dodol Launcher For Android Impresses With Gorgeous Themes & Extensive Customization Options

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Sure, apps like Themer and Buzz Launcher have given us a great way to customize the Android home screen with a single tap, but when I used dodol Launcher, boy was I impressed! It’s a functional, beautiful, intuitive and at the same time, one of the most feature-rich Android launchers out there. It also carries a bevy of splendid looking themes, allowing you to swap one home screen with another completely different looking one. And if you’re one of those customization junkies who want to tweak every inch of detail themselves, you can do just that too. Just read past the jump for our full review. Read More

Set Videos As Ringtones, Notifications & Alarms On Android With dodol pop

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Most of you would definitely be familiar with creating custom ringtones for your smartphone, but have you ever wanted to have a video clip play each time you receive a call? Because this is what dodol pop is all about. Fresh at the Google Play Store, this Android app lets you set videos as not only ringtones but also alarms and notifications. You can either choose from a bunch of user-generated videos, or create a custom video or sound clip of your own by recording it via the integrated camcorder. You can also edit audio files already on your device to make custom ringtones with the app. Details past the jump. Read More

Microsoft’s Social Network ‘Socl’ Comes To Android, iOS & Windows Phone

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Did you know that Microsoft also runs a social network? We didn't either! Apparently, Socl is Microsoft’s take on social network giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (or maybe Vine?), with its essential purpose being the ability to create, collect, and share content based on visual collages and short animated memes. You can also share statuses, picture collages, videos, and links. Content can be aggregated directly on Socl, as well as shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Microsoft has now released a mobile version of the service for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS users. The app, which runs in full screen mode, looks identical across all these platforms. Details after the jump. Read More

Dodol Locker Is A Gorgeous, Themable Lock Screen App For Android

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Quite a while back, I wrote a detailed guide on replacing and customizing the Android lock screen, but developments for the OS have come a long way since then, and we have covered many other tools in the past that help you get more out of your lock screen. Dodol Locker is the latest app in this genre that I recently came across and decided to take for a spin. This lockscreen replacement app features several stunning themes that can make device really stand out. And it’s not all about looks either; there’s support for some nifty widgets that you can enable on the themes to view import information such as date, time, weather, missed calls, messages, battery status and alarms on your lock screen, customizable shortcuts for your frequently used apps, the ability to choose a custom lock screen wallpaper (in addition to the ones that come with its themes), PIN and Pattern security, and more. Read More

Redirect File Organizer Offers Rule-Based Auto-Sorting Of Files On Android

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Automation tools are great – they let us accomplish more in the same time by doing a lot of work for us that we would otherwise have to do by ourselves. In the past, we have seen quite a lot of automation apps for Android including the likes of Tasker, Condi, MacroDroid and many more, but if what you need is an app that simply sorts all your files automatically for you on your device’s storage, give Redirect File Organizer a go. It allows you to create different rules that it calls Redirects, based on which the app finds the matching files and places them in the specified folders automatically. This can go a long way towards keeping your Android phone or tablet’s storage all organized, without requiring you to manually place the files in the locations of your choice every now and then. Read More

Download The Latest Google Play Store APK For Android

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If you are using any mainstream Android phone or tablet, chances are that Google Play Store is your primary source for finding and installing apps on your device. Even users of non-mainstream devices or those using an unofficial version of Android (such as CyanogenMod) often install the Google Apps package to get Play Store on their devices in order to get access to the vast list of apps, games and multimedia content available on Google’s platform. While Google does update the Play Store with new features and improvements quite frequently, the rollout of a new major version is often done in phases over a few weeks, meaning there can be a delay of several days between the latest version’s release and you actually receiving it on your device. For this reason, many people decide to manually install the latest version using its APK file, as soon as it is made available online by those who receive it in the first phase. We aim to make that task easier for you by providing you with one place where you’ll always be able to find the latest version of Play Store, along with a list of major changes since the last version. Read More

Fleksy Keyboard For Android & iOS – An In-Depth Review

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There has hardly ever been a mobile operating system that offered customization options as extensive as those supported by Android, with even the default keyboard being replaceable by simply installing a new one just like any other app. And over time, the ability to install and use third-party keyboard has also made its way to iOS. We have seen plenty of great third-party keyboard alternatives for both these operating systems in the past, ranging from famous names like Swype and SwiftKey to relatively lesser known ones such as the recently covered Q4 floating keyboard. Though if you aren't too big on Swype-like gesture-based typing, yet want to try something different from the stock keyboard that came with your phone, give Fleksy a go. At times misspelt as Flesky, it’s a keyboard that stands out with an eye-catching design, a powerful auto-correction engine, different layouts and themes, decent language support, handy gestures for quickly performing common actions, and even an invisible mode. In what follows, we will be going hands-on with this new keyboard that everyone has been talking about lately. Read More

Download Torrents On Android With The Official Vuze Torrent Downloader

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Just yesterday, we reviewed Vuze Remote by Azereus that allows users of the popular Vuze BitTorrent client to remotely control the torrent downloads on their PC from their Android device. But what if you don’t want to use your Android phone or tablet to merely control the torrents that are actually being downloaded on your PC, but instead want to download them to your Android device itself? While there are already plenty of options available for the purpose, such as our previously reviewed aTorrent, as well as the official Android app of uTorrent. Though if you are a loyal Vuze user and want to use the same on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll be happy to know that the developers have recently released their full torrent client for the platform as well. Vuze Torrent Downloader might not be the most feature-rich Torrent client available on Google’s OS, but it gets the job done. Read More

Meople.Streamer Is An Intuitive Social News Stream Aggregator For Android

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As a professional blogger who writes about technology as part of his job, I have to keep myself up to date with the latest tech news. For the past few years in my blogging tenure, I loved using Google Reader to keep track of all the tech related information that I am interested in reading, and during that time, I had built a comprehensive collection of blog feeds. Those were good times, but unfortunately came to an end when Google pulled the plug on it’s Reader service and since then, I've been trying out different news aggregation services to find the right one. Recently upon coming across Meople.Streamer, I decided to give it a shot and boy, was I impressed. It’s not technically an RSS reader, but rather a highly intuitive content aggregation tool that can collect news streams about your favorite topics straight from social media services. So, how and how well does it do that? Read on to find out. Read More

Shake Your Android Device To Switch To A Different Wallpaper

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When it comes to customizing your Android device, you’re given loads of options to play with. At one moment you find yourself tinkering with that new widget you just grabbed off the Play Store, and the next you’re setting up a new wallpaper. Luckily, the Android’s home screen and lock screen are very functional and fun when it comes to setting up wallpaper of your choice. You’re given full flexibility and control over the type of wallpaper you want, be it Live or Static. But if you’re someone who quickly gets bored of the same wallpaper but find it tedious to manually change it to a new one every now and then, try Shake It. It’s a wallpaper app that lets you change the background image simply by shaking your device – just as simple as that. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

Vuze Remote Lets You Control The Popular Torrent Client From Android

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While uTorrent may be the most popular Torrent client out there, it’s not the only popular one; Vuze has gained quite a lot of fame over the years for being a more feature-rich client, thanks to its torrent library management and discovery options. If you are a Vuze user and want to be able to control it remotely with your Android phone or tablet, the developers behind it have released the official Vuze Remote app that lets you do just that. Packed with features that allow you to stop, resume and delete your downloads, find new ones and add them to your queue, manage their order in your queue, and control download speed for your sessions. You can even control multiple Vuze clients running on different devices with the app. Read More

Recorder with Tags Lets You Bookmark Points In Your Audio Recordings On Android

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Voice recorders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for both mobile and desktop platforms, some with a simple, no-frills recording approach, while others boast a more advanced set of options. Even though most Android devices come with a default audio recording app out of the box, there’s no shortage of third-party alternatives on Google Play Store that add a few extra tidbits into the mix. Recorder with Tags, for instance, is one such excellent tool that not only supports recording high-quality PCM voice clips, but also lets users mark these clips with tags within each recording, so they may immediately skip to an important instance within the audio sequence without any hassle. This feature can prove extremely useful during important meetings or class discussions, allowing you to tag some pivotal point in the discussion that you'll need to reference later. Coupled with an elegant user interface that's both simple and functional, the app is very easy to use and works exactly as it says in its description. Read More

Popular iPhone Photography App VSCO Cam Comes To Android

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While they still don't come anywhere near DSLRs yet, there’s no arguing the fact that smartphones are becoming a serious threat to point-and-shoot cameras. Most people no longer fancy carrying the burden of a dedicated snapper in their pocket when their mobile phone can suffice for the job. Even in the native Android camera app, you will find many advanced features like exposure control, white balance, ISO settings, panoramic images and what not, to help you get the most effective results. Back in June, we covered an iOS camera & image editing app called VSCO Cam. It was a fantastic option for those who need a feature-rich photo editor and a camera app in one small package. VSCO Cam has also now landed on Android, carrying all those awesome features we loved on its iOS counterpart, and then some. Read on for details. Read More

Set A Different Font For Each Android App With PerAppFonts Xposed Module

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Android users are spoilt for choice when it comes to the customization options available for their devices. From changing how the home screen looks by installing a custom launcher to using different apps that replace the functionality of pretty much any stock app, there’s a plethora of options to choose from. And once you root your device, the possibilities become endless. One aspect of the OS that non-rooted users can’t change is the default system font, but changing it becomes a breeze upon rooting. However, changing fonts for individual apps can be a huge pain, even for rooted users, as that has traditionally required modifications to the APK files of those apps directly. Now, however, we have an amazingly easy way to do that, thanks to the PerAppFonts Xposed Framework module by XDA-Developers Senior Member zst123. So, let’s check it out in detail right after the jump. Read More

ASC Is A Better Alternative To Using Android SDK’s DDMS For Screenshots

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Long gone are the days when taking screenshots on Android required you to use a root-only app on your device, or DDMS on your computer, as the OS started shipping with a built-in screenshot feature since ICS. However, there are still situations where it’s more convenient to just take screenshots of your device directly on your computer, for instance when you are writing a blog post on an app involving many screenshots, or snapping shots of an app that you’re developing. Many of us still use DDMS or Android Device Monitor for the purpose, both of which come as a part of the Android SDK. While they work fine, there is still room for improvement. To care to that, XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback has come up with Advanced Screenshot Creator – a portable tool that makes the process of taking screenshots of your Android phone or tablet from your computer a breeze. Let’s see it in action after the jump. Read More

Branches Is An Android Twitter App That Groups Recent Tweets By User

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Whether it’s about expressing your opinion, breaking the news, monitoring industry trends or sharing life experiences, Twitter has a lot to offer all its users. It’s a one-stop-shop for the average Joe, journalists, enthusiasts in different fields, and even celebrities as well as large firms to stay connected with one another in real-time. But let’s face it, if you’re one of those Twitter aficionados who follow a lot of people on the micro-blogging platform, it can become fairly tedious to keep a tab on all the tweets from those people on your timeline, which soon becomes cluttered with an unstoppable stream of information that get hard to manage. Branches For Twitter is a new third-party Twitter app for Android that aims to make your experience more streamlined by automatically grouping tweets from each person in chronological order. Read More

Turn Portraits Into Awesome Cartoons On iOS & Android With MomentCam

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There are a lot of brands, companies and individuals out there struggling to get noticed. While many turn to social media and YouTube for instant 10 seconds fame, a lot of people have been creating mobile apps lately to get their share of the spotlight. Last month, a Chinese company by the name of Hightalk Software Corp. went viral with their Android and iOS apps dubbed MomentCam. Although it was only available in Chinese language at that time, its developers have now created an English variant with the same name. It’s basically a photo-taking and editing app that boasts a variety of customization options to transform your photo into cute characters that look like original works of comic cartoon art, while still looking like you! Read More

Get UEFA League Updates On Android With HTC FootballFeed

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Soccer season is in full swing, with everyone hoping for their favorite team to dominate their league. Just yesterday, we reviewed the International Federation of Association Football’s official FIFA app for Android and iOS. And now, following its three-year partnership with UEFA, the Taiwanese mobile maker HTC has also released a new Android app to let football fans follow the UEFA Champions League and Europa League on their mobile devices. Available for free at Google Play Store, HTC FootballFeed delivers a ton of awesome features like live coverage of football events, news and articles, information on the latest standings, competing clubs and players etc. Read More

Official FIFA App Now Available On iPhone & Android

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There’s no shortage of apps on Google Play Store as well as Apple Apps Store that give you the latest scoop on the world of FIFA, but so far, they have all been from third-parties. But now, the International Federation of Association Football (or FIFA) has made available its official app for both Android and iOS platforms simply dubbed FIFA. Released for free a couple of days ago, the app aims to provide football fans with all the latest coverage about the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July, in addition to giving them access to other FIFA-related news and happenings right in the palm of their hands. More details after the jump. Read More

Koush’s AllCast Streams Videos From Android To Apple TV, Xbox, Roku & Any DLNA Device

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The ability to stream media from device to another can come quite handy, especially when the device on which the media is stored has a small screen, and you have a larger screen available. There are many technologies out there that make this possible such as AirPlay, DLNA and Miracast, with DLNA being the most widely supported one, thanks to its open nature and the sheer number of major manufacturers it has on board. If you have been looking for an easy, no-frills way of streaming videos from your Android phone or tablet to other devices on your network such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Google TV, Samsung SmartTV or any DLNA-compatible device, AllCast by Koushik Dutta should put an end to your search. Read More