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February 07 2014

14:00

15 Smartphone Apps You Should Have

With smartphones now enabling more mobile Internet accessibility, you are given limitless opportunities- and smartphone apps you should have on your smartphone. The mobilization of the Internet access has provided people with unlimited opportunities.

Imagine these scenarios: You’re in café and you suddenly wanted to check an e-mail? Pick your iPad or tablet PC, and voila, you could read what the e-mail is. You’re on a bus trip to the other side of the States and your best friend told you to check out his new Facebook photo. You pick your iOS7 phone and start browsing. You want to tweet in a conference, your Android phone is yours for the taking. With a readily available Internet connection, it has become easier to browse the Web.

Live View (iOS) – A great graphic designing and prototyping tool that allows a remote screen view.

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What the Font (iOS)  – Want to know what font your favorite brand is using? Take a picture of it and let this tool do the magic.

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Palletes (iOS)  – Create charming color schemes anywhere, anytime. You can also determine the color of a particular image and use it on your website. Just open the app,  pick a color from a photo or website that you like and add it to your color palettes for future use.

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HTTP Status Codes Free  (iOS) – Troubleshoot your webpages by identifying the HTTP error codes.

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Coffee Script at Once (iOS)  – Develop HTML, CSS and JS languages using your phone or tablet.

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Free WiFi Finder (iOS)  – Use it to locate WiFi hotspots closer to you. Great for outdoor browsing!

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iFreelancer (iOS)– Are you a freelancer? This app will help you search, save and apply for freelancing opportunities out there!

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HTML5 & CSS Quick Look Guide (Android) – This will provide you with the basic training you need in CSS and HTML5!

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920 Text Editor (Android) – Want a text editor that is e-reader enabled, multilingual, particularly easy to use? 920 Text Editor is the one for you. You’ll never know when that coding itch bugs you.

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Sketcher (Android) – Do your page layout or simple graphics anytime, anywhere. With Sketcher now saved on your phone’s memory, you will easily sleep at night and not worry if the computer has a virus or something. And, you can sketch all you want!

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WordPress for Android (Android) – Love WordPress? This is the best app for you. You can blog anytime or anywhere. Perfect for travel bloggers!

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VT View Source  (Android) –  A fully functional app, compatible with all browsers, that allows you to view the underlying HTML code of the website

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Magic Color Picker (Android) – Sometimes we are too engrossed in designing and we find it necessary to look for the color hexes of things. This one is made to do it. So in case you want to know what kind of orange does an orange have, this one is perfect.

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Fontroid (Android) – So, I heard you like fonts? Maybe you’ll want to make one right? Try this!

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Adobe Photoshop Express (Android) – Edit photos wherever you are using your mobile phone. Experience the power of Adobe Photoshop right at your fingertips. Editing your selfies has never been better with this app!

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Conclusion

With all these apps available over the Internet, I’m pretty sure web designers can never be happier. It’s possible that, someday, we’ll even be able to actually design a website using our mobile devices. And that is not a far shot. But for now, let’s indulge ourselves with these. Easy to access, mobile and equally powerful applications that will make our good lives, better.

July 25 2012

16:07

13 Essential And Free Apps for Android Smartphones

Smartphones are everywhere. This is the era of smartphones. People use smartphone not only because they are stylish but also because they are equipped with the latest technology and let them use the latest technology on the go. For today’s round up, we have collected some necessary and most important applications for Android smartphones. Although there are plenty of free apps that are available for the Android smartphones, but we are only featuring top 13 Android apps that are important for you to have, thanks to those developers who develop such a high quality stuff only for love. Enjoy!

Dropbox

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Facebook

Keep up with friends, wherever you are with the Facebook for Android app. Keep up with friends, wherever you are.

Prey Anti-Theft

Track down your lost or stolen phone or tablet. Open source, cross-platform anti-theft tracker. Prey lets you keep track of *all* your devices easily on one place. Android version supports:

Street View on Google Maps

With Google Maps Street View, you can explore the world at street level. See popular landmarks, check out places you want to visit in your hometown or far away, and take a virtual trip around the world.

Google Voice

Make cheap international calls with your Google number. Send free text messages. Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcripts. Currently only available in the US.

Evernote

Evernote turns your Android device into an extension of your brain. Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

Pandora Internet Radio

Pandora radio is a personalized radio service that streams music on your phone. Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians, or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. Pandora features hundreds of music and comedy genre stations ranging from Dubstep to Smooth Jazz to Power Workout.

AdFree Android

AdFree removes most ads in the browser and other apps. It does this by nullifying requests to known host names in the system hosts file.

Skype – Free IM & video calls

Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the move. Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they’re on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC, as well as IMs to your friends and family.

Superuser

Hook into your phone’s power. Grant and manage Superuser rights for your phone. This app requires that you already have root, or a custom recovery image to work.

ASTRO File Manager / Browser

ASTRO helps organize & view your pictures, music, video, document & other files. It’s like Windows Explorer or Mac’s Finder for your phone or tablet and allows you to easily browse and organize all of your pictures, music, videos and documents. It also gives you the ability to stop processes that burn battery life and backup your apps in case you lose or change phones.

Titanium Backup Automates System Backups

EXTREMELY powerful tool. Backup ALL apps, Market links, remove bloatware & MORE!

MetaMorph

MetaMorph allows you to theme, patch, and mod your phone by adding or changing files on your system and apps.

December 30 2011

09:04

20+ Free Android Apps for a More Productive 2012


  

As the new year beckons, resolution time is upon the masses once more. For those who are wishing that they can keep themselves more productive in 2012, we have put together a list of apps for all those Android users (who some readers have suggested we have been neglecting) to help them keep their resolutions going all year long. We took to the reviews and looked around at the various suggestions offered around the web to find a range of apps that we hope can help cover all of your bases for staying on track.

With over 20 different free Android apps featured (some you have seen before and some you may have not), we are pretty sure that most of you will not be leaving this post without a few new apps in tow. Get ready to get more productive!

Apps to Increase Your Productivity

Evernote

How could we make a productivity list of apps and not include the ever-popular Evernote? Most of our readers are probably already a bit familiar with this helpful application, and may actually be using it on other devices. Now its power and organizational aids can be added to your Android mobile arsenal, complete with a handy widget.

Advanced Task Killer

While not necessarily needed for newer versions of the Android OS, some users still like having a quick and easy task manager for managing their apps and battery life. Advanced Task Killer is the one many users turn to for this added management and peace of mind.

Google Goggles

A timesaving way to search your surroundings and more using your phones built in camera. Google Goggles is an interesting new way for users to explore not only the web, but the world around them as well. From images to phrases and more, your camera can capture a wide range of information that will be automatically searched for (or translated) via Google.

Dropbox

Another definite oldie but goodie, Dropbox can allow Android users to now easily access their synced and saved data, without having to switch to a new device. Streamlining your workflow even more, by bringing one more area of connectivity between your devices for data sharing.

CamScanner – Phone PDF Creator

An extremely handy little app that turns your smartphone into something of a compact document scanner and PDF creator. CamScanner brings even more functionality to your mobile devices, giving that extra punch of productivity on the go without having to lug around any extra equipment.

Vlingo Virtual Assistant

iPhone users have been very responsive to Siri, but Android users are not short of their own alternatives. Vlingo is one of the more popular Siri alternatives currently on the market. Its a wonderfully useful app that transforms your Android into your very own personal assistant.

Easy Uninstaller

While the Android OS has a fairly user friendly app manager, Easy Uninstaller gives users even more power to control their devices. With the ability to do batch uninstalls, search for files and get detailed file info, easy uninstaller is a helpful addition to anyone’s app arsenal. The one drawback is that you cannot uninstall any of the apps that came pre-installed.

Voice Recorder

For those looking for a simpler app for dictating notes than say the much more loaded Evernote, Voice Recorder is the app for you. Easy to use, and manage the files. What more can you ask for from a simple recorder?

Astrid Task/Todo List

If you are looking for a todo list that is both fun and feature rich, then look no further, Astrid Task/Todo List is the perfect app for you. Complete with reminders, syncing options, task sharing and much more, Astrid allows users to get more done on the run with their Android device. Even has a widget for quick and easy access.

WiFi Manager

When on the go, and needing to spare your data plan, use WiFi Manager to quickly find an access point and get online to access or share the files you need. Uploading and downloading files can become quite costly if your provider is a little less than forgiving when it comes to overages, so finding a usable WiFi hotspot is a good way to keep things economical and accessible.

Cloud Print

If you are looking to be able to print from apps on your smartphone, but do not have a wireless ready printer, Cloud Print is there to the rescue. Using a new service from Google, there is a slight setup that one has to go through to make this work smoothly with the PC your printer is hooked up to (unless you happen to already have a Cloud Print or HP E-Print ready printer), but the guide is pretty straightforward.

Springpad

Being able to take notes on the go is important for many of our readers, and while we have featured Evernote, we wanted to provide our users with more options. And while there are many options out there, another popular one that many users have turned to for all of their mobile notetaking (plus) needs is Springpad. Allows you to save notes, locations, products and more, and even automatically organizes them for you.

SanDisk Memory Zone (Beta)

When it comes to managing the data stored on your Android, SD card, and even select online cloud services SanDisk Memory Zone is a powerful and easy to use tool that should definitely be on your radar. Though it is still in beta, this promising new app is a powerful memory and data manager.

My Work Clock

Perfect for those who need to be able to keep track of the time spent on their projects for more precise billing and client reporting. Work Clock lets you punch-in and out just like you were working a standard 9 to 5 job. Comes with its own dashboard widget for easy tracking, plus supports multiple jobs at a time.

SwipePad: Hyperspace Jump

Multitasking like a boss is how some would describe this shortcut creator. SwipePad allows you to quickly and easily access your apps no matter what is running or where you are in your phone. Shortcuts made near effortlessly intuitive and simple.

Remember the Milk

For those fans of the online version of this popular todo list service, now you can have all of the organizational power of Remember the Milk on your Android. Get synced and organized on the go, with the service that millions of users have trusted for years.

handyCalc Calculator

With many practical uses, handyCalc Calculator is a useful little app to have, well, handy. Especially if you find yourself freelancing, it can assist you with its currency converter when you are dealing with clients from other countries and needing to ensure proper pricing for reasonable quotes.

Package Buddy

With the web allowing for widespread connectivity, shipping remains an important part of keeping our businesses running smoothly, especially for all of those less than instantly and digitally transmittable deliveries. Package Buddy takes so much of the headache and time out of tracking those packages through a huge range of international shippers.

Advanced Task Accelerator

Battery drain is a huge problem for smartphone users, and Android devices are not immune. Using Advanced Task Accelerator can help you keep those unused background apps from draining important phone resources. Simulates a reboot to keep your main apps running without unnecessary sluggishness.

Recycle Bin

If you are familiar with the problem of deleting an app and later wishing that you could get it back; and even one step further along this route is the problem of having issues recalling just what the app was called in the first place, then this app is right up your alley. With Recycle Bin logging the apps you delete from your phone, you can reacquire them with a click.

DroidEdit Free

For many web design and developers, being able to access and quickly modify source code from our mobile devices is the dream. Okay so maybe less of a dream, and more of a necessary evil at times. Rather than discovering the problem on a mobile device and waiting until you can access your computer, just being able to get the job done quick and easy. With DroidEdit Free that dream is brought within reach.

B-Folders Secure Organizer

Cloudless and secure syncing and sharing of all of your important data is not always an easy thing to find, especially in such a feature rich and optimized fashion. However, B-Folders rises to meet this challenge head-on, and in rare form too.

Root Uninstall

A quick and easy way to remove the bloatware apps from your phone, even those system apps the phone doesn’t want you to unload. One click and they are now gone with the help of Root Uninstall. A very handy app to have at your disposal. Pun completely intended…

Seesmic for Android

Most of our readers are probably already familiar with this old favorite, but we had to include this handy app for managing your social networking all in one place without having to run multiple apps at a time. Especially when focusing on productivity. Seesmic is known around the community, and their reputation stands with their extension to Android devices. Reliable and solid as ever.

That’s a Wrap

That concludes this showcase of free Android apps to keep your new year on a more productive track. What are some of your favorites that were not included? Which ones featured have you tried, and what are your thoughts on them? Feel free to share them and more with us in the comment section below.

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