. Read More

News+ Is A Powerful Google News & RSS Feed Reader For Android

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If you like to stay up to date with the latest news stories from your favorite online sources right on your Android phone or tablet via RSS feeds, chances are you’ve come across gReader at some point in time. gReader was perhaps the popular third-party Google Reader client available for Android, which later started supporting Feedly and a few other popular RSS services after the demise of Google’s Reader earlier this year. The developers of gReaders have recently decided to release the app’s successor by the name of News+ that builds on the same awesome interface and feature-set of gReader, while adding the possibility of having several news and RSS services as your news sources, thanks to its great extensions-based architecture that makes it possible for any developer to create extensions for more sources, and make them available to the app’s users. Let’s take a look at this promising app in detail. Read More

Install Motiongraph For Xperia On Any Android Device

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Since Sony completely took over its mobile phone business that was previously a joint venture with Ericsson, the Japanese electronics giant has been reworking many of its strategies. Besides launching their new Android tablets early this year, the creator of the Xperia lineup of smartphones has been augmenting them with many engaging features to get to the top of the very competitive market. One such feature is the Motiongraph For Xperia app built in-house by Sony exclusively for their Xperia devices that allows users to create 2-second stop-motion shots consisting of dynamically moving object within a static image, similar to the Drama Shot mode found in the Galaxy S4’s camera app. XDA-Developers forum member xperiaz2 has now ported Motiongraph's APK to work on any Android device, as long as it's running Jelly Bean or KitKat. Read More

SurDoc Cloud Backup Offers 100GB Of Free Storage With Focus On Privacy

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Another day, another cloud storage service, or so it seems to be these days. With the increasing trend in mobile computing, consumers want their data always accessible to them no matter where they are, and the best way to do that is to upload or sync it to a cloud drive. And even for those who don't need access to their data on the go, cloud storage is the way to ensure their data remains safe even in case their hard disk fails. There are countless options out there that let you do just that, but the cloud storage service we'll be reviewing today differs by offering 100GB of cloud storage space for free, with paid plans available for even unlimited storage! The quintessential feature of SurDoc is to make automated cloud backups hassle-free, with a high focus on privacy using military-grade SSL encryption for your backups. Let's learn more about it after the jump. Read More

Hide NavBar & Replace Status Bar Icons In Android Screenshots With ScreenshotCleaner

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The ability to capture screenshots of any on-screen activity is one of the most handy features of any operating system including Android. I still remember the days when you had to use a third-party app to capture and save screenshots on Android, but since the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google incorporated the feature natively into its open-source mobile OS. Screenshots can prove to be extremely useful in many situations. For instance, showing off a homescreen that you've industriously put together, helping out your friend with an app, or from a developer’s perspective, publishing an app’s images to Google Play Store. At times, we need to edit screenshots before using them and many of us use a third-party photo editor for the purpose but if you just want to clean up some basic things from an Android screenshot, ScreenshotCleaner can help. It is a new Android app that allows you to hide unwanted status bar icons or the navbar from a stock Android screenshot. Read More