Coursera & Its Library Of Free Online Video Classes Come To Android

Whether you’re headed to school, college or university, you will probably be looking for the most effective ways to get ready for your new schedules and courses. If you have an Android device, then you already own an efficient tool to learn with ease and without spending a dime, because Coursera, the world’s most popular online education provider, has released their Android app on the Google Play Store. Coursera for Android has come to Google’s mobile OS three months after it debuted on iOS, and just like its iOS counterpart, the Android variant will let you access and stream course videos anywhere and anytime. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft Office For iPad [Review]

Microsoft took its sweet time with getting up to speed with technology from its competitors, and especially, for the Redmond company to admit that a vast majority of Microsoft product users also enjoy Apple’s highly successful iPad. In fact, Microsoft seems to have taken so long to embrace this small little reality that a lot of well-built alternatives to Microsoft’s products are available over at the iTunes App Store that function perhaps better than their original inspirations. Microsoft Office has been one such classic example for quite some time. There are several high-quality alternatives available for the iPad that perhaps let you do more than the original office suite, and even Apple’s iWork suite can handle all such tasks just fine. Now, just yesterday, Microsoft has finally unveiled Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad, but with a catch. Nevertheless, we go hands on, just after the jump. Read More

Timehop Brings Its Social Media & Photo Time Machine App To Android

The great thing about social media services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is that you can always go back in time and see what you posted about something on a particular day. It may not sound useful or productive at all, but it feels pretty cool to have instant access to past memories at any time. Of course, you can't possibly remember everything. Timehop aims to ensure you'd never need to. A year ago, the company released an iOS app that lets people ‘go back in the past’ to view their posts on popular social networks for the current day. The far-famed Timehop app has now finally landed on the Google Play Store for Android devices. Read More

Link Bubble For Android Opens In-App Links In The Background Within Floating Pop-ups

A 2012 study conducted by Google cited that more and more people are beginning to browse the web on their mobile devices. Smartphone and tablet usage has escalated significantly in the past few years, and mobile web browsers have become one of the most frequently used software. Though, they aren't they only way users interact with the web on mobile devices. The new and innovative app Link Bubble from Australian developer Chris Lacy aims to streamline your entire mobile web browsing experience by making it easier to handle web links that you come across in any app. Read More

Navigation Layer Lets You Perform Countless Actions On Android Using Edge Gestures [Review]

I’m a huge fan of using gestures instead of buttons for quickly performing several actions on our devices. Nokia got it just right with their version of MeeGo on the amazing N9, but that device was sadly doomed to failure before even its launch due to Nokia’s exclusive Windows Phone deal with Microsoft. Next came Ubuntu Touch with a similar edge gesture-driven interface, which I completely fell in love with when I tried it out for my review. While Android doesn’t natively offer such system-wide edge gestures, we’ve seen third-party apps like Switchr bring this functionality to our favorite mobile OS. Though none of the options we’ve previously seen offer the robust functionality of the app we’re about to take for a spin. Navigation Layer just might be the ultimate edge gesture control solution for Android, offering multiple gestures from the left, right and bottom edges of your screen, each of which can be configured to perform an action of your choice such as OS navigation, music playback control, task management and even launching apps. Read More

Stream Photos From Android To Your TV With Photowall For Chromecast

The Chromecast dongle has been a massive hit for Google, cemented by the fact that lots of developers are now creating apps for this little streaming gadget. Though, it’s not just its incredible third-party support, the Mountain View based tech firm itself is also fairly active in encouraging development for the device. Fresh out of Mountain View Headquarters is an app for iOS and Android called Photowall for Chromecast, which enables a group of people to beam photos from their Android or iOS devices to a Chromecast-connected TV, letting them view their images on bigger screens. Details to follow. Read More

The Popular KMPlayer Comes To Android & iOS; We Go Hands-On

When it comes to video players for Windows that have the ability to play just about any format you throw at them, KMPlayer is one of the first names that comes to mind, along with VLC Player. This standalone player comes with built-in codec support for a plethora of video formats without the need for any external codecs, and offers more customization options than you would know what to do with. While Android and iOS both already have many excellent video players available, it never hurts to have more great options at your disposal. If you’re a fan of KMPlayer, you’ll be glad to know that its developers have released it to both Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store for your Android and iOS devices. Join us as we take the Android version of the app for a spin. Read More

Get Google Now Launcher Hotword Detection In Apex, Nova, TouchWiz & Sense

Upon releasing Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, Google decided to ditch the AOSP launcher in favor of its all-new Google Now Launcher, featuring tight integration with Google Now, complete with ‘OK Google’ hotword detection to trigger Google Now voice search right from your home screen without even having to touch your phone. As awesome as this feature is, it’s limited specifically to the Google Now Launcher, and doesn’t work with any other launcher (including the AOSP launcher) even on KitKat. However, if you are using Apex, Nova, Samsung TouchWiz or HTC Sense launchers, you can now get similar voice-activated Google Now voice search capability right on your home screen with Active Searching by XDA-Developers Senior Member sam_0829. Read More

Multitasking For Android Offers Simultaneous, Windowed Use Of Multiple Common Apps

Multitasking is one of the greatest features on Android. Whether you're switching from one app to the other, or quickly accessing settings and toggles, you have to appreciate the multitasking capabilities of the platform. In case you’re not satisfied with the default implementation, you can always download a wide array of apps from the Play Store to make the process even more intuitive. One such app is Multitasking by OryonCorp, a simple but powerful multitasking solution that takes a page out of desktop operating systems. It basically lets you simultaneously use commonly used apps such as Browser, Calculator, Camera and File Explorer in separate floating windows. Details to follow. Read More

Autodesk Instant: A New Android & iOS Group Messaging App For Offices

Over the past few years, Autodesk has brought a variety of notably good apps for both Android and iOS, including the famed Pixlr Express, Pixlr-o-matic, AutoCAD 360, Sketchbook Mobile, and a variety of others. Joining the developer’s remarkable arsenal is Autodesk Instant, a group chat client aimed at workplaces and corporate clients, available on both Android and iOS. We’ll take a deeper look at it right after the jump. Read More

Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown Pro

As we are trusting our smartphones more and more with our private data, it is becoming increasingly important to take the necessary measures for keeping that data out of reach of prying eyes. Just a few months ago, we took a look at five great tools for password-protecting apps on Android, but the app that we’re about to take for a spin today has what it takes to give them all a run for their money. Aptly named Lockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads! Read More

Taskei For Android Lets You Automate Popular Muzei Live Wallpaper With Tasker

Since its release last month, Muzei Live Wallpaper has gained a lot of acclaim from its users for bringing gorgeous wallpapers from different sources to their home screens. Another app that a lot of Android power users love is Tasker, known for its ability to let users automate countless tasks on Android. While Muzei can automatically rotate your wallpaper, how about the ability to do it based on context, action or any condition supported by Tasker? Taskei acts as a bridge between these two apps to let you do just that. Let’s take a look at how that works. Read More

Astrill VPN Offers Secure, Region Restriction-Free Browsing On Android

The sad truth about the Internet is that many amazing services like Spotify and Hulu are only accessible within a few countries. While folks living in those countries can stream free music or watch their favorite TV shows, those of us who live elsewhere on the planet are left out in the cold. If you’ve been having a hard time coping with online region restriction, then one definitive solution is to use a VPN service. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN secures your Internet traffic and enables you to access geo-restricted websites. Astrill VPN is a fairly popular name in this genre, and recently, the company launched an Android app to allow on-the-go access to their VPN service. Read More

Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android

For a long time, it was a challenge to find decent apps for Android, but as Google continued to refine its open source mobile operating system, we’ve seen a steady flow of high quality apps landing on Google Play. Back in September 2013, I covered Root Uninstaller's Sidebar Plus, which provides swift access to settings like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, app shortcuts and other important Android features from multiple customizable sidebars. Sidebar Launcher, developed by the same folks who brought us Boat Browser for Android, is another sidebar app aimed to enhance your multitasking experience. The app is well optimized for both smartphones and tablets, offers tons of customization and looks really nice. Read on for more details. Read More

Hands-On With Samsung’s Milk Music Streaming Service For Android

Compact discs haven’t died yet and the iTunes store will probably live on, but lately the massive popularity of music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Rdio have ignited a new interest in audiophiles. The latest to enter the arena is Milk Music by Samsung. It’s available as an Android app on the Google Play Store, aimed at the company’s Galaxy smartphone lineup and only available in the US as of this writing. Milk Music will let you stream from a gargantuan library of 13 million songs and over 200 different radio stations. Read More

AlarmPad Is A Customizable, Context-Based Alarm Clock App For Android

Every once in a while, we come across an app that blows us away with its exquisite design, comprehensiveness or unique functionality. Timely, an alarm app for Android, is one of those that packs all these traits; it has a gorgeous design, lots of features and an interface that just works every time. Another similar app called AlarmPad Alarm Clock has recently hit our radar, and we believe it might be worth your time. It seems like a simple alarm clock app on the surface, but boasts quite a comprehensive set of customization features. Read More

AcDisplay Brings Moto X’s Active Display To Any Android 4.4+ Device

Despite not boating the same specs as the other flagships of its generation like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto X is quite a remarkable device, and perhaps Motorola’s most critically acclaimed smartphone to date. Besides offering customization options for the phone itself, Moto X comes with some nifty software features too, that set it apart from the rest. One such feature is Active Display that lets you view the time and your latest notifications even when the screen is off, without having to go to the phone’s lock screen. The feature draws little battery power, thanks to the device’s AMOLED screen. If you want the utility of the same feature without actually having to get a Motorola device, XDA Recognized Developer AChep has the solution for you in AcDisplay, as long as you’re running KitKat. Read on for details. Read More

Keep Track Of Where You Park Your Car With Auto Finder For Android

Finding a parking spot in a big lot can be a headache, but what’s worse is forgetting where you parked your car. East garage? 3rd floor? Spot number 84? It's not unusual for this to happen after, say, a tiring day at work. Fortunately, there’s an app for almost every problem nowadays and this one is no exception. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of parking your car in a massive parking lot or a packed area and had trouble finding it later, then give Auto Finder a shot; a simple but functional app for Android that lets you mark your location whenever you leave your car. In fact, the app can also be set to do this job on its own whenever it detects you’re leaving your car via sensors such as Bluetooth. Read More

Enjoy Nickelodeon Content On Android With The Official Nick App

Who doesn’t love cartoons? And when it comes to characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, even many of the macho ones among us have a soft corner in our hearts for the adventures of the adorably funny sponge and its gang. And then there’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a show I remember growing up following with such religious dedication that no amount of homework or parents’ threats for exam prep would make me miss an episode. To ensure that you get your daily dose of SpongeBob, TMNT, The Fairly OddParents and more, Nickelodeon has released its fun-filled Android app on Google Play. So, let’s dig in and see what it has to offer the kids out there, as well as those inside us adults. Read More

Now Browser Offers A Clean, Minimal Web Browsing Experience On Android With Flash Support

There is no shortage of web browsers on the Google Play Store. Google Chrome, for instance, is a good choice if you want speed, an impressive UI and plenty of features. Opera, Maxthon, Mercury and Next etc. are also great alternatives to the stock offering, each carrying their own pros and cons. For a look at the best of the bunch, check out this compilation of browser apps that we covered back in 2013. Now Browser is the new kid on the block that provides a fast web browsing experience like Chrome, but what sets it apart is its super-lightweight design, weighing only a few kilobytes. Let’s take a closer look. Read More