Welcome back to my column – For those that missed the first here I will be summarising how I have used my phone in the last month, well, in regard to apps anyway. People seem to think that I have an eye for finding applications that others may have missed so hopefully in reading this you will find some gems, or maybe some reasons to reconsider certain applications you have installed.
Below you will see information on applications I have installed, checked out, updated and removed over the last month – some I will talk about in some detail, others I will just be linking to the Play Store. Each month I will feature one stand out application which will be in the header of this article.
Applications I have installed
This app has forced its way to becoming my app of the month. I installed it right at the start of the month and gradually found more and more uses for it. I now have it featured as my main lockscreen widget (in place of the stock clock one, android 4.2+) and as my main desktop widget.
What makes this app so good is the customisation. It is based around the stock clock widget but has the ability to be extended to add icons and shortcuts to specific apps or functions e.g. weather, unread emails, sms etc There are loads of extensions for many apps now available. The API is publicly available so any app could build an extension function if they wished to add it.
The only thing this app is currently missing is a DayDream feature (Stock Android 4.1+) but the developer says he is working on this.
I had never heard of pushover before I got a Fitbit, it started off as me looking for a good way to know when my Fitbit was running low on power but I have found more uses for it.
Basically pushover is an internet service where you can set up notifications which are then pushed to your phone, it can link with extensions listed on the pushover website which includes things like Fitibt and IFTTT. More things are being added all the time, but with services like IFTTT you can find hundreds of different uses.
Again it has a fully public API so those of you so inclined could build your own extensions for it.
This is not a bad app, but it is not as good as it could have been, for some views check out the links below:
With the growing trend for fixed memory sizes in modern devices (thanks to Google not liking SD cards and a push for cloud services) we have to pay a little more attention to our storage space than before. This app is the best I have seen for visualising memory in a format that makes it very easy to see what is taking up the space.
Now I am recommending this app purely because I recommended Tribez last month, I still love Tribez but I realised that it is very heavy on background processes for no reason at all! Basically it is just bad coding. Greenify stops background processes for apps you specify when your phone sleeps and allows them to start again when you launch the app. Please be careful with what apps you use Greenify for, if you say put Gmail in the app it would stop you getting emails….
This is one of several sidebar apps I will mention in this column, following on from Homeflip last month. These are proving to be very popular apps at the moment.
Glovebox is another sidebar application, it is very similar to those already mentioned but each app has bits people will like and bits people won’t so it might be best to just try them all and see what you get on with the best.
This is the last sidebar app I will mention this month, and it is the one I am using on my phone.
Below is a list of other apps I installed without comment:
Fitbit app has had an update to bring sync to the Galaxy S3 and Note2, this is a hardware and software limitation meaning other devices at this time cannot have the sync feature. I am still hopefully that other devices such as the Nexus 4 will have sync in the nearish future, but we will have to wait and see.
New filters have been added.
This app has been updated several times in the last month adding new features and bug fixes. There is a new notifications tray and has the ability to add links in posts. Community moderator features have also been included.
It is a shame though that Google are not following their own design guide properly.
25 new levels added
New UI and features
Added Google+ Sign in feature
30 new levels
25 new levels
UK (and Ireland) – Updated to include more reward card (premium membership) features such as virtual card, also now includes Odeon’s in Ireland.
Applications I have removed
This app looked promising, a battery saving app from the CPU creators themselves, however, it was nothing more than was already on offer (but worse…) This app regulates your wifi and sync options for apps, but due to terrible coding it polls GPS every 30 seconds meaning your phone hardly ever sleeps and causes massive amounts of battery drain.
So there you have it, I hope this helps you find some apps you may have missed, tune in next month for my April picks.