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Photography

Instagram For Android User Review

Instagram app that has been making lots of news in the iOS world so far, is now reaching out to other platforms as well, for instance is now available in Google Play Store(the Android Market). The app enables you to present all your photos in a more unique, refreshing ways. Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. As you launch the app, you need to sign up first and make your personal Instagram account.

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As you sign up, the app takes you to ‘Find Friends’ screen where you can find your friends that are also using the app from your Contacts List, Facebook or Twitter. After finding them, you can choose to follow them. You can also skip this page and get to the next page(tapping on the blue icon with 2 white arrows pointing rightwards on top-right of the screen) where you can follow many other Instagram users from across the world whom you don’t know personally. So,

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So, every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world. By tapping on the icon showing a star at the bottom, you get to the ‘Popular’ section where you get to see some of the popular, most liked pictures. You can also the like or leave a comment, just as in Facebook dear.

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Then the best part of the app – choosing up your own pics from the camera(i.e click one right away) or the photo gallery and editing them with Instagram to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Tap on the middle most icon at the bottom, and then choose a photo. After selecting one, Just tap on ‘Accept’ and move on.

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Thereafter the app takes you to the main page that will provide you with all the photo editing tools100% free custom designed filters and borders, change the brightness, rotate, etc. Make your desired changes and proceed by tapping on the blue icon on the top-right of screen.

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Further, type the caption for the edited pic, enable Geotag if you want to and tap on ‘UPLOAD’ icon on top-right. Then, you can also share it on Social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Tumblr. See the image below.

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Then you can have a look at all your edited photos, the instgram users you following and the one’s that are following you. And tapping on the icon showing 3 white square dots on top-right gives you all the other settings option that you might want to change according to you and all the info about the app as well.

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You can also track all the news i.e if there’s any photo that made it to the ‘Popular’ page recently. The tap on the 2nd icon from right will provide you this info.

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The app’s pretty much decent with a very smooth User Interface, very easy to use and a delight for the people who like to play around with their pics and give them a new, refreshing look and then share it with friends and family. I know, there are are plenty of them out there who will definitely go for this app on their Android(2.2 and up) Smartphones.

However there are other photo editing apps also available in the market that are equally good. For instance, try out the Photo Editor – Adjust color, add effects, rotate, crop, resize, frame, and draw on your photos. The app is loaded with some great features to explore.

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Also, try out the Photo Art – Color Effects app that can enable you to color the picture with your fingers or apply several effects. You can color your old black&white photos. Everyone can be an artist with this photo editing app.

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With another similar app – the Pencil Art Maker, you can give your photo an artistic form. You can chose some artistic effects and change color,contrast,vividness.

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Well, we think that these apps may satisfy your quench for being creative with your photos and enhance your photography skills. If not, in one of our future posts, we would definitely come up with a separate post informing you about many other photo editing apps available on the Google Play Store, as this is one activity that we are sure is liked by many, either as a hobby or just as a favorite pass time. Stay tuned.

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Utilities

Free Android Phone Antivirus and Lost Phone Finder App

Today, our phones play an inevitable role in our lives. One day our phones is not working or we had misplaced/lost it somewhere, the panic knocks our doors. The phone’s security covers 3 essential aspects –

1. protection from viruses, malware and spyware

2. keeping all its data safe and protected

3. it should not get lost/misplaced

Here, we are not talking just about any other normal antivirus app that protects a Smartphone from viruses, malware and trojans. Instead we are discussing about an app that will give your device a complete 3-way protectionfree antivirus protection along with free find my phone and data backup. The Lookout Security & Anti-virus app does that for your Android device.

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You need to sign up and make your lookout account to get started with the app and use all its features.

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Once you are through with the account, you launch the app by tapping on ‘Start Lookout’(see above image), and it straight away start scanning your device for viruses(see below) and enables its 3 basic free features – security, backup and missing device.

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The Premium version(14 days free trial) comes with additional 2 main features – 1. Remote Lock & Wipe: Securely lock your phone if it’s lost or stolen to prevent others from accessing your phone and remotely delete sensitive data on your phone if needed. Activate a loud alarm, even if your phone or tablet is on silent. Log in to myLookout.com to locate your phone from any web browser, anywhere 2. Privacy Advisor: Identify which apps can access your sensitive data like contacts, location, SMS text messages & identity info.  Also supports Safe Browsing(Block phishing and malware sites from links in text messages, on the web, and more.) and Advanced Backup(Backup and restore photos and call history in addition to contacts. Restore them to a new device)

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Note : When your trial period ends, you will automatically return to the free version.  The user interface is what attracts me the most in this app. Simple, easy taps takes your device towards permanent security in no time. And the support from the website is awesome. Get the location of your lost/misplaced phone very easily and quickly.

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It’s a fact that Lookout has helped finding phones worth $2.5 billion across the globe in 2011. It is indeed an app to watch out for. And believe me, I tried it for my device too. I got the current location of my device in about less than a minute. Will definitely use this app, at least the free version that will cost me nothing and will give me something precious – the safety and security of my device from viruses and thefts. The app is completely worth the 5.25MB space it occupies of my phone’s memory.

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Utilities

Switch Across Running Apps on Android Phone

If you are the one who use various apps simultaneously on your Android device and wish to get rid of the traditional way of switching over different apps i.e tapping on the ‘home’ icon, then tapping on the ‘menu’ icon, selecting the other app and then finally starting using it – a pretty lengthy, boring process, isn’t it? Well you can save yourself from this burdensome procedure of switching from one app to other using the Taskbar Task Switcher app. This app enables you to get all your recently used apps in the Notification drawer on the top of your screen and you can have the access to all of them from one place.

The features and functionality is pretty simple and to-the-point. You can set the number of applications you want it to display(maximum 8), choose apps that you don’t want displayed within the notifications drawer, set the text color of your choice for app names, choose to have dots representing the apps that are displayed, there’s also an additional (optional) “return to desktop” button. Simple yet effective application.

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Note : We recommend having the ‘start with system’ option at the top of the Preferences/Settings screen enabled, so that you don’t have to run the app every time your device reboots.

Another similar app that does the same for you is Perfect Task Switcher app. One step ahead, this one covers your other activities too, like the music, messaging etc along with the applications. There are 2 options to get started with the app – press the ‘home’ button or long-press the ‘search’ button. Easily switch tasks by scrolling through the list and tapping onto a task preview and close a running task by long pressing its preview and flinging it out of the task list.

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My personal favorite would be the Smart Task Switcher app that gives you various options like Recent, Running, Favorite, to choose from and easily switch amongst your previously used apps/favorite apps/running tasks. You can use a tiny movable floating icon method to replace long press HOME button key(Pro version only).

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Other similar app offering the easy switch between the running apps/tasks from the list of the currently running tasks is the MultiTasking Lite. Double click on the ‘home’ icon to launch the app and long pressing it would terminate all the running apps. The Pro version supports ‘Screen Orientation’ and no ads flashing on the screen.

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And there’s a child inside you screaming to get out and do the same thing in a more playful way, use the Shake Multitasking app. Just shake your phone to switch applications. You can adjust the ‘threshold’ and ‘Auto turn off time’ by tapping on the ‘Settings’ icon. Features include App Drawer(long clicking the app will add it to the Favorites), Favorites(long press the app to delete it from the list) and Task(click to quit any running process).

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You might find few more similar apps from the Google Play Store(Android Market) enabling you to switch easily between your frequently used, currently used apps and other tasks these are our top five picks for the same.

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Tips

10 Best Tips To Increase Android Phone, Tablet Battery Usage Time

Well, the Android Operating System has taken the telecom industry by the storm and is rapidly moving towards the highest position in the Smartphones’ market share. With the OS’s enticing  features, functionality and the apps market providing loads of exciting apps to the delight of its customers, Android has a long way to go in this communications industry. But with all the benefits, there is always some cost to bear. Here, we are taking the phone’s battery life into consideration that gets drained so fast because of the features itself. But going a little bit intelligently, you can use some of the tips discussed below either in isolation or collectively depending on what suits you the best and keep you device running for a longer period of time.

1. Know What Is Using Your Battery And In What Proportions.

First and foremost, to enable battery saving, you must know what functions/features of your device consumes the battery in what proportions. Only then, you would make the changes required to boost up your battery life, right? For this, go to the ‘Battery Usage Screen’ and know what has been using the battery. You can access it by opening Settings > About Phone > Battery use.

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2. Change Your ‘Display’ Settings.

As you can see in my case(taken my own phone’s screenshot) above and I am sure it must be common with most of you out there as well that the phone’s display sucks the greatest amount of our batteries. There you can make 2 major changes – One, decrease the brightness level of your phone’s display and two, decrease the ‘Screen Timeout’ time. To do this, go to Settings>Display>Brightness/Screen timeout and make the changes.

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3. Turn Off Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS When Not Required And/Or Use the Airplane mode.

Bluetooth is required only when you need to transfer files or use a Bluetooth headset. The wireless networking transmitter(i.e. your WiFi) uses quite a bit of power. Even when the device is not connected to a network, it will continue to search for one on a regular basis. And GPS is required only if you are having difficulty finding your way around some place while traveling.  If you are not navigating, turn off GPS and let the device use whatever alternative location services your wireless network provider may offer. Switch off GPS Geolocation features in any other app that makes use of it as well. Switch off the Bluetooth and Wifi as well when not needed. By enabling the Airplane mode, you can collectively turn them all off. Go to Settings> Wireless & networks>Airplane Mode/WiFi/Bluetooth and for disabling the GPS, go to Settings>Location & security>Use GPS satellites.

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4. Use 2G Networks Only Whenever Possible.

If you do not need access to high speed data, or there is no 3G network where you live, you can set your OS to use 2G mobile networks only. You will still have access to EDGE network data and WiFi if needed. To do this, go to Settings>Wireless & networks>mobile networks>Use only 2G networks and check the option.

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5. Use the Power Control widget.

From Android 1.6 onwards, there is a widget that you can place on any one of your home screens that gives you quick control buttons for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push sync, and screen brightness (three levels). Use this to control your settings and turn them off to save battery power, as stated above. This is a nice easy shortcut. To apply this, go to Home screen>Menu>Add>Widgets>Power control

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6. Switch off haptic feedback.

While you may leave on vibratory alerts as they may be necessary, you can simply switch off the haptic feedback from your virtual keyboard. Even though it may feel good to have haptic feedback, it is best to switch it off because every time you touch the screen, a haptic feedback takes away your battery power unnecessarily. You can find this setting inside Settings > Sound > Haptic feedback.

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7. Disable Auto-Sync & Adobe Flash.

Certain built-in applications such as Email, keeps on trying to access the internet at regular intervals without user intervention, thus reducing battery power. You can either set it to sync at longer intervals, or simply switch off automatic syncing. You can manually sync to get updates by hitting refresh button. Go to Settings> Accounts and sync > General sync settings and remove the checkbox next to Auto-sync.

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Adobe Flash is required for the functionality of certain websites. Flash gives an enriching web experience but also consumes a lot of battery. Switching it off is one possible way of reducing battery consumption. You can set the browser to load Flash only when you want it to load. To do this, open the internet browser, press the Menu button on your Android phone, select More, go to Settings > Enable Plug-ins and set it to On demand.

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8. Uninstall unnecessary, unused apps & Do not leave applications running when you don’t need them.

If some of the applications that you might have installed earlier are seldom in use now, you can uninstall such applications. Also, Some applications have an option to turn off notifications. In such cases, you can turn off notifications so that they don’t run in the background. And once you are through with the apps, close them and return to the home screen.

9. Disable unnecessary Home Screen widgets & animated wallpaper.

Widgets in Android phones are meant to make life easier and most of them actually do so. But certain widgets drain battery more than others, such as widgets pulling data from the internet in the background. As far as possible, such widgets must be avoided and removed if possible. And Animated wallpapers, though look so cool, drains your battery more than you may think it does. Disable them to save some battery power.

10. Use Some Great Battery Saving Apps.

Apart from the phone’s internal settings that have been discussed above that may enhance your battery life, there are some great mobile apps(free as well as paid) available in the Android market that can be your perfect tool in making your device’s battery run longer. Some of them are Task Killer, Longevity, Power Tone-up, Easy Battery Saver, One Touch Battery Saver & Juice Defender.

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Utilities

Find Which Apps, Process On Android Phone Using Most Battery Power

Android OS is catching up and spreading into the Smartphones market at a rapid face, almost unstoppable. But it’s battery consumption, the phone’s running time before the battery gets completely exhausted has been a major issue. Now there is always some inbuilt adjustments and info on the usage of battery that you can use to save or increase your battery life. You can go to Settings>applications>battery use on your android device and you’ll get the basic info as to what is eating up your battery and in what proportions. You can make some minor changes and enhance your battery life. Foe example, you can reduce the screen brightness and/or screen timeout. See the image below.

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But, these few adjustments might not go a long way in improving, increasing your battery consumptions to a great extent. And hence, we are mentioning here some of the best apps that can increase and improve the battery life on your Android phones. One such app is Longevity(beta) released by Trend Micro. Once you run the app, you need to provide your email address and location. Once you get through that stage, you get to use the app. You’ll see the app manual or the tutorial straight away which is one great feature. Just follow it and you’ll be okay with this app. Have a look at it –

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The app offers you multiple ways(can also be called app’s features) to improve your battery life.

1. turning on “just-a-phone” mode  will turn off all other network connections like internet and sync, just keeping your phone running for making/receiving calls and text messaging. This can save a great amount of battery when you are running really low on it.

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2. The Power Hog App Alert, utilizing one-of-a-kind cloud intelligence, notifies you when a newly downloaded app will take a juice out of your battery in greater amount. This way you’ll be aware of the battery consumed by the use of apps on your device and you can have them and use them accordingly. Gives you stats for distribution of your battery life amongst different segments.

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3. Tapping on the “alerts” tile on top right, you can set for the alerts based on battery charging and discharging. Be alerted when the battery level drops suddenly. You can set the percentage of the remaining battery life when you want an alert.

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4. there is also a straight-forward One click option to optimize your phone and extend battery life. Tapping on the ‘Optimize’ tile at the bottom, you can make your settings that will help your battery last longer as shown in the images below.

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Note : This app may be incompatible with other battery saving apps you might be using prior to installing this one on your device.

You’ll also find may other apps in the market doing the same for you with some differences though. There is this  BitDefender Power Tune-up(BETA) app that has good set of options to improve the performance of your Android phone.  The options available for tweaking battery usage is pretty good. The 3 main functions are – battery saver, clean up system and set data meter for data usage. The battery saver is one important feature of this app. You can customize the phone settings to achieve the best results.

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Another similar app is the Easy Battery Saver that offers 4 different power saving modes –Normal Mode,  General Saving Mode, Intelligent Saving Mode, Super Power Saving Mode and 1 Advanced Customized Mode. Just choose one other than the Normal mode that will do nothing for your battery, make the required settings and the battery problems will go away.

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Some of the main battery draining components in your smartphones are 3G/4G connectivity and WiFi. These can be managed automatically and transparently with the Juice Defender app. The app has a easy and intuitive user interface and once configured it runs by itself, improving battery life in a fully automated manner. Also has 2 other upgrades/variants that needs to be bought – JuiceDefender Plus & JuiceDefender Ultimate.

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And for my lazy friends out there, who don’t even want to make the minimal efforts to make the required settings to get any app work efficiently for their device, and want it all very easy, they can install the One Touch Battery Saver app. Yes, just one touch to save the battery – Click on the ‘power saving’ mode that saves your battery life to a great extent. Else, use a Self-Customized Saving Mode and make your personal settings.

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We have tried to compile these few battery saving apps that we guess would be best for your android smartphones and would really help you when the power is insufficient in your device and keep you alert all the time for the same.

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Weather

Get Weather Info Of Location Around Your Android Phone

Weather plays an inevitable role in our everyday decision making of planning our outdoor activities, from daily routine commuting between the workplace and home to plan a vacation or just a nearby outing with friends and family. It helps to be informed about the weather conditions before deciding to plan these things. Now how to do that in case you are not a keen follower of weather updates provided by TV news channels, and even if you do, they might not provide you with a forecast much in advance so that you can plan accordingly. The Weather Channel app is a solution to all these issues. Get it on your Android phones and get the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever the weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and ultra-local forecasting technology, the app provides you with the weather tools that will help you plan your day, week, or even the next hour.

The App has a very intuitive user interface. You start the app and you have to provide your location with its Voice Search or let the app determine it just by the click of button right next to the ‘Voice Search’ icon. See the image below.

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Done that, you’ll see all the widgets showcasing all that the app has to offer at the bottom of the screen – Weather, Maps, Severe, Videos, iWitness & Settings. Tap on ‘Weather’ and you’ll see all weather info of your location at the current time covering temperature, Dew point, Relative humidity, wind speed, time of sunrise and sunset. Other than this, get some basic overview of the weather forecast on hourly, 36 hours and 10 days basis as well.

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The app also features

  • Animated & customizable radar maps with Google Maps functionality
  • Severe weather alerts – US and Europe only
  • watch Local and popular pictures and videos and also shoot yourself and share them under the ‘iWitness’ section

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You can also choose the Unit of Measure amongst the 3 given options; sign up for pollen alerts(for US locations); choose between Most Severe, Moderate Severe & All alerts and make other suitable settings. For any other query, the app’s ‘Tips and Tricks’ section under ‘Settings’ has done a very good job. Available for free from the Google Play(Android Market), it’s a must have app on your mobile devices. Note that it requires an internet connectivity to work.

Another similar app is the Weather Bug that gives you the access to the largest network of professional weather stations in North America and thousands of locations around the world which has never been easier. Its unique features are the Doppler Radar (Touch anywhere map technology allows user to “drop a pin” and view current weather conditions for that location which include temperature, wind speeds and more) and Weather Cams(View live images from more than 2,000 weather cameras across the U.S. to get a better picture of the weather around you). Also has a upgrade version, the Weather Bug Elite(buy for Rs 99.39) that is 100% ads free and has many other enhanced features.

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Then there is WeatherPro app that you can buy for Rs 164.58 from the market that features high quality 7-day forecasts and weather reports for over two million locations worldwide. Highlights include global satellite plus radar for the USA, UK and much of Europe. The fantastic Live Wallpaper that enables you to instantly see the weather at your selected location before you even open the app makes the app different from its other counterparts. You can get the HD version of the same app for about Rs 219.66

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Gismeteo Weather Forecast LITE app with its simple yet effective features can also be good pick in this segment and is also available for free. Nice and easy user interface and very simple ‘settings’ section makes using this app a delightful experience.

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And if animation is what that keeps the adrenaline rush in your body, Animated Weather Widget&Clock is the app for you. But you need to shed some bucks too for a unique and mind-boggling experience. The app’s highlight is the Digital Clock widget 4×2 with Weather forecast. Also the exquisitely realistic video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow along with the vivid sensation of current or future weather makes it a mind-boggling weather app.

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So, choose a one, free or the paid, according to your needs, the app’s features and your pocket and keep yourself updated with the weather for your location and around for the current moment or the future forecast so that you can plan your outings accordingly and weather may not be the hindrance.

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Apps Lists

15 Best Free Mobile Antivirus For Android Phone & iPhone

The smartphones these days can perform most of the tasks that required conventional desktop computers and laptops few years back. There’s also too much of downloading stuff on your mobile phones – apps, games, videos, etc. And with these downloads, there is always a chance of some virus attacking your Smartphone’s software just as in our PCs and corrupting it making your OS go haywire. So, just as you require Antivirus software that protects your PCs, you require the same for your phones as well. Here, we listing down some of the best Antivirus apps that Android market has to offer for your mobile devices.

1. Lookout Security & Antivirus : It’s a 3-in-1 app for your phone. This app not only secures your phone against malware, spyware, and trojans but it also enables you to keep the backup of all your data and find your phone if missing. The user interface is great, just makes your device safe in few simple steps. There is a Premium version of the app that comes with additional features like Privacy Advisor, Remote Lock & Wipe, etc. You can have a trial of the premium version for 14 days, then buy it to use it permanently, or else you automatically will get back to the Free version of the app and continue to use it forever.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.5 and up.

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

2. NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus : It is the West Coast Labs certified Mobile Security & Antivirus app. This one also helps in keeping track of your mobile traffic and protects your financial info used in online apps. You can add your personalized widget on your homescreen. The Premium version will give you Automatic Virus Database updates, Anti-theft premium features, Financial security and Anti-eavesdropping. Also a Go Ahead app for your mobile security.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.0 and up.

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

3. Dr.Web Anti-virus Light : The product of a leading Russian anti-virus vendor Doctor Web, the app is really good. You get it all on the home screen of the app, just tap the options and secure your mobile. Launch this app and then you are just one tap(on the ‘OFF’ Icon in the ‘SpIDer Guard’ tile on the top) away from protecting your mobile software. It will not however give you ‘data backup’ and ‘find your phone’ features like in Lookout.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.5 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

4. Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite : Kaspersky has been a brand name in Antivirus software for our desktop PCs and laptops. Now download its mobile version for your Android devices as well. The app features essential anti-theft defense, allowing you to block, wipe or find your missing phone. Also enables you to block/filter unwanted calls and SMS texts. Supporting 14 international languages, comes with a security code/password option in the beginning to let the app to be used only by you, which is always a plus point in keeping your phone safe and secure.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.5 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

5. Norton Mobile Security Lite : Another top brand with its mobile version, Norton Antivirus & Security gives your mobile a FREE ANTI-MALWARE PROTECTION that eliminates viruses and malware before they infect your phone. Also contains all the important features like Remote Lock, Anti-theft & Anti-loss protection, Call & Text blocking, etc. One can blindly trust a Norton product in the Antivirus app segment but it comes at a great cost. Some main features are supported only in the upgraded version that will lighten up your pocket by $29.99(Rs 1500) annually.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android 2.2 and up.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

6. Blue Point Antivirus : Yet another effective antivirus that provides full protection against viruses, trojans, spyware or other malware. It is the world’s first Cloud AV + Whitelisting solution for Android devices. Unlike other mobile security solutions that tend to be “lite” versions of typical antivirus software that you might find on your computer, lacking vital detection capabilities, Blue Point enables to offload processing decisions to the cloud and away from the mobile device allows its Android based security solution to remain a complete security solution.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.2 and up.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

7. Android Antivirus : Just going by its name, a very simple and straight-forward app doing its basic primary function – scanning your system and making you aware of any virus, malware, trojan so that you can take the necessary steps. Doesn’t include features like anti-theft, privacy advisor or data backup. The best part is that it is compatible with all Android versions.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.6 and up.

Our Rating: 4.2/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

8. GuardX Antivirus : With the least possible use of your phone’s battery, GuardX Antivirus controls each application install and notify you if it is malicious. Using application settings you can always know that your virus database is up to date or not. There is a ‘report’ feature using which you can report to them if you notice a suspicious application, they will test it and if it be malicious they add it into their database. The pop up of ads at the bottom might be an annoying element though.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.5 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

9. Webroot Security & Antivirus : this antivirus software has been named One of the Best Free Android Apps of 2011 by PCWorld. Takes care of all the essential features that an Antivirus should possess, being at par with the likes of Lookout, Kaspersky, NQ. The app is very light on device memory and battery utilization. Creating a Webroot account before starting the app is a compulsion, I personally would have like to skip it if there was an option to do so. I also like its user interface, it’s a classic in that aspect.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.1 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

10. AVG Antivirus : Another great antivirus app comes from the AVG Mobilation. This one helps shield you from threats to your security, privacy and online identity by focusing specifically on the mobile environment. With AVG Mobilation antivirus for Android you’ll receive effective, easy-to-use virus and malware protection, as well as a real-time scanner, phone locator, task killer, app locker and local device wipe. With this one, your mobile device is just one click(on the capsule) away from being completely safe.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.5 and up.

Our Rating: 4.3/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

11. McAfee Mobile Security(Trial) : The app provides comprehensive security and antivirus for your Android phone or tablet. Get a free trail of the app for 7 days and if you would like to continue with it further, you need to buy the full version. Obviously not a free app, but actually effective and efficient apps comes with a price tag, especially in the category we are discussing here. It’s about our Smartphone’s safety after all. You need to register with McAfee security before using the app.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.1 and up.

Our Rating: 4.3/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

12. AegisLab Antivirus : Another free antivirus app for your android phones which quite competitive amongst its other counterpart mentioned above. Features include – Scan Mobile Malware, Database search before installation and fully support 14 languages, SD card scan, auto-schedule Scan & advertisement detection. Registration is required prior to its use on your device.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.1 and up.

Our Rating: 4.3/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

13. NetQin Security&Anti-virus : Download NetQin Mobile Security for FREE Antivirus, privacy protection, phone locator, data backup, safe browsing, traffic monitoring and many other security protections for your Android mobile phones and tablets. Note that this app may be incompatible with the following apps: Norton, Lookout, AVG, ALYac, Dr.Web, Antivirus Free, Trend Micro, Mcafee, Kaspersky, F-secure.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.0 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

14. TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security : Built on 3 very essential elements of antivirus – Protection, Prevention & Recovery,  this definitely holds the potential to be the one-stop shop for protecting your mobile device and finding the apps you can trust. The app will not be compatible with devices running on Android @.0/@.1(Éclair) OS though. The user interface is also very intuitive and appealing.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.2 and up.

Our Rating: 4.6/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

15. Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus : Last on our list but not the least is Bitdefender Mobile Security and Antivirus for your Android smartphones. With its ‘Application Audit’ feature, it makes sure that your apps don’t misbehave i.e. it doesn’t let the apps peek into your private data when they needn’t, or access the internet and when they shouldn’t. This one too is also a great option in this category. Requires you to create an account before proceeding with the app. The trial period is of 14 days.

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App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.0 and up.

Our Rating: 4.6/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

These were 15 shortlisted free antivirus apps for your android devices that would help you keeping your phones software safe and secure. We would come with other such posts mentioning good number of useful apps available in the Android market across different categories and/or utilities.

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Find Out State, City of Mobile Phone Number In India On Android Phone

There are times in our personal lives when we would like to know about the location of the caller, especially for someone bothering us or to find out if the caller(friend, colleague, business partner, family person, etc) is being truthful about his/her location. We can use some mobile apps that can make that possible for us. One such great app is ShaPlus Mobile Info(India) app for your Android devices. The app is for only STD and ISD calls, not for the local calls. And for calls being made from Landlines, the state and the city will be shown. For the mobile calls, the state and the name of the mobile operator will be indicated. whereas in case of ISD(International) calls, only the country will be known.

Its pretty simple to use the app. When you get started, it asks you for the first 5 digits of the mobile number or the STD code. You enter it, and you’ll get your info.

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The Main feature of this app is its Call Log. It will show all the missed calls, outgoing calls and incoming calls showing Indian state ( and city also for landline, operator for mobiles) for Indian numbers and country for international numbers. You can also directly call the entries in the call log.

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Also features an optional STD Prefixer to call local landline numbers without dialing the STD code. When enabling STD Prefixer in Settings, you have to enter local STD code also.

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And by long clicking home screen and choosing Shortcuts->ShaPlus Call log, you’ll get the shortcut to the Call Log on the home screen(For Android 4.0 or newer, ShaPlus Call log can be found in Widgets tab in Apps listing screen). Then in the Settings section, you can make many favorable settings and make the app more desirable like ‘number of entries to load in the call log’, ‘which call log to be shown initially when you go for the call log’, and more.

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The app covers a good range of mobile operators and good number of regions within the country. Just note that in case of mobile numbers, the info about the name of the operator will be accurate only for the mobile numbers that are not ported using Mobile number portability(MNP).

You can also use the Mobile number Checker(India) app for the same. But this one covers only the mobile numbers and not the landline numbers like in ShaPlus above. The app is updated with latest data covering across 119 crore Indian mobile number details. Also includes 7xxx and 8xxx series. There is also a added support to find out the ISD code of any country.

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Another similar app in the market is Phone To Location. This app resolves telephone numbers in your call list to its geographic location and automatically notifies you about the geographic location of incoming call number. It will list the City/State and the operator the number belongs to. It enables you to browse your contacts sorted by their geographic location. The app has a very appealing home screen with very good looking widgets. The trial version expires in 30 days and the full licensed version can be bought for $0.99(USD) through PayPal.

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One more very simple and effective app to trace the location and the operator of an unknown number on your mobile device is the Mobile Number Tracker(India). Again, this app doesn’t include the landline and International numbers. In the settings section, just 2 simple offers for the users – One, notify the caller info for incoming call and Two, Duration of the notification.  It shows caller info during incoming call. The MNP ported numbers are not traceable by the app.

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These are few best picks form the android market for the above discussed requirement. However, one best possible thing could have been the mention of the exact current location of the caller (i.e. in roaming mode) by these apps. But that’s not possible as the information is private to the Caller and the Operator.

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3 Free Web Meeting Apps For Android Phones

Managing and attending our important meetings is hell of a task these fast paced days of work. You would not like to reach your office and then plan all the things everytime, instead, you want it done on the go or even have a meeting on the go through video-audio conferencing. Banckle Online Meeting app is what you need on your Android device.

Very simple, crisp user interface makes the app more appealing. You can schedule a meeting, keep a track of upcoming meetings and what all happened in the previous meetings, all at one place. Also, set reminder notifications, welcome message and make many other important settings for your meeting sessions. Just one motto – be more productive and be more mobile.

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Once you install the app on your Android(2.3.3 or higher) device and tap its icon to run the app, you need to sign in but you’ll not find a link to create account, the only thing that sucks. For that, you need to visit  http://banckle.com/action/signup and sign up for free.

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There are many other similar apps available in the market for the same purpose with one or more distinctive features which you can try and some might have some handicap as well. Lets get a sneak peak into some that are available.

There’s a Fuze Meeting HD app which allows you to run online meetings from your Android device in minutes. You can  attend any Fuze Meeting without registering. You can get a seven day free trial with HD video conferencing (up to three participants). However, video features are available exclusively with Fuze Meeting professional subscription.

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Amongst other important apps, there is “TeamViewer for Meetings” which also belittles the necessity of being right in front of your computers and allows you to participate in web-conferences spontaneously and with more flexibility. You just need to Download the app, enter the Meeting ID and get started straight away. You can also take a phone call at the same time.

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The GoToMeeting app can make you attend the meetings on the go even without making any type of an account. All you need to do is, Tap a link in an invitation email or calendar appointment and then follow the prompts or simply tap the GoToMeeting daisy icon on your Android device and enter the Meeting ID provided by the meeting organizer. That’s all, its very easy and efficient.

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Try any of these apps and i am sure you’ll like them and they will help increase your mobility.

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5 Free Apps To Hide, Lock Photos & Videos In Gallery On Android Phone

Our Smartphones are no longer a public commodity to be used by anyone out there and that includes our friends and family too. With all the private videos and pictures we want to have on our devices that we would not like to be seen by others without our consent, our mobiles have become the most personal thing to all of us. But at the same time, we cant even deny them to have a look at the device for its features and feel as it would be really harsh thing to do. What’s the solution to this problem? Simple, use the apps that enable you to keep your pictures and videos safe and protected. Here we are reviewing some of the best apps for Android devices that will help you with the same.

1. KEEP SAFE

A simple and efficient app that would help you hide your pictures and videos from others. Right after launching the app, it will ask you to create a secret pin which will prevent any other person to get a sneak peak into your ‘Safe’ gallery. You can hide your pictures and videos in the default gallery in 2 simple ways – You can either select and add photos using the Keep Safe app by clicking on ‘Add Pictures’ button you’ll find at the bottom of the page when you’ll launch into the app or you could add pictures from your default photo gallery. Just open the picture and share it with ‘Keep Safe’ to lock it.

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There are plenty of other features as well :

  • unhide, share, delete the pictures and videos as you like
  • rotate, zoom, slideshow, full-screen viewing features
  • create folders, sort the order by date or name
  • a complete ‘Tutorial’ on how to use the app and a ‘Pin-reminder’ feature that would help you get your pin sent to your email address in case you ever forget it.

App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.1 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

2. VAULTY

In terms of features and usage, this app is very much like the ‘Keep Safe’ app with slight differences. Other app advertisements pop up while using the app and there’s no slideshow and password-recovery feature in this one. In the Vaulty’s gallery, you can view the pictures in two formats – the Grid view & the List view. Also, you can sort the files by date, size, type, file name and random options whereas there’s just date and size options in the ‘Keep Safe’ app.

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There’s an upgrade app available called Vaulty Stocks for Rs 250.15 that helps you go one step ahead in keeping your pictures and videos safe as they are disguised as a fake stocks app. No one will ever know you’re hiding something in first place. You’ll also get a slideshow feature and there will be no advertisements in the upgraded version.

App Requirements : compatible with Android OS 1.6 and up.

Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

3. HIDE IT PRO

With Hide It Pro app, you go into greater levels of your Smartphone’s security as it enables you to hide and secure all your Audio files and applications as well than just your pictures and videos like in the above mentioned 2 apps. Furthermore, unlike the Vaulty app, in which you need to buy a upgrade version of RS 251.15 to disguise your stuff as fake stocks app, Hide It Pro does a similar thing for free – Disguises itself as a Audio Manager app which can be used to turn the volumes up and down and the actual Hide It Pro app will launch when you’ll long press on the Audio Manager title. Then before using the app, you have to run the app setup. it contains 2 types of lockscreen – pin based(0-9 digits) and password based(using alphabets), whereas there’s only the former in KeepSafe and latter in Vaulty. You can retrieve your pin/password in case you forget it in this one too.

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Once you complete your initial set-up and gets started with the app, you can safeguard almost your complete phone – messages, videos, pictures, audio files, applications, contacts, call logs, etc. And for the Slideshow, you can set the duration, animation type(fade,zoom or slide) and order(sequential or random). The app do contain the advertisements when internet access is there.

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You’ll need to do download some plug-ins from the android market for various security features within the app. But I am sure when you start using the app and explore its features, you’ll find it better than the others in this segment.

App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.6 and up.

Our Rating: 5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

 

4. Media Hide

If simplicity is your flavor, and you want to use only those apps that are very easy to use, you must go for Media Hide app for hiding your pictures and videos from your default gallery. Just launch into the app, set a password, then login with the set password and you are on the main page straight away. Just need to tap on the ‘Select Media To Hide’ tile at the bottom of the page and you’ll see all your pictures and videos from the gallery in the list or grid form( At the top left of the screen, tap the icons for “grid” and “list” view to switch between the two viewing modes). Just right check the ones you want to hide and tap on the ‘hide’ option at bottom and it’s done. That’s all. You can also delete them. Or you can just open your gallery, open the images and videos you want to hide, Select the “Share” option, Select Media Hide from the list and it’s done.

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You can also zoom-in and zoom-out the pictures, but other features like the rotate pictures and slideshow will be available in the Pro version of the app which is not yet there in the android market.

App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 1.6 and up.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App

5. Gallery Lock

When you launch into the app, it asks you to set the password but you can opt not to. You can create different folders for different types of pictures/videos you want to hide. First select the folder, then there are 2 straight options – ‘Add Photo’ and ‘Add Video’, tapping on the former opens up your pictures from the gallery and the latter opens up your videos. Just tap on the one and it is transferred to this hidden folder or you also have the ‘Multiple Files Hiding’ option.

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There is one unique features about this app – the Stealth Mode. This amazing feature makes the launch icon to hide so that no one couldn’t know this app is installed on your phone and that you are trying to hide some pictures and videos. Instead, only you can have the access to this app. In this case, you’ll have to dial up your password number to run the app.

All features of FREE version are same with PRO version(comes for Rs 139.26), except the Camera Feature in the latter, whereby you can take a shot and the pic/video will be hided in the hidden folder automatically. You decide if its worth the price.

App Requirements : Compatible with Android OS 2.2 and up.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Android Market Link To Install This App.