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

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


speed heat Android apps weeklySponsored by: Speed Heat

[Price: Free]
Speed Heat is an infinite runner game where you collect cars, unlock tracks, and keep racing until you’re ready ready to stop. It includes Facebook leaderboards, plenty of awesome cars to unlock, and simple controls that anyone can learn quickly. It’s inoffensive nature makes it great for kids or adults and its simple premise and quick game play make it a great time waster when you need to kill a few minutes. We’d like to thank Speed Heat for supporting the Android Apps Weekly show.
Get it on Google Play
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your top headlines this week:

  • Rumor around the water cooler is that Gmail and Inbox will soon let you pay bills directly from your email. Reports are that the service will start around Q4 of 2015 and will let you share bills with other people.
  • Amazon is tinkering with an idea of starting a service called Amazon Unlocked which will give users paid apps, including in-app purchases, for free. Tech Crunch described it as the Amazon Prime but for apps and it may just help give Amazon that bump its app store sorely needs.
  • This week Google announced the Safe Browsing API which will give developers access to the same malware blocking technology that Google uses in Google Chrome. You can likely expect apps with built-in web browsers to incorporate this technology eventually.
  • Facebook has debuted its new Messenger Platform that allows third party applications to be integrated directly with Facebook Messenger. This will open up the chat platform to third party apps and allow for more functionality such as built-in support for Imgur or Giphy.
  • Google is working on a platform called YouTube Live which will be a live streaming service for games and e-sports. The idea is to give Twitch some competition. Reportedly, Google has hired 50 engineers to help make this happen and they’ll have to do some awesome stuff to compete with Twitch.

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game of thrones android apps weeklyGame of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands

[Price: $4.99 each with in app purchases]
Telltale Games has been busy this last week as they have released new episodes for purchase for both Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. Tales from the Borderlands is getting the long awaited episode 2 entitled Atlas Mugged as an in-app purchase that’ll set you back $4.99. Game of Thrones is getting episode 3 of its game, also for $4.99. Both games are great action-adventure games that bring new depth to their respective properties and Telltale Games fans have likely already purchased the new content.
Get it on Google Play


Google Keep - best Android apps 2013Google Keep

[Price: Free]
Google Keep received a substantial update this last week that includes recurring reminders and label support. This means you can set up a note that will appear on a recurring schedule to include daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly and there are custom reminders available. At this point, Google might as well make this a task management app because it’s halfway there already. Label support helps users to organize their notes more efficiently. The update is rolling out right now so if you don’t have it yet, patience because it’s coming.
Get it on Google Play


fotonica android appsFotonica

[Price: $0.99]
Fotonica is a unique endless runner game where you run through abstract levels at wicked high speeds. It’s definitely a different kind of take on the infinite runner genre and includes eight levels, three endless levels, local multiplayer, online rankings, and best of all, no in-app purchases or advertising. It’s on sale for $0.99 so you can pick it up for cheap right now. It’s an excellent time waster with a fun design and it’s definitely worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play


tomtom gps navigation android appsTomTom GPS Navigation

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
TomTom GPS Navigation is a new navigation and maps app from TomTom, the well known mapping and navigation company. It features offline map storage, 3D views, speed camera warnings, real-time traffic updates, and more. You can use it for free for 50 miles each month or upgrade to a premium subscription which runs for about $20 per year. It has some release day bugs but nothing overly serious yet.
Get it on Google Play
tomtom gps navigation android apps


final fantasy record keeper iconFinal Fantasy Record Keeper

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The long awaited Final Fantasy mashup game between Square Enix and DeNA launched this week. It features characters from a number of Final Fantasy games as they duke it out in epic moments from prior titles in the series. Think of it like a greatest hits compilation. The game uses 8-bit recreations of all the characters and according to user reviews, the in-app purchase strategy isn’t all that bad but that is, of course, up to individual interpretation. It’s currently free and Final Fantasy fans have already left to go download it.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news this week, tell us about it in the comments!

Things the Google Play Store could improve: Part 2 – In-App Purchases

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

in-app purchases google play store
Editor’s note: this is the second article in this series discussing some potential Google Play Store flaws and what Google could do to improve user experience. Feel free to join the discussion and suggest new topics. You can find a link to part one at the bottom of the page.

In-app purchases have been a sore spot for both Google and consumers for a long time. Despite the overwhelming success of in-app purchases, many consumers are unhappy about the unscrupulous methods that some app and game developers use to procure money from their users. Of course, Google has had minor nightmares of their own, culminating in the FTC decision to make Google pay $19 million to parents when their kids made in-app purchases. In-app purchases are a big deal for developers, but more could be done to make it a more pleasant experience for consumers.

Please note, this is commentary on how the Google Play Store handles in-app purchases and not how app developers actually use them. That’s a wholly different conversation that we’ll all have together eventually.

in-app purchases google play store

What is the problem?

In-app purchases have made a negative name for themselves in some circles. The “cash cow” philosophy has been a subject of intense ire from many consumers and it’s even been parodied on shows like South Park. Of course, the stats don’t agree with the criticisms, as in-app purchases account for over 95% of sales in the Google Play Store and has allowed developers to make more money than ever before. So what’s the problem?

In-app purchases account for over 95% of the revenue generated in the Google Play Store

The problem can be summed up in one word: transparency. Let’s do a little thought exercise. Go to any app or game (with in-app purchases) in the Google Play Store that you have never downloaded, used, or even heard of before. Now, using the information only available on the app description page, try to discern the following:

  • How many in-app purchases are there in total?
  • What kind of in-app purchases are there? Are they consumables (gems), expansions, the pro unlocker, or a subscription?
  • How much money is the developer going to ask you to spend?
  • What exactly are you getting yourself into?

The fact is that you cannot answer these questions with the information available on the app description right now unless the developers go through the trouble of explaining it themselves. When you combine that closed-doors approach with a few bad experiences with “cash cow” apps and games, you end up with a consumer base that not only distrusts the whole system, but actively dislikes it. Let’s discuss these issues a little more in depth, shall we?

in-app purchases google play store

Problem #1: What are we actually paying for?

The core problem is that we simply can’t educate ourselves about an app or a game without downloading it. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem if there were only a few apps and games. However, there are currently well over one million apps and games in the Google Play Store. That means the process of finding and downloading each app and game that might look interesting just to see how much it will cost us is counterproductive and even a bit tedious. Without proper information, it severely bottlenecks the experience consumers could (and dare we say: should) be having.

Downloading each app and game just to see how much it’ll cost is counterproductive.

The questions begin to arise. Why doesn’t Google just give us a labeled list of all of the in-app purchases? It’s a good question and even I don’t understand why Google hasn’t done something like this yet. iTunes actually does this very well. If you look at the Clash of Clans iTunes page, you’ll see a list of the popular in-app purchases. You can clearly see that each in-app purchase revolves around buying a certain denomination of gems and, using a bit of logic, you can deduce that Clash of Clans operates using consumable in-app purchases before you ever download it.

It would almost be better if the price range didn’t exist at all.

Currently, there is a less-than-useful “price range” feature that labels all in-app purchases as “items”. The price range shows the cheapest and most expensive in-app purchase an application has or, if the app only has one, it will show a single price. It would almost be better if the price range didn’t exist at all because it doesn’t provide any useful information. Yes, apps with in-app purchases do, in fact, contain items. Yes, those items cost anywhere from $0.99 to $99.99. These are all things we knew the moment we saw the “offers in-app purchases” label.

The long and short of it is simply this: Google does a bad job at showing what these applications have to offer and what few attempts they’ve made to help feel halfhearted and rushed.

google play music subscription

Problem #2: Subscriptions

Subscriptions are a huge problem in the Google Play Store for three reason:

  1. Subscription prices don’t appear in the “price range” portion of the Google Play Store. Don’t believe me? Look at Spotify’s app. It shows that there are in-app purchases, but no price is given. In fact, there’s isn’t so much as a dollar symbol anywhere on the page. There is something wrong with that.
  2. Apps and games that require a subscription do not have to use Google’s in-house system to process payments. Spotify, most VPN apps, and most antivirus apps have accounts that you can create and manage independently from Google. That makes them almost impossible to police on Google Play.

    Subscriptions live in a reality all on their own.

  3. A few apps, such as Google Play Music, have a subscription service but there’s no mention of it anywhere. Again, if you don’t believe me, look for yourself. There is no price, no dollar sign, no in-app purchase label, or anything to indicate a cost. Spotify does a little better because it at least gets labeled for having in-app purchases. Humorously enough, Norton Security has the label and the subscription price listed in the price range section of their Google Play page.

It appears as though subscriptions live in a reality all on their own. On top of being wildly inconsistent, they appear to be able to skirt the rules other apps have to play by.

in-app purchases google play store

How does it get fixed?

Thankfully, most of the problems could be easily fixed with a bit of effort. Here are a few ideas we had:

  • Show us all of the in-app purchases – It’s really as simple as that. Put all of them there and show us what they are. Google Play uses a modular UI and I don’t think anyone would be bummed out if they added a module that showed us the in-app purchases in their entirety, including cost and name. Bonus points if they tell us what kind of in-app purchase it is (consumables, pro versions, expansions, subscriptions, etc). If Google cannot grab this information using their APIs, give developers a box in the publisher dashboard where they can input the prices themselves.
  • Create a standard for subscription services to follow – There currently is no standard for subscription services. Some show prices, others do not. Some are labeled as offering in-app purchases, others are not. Google needs to figure out a standard and begin to hold everyone (including itself) to it. The box in the publisher dashboard idea would work well here as well, especially for developers who don’t use Google services to charge for subscriptions.
  • Create a bottom line requirement for labeling apps – There seems to be no real standard for what counts as “having in-app purchases” and there really needs to be. Amazon Shopping and Google Play Music both allow you to spend money in the app, but don’t carry the IAP label. Spotify does have the label but doesn’t show a price. Grand Theft Auto titles are labeled as having in-app purchases but they actually don’t have any at all. It’s maddeningly inconsistent.

    In-app purchase labels are maddeningly inconsistent.

  • Allow us to refine our searches for certain types of in-app purchases – This one is a bit complicated. A majority of people who feel disdain for IAPs really only dislike certain types of IAPs such as consumables. If consumers can search for apps and games without those specific kinds of in-app purchases (or no in-app purchases at all), they will be able to find more apps that are suited to their liking and that will ultimately improve their experience.
  • Give apps with in-app purchases their own top charts – This is the totally crazy, shot in the dark suggestion with a lot of potentially positive repercussions. With the apps and games with IAPs in their own category, it helps level the playing field for the standard free and free-paid paradigms without excluding IAPs entirely. This cleaner, more organized layout would result in people finding popular free apps and games and popular paid apps and games with no in-app purchases far more easily.

Google Play Store

Wrap up

Listen folks, in-app purchases are a good thing. Revenue to developers has increased by leaps and bounds since its inception and they really are making more money now than ever before. That has translated to more content and higher quality content. There is no arguing that fact. Back in 2010, we had 700,000 apps and the best of the best were Flickster, Angry Birds, and Skype didn’t even allow for video calls on mobile yet.

Today we have more than double what we had in 2010 and they include massive, gorgeous games and innovative, beautifully designed apps. In 2010, Google Play (formerly the Android Market) made just over $100 million in total revenue. In 2013, after the first full year of in-app purchases, Google Play made an estimated $1.3 billion. It has only gone up since then. Even if you’re against the practice ethically, no one can argue with the results. IAPs are why most developers make money on Android.

IAPs are why most developers make money on Android.

However, I’m not so stuck in my ways that I can’t admit that there are a few bad apples (proportionately speaking) that make the whole bunch look bad. With the suggested improvements, the transparency will allow consumers to make better, more informed decisions about what apps they want to download. There is even a small, outside chance that “cash grab” developers may use the pressure of full transparency to tone down their aggressive strategies and try to compete by simplifying their pay structure and building better games. Nothing gets the ball rolling like transparency.

By giving consumers more control and information with the transparency, improved charts, and refined searches, a lot of the negativity could potentially subside as frustrated users will enjoy a new-found proliferation of apps and games that they actually want instead of being forced to browse through stuff they do not.

Who knows, one day maybe being labeled as having in-app purchases won’t be such a bad thing but it’s definitely not something that is just going to happen organically. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments!

Check out the other parts of the series:

Part 1 – The Top Charts

Action Launcher updated to version 3.3, with new goodies

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Action Launcher is one of the Android world’s favorite launchers, as evidenced by it being chosen by a number of Android websites as one of the best Material Design apps out there, and one of the best Android launchers your phone can have. Developer Chris Lacy is a very diligent app owner and regularly puts out updates fixing bugs and such. Here we are again with a new update, a new version – Action Launcher 3.3 is out, and it’s bringing some new features your way.

First up, has embedded a new API for those who create live wallpapers, making sure that the Quicktheme feature of Action Launcher is accessible to these developers. What happens when this feature is accessed is that the theme color changes to match the dominant colors of the wallpaper. Pretty cool, really.

action_launcher_3_3_2

Also, there are new gestures and shortcuts to make life even more convenient for you as you use Action Launcher 3. Standout features like the Quickdrawer – which gives you instant access to all your favorite apps – are still there. The home screen’s visual indicators have also been updated to match Android 5.1.

Check out the whole changelog – it’s a long one – via the source link below. It’s a testament to the developer’s efforts to keep his app users happy. Download it via the Google Play Store – it’s free to try, but some of the nicer features are accessible through an IAP.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store
SOURCE: +ChrisLacy

11 best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen users

Posted by wicked March - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen users
The stylus has been a tool of the handheld computer users for decades now and are arguably more useful on a smartphone and tablet than ever before. There are a lot of apps that take advantage of the stylus and some even come with built in functionality for Samsung’s S Pen. In this roundup, we’ll look at the best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen users.


autocad 360 best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersAutoDesk SketchBook Express, Sketchbook, AutoCAD 360, and AutoCAD 360

[Price: Free / Free with in-app purchases]
AutoDesk is a very well known name in the world of graphics and many of their apps are world renown. The Sketchbook and AutoCAD series of apps are both very useful and powerful applications for designers and artists. They include advanced tools, professional level appeal, and even some fun quirky features. For instance, AutoCAD 360 lets you orient yourself around your drawing using your GPS. These are must have apps for many stylus users.
Get it on Google Play


character maker best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersCharacter Maker

[Price: $3.68]
Character Maker is a drawing app that helps you learn how to draw people and also helps you draw people. This isn’t so handy for the professional animator but those learning how this stuff works or those wanting to learn can find a wealth of information and experience here. You can create your own characters fairly easily and they look pretty good at the end.
Get it on Google Play


ezpdf reader best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersezPDF Reader Multimedia PDF

[Price: $3.99]
ezPDF is a great application for those who frequently deal with PDF files. One of the more difficult tasks is finding a way to digitally sign a PDF and this app helps with things like that. As you can imagine, your signature will look much better when a stylus is used and they also make navigation much easier. It’s a solid app and a must have for those who use or deal with PDFs a lot.
Get it on Google Play


how to draw best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersHow to Draw – Easy Lessons

[Price: Free]
This totally free drawing tutorial app helps you learn how to draw. This is great for budding young artists looking to learn or even for those who are bored and want to add a new skill to their list. The tutorials are admittedly not ridiculously deep so you won’t be transformed into a famous painter but it has excellent stylus support, plenty of tutorials, and also plenty of stencils.
Get it on Google Play


lecturenotes best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersLectureNotes

[Price: Free / $3.78]
LectureNotes was once, is currently, and likely always will be the hallmark of a great stylus app. It offers a bunch of features including image importing, stylus support, notebook export (for sharing) to your device, Evernote, and OneNote, advanced organization features, and more. If you install LectureVideos and LectureRecordings, you can also insert video and audio recordings into your notebooks right alongside your notes. It’s extremely powerful and popular. Most stylus owners should have this, especially if you’re a student.
Get it on Google Play


myscript calculator best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersThe MyScript Collection

[Price: Free]
The MyScript Collection consists of MyScript Calculator, MyScript Stylus, and MyScript Smart Notes. All three of these apps are amazing for stylus users because they’re built specifically for stylus use. MyScript Calculator is especially unique as it allows you to write out mathematical equations which it will then solve for you. They’re all free and great options for stylus users.
Get it on Google Play


papyrus best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersPapyrus

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Papyrus is a unique application that attempts to emulate real paper for your to draw on or take notes with. It includes a unique “write with your pen, erase with your finger” functionality that is admittedly enjoyable to use. You can export notes and drawings to various file types, and it even supports Samsung Multi-Window. If you go pro, you get PDF support, cloud services, and additional tools.
Get it on Google Play


roughanimator best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersRoughAnimator

[Price: $2.99]
RoughAnimator is a favorite here at Android Authority. It’s an animation app that allows you to draw multiple pictures then put them together as short animations. It includes most of the basic tools you’ll need to draw your own little cartoons. Other features include unlimited layers (so you can make animations as long as you want), onion skinning, import audio (for music or lip syncing), and framerate control. It’s a great app with a high rating and perfect for any fan of animating.
Get it on Google Play


signeasy best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersSignEasy

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
SignEasy is another PDF viewer that focuses on features that let you sign documents. The app can also important documents from almost anywhere (including most cloud storage platforms) and it can support various file formats such as Word, Excel, HTML, JPEG, and others. It’s a simple app but it can solve a lot of problems. If you go pro, you’ll get additional features and you’ll be able to remove the email footer message that advertises the app.
Get it on Google Play


skitch best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersSkitch

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Skitch takes an old school premise and brings it into the 21st century. With it, you can take a picture of just about anything and then doodle on it. This includes fun little cartoons, annotating photos, diagrams, and other stuff, and even marking up maps to show people how to get places. It’s a simple app but you can use it for a wide variety of use cases and it even comes with PDF support. If it helps at all, it was also developed by the same great minds that brought us Evernote.
Get it on Google Play
skitch best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen users


write best Android apps for stylus users and S Pen usersWrite

[Price: Free]
Last on our list (for now) is Write. This app is much like Papyrus in that it lets you write as though you were writing on actual paper. This is a pre-loaded app on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet specifically for its tablet and it’s compatible with most devices. You can draw, write, and erase pretty much whatever you want, customize your pens, page size, color, and ruling, and a lot more. It’s totally free to use which is also a plus.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps for stylus users and S Pen users, let us know in the comments!

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

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

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Hello everyone and welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines this week:

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htc fun fit android apps weeklyFun Fit

[Price: Free]
Fun Fit is an app developed by HTC that pretty much anyone can use. Fun Fit is a workout application that helps you plan daily workouts, count steps, count calories, and more. There are charts to track your performance, Facebook integration, and personalization options. We wish there were Google+ support too, but overall it’s a solid workout app for those who need something more simple.
Get it on Google Play
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angry birds stella android apps weeklyAngry Birds Stella Pop

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Angry Birds Stella Pop is a new time waster out of Rovio. This one is a bubble popping game that uses characters and some game play elements of prior Angry Birds titles. As per the norm, levels get more difficult the further up the ladder and there are a few different puzzle types to help keep things fresh. It’s not amazing but it’s good, especially for kids.
Get it on Google Play


motion tennis cast android apps weeklyMotion Tennis Cast

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Motion Tennis Cast is an Android game that uses your Chromecast to play. This unique concept uses your phone like a controller and your TV as the main screen and you play tennis by swinging your phone around. It’s very much like a Wii game and definitely one of the most unique Android games we’ve ever seen. It is a work in progress so be patient with the bugs, but otherwise it’s a fun play.
Get it on Google Play


lego marvel super heroes android apps weeklyLEGO Marvel Super Heroes

[Price: $4.99 with in app purchases]
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a pseudo hack-n-slash style game where you can play as one of 91 characters including the Avengers and others. It also comes with 45 missions, battle against well-known super villains, and there are even multiple sets of controls so you can find one that suits you. The only caveat is that it’s a rather large game weighing in at 2.2GB so do beware of that.
Get it on Google Play
lego marvel super heroes android apps weekly


dungeon hunter 5 android apps weeklyDungeon Hunter 5

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The latest iteration of the Dungeon Hunter series contains many of the same elements as prior games, including online co-op play, a single player campaign, events, and the action RPG style game play. It is Freemium and that may upset some people, but most of the consumer complaints are due to release day bugs and not the Freemium content which is a good sign. It’s a good action RPG if you’re interested.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

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

11 best Android apps to help you find a job

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

best Android apps to help find a job
Finding work is both easier and harder than it used to be. It’s easier because the magic of the Internet allows you to search large databases and the magic of word processing allows you to create tight, solid resumes and CVs. However, navigating those things can be difficult for some people because not everything is straightforward. In this roundup, we’ll look at the best Android apps to help you find a job.


cpro best Android apps to help find a jobcPro Craigslist Free Client

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
It’s true that Craigslist job postings are a jungle of confusion, scams, and crappy sales jobs. However, the platform is becoming increasingly popular with businesses looking for workers and you can find some decent, credible, and solid job offers there. cPro makes one of the most solid Craigslist apps available anywhere so it’s definitely worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play
cpro best Android apps to help find a job


glassdoor best Android apps to help find a jobJob Search by Glassdoor

[Price: Free]
The first of many apps whose naming conventions were decided by a newbie marketing executive, Job Search by Glassdoor is the first of many large job-oriented databases you can access in app form. You can search for jobs, email jobs to friends (who may also be looking for work), save jobs, and more. You can also find jobs based on salary requirements and read company reviews. It’s a solid all around experience with a few bugs here and there.
Get it on Google Play
glassdoor best Android apps to help find a job


indeed jobs best Android apps to help find a jobJob Search by Indeed Jobs

[Price: Free]
Indeed Jobs is another larger jobs database where you can try your luck in finding work. It boasts a user base of over 100 million job seekers, although that could be construed as a bad thing if they’re all still looking for work. Anyway, you can search for jobs in over 50 countries in 28 languages and apply directly from the app. You can also search full time, part time, etc. It’s another solid app with a few minor issues here and there and definitely worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play
indeed jobs best Android apps to help find a job


simply hired best Android apps to help find a jobJob Search by Simply Hired

[Price: Free]
Admittedly, of the apps on the list, Simply Hired has one of the more buggy ones but the site itself is well-known as a great database for jobs. It focuses on North America mostly, but you can search for jobs based on location, full time and part time, and by date posted which lowers the likelihood that you’re going to apply for a job that’s already taken. The app design itself isn’t all that great but it works and that’s what matters.
Get it on Google Play
simply hired best Android apps to help find a job


snagajob best Android apps to help find a jobJob Search by Snagajob

[Price: Free]
Another database for those finding work is Snagajob. Some of the more unique features of this app include 1-click applying, status updates about applications you’ve submitted, and daily job matches. You can also record and upload a 30 second video of yourself to introduce yourself to your potential future employer. The app is a fairly rough around the edges but it does work.
Get it on Google Play


careerbuilder best Android apps to help find a jobJobs by CareerBuilder

[Price: Free]
CareerBuilder is another well-known jobs database and their app is actually fairly decent. It uses a holo-card design which will be friendly and familiar for most people. It also features jobs in many countries, personalized job recommendations, notifications about new jobs, and more. One of the more interesting features is CareerBuilder lets you see who else has applied for jobs so you can gauge your chances on whether or not you’ll get it.
Get it on Google Play
careerbuilder best Android apps to help find a job


trovit best Android apps to help find a jobJob Search by Trovit Jobs

[Price: Free]
Trovit Jobs’ job search app rounds out our list of blandly named job search apps and it’s one of the better apps as well. You can search for jobs by a variety of search parameters in 38 countries and 12 languages around the world which is really nice. You can also set up alerts about jobs and more. It’s simple but sometimes simple is better.
Get it on Google Play
trovit jobs best Android apps to help find a job


monster best Android apps to help find a jobMonster Job Search

[Price: Free]
I’m going to be up front with you. The Monster Job Search app really isn’t that good. It works for the most part but many users have found issues. The reason why this is here is because Monster has one of the most populated, popular, and well-known job databases on the planet and the app works well enough. You’ll probably end up actually applying online using a laptop or desktop, but the app does let you search for jobs, access resumes uploaded to Dropbox and Google Drive, and manage your Monster account.
Get it on Google Play
monster best Android apps to help find a job


linkedin best Android apps to help find a jobLinkedIn

[Price: Free]
LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. You can use this to set up what is essentially a social media version of your resume. You can include pretty much any information an employer may need including job history, skills (which your friends can vouch for), and more attributes. You can then hunt for jobs and prospective employers can contact you if they want you to work for them. There’s a lot here to take advantage of.
Get it on Google Play
linkedin best Android apps to help find a job


resume builder pro best Android apps to help find a jobResume Builder Pro

[Price: $3.99]
Resumem Builder Pro will help you build a resume that you can be proud of. Naturally, it can’t hold a candle to powerful desktop apps. For mobile, though, you can’t do much better than this. You can build a basic resume that includes the usual things like skills, objective, experience, education, and references. Filling in the information is surprisingly easy given that you’re doing this on a mobile device and the generated resume is professional, if a bit simple and lacking in flair.
Get it on Google Play
resume builder pro best Android apps to help find a job


super resume builder cv best Android apps to help find a jobSuper Resume Builder, CV

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Another interesting choice for a resume builder is Super Resume Builder, CV. It allows you to create and share resumes, save them on your device, and review resumes you’ve already made. Much like Resume Builder Pro, the resumes generated with this app lack flair or imagination, but they’ll definitely get the job done. The in app purchases are a bit ridiculous at times, but you should be able to use most of the app without buying anything.
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Google to have app ratings based on age, region

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

In an effort to better serve both developers and users, Google announced that they will be implementing a new app rating system that will be based on age and region, and not a universal standard. “Appropriate” content varies from country/region and age group, and so you cannot hold just one standard for everything, is what Google is saying, and in the next few weeks, this will reflect in all the existing apps in the Google Play Store.

Before a developer submits an app for uploading in the Play Store, they now need to fill up a content rating questionnaire, which will then be turned over to appropriate ratings bodies (depending on what country/region your app or game will be sold in) to be rated objectively. Google assures developers that this process is not that “painful” and will give even better feedback fro you. By May, all apps submitted by developers must have the accomplished questionnaire before getting approved (or denied).

Even the already existing apps will have to be reviewed. Developers will be prompted to go into their console and take the same ratings questionnaire for each of their current apps that have already been published or are still waiting for approval. If the questionnaire is left unanswered or incomplete, the apps will have an “unrated” status. This is not good because your app might get deemed inappropriate in some regions for some age groups.

Another update for developers is that Google will now let you know why your app will not be approved. Previously, you’ll just receive a notice that it has been rejected, but without any explanation. Now that you will know why, it means you can fix what’s wrong and submit it again for approval.

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Google introduces age-based rating system for apps

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google just introduced a few changes to the Play Store that should lead to a better user experience. The biggest news is the addition of a team of reviewers that will manually approve every app before it’s published to the Play Store. But there’s an important user-facing change as well: age-based ratings.

Just like movies and videogames, apps in the Play Store will feature a rating designed to show what age group they are suitable for, ranging from everyone to adults-only. In order to accommodate the different rating systems from around the world, as well as the different interpretations of “appropriate,” Google will use the standards of age-rating organizations like the North American Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) or the European Pan-European Game Information (PEGI). In countries without an established standard, apps will feature a generic age rating.

Developers of existing apps will be asked to fill out questionnaires in order to determine what category their apps belong to. This process is, according to Google, “quick, automated, and free.” Our Gary Sims, who is a part time dev, received his email minutes ago, and you can read it by clicking on the press release button at the end of this post.

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Apps that are not self-rated will show an “Unrated” tag, and they may not be shown to all users. Starting from May, filling out the questionnaire will be mandatory for all new apps and new updates to existing apps.

This is yet another move by Google to make the Play Store safer for users of all ages, following the highlighting of free apps that offer in-app purchases. The Play Store is now in line with Apple’s App Store, which has featured age-based ratings for a while.

It’s worth nothing that Google seems to be trying to better cater to children – YouTube Kids, introduced last month, offers a special version of the massively popular video service just for kids, and Google said more apps in the same vein are in the pipeline. Content designed for children is one of the fastest categories on YouTube and it’s safe to say that the same holds true for apps in the Play Store.

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Hello Google Play Developer,

To help consumers make more informed choices about their purchases on Google Play, we’re introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games consistent with industry best practices. This initiative gives you an easy way to communicate familiar and locally relevant content ratings to your users and helps improve app engagement by targeting the right audience for your content.

Starting now, you can complete a content rating questionnaire for each of your apps and games to receive the objective content ratings. Google Play’s new rating system includes official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) and its participating bodies, including the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Pan-European Game Information (PEGI), Australian Classification Board, Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) and Classificação Indicativa (ClassInd). Territories not covered by a specific ratings authority will display an age-based, generic rating. The process is quick, automated and free to developers. In the coming weeks, consumers worldwide will begin to see these new Google Play ratings in their local markets.

On your apps’ questionnaires, make sure to provide accurate responses to help your app be discovered by the right audience. Once you’ve successfully received a rating for your app(s), you’ll only need to retake an app’s questionnaire if an update changes the content of the app in a way that impacts its rating. Learn more about rating your apps

To help maintain your apps’ availability on Google Play, sign in to the Google Play Developer Console and complete the new rating questionnaire for each of your apps. Apps without completed rating questionnaires will be marked as “Unrated.” Unrated apps may be blocked in certain territories or for specific users. In addition, all new apps and updates to existing apps will require a completed questionnaire before they can be published on the Play Store. Your compliance and participation with the new app ratings system is required under the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement. In the future, apps that aren’t rated using the new rating system may be removed from the Play Store.

Thanks for your continued support of Google Play,
Google Play Developer Support

Google is now manually reviewing apps that are submitted to the Play Store!

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In a move that should benefit users and developers alike, Google announced it began manually reviewing apps that are submitted to the Play Store.

Up until now, Google relied on automatic review processes in order to cope with the massive number of apps submitted every day to the world’s largest app store. However, the approach had more than a few drawbacks – a lot of malicious, exploitative, inappropriate, and low-quality apps made it through, affecting the user experience and creating troubles for legitimate developers caught in the crosshairs of undiscerning algorithms. That’s in contrast to Apple’s App Store, where each and every app is vetted manually before publishing.

That changes now, as Google introduced a manual review component to the vetting process, which, at least in theory, should alleviate the issues mentioned above. The manual component is already in place, actually; Google says it’s been using it for several months, and that developers haven’t noticed any adverse effects. That’s important because Google is presumably able to offer feedback to uncompliant apps within hours, not days or weeks.

“This new process involves a team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of our developer policies earlier in the app lifecycle. We value the rapid innovation and iteration that is unique to Google Play, and will continue to help developers get their products to market within a matter of hours after submission, rather than days or weeks. In fact, there has been no noticeable change for developers during the rollout.”

According to Purnima Kochikar, Director of Business Development for Google Play, 100 percent of the apps that are currently submitted to the Play Store are reviewed manually, at least to some extent. Google is still relying on algorithms for the bulks of checks, for things like malware or copyrighted content.

“We’re constantly trying to figure out how machines can learn more. So whatever the machines can catch today, the machines do. And whatever we need humans to weigh in on, humans do,” said the Google representative. It’s not clear exactly when the reviewers step in, but the whole process still takes just a few hours.

Developers now have more insight into why apps are rejected or suspended

Another change that developers will definitely appreciate is more insight into the publishing status of an app. “Developers now have more insight into why apps are rejected or suspended, and they can easily fix and resubmit their apps for minor policy violations.” It’s not clear what this change entails, but we’ll keep you posted with more details.

Google also introduced a new age-based rating system that will make it easier for developers to target appropriate audiences. Developers will have to fill out a questionnaire to determine their apps’ rating, and starting with May, going through this step will be mandatory for any new app and update.

Motorola’s Gallery app gets updated with Material Design and other enhancements

Posted by wicked March - 17 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’re rocking a Motorola smartphone, you may be interested to know that the Motorola Gallery app received some love earlier today in the form of an update that includes Material Design cues and other improvements. More details on What’s New after the break.

The Gallery app has been bumped to version 304122 by Motorola Mobility and features the following changes for all Motorola handsets:

  • Improved Camera Roll view with sorting by event and time
  • New app icon and material design enhancements
  • Quicker access for cropping a photo
  • Stability and performance enhancements

The following changes are only applicable for the Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen), Droid Ultra family and Droid Turbo handsets:

  • Highlight Reel now available for Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen), Droid Ultra
  • More free music downloads to personalize Highlight Reels

The Motorola Gallery app requires the handset to be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and up.

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