Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LokLok - Leave notes to your friends or partner using this shared lock screen

Now you don't have to call your spouse hundred times just to remind him/her to get onions from the store. Instead leave a note on his/her lock screen. Every time he/she  checks the phone, the lock screen will say "get onions from the store". 

LokLok is a shared lock screen, which is one of its kind. LokLok is available in playstore, but still it is in beta stage. 



Create a group with two or more people and sync up the lock screen. Every time you update the lock screen it will reflect in everyone else's phone. And it holds true even when others updates the lock screen. You can also exhibit some of your drawing skills through this app. Draw on the lock screen and show it off to everyone who are part of the group. Double tap on the lock screen to get into drawing mode. Add pictures, leave a note, draw using different colors and swipe using two fingers to erase the contents on the screen. Drawing interface provided by LokLok is simply superb. I even tried drawing using a stylus and I must say it was great experience. I have no complaints at all about its drawing interface.


This works on top of your default lock screen, so the security part is taken care by the default lock screen. Today, LokLok screen will appear first and then the default lock screen's security will be asked. I see a small flaw in this design, you would have guessed it by now. Everyone who has your device can see the note on LokLok without inputting the security PIN or pattern. A small change would fix this. That is, security PIN or pattern should be prompted first and then the note on lock screen should be shown.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Water your body - App to keep track of amount of water you drink and also it reminds you to drink

Water Your Body is an excellent and very useful application which keeps track of amount of water you intake everyday. This not only keeps track of water intake and provide you the report , it also reminds you to drink. If you forget to drink water regularly then this app can help you up with that. Also at the end of the day you don't have to think and calculate how much water you drank.

Every time you drink water, add that info into this app. There are different cups of different capacity in this app. Select your cup and click on it when you drink some water. Click on rotating arrow button to select a different cup. Set a notification for some interval and this app will remind you to drink water. You will have to provide your weight as input to this application. You can set a goal for yourself like drink 2000ml of water on a hot day and so on. This supports two different units both for weight and cup capacity. ML and OZ for cup capacity, KG and LBS for weight. In "do not disturb" option you can specify a time during which this app will not remind you to drink water.



Water your body contains very simple and glitch free interface. With simple options this app exactly does what it is supposed to do. Developer should consider developing a widget for this application. So that user don't have to open this app every time they consume water. Clicking on that widget in home screen should add the drinking details. Which is much easier than navigating to this app and adding it. Overall, this is a good and useful application, especially for those who are under diet and for those who forgets to drink water regularly.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5 Sticker emoticons or big emojis Apps for Whatsapp

Sticker emoticon or big emoji is the one feature that Facebook messenger has and Whatsapp doesn't. I am not sure about the reason why it's still not there in Whatsapp even after Facebook acquiring it. Probably they will think about it after reading this post :) .

Anyway, here are some apps which will help you to send sticker emoticons in Whatsapp. Yes, it does have certain limitations like, these icons will not appear in your Whatsapp icons list. You will have to open these apps and share the ones you like through Whatsapp. Icons will contain either black or white background to it. And one more thing to highlight is, unlike Facebook here emoticons are shared as images. But they will neither appear in your gallery nor in Whatsapp sent folder. By the way these apps are not limited only to Whatapp, you can forward the emojis through any messenger. So, let's check out those 5 apps to send sticker emoticons in Whatsapp.


Animated Emoticons  - This has various categories of icons and most of them are cartoon faces of humans and animals. Contains ad but they are not annoying.



Cute Emoticons Sticker - Again a good number of categories and ads at the bottom of the screen. But it does contain stickers which are similar to Facebook icons. You can notice that in below screenshot.



What Smileys - This app is exclusively made for Whatsapp and is the best one. For couple of reasons I will hold back from telling it's the best one. It contain's too many ads and fewer categories. Otherwise, it contains high quality and pleasant icons which can be forwarded to Whatsapp by selecting the icon and clicking forward button.



Stickers for Whatsapp Wechat - Probably this contains highest number of categories. As soon as you open the app you will see the list of categories. But loading of icons takes very long time and it contains annoying ads. Until the icons are completely loaded you will see some default pictures everywhere.



Emoticons Stickers for Whatapp -  Contains decent icons and fewer ads. Troll face icons looks good. Also there are many icon packages which you can download through this application. Once you install this application you will find a widget at the top of Whatsapp, using which you can directly open this app and send the icons. Which prevents users from opening this icon application separately.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Ginger Page Keyboard - Say no to typos, write flawless English sentences!!

Ginger Page is a new keyboard for Android phones. As and when you type messages, Ginger checks for typos and tells you the right word. Also it suggests alternate phrasing for sentences you used. To use Ginger page, install it from here and change the input method of your device to Ginger Page.  Ginger will prompt you to change the input method.  If it doesn't then you can always go to "settings->language and input" and change it to Ginger.
















Ginger Page contains language translator, dictionary, synonyms finder, emoji, reader and what not. There are five different themes for this keyboard. Ginger will give out the suggestions only if your device is connected to internet. Keyboard will continue to work even without internet but suggestions will not. A feather icon at the bottom of the keyboard will be highlighted if Ginger has any suggestions or an alternate sentence for you. Click on that icon and choose the sentence which suits your message. Clicking on "G" at the top of the keyword will open all the features of Ginger like dictionary, translator etc. Ginger page also has "phrase of the day" section, where you will find phrases which you can directly send it to your IM's. You can type the message in Ginger page app and share it to your messengers or you can type in your messengers using Ginger page keyword. Ginger Page keyboard supports 60 languages.


















This is a very useful application which helps to reduce the typos and fix the sentences. But suggestion speed doesn't seem to be that great, which needs some improvement. Also when I am using Whatsapp or any other IM in that matter, I can translate or check the meaning of the words which I have typed but there is no option to translate or check the meaning of word which I have received from other user.  Translator and dictionaries should work for received messages, I don't see a point if it just works for the words I have typed. Few such improvements will make this app as a top notch key board in playstore.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to turn off notification from a specific group in Whatsapp

Just because you are getting too many notifications from a group, you don't have to "delete and exit group" in Whatsapp . You can mute or turn off the notification for a specific group so that you don't get disturbed because of it. Messages will be received by your mobile but it will not notify you about the same. You can always open the group and go through the messages whenever you feel like reading it.

So here is how you can turn off the notification in Whatsapp

1. Go to Whatsapp and open the group for which you want to turn off the notification



2. Click on three verticals dots at right top of the screen. Which is next to "attachment" icon.



3. Click on mute. You can mute it for 8 hours, 1 day or 1 week. 
   If you want to turn off the notification completely then uncheck "show notifications".



Mute will not alert you during new messages  but you can see those messages in the notification tab. But if you uncheck "show notifications" then you won't even see those messages in notification tab, you will have to open the group to see those new messages.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to turn off push notification from a particular app in Android

There are times when we get irritated because of push notification from a particular app. These days apps send push notification about some offer, update , new version and what not. Some of the notification are useful but most of them just irritate us and we don't even bother to open it. There are cases where user uninstalls the app because couldn't tolerate those frequently disturbing push notifications. So let's see how we can disable push notification from a particular Android app.

1. Open settings and selects "apps" from the list



2. Select app for which push notification should be disabled



3. Un-check "show notifications" option




Note: These steps are verified on Android 4.4 vanilla version. Steps might vary a bit on other flavors.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

100 Avast Mobile Security Premium License Giveaway for "FREE" in AndroidAndFreak

AVAST is proud to announce it's new version of Avast! Mobile Security with a completely new and simple user interface.

To celebrate this, Avast along with AndroidAndFreak is giving away 100 licenses of avast! Mobile Premium (the paid-for-version of avast! Mobile Security) for free.



Feature of new Avast

MOBILE SECURITY | ANTIVIRUS FOR ANDROID

■ Antivirus Engine: Virus scanner automatically scans installed apps, memory card content and new apps upon first use. Schedule automatic scans for when you sleep. Includes SMS/file scanning for complete mobile protection, and also protect against avg spyware and removes viruses.
■ Privacy Report & Apps Manager: Provides insights about installed apps and helps you understand your apps’ access rights, intentions, and permissions.
■ SMS and Call Filter: Allows you to retain your privacy. Block numbers from those you don’t want to be able to contact you.
■ Web Shield: Blocks malware infected links, as well as trojans, adware and spyware (for safe web browsing) and even USSD numbers (which have the ability to wipe your device's memory). Also fixes mistyped URLs.
■ Network Meter: Measures incoming/outgoing data transfers.
■ Firewall (rooted devices only): Blocks hackers from getting in.
■ App Locking: Locks any two apps with a PIN/gesture (unlimited in Premium).
■ Backup: Allows backup of contacts, SMS/call logs, and photos (Premium version provides backup of music, video, and apps).

FIND MY PHONE | ANTI-THEFT FOR ANDROID

The best free cell phone tracker on the market. If you’re thinking “How can I find my Android?” you can use the cell phone locator features to find it, control it remotely, and much more.
■ Control your Android remotely via a web-based interface or SMS (to later control your device remotely, go to: http://my.avast.com).
■ Locate your phone on a map using GPS tracker.
■ Lock device, activate siren, or wipe memory to keep your private data safe.
■ Get notification of a SIM card change.




NEW! PREMIUM FEATURES | PAID-FOR OPTIONS

★ App Locking: Locks an unlimited number of apps.
★ Ad Detector: Detects ads and provides full details of their tracking systems.
★ Password Check: Automatically locks after 3 failed attempts to unlock.
★ Geo-Fencing: Phone performs specified actions (e.g. lock, activate siren, send location) when outside the set perimeter (e.g. you go to a cafe and enable it with a 500m perimeter, so if somebody steals your phone and takes it away, it triggers your specified actions).
★ Remote SMS: Remotely send text messages from the phone.
★ Remote Data Recovery: Remotely retrieve data from the phone.
★ Remote Identification: Take picture of the thief when he/she tries to unlock it (using front or back camera, with face recognition). Record audio, with voice recognition.
★ Backup Features: Allows backup of video, audio, and apps (including settings and data for rooted phones, e.g. game progress).
★ Premium pricing (auto-renewal): $1.99 monthly, or $14.99 yearly.



Did you check out the features of new Avast?

 "Avast can keep your mobile safer than you can even imagine".

You just have to follow few simple steps to get Premium license for free

1 Download Avast from Google playstore : link
2 Open Avast in mobile and apply following code: GVR5246FD4

Note: Only first 100 people to use the code will be able to upgrade to premium version.
          Code should be used before November 24, 2014.

Don't forget to mention thanks to Avast and AndroidAndFreak :)

Please let me know if you face issue while applying the code.

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