Choosing and setting up widgets is one of the joys of using Android over iOS, so you shouldn't neglect them — and you've got a broader range of top-quality widgets to choose from than you might have realized. We've picked out some of our favorites, and they all bring something genuinely useful and functional to your home screen.
In 2012, we started a series called "What We Use," where we, the AP staff, talked about the stuff that we can't live without. It started off as something where we just discussed our Android devices and computers, but last year we took that a step further (at Artem's request, no less) and discussed a lot more than that, basically covering everything that we love in our lives. The most important stuff to us, as people.
It's been over a year since my last WWU post, and you probably know what that means: time for a new one. I actually really enjoy writing these posts, and I hope you enjoy reading it.
In the cutthroat world of mobile office suites, developers are always trying to bring more features to the table so you'll pick their offering as your go-to. And when it comes to that arena, I personally can't say anyone does it better than Mobile Systems with Office Suite Pro. It's been my personal choice for, well, a long time.
Today the office-on-the-go was updated to version 7.1, which brings with it several new features, including some rather unique options:
What's in this version:
New features in 7.1: *Oxford Dictionary of English integration (available as a separate add-on product) *Ability to perform Google search form Word documents *Insert image from camera (in Word/Excel/PowerPoint) *Better compatibility with QuickSpell *Tables resize in Word (separate branches) *Dual screen support *Links and Shadows support in PowerPoint *Image replace in Word *Improved font formatting and Autofill with cell dragging in Excel *Improved UI in Excel sheets *Sheets reordering in Excel
As you can see in the above list, this version has "dual screen support" – whatever that means (seriously, what does that mean?
I use stuff. A lot of stuff. That's what being a tech blogger is all about, right? Using technology to talk about technology. Well, David and Cameron have already pulled back the curtain to show you how they make the magic happen. Now it's my turn!
There is no other way to describe my desktop than "my desktop." This is my workhorse and the centerpiece of my digital life. It's been steadily upgraded over the last 15 years and always by my own hand. I've never even owned a pre-built tower. It currently houses an i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and around 2.5TB of storage, between three hard drives.
Sometimes you have to face the facts: quality clothes are expensive. Sure, you can go buy the cheap crap, but if you want gear that screams "look at me, I'm classy," then that just won't cut it. However, if you want to score some high-end stuff without paying high-end prices, then Amazon's MYHABIT is the place to go. In fact, it's so awesome, it demands to be screamed out from the highest rooftops and written in all caps. ALL THE TIME.
So, what's the big deal with MYHABIT and why am I rambling on about it? Because Amazon just released the official MYHABIT app into the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.
Happy Collectibles Week, everybody! What's that? You've never heard of Collectibles Week? That's okay. Neither have we. Apparently Google is highlighting a bunch of games that offer in-app collectible items because Google knows what anyone who's played a game ever doesn't: that in-app items are the key to a game's success. Special items for Collectibles Week include (and these are all real) an Android habitat in Zoo Tycoon-style game, a "Bunny headphone" in a virtual aquarium and, just for you dads out there: an exclusive Deer Hunter Ugly Tie, coinciding nicely with Father's Day this weekend.
In all seriousness, it looks like a decent collection of games, if you're bored.
Well, what do you know - another Galaxy S III leak! Only this time, it's directly from the source. You see, the Galaxy S III has made an appearing in Samsung's own program used to manage its mobile devices, called Kies.
This basically verifies two bits of information: the device name and model number. There have been rumors that Samsung may call it something different and make it more of an incremental upgrade to the S II, but unless there's a change of heart between now and the release, it looks like it's officially going to be called the GSIII.
We all have apps that we would prefer to keep prying eyes away from - SMS, Email, Facebook, banking applications... the list goes on and on. You can always lock your entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lockscreen, but it gets tedious and annoying to have to unlock each time you want to quickly check something.
Enter Ultimate App Guard, a new app that lets you lock down specific applications. The app features seven different unlocking methods, including PIN, password, pattern, force close, dialer, error message, and image screen. You can customize the interface, including the lockscreens, schedule specific apps to only be locked at specific times of the day or week, and organize lock-able apps into profiles.
Out of all the awesome accessories for smartphones on the market, Capta has to be one of the coolest I've seen in a while. It's a multi-functional accessory that works as a tripod mount/desktop stand, bringing some incredibly useful functionality to your device. Just take a look for yourself:
I know what you're thinking: how does it stick?! Yeah, I wondered the same thing after watching the video for the first time. Fortunately, there's an answer to that, as well:
Honestly, I can't believe someone didn't make this sooner. It looks like a really simple, yet highly useful accessory.
Remember Amazon Wireless' Freedom to Choose video contest? Yeah, the one with $15k in prizes for making a simple video telling why AW is awesome. Artem and I helped judge the contest alongside folks from Android & Me and Phonedog -- all the videos have been weighed and measured, and the winning clips have now been chosen.
There were two different categories: Judges and Voting. Here are the winning videos for each category: