If we aren’t doing a good enough job of reminding you about Amazon’s Free App of the Day and you continually forget to check for yourself, then you’ll want to grab this app from XDA member cody_04l. You can set it up to trigger a notification that will tell you what Amazon’s app is for that day and even direct you into the Appstore for download. Simple and easy.
Before I get into the app of the day, I want to take a second to thank everyone who has been giving feedback about the apps we review. With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, I’m glad that this site can provide a path through some of the apps that stand out to us. So, thank you again and please continue submitting apps and commenting on the apps we do review.
Yesterday we reviewed Live Wallpaper Flip Clock. I saw some interesting comments on that one.
Today’s Amazon App Store free paid app is: TweetCaster Premium
Normally $4.99, this is a pretty big deal. Nice of Amazon to give away hot apps like these. So let’s take a glance at this one.
I know a lot of people use a lot of different clients for Twitter, so TweetCaster Premium being free should put this at the top of the list for anyone using a free client that has been looking for the upgrade to a premium with all the added benefits. TweetCaster does all of your basics and then goes a step further. From customizable notifications to themes to filters – make it your own. The app operates very smooth and as you can see, is one of the better looking UI’s in the game. So if you don’t have a twitter account, maybe now you should get one and take advantage of a stellar client to follow @droid_life with. 🙂
Amazon App Store Link
Cheers to everyone who sent this in!
Yesterday we brought you SBFportable. Did anyone try it?
Today, we look at an app by Sergey Golovanov called Live Wallpaper Flip Clock. I assume people read the post topic and thought,”who uses live wallpapers?” Well, after about thirty minutes with this app, I can tell you that I do. This app creates an environment unlike most typical live wallpapers. The app has a built in fully functioning weather clock, HTC style. This is the only part of the wallpaper that is actually live. And since the clock is built right into the wallpaper, you don’t lose any space with a widget on your homescreen. Everything else is customizable – backgrounds, type of clock style, color, location, fonts, battery status, temp, forecast, and so on. After running it on my DX and on friends’ TBolts and OGs, I can tell you the battery effect is no more than any other clock widget you may use, but you get the added benefits listed above. There is a free trial version and a paid $2.00 version. (more…)
Today’s app of the day isn’t an app at all. It’s a program. Currently it’s for the DROIDX but has plans to be applied to all devices.
SBF. Did you just tremble a little? Feel a cold chill climb up your spine? How about the word brick? Well no more fetal positions for those of you that avoid SBF like the plague! A collaboration, spearheaded by WugFresh, between some big time Android players has spawned SBFportable. This is a stand alone and automated program for all Windows computers that takes the scary out of SBF.
For those new to the term SBF, here is a little background. Let’s say you jump into the rooting game and at some point find your device useless because a ROM flashing went wrong, you decide to go back to stock for an OTA update, or you are for some reason left without a working backup. Flashing an SBF file will solve all of your problems by returning your device to its stock state. After flashing an SBF file, you are left with a device whose software looks like it came straight out of a box.
What is SBFportable and how does it work?
…here is the first release of a fully automated standalone live SBF exe built with 1KDS’s latest iso (1KDStaz0.8.iso), MobaLiveCD.exe (standalone vm environment via QEMU), and some batch and VBScript I wrote to make it work. Just download it, and double click and it should do the rest; besides pressing 1 once its all loaded up. The file will silently extract its contents to a temporary directory on your local machine and then run…
WugFresh also points out a bunch of must-dos before using this program such as:
- Making sure your phone is in bootloader mode.
- Making sure your phone is fully charged.
- Making sure your computer is fully charged
- Understanding that SBF-ing wipes your entire phone clean.
- Making sure your phone is actually plugged into your computer.
So there ya go. I have used it on my DROIDX to test it (although I’m a Linux flashing addict) and can tell you it is almost too easy. No excuses anymore guys. Get a ROM. Get Gingerbread. Get this file and never look back!
Full support can be found here.
*And the AAS app today is The Impossible Game.
Amazon’s Free app of the day is Chuzzle, but we’re skipping it again in favor of an independent developer.
We were turned onto an app called Prox over the weekend that utilizes the proximity sensor of your phone to complete actions. It’s like using the Force to make your phone complete magic tricks such as opening the app drawer or pulling down the notification bar. Prox pairs your accelerometer to your proximity sensor, and then lets you swipe in front of it at different angles to initiate different tasks. It’s a pretty cool concept that we’ll be following closely to see where this dev plans to take it.
Think of tilting your phone towards you and then swiping in front of the sensor to pop up your browser. You could then lay it flat and swipe again to open the camera, followed by a tilt left to jump to Facebook and finish it off with a tilt right to jump back home. Seeing the possibilities? And if that made no sense at all, we’ve attached a video below that should walk you through it. (more…)
On Sunday, we brought you a quick review of FlexT9. What did you all think of it?
The AAS free paid app for today is Monkey Preschool Lunchbox.
Instead of covering that though, we’re taking a look at a third party app by a developer many of you have heard of, Jason Calhoun. We reviewed his app System Info Widget here before, but wanted to bring him back into the spotlight with a different app, MySchedule. MySchedule is a handy app for everyone that lives through their calendar. The app lets you easily connect with your Google Calendars and all of its events. I say easily because it puts your upcoming events right into your pulldown/notification menu. Everything is customizable in the app and gives you more features than the calendar app included within Android – colors, icons, frequency, and more.
Jason’s apps are on or have been on all of my devices. System Info Widget is without a doubt one of the few widgets I actually have on my homescreen.
Market Link | You can view the rest of his apps at http://www.jasoncalhoun.com/.
Also if you follow him on twitter, @JasonC, he frequently gives away swag, apps, and more.
Oh, did I mention that HE IS GIVING AWAY A FREE NOOK COLOR? That’s right! On Memorial Day, anyone who purchases an app for a measly dollar will be entered into the drawing. You can buy any app for a dollar and also there are ways listed to get up to 150 entries into the drawing! I encourage everyone to head on over and check out his site. Third party developers are vital to the growth of Android apps.
Let us know which app you went with and what you think!
Happy Friday the 13th! While waiting for the forever delayed Gingerbread update for the Droid X, we thought this would be a good opportunity to start an App of the Day review. We will take a look at the Amazon App Store free paid app, a favorite Android Market app, or a third party app in the reviews. With these reviews we really look forward to reader feedback of the app in the comments. We plan to list the Amazon App Store (AAS) free paid app of the day even if we don’t review it, just so you guys know what that app is. So that being said:
Today’s AAS free app: Enjoy Sudoku, normally $2.99. AAS rating – 4.5 stars.
You guys want me to review a Sudoku app? Because I will but…..
GLU, the makers of hit titles such as Gun Bros and WSOP: Hold ‘Em Legend, have FINALLY released a very popular game called Contract Killer. Now before all else, please be aware this is a mature title as it does show violence. The game is just what the title says, kill for contracts. It is not a free roaming environment. You open the level at a fixed point and use your weapon of choice to eliminate the target. Zoom in as a sniper, use a handgun from range, etc. This is a typical Glu design in that the app is free to download from the market and play, but to really explore the game to it’s full potential, Glu will have you purchase in game add ons and goodies. There are more that 15 main missions and tons of side missions. The game does require, like Gun Bros, approximately 240MB of download data to sdcard. I have played this app on other platforms and it does provide a good amount of entertainment for those of you into mobile gaming.
Check it out and give us your thoughts! (more…)