AppGenius: Security & Preference-Aware App Discovery Tool That Covers All Major Android Stores

When it comes to exploring and downloading Android apps, we all know that the Google Play Store is a primary source for a majority of users. However, it is not the only means to get your hands on the best and latest Android apps. Amazon Appstore, GetJar, 1Mobile and Brothersoft are among renowned app stores that provide you instant and easy access to the best and trending Android apps. How does one sift through the entire repository of all aforementioned app stores while making sure that the content they want to download is free of any unwanted security risks? Enter AppGenius – a comprehensive Android app discovery solution developed by TrustGo Labs. With AppGenius, not only can you easily explore the best free and paid Android apps across various worldwide app stores, but also get personalized app recommendations. It lets you search for and download apps from desired sources (including the Google Play Store), and displays relevant security risks/permissions associated with each individual app so that you know what facets of your device and personal information a specific app can access. Read More

Let’s Create! Pottery: Design Beautiful 3D Ceramic Models [Android & iOS]

Want to fulfill your crave for pottery without spoiling your hands? Then it’s time to test your creative skills with Let’s Create! Pottery – a comprehensive Android and iOS app that provides you with a virtual pottery stool, supplemented by a virtual kiln, multiple color shades and paint brushes/patterns that you can use to design elegant 3D ceramic models of your liking. You can either try your hand at creating freehand pottery designs to kill some spare time, or accept the app’s various challenges that are based around creating and embellishing the pot designs that match photos provided by the app itself. Products/designs made via the app can then be sold to earn virtual cash that you can use to unlock additional brush patterns, clay material, and color shades. That’s not all; you can also snap images of your favorite models to fill the app’s native image gallery with photos of your masterpieces. Read More

Mobo Launcher: A Unique Dual-Pane Home Screen Replacement App For Android

No matter how much you like your Android’s homescreen replacement app, or how conservative you are regarding modifying the looks of your device's UI, there comes a time when you feel like going for a change, and this is exactly where all the gorgeous and highly customizable launchers come into play. Adding to the long list of such apps is Mobo Launcher, which focuses mainly on presenting users with quick navigation to their favorite apps and widgets through a unique split-screen interface that is as simple to use as it is to customize. Read More

Bypass Locked Bootloader On Motorola Droid RAZR With Kexec

The Droid RAZR gets an unlocked bootloader! Well not exactly, but if I am to sum up the achievement of XDA-Developers forum members  kholk and embeem, I can tell you that the locked bootloader on the Droid RAZR is not going to stop you from flashing stuff like custom kernels anymore. The rumored project was named Kexec and had been in the works for a while now. What the developers have managed to do, is come up with a way to bypass the bootloader signature checks on the device, thereby totally ignoring the existence of an otherwise locked bootloader. Given the attempts to pressurize Motorola into providing unlocked bootloaders for their devices, like petitions and reaching out via social media, nothing has changed at all at Motorola’s end. So Kexec right now - for the Droid RAZR and its users - is a huge deal. We tell you more about it, and how you can get it up and running on your Droid RAZR, after the break. Read More

Official Android Client Of Video Chatting Service Camfrog Released

Back in the ‘good old days’ of dial-up connections, when the concept of modern-day social networks and micro-blogging sites barely existed, instant messaging was considered to be the prime medium of connecting to worldwide internet users. Those were times when the likes of AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, AIM, ICQ and several other similar services that hosted public/private chat rooms ruled the roost. As time progressed, and high speed internet became mainstream, numerous other big players stepped into the foray, providing the facility of video chat. Camfrog is one such service and is renowned for boasting an overwhelming number of registered users courtesy of its high quality audio and video chatting service, easy file sharing , and more importantly, its availability across almost all renowned desktop and mobile platforms. It has been available on Windows, Linux & iOS for quite some time, and now, a beta version of the app has finally been released for Android users as well. Read More

Fetchnotes: Note-Taking With Twitter-Like Inline Hashtags; Now On Android, iOS & Web

Despite not being an avid Twitter user, I love a few things about the micro-blogging service. For instance, the way in which Twitter utilizes the concept of inline hashtags is something quite commendable. While composing a tweet, all you need to do is put a hash symbol (#) before the desired subject, place, person or topic in order to get your tweet organized, and easily discoverable within the extensive pool of hashtags that exist on the network. Wouldn't it be great if you could employ the same concept to routine note taking? Say hello to Fetchnotes – a cross-platform note-taking app for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS-powered devices that lets you add inline hashtags to your notes for easier organizing and searching purposes. Sporting a neatly designed UI, Fetchnotes makes your task of creating notes extremely convenient via simple swipe gestures. Each user-defined hashtag represents a specific category/topic under which you can assign all your relevant notes. This simplifies searching for all notes falling under a specific hashtag, as all you need to do is tap a tag to view all the posts under it. Read More

Didit! For Android Is Clear For iPhone Plus Customization & A Few More Features

Just recently, we covered a gesture-based to-do list Android app called Koalcat’s Clear whose interface and functionality seemed to have been inspired from (or rather, were spitting image of) the popular Clear for iPhone, which displays tasks in a thermal heat map of sorts, depicting their priority. Being an exact replica of the app, Koalcat’s Clear had to face some severe criticism from users of Google’s rival mobile OS. While sticking to the app is no crime whatsoever, if you want a better, more original and slightly more customizable solution, check out Didit! – a free to-do list manager for Android that sports the same gesture-based and heat map-like UI. However, the originality of Didit! lies in a couple of its very own features. These include the option to list your tasks under multiple user-created lists, facility to have your lists and underlying tasks sorted in multiple ways, and on top of all that, the option to select from various colorful themes to make task management a little less boring. Read More

Lost Phones & Personal Information: Precautions & Recovery [Guide]

Things were a lot simpler and safer back when the mobile phone technology was new, and in use by only a few people. Then came the SMS, which was then followed by making internet access available on these mobile handsets. Today, over 45% of the world's population is covered by a 3G mobile network, while countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States are already moving to 4G networks. Over 90% of the worlds population is covered by 2G networks, supporting GPRS and EDGE. Point being, with the rise in demand and supply of smartphones, and with these devices slowly becoming affordable as well, more and more people are increasingly connecting to the internet everyday and communicating very sensitive information at times. With this need, and at times, the urge to stay connected, our mobile phones today carry more than just our phonebook and texts. Read More

LINE Camera For Android: Photo Styling App With Countless Brushes, Stickers, Fonts & Effects

Even before photo-editing and sharing sensation Instagram hit the Google Play Store, there were plenty of other wonderful apps that allowed Android users to embellish their photos with filters, stickers, brushes, font styles, badges, borders and what not. No matter how saturated the photography genre of the Google Play Store may have become, there is always a new contender that catches the attention of users with something unique, or an insane amount of features. One fine example of photo editors that offer the latter is LINE Camera, a new addition to the store. While the purpose of LINE Camera is pretty much the same as any other app from its genre, the overwhelming number of different options that it contains is what makes it special; that and the ease with which it lets you use them to spruce up your photos. You have the choice of working on a fresh image, or importing one from your device’s gallery, and once you’re done editing, you can share the photos across a plethora of social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Cyworld and more. Update: You can now grab the app for iPhone as well. A link to its iTunes App Store page has been added at the end of this review. Read More

Birthday Calendar: Get Alerts For Facebook Friends’ Birthdays & Schedule Wishes For Them [Android]

If you belong to a social circle where forgetting your friends’ birthdays is considered to be no less than an unforgivable crime, and yet, you repeatedly fail to keep track of all those dates, then you should try Birthday Calendar for Android . Birthday Calendar focuses solely on helping you with staying in touch with your Facebook friends’ birthdays. Once configured, the app lists all your Facebook friends’ birthdays that are falling anywhere within the next 30 days on the calendar. Apart from that, the app displays the exact age that a friend will turn on his/her birthday, and the number of days/hours left before you can start congratulating and celebrating with them. That’s not all; there is also an option to create a custom birthday greeting that the app automatically posts to your friends’ Facebook Timelines at midnight on their birthdays. Read More

Flashify: Quickly Switch From Chrome To Another Browser To View Flash Content [Android]

Chrome for Android debuted in February this year, and has since been lauded by many as the best Android web browser in the Google Play Store courtesy of its highly innovative and extensive set of features. True, it is still only available to the tiny portion of Android users rocking Ice Cream Sandwich or higher on their devices, but as Google’s latest OS expands its reach to more and more devices, and developers strive harder to create ICS-based custom ROMs, the browser might grow to become the default web browser for a vast majority of users. Though, when that happens, one gripe that we are most certain to hear is the browser’s lack of support for Flash. This brings us to the question at hand: how to enjoy Flash content on your Android phone while using Chrome as your default web browser? Nightshade Labs seem to have come up with a rather effective solution in the form of Flashify. Read More

How To Root HTC One S On Android 4.0 ICS

HTC One S has now been rooted thanks to XDA-Developers forum member paulobrien. The One S can be said to be the younger brother to the HTC One X, with still specs impressive enough to challenge most modern day Android devices. The best part, you get to run Ice Cream Sandwich on a handsomely large 4.3” Super AMOLED screen. Like the rooting guide we covered earlier for the HTC One X, the rooting procedure is more or less the same, using the superboot image which is basically a modified boot.img. Read More

Infinite Painter Is Perhaps The Most Comprehensive Drawing Tool For Android Yet

If you’re into serious graphics designing, or are a casual artist with a special fervor for painting, and think that your Android smartphone or tablet can't present you with a comprehensive drawing platform (other than the usual doodling and scribbling apps made for kids), then Infinite Painter might surprise you. The app's features truly do justice to its name. These include plenty of realistic and customizable brush styles, support for pressure sensitivity, multiple symmetry modes (X-Axis, Y-Axis, Arbitrary Angle, Radial, and Kaleidoscopic), a canvas that supports multi-touch, option to import images from device’s gallery, camera and/or Google’s Image Search to place them on the canvas, option to work with as many as six different drawing layers, color blending and image correction tools, auto-save progress at frequent intervals, and atop all that, an extremely user-friendly interface. Read More

Ultimate Special FX: Make Your Videos Look Like Explosive Clips From An Action Movie [Android]

TechCat Mobile debuted in the Google Play Store last year with their powerful video editing and sharing Android app, AndroMedia Video Editor. The team is back in action with a fun app called Ultimate Special FX that lets you add high quality special effects - like a fake air strike, missile strike or car crash - to your videos to make them look as if they were clips from a action movie. The app’s concept – and for the most part, the UI – seems to have been inspired from previously reviewed iOS app, Action Movie FX. The explosive movie clips created with the app can be stored to your device’s local storage, viewed within the app’s native video player, and shared with friends on the go. Read More

Google Currents Now Available Worldwide, Allows Translation & Syncs Faster [Android, iOS]

Google Currents, a Flipboard-like customizable RSS and news feed reader, hit the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store last year where it managed to amass quite a userbase. The app, at the time of its release, was available in the US only, and faced some serious criticism for its rather slow content syncing. Well things have changed, and quite drastically too, with the latest update that the app has received. Google Currents (v1.1) now comes support for all countries, and as many as 44 different global languages, can translate complete feeds in 38 languages upon request, and supports displaying local trending stories for various countries. The biggest improvement, however, comes in the form of the faster content syncing; news sources now sync at a blazing speed that is claimed to be seven times the original sync speed. Read More

Bump: Now Transfer Photos To Your Computer By Bumping Your Phone With The Space Bar! [Android, iOS]

Getting photos off your iPhone (or into it, for that matter) has never been exceptionally easy (especially when compared with Android). Taking photos with the iPhone’s camera is no issue, granted, but when it comes to importing photos from your PC to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, iTunes is generally your only bet. When we connect these devices to a PC using the USB cable, the camera roll is accessible, but imagine being at a friend’s place and wanting to transfer your recent snaps to their PC, and finding yourself wanting a USB cable? Such situations are not uncommon, and they’re proportionately frustrating. The infamous iOS and Android app, Bump, brought with its rather-peculiarly-silent update an awesome transfer method for all your photos from your phone to any computer, particularly for iOS devices (doesn’t mean it isn’t supported on Android). Details past the break. Read More

AfterFocus Makes Photos Look As If Taken With A DSLR Camera [Android, iOS]

One of the most amazing aspects of modern-day mobile devices are their powerful cameras, which allow users to capture images good enough in quality to be made to look, with the help of an app, as if they were captured using a DSLR camera. Developed by MotionOne, AfterFocus is one such app that has recently been running hot among iOS users for its DSLR-like lens and motion blur effects that can be applied to user defined areas of a photo, the ease with which this is achieved and the amazing results that it produces coupled with a unique set of filters. Well, the app is now available in the Google Play Store as well, and it doesn't come as a surprise that it is, unlike its iOS counterpart, available for free (AfterFocus for iOS has a price tag of $0.99). Read More

BlingBoard For Android: Widget For Call, Messaging, Facebook & Twitter Alerts/Updates

The option to check your latest email, messaging and social media notifications/feeds on your phone via homescreen widgets is one of the things the Android platform is revered for. Fresh to the Google Play Store, BlingBoard is a slick and beautifully designed Android homescreen widget that adds a bit of style to the aforementioned concept, and lets you view your latest missed calls, unread text messages, emails, Facebook and Twitter feeds under one roof. The widget is a collection of five main tabs that provide you easy and instant access to notifications pertaining to each of the aforementioned categories without requiring you to launch apps for each. You can view the 20 latest updates within each category, call your contacts back, send a quick reply to received text messages, and post directly to your Facebook Wall and Twitter timeline. Read More

Morning Routine Makes You Scan QR Codes To Silence Its Alarm [Android]

Getting out of bed early in the morning is not always easy, and the fact that we can easily extend our sleep with a mere push of the snooze button on our alarm clocks/apps only worsens the situation. If you own an Android device, you can easily put the sleep demon to rest with Morning Routine – an Android alarm app that ensures it isn't too easy for you to turn the alarm off every morning. In this regard, the app prompts you to scan a barcode/QR code or a sequence of different barcodes via your device's camera in order to silence the alarm for good. Unless the same code specified by the user is scanned, the alarm will continue ringing. The app also lets you specify a particular URL that will be opened automatically upon silencing the alarm, to help you catch up with overnight social media news, updates from your favorite website or radio channel. That’s not all; the app also maintains a detailed statistical record of your sleep cycles, and displays all the recorded data on a graph. Read More

Adobe Reader For Android & iOS Updated With Digital Signing & Support For EchoSign

Adobe Reader for Android, iPhone, iPad & iPod touch has just been updated (to v10.2.0) with quite a few significant additions and improved features; two of the most noticeable of which are the new Ink Signature tool, which lets you sign your PDF documents, and the option to fill out PDF forms right from within the app. Not just that, the app now also supports Adobe EchoSign, which can be used to send documents to other users for e-signing purposes. You no longer need to rely on other electronic document signature tools to get your digital documents signed on the fly. Other than that, the update also brings several other useful features, such as the option to supplement PDF files with sticky notes, link URLs and/or any part of a document to another PDF file for easier navigation, improved annotation, in-app search, text highlighting, underlining and strikethrough options, and plenty more. Read More