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?
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.
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?
Source [Android Official Blog]
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or asking a friend who has the app.
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.
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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! If you’d like a promo code for 300 credits here’s the link.
TiVo announced today that they are releasing an Android app with streaming video playback. This has been a longtime coming to Android users. The new TiVo app brings a huge amount of functionality to your Android device. For starters, you can start watching a program at home, then continue to watch on your mobile device when you get to another location. Like a late night infomercial, that’s not all: You can also stream programing from your mobile device to a big screen; pull up background information on your favorite shows; and, use your mobile device as a next-gen remote control. The TiVo app should be available today in the Google Play store.
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Want to get rid of your boring, default, not so pretty address book, bringing it up to speed with the rest of the awesome features on your phone? Or maybe you want to know when you last spoke to someone, via a phone call,an email, or even via a text message? Want to do it in style and make the “phone” part of your phone much more beautiful and useful than it is out of the box? If so, then the Ready Contact List app is exactly what you are looking for.
Since smartphones exist to help us stay connected to friends and family, it’s a wonder that more effort hasn’t been put into making the contact list more beautiful, and the contact cards more informative. Some manufacturers have their own spin on these, adding a few little perks here and there, but for the most part, this part of your mobile device isn’t something to write home about. The Ready Contact List app changes that in every way possible.
For about 3 months now I’ve been beta testing this app via their Google+ community which currently has nearly 26,000 users. Even more interesting for me personally is that one of the developers/PR Manager, Andras Kindler, and myself have been talking via hangouts quite often.
Andras first came to me a couple of months back asking for personal feedback because I had a certain device and I was one of the first people to join the community. I offered the feedback he was looking for, and it just continued from there.
Every couple of weeks or so he’d approach me, provide me with a new beta APK before it was pushed to the beta community and ask me to check out and give my own opinion, if there were any issues, things I’d change or whatever. It’s something I really enjoy doing and was honored to always be in the loop of what was going on with the app in a lot of ways.
What The App Does And How It Works
The app is designed to communicate with your contacts not only easier and faster, but in a much better looking way. The appearance of Ready Contact List is amazing in my opinion. Most of these types of apps are boring and ugly, just like the way it’s made in Android originally.
Ready Contact List gives you several options after you end a phone call with someone. Options such as sending an email to that contact, sending a text message or even calling that person back. This is all done via a screen that pops up after the call is disconnected and the options are all right there, presented to you in a beautiful manner.
The good thing about this is that there are settings for this screen that I mention as well so that you can have it disabled completely from ever showing. Or, you can have it set to stay on the screen for 10 seconds or 5 seconds, then it take you back to the screen you were viewing prior to ending the phone call. My only complaint here, and it’s very minor, is that the timer settings could be set in 1 second increments. Meaning, I’d like for the Ready Contact List screen to go away after 3 seconds instead of waiting for 5 seconds. Certainly not that big of a deal, but at least there are 3 options to choose from.
Not only does it give you those options, but it even shows you a little card near the bottom that tells you how much communication you’ve had with the contact. For example, if you’ve been texting the person you just hung up with, it will show you how many text messages you’ve sent back and forth in a little card. Plus you can scroll upwards and go through all of those text messages, right there on the Ready Contact List screen, without having to switch over to your SMS app or anything.
Highlights And Features
Not only do you get everything mentioned above, but you can also unlock a few other things along the way, relatively easy. Features such as themes for the Ready Contact List, ringtone packs and an ad-free mode. You can unlock those by sharing the code the app provides you and is unique to only you. Each time you share the code and someone uses it, you can get credits within the app. You can unlock the ringtones pack, custom themes and the ad-free mode. Or, once you get 20 credits, then you can gain yourself a premium account, which gives you all of the above.
To see exactly how the codes work, you can check out the Ready FAQ page here: Ready FAQ’s, and it will explain what happens when you share your code, what happens if/when someone uses it and what rewards you will get. It will also tell you how many points each feature you wish to unlock costs and all that useful information.
Let’s not forget to mention that you get a bit of Android Material love with this app, and that alone makes it that much more worth it. As we all know, Google is going to be making this Material look the new standard, at least for a while, so it’s nice to see this part of your phone already spiced up with it via the Ready Contact List app.
Most of these types of apps do absolutely nothing for me at all in just about every way possible. However, Ready Contact List does everything right and does it in a beautiful way. If you’re looking for an alternative contact list/dialer app, and you want to make the phone part of your phone awesome again, then by all means grab the Ready Contact List app today.
Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s have a little contest if we shall. As mentioned above, you can unlock various things within the app by spending money or by sharing your personal code with others and have them enter it or install the app via the URL you provide. But how about if we give fifteen(15) of you kick ass and awesome readers of ours a chance to win a code that will unlock EVERYTHING for you?
Contest Time: Win A Premium Code
Here’s how it’s going to work boys and girls. You have to leave a comment in the comment section below and you have to tell me what your favorite movie character of all time is. I don’t care if you say it’s Luke Skywalker, Optimus Prime, E.T. or whatever. As long as you tell me your favorite movie character of all time, you’re automatically eligible to win. This contest is open to anyone in the world, and will run from now until Friday at 11:59pm EST. That means you don’t have long, so comment quickly. Only one comment per person will count and we ask that you use a valid email address when you leave your comment, as that’s how we will get in touch with you to provide you with your code for the Ready Contact List.
Website: Ready Contact List App
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Looking to scoop up some quality Android apps and games but don’t want spend a penny? You’re in luck! Amazon is, for a limited time, offering more than two dozen titles for free in its Appstore. Available immediately, you can pick up the following apps or games. Worth well in excess of $135 for the lot, you’re advised to hop on and or all of them. Here’s what we found listed:
- OfficeSuite Professional 7
- Sonic 4 Episode II
- Relax Melodies Premium
- Riptide GP2
- SketchBook Pro
- Swype Keyboard
- Perfectly Clear
- Knots 3D
- Sworkit PRO
- My Diet Coach – Pro
- Quell Memento
- Genius Scan+
- City Maps 2Go Pro
- Alarm Clock+
- Another World
- Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
- Mahjong Artifacts
- Heroes of Steel RPG
- Paper Camera
- Schedule Planner PRO
- MetaMoJi Note
- PrinterShare Mobile Print
- Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO
- Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Pro Dictionary
- Air Harp
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Google promised that Android apps would eventually make their way to Chrome OS, and, well, here they are – the search giant announced that the first batch has just gone live in the Chrome Web Store. We knew that Vine and Evernote were on the short list of Android apps to make the leap, but there’s no sign of Flipboard yet. Instead, we also got startup Duolingo’s excellent language learning app and something called Sight Words, a tool to help little ones identify and recognize words (aww). Four apps may not seem like much to get worked up over, (especially since Duolingo and Evernote work just fine in a web browser) but it’s just a start. Google says it’ll work on getting more developers to use its App Runtime for Chrome “over the coming months,” so don’t go expecting a full-on Android invasion of Chrome OS any time soon.
Source: Official Chrome Blog