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10 of the hottest new Android apps this week (November 15)


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Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you’re looking for some new Android apps or games check out we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you’ll find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last seven days. We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS SPLIT INTO TO PAGES.

messenger googleMessenger (by Google)

Play Store Description: “Stay in touch with friends and family. Messenger from Google is a communications app that helps you send and receive SMS and MMS messages to any phone. You can also send group texts as well as your favorite pictures, videos and even audio messages to your contacts.”

We say: Google has had a lot going on these past few weeks, between the release of Android Lollipop, updating all their apps to Material Design, and even some new apps uploaded on the Play Store. This week, it’s the new Messenger app on Lollipop, and it is available for download on the Play Store. Mostly a bare-bones SMS app, it brings basic SMS features in a simplistic format. It is also filled with Material Design. If that’s your thing, check it out with the widget below.


appdictedAppdicted – Apps tracker

Play Store Description: “••Are you a smartphone addict?••
Appdicted track how many time you spend with your smartphone each day, and how many times you check it.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Appdicted lets you know how much time you spend on social networks or the like instant messaging apps like Whatsapp,Messenger, Viber or Telegram.”

We say: This is a new app that doesn’t really do anything productive, but is a fun way to see how you use you’re phone. It tells you how often you check your phone, what apps you use the most, and more. Have your friends download it and it’s likely a fun thing to compare how everyone uses their phones.


htc cameraHTC Camera

Play Store Description: “Easily switch between main and front cameras with a simple swipe, and capture photos and videos with ease.”

We say: HTC looks to be following the trend set by Google and Motorola of uploading system apps onto the Play Store making it easier to update them without the need of a new firmware update. While the requirements only list Android 4.4 and up, I had no luck downloading the app on my non-HTC device, so it seems you need Sense (a HTC device) in order to use the app. Still, for those phones that don’t come with Eye Experience can download this to gain that feature.

 

 


twodotsTwoDots

Play Store Description: “Join two brave dots as they traverse the arctic tundra, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths in the #1 hit game in over 70 countries.”

We say: This is an app that has been on iOS for a few weeks, and is the successor to the popular Dots game. This has an actual storyline however, so if you prefer a storyline this is for you. It’s free but be warned, it has quite a few in-app purchases. Check it out with the widget below.

 

 

 


speed booster - phone cleanerSpeed Booster – Phone Cleaner

Play Store Description: “Speed up your Phone by up to 60% with the simple touch of a button!”

We say: These sorts of apps are always questionable, and by no means are we suggesting it will work for everyone, however it is new, and is doing fairly well with 4.6 stars and over 100,000 downloads, so try it out.

 

 

 

 


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10 of the hottest new Android apps this week (November 8)


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Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you’re looking for some new Android apps or games check out we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you’ll find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last seven days. We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS SPLIT INTO TO PAGES.

calll of duty advanced warfareCall of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Play Store Description: “The Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare App gives fans the amazing tools they need to create and manage their clan, produce in game player and clan emblems, and participate in Clan Wars on the go from their tablet or mobile device. The new Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare App takes the Clan experience to a whole new level.”

We say: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the most recently released title from C.O.D. on the major consoles, and it seems they want to take over your phone as well. It seems that the mobile app will interact with your console game, allowing you to win loot and experience without having to be home. It already has over 100,000 downloads with a decent 3.6 stars in the Play Store, so check it out.


disney movies anywhereDisney Movies Anywhere

Play Store Description: “With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can enjoy your Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go. It’s free to join — no subscription needed. And when you sign up and connect your digital movie accounts, you get a FREE movie on us! You also get exclusive videos, special offers, and earn reward points for all your eligible digital purchases. And it’s great for kids, with parental controls built right in.”

We say: The popular iOS app has made its way onto the Play Store. I believe you get Wreck-It Ralph as the free movie, which is not bad at all. The great thing about this app is if you buy a Disney movie physically, you can redeem a digital version with a code in the movie’s case. Seems to work well, as it has 4.2 Stars in the Play Store. Next thing I’ll be looking for is Chromecast support.


music maniac Music Maniac – Mp3 Downloader

Play Store Description: “Download Copyleft music legally with Music Maniac – Mp3 Downloader!
The best free and legal way to download music onto your phone. Enjoy royalty free music from royalty free search engines such as Jamendo.”

We say: This app you should use at your own digression. We don’t condone downloading music illegally, just sharing a popular new app. This app claims it only gets royalty free music, which is good. Just be aware of what you’re doing. Anyways, currently has 4.6 stars in the Play Store, so it must work well.

 

 


music download paradiseMusic Download Paradise Mp3

Play Store Description: “Music Download Paradise Mp3 is a free music LEGAL downloader
Enjoy Creative Commons and royalty free music for free with the best music downloader for Android.”

We say: Evidently this is the week for free music download apps. The same thing applies to this app as the one before. Use at your own risk. This one doesn’t mention loyalty free music, just says that it’s legal. It also has 4.6 stars in the Play Store.

 

 


hktvHKTV – TV & Shopping platform

Play Store Description: ““Always Something New”
HKTV provides a unique “Shoppertainment” experience for
Hong Kong people to enjoy TV entertainment and online shopping at same time.”

We say: This one goes out to our friends in Hong Kong! I’m going to be perfectly honest here, I’m not sure I understand this one. You can watch TV and shop at the same time. I don’t understand the draw, but it currently has 5 stars in the Play Store, so maybe it’s good. Check it out with the widget below.

 

 



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Pushbullet updated to send SMS messages from your computer


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Pushbullet has a lot of great functionality that allows you to view and reply to notifications from your computer without touching your phone. Up until now, you could only reply to SMS messages sent to you through Pushbullet. With an update yesterday, this has changed.

Now you can start SMS messages from your computer with Pushbullet

With this update, you can now start a SMS message from your computer to send to someone. As long as you have the app installed and the browser extension, you can head to the “SMS” tab and get going. Auto-complete for contacts is available, but if you don’t like that you can change this under the settings.

Currently this is only available on Chrome, but it is making its way onto Firefox and Opera.

If you don’t currently have the app and want to try it, hit the widget below.

Do you like this update?

via Android Police


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10 of the hottest new Android apps this week (November 1)


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Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you’re looking for some new apps or games check out we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you’ll find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last seven days. We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

taco bell

Taco Bell

Play Store Description: 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.

We say: Taco Bell seems to think you don’t get your food fast enough. So, they’ve released this app in the Play Store to help expedite the process. You can now order and pay before you even arrive, and then skip the line, get your food, and leave. People seem to like it, as it already has over 10,000 downloads and 4.6 stars.


 

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djay 2

Play Store Description: djay transforms your Android device into a full–featured DJ system. Seamlessly integrated with Spotify and all the music on your device, djay gives you direct access to mix your favorite songs and playlists instantly. You can perform live, record mixes on–the–go, or enable Automix mode to let djay create a seamless mix for you automatically. Whether you are a professional DJ or a beginner who just loves to play with music, djay offers you the most intuitive yet powerful DJ experience on an Android device.

We say: The popular app from Mac and iOS has finally come over to Android. With Spotify integration, this app allows you to become a DJ without all of the fancy equipment. It will cost you $2.99, but from what I gather its well worth your money. Check out the widget below to download.

 

 

 


 

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Google Fit

Play Store Description:

Effortlessly track your activity:
• Just carry your phone and get access to your walking, running and cycling activity.

Reach your fitness goals:
• Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress throughout the day.
• Receive performance-based recommendations for activity goals.

A comprehensive view of your fitness:
• Connect third party devices and apps to Fit and we’ll show you all of your fitness data in one place.

Available everywhere:
• Compatible with all Android Wear devices.
• Also access Google Fit on the web at http://www.google.com/fit and on your tablet.

We say: Google has had a busy month, between announcing the biggest update to Android yet, Android Lollipop, a new round of Nexus devices, and then last week releasing Inbox. Now, they’ve released the long-awaited Google Fit that they announced back at Google I/O. Google Fit works with your other fitness apps to compile all your health information into one place for you to analyze. It works with your phone and your Android Wear, along with other devices. Already has over 100,000 downloads with a 4.2 stars. Check out Google’s latest offering.


 

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Hype Machine

Play Store Description: Discover the most talked-about music from blogs around the world. This is Hype Machine in your pocket.

Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up on Hype Machine. We watch for new posts on over 800 of the most interesting blogs and make it easy to follow this chaotic world.

We say: Some times it’s hard to find new music. There are tons of music apps that help with music discovery, but they all rely on similar sounds and people’s opinions that you don’t see. Hype Machine looks to solve this by compiling information from hundreds of popular music blogs, and tell you what the new music is and what it’s like. It allows you to know what people think exactly, and saves you hours searching on the internet and through blogs. Check it out.


 

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The Wolf Among Us

Play Store Description: The Wolf Among Us is a five-part (Episodes 2-5 can be purchased in-app) from the creators of The Walking Dead, winner of over 90 Game of the Year awards. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series (DC Comics/Vertigo) by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

We say: The Wolf Among Us has done fairly well with its video game on Xbox and PlayStation, and has been a popular comic book series. Now, they’ve released a new mobile game that seems to look pretty good. It has 4.5 stars, so it must be good. Check it out for yourselves.

 

 

 



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Amazon folds Appstore into standard Android app


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Amazon is doing everything they can to make their mark in the mobile market. Their unsuccessful Fire Phone most likely showed them they needed a new strategy, and that is provide the content they’ve worked hard to build to other platforms. So they have quietly placed their mobile app store in the Android Amazon app.

App Store within Amazon app

While you’ve always been able to download the Amazon App Store onto Android, it was a harder process of finding the download page, letting Android accept .apk from Unknown Sources, and then installing the Amazon App Store. You still need to allow installation of .apk from Unknown Sources, but the Amazon app makes it a much more seamless experience, taking you directly the page in your settings, and then pressing back and being done with the set up process. After that, you’re all set!

What’s interesting is this was evidently implemented way back on September 9th, with supposedly it being included in their announcement about access to Prime Instant Video. They’ve likely been quiet about it to avoid unnecessary attention from Google. Either way, hit the widget below to download the Amazon app to access the Amazon App Store from the list of “Departments”, in a category called “Apps & Games”.

Will you use the hidden App Store?

Source: TechCrunch


 
 

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Google Fit app launches in the Play store


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Today, Google officially released the Google Fit app which turns your Android device into a fitness tracker.

According the the Android Official Blog,

Google Fit uses sensors already built in to your Android phone to automatically detect walking, biking and running. And you can set and monitor your fitness goals based on your activity levels. It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals. In fact, you can check in just about anywhere, including your phone, the web, tablet and Android Wear devices.

 

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Download the app, link it to your Google account, and BOOM; instant fitness tracker with real-time monitoring. You can then use any device, including the web, to look at your fitness data.

Google Fit also links up to your other fitness apps/devices. So, you can wear your fitness band while working out and your Android Wear smartwatch the rest of the time, and still have all your fitness data in one place.

What do you think? Are you ready for Google to own another set of your personal data?

via [TNW]

Source [Android Official Blog]


 
 

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10 of the hottest new Android apps of the week (October 26)


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Looking to pick up a new Android app or game to try out this week? Why not start with some of the freshest titles around? What you’ll find below is a collection of ten of the hottest new Android apps from around the last week or so. We’ve gone through and picked out a nice selection of stuff and think you’ll enjoy a few of them!

Note that this article is split evenly over two pages.


 

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Inbox by Gmail

Play Store description: “Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. Inbox, built by the Gmail team, keeps things organized and helps you get back to what matters.

We say: Google surprised everyone this week with the announcement of Gmail’s latest venture, Inbox. Inbox is essentially Gmail and Google Now slammed together with a mix of the app Mailbox. A few of us here at AndroidGuys have been lucky enough to get the app, and we absolutely love it. If you want it, you currently have to ask for an invite directly from Google by emailing inbox@google.com or asking a friend who has the app.


 

RETRY

Play Store description: “From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes RETRY – a game so hard, so addictive, so old skool that you’ll think you’ve stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986. Totally rad!

You’re in the cockpit of a smoking, loop-the-looping, out of control, 8-bit jalopy of an airplane. Grab hold of the yoke, ace. It’s going to take raw skill and white-knuckle stunts to get through this one. Enter the danger zone!

We say: Ever since Flappy Bird came and went, many developers have tried to copy the formula the game had: a balance of too hard but addictive enough to keep you playing. Well, Rovio is taking a crack at it with RETRY. I tried this game myself and it is quite fun, and addictive. The difference with this particular game is there are levels, allowing you to feel a sense of achievement. Don’t take my word for it, download it for yourself.


 

 

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile

Play Store description: “We are thrilled to announce RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ including Queue Lines! Enjoy a whole new level of customization, watch your peeps line-up and wait for rides while increasing the BUZZ each one produces. Build your park, make your peeps happy, and play with millions of other players online today! The game includes all new mini-games including slots and others!

We say: For those that have memories of playing RollerCoaster Tycoon on your computer are going to love this new addition. RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is a shot at bringing the popular computer game to mobile devices. Currently has 3.7 stars and already over 500 thousand downloads, so it must be pretty good. Let us know how you like it.


 

Clash of Gangs

Play Store description: “From the makers of the #1 strategy game on Android comes Clash of Gangs – an all-new action-packed tactical combat game! Clash your way to the top of the criminal underworld as you build your army of loyal soldiers, deadly Bosses, and even military-grade assault Choppers. Send your gang out on combat missions or raid players from all around the world. Build your base and defend your reputation as the leader of the biggest – and baddest – crew in town!”

We say: Clash of Clans has made quite the impact on the mobile gaming world, bringing a fun, humorous, and simple game that has caught the world by storm. Well, the same makers of Gods Rush, IGG.COM, have released the game Clash of Gangs which tries to bring a different twist to the Clash of Clans formula. That is seemingly working, as it has 4.4 stars and over 500 thousand downloads.


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Lumific

Play Store description: “Lumific keeps your camera roll tidy and beautifies your photos, so that you can share them at their best. We group your photos automatically into events. Turn your favorite moments into gorgeous featured events that are easy to show your friends and share over Facebook. See your photos in a whole new light. Using sophisticated imaging technology, Lumific brightens, beautifies and edits your photos. All automatically.”

We say: When Google announced their new Google+ Auto Awesome feature, everyone was amazed. Now you can not just back up your photos automatically, but have become better looking, all without having to do anything yourself. When they added Stories to those slew of features, it was even more incredible. Well, Lumific looks to provide a better experience with those same features. Acting as a Photo Gallery on your phone, if automatically “beautifies” your photos, and then groups them into events so you can find them more easily. They have already updated their app at user’s request, which means they’re willing to work with their user base and provide quick updates, which isn’t common among new app developers.



 
 

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Microsoft Garage brings new Android app alternatives


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Microsoft seemingly cannot decide whether it is for Google or against Google. Nevertheless, for those wanting some Microsoft love on their Android devices can get it through Microsoft Garage.

Microsoft Garage is a project by Microsoft looking to bring projects to reality from hackers, interns, employees, etc. Part of what has come to fruition is a trio of new apps available from the Play Store.

First, Torque is an app for Android Wear where you can twist your wrist, prompting a voice search in Bing. Essentially a Google Now replacement for Android Wear.

Next Lock Screen is an app that allows you to access apps and functions directly from the lock screen. If your device isn’t getting Android Lollipop anytime soon, but you like the idea of interactive notifications on your lock screen might look to this as an alternative.

Journeys & Notes is a way to discover things in between two places by looking at notes left by others. You can also leave your own notes about things you know of and find.

If you want to look at the project more, hit the link below. If you want to try any of the apps, click on one of the widgets below.

Do any of these apps interest you?

via Microsoft Garage


 

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Oct
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Smarty Tiles: A colorful brain game


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I’m not much of a gamer. In fact, Smarty Tiles was the first game I downloaded on my Moto X (2013) since I bought the smartphone last October (2013). As a result, I won’t make any comparisons between Smarty Tiles and other games. Instead, I’ve put together a panel of expert gamers; my 8 year old son, and his two friends (10 & 6).

Before we get into their expert review of Smarty Tiles, a little background information.

Smarty Tiles is the first attempt at a game by ASTRARIS, a one-man developer. The design of the game was inspired by Windows 8. He liked the minimalist look of the tiles and used that to create a game that challenges the mind, and quickens the reflexes. The game itself was inspired by the Stroop Effect, which synchronizes the two hemispheres of the brain. After about 6 weeks of development Smarty Tiles has combined the design inspiration and the game inspiration into a simple, and beautiful app.

The idea for the game is pretty basic. You are presented with a colored block and a word inside the block. The word may or may not be the color of the block. So for example, you might see an orange block with the word “blue” inside of it. In this case, you would tap the NO option and move on to the next block. In short,

Tap on “YES” when the color of the tile and word are the same
Tap on “NO” when the color of the tile and word are different

The challenge comes as you are given less and less time to read, discern, and tap. It’s kind of like that old game where you would ask someone to say “fork” ten times, then ask them what you eat soup with. The brain takes a second to make the connection. If you aren’t on your toes, and you are worried about time expiring, then you might just choose poorly.

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Smarty Tiles gets more complicated as the color pallet expands and the words are presented in different colors. You might get an orange block with the green word “blue” in it. Is your head hurting yet?

I spent some time playing the game at its most basic level, and found that my brain was definitely engaged in the activity. This is not a passive, mind numbing game you play when you want to relax on the couch at night. This is a game to help improve focus and reaction time. I dared not attempt the more advanced levels of the game for fear of looking foolish in front of my gaming experts.

Let’s see what they had to say.

6 year old

Like – “I like that it has colors and it cheers when you get a new high score.”

Dislike – “I don’t dislike anything about it.”

8 year old

Like – “It’s a challenging game and it really has your brain working.”

Dislike – “I don’t like that the game is over when you press the wrong button.”

10 year old

Like – “It’s a fun game. You get really competitive.”

Dislike – “It’s hard and it goes a little bit fast. You might freak out and press the wrong button.”

All three kids agreed Smarty Tiles was good for anyone 8 years old and up. The 6 year old would not recommend it to his friends, but the other two would. If play time is any indication, all three kids were done playing in about 10 minutes. Now, they are in their shared Minecraft world. To be fair, all three are addicted to Minecraft, and it’s half the reason they look forward to hanging out together.

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There are 26 different game modes to chose from. You can go from simple, yet challenging, to just about impossible. One of the best parts about the game is that there are no in-app purchases (Full Disclosure: I’m totally biased towards apps that do not have in-app purchases). Smarty Tiles is also available in 9 different languages, so if you want to make it really difficult, try playing in Korean (unless you speak Korean, then try Russian).

Check out Smarty Tiles and let us know what you think.


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Tap Cash Review


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Unless you’re currently reading this article on a yacht somewhere in Cabo, I’m guessing that you could probably stand to earn a little bit of money. What if I told you that you could get cash just by downloading a free app. If you’re thinking this sounds like a pretty sweet deal then it may be time to check out Tap Cash.

Overview

Tap Cash is an app that works on a credit system, wherein you exchange credits for certain “gifts” ranging from a $1 Paypal card for 1000 credits to a $10 Google Play gift card for 10000 credits. Every dollar is worth 1000 credits from the app. To get these credits you can download apps or share the app with your friends. The amount of credits you earn is based on the app. For example an app that all you have to do it download and start is going to be worth far fewer credits than one you have to provide information for. Furthermore sharing the app with others is worth more than most apps other than the ones that require a lot of personal information.

What’s especially interesting about this app though is that it creates a little game out of earning these credits. It shows the highest earners for the week, the month, and in total. So far the highest amount earned is about $262, a pretty good haul considering I’ve only managed to earn about ¢10 so far.

Click to view slideshow.

 

My Experience with Tap Cash

For the most part it seemed like a pretty great app. I never was able earn enough credits to be able to exchange it for “gifts”, but from other users reviews it’s clear that if you do manage to earn enough credits they will follow through and give you your money. The only problem of any significance is that sometimes I would download an app that would promise credits if I just started it, but even after doing so I wouldn’t get the credits. I would like to stress that this did not happen with every app I downloaded, but it did happen with a couple. It can also take quite a while to amass enough credits to get a sizable amount of money, but it is certainly possible to do so and many people have.

Will this app turn you into some King Midas figure? No, unfortunately it won’t turn stuff into gold. But will downloading this app be able to earn you a little money that involved little to no effort? Absolutely!

BONUS CREDITS!

Bonus! If you’d like a promo code for 300 credits here’s the link.


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