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Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Yesterday, Amazon announced the arrival of new Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, which came with an also brand new Fire OS 4, codenamed “Sangria”. Of the many new features that are arriving with this version, one is marked as still Coming Soon but is also probably the most interesting in this context. Amazon’s Family Library service does just what its name implies. It pools together the apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content that family members have purchased in order to make the available to each and every member of the family or device, without having to switch user accounts just to download them. It definitely makes sharing a lot easier, though Amazon has yet to detail the privacy features Family Library will, or should, have.

iOS 8′s new Family Sharing feature does the same but admittedly adds a few more touches that are definitely desirable for families. Aside from getting access to others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, you can also create a shared family album. But iOS 8 family sharing goes beyond media content. For example, you can have a shared family calendar. You can even locate each family member or their device, should the latter get lost, Of course, you can opt to remain hidden from that family map if you wish to (but better have a good excuse ready for Mom or Dad). And lastly, Apple might have finally solved the problem with “accidental” purchases made by kids. Family Sharing lets you set a single credit card for making iTunes purchases. It also lets you configure connected Apple IDs to ask permission before making a purchase, which you, as the parent, can allow or deny anywhere, any time.

Of course, here at Android Community, we root for Android naturally. Sadly, Google has been left out of the family party, at least for now. It has yet to implement any sort of family sharing feature in Google Play Store, much less curb in-app purchases beyond the simple password requirement. That said, there might still be hope. Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, is expected to finally arrive next month. Google could very well be working on such a similar feature behind closed doors. Or hopefully it has been for some time now and isn’t just going to haphazardly slap on such a feature in such short a time just because its competitors have.

SOURCE: Amazon, Apple

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has had an overhaul. The new version is reported to have a 70% boost in graphics power and upgraded audio capabilities.

The new HDX 8.9 retains its 2560 x 1600 pixel display but now runs on a Snapdragon 805 processor, which replaces the Snapdragon 800.

The audio boost comes via Dolby Atmost, which promises volume twice that of the iPad Air.

Storage options go up to 64GB and there’s also a 4G LTE option.

Via tablet-news

Amazon outs new Fire HD models and Fire HD Kids Edition

Posted by wicked September - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Amazon is on a roll today, unleashing a barrage of new Kindle devices to make bibliophiles swoon. But for those who want a bit more functionality out of their device at the expense of e-ink, Amazon has a new generation of Kindle Fire HDs just for them. There is even one made especially for kids!

There are two new models in this Fire HD line. The Kindle Fire HD 7 replaces last year’s model while the new 6-inch Fire HD 6 is totally new to the family. Aside from the difference in sizes, both sport the exact same specs. They both have the same 1280×800 HD resolution, which gives the Fire HD 6 a higher pixel density of 252 ppi versus 216 ppi on the Fire HD 7. An unnamed 1.5 GHz quad-core runs inside, noted to have 3x more graphics muscle than Samsung’s budget Galaxy Tab 4 line, making it suitable even for some resource intensive games. RAM isn’t mentioned but storage comes in 8 and 16 GB configurations. There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back, capable of shooting 1080p videos, and a front-facing VGA shooter.

Of course, that’s just the hardware. Ultimately what makes Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets special are the Amazon apps and services to be enjoyed within. Among those include some that you may be already be familiar with in existing Fire HD and Fire HDX devices, like X-Ray for looking up actor or video info, Second Screen, and Prime Instant Video downloads. Others are quite new to the ears. ASAP or Advanced Streaming and Prediction is a Fire TV feature that Amazon is now making available for its tablets as well. ASAP tries to guess what movie or TV episode you will want to watch next and starts downloading them in the background so that when you hit that play button, the video is ready for you.

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The new Fire HD is a very family-friendly device. Multiple user profiles lets you set up different accounts for each family member, with their own settings, app data, and bookmarks. But while you may want to keep personal data separate, you might want to share apps and media among family members. With Family Library, you can do that easily, letting you share books, videos, apps, and games between family members, either on the same device or across multiple Android devices or even Amazon’s mobile apps on other platforms. To add even more fun into the equation, the new Kindle Fire HD will come in five color options of black, white, cobalt, magenta, and citron.

But if those family features aren’t enough to make you hand over the Fire HD to your kid, then Amazon’s new Fire HD Kids Edition might. Amazon is starting them young, both for reading and for learning, with a bit of entertainment on the side. Amazon, however, insists that this is not a toy and is a capable tablet in children’s clothing. It isn’t giving out the specifics, but a quad-core processor, an HD display, and rear and front-facing cameras are probably enough to convince most. Front and center, however, are the services, content, and features that make the device something kids will surely love.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription removes the worry of accumulating bills from app and content purchases by giving it all for free, a value of up to $120 according to Amazon, at least for the first year. Of course, you, not your kid, are the ones to set the rules of what they see and how long they can see it. Those rules can be tailored according to type, so that you can encourage unlimited reading but put a cap on videos and games. But the retailer knows that even well-intentioned kids can become one of the most destructive forces in the known world, so it is throwing in a two-year guaranteed to replace broken tablets, no questions asked.

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The pricing details for these new Kindle Fire HD tablets are as follows:

Kindle Fire HD 6 – 8 GB ($99), 16 GB ($119)
Kindle Fire HD 7 – 8 GB ($139), 16 GB ($159)
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition – 6-inch ($149), 7-inch ($189)

All of these are now available for pre-orders, with shipping slated to start in October.

SOURCE: Amazon (1), (2)

Amazon unveils new Fire HDX 8.9, Fire OS 4 “Sangria”

Posted by wicked September - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Rounding up today’s Amazon device frenzy is the new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX, replacing last year’s model. This new high-quality tablet boasts of a considerable internal upgrade that doesn’t bump the price tag at all. Amazon is also announcing the newest version of its Android-based Fire OS, codenamed “Sangria”, which brings a plethora of new features to both the Kindle Fire tablets unveiled today as well the third generation models as well.

To some extent, this new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a mix of both old and new. The size, of course, has remained the same, as well as the 2560×1600 resolution, which isn’t bad at all, especially when augmented by Dynamic Light Control which adjusts the white point of the display based on surrounding light in order to better mimic the appearance of physical paper. The 2 GB RAM and three storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB have also remained the same. The most notable changes, however, are where it counts the most. This next gen Fire HDX boasts of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, a quad-core chip running at 2.5 GHz. And, for the first time, Amazon is putting Dolby Audio inside to make not just reading but also watching and listening an enjoyable experience. And it’s not just a plain Dolby either. Dolby Atmos makes its presence felt, which Dolby advertises to deliver the same experience as watching in a theater.

The new Fire HDX 8.9 also boasts of new services courtesy of the new Fire OS 4 “Sangria” that is making its way to the new Kindle HD 6 and 7 as well. These include ASAP or Advanced Streaming and Prediction, a feature on the Fire TV that tries to guess what you will watch next and starts streaming that video in the background so that your next playback will be instantaneous. Family Library gives the whole family access to each other’s purchased content, including books, audio, apps, games and Prime Instant Video for easier sharing without having to switch accounts back and forth. Fire OS 4 also introduces the concept of profiles that practically does the reverse, making sure that each user’s settings and private data remain private, turning the Kindle Fire HDX into an even better family-owned tablet.

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is available for pre-order today and will start shipping in October. The prices have not changed at all and the 16 GB model still costs $379, while the 32 and 64 GB models still cost $429 and $479, respectively. There is also a 4G version of the tablet available with prices starting at $479. Fire OS 4 “Sangria” comes pre-installed in today’s newly announced Kindle Fire tablets and will arrive on 3rd gen devices via a free OTA update.

SOURCE: Amazon (1), (2)

Blistering deal: get a Kindle Fire HD for under $60!

Posted by wicked September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Credit: Amazon

Need a good deal? You won’t be able to find a decent tablet for cheaper than what we are showing you today. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD can be purchased for just under $60! It does happen to be the previous generation, and there is a slight, yet important detail to consider – these are used devices.

These used Kindle Fire HDs come in different conditions, ranging from good to “acceptable”. Prices are directly linked to the status of the device, ranging from $53.30 to $56.85. These are all fulfilled by Amazon and do take advantage of Prime shipping.

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Not a bad deal for a tablet that normally costs $230. This is the cheapest we have seen this tablet go for. In fact, this may be about the cheapest I have seen any tablet go for.

It is the 16 GB, WiFi version, but that is more than enough for some users. It seems like a great acquisition for those who want a simple, inexpensive tablet. That is, unless you are really against owning second hand products. Those who don’t mind  can go get it straight from Amazon’s website!

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Via: 9 to 5 Toys;

Spotify brings service to Amazon Fire TV

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of the most requested apps from Chromecast owners wanting to stream music via their device has been Spotify. Inexplicably, Spotify has not jumped on the Chromecast bandwagon. However, Spotify announced today that they are jumping on Amazon Fire TV via their Spotify Connect service. Users do need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to access and use Spotify Connect. Using Spotify Connect and the Spotify app on their phone, users can stream music to their TV and continue to use their smartphone or tablet for other purposes. Users can even move out of WiFi range and the Spotify music will continue to play on the Amazon Fire TV.

Do you think this move will help Amazon or Spotify gain new users?

source: Spotify

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Amazon Announces via Tweet it will Carry the Micromax Android One Tomorrow

Posted by wicked September - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Amazon_Android-oneGoogle’s Android One program is almost here, and to increase you anticipation, Amazon.in sent out a Tweet today announcing that the Micromax Android One model will be available on its site starting tomorrow at 3:30 PM.

If you’re out of the loop, Android One is going to be essentially a low-end Nexus line of entry-level devices running AOSP software with updates controlled by Google. This specific device hinted is purported to feature a 4.5-inch screen, dual SIM support, FM radio, expandable storage, and, best of all, a price off contract under $100 (6000 Indian rupees).

The targeted market for Android One is in India, so if you live outside of the country, you probably won’t be getting involved in this program. Google is supposed to have an event at noon IST tomorrow for the official Android One implementation, which will be followed by Amazon.in’s release later that day.

Source: Twitter

Via: Android Police

 

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35 of the best free Android apps

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Finding the best Android apps can be tough. There are millions to choose from and many of the best are free and just as many are paid apps. The good news is you can have a full, rich experience with Android with free apps. If you need some help finding such an experience, here is a list of the 25 best free Android apps to help you get started!


1Weather - best free Android apps1Weather: Widget Forecast Radar

[Price: Free]
First on our list is the highest rated and one of the most popular weather apps out there called 1Weather. The app features a slick, good-looking, and easy to use interface that, obviously, tells you the weather. There are also a few really good widget selections available. So if you need weather and want a good app or widget, this is one of the best free Android apps to start with.
Get it on Google Play
1Weather - best free Android apps


amazon best free android appsAmazon

[Price: Free]
If you enjoy shopping online, there are few apps better than the official Amazon app. Using this app you can browse Amazon’s extensive selection and it works in multiple countries (including India). You can also edit your Wishlists, check Lightning Deals, Deal of the Day, and other special offers. It’ll even automatically recognize that you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber if you are one. It’s the world’s largest online retailer and that means you should have their app.
Get it on Google Play
amazon best free android apps


best free android appsApp Dialer

[Price: Free]
App Dialer is a fun application that helps you find the apps you need faster. Here’s how it works. The floating window screen opens up with a number pad. Simply spell out the name of the app you wish to use (like you used to spell out texts on old flip phones) and it’ll pop up all the apps that match the characters you entered. More often than not, you’ll see your app pop up after a couple of presses. This is a great way to free yourself from the cluttered mess that is the app drawer. It’s highly rated and definitely deserves to be on the best free Android apps list.
Get it on Google Play


Android Device Manager best free Android appsAndroid Device Manager

[Price: Free]
Android Device Manager is a very simple app with a great premise. It essentially tracks down your lost or stolen phone. Once installed you log into the website and from there you can see your device’s location, wipe it remotely, reset your device’s lock screen PIN, and make your phone ring so you can find it. It’s highly recommended that you only use this app with a lock screen PIN so those with malicious intent cannot log into the website under your name and wipe your device. Of course, if you’d like to use a service that’s outside of Google’s purview, there’s also Where’s My Droid.
Get it on Google Play
Android Device Manager best free Android apps


cal calendar best free android appsCal calendar by Any.do

[Price: Free]
Cal Calendar recently won our award for Best App Design of 2013 and for a good reason. The interface is very enjoyable to use and to look at. Thanks to its modular interface, it’s one of the easiest calendar apps to use and it’s also colorful and appealing to the eye. It has a lot of fun features like tagging contacts and locations in calendar events and it also has most of the features that you’d expect out of a calendar app.
Get it on Google Play
cal calendar best free android apps


camscanner - best free android appsCamScanner

[Price: Free]
CamScanner is a nifty app that allows your phone to act as a scanner. You can scan virtually any kind of document into it and then make a myriad of changes to it. You can add watermarks, fill out forms, and even fax the document (for a nominal fee). This is a great tool to have laying around. It’s not an every day app but when you need this app, it’ll be there to help out. It even comes with built in optimizations to make your documents legible and sharp when scanned in.
Get it on Google Play
camscanner - best free android apps


CM security antivirus best free android appsCM Security

[Price: Free]
If you’re in need of a free antivirus application on Android then look no further than CM Security. It is totally free to use, comes with plenty of modern features, and it’s quite effective. It has a 4.7 rating in the Google Play Store and that’s even considering that most people don’t need antivirus. Anyone who wants to be a little extra cautious would do well to pick up an antivirus app and this is the best free one out there. If you want to see more antivirus options, check out our best antivirus apps for Android.
Get it on Google Play
CM security best free android apps


Duolingo - best free android app 2013Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

[Price: Free]
To open with, Duolingo won Android Authority’s vote for the Best Android App of 2013. That should give you a fairly good idea of how good this app actually is. With it, you can learn various foreign languages in a game-style environment. There are both text and voice lessons and if you miss a question, you lose a life. Lose too many and you have to start the lesson over. It’s a fun way to learn a new language and it’s great for both kids and adults.
Get it on Google Play
Duolingo - best free Android apps 2013


evernote best free android appsEvernote

[Price: Free]
Evernote has long been the front runner when it comes to note taking. It has a bunch of features including device syncing, organizational features, compatibility with other applications, and various different types of notes. There is a premium option that adds more functionality but there are millions of people who enjoy the free version of this app. There are many who put this on their list of must-have applications and we’re no different. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, another great free option is Google Keep.
Get it on Google Play
evernote best free android apps


ES File Explorer best free android appsES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
When we don’t include ES File Explorer on best Android lists, people get angry at us. The reason is because ES really is one of the must have apps out there. It is packed with features for both root and un-rooted users, it has a nice interface, and it’s free. It’s better than all of the stock file manager offerings and it’s been a top choice for most people for a few years now. If this isn’t your cup of tea, check out our top file explorers on Android for more options!
Get it on Google Play
ES File Explorer best free android apps


Dropbox - best free android appsDropbox

[Price: Free]
One of the world’s most ubiquitous cloud storage services is Dropbox. Practically everyone has heard of it. It’s free to sign up (and you get 2GB of space to start with) and the app is free to use too. It’s a great way to backup things like your photos and videos as you can set the app to auto-upload them once you take them. More advanced users can set their Titanium Backup or Helium backups to go there and you can even share files (in small numbers). There are a number of devices that have Dropbox as a stock app and there are promotions all the time to get you more storage. It’s one of the best free Android apps and everyone should have it.
Get it on Google Play
Dropbox best free android apps


Google Drive best free Android appsGoogle Drive

[Price: Free]
Like Dropbox, Google Drive is an excellent solution for those who want some cloud storage. Also like Dropbox, you can pay to get more storage but you do get 15GB to start with. You can store your backups, photos, videos, and pretty much any other file you can think of. Google Drive also has the added benefit of having a small assortment of office-style applications like a word editor and a spreadsheet editor. The only downside is that you have to go download those office apps separately but they are also free Android apps. You can also work on documents with other people in real time. It has a lot of unique features and it’s worth having.
Get it on Google Play
Google Drive best free Android apps


Clean Master - best free android appsClean Master (Cleaner) – FREE

[Price: Free]
Sometimes smartphones need a little maintenance. We download billions of apps a year and those apps leave crap behind even if you uninstall them. What Clean Master does is find those files and clean them out to give your device more storage and more memory. It’s been endorsed by many websites, including CNet and The Boston Globe. Also, us. It’s definitely worth picking up just to get rid of those old files and folders. If you’d like an alternative, the old and always reliable CCleaner is also now available on Android
Get it on Google Play
Clean Master - best free android apps


Google Maps - best free Android appsGoogle Maps

[Price: Free]
How many people don’t use Google Maps? It’s frequently updated with new features, constantly expanded, and a best friend to travelers worldwide. Sure there are other options but Google Maps is as good as it gets when it comes to navigation. This is especially true since Google has begun adding functionality from Waze which they bought in the summer in 2013. There are simply too many features to list here, so click the button to go read them on the Play Store. This is a must own app.
Get it on Google Play
Google Maps - best free Android apps


Google Play Music free Android appsGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free]
Google Play Music is the go to app for music. It can play your locally stored media or it can stream your content for you. Every Google Music user can upload up to 20,000 songs to Google and then stream them via this application wherever they have a data connection. There are some fun built in features and you can also get All Access for a monthly fee if you like that trounces Pandora in effectiveness. Even if you don’t pay for the subscription, the free parts of this app are still pretty great. If you want to check out other music players, here is our best music player apps list for Android.
Get it on Google Play
Google Play Music free Android apps

Google Play Newsstand - best free android appsGoogle Play Newsstand

[Price: Free]
Google Reader died off a while and that’s sad, but they have at least come up with a solution that’s comparable in terms of quality. Google Play Newsstand is still relatively new in the grand scheme of things but it doubles as both a news reader app and a magazine reader app. So if you have a magazine subscription you’ve been looking to turn digital, you can use this app to do it. It also has a decent, easy-to-use interface and Google’s personal seal of approval. Despite the recent controversy with borrowing content that doesn’t belong to it, Feedly is also a good option for a general purpose news reader that’s also free. Whatever you use, don’t forget to subscribe to Android Authority!
Get it on Google Play
Google Newsstand best free android apps


Google Translate - best free android appsGoogle Translate

[Price: Free]
You never know when you’ll run into something or someone that you will have problems communicating with. Enter Google Translate. It’s a must-have app for anyone who travels extensively and just a good app to have around just in case. It can translate more than 70 languages and can translate direct speech, written language, typed language, and even translate things found in photos. If you don’t know what what a phrase means, pop it into Translate and find out. This is another one of those free Android apps that everyone should have no matter what.
Get it on Google Play
Google Translate free android apps


Google Hangouts best free Android apps Google Hangouts

[Price: Free]
When it comes to communication apps, it’s hard to find a better free option than Hangouts. You can use it to send SMS and MMS messages but you can also use it for send unlimited Hangouts messages and make unlimited video calls (with up to 9 other people) and it’s all totally free of charge. There are other messaging apps out there, but in terms of what you get for free, >nothing out there beats Hangouts. All you need is a Google account to get started and if you can download an app in the Play Store, then you already have one. A recent update to Google Hangouts also gives you the ability to make unlimited VoIP calls (phone calls over the internet) to any other Hangouts user for free. There is no reason everyone shouldn’t have this. The only app that comes close to this functionality is Skype.
Get it on Google Play Google Hangouts best free Android apps


IFTTT best free  android apps increase productivityIFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT stands for “If This Then That” and it’s a productivity app for Android that can do some powerful things. Here is how it works. Say you perform a set of actions on a regular basis. You can use IFTTT to automatically perform those tasks for you. All you have to do is set it up. If you’re stumped as to what kind of things you can do then simply Google Search for IFTTT recipes. Recipes that fit your lifestyle can save you a bunch of time. It has a bit of a learning curve so be prepared for that.
Get it on Google Play
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iheartradio - best free android appsiHeartRadio – Internet Radio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is a must have app for all fans of the radio. Instead of relying on an FM transmitter which not all devices have, iHeartRadio relies solely on data to stream practically any radio station you want. You can find stations that play your favorite music or even stations that have your favorite talk radio programs. Along with having thousands of radio stations at your disposal, you’ll also have recommendations catered to your interests and an alarm that will wake you up with your favorite radio station. Just like those old, cheap alarm clocks no one uses anymore but were totally awesome for that one thing.
Get it on Google Play
iheartradio - best free android apps


Amazon Kindle best free Android appsKindle

[Price: Free]
When it comes to eBook readers, there are few that are more popular than the Kindle app. It’s connected to Amazon which means you get a fairly good selection and Prime customers have extended features with the book library. If you’re going for an all-free experience, though, Kindle has an impressive library of free books in the public domain such as the original Dracula, Huckleberry Finn, and others. It’s a great way to get back into reading the classics. It’s also a darn good way to keep your kids busy if you pick up some kid’s books.
Get it on Google Play
Amazon Kindle best free Android apps


Kingsoft Office best free android appsKingsoft Office + PDF – FREE

[Price: Free]
No list of free apps would be complete without some office software and Kingsoft is the best free office suite you can get. It comes with Word, Spreadsheet, and Presentation functionality built in and some PDF functions as well. It garners a fairly high rating on the Google Play Store and most people have no problem making it work. It supports over 20 file types, has a build in file manager, and even has gesture functions. It’s also a good alternative to Google Drive’s office suite if you would rather keep your stuff offline.
Get it on Google Play
Kingsoft best free android apps


free android apps dictionaryMerriam-Webster Dictionary

[Price: Free]
You just never know when you’ll need a dictionary. The Merriam-Webster dictionary app allows you to look up pretty much any word that it’s the actual printed Merriam-Webster dictionary. You may be thinking that’s faster to look up words online and yes that’s true. However, Merriam-Webster’s app keeps the entire dictionary right there on your device for offline use which can come in handy if you’re in areas of sketchy internet or no internet. If you have an internet connection and want an alternative, you can always try out the Dictionary.com app which has a few extra features you may enjoy.
Get it on Google Play
free android apps dictionary


microsoft office free android appsMicrosoft Office

[Price: Free]
Over the last year Microsoft has been making some big moves on Android. One of them was making their Android version of Microsoft Office totally free. You’ll need the OneDrive app to make full use of it as Microsoft forces you to save everything there. However, you are looking at the Microsoft Office that a lot of people enjoy on desktop. Also, you can get free storage on OneDrive and connect it easily to your Windows computer if need be. If you’re a Microsoft fan, this is the office suite to get.
Get it on Google Play
office android free android apps


pandora best free android appsPandora

[Price: Free]
Pandora is the premiere free music streaming app. In fact, most people reading this probably have either heard of Pandora or already have it downloaded. It’s that popular. For those who don’t know, Pandora lets you create custom radio stations that play music you like. So you can do anything from Christmas music to heavy metal, save the station, and create more. You have to suffer through the occasional commercial and you can only skip tracks so many times, but aside from that it’s a great app and a great way to listen to free music without breaking the law. The only downside is that it only has about 800,000 songs (maybe a little more) which is way less than competing subscription services like Spotify or Google Play All Access.
Get it on Google Play
Pandora best free android apps


Pocket best free android appsPocket

[Price: Free]
Pocket is a very interesting application. Instead of working to provide you with news and content from the internet, it makes the user do it. Here’s how it works. You find a video, article, or some other content online that you’d like to see or reference again. You simply share it to Pocket and Pocket will remember it for you. Consider it like a proprietary bookmarks app, except way better. You tell it to remember things you like and it’ll remember it so you can go back and view it any time. It’s a must have app for people who love to browse the web.
Get it on Google Play
Pocket 5 best free android apps


PushBullet free Android appsPushbullet

[Price: Free]
Pushbullet is an application that allows you to connect your computer to your Android device. You download this app and then the matching Chrome extension and then get everything connected. Once that’s done, your notifications will show up on your computer as well as your phone so you’ll always know what your phone is buzzing about. In a recent update, Pushbullet enabled the ability to return text messages which only adds to its functionality. If you need a client to return texts and check notifications on your computer, this is one of the best free Android apps to get!
Get it on Google Play
pushbullet free Android apps


Best free Android appsSpotify

[Price: Free]
Spotify has undergone a number of huge updates in the last year. One of them was adding the ability for mobile users to use the free version of Spotify just like they can on the desktop. That means you can use Spotify totally free of charge! It features millions upon millions of songs, allows you to create and share playlists, and all you have to do is listen to a few audio advertisements every now and then. The only really bad thing is that it only has Facebook integration which means non-Facebook users won’t get the full social experience.
Get it on Google Play
Spotify best free android apps


Super Bright LED Flashlight free android appsSuper-Bright LED Flashlight

[Price: Free]
Super-Bright LED Flashlight is one of those apps that everyone has but no one really talks about. The app’s sole function is to use the LED flash on the back of your phone as a flashlight. Even though the app is simple, having a really bright LED flashlight always at your finger tips can be extraordinarily helpful in so many situations. It’s worth having one of these types of apps on your phone at all times. If you don’t like this one, another good one is TeslaLED from the makers of Nova Launcher. One of the two of those should work for pretty much every device out there.
Get it on Google Play
Super Bright LED Flashlight free android apps


theScore free android appstheScore

[Price: Free]
If you’re more into sports, theScore is one of the best free Android apps available. Last year I wouldn’t have said so but the developers have really put the pedal to the metal the last year or so. Now the app is updated in or around every major sporting event (including the beginning of sporting seasons) to add more features and more targeted content. The app is gorgeously designed, has a lot of awesome features for every sport, and you better believe they’ll be doing something special for your favorite sporting events. It’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play
theScore free android apps


Swiftkey icon free Android appsSwiftKey Keyboard

[Price: Free]
Early in 2014, SwiftKey did a bold move and went free. That officially makes it the best third party keyboard available in terms of sheer features and functionality. There are in app purchases but the only thing SwiftKey is asking you to pay for are some themes. The free version comes with a number of themes included and the entire core app is totally free to use. Its text prediction is among the best in the industry as is its auto correction (once it learns your typing habits). People who are sick of the stock keyboard would do well to try this one out.
Get it on Google Play
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Todoist best free Android appsTodoist: To-Do List

[Price: Free]
Todoist is a task list application for Android that is free to use. One of the best uses for smartphones is as an always-there way to remind you that you need to do stuff. Of course, the best way to take advantage of that is to have an app. Todoist is packed with features, has an easy to use interface, and it has cross platform apps so you can access it anywhere. The premium version holds a few of the more basic features but you can get by just fine on the free version if you’re a casual user.
Get it on Google Play


TuneIn Radio best free Android appsTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free]
TuneIn Radio is the go-to solution if you want talk radio. It features hundreds of podcasts, radio shows, and other talk shows that you can sink your teeth into and it’s all totally free. It also features a smooth interface, easy controls, and some extra features like access to 24/7 stations. There are over 100,000 shows you can get into and this is the best way to get into them. There is no music, though, so you’ll want to look elsewhere for that.
Get it on Google Play
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VLC best free android appsVLC for Android Beta

[Price: Free]
VLC has been a trusted media player on desktop for a very long time. Now it’s available on Android! It’s still in beta so there are bugs to work out but every update brings it closer and closer to being totally stable. On most devices it will work well enough and it has a number of extra features that you generally don’t get in other media players. If you have an ARMv6 device (you may have to Google it) then this won’t work at all. However, most people carry ARMv7 devices these days anyway so it’s not a huge deal.
Get it on Google Play


zedge best free Android appsZedge

[Price: Free]
If you need some wallpapers or ringtones and you don’t want to pay for them, Zedge is where you want to be. It features hundreds of thousands of ringtones and wallpapers that you can surf through and use. It also recently underwent a total re-design to a new interface that makes it easier to use and look better. So if you haven’t yet, grab up Zedge.
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

If there are any free Android apps that we missed and we really shouldn’t have, leave us a comment and let us know! The app atmosphere changes almost every day so there’s a chance we may have missed one or two!

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HTC and Amazon deal may have fizzled because of AT&T objections

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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In October of 2013, news broke that Amazon and HTC were penning a deal that allowed the Taiwanese company to make a budget Amazon smartphone. It would have been a deal that showed that HTC had a new momentum and allowed for another revenue stream. It also would have given Amazon an in on the low-end smartphone market. However the deal fizzled out. According to a source close to The Information, it’s because AT&T had objections.

According to the source, AT&T objected to the fact that it would not have US exclusivity of the HTC made Amazon phone. As such, the carrier threatened to not carry the high-end Fire phone causing Amazon to just scrape the project entirely. Given the current state of how well the Fire phone is doing, HTC may have avoided a disaster. While none of the companies are commenting, this rumor could be likely given AT&T’s previous grabs of HTC exclusives. Anyone remember the HTC Status?

source: The Information

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Android users can now access Amazon Prime Instant Video

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s taken them a while but online retail juggernaut Amazon has now given Android users access to its Prime Instant Video service through an app. The app itself actually enables the Instant Video streaming within the now updated main Amazon app and gives access to all the movies and TV shows available on their catalog, with a subscription fee of course and available for US residents only.

Amazon’s entry into this field signalled that the age of on-demand video streaming service is indeed here, with rivals Netflix, Hulu and others enjoying a resurgence over network television. But when they released the Prime Instant Video service, it wasn’t available for Android smartphones and tablets. Now you will be able to watch movies, TV shows (like HBO original series) and Amazon’s original series which they started producing this year.

The Amazon app has also received a major upgrade to version 5. You can now browse through their whole catalog including both physical and digital products, as well as the apps from Amazon’s own App Store. They’re also giving 5GB of free back-up of their photos on the Amazon Cloud Drive, but again, it’s only for US residents. To be able to access the video streaming service, update your Amazon app (if you haven’t yet) and then it will prompt you to install the Prime Instant Video within the app.

The Amazon Prime Suite membership is for $99 per year, but if you’re buying an Amazon Fire Phone, you get one year free subscription. There is also a 30-day free trial so you can check it out if you have any use for it, especially if you’re a non-US resident. Aside from Instant Video, the membership includes access to their music streaming service, free two-day shipping, and access to over 500,000 ebooks in their lending library.

VIA: Android Authority

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