Beware this app is extremely addicting. It is perfect at being challenged without overwhelming and lets just say I'm not quite the wordsmith. How it works is you have these little word segments that you have to combine to satisfy the word clue. There are 7 clues and therefore 7 solutions. You even get some hints for free which is a great crutch for us beginners. It's also a great down-time game. You can play it for a few minutes here and there, whenever you have a minute. Additionally it is great to play it with someone as it makes the game exponentially easier, although some would call it cheating. I just call it efficiently utilizing my resources. Even if you are not a wordsmith but you like challenging games then definitely check this one out!
This extremely useful battery widget is easy to use and elegantly designed. With the customizable widget you can at-a-glance tell your battery percentage remaining, or percent charged if charging. Using the notification in the notification bar you can see a chart of your batteries charge history and projected future life. Additionally the widget has the battery temperature, time remaining on battery charge and buttons to toggle power-hungry setting such as Bluetooth, night mode, screen brightness and wifi among others. The app also has battery stats such as discharging speed, average length of a full charge and average time to fully charge the battery. Battery Widget Reborn is not an app you will be opening and adjusting all the time but a fast and easy way to determine the current status of your battery.
Based on the name alone, you may be slightly worried about what exactly this app entails. Thankfully, this app isn't about peeing while running, it's about finding the best time during a movie to go use the restroom. Movie tickets are expensive these days so if you are going to have to miss part of a movie it better be a part where the amount of missed material is minimal. That is what RunPee does, and so much more.
Let's say you want to show someone some pictures of your recent trip to Cabo but you can't seem to find all of them anywhere. You check in your gallery then you have to open up each app for all of the photo sharing services you use (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbo, 500px, Photobucket, Shutterfly, etc.) and check if the pictures are there. The problem with that is not all photos from your Cabo trip made it on these sites because you're friends with your Nanna so the juiciest Cabo photos remain on your phone. Pictarine creates a single stream of photos from all of these services as well as photos stored locally on your device. Now you just have to scroll down to the applicable album(s) to find your Cabo pictures which you can view, or share if you'd like. Pictarine also creates a photo stream made up of pictures being shared by people you follow or are friends with so you can keep up-to date with photos they are sharing. Pictarine's tag line is "Your Social Photos" but really it should be E pluribus unum which is Latin for "Out of many, one" as they take a myriad of photo source and form one conglomeration of your photos.
What is frustrating is trying to move a large amount of images, videos or music to your device but it tells you that you are out of storage space. First you try deleting your app cache, as if there's be a few gigabytes worth of cache just sitting around. Then you flip through the apps you have installed and Russian roulette style look for apps to uninstall to free some storage space. And for some reason, whenever you do this ritual every app you've ever downloaded, even the one with the farting sounds, you can't muster up the courage to uninstall because you "Might need it someday." After uninstalling one or two out of the plethora of apps on your device you then have to root around in your gallery for pictures you can get rid of which allows you to reclaim about as much space as uninstalling the apps did. There just has to be a simpler way-now there is.
When you have app updates from Google Play it's never just one update, it's at least half a dozen updates for a variety of apps. The trouble is, finding out what exactly has changed in the newest version. If you have apps with kind-hearted developers usually you get a pop-up letting you know the changes in the latest version. However, the number of apps that do this are few and far between leaving the work to you. If you want to figure out what has changed with the apps that were just updated you have to go to the Play store and look at each individual apps change log. Doing so is incredibly tedius and time consuming work - that's where Changelog Droid comes in. All you have to do is open it and a list of the most recently updated apps appears, along with the change log so you can see what has been updated. If you want to dive deeper there are quick links so you can open up the entire change log history for the app, the app info on your device or the app on Google Play. Changelog Droid is a super simple solution to the onerous problem of keeping up with app updates.
This well designed app organizes all of your favorite TV series so you never again forget which episode you are on. To add a show you either browse the plethora of recommended shows or search for the one's you are interested in and then you add them to your dashboard. Once you have a show in your collection you can view the number of episodes for each season and check off individual episodes so you know which ones you have seen. For each episode a summary and links for more information are available so you can read the synopsis to verify if you have already seen it. Each episode also has buttons to add it to your collection or add it to your calendar as upcoming episodes are available.
SeatGuru is not an app that you will open and use every day but when you have to use it you will be thankful that you have it. SeatGuru enables you to shop for flights, track the status of the flight and even tells you the best seat on the plane. Although there are other apps that will allow you to shop for flights and give you your flight status it's nice that they built everything into one app. The highlight of SeatGuru is a seat map that informs you as to which seats on the plane are best and worst based on thousands of passenger reviews. All you have to do is supply your flight information or select the aircraft from a list and a color-coded seat map will let you know which seat you should try to grab. When you select a seat that is highlighted a pop-up dialog will let you know why exactly that seat is better or worse than the other non-highlighted seats. Based on the seating recommendations then you can reserve the appropriate seat on your upcoming flight.
Recently, I went on the search for a new phone, I knew the model I wanted so I searched high and low for every review I could find. There were ones praising HTC and others questioning their sanity some compared the DNA with other similar devices while others yet reviewed it as a lone unit. I quickly read them all, noting all of the highs and lows and came to a conclusion-the people who review phones use phones to review them.
Android Robot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the problems plaguing the Android Platform is the inconsistency between UI design among applications. The more apps I see the more it seems like most developers are so caught up in the fact that they can totally customize the UI that they never stop to think if they should. By following a few guidelines and utilizing a third-party library you can create your own developer-specific theme that shows off the prowess of the Android mOS while supporting most platform versions and screen sizes.
Mobile application development has taken off; in three years, 300,000 mobile apps have been developed with 10.9 billion downloads. Although Android is no longer dominating the mobile OS market, it's still beating iOS (for now?). Because it's such an expanding market, the number of developers is rising as well which has it's positives and negatives. An increase in developers brings a larger application selection, and a diverse marketplace selection for Android users but the downside is there are more inexperienced developers releasing applications into the marketplace. As if you need another reason to develop Android applications, the only cost incurred by a developer is the fee to publish apps on the Android Market, now Google Play. Although there are other markets to distribute your application, Google Play has one of the lowest developer fees ($25 as of the publication of this article) and it is installed on almost all Android devices. This article will make sure you start your Andriod Development Quest on the right foot.