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UnlockYourBrain for Android

By UnlockYourBrain Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 7, 2014

The ingenious UnlockYourBrain app helps you learn new words, expand your knowledge, and improve your math skills by replacing your default unlock screen with a new one that fosters learning and that has been scientifically proven by the University of Potsdam to be more effective than conventional learning methods. Once you install this app, every time you want to unlock your screen you must answer a language, math, or quiz question.

Pros

Clever and effective: UnlockYourBrain can really help you pick up new words or do math faster because learning is more effective when you do it in snippets throughout the day; since you unlock your phone dozens of times every day, each unlock means a new opportunity to learn. You'll find it especially useful for picking up new words in one of the 150+ supported languages.

Learning packs and social integration: The ability to download or buy new learning packs from the app's built-in marketplace as well as the stats and speed and accuracy comparisons to other users keep this app interesting, ensuring that it doesn't become boring through repeated use.

Well-thought-out: Everything about this ingenious little app, from its laid-back, beautifully styled interface to the pronunciation feature for every word make it a great piece of software.

Cons

Practice mode: The practice mode built within the app sometimes freezes or crashes, forcing you to restart the app. Otherwise the app proves stable.

Questions sometimes don't appear: Every now and then, the app's unlock screen doesn't replace the default unlock screen when you wake up your device.

Bottom Line

Well-made and effective, UnlockYourBrain turns screen unlocking into an engaging experience. This app is so appealing that even if your lock screen is disabled, you'll be tempted to enable it again just to enjoy this great software. Of all the many educational apps on Google Play, this is one of the best.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.24

v1.24 - Refer a friend will enable all puzzles - Improved puzzle generation - Skipping does not lower the difficulty anymore - Changing target time adjusts the difficulty directly - Basic gyro analysis has been added to the free version - Various performance improvements - Fixed: internet connection is no longer required to 'start without account' - Several bugfixes / stability improvements (please continue sending us feedback, it's appreciated) - Removed READ_LOGS permission

General

Release February 27, 2013
Date Added February 27, 2013
Version 1.24

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android, Android 2.3.3 - Android 2.3.7
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.3.3 and above.

Popularity

Total Downloads 849
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

Improve Your Brain with every Unlock! Based on state-of-the-art learning research, Unlock Your Brain will help you improve your logical thinking and math skills without any effort. Too good, to be true? Think Implicit learning.Every time you turn on your phone, an equation based on your skill level appears. Simply choose the correct solution and slide it to the screens center to access your phone (followed by your pin, if you have one).The repetitive act of solving a puzzle every time you have to unlock your phone will not only ensure that your brain is constantly being stimulated, but it will overtime lead to faster thinking patterns and the ability to process complex information much more efficiently.Key Features Challenge Generator automatically adjusts difficulty based on previous performance. Option to set a target time and thereby decrease or increase the time allowed to answer a question. Using this feature will also enable you to control the level of difficulty according to your needs and preferences. Option to unlock your mobile device without having to solve the puzzle. By swiping down on the screen you will have instant access to all your settings. Amazing statistics that show your personal development as well as your phone usage patterns. Track how often you unlock your phone and learn which times of the day, week, or month (even year!), youre at your sharpest and fastest. Still thirsty for more? Make use of the Practice Mode option and solve numerous puzzles, one after another. Includes Addition. Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division available for purchase in the app store. Expand Your Vocab coming soon!Download UnlockYourBrain now, and unlock your brain.Check out UnlockYourBrain's website: http://www.unlockyourbrain.comLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnlockYourBrainYour comments are valuable. Please send us your feedback so that we may deliver the bestexperience for you.And yes, you may call us UYB as well ;)About the Permissions and why we need themNETWORK COMMUNICATION - FULL NETWORK ACCESSPermission to communicate with network in order to facilitate account creation and synchronization of math problems - much in the background here is optimized so that the correct puzzle is displayed at the right time.READ SENSITIVE LOG DATAOur main goal is that the app runs correctly and smoothly on as many devices as possible. Like most other vendors we have built in mechanisms that inform us about bugs and crashes. No personal data is actually transmitted. Rather, this permission enables us to have information regarding the condition of our app (ie. in case of a crash) and the only way to do so is to access the log files.PHONE CALLS READ PHONE STATUS AND IDENTITYPermission to detect whether a call is being activated. This tool enables us to disable the unlock screen option so you dont have to solve the puzzle before or while a phone call is taking place. The only way to do so is to have access to the phone status.SYSTEM TOOLS DISABLE YOUR SCREEN LOCKWe need permission to disable the standard screen lock in order to replace it with the apps core application. Pin, pattern, etc cannot be disabled. DRAW OVER OTHER APPSPermission to draw over other apps in order to enable UYBs screen lock app. PREVENT TABLET FROM SLEEPING PREVENT PHONE FROM SLEEPINGNormally, if no settings are being activated through tactile touch, the screen will soon turn off and go into lock mode. This permission allows us to delay the time in which a phone will go into sleep mode, thereby extending the time it takes to solve a puzzle (contingent on customized target time).YOUR ACCOUNTS FIND ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICETo optimize network communication we follow Googles guidelines and use Google Cloud Messaging which requires this permission. HARDWARE CONTROLS CONTROL VIBRATIONAllows the application to control the vibration mode when a math problem is solved incorrectly.Recent changes:v1.24 - Refer a friend will enable all puzzles - Improved puzzle generation - Skipping does not lower the difficulty anymore - Changing target time adjusts the difficulty directly - Basic gyro analysis has been added to the free version - Various performance improvements - Fixed: internet connection is no longer required to 'start without account' - Several bugfixes / stability improvements (please continue sending us feedback, it's appreciated) - Removed READ_LOGS permissionContent rating: Everyone