- Featured App
- Color Splash Effect
- DashClock Widget
- Dashclock Facebook Extension
- AnyDash - DashClock Widget Ext
- Messaging+Google Voice - Trial
- Greenify *ROOT*
- Pebble Notifier
- Snapdragon™ BatteryGuru (Beta)
- Home Button Launcher
- Hideman VPN
- PFO Shield Personal Safety App
- JuiceSSH - SSH Client
- Mute O Matic
- Quietto Lite
- Mokriya Craigslist
- Frrole: Social News on Twitter
- Reach BETA
- BusyFlow - productivity stream
- Live Wallpapers
- WTF App(s) Of The Week
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This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
Color Splash Effect
Today's roundup is sponsored by Color Splash Effect from Lyrebird Studio. Ever wondered how those striking black and white photos with a single colored element get made? It used to be done with thousands of dollars of darkroom equipment, or more recently, hundreds of dollars of photo editing software. Color Splash Effect lets you create the same thing with a free app. There are also filters for various sepia effects, some basic editing with brushes and selection tools, and some filters thrown in for good measure. Photos can be exported to Facebook or shared on Twitter, and the $1.99 paid version adds timeline tools and more filters.
Color is a special thing... something that can make your photos artistic and vibrant. Black and white images are special in their own unique way too. So... why not combine both into one image and now you can; with Color Splash Effect.
Bring more attention to the more important things in your photo and make even boring photos - interesting. The application converts your photo into a black and white image, whilst still retaining the color information - then Color Splash Effect gives you the freedom to add color wherever you’d like. Either paint using the original color or ‘paint’ the image black and white... or simply paint with virtually every color imaginable for even more control over your photos. Add a touch of color to any photo or alternatively: apply one of the 37 vintage effects to your image. Don’t have time to complete your new creation? No problem, save multiple sessions for further editing when convenient or export your edited photo to your photo album or share directly onto Facebook.
Say hello to the most useful app to take advantage of Android 4.2. DashClock Widget is an all-in-one lockscreen widget that combines a readable clock, status updates, weather, alarms, and a whole lot more. How much more? Well, it's basically unlimited, as you can see with the extensions available below. You can use it as a standard home screen widget as well, and there's also an impressive amount of customization available if you're willing to dive into the Settings menu. Naturally, it's only for 4.2.
DashClock is a replacement lock screen clock widget for Android 4.2+. It also exposes additional status items called extensions. The widget comes bundled with extensions that give you instant access to:
• Your current local weather
• Missed calls and unread text messages
• Your next calendar appointment
• Unread Gmail inbox or priority inbox conversations
• Your next scheduled alarm
Dashclock Facebook Extension
Android Police coverage: [New App] DashClock Facebook Extension Makes Your Clock More Social
...for example, here's a DashClock extension designed especially for Facebook. You get updates of messages, comments, likes, and (ahem) the like. You can even get the alerts without the generally undesirable Facebook app if you want.
This extension shows your unread messages and notifications for Facebook in Roman Nurik's Dashclock. Works with or without the Facebook application installed. Requires the Dashclock Extension be installed: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.nurik.roman.dashclock.
AnyDash - DashClock Widget Ext
Android Police coverage: [New App] AnyDash Displays Notifications From Any App In DashClock
And here's one that will show alerts from any app, not unlike the Pebble Notifier. Popular apps get their own icons, but more esoteric ones will get a generic notification. This one's a definite work in progress, but seems to be getting regular updates.
Show notifications from any app in your DashClock Widget with AnyDash. This is a work in progress so if you have any issues please click the 'Email Developer' button above and let me know. Not every app will work with this so if you find one which doesn't show notifications EMAIL ME and I'll do my best to make it compatible. Don't leave a comment saying it does work with X please email me as some apps (like Google Voice) will work for some and not others.
Messaging+Google Voice - Trial
Android Police coverage: 'Messaging + Google Voice' (Mostly) Combines Android's Stock Texting App With GV Integration
Google Voice is awesome, especially if you're trying to avoid the criminal rates for individual text messages. But it doesn't play nice with the standard text messaging system on Android phones, even on a bone-stock Nexus device. That's where this app comes in: it (mostly) combines the standard text messaging app with messages sent through Voice.
We have rebuilt the stock messaging application and added Google Voice capabilities into it. It supports sending and receiving Google Voice texts within the messaging application. It uses DATA/WIFI to receive and send Google Voice texts, therefore, you don't get charged by your carrier. (Note: You will still be charged if you send a text via your carrier, the only time you won't be charged WHEN YOU SEND/RECEIVE A TEXT VIA GOOGLE VOICE. So as long as you see the message "SENDING VIA GOOGLE VOICE" on your phone, you won't be charged, as the app uses DATA/WIFI plan. Make sure to turn off Google Voice message forwarding as well. This app will grab the GV incoming texts already. If you are receiving Google Voice text from a random number, then you are still being charged by your carrier.)
Want a task killer that actually works? Greenify tries to free up a little RAM by putting non-active apps into a state of hibernation, keeping them from eating up any resources right when your device starts. Unlike Android's native "disable" feature, Greenify will keep the apps available and launchable at any time. Naturally, it requires root access.
No more envy of your friend's iPhone which never become slow and battery hungry after lots of apps installed. With Greenify, your Android device can also run almost as smooth and lasting as the first day you have it. Greenify help you identify and put the bad behaving apps into hibernation when you are not using them, stop them from battery leeching, memory hogging and stealthy running, in an elegant and unique way. They could do nothing without your explicit launch, while still have full functionality when running in foreground. Like what iOS apps act.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Pebble Notifier Tasker Plugin Makes The Smartwatch Approximately 300 Times More Useful
The Pebble Smartwatch is an undeniably nifty little device, but on its own, it's only useful for a few very specific things. The Notifier app from developer Dattas Moonbeam (yes, really) allows do-it-all tool Tasker to send alerts to the watch, making it much, much more useful. It can send alerts from Android apps without Tasker, for those who want an easier and/or cheaper way to extend functionality.
This is an application that lets you send all notifications to your Pebble smartwatch. You can exclude certain applications or exclude all save a few. This is also bridge between the Pebble application and Tasker. It will let you send notifications of your making to your Pebble. Simply fill out the title and body of the message you want sent to your Pebble and off you go.
Snapdragon™ BatteryGuru (Beta)
Android Police coverage: [New App] Qualcomm Releases Snapdragon BatteryGuru, Aims To Extend Your Device's Battery Life
Qualcomm really, really wants you to know about Snapdragon processors. While their push to get the chip architecture in the minds of gamers seems to have flopped, they can certainly tout the (admittedly impressive) battery savings. BatteryGuru is pretty similar to the other battery saving apps out there, though it's tuned specifically for Snapdragon-powered hardware. It'll need a two-day "breaking in" period to observe your usage behavior.
Snapdragon™ BatteryGuru extends battery performance and improves overall user experience by intelligently making changes that optimize Snapdragon device functionality. This app:
• Delivers longer battery life with fewer charges
• Intelligently learns how you use your Snapdragon smartphone and optimizes your device without disabling smartphone functionality
• Requires no user configuration - Snapdragon BatteryGuru automatically learns and adjusts the smartphone settings so you don’t have to.
Like Swipepad, but want something a little more eye-pleasing? Then give Glovebox a try. It uses a similar side-swipe mechanic, but presents apps in a big, finger-friendly format. There's plenty of customizations as well, if you're looking to keep everything in line with your carrier or custom theme.
Glovebox brings to android the best way of multi tasking. Swipe without lifting the finger to select an application to open.
- Apps/Shortcuts/Widgets on side bar.
- Reorder apps.
- Personalize side bar.
Home Button Launcher
Not everyone likes the contextual Google Now integration with the Home button in Android 4.1 or later. You could hope for a custom ROM that gives you some options, or install Home Button Launcher, which replaces the Now dialog with a handy list of your most-used apps. There's also a nice bit of customization if you're matching to a theme.
Launch your favorite apps through the «Home Button Swipe Up» gesture.
• Note this only works properly on devices with three soft keys, like the Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus (i.e. devices that have virtual «Back/Home/Recent Apps» buttons).
• On all other devices the app might integrate into the lock screen and/or replace the standard app behind the «Search» button (in case your phone has one), but please note this may or may not work on your phone depending on device brand and type
Android Police coverage: [New App] Quickly Uses Jelly Bean's Expandable Notifications To Put An App Launcher In Your Shade
Want to put that Android 4.1 update to good use? Then try out Quickly, which is a quick app launcher that lives in your status bar. Expand the notification with a pinch and you'll have access to eight apps or shortcuts. Simple, effective, cheap.
Quickly is a simple app that creates an ongoing notification in your notification drawer filled with shortcuts to applications that you can configure. Once the notification is created, drag the notification down with 2 fingers to expand it and reveal your shortcuts. The app was originally meant as a proof of concept, but there was demand, so here.
Good news: Hideman is an awesome, easy way to route your web traffic through a foreign country and get around pesky geographical restrictions. Bad news: it's only free for five hours a week. You can earn more time by looking at ads, or just straight-up paying for server time. Unusually for a VPN app, there's also integrated customer service and a homescreen widget.
5 Hours / Week for FREE. Earn premium hours via in-app ad networks. Easy solution for privacy and protection via VPN. Connect to VPN in one click with Hideman VPN widget. Pay from anywhere with in-app SMS billing. With our VPN client you can:
- Hide your IP. Nobody will know where are you from.
- Encrypt internet data. Protect your Internet data with strong 256-bit encryption.
- Use any site you needed without any limitations.
- Remove banners and tracking systems.
PFO Shield Personal Safety App
"I've fallen, and I can't get up!" The familiar Life Alert commercials would seem to apply to the PFO Shield Personal Safety app as well, since they operate on much the same principle. There's an added bonus for this particular app, in that it will give friends and family an exact GPS location, so they can come and get your or alert emergency services. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from actually calling 911 as well.
Alert your friends and family of your GPS location by pulling out the headset. Find and track family, friends and cherished objects. Two personal alarm functions; the classic panic button, and the innovative Pull Plug which sends alert by pulling out the headset cord. Find and track friends who have allowed 'Find Me' function. Find and track other PFO products such as the PFO One personal safety bracelet.
JuiceSSH - SSH Client
There are a lot of options for SSH clients, but JuiceSSH appears to be the one for those who want every possible feature. With a list of capabilities that won't even fit on the Nexus 10's screen, not to mention a sweet Holo interface, it's the power user's client. Some of the more nifty features, like ES 256 encryption and Amazon AWS, require an upgrade via in-app purchase.
- Full colour terminal / ssh client
- Popup keyboard with all those normally hard to find characters
- Use the volume keys to quickly change font size
- External keyboard support
- Copy & Paste within sessions
- Save / Share SSH transcripts to Dropbox/Evernote/Email & SD card
- UTF-8 character support
- Easily organise your connections by group
- Keep multiple SSH sessions running in the background
Android Police coverage: Silence Updates To Version 2.0, Gets New UI, Calendar Integration, Recurring Events, And More
We've covered Silence before, but the 2.0 upgrade is noticeable for anyone who found the scheduled sound state app useful in the first place. You can now schedule regular silence intervals according to your Google Calendar, add recurring events, and generally schedule every possible event in your life that might require your phone to shut its electric yapper.
Silence allows you to toggle your sound and system settings automatically over scheduled intervals. With this app, never again will you have to worry about silencing your phone during that important meeting, or even missing calls and texts later in the day because you forgot to turn the volume back up. Simply put in your schedule, choose your toggles, and forget about it. Let us do all the work for you.
Mute O Matic
Here's another option for discretely silencing your phone. The internal calendar will need to be set up manually, and the interface is only good for those who are nostalgic for a bit of Android 2.0, but you can set up exceptions for your most important callers. Mute O Matic is a free download, with an in-app purchase after the demo expires.
Create events to mute your phone around your busy schedule. Your phone will mute when the event starts and revert back to normal when the event ends. Create your own events or let the events from your Google Calendar automatically mute your phone.
- Automatically mute your phone based on your Google calendar events.You control which calendars and events will mute your phone.
- Select all events, only busy events, events with a specific keyword or select events within a time range.
- Add time adjustments to your calendar events to mute your phone a few minutes before or after an event starts or finishes.
Need to time something precisely without looing at your watch or flashing your phone? Quietto's got you covered. It will issue high-contrast visual alerts and/or vibrations at specific intervals - great for staying on-task during a presentation, or timing a workout session. Manually setting more than three notifications requires the $1 paid version.
Discreet time-control app - Free Version. Total or interval pre-set times alerts you of your progress through quiet and discreet vibration. No need for someone or other warnings of your pace for an ideal presentation, speech or seminar. Easy to use and high contrast provide discrete visual alert for training or action/exercise uses.
Mokriya is an officially-licensed Craigslist app. It allows you to both browse and post the mega-popular classifieds with speed and a better UI than the website. (Which isn't saying much.) The map view is a nice touch, and should be useful if you're looking for an item that has a lot of entries. Sales, jobs, and personals are supported.
The BEST OFFICIALLY LICENSED craigslist app. From Mokriya, the team that worked on beautiful apps like Seaworld, Swarowski, Path, Hipster, Threadflip, SideCar. Craigslist like you have never seen and experienced before. POST IN UNDER 1 MINUTE. Just add a title, description, some photos - and reach millions of craigslist users. The EASIEST way to post.
Frrole: Social News on Twitter
If you're one of those pesky people who only get their news off of Twitter, then get off your Galaxy S3 and go read a newspaper. No? Then at least install Frrole, which will let you pretend to do so, with short, Tweet-style headlines linked to full stories. Which you should read before replying or making pithy comments to your 5,000 followers.
Frrole is the new way of news. Based entirely off Twitter feeds, It is the world’s first social local news source. It currently provides separate news editions for 55 cities, 6 countries and the world. Frrole allows the news to come from anybody in the world, ensuring that you are always the first to hear it irrespective of where it comes from. Frrole's algorithms have the ability to select news from general social chatter and then break it down by cities and countries, and categories like sports, travel events etc.
If you're obsessed with news, and perhaps the equally interesting topic of how news spreads, give NewsWhip a try. It analyzes the larger social networks for the most popular news stories by number of shares, likes, retweets, et cetera. Be prepared for more information about Taylor Swift than you ever wanted to know.
NewsWhip gives you the biggest news stories from around the world right now, as decided by everyone. Each minute, NewsWhip scans a billion people on Facebook and Twitter to see which news stories are spreading the fastest. It spots the stories that people think are worth sharing, and serves them as a live stream of the world's most popular news. As well as dozens of topics, NewsWhip can show you what's hot now in ten countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand and Ireland.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Newscover Is An Intelligent And Beautiful News Aggregator With A Quirky Ad Campaign
Newscover is hoping to be the Pandora of news services. Vote stories up or down based on your interest, and the app will deliver new stories along similar lines to you each day. Of course, curating news for yourself is bit of a risky proposition, but for casual reading it's got a great UI and requires no registration. It's also got one of the most baffling commercials we've ever seen.
Welcome to newscover. The news discovery app that quietly learns your interests as you read. newscover automatically personalizes and filters the news content and sources you are most likely to read. The reading experience adapts to the moment of use. newscover allows you choose how to access its over 1000 sources, the most popular or the most recent. All articles are organized by categories: news, technology, business, sports and style.
Ever wished you could access your call history without having to dig through a phone UI? Google Voice lets you do just that, but if you're stuck using real phone number, so will Reach. Install the app, hit up this website, and you'll see your calls, text, and phone history all in one place. You'll also get live notifications when logged in on your computer.
Reach makes your everyday life easier. Your phone is at the center of all your communication. Reach acknowledges that and gives you a way to interact with it faster and easier: With Reach you can see all your communication history as well as your contacts, and more importantly you can view incoming events as they happen, reply to text messages, tell your phone to dial a number, search through your communication history and much more – using your computer.
If you're a power user, you've probably got a few ISO images lying around, and you're tired of swapping discs or drives. With DriveDroid, you can drop that Mint image on your SD card, reboot your computer, and boot straight from the phone's storage. The interface can even download and label some of the more popular Linux distributions for you. Say good bye to formatting flash drives... though you'll still need to keep a data cable handy.
DriveDroid allows you to boot your PC from ISO/IMG files stored on your phone. This is ideal for trying Linux distributions or always having a rescue-system on the go... without the need to burn different CDs or USB pendrives. DriveDroid also includes a convenient download menu where you can download USB-images of a number of operating systems from your phone.
BusyFlow - productivity stream
The cloud is great, but if you're anything like me, you often find yourself hopping from cloud to cloud. BusyFlow tries to integrate all of Google's services, Basecamp, Dropbox, GitHub, and Trello, with more being added all the time. For such a large ambition, it's remarkably well-integrated, with alerts for changes to all services showing up in the same view, and commenting on the collaboration cloud services.
BusyFlow integrates cloud-based productivity and collaboration apps (e.g. Dropbox, Google Calendar, Basecamp) into a single stream.
With BusyFlow you can:
- see an overview of all your apps. All new changes will be shown on activity stream;
- comment Trello cards, Pivotal Tracker stories, Basecamp messages, Google Drive and Dropbox files. All comments will be synced with your apps;
- create new cloud items (e.g. Trello cards, calendar events, Basecamp and Tracker tasks);
- get email and push notifications with changes on your apps.