New and fresh Android apps of the week (August 24 issue)
Looking to get into shape? Sometimes it’s not just the body we’re dying to have that can motivate us to workout. Some people need numbers and a way to quantify their performance. Pedometers are really handy pushing you forward. runtastic Pedometer didn’t just catch our attention because it had a very neat interface and a rich purple and white theme. It’s also very user-friendly and gives you all the basics you need.
When you’re ready to exercise, tap Start Workout. You can see how many steps you take, how fast you’re going and how far you’re walking. Don’t worry about your screen because runtastic Pedometer isn’t easily disturbed or turned off. When you unlock your phone, you’ll need to touch the lock button to unlock the Pause and Stop button. If you’re done with your workout, you can save details of your walk such as the type of surface you were on, how you felt about it, the weather, and the temperature. You can also add notes before you upload it to runtastic’s website. Get your friends motivated to walk with you by sharing your data with Facebook and other social media sites.
There are ads located at the bottom of the screen, but they don’t get in the way of your navigating the app. The free version has some of the basic functions, but you’ll need to upgrade to pro to access things like how many calories you’ve burned, your step frequency, the removal of ads, today’s weather, unlimited sessions, and additional parameters.
As mobile devices have become more sophisticated, the more settings there are for us to tweak. Way back when screens were just black and white, things were much simpler. Now, we need to keep an eye on our volume levels if we’re in a quiet environment or brightness levels when we’re checking e-mails in a dark room. Quick Setting Manager – Lite makes it easy for us to switch settings without having to fiddle with them. You can easily switch settings via a widget on your desktop.
The first thing you’ll notice about the app is that it’s neat with a blue and white theme. Everything you’ll ever need is right on the screen. It’s not difficult to figure out the app’s functions at all. You get one Settings profile when you launch the app and you have the option to create two more.
Tweak each profile’s settings to toggle your Wi-Fi and your Mobile Data and adjust your Brightness levels to match the environment you’ll be in. You don’t have to worry about disturbing people because you can set if you want your phone muted, to vibrate, to only make a sound, or to make a sound and vibrate. You can also set individual volume levels and toggle the Bluetooth the GPS receiver.
Unfortunately, if you need even more settings, you’ll have to buy the professional version. The app is ad supported but the ads are located at the bottom of the screen. They shouldn’t get in the way of your browsing the app.
There are literally tons of music players on the Google Play Store and you’ve probably had to sift through them to find the one that you’ve got right now. Some of you may want a music player with a lot of functions while others prefer music players that are basic and does what they say on the tin. XenoAmp BETA not only does what it was made to do but is also aesthetically pleasing.
Both runtastic Pedometer and Quick Setting Manager had gorgeous user interfaces but what about XenoAmp BETA? The moment you first launch the app, you’ll immediately see that it’s the minimalist’s dream. Touch the screen where it says “here” and you’ll see a blue ring light up around it. Snazzy, isn’t it? If you don’t hold down on the screen, the blue ring will gradually fade to black. You’ll need to swipe around the screen to navigate the app. To adjust the volume, drag your fingertip clockwise or counterclockwise and see the red gauge increase.
Pick a song and you’ll see the artist’s name and the song title marqueeing across the screen. If you want to tweak XenoAmp BETA’s settings, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. Instead of all the boring settings names, you’ll have hilarious titles like “Shhh…when it comes out” which you can tick for the song to pause when your headphones are removed, “Take this power!’ to prevent it from going asleep on WPS and “Judging is..” to rate your music. There’s still a whole lot more to play with, such as “Your default cover sucks” and “I feel lost and lonely.” To figure what those are about, download this music player yourself.
If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, Muzy should not be a new name to you. It’s a way to edit your photos and put them together in a gorgeous photo collage. There’s no need for you to bust out your glue and your scissors when you can do everything with Muzy. Its official app was recently launched on the Google Play Store, giving people more access to its array of editing options.
To start using Muzy, you can make an account or you can log in using your Facebook account. Once you’ve logged in, you can access the Photo Editor and the Camera. To be able to access PicCollage, PhotoGid, Pixlr, and a number of other photo editing apps, you’ll need to download them separately to your device.
The Photo Editor gives you access to the run-of-the-mill filters and editing options so you can adjust the colors, the brightness, the warmth, and a whole lot more. If you want to stretch your creative wings, you can also draw on your photos. What makes editing with Muzy rather cool is the fact that when you’re adjusting for, say, Warmth on a photo, a dial will appear on the bottom for fine adjustment. As you turn the dial, you receive haptic feedback as if you’re turning a physical one.
When your masterpiece is ready, you can upload it to Muzy’s website and to Facebook. You can also use Muzy to browse pictures you and other users have uploaded.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we gave you a list of the best Android apps for learning music but if you’re still learning notes, we’ve got another app that’ll help you out. If you’ve taken some time to build your background on music theory and note reading then you’re quite familiar with the English musical notation system. You know your C’s from your D’s and your E’s, but the world of music isn’t limited to just that notation system. The Latina musical notation might be foreign to you, but if you need to learn it quickly, CDo is the best app for that.
CDo is absolutely a no-frills app. The moment you launch it, you’ll be presented with a clean cream and blue interface. On top you’ll see your performance percentage, how many items you’ve answered, and how fast you can respond to the note being shown on the screen.
You’ll need to match the note with its English or Latina counterpart. CDo will let you know if you got it right or not. Rather than letting you know the correct answer, CDo will move on to the next one. There’s no end to the number of note items you need to answer because CDo is focused on your figuring out the right answer yourself. CDo lets you choose if you want to match the English notation to the Latina one and vice-versa.
CDo is ad-supported but thankfully, the ads are located only at the bottom of the screen and are unobtrusive. Even picking an answer near the ads did not result in my accidentally tapping them.