Samsung’s Galaxy branded devices might run Android, but it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches. Beyond just providing a unique ‘look and feel’ through TouchWiz, Samsung has went so far as to create its own ecosystem of apps that often rival services offered by Google and by popular 3rd party app developers.
Although some of Samsung’s apps are well-appreciated by Galaxy fans, others feel that Samsung’s continued push towards bundled apps adds up to nothing more than a bloated smartphone experience — especially since many of these included apps can’t be deleted without root access.
it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches
The big question is whether or not the average user actually utilizes the bundled apps that Samsung includes. With this in mind, research firmStrategy Analytics recently conducted a study that tracked more than 250 U.S.-based users of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 to get a better feel for what apps Samsung owners use the most. Although 250 users isn’t a large number, it’s enough for the research firm to form a rough picture.
The results? Strategy Analytics noted that some of the most popular apps among these users included Facebook, Instragram, Youtube and Twitter. Facebook commanded roughly 664 minutes of monthly use, 151 minutes for Instagram, 146.7 minutes for Youtube and 47.4 minutes for Twitter. To likely no one’s surprise, Google Play and Google Search were also high up on the list.
As for Samsung’s apps? ChatOn only commanded six seconds of use per month on average, and apps like Hub, Link, S Memo and S Voice didn’t fare much better. Other apps like S Health weren’t even specifically mentioned, though were apparently included in the broader “Samsung apps” category found within the chart above.
If Strategy Anayltics study is correct, it makes it rather clear that, despite Samsung’s best attempts, Samsung’s ecosystem takes a backseat position to Google’s own apps and to popular 3rd party apps and services found on Google Play.
What’s your own take? Based on your own experience, do you find Samsung’s included apps to be welcome additions that further enhance your Android experience? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think in the comments below.
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indie app of the day” width=”150″ height=”173″ class=”alignright size-full wp-image-366004″ /> List My Apps solves a very simple problem. We all love sharing what applications we use. It’s a sentiment I can understand. However, when people ask what apps you use and you have a list of 50, 100, or (in the case of this app guy), 200 or more applications, then listing them can get very tedious. List My Apps helps by creating the list of apps for you complete with links. That’s all it does and really that’s all it needs to do.
Here’s how it works. You open the apps and it’ll show you a list of all of your applications. You then use the drop down menu to select what kind of list you want it to print. You can choose from plain text, BBC code (for forums), HTML (for articles or article comments), Markdown, or you can define your own using the template editor if you’d prefer to use something else. It’s very simple to use and it’s effective in a number of different scenarios whether it be a comment on Google+ and Reddit or for use in an article if that’s what you do.
Of course you also get the ability to share your recommendations on social media should you want to. An interesting feature included is the ability to trade your recommendations for other people’s recommendations. If you’re getting a little tired of what you have, put your favorites on a list and swap it with someone else’s. It’ll give you some new stuff to try out and that’s a great way to explore the wonderful place that is the Google Play Store.
What is wrong with this app?
There aren’t many complaints when it comes to List My Apps. The app is simple and there really isn’t a lot of room for error. Every now and then someone will mention a small typo in exported lists but nothing that is so bad that it can’t be fixed manually in the template editor. Perhaps the only real problem is the inability to save a list to a file. When you create the list, you’ll have to share it somewhere. This can be worked around by using a cloud based service like Google Drive and creating a document there, but you can’t create a list and then save it to your device.
Overall, this is a simple and fun little app. It’s definitely not something that everyone needs all the time but it’s definitely an app to keep in mind in those instances when people ask you what apps you use. It’s highly rated, practically bug free, and very easy to use. You really can’t ask for much more in an app. If you want to try it out, click the button below!
Galway, Ireland – Mobile apps developer, Apps Made Easy, today debuted a great update to their flagship app, My iStory (currently available for download on the App store for. 99 in way of life category). The app has been redesigned from the ground-up for iOS 7 and characteristics huge improvement to the app’s bulk photo import perform which now allows a user to import an entire graphic library to the exact physical dates that the photographs had been taken on. This automatically creates a comprehensive digital photo diary immediately which could be updated equally concurrently and retrospectively, a feature unique to the My iStory app. Other feature improvements comprise the capability to geotag diary entries, a map view, editable date entries which allow for historical posting, improved passcode defense and optional “Thought of the Day” reminders. My iStory is a mobile “time capsule” which allows users to record the happenings of their each day existence through journal entries, photos, videos and music. Users could also share their memories with pals and household privately, create eBooks and slideshows using own music. All functions are controlled conveniently from their mobile device.
“My iStory can mean diverse things to different people,” stated Conor Mulligan, Senior Developer of Apps Made Easy. “Your own iStory will be anything from climbing Kilimanjaro to what you did on summer vacation. Every story is important, everybody is on a excellent event through life. Along the way we all generate hundreds of unique stories and memories. The aim of My iStory is to help people defend those stories forever. ”
Top app evaluation site, AppAdvice says, “The wish to preserve memories in one way or another is a pastime as old as humanity. As technological know-how improves, so do ways to assemble and share memories. My iStory is a great entry in this genre. ” My iStory has been identified by Apple as a “New & Noteworthy” app and was ranked inside the “What’s Hot” app list as well. device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7. 0 or later
* 1. 5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
My iStory 2. 0 is only. 99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the lifestyle category. Apps Made Easy My iStory 2.0 Purchase and Download Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 App Icon
Founded in Galway in 2012, Apps Made simple is a aim constructed business enterprise to present mobile solutions for businesses and individuals. in view that 2012 Apps Made Easy has now created apps across a broad variety of sectors including the Medical, Retail, meals and Agricultural industries.
March has come to an end and we saw a number of great applications come out. Everything from games to functional apps that made great additions to the Play Store and have a popularity that may be sustained for months. So here are the best Android apps of March 2014. If you’d rather watch than read, check out the video above.
[Price: .99] First up on our list this month is Captain America The Winter Soldier. It was released by Gameloft as sort of the official mobile game for the movie. The game play falls into the category of action-adventure and the graphics are comic book-style which helps add to the atmosphere of the game. You control SHIELD teams to take down the big, bad guys. It’s free to try for a couple of levels and .99 to purchase after that. It’s a fun little action game and definitely worth at least a try if you’re into Marvel stuff. [Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases] Most launchers in the Google Play Store have a lot of features and can be rather complicated. Crescendo Launcher has none of those things. What Crescendo offers is a simplified Android experience. This can be a great app for a lot of people. Particularly for those who are finally upgrading from a feature phone or those of the senior citizen demographic. It’s very minimal and extremely easy to navigate the interface. Some might say too easy, but that’s kind of the point. It’s free in the Play Store to try out. [Price: Free with in app purchases]
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases] The first series of Cut the Rope games are a favorites in the Google Play Store. They all have millions of downloads and pretty good ratings. So far, Cut the Rope 2 continues that proud tradition as it inches toward the million download mark and rocks a 4.5 rating in the Play Store. The game has fresh game play elements along with the classic ones, new characters, and new levels. People have complained about the in-app purchases and the advertisements, but it appears as though the people who enjoy the game outnumber the people who don’t enjoy it, so that’s something to take into consideration. [Price: Free]
[Price: Free with in app purchases] If you’re more into some 2D platformers, Deadlings is a pretty decent game. It features a bunch of cartoony characters in a game that goes out of its way to not take itself too seriously. It features over 100 levels, two game modes, four playable characters, and a fun and goofy story line. It’s free to play with in-app purchases. Word is the in app purchases are only a minor annoyance so that’s some good news. If you like platformers, it’s definitely worth checking this one out. [Price: Free]
[Price: Free / .99] Link Bubble is a unique browser that does only one thing. It opens links in the background. The premise is that you no longer have to sit and stare at a browser screen while it opens a link and it’ll either pop up when it’s done or you can set it to stay in the background until you decide to bring it forward. There are other browsers have that kind of the same functionality, but Link Bubble generally does it more cleanly with more minimalism which makes it the preferable choice. It’s free to try but the free version is a tad bottlenecked so the pro version for .99 is by far the more preferable choice. [Price: Free / .99]
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[Price: Free] Even though Microsoft Office was officially released late last summer, they made the huge decision in March to make the app free to use for Android users. This means no more Office 365 subscription and you can just open it and use it. It does require a Microsoft account and that automatically signs you up for a OneDrive account. That said, it is compatible with the desktop version of Microsoft Office and it does have a fairly good design. With the 7GB of free cloud storage from OneDrive, it means Microsoft has a Google Drive competitor for real now. Google Drive is still better, but keep an eye out on Microsoft Office because it’s starting to be a really good option. [Price: .99]
[Price: Free] Milk Music is a unique app. It was released by Samsung so it’s only compatible with their Galaxy line up of devices and it’s only for US residents. Aside from those very debilitating issues, Milk Music is actually pretty good. It’s powered by Slacker Radio so it has a very good selection of music and many tech pundits in the industry have favorably compared this service to others like Pandora. Even people who don’t like Samsung and Touchwiz have begrudgingly admitted that this app isn’t bad. So if you have a Samsung device, live in the US, and like streaming music, give this a try. It is free to download and use. [Price: .99]
[Price: Free] If you’re into listening to the news instead of music, then Newsbeat is a fun little app to try. It’s a news aggregation service that looks up news that you may be interested in but instead of making you read it, the app will read the news to you. What’s even more interesting is that the news will be read to you in the manner of a radio show which includes short jingles, sound effects, and such that really sells the atmosphere. So it doesn’t feel like robots reading words to you even though it is essentially just robots reading the news to you. It’s a nice app and free to use in the Play Store. [Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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[Price: Free] QuizUp enjoyed the rare and beautiful event of being red hot on social media for about a week and the result is that the app is currently everywhere. It is one of the most downloaded apps released this month and we at Android Authority even did a Let’s Play where Josh Vergara and myself went head to head to see who would win. It’s fun 90% of the time and the other 10% is rage-inducing awfulness due to game glitches or the occasionally wrong answer to a question. That 90% is more than enough for me to recommend the app because it is free to play. [Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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[Price: Free / .99] We covered Smash Hit in our new indie app of the day segment and we’re going to talk about it again here because it’s simply a gorgeous app. It is an endless runner style game where you throw balls at various glass objects to avoid being hit. There are Google Play Games services included if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s free to play but you can buy the premium version for .99 which gives you the ability to save your progress if you so choose. [Price: Free / .99]
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[Price: Free with in app purchases] Star Wars: Assault Team was kind of a big deal when it was first announced. It’s a Star Wars game made by LucasArts and let’s face it if any company is going to make a Star Wars game, it might as well be LucasArts. This title is an enjoyable card game where you collect cards of your favorite Star Wars characters and face up against popular villains from the series. You can level up characters, engage in PvP battles, and enjoy some above average mobile graphics. It is free to play with in app purchases ranging from .99 to .99 and a big kudos to LucasArts for putting those prices right in the Google Play description so downloaders aren’t blindsided. [Price: Free]
[Price: .99] Threes! is a little time waster where you must move tiles with numbers on them around and merge them with other tiles that have the same number. So you merge two 3’s together and it turns into a 6 and on up. To be honest, this didn’t seem like it was going to be a lot of fun but this game is actually capable of swallowing surprising amounts of time and thus has justified it’s spot on this list. It’s .99 which happens to be 33 1/3 percent off because puns are funny. If you have then this is a decent app to spend it on. [Price: Free with in app purchases]
[Price: Free] Last up this month is kind of our wildcard pick which is called Timehop. Timehop is a sort of social media aggregation service that lets you log into various social networks and it tells you what you were doing, posting, and whatnot a year ago to the date. So if you check it on April 10th, it’ll show you what you posted and did on April 10th of all prior years you were on social media. It’s an entertaining concept because reminiscing is fun but there are some things that may chase people away. For instance, there is no Google+ support and if you have too many Tweets on Twitter you have to have the app access your archive which is tedious. It’s free, though, so it’s worth a shot if you’re into this sort of thing. [Price: Free]
As always, if we happened to miss an amazing app that was released last month, feel more than free to leave us a comment to tell us about it. Don’t forget to check back next month for our best apps of April 2014. Finally, we’ve begun a new segment called [Price: Free / .99] where we look at a new obscure app every day. Be sure to check that out!
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App piracy and app cloning is a real problem on Android. Searching for just about any popular app in the Play Store reveals dozens of apps that are clearly designed to confuse users into downloading them, even if they have nothing to do with the real thing.
The patent, first filed in July 2013 and awarded last week, describes an algorithm that compares the assets of a submitted app (code, images, audio, data files) with those of “authorized” apps that were uploaded by established developers. For instance, a legitimate app that was modified to include malware would fail this test. The same would happen with apps that are simply re-named clones of other apps submitted as original work.
It’s not clear whether this algorithm will be able to identify loose similitudes between apps or will just flag assets that are obviously copied. The patent mentions a way to identify open source code, so apps based on it would pass the test. Also worth noting is that filing for a patent is no guarantee that the invention will ever make it into a real product.
It’s likely that the filtering system will be a part of the suite of tests that Google runs on new apps. For instance, Google currently checks for malware and for illicit mentions of other applications in the description, and probably runs other undisclosed tests as well.
I’m sure you’ve seen that since BlackBerry 10.2.1 hit the scene we’ve decided to feature a few more Android apps and games that were not previously available to us. I’ve also noticed in both the post comments and in the CrackBerry forums that some of you aren’t too happy about this
London, United Kingdom – EuroSmartz, the Number One Apple(R) iPad(R) & iPhone(R) business app development company, today announced a quick and easy way to print to any printer from the new Microsoft Office apps using Print n Share.
Print n Share is one of the most versatile and popular printing apps on the App Store and has long had direct integration with Microsoft’s OneDrive (formally SkyDrive). It is because of this tight integration, customers can now quickly and easily print any document or file they make in the Microsoft office apps in just two taps. There is not even the need to download the document or file first – it can be printed directly from within OneDrive on the fly.
All of Microsoft’s iPad based Office apps have a feature that enables customers to auto-save documents, spreadsheets or presentations they create to OneDrive. Once finished editing, all the customer simply needs to do is open Print n Share, tap on OneDrive (SkyDrive), choose their file and tap print!
Print n Share supports printing to all printers, not just AirPrint printers. This means that even if a customer has older model printer, they can still take advantage of being able to print from any of the Microsoft Office apps on the iPad.
Ian Schenkel, CEO of EuroSmartz comments: “Print n Share is one of the top selling printing apps globally and was the original “over the air” document transfer, viewing & management apps. Now with the release of the new Microsoft Office apps for iPad, Print n Share again comes into its own by providing a quick and easy way to print documents & files to any printer. This more than ever means customers can fully utilize the mobility of an iPad and print while on the move.”
Pricing and Availability:
Print n Share 5.6.2 is currently available for USD .99, GBP 5.49 or Euro 6,99 from the App Store worldwide, ready for download at a competitive price to solve your printing needs from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
EuroSmartz was founded by two brothers from New Zealand in 1994 and since its inception has excelled at developing software products across multiple platforms and operating systems. EuroSmartz was the first company to bring the functionality of printing photos, contacts, web pages and more to the iPhone when it released its “Print” app in December 2008. Since then, EuroSmartz has become the number one provider of business apps for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices – achieving 3 million paid downloads of its paid applications to date. EuroSmartz’ app “Print n Share” was selected by Apple to be featured in the “Office” iPhone TV commercial which aired globally in 2009. In 2010 EuroSmartz’ other leading app “PrintCentral” was featured as “App of the Week” in the UK and European iTunes App Stores. EuroSmartz’ apps stand out in the market for their comprehensive, multi-function capabilities. A EuroSmartz app is purchased every 51 seconds. Copyright (C) 1994-2014 EuroSmartz. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
We’ve all got them, those apps you just can’t do without. Buy a new phone, and there are some you just have to make sure you have on your device. Day to day, there are those apps you rely on much more than others. Like you, we’ve got ours. While we’re clearly information junkies, there are some things that distract us from the day-to-day grind of absorbing as much info as possible.
Juan Carlos Torres
As knowledge workers, keeping abreast of the latest Android and tech news is a full-time job. And no other tool so far helps me do that perfectly than [#protected_0#]. Sure, it may not be as fancy as, say, Flipboard, but it lets me define my own news sources instead of relying on someone else’s curated collection. It’s simple, fast, cross-platform and gets the job done.
But the sheer amount of information is impossible to get through in one sitting. That’s where Pocket comes in to keep me sane. Formerly known as Read It Later, I use the service basicallly as dumping ground for longer pieces I want to read later. Recently, I’ve also started using tags and turned Pocket into a makeshift ad hoc bookmark service, since I’ve found its cross-platform syncing to be more reliable than the browser’s. Be warned, though. Saving to Pocket can become so natural that your list will grow without you realizing it.
Favorite apps isn’t a difficult topic to discuss — until you are asked to narrow down that favorites list to just a few. That is where I sit now, trying to narrow down a list of 20 or so. Since my favorites can likely be broken down into subcategories, I’ll proceed by focusing on one category, with an overall must have. The must have is Evernote.
Evernote is the first app I install on a new device, and an app that I use on a daily basis. It also happens to be one of the few that I use in widget form. In this case the widget lets me open the app itself, or jump direct to a text note, image note, voice note or reminder. Evernote not only allows me to take quick notes, but more important is how it also lets me view those notes for when I eventually forget. Others have said this and I have to agree, Evernote is sort of an extension of my brain.
I can round out my favorite apps with just four more; Fitbit, Runkeeper, DoggCatcher and Audible. I use my Fitbit to track daily activity as well as sleep and water intake. This one sort of stands by itself, however the remaining three are connected. I’ve mentioned my love of running before, and well, Runkeeper is how I track and monitor those runs. The last two apps are what keep me entertained while running. Some may prefer music, but me, I enjoy a good book or podcast, and running affords me the time I otherwise may not have to listen.
With Android, I find myself leaning on Google services quite a bit. Hangouts dominates my daily communication regiment, and YouTube is, well, hilarious. Aside from those Google apps I get with Android no matter what, here are a few favorites.
CloudMagic really has changed the way I use email. I don’t like to be sappy about things, but it’s really sublime. It supports multiple accounts easily, and you can create a profile so that when you change or add devices, all you need to do is log-in once and all your accounts sync to the app. Their recent update to Cards is also just perfection — save an attachment to Pocket? Yes, please.
Speaking of Pocket, I love it. A recent switch to an RSS client on the desktop brought me back to Pocket from Instapaper. While I don’t like that I can’t create folders (seeing all the articles up front is daunting sometimes), the ubiquity of Pocket is hard to ignore. It works with everything, everywhere — even on Android Wear.
I’m also using Yelp a lot lately. Portland, Oregon (where I’m at) has a ton of great spots to eat, grab a drink, or watch the Clippers beat the snot out of the Blazers (yeah, I said it…). Portland’s food and drink discovery culture is one of grassroots, word-of-mouth advertising. We don’t have a plethora of chain restaurants, here, but we have a ton of great little spots to check out. Yelp gets me around the city to new spots I didn’t know existed, and I’ve found a few new favorites due to it.
These are our favorites, but what about you? If you have some go-to apps you can’t live without, let us know in the comments section below. Be sure to check back next week, too, as we revisit our weekend theme of what we’re up to in our own world of Android.
At CES 2013 , Chevrolet was showing off Siri and TuneIn Radio apps working in their 2013 Spark and Sonic vehicles. All of the characteristics you are going to be expecting are there, including dictating messages to Siri and checking calendar appointments via voice. Of course, GM wants to make certain nobody’s messing around with their cellphone whilst behind the wheel, so they lock down the TuneIn Radio app on iPhone whilst plugged in and hooked up to the car, and similarly, Siri will deny sure requests which would require extra detailed viewing, such as anything that outcome in opening the browser. The Wi-Fi connection was pretty spotty at the show, so it was tough to get a bead on exactly how well the entire system would work on the road. although that’s cool and all, the bigger story this is that GM is opening up their improvement environment with an SDK, enabling those in the iOS space to make new apps for Chevy cars. The usual impression I got from their app ecosystem is that for now GM will be building the platform as anything that’s separate from traditional mobile apps with the occasional tie-in.
Siri is for sure the exception to that rule, but everything else was only using the phone as a hotspot for data access.
That’s too bad, because there’s a ton of possible in tying mobile and automotive app ecosystems, akin to what Ford’s doing with AppLink , but GM guarantees that they’ll have APIs available for remote features in late 2013. Those APIs incorporates starting the car, checking on automobile diagnostics, and accessing location-based data. Previously, these types of functions have been only opened as much as select partners through the OnStar console.
Rochester, New York – April Fools Day is a day to celebrate the lighter side, so what better way to do so than with some fun apps? No Tie specializes in Talking Apps that speak whatever the user types. This can be incredibly fun but also incredibly useful. Users can create [#protected_0#] Caller ID ringtones that let the phone announce which contact is calling. These ringtones can be practical or outrageous, depending on the person doing the typing!
Backseat Driver GPS (BSGPS) gives users their own phony navigator to prank friends! Select from prerecorded phrases like “Are we there yet?” or type anything and have it spoken in a male or female voice, with no Internet required. No Tie is not responsible for any hijinks created while using the app!
Another award-winning No Tie app is Ringtones Uncensored Pro, which offers more than 50 voices including a wise guy, a Jersey girl, a Valley girl, and more. Users can select from 100′s of sound FX to play before the talking ringtone starts speaking. No Tie’s talking ringtone apps have won numerous awards, from About.com and BestAppEver.com. No TIe’s users have created over seven million custom talking ringtones!
Ringtone Director: Presidential Edition adds the voices of both Presidents Obama and Bush! Imagine having the President announce your incoming phone calls, texts, and emails! Users can even preface the ringtone with Hail to the Chief!
Next, Knockers lets users create videos of Talking Knock Knock jokes! Users type their joke, or select from some examples in the app. Next, they select voices to speak each line, then create a video (and audio file) of the custom Knock Knock joke! The files can be downloaded and shared over Social Media and email!
Knock Knock jokes can also be used as custom Talking Ringtones! Download the tones and set them to play when specific contacts call or send a text message or email!
Some example Knockers include:
No Tie’s talking apps will be the hit of April Fools Day and keep entertaining and informing users all year round. Knockers, Ringtones Uncensored Pro, and Ringtone Director: Presidential Edition are all on sale through April Fools Day, April 1st.
Based in Rochester, New York, NoTie creates clever and useful apps, such as text-to-speech talking caller iD ringtones as well as a talking soundboard for kids with Autism and other non-verbal users. Our team picked the company name because we are determined to never have to wear a tie for work again. Also, ties represent form over function. We believe apps should be designed to be usable, quickly and easily, without unnecessary frills. Copyright (C) 2014 App Partner Development. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.