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Exactly one week ago we posted the first part of a new feature called Phan Favs. This feature is all about asking you, the readers, about your favorite apps and games. To start things out we asked you about your favorite weather apps for Android. A lot of you came out and showed your support for your favorite apps. We received well over 250 votes spread out across dozens of apps. One app came out on top as the clear winner. Here are your top picks for best weather apps.
It’s very fitting that the app with “1″ in its name is the #1 pick. 1Weather claims to be the “most loved weather app on Google Play,” and that certainly showed in your voting. This app is the perfect combination of design and data. Most weather apps sacrifice to have just one or the other, but 1Weather provides powerful information in a beautiful package. Another plus for 1Weather is tablet support, live weather forecasts and backgrounds, and so much more. 1Weather is available for free from Google Play.
Coming in at #2 is an app that has been around for a long time, but keeps on kicking. WeatherBug has a focus on helping you “Know Before.” With this app you can access the world’s largest network of weather and lightning sensors for the most accurate forecasts, and the fastest alerts. “Spark Alerts” can even turn your phone into a lightning detector. Download WeatherBug and always know when the weather is about to turn bad. It’s available for free from Google Play.
3. Yahoo Weather
One of the newest entries you selected is Yahoo Weather. This is one of the prettiest weather apps you’ll ever find. It’s minimal in design with simple data and full screen photos. It may seem overly simple, but there is hardcore data in this app too. You get access to radar maps, wind and pressure, daily, hourly, and weekly forecasts, and much more. If you’re looking for a stylish weather app this is an excellent choice. It’s available for free from Google Play.
4. Google Now
Why download a weather app when your phone can tell you the forecast right out of the box? That’s what a lot of you said with your choice of Google Now. This feature comes in the Google Search app that is compatible with most of the newer Android devices. It will tell you the weather of your current location with a handy card and can be ever-present in your notification shade. Google Now can also recite the weather back to you if you ask. Download Google Search for free from the Play Store.
5. Weather Underground
The last app in our Top 5 is Weather Underground. This app is described as “community powered weather.” What does that mean? On top of the regular weather services and airports, this app uses 3,000+ personal weather stations report the most localized weather conditions. That data powers radar maps, forecasts, hazards reports, and so much more. If you like helping to crowd source data this is a great weather app to use. Like all the other apps on this list, it’s available for free from Google Play.
The Top 10 selections can be seen in the chart above. Thanks to everyone who helped vote to make this list. Next week we will be back with another Phan Favs. Do you like the winners of this week? Did your favorite app make the Top 5? Let us know in the comments if you agree with your fellow readers!
The best apps we have installed and are excited about this week
The weekend is a leisurely time where we all pull out our phones or tablets and find a new app or two to keep us entertained or productive. For that reason, we run an Apps of the Week column every Saturday afternoon to let everyone know what the writers here at Android Central are installing on our own devices. We highlight our favorite games, tools, news readers and more every week, hoping that they’ll be useful to you as well.
Read along with us and see our picks this week — you may find an app or two that will find a place on your phone or tablet as well.
Got an Android device with access to Google’s Play Store? Congratulations: It’s about to become even more resistant to malware, and you’ll barely have to lift a finger. You see, for around two years now, the folks in Mountain View have been able to throw up red flags when users try to install apps of questionable provenance on their devices. Now they’re taking it a step further — Google will soon be able to check up on your apps after you’ve already installed them.
Why? Well, it’s possible that you downloaded some sketchy apps before Google’s verification feature went live in 2012. A bad app that previously managed to fly under the radar could also be rooted out as Google continues to learn more about mobile malware. Those situations may seem a mite outlandish, and Android Security Engineer Rich Cannings admits that most people won’t ever see one of those notifications. Still, there’s no denying this is a solid tool to have in the ol’ arsenal, and ComputerWorld previously reported that it’ll come in the form of an update to Google’s Play Services; so devices running Android versions as old as 2.3 should get that added security without a headache.
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Source: Official Android Blog
A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and “behaving in a safe manner”. Currently the system scans applications at the time you install them, but now it will continuously check all the apps on your device, even after they’ve been installed.
Google’s previously announced enhancement to the Verify Apps framework is rolling out to users now, according to the official Android blog. Your device already has the standard Verify Apps system built-in that scans at the time of installation, but the new version will be watching all the time for suspicious activity.
Verify Apps compares each app you install with known malware signatures, but there’s always a possibility you are downloading a form of malware that hasn’t been identified yet.
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Google Is Now Rolling Out Constant On-Device Scanning For Verify Apps Feature was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We have several recurring features on this site where we tell you what the best apps, games, phones, or tablets happen to be. Of course these picks are largely based on our own opinions. Many times you, the readers, disagree with us. That is one of the great things about Android. It’s very personal. You all have your favorite apps and games, so it’s time we ask you.
Phan Favs gives you, the readers, the chance to tell us which apps and games are the best. It’s time for some good old-fashioned crowd sourcing to find out what apps Android users are really using. For our first vote we will be talking about WEATHER APPS. Checking the weather is one of the most basic functions of a smartphone. There are probably thousands of apps available for this specific task. We want to know which ones you are using.
How It Works
It’s very simple. Leave a comment below with the name of your favorite weather app. DON’T leave a comment with the name of an app that has already been mentioned. If your favorite app has been mentioned already just upvote it. Next week we will put the top 5 (and a few honorable mentions) into a list.
Spread the news! Let other Android users know about this! More people means more data, and more data means more accurate results. Click right here to tweet about it. Thanks for playing along!
HTC recently made a few of its native Sense 6.0 apps available on the Play Store so as to make it easier to update them in the future. This move is already reaping great benefits as the manufacturer has now rolled out updates to its BlinkFeed and Gallery applications with some new changes.
The updates don’t bring any drastic upgrades, but are certainly welcome since these are the core Sense 6.0 apps. The BlinkFeed update changelog shows that it now enables for faster scrolling and also brings the ability to add more content.
The Gallery app comes with a new feature called Foregrounder which is a focusing effect allowing users to tap anywhere in the screen to make changes to a particular image. These are very minor features, but without the help of Play Store apps, HTC would have had to wait for a full blown firmware update to bring in these changes. So with that in mind, this is a very welcome change by HTC.
Via: Android Police
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Let’s be honest, when it comes to buying apps we can all be a bit stingy with our cash. Most of us have no problem shelling out $200 for the latest Samsung device, but dropping a couple of bucks on some app seems so much more difficult. It’s a very strange situation. Through the years most people have decided that any app that costs over $1.99 is “expensive.” We really need to get over this mentality.
Most people have no problem spending a few bucks on a Big Mac that will keep them satisfied for a couple of hours. Why is it so hard to buy $5 app that you will use every day of your life? Not to mention the money you spend on apps is supporting hard-working developers. We think there are plenty of apps out there that are worthy of your hard-earned cash. Here are 5 “high” priced apps and 1 cheapy for your consideration.
Link Bubble – $4.99
Link Bubble is a completely new way to browse the web on your Android device. When you click on a link the webpage begins to load in the background, allowing you to continue using the app you are in. Once the page is loaded it pops up on top of the current app. You never have to leave the app you are using or wait for pages to load. $5 may seem a bit steep, but when you consider how many times you open links it’s well worth it.
Plex – $4.99
If you know anyone that uses Plex they have probably already told you how great it is. This service can be easily described by their tagline: “One window into all your personal media. No matter where you are.” Upload all of your media to the Plex server and it can be accessed anywhere you can download the app. Photos can be automatically uploaded, and videos are displayed with beautiful movie posters. Plex even works with Chromecast. The $5 will give you access to all of this on your phone or tablet.
Safe In Cloud – $4.99
If you use the same password on every site, or let browsers remember your login info, you are at risk of getting hacked. Having a unique login and password for every site can be incredibly difficult to remember. Safe In Cloud is a password management system. that helps you keep track of it all. You can sync your passwords to Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. The $5 will get you the Android app, plus the Chrome and Firefox extension for free. Privacy is nothing to skimp out on.
Pushover – $4.99
We all gets tons of notifications, but rarely about the things that should really be notifying us. Pushover can make notifications work for you. Want to know when your Fitbit battery is low? When a completely-legal-in-every-way torrent finishes downloading? An eBay item changes price? With Pushover you can get notifications for all of these things, and many more. Dozens of apps, services, and things can be configured to work with Pushover. For $5 you will be notified of anything and everything you can imagine.
ROM Manager – $5.99
If you are a frequent user of custom ROMs you have probably used the free version of ROM Manager at some time. This incredibly useful app comes pre-installed with some ROMs. The premium version adds a few features that are very important for hardcore ROM users. You can download incremental update zips to save on data, get access to premium ROMs, and receive notifications for when your ROM is updated. If you’ve ever hassled with ROMs this is an easy $6 to spend.
MarkAsRead – $1.21
Our cheapy pick is a new app that solves a small but annoying problem. Gmail’s current notifications let you archive and reply to emails directly from the notification. Unfortunately there is no way to mark an email as “read” from there. MarkAsRead replaces the stock Gmail notification with an almost identical one, except now there is a “read” button. No more seeing new emails twice. For just $1.21 this will make your life easier.
Those are some of the apps we think are worth the price tag, but what about you? What apps do you consider to be good enough to buy? Let us know in the comments below!
Kicking off another month of great app picks
It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means it’s time to kick off another great set of Apps of the Week columns. Just as you know, we bring together an app pick from each of the Android Central writers and put them on display together as a recommendation of what we’re currently using. They may not be new, flashy or top-of-the-line apps, but we think it says something when we consistently use them, so we want to show them off.
Read along with us through this week’s picks and see how they stack up — you may just find an app or two that fit your own uses as well.
Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps
Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it’s only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we’re also fortunate that there’s a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we’re provided by the folks who made our phones.
The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It’d be impossible to look at all of them, so here we’ve chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let’s take a look.
Microsoft only just revealed it would test new TV remote features on the Xbox One and its associated SmartGlass apps, and Windows Phone Central points out that right now anyone can give them a try. All you need is one of the game systems and a device running Android, Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. We tried out the apps and they install right alongside the standard Xbox One Smartglass apps, although there are some known issues and rough edges. The smiley face button serves as a way to report any issues, but overall things worked smoothly, and we were able to navigate recordings on a standard Comcast DVR or surf through the OneGuide without a problem. Download the apps now and try them via Google Play, the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store — we haven’t spotted a beta version for iOS yet.
A lot of apps are released in the span of one month. It can be near impossible to keep track of them all. In order to help you find only the best apps that have been released in the last month we have assembled this list. Below you will find the best apps (and biggest updates) from the month of March. Check it out and see what apps you missed! (Click app headings for download link)
The Chromecast is starting to get support from a lot of Android apps. Unfortunately, the Chromecast section in the Play Store leaves a lot to be desired. New app “Cast Store” curates all of these Chromecast apps into an easy to use app store. Now you can find every app to take advantage of Chromecast’s full potential.
Coursera connects students, professionals, and lifelong learners everywhere with free online courses from over 100 top-tier global universities and institutions. This app is full of valuable resources to further your education, and it’s all for free. With over 600 courses you are bound to find something interesting. Knowledge is power, which makes this app extremely powerful.
What can you get for $5 anymore? With Fiverr you can get a lot. This popular service has been around for a while on other platforms. It allows people to earn some easy money while performing services that other people need. Need someone to do a voice-over for a video? Want someone to do a remix of your favorite songs? It can all be found on Fiverr.
Previously only available as a part of Sense, HTC BlinkFeed is now available in the Google Play store. This means that HTC will be able to update it much more easily, and other Android devices may soon be able to use it too. BlinkFeed is great if you want a simple way to keep up with social networks, calendars, and browse news.
Jawbone’s popular fitness tracking bands have had apps on iOS and Android for a while, but this month the Android app got a lot better The UP app now works with the Jawbone UP and UP24 fitness bands. The UP24 used to only sync with USB, but now it works with Bluetooth as well. With the app you can see real-time information about your physical stats and activities.
Link Bubble is a completely new way to browse the web on your Android device. When you click on a link the webpage begins to load in the background, allowing you to continue using the app you are in. Once the page is loaded it pops up on top of the current app. You never have to leave the app you are using or wait for pages to load. This is one of the coolest new apps we’ve seen.
Notifications+ solves a problem that many people have: getting Android notifications in the browser. This app makes it very easy to see all of your notifications in Chrome. There are many options and settings that allow you to customize exactly what notifications you will get. It’s very flexible and extremely handy for people who use a computer for most of the day.
The Pebble app is not new to Android, but this month it got a giant update. Version 2.0 of the companion app for the popular smartwatch added a very important feature. It is now possible to browse the watchapp directory and install the latest apps and watch faces right from your Android phone. A Watchapp locker for your favorite apps and a new UI round out the new features.
Photowall is a simple and fun app that works with Chromecast. With this app you can collaborate with friends and share pictures on the big screen. Anyone with the app can connect to the Chromecast and start sharing. No more showing photos on a small screen.
QuickClick allows you to start any action with a sequence of Volume Buttons clicks. You can do things like take a photo or a video, toggle flashlight on and off, make a call, start a message, or start any app. Setting it up is simple. Just choose an action you want to launch, configure that action, choose the button sequence, and you’re done!
One of the most important questions you can ask before going outside for the day is “will it rain?” Having an umbrella with you can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. This app will notify you when you leave the house if you should bring an umbrella. Not only is it very handy, but it is beautifully designed as well.
This new app is a fun way to travel back in time through your social media. Ever wonder what you were tweeting about a year ago? Or what you were doing on Facebook when you first started? With this app you can take a trip down memory lane though almost all of your social networks. It has a beautiful design and is very easy to set up and use.
A URL shortener may sound like a boring app, but this one is very handy. In addition to allowing you to shorten URLs this app also tracks those URLs with dynamic and visual charts. You can see who is clicking on the links you share. Any link can be shared and shortened with the built-in “Share” option in Android.
If you’re looking for a simple and beautiful app to track your expenses look no further than Xpensy. This app may not have the features that power users require, but for the casual user it’s perfect. You can track daily, weekly, and monthly expenses with colorful charts and graphs that show what areas you are spending the most on. Keep an eye on your spending.
What was your favorite app from March? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know below!
Google is doing some house cleaning on its Play Store by introducing several new changes to its Google Play Developer Program Policy. The changes are meant to protect the consumers against the deceptive advertising practices as well as other shady activities of app developers. The developers themselves must also make sure right now that the ad networks or affiliates that they are using do not engage in these practices.
Most of the changes in the Google Play Developer Program Policy are found in the App Promotion section which states.
Apps published on Google Play may not directly or indirectly engage in or benefit from the following behavior:
- Promotion via deceptive ads on websites, apps or other properties, including simulated system, service, or app notifications or alerts.
- Promotion or install tactics which cause redirection to Google Play or the download of the app without informed user action.
- Unsolicited promotion via SMS services.
One of the key changes that this new policy brings is the elimination of the downloading of apps via a simulated system dialog box. This is quite popular in the Windows platform where a user will often see a pop-up ad on the screen that looks like a Windows dialog box. It will often warn users that their system has an error or that it is infected with malware and provides a way to resolve the issue by letting the user download a program. This tactic is now being used by developers in the Android system.
Under the Ad Policy category on the Ads Context guidelines the changes state that “Ads must not simulate or impersonate the user interface of any app, or notification and warning elements of an operating system. It must be clear to the user which app each ad is associated with or implemented in.” This basically warns the developers of the ad networks they may be using that may engage in deceptive behavior.
The new policy no longer allows apps to access the SMS feature without getting the consent of the user. A lot of app developers today on Android and even on iOS send out SMS as a way of making their apps viral. Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn’t, the bottom line is that Google is clamping down on this practice.
With regards to in-app purchases, developers must now make it clear which feature in the app requires an additional charge.
Apps are right now banned from containing viruses, worms, malware or simply by linking to these security threats. They are also not allowed to modify any browser settings, add homescreen shortcuts, icons, or bookmarks.
Google has notified all app developers via email regarding these changes and are giving them some time to unpublish their apps and resubmit them before the apps gets banned. “Any new apps or app updates published after this notification will be immediately subject to the latest version of the Program Policy. If you find any existing apps in your catalog that don’t comply, we ask you to unpublish the app, or fix and republish the app within 15 calendar days of receiving this email. After this period, existing apps discovered to be in violation may be subject to warning or removal from Google Play.”
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More great apps than you can shake a stick at
Here we are again wrapping up another great month of Apps of the Week columns. This week is no different than any other, though, as we’re still bringing together a selection of app picks from each of the writers here at Android Central and putting them on display all in one place. There are no restrictions at play here — if it’s an app that we use on our Android-powered phones, tablets, TVs or ovens, it’s fair game to show up in this list.
This week we have a more standard collection of apps, comprised of a couple new games to try out, an app that can make you feel like you’re helping out without lifting a finger and some utility apps to boot. Read along and see how this week’s picks stack up with the rest — you may just find one that works for you.
Windows Phone 8.1 may not just add a bevy of software features — it may improve how you find software, too. WPCentral claims to have leaked details of a Windows Phone Store revamp in the OS that reportedly makes it easier to discover hot apps. Featured titles would take center stage in this new portal, and new sections would help you sift through fast-rising apps or specific categories. Upgrades could soon be less of hassle, for that matter. A new My Apps area would let you check for updates without waiting for notifications, and you could (finally!) tell Windows Phone to update apps automatically. There’s no certainty that this storefront will make it into the final WP8.1 release, but you won’t have to wait long for confirmation.
Multi Window isn’t anything new for Samsung. They were the first manufacturers to truly embrace real multitasking. Over the years, Samsung has made changes to how it works along with how many apps that it’s compatible with, and the new Galaxy TabPRO tablets are no exception. So if you’re someone who is in constant need to have two or more apps open at the same time, then head on past the break to see how to truly multitask.
Note: You can skip down to the bottom for our hands on video explaining everything in detail.
To get into Multi Window, you first need to enable it from the power settings menu found in the notification panel. You can also go into the main Settings and tap the Device tab to see the on/off toggle.
To open apps, it’s a little different than the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 running Android 4.2.2. Just place your finger at the right-most part of the display and swipe to the left, and the pop out menu of compatible apps will appear. This can be done from with the Magazine UX, any of the standard Android home screens, or any app that is displayed. Just like the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 running Android 4.2, you can also long press the back key, but when you swipe the pop out menu away, you won’t get that little arrow icon at the edge of the display.
Once the pop out menu is opened, you can either tap or drag the icon of the app you want to open. If you use the tap method, apps will open as mini popups that will float on top of any other apps and can be resized. This method allows you to open more than two apps at the same time. These apps can be minimized to a little floating icon like a Facebook Chat Head so that you can easily open it again from within any app. This Chat Head style was introduced with the Galaxy Note 3 as part of Pen Window.
The other method of opening Multi Window apps is to drag the app icon (from the Multi Window pop out) to the main part of the screen. By doing that, it will open in either full screen or half screen. So if you don’t already have a Multi Window compatible app open, by sliding one of the Multi Window apps into the main area, that app will open in full screen. Open the Multi Window pop out again and drag another app, and both apps will be top/bottom (portrait mode) or right/left (landscape mode). In the case of the TabPRO 12.2, you might be able to open 4 apps at the same time, but I wasn’t able to try it. You can on the NotePRO 12.2.
Interacting between apps is also a breeze. For example, you can have Email and the Gallery open at the same time (side by side or top and bottom). Just navigate to a picture you want to attach to an email, and drag it from the Gallery into your email draft, and it will be attached. However, this will only work for the stock Email app, not Gmail.
Multi Window is pretty cool if you can find use for it. Check out my video below which further explains how everything works.
Come comment on this article: How to use the Multi Window feature on the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1, and TabPRO 12.2
Two Florida residents have just pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracty to commit copyright infringement, in this case copyrighted Android apps. This conviction is being hailed by the US Department of Justice as a landmark victory in its fight to protect intellectual property in the US.
Aside from fragmentation, one of the oft mentioned reasons why some developers still shy away from the Android platform is the rampant software piracy. Granted, this isn’t confined to Android alone, but it is not as notoriously bad compared to others. The operations behind Android app piracy, however, as considerably smaller than, say, desktop software, making them easier targets for law enforcement.
One such example is the AppBucket web site, which was reported to have been in operation from 2010 to 2012. The site provided access to, according to the FBI’s sting operation, thousands of copies of popular Android apps. The DOJ says that the distribution of the apps would have amounted to more than $700,000. Considering how Android apps cost below $10 on average, that is definitely a substantial number.
AppBucket operators Anthony Narbone, aged 26, and Thomas Allen Dye, aged 21, are scheduled to appear again in court in June and July, respectively, for sentencing. Depending on how it goes, each of them can spend a maximum of five years in prison.
We have another great set of apps to check out this weekend
It’s another Saturday afternoon, and that means it’s time for another edition of our Apps of the Week column. We take a slot every week to show off an app from each of the writers here at Android Central, along with a quick explanation of why it’s on our device. These could be utility apps, background services, photography apps, social networks, games or just random odds-and-ends, but if the app is installed on our phone or tablet we want to tell you about it.
Read along with us after the break and check out the apps we’ve been using this week — you may just find one that will be a great choice for your own device as well.
A couple weeks ago Amazon announced that they would be giving away 2 weeks of gifts through the US app store to celebrate the third birthday of the app store. Now the company is offering 14 premium Android apps that normally sell for $50.
The apps being offered include Polaris Office, normally $13, Sketchbook pro, normally $5 and Monopoly, also normally $5. Hit the break for the full list of apps being offered for free!
- Polaris Office ($12.99)
- Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker ($4.99)
- Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
- mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
- PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ($12.95)
- Worms 2: Armageddon ($0.99)
- Worms 2: Armageddon (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
- King of Math Junior ($1.99)
- Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99)
- Dr. Panda’s Airport ($1.99)
- MONOPOLY ($4.99)
- Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
- Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)
- SpinArt ($1.99)
- Battle Maiden Yuko Runner ($10.00)
Come comment on this article: Amazon Appstore giving away 14 hit apps for free as part of birthday celebrations
March Madness has begun! Here’s how to follow the games on Android
NCAA basketball brackets have been picked, and games start Tuesday. It’s a great time for fans, and with the help of a few Android apps, you’ll never miss a minute of it. We’ve got apps for keep tabs on scores, stats, players, teams, news, and video of the action. There’s even a game tossed in just so you can stay in the spirit between matches.
More birthday wishes are headed out to more digital apps marketplaces this week. This time, Amazon is celebrating the third birthday of the Amazon Appstore (which takes place March 22nd), and you had to guess they would commemorate the event with some apps and games being on sale.
Amazon is offering premium apps and games up to 60% off for titles like Wheel of Fortune, Terraria, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.
Amazon is also offering 50% back on in-app purchases for select games like alt 8, Animal Voyage, Kingdoms of Camelot, The Hobbit, Sonic Dash, World at Arms and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. The “cash back” will be credited to you in the form of Amazon Coins, which can be used to buy more games and apps and in-app purchases.
Amazon says they’ll be running promotions over the next two weeks, though we’ll have to wait to see what they have in store each and every day between now and then. You can check out all of the current deals at Amazon’s site by heading right here.
While most people have been finding Chromecast apps by simply searching for the word “Chromecast” in the Google Play Store, one developer thought it necessary to make an app dedicated to finding and highlighting all the apps with Chromecast support in the Google Play Store.
Cast Store is its name, and it’s quite simple in its approach. Users will be able to sort by games and apps, and will be able to drill even deeper with specific subcategories beneath those. Beyond that, users can also note which apps are their favorite, and can suggest new apps that the developer might not have picked up on.
Lists are sortable by newest, name and rating in both ascending and descending order. There’s a search feature if you’re looking for something specific. You’ll also get a quick look at the apps’ ratings and descriptions, so you won’t have to jump to the Google Play Store each time you want to learn something new about it.
All in all, the app is pretty good for its purpose, and should be getting even better in the weeks to come as the developer looks to introduce more features. It is ad-supported, though there will soon be an option to get rid of the ads through an in-app premium purchase. Be sure to give it a whirl and see if you can’t find that perfect app with Chromecast support that you’ve been looking for.
See the apps that made it onto our phones and tablets this weekend
Saturdays bring a lot of great things, but one of the best (at least for us) is the Apps of the Week column where we get to show off the apps that we’re using every day. Each of the writers here at Android Central does their best to write a bit about a single app that’s been on their phone or tablet in the last week, giving you the chance to see what we’re all using.
The list is usually pretty varied, with a grouping of games, utility apps and a few off-the-wall choices now and then, but that’s what you’ll find if you look hard enough throughout the entire Play Store. Hit the break to see how this week’s picks line up with the rest.
We are about a month away from the Galaxy S 5 launch, which will not only bring updated versions for most TouchWiz apps, but it will also bring a few brand new apps. Many of these apps leaked and are available to download right now. They include S Note, WatchON, S Health, S Translator, the calculator, and Gear Manager.
The only caveat, and a major one, is that you need a Samsung device running Android 4.4.2. Plus, some of the apps need to have the previous version uninstalled, which requires root. And of course, the Galaxy Fit won’t do much for you unless you have a Galaxy Fit, but you can at least see the UI.
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16 Pebble Steels and a $5000 grand prize are up for grabs in the next few weeks
Pebble has finally released its new Android app and accompanying 2.0 firmware for the Pebble watch, which brings a new design and features but most notably an all-encompasing appstore for the device. To help kickstart development of Pebble apps submitted to the formal appstore, Pebble is kicking off an official App Challenge with $9000 in prizes available for a handful of apps that show off their quality.
From now until March 23rd, developers can submit their new or existing apps to the challenge if they are built to interact with the latest SDK 2.0 features and are available in the appstore. From the 24th to the 27th, you can then vote on the official challenge website for your favorite apps, narrowing down the group to just 16 top-notch entries. Each of the 16 developers will be given a new Pebble Steel for their effort, and be entered into a head-to-head battle for the grand prize.
A bracket will place the apps head-to-head for voting from the public, narrowing down the options until just one app remains. The developer who comes out on top of the entire challenge will walk away with $5000 for their effort. Not a bad deal for making a Pebble app, and all Pebble users will benefit from the increased engagement around the appstore. If you’re interested in participating as a developer or a voter, hit the source link for the full details
We’ve all wondered from time to time if we’re on social media too much. Maybe we’re addicted to email, or check that sports app too frequently. If you’ve ever wondered just how you use your Android device, we’ve got one thing to say: there’s an app for that.
A new app named App Habits does some pretty cool stuff. It monitors your usage of apps, fitting them into time slots: morning, afternoon, and night. Each app you use is shown in card format, with a breakdown of what time of day you use them. If you habitually check email before bed, App Habits will know. Wake up first thing to see which player is being traded? App Habits will know that, too.
The tracking isn’t meant to shame you, though. Instead, it’s got a unique function to make your life easier. By tracking the apps you use — and when — App Habits has what is called “Launcher”, where the apps you use most often during the time of day you’re currently enjoying reside. The launcher also houses itself in your notification bar, offering a quick and easy way to get to the apps you were going to get into anyway. Check the game in the evening? Your favorite sports app may have replaced the email app you’ve been using all afternoon, making it easier for you to do what you were going to anyway. You can remove Launcher from the notification bar in settings, but we don’t see why you’d want to — it’s really neat.
The app also shows hidden apps, like the launcher or Android System UI. It even shows itself in there, so you know it’s an honest watchdog app. We’re having fun with App Habits, even though it’s all business. If you’re interested, App Habits is available in the Play Store now, free to download and without in-app purchases.
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All of the best apps that have made their way onto our devices this week
After a brief hiccup because of MWC at the end of February we’re now back to our normal pace with the second regularly-scheduled Apps of the Week column in March. That means we’re also right back on schedule offering up a handful of apps each weekend that the Android Central writers are actually using day in and day out.
They may be games, tools, weird utilities or quick one-use apps, but if they’re installed on our phones or tablets, then the apps are worth talking about. You’ll find our list of apps after the break — you may just find a few that fit your own needs as well.
Well, that didn’t take long now, did it? After debuting their much anticipated, long awaited Pebble app store on iOS devices early last month, Android users (those that never bothered installing the beta) are now finally able to join in on the goodness. Touted as “first open platform for sharing apps optimized for wearables,” it’s clear that for Pebble wearers — this is a really big deal.
The app itself doesn’t just get a complete overhaul (new UI and functionality), but it also upgrades Pebble watches to version 2.0, allowing the watch to not only install a plethora of helpful new apps, but adds a few new features to the Pebble OS like being able to view past notifications. We did encounter a few hiccups getting the app to update our Pebble and connect via Bluetooth, but nothing that we couldn’t trouble shoot (turning Bluetooth on an off).
Speaking of of those apps, bigger name apps like Evernote, Yelp, and Foursquare join the mix, as well as countless new apps and watchfaces from smaller developers. Installing them up is as simple as selecting the app/watchface and selecting the load button. Withing seconds, the app or watchface will be installed on your Pebble and your ready to roll. You can only install 8 apps or watchfaces, although if you find others you wanna try out they can be saved to your locker.
As it stands, everything seems to be working as it did on iOS (we will say, the app is a hundred times more smooth on Android, although still a bit more sluggish than your average app). We have been encountering a few issues like random disconnections, but given that the app just hit Google play, we’re hoping all these bugs will get ironed out soon.
For those of you that have just updated, how are you liking it?
Download on Google Play: Pebble 2.0
The Pebble 2.0 with Appstore app is finally live on Android today, bringing with it the promised appstore with all Pebble Watch compatible apps, a watchface store where all submitted watchfaces can be browsed, as well as new functions to help Pebble smartwatch owners manage their apps and watchfaces. It’s a pretty extensive revamp, completely redesigning the user interface as well as streamlining the whole Pebble pairing process which I think had previously been a bit messy and ugly.
I’m particularly impressed at how easy it is now to install apps and watchfaces; it’s pretty much an all-in-one solution now, making it a breeze for even casual users to install anything and everything. From the Play Store, the official list of changes to the app include:
New Features in 2.0.12 (requires Android 4.0 or newer):
- Pebble watchapp directory: browse, find and install the latest watchapps for Pebble.
- List of prior notifications now stored on your Pebble.
- Watchapp locker: keep track of your favorite apps and manage the apps on your Pebble.
- Completely revamped and improved user interface design.
The new Pebble 2.0 app can be had on the Play Store now if you haven’t already got it (links below), and the update should be available if you already have it installed. Let us know how you find the new Pebble 2.0 in the comments.
After launching Pebble 2.0 and the App Store for iOS last month, today Pebble has released both of those for Android as well. Not only that, but now there are new apps to go in conjunction with this software release.
The Pebble 2.0 software for Android has been in a (rough) beta for awhile now, but now anyone can get the update from Google Play. With it, of course, you also now can download new apps and watch faces to customize your Pebble. Some new partner apps also launched today include Evernote, Time Warner Cable, and eBay.
With the Evernote app, you can look at your notebooks, reminders, and checklists. With the Time Warner app, if you’re an Intelligent Home subscriber, you can control your thermostat, and more as well. With the eBay app, you can browse and add products to watch lists for later viewing on your smartphone.
Here are the full release notes for Pebble 2.0:
- Completely revamped and improved user interface design.
- Pebble watchapp directory: browse, find, and install the latest watchapps for Pebble.
- Watchapp locker: keep track of your favorite apps and manage the apps on your Pebble.
- The list of prior notifications is now stored on your Pebble.
- Using Pebble watchapps that connect to the internet to fetch data such as location or weather requires the Pebble Android app to be running on your phone.
- This release supports a single Pebble watch. We are aware that some users may have multiple Pebble smart watches, and will add support in a future release.
- Users of the Beta release of the Android 2.0 application will only see the old app in the Google Play Store. Delete the Beta version of the app to see the public version properly.
- Side-loading apps from the “Downloads” app or Gmail may fail. This is a known issue—users must currently use another method (e.g. Dropbox, downloading with an alternate browser, copying manually to a SD card, loading from the File Manager, etc.)
- Users may have to manually re-launch the Pebble app and reconnect to a Pebble that has been disconnected from the paired device for a long period of time.
- If a user is experiencing difficulty connecting their Pebble and phone: We suggest the user first try using (device) Home button then launching the Pebble app again via the Android launcher, then attempting to connect again. If that does not work, we suggest the user navigate to the Bluetooth settings menu, un-pair on both the android and pebble devices, and turn Bluetooth on Android off then on.
So if you have a Pebble, go ahead and download the 2.0 software update and enjoy your apps. If you don’t have a Pebble yet, you can get the original model from them or Best Buy, and you can get the Pebble Steel from Pebble themselves.
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