Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

May 03

With Android, we can fully customize the way we interact and receive notifications, using a 3-rd party application that you can download from the Store. They are particularly useful when we want to respond quickly to an SMS or when we’re playing, and we want to visualize the message to decide whether to interrupt or not the game to respond.

NotifierPro/Plus. It is the most complex of those tested, but this is not necessarily a good thing. It integrates in the system as accessibility service and motorize any application. The interface, in Holo-style, with large buttons, easily accessible, looks good. Like I said, NotifierPro can motorize notifications from any application you have installed. To remove a notification we use left/right swipe gestures with the actions defined for each one. For example, swipe left dismiss current notification and swipe right them all. Then we set themes, with downloadable versions from the Store. NotifierPro provides excellent control behavior. We can set everything from banner’s position, until the vibration, sound, proximity sensor, etc.

SMS Popup.
The same number of configuration options that I noticed at NotifierPro, the big difference is that they can applied only for SMS. To effectively use SMS Popup notifications must first disable standard notifications for messages. Then we can define the characteristics of application in every detail. For the duration of vibration to LED color notification. The interface is handsome, and Holo-style menus are quite easy to access.

Application stand out thanks to Quick Reply function which we use to respond to messages directly from the notification window. Swipe gestures are used to scroll through text unread messages. Another notable feature is preset messages, completely configurable, which you can use when we don’t have time to respond. Resource consumption is relatively small. May get extra points because it is offered free of charge but if you feel generous you can purchase at a modest price, Donate version.

May 01

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is the process of obtaining improved dynamic contrast of a picture, using methods that differ depending on the software used. The most common type of HDR, is introduced in Adobe Photoshop CS2, in which a series of photographs, with the range of brightness from opposite poles, are superimposed to create the effect of depth.

HDR Camera for Android aims to improve our quality of pictures. The HDR is the overlap of images captured successively and having varying degrees of brightness. Pictures quality created with HDR Camera is a good one, but do not expect DSLR or Photoshop quality. Images are pleasant enough but to share on social networks and friends envy.

To take pictures using HDR camera simply touch the screen and hold the phone steady sequence of images to be made. Once finished the process of “bonding” and created HDR effect, you can set parameters such as exposure, color intensity, contrast and micro-contrast. You can even use the three available presets to bring the image to a level that is awesome. When finished editing you can save the image in the photo gallery. The settings menu offers a set of very useful potions. We can set the directory where photos are saved, picture size, shooting mode and more.

I loved the pictures taken with HDR Camera, since the application is provided at no charge, you’ll want to try. If it get to impress, you can purchase HDR camera + version, which offers many more options and you get rid of ads.

Apr 30

Surely you heard of Xiaomi. If not, you should know it’s one of the best known Chinese manufacturers of devices, including smartphones and software. Their Android interface known as MIUI, was translated and adapted for many phones and there are entire communities working solely for that purpose. MIUI is fast, looks great and offers extensive personalization options. For not use a ROM that is not available on all phone models, the community decided to talk more about MIUI. Let’s see what it gives.

For MIUI interface was chosen a solution similar to that provided by iOS. That means we have all homescreen icons arranged on different sites, without being able to access a separate menu for launching applications. Each icon has a background, which further strengthens the feeling of Apple experience. The similarities stop here because we can add widgets and homescreen and we can define the number of sites. Launcher comes with a number of widgets you can use very attractive but very easy on the personal. Very interesting is the lockscreen also integrated, providing quick access to four functions such as camera or SMS. We can define transition effects, background, sound effects and vibration.

The real piece of resistance of MIUI, which we will find either in the menu or by clicking the icon located on the homescreen dedicated, are themes. Community has worked avidly in recent years to make available an impressive amount of customization options. Themes are available for both the lockscreen and homescreen or we can choose solutions that change the whole look. We can still download backgrounds or icons through this service. It should be noted that we’re working with servers in China so that the interface has a slower download, but it worth.

MIUI is a good solution. The application which I propose, MI-Home is not exempt from problems specific to a BETA version, but the behavior differs from a phone model to another. You will make a very good idea of what Xiaomi offers and who knows, you might want to try a ROM.

Apr 29

SwipePad is an ingenious solution to have available a series of defined shortcuts to applications, contacts and more. The true innovation is the availability of these shortcuts from any application with a simple gesture on the screen in a predefined area.

SwipePad is very easy to configure. The menu settings define application behavior, vibration, sound and light. On the following tab, define the most important action, the application or operating areas. They can be located anywhere and they differ from launching applications through shortcuts on recent contacts menu or recently accessed applications. We will first talk about the free app, which subsequently define an area, provides access to a number of twelve shortcuts. These can be shortcuts or applications. To access them, all you need to do is press the predefined area and the menu appears to the application you want to access. To redefine a box, turn ring to it and keep it there until it becomes yellow. Also you can be happy to hear that SwipePad offers addons, all paid. These, four at number, are drastically expanding functionality:

– MoreSpace – offers a greater number of houses, over the twelve as standard;
– Dynamic Pads – for access the contacts and recent applications;
– WidgetPad – all favorite widgets available from any application;
– AppLauncher – assign a box and you can launch any application while running other application.

Apr 28

We can attach a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to our smartphones. But not every device is compatible. We use the MHL or HDMI cable to connect to large screen (PC). And this function is only available on new-generation terminals. Or we can use AirDroid and access without limits or other instruments, the full functionality of the Smartphone.

To use AirDroid must be connected to the same wireless network and the connected PC. This is the only rule. Then we have full control over the phone. Once downloaded from the store, run the application on your Smartphone. After you press Start, on the screen is displayed an address and a password. Enter into any browser on PC and we authenticate using that password. That’s all, we are greeted with a nice interface and available options. We have real time information about the device, such as battery level and GSM or wi-fi, space, etc. It even appears unread or missed calls and can respond to SMS using AirDroid and keyboard interface. We have call log and we can also modify, delete or insert new contacts. In the media, you can play all your music collection, download and edit photos and change various ringtones, notifications and alarms. Management of files is complete, we have unlimited data transfers!

The control is provided on applications, there is the possibility to uninstall, install or export APK files. It provides a link to Play Store.

AirDroid is still beta, but I had no problems while I was running it. However being patient is recommended, especially when copying large amounts of data. You must keep in mind that it’s done with a wireless connection. I don’t know if it applies only for the test, but the application is offered free of charge and you don’t need an account to use it. AirDroid is an incredibly useful application! Enjoy it.