Thursday, 18 December 2014

#60. Best Photo Editing Apps for Android

PicsArt Photo Studio

With More than 100 Million Unique downloads,this app stands in the top position among the photo editor apps. PicsArt transforms your smartphone into works of art and unleashes your creativity. The app usually follows user suggested changes so that it remains as the best option for users.  PicsArt is a Photo editor app. It can also be used as a drawing tool, as a camera app or as a social platform. It can be used to give a wide range of effects for your photographs, make a collage of your photos, clip art graphics, enhancement tools, create photo grid and many more.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express is an all in One photo editor which allows you to quickly crop, edit, resize or rotate image. It also provides a wide range of photo manipulation options such as de- noise, Red Eye Reduction, whiten, Blur, Brightness and Contrast. For a Quick editing of photos there is an option for frequently used effects so that you can edit your photos in no time.  Focal Blur option allows you to focus a certain part of the photo while the rest portion remain unfocused.

Aviary Photo Editor

Aviary Photo Editor is a simple photo editor for your android device.The Main Features of this app includes
  • Crop, Rotate, Sharpen
  • Control Brightness and Contrast and saturation
  • Numerous Photo effects and frames
  • One touch auto enhance option
  • Focal Blur
  • Create Memes
  • Insert Text
Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch for android is not really comparable with its  PC Counterpart. But as a photo editor for Android device is concerned, it is on the most handy apps. The main features of this app includes
  • Basic Functions like Layers,Brightness and contrast, Sharpen, Image  Exporting, color correction.
  • Apply Shadows, Fade
  • Supports even high resolution images
  • Auto Recovery of unsaved documents
  • Customised gallery for selecting Images

Saturday, 13 December 2014

# 59.Android 5.0 Lolipop Tips

Currently Android 5.0 Lolipop update is available for only a few devices ( Nexus , HTC or LG) but it is sure that it would be available for all within some weeks. For fully utilising the new android version, here are some of the tips that should be taken into concern

To wake the Screen :  For waking the device from sleep, there is no need to reach for the power button. double tap the screen and it will automatically wake up.

Silent Mode : Enabling silent mode is one of the major drawback of Android Lolipop. By pressing volume down button , you cannot activate silent mode. The lowest volume for the device is 1 and it will not drop to 0. If volume down button is pressed again, then vibration mode will be active.

If you want to put your device in silent mode, press the volume doown button till vibration mode is active. Now increase the volume to 1 and reboot your device and the device reeboots in silent mode.

Settings Search : rather than going through all the options, you can search for the desired settings . For this open the settings menu and hit the magnification glass and search for what you are looking for.

Battery Saver Mode : For enabling the battery saver mode, go to Settings > Battery and then tap the action overflow button at the top. Turn On the battery saver and set  your default battery life point ( 5% or 15% ).

5.1 Surround Sound : Enable 5.1 sound surround by tappind Settings>Enable Surround Sound

Lockscreen Notification : For viewing notifications at lockscreen , you dont need to unlock your phone always. Just double tap on the notification you want to see  and you can view the notification.

Disable notifications from an app:  For turning Off notifications from an app, goto Settings > Sound and Notifications > App Notification  and here you can disable notifications from an app according to your desire.

Limit What Others can see:  You can create a restricted profile by tapping Settings > Users > Restricted Profile. By using this sort of a profile you can limit what others can access by using your phone. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

#58. How to Manually Install Google Playstore

 Many of the Android phones and Tablets come without an in build Google Playstore or sometimes you would have granted root access to your phone and have accidently deleted the playstore app. Follow these steps if you want to install Google Playstore app in your android device.

  • In your phone, Go to Settings > Security and  browse for device administration settings and tick allow installations of apps from unknown sources.
  • Playstore apk file will be available from a lot of sources in the internet ( ex, you can download apk file from XDA Developers Forum or from Android Police. Dont worry about the  version of Google playstore you download,since you can anytime update Playstore to the latest version directly from your phone.
There are 2 ways to download APK file to your device. You can either download apk file directly to you device or download file using a computer and transfer it to your device.

  • When the download is complete, you would recieve a notification. 
  • Use a File Manager to complete the process ( like EX File Explorer or so )
  • Open the file manager and navigate for the APK file you had saved in your phone.
  • Click on the apk file and it will ask for permissions to install the app.
  • Tap Install . 
  • After this process, Google Playstore is successfully installed on your device.
  • The app will be seen at the app tray, and click on the Playstore icon to open the app.
  ( Note : allowing the installation of apps from unknown sources cause a major threat to your phone's security. Therefore, after successfully downloading and installing this app in your device go to Settings > Security Settings > Device Administration and then Unmark Allow installation of apps from unknown sources which you had initially allowed for the installation process )

Friday, 5 December 2014

#57. Top 5 android apps for movie lovers

Here are some of the best android apps for watching live TV and Movies from your android phone.

Note : These app require constant internet connection for streaming

1. IMDb Movies & TV

IMDb is one of the most popular Movie app. This app gives you all the informations about your favorite movies and TV shows.  It is the ultimate source to view photo galleries, findlatest DVD & Blue-ray releases and watch trailers.

This app has the world's largest collection of movies and celebrity news and info. IMDb app is the utimate must have movie app.

With the app you can

  • Browse over 2 million movie and TV titles
  • Search for more than 5 million actors, actresses, directors, celebrities and many more.
  • You can rate movies and TV shows.
  • Search for your nearest local theatres and show times

With more than 50 Million downloads from google playstore, IMDb Movies and TV app is the most downloaded app in the category Entertainment and movies.

2. Hubi App

Hubi app allows you to watch movies from your android at no cost. This app has a very basic and simple interface. This app allows you to play and download your favorite videos from the most popular streaming services.
 The main feature of this app are

  • Watch videos offline
  • For playback you can use your favorite video player.
  • Can share videos with you friends
3. Viewster- Free Movies and shows app

Viewster app helps you watch Movies and TV Shows  on your android device. This app does not any signup process and is free of cost. You can also rate your favorite movies through this app. 

Features of this app are

  • Watch and download Movies and TV shows for free
  • Create Playlist and add your favorite movies to the playlist
  • No Sign up requires
  • No costs at all
  • Genuine content
4.Viki - Free TV Drama and Movies

 Originated from South Korea, Viki app has now spread globally across Nations. This app supports about 150 languages and is one of the major factor for its popularity. This is  a well - designed app with user friendly interface which provides content from all over the worldincluding videos, cartoons and animes.
Users can stream videos with a Wi-Fi or Mobile data connection (3G). 

#56. LG Flex 2 Features Price and Review

According to the reports, The latest new generation smartphone from LG, LG Flex is to debut in the market at the end of this year. LG is planning to make a huge impact on the smartphone market. Recently, LG had Launched LG G3 which is still at a huge demand in the market.

From the reports of an LG India executive, LG G3 would have a higher resolution and Slightly smaller screen than its preceders. The resolution of the device is expected to be of 1080p or more. The first version of this device, so called LG Flex was one of the first phones to have a true flexible display along with a self healing back panel.

The New Model might also have a OLED Full HD display. The parent model LG Flex had a 6 inch screen, which is slightly bulky and not convenient to use. LG is to reduce the size of the new model to make it more convenient for the users to handle.

As a result of reducing the screen size and increasing the resolution, the Pixel density of this model would be much higher than the parent model. The Body of the Device would also be more flexible than the previous versions.

LG Flex was the second model after Samsung Galaxy Round. Galaxy round can be curved to a more extend than the LG Flex but the top and bottom of LG Flex can be more drastically curved than the latter. Unlike Samsung Galaxy Round, LG Flex will curve from top to bottom.  With more flexibility, LG Flex 2 will lead the market in terms of curved display without any near competitors.

Like the previous one, LG Flex can be curved by applying some pressure over it. It would also have a self healing back cover which is one of its unique features. This means that if you make a scratch at its back cover , the scratch mark would disappear in a short time. Because of this you would not require the use of any sort of back covers.

The price range of this smartphone is still Unknown. This smartphone is expected to be launched first in the south korean market and then in US and India.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

#55. The Most awaited Android Phones of 2015


The Sony Xperia Z3 had been launched recently in 2013 . Sony had been accelerating its growth in its Z line smartphones. Since this September they had launched Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, Z2, Z3, Z3 Compact. Sony is now in a pattern of releasing 2 flagship a year and each flagship Z line phone hitting the market after 6 months from the last . If Sony continues to keep up this pattern, then Sony Z4 will hit the markets at March 2015.

It is believed that the smartphone comes with a 5.4 inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440. The stand out feature of Z4 is its Camera. It is to have a 21 MP Exmor RS IMX230 camera which is pretty good for 30FPS( Frames Per Second ) recording at 4k reolution.


Based on the information got by a chineese website MyDrivers, HTC M9 would make its way into the market in March 2015.  It is Expected that HTC would continue its ONE Naming series for the upcoming smartphones.

The Handset set is assumed to be packed with features.With a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, it is reported to be powered by a powerful Snapdragon 805 processor with 3 GB of RAM . HTC M9 will also be packing Huge battery of 3500mAh or 4000 mAh.   it is also believed to be having a 16 Megapixel camera with Optical Image stabilization (IOS).  It is not clear about the android version supported, but it is hoped to be coming with Android 5.0 Lolipop.

MOTO X 2015

Lenovo had already put forward its intentions to acquire Motorola Utility. But the company had already planned to launch a tablet,Moto X smartphone and a Smartwatch next year. It is not clear about the features of this device, but the design is predicted to be like that of its preceedors and would provide the full android experience at a cheaper price.

Samsung Galaxy S6

After anouncing Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung is comming back in the Smartphone market with another feature rich smartphone called Samsung Galaxy S6. The Smartphone which is assumed to hit the markets later in February is also expected to be available as 2 variants Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge which would have a flexible curved display as Galaxy Note 4 Edge. This might be the first step to the future generation of smartphones.

Reports suggests that Galaxy S6 would have dual speakers at both front and back to enhance the music experience. also it would have a quality front camera with flash to take better quality images. The Smartphone will be running on powerful Snapdragon 810 processor which supports 4G LTE Advanced cat 6 along with 4GB RAM and primary camera of 21 Megapixels.