Android software

Use EasyDownloader to save Instagram photos, videos

When you're checking out Instagram in a Web browser, it's easy to save a photo that you like. Videos might require a bit more work, but are still relatively simple to obtain. However, when you're using an Android device, saving photos and videos is a bit more difficult. Your choices are to crop screenshots or root your device.

Enter EasyDownloader, an app that will let you snag any photo or video you desire from your Instagram feed without the need for cropping or rooting. Instead, saving content is just a couple of taps away. Let's get … Read more

Sprint approves KitKat update for more Samsung smartphones

Sprint on Wednesday confirmed plans to issue Android 4.4.2 updates to a number of Samsung Galaxy devices.

According to a post on the carrier's blog, the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Mega, and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 are in line to receive KitKat updates. As a result, the mobile gadgets called out will benefit from features such as enhanced messaging options and a more intuitive interface. In addition to the standard fare of OS features, the lock screen will be updated to allow for quick access to cameras.

While Sprint did not … Read more

Star Apps: Big Ang

As the debris settled from the explosive "Mob Wives: New Blood" season finale, which aired on VH1 February 27, viewers were left wondering who'd return next season. But if this photo on the show's Facebook page is any indication, all five wives, including series peacekeeper Big Ang will be back for season five. Angela Raiola is Brooklyn born, a single mother of two, and a former Mafia moll, and she also appears on spin-off "Miami Monkey." Bing Ang talked to me about the shows, the drama, representing Italians, glorifying the Mob, and her favorite … Read more

Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app

You can already type, record, and snap a photo to add new notes to Evernote, and now you can write out your thoughts on your phone or tablet screen to get your message across. Evernote updated its Android app Wednesday to add handwriting, a feature it's been beta testing for a few months.

With the update, you can use a stylus or just your finger to write and draw in any note. There are four color options: black, blue, red, and green, and three pen thicknesses. You get a dedicated box where you can draw and write, which is … Read more

Star Apps: Jonathan Kite

Actor Jonathan Kite is a far cry from Oleg, the bawdy Ukrainian cook he plays on CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls." He's US-born, more travel-crazed than sex-crazed, and doesn't deliver bawdy one-liners in his daily life. Kite also lends his voice to animated series "Black Dynamite" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and after making stand-up comedy a weekend hobby, has become sought after for his impressions of Vince Vaughn, Tom Hanks, Seth Rogen, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey Jr.

How do you account for the success of "2 Broke Girls"? I … Read more

Avoid spam calls, find numbers faster with Current Caller ID on Android

Last year, I shared how to use the Whitepages Current Caller ID app to easily track blocked calls and texts. Now, Whitepages has added the ability to spot many of today's spam/scam numbers, along with some other convenient features.

If you don't have the app already, there's no time like the present to get a copy. Current Caller ID is available for Android 2.2 and up.

The UI for the app has received a makeover, sporting lighter colors and better organization for its features. For example, the previous version of the app had two tabs … Read more

AT&T serves up Android 4.4 to Samsung Galaxy S4

AT&T on Wednesday confirmed that the Android 4.4 update is ready for Samsung Galaxy S4.

Expected to roll out over the coming days, the KitKat update also brings a number of other noteworthy changes. Specifically, it adds compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear as well as the ability to drag and drop to uninstall apps. AT&T, for its part, promises improved call quality.

The update is a sizable one, weighing between 412MB and 842MB, depending on which version of Android the user is currently running. Because of its size AT&T will only allow … Read more

Google Now launcher pops up in Play Store for all Nexus devices

While the Nexus 5 ships with Android KitKat, the phone's home screens and app drawer get their unique and refined designs from a custom launcher. Now, if you're rocking a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or a Google Play edition HTC One, you can get your hands on that launcher too, straight from the Play Store.

Dubbed the Google Now Launcher, this home-screen replacement gives you two useful Google Now-centric features. From your home screen, you can swipe right to bring up Google Now, where you can view your weather, sports scores, traffic, and reminder cards, and anything … Read more

Star Apps: JD Samson & Men

For some, work is a chore. For JD Samson & Men, music is a labor of love. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the electronic outfit's new, aptly titled album, "Labor." The LP's 13 tracks tackle heavy, highly personal topics suited for a therapy session -- gender identity, relationships, the challenges of making it in today's musical landscape -- yet listeners will likely experience a post-confessional lightness, buoyed by Men's synth-driven dance sound. I recently spoke to JD Samson about "Labor," the tour, gender identity, ex-bandmate Kathleen Hanna, and her favorite … Read more

Nokia X Software Platform: An Android-Windows Phone mess (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- The new Nokia X Software Platform unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 is kind of like the wedding adage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Here, the phone-maker borrows, bends, and recombines elements of Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia's own Asha OS as a response to a particularly sticky conundrum: how to make users' beloved Android apps run on a non-Google-looking phone, thereby avoiding a betrayal of partner-and-soon-to-be-parent Microsoft.

The result is an awkward amalgamation that doesn't do justice to any of the hybrid platform's component parts. For someone familiar with all … Read more