Homes For Rent Discovery App Zillow Rentals Released For Android

After making its mark among web, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone users, the online real-estate expert, Zillow.com, has finally landed its official Android client in the Google Play Store. Zillow Rentals vows to help mobile users in conveniently finding and staying up to date with the latest rental home offers from within their selected locations. The app gives you complete control over specifying your search criteria for your next apartment, and lets you pinpoint the exact region on map from where you want the app to find your next home. For this, you can either pick a custom location and/or draw over the map to help Zillow Rentals identify your specific areas of interest. Based on your specified region(s), the app tries to come up with relevant search results that match your personalized preferences. Read More

Download & Install Custom Boot Animations To Your Rooted Android Device With AniBoot

Previously reviewed BootFlash by XDA member, SoCal Devs, allowed Android users to set a custom image of choice as their device’s splash screen – the static screen that shows up immediately after the device (re)boots. What follows the splash screen is the boot animation that normally sports the OEM logo (in case of the stock firmware) or the animated logo/mascot of the custom ROM developer. What if you were to get rid of your device’s monotonous boot animation, and personalize it according to an animation of your own liking? Well, there are a couple of workarounds in this regard: you may either follow all the extensively discussed steps in our detailed guide on changing and creating custom Android boot animations, or you can simply install SoCal Devs’ new app, AniBoot, which features dozens of downloadable boot animations which can be applied to any rooted Android device in no more than a couple of taps. The app supports boot animation in three different screen resolutions – 800x480, 1024x768 & 1280x720 – each comprising at least a dozen various boot animations. Each boot animation can be previewed individually, and if it catches your eye, you can download and apply it to your device in a matter of just a few seconds. Read More

SaveGram For Android: Batch-Download Photos From Any Public Instagram Profile

If the reputation of the popular photo-editing and sharing sensation, Instagram, was impressive among iOS users, the debut of its Android client in the Google Play Store has been nothing less than a fairy tale. First, the app almost instantly shot up to the number one spot among Android apps from the social genre, then the service itself got acquired by the social network giant, Facebook, at a staggering price of $1 billion. The official Android (or even iOS) client of Instagram is good at letting you apply retro filters on your photos and share them on the network, but what if you wished to download your entire Instagram photo collection to your newly bought Samsung Galaxy Note? What if you were to add to your local image library all the gorgeous snaps that your Instagram followers have uploaded on the network publicly? New to the Google Play Store, SaveGram is an Android app that lets you access, explore and save the entire collection of photos that have been shared on Instagram by any user (including you and your followers). Read More

Preference-Aware Music Events Tracking App Bandsintown Concerts Comes To Android

Bandsintown is a popular Facebook app that keeps the music enthusiasts apprised of the upcoming live concerts and performances of their favorite music bands/artists. An iOS variant of the app has been around in the iTunes App Store for quite some time, while the Android version has just hit the Play Store. Using Bandsintown Concerts for Android, you can start tracking concerts and performances of your favorite music celebrities who are scheduled to perform in virtually any part of the world. Not just that - the app also scans your music library to fetch all the music artists that you listen to regularly, and lets you track their concerts with utmost ease. For each artist that you wish to track, the app fetches a list of their upcoming live shows, displaying the date, time, venue and location of each concert. Read More

SMS Flash: View Received SMS As Toast Notifications, Reply via Proximity Sensor Gestures [Android]

As a regular GO SMS Pro user, what I personally like about the popular Android messaging app is its ability to display pop-ups for received text messages anywhere in the OS. However, said feature of the app doesn’t always work, specifically with games and other full-screen apps, which eventuates in me missing out on important text messages at times. New to the Google Play Store, SMS Flash is an Android app that resolves said issue. Once the app is installed and activated, it displays each new received message via a customizable toast notification (a tile overlay containing text that appears for a short period of time). Whether you’re playing a game, watching a movie or working with any full-screen app, SMS Flash ensures that you have your latest texts right before your eyes so that you do not have to leave the current screen. As the app’s name suggests, each SMS appears for a short time, after which it automatically disappears from the screen, and this is where the most interesting facet of SMS Flash comes into play. The app utilizes your device’s proximity sensor to provide you with ample control over the flash duration, appearance, and most importantly, the way in which you can respond to the received texts by interacting with the proximity sensor. Read More

Accelerometer Mouse: Control PC Mouse Movements Using An Android Device’s Motion Sensor

There’s no shortage of Android apps in the Google Play Store that let you use your device as a mouse, keyboard or trackpad for your computer. However, most of the available solutions require you to drag your finger over the device’s screen to control the mouse cursor. New to the market, Accelerometer Mouse (currently in beta) is yet another Android app that lets you take control of your computer’s mouse movements over WiFi, but to achieve said purpose, it uses your Android device's accelerometer. That is, mouse movements are controlled by tilting your Android device to various angles. The app works in combination with a Java-based desktop server that reads the mobile device’s movements transmitted over a common WiFi network, and translates them into real-time mouse movements on your computer’s screen. The mobile client’s is extremely easy to use, with a UI that incorporates the looks of a regular PC mouse, complete with left, right and scroll buttons. Read More

Reddit Sync: ICS-Themed Reddit Browser With Offline Viewing [Android]

Previously reviewed BaconReader by OneLouder Apps might be one of the most complete and comprehensive third-party Reddit clients for Android, but there are quite a few other candidates consistently vying for the top spot. One such app is Reddit Sync that has been around for quite a while now, improving considerably with each update. For instance, in its current version, the app is perhaps the only Reddit browser to have a good Holo UI. Other than pleasing aesthetics, the app provides most of what other clients have to offer - up/down voting and commenting on posts, managing your favorite subreddits, previewing posts, inline comments and images, and viewing images (in full-screen) and other content natively, as well as via an external browser. Additionally, the app lets you select the color of its theme, toggle between day and night reading modes, access your Reddit inbox, post custom links, images & texts and specify the number of subreddit pages that you wish to sync to your device for offline access. Read More

Maxthon Skyfile Brings 6GB Of Free Cloud Storage To PC, Android & iOS

Google’s very own cloud storage service, Google Drive, is finally alive and kicking, but it’s not, by any means, the only good online data sharing and syncing solution available to users. The competition among some of the reputed cloud storage services and brand new entrants was getting fierce by the day, and now Maxthon – the team behind Maxthon Web Browser for Windows and Android – has unleashed its own cloud storage service by the name of Skyfile. Currently available for web, Windows, Android and jailbroken iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, Skyfile brings an initial offer of 6GB of free cloud storage space to anyone who registers for a new account. The desktop client lets you keep selective Skyfile folders in sync with your PC at all times while the Android & iOS clients allow remote access to all your Skyfile cloud content. However, more than any other aspect, it’s the advanced and secure file sharing features of Skyfile that deserve to be commended. More after the break. Read More

Weather Sky: Android Live Wallpaper That Depicts Weather & Time Of Day

As stated in our huge compilation of some of the best Android Live Wallpapers, GO Weather is arguably one of the most comprehensive and easy-on-the eyes weather apps to have arrived in the Google Play Store to date. The aspect that catches the eye out of the entire package is its LWP, which displays weather info, along with a graphic to depict it, and the time of day on your homescreen. If, however, you've already tried GO Weather and want a change of scenery on your home scenery on your homescreen, then you must try Weather Sky – a free standalone and fully customizable Android Live Wallpaper that beautifies your screen by displaying the current time and animated graphics to depict weather from virtually all major cities in the world. The app fetches all its weather-related info from the WorldWeatherOnline web service. Read More

IntelliScreen: Set Different Screen Timeout Intervals For Individual Android Apps

You’d hardly find a smartphone or tablet user these days who doesn’t gripe over the rather limited battery life of their devices. Among the most common culprits that contribute to hogging your device’s battery resources, the display is the one that overpowers all the others. This holds true especially if you’ve set the screen brightness to maximum, and/or have extended the screen timeout beyond the default value of 15 seconds. While you may get a bit more juice by reducing the screen brightness or decreasing the screen timeout interval, there could be a situation where you might require your screen to remain active for a prolonged time period (for example, when you're reading off the web or using a book/RSS readers). PyroByte Studio’s IntelliScreen (currently in beta) lets you specify separate screen timeout intervals for individual apps, and set screen timeout to be disabled when the device is in a particular position that is saved using the accelerometer. Read More

Get ICS Tablet UI Mod For Samsung Epic 4G Touch

We already have ICS running on the Epic 4G Touch, but there’s nothing quite like the UI of an ICS tablet. You might have seen this before on the Galaxy Nexus and it certainly did look sweet running on that huge screen. Now the Epic 4G Touch may not be as huge as the Galaxy Nexus, but a 4.3” Super AMOLED screen will not disappoint either. The tablet mod is only meant for ICS based AOSP ROMs such as CM9 and AOKP and comes in from XDA-Developers forum member Xylograph. If you already have such a ROM setup on your device, you simply need to flash the mod over the existing ROM, however, you will need to take care of a few more things before proceeding with that. Read on after the break, to learn more about the mod and how you can have it running on your Epic 4G Touch. Read More

Hands-On With The Google Drive App For Android [Review]

No cloud service these days can be complete without a companion Android app and the latest talk of the cloud town i.e. Google Drive is no exception. Now that Drive is finally out and about, and we have already taken it for a spin as a web and PC/Mac sync service, let’s turn to its Android app that’s also available on Google Play Store, and see what Google’s entry into the cloud storage arena has to offer us on their own smartphone platform. More information after the break. Read More

HeyCheck For Android & iPhone: Apply Effects & Filters To Local, Facebook & Instagram Photos

Social media giant Facebook might have acquired the photo-sharing and editing wonder Instagram, but so far, users haven’t been able to see any worthwhile impacts of this acquisition. However, with the slew of extremely feature-rich photo editing and sharing apps for Android and iPhone already floating in the market, users can easily make do without having to rely on Facebook to come up with a solution of their own. Options are aplenty, and picking a favorite photo editor can sometimes prove to be a pleasant activity. If you want a neatly designed app that lets you apply gorgeous effects, retro filters and catchy frames to photos from local storage, Facebook and Instagram, then you try HeyCheck for Facebook. Read More

Picox Is A Third-Party SkyDrive Photo Viewer & Uploader For Android

Microsoft finally released the official SkyDrive desktop client for Windows and Mac (only preview build) yesterday, and with the official mobile clients of the service already available to iOS and Windows Phone users, it’s the Android users who’ve been (yet again) denied an official SkyDrive client for their respective mobile platform. What this means is that Android-using Windows Live account holders still have to look for alternative means to access their SkyDrive cloud content via various third-party apps that are available in the Google Play Store. With the previously reviewed music player, SkyAMP, we’ve already seen a rather satisfactory solution to stream all your SkyDrive audio tracks straight to your Android device. However, what about all those photos that you have saved to your SkyDrive gallery? With Picox, a free third-party online photo viewer for SkyDrive, not only can you browse through all your SkyDrive photos, but upload new ones as well. Read More

Official Android App Of HP’s Photo Sharing Service Snapfish Released

From a giant of the electronics industry, Hewlett-Packard (HP), comes Snapfish - a simple but innovative online photo sharing and printing service that lets you upload, manage and share your most memorable photos and albums from both your computer and mobile device. The official iOS client of the service has been available in the iTunes App Store  for quite some time now, whereas its Android variant has just recently seen the light of day. Using the official mobile client of Snapfish, you can instantly and remotely access your personal as well as shared Snapfish photos and albums, upload newly captured and locally stored images from your device to your Snapfish cloud storage, and share all the content with your mail and social media contacts on the go. As compared to the web interface of the service, the mobile client seems rather subdued in terms of the number of features. For instance, while the web client lets you order real prints of your favorite photos, allows creating photo-based projects and supports playing slideshows of your albums, the mobile client is just restricted to letting you explore, capture, upload and share images from your Android device. Read More

Photo Lock Screen: Define A Unique Unlock Pattern/Tap Sequence Over An Image Of Your Choice [Android]

With your Android device holding all your personal and private information/data, you don’t want to be compromising on its security at any cost. This is precisely why your Android comes bundled with multiple device protection/locking tools, and this is exactly why all those handy alternative lockscreen Android apps are there for in the Google Play Store. Beside the default password, PIN and slider unlocking mechanism, your Android also provides you with the option to set a specific pattern that you can use to unlock your device. In the previously reviewed lockscreen replacement app, Mirage, we’ve already seen the concept of pattern-based unlocking stretched to new heights, where you are in control of defining a separate unlock pattern for various launchers, apps and the device itself. Wouldn’t it be great if you had the option to define your very own, unique unlock patterns traced over background images of your liking? Read More

Auto Launcher: Set Multiple Android Apps To Launch Automatically On System Reboot

In March of this year, we covered an Android app called Auto Start, which allowed users to pick one app of choice that they wish to be launched automatically upon system reboot. Although the app worked effectively with said feature, but the option of selecting a max of just one favorite app is something that might’ve left many users yearning for availing the liberty of pushing, say, one or two more additional apps to the auto launch list. If you’re among these users, you’d be glad to know that there’s now an app available in the Google Play Store that lets you select as many apps of choice as you like to be right in front of your eyes each time you reboot your device. Available in the Google Play Store by the name of Auto Launcher, the app saves you from the hassle of manually launching your most frequently required Android apps upon each system reboot. Auto Launcher also brings the option to set custom time interval that you want to set as the delay period before the next app is launched. Last but not the least, it also supports a feature that automatically hides the last launched app after the specified time interval. Read More

Schedule Planner: Create Tasks & Integrate Them With iOS/Google Calendar

If you have an iPhone 4S, then Siri provides you with the quickest and most convenient way of creating reminders quickly and with ease. For users who don’t have access to iPhone’s awesome personal assistant, there are many third-party apps that serve the purpose pretty efficiently, and even the stock Reminders app is not too bad. However, very few third-party apps come with the option to allow users to integrate their tasks, reminders and to-do lists with their iOS calendar, and what if you like Google Calendar better? Well, as they say, there is an app for that. Schedule Planner Pro might appear to be similar to many other reminder apps, but it holds the advantage over them owing to the fact that you can sync all your Schedule Planner reminders with both Google and iOS calendars! Update: Schedule Planner is now available on Android as well. The download link to its Google Play Store page has been added at the end of the post. Read More

File Explorer Is A Basic Android File Manager With A Holo (ICS-Themed) UI

Although a stern emphasis on aesthetics is not something that most Android users have at the top of their priority list while selecting a nifty file management solution for their device, it is something that can’t be completely overlooked either. There is no doubt that robust file management features, when coupled with an easy-to-use interface and fluid navigation options, spell a well-crafted all-round file explorer for any operating system, and Android is simply no exception. This is something that we just recently found while creating a compilation of 10 of the finest Android file managers that are available in the Google Play Store. While all listed solutions sported their own unique and, for the most part, satisfying graphical UI, none of them comes close to File Explorer when talking of an Android file management app whose layout is designed in utter compliance with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. Before proceeding with the app review, we would like to especially thank our readers for bringing our attention to this awesome app that has been floating around for quite some time, but somehow missed the limelight; albeit only thus far. If you’re looking for an app that brings some of the basic file management features along with plenty of eye-candy, File Explorer is the way to go. Read More

DoomRecovery Brings Touch Based Custom Recovery For Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S gets a touch based custom recovery, called DoomRecovery, based on the famous ClockworkMod Touch recovery, thanks to the efforts of renowned XDA-Developers forum member and developer DooMLoRD. Credit also goes to Napstar from Team UtterChaos for adding in the touch capabilities to the recovery, Frosty666 for the vibration triggers, FreeXperia Team (Bin4ry & jerpelea) and of course, Koush.The recovery is based on the sources from the CWM 5.0.2.x but quite a few changes have been made to bring you the DoomRecovery including some really cool aesthetics. Read on after the break for a preview of the recovery running on the Xperia S and a tutorial on how to get this recovery running on your Xperia S. Read More