Check Out The “50 Best Android Apps 2015″ at TechRadar

February 26, 2015

I can remember a time where there was question whether the Google Play store (for Android) would be a success or not; especially, at a time when Apple was already established and was the ruler of the “app” market. Since that time Google Play has exploded with their proliferation of apps, for the Android platform, that has far exceeded the expectations of everyone.

TechRadar - 50 Best Apps

To give you an example, take a look at the “50 Best Android Apps 2015” that TechRadar has posted that I can personally attest as being some of the best out there…  Enjoy!

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A Remote Android Texting App For Your Computer And Tablet

February 22, 2015

How would you like to send and receive real SMS text messages (and MMS) in perfect sync with your Android phone (that uses your Android #)? You can with mysms SMS Text Messaging Sync. There are quite a few apps out there that gives you the ability to send and received SMS text messages from your computer and tablet, but this is the only one I know of where you can text from your tablet using your Android phone number. Another plus with mysms SMS Text Messaging Sync, which is a security features, is if you ever lose your phone, you can sync your text messages from mysms to your new phone…

To get an overview of mysms, I encourage you to watch this sort video and visit the web site links below:

 

Features:

  • Text from computer and tablet (real SMS and MMS) using your Android #
  • Call notifications on your computer – when you receive a call on your phon
  • The only remote texting app with native apps for Android tablet, iPad, Windows 7/XP, Windows 8 desktop & tablet, Mac OS X and Chrome
  • Complete call log history from your Android on your PC & tablet
  • MMS Group Chat (group messaging)
  • Multimedia messages (picture messages and files)
  • Support for any browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera …)

To connect your computer or tablet to your Android phone, download this app on your phone and register for an account. When you then start texting from your computer at https://app.mysms.com or use one of our native apps, you will find all existing SMS messages and contacts synchronized from your Android to your computer/tablet. There is no additional charge from what your carrier charges when you text from your computer.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

  1. Install this mysms app on your Android phone
  2. Start texting on your computer at https://app.mysms.com or download one of our native desktop and tablet apps at https://www.mysms.com/apps

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No Crap With This App (Android Public Toilet Finder)

February 11, 2015

I have to love Android and the constant flow of apps that are constantly under development. Flush – The Android Public Toilet Finder is one of the newer apps to hit the Google Play Store that is a real attention grabber.

 Flush - Public Toilet Finder

Flush is a database, with a pretty nice interface (with animations) that will help you find the local public john using the Google Map technology. My first question to this is what happens when I am in need and there is no internet access. No problem with Flush; it works offline, as well.

Features:

. Find public restrooms/toilets quickly and easily

. Locate toilets anywhere around the world, wherever you are

. A database of over 100,000 toilets available, constantly being increased

. A beautiful material design inspired interface

. A quick directions button, to get you directions to a toilet as quickly as possible

. Find whether a toilet has a fee, requires a key or provides disabled/accessibility access

. Works perfectly offline, no internet connection required to find a toilet

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A Dual-Pane Android File Manager With A Ton Of Features

February 9, 2015

The geek in me likes the idea of dual-pane file managers to perform heavy duty file management functions where files in a folder from one side of the pane can easily moved or copied to another folder location in the second pane.

The only Android version of a dual pane file manager, that I am aware of,  is called X-plore.

X-plore File Manager

The dual-pane interface is very nice, but do you know what really sold me on X-plore?

It is X-plore’s ability to access all of the cloud file storage services that I currently have accounts with. I do not know of any other Android file manager that is setup to give access to the number of cloud based file storage services, as X-plore does. X-plore gives you the ability to connect to Google Drive™, Dropbox, Box.net, Mega.co.nz ***, OneDrive, Webdav, Yandex.disk, MediaFire, SugarSync, Dump Truck, and Copy.com. This option alone in X-plore saves you from downloading and installing the apps for each of those services (thus saving you space on your smartphone and tablet).

I could go on and on about X-plore and the features built-in that you normally don’t see; however, due to the number of features (and their uniqueness), I have listed them below to let you make your own decision.

Highlights:

● Dual-pane tree view

● Root, FTP, SMB, Sqlite, Picasa, Zip, Rar, 7zip explorer

● Disk Map – see which files consume most space on your disk

● Cloud storage access: Google Drive™, Dropbox, Box.net, Mega.co.nz , OneDrive, Webdav, Yandex.disk, MediaFire, SugarSync, Dump Truck, Copy.com

● SSH File Transfer (SFTP) and SSH Shell

● Application manager

● WiFi file sharing ***

● Manage files from a PC web browser

● Favorite folders

● Built-in viewers for images, video, audio, text

● Hex viewer

● Fast Image viewer with zoom and slide to previous/next images

● Thumbnails for images and video as well as for various file types (depending on associated application)

● Multi-selection – always available, yet not disturbing

● View APK files as ZIP

● Share – send files by Bluetooth, email, or whatever the device supports, from any location

● Configurable buttons and key shortcuts

● Seamless work with Zip (as if it was normal folder)

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PDF Max 4 FREE – Desktop Class Android PDF App For Reading, Annotating Or Signing PDF Documents

February 1, 2015

All I can say is “WOW!”. PDF Max 4 FREE is a must install app for your Android Phone and/or Tablet that is in a class of its’ own. Most of the time when it comes to PDF apps we are usually presented with a PDF viewer that carries a few bells and whistles.

This app exceeds anything I have seen so far on the Android platform for PDF apps. The only way I can put this into perspective is to list the features (see below) as I am seeing them at Google Play; then, I will let you decide.

Also, note the graphic below that depicts an example of a document and to the right of that document you will see a bar containing a multitude of editing options. This bar is easily hidden and shown by tapping on the screen. Another option, that I like, is the ability to have the document read back to you with the apps built in text to speech feature.

PDF Max Free - Beyond Reader!

PDF Max 4 Features:

READING FEATURES

- Fast PDF Rendering with large PDF support

- Smooth vertical scrolling – allow you to scroll through your entire PDF document smoothly and efficiency.

- Open documents in multiple tabs.

- Multi-purposes SideBar includes everything you need to skim through your documents like never before: Page Thumbnails, PDF Outlines/Bookmarks, Annotation List & Search Panel.

- PDF Text to Speech

- Advanced PDF Text Reflow: This Amazing Text Reflow feature that helps you read your PDF easily with any kind of PDF. Forget the tedious pan & zoom steps, you now just enjoy reading your documents.

- Smart Zoom: Double-tap on text blocks and PDF Max will zoom the touched text block to fit the screen. Simple & efficient reading.

- Friendly & Easy to use User Interface

ANNOTATING FEATURES

- Text markup: Highlight, Underline, Strike out & Squiggle

- Unlimited threaded comments (notes) attached to any annotation.

- Create VOICE ANNOTATIONS: Record and embed voice annotations within the PDF document.

- HANDWRITING with Advanced Zoom-In Writing feature

- Eraser tools to manipulate your handwriting

- Shape tools to draw Line, Arrow, Rectangle & Oval with intelligent snapping

- Rich format Freetext tool to type over PDF pages

- Stamp tool to insert Predefined, Standard Business Stamps & Custom Stamps

- Signature tool to manage and insert your signatures

- Undo/Redo function to correct your mistake

EDITING FEATURES

- Manage PDF Pages (Insert, Copy/Cut/Paste, Reorder & Delete PDF Pages)

- Manage PDF Outlines (Table of Contents) , PDF Embedded Links

FORM-FILLING FEATURES

- Support Text field, checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown list, buttons & date-time fields

- Support JavaScripted-powered PDF forms

- Support AcroForms & Static XFA Forms

- Zoom-in writing to fill out scanned/non-interactive PDF forms

- Multiple signatures support, plus one-time signature for customer

PDF OUTLINE, PDF LINK & BOOKMARK MANAGEMENT FEATURES

- Create and manipulate PDF Outlines

- Create and manage PDF Bookmarks

- Create and edit PDF Embedded Links

FILE MANAGEMENT FEATURES

- Auto syncing with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive & Google Drive with offline support

- Copy/Move PDF documents between cloud storage services

- Built-in PDF Library management

OTHER FEATURES

- Bookmarks management with ability to export as PDF Outlines

- Email or Print PDF via Google Cloud Print

- Auto or manual saving

- PDF documents/forms modified by PDF Max are compatible with Adobe Acrobat standard

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Remote Desktop App For Accessing Your Windows (or Mac) Computer Using Your Android Phone or Tablet

January 30, 2015

One of the best Android Apps to remotely access your PC is Splashtop 2. You would never think this is possible, but it is with this app (and it works exceptionally well). I do recommend that if you do give this a shot that you use a tablet computer to take advantage of the screen space.

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop - screenshot

Simple steps on getting you started… Download and install the Splashtop 2 app to your Android tablet or phone (get it HERE) and download and install the Splashtop Streamer Windows installation to your PC (get it HERE). After installing the Windows app, launch Splashtop on your device and create an account. After creating your account, Splashtop will go looking for your PC. One thing that I did was go into the Spashtop Streamer software on the computer (under “Advanced”) and enter my IP Address for my computer. This made things even better…

How well does this work? In my scenario I am using my Samsung Galaxy Tab S Android Tablet to remotely access my ASUS Desktop Windows 8.1 Computer. Using my setup (as described) I can remotely access my desktop computer from anywhere in my home, start up my WinTV application on my desktop computer and stream TV from the computer to my tablet. I am amazed at how well this works. With Splashtop 2 I can operate my computer from my tablet as if I am sitting at the computer. I have found Splashtop 2 to be an exceptional app…

With Splashtop 2 You Can:

* Use your Android device to access all of the programs and files on your computer with 100% compatibility, including all PC/Mac applications

* Use your full desktop browser with Flash and Java support, with all of your bookmarks and your favorite plug-ins

* Enjoy the full video and music libraries that are playable only on your computer, whatever formats they’re in

* Play all the 3D games and all the Flash games

Requirements:

* Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, Mac OS X 10.6+ or Linux (Ubuntu 12.04).

* A computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance.

* Internet connection is needed to use this app.

* Productivity Pack is available for Android tablet only

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How To Activate the Floating Assistant Menu On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

January 7, 2015

I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inch) Android tablet; AND, after having owned several Android tablets, this one is definitely the cream of the crop.

I continue to learn to navigate the tablet and came across a setting that I have found to be very useful that many users most likely will not try (because they do not know it is there or how to turn it “on”). It is called an Assistant Menu, that once activated, creates a small (square) floating icon (that can be moved around the screen) that will give you the ability to launch various actions, such as:

  • Home
  • Back
  • Recently Opened Apps
  • Lock and Turn Off Screen
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Screen Capture
  • Open Notification List
  • Power Off
  • Restart
  • Device Options
  • Settings
  • Cursor
  • More Options
  • Rotate Screen
  • Zoom

SPECIAL NOTE: If you notice on the list above there is one option that will give you the ability to grab screenshots, which is worth its’ weight in gold. I used that option to create the screenshot below.

The neat thing about all of this is that this floating assistant menu can be edited; and, the functions you find that you would use the most, can be reordered. The menu is easy to turn “on” and if you find you do not like it, simply go back and turn it “off”.

To turn this menu “on” and to get you to the place to where you need to be, here is how to turn “on” and edit the menu:

  • On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Device > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction
  • Tap the Assistant Menu Switch to toggle the switch to “on”. The Assistant Menu icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen (at which point it can be moved around).
  • To edit the menu, simply tap where it says  Assistant Menu > Edit (see screenshot below). At this point you can drag the icons around and place them in the order you desire. The order you see below is the actual order I set for my menu.  You can also remove various components from the menu.  For example, using the screenshot below, I opted to remove Cursor, More Options, Rotate Screen and Zoom from the menu.

Assistant Menu

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