Your Android phone is just as useful as you make it. Organize the tiles on your phone's screens so you can stop hunting for your favorite apps and find them just a tap or two away.Organize your apps
The quickest way to bring order to your phone's screens is to alphabetize the apps or gather them by purpose: all messaging and email apps on one screen, sports apps on the next screen.
It's easy to rearrange apps. Tap and hold an... Read More »
Tech junkiedom can be an expensive business, since we're always eager to try new things as soon as they're available, instead of waiting patiently for discounts. But I noticed as I gathered this list of personal favorites for 2015 that these apps and services reduce my costs, bundle one thing into another, or both. Maybe my subconcious is trying to tell me something, but I've improved my quality of life (and the heft of my wallet) with regard to my... Read More »
Now that Google has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the big question is: When can Android owners download and start using it?
If you own a Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, Player, or Android One, the answer is easy. Google is now sending out Marshmallow in stages, and depending on your carrier, you have access to it now or will shortly.
If you ordered the new Nexus 5X and 6P phones, Marshmallow will come installed on those devices.
But... Read More »
I'm going to let you all in on a little secret: I love math. It may seem out of character for someone who spends her days manipulating the English language, but there you have it. This is a roundabout way of explaining that I actually enjoy tinkering with budgets, which is why I'm a big fan of the Mint app for Android and iOS.
I know financial software isn't the most titillating subject for most people, but Mint's mobile app is... Read More »
With all the hubbub of the holidays and the ensuing CES trade show, a nifty multiprotocol chat client flew right under my radar. Imo.im recently released free apps for Android and iOS devices, allowing users to instant message friends on a variety of networks from one clean and simple interface. Luckily, the company followed up with some additional news that made it through the inbox flurry: the apps now also support voice chat, allowing users to record and send up... Read More »
Whether you relish in the holiday shopping season or dread it, your smartphone can be an instrumental tool for finding and purchasing gifts for your loved ones. A useful app (or two) can go a long way toward saving you time and money. Many of them even integrate bar code scanners these days, so all you need to do to comparison shop is take a quick pic of a product's packaging.
In the gallery below, you'll find a selection of apps... Read More »
Perhaps because the Google Android operating system is already a year old, because the Android Developer's Challenge will be kicked off after Google's I/O developer conference instead of before, or because the platform differences between Android 1.0 and Android 1.5 aren't as dramatic as those between iPhone 2.0 and iPhone 3.0, Android apps and the 1.5 Cupcake update failed to produce as much excitement this year compared to last.
However, that didn't stop a couple dozen publishers from showcasing their... Read More »
Quickpedia isn't the only Wikipedia-scouring app for Google Android, but it's the best we've seen so far.
The free application makes it easy to search and browse Wikipedia for articles, throwing in a few tiny twists along the way to make navigating, reading, and learning interesting tidbits a breeze.
You can see it all unfold in this First Look video.... Read More »
Meebo for Google Android is not a terrible instant-messaging application. But it isn't a very good representation of what IM clients for the Android platform can do, or even a good representation of what Meebo itself can do.
In this first release, the free Meebo mobile application lets you chat with friends on the major IM networks--Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger, AOL, ICQ, Jabber, and Google Talk. It also runs in the background while you work on other applications and scrolls... Read More »