Android app virtualization specialists BlueStacks have announced a version of its cross-platform software support for Windows 8, adding titles created for Android phones and tablets to the Metro UI of Microsoft upcoming OS.
The new version of BlueStacks App Player software will come preloaded on some new Windows 8 PCs later in the year, the company has confirmed.
Despite a point of contention over the true nature of these applications, a string of 13 apps have been identified as potential threats on the Android Market. One of the largest security software makers in the business, Symantec say they have identified these applications and relate them to a botnet-like virus called Android.Tonclank.
The applications in question run a type of malware called Android.Counterclank. Botnets spread from a host command computer and take control of other device via means of spam messages or in this case, malicious applications.
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Symantec already say millions of users could be affected and they consider the damage level to be "medium" with regards to data and identification theft. So far a list of 13 applications have been identified on the Android Market as malicious, with the majority of them being mobile games of some form.
The popular free call making and SMS sending Viber for Android has received the long-waited update for Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 devices.
Not only the update allows Viber to work properly on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, but also brings some bug fixes and new features to the table.
One of the most important ones is a new Voice engine, which should improve voice quality over the previous versions. The app can now even detect your location with a single tap and share it with your messages. Also Viber can now send and receive photos and supports landscape mode for messages, if you desire a more thumb-able keyboard to tap. And last but not least, you can now see when somebody is actually typing you tanks to a typing indicator.
Box for Android is giving a whopping 50 GB of free storage to any Android user who activates an account within the next 30 days. Box is in the red-hot cloud storage space and this offer will make it more of a competitor to Dropbox. But even if you never use it for before, that 50 GB of storage will be yours for free for the life of your Box account.
Box Also Update its Android app to include a revamped user interface that Box worked with Google on and this brings many Android Ice Cream Sandwich elements to the app. That new user interface will be coming to all versions of Android though and it will also include multiple file uploads.
How to Get your FREE 50GB ?
1- Go to the Market to Download & Install Box App on your Android phone.
2- Open The App and Go to the Register tab.
3- Register by Entering your Email and Password.
4- Click Register!
5- DONE! You got your Lifetime FREE 50GB Cloud Storage! (Photo above)
BOX [Market Link]
Google Analytics on the desktop gives mobile app developers a chance to look at metrics involving your apps. Now, Google is making the information mobile by offering a version of Google Analytics for the Google Play Store that is optimized for a smartphone. You can get a real-time report showing how many visitors you have and your most popular web pages or app screens.
The Dashboard lets you customize the information so you can see the metrics that are most important to you. You will default to the number of daily unique visitors and goal conversion rate, but you can make changes to the screen.
UberMusic is a music player inspired by the Metro UI and Zune Player for Windows Phone 7, and it is the most gorgeous music player you will find in the Android Market. It mimics the Zune player even in the animations. This skinnable music player, made by the same developer of LauncherPro, is gaining fast popularity in the Android Market in less than a week out of beta its already sold almost 10,000 copies of. Lets see why this app is growing so fast.
The first thing that got my attention was the ability to install skins. One of the key features to an Android phone is the possibility to give your own look to your phone, and as I am a musician and totally addicted to music, another great thing to have in my phone is a good music player.
You can give the app the look you want to, and although its only recently been released, there are already some great skins available. The app itself has an already styled skin thats really cool not as cool as the Metro Skin, but still keeping the feeling of the Windows Phone 7 music player.
The UI of UberMusic is like a clone of the WP7 music player. It even mimics the animations and the super smooth scrolling it has. I believe the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7 is one of the most beautiful UIs ever designed, and UberMusic takes this same attitude to heart.
If you swipe as the player starts, it will softly change to the next tab, out of (by default):
When you are on an artist’s tab, it will download a picture of the artist in question and used it as the background. Another great feature is that it downloads the biography of the artist and shows it in another tab inside the artist tab.
Another great UI feature is the "Now Playing" status in the notification bar, which displays a minimalistic status including the cover art of the album. Likewise, when playing a song, it shows the cover art for the album you are listening to as the background, and if you swipe you’ll be taken to the next song on the playlist.
Scrobbling and Shuffling
As with most music players, UberMusic has the option of scrobbling your listened songs to Last.fm, either through the Last.fm app or through ScrobbleDroid/SLS.
Also, UberMusic uses a true shuffling system that never repeats the songs you already listened till the playlist has played all songs. To activate the shuffle, you just tap the cover art of the playing song and then select the shuffle symbol; you can also select the repeat mode through the same interface.
Widgets and Wallpaper
This wonderful music player comes with 6 widgets in different sizes, and these, too, are skinnable. The skin may be just for the widget or it may come together with the player skin you have downloaded itself. Even without any skin, it is already beautiful, with a semi-transparent background and the controller buttons, alongside cover art for the song.
But what really impressed me is the UberMusic live wallpaper. I thought it was just another slide show or something, but its actually a really beautiful display of cover art, all in the same screen, with a gorgeous animation that flips the covers, just like Windows Phone 7 does with its Tiles.
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Yahoo! Meme, Yahoo! Mim, Yahoo! AppSpot, Yahoo! Deals, Yahoo! Shopping, and Yahoo! Sketch-a-Search have all been removed from Apple App Store. And if you are like most people, you never even looked at these apps in the first place. That is exactly the point. It is part of Yahoo strategy to rebuild its mobile presence from the ground up.
That list only refers to apps that were available for the iPhone and iPad. The former search leader also took down a handful of apps for Android.
If you took a photo with your Android phone camera and you feel it needs some Editing, you always make sure that you have an editing App on your device, But Which one is the best App to edit your photos with ?
If you want a FREE Excellent Photo Editing App for Android we have the Top 10 Here and they all are FREE, Market Download links included too.
Photo Art – Color Effects
Photo Art has a specific feature that makes it stand out from all other photo editors. This app lets you choose a number of effects and filters and allows you to either apply it to the whole image or to a certain part of the photo, using your fingers to specify that area. For an advanced function, this app makes it very simple and the results are just as good.
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Market Link: Photo Art – Color Effects
Adobe Photoshop Express
This mobile version of the widely known Photoshop offers basic functionality proportionate to a smart phone user. You can store your images on their site, if you sign up and create an account. The app has a bit of everything – from image cropping to sepia rendering but do not expect all the advanced functions of the desktop version.
Requires: Android 1.5 and up
Market Link: Adobe Photoshop Express
Mytubo is a casual, fun app that lets you apply 14 toy camera effects to existing photos in the gallery or real time camera shots. You can then save the edited snap to your phone or to a mytubo account, and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Email and SMS. The interface is fairly straightforward and the photo filters really do make your images eye-catching.
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Market Link: mytubo
Vignette Demo is a free version of the app Vignette. The app has a huge number of effects 84 to be exact and 54 photo frames. The paid version has the same features, plus it supports the phone’s resolution while the free version does not. One notable feature is being able to “set” a photo filter before taking the picture with its built-in camera. Given so many of options for editing your photo, the process of choosing an effect can be sometimes tedious with its interface, but the quality of the filters are worth the effort.
Requires: 1.5 and up
Market Link: Vignette Demo
Fotolr Photo Studio
The most impressive thing about Fotolr Photo Studio is its beautiful UI and presentation. The app lets you create photo folders as well as edit them. It has a diverse set of functions, from the basic (cut, resize, rotate) to the advanced (color isolation). One interesting feature is being able to add elements such as lipstick, wigs and hair color to an image. Fun and definitely functional, Fotolr is an app full of surprises.
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Market Link: Fotolr Photo Studio
PicsArt probably has more functions and photo effects than any other free app in the Market. In addition to the varied filters, it also allows the user to draw on an existing image. One great feature is letting the user edit the photo effect itself (depending on the filter). For a single app, it can do a lot to your photos and is a good choice for a go-to app for photo editing.
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Market Link: PicsArt
Pixlr-o-matic is an attractive app with a darkroom effect designed to generate vintage-style photos. Choose from the filters (they’re named after people) and apply professional quality effects in one easy tap. There’s also another tab for adding layers of lighting effects such as street lights and glitters. If you’re particular with design quality and artistic effects, this app is the one to try.
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Market Link: Pixlr-o-matic
PhotoFunia is a more playful app to integrate your photos specifically portraits into other elements such as magazine covers, billboards, or famous paintings. Basic tools are given for making the finished image as precise as possible. There are loads of templates to choose from, all stored in the cloud so it doesn’t take any space on your phone, so an internet connection is required to use the effects.
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Market Link: PhotoFunia
Little Photo is nifty app with a simple UI but a surprisingly large number of features over 70 effects and tools. Simply take a photo or open an image from the gallery and tap on it to see the list of effects and tools on the right side of the screen. A unique feature is "Half Apply", which lets you control the intensity of the photo filter you’ve selected.
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Market Link: Little Photo
BeFunky was a free online editing tool that has since become available on Android. The app offers over 20 effects such as LomoArt, Vintage and Tilt Shift in addition to basic editing tools like cropping and rotating. The interface makes editing fun and simple and gives a big chunk of the screen for you to preview each photo effect before applying it.
Requires: Android 2.2 and up
Market Link: BeFunky
Siine Keyboard for Android has just launched on Google Play Store to compete with Swiftkey X and Swype, Siine keyboard presents you with a bunch of icons, each of which has a handful of commonly used phrases assigned to it. You just press the relevant buttons and the phrases are automatically entered into the text box. With just a couple of clicks you can have an entire message ready to send. You get a whole bunch of icons with several phrases that you can customize and you can also download additional sets from within the app.
Lastly, Siine really improves on the way you delete large chunks of text. Instead of pressing and holding the delete button and watching as the text gets slowly deleted, you just press and hold on the delete button and then swipe your finger around to quickly delete the text. They call this the "Sexy Delete".
Another cool feature is the way it lets you enter time. Instead of typing out the entire time or date into a message you just click on the clock icon and select the time on the clock or the date you want on the calendar and the keyboard enters it for you in the text box.
Siine Keyboard [Play Store]
Instagram announced this year at SXSW that the Android version of Instagram was on its way and they also said:
"it will be better than our iPhone app, it is one of the most amazing Android apps you will ever see."
Instagram's creators still have yet to set out any official date in the calendar for the Android app launch. They have today, however put up a pre-registration page which prospective users can punch in their email to, granting them the ability to then be notified as to when the app does finally break cover.
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Gameloft releases some of the most addictive titles for Android with the Asphalt series probably being in the forefront and now the latest addition to the franchise, Asphalt 7, got its official video teaser along with a new game that the software developer will launch soon Spider Man for Android.
The racing legend Asphalt 7: Heat, the successor to Asphalt 6 looks to take the graphics up a notch and allow you to race in exotic locations like Shanghai, Hawaii, Moscow, and also Miami, London and others. The cars now come with more details, and they look more realistic handling better shadows and reflections. Watch Video Demo Below!
The other new release by Gameloft is entitled "The Amazing Spider-Man" and it's expected to launch along with the new movie around July 3rd. The game will put you in the role of Spider Man clearing the New York streets of villains. The game trailer shows another exciting new release with great graphics, which you can see below. Stay tuned for more details as they come up. Video Demo Below!
The Popular iOS game "Magic Piano" has just landed in the Google Play Market. The music catalog of titles you can play tops 200, with Smule claiming that they will add new music on a weekly basis.
The game works on a freemium model, where you can download and play the game for free, but unlocking additional songs requires the redemption of "Smoola" credits that naturally will cost some Money.
About 2 Years ago, Nike release its Nike + Running app for iOS, throwing out the requirement to link your phone with one of the company's wireless fobs and relying on your smartphone's own sensors to measure position and track your progress.
We have some Good News, Nike has finally ported its Nike+ app over to Android and its Now Available on Google Play, "better late than never" Right ?
Carry your phone along with you on a run, and Nike+ will get set recording data straight away. The phone's GPS tracks your location, while the accelerometer acts as a pedometer. Together, the sensors provide info that the app uses to give you real-time audio feedback, encouraging you on, as well as lets you review your workout after the fact, analyzing run summaries and measuring your progress over time.
Instagram, the popular photo-editing and sharing app, has received its first round of updates since Facebook splurged to acquire it to the tune of one billion dollars. The iOS version was updated yesterday to version 2.5, and today the much younger Android variant received most of the same features as it reached version 1.1.4.
The big question for many users is, has Facebook sunk its claws into Instagram in a way that will hurt the user experience? After all, they presumably didn't drop a billion dollars just for kicks. The answer to that is sort of the updates introduce a Facebook heart feature that you tap on to show you like it. By default this only shows up for other Instagram users, but in the options menu you can choose to share your likes to Facebook automatically.
XBMC is a popular media center application for the desktop known for its 10-foot UI and the ability to customize using plugins and skins. Now the developers have announced on their blog that they are working on a full-fledged version of the application for Android.
In the blog post, the developers mention that the app has been designed for Android-based devices such as set-top boxes, televisions, tablets and smartphones. The current version of the app being developed has similar UI and functionality to the desktop app. Naturally, this won't work on smartphones, so the developers are looking at the community to come up with suitable skins for the app.
The developers are unsure if the hardware decoding will make it to the final version of the app or will exist as patches for vendors to integrate. You Can Download & try the App from thr link Below.
The Amazon Appstore is a huge success for Android, Apple threatened to sue, but finally everything settled quietly and it became the go-to place for seekers of the best deals on apps with its daily price cuts and exclusive selection.
And now, it has grown to 50,000 applications. This might not seem like a huge number and it is not indeed, but thinking of the Amazon Appstore as a complement to the existing Google Play and its over 600,000 apps it definitely doesn't look bad.
Some of the Original footage from Star Wars: Episode IV has been used in Rovio's New Angry Birds: Star Wars trailer. And that is a big deal as Lucasfilm (who owns the star wars series copyright) rarely allows content that it owns to be used in such ways. A total of 8 trailers are to be revealed prior to the launch of Angry Birds: Star Wars, and a 3-minute animated video featuring the characters in the game will be among them.
Angry Birds: Star Wars will be launched on November,8th and will be available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Mac, PC and Windows 8 devices.
Audio Control for Android provides an amazing volume management experience and Full Control on your Android device Volume, not just this but it all also provide you with fast access widgets and allow you to create customized profiles (Silent, Meeting, loud, Home.. etc).
Audio Control has 5 components: Profiles, Schedules, Exceptions, Quick and custom Vibration. Each provides a unique way to control how your phone sounds and behaves.
Full App Features:
- Separate Notification and Ringer volumes for ICS devices.
- 12 Widgets that are completely customizable.
- Schedule all device sounds by day and time.
- 8 Shortcuts to access any part of Audio Control or apply a profile quickly.
- Profile widget that is resizable and can have multiple instances.
- Download FREE custom widget background or make and share your own from the developers website.
- A separate speakerphone volume for when the speakerphone is too loud or quiet.
- Profiles for Headsets (Bluetooth and Wired).
- Locale and Tasker support for scheduling by location and more!* (Requires Locale or Tasker app).
- Complete Tutorial so you don't miss out on anything
- Tablet optimized.
- Car Mode Profile.
- Never miss a text or phone call "Exceptions" which will auto adjust the volume.
- Adjust the device volume settings for a short period of time with "Quick" great for meetings or naps!.
- Custom vibration patterns for any installed application (ICS+ only).
What is WidgetLocker?
A Very Cool App that able you to customize your lock screen on your Android phone and support all screen resolutions (Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation... etc), It customize the lock screen using Widgets and shortcuts with changeable backgrounds too.
With Widgetlocker you can put all your Favourite Widgets on the lock screen and use it without unlocking the phone, you can still add security key and patterns too.
Setting Up WidgetLocker
First thing you need to do, is to adjust the grid size of the lockscreen so that it can accommodate everything we throw at it. you can find the app on the Market, This week we provide it for FREE!
After you have downloaded and installed WidgetLocker (Link Below), go to Settings > Look and Feel > Layout. Once here, adjust the anchor size to span over two rows. Now, turn off "Automatically determine grid size" and set the Rows to 3 and Columns to 4.
The Power Control Plus widget adds a ton of other Android settings to your home screen: it includes the usual choices, like Wi-Fi, brightness, Bluetooth, but also adds things like a battery indicator, LED flashlight, haptic feedback, tethering, and even input method.
In addition, you can arrange the widget however you want on the screen-vertically, horizontally, and taking up any number of grid spaces-and even change the colors of each individual setting (for really quick reference). If you are a fan of the Power Control widget, this app is a must-have. Check out the app Market page for a full list of compatible settings. We Offer this App as the Free App of The Week, you can Download it below, Enjoy!
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We have some Good News for all Android users, Instagram, the popular photo-filtering and sharing app, is Now Available for Android OS 2.2+.
The company quietly released the new version of the app today "Instagram for Android", adding Google Play link next to the App Store download option without much fanfare.
"Fast, beautiful photo sharing now for Android," Instagram said.
The app description says it will work with devices running Android 2.2. Instagram promised custom-designed filters and borders, front and back camera support, the new Lux photo-editing feature, and instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare. Also Instagram said that Flickr support is coming soon,
SoundBest Music Player gives you a Whole New Way to Enjoy Music on your Android Smartphone. SoundBest boost-up your smartphone sound Quality through the headphones to gives you the Maximum sound Quality that can be reached.
This Music Player perform a 90 seconds test based on the environment around you and your Ears Responses. This test will perform a Noise-cancellation experience while listening to Music with you Headphones using SoundBest Player. Download it as the App Of The Week from the link below.
Features of SoundBest Player :
- AF Mode (Sound Personalization System).
- Provide sound in a way to best express the original song.
- Automatically set up sound optimized to individual customers.
- Provide 11 EQ-Presets including rock and vocal music.
- Play by playlist available, too.
- Sort by album or singer.
- Lyrics provided, random or repetitive play available.
Facebook Officially announced "App Center", their very own version of an App store that will house all the applications and games that you currently enjoy on Facebook. Apart from giving you one stop shop for all your apps, App Center will now also allow paid apps and games, something that was missing from Facebook so far.
The App Center will be available from the web, as well as the iOS and Android version of the Facebook mobile app. The App Center will start rolling out to users in a few weeks but developers can sign up right now if they want their apps on the App Center.
Samsung already sold 30 Million Galaxy S III device worldwide making it the best selling smartphone in the market, As a way to say "Thank you for buying the Galaxy S III !" the company is offering Asphalt 7: the Heat for FREE on the Samsung Apps Store.
You can get the full version of Asphalt 7 optimized for your Galaxy S III 720p HD display.
Freemium apps free apps that have in-app purchases are experiencing impressive revenue growth worldwide, far outpacing premium apps in both iOS and Google Play stores.
Over the last 24 months, worldwide revenues for freemium apps on iOS have more than quadrupled. In 2012, worldwide freemium revenues on Google Play have grown 3.5X. Meanwhile, Premium revenues for both app stores (Play & iOS) remained relatively flat in these time periods.
Meanwhile, revenues from such apps on Android have more than quadrupled worldwide since the beginning of this year, while premium app revenues have barely increased. Japan is showing big growths while the US seems to have stabilized, with focus shifting to freemium apps.
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