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Last Updated: September 6th, 2011

WakeVoice

There are dozens of alternative alarms out there, but ever since I discovered WakeVoice way back in November, it's been my favorite. The biggest reason: I can lay in bed for a few minutes after I wake up and not feel bad about it since WakeVoice reads me the weather and news (it can also read your horoscope and, depending on your phone, your calendar). The app uses the stock Android speech synthesis voice, but third-party voices are linked from within the app and can be purchased.

31
Aug
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With somewhere around 200 apps on my phone at any given time, it can be a pain to scroll through all of them to find what I'm looking for. Categorizing apps into handy folders can also be time-consuming. Fazik Logic takes the concept of sorting your apps one step further however with LiveSorter, a new app that automatically sorts installed applications into appropriate categories.

Adding to the list of LiveSorter's benefits, it has relatively no resource drain as it only wakes when a new app is installed and needs to be sorted.

31
Aug
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It's now been more than seven months since we first caught wind of the Serval project, which promised to allow Android users to make phone calls when conventional cell networks aren't available or simply don't work. Recently, however, the team's initial stab at network-free communication - an Android app called "Serval Mesh" - has landed in the Market.

As briefly mentioned in the above video, the Serval team also has another form of network-less phone calls in the pipelines: an inexpensive, relatively small phone tower that can be dropped into disaster areas by air.

31
Aug
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If you've been looking for a sports app that gives you up-to-the-minute scores, stats, and live commentary from hundreds of people in the know, you're in luck. OneLouder, the developer behind TweetCaster and FriendCaster, has just released SportCaster - an app that allows you to follow a variety of sports from your mobile device, and view a constant stream of tweets from players and experts as well as all the info you need about what's happening in the game.

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Aug
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The Google Voice app for Android, which I've been using as my primary voicemail provider after gladly abandoning Sprint's own visual voicemail, saw its first update in many months today, which, among other things, finally fixed the most annoying bug that's been plaguing it for as long as I can remember.

The bug I am talking about is, of course, having to click the Play button a second time after you've already clicked it once (the voicemail would stop playing 0-2 seconds into the call requiring this second press).

30
Aug
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If you've been waiting for the chance to "feel the excitement of NFL Football, anytime, anywhere," then you're in luck - EA Sports has just released Madden NFL 12, the first Madden game to land in the Android Market. Bringing impressive animation, smooth controls and a host of real NFL teams and players, this game promises to bring everything you love about EA's Madden line to the palm of your hand.

30
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If there is one thing that I'm always interested it, it's new browsers for my tablet. I can honestly say that I've used nearly every available browser in the Market - both optimized for Honeycomb and not. While I currently switch between Dolphin for Pad and the stock browser, I've been longing for a Honeycomb optimized version of Firefox for some time. It looks the Mozilla Mobile team heard my quiet cries, as they showed off some of the features of the upcoming browser in an official blog post earlier today.

29
Aug
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For those who have been waiting patiently for an update to the popular game Angry Birds - the wait is over. Angry Birds Rio received an update today that brings 15 new levels in an episode titled "Airfield Chase."

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If you haven't already, fly over to the Android Market and grab the update!

29
Aug
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The original Elixir, developed by Tamás Barta, is a powerhouse of system information and control, giving the user quick access to an ocean of information about their device. Earlier this week the same developer introduced Elixir 2, a sizeable improvement over an already handy app.

The most practical improvements in Elixir 2 are the enhanced system info tools, allowing the user to get a quick look at a comprehensive list of system information, including hardware, software, sensors, status, services, etc.

29
Aug
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If you were to throw ROM Manager, MetaMorph, Titanium Backup, and SetCPU into a blender with a dash of steroids, then the result would most definitely be ROM Toolbox from JRummy. Clearly this is a root only app, and it is probably the most beastly one that I've ever laid eyes on. All of the features encompassed by ROM Toolkit will blow your mind, just take a look at the feature list, taken directly from the Market listing:

ROM Settings:

  • Access the ROM Manager with hundreds of zips to download & install
  • Install ROM from SD card
  • Check for ROM updates/patches
  • Backup/restore nandroid
  • Wipe data/cache/dalvik/battery stats

Theme Settings:

  • Change your battery icon (Beta)
  • Restart status-bar
  • Change system fonts for your entire device
  • Set your boot logo (for supported phones)
  • Manage Theme Chooser themes (CM7 themes)

Application Management:

  • Remove, Freeze, unfreeze, launch, backup, wipe data/cache for any System or Data app
  • Backup and restore your apps
  • Set app install location (apps-to-SD)
  • Batch install apps to either System or Data

Performance Settings:

  • Set CPU (max/min frequencies & scaling governor)
  • Apply CPU at boot
  • Change sysctl values to improve performance
  • Free system memory

Start-Up Tasks:

  • Zipalign system/data apps on each boot-up
  • Clear cache on each boot-up
  • Fix permissions on each boot-up
  • Run your own custom script each boot-up

Quick Commands:

  • Mount system read/write
  • Reboot, Fast Reboot, Reboot Recovery, Shutdown, Reboot Bootloader
  • Zipalign apks to optimize performance
  • Block ads shown from other apps
  • Remove or enable the boot animation

Build Properties:

  • Change the lcd density (screen resolution)
  • Change the call ring delay to ring faster when dialing out
  • Set the VM Heap size (performance increase)
  • Set any property in any .prop file

Extra Tools:

  • Use your camera led as a torch/light
  • Quickly access: Terrminal Emulator, Hidden settings menu, all System app settings
  • Show ROM info

That is a serious amount of features jammed packed into one app.

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