The week is getting underway and maybe that's a bummer for you. Don't worry, though. There are some deals on apps and games that are sure to make you feel better. What else do you really need to be happy in life? Be honest, pretty much just app sales, right?
A lot of Android devices have dedicated buttons to bring up the multitasking list, but Switchr may offer an even faster way to jump between running apps. This utility debuted on XDA recently as a beta, but now it has come to Google Play in both free and paid forms.
Switchr, like some similar apps, creates an active swipe zone on the edge of the screen. Swipe in through that area, and you trigger the app switching interface. There are two modes in Switchr – Flow and Slide. Flow pulls up an animated scrolling list of apps as you drag your finger in.
Update: Vic Gundotra, Google's SVP of Engineering, had this to say after posting on Google+ about the new Voice update:
Guys, don't worry. We have massive investment in Android. I promise you will be happy soon. Don't get upset because we show some love to Google users who use iOS. There are a lot of them. And they are good people :-)
So chill out: it looks like VOIP for Voice is coming to Android sooner or later. Thanks to commenter spacekobra for the tip.
Good news, Google Voice users: the feature you've been waiting on for literally years is finally available.
The week is nearly over, so perhaps you're wondering what you'll do with yourself all weekend. We have the answer – you will enjoy some apps and games you obtained for a pittance thanks to your most favorite website in the world, Android Police.
Twitter has been steadily tweaking their beta release channel for the Android app, and the latest update removes one of the most poorly-received features from the last beta version. The translucent tri-button array at the bottom of the screen (post a photo from storage, take a photo, or a simple textual tweet) has been removed, and is now replaced with a single, consolidated button.
New on the left, old on the right. Pardon the different resolutions.
That button will also become semi-hidden when you scroll through your Twitter feed, giving you that much more room to see your tweets. Nice.
Holo Text Clock claims to make you look at a time in a different way. It does, except it's a way that's largely identical to what's already offered by QLOCKTWO. Biegert & Funk developed an entire line of clocks and watches that tell time using an eccentric arrangement of words where certain letters highlight to spell out the current time. The company even released an app in the Play Store that replicates this behavior by placing an identical widget on your home screen. Holo Text Clock was inspired by this product, and it expands on it by providing additional options and the ability to use the clock as a daydream.
Any-do has been one of the premiere to-do managers on Android since its debut, and now the same developers are building an alternative to Google Calendar for Android. Google has done a lot to make Calendar a better app as Android has evolved, but maybe there is room for some innovation in this space. Cal plugs into your existing calendar accounts seamlessly and presents your appointments in really slick interface with easy-to-access options. Let's take a closer look at the beta.
How It Works
Upon opening Cal, you will be shown your current day's agenda with a single-week calendar above that.
Need to get at something on your desktop, but just aren't nearby? You need remote access, and many Windows PCs have that feature built right in. Microsoft's new Remote Desktop app for Android lets you hook into the included remote access system so you can use your PC from a phone or tablet. It's also completely free.
The computer you're accessing needs to be running the remote desktop host, which is not included in the basic version of Windows. For example, Windows 8 doesn't have it, but Windows 8 Pro does. If you want to go this route, that's a $99 in-place upgrade from basic to Pro.
Back in early September, Google pushed out a version of Play Music that brought genre-based radio to mobile. Today, Music 5.3.1233L is making its way out via staged rollout, and it brings yet another radio feature: I'm Feeling Lucky radio.
Like its name suggests, this is an auto-generated radio station based on your past listening preferences. So, it's perfect when you can't figure out what to listen to. Unfortunately, it seems to stay focused on whatever genre you listen to the most – it doesn't seem to throw a mix of everything for those who may listen to more than one style of music (read: basically everyone).