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Have some Black Friday dessert for your Thanksgiving [DEALS]

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

If you’ve had your fill of that sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner, it’s probably time to kick back and relax with your favorite digital partner. But even your smartphone or your tablet deserves a bit of thanks this season, and what better way to do that than by splurging on some accessories for your faithful companion. To help you pick them out, here are some appetizing Black Friday deals at highly discounted prices. And to send you off with a bang, Android Community is offering a 10 percent off coupon on top of it all!

Get your game on with the NES30 Bluetooth Controller

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Mobile gaming, especially the button mashing kind, is so much more fun when there are buttons to mash. But this wireless controller offers more than just what other wireless controllers have. It gives you a piece of history in your hands. As the name suggests, the NES30 is meticulously designed to bring back the NES controller down to the finest detail, save for some extra buttons and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The buttons are crisp and responsive, two words that gamers love to hear on their controllers, and they’re reprogrammable too! As a bonus, the NES30 Bluetooth Controller also works with the Nintendo Wii, in addition to Android, iOS, and Windows devices.

Get the NES30 Bluetooth Controller for only $29.99, a 25% discount from $40.

Capture memories from high above with the DJI Phantom FC40 drone

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If you’d rather get up on your feet than slouch on the couch, then some sports action footage might just be your thing. And no one knows that better than DJI and its Phantom drones. But if you’ve never gotten your hands wet with drones before, then the DJI Phantom FC40 might just be the perfect drone for you. Built to be “the drone for everyone”, this flying robot features easy to use controls, auto-piloting and auto-hover, to keep you from fretting over your mini camera crew in the sky. And you won’t have to worry about having to choose the right camera either, as the Phantom FC40 comes with its own built-in Smart Camera capable of shooting 720p videos at 30 fps. It can even livestream its camera view from up to 980 feet away.

The DJI Phantom FC40 sells for $499 instead of $649, a sweet 23% deal, free shipping included.

Go to the extreme with the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 drone

DJI is hardly the only drone game in town and there are a couple of choices in the market. If you’re one of the more high-octane extreme action types, the Micro Drone 2.0 might sing to you better. Throw it like a frisbee. Throw it upside down. Throw it right side up. Whatever the direction or angle, the drone’s self-righting algorithms and sensors will have it back to normal in no time. And its durable enough to withstand such torment. Unlike the bigger toys, the Micro Drone is small enough to fly indoors as well. The package comes with a 640 pixel Micro Camera that can swivel to cover any angle you like.

Like this mini monster? Get the Micro Drone 2.0 for only at 46% off for only $74.99, down from $139. It also comes with free global shipping.

Music delivered wet and wild with waterproof MIGHTY Bluetooth Speaker

If music is what sings to your soul, then you still have a rugged companion to keep you singing or dancing wherever you are. Take the MIGHTY Speaker with you anywhere you go, from the next room, to mountains, or even to the sea. Don’t worry, it can handle it. MIGHTY is mighty not just in name but also in deed, as it is both waterproof and, for those beaches, sandproof as well. And don’t panic if you drop it in the pool, accidentally or otherwise. It can float, too! And if it does sink, it can at least survive for 30 minutes under 1 meter of liquid, but better not let it stay there too long, unless you can listen to music under water.

From a regular price of $80, the MIGHTY Speaker is offered 56% off, now at only $35.

Keep the party in your pocket with the Pocket Kick Speaker

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If you have less extreme ambitions but still want to keep your tunes blaring wherever you go, Soundfreaq might have the ultimate portable solution for you. Introducing Pocket Kick, small yet terrific in sound. With a pair of custom engineered audio drivers, a passive radiator smack right down in the middle, and open air grills for maximum air flow, the Pocket Kick delivers an audio experience in a tiny package. How tiny? At only 5.9” x 2.5” x 1.2”, this smooth speaker can slide smoothly in and out your pocket or bag for a quick impromptu rave. Pocket Kick works with any device featuring Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The Pocket Kick Speaker can be yours for $74.99, a 24% savings from $99.

Experience hassle-free listening with Feather Buds

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In case you’re the type that prefers to keep the music to yourself, then you might opt for some earphones instead. TOCC’s Feather Buds wireless earbuds aims to deliver quality audio experience without burdening your ears or your neck with its lightweight and tangle-free design. And just because they’re earbuds doesn’t mean you have to accept background noise as a fact of life. The noise canceling outer shell ensures that unwanted sounds are kept out while your favorite tunes stay in. With a Bluetooth range of 30 meters, you can also keep on jamming while doing your chores, while your phone or tablet lies safe and dry elsewhere.

Get the Wireless Feather Buds for only $24.99 with the 58% discount from its $60 retail price.

Get your step into the beat with SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Headphones

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Combining the best of both worlds of an active lifestyle and a music-loving soul, this Active Wrap headphones deliver music without wires, without noise, and without ripping your ears off like some earphones or headsets do when caught in a snag. The headphone’s lightweight design lets you do all sorts of exercises without having to worry about them falling off. And its noise canceling technology also ensures that you won’t be bothered by the grunts of everyone else working out around you. The battery is promised to last 10 hours of talk time or 8 hours of playback, which is plenty even for the most extreme workout session.

From $40, the Active Wrap headphones can now be yours less 51% for only $24.

Keep your phone alive with Limefuel LP200X 20,000 mAh battery

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After all those fun-filled, and maybe even sand-filled, activities, your smartphone will undoubtedly be on the verge of asphyxiation. Though there are many battery packs out there, few offer the punch needed to keep your phone or tablet alive for another round before heading for that wall socket. With a capacity of 20,000 mAh, the Limefuel LP200X definitely gives that punch, no questions asked. The two USB ports also allow you to charge two devices at the same time. And with a digital display, you won’t be caught unaware when the battery pack itself is close to giving up the ghost.

Get the Limefuel LP200X 20,000 mAh battery pack for only $34.99. That’s a 58% saving from the usual $85.

Craft your own apps with Android Programming training course

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You have undoubtedly come across an app or a feature that you wished you had but couldn’t find an app for it on Android that calls to you. Why not try to write it instead? With this eLearning course, you can Learn and Master the Fundamentals of Android App Programming in no time. Delivered over 105 lectures and 9.5 hours of videos, the course takes you from start to finish in creating your dream Android app or game. Once purchased, the course is yours forever. And no previous programming knowledge is required. All you need is a computer and a web browser to get started.

For this promo, the $99 price tag is slashed by 80%, giving you Fundamentals of Android Programming for only $19.

Keep safe with 3-year VPN Unlimited Premium Plan

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This day and age, everyone is susceptible to getting hacked. That is why stronger security and privacy measures are all the more needed to keep your data and your person safe. One of the most popular ways to do this is through Virtual Private Networks or VPNs. VPN Unlimited’s service offers worry-free and anonymous access to the Internet. Now you can connect to any website, regardless of region restriction. You can also rest assured that your activities are safe from prying eyes. And with the premium service, you get unlimited bandwidth and connection speed, even when connecting via VPN.

Normally a $65 offer, VPN Unlimited will give a 3-year premium access. This 70% discount is good for up to 5 devices, not just smartphones, but any computer as well.

But wait, there’s more!

As a special Black Friday offer, Android Community is offering a discount coupon to our readers. Simply enter HAPPYBF10 when you checkout your items, as illustrated below, and you will get 10% off on top of the existing promo. Do note that the discount code will only work starting November 28 midnight PST and expires at 11:59 PM PST.

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Remeber, that’s

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What you see above is just an appetizer of what you’ll find in the new Android Community Deals Store! We will be bringing you the latest and exclusive deals on gadgets, accessories, and software to keep you and your Android smartphone or tablet company. But don’t worry if the store is too much to take in all at once. We will be highlighting some of the juiciest ones each week. But do feel free to shop around. Who knows what you might find lurking in a hidden corner. Just click on the DEALS section of the Android Community web page or click on this link for direct access. Be sure to check out our Black Friday deals as well while they’re still fresh. And leave your comments below and on each deal to let us known the kinds of deals you like and your suggestions for improving this experience.

Android Community Deals is brought to you in cooperation with StackSocial. Generated revenue helps fund this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial and are not representative of the opinions of the Android Community staff.

printWifi lets your device print wirelessly and securely

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Have you ever had a situation where you needed desperately to print a document from either your smartphone or tablet but you are not able to send it to the connected computer or you don’t have the printer driver available? A new Kickstarter project wants to solve that problem by giving you a device that will wirelessly and securely print from your gadget to the printer available.

printWifi and printUSB can act as a bridge between your mobile device and printer so you don’t need to email documents to the computer attached to the printer or even search for printer drivers that will let you do so. You don’t even need to have network access to be able to print legal documents, papers and projects for school, tickets of the concert you’re watching, boarding pass for your travels, and a whole bunch of other things that need to be printed.

The process for printing is pretty easy and simple as well (well, at least based on what they’re telling us). First, you need to connect your smartphone or tablet to the printWifi or printUSB device. If you can’t use wifi connection, then you can connect the device through printUSB. Then you open the document on the printView app without having to send the document through email. And voila, now you can print.

With 50 days to go on their Kickstarter project, they have already reached their goal of $10,000, but you can still back them up if you feel like being one of the earliest owners of this device. Their estimated delivery date is by February 2015.

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Amazon marks down Nexus 9, Chromecast, and more apps

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Ready for your Black Friday shopping marathon? You don’t need to be in your favorite stores physically, fight over the goods, and fall in line for hours because there’s online shopping. Of course, your success will still depend on your clicking speed.

As usual, Amazon has got some great deals for everyone. Prime members aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the holiday promos so I’m guessing stocks will run out fast like the Chromecast. From $35, Amazon is listing the HDMI Streaming Media Player for $23. That’s almost 40% off the original price.

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Google and Amazon didn’t do any modification on the device. It’s the same Chromecast that streams online music, videos, photos to your TV using only a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Like most streaming sticks, Chromecst supports various apps like Rdio, Vevo, crackle, Plex, MLS, Google Play Movies and Music, ESPN, Pandora, HBO Go, Hulu Plua, Netflix, and YouTube. The Chromecast is so easy to use: simply plug into any HDTV and connect to a WiFi network. It’s a Google Product but it’s not exclusive to Android as it also works with iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.

 

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Next deal that would probably sell fast is the Google Nexus 9 Tablet now at $349.99—price down from $399.99. The HTC Android tablet now runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and boasts of an 8.9-inch IPS LCD TFT display, 2048 x 1536 QXGA resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash memory, 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, and NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz Processor.

Last but definitely not the least, are more free apps from Amazon. This Free App of the Day Bundle promo from the company will make you happy just like yesterday’s Verizon Connection Day promo. Listed on the page are 39 paid Android apps that now ready for download—for FREE! Some of the more popular apps include Angry Birds Season, Sonic Jump, Bejeweled 2, and the very expensive Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, originally priced at $24.

These are just some of the promos you can find on Amazon. You’ve probably maxed out your credit cards by now….

Get these great deals from Amazon: Nexus 9, Chromecast, Free Apps

Twitter to use smartphone apps info to improve your profile

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The newest update to the Twitter Android app is something that not everyone will probably welcome, especially those that are very protective of their mobile privacy. The social media giant announced that they are now looking at the apps you have installed on your smartphone to know more about your behaviour when using your device.

But before you start a petition to boycott Twitter or to file privacy violation claims against them, you need to know two things about this new “feature”: you can opt out of it and it will only look at installed apps on your smartphone, not how you use the app itself. If you’ve already been updated to the latest version of the Twitter app, you can adjust the settings on “Tailor Twitter based on my apps”. They also emphasize that they are just looking at the data provided by Google on what apps are already installed on your smartphone, not how many times you use it or what information you’ve stored there.

So why is Twitter doing this in the first place? In the FAQ section, they state three reasons. One is to improve on their suggestions on who you should follow, which you’ve been seeing on your timeline for some time now (and which is sometimes laughably innacurate). Another is to suggest tweets and accounts on your timeline which their algorithm thinks you’ll find interesting. Third is to show you “more relevant promoted content”, which in other words means, they need to make more money to sell more ads that are relevant to you.

Just like Facebook, Twitter is a free service that we use, so our complaints sometimes seems pointless since we’re not actually paying them to be able to use their product. But still, there is an unspoken (and sometimes explicit) understanding of a reasonable expectation of privacy between the social network and users. Now whether you see this update as a way to improve what they show you on your timeline or a gross invasion of privacy, actually depends on how you look at free social networks in general.

VIA: Re/Code

SOURCE: Twitter

Chainfire updates SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root, How-to SU

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

It’s an early holiday for root developers and users as Chainfire let out a massive release of all his root-related goodies. He has pushed a major update to the SuperSU app on Google Play Store, jumping from version 2.01 to 2.35 and has updated his How-to SU guide for root app developers. He also gives a bit of insight into the journey from KitKat to Lollipop, as well as an announcement that might ruffle a few feathers.

SELinux, the very security feature that hardens Android also presents a stumbling block for root modders. There has been a lot of changes to Android’s security system and features during the development of Android L, as it was then called, and Chainfire was wise not to settle down on any single solution, since those solutions turned out to be futile later on. The good news is that everything now is working pretty much as they should and both users and developers can lean on the hard work that Chainfire has put into learning ways to root our favorite mobile platform.

On the end user side of things, the SuperSU app has a slightly new look. This one just barely adheres to the Material Design style now becoming en vogue. Why not go all out? For one, SuperSU has to support devices running on even older Android 2.x versions. Material Design would not only look out of place, but it will also add another set of layouts and design that Chainfire is just not interested in maintaining right now. There will, however, be visual changes along the way, and those interested in the app’s aesthetics might want to keep an eye out for it, or maybe even chime in.

The app also now has in-app purchases. No, this doesn’t mean that the free SuperSU app will no longer have access to Pro versions (which you could just enable with a checkbox before). The IAP is there simply as a donation option. Some users apparently like to donate to Chainfire regularly, in which case the one-time SuperSU Pro purchase won’t be enough. They also don’t like using PayPal, apparently, and asked for such an option. Chainfire does expect some fallout for introducing IAPs, but this is probably one of those cases where users wouldn’t mind a completely optional way to help fund a developer’s efforts.

Download: SuperSU from Google Play Store
SOURCE: +Chainfire

Tunein Radio gets Chromecast support, Material Design update

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

While listening to terrestrial radio may already be a thing of the past (or a hipster retro hobby), radio itself has reinvented itself into podcasts, video podcasts that is still easily consumable by customers and subscribers. One such app that gives you access to these is Tunein radio and the latest update to it brings a sort of new design, as well as Chromecast support.

The ability to stream your favorite video podcasts onto a larger TV screen through a dongle is now available on Tunein as Chromecast support finally arrives on the app. This has been a much-requested functionality as people are sometimes not just content with listening and watching through their mobile devices anything from sports to entertainment to news podcasts that they listen to. Other improvements in this version includes lock screen enhancements, as well as alarm improvements. Of course the usual bug fixes are also present in the update.

In terms of design, just like all other apps that want to look good on the Android 5.0 Lollipop, it receives a Material Design update. However, the changes are not actually an overhaul, but rather small design tweaks that actually bring better functionality to the app. The menu button now looks like a back arrow, kind of like what you see on the Google Play Store. Rounded off corners, black navigation bar, tinted status bar are just among the minor design changes you can see.

Tunein Radio has two kinds of apps, a free version and a pro version. All the changes we discussed of course comes from the paid version. If you haven’t yet downloaded the app, you can get it from the Google Play Store for $9.99.

Pinterest gets makeover in latest Android update

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

One of the most addictive things you can do on your mobile phone, aside from playing games or scrolling through your Twitter timeline, is browsing through a beautiful blackhole called Pinterest. You can’t stop pinning or hearting or just generally looking at visual pegs of things you want to do or stuff you want to buy someday. A new Android makeover for the app should help browsing easier and even more time-draining.

Improved navigation on the app sees the Pinterest logo, located before in the top middle part of your screen, now reduced to the P logo on the top left side. You can now see the search, message (a new-ish feature they introduced a few months back) and your own profile button at the top right corner, for easier access. The visual tweaks also makes it more “Android friendly” as well. But the more important update is that it has now reduced the time it takes to load the app and your pins. So yey, more pinning time!

While studies show that Pinterest has more traffic referral than other social media networks (yes, even Facebook), there is not much attention paid to major changes it makes, unlike when Facebook or Twitter does their updates. Maybe it’s because some are still not convinced that it is a viable source of e-commerce or even just traffic, even though it constantly outperforms Twitter. Or maybe because the changes it makes is not that drastic as to warrant coverage, and the changes they make are actually for the better and functional.

The update will slowly be rolling out to Android devices within the next few days. You can check if you already have it through Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Pinterest

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: here’s what’s going down

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be overflowing with sales, discounts, and promos that will try to relieve you of the holiday tension. But what to get and where to get it? If you haven’t made up your mind what to buy this holiday yet, here are some of the options available to you. Welcome to Android Community’s mini shopping guide.

NVIDIA SHIELD

The holidays are usually gaming season as well, so why not try to hit two birds with one stone? NVIDIA will be offering the 32 GB LTE version of its SHIELD Tablet, together with some goodies, at a discounted price. These include a free SHIELD Controller, a virtual box of Valve’s games, and free use of GRID on-demand gaming until June 30, 2015. All for only $399. This deal is good only for one day, on November 28 from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PST, so better get a move on if you want this gaming tablet to be yours.

HTC RE Camera

If you have more of a photographic bent, or at the very least a sports-action calling, then HTC’s odd camera might be for you instead. The periscope-like RE action camera, which might go nicely with your HTC smartphone, will be available for only $99 instead of the usual $199. The discount applies Black Friday to Cyber Monday but only while supplies last. And you know during these days, supplies never last.

The New Moto X

Motorola will be staying a bit clear of the weekend madness and will instead be doling out discounts on Cyber Monday. Starting 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST in the US on December 1, those interested to get their hands on the 2nd generation Moto X can register for the promo and receive a coupon. For that, they will be able to get the smartphone, the 16 GB model to be exact, for only $359 instead of the usual $499. Again, the offer stands only while supplies last.

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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon is also getting into the spirit, knocking down the price of their Fire Phone to help keep your hands warm (get it?). For the first time ever, the retailer is offering the smartphone in an unlocked, contract-free version. And the price for it? Only $199. Quite a deal considering the full price of the device goes for $449. This one runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, but better keep on your toes lest inventories dry up quickly.

OnePlus One Accessories

Although half a world away, Chinese startup OnePlus is also game, but if you’re expecting the OnePlus One itself to be on sale, you’d be dead wrong. Instead, only the accessories are up for grabs with price cuts. But there’s an even bigger catch. The amount of savings the items will get depends on how much social media shares it gets. There’s still around 24 hours to push those meters to the full. OnePlus really knows how to exploit social media and word of mouth advertising to its advantage.

Carriers

Naturally, US carriers won’t be left behind in the holiday rush (and monies). To here are a few too follow if you’re interested in getting new devices from your favorite network:

T-Mobile will be offering some of Sammy’s latest. The Galaxy S5‘s full price will temporarily be $509.52, a $150 savings from the original $660. The Galaxy Note 3, yes the older one, goes for $416.88, $100 down from $517.

Verizon has a few schemes running this Black Friday, so best check their website for updates. For example, the Galaxy Note 4, yes finally the latest, will be only $199 with a contract, instead of $299. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, will be free, but only after rebates. The rather odd Sony Xperia Z3v, the variant exclusive to the carrier, will also be free after a $200 cut from the previous $199.

AT&T, sadly, only has smartwatches up for grabs for Black Friday, but that shouldn’t be a downer for those interested in wearables. the LG G Watch will get a $129 discount from $229 to just $99. Pebble, on the other hand, goes down by $50, from $150 to $99 also.

Apps

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Of course, apps and games will see some action this weekend as well, and you can expect app stores to offer bundles of joy for free or for discounted prices. Google Play Store will be offering a Black Friday special, so be sure to check that out when it lands. Verizon, through Amazon, is already flaunting some wares ahead of the holiday for its “Connection Day” promo.

Needless to say, like any other year, there will be a lot of stuff to go around for the holiday season. But with mobile devices and wearables steadily growing in both number and adoption, do expect more and more of these things to come our away this year and in the years ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Android Community!

Media Browser for Android adds new Connect feature

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Media Browser for Android is an app that has been around for a while that makes it easy for you to access content stored on a server from anywhere. The developers behind the app have been working on making it easier to connect to your server when away, and they think they have done that with a newly added feature.

That new feature is called Media Browser Connect and it allows users to use their forum username and password to sign into any Media Browser app from any location. It will know how to locate your server in the most efficient way automatically.

What that means is that you no longer have to enter an IP address to access your server. Not having to remember IP addresses makes it easier to access your server, manage multiple servers, and share your content with friends.

The app was also rebuilt using new libraries. The developers also say that they have improved the overall performance of the app in this update. Faster browsing, faster image downloads, and a more stable experience are offered with the update.

SOURCE: Media Browser

MarkO wants to be your productivity buddy

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There was a time when our todo lists were at the very least just a checklist or, at most, timed reminders of things we need to do. These days, however, a single task may have not just multiple contexts but also multiple people involved. For those types of tasks, MarkO, pronounced as “mark-oh”, tries to be of service by reminding you not just when a task needs to be done but also when you actually are in the location where it needs to be done.

Todo apps these days are getting more sophisticated with more and more capabilities crammed into our mobile devices. For example, MarkO uses GPS in order to alert you to the fact that you are near the supermarket where you need to buy eggs and milk. Of course, it doesn’t happen to know that magically. You will actually have to input the details, like when and where you need a task to be done. But once saved in MarkO, you can lean back and let the app just remind you when and where you need it to.

MarkO also has a social aspect to it, as you can share and collaborate on tasks with other people in your phonebook. Of course, that presumes they are using MarkO as well, but it is easy enough to invite them right from within the app itself. MarkO also gets social with your other devices, meaning it syncs your tasks across all of them in real time. And what self-respecting todo app these days would be without Android Wear support so that you can view and knock off tasks from your wrist, without having to dig out your smartphone.

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Of course, MarkO isn’t the only location-based todo app in town. Todoist added that same feature a few months ago. The only drawback is that it is available only to Todoist Premium users. MarkO, on the other hand, has all of that included in the free version of the app, which is promised to remain free forever.

Download: MarkO from Google Play Store