Update: While the app is no longer behind the Play Store beta wall, Opera is apparently waiting before they throw the switch. The Opera blog post said access to the general public was first come, first serve, but there's a waiting list in the app right now. Opera is allowing everyone access, but it's happening slowly, probably to manage server load.
Unlimited data is becoming a rarity these days, so you might need to watch your usage more closely. Opera Max is a tool that could help you stay under that cap. This app routes all your non-encrypted data through Opera's servers to compress it by up to 50%. Read More
Baby monitors are useful, but they're kind of dumb. Think walkie-talkie dumb. But we live in the world of smartphones now, and these nifty little things are capable of replacing just about anything. With the new Dormi Android app, you can take two Android devices and turn them into a baby monitor that won't weigh you down. Read More
Being woken from a deep sleep by an intrusive sound is never fun, so it's easy to grow resentful of your alarm app. It's a necessary evil, right? AlarmPad is a new beta alarm app that tries to add some context to your alarms to make itself useful beyond just waking you up from a restful sleep. You may not love it, but you might respect it.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will never be the same. It can't be. Fallon has moved on to replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, and tonight's his first day on the job. If the final episode of Late Night wasn't enough to hype you up for the big event, NBC has now released a dedicated app into the Play Store. And with it, you can start to enjoy Fallon in the daytime, too.
The app goes more in-depth than you might initially think. It reveals who the upcoming guests will be for the next week and allows you to send them tweets from within the app (okay). Read More
Developers are really into Roman Nurik's new live wallpaper app, Muzei. A ton of extensions are already available in Google Play, some of which have neat tricks up their sleeves (see part 1 here). Here's the best stuff we've found so far in no particular order.
Remember Piper, the crowdfunded home automation tool we featured almost half a year ago? Well the campaign is over and the gadget is on sale now. Once you get yours in the mail, you'll need to set it up and start using it, which is where the official Android app comes in. Piper Mobile is a free download, compatible with all Android devices running Gingerbread or later.
Piper is a little gadget that combines a wide-angle webcam and microphone with a Z-wave controller. The WiFi-connected box allows you to view your home from your phone, pan the camera and listen in to the mic, making it a relatively inexpensive security camera or pet minder. Read More
More than two years after the Holo visual style became standard, there are still quite a few major apps and publishers that aren't on the trolley. Plenty of eager graphic designers have submitted visuals for Holo versions of these apps, but the two-man team at Holofication Nation has gone further: they've actually remade the apps themselves. If that's not enough for you, they've also released an official HN app to the Play Store, making it easy to download and update these unofficial app mods.
All the apps in the Holofication Nation library are modified versions of free apps, so there's nothing untoward about downloading them. Read More
The impending release of the Google Now Launcher (GNL) presents a bit of a dilemma. The cool Google Now integration isn't possible with third-party launchers, but GNL doesn't have many customization options. If you're rooted, there is at least one way to get around that – the new Xposed GEL Settings, which as you can tell from the name, requires the Xposed Framework.
It's Valentine's Day, which is a day you and your significant other are supposed to be doing something romantic. Of course, it might also be a day that's reminiscent of past rejections and being the only kid in class who didn't get any valentines. Those jerks. Don't worry, we at Android Police choo-choo-choose you. To prove it, here is our gift of Valentine's Day sales.