Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts

Tuesday

Comparison Among Google’s Pixel & Pixel XL and Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus [Infographic]

Posted By: Poketors - February 28, 2017
While both the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus and the Pixel/ Pixel XL offer incredible top-of-the-line features that have never been integrated in phones before, each has a number of strengths and weaknesses that users should evaluate before deciding which is the best fit product.

 Comparison Among Google’s Pixel & Pixel XL and Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Apple and Google stand as the industry leaders in smartphones. Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer with a 43.9% market share, and Google’s Android is the top software platform with a 52.7% market share. At a standstill, both Apple and Google have released new products this year, the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus and the Pixel & Pixel XL, to vie for industry domination. We’ve created an infographic to compare the features, size, camera, etc. of the iPhone 7/ 7Plus and the Pixel/ Pixel XL.

Pixel vs iPhone Google Apple Comparison Infographic
Source : APCodes

Monday

Google Digital Assistant Now Supports More Android Devices

Posted By: Arin Dey - February 27, 2017
Google’s digital assistant will be available to more Android devices. Google has already announced its presence on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Google Assistant will soon be available on Android handsets running 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google Digital Assistant Now Supports More Android Devices
Google Assistant product lead Gummi Hafsteinsson said in a blog post, “Whether you need to know how to say ‘nice to meet you’ in Korean or just a simple reminder to do laundry when you get home, your Assistant can help. With the Google Assistant on Android phones, you have your own personal, helpful Google right in your pocket.”

Google Assistant will roll out this week to English users in the U.S. English speakers in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and German speakers in Germany are next on the access list. Google has promised more languages will be made available over the coming year.

Hafsteinsson said, “The Google Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services.You’ll also see the Google Assistant on some newly announced partner devices, including the LG G6.”

Google Assistant can perform Internet searches, answer questions and perform tasks like updating your schedule or booking a reservation. It can also give you the weather forecast, offer travel directions and surface requested photos and a lot more.

Please find the below Google Assistant video:


Thursday

The History Of Android [Infographic]

Posted By: Poketors - January 19, 2017
Android has been one of the very hot and happening topics. Most of the smartphone users in the world use an Android powered device only. 

The History Of Android [Infographic]

Here is an infographic which explains how the Android was introduced and till date journey.

Source: mobilescout

How Mobile Apps Dominated Consumers & Market Trends [Infographic]

Posted By: Poketors - September 15, 2016
We are aware of the fact that mobiles and smart phones have very important role in today's world. Despite the unstoppable growth that is the popularity of applications, there will almost certainly always be a need for websites. We will still need websites to introduce us to a company, through a search engine or alike, although the most innovative of companies could and should find a way of transforming their visitor to a Smartphone application user, if the conditions are right.Here are some inforgrapics which show how the mobile apps dominated us and its trend in market.

How Mobile Apps Dominated Consumers & Market Trends [Infographic]

Mobile App Download Lowdown

This infographic tells us about the inside information regarding the popularity of different applications, their revenue and consumer trends.

Apponomics

Apponimics or app-economics tells us about the world of apps and some important facts about it.

App Permission

This alarming and thought-provoking infographics tells a lot about how different applications are meddling with our privacy.

Mobile Apps Download Trend

This gives you a peek into the app download trend worldwide and in different regions.

App Store Metrics

An insight into the facts and figures of mobile applications.


App Store Millionaire

A neat infographic about financial breakdown of facts and statistics of an app developer.

App Option for Your Business

An insight into important facts discussing either businesses should go for a mobile app or not.

Cloud Based Applications

This retro styled infographics gives a peek into the statistics of apps based on cloud computing and their usage.

Mobile Health Market

Infographic showing the popularity and statistics of health applications on mobile.


Health and Fitness Apps

Growing trends and market flow of apps based on health and fitness.


Mobile App World
Infographic showing the present state of mobile app world and things associated with it.

Mobile Games App Revenue

A thought-provoking infographic about where does all the money earned by the mobile game apps goes.

Photography Apps

Some interesting facts and figures about photography apps in the form of decent infographics.

Apps Programmed for Consumption

An overall review of applications programed for consumption by the users.


Small Business Saving Money with Apps

Infographic telling about some benefits of using apps for your small business.

Top Ten Travel Apps

A colorful piece of infographic showing the stats of most popular and useful travel apps.

Truth Behind Apps Success

Some shaking numbers revealing some truths behind the success of app business.

Appetite for TV Apps

Infographic about the popularity and statistics of TV related apps.

Users Expect From App Stores

Useful and minimal infographics about user trends and expectations from an app store.
Source: Google Images

Monday

Google Lauches Android N aka Nougat

Posted By: Arin Dey - July 04, 2016
Before the name revealed by Android team, all around the world - people were expecting the name should be Android Nutella but Google revealed via Twitter that N is actually for Nougat. Android tweeted as below to intimate all its fans about the new version of it and the new name.
Though Android will be made available to few of its own devices such as Nexus series and few sets of Motorola in the near future, but as per normal practice by Google - slowly Android N would be distributed among all the brands. 

Google Lauches Android N aka Nougat
Picture Credit : Google

Most of the people are upset with the name because it is more obscure than Nutella, a brand most North Americans have heard of. Nougat, on the other hand, is a less familiar food. It is a chewy confection that is made with sugar or honey, nuts, egg whites and candied fruit. Check out the big unveiling in the video below.


Android N also known as Android 7.0, which is slated to launch later this summer, is currently in beta as users test out new features such as split-screen multitasking and a better notification shade. Android N also comes with Google’s VR platform, Daydream, and features a new version of Doze. It is again an amazing expected release by google for it's Android lovers.

Google Designs Its Own Android Phone This Year

Posted By: Arin Dey - June 27, 2016
Google is going to set up its own hardware division and appointed former Motorola president Rick Osterloh to run it. This idea was taken to bring the company’s various gadget projects under a single umbrella.

Google Designs Its Own Android Phone This YearPicture Credit : Google

The Telegraph’s sources say that Google is gearing up to design and manufacture a smartphone on its own – representing a major shift from its standard strategy of partnering with major handset makers like LG, Huawei and HTC to develop Nexus devices which is popular to showcase the Android platform.

The phone is expected to be launched near the end of this year; Google is believed to be in talks with mobile operators about the release. It’ll be interesting to see what this means for all the hardware firms Google partners with to build Android and Chrome OS devices, as well as for the Android platform itself.

Sunday

Microsoft Introduces Cortana On Android And iOS

Posted By: Arin Dey - March 15, 2015
Microsoft is introducing Cortana app on Android and iOS. But before that it will be launched over Windows 10 with the digital assistant on desktop PCs. The software giant is still working on an advanced version of Cortana, and is using research from an artificial intelligence project called ‘Einstein’ to make the virtual assistant more effective and useful than Apple’s Siri. This advanced version will be used for the standalone Android and iOS apps.

Microsoft Introduces Cortana On Android And iOSMicrosoft has been promoting Cortana as a superior choice over offerings from Apple and Google. Microsoft operating systems group corporate vice-president Joe Belfiore has described Cortana as “the only digital assistant that gets to know you.”
He added that it “gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you’re interested in something. She detects and monitors the stuff you care about, looks out for you throughout the day, and helps filter out the noise so you can focus on what matters to you."
Its very easy to use. Users can either speak or type to ask Cortana a question and ‘she’ will respond in turn.

How it works :

When a user interacts with Cortana for the first time, 'she' will learn the user’s name, how to pronounce it, and ask for some personal interests. The digital assistant uses the person’s answers to curate content that would be of interest such as train or bus timings for someone planning a trip, weather updates, the latest news, and even traffic information on routes and various important informations.

The digital assistant can also issue ‘people reminders’ such as a user can be reminded for an appointment with doctor. She can also help a user to make a video call in Skype, check the Facebook news feed and even sending tweets also. Lets see how it manages to win users hearts once it is available in the market.

Friday

OnePlus Launches OxygenOS And HydrogenOS ROMs

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 30, 2015
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OnePlus announced its decision to have its own ROM after Cyanogen’s contract issue in India. Now the Hong Kong based company has finally revealed the name for its new ROMs – HydrogenOS or H2 OS which will be available in China and OxygenOS for the rest of the world i.e. Global. For the uninitiated, OnePlus kicked off its operations last year by teaming up with Oppo’s Color OS for China and Cyanogen OS for the rest of the world. Both the Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS will be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

OnePlus Launches OxygenOS And HydrogenOS ROMs

Brandon H said in the official forum post:
With our ROM, that means software that is open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features.
How they named their ROM as OxygenOS :
As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful. Oxygen is all around us. It’s part of us and everything we do. It creates the water that carves out valleys and moves mountains. By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.
OnePlus Launches OxygenOS And HydrogenOS ROMs

It is still not very clear that how OnePlus will differentiate between the OxygenOS and HydrogenOS. H2 OS might be excluding the Google Apps and services like other ROMs in China, and substituted with corresponding services while OxygenOS will be stuffed with GApps and services.

Saturday

App Stores Statistics on iOS, Android, Windows & Blackberry [Infographic]

Posted By: Poketors - October 04, 2014
People are crazy for apps on different mobile operating systems like Android, iOS or BlackBerry. Everyday millions of apps are downloaded and used by billions of people. Here is an infographic which shows the statistics on how the app stores really stack up.

App Stores Statistics on iOS, Android, Windows & Blackberry [Infographic]


This cool infographic reveals interstering stats for App store and how the trend is increase over year and year. This Infographic also available in animated Version on Source URL. Have a look into this infographic and give your review in comments.

Mobile Phone & App Store Statistics
Source: Visually.

Sunday

Everything You Should Know About Android [Infographic]

Posted By: Arin Dey - September 21, 2014
Most of the people have and idea that Android is a Google’s product. But it isn't a baby of Google. It was a product of Android Inc which was founded by Andy Rubin and three of his other friends in 2003. In 2005, Google bought Android Inc for a price of 50 million dollars. Since it started it's journey there are 9 major software upgrades to Android platform.

Everything You Should Know About Android [Infographic]

Cupcake was the first upgrade and KitKat, the latest. Android runs on Linux Kernel which made multitasking easy. Android became so popular that almost 1.5 million devices with Android OS are activated each day across the world. Google is planning to launch its next update i.e. Android L. All these became possible because Android is Open Source Software. TechieSense has presented interesting facts, stats, history of Android in a beautiful infographic given below.

Android 101 Infographic
Source : TechieSense

Wednesday

15 Best Custom ROMs For Your Android Device

Posted By: Arin Dey - August 27, 2014
A lot of custom ROMs for Android are available over the web for various Android devices. The only difference among all the ROMs is that some ROMs are only available for some specific devices and few ROMs for almost all devices. Popularity of ROMs depends on the supportability options on various devices. The more devices it supports the more it gets popular. 

If you're looking to upgrade your Android device or you just want more control over the phone or tablet you own, you have to search for a new ROM. Rooting your smartphone is the first step, but a new ROM will give you a completely new OS experience.

15 Best Custom ROMs For Your Android Device

As you know that there are a lot of custom ROMs available and it is not possible to include each and every custom ROMs. All the ROMs are being researched and developed based on the Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This list includes almost all popular custom ROMs that are available for a variety of devices.
Warning! The ROMs are loaded with various features, you might come across some stability issues once they are installed. It is always recommended to take a proper backup of your personal data and contacts, messages, music, movies, files etc.

I have listed down some popular custom ROMs out there along with their features. You need to visit the official websites of the ROMs to know teh supportable devices list as it keeps changing.

1. CyanogenMod ROM

CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular and the most downloaded custom ROMs available on Android platform. CyanogenMod has been around since the beginning and has gained more team members, device support and new features over the years. It has become a popular firmware for a number of devices based on the open-source Android operating system. Even it offers some amazing features that are not found in the official Android based firmwares on these smart phones. It is my all-time favorite custom ROM for almost all devices without any doubt.                                    Cyanogenmod for Android
Features : The various features include native theming support, FLAC audio codec support, a large Access Point Name list, an OpenVPN client, an enhanced reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking and other performance enhancements, soft buttons and toggles in the notification pull-down (such as wi-fi, Bluetooth and GPS), app permissions management, as well as other interface enhancements aspects.

CynogenMod ROM Official Download Link : Cyanogenmod

2. MIUI ROM

MIUI is one of the most popular Android ROMs and a killer of CynogenMod. It is growing its popularity day by day. After the launch of Mi3 and Redmi 1S in the market, the name MIUI has become a well-known brand. MIUI is basically based on Android 4.x, featuring better experience. 
                                  MIUI For Android
Features : It offers amazing themes from improving device performance to saving battery usage. MIUI is updated every Friday based on the feedback from its test users. Sometimes I personally prefer using MIUI because of its amazing look and feel with smooth performance for some specific devices.

MIUI ROM Official Download link : MIUI

3. Paranoid Android ROM

Paranoid Android is also an amazing ROM for flashing. This ROM was recently released but not a new name to people as within a very less time frame it gained the popularity. It will be the first ROM to be based on Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. 
                                        Paranoid Android
Features : It includes a lot of additional features than other available ROMs. A few features are like changing colors according to apps which is good for personalization, setting DPI according to apps, 3 different user interfaces as tablet/phablet/phone UI.

Paranoid Android ROM Official Download link : Parnoid Android

4. AOKP ROM

AOKP stands for Android Open Kang Project. It is a custom ROM distribution for several Android devices. The AOKP doesn’t needs any recognition as it is also an alternate choice for most of the people who moved from CynogenMod. AOKP ROM started in 2011 with Ice Cream Sandwich. So it is basically based on Android ICS. Obviously one of my favorites and based on a Nexus device. You can change the software key colors. 
                                            AOKP For Android
Features : The AOKP has multiple features that can’t be explained with a paragraph. Once you install the ROM you will come to know. The main features include performance tweaks, customizable LED notifications etc. Several unique abilities of this ROM makes it stand aside from other ROMs.

AOKP ROM Official Download link : AOKP

5. Replicant ROM

Replicant is another distribution of Android custom ROM that is free. Most of the Android versions are licensed freely under the Apache License 2.0. The Linux core is mostly Free Software under the GPLv2. But there are some components of the default software stack on the devices that are proprietary software. It means any component that handles the hardware directly is proprietary software. 
Replicant For Android
Features : Replicant Wiki offers you a list of open source apps that can be used to replace the proprietary Google apps (Market, Gmail, Maps, etc.). Even it suggests to use F-Droid instead of Google Market. Replicant lacks in location tracking. Due to some proprietary aspects it is less popular than other ROMs.

Replicant ROM Official Download link : Replicant

6. LiquidSmooth ROM

In case you are very much concerned about the megahertz and gigahertz aspects of devices then Liquid Smooth is the perfect ROM for you. The emphasis is purely on performance and speed – the UI has been pretty much entirely left alone like pure Android.

Liquid Smooth For Android

Features : LiquidSmooth is a very fast and stable custom firmware packed with a ton of features like SlimPIE, Lock screen Style, Notification Reminder, Hardware key rebinding, Custom Carrier label, Smart Pulldown, Advanced Reboot, Listview Animations, Liquid Dungeon, and much much more.

LiquidSmooth ROM Official Download link : LiquidSmooth

7. Xylon ROM

The Xylon ROM is another pretty fast and responsive ROM which is famous for its fast and easy to use shortcuts. The Xylon is another custom ROM that is built off of AOSP, that actually means that the ROM is based on stock ROM with a few features added over it. 

                                    Xylon For Android
Features : Basically the features of FNV, CM, AOKP, Team BAKED, and Paranoid Android make up to be Xylon ROM . The ROM is very smooth and its reviews have revealed that the ROM is very much friendly with the Battery life and extends it at an unbelievable rate. Unfortunately he ROM is not so universal and is only available on the Google Nexus 4. This ROM needs a thumbs up from all of the Nexus 4 users.

Xylon ROM Official Download link : Xylon ROM

8. Carbon ROM

CarbonRom is another popular firmware based on the Android Open Source Project. 
                                  Carbon ROM For Android
Features: It is based on Android 4.3 PIE Halo AOKP. It offers comprehensive speed enhancements, including Linaro -O3 and processor-specific optimizations, and unofficial Voodoo Sound support on Note 2 and i9300 devices, lock screen options, Chronus Clock widget (taken from CyanogenMod), customizable hardware and software keys, and much more. 

CarbonROM Official Download link : CarbonROM

9. PAC True All in 1 ROM

As its name suggests you can consider it as a power packed custom ROM of Paranoid Android, AOKP and CyanogenMod 10.1.
                                               PAC True All in 1 ROM For Android

It indulges high performance to the devices which use much more resources while in use. The ROM is very good at Gaming and also good at the interface as it frequently gets updated. The awesome ROM is not available for multiple devices mainly for Galaxy and Nexus series.

PAC True All in 1 ROM Official Download link : PAC True All in 1 ROM

10. Chameleon OS ROM

Chameleon OS is also known as ChaOS. It is a custom Android ROM that gives the user more customized control. It has started with CyanogenMod base. It is customized in each piece to give ultimate control while maintaining the simplicity of user friendly interface of Android. 

Chameleon OS For Android

Features : The best feature of ChaOS is the theme engine that can apply different pieces of themes in a true mix-and-match style. The launcher has been completely loaded with multiple options that you have to download a third-party launcher. It offers options such as home screen previews, folder sorting, and folder icon styles. It includes amazing messaging app with awesome U, including messaging bubbles and quick emoji button.

Chameleon OS ROM Official Download link : Chameleon OS

11. Android Revolution HD ROM

This one is for HTC fans. Android Revolution HD is a custom ROM for HTC Desire HD. It is based on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread).
Android Revolution HD For Android

Features : With a new kernel: 2.6.35.14 (under-volted & tweaked) it offers various fetaures. If you want to control CPU manually, you would need SetCPU to be set to "Set on Boot", but using O/C Daemon gives much better performance and battery life. It includes many CPU governors like SmartAss, Ondemand, Performance, Conservative, UserSpace etc. It is equipped with improved 2D and 3D Graphics performance.

 Android Revolution HD ROM Official Download link : Android Evolution HD

12. Resurrection Remix ROM

Resurrection Remix is a beautiful mixture of various popular sources including CM, PA, AOKP, and original Remix. This is based on stable Android 4.4.
                                      Resurrection Remix For Android

Features : This custom firmware offers some great features like Halo, Active display, Lockscreen Notifications, Application side bar, Omniswitch, Notification panel tweaks, Music Toggle, Pitch Black UI Mode, Camera mods, ListView Animations, Custom system animations, Custom progress bar, and more.

Resurrection Remix ROM Official Download link :  Resurrection Remix

13. DarkyROM

DarkyROM is specifically for Samsung users, mainly Samsung Galaxy S. DarkyROM is a very popular ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, S II and Note. 
                                               DarkyROM For Android                    
Features : It offers several tweaks and tricks for CPU utilizations, personalization aspects but the limitation is that it only supports Samsung Galaxy device. 

DarkyROM Official Download link :  DarkyROM

14. SlimROMs

SlimROMs is slimmer version or lightweight Android ROM for Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It requires little bit understanding of ROMs so it is ideal for advanced users.

SlimROMs For Android

Features : SlimROMs comes in two different versions. They are -
  • Slim Bean which is based on Jelly Beans.
  • Slim ICS which is based on Ice Cream Sandwich.
SlimROMs have been designed like a way that gives you a fast and clean Android installation.

SlimROMs Official Download link : SlimROMs

15. OmniROM

As per the developer of OmniROM, “Omni isn't better, just different. It’s another option for the billion Android users out there. Android (vs. iOS and every other mobile OS) has thrived on options as well as the gigantic, talented development community that has emerged to build those options. That’s the beauty of Android – that you can pick and choose from a smorgasbord of devices with varying features and functionality.”

Omni ROM For Android

Features : It offers a platform where hardware resource utilization is measured properly and as a whole the device doesn't lag.  It is one of the smoothest and fastest Android custom ROMs which makes it a stand different than others.

OmniROM Official Download link : OmniROM

Yes, I am done with my top 15 Android custom ROMs. All the ROMs are clean, no bloatware, no extra apps where you would experience the taste of the purest Android. Various smartphones have their own KitKat-based ROMs available right now and, some of them are somewhat stable with a few bugs here and there. Now its time for you to try these ROMs according to your device supportability and requirements and leave your valuable comments. If you discover any other amazing custom ROMs, don't forget to mention here.

Monday

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Available For Pre-Order In India

Posted By: Arin Dey - August 25, 2014
The Redmi 1s from Xiaomi is available for pre-order today on Flipkart and priced at Rs 5,999 and will go on Sale on 2nd September. Xiaomi mentioned the price tag as Rs 6,999 when it announced its launch in July 2014. But seeing the competitive market in India they have reduced the price by Rs 1,000 and the device is available at less than $100 which is unbelievable with the specs Redmi 1S has. Flipkart is the official online retailer where Xiaomi is selling its various range of smartphones in India. Earlier Xiaomi Mi3 was introduced and till date the demand is at top. Even if you call Flipkart for booking, you can listen to their normal menu option with additional MI product booking option. Redmi 1S will be the second device entering the Indian market, after the hugely popular Xiaomi Mi3. The Mi3 is being sold in seconds whenever the stock is available. According to the device maker and the online retailer the demands for Mi3 as well as Redmi 1S are more in Indian smartphone market users.

Registrations open at 6pm, Aug 26th. If you want to pre-book Redmi 1S now, please click here: Link

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Available For Pre-Order In India
                                                                                                                                                 Image Credit : Mi.com 
Below are the technical specifications of Redmi 1S :

CPU  : Quad-core 1.6GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228, GPU Adreno 305

Memory : RAM 1GB, Flash Memory 8GB, Max Storage Expansion 64GB

Battery : 2000mAh changeable Li-ion battery

Display :  Size 4.7 inch, Material : IPS display, HD Resolution1280 x 720, Touch screenMulti-touch capacitive screen, Video Capture1080p (1920x1080) HD video recording

Operating System : MIUI, based on Android 4.3

Camera : Back 8MP, Front 1.6MP with FlashLED, Auto Focus, ApertureA ƒ/2.2 aperture,
Wide-angle 28mm, Burst Mode 8 frames/second, Zero shutter lag, face recognition, high dynamic range (HDR), real-time filters

Connectivity :  WCDMA(3G) / GSM(2G), GPSGPS+AGPS+GLONASS, Bluetooth BT4.0LE, WLAN 802.11b/g/n

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S will be competing against Motorola Moto E, Asus Zenfone 4 and some Indian smartphones. Click here to book your handset now.

Saturday

Useful Apps For Your Android Phone

Posted By: Arin Dey - August 16, 2014
Since most of the people are using Android smartphones now it is obvious that they will need the apps according to their requirements. We have tried our best to list some of the useful and important apps which will can be installed and made use of them. Here is a list of some of the useful Android apps for your phone that will help you be more efficient and productive as well as these apps will be helpful in serving purposes of your daily life. We have excluded some of the mostly used apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Google+, Hangouts, WeChat, Instagram etc. Lets find out some other useful apps which is not so much popular but helpful for specific people.

Useful Apps For Your Android Phone

We have categorized the apps in the following categories :

Productivity :

  • Clean Master : Clean useless files and residuals installation apps from your Android phone and also recover precious disk space and speed up the device. 
  • File Wrangler : Easy and powerful file manager for Android. 
  • Easy Backup :Take backup your SMS, MMS and call records to the external SD card. 
  • BackupPro : Take backup your phone and transfer your data and media file to another device.
  • DU BatterySaver : Fix your phone's battery problems and extend the device’s battery life. 
  • Reader — See PDF files on your Android phone. It can also open password protected files. 

Task Managing :

  • Keep : Take notes, to-do lists, voice memos and photo notes with searchable text.
  • Any.Do : Manage your tasks and to-do lists with Google Tasks sync easily. 
  • Ustream : Let you app tell you when you have free time and suggests task automatically. 
  • Easy Alarm : Assign any YouTube songs as your wake-up alarm. 
  • Timely : An alarm clock that automatically syncs with your other devices
  • Contacts+ : Beautiful  contact manager for Android that display profiles for your contacts. 
  • Readability : Shares web pages to your Kindle for reading later in a clutter free environment.

Antivirus :

  • Avast : It will secure your Android device against theft, viruses and phishing attacks.
  • AVG AntiVirus : It will protect your device from viruses, malware and fake apps. 
Music & Video :

  • Poweramp : An advanced music player for Android with clean and beautiful interface.
  • Saavn Music : Users who listen to Bollywood and Indian regional music and radio. Listen with this app on your Android device. 
  • SoundHound : Detects music playing around you with a single tap or by entering words from the lyrics.
  • Shazam : Similar to SoundHound, Shazam offers a button to tap and that instantly recognize music playing around you.
  • Subsonic : It fetches music from the desktop and listen on your phone or tablet anywhere, anytime. 
  • TuneIn Radio : Live radio stations and podcasts from all over the world can be accessed. 
Location & Tracking :

  • My Tracks : It will record everything wherever you go. Your path, speed and distance will be recorded when you walk or drive.
  • Glympse : Similar to Google Latitude. It is an alternate app that shows where your friends are.
  • Expensify : It makes expense reports for travelling on business purpose.
Design & Photos :

  • HomeStyler : Take a picture of a room, place furniture and visualize the interior design in 3D.
  • Photo Grid : Create collages and photo walls in different layouts quickly. 
  • Repix : You can remix your photos and turn them into piece of art. 
  • Screenshots : Easily capture screenshots of your Android device with keys or action triggers. 
  • Pixlr : An useful photo editor from Autodesk that is absolutely free. 
  • Aviary : Another photo editing tools that will make your photos stand out. 
Wireless :

  • Fing : You can find out which devices are connected to your Wi-Fi networks. 
  • TeamViewer : Access your Windows or Mac computers remotely from any Android phone. 
  • Splashtop : Access your Windows or Mac computer from any Android phone over WiFi.
  • WiFi Manager : You can find out Wi-Fi networks around you and connect to the best network. 
  • WiFi Analyzer : You can analyze your Wifi and expand the reach of your wireless router. 
  • AirDroid : Easily transfer files to and from your Android device wirelessly without cables. 
  • FoxFi : It makes your phone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and share your data connection. 
  • SmartCam : It makes your mobile phone into a webcam for your computer. 
News And Updates :

  • Flipboard : A popular app by which you can read news and updates from your favourite source in a beautiful, magazine style layout.
  • News 360 : Informative and useful news reader that collects stories around your topics of interest and displays in categories. 
Download :

  • µTorrent : It is the most used downloader app. Torrent downloader from the team that invented BitTorrent. 
  • tTorrent : An alternate for µTorrent. You can download torrents directly to your Android phone or tablet. 
Messaging And Video Calling :

  • Viber : Useful app to send free messages and make free calls over 3G or WiFi.
  • Line : It can send unlimited messages and make free calls over VoIP.
  • TrueCaller : It can detect calls from unknown numbers and block SMS and calls from spam numbers.
  • Shush : It keep track and remembers to unmute your phone after a certain period.
  • HelloText : Hello is a good alternative, in case you don't like your inbuilt SMSing app.
  • MightyText : It sends and receives SMS text messages from your desktop computer.
  • Smart Voice : It records high-quality audio while skipping the silent portions.
  • Cogi : It will record your college lectures or the conversations when you are in meetings.
Hope you will use the apps and share your experience by leaving your comments here.

Friday

Google's Next Android Release : "Android L" Features

Posted By: Arin Dey - June 27, 2014
This post will give you an advance look at the upcoming release for the Android platform, which offers new features for users and app developers. This post provides an introduction to the most notable android release. Android has grown from a small initiative to the world's dominant mobile OS platform with over a billion active users. Google keeps Android always up-to-date and has just unveiled what it calls the most ambitious Android release yet.

Google's Next Android Release : "Android L" Features
Here are some of the most exciting new features of Android L.

User Interface - Material Design :

The Android L includes support for material design apps. Material design is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices. Android will receive a complete visual overhaul aimed at promoting a consistent experience across Android device sizes and types.

Material Design - Android L

This support includes below features :
  • Unique material theme
  • View shadows
  • The RecyclerView widget
  • Drawable animation and styling effects
  • Material design animation and activity transition effects
  • Animators for view properties based on the state of a view
  • Customizable UI widgets and app bars with color palettes that you control
Modified Notification Settings :

The notification system allows users to keep informed about relevant and timely events in your app, such as new chat messages from a friend or a calendar event. You will be able to interact with notifications more easily in Android L.

Notification - Android L

The visual and functional update includes :
  • Visual changes to notifications as part of material design
  • Notifications are now available on the device lockscreen, yet sensitive content can still be hidden behind it
  • A new presentation format called Heads-up for receiving high priority notifications while using the device
  • Cloud-synced notifications - act on a notification on your Android tablet and it is also dismissed on your phone.
Lockscreen Notifications :

Lockscreens can show notifications. Users can select via Settings whether to allow sensitive notification content to be shown over a secure lockscreen or not. All the notifications and their actions are bridged over to Android Wear devices by default.

Improved Battery Performance :

Android L will be having battery life better than its earlier versions. But Google's moves go beyond that to the app development stage, for which new tools have been developed that let developers track battery drain and optimise apps before they ever reach end users. The battery saver mode is similar to those implemented by third parties so far. The services can be turned off or made to run only at intervals in order to save power.


Advanced Camera Capabilities :


The new version introduces the new advanced camera features to facilitate fine-grain photo capture and image processing. You can now programmatically access the camera devices available to the system and connect to a specific device.

Easy Web Browsing :

A change can be noticed to the way individual tabs and documents in apps are handled by Android L. They'll now show up as individual entries in the Recents menu unlike its previous releases. This will allow users to jump directly between them.

New Android Runtime (ART) :

The version 4.4 release introduced a new, experimental Android runtime (ART). In Kitkat, ART was optional, and the default runtime remained Dalvik. With the L Developer Preview, ART is now the default runtime. ART is 64-bit compatible, and is also engineered to allow apps to work across hardware architectures such as ARM and X86. This also means that Android devices will be able to address more RAM than the 32-bit limit allowed.

Graphical Support For OpenGL ES 3.1 & Android Extension Pack :

Andorid L includes Java interfaces and native support for OpenGL ES 3.1. In addition to OpenGL ES 3.1, this release provides an extension pack with Java interfaces and native support for advanced graphics functionality. These extensions are treated as a single package by Android. Google has worked with major hardware vendors to enable more fluid graphics, potentially paving the way for new Android-based game consoles and set-top boxes.

Google Fit :

People nowadays are more keen on keeping health fit and fine. The new Google Fit framework will take Apple's Healthkit head on, tying into sensors on phones themselves as well as connected accessories to collect data which will be ready for apps to use. Major partners including Nike, Adidas, Runkeeper, HTC, Asus, LG and Motorola are already on board. 


Better Android TV Apps :


Android offers pretty good experience that's optimized for apps running on large screen devices, such as high-definition televisions. Apps on TV offer new opportunities to delight your users from the comfort of their couch.

Below is a video which will show the Android L new look.


We have seen the performance and popularity of all the earlier released versions of Android and all of them did well in the market. Lets see how the new Android L makes noise in smartphone industry.

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