ContactBox: Privately Share Contacts Between Android And iOS Devices

Smartphones have become smarter over the years. What was once a clunky little device we kept in our pockets to make phone calls has turned into a multi purpose machine which lets us play games, stream HD videos, and listen to music on the go. But what hasn't changed that much about smartphones is the way we manage our contacts. Sure, you can now sync your entire address book with Google or iCloud, but when it comes to sharing them with others, the default solutions still leave us wanting more. ContactBox is a new app for Android and iOS that tackles this issue by letting users create custom contact lists and privately send them to their friends via text or email. Read More

Ready Is A Contacts App That Centres On Calls, Messages, & Email [Android]

Here’s one thing about contact apps; they are all practically the same. But Ready for Android, on other hand, has tried to reinvent the wheel by bringing the most common communication options, that is making phone calls, sending text messages or exchanging emails, right upfront. Instead of bogging down your device with obtrusive features, Ready wants to make things simpler than ever. And on top of that, Ready’s beautiful interface is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. Read More

Mingle: Action Based App Connects You With Your Contacts Faster [Paid]

I've never considered the Contacts app on the iPhone to be subpar. It's great at storing contact information and the search works well  too. I'm disappointed with the lack of grouping options but that's the only complaint I have. Meet Mingle a gesture based app that lets you chat, tweet, message, and email a contact using any app installed on your phone with just a few swipes on your screen. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store but is well worth that price. Not only can you perform these four actions through different apps on your phone, you can add custom actions of your own. The app is 50% off at the moment but the price will go up soon. Read More

Get Hangouts To Recognize & Associate Phone Numbers With Contacts

The new Google Hangouts app has merged SMS with IM conversations. That's great except for some users, the app now will not recognize when an SMS is received from an existing contact and will show the number it was received from. For an app that was meant to make text messaging and instant messaging easier, this complicates things. The good news here is that this is not a bug, I repeat, this is not a bug. It's because Hangouts is confused with the state of your contacts and is having trouble finding who the number belongs to. The problem is in fact with your contacts and here's how you can set things straight. Read More

CallWho Widget Adds A Smart Context Aware Speed Dial To Your Screen [Android]

If you have a large network of people, your phone’s address book might be overloaded with their contact information (mine is). But then again, not everyone in our contacts has equal importance and there are folks that we want to keep on speedial. If you occasionally end up hunting through endless lists of the contacts app on your phone just to pick the right person you mostly communicate with, then all of this comes to a stop the moment you use CallWho Smart Contacts Widget. This brilliant little Android app is the perfect solution when you need to reach people whom you frequently call or send text messages. The app does more than add speeddial to your home screen; it learns who you call the most and when you are most likely to call them. Working on your call behaviour, the app will move the dial buttons on your home screen so that the contact you are most likely to want to get in touch with is at the top. Read More

Call Contacts From Your iPhone’s Passcode Screen Using PassDial

There's a fine balance to be struck between functionality and simplicity for modern smartphone lock screens. Add too many features to the lock screen, and it starts looking like the actual home screen. Taking away too many will make it too simple; an unnecessary step before getting to the home screen. Unlike with Android, iOS users don't get to tweak said balance, for they are expected to be satisfied by Apple's solution of the smartphone lock screen. That is, of course, unless they jailbreak their device, opening it up to a world of powerful apps and tweaks.

One such new jailbreak tweak for boosting lock screen functionality is PassDial. It allows you to set certain codes - other than the 'passcode' that unlocks your device - entering which calls a certain, predefined number directly from the lock screen. The tweak is brilliant when you think of it! It has a certain Samsung TouchWiz-like feel to it, which isn't bad at all. Read More

PureContact: Use Custom Gestures To Place Calls, Send SMS, IM, Emails & More On Android

Previously, we've covered a ton of contact management apps for Android including Go Contacts, Hoiio Live, and Contact Analyzer, just to name a few. The advantage of using third-party contact managers over the native solution is usually that they provide users with some additional features not found in the stock offering. PureContact is one such solution designed to let users easily send text messages and emails or make calls by accessing a multitude of apps including Whatsapp, Viber etc., under one roof, using simple speed dial gestures that are also programmable according to your liking. Details after the jump. Read More

Add Shortcuts For Favorite Contacts In iOS 7 Notification Center

Jailbreak apps and tweaks have long been using the Notification Center to facilitate iPhone owners in easily composing text messages and emails without much hassle. Previously, we have seen releases like biteSMS and Overview place contacts-related shortcuts in the NC. Favorite Contacts 7 is a new tweak that differs from others similar ones in that it doesn't stop at adding generic shortcuts to the Notification Center. With this widget, you get NC entries representing your favorite contacts that can be used to directly make calls, send text messages, and compose emails with a single tap. The widget is quite appealing visually as well, and even lets you make some changes to its layout to suit your needs. Read More

Save Contact Details From Websites To Google, Outlook & More In Chrome With Evercontact

Among the countless experiences that have been vastly improved due to cloud computing, contact management is an area that still has a lot of room for further improvement. While we no longer have to worry about keeping all our contacts information saved in our locally stored address books, thanks to cloud contacts storage and syncing services offered by the likes of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more on their respective services platforms, adding contacts to those services in the first place is still pretty much a manual process. What if there was an easy way to directly add contacts to your Gmail, Evernote or Salesforce account, or even save it locally for importing into any contact management software, right from LinkedIn, social media, personal websites or pretty much any online profile? Evercontact is a handy Chrome extension created for this very purpose, and it works like a charm! Let’s see it in action after the jump. Read More

Add Call, SMS, Mail, Social & Delete Shortcuts To iOS Contacts App With Gotha

The Contacts app in iOS is great when you want to set up a new iPhone by importing contacts from various sources but once everything has been configured, you won't get a lot of options and features in the address book. After a contact has been saved in the app, you cannot delete it conveniently as that option is buried deep inside each contact’s own page. Apart from that, you can't do much from the main contacts list as well, as there are no options available there. This is why tweaks like OneByOne Contacts and QuickGestures have been fairly popular among the jailbreak community. Both of these packages, however, have their shortcomings. While OneByOne is too limited, QuickGestures forces users to remember a lot of swipe combinations if they want to get things done. Gotha, on the other hand, mixes gestures with visible buttons in perfect proportion. The tweak  basically adds options like delete, SMS, call, email, Twitter and Facebook to the contacts list screen of the iPhone address book. Read More

Dialapp For Android Magically Predicts Who You Want To Call Next Based On Context

Want your phone to predict who you are going to call whenever you pick it up to call someone? If your phone is running Android, you'll be delighted to learn about Dialapp - an innovative call log and dialer application that comes with quite a few surprises. Dialapp is designed to predict the person you want to call based on your context, which can consist of time, calendar, location, conversations and so on, using your Google account to deliver these contextual predictions. So whenever you hit the call log, the name of the person you wanted to call "magically floats to the top". The app doesn't explicitly explain the technique it uses to make these predictions, but it can be pretty accurate. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

Schedule Encrypted Backups On Android & Save To Dropbox With truBackup

A timely data backup can save you a lot of hassle. Android users have long been using NANDROID backups to make a ditto copy of their phone’s system and data storage to the device’s internal or external sdcard. These backups prove very useful in case you need to revert back to previous working state of your phone, especially if something goes wrong. However, NANDROID backups don’t let you store separate copies of each category of items, which means you cannot specifically backup or restore only your SMS, photos or applications separately. There are many solutions out there for this, Titanium Backup being the most famous, and truBackup is the latest one that you might like to give a try. This Android app works perfectly as advertised and lets you create as many backups as you want, allowing you to backup only the type of files you want, be it contacts, SMS, apps, or media files. Besides letting you store backups on internal/external storage, the app can save files straight to your Dropbox account as well. Read More

LinkedIn Contacts For iPhone Unifies Local & Online Address Books & Helps You Stay In Touch

LinkedIn has released a standalone iOS app for its new LinkedIn Contacts feature that aims to help you handle your professional relationships with ease. The app has been built to let you stay in touch with your pals, family and business associates over the world's largest social network for professionals no matter which channel you use to interact and communicate with the them. It aggregates your contacts from your iPhone Address Book, LinkedIn itself, Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook,  and brings them together all in one place, eliminating the need to use separate services or apps for the purpose. This can come exceptionally handy for those who have  their contacts spread across all these various services and would prefer to access them in one place. There's also third-party app integration with services like Evernote to help you sync notes with different contacts across the aforementioned services. The app boasts a great-looking UI and feels fairly snappy. Let’s take a look. Read More

ReachFast Contacts Is Another Great Gesture-Controlled iPhone Address Book App

Not a lot of great alternatives exist for the stock Contacts app in iOS, but apps like Smartr and Brewster have managed to garner some acclaim due to a few novel features. Having said that, some might argue that an address book should not be loaded with too many features, since associating photos with your contacts is always less important than being able to find them as quickly as possible. ReachFast Contacts is not completely devoid of bells and whistles, but it is not excessively complicated either, and the developer claims that it will offer you the quickest way of making calls and sending texts from your iPhone. The app has gestures, lets you create new contacts in a really intuitive manner, and comes with a search feature that keeps getting smarter with the passage of time. Read More

Easily Transfer Contacts & Calendar Events Among iOS Devices Over WiFi

The fact that iCloud has the capability to keep your contacts and calendar entries synced across multiple iOS devices might have contributed towards repressing the development of alternative ways to get your personal data transferred to a new device whenever you purchase a new iPhone or iPad. In case you keep all your contacts and reminders synced with a cloud service, this isn’t much of a problem, but if your data is scattered across multiple services or is only available offline, shifting from one device to another can be a real headache, even if the newer one is an iDevice as well. In the past, we have seen solutions like securedContacts, which lets you export your entire address book as a CSV file, but this option only works for jailbroken devices and requires a few extra steps even then. With Device Switch, you don’t need to sign up for any account or perform any complicated procedure; all it takes is a Wi-Fi connection, a few taps and you are done transferring your address book and calendar events to your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More

Thread For Android Shows Recent SMS, Mail & Social Updates With Caller ID

Countless phone dialer and contacts replacement apps have come and gone since Android first came to light. Though there haven’t been many apps to break away from the fairly standard features in this regard to produce something innovative – something that is more than just eye candy. Enter Thread - the app that gives you more control and information about your contact during an incoming call. It consolidates all your communication with your contacts in Messages, Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, and neatly brings up the latest feed from each medium when receiving a call. Read on after the break for more on this one-of-a-kind app. Read More

Create Custom Vibrations For Individual Contacts On Android With Vybe

Custom Vibration patterns for a ringing phone is not the latest innovation around on Android, and it has been available in a few custom ROMs for quite a while. Custom vibration patterns for individual contacts can be helpful in identifying the caller without even having to take the phone out of your pocket, especially when you’re in a meeting or driving. Installing a custom ROM merely to gain this feature on the phone would simply be overkill. Enter, Vybe – Custom Vibrations, a new app with an equally fresh interface that is intuitive and simple to use for anyone, and allows you to define and manage custom vibration patterns. Let's take a look what the app has to offer and how well it fares, after the jump. Read More

How To Add Call & Text Shortcuts For Any Contact To iOS Home Screen Without Jailbreak

A lot of Cydia tweaks let users skip the hassle of opening the contacts app, searching for a person and then making a call. You might be able pin contacts on your iPhone’s SpringBoard for easier access, or even making calls using simple gestures. Unfortunately, all these goodies are usually reserved for jailbreak users only. Having said that, there are always alternative ways for iOS users who like keeping their devices Cydia-free. You might not have considered it possible, but there is a rather simple method for pinning a contact to any iPhone’s Home screen for making calls with a single tap. You can also use the same procedure to create a shortcut for sending texts to a particular person directly, without having to find their thread or start a new one manually in the Messages app. Read More

Merge Duplicate Contacts & Backup iPhone Address Book With OneContact

If you are using a smartphone, chances are that you rely on a cloud service to keep your contacts permanently backed up. Gone are the days when you had to spend hours transferring your address book to a phone whenever you switched devices. These days, you just sign in to your Exchange or Gmail account to fill up the Contacts app in your new iPhone. While an extremely convenient method, this cloud syncing comes at a slight cost. If you are using more than one cloud service, you might end up with a lot of duplicate contacts when all your accounts have been added to the device. These duplicate contacts are a pet peeve of many users, forcing them to spend a considerable amount of time in making their address book neat and dupe-free. OneContact is a new iOS app that automates this process by scanning your complete contact list and highlighting all duplicates. The app is intelligent enough to sniff out multiple entries even if they are slightly different. Read More

Create A Separate Mailbox For Ungrouped/Unimportant Contacts In Mac

Not all contacts are equally important, which is why people group and sort the important ones so that they’re easier to manage. The contacts you don’t email often, or who send you unimportant emails too often, rarely get sorted into anything more than an unnamed group. If you’re using Mountain Lion and have synced your Twitter and Facebook contacts with the Contacts app, it is likely you’ve got an even larger number of ungrouped contacts. Now imagine those contacts, grouped and ungrouped ones, all emailing you. You have a single mailbox, or perhaps two or three set up, but one or all include emails from the not-so-important contacts and you’d like to sort them so that they have a mailbox of their own (which you can ignore). You can manage them in one of two ways; invest some time and group them properly, or have Smart groups in Contacts and Smart Mailboxes in Mail to do all the heavy lifting. Read More