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Collaborate, organize 3D designs with Fusion 360

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

For 3D designers, mobile devices may seem pretty useless for them work-wise, as they would prefer to do all their designing and editing on their more powerful laptops and desktops of course. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful for other things, especially if you use the Autodesk Fusion 360 desktop program for product design and development. Now a mobile app version is available to help you organize your files and collaborate with colleagues on certain projects.

The Fusion 360 mobile app allows you to store and view your 3D design files with over 100 data formats supported, including SLDPRT, SAT, IGES, STEP, STL, OBJ, DWG, F3D, SMT, and DFX. You can add colleagues to give them access as well to these files, letting your team review large and small 3D designs and assemblies. The whole team will be able to track your progress on certain projects and view your updates and activties.

You can also choose to zoom, pan, and rotate the designs, all through touch navigation. And if you want to further explore what you or your colleague have made, you can access the design properties, look at the complete parts lists, or even isolate and hide some of the components for easy viewing. You will also be able to post comments on the designs, share it with other stakeholders, and share just screenshots if you choose to do so.

You can download Fusion 360 from the Google Play Store for free. You would need to sign in with your Fusion 360 account though to be able to use this app.


14 best new Android apps from June of 2015

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Despite being the beginning of summer, the Android apps and games world was surprisingly active. We had Google I/O 2015 at the beginning of the month and E3 in the middle. The result has been noticeable as we’ve seen quite a few great new things come out this month. Let’s look at the best new Android apps and games from June of 2015.

adobe new Android Apps WeeklyAdobe Photoshop Mix, Color CC, Brush CC, Shape CC

[Price: Free]
Adobe released not one, but four new applications in the month of June. The first is the new Photoshop Mix app that acts as a photo and image editor. It’s not overly powerful but it does a good job. With that was Color CC which helps you discern the colors used in a photo or image, Brush CC that allows you to create and save various brush types, and Shape CC which turns images into vector graphics. They all plug into the Adobe Creative Cloud and they’re all free to download.
Get it on Google Play
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chaos rings iii new Android Apps WeeklyChaos Rings III

[Price: $19.99]
Chaos Rings III is the first of a few large Square Enix releases that we’ll talk about today. Chaos Rings III is an RPG that has you exploring a ruined world to complete missions and find hidden treasures. It features gorgeous, Kingdom Hearts-style graphics, decent music, and a long story line. You can also engage with Battle Mode if you want to take a break from the story. It’s expensive but there’s a lot to do and there are no in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play

cloudplayer by doubletwist new Android Apps WeeklyCloudPlayer by doubleTwist

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CloudPlayer by doubleTwist is a unique music player because it allows you to play songs from your cloud storage. This is similar to how Google Play Music does things, except CloudPlayer allows you to use OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox to listen to music. The interface is pretty good and other features include a 10-band EQ, AirPlay and Chromecast support, and support for lossless codecs. It’s free to try if you’re interested.
Get it on Google Play
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dragon quest vi new Android Apps WeeklyDragon Quest VI

[Price: $14.99]
Dragon Quest VI is a jRPG out of Square Enix and it joins Dragon Quest IV and V as the trilogy that tells the Zenithian storyline. It features first-person, turn based battles, portrait mode game play, retro graphics, and some side quests and mini-games to give you a break from the main story. In classic Square Enix fashion, the game clocks in with a fairly lofty price tag but there is a long story with dozens of hours of game play and there are no in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play
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final fantasy tactics new Android apps weeklyFinal Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions

[Price: $13.99]
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions was a particularly awesome release because the strategy RPG world had been begging for a Tactics game for such a long time. This is a remake of the original PlayStation game with revamped graphics and the menu system has been revamped for touch screen controls. The game play has also been tweaked for touch screens which was surprisingly nice. It’s expensive like all Square Enix titles but it’s a long game and, again, no in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play
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the gameon project new Android Apps WeeklyThe GameOn Project

[Price: Free]
The GameOn Project is an application that helps you find games. The way it works is you install the app, open it, take a survey, and then you’re recommended games based on how you answered the questions. Listing all the games you know may be tedious and some of the questions are a bit weird, but the results are fairly decent. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases so it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for games.
Get it on Google Play

google photos best free new Android Apps WeeklyGoogle Photos

[Price: Free]
It feels like a good long time since Google Photos came out but it was a June release. For those who don’t know, Google Photos is a cloud-based photo storage app where you can store an infinite amount of your photos and videos for free as long as you don’t mind Google processing them down a little bit. It also works as a gallery app so you can see your entire collection. It’s simply a must have application.
Get it on Google Play

Facebook Moments new Android Apps WeeklyMoments

[Price: Free]
Moments is a new application released by Facebook that essentially does the same thing as Google Photos. With this service, you can backup your photos and share them on Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram as you so choose. Photos can be tagged, searched, and otherwise organized. You can also save photos other people share with you directly to the service. It’s not as powerful as Google Photos, but it’s worth a shot if you’re big into Facebook.
Get it on Google Play

portal by pushbullet new Android Apps WeeklyPortal by Pushbullet

[Price: Free]
Portal by Pushbullet is a new application that helps you move files from your PC to your Android device and vice versa. The interface is done in the flavor of Material Design and it’s extremely easy to set up and use. You can move a file, multiple files, or even whole folders at your whim and you can use the app to browse and open files you’ve transferred. The only caveat is you need Android Lollipop or better to use it.
Get it on Google Play

shoot by bittorent new Android Apps WeeklyShoot by BitTorrent

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shoot by BitTorrent is a phone-to-phone transfer app that allows you to transfer whatever you need between two Android devices. It works by generating a QR code that the other device scans. Once the connection is made, the file is downloaded. This provides a dead simple solution to those who want to share files whether they’re large or small. The free version is a trial but you can pay for the pro version as an in-app purchase and unlock the app permanently.
Get it on Google Play

seigefall new Android Apps WeeklySeigefall

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Seigefall is a new freemium-strategy game from Gameloft. In terms of game play, it falls somewhere between Boom Beach and Clash of Clash by Supercell but with way better graphics, more control, and more to do. It features a very long campaign mode and plenty of things to upgrade. It is a freemium title so keep that in mind but as far as freemium games go, this is probably among the best that will be released this year.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

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

Posted by wicked June - 19 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

galaxy universal remote Android Apps WeeklySponsored by: Galaxy Universal Remote

[Price: $3.99]
The Galaxy Universal Remote app is one of the better remote apps available on the Play Store. It uses a device’s built-in IR blaster to control your TV, set top box, media streamer, and even your camera if you have a supported DSLR. It features a smooth, easy-to-use interface with a bucket load of supported devices and you can get a device supported upon request. There is also Android Wear support so you can control all of these devices using your smartwatch as well! The only caveat is you’ll need a phone with an IR blaster.
Get it on Google Play
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In this week’s episode we’re going to round up all the Android gaming stuff that happened at E3. Hold on to your hats, there was quite a bit!

  • Zynga announced a new strategy game called Dawn of Titans and let me tell you, this game looks impressive! It features some really good graphics and some decent mechanics that should equal up to a fun time. We don’t have a release date yet and here’s hoping Zynga doesn’t wreck it with ridiculously bad in-app purchases.
  • Square Enix fans in particular have a lot to be excited about because the company not only announced a Final Fantasy 7 remake for the PS4, but that Final Fantasy 7 was coming to mobile. The iOS version is due out sometime this year and Android will be along eventually.
  • While we’re on the topic of Square Enix, they also announced Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key for mobile. It takes place during the same stretch of story as the more recent Kingdom Hearts games and has a lot of the same mechanics even if the graphics don’t look as good as console versions.
  • Square Enix also included an announcement for Lara Croft Go, which will be an action adventure puzzle game along the same vein as Hitman Go but during the announcement, they also alluded to some Monument Valley style elements like a more calm experience. We don’t have a release date for this one either but it looks fun.
  • DotEmu has announced that they’ll be porting the classic 2006 PC game Titan Quest to Android later this year. For those who don’t know, Titan Quest is a fighting game where you play historically significant figures as you battle evil mythological creatures. It should be out sometime this year.
  • EA has announced that they’ll be releasing a build-harvest game called Minion’s Paradise. This will likely coincide with the release of the Minions movie that’s due out in theaters next month. If you’ve played Ice Age Village or Nemo’s Reef, you pretty much know what’s going on with this title.
  • Along with that, EA announced a card collecting RPG called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. As with any card collecting game, you’ll be collecting cards of iconic characters, ships, etc from all of the movies and you’ll be using them to make your deck stronger. It’s slated to be released later this year.
  • Bethesda had quite a year at E3 for mobile devices as well. They announced that they’ll be bringing a simulation game called Fallout Shelter where you’ll get to control people’s lives, build various places like gyms and bars, and otherwise manage the lives of some people Fallout style. It’s out on iOS now with an Android version coming eventually.
  • Bethesda also announced a card collecting game called The Elder Scrolls: Legends that is also due out sometime this year. If you’ve played Hearthstone, then you pretty much know what this game is about. It’s a similar premise but it takes place in the Elder Scrolls universe instead of the Warcraft universe.
  • Telltale Games, makers of the popular Walking Dead series games have announced The Walking Dead: Michonne. This covers the story of Michonne from issue 126 through 139 of the comic book series which hasn’t been covered in any of the other games. This one is coming to mobile but also to console and PC so you can play it wherever.
  • Starbreeze Studios has announced that it will be bringing the Payday franchise to Android. For those who don’t know, Payday is a moderately popular first person shooter that was originally launched back in 2011 for PC and the Playstation 3. They’re working on developing a mobile friendly version of it and we have no idea when it’ll be out.
  • A new Torchlight game was also announced this week called Torchlight Mobile. This is an action RPG title similar to Diablo and the Torchlight franchise has done well on PC in the past. We don’t have a release date but it is coming sometime this year.
  • Gameloft had a busy E3 as they announced a few games, but most notably Siegefall. Seigefall is, for lack of a better term, a Clash of Clans clone. It has some decent graphics, heroes, and a much longer campaign mode. It uses gems to upgrade stuff faster using in-app purchases if you want to.
  • Back to EA for a moment. They showed off their upcoming FIFA 2016 title which we anticipate will be as popular as the 2015 and 2014 variants. It has some decent graphics and controls. It will most likely be free with in-app purchases similar to their earlier titles. Be prepared for that this summer.

For more information, you can find links to all of these stories in our E3 master list where we round up all the videos and news from E3 this last week! Since I do make this on Thursday, there’s likely some smaller announcements that I didn’t get to in the video so it’s worth checking out.

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Now let’s get to some regular headlines from the last week:

  • LastPass had a security breach this last week that prompted the company to encourage everyone to change their master passwords. We understand that it wasn’t a major breach with no important information getting leaked and that the password change is a precaution.
  • A new Humble Bundle was released this last week. It features eight games with more coming soon. If you pay the minimum $1, you will get four of the games and if you beat the average, you’ll get every game available in the bundle. As usual, it’s a great way to give to charity and try out some new games!
  • In an effort to promote its new family friendly section, the Google Play Store is now offering a free app of the day. Unfortunately, it’s only in the family friendly selection of applications which only affects those who use that section, but it’s still a pretty fun little promotion.
  • We’ve known for a while now that Cortana is coming to Android but we didn’t know when. Microsoft has announced that a beta version will be showing up this July. We’ll have more details when they become available.
  • In our last headline this week, YouTube will be taking on Twitch with its YouTube Gaming platform which is set to release this summer. Some folks at Ars Technica got to take a look at it early and it seems to look pretty nice. We’ll know more when it gets released this summer.

For even more headlines, app updates, and new releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. There we’ll have all the content we didn’t have time for here. If you want, you can sign up with your email and get all of this stuff sent straight to your email inbox every single Friday.

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Facebook Moments Android Apps WeeklyMoments

[Price: Free]
Moments is a new application from Facebook that is kind of a direct response to Google Photos. Using the service, you can backup all of your photos to one place and then you can share them to Facebook, Instagram, or Facebook Messenger. You can sync multiple photos, use the photo search feature, and even save photos other people send to you. It doesn’t quite have the power of Google Photos, but it’s a fun option for those who primarily use Instagram or Facebook.
Get it on Google Play

shoot by bittorent Android Apps WeeklyShoot

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shoot is an app by BitTorrent that allows you to share files between Android devices. Here’s how it works. The device with the file will create a QR code. The other device will scan it and then the connection will be made and the file will download. It’s very easy to use and to understand once you get in there and actually use the app. It’s also totally free to use but beware of those release day bugs!
Get it on Google Play

cloudplayer by doubletwist Android Apps WeeklyCloudPlayer by doubleTwist

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CloudPlayer by doubleTwist is a new music player that does something quite unique. It can connect to your cloud storage accounts such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and more and play any music stored there. This essentially turns your cloud storage into your music player in a way that few apps have been able to accomplish. It also enjoys AirPlay and Chromecast support, a 10-band EQ, and Material Design.
Get it on Google Play
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portal by pushbullet Android Apps WeeklyPortal by Pushbullet

[Price: Free]
Portal is another file transfer application but this one was developed by Pushbullet. This aims to simplify the process of transferring files from your computer to your Android device and back again. It allows you to transfer multiple files and even entire folders at once. You can include photos, videos, documents, and more. The only caveat is that you’ll need a device running Android 5.0 or later in order to use this app.
Get it on Google Play

adobe Android Apps WeeklyAdobe Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Brush CC, and Color CC

[Price: Free]
This week Adobe released not one, but four applications to the Play Store. They include Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Brush CC, and Color CC. Photoshop Mix is a light photo editing application with a slew of editing options, Shape CC allows you to take images of things and turn them into vector graphics, Brush CC turns images into brushes for later use, and Color CC helps you determine what color things are in photos. These are all potentially useful tools that are all free to use in the Play Store right now.
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know in the comments! Have a great weekend everyone.

Adobe launches four new mobile design apps on Android

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

A few weeks ago, Adobe announced that they were discontinuing their Photoshop Touch app, which was the closest you could get to the desktop Photoshop on your mobile devices. That is because their philosophy now is that instead of having an all-in-one app, they will focus on creating several ones that would be able to perform core tasks. Now you can welcome four new apps from them to your Android devices: Photoshop Mix, Color CC, Brush CC, and Shape CC.

With Photoshop Mix, you get to make basic adjustments to your photos. like cutting out some parts of the images or combining photos together to make a collage or to make just one image. You can also change the photo’s color and contrast or enhance either the image itself or just a part of the image. Meanwhile, Color CC lets you create themes or hues through your photos that you can later on use for your desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.



Meanwhile, Shape CC lets you convert your captured images into vector graphics that you can use in the desktop apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. Whether it’s a picture that you took or a sketch you’re working on, you can now make it into a usable shape that you can play around with. Lastly, Brush CC makes high-quality digital brushes from your photos and graphics, and again, you’ll be able to use them on other Adobe products.


All of these four apps are free to download from the Google Play Store. But if you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, you will be able to use the desktop compatibility as well as the cloud storage so you can save your files even while mobile and then use them on other apps.

Adobe releases Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Brush CC and Color CC for Android

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


It’s a big day for Adobe users who also happen to be Android fans. Adobe has launched four new apps for Google’s mobile operating system. These include Adobe Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Brush CC and Color CC.

What makes this such a huge deal is that we are finally seeing Adobe becoming more invested in our favorite platform. We have clearly seen them give preference to iOS all along. It’s understandable, as Android has so many form factors, screen sizes and other impediments which make it harder to develop for it. Adobe also has to realize Android is the biggest mobile platform in the world, though. We deserve some love too!

But back to the topic. As it goes with all Adobe mobile apps, these are not really replacements to any full-fledged programs. Instead, these apps mean to compliment complete PC applications like Photoshop, Lightroom and others. By the way, you can only use these if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, which seems to be the norm for most Adobe apps nowadays. Regardless, let’s go over these and tell you what they are all about.

Adobe Photoshop Mix

Adobe Photoshop Mix offers a bit of fun for those who are fans of manipulating their images on the go. You can do things like cut out and remove parts of your images. Then go on and combine your images, adjust colors and easily share your creations to social media. By the way, it’s non-destructive, so your original images won’t be ruined if you don’t happen to do a great job from time to time.


Adobe Shape CC

It’s hard to convert the real world into a digital image, but with tools like Adobe Shape CC you can really take things to a whole new level. This application allows you to take figures from images taken with any smartphone or tablet and turn them into vector graphics to use with Adobe Illustrator CC or Photoshop CC.


Adobe Brush CC

This one is a bit similar to Shape CC, but Adobe Brush CC turns your images into brushes you can later use in Photoshop or Illustrator. As you can see in the images below, you can work with patterns, flowers and more.


Adobe Color CC

The hardest part about recreating a real-life scenario on a screen is that it’s so easy to use a color that is slightly off from what it should be. This is what makes Adobe Color CC such an amazing tool. It allows you to take colors from your surroundings by using the camera. The app will keep track of color the camera captures and create pallets, which you can later use in Photoshop or Illustrator. I have to say this one is my favorite out of the 4, just because it will make your job so much easier when designing an image in which color accuracy really matters.


Adobe ceases Photoshop Touch, to focus on apps for specific tasks

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Adobe has always been in the business of design, editing, and creativity. From desktop, the company has ventured into the mobile business by launching apps for smartphones and tablets that allow people to be more creative even when they’re on the go. The company started with Photoshop Mobile but soon expanded to more specific apps.

With Adobe’s Creative SDK, more apps have been launched including the Adobe Lightroom, Reader, Fill & Sign, Creative Cloud, Photoshop Express, Adobe Revel, and Photoshop Touch. Adobe is still dedicated to bring and redefine “connected mobile creativity”. No problem with creativity but there are several issues on access. The Creative Cloud has somehow solved that problem but Adobe still has to face many challenges. There are plans underway to launch more apps that are more feature-rich but less cluttered and not so complicated to use.

Adobe has started to focus on individual mobile apps that perform core tasks. The company realized that instead of offering all-in-one apps, it’s better to improve on separate apps for specific tasks. This also means some programs need to be discontinued because they can be redundant already.

Because of this, Adobe has made the unfortunate decision to finally discontinue Photoshop Touch after many years. It was the app closest to the desktop version of Photoshop. Users of the app can still work on it but starting May 28, you won’t find it in app stores and no updates will be released.

PS Touch became an all-in-one solution but that’s about to end. Adobe is working on more apps to roll out soon. For now, enjoy using Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC, and Adobe Color CC.

You can still download Photoshop Touch from the Google Play Store until the 28th of May but expect no further app updates.


Adobe will discontinue Photoshop Touch on May 28th

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


When Adobe launched Photoshop Touch in the Google Play Store a few years ago, it was meant to be an all-in-one editing tool that felt similar to Photoshop on the desktop. Although it was a difficult sell at $9.99 for most users, it actually did a pretty good job at mirroring the experience you’d find on the desktop. Fast forward to today, and the company has been focusing much of its efforts on new applications and editing tools for mobile and on the desktop. Because these tools have proven themselves as worthy replacements over the past months, Adobe has just announced that its pulling Photoshop Touch from the Google Play Store on Thursday, May 28th.

The company won’t be shipping out anymore updates to the app, but Photoshop Touch users who don’t want to jump ship will still be able to use the application in its entirety. All hope isn’t lost for Android users, though. Adobe explains:

Photoshop Touch was available across platforms and so I’d like to leave all of you on Android with some good news – we’re actively developing new mobile applications for Android and will share those with you very soon.

The Adobe team also has plans to bring a “serious retouching solution” to mobile, codenamed Project Rigel. Expected to be officially unveiled in late 2015, Project Rigel is shown off in the demo video below having no problem editing a massive 50MP image. Details are a bit scarce on this new project for now, but to tide you over until an official announcement takes place, check out the demo below:

Be sure to download the application from the Google Play Store before it’s gone for good! Any folks out there still using Photoshop Touch?

Get it on Google Play

Best photo editing apps for Android [May 2015]

Posted by wicked May - 11 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

android-photo-editingPhoto editing apps on smartphones as a necessity to deal with early low-resolution cameras. Instagram even built up a social network off of the idea of filters and editing to make low megapixel shots look decent. Today, smartphone cameras have gotten significantly better, even replacing smaller point and shoot cameras for many people, but many of the editing apps have managed to evolve and stay relevant alongside the new, better cameras.

We went through some of the best available apps for tweaking your camera shots a couple years ago, but over the past few years the landscape of the best apps has changed. In this guide, we’ll go over the top apps for fine-tuning your shots to look perfect on whatever social media site you plan on uploading them to.

snapseedSnapseed is a fantastic photo editing option that’s currently operating under Google’s wing. It recently saw an interface update bringing it in line with Google’s material design standards, too.

The app isn’t flashy, but offers a simple, efficient way to start editing and tweaking your photos. The first screen of the app allows you to pick a photo to begin editing, and links into Android’s default file selector. You can grab stuff off of your phone, including camera photos and anything else saved to your device, but it also hooks into cloud storage options like Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. No support for Dropbox, which might be a deal breaker for some, but you can always manually download your Dropbox photos to edit them.

Snapseed has enough tools to get very fine control over your images. You’ll get your standard tweaks for adjusting brightness, sharpness, contrast and other image qualities, but it also allows some smaller things like spot repair for specific blemishes on a photo. Once you start digging into effects, you’ll find plenty of things to apply to your shots, including several different filters, tones, and tweaks, the option to add vignettes and borders, and a tool to draw on your photos. Many of those filters and modes also have different presets, giving you a quick way to add some flair to your photos without putting in too much work.

The interface in Snapseed relies heavily on Google’s love for swipe motions. When you’re playing with a filter, for example, swiping up and down changes which part of the effect you’re altering, and swiping left and right adjusts the strength of that detail. This approach means you’ll always have a very clean screen to work with, which is good, but it can also make things a little more difficult when you’re looking for that one specific menu item but it’s constantly tucked away.

Overall, Snapseed offers one of the more simple, cleanly designed approaches to editing your photos. It’s completely free, there are no ads, and since Google’s running the show you’ll get an app that sticks to their design standards. This one should definitely be at the top of your list to check out.

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 spinlySpinly offers a slimmed down version of photo editing, which is perfect for someone that wants access to some of the fancy filters and effects that other apps have without all of the fluff. It’s slightly less cluttered than some of the other apps on this list, and is a relatively small app to boot.

While Spinly doesn’t have all of the tools that other apps do, it handles basic filters and editing perfectly. Filters are divided into four main groups, including Main, Urban, Vintage, Soft, and Mono, each with their own distinct looks. Each of these filters break down into sub-filters with minor differences, and once you’ve selected the perfect effect to put on your photo, you can adjust the strength of the effect, making it very easy to get the perfect tone out of your shots.

Aside from the main filters, Spinly offers all of the normal photo corrections and edits you’d expect, like exposure and contrast control, plus color warmth, sharpness, and saturation. There’s a vignette filter included, too. You’ll also find a light leak feature that’s unique to Spinly with a ton of different angles to give your photo that professional-amateur look. It might not be for everyone, but it’s cool to have the feature regardless.

Another nice feature that Spinly offers is quick cropping, so instead of doing everything freehand you can pick certain aspect ratios to fit whatever screen or app you’re planning on exporting the photo too. Once you’ve saved your edits, Spinly gives you quick button to share your photo to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, plus a button to jump into Android’s share menu.

Spinly is completely free, and very simple to jump right into to, so this might be worth checking out if you need something lightweight, The app is ad-supported with no method of removing ads, though, so if that’s a deal breaker for you, look elsewhere.

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afterlightAfterlight is one of the best apps for users that need extensive filters and effects to put on their photos and quick social sharing. It offers a simple, effective interface, tons of different tools, and even a built-up Instagram social following. It’s perfect for smartphone photographers that rely on social media sites to share their photos.

The different effects is really where Afterlight shines. There are a whopping 59 filters, 14 of which were created by guest Instagram users, 66 different film textures, and 77 adjustable frames to tweak your images to perfection. That gives you roughly 300,000 combinations of filters, frames, and textures to apply to your photos, and that’s not even counting the strength effects you can apply to the filters and frames.

Outside of the filters, Afterlight still handles all of your traditional photo editing just like you’d expect. There are the standard brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc. controls that you’ll need, plus cropping and transforming tools. Once you’re done editing your photos, sending photos to different social media sites is extremely easy. And if you use Instagram, tagging your photos with #Afterlight offers you a quick way to get a ton of exposure from the app’s massive social following.

Afterlight isn’t free like most of the other photo editing apps here, but it makes up for that with the sheer number of effects and fantastic interface that it offers. Plus, you won’t have to worry about any ads interrupting your photo tweaking sessions. If you don’t mind spending a buck on an app that’s as high quality as this (and really, it’s more than worth the asking price) then give this one a spin.

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autodesk pixlrAutodesk Pixlr is made by the same developers that offer several other fantastic productivity programs, including Autodesk SketchBook. It’s definitely more productivity-oriented and less focused on touching up pictures for social media sites, but it handles both tasks exceptionally well.

Pixlr is probably one of the closest apps you’ll find that can replace a traditional desktop photo editor thanks to it’s powerful editing tools. The app has some very useful tricks, including a focal blur tool, a color pop tool, and tons of filters, effects, and tweaks.

The focal blur tool helps to simulate a focused subject in your photos, allowing you to select a specific point in an image and create a soft de-focus on everything outside of a certain range. This helps to draw attention to specific details, and gives a very professional look to your photos without much work. The color pop tool works similarly, letting you pick a certain area to colorize while making everything else black and white. It’s a great trick for making one specific detail the focal point of an image, and it’s incredibly easy to set up, especially compared to the work you’d have to put in on a desktop photo editor.

If you’re looking for the other effects and filters, Pixlr has that covered, too. It can’t compete with other apps on the sheer volume of effects, but it has enough to make it worthwhile. You’ll still get your standard tweaking tools, too, and there are tons and tons of collage options so you can quickly set up multiple photos arranged in different ways. That definitely appeals more to social media users, but hey, more features never hurt.

Pixlr offers a free experience with a few in-app purchases, so it’s worth test driving to see if it fits what you’re looking for. If you’ve ever used SketchBook, you’ll probably be very familiar with Pixlr, so this app would be worth adding to your productivity toolbox.

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adobe_lightroom_screen_01Adobe makes some of the best desktop photo editing software available, so naturally they’ve tried their hand at tackling the mobile market too. Adobe Lightroom is their mobile solution to picture editing, and it offers a more professional way to get things done compared to most other apps.

A big standout feature of Lightroom is its support for RAW (DNG) files. For those of you with newer phones that have the ability to capture RAW images (ie HTC One M9 and LG G4), you will be able to edit and apply effects to those photos right from your phone or tablet. I know that’s only a limited audience, but Lightroom can also edit RAW images captured from a DSLR via the cloud.

The app also has Adobe’s fantastic history feature, meaning you can make as many edits and changes as you’d like while still being able to undo every one of them back to the original image. Most other apps permanently apply filters and effects, so it’s much harder to go back to previous versions of the image.

On the feature front, Lightroom has tons of preset effects and filters to make things quicker and easier for you, plus as many manual editing tools that you could ask for. Sharing photos is easy, and Lightroom will sync your photos, edits and metadata included, across all of your Lightroom-enabled devices. This is especially handy if you’re dealing with anything like editing RAW files, as you probably won’t be connecting your DSLR directly to your smartphone. But you can, however, upload the files to your computer, begin making edits, and then pick up where you left off on your tablet or smartphone later without any extra work on your part.

The only drawback to Lightroom is that you’re going to need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to take advantage of it. It’s hard to justify spending money every month if you only need an app to do some quick edits on your Instagram photos, but if you’re invested in serious photography and you’d use all of the other perks that Creative Cloud offers, Lightroom is likely going to be a better fit for you than any of the other apps available.

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These apps cover most photo editing cases you might need, including different effects perfect for sharing photos on social media, making a few quick touch-ups on vacation pictures, and just about as close as you can get to professional editing on a mobile device.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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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 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.
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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.

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Android for Work Android Apps WeeklyAndroid for Work

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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.
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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.
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Tiny Guardians Android Apps WeeklyTiny Guardians

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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.
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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.
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Mortal Kombat X Android Apps WeeklyMortal Kombat X

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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.
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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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