Users of jailbroken iOS devices have access to a lot of gestures, but there are a few gestures that Apple has made available for all users. One such gesture is the display’s automatic blackout whenever you are taking a call. The iPhone makes use of its proximity sensor to detect your face against the device during a call, and turns the screen off accordingly. Another use of this sensor is to launch Siri whenever your device is raised to the ear. There have also been a few tweaks in the past that utilize the proximity sensor for some useful purpose, like automatically turning off the screen
when you put the phone in your pocket. There is now another Cydia tweak in the jailbreak store that brings a new touch of automation to your iPhone. Thanks to RaiseToCall
, you can place a call to anyone right from their SMS thread simply by raising the phone to your ear.
is a new Cydia tweak that offers a gesture-controlled shortcut to dialing numbers on your iPhone. If you are playing a game or watching a video, there is no need to quit it and go all the way to the Phone or Messages app to place a call. Simply perform the gesture used to invoke the App Switcher tray or Siri, and a compact dialer with a shortcut to messaging will pop up over the screen. Users can choose whether they want to replace Siri or the App Switcher with the dialer, or use it in conjunction with the stock options. Another option on offer is to replace the entire Spotlight search area with the dialer.
If you’re not overly amused by the rather simple-looking call logger of your Android, and are looking for a feature-packed alternative, then you should consider trying Calistic!
Fresh to the Play Store, Calistic is a neatly-designed call analytics app for Android that keeps a close tab on your phone calls to present you with breakdown of all the logged content via various graphical illustrations. Be it the learning about your most frequently called numbers, total number of calls made/received during a specific time period, breakdown of the duration of these calls, a timeline of calls made to your top 10 contacts, or the analysis of call history by individual contacts, Calistic lets you check them all from under the same roof, and via visually appealing graphs/charts. The app has the capacity to automatically detect all calls made after a specific analysis instance, and hence refreshes its statistical content accordingly. In addition, Calistic also has a touch of social media integration, which means that you can use the app to share your call history with a specific contact to your Facebook Wall. It is free from any sort of configurations whatsoever, and can present you with updated analysis, facts and figures regarding your call logs upon request.
WhitePages, one of the leading people & business contact lookup services, has just launched a rebranded and revamped version of their famous Caller ID Android app with a fresh look and a plethora of new features. With what’s now being titled in the Google Play Store as Current Caller ID
, Android users get to see a wonderful blend of an intuitive caller ID UI with real-time informative content based on your callers’ location, social network updates from Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn, and the extent of your interaction with them. In addition, the app helps you easily and instantly identify callers – whether individuals or businesses – by pulling contact information from no less than 300 million registered phone numbers stored in WhitePages’ extensive and constantly-updated database, and displaying it right on your Android’s caller ID screen. Current Caller ID is more than just a gorgeous-looking social caller ID app; it is also laced with plenty of cool infographic content that helps you sneak peek into your calling and texting habits by showing you detailed statistics pertaining to your most frequently called and texted to numbers, your favorite time of making these interactions, and the mode in which you interact with a particular contact the most. Continue reading past the break to find out what else Current Caller ID for Android has on offer.
You may have hundreds of contacts stored on your smartphone’s address book. Some of them might belong to your social circles, while others could be business clients. Staying in touch with both types of contact groups on a frequent basis is equally important. As long as you can manage to remember whom to call when and how frequently, life is easy, but the problem arises when this list expands, and you’re required to remember calling preferences for each individual contact. This is where Nextcall
steps in. Fresh to the Google Play Store, this free Android app brings forth a very simple yet effective purpose of keeping you informed about when you last called your contacts, and more importantly, when should you be contacting them next. To help you achieve said task effectively, Nextcall maintains separate logs for all calls made to your personal as well as business contacts, and lets you define default call scheduling preferences for both supported contact groups. The least contacted numbers are listed at the top, and you have the option to specify custom call reminders for every single contact.
Notification Center is one area of iOS where you can’t help feeling that it has a lot of untapped potential. Fortunately, the developers over at the Cydia store think the same, as is evident from the number of tweaks which are designed for the iOS 5 Notification Center. A few months back we did a list of widgets for NC
, and even after that, a lot of such tweaks have been released. WeeToolbox
is the latest addition to Cydia widgets for Notification Center, and it combines a lot of functions for which you previously needed many different tweaks. WeeToolbox is a widget for providing you with shortcuts for composing Twitter updates, turning on the flashlight, making phone calls, launching camera and transferring any copied text to the cloud.
The concept of aggregating your social network feeds, and posting to all of them from a single platform is not new to Android. Seesmic, TweetDeck, Social Jogger 2
, ZeroPC Cloud Navigator
are just a few examples of apps based on said concept. However, what we hadn't seen so far was an app that combines your social media feeds with your call log until we came across StreamLife
. With StreamLife, you get posts and notifications from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and detailed history of all your phone calls displayed on a single screen. In addition, you can post to both social networks from within the app or through its nifty homescreen widget.
Skype offers one of the best video call, audio call and chat services in the current communication client market. You can also use Skype for screen sharing and sending files to your contacts (personally, I hate Skype file transfer). Apart from these built-in features, plugins and third party applications extend the usefulness of Skype to another level by providing you with more tools that integrate with Skype. Do check out some of the awesome features and tools to supercharge your Skype experience
. Due to these extended capabilities, Skype has a utility not only in homes and personal interaction, but also in educational and professional environment. Athtek Skype Recorder
is one such third party application that allows users to automatically record audio from every incoming and outgoing Skype call. Read on to find out more about Athtek Skype Recorder.
Bluetooth headsets, when paired with mobile phones, offer great convenience in making and receiving calls. However, to avail said feature, users have to sacrifice much of their device’s battery life by keeping Bluetooth enabled on it for as long as they wish to receive their calls via the headset. Say hello to Bluetooth on Call
– a free Android app that helps automate the process of enabling your device’s Bluetooth, and pairing it with the headset each time a call is received. In this way, Bluetooth remains activated only during calls. As soon as you end the call, the Bluetooth is automatically turned off. In addition, the app can also be set to have your phone automatically enable Bluetooth while your phone is being charged.
is a simple, yet extremely effective, Android app that uses your device’s proximity sensor (obviously, if it sports one) to determine its distance from your ear, and automatically transfers ongoing call from earpiece to loudspeaker, and vice versa, accordingly. Imagine a situation where you’ve forgot to carry your earphone or Bluetooth headset along with you, and have to attend a call by holding your device right by your ear for several minutes (or even hours). At worst, how can you afford to take calls in the same way while driving? This is where SpeakerProximity comes handy. With the app enabled, all you need to do is attend a (prospective long-lasting) call, mount your device on a stand (or any surface for that matter) without tinkering with any further settings, and keep talking absolutely hands free. Details to follow.
Twitter is a pretty open platform for social networking as compared to Facebook, so if you want to get in touch with someone over the micro-blogging service, direct messages are the only private option you have got. OnSay
is an app which brings a whole new dimension to Twitter. Using this iOS app, you can make voice calls to any "tweep", without having to go through any complicated procedure. You can think of OnSay as a VoIP client, but with a twist; the app automatically patches you through to your Twitter contacts! Read on to know all about this amazingly useful app.
Before notification center came along in iOS 5, Android had a bit of an advantage in terms of usability, mainly due to the availability of widgets. However, now, using the Notification Center provided by iOS, users can do a lot through that part of the platform, especially if you have a jailbroken device. We have covered a number of Notification Center widgets in the past, like our post on the best available NC widgets for iOS 5
, and today, we bring you another useful addition to the arsenal of available tweaks dedicated to Notification Center. NCInstaCall
is a Cydia tweak that allows jailbreak users to make phone calls right from within the notification center. Of course you won't get a widget having a complete dialer of its own (although that sounds fascinating), you will still be able to make calls quickly and with the ability to copy/ paste phone numbers.
The Samsung-exclusive section of the Windows Phone Marketplace, Samsung Zone, has always been quite active, but with the second wave of WP7 phones making its way to the market, looks like Samsung is focusing on newer devices only. Proof to that assertion is the newly released Wireless Manager
app, which was pushed out to the Samsung Zone only for latest Samsung WP7 phones. The app is pretty simple, and honestly, there is not much for owners of older devices to get jealous about. The users of Focus and Omnia 7 have already got the nifty, little Network Profile app. Wireless Manager performs essentially the same task, but with some extra focus on APN and some other value added services. You can do most of that stuff from your SIM settings, but it is nice to have an app that lets you handle everything in a more streamlined manner.
The apps and tweaks on iOS regarding gesture control have seen a sudden resurgence in recent weeks, as you can see from our past posts
. Adding to the list of Cydia tweaks that concentrate on gestures for a variety of tasks is RapidContact
, focusing on bringing gesture control for quick dialing and texting without going to the dialer screen or accessing your contacts list! The tweak is, of course, for jailbroken devices only.
Do you frequently run short of credit because of unnecessarily prolonged calls? Or are you in the habit of talking long with your friends over unsolvable issues, without realizing how prolonged such gossip sessions can get? Maybe Limit Your Call Pro
can offer some help. Available for free on the Android Market, the app allows you to put multiple restrictions on your phone call duration and notifies you when the predefined time limit is about exceed. The app is a unique solution in its own respect because by limiting your call time, you can surely save yourself quite a few bucks. It is a common observation with phone calls that once you ‘get into the groove’, it becomes hard to gauge the swiftness of passing minutes (or even hours), the ramification of which, include an extended phone bill. Limit Your Call Pro lets you put brakes on unwanted long calls with its effective features.
While there is little doubt in anyone's mind that the future of mobile industry lies in smartphones, tablets and other touch-enabled devices, there are certain issues associated with touchscreens that need to be recitifed in order to make the use of these gadgets more user-friendly. Its frustrating when your phone connects a call without your intentional consent, isn’t it? Every time you forget to lock your Android phone, there is a chance that in the few seconds or minutes before the screen times out, you might accidentally dial a number from your contacts list. New to the Android Market, Outgoing Call Confirm
is a free app that remedies said problem. When enabled, the application alerts you by playing the default ringtone, causing the phone to vibrate or both when an outgoing call is placed while displaying a prompt and waiting for a confirmation.
I recently came across an online service that lets you make calls to North America, i.e, USA and Canada for free. CallingAmerica is a free web based service, that allows you to call your friends, family or co-workers for free. Seems unbelievable, right? The service is supported by ads, you just have to register and make unlimited number of calls. That’s it. Read More
Are you looking for a way to call to any telephone number from your PC? Seems impossible, right? But remember, nothing is impossible. FreeRinger is one online service that lets you dial from your PC to any telephone number from more than 30 countries(they include, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, and many more). Read More