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There are an endless number of apps on the Google Play Store. It’s nigh impossible to sift through all of them, let alone find the good ones. So, if you’re in a “hell, why not?” mood today, take a gander at this week’s roundup of random apps we thought were pretty nifty, and that you might enjoy too!
The first of our random apps this week is called DashLight. At first glance this may seem like a lot of other flashlight apps in the Google Play Store. Its’ an app that turns on the LED flash on your device so that you can use it as a flashlight. It also comes with a widget where you can access it on a home screen if you don’t feel like sifting through your app drawer.
However, DashLight’s claim to fame is that it can also be used as a DashClock extension. So if you use that, installing this will give you an invaluable tool in the battle against stepping on Legos in the middle of the night. It touts itself as being the only app to seamlessly integrate a flashlight app, widget, and DeskClock extension into a single app.
DashLight is free in the Google Play Store and you can download it by clicking here.
The next on our list of random apps is an essential app if you’re a fan of Liverpool FC. The app is called LFC History and it’s probably among the best sports teams apps we’ve ever seen. Not only do you get a full featured news feed of recent articles about LFC, but you can find literally the entire history of the team from within the app. All players past and present, all coaches, all trades, all news, and even a comprehensive list of championships LFC has won along with lists of achievements individual players have won.
If you’re into the LFC, you really can’t do any better than this app. You can download it from the Google Play Store by clicking here.
RotaryView 360 photography
Admittedly, the next app on our list of random apps is a very niche application. Called RotaryView 360, it’s a very unique application with a very specific purpose. When you shop online for products, you can view the 360 version of many products. Click and drag your mouse and you can move the object 360 degrees to see the whole thing. RotaryView 360 gives people the opportunity to create these rotary views on their own. It’s a little tricky to get working and the quality depends on how many pictures you take, but for budding entrepreneurs this is a great way to get your product spinning.
It’s free in the Google Play Store and you can download it by clicking here.
Super Monkey Run
Let’s face it, if you want to play a game like Temple Run, you’ll probably just go and play Temple Run, right? However, some copycats have emerged that are actually pretty decent. The next on our list of random apps is one of the better copycats of Temple Run and it’s called Super Monkey Run. It’s claim to fame is that it’s a runner style game like Temple Run, but it also incorporates a classic platformer into the game as well. It does this by making the player play through some runner stuff, then transitions into a 2D platformer mid-level.
The graphics are pretty decent and the soundtrack is engaging and fun. Also, because the world didn’t end last December, the game is free in the Google Play Store. You can download it by clicking here.
Talkray is among the most useful of the random apps on this list. If you’re one of those people who calls, texts, sends picture messages, and things of that nature frequently, Talkray may be for you. It puts pretty much anything you can do with a contact into a single interface. Need to instant message? It can do that. Need to call someone? It can do that. Along with a variety of other features like paging and group calling, Talkray is an excellent replacement for messaging apps and phone apps. The only catch is that for some features to work, the contacts you’re using need to also have Talkray.
Thankfully that catch isn’t so bad because Talkray is free in the Google Play Store and free to use according to its app description. To check it out, click here.
Timer and Stopwatch
We know what you’re thinking. That there are a billion of these kinds of apps in the Google Play Store. Well you’re right, so there should be little to no surprise that one has made it onto a random apps list. This version, by AmazingByte, is about as standard as a timer and stopwatch app will come. It sports a clean, easy to use interface with a standard set of features. You can do some fun stuff like assign ringtones to timers and customize how it looks.
However simple the app may be, it’s scored a 4.7 rating in the Google Play Store and people seem to genuinely enjoy it’s ease of use. You can check it out by clicking here.
Random Apps Wrap Up
If you’re wondering where we came up with these random apps, it came from a combination of app requests and searching. Sometimes the best app for the job isn’t the highest on the list so we thought it’d be fun to highlight some great apps that aren’t always easy to find. Pretty much our only criteria is that the app has to have a 4.0 rating or higher on the Google Play Store when we find it. So if you’re looking to try out some quality apps and don’t know where to start, check in every week and we’ll have a fresh list of stuff for you to try out! As always, we’d love to hear your opinions on any cool apps to try out and comments on the apps above, so feel free to leave us some.
On Tuesday, March 26, T-Mobile will flip the switch on its LTE network in seven cities across the US. See the list here.
It took them forever (plus a botched sale attempt to AT&T), but the fine folks at T-Mobile are finally ready to light up their Long Term Evolution network. The grand opening will happen on March 26, and we’ll be accompanied by the official launch of T-Mobile’s new Uncarrier branding and new unsubsidized plans.
While the details of the Uncarrier campaign have been thoroughly leaked already, we didn’t know until now the markets where T-Mobile will first roll out its 4G LTE network. Today, that final mystery has been dispelled, thanks to a report from the guys at TMoNews that lists the seven cities that will get T-Mobile LTE on March 26:
- Las Vegas, NV
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Jose, CA
- Houston, TX
- Washington, DC
- Kansas City, MO
- Baltimore, MD
If you own a Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mo or if you brought your own LTE device to the network, you’ll get to experience high-speed wireless speeds without lifting a finger. Another way to get in is to wait for the launch of the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One, two great LTE handsets slated for release in late April.
We’ve had clues about some of the markets in this list (Las Vegas for instance, since CES in January), but confirmation is always welcomed. Now, all we have to do is wait till Tuesday for the official details.
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T-Mobile is set to hold an event on March 26th in New York. T-Mobile will be making a lot of huge announcements at the events, many of which we have already heard about. We know that T-Mobile is planning on getting rid of phone subsidies, contracts, overages, and more. You can pay for your new smartphone in installments over the course of 25 months, and there will be more simplified plans for everyone.
From the looks of it, the new plans start off at for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data. Every additional 2GB of data is , or you can get unlimited data for . Family plans start at for 2 lines, with each additional line costing . You can add unlimited data for each line at each. Along with the announcement of the cheaper, data-filled plans, T-Mobile will also be announcing the launch of its 4G LTE network.
The event is the perfect time to announce its LTE network launch, because the launch is set to take place by the end of this month. This launch cities will most likely be Las Vegas and Kansas City, however T-Mobile plans on covering 100 million people by mid-2013, and 200 million people by the end of the year. Speed tests show that users can average about 55-60Mbps on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.
T-Mobile will also be announcing its upcoming merger with MetroPCS, which just got the greenlight from the FCC a week ago. Now all that’s left for the merger to go through is approval from the companies’ shareholders. And while this isn’t important news for all of you Android fans, T-Mobile is also expected to launch the iPhone this year, and there’s a good chance they’ll make the announcement at this event. While it doesn’t necessarily matter to us Android owners, it will help T-Mobile grab a larger share of the market place. We’ll provide you updates on the day of the event.
[via All Things D]
- AT&T takes a shot at T-Mobile in latest ad campaign
- T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE visits with the FCC
- T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger gets a Department of Justice thumbs up
- T-Mobile layoffs expected ahead of MetroPCS merger
- T-Mobile gets even, fires back at AT&T with their own attack ads
- T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger gains FCC approval
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note II receives major LTE/Jelly Bean update
- T-Mobile to finally launch 4G LTE network this month
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After several mediocre years in the Android décor, Sony finally has a shot at becoming one of the greats, courtesy of the splendid Xperia Z and ZL. And yet not all the company’s attention is focused on the high-end duo, with a couple of mid-rangers expected to land soon.
Meanwhile, last year’s Xperia line-up continues to be spoiled. It was only a week ago we heard the first reports of Jelly Bean rolling out to the humble J, with the more impressive TL getting the same butter treatment a couple of days back.
And while we feared Sony would have too much on its plate to also worry about the one year-old Xperia S, that doesn’t seem to be the case. At all. In fact, the early 2012 flagship might actually get its own Android 4.1 Jelly Bean bump earlier than planned – in late March.
That’s based on a tweet sent out by Sony Mobile Germany, so you could say it’s official information. Then again, we know how tricky “social media” can be nowadays, meaning the ETA is definitely not set in stone yet.
Worst-case scenario, Sony’s German branch is wrong and we go back to the old schedule, according to which the Xperia S was due for an update in April. Which would still not be awful, would it?
Now how about some Android 4.2 upgrades, Sony? Also, some 4.1 love for the TX would be welcomed. And the P and U. Anyone want to add something to the wishlist?
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Oh noes! Remember about that nasty virus that’s causing HTC to delay the release of the One smartphone in the Netherlands? Much to our dismay, we have to report the unfortunate news that the UltraPixel shortage has claimed another victim.
Clove has just posted an update of the HTC One’s availability in the UK. According to the mobile retailer, HTC has now pushed back the UK launch of its flagship handset to the end of the month. To be more precise, the device will only hit stores on March 29.
Again, a two-week delay may not seem like a big deal at any other time, but with the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a few days, the delay may prove fatal for HTC — unless the S4 turns out to be a big dud.
Anyway, did you pre-order the HTC One already? Will the slight delay change your mind about grabbing the phone? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Samsung is having fun teasing us with its soon-to-be-unveiled Galaxy S IV, the next iteration of the wildly popular Galaxy S III. As if the teaser video trailers it released this month featuring a boy and his box weren’t enough, the company has now tweeted an image showing just a corner of the Galaxy S IV, which is otherwise hidden in shadows.
The tweet announces that the countdown to Samsung’s event in New York City later this week has officially begun. “Who’s ready for the Global Unpacked Event?” it asks. Aside from that, there’s nothing else – we’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out the details. This tweet came a short while after the company released the second video in its teaser video trailer series for the handset.
In the first video in the series, the boy is shown receiving a box, which he rushes home with. In the second video, he arrives home, and between dodging his crush and dealing with his mom, he takes the box into his room and cracks the lid open. Unfortunately, instead of getting to see the handset, we instead see a stunned look on his face and quite a bit of glowing from inside the box.
Also cropping up earlier was a patent filing that suggests the Galaxy S IV could sport 3D processing and camera technology. If the patent does pertain to the upcoming handset, the Galaxy S IV could end up offering post-shot image processing for 3D images, as well as 3D videos, meaning there won’t be a two-camera setup. Just for fun, check out the “4” on the event invitation – it is 3D. Maybe Samsung was hinting at this feature? We’ll know for sure Thursday.
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We have just a few days to go until Samsung unveils its 2013 flagship handset at a special media event in New York, but the Galaxy S4 is not the only new Android smartphone that’s going to be announced that day.
Xolo has decided it’s worth trying to steal the show from Samsung on March 14 with a media event of its own during which it will unveil the “fastest smartphone ever, with Intel Inside.”
Xolo’s event will take place in Goa, India at 4PM (presumably local time,) which means the new Xolo handset will be unveiled well ahead of the Galaxy S4. But while the device may indeed be the fastest smartphone ever with Intel Inside, it will surely not be able to steal the buzz from the Galaxy S4 this week. But will it be faster than the Galaxy S4?
Recent leaks showing benchmarks for Samsung’s fourth-gen Galaxy S model revealed that the smartphone will offer an overall improved performance compared to the competition. While we will point out the fact that the benchmarks have not been officially confirmed yet, the Galaxy S4 will probably be one of the fastest smartphones out there, if not the fastest one, at least for a few months, until something better comes along.
Obviously, we’re looking forward to see official benchmarks for a variety of upcoming Android handsets, including the Galaxy S4 and Xolo’s new Intel-based smartphone, and we’re certainly interested to see how Intel’s new mobile processors perform in the wild. But we’ll be back with that information as soon as testing these devices is possible.
Anyone looking forward to buy new Xolo smartphones this year or are you going to get the Galaxy S4 instead?
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Back in early January, FCC gave its blessing for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which carries a 4G LTE radio, to hit the market. What followed then was Samsung’s announcement of the LTE-enabled tablet at CES 2013, but it’s only today that Verizon has announced its availability and pricing.
You can grab the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE from Verizon stores beginning this Thursday, March 7. The carrier is selling the LTE tablet in 16GB flavor for 9, which is 0 more expensive than its WiFi cousin.
Verizon said you can add the device to a Share Everything plan for a month. It’s also possible to go the prepaid way, should your heart tell you so. The prepaid data plans start at per month for 1GB of data.
Just a quick recap of its specs, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch display of 1,280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front cam, a 7,000mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
So, are you planning to get the 4G LTE Galaxy Note 10.1?
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We told you last month that Sony’s behemoth of a phone, the Xperia Z, is likely to come to India. If you’re still wondering whether it’ll ever see the light of day, here’s some encouraging news that will put your doubt to rest.
Sony Mobile India has posted a photo on its Facebook page that teases the arrival of the Xperia Z in the country. The company has also created a new microsite complete with a countdown timer. It looks like we’re only four days away from the Z’s launch. To be exact, you can mark down March 6 on your calendar.
However, we don’t think that the phone will be hitting stores on the same date, seeing that the pricing detail hasn’t been shared yet.
Meanwhile, folks in Indonesia can already pre-order the Xperia Z from online retailer Blibli, where it’s being offered at a special price of 7 million rupiah (5) or cheaper than its regular price. All three color variants are up for grabs and the retailer said that it’ll ship out the phone on March 16.
Excited about the impending arrival of the Sony Xperia Z? Hit the comments below.
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Welcome to our first week of our best paid apps of the week list. Our goal here at Android Authority is to find the best paid apps every week, make a list, and help everybody find the best new stuff to try out. We’ll do a brief review to let you guys know how the apps work and our initial impressions on them. Then, if you want to try them, the links will be at the bottom. Also, if you’ don’t want to read it, you can watch in our weekly video, also posted at the bottom. With that said, let’s get started!
In case you’ve been living with your head in a ditch, you’ve no doubt heard that Ubuntu is working on a mobile OS. It’s very, very early and most things don’t work yet, but if they get it to be even mostly as good as their videos look, it will be impressive. So why wait to try out the features? Unity Launcher is currently available in the Google Play Store for .99.
The premise of Unity Launcher is simple, to emulate the side bar launcher. It’s quite easy to use as well. Users install the app and slide to the right from the edge of the screen. The launcher will pop up and you can select whatever app you want to launch. You can also customize it and put whatever apps you want in the launcher. The best part? You can open it while in any application. Full screen, camera, phone, Google Play Store, whatever you want. It opens everywhere and makes it easy to switch apps. If you’re a frequent app switcher, then this paid app is highly recommended.
Cars & Guns
This fun little racer takes place in a world of cardboard. That’s not a joke, all the roads, landscapes, cars, textures, and everything else carries look of cardboard. As stated in the intro of the app, this is intentional and gives a somewhat unique, if a little bland, graphic experience. You can find it in the Google Play Store for .00.
Cars & Guns features very simple controls. There is a forward, backward, left, and right button. So controlling the cars around the various apps is pretty easy to do. In game, you’ll go on scavenger hunts for items, race against AI players, and do time trials on levels. After each, you’ll earn money which you can use to buy various things. If you’re into racing games, this is a paid app worth checking out.
Second Grade Learning
We likely won’t put a lot of educational apps intended for younger kids very often, but if we can find good ones, we definitely will. This is a great little game app that is geared toward teaching kids various things. Frankly, based on how people type on the internet these days, there are a few adults I know who could benefit from parts of this app as well. You can find this paid app in the Google Play Store for $.99.
In the game, kids and dumb adults can learn and practice a myriad of subjects. Words and grammar, math and money, and a few others will help your second grader read at a third grade level. There isn’t a story and once you start a game, they don’t end unless you manually end them yourself. However, if you got a kid and you need to keep him or her busy for a few minutes, this will help keep them occupied. It’ll also help them practice the basics. That’s a win-win!
Slingshot Racer takes the racing concept and adds a unique detail to it. Instead of using buttons or tilting your device to steer, you’ll tap the screen and slingshot around corners. It’s easy to learn, but hard to do well. You can find this paid app in the Google Play Store for $.99.
As stated, the game play is rather simple. As you approach a turn, you tap and hold the screen to launch a tether at a tower. It latches on and slingshots you around corners. If you get it late and hold the outside of the track, it’ll slow you down. Should take the inside of the track, it’ll help boost your speed a little bit and get ahead. The early levels are pretty easy to play but as the game progresses, levels get much harder to win. The graphics aren’t bad either. If you’re a racing fan and want something a little different, then this is worth at least trying out for the standard 15 minute refund period to see if you like it.
Best Paid Apps of the Week – Pick of the Week
It was a tough one, because it’s always hard to gauge value on paid apps. Especially when comparing games to regular paid apps. However, our pick of the week is Unity Launcher. It’s two bucks in the Google Play Store and it seems really simplistic. However, it’s one of those applications that you won’t realize you’ll use it until you get used to using it. Being able to open any app anywhere can shave a few seconds off of any user action. Over the course of weeks, you’ll be saving minutes of your life going back to the home screen, opening the app drawer, finding the app, and opening it. Just open the side bar, find the app, and open it.
Looking to give these paid apps a try? Check out the widgets above and the video link below. Also, if there is a recently released paid app or game you’d like to see on this list, leave us a comment and let us know!
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