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Apex Launcher Pro (Beta) review – leader in home replacement apps [video]

by: ClaytonApril 19, 2012

Many of you out there packing the latest and freshest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, are aware that there are quite a few home launchers available to replace your aging stock launcher. Everything from ported Carrier UI launchers to custom themed versions of the Nova and Apex launchers have made their way onto the home screens of eager Android enthusiasts. It is often difficult sorting through all the options. With so many different features belonging to every launcher, it can take an eternity to finally decide upon a good home replacement launcher.

So, which one is the best?

For those of you who don’t wish to dabble into the world of custom [...]

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Desk Migrate: App for copying homescreens across different home launchers

by: Carl ParkerApril 15, 2012

One of the reasons why people love Android is how customizable it is. You don’t have to be stuck with the same out-of-the-box package as everyone else. Instead, Android allows you to tailor your mobile device experience to just the way you like it.

The Google Play Store alone is jampacked with all the apps one could dream of, and some apps even have customizable skins. A whole slew of ROMs have also emerged, some packing stock with a little extra touch. Others stripped stock of their unwieldy bloatware to give users a streamlined experience.

We’ve seen launchers that make your Android tablet look like it’s running iOS. Everyday dedicated [...]

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A Review of the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo 250 GB – Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with bottomless storage

by: Brandon SobottaApril 15, 2012

When I first heard of the Archos tablets with an actual built in hard-drive I was very skeptical. A few questions popped in my head about battery life, response time, weight, thickness, and stability. Would I feel this tablet jerking around in my hands as I do with a normal external hard-drive picked up during use? So many pro’s and con’s  popped up in the equation with the addition of such a feature over normal flash memory. To me the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo is a very interesting concept, read on to find out if Archos pulled this off successfully, or is it just a gimmick?

What’s good:

The G9 Turbo had loads of storage space, a decent screen, a kickstand and Android [...]

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MessagEase Keyboard: Optimized keyboard layout for faster typing

by: Ken EastApril 13, 2012

Do you have very big fingers? Many users have problems typing on their mobile phones because they have big fingers, which in turn causes inaccurate typing because the letters on the onscreen keyboard are so small.

Because of this, many users have a hard time in composing messages and consume a significant amount of time just to type several words. To solve this problem there is now a new type of onscreen keyboard called MessagEase Keyboard which is developed to optimize the number of words that a person can type. The keys of the keyboard are larger than that of a usual QWERTY keyboard, which makes typing easier.

As described by its developers, MessagEase is a [...]

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Best Keyboard Apps for Android

by: Carl ParkerApril 11, 2012

If you’ve just recently ditched physical keys for a sleek touchscreen phone, typing on imaginary letters on screen can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, Android is all about options, but with so many options laid out in front of you, how do you know which ones to go for? Which ones of the dozens of keyboard apps on the market should you commit to?

For those of you who haven’t quite made that choice, look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the best keyboards that have gotten the love of Android users across the Internet.

Here’s a list of a few keyboards that may suit your needs, in no particular order:

SwiftKey

The first thing [...]

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Handcent SMS 4.0: Sending text messages by hand, the easy way

by: Ken EastApril 10, 2012

Some people don’t really mind the stock messaging app on their phone and would prefer it as it is.  But, of course, some want a messaging app that can do more than what stock has to offer. If you are one of the latter, I bet that you would love to have Handcent SMS. The app has several features like scheduling a text message, blacklisting annoying contacts, voice input/output, and more.

Developed by handcent_market, Handcent SMS was recently upgraded to version 4.0, which supports both Android 4.0 and Android 2.3. This new version has several improvements such as more features, an improved user interface, free text to some Handcent users, and support for an [...]

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WO Mic: Using your Android phone as a virtual mic for your desktop

by: Ken EastApril 9, 2012

Our Android phones and tablets can perform numerous functions besides mere phone calls, SMS texting, and web browsing, but often take these things for granted because most of the time we use it for playing games, watching videos and using other apps. In turn, we don’t get to know some of the things that our Android devices can do for us.

For example, maybe you don’t know that you can actually use your device as a backup modem, speaker, and virtual microphone–with the help of an app such as WO Mic, that is.

Why on earth would you make your phone as a microphone if you can just buy a backup mic?  First of all, that’s kind of bulky, and [...]

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Smart Statusbar: Accessing the statusbar even from fullscreen apps

by: Carl ParkerApril 9, 2012

While an app’s taking up your whole screen may be useful when you’re watching a movie or playing a game, it can be distracting to not see your statusbar. Every few minutes, you’ll want to pause your movie just to check your statusbar details, whether it’s to check for the time, or how much charge you’ve got left on your battery.

Smart Statusbar, however, removed the hassle of having to exit your full screen application to check your statusbar. Instead, you can check your statusbar while you’re making complete use of your device’s screen. Swipe your finger from the top edge of your tablet to the bottom and you’ll be able [...]

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A look at Google Maps 6.5: HD graphics, ICS support, improved navigation, and more

by: Carl ParkerApril 9, 2012

When you need to get somewhere, knowing how to get there is your top priority. But what can you do when that new place your friends want to meet you at isn’t on the map yet? Nowadays, we can no longer rely on physical maps when a new shop and a new business crops up every day. A physical map can get outdated really quickly in this day and age. We can always Google the establishment’s address, but if you’re not familiar with the area it’s in, you’ll still get lost. Thankfully, with how easy it is to be connected, we also have access to Google Maps.

With a slogan like, “whether you need directions to your destination, the closest good [...]

 
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AirCover: Tool for securing and optimizing your Android

by: Ken EastApril 8, 2012

Do you think the security application that you are using in your Android device is good enough? Think again. There’s a new app that claims to solve all your security needs. AirCover is fully equipped to protect your device from all types of malicious content and has lots of additional features, too.

This app has it all.  It serves as an antivirus, a tracking tool for your device in case you lose it, a utility for remotely wiping data to prevent your device from being used by another, an app for controlling for individual apps and advanced system access, cloud-based storage to back up your important data, and many more other features.

All Covered

AirCover [...]

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