It wants to promote Google Play, its rebranded Android Market which we had recently covered.
An Android phone hogs internet data much more than a normal phone. This is particularly because of all the background stuff going on like syncing contacts, photos, instant messages, social network updates, email and much more.
Some people might like to limit the connectivity to certain applications. avast! Mobile Security and Internet Firewall are two of my favorite applications to do this job. They act like a firewall which restricts the connectivity to particular apps, just like in your PC.
Wikipedia, the largest encyclopaedia known to the mankind containing more than 20 million articles in 280+ languages, has released it’s official application for Android. The application UI (user interface) is pretty sleek and very neat and packs in a bunch of features.
The app is more convenient to use than using Wikipedia’s web-page, though there are few good un-official apps for Wikipedia in the market too, Wiki Encyclopedia and Wapedia being the good ones. Apart from few areas where the offiial app lacks, there are still many good features to make it stand out of the crowd.
The word ‘Cloud’ has been synonymous with Android since its birth, integrated to its core. In recent times, with the launch of free cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa and more, it has become quite difficult to manage files stored on the cloud from a mobile.
Enter SanDisk Memory Zone application, a combination of a File manager + Cloud storage manager + Data protector + Backup utility. I discovered this app while searching for a file manager for my not-so-geeky friend who owns a HTC ChaCha (aka Status). Sure, there are some advanced file managers out there like Total Commander, File expert etc. but he wanted an intuitive interface rather than being one for nerds.
At the time of writing, the Android market is currently filled with more than 20 applications dedicated to reddit. Although they all promise to make the ‘reddit experience’ better on Android, only few of them look to actually fulfil this.
I used almost every single app present out there and found 7 gems out of them, featured inside.
There’s a new game in the town, Sleepy Jack, which features Jack in his dreams where he surfs through galaxies, fighting with dangerous creatures of his dreams and crazy bosses with his laser guns.
It’s a fun, adventure filled game which got me hooked until I completed the game in one shot. Okay it was a lie, I only completed the lite version consisting of just one level. But seriously, it is addictive.
There are a lot of software for Desktop Operating Systems that can recover deleted files and restore them. Till now, if I wanted to recover something from my Android’s internal storage, I had to connect it through USB to my PC and use a software like Recuva (freeware) to recover it.
Undelete, an application, brings the same mechanism to Android for recovering deleted files from both internal and storage drives. It works quite good and has a very good user interface. While testing, it recovered most of the files, except when I tried to recover files after formatting my card. More about it inside.
One of the major things that separates Android from iOS is the ability to add widgets on the home screens. Widgets can be a cool way to interact with your smartphone and while you get basic calendar, clock, Facebook and other widgets with your smartphone, the online community i.e the Android Market has a lot more to offer.
Here are some of the best widgets available for your Android, both paid and free, ranging from full widget packs to small single purpose clock/battery widgets to customize your super phone.