- 0.1 Mad Genius Radio
- 0.2 SnapDonate
- 0.3 Truedialer by Truecaller
- 0.4 Trustable by Bluebox
- 0.5 D-Vasive by John McAfee
- 0.6 Intel® Easy Migration
- 0.7 My Apps
- 0.8 Bubble Cloud Widgets
- 0.9 GoToWebinar
- 0.10 Networkr
- 0.11 Taco Bell
- 1 Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
- 2 Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!
Mad Genius Radio
Mad Genius Radio uses the same basic idea as Pandora with more granular controls. You can mix and match a station's genre with a series of sliders like an equalizer, and each "thumbs up" rating can be from one to five, with higher ratings affecting the dynamic playlist more heavily. "Professionally curated" stations and user-created playlists are included. The subscription costs either $5 a month or $48 a year after the trial period.
Mad Genius Radio is the ultimate personalized radio. Unlike radio services that only gives you thumbs up and down options, Mad Genius Radio lets you rate songs and artists from 1-5 (plus skip and delete), mix genres, control how much new music you hear, and even make Requests for your favorite artists and songs--similar to calling into an FM radio station in the “old days.” We have more than 50 professionally curated radio genres that you can personalize as much or as little as you wish.
SnapDonate is kind of like WordLens for donation. By that, I mean that it scans advertisements for various charities with your camera, recognizes the logo, then matches it up and offers you a direct way to donate money. It's an impressive application of the advertising principles of an "impulse purchase" paired with mobile tech. Unfortunately only some charities in the United Kingdom are onboard for the moment.
SnapDonate enables you to quickly give money to your favourite charities on the go. Simply point the app at a charity logo and it’ll automatically recognise it. Even offline. Donations are all securely handled by JustGiving, the world’s top fundraising platform. SnapDonate takes no fee, stores no personal data, and shows no ads. Pure and simple. This free ‘magic lens’ lets you make impulsive donations without signing up for a direct debit or marketing blurb. Snap a charity’s logo -on a poster or plastic bag- and donate.
Truedialer by Truecaller
Here's another in a long line of dialer replacement apps. This one has a few good ideas, though: if you've still got T9 skills from the days of dumb phones you can use them for quick lookups, and the app connects to the Truecaller database of caller ID/directory numbers that you can access for incoming calls. Editing the information in the app's contact list should sync said data with your Google account.
Truedialer is a smart phone dialer unlike any other. Replace your old, slow and boring dialer for the quickest and most convenient way to find your contacts. This dialer uses a simple and easy to use numeric pad to help find numbers within your phonebook, and beyond your phonebook with Truecaller integration. Truedialer gives you instant access to relevant information about people you are about to call, and lets you save the information quickly into your phonebook for later use. And the best part? It’s completely FREE.
Trustable by Bluebox
Trustable isn't a security app, per se, it's more of a security awareness app. The idea is that it scans your phone or tablet for known vulnerabilities in Android, in software supplied by your manufacturer, and in "insecure configurations caused by the device user" (read: dumb stuff you did that made you less safe). It's an interesting report, though the app's "trust score" is an amorphous construct less useful than the point-by-point breakdown.
Root users, prepare to be given a poor score. Update: the developer contacted Android Police to say that in fact, Trustable has an 'expert' mode that will not lower the score based on root privileges alone. Potentially insecure root-enabled apps will still be identified and lower the score accordingly.
The Trustable by Bluebox app provides Android mobile phone and table users, and any interested parties, with a security trust score illustrating how trustable the device is for security and protection of data.
- Provides a consistent and on-going method to measure the security properties and trustability of a device, including any known vulnerabilities
- Computes a security-centric trust score in a range of 0.0 to 10.0, based up on all discovered information, including the analysis of various configuration and settings information
- Provides specific instructions for users to improve their device trust score
- Enables users to make informed decisions on which vendors/devices make below-average or above-average security decisions
D-Vasive by John McAfee
Here's another app that caters to your irrational fear, though this one has a more personal appeal: it lets you know when your camera, microphone, or wireless connection is activated. That's useful if you think some app is snooping on you (or just activating portions of your hardware when it shouldn't be). The $5 pro version can lock down the camera, microphone, Bluetooth and WiFi connections to trusted apps only.
Stop apps from spying on you. Alerts when your Camera, Mic, Bluetooth and WiFi are activated. There are many invasive apps out there that discretely collect your personal information as well as track your location, record your conversations and even video record you. D-Vasive Anti Spy is the 1st Antispy App that will help protect your privacy from these invasive apps by alerting you if an application is trying to spy on you, using your phone's Camera, Microphone, Bluetooth or WiFi connections. And even better, it works.
Intel® Easy Migration
Do you need a migration service for a Chromebook? If you're a regular user of the desktop version of Chrome, almost certainly not - Google takes care of that for you. But this official Intel app will sync other stuff, including photos, contacts, bookmarks, and as much music and video as your Google Drive space allotment can hold. Of course, it can only sync the contacts and accounts that are actually on your phone.
One-click migration from your old devices to your new Chromebook. Chromebooks are cloud based devices; getting your stuff from your phone or PC to the Google Cloud has never been easier.
- Migrate all your device / Hotmail / Yahoo contacts to Google Contacts.
- Migrate all / selected photos and videos to Google+ Photos.
- Ability to pause and resume the migration process
- Real time visibility on your Google Drive space consumption
This is not an app. It's a sort of window to a series of web apps, all of which accept the Windows Azure login system. I suppose it could save you some time, though whether that's worth having to deal with a separate app instead of Chrome is debatable.
This app provides single sign-on to thousands of cloud applications using a single user account. You may already use the My Apps page to access the apps that you need at work or school if your organization uses Azure Active Directory. My Apps for Android allows you to access those same apps from your Android devices. To use this app within your organization, contact your system administrator.
Bubble Cloud Widgets
The other AP editors were split on whether to include this. It's basically just a copy of one of Apple's preview interfaces seen on the as-yet unreleased Apple Watch, adapted into a very basic launcher. Each "cloud" can be populated with contacts, apps, or web bookmarks. I'm not a fan, but for certain interfaces (maybe even standard Lollipop) the bold colors and amorphous layout really work.
Place apps and bookmarks in AppleWatch style "circle clouds" on your homescreen → What looks silly on a watch face makes perfect sense for our homescreens. But there's a twist.
THE TWIST? "THEY ARE ALIVE"
- bubbles in the clouds change size dynamically: they grow with use
- clouds can auto populate by Play Store categories or Contact groups [see below]
- new bubbles appear in the center of the cloud
- unused bubbles shrink to become dwarfs and can eventually disappear
- you may add and remove bubbles manually
- when a widget is removed, its contents can be retained and used in another widget
This app from Citrix of GoToMeeting fame allows you to attend webinars (that's what the business types call live presentations that use your computer) without a full PC. Allowing that these things aren't ideally suited for mobile in the first place, it looks like Citrix is working hard to make it as painless as possible, complete with both standard dial and VOIP compatibility. There is even some basic interactivity, though it looks like there's no two-way voice option at the moment. You probably won't install this on your own unless someone asks you to attend a webinar.
Being away from your computer doesn’t mean you have to miss out on online events. The free GoToWebinar mobile app lets you not only see and hear webinars, but take part in them as well. No matter where you are, you can ask questions, take part in polls and more.
• Join with just a tap.
• Listen in using one-touch dialing or VoIP.
• View the event speaker’s slide presentations up close.
• Participate in polls, raise your hand and ask the event speaker a question.
• View active speaker's webcam.
If you've ever used "network" as a verb, this app is for you. It's basically a dating app for professionals (without the dating part).
Networkr is establishing dialogues between professionals at events and nearby. We are doing this by matching professionals based on a mutual interest, this means that professionals you match with in Networkr are not only interesting for but also interested in you. The perfect beginning of a valuable new dialogue. In the Nearby Mode you can swipe through professionals that are close by. Swipe "Connect in Networkr" if you would like to talk and "Maybe Later" if you are not interested at the moment.
Android Police coverage: New Taco Bell Mobile Ordering App For Android Lets You Get Your Chalupa Without Waiting In Line
Saints preserve us, Taco Bell made a mobile app. This app allows you to order your food before getting to the alleged restaurant, making the hyper-fast preparation time even quicker. You can also redeem rewards for multiple trips. Just watch out for the food poisoning. (That's not a joke. I've been poisoned by Taco Bell food before. Seriously, go anywhere else to get your quote Tex-Mex unquote fix. Even if they don't have an Android app.)
Taco Bell® Mobile Ordering is Here. Customize. Order. Pay. All from the new app. Now you can easily select a local Taco Bell, customize your favorite items and pay for your order. No need to select a pick-up time. We make your food when you arrive because just-prepared food is the best. Then skip the in-store line like you own the place. Plus, reordering your favorites is as easy as a twist of the wrist.
Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
HTC File Manager
Android Police coverage: HTC Copies And Pastes Its File Manager Into The Play Store
This is HTC's proprietary file manager app. It's notable because not all Android manufacturers have one (including Google's AOSP code). It's also pretty basic - pretty much any of the go-to managers in the Play Store are more capable. It's a free download, but only for HTC phones running Android 4.4 or higher.
Easily browse files on your smartphone, memory card and USB storage, and create folders and rename, copy, move and manage your files efficiently.
Phone 2 Go
Do you have Time Warner Cable? Do you pay extra for a home phone line? (Why?) Well if you do, now you can take it with you on your Android phone or tablet. Without using Google Voice. But seriously, I think the people that are still using landlines are the ones who are also still using "dumb" cell phones, so I doubt there's much demand for this.
Phone 2 Go transforms your Home Phone experience by allowing you to use up to 5 mobile devices to access your TWC Home Phone—you can make and receive calls, video calls, and text messages at no extra cost. Phone 2 Go allows family members to use your Home Phone account from anywhere on earth to make calls globally from their smartphones and tablets, too, at low-cost home phone rates. You can make calls from anywhere in the world just as though you were in the comfort and economy of your own home.
PS4 Remote Play
Android Police coverage: Sony's PS4 Remote Play App For Xperia Z3 Devices Is Live On The Play Store
This app will let you play PlayStation 4 games on your phone! If you have a Sony phone. Specifically an Xperia Z3 or the compact or compact tablet version. And you happen to be on a Wi-Fi network. With an Internet connection (no offline play). And of course you'll need a PS4 to play them. And a PS4 controller. You know what, maybe it would be easier just to install Twitch, tap on the screen, and pretend to play a streaming PS4 game.
The power of PS4 streamed direct to your Sony Xperia smartphone and tablet*. Connect your Xperia smartphone or tablet to your home Wi-Fi network, grab a DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller and continue your PS4 games on your Xperia device away from your TV screen. Use of this feature requires a PlayStation®4 system, DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller, Sony Entertainment Network account and high-speed Internet connection. Use of your home Wi-Fi network is recommended.
SmartBand Talk SWR30
Android Police coverage: Sony Hits The Play Store With A Companion App For The SmartBand Talk SWR30 And A Bunch Of Extensions
Sony's SmartBand isn't an Android Wear device, though it does a lot of the same things - it's basically Sony's take on the Samsung Gear Fit. This app allows it to receive some incoming notifications and install some of the proprietary apps (or extensions), as well as access the core "lifelog" functionality. The description says it's for Sony devices only, but I'm seeing a few scattered exceptions, including the OnePlus One.
This is the official Sony application for SmartBand SWR30. With this app, you can decide how your SmartBand interacts with your smartphone and which life logging functions are enabled. For the best SmartBand SWR30 experience, we recommend that you install Lifelog, an innovative and animated life logging app from Sony. Lifelog lets you playback your day, set activity goals, track logged activities and view and edit life bookmarks.
Voice Note smart extension
Android Police coverage: Sony Hits The Play Store With A Companion App For The SmartBand Talk SWR30 And A Bunch Of Extensions
This "extension" for the new Sony Smartband turns it into a little voice notation machine... kind of like the "take a note" command on Android Wear. So, with a little imagination you use it to pretend to be Dick Tracy or a really unsubtle CIA agent. You'll need the SWR30 and a compatible phone to use this app.
This is the official Voice Note application for your Sony SmartBand™ Talk. Voice Note works with Evernote. With this app you can record a voice note on your SmartBand™ Talk and upload it to your Evernote account. When you have installed this app, it will not appear on your home screen. Instead, it will be integrated into the SmartBand™ Talk dedicated Sony app installed on your Android smartphone or tablet. SmartBand™ Talk dedicated Sony app required.
Android Police coverage: Microsoft Health Hits The Play Store, And There's A New $199.99 Fitness Band To Go With It
Microsoft came out of nowhere with its own fitness tracker that the company pushed onto the market. That's not all that surprising - everyone's jumping on the bandwagon. What is surprising is that they're doing what their competitors at Apple and Google aren't - making it compatible with competing platforms. Yup, the Gear Fit-style Microsoft Band works on its own or paired to Windows Phone, Android, or iOS.
Live healthier and be more productive with Microsoft Health for Android™. Achieve wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring and automatic activity counting. Be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts at a glance. Personalize your Microsoft Band and get new features as they roll out. Mobile app also available for Windows Phone® and iPhone®.
Motorola Flip Case
Android Police coverage: Motorola Flip Case App Supports The New Window Case For The DROID Turbo
Motorola's high-powered DROID Turbo launched as a Verizon exclusive last week, and it looks like Moto is using the phone as testbed for its own S-View style window case. Early adopters can grab one of these pricey add-ons and see notifications and calls through the cover, with a few basic functions like voice commands, answering and declining calls, and taking photos accessible without opening it.
The Motorola Flip Case keeps your DROID Turbo protected while keeping you in the loop. A window lets you glance at notifications, take photos and more -- all without having to open the cover. This service enables the following features when using the Motorola Flip Case on a Motorola DROID Turbo:
• Glance at incoming notifications with Moto Display
• Launch the camera and tap anywhere on the Flip Case window to take a full screen photo.
• Say your Moto Voice launch phrase and ask a question, or take a selfie.
• Answer or ignore phone calls with the cover closed.
• Get a heads-up when an application is trying to get your attention, such as an incoming video call. Simply open the cover to take action.
• Press the power key to view remaining battery life, time and date, and your next alarm.
ASUS ZenWatch Manager
This is the primary support app for ASUS' yet-unreleased ZenWatch. Technically you shouldn't need one of these (the official Android Wear app stands alone), but the Manager app lets you select from some genuinely cool watch faces with customized information displays. There's also a remote presenter function and a few other goodies, like an unlock token. You won't be getting these apps (at least in their proprietary form) on non-ASUS watches.
ASUS ZenWatch Manager is a companion app to your ASUS ZenWatch that provides advanced smartphone integration and extended functionality, enabling you to get the most out of your wearable device. ASUS ZenWatch Manager helps you set up your ZenWatch, change the watch face to match your personal style, and use a variety of convenient features such as Cover to Mute, Unlock My Phone, and Find My Phone.
You can't actually buy ASUS' ZenWatch yet, but if you're really excited for it, you can download this fitness manager and pretend that you have one. While the app itself is pretty, it doesn't really do anything more than other apps in a similar vein, with the possible exception of the traveling timeline view. This app can be downloaded to any phone (but not tablets), but it's not much use without the watch.
ASUS Wellness is a companion app to your ASUS ZenWatch. It serves as a personal wellness manager that tracks a variety of wellness statistics, such as heart rate, step counts, and relaxation levels to help users keep their lives in balance and achieve personal fitness goals. A fancy app that measures your relaxation levels.Using the built-in bio sensor on ASUS ZenWatch, you can measure relaxation levels anytime and anywhere.
HTC's oddball RE Camera actually works on its own, but if you'd like a remote controller or viewfinder, you'll need this companion app. It also transfers videos and photos directly to your phone, keeping the device's MicroSD card storage free for disconnected shooting. Despite being manufactured by HTC, the camera's companion app can be installed on any Android 4.3+ device... though you can't actually buy it at the time of writing.
The RE app makes it easy to control your RE camera remotely with your Android phone. The app serves as both a content browser and live viewfinder, mirroring what the camera is seeing. After the initial pairing of the devices, all you do is launch the app and all of your photos and videos are instantly and magically available on your phone. Once you find the ones you like, the RE app makes it easy to share your favorites via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many more.
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