Today’s Featured Android Apps @ What’s On My PC

November 11, 2019


Today’s Android Apps: 

A functional and simple compass application (Compass Galaxy) without unnecessary permissions; Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas); AND, get live radar updates and check the local weather (Weather Maps and News – The Weather Channel) conditions on precise maps on the go.

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November 9, 2019


Today’s Android Apps: 

A Facebook alternative (Swipe for Facebook) – lightweight, highly customizable, and battery friendly, with a strict “no tracking” policy to ensure your privacy is secured; Watch 100+ live TV channels (Pluto TV) and 1000’s of movies and TV shows on-demand, all streaming free; An art drawing game (Paint by Number) to color modern artworks with coloring by numbers…

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Today’s Software Picks: BlueStacks App Player, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, and LibreOffice Portable

There are several Windows-based software applications that will allow you to run Android apps on your computer. One such software application, that was recently updated, is the BlueStacks App Player. Many people use this application as an Android gaming platform on their PC; but, I have found it will run many other Android apps, as well.

Have you ever experienced one of those scam popups on your computer that tells you your computer is infected and to call a phone number for assistance? If so, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner may be the solution in removing the issue from your computer. AdwCleaner is a compact and portable tool which can help you to remove toolbars, adware and similar browser-based pests.

Noticed that the “Portable Version” of LibreOffice was recently updated. This application as described on the site, “is a full-featured portable version of LibreOffice for Windows – including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database – packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go”.  Great compatibility with Microsoft Office…

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Nice Android App To Keep Your Screen From Timing Out When Needed

Keep Screen Awake is an Android app that has been developed to keep your screen from timing out during times that you need it to stay “on”. This app serves as a toggle from your default screen timeout to keeping the screen “on”; AND, it can be easily toggled by using the included widget and/or the icon in the notification area. So far, this is the best app I have found to do what it does with various customization options.

Keep Screen Awake

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Source: Google Play – Keep Screen Awake


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172 malicious apps with 335M+ installs found on Google Play | The Next Web

I have a motto here at “What’s On My PC”… The motto is, when it comes to the world of computing, “Trust Nothing, Verify Everything”…

This article at “The Next Web” is an eye opener. I strongly urge when downloading apps from the online stores that you closely look at what the app wants to access on your device,, the reviews, if ad-supported, where developed, etc… In other words, do a bit of research.

Google desperately needs to curb the spread of Android malware. In September alone, researchers uncovered a total of 172 infected apps on the Play Store. The worst part? These apps had racked up over 335 million installs by the time they were detected by security experts.

Continue Reading @ The Next Web

[Android] FitzyTV – FREE Streaming TV Aggregator That Transforms Your Smartphone Into A Portable DVR

If you have a television subscription through your cable or satellite provider (including web-based ones such as DirecTV Now, LoCast, etc…) you definitely need this app (FitzyTV) to pull in the channels that you are subscribed to in one place. Typically, you have to download specific apps for specific channels. FitzyTV eliminates that and makes watching TV from your mobile device a pleasure; plus, you can Chromecast or Screenbeam what you are watching to the big screen.  I could not get over how fast this app loads the channels; plus, it pulled in all the channels I was entitled to from my cable provider. I found that FitzyTV also throws in some other channels as well, that are very good. It even tells you what is playing on each channel.

A big selling point to this app is the DVR function that will allow you to record your favorite programs. The DVR function will require a subscription. FitzyTV is the world’s first inexpensive cloud DVR solution. Just log in with your Cable/Satellite provider and FitzyTV will let you watch and record all of your favorite channels. This transforms your smartphone into a portable DVR.

Check out the video below to learn more. You can get FitzyTV at the Google Play Store (see source link below). Being a lover of software and apps, this one really got me excited to try.

Source: FitzyTV – Free Streaming TV Aggregator & Cloud DVR – Apps on Google Play


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Tech News: Google Maps finally gets a Street View layer on Android | Android Central

by BABU MOHAN @ Android Central

The latest stable release of the Google Maps app for Android adds a new Street View layer, making it easier for users to find areas where Street View is available. To access the Street View mode in Google Maps, simply tap the map layers FAB (floating action button) on the top-right corner of the screen. If you have the latest v10.23.4 of Google Maps installed on your phone, you will find the Street View layer option under the new “Explore” section.

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Quick Tip: 7 cool Android features you might not know about – Android Authority

by Scott Adam Gordon @ Android Authority

What I truly love about Android is that you learn something new everyday that you did not know about. Scott Adam Gordon @ Andorid Authority has put together 7-seven neat features baked into Android that you may not be aware of. I can tell you, I was not aware of them… — Rick @ What’s On My PC

One of the great things about Android is how intuitive it is. The majority of its most important features are easily accessed and clearly identifiable (like screen brightness). But there are some useful features that are hidden away or aren’t clearly explained. Here, we’ve gathered some of the best Android features you might have missed.

Note: These tips are based on Android Pie and may not be available on other Android versions.

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Continue Reading @ Android Authority


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Download BlueStacks for Windows 4.130.0.1049

by BlueStacks – Download @ fileforum

With BlueStacks installed on your Windows OS based computer, you can install and run Android apps on the Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) platform. If you visit their site you will see that the platform provides a great way to play your Android-based games, that you play on your phone, on your computer. You can also install other Android apps, as well. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

BlueStacks lets you play Android apps fast and full-screen on your PC. Push your favorite apps from your Android phone to your PC using BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Run 10 pre-loaded apps “out of the box.” Install up to 26 more of your favorite apps.

Source: BlueStacks for Windows 4.130.0.1029


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3-Three Ad FREE Android Apps To Scan Documents

Recently CamScanner, my go-to android app to scan documents on my smartphone, made the news for using an advertising library that injected malicious code onto devices. I don’t know if the developers were aware of this or not; but, it was enough for me to uninstall CamScanner and start looking at other options.

What I found was this. There are 3-three really good document scanner options out there that will not cost you a cent that is developed by names we all have come to recognize. Those names being Microsoft, Google and Adobe (see below). — Rick @ What’s On My PC

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Android App: Clear Scan – Free Document Scanner App

download @ Google Play

Now convert your smartphone into a mini pocket scanner and enjoy the high-quality image in your device within just one touch with the best ever scanning mobile app Clear Scanner: Free PDF Scans. Clear Scanner lets you quickly scan any kind of documents in your office, images, bills, receipts, books, magazines, class notes and anything that needs to be there in your device within no time. This is the fastest means to get the scanned document in the highest quality and convert it immediately into PDF or JPEG format so that you can share the scanned document, image, books, bills, important notes or any kind of paper that you can think of.

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Source: Clear Scan: Free Document Scanner App,PDF Scanning – Apps on Google Play


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Tech News: Malware discovered in Google Play app with over 100 million downloads

by TechSpot

Kaspersky researchers reported that the app in question was CamScanner, “a phone-based PDF creator that includes OCR (optical character recognition.” The report notes that CamScanner was a legitimate app with no malicious intentions. Like other applications, the developers displayed ads and offered in-app purchases to make money. “However, at some point, that changed, and recent versions of the app shipped with an advertising library containing a malicious module,” writes the researchers.

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How to Track a Phone Using Android or iOS

by Digital Trends

If you’ve got a smartphone, consider installing the apps listed below. There are several app choices available for your phone, but also remember to set up any included phone-locating software that comes with your device. That includes Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google’s Find My Device, and Samsung’s Find My Mobile. If you’re looking for more choices, try out the following apps.

Source: How to Track a Phone Using Android or iOS | Digital Trends

Quick Tip: How to add Emergency Information to your Android Device

by Phandroid

With your personal health and safety, you can never be too careful! Accidents and incidents happen all the time. People fall ill suddenly and need personal help, either by ambulance services or passers-by. Having an emergency contact or important information may need to know about the person’s general health if they’re unconscious and unable to answer important medical questions. Since our smartphone is typically the device we carry with us all the time, that information can be made readily available from the lock screen.

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Quick Tip: Try this to get the NEW Android Auto Update

If you been waiting for the Android Auto Update with the new interface that folks have been raving about and it still has not rolled out to your phone; then, give this a try to see if you can make it happen sooner.

  • Open Android Auto on your phone.
  • Tap the “Hamburger Icon” in the upper left corner.
  • Select “Settings”, then (if eligible) you should see at the top of the screen an option to “Try the new Android Auto”. Toggle that option to activate it.
  • Once activated this should begin the process to update your Android Auto to the new Android Auto interface and you should see the new interface when you plug your phone into your car.


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Android App Selection for 08/19/2019 – Eye Protector

Eye Protector

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

This app is ad-free and is one of the easier-to-use apps for setting up your screen to read your phone during the night time hours. I currently use this app… Protect & care your eyes, reduce the blue light. Make your eyes feel more comfortable when you watching cellphone. You can make the screen darker, or set other plans to fit your eyes, set the scheduled task. Besides, you are able to shake to catch screenshot and share.

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Android App Selection for 08/14/2019 – SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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Breaking News —
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode —
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading —
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


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Android App Selection for 08/12/2019 – HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator is a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

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The calculator has many functions, such as:

– basic arithmetic operations including percentage, modulo and negation;
– fractions (in the expression mode any expression including nested fractions can be entered as a numerator and a denominator);
– mixed numbers;
– periodic numbers and their conversion to fractions;
– unlimited number of braces;
– operator priority;
– repeated operations;
– variables and symbolic computation;
– derivatives and integrals;
– graphs of functions and integral area;
– calculation details – extended information about a calculation like all complex roots, unit circle etc.;
– complex numbers
– conversion between rectangular and polar coordinates
– advanced number operations such as random numbers, combinations, permutations, common greatest divisor, etc.;
– trigonometric and hyperbolic functions;
– powers, roots, logarithms, etc.;
– degrees, minutes and seconds conversion;
– fixed point, scientific and engineering display format;
– display exponent as SI units prefix;
– memory operations with 10 extended memories;
– clipboard operations with various clipboard formats;
– result history;
– binary, octal and hexadecimal numeral systems;
– logical operations;
– bitwise shifts and rotations;
– haptic feedback;
– more than 90 physical constants;
– conversion among 250 units;
– Reverse Polish notation.


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Android App Selection for 08/09/2019 – Inoreader – News App & RSS

Inoreader – News App & RSS

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

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Used globally by techies, business professionals, digital marketers, research institutions, content publishers, and more – Inoreader is a news app that offers not only a beautiful and light reading experience, but also powerful news aggregation and curation features that let you build a perfectly personalized news feed.

FREE Plan
– Add feeds and organize into thematic folders
– Search inside your own subscriptions for FREE
– Use on any device with web and mobile apps
– Day and night reading modes
– Free search and full archive of your subscriptions
– Save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, etc.
– Share to any social media or scheduling tool like Buffer and Hootsuite
– Save pages from the web for viewing later


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Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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The free OpenSignal app is packed with features to help you accurately measure the everyday experience you receive on your mobile network. No estimates. Includes:

  • Download speed, upload speed and latency test, test speeds on cellular or wifi
  • History of speed tests, visualized on a map or list
  • Stats on network availability – how much time you are connected to 2G, 3G, 4G, or have no signal
  • Stats on speeds experienced on all networks worldwide
  • Independent coverage maps made with data contributed by users
  • Free and ad-free

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Android App Selection for 08/04/2019 – Keep Screen Awake

Keep Screen Awake

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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Very useful and easy to use application that allows you to quickly toggle phone’s screen timeout settings, setting it to always on or revert back to chosen before display timeout.

KEY FEATURES:

NEW! Quick Setting Tile (requires Android Nougat or above) to toggle screen timeout in the most convinient way.
• Quickly toggle screen timeout with compact and easy to use widget.
• Screen always on mode.
• Multi-tap support for switching between different screen timeout values.
• Up to 6 user definable custom timeout values, that you’re able to quickly switch between using double and triple taps on widget.
• Option to restore last active timeout state on device boot.


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25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games, including Majesty and Majesty: Northern Kingdom | Android Police

I always check out the free apps at Android Police. This week I grabbed a Unit Measure app (for free) that was posted.

What I usually do, even if I don’t really want the app and only have a slight interest, I will install it and then uninstall it. At that point, it becomes part of my Google Play app library. I can always then can go back to my library and install it, when I need it.

 

25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps @ Android Police

Quick Tip: How to Activate the “Speakerphone” Feature On Your Android Phone

Today’s tip is actually quite simple and is actually a reminder to folks who are learning to use their smartphones. When making a phone call and the connection has been established, learn to activate the speakerphone feature that will allow you to put the phone down and continue talking (and listening). Not every call would you want to do this, but I have trained myself to use this feature when I know I may need both hands to review a document, write something down,  or someone else needs to hear the call, as well (like a conference call). Typically, the speakerphone feature can only be activated after the phone number is dialed.

Below is a pic of my phone and where the speaker icon is located when a call is in progress. When I tap on the “speaker icon” on my phone, I can then hear the conversation through the speaker on the phone. This will vary from phone to phone… Make sure the volume is turned up on your phone so that you will be able to clearly hear the recipient of the call.

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Quick Tip: You can still get emergency help when your phone is locked — here’s how | CNET

Go to the source link at the end of the blog post to learn how to set up emergency contacts and medical conditions on different phone platforms. Emergency personnel may use your phone to access this information in the event of an emergency.

Below are the steps (from c|net) on how to set up your information for Android phones (not from Samsung).

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Android phones not from Samsung

Open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and select About phone > Emergency Information. If you don’t see emergency information in that section, try this: Open Settings > Users & accounts > Emergency information.

Regardless of how you got to the Emergency Information screen, once there you can tap on the pencil icon to edit your medical information and add emergency contacts.

If the instructions above don’t apply to your phone, lock your phone and swipe up on the screen to bring up the prompt for your unlock method (PIN, pattern, etc.). Tap on the Emergency or Emergency Call button.

Swiping and tapping the button is also how first responders can view your information.

Source: You can still get emergency help when your phone is locked — here’s how – CNET

Good Android “Word Search Puzzle”

If you’re looking for the most trendy word search game, Word Search Puzzle is the game for you! You will enjoy a fun challenge as you identify the hidden words and then swipe up, down, left, right or diagonally to mark them. It’s a fun way to hone your vocabulary, spelling and puzzle skills. The game has 3 difficulty levels from easy to hard, you can choose them freely. Need more challenges? Try the Blitz mode and Marathon mode and enjoy time pressure.

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Word Search Puzzle @ Apps on Google Play

Shouter – An Android App That Will Announce Text Messages, Notifications, Missed Calls, the Time, etc…

Shouter Pro is by far one of my most favorite Android apps where your phone will talk to you and make announcements of:

1) Notification reading. (jellybean(4.3) and above)
2) Caller name announcement while the phone is ringing.
3) Missed calls announcement if you get a missed call.
4) Text messages reading.
5) Time announcement at user defined intervals.
6) Battery status announcement
7) Device charging states announcement
8) Voice reminders

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Once installed, I suggest you install the widget where you can easily toggle Shouter on and off. This app is especially helpful when you are driving. There is a free and pro version…

Source: Google Play Store – Shouter Pro

My Review of the Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a wireless stick that plugs into an HDMI connection (or port) on your television. It is powered via a USB connection, either by your TV or by the included power block. This device, I rate as “excellent” in giving you the ability to wirelessly mirror what you see on your Android phone onto a TV or projector.

Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The key to using this device is that your Android phone must have mirroring capability (Miracast), which most of the modern day Android phones possess. In other words, when you get this setup (which is very easy – plug and play) you will be able to see what is on your phone on your TV or projector. This allows you to use your phones data connection to view pics, play games, read the news and stream video, such as YouTube, Hulu, Pluto, etc… I do recommend that you make sure you have an unlimited data connection through your cell service before using this device, which most people do these days. The real feature with Screenbeam is that you do not need a wi-fi connection or router for this to work; instead, Screenbeam wirelessly communicates directly with your smartphone.

Why did I purchase Screenbeam? I have an RV, way out in no man’s land, where I have managed to pull in a high-end 3G data signal using a booster. I use Screenbeam connected to the TV in my RV to stream video from my smartphone. It has literally opened up a whole new world in watching TV during the evenings when I am camping. Anything that I can pull down on my smartphone I can watch on the big screen. Screenbeam, so far, for me, has worked flawlessly.

Cost? The Screenbeam Mini 2 will run you around $40. To me, this an inexpensive device that works very well and would serve you for all sorts of purposes; such as using your phone to project a report or video in a conference meeting scenario or for home entertainment (gaming and movies). The selling point to me was that I can do a direct wireless connection where I do not need a wireless router like you do with the Google Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick; pLus, this thing is very portable.

Where can I get the Screenbeam Mini 2?  My recommendation is to purchase it through Amazon (see link below); that way, easy to return if you do not like it, plus you can see the reviews. I can tell you that the Screenbeam Mini 2 is a great device that I am glad (and excited) to have purchased.

CLICK HERE to VIEW and PURCHASE THE SCREENBEAM MINI 2

Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better | BGR

Android might be one of the two most important mobile operating systems right now, and the biggest one by market share, but it certainly won’t be around forever. That’s why Google is already working on a universal OS that would one day replace Android without users having to worry about it. Fuchsia, as it’s called for the time being, will run seamlessly on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size. It’ll deliver faster updates and better privacy features, according to some reports, and it’ll support Android apps as well as native Fuchsia apps.

Source: Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better – BGR

Android App: Vollynx Volume Control

I spend a great deal of time reviewing various Android apps; especially those apps that have a practical purpose such as this one. It is called “Vollynx” and its’ main purpose is to help you manage and control the various volume controls and modes on your smartphone. If you give this app a try, make sure you install the widget which will give you quick access to maintain total control over the volume setting and mode settings. A key feature is you can lock in the volume settings. Vollynx is totally free (no ads or other purchase options). Vollynx can be downloaded on your phone from the Google Play Store.

Vollynx

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Source: Google Play Store – Vollynx

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