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10 best new Android apps and games from January 2015

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


We’re nearing the end of the first month of 2015 and a lot has happened. CES 2015 showed us some new tech and everyone’s looking forward to the next few months as new phones and products are announced and launched. There were also some great apps and games released. Here are the best new Android apps and games from January 2015.


adobe lightroom mobile best new android appsAdobe Lightroom Mobile

[Price: Free (requires Creative Cloud subscription)]
First up this month is Adobe Lightroom Mobile. This is a mobile version of the popular Lightroom app that lets you edit, organize, and otherwise manage your photos and other images. There have been some issues including compatibility issues with newer smartphones and space issues. However, if you can get passed that, this is a powerful photo editor that can be used in tandem with the desktop version assuming you use and pay for a Creative Cloud subscription.
Get it on Google Play
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Asana best new android appsAsana

[Price: Free]
Asana is a task management platform aimed at teams of people who need to get work done. Technically, this app has existed for a while but it essentially a wrapper for the mobile site and it was pitifully awful. It’s now a native Android app with Material Design and it’s way better. There are still some issues here and there but this is a big step forward and an app to keep an eye on.
Get it on Google Play
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camu best new Android apps and gamesCamu

[Price: Free / $2.31]
Camu is a popular photo editing app that was very popular on iOS and has finally made its way to Android. It features the ability to shoot videos and photos with live effects applied, collages, text, various effects, super focus, and auto-enhance mode. It’s free with in app purchases but, believe it or not, the in app purchases aren’t that bad.
Get it on Google Play
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crossy road best new Android apps and gamesCrossy Road

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Crossy Road was about as big a hit as any app could be on the Amazon Appstore and eventually saw its release on Google Play. It’s kind of like Frogger in that you’re a chicken who must cross many, many roads. The graphics aren’t great but the game play is surprisingly fun. There is no story or anything ridiculous but it’s a solid and difficult time waster that costs nothing to download.
Get it on Google Play


dragon quest v best new Android apps and gamesDragon Quest V

[Price: $14.99]
Square Enix continues to re-release their old collection of games here in 2015 and first up this year is Dragon Quest 5. Much like others in the series, the game is played entirely in portrait mode which is unique. It also features full camera control, monster catching, AI battles for easier level grinding, and more. It’s a tad expensive at $14.99 but at least there are no in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play
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facebook lite best new Android apps and gamesFacebook Lite

[Price: Free]
Facebook Lite was developed for those who use budget phones. It’s optimized for 2G internet and its less-is-more design is great for weaker processors. Unfortunately, you can only officially get it from the Play Store if you have a terrible phone. It’s less than 1MB and includes the core Facebook functionality without any of the frills. If your device isn’t compatible in the Play Store, you can pick up the APK to sideload here.
Get it on Google Play
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google classroom best new Android apps and gamesGoogle Classroom

[Price: Free]
Google Classroom is a classroom environment that allows teachers and parents to help students learn by creating a virtual classroom environment. It was only available as a web app for a long time but is now available on Android and iOS. It allows students to take and upload pictures to Classroom, interact with the platform, chat with students live, and more.
Get it on Google Play


Lego Bionicle best new Android appsLego Bionicle

[Price: Free]
Lego Bionicle is a hack and slash style game where you must pick your Lego hero and kill a bunch of bad guys. The graphics and controls are actually pretty good even if the story line is a tad shallow. It is totally free to play with no in app purchases which is a rarity and thanks to its mild nature, it’s a great game for kids.
Get it on Google Play
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libreoffice viewer beta best new android appsLibreOffice Viewer

[Price: Free]
LibreOffice Viewer is a document viewing app released in beta this last month. It is in beta so if you find bugs, it would be better to report them than to give the app a bad review because it is a beta. Aside from the beta related issues, the app seems to be progressing nicely and even hit the 4 out of 5 star rating on Google Play recently. It’s also nice to see official LibreOffice on Android, even if it’s just a viewer.
Get it on Google Play
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manual camera best new Android apps and gamesManual Camera

[Price: $1.99]
Last on our list this month is Manual Camera. This app takes full advantage of the Camera2 API in Lollipop so, as you can probably guess, this app is only for people who use Lollipop. It lets you adjust things like shutter speed, focus distance, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation. The compatible device list is pretty slim so read the description before downloading!
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

As always, if we missed any great new Android apps and games released in 2015, let us know about it in the comments below!

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

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Back in December we posted an offer for the Adobe Train Simple course, a program designed to help you master not only the Adobe product suite, but it also offered instruction in web languages like HTML5 and CSS3. While the original deal has long since ended, we are happy to report that the offer has went live again after a short absence. For those interested, $79 gets you unrestricted lifetime access to video tutorials and course files. That’s 87% off the suggested $500 value of lifetime access to this program and is even cheaper than a one year subscription to Train Simple’s services.

The Adobe courses have been updated for Creative Cloud 2014. The program is mean for both beginners and advanced users, allowing you to train at your own pace. Where you start is also up to you, whether you want to jump right into Adobe programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, or begin with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

To get in on this offer, you’ll want to head on over to the AA Deals store for more information.

Adobe Lightroom now available for Android devices

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Mobile photo editors are a dime a plenty, but if it comes from a developer that has made its brand name as a verb meaning you’ve retouched your photos, then you might want to pay attention to it. Adobe Lightroom is now available for Android, bringing their popular photo editor and its powerful tools to your smartphone. While it is of course a little lesser than its desktop app, it still is a pretty handy tool for mobile photographers as you edit on the go.

With Adobe Lightroom mobile, you will be able to edit photos from your smartphone and even those images from your DSLR camera that are synced to your Adobe Creative Cloud. It has the usual editing tools you’ve come to expect from Adobe, including exposure, highlights, shadows, composure, etc. And if you’re a little too lazy to manually edit the photos, there are also preset settings or filters which you can apply to your photos.

If the changes you make to the photo are “nondestructive”, you can sync it back to its RAW file. You can also use Lightroom to organize your photos by importing those stored in your gallery, and then flagging or removing photos that you don’t want to keep. And of course, you can easily share the photos on your favorite social networks. All the edits, metadata and collection info from Adobe Photoshop Lighroom 5 will be synced to all your devices that have Lightroom Mobile.

To be able to use this app, you need to be a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud or its various plans. You can use Lightroom mobile for free for 30 days, but after that, you would need to sign up for membership. The Photoshop and Lightroom package costs around $9.99 per month. You can download Adobe Lightroom mobile from the Google Play Store.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile is Now Available on Android

Posted by Kellex January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Adobe’s Lightroom, one of the most popular and powerful image editing and organizing tools, is now available on Android.

With Lightroom Mobile, users can manage workflows “beyond the desktop” by utilizing an Android device to review and edit images that are then synced back to home catalogs, thanks to cloud sync architecture. Adobe claims that Lightroom is the “most efficient way” to manage your image collections, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, assuming you know what you are getting into. This is professional level image editing if you want it to be, but it is also very fun to use.

The app on Android acts as a companion app to Lightroom 5 on the desktop, so yes, you will need Lightroom 5 on your desktop and one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans in order to use it. The cheapest plan that will give you this access is the $9.99/month Photography plan.

After spending some time with Lightroom over the last couple of days, I can tell you I am hooked. From a work perspective, dealing with images on my phones can be a pain when it comes to moving them from phone to computer for editing. Thanks to Lightroom, I have already been able to minimize some steps for getting those images onto my desktop to get prepped for posting on Droid Life.

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The app does things like give you access to your Lightroom catalog, reject unworthy photos, fine tune images with all sorts of adjustment tools, and automatically sync everything (including changes) back to your desktop. It lets you share images as well.

Here is a partial list of the features:

  • Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
  • Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop
  • Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews
  • Quickly flag and reject photos
  • Edit raw files from DSLR cameras using Smart Previews.

In order to get started, grab the app through Google Play at the link below, then head over to Adobe’s site. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to use Lightroom Mobile with your desktop, be sure to watch the video we have embedded.

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Adobe finally brings Lightroom mobile to Android

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Lightroom mobile has been available on iOS since last June, and now Adobe has finally made it available for Android phones. Lightroom is one of the most powerful photo editing tools for photographers, and the mobile version has most of the familiar desktop tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews.

It’s part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which means that you will have access to all your images in the cloud from your phone, and any changes that you make will be synced so that you can continue where you left off with a Mac or Windows computer.

As you might know, Lightroom is popular since you can work with RAW (DNG) images. If the the RAW images are in your personal cloud catalog, you will be able to edit them from your phone, but for now, you will not be able to edit RAW images captured on your Lollipop Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 using the app. That feature will be added soon. You will however, be able to edit any JPG images that you capture from your Android phone.

In order to use Lightroom, you will need a Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which costs $9.99 per month and consists of Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom for the desktop, mobile, and the Web. Plus, you get integration with Photoshop Mix. Your Android phone needs to be running Android 4.1+, have a 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU ARMv7 or higher, at least 1 GB of RAM, and at least 8 GB of internal storage in order to run Lightroom mobile. Unfortunately Lightroom mobile is not officially compatible with tablets, but I know a few testers who say that it works okay.

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Lightroom mobile Now Available for Android Phones

Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile offers powerful capabilities to edit, organize and share images anywhere and anytime.

Built on a powerful cloud sync architecture, Lightroom mobile provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktop, mobile devices and the Web. With Creative Cloud Photography Plan, photographers have access to professional-class photographic workflows on desktops and smartphones, allowing users to perfect images on any device.

Key Lightroom mobile capabilities include:

  • Sync edits, metadata and collection changes to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or
  • Windows computer
  • Automatically import images from the smartphone gallery and sync back to the
  • Lightroom catalog on the desktop
  • Edit images using familiar Lightroom tools and presets, including non-destructive
  • processing using Smart Previews
  • Quickly flag and reject photos

Pricing and Availability

Lightroom mobile is immediately available as a free download for Android phones via the Google Play store. Customers must have Lightroom 5.4 or higher, available as part of a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership and Creative Cloud Photography plan. The Creative Cloud Photography plan (USD$9.99 per month) is a comprehensive photography solution for both professional and hobbyist photographers. It includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC and Lightroom mobile with immediate access to updates as soon as they are released. New customers can download Lightroom mobile and start a 30-day free trial. After the 30 days, purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription is required for continued access.

To learn more about Lightroom mobile for Android features and availability, visit: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/?p=1448
Learn more about Lightroom mobile, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/lightroommobile.html.

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How to: Sign a PDF on Android Without Printing a Thing

Posted by Kellex January - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Now that it is 2015 – hell, even dating back to 2012 – you should know how to sign a PDF document without having to print a piece of paper. If you don’t yet, that’s OK, because the inspiration behind this post is the fact that almost the entire Droid Life team had no idea how to do this until a day or so ago (you know who you are). Thankfully, we can teach you in the easiest of ways, because Adobe Reader has signature support built in. Didn’t know that either? Well, good, now you do. 

I don’t think I need to run down the benefits of being able to sign a PDF on your Android device, without having to print/sign/fax/scan/shred a piece of paper, but I will anyway. First, it saves you a ton of time. Instead of printing, then signing, and then scanning before emailing, you can do it all with a couple of taps. Adobe Reader lets you open a PDF document, sign it securely, and then email, all without opening a printer or scanner or having to waste a piece of paper.

Second, printing paper to sign it before then trashing it is a complete waste. Save this Earth, folks! On that note, once you print, sign, scan, and email a piece of paper, what do you do with it afterwards? Shred? Yep, another machine you can completely avoid by signing digitally.

Finally, signing a PDF on your Android device can be done from anywhere. At a basketball game in the evening when an important document comes through? You can sign and send it from your seat. On a nude beach with a Mai Tai in hand when your next contract needs signing? Done without needing to cover up those privates.

See, how awesome is signing a PDF on your Android device?

Instructions


1.  Download Adobe Reader from Google Play and install it (It’s free!). [Play Link]
2.  Open a PDF file that needs to be signed.
3.  When prompted, choose Adobe Reader to open it.

*Adobe Reader also has a document viewer in the left slideout navigation menu in case you have downloaded a PDF, but can’t seem to find it. Adobe Reader tries to scan your storage for PDFs. You may find it there.

4.  With PDF open, find the areas that you need to fill out and tap on the screen.
5.  A top menu should appear that looks like this:

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6.  Tap the icon that looks like a speech bubble behind a pen.
7.  From this menu you can fill out forms, type letters, doodle, etc.
8.  Once you are ready to sign, tap on the icon that looks like a ball point fountain pen doodling (far right).

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9.  Once that icon has been tapped, you need to tap on the document where you would like to sign.
10.  If you have never signed anything before, you will be taken to a screen to create a signature.
11.  Sign away using your finger!

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12.  When finished, press the check box and your signature will be added to the PDF.
13.  If it’s not in the correct place, that’s OK, feel free to tap on it to highlight with a box with 4 dots.
14.  Once highlighted, you can drag the signature to a new spot, resize, or adjust color, opacity, thickness. You can delete it as well.

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15.  With your signature in place, hit the back button once to get to the original menu.
16.  Tap the menu button and then “Share.”
17.  From there, email or send your signed PDF using the service of your choice.

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New Moleskine notebook made specially for Adobe apps and iOS

Posted by Tom November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

As far as demographics go, this new product is bang on target – we all know one or two Moleskine-toting, iPhone and iPad-using ‘graphic artists’, illustrators or serial doodlers. Some might even use the ‘h-word’.

Tick one Christmas present off your list – this is what you’re getting them. The new Moleskine notebook uses dots on the corner of each page to let the accompanying iOS app to capture the page and import it into Adobe Creative Cloud, where it becomes a bitmap JPG and a vector SVG for Illustrator.

Looking at the image, it does a nice job of transferring doodles to digital and it’s a novel gift to boot.

The hardback notepad is 8×5-inches and has 160 pages. It costs £25.50, which should include the app too.

Via gizmodo

Adobe Photoshop on Chrome OS is working, only educational institutions have access for now

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In September, Google and Adobe announced plans to bring Photoshop over to Chrome OS. The project has actually been going on for nearly two years and, today, Photoshop Streaming has made its way to the Chrome Web Store. For now, only educational institutions have access to Photoshop Streaming. The testing period will last for six months and then it is fair game for anyone to use. Adobe did provide an explanation as to how Photoshop on Chrome OS works.

The application Photoshop Streaming running on a Chrome OS device connects to a remote server on Adobe’s end. What is this server doing? Running the full-fledged desktop version of Photoshop. The server is recording video of the desktop version and mirroring it for the Chrome OS user. So, in actuality, you are virtually using Photoshop. Any movement and clicks made on your end are instructions sent to the server.

At this point, because Photoshop Streaming is not fully complete, files from Google Drive are only compatible. Remember, this is a cloud solution for Photoshop users and doing so with Google Drive files makes sense. Also, 3D functions are not quite operable. These are things Adobe is looking at and will continue to work on through the testing period and beyond.

Via: The Verge

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Aviary releases updated Photo Editor, now under Adobe

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

When Adobe bought Aviary a few months ago, fans of their photo editing app were a bit excited to see what it would mean for their products moving forward. Well, the wait is over as the updated Photo Editor has finally been released on Android. It brings with it syncing capability with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, as well as a hose of initial offer freebies and tools that should make mobile photo editing enthusiasts ahappy.

Of course one of the first things that Adobe has brought to the app is syncing all the files and photo editing supplies onto their Creative Cloud. Because of this, you will also be able to use all your stickers, effects, frames and other tools when you use the app on your other devices, as long as you sign in with your Adobe ID. One of the best things about mobile photo editing is having on hand all these tools that you used to only be able to do when you were on your desktop or laptop.

Now you can use things such as overlay features like stencils, stickers, frames, etc to make your pictures more exciting. With Aviary’s updated Photo Editor, you will also be able to place light or dark vignettes over your photos, as it was one of the most requested additions from previous and existing users. You can also customize the vignette’s size, shape and intensity.

Usually, these effects and tools would cause you a load of cash, even though the app is free. But as an initial offer, Aviary will be giving away these editing supplies for free for the rest of November. So that’s over $200 worth of stickers, effects, frames, overlays, etc. Not a bad deal as you’ll be able to keep all the tools in the Creative Cloud forever. So go ahead, download or update your Photo Editor from the Google Play Store. But since this is still in beta version, you need to be part of their Google+ community to be able to become a tester.

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Adobe Creative Cloud now in preview mode on Android

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

For designers and creative people that are dependent on Adobe’s suite of products (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, etc), it can sometimes be a pain to work mobile-wise, as you often cannot carry those programs and the files on your smartphone or tablet. Adobe has now shown a sort-of workaround to that with the launch, or at least preview, of the Adobe Creative Cloud for Android devices.

Now don’t get that excited and think that you can actually work directly from your mobile device. They actually haven’t reached that point yet. But what the app does is it allows you to browse and preview your Adobe files that are saved in their very own cloud storage. You can also organize the files that are stored in there, so you can manage your creative projects from the app itself by sharing it with other members of your team.

So, for example, you are going on vacation but would like to keep a close eye on the designs for an upcoming advertising pitch for a major brand, you can ask your graphic designers to upload their working files from Photoshop and Illustrator on the Creative Cloud. Then you could view them, make comments and suggestions (but probably through your messaging app of choice) so you can let your team know the changes or improvements that they can make to the current designs.

The Creative Cloud is subscription-based, but if you sign up for a free account, you get 2GB of cloud space as well as trial access to all creative tools from Adobe. However, it’s still just working on mobile phones as of now, and most creative people would probably prefer to view designs on tablets. And since it’s still on preview mode in the Google Play Store, you can expect a few bugs and kinks for now. But if you’d like to sample how the app works, you can download it for free (subscription isn’t free though).

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