by George Heymann

Android App Round-Up!

Android Apps worth a look!

by George Heymann | @techeadlines


I wanted to share some of my favorite Android applications that have made it to my smartphones homescreen. I’ll try to make this a regular feature and highlight apps you might not have noticed that are worth a look:

Spare Phone: Spare Phone formerly gVoice is a $1.99 Android VoIP app developed by guidology that allows you to use your data connection (WiFi, 3G, 4G,EVDO) to place voice calls using a Google Voice Account. gVoice essentially turns your phone or tablet into a free wireless phone when using the application over WiFi.

Plume: Plume formerly Touiteur is highly customizable Twitter client that has many desirable features including the ability to colorize your timeline, pull to refresh your timeline, handle multiple twitter accounts, picture preview, autocomplete Twitter hashtags, the ability to mute select users and much more it is my current Twitter client of choice. There is a free ad-supported version of Plume as well as a premium ad-free version of Plume available for $4.99.

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Quick Look: Timeriffic, control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Timeriffic is a very useful, easy to set-up and manage Android utility that allows you to control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

Ever since my days with the Palm Treo, where you could set a simple on/off schedule for the phone with a couple of clicks, I’ve wanted an easy to use utility that would allow me to control many of my phones settings on a schedule.

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Opinion: The problem with Angry Birds Space for Android? It’s still Angry Birds.

by George Heymann |@techeadlines

At the risk of offending Angry Birds fans, Rovio has long since jumped the shark in my estimation with installment after installment of  the Angry Birds franchise. The latest release of the hugely popular franchise Angry Birds Space has the birds chasing a giant claw through a wormhole after it kidnaps their eggs.

The birds find themselves floating in a galaxy surrounded by space pigs. If it sounds ridiculous, it’s only because it is! Angry Birds Space  features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity. The game also offers slow-motion puzzles, new birds, new superpowers and zero gravity environments.

I must admit I didn’t play the latest installment long enough to experience all of the new gameplay elements. Although having to alter bird launch trajectories to factor for planet gravity or lack of gravity in space did add to the challenge.

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Voice Share: Send Voice Messages via SMS and Facebook

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Our friends at Base 2 Applications, LLC have released their latest creation Voice Share. Voice Share is a smartphone app that simplifies sharing “voice notes” with your friends and family through SMS messaging and Facebook available for Android and Windows Phone.

Using the app is a breeze, you tap on the big microphone icon to record your voice message, then tap another to share via SMS or Facebook. You can also attach “gifts” (colorful icons) both free and premium versions to your voice recordings to send with your recordings. Please note you are limited to 1 of each type of gift per day. Premium gifts require you to unlock Voice Share premium a 99 cent in app purchase.

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Pure entertainment any where you want it to be, because its all simply here: Introducing Google Play

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. Google Play is the new integrated home for apps, books, movies and music accessible on Android device or on the Web. As part of the launch, Google Play replaces and extends the Android Market.

Google Play is built on the same infrastructure as Android Market according to a post by Kenneth Lui, Android Developer Ecosystem on Android Developers.

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Google introduces a new local search experience across your devices.

by George Heymann |@techeadlines

Google has simplified sharing searches between devices by making those searches available under a new “Recent” icon on the Google Search screen. So next time you go to on your Android phone or iPhone your recent web searches will be available for users who have web history enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search.

It used to be a multi-step process to share information between my desktop browser and my mobile phone. Typically I would perform a search on my desktop browser then use chrome to phone to share the link to that information with my Android Smartphone.

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LSDroid offers free lifetime licenses of Cerberus anti-theft app in celebration of reaching 100,000 user mark.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

LS Droid is offering free lifetime licenses of Cerberus an Android anti-theft app through February 29 in celebration of reaching the 100,000 user milestone.

In order to take advantage of the offer, download the app which normally includes a 1 week free trial and register an account including your desired username, password and email address within the application. Then fill out this Cerberus Google docs file, all licenses will be activated on March 1.

The license will be associated with your Cerberus account, you can protect up to 5 devices per account.

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EaseUS Software CleanGenius Pro limited time giveaway promotion

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

EaseUS Software is offering a limited time giveaway of its Mac utility CleanGenius Pro to Celebrate Steve Jobs birthday. The utility is normally available for $2.99 in the Mac AppStore but is available for free till February 29. To take advantage of the offer follow this EaseUS link.

CleanGenius Pro is a Mac system maintenance utility that claims to improve Mac System performance by removing junk files from the System and User caches and logs, unwanted user downloads, and emptying the trash files.

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Latest Swype Beta update features Nuance’s Dragon Dictation software

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

There are a lot of great keyboards for Android. I have been an especially fickle consumer regularly jumping between a number of excellent choices. If you haven’t had a chance to use Swype with Dragon Dictate you’re in for a treat, it’s a great keyboard with an easy-to-use and very accurate voice recognition app that allows you to speak your text and have it transcribed automatically.

The latest Swype keyboard beta integrates directly with Nuance’s latest Android app Dragon Go which utilizes advanced language modeling for an up to 40% increase in prediction accuracy. The application learns over time as you use it, building up a personal language profile for you.

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Quick Look: RingDimmer listens to ambient sound to automatically calculate and set ring volume for you.

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

RingDimmer is an Android ringer utility developed by Michael Pardo that listens to the ambient sound around you to calculate and automatically set the ring volume for you. This 99 cent utility immediately caught my attention as it would theoretically solve an issue with an inadvertently loud ringer in a quiet room that many of us have experienced.

I say theoretically because for me the program currently works better in theory than in practice. Although the program at times lowered the volume from the max volume setting to a more quiet volume. It’s still rings too loudly in most cases for my use. I would prefer to be able to set ring volume triggers for a given level of ambient noise rather than letting the program choosing the appropriate level.

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