Category: Android

GasBuddy Finds You the Closest, Cheapest Gas Station

It’s no question that gas is expensive and everyone wants to find the cheapest place to fill their tank. You could keep a mental list of the lowest prices, ask your friends, or drive around to find the gas station with the best bargain. Or you could save time and use GasBuddy.

 

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View Recent Android App Updates with Changelog Droid

Hi all! I’m back, married and moved into a new place. Now, I’m ready to write a long overdue app review. While I was busy with those exciting experiences, I was thankful for one specific feature of the Google Play store: I didn’t have to manually update my apps. Instead, I just set it to automatic updates and my phone maintained itself. The only downside of this is that I don’t always know what bug fixes or new features my apps have received without clicking on each individual app’s update in the Play Store. One way of remedying this is with Changelog Droid.

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Yahoo! Mail Updated for Android

About a month ago, Yahoo updated mail for iOS. Now, the same redesign is available on Android. It features several changes, but the most noticeable is the look and feel. It mirrors the design of Yahoo Mail in your browser and you can choose similar themes to match.


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Flickr Update Mimics Instagram on iOS and Android

Flickr users already taking advantage of the free terabyte of storage, are in for another treat. Flickr has just released an entire revamp of their iOS and Android apps. The interface feels reminiscent of Instagram, but still retains its own unique feel. It makes browsing and adding photos an easy task. Swiping between each view feels snappy, adding photos is easy and there are plenty of filters to choose from. Here is the full list of new features:

– Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy.
– Save it all: All your pictures in one place. Take them everywhere.
– Advanced editing: Gorgeous filters. Powerful editing tools. All for free.

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Mailbox App is finally available for Android

Today Dropbox (finally) released Mailbox for Android. It has grown wildly popular on iOS for making inbox-zero easy to achieve.

“We redesigned the inbox to make email light, fast, and mobile-friendly. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash and scan entire conversations in a chat-like view. It’s a whole new inbox.”

Design

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Mailbox for Android looks nearly identically to its iOS counterpart, which is a good thing. The app is easy to navigate and, though it was first created for iOS, it feels at home on Android. The design is a bright white, like many apps, so be aware that it does not yet have a night-view.

Features

After first downloading, the app presents you with a tutorial on how to use the app’s gestures to easily delete email, add as a to-do,put in a list or remind you later. To use these, you just long or short swipe to the right or left.

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You can access the emails you saved by swiping from the left. At this menu, you can view your inbox (Mailbox), emails scheduled for later, your lists and your archive. You can also search your entire inbox.

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One of my complaints, which is also a problem in the iOS version, is that you cannot view all of your labels from Gmail. This is because Mailbox is designed merely to reach inbox-zero, but it would be nice to be able to view all of my emails in the app, easily.

With Mailbox for Android, a new feature, not yet available for iOS was introduced. The app will learn which types of emails you often swipe to delete or archive, and it will be able to offer suggestions for action when you open the app.

Usability

The app crashed twice while I was trying to add my email accounts, but I haven’t had any problems since. I am pleased with the fluidity of the app. The gestures work smoothly, just like in the iOS version. For the app’s first version, it works surprisingly well.

Bottom Line

While currently only available for Gmail and iCloud users, Mailbox offers a well-designed alternative to the standard Gmail app on Android.

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Get Free Money to Spend in the Play Store with Google Rewards

Here on Free App Maven, I try to find the best free apps, so you don’t need to shell out cash (or plastic) to find the tools you need. However, sometimes there comes a paid app that you might be dying to have. For me, I often add those to my wish list in the app store and wait until I have the money. On Android my process has changed with Google Rewards.

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Google Rewards is an app that asks you to fill out surveys and rewards you for them. The surveys only take about thirty seconds (at most) to complete, so no time is really lost. You don’t even have to check the app for updates, because you can opt-in to receive a notification whenever there is a new survey available. The surveys and rewards range in topic, but usually they are worth 25-50 cents each. I’ve had the app for about three weeks and have probably received a total of $6-8. It is certainly worth the few seconds of my time. I absolutely recommend downloading Google Rewards if you are looking for a way to get paid apps for free.

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Listable: An App That Keeps Track of Things to Buy, Watch and Read

Description

“Listable is a super-simple way to remember things in your personal life. It’s your ‘want to-do’ list.”

How many post-its and random notebooks do you have with quotes or songs you like written down? If you’re like me, you’ve probably lost track of how many and where they are. What good is it to write all of these down, only to never see them again? Listable solves this problem by giving you a place to store the things you want to remember for later.

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Free for Today

Here are today’s free apps. Prices are subject to change at the discretion of the developers.

iOS

Amount

“Amount is the most intuitive, lightweight and easy to use unit converter you’ve ever seen.
Amount let you convert units in a way you’ve never seen before: with just two tap of your finger you have all the results you’re looking for in a single display, side by side.”

Week Agenda Ultimate

Keeping your schedule straight as you go through your day, and look to the weeks ahead, is a proverbial snap with the Week Agenda Ultimate app. Elegantly designed, this agenda app gives you a nice overview of the current week with pages to turn to upcoming, or preceding weeks. It has a classic day-planner feel.

C++ (Compass++) Digital

“This Compass app offers unique HD compass themes for your iPhone and iPad. Your iPad comes with a built-in digital compass component, but there is no app pre-loaded on your device to use this feature, we are here to solve this for you.Now you will never get lost, and in style!
This compass app gives full retina support for all iPhone and iPad. You can swipe left and right on the screen to change between 7 great looking themes.”

Runtastic Sit Ups Trainer Pro

Flatten your stomach and get those ab muscles to start showing with runtastic SitUps PRO app!
With the runtastic SitUps PRO app you can now achieve this goal. The app is your personal sit-up trainer that uses an easy to follow scientific sports training plan that helps you build strength and see constant improvement.
Unique recognition of your sit-ups: Sit-ups are counted automatically using the accelerometer on your iPhone or iPad.

Guitar Chords

Quickly and easily learn to play chords with Guitar Chords for iOS. With playback, left handed support and a packed library, Guitar Chords is a great chord reference tool for both beginners and more advanced musicians. The easy to use interface makes for easy chord finding. Simply select a key and a chord type, and the chord position will display. Simple as that! Cycle through multiple chord positions along the guitar neck and hear how they sound. Guitar Chords also lets you save chords to a clipboard so you can have multiple chords easily available when learning a new song!

Relaxia: Sounds of Nature for Relaxation, Meditation, Sleep Aid

Aiming to provide the most relaxing app for ambient sounds in the Appstore, we selected a very soothing collection of sounds and tried to make the experience as enjoyable and intuitive as possible, Relaxia is simply the result of this quest.

Android

iPoe Collection

“In the XIX century Edgar Allan Poe was ahead of his time and captured the terror and darkness of the human soul, in each of his stories, as no one had ever done. Rediscover his work with iPoe, the Interactive and Illustrated Collection of Edgar Allan Poe with which you will find the difference between an electronic book and a total interactive experience exploring all capabilities of Android devices. Get shrouded in shadows and dive into the dark work of the master of horror through some of his best stories.”

 

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HabitRPG Android Client

Overview

“A third party client to interact with the website HabitRPG. HabitRPG is a habit building program which treats your life like an RPG. You can earn money, experience and levels. You can also buy rewards from your money earn, and might lose life points as you fail.”

For more information on HabitRPG, check out my review.

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HabitRPG: A Task Manager that Helps You Level Up in Life

Overview

“A habit building program which treats your life-like a Role Playing Game. Level up as you succeed, lose HP as you fail, earn money to buy weapons and armor.”

Do you love playing RPGs? Are you a bit of a procrastinator in real life but great at leveling up your characters? HabitRPG seeks to merge these two worlds. Funded by Kickstarter, it is an open-source website that allows you to create a character and level up by doing your daily tasks. It has come a long way since its release and is ready to help you conquer your daily goals.

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