Joining the slowly swelling ranks of screen-dimming apps on Android, f.lux started its life on Linux and Windows years ago. It has been available on jailbroken iPhone for a few years, too, and now it’s finally making its way to Android. Currently in beta and only available on rooted devices, f.lux is a superb choice if you want to avoid straining your eyes at night.
Since Pushbullet introduced its paid service and removed features from the free version, many people have been on the lookout for a worthy cross-platform file-sharing alternative. Thankfully, that day has come. Join offers far more features than Pushbullet, and it does it all with a one-time payment, rather than a yearly subscription, a la Pushbullet.
The app only recently went live across all platforms – Android, Windows 10, web, Chrome – and there are still small bugs and UI improvements to be made, but this is an app worth getting on board with right now.
Let Hermit save you battery by taking resource-intensive apps like Facebook and replacing them with a wrapper for the mobile website. All these Lite Apps will still appear in your app drawer, and they can send you notifications, they just won’t eat your battery and take up loads of storage space.
Any app that has a mobile website – including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, any news service – can be used through Hermit. There’s also a useful library of popular and suggested Lite Apps to get you started.
Promo Codes: Support Devs
Promo Codes: Support Devs gives you the chance to win an app you would normally have to pay for every 12 hours. Promo Codes itself is free and you don’t need to pay anything to enter its lottery, you just launch the app and tap I’m feeling lucky. You will be taken to the app store page of a particular app which you may or may not win. If you don’t, well hey, don’t worry, maybe you will next time.
Of course, part of the app’s intention is to promote apps: it’s expected that some people will be interested in buying an app if they don’t win it. If you’re ok with that, it is a cool and fun way to discover new apps. Give it a go and see if you get lucky.
At long last, Kickstarter has its own Android app. The popular crowdfunding portal only arrived to Android recently but the good news is it doesn’t suck. Though the app doesn’t offer much in the way of different functionality to using the Kickstarter website on mobile, it is a smoother and faster experience.
While there are plenty of pitfalls of crowdfunding and Kickstarter there are also a lot of successes. For those interested in smartphones specifically, there’s lot to enjoy: the Nextbit Robin was recently successfully funded there.
Most of us hate our alarms, don’t we? Who wants to be woken up when they’re having a lovely dream about their teeth falling out?
But I hate Mimicker Alarm even more than most. Not only do you have to switch it off in the morning when you’re tired (ugh), but Mimicker won’t switch off until you’ve actually achieved something, and it can tell whether you’ve done this by using your camera.
For example, it might ask you to pull a certain face or snap a picture of certain color. This task always involves something physical and it almost always has the intended effect (unless you just switch your phone off completely, like I do). It’s a free app that you should definitely try. But I don’t like it one bit.
Habitica has arrived at the perfect time. If you’re the type to make new year’s resolutions, this app could be the one that helps you stay on track. Habitica provides you with a digital avatar that “gains experience” when you complete certain goals or quests. What’s unique about this RPG, though, is that you set your own targets, so as you improve yourself in the real world, your Habitica character improves also.
It’s a great way to stay motivated because you can see a visual representation of your progress. Sure, you will naturally feel good about certain achievements in real life, but this type of feedback can act as a nice bonus.
Cortana recently exited its public Android beta and the full version is now here. This is the Microsoft equivalent of Google Now and Siri, which seeks to assist you in your daily life. Cortana allows you to set up reminders, track flights and packages, ask questions, and you can even set up quick replies from your PC if you miss a call on your phone.
It integrates with Windows computers in a way which Google Now and Siri can’t, but this is probably the only area where it provides a credible improvement to them. Still, it’s still early days for Cortana on Android, so if you’re interested, check it out at the link below.
Chromer might be one of greatest new apps to ever grace our list. It’s basically a web browser for apps, and allows you to use Chrome custom tabs without the need for app developers to implement the feature themselves. Basically, it’s like a miracle.
Once Chromer is configured, opening web pages from within apps happens quickly and without fuss. Leave the frustration of repeatedly selecting which app you want to use to open a link behind, by using this secure, free app.
BandLab – Music Community
BandLab – Music Community is perhaps a more interesting idea than a completely awesome app, but is worth a look for musicians. Bandlab lets you record audio and share it between different devices and people using BandLab’s cloud service. This audio can also be edited and mixed to some degree, with a few simple production functions.
The collaborative aspect of it unique but the only problem is that mobile devices aren’t exactly built for audio recording, and the sound quality is terrible. If you can overlook this, BandLab is a great service for recording and sharing ideas as they come to you – it certainly beats using your built-in voice recorder.
If you do a lot of reading, you’re learning English, or you just have a curious mind, Define is the perfect addition to your Android device. It’s an offline, device-wide word lookup tool that provides definitions, synonyms and different usages of any copied word through an unobtrusive pop-up window or notification.
There are a choice of three dictionaries: Livio, Wordnet and Urban Dictionary, with the latter only working when you’re connected to the internet.
Pixolor is a live eyedropper tool that floats over any screen in the form of a persistent notification. It lets you view the hex value for any individual pixel, create color palettes based on the current selection and view the nearest material design color, amongst other things.
The app is certainly most useful for designers, but the pinch to zoom feature might also be of use to those with poor eyesight.
There is an initial ad-free period of use, after which some ads will appear, but they can be removed by paying US$1.99.
Khan Academy began producing free and openly available videos and learning resources in 2006. They mostly cover math, physics and science, but offer limited coverage of other subjects, as well. All of Khan Academy’s material is freely available on YouTube, but the newly launched Android app offers a quick and simple way to navigate and access its material, of which there is loads.
It has more than 10,000 videos, as well as in-depth articles in fields such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics. We highly recommend spending some time exploring and an afternoon or two learning with Khan Academy. It’s free, accessible and fun!
Alt-tab doesn’t really exist in Android: there is always the extra step of opening the recent tabs window. Pintasking solves this by letting you pin apps to the screen as small buttons that can be pressed at any time from any app.
When you press the pin, the app opens, and the pin turns into a pair of arrows that can be pressed to quickly return to the previous app or window. It’s very handy if you need to frequently switch between two or more apps.
There are plenty of scheduling and productivity apps on the market, but Accomplish’s interface is clean, elegant and intuitive. It keeps things as simple as they should be, so you can organize your tasks and set reminders without fuss. You can add tasks, change their colors and then drag them into a day planner, where you can stretch or shrink the box to adjust the length of time you want to spend on the task.
Accomplish also syncs with your Google Calendar, and is the most intuitive scheduler we’ve seen here . If you want a simple, pretty way to organize your day, this is it.
It’s early days for Mirrativ, so it still has a couple of bugs and speed issues, but it’s clear that this app has tons of potential. Mirrativ lets you live stream anything that is happening on the screen of your Android device, and the camera, simultaneously. It’s amazing that no one has combined these two things before. It only takes a few clicks, and you can share whatever you’re doing with friends, family, or the world. You can also interact with others using stickers and comments throughout the stream.
Mirrative is well worth checking out and having some fun with. Keep an eye on it as it gets updated, too, as there’s surely more to come from this one.