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10 of the most popular apps this week (January 30)

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 it 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 (or so). We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

Bubble Mania Valentine’s Day

Looking for a way to get into spirit of love in the air? Then this game will do it for you! … Maybe not, but this bubble shooter game has a Valentine’s theme for those who like holiday themed games. It’s made by the popular developer TeamLava. This game requires an internet connection, and is free to play with IAP.

Microsoft Outlook Preview

After releasing the Microsoft Word and Excel previews last week, Microsoft has released the Outlook preview after implementing features from the app they acquired, Acompli. It looks a lot like Inbox by Gmail but with Microsoft accounts attached. There are also some features that are from the desktop Outlook program, such as looking at your calendar and sending available times from it. This is all part of Microsoft’s plan to bring all of its services across multiple devices with Microsoft 10. If you are looking for more integration with Microsoft’s services, you should definitely try this out.

TV Remote Control (PRO)

This app brings more functionality to phones that can control TVs. Unfortunately, there is hardly anything in the description, so proceed with caution. The comments are also filled with “this app doesn’t work,” but that seems to be with phone models that don’t have an IR blaster. So, please note: this app likely requires an IR blaster to work.

East Legend

East Legend is from popular developer Com2uS, and brings a fantasy story to your phone. Play as a knight to find a chalice and defeat demons to save the world! You can power up, level up, and more. It currently has a 4.2 star rating, so its worth trying out.


NuMi is a new weight-loss app that curates recommendations based on your lifestyle. It helps give you tons of recipe ideas for eating in, and even recommendations based on GPS for eating out. You can even connect a FitBit or Jawbone device to help track activity and such. There are also tons of features to help you stay focused and motivated on losing the weight you want. A bar code scanner, daily progress, real-time activity recommendations, and the list goes on.

 RAM Booster Ultimate Pal

This app boosts your phones performance by cleaning your RAM at points you can set for yourself. The app claims to improve your phone’s performance to be like the day you first bought it. It even has a nice design to it. Although, whether RAM cleaners help your phone or not is questionable. However if you’re looking for a new RAM cleaner, this could be own to try.

Battery Pal (2X Saver)

If a RAM cleaner isn’t the only thing you’re looking for to optimize your phone, than perhaps you can give Battery Pal a shot. Battery Pal helps optimize your phone’s battery by finding problem apps and other things and gives you suggestions on how to make our phone last longer. The app has over 10,000 downloads, so it’s worth trying out. Use the widget below.

Candy Blast Mania Valentines

Another holiday another Candy Crush clone. This one is based on Valentine’s Day, and has over 800 levels, so should keep you entertained for awhile. It has 4 stars and over 100,000 downloads though, so try it out.


If picking up your smartphone and checking it for notifications sounds like a chore, than look no further than notifyier. This app speaks out your notifications for you, and allows you to interact with them without touching your phone. You can customize the apps it works with, wave to dismiss, and more. This is reminiscent of how the Moto X works with its “What’s Up?” feature. Try it out with the widget below.


Monument Valley is a very popular puzzle app with beautiful animations, and it seems we have our first clone in Skyward. Skyward is made by the developer Ketchapp, and brings the Monument Valley style in a free package. It already has over 100,000 installs and 4.3 stars, and is free, so what’s there to lose?

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Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android lands in the Google Play Store

Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android app

We know that Microsoft is pushing forward with a vengeance to get Windows 10 and a new round of Office products into the hands of consumers. To that end, they have just released their new Outlook Preview app for your Android devices.

Microsoft Outlook Preview is free in the Google Play Store. They ask only that you remember this is not the final release software, you will find a few bugs, and they would love it if you could report them to help improve the app for future updates.

Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android

This is not the first item out of Microsoft’s Office suites to find a home on Android, indeed, you can find Office Mobile, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and more in the Play Store. We are huge fans of Microsoft’s transition to a viable competitor in the mobile space and suspect that the continued growth of Office apps for Android will allow many users to step away from their Windows machines a little more in their work day.

Outlook Preview offers up many of the basics of a powerful email client. Multiple account handling, file attachments, integrated calendar with notifications and reminders, quick search functions, and all the send/receive functionality you could hope for.

Microsoft has taken to splitting your Outlook Inbox into two tabs. The Focused tab offers up just the most important messages based on factors such as your previous interactions with senders, contacts list and more, think Google’s Priority Inbox in Gmail. The Other tab (yes, it’s called “Other”) does away with grouping your messages, bringing you all of your mail in reverse-chronological order. No sorting option to be found in this version.

Microsoft Outlook Preview for Android features

A key feature we’ve found missing, or just couldn’t find it, is support for POP based email. We get that POP is what some consider to be antiquated, but it is still live and well in many companies around the globe. I was looking forward to testing the new Outlook Preview with my own POP account, it appears I will have to enable IMAP at the very least to proceed.

Outlook Preview for Android is free in the Google Play Store, head on over to grab your copy and check out all of the other features available in the app. No doubt that most Outlook for PC users will find this a great mobile edition for their needs.

Do you still use Outlook or another full email client for your email needs, or have you transitioned to web based services?


10 of the most popular apps this week (January 23)

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 it 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 (or so). We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

Words On Tour

Zynga, the developers behind Words with Friends, have created a new word game, Words On Tour. It is fairly simple word game, but centered around levels that take you to around the world to various cities. You can play with friends, offline or online (its said that we even have to clarify that anymore). It has 4.2 stars and over 500,000 installs. It is free with in-app purchases, check it out with the widget below.

app lockApp Lock by AJK

One of the coolest features that came with Android Lollipop is the ability to pin apps so that someone borrowing your phone will only use the apps you have pinned. App Lock by AJK takes this idea to a whole other level by giving some customization and more control over this feature. You can use a password, pattern, or even a fake app crash to block certain apps. Its got tons of other features on top of all of that.

the witcher battle arena

The Witcher Battle Arena

The popular video games Witcher now has a mobile game, The Witcher Battle Arena. This is a MOBA game where two teams face off against each other in an arena. Characters you choose have various abilities that can get better as the game advances. What is cool about this game is they say you can unlock everything in the game by playing the game, but if you choose to get things sooner you can purchase it. However, theoretically you can unlock everything in the game by just playing through it. It looks like it has great graphics as well.

crossy road

Crossy Road

Fans of Frogger and Minecraft will be happy to know that the new game Crossy Road is Frogger with Minecraft-like graphics, but rather than a frog you play a variety of other characters. There’s not much else to it other than that. You can collect characters, play 50 levels, and it is completely free to play. It does have over 5,000,000 downloads and 4.7 stars, so it should be a great play.

star wars kotorStar Wars™: KOTOR

Knights Of The Old Republic was a very popular video game when it came out back in 2003. With today’s smartphones, their processing power can handle older video games. That is what this is, the old video game available for your smartphone. It is the full game, so they even mention in the description that it will be a big download. This has all the features of the game: choose your adventure, build your character, learn 40 force powers, build a lightsaber, and more. Because it is the full game, it does cost $9.99. If you are pining for this game though, this is a great way to have it with you everywhere.

 app of the dayApp of the Day ’15 – 100% Free

There are lots of app discovery apps out there, but this one supplements the finding of apps with discounts, ranging from 15% to 100%. What’s cool is if the app features an app that has a premium and a lite version, it will unlock all of the premium features. And, if you later decide to get rid of this app, the features and apps you get from the app stay with you for life.

dr mcdougalls mobile cookbookDr. McDougall Mobile Cookbook

This was an app initially on iOS, and was in high-demand enough that they released it on Android. What is cool about this app is it is health focused, so has healthy meals and even health tips. It even will help you gather a shopping list. The only thing with this is app is it costs $4.99. If you’re willing to spend that (which we support paying for apps) then try it out.

Restaurant story: coffee shopRestaurant Story: Coffee Shop

If you’re looking to build your own coffee shop, then this game is for you. This allows you to design and build your own restaurant, and then serve customers. You even create your own menu, and decorate everything. You can even invite friends to build a shop next to you and share recipes. It currently has 4.2 stars and over 100,000 downloads.

wwe immortalsWWE Immortals

WWE Immortals brings your favorite WWE stars and brings them into a game. You can have powers, level up, play others online, and more. It has good graphics, and evidently great game play based on the 4.3 star rating and over 500,000 downloads. Otherwise, this is a cool looking fighting game with WWE stars.

cops n robbersCops N Robbers

Cops N Robbers is a popular mini game that is now in a game to download for your phone. It has comfortable touch controls, good graphics (in a purposefully pixelated look way), and even multiplayer. You can either play a Cop or Robber, and depending on your role will depend on your goal in the game. It is currently $0.99, download it with the widget below.

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Goat Simulator update brings new level and a new level of crazy


One of the most oddball Android games around has scored a huge update, Goat Simulator has added a new level and more than doubled the amount of crazy costumes and accessories for your zany little goat.

Goat Simulator is on sale in the Google Play Store right now, get it for just $2.99. The update comes in version number 1.1.1 and has a changelog that reads as follows:

  • Updated Russian and Japanese localization
  • Fixed black screen on some devices
  • Added a new map: Goat City Bay
  • Lots of new goats
  • A lickable helicopter (yes, you read that right)
  • Pigs that are stuck
  • Hyper realistic water physics

Goat Simulator deadmau5 Helicopter aa

As always, the team looks to fix performance bugs and serious glitches in Goat Simulator, but you’ll have to get used to, or rather, embrace, the absolute craziness of the physics at play to enjoy this game. Expect to see death defying falls and spills, dislocated necks and to get stuck in a few walls. Just remember to laugh and be entertained, that is the purpose, after all.

To get your roller coaster flying, ferris wheel riding, rooftop deadmau5 dance party goat simulating on, take your $2.99 over to the Google Play Store to grab your copy of Goat Simulator.

Is Goat Simulator too crazy for your tastes? Any awesome Goat Simulator screenshots to share?


10 of the most popular apps this week (January 2)


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 it 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 (or so). We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!

business calendar 2

Business Calendar 2

The very popular Business Calendar app has a successor, Business Calendar 2. Rather than just updating their other app, they have rebuilt the it from the ground up, claiming to have made it better in the process. This app prides itself in allowing you to view your entire schedule in various ways, including the bird’s-eye view of the month seen above. It also helps you find open spots in your schedule to plan a meeting. They have a free version as well as a paid version that has more features. If your phone’s stock calendar isn’t doing it for you or doesn’t have enough features, this is the app for you.

falcon pro 3Falcon Pro 3

Falcon Pro 3 is the same developer who made the popular Falcon and Falcon Pro 2 apps. They were both so popular in fact, that both times the apps had run out of Twitter tokens, and had to make a workaround for people to use it. Falcon Pro 3 is a totally new app, though, but brings a lot of neat features, and a design that you’ll drool over that has Material Design cues. It is also simple and quick, so it doesn’t require a lot of resources. The only downside is you have to pay for each Twitter account you add to the app, but this is likely the way to slow down the use of Twitter tokens. I have experience with this developer with his other Falcon apps and his Flyne app, and I’m always impressed. He also always updates quickly and frequently.

looney tunes dash

Looney Tunes Dash!

Endless runner games have endless possibilities to them, and Warner Brothers seems to agree as a new endless runner game has been released, Looney Tunes Dash! Looney Tunes Dash! allows you to play as several Looney Tunes such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and more. You can reenact episodes with the game, complete levels, and more. It has a 4.1 Star rating, so check it out.

adobe lightroom mobile

Adobe Lightroom Mobile

Adobe has released a mobile version of Lightroom, allowing users to edit photos that are anything from a .jpg from a smartphone to a raw image from a DSLR. It has a lot of the functionality from the desktop version, but optimized for mobile use. The app itself is free, but you need a subscription in order to use it. However, there’s a free 30-day trial available for users who aren’t quite sure. Check it out with the widget below.

redhead redemption9GAG Redhead Redemption

I’ll leave it to the description to say this: “This is no ordinary zombie game! Well, maybe it is, but it is LOADED WITH FUN!” This is the first game from popular site 9GAG, and they released it on Android first, with an iOS version on the way. It looks like it is not only a fun zombie runner shooter game, but looks like it might be loaded with jokes along the way. Either way, it has 4.6 stars and over 100,000 downloads. Download it with the widget below.

 microsoft word previewMicrosoft Word & Excel Preview

Microsoft has been very weird about their interaction with Google and Android, but recently they have been flooding the Play Store with their apps. Well, now they have Word and Excel apps that you can use on tablets with screens 7 inches are larger. If you want a better word document and spreadsheet editor, these might be for you.


Shift is for those who enjoy using Instagram and just taking photos in general and applying filters to them, but would like a little more freedom in what the filter is and adjusting it. You can use sliders to adjust colors and shades, and even favorite filters that you really like to use later on other photos. It looks like this is an app I am going to keep on my phone. Download it below.

tales from the borderlandsTales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands looks to continue where the story left off in Borderlands 2 in a 5 part episode game. Everything is there, from the graphics, to the humor, to some of the iconic characters. However, because of the high quality of the game, it is $4.99, and will cost more for each episode. There is also a minimum system requirements, listed below. Still, it looks like a lot of fun, and is sure to be entertaining.

Minimum specs:
GPU: Adreno 300 series, Mali-T600 series, PowerVR SGX544, or Tegra 4
CPU: Dual core 1.2GHz
Memory: 1GB


SimplePlanes allows you to design, build, and fly your own planes. The graphics are retro-looking, but done well. You can also do dogfights, complete challenges, and more. It is $4.99, and requires 512MB of RAM and a 1GHz processor. It already has 4.5 stars, and looks like a lot of fun. Download it with the widget below.


Hidely is a camera and photo gallery that looks to encrypt and password protect your photos. With it you can keep your pictures in a vault, and share it securely so that they are only shared with those you desire. For those who remember the celebrity photo leak that happened earlier this year and are nervous about it might take this into consideration.

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Manual Camera gives you manual control over your picture, and it’s great

Manual Camera with logo

After Google opened up the APIs that allowed certain Android devices to snap full RAW photos, many have been looking for the right app to control the functions. Along came Manual Camera, which, as advertised, provides full manual control of the camera on your Android phone.

The fine art of photography has been somewhat diluted as the capabilities and automatic nature of mobile cameras have increased. We are, admittedly, at the point where a high-end Android phone can capture impressive images, I’d even venture to say photos of professional quality, but the ability to take these stunning photos is usually not a credit to the photographer’s ability to manipulate the settings. For those that are accustomed to taking manual control of their cameras, a fully automatic camera app can be a major headache and let down.

Manual Camera screen

The introduction of RAW image support on Android has been very welcome for professionals looking to play with their Android devices a little bit, and Manual Camera offers the software that you can use to take it to the next level.

For our time testing Manual Camera, we found that almost every aspect of your camera, from shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more can be manually controlled. Each available setting defaults to automatic, eliminating the barrier to entry for new users, which also makes this great for those wanting to self-educate on how these typical (D)SLR caliber tools operate. Now all we need is optical zoom.

Manual Camera will run you $1.99 in the Google Play Store and will install on your Android 5.0 Lollipop and up devices.

Do you think that full manual control of your Android camera will make a huge difference in your mobile photography efforts?


VLC teases Android TV app, preview build available for download

vlc android

With Google TV officially closing down and Android TV becoming Google’s vision for the living room, more and more companies appear to be embracing the possibilities of what it could mean for how consumers view media. VLC, the makers of the beloved VLC media player (which sadly still hasn’t received Chromecast support), are hitting the ground running in 2015 when it comes to Android TV, and have released a preview build of their Android TV app to give consumers an early taste of how VLC could potentially fit in your living room.

The application is still is obviously a very early release that is sure to have some bugs, and there are also features that aren’t quite working yet. That being said, voice search, audio playback, album art, loading subtitles, adjusting playback speed and aspect ratio are currently up and running. You will need to make sure that the media you wish to play is located directly on the Android TV device or on a wired hard disk, as loading from a network attached drive isn’t functional just yet.

If you want to have a peek at the user interface, you can have a look at the preview build of the app via this video, courtesy of the GigaOm YouTube channel:

Again, it’s important to remember that this is nowhere near a final build of the application, and should be treated as as a preview/alpha build. If you can’t stand waiting and want to give the app a try, you can download the APK directly from this link.

What are your impressions of Android TV so far? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.


Samsung Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone will have access to many Android apps


If you ask Microsoft, they can tell you that smartphone applications can make or break a new entry into the smart device ecosystem. With the imminent launch of Samsung’s Z1a Tizen-powered smartphonein India possibly as early as today, Samsung will instantly feel the pressure of consumers needing apps for their device.

Samsung has promised that many of our favorite Android apps will appear in the Tizen store in a native Tizen OS format, but if the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store is any indication of what one might expect from the Korean tech behemoth, the Tizen store could have quite a rocky start. Enter Open Mobile’s emulator app: Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which harbors a sizable database of thousands of Android apps.

Open Mobile’s ACL app functions very similar to Linux operating systems’ emulators, so if you’re familiar with running programs of that sort, then you may have an idea of how this app functions. The ACL emulator will create an Android-like environment for Open Mobile’s featured Android apps to run in, all layered on top of the Tizen OS.

As you can see in a video provided by Tizen Experts, there does not appear to be a significant source of lag when running an app inside of ACL. The cost to battery life, on the other hand, is not seen.

Click here to view the embedded video.

ACL will be available on the Tizen store from day 1, but no word has been given as to whether or not the app is supported or endorsed by Samsung.

If you’re curious about what we might see in the Samsung Z1 spec-wise once it’s released, you can click here to read an article by Talk Android’s Valerie Richardson, which ran last month.

Source: Tizen Experts

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30 best Android apps of 2014

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The year 2014 was full of fun and amazing apps. There were old apps redefining themselves and new apps that stormed into the Play Store with something to say. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android apps released in 2014.

action launcher android appsAction Launcher 3

[Price: Free / $4.99 (donate option for $9.99)]
Action Launcher 3 was a complete step forward from Action Launcher 2. It was completely rewritten from scratch and included so many redesigns and fixes that it was released as a brand new app as opposed to an update. It features some unique functionality like the quickdrawer and shutters and we have it on good authority that some old favorites from Action Launcher 2 will resurface. It’s free to try and $4.99 to unlock the full version.
Get it on Google Play

allcast android appsAllCast

[Price: $4.99]
AllCast is an app that lets your Android device communicate with a number of things like the Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and many others. It lets you stream your personal content like photos and videos to those devices. There is a free version to try it out but the paid version removes the restrictions and gives you the full experience. It made its mark when it was the only Chromecast app that was capable of doing what it does and remains one of the only apps that can do what it does to so many different devices.
Get it on Google Play

Camera51 Android appsCamera51

[Price: Free]
Camera51 is one of the more interesting camera apps to be released in 2014. What it does is analyze faces and surroundings to help you determine the best spot to take a photo. This works for things like selfies and portrait shots of other people but it can also help scenery and other sorts of camera shots. It doesn’t have the advanced features that wannabe-DSLR apps have but if you’re terrible at taking photos (and have a high end device), this is a great option.
Get it on Google Play

commandr android appsCommandr for Google Now

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Commandr is an application that aims to make Google Now more useful from a practical standpoint. It works offline and allows you to do some more basic things like turn on/off things like Bluetooth, WiFi, flashlight, and others as well as setting volume, access Google Play Music playlists, and others. If you have root access you can even reboot into recovery and clear notifications. It’s a unique app and if you ever plan on getting more into Google Now, this should be an app you’re using.
Get it on Google Play

djay 2 android appsdjay 2

[Price: $0.99]
One of the many iOS apps that Android users long pined for was djay 2. This is an app that emulates a DJ turntable and allows you to mix and mess around with music. It comes with Spotify integration as well as your personal library integration, automix, looping and cue points, mixer, tempo, pitch-bending, audio FX, and many, many more features. Whether or not it is good enough for a professional setting is up for personal interpretation but there is no better app on Android that does what this does.
Get it on Google Play

Disney Movies Anywhere best new Android appsDisney Movies Anywhere

[Price: Free]
Disney Movies Anywhere was released earlier this year and it brought with it a unique concept. With this app, you can buy and stream pretty much any Disney movie as well as Pixar movies. There is also access to exclusive Disney content. The app is cross platform so you can download it on other devices like your computer and tablet. It’s true that most of their titles are available on Netflix and services like Google Play and iTunes, but it shows that it’s possible for a movie studio to go out and do it on their own and do it in a desirable way.
Get it on Google Play

google camera best android appsGoogle Camera

[Price: Free]
Google Camera came out over the summer and a lot of people loved it. It gave many people access to Google-only features like Photosphere for the first time and it has fun new things like Lens Blur mode. It’s meant to be the official camera app of Nexus devices so some things like HDR only work on those, but it was really cool of Google to give access to these other previously exclusive features to the public.
Get it on Google Play

Google Slides android appsGoogle Docs, Sheets, Slides

[Price: Free]
Google decided to break their Google Drive office suite up into multiple apps with the intent of adding more features and functionality to each piece. Thus, Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets were born and Google Drive fell back into being only for cloud storage. As it turns out, this was a good move because it allowed Google to add new features to each on a fairly regular basis and the three apps combined create one very competent office suite.
Get it on Google Play
Material Design for Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Android apps

Google Fit android appsGoogle Fit

[Price: Free]
One of the big announcements at Google I/O 2014 was Google Fit. Its biggest selling point is that it’s integrated natively with Android Wear and it’s slowly but steadily gaining more and more features and integration with other fitness hardware. You can use it to track and analyze your fitness and help you reach those all important fitness goals. It’s a tad basic right now compared to other heavy hitters in the fitness market but Google is behind it so it’ll get to where it needs to be.
Get it on Google Play
Google Fit Android apps

Google Now Launcher android appsGoogle Now Launcher

[Price: Free]
Google Now Launcher was released earlier this year and has become the way people can get a stock Android feel on their devices without all the root and ROM stuff that many don’t feel comfortable doing. It comes with built-in Google Now support, a solid set of features, and it’s much lighter than OEM skin launchers and most third party launchers. It is very Google-centric but people who use this know that and use it for that reason. It’s also totally free which a lot of launcher aren’t.
Get it on Google Play

ghostery privacy browser android appsGhostery Browser

[Price: Free]
Most browsers focus on things like speed or features but Ghostery focused on something else entirely: privacy. The app allows you to visually see what trackers are looking at you and give you the options to turn those trackers off. You can also do things like change the search engine and enter into the Ghostrank feature which helps Ghostery find new trackers. It’s a great and polished browser for the security minded and fans of the browser extension should have it.
Get it on Google Play

Here maps beta android appsHERE Maps: Offline Maps

[Price: Free]
Nokia had a big year since they distanced themselves from hardware and started focusing on software. One of the more recent additions to their software line up is HERE Maps. It contains a great design, offline mode, and many of the same features as Google Maps such as the ability to explore things nearby, turn by turn directions, and maps available in more than 100 countries. Despite being in beta, HERE Maps already has more than half a million downloads and rocks a 4.5 out of 5 rating in the Play Store. It’s a phenomenal start and that was a pleasant surprise.
Get it on Google Play

horizon android appsHorizon Camera

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Horizon is another camera app that aimed to do things from a different perspective. Horizon allows you to shoot video as a full horizon shot no matter how you hold your phone. That means you can hold it portrait, landscape, or anything between and the video/picture comes out as though you were holding it landscape. Given the general distaste for portrait videos and images, Horizon corrects a problem that many people don’t know they have and does so in a unique and inoffensive way.
Get it on Google Play

IFTTT best android appsIFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT stands for “If This Then That” and what it does is create connections between apps so that when you do something in one, it makes the other app do something. A popular example is the ability to save a picture from Instagram and upload it to Google Drive automatically. The options are virtually limitless and it can save you a lot of time and effort. You can even find lists of recipes (the term used for a connection created in IFTTT) to get you started.
Get it on Google Play
IFTTT android apps

inbox by gmail best android apps 2014Inbox by Gmail

[Price: Free]
Despite the often frustrating invite system to get into this app, Inbox by Gmail is an innovative app that helps further integrate Google services into Google Now. It allows you to hyper-organize your emails so you can keep track of what’s what and there is built in integration with Google Now’s reminder system. It’s a little messy when you’re first getting started and that’s turned some people off to it but if you put in the effort to make the migration, this is a great email app.
Get it on Google Play

link bubble android appsLink Bubble

[Price: Free/$3.99]
Link Bubble is a unique browser that works amazingly well for fans of social media. The entire browser is housed in a floating notification and opens links in the background. This means you can continue to browse social media or whatever you’re reading and open as many links as you need to. Then you can come back and open those links and see what they’re all about. There are some customization features and the app has gotten progressively better throughout the year. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play android appsMaps.Me Offline Maps

[Price: Free]
Maps.Me made their mark on the navigation world by offering offline maps for a number of regions around the world. You can do things like plan routes, and bookmark places that you like but the big draw are the highly detailed maps and the fact that it works totally offline once you download the maps to your device. This makes navigation easier in areas where there is no data connection and fans of having offline maps should definitely check this one out.
Get it on Google Play
Maps.Me android apps

Muzei best android apps 2014Muzei Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]
Muzei Live Wallpaper was one of the most unique live wallpaper releases of the year. Its claim to fame is its seemingly never ending supply of classic art pieces from legendary artists from times past. It also has a few other features like the ability to use your own gallery along with the classic art. Perhaps its biggest feature is the API it provides developers. That allows other devs to integrate Muzei into their app. It’s unique and popular, especially if you love old art.
Get it on Google Play

mystocks best android apps 2014MyStocks

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
MyStocks is a Holo-inspired stocks app that came out earlier this year without a lot of fanfare. It allows you to track your portfolio, see news regarding the stock market and your stocks, set alerts for stocks, and deep analysis of stocks complete with charts and graphics. It is capable of housing a lot of information and does so gracefully with a solid design. It may not match every stock app feature for feature, but anyone who is busy in the stock market on a consumer level should give it a try.
Get it on Google Play

Nokia Z Launcher best android appsNokia Z Launcher

[Price: Free]
Nokia Z Launcher is the other huge release out of Nokia this year and it was a good one. It simplifies the Android experience into one home screen, one app drawer, and a scrollable clock/weather widget. Its claim to fame is the ability to search for apps, contacts, and Google by drawing letters on the screen. There are some small things as well like apps that show up on the home screen based on the time of day and your GPS location. It’s still in beta but it’s free to use and it’s something a little different.
Get it on Google Play

most expensive Android apps and gamesPeek

[Price: Free/$1.77]
When the Moto X came out, one of its most sought after features what the active display. Peek allows non Moto phones to emulate the active display feature by allowing you to see your notifications on your lock screens automatically without you pressing any buttons. It’s a unique experience and you can even interact with the notifications and open the needed apps to deal with them. It’s inexpensive but beware because it can drain your battery based on your settings.
Get it on Google Play

stack exchange best android apps 2014Stack Exchange

[Price: Free]
Stack Exchange has helped an untold number of people in an untold number of ways across many, many topics. Their official Android apps takes the positive force that is Stack Exchange and makes it mobile. If you’re curious about pretty much anything then this is an app you should have on your Android device. It’s a great community that is run by the community and they do a pretty good job of it.
Get it on Google Play
stack exchange best Android apps of 2014

TapPath icon new android appsTapPath Browser Helper

[Price: $0.99]
TapPath is another unique app that helps you deal with links that you find on social media or websites. Here’s how it works. You can configure what a single tap, double tap, and triple tap on links do. That means you can single click to open in a browser, but a double click will drop it in Pocket, and a triple click will send it to your computer using Pushbullet. This is an app designed for people who browser pretty heavily which means it’s not for everyone but it can be very helpful if you engage with links a lot.
Get it on Google Play

themer android apps launcherThemer Launcher

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Themer Launcher was in beta for a good long time but this year saw the first official, stable release. Themer is unique because it is a launcher like Nova and Action but the themes you can choose for your home screens are highly varied and quite enjoyable. All the themes are fully customizable, the themes are done by a talented community, and has integration with Zooper Widget. If you want something truly different for a launcher, give this a try.
Get it on Google Play

Udemy best Android appsUdemy

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Udemy is a video-driven educational app that allows you to purchase and take courses in various skills that you may need. You can find stuff from cooking tips to dancing, Java programming to speaking different languages. The classes can be quite expensive but there are cheaper ones and free ones you can grab to check out the platform. The app itself is free and lets you view the courses on your smartphone so you can use it for study.
Get it on Google Play

Unclouded best Android apps of 2014Unclouded

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Thanks to the small storage sizes on smartphones, many people have taken to cloud storage to keep the majority of their content. Unclouded is an app that allows you to manage your cloud storage across multiple sites to help organize all that stuff that just gets randomly uploaded. One of the best reasons to get this is to find duplicates of items you may have uploaded twice such as your camera roll which may have been uploaded to multiple cloud storage sites automatically. Cloud storage users should definitely try this out.
Get it on Google Play

VLC best android appsVLC

[Price: Free]
After a long road of fixing bugs and adding features, VLC for Android has finally exited beta with version 1.0 released early in December. The beta version was already popular but it should be even more so now that it’s not in beta. It plays video and audio files along with a number of more unique features that you’ll find with VLC. Those in the market for a new media player should check it out.
Get it on Google Play

Wally best designed Android apps of 2014Wally

[Price: Free]
Wally made headlines back when Material Design was brand new and not many apps showed off the new Android design guidelines. On top of being a highly functional wallpaper app, the app successfully showed how Material Design can take a usually boring app and make it look and act much better. It went down for a short time in late 2014 when the site that hosted the wallpapers went down but it was revived and functions as it always has.
Get it on Google Play
Wally best designed android apps of 2014

WeMail best designed android apps of 2014WeMail

[Price: Free]
WeMail, like Inbox, has been working to change how people use email on mobile. Unlike Inbox, WeMail took a more mainstream approach that most people will be familiar with. They turned emails into threaded discussions that are organized by sender rather than chronologically. There are some other nifty features like voice emails and improved search and organization of attachments. IT’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play

Yahoo Aviate Android appsYahoo Aviate Launcher

[Price: Free]
Last up is the curious case of Yahoo’s Aviate Launcher. It was originally done by an app development start up and was purchased by Yahoo for quite a bit of money. It features a redesigned home screen set up with categories to better find apps, contextual features based on what time it is and your location, and a unique look and feel. Purists didn’t like it but people looking for something different have enjoyed it quite a bit and it’s free to use.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any amazing Android apps from 2014, let us know in the comments below!


Franco Kernel makes its way to the Nexus 6

Franco Kernel

A well-known Android programmer and kernel hacker, Francisco Franco has updated his Material Designed Franco Kernel to support the Nexus 6.

Before using the app, you must root your device. Franco notes that he does not accept refunds if you fail to do this, which probably means the device will brick if it is not rooted.

The only devices that are currently supported are the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 7 2012, the Nexus 7 2013, the Nexus 10, and the One Plus One. The Franco Kernel will work as long as these devices are running at least JellyBean 4.1.

The kernel hack includes such functions as auto flashing kernels, an interface to change CPU clocks, governor parameters, and other interfaces, color and sound control, and a System Monitor designed by developer Christian Göllner.

The Franco Kernel is easy to use in that the user can “Backup & Restore Kernels on the fly without any “geek” knowledge.” If you have one of the supported devices rooted, then it should be worth checking out, especially since it’s 30% off in the Play Store.

Source: Google Play

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