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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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nPerf Speed Test Android appsSponsored by nPerf Speed Test

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
nPerf Speed Test is a comprehensive speed test application that allows you to test your web speed. It does so in three tests which includes your classic speed test along with a browsing load test and a YouTube streaming test. You can test on a WiFi or mobile connection and even compare your final score with other carriers and Internet Service Providers. You can track history and location of each speed test and it even comes with a pretty decent user interface. It’s free to use and we’d like to thank nPerf Speed Test for their support of Android Apps Weekly. Learn more about the app and test your speed  here.
Get it on Google Play
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from this last week:

  • A woman claimed her account was hacked and is suing Google for allegedly unauthorized in-app purchases that apparently cost her thousands of dollars. According to court documents, her account was charged 650 times and she managed to not notice the money missing or receive any of the emails you always get when you buy things.
  • A new Humble Bundle is out now and includes 10 titles from Tin Man Games. You can pay whatever you want and get four titles, pay the average and get four additional titles. For a flat $9, you get all ten games. It’s a great way to get some awesome games on the cheap.
  • A new study came out to show the Q1 numbers for both Google Play and the Apple App Store. As per the norm, Google Play has more apps and more app downloads but iOS continues to lead in overall revenue. Nothing new here, but it is the latest stat sheet and we don’t expect it to change anytime soon.
  • Some developers in Italy who call themselves OrangeSec managed to port Cortana to Android. There are a lot of limitations including no offline mode and it’s only it’s Italian, but it’s still Cortana’s backend that’s being accessed. We imagine Microsoft will shut it down eventually but it’s still fun to see.
  • In a blog post released earlier this week, Adobe has officially promised to support Android better in the future. Adobe has Android apps but their more innovative creations have remained iOS exclusives and that is about to change. We can expect to see some progress on this over the summer of this year.

For more Android apps and games releases, headlines, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter where we round up all of the apps news from the last week. If you’re so inclined, you can also sign up using your email to get this news delivered directly to your inbox every single week.

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Android for Work Android Apps WeeklyAndroid for Work

[Price: Free]
Google has released the official Android for Work application. Obviously you’ll need to have Android for Work on the web to make this work but it’s nice to see it available for mobile devices and tablets. The compatibility is a bit limited, but you should be able to find all of the tools there including contacts, calendar, downloads, the office suite, and email. It also includes the hallmark admin control of Android for Work.
Get it on Google Play
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Servicely Android Apps WeeklyServicely

[Price: Free / $2.16]
Servicely is a root application developed by Francisco Franco. The app allows you to identify, control, and shut off processes that may be draining your battery while you’re not using your device. It’s similar to Greenify but works more efficiently to keep tasks shut off so they don’t keep your phone awake when it shouldn’t be. There is a pro version that you can access for free and then donate later if you want to. We think you should.
Get it on Google Play
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Tiny Guardians Android Apps WeeklyTiny Guardians

[Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases]
Tiny Guardians is a tower defense style game that was released to relatively positive reviews this last week. Like your typical tower defense games, your goal is to guard against waves of bad guys. Unlike tower defense games, Tiny Guardians doesn’t have any towers. You controls guardians that must defeat all the bad guys and you lose if your strategy doesn’t work out and your guardians die. It’s a unique concept that could be a lot of fun.
Get it on Google Play


Hello Android Apps WeeklyHello Caller ID and Blocking

[Price: Free]
Hello is a new application from Facebook that acts as a dialer app for their Facebook Messenger service. Messenger has had calls for a while but now has a dedicated interface to access them. On top of working with Facebook’s service, you can automatically block calls, get free calls and texts over Messenger, and integration with your phone contacts and Facebook. It does work like a regular phone dialer with your number if you need that.
Get it on Google Play


Mortal Kombat X Android Apps WeeklyMortal Kombat X

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The long awaited Mortal Kombat X is here, kind of! The game has made its way to the Google Play Store but it has only been soft-launched in select markets ostensibly for testing purposes. We don’t know when it will roll out to everyone but it is here and that means it’s coming very soon. Mortal Kombat X features a whole bunch of your favorite MK characters along with classic tropes from the series like fatalities. It should be a lot of fun once it’s fully released.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know about it in the comments!

Adobe Lightroom update: RAW support, access to microSD

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sometimes, you need to work on your photographs in the RAW. Okay, we don’t actually mean photo editing while you’re butt naked, but if you’re a real photographer, you know we mean the RAW file format, or the yet “unprocessed” shots you take with your camera. The latest update to Adobe Lightroom brings you the ability to work with RAW images, but with a slight caveat, especially if you’re using older Android devices.

Actually, Lightroom has already brought this RAW support in previous updates, but now it is also available for tablets. This means you can have a bigger screen while you’re “fixing” your RAW images, since smaller screens, while being more mobile and convenient, may not be the best platform in which to meticulously edit a photograph. However, RAW camera support is not yet available for all Android devices. Only those who’ve upgraded to Lollipop have the Android Camera2 API, which may allow your smartphone or tablet to have RAW support, although it isn’t guaranteed.

The Adobe Lightroom update also now allows you to access picture files on your microSD card, to edit them, and then to store the edited photos in them. This is actually a pretty basic feature, but one that was not present in previous versions. No mention of bug fixes and improvements here, but we’re pretty sure they did a little bit of housekeeping too.

The rollout of the update for Adobe Lightroom has already started. It is expected to finish within this week, so if you can access RAW photos on your device, then you have something to look forward to.

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New Adobe Lightroom update brings DNG raw file, MicroSD card and tablet support

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Adobe Lightroom

Just a few days after Adobe pledged to bring better support to its Creative Cloud service on Android, the company has pushed out a new update to its Lightroom app for Android. The update brings a number of important editing features for folks who need more granular controls over their photos.

To start, Adobe added support for DNG raw files in the Android app. This means you can now shoot photos in raw, save them as DNG files, and import the files directly from your Android device. You’ll unfortunately need to be on a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage of this new feature, and you’ll also need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to access your photos.

Adobe has also added in support for MicroSD cards, allowing you to store large files externally rather than having them take up tons of room on your device memory. In addition to these two new improvements, Lightroom is now compatible with Android tablets. We’re sure these are welcome changes to anyone who uses Lightroom on mobile.

The update is now live in the Play Store, so head to the link below to grab the newest version.

Get it on Google Play

Adobe Lightroom Update Brings DNG Raw File and MicroSD Card Support

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Adobe recognizes that a lot of people, professionals included, are turning to mobile devices to get a lot of their photo editing work done. With that said, the latest update to Lightroom from Adobe has hit Google Play, bringing with it a few important features for the pros among us. 

In the update, Lightroom now supports DNG raw files, which will greaten the amount of tweaks photographers are able to do after the fact. In addition, where you can make edits has improved, as Android tablets are apparently just now receiving support for the app.

Lastly, Adobe threw in microSD card support, meaning you can edit files from and save files to your expandable storage. This is a good thing, considering that megapixel size on mobile devices is growing, which leads to much larger files that eats at your onboard storage.

If you fancy yourself a professional, and want to get a bit of work done while on the go, check out the update. Do note, you will need an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription to utilize these changes.

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Adobe updates Lightroom app with support for RAW files, other improvements

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Adobe has announced several updates to their Lightroom CC platform, including some improvements specifically targeted at Android devices. Lightroom CC is Adobe’s answer to the ever increasing cloud-based service world and makes use of the Adobe Creative Cloud, combined with Lightroom features, to make life easy for image editors. For Android users who have the mobile Lightroom app, they will find they can now edit DNG, or RAW, files on their devices. The ability to produce DNG files is new to Android Lollipop if a device has a camera sensor capable of producing the file format. Users will also be able to open, edit and save files to their microSD card storage on Android devices. Adobe also added support for tablet devices where Lightroom was previously only usable on Android smartphones.

To use the Adobe Lightroom app, users do have to have an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription plan. The nice thing about these plans is they give you access to a whole suite of apps, both mobile and on the desktop, and work on one platform is available on another platform if you need to switch. The Creative Cloud Photography plan runs $10 per month.

Along with the update to the mobile app, Adobe also updated the desktop app with a host of improvements like HDR merge, Panorama Merge, Facial Recognition, and a host of performance improvements.

You can grab the Adobe Lightroom app from the Play Store using the links below.

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14 best Android apps for artists

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Best Android apps for Artists
Being an artist is a lot of fun. You can choose your medium and most platforms have support for most mediums. It’s also one of the few hobbies and jobs out there where you can express yourself how you want. Believe it or not, you can produce art from your Android devices with these great Android apps for artists.


adobe lightroom mobilebest Android apps for artistsAdobe Lightroom Mobile

[Price: Free (requires Creative Cloud subscription)]
There are many photographers who use Adobe Lightroom and now you can also use it on mobile. Adobe’s Lightroom app acts as an extension of the desktop version which means you’ll also need the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom to fully enjoy the mobile experience. That’s sure to chase some people away, but if you happen to use that software already, the app will let you edit raw files along with files from your Android device’s gallery. You can also use a limited number of Lightroom tools to enhance images. You can also sync everything to your desktop so you can use the Lightroom desktop application too.
Get it on Google Play
adobe lightroom mobile best Android apps for artists


Photoshop Touch best android apps for artistsAdobe Photoshop Touch

[Price: $4.99]
Adobe does have a Photoshop option for Android as well. Much like their Lightroom mobile app, the Photoshop app can’t hold a candle to the desktop version. However, it does contain some tools and effects that can enhance images to your liking. The app comes with painting effects, filter brushes, text effects (such as drop shadows), and syncing to the desktop version for heavier editing if need be. It also comes with a bit of Creative Cloud storage (2GB).
Get it on Google Play
Photoshop Touch best android apps for artists


artflow Best Android apps for ArtistsArtFlow

[Price: Free / $4.99]
ArtFlow is a paint application that lets you, well, paint. It features a GPU-accelerated paint engine with over 70 brushes and tools, multiple layers, PSD/PNG/JPEG support, NVIDIA DirectStylus support, and many, many more features. It’s a very powerful paint app with a lot of features that you can use for free but you’ll have to pay to use everything. There is also Samsung S-Pen support for those rocking Samsung devices. It’s a lot of fun and worth a shot for painters.
Get it on Google Play


autodesk sketchbook best android apps for artistsAutodesk Sketchbook

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Autodesk is a well-known supplier of creative software and their Sketchbook Pro app is a long time mainstay in the artistic community. It boasts professional grade features including full-screen work spaces, up to 2500% zoom, more than 10 brushes, Dropbox support, and more features are unlockable by creating a (free) SketchBook account. If you pay for premium, you’ll have over 100 brushes, pencils, pens, markers, etc, layers, more advanced settings, and far more extra stuff. It’s about as close to a pro art tool as you can find on Android and it’s worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play


clover paint best android apps for artistsClover Paint

[Price: $7.56]
Clover Paint is another app that self-identifies as a professional grade drawing app. It features a rather complex layering system, plenty of drawing implements, selection tools, transform tools, and even custom hot keys. The only (potentially) negative thing about Clover Paint is the admittedly difficult learning curve. However, once you learn how to make your way around the app, it’s a fantastic and deep art app that has the potential to help you draw some excellent stuff.
Get it on Google Play


best android apps for artists handy art reference toolHandy Art Reference Tool

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Okay, admittedly this one is a little bit niche. Handy Art Reference Tool is a tool that artists, colorists, and other artistic ventures can use to draw hands. The app shows you a hand (in various positions). You can then rotate the hand and change the lighting to get the proper lighting and shadows. This is useful because hands are admittedly difficult to draw and this helps you plan and reference a hand for you to draw. It’s been recommended by Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, ImagineFX, and more professionals and $2.99 isn’t expensive for a good hand reference tool.
Get it on Google Play


layerpaint best android apps for artistsLayerPaint and LayerPaint HD

[Price: $2.00 / $8.00]
LayerPaint and LayerPaint HD are a couple of semi-pro animation applications. LayerPaint is for phones while LayerPaint HD is specifically made for tablets with 7-inch screens or larger. Both versions have various tools and brushes to create amazing pieces of art although this seems to be more of an animation app than something for painters. The tablet version comes with some additional features including support for NVIDIA and Samsung styluses. Some people have said that the phone version still isn’t great on the phone, but it’s almost universally enjoyed on tablets.
Get it on Google Play


nvidia dabbler best android apps for artistsNVIDIA Dabbler

[Price: Free]
NVIDIA Dabbler is the stock painting app that comes on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. It has direct support for its stylus and includes a decent selection of brushes, canvas types, and more. It has some fun effects like realistic watercolor and oil painting. It also has some unique features like the ability to record sessions and share/save for future reference. It doesn’t have the sheer feature set that you’ll find in something like LayerPaint, Clover Paint, or SketchBook Pro, but it’s good for hobbyists and those who own an NVIDIA Shield Tablet.
Get it on Google Play


pose tool 3d best android apps for artistsPose Tool 3D (3 total apps)

[Price: $6.99 each]
The Pose Tool 3D collection is a reference tool that artists can use to draw various things. The regular Pose Tool 3D focuses on the human body. You can contort, change, and move things around to get the pose you want so you can draw it in your comic, drawing, etc. The other two are for Manga (anime and manga style character poses) and Horse (for horses). The apps for a little expensive but they are considered the best 3D reference tools on Android and we agree with that assessment. If you draw, these are worth a second look.
Get it on Google Play


roughanimator best Android apps for artistsRoughAnimator

[Price: $2.99]
RoughAnimator is a long time favorite here at Android Authority and it even made our list of the best indie apps of 2014. This is an animation application where you can draw each frame and then combine the frames to create a cartoon. Drawings can be as complex or as a simple as you want. You have unlimited layers, onion skinning, and even the ability to import audio so you can incorporate voice overs. It also comes with S-Pen support (and other pressure sensitive styluses and devices) and you can export to QuickTime video, GIF, or image sequence. It’s not 100% pro grade, but it’s definitely more than good enough for most people.
Get it on Google Play


silk paints drawing best android apps for artistsSilk paints drawing

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Silk paints drawing isn’t a professional grade art app like others, but it’s still a lot of fun for those who want to do something a little bit different. It has direct support with Samsung’s S-Pen and PEN.UP apps so this is best suited for those running a Touchwiz device. Some other fun features include the ability to create, animate, and set your own live wallpaper, multiple brushes, and more. As stated, this isn’t professional grade, but it’s still fun to get a project started if you want something a little less intense.
Get it on Google Play


sketchbook express best android apps for artistsSketchBook Express

[Price: Free]
SketchBook Express is the totally free version of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro. As such, it has some of the features of the full version including up to 2500% zoom, layer support (3 layers), 15 preset brushes, and more. Obviously, the pro version is better but this one is totally free to use. That makes it not just a good app for artists on a budget who don’t need all the features, but also a good way to preview the software in case you’re thinking of buying it.
Get it on Google Play


sketcher pro best android apps for artistsSketcher PRO

[Price: $0.99 (on sale)]
Sketcher Pro is another sketch app for those artists with a light wallet. It doesn’t have the gargantuan number of features that others have, but there is still a decent selection. There are 12 brushes, basic tools, multiple modes, and you can even order physical prints of your artwork sent to your door for an extra cost. It’s a tad more simple than most but completes well with something like SketchBook Express. It’s on sale at the time of this writing so the $0.99 cost will go up after a while.
Get it on Google Play
sketcher pro best android apps for artists


sketch master best android apps for artistsSketch Master

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is also one of the few free options and it’s called Sketch Master. Much like the other free selections, Sketch Master is a bit limited but still has seven brushes, unlimited layers, various editing tools, import from various places, and various color options. Pros will likely need something more complex and deep but semi pros and hobbyists should see enough here to keep them engaged.
Get it on Google Play
sketch master best android apps for artists


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps for artists, let us know in the comments! Recommendations are always welcome. If you use a Samsung or NVIDIA device (or any other device with an integrated stylus), don’t forget to check out the stock sketch and drawing apps for those devices because they may have some features that support that specific stylus that these others may not!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

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We should all know by now that Adobe is no stranger to the Android ecosystem. The company already offers 25 great applications in the Google Play Store, but a good amount of mobile advances Adobe has recently made have unintentionally been limited to the iOS ecosystem.

Adobe’s Creative Profile, which is encompassed by the Creative Cloud service, allows users to take advantage of presets, brushes, colors and image profiles when switching between applications. This handy feature has yet to make its way to Android, but in a blog post sent out earlier today, Adobe assures us that Creative Profile for Android is in the works.

While we initially launched these apps on iOS, we didn’t forget you Android. We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design.

Adobe explains that while it can’t give out any specific release dates, we can expect to see the first of these apps come to our favorite mobile OS in the summer of 2015.

Adobe is also developing an Android version of the Creative SDK, which powers both Adobe and third-party applications. Once the SDK is finished and developers start using it, you’ll be able to integrate your Creative Profile into more applications.

Adobe Reader gets major redesign, now called Acrobat DC

Posted by wicked April - 8 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

You’ve been using the PDF format for decades now, and when mobile devices started getting smarter, you eventually got an app as well. But it’s been some years since anything major happened to the Adobe Reader app, but now they’re making up for almost 5 years of inactivity by redesigning the entire Android app, and renaming it to Acrobat DC. No, the company has not been bought by a comic book publisher, but it stands for Document Cloud.

Adobe and all its products part of the Creative Cloud have been pushing for users to save their documents, photos, and projects onto their cloud server so that you can access them, whether you’re on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. With the conversion of Adobe Reader to Acrobat Document Cloud, you’ll now be able to access features on your mobile device that were just previously found for desktop clients.

But the major change is also more on the user interface for the Android app, which is the first big update since 2010. The new Tools menu is easier to use and you can even see there the tasks that you frequently use. You can also now organize the pages in your PDF file, and even rotate and delete pages as well. Another update is that you can now use Adobe Fill & Sign to fill up, send and sign forms, if your device is on Android 5 and up.

The app itself is still free to download from the Google Play Store, but if you’d like to do more, you’d have to pay up through in-app purchases or sign up for a monthly subscription. For example, for the feature to create PDF files from scratch, you need to cough up $9.99. To export PDF files, you need to pay $1.99 a month. To be able to do use all the features, you can sign up for a Pro Document Cloud subscription for $24.99.

VIA: Android Police

Adobe launches its Acrobat DC application for Android

Posted by wicked April - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Following its announcement last month, Adobe has today launched its new Acrobat DC (Document Cloud) application in the Play Store. Unlike its predecessor, which was just called Reader, DC now enables users to edit documents and share them with other users whilst on the go, in order to boost productivity.

As this a particularly hefty update, the computer software company feels that customers should pay to use the service. Although a free account is available, but only permits you to view locally saved PDFs. If you wish to do anything else, you’ll have to cough up some of your hard earned cash. Please find below the three different pricing plans Adobe offers:

  • The ability to export a PDF — $1.99 per month.
  • Creating PDFs — $9.99 per month.
  • Access to all services via a Pro Document Cloud subscription — $24.99 per month.

The full list of newly-implemented features can be seen here, too:

  • Easily accomplish frequent tasks from the new Tools menu
  • View recent files across computers and devices with Mobile Link
  • Use free Adobe Fill & Sign to fill, sign, and send forms on Android 5
  • Organize pages: reorder, rotate, and delete pages in PDF files
  • Undo and redo changes including highlights, comments, and organize pages

If you’d like to find out more — hit the source link below.

Source: Adobe

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Adobe Fill & Sign lets you sign and digitize docs

Posted by wicked March - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Facsimile may be a thing of the past but believe it or not, there are still businesses who use it. Not that I’m totally against it but there are several modern and techie ways to make things digital. There’s a big need now to turn documents into digital files. This way, you can easily save, store, and send them electronically to whoever. You don’t need to print or fax documents with the Adobe Fill & Sign.

The productivity Android app alllows you to scan paper forms and documents with your trusty smartphone or tablet camera, as well as, open an attachment or file from email. To enter checkmarks or text in form fields, simply tap on the screen. You can also make an electronic signature using a stylus or your finger which you can later on use to sign documents.

One of the many benefits of the app is that it allows you to fill forms faster. When you save information on autofill, the app will locate and reuse the text as needed. You can also save forms using the app and then send to other contacts through e-mail. For future use, feel free to export and save them on your cloud.

Adobe Fill n Sign Android app
Adobe Fill n Sign Android app
Adobe Fill n Sign Android app
Adobe Fill n Sign Android app
Adobe Fill n Sign Android app

Download Adobe Fill & Sign from the Google Play Store