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Nextcall: Simple app for scheduling call reminders for your phone contacts

by: Paul NuñalJune 28, 2012

It’s quite hard to juggle between your work, personal and social life, especially if you need to interact with a lot of people. Staying connected with them can be a tough challenge if you have hundreds of contacts stored on your smartphone’s address book. Keeping an organized address book is what many users want to achieve and if you have been constantly communicating with your friends and colleagues from work, then you certainly know how important it is to always stay connected.

There is always a time when you just forget whom to call and what to say during those conversations. If you have been experiencing this kind of dilemma, then it’s time for you to get organized [...]

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TV shows, movies, and magazines now available on Google Play

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 28, 2012

Google I/O has been quite hectic so far, with amazing new devices such as the Nexus 7, Google’s low cost but high-end tablet, and the Nexus Q, Google’s social streaming media player. We also got a first glimpse of the next iteration of the Android OS, Android 4.1 Jellybean which will be featured on the Nexus 7 and will soon be available as an update on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Somewhat lost in the melee is the revamped Google Play Store which now has movies, TV shows, and magazines as well. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Google Play Movies and TV shows

Movies on the Play Store were already available for rent earlier, but now you [...]

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Jelly Bean will put an end to notifications spam!

by: Bams SadewoJune 28, 2012

Some Android apps, most notably the free ones, bombard users with ads in exchange of not having to spend a cent to download them. Unfortunately, not only do ads hog the battery of your Android device, but some even go as far as invading your device’s notification system. The troubling part is that it’s rather hard to pinpoint the culprit that’s sending the ads to the notification bar of the device. This will all change with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Among the myriads of goodies that Jelly Bean comes with, there’s a new feature that lets you track spam that infiltrates your notifications bar. You can see what application pushed the spam by simply long-pressing the [...]

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YouTube for Android gets major update, comes with a redesigned UI, preloading and remote functionality

by: AdrianJune 28, 2012

YouTube went through a major redesign last year and, after a long waiting period, the video-sharing website’s Android app has finally been updated to keep up with the desktop version. The new app comes with a whole new UI, but also adds a few very important touches of functionality, making YouTube for Android better and cooler than ever.

The first thing you’ll notice about the updated app will most likely be the interface, which looks nothing like the old one on Android. That’s a good thing, though, not only because we felt the need for a change, but also because the new UI is friendlier, easier to use and more focused on the user’s actual needs.

The app’s [...]

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Best virtual pet apps for Android

by: Alvin YbañezJune 28, 2012

Pet animals are a big part of our lives. Some people treat them as friends, while others treat them as family. Pets can also teach us how to become responsible. Parents give their kids pets so the kids can learn how to become responsible and how to take care of others. Pets can also be great stress relievers.

When my body is full of stress and my mind drained of creative juice, I go and play with my pet hamster to lighten my load and bring a smile to my face. I’m also thinking of buying a new dog or putting a big aquarium right in our living room.

Unfortunately, just like me, time and resources may not allow you to have a new pet. But, with the help of [...]

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Top 5 Android Media Players

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 28, 2012

In the last few years, with our mobile phones becoming more powerful and packing a lot more features, a lot of other products such as point-and-shoot cameras and mp3 players are slowly becoming redundant. This is especially true in the case of our media requirements. With the ability to view HD quality videos and movies, and listen to high-quality audio either from our own playlists, or via internet radio, for a lot of us, our smartphones have primarily become media devices.

In most cases, the stock media players on devices are more than satisfactory. But sometimes, there are certain user requirements and features, that require us to look at third-party resources to [...]

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Google Plus celebrates 250 million users by rolling out Events feature and tablet app

by: Bams SadewoJune 28, 2012

Slightly buried underneath the flurry of spectacles that were showcased at the first day of the Google I/O conference was the revamped Google+. The company’s premier social network has received two major updates: Google+ Events and Google+ for tablets.

Out of the 250 million users of Google+, Google said that the majority of the 150 million active users access it from a mobile device. With the introduction of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, it’s only fitting that Google+ has gained a native tablet app. Now we want to share more about  Google’s take on online event planning.

Google+ Events

Now this is something that we’d love to get on board with. Gone will be the [...]

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Google Play’s website now lets you remotely update, uninstall, and install Android apps

by: Mike AndriciJune 28, 2012

With all the major hardware and software announcements made by Google yesterday at the I/O Conference keynote, one could see that the entire Android/Google ecosystem is evolving towards a smoother cross-platform experience.

Some of the best (subjectively, of course) software exponents of this principle let you continue reading your ebook on the Nexus 7 tablet from exactly the point you left off on a browser, or continue watching a movie (TV shows are now also available from Google Play) from the frame where you left it off on your notebook. But it turns out that Google now also allows you to uninstall or update your apps directly from the Google Play website, accessible on [...]

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BlueStacks brings Android apps to Mac OS X, too

by: LucianJune 28, 2012

One of the advantages of running Android apps on top of a virtual machine is that, if you port that VM (which shouldn’t be that hard since the Dalvik VM is open source), you can use Android apps on any other operating system.

This is how we got the Alien Dalvik from the Myriad Group, which was originally supposed to work on top of Meego, but that plan went nowhere after Meego was scrapped by Nokia. Myriad then released version 2.0, which came with support for many other non-Android devices, such as TVs, e-book readers, and even iPads.

Then we also have RIM, which has made its own custom Dalvik VM to support Android apps on their QNX tablets, only requiring [...]

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Google promises to unify Google Talk, Hangouts, and Messenger

by: LucianJune 28, 2012

Ever since the launch of Google’s “social layer”, Google+, the guys in Mountain View have been trying to focus on fewer products, instead of the scatter-shot approach on products they had before. But while they have streamlined many of their products and services in the past months, there’s one area where things have gotten worse since the launch of Google+, and that’s Google’s own messenger clients.

There is Google Talk (with video), then there is Hangouts, and then we have the Google+ Messenger, originally launched as Google Huddle. You might even count the SMS app on Android as a different product – Apple actually unified [...]

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