Dangerous Ivan

What is Dangerous Ivan?

Dangerous Ivan is a 2D platformer and shooter where you play as a character named Ivan. You’ll regularly interact with bad guys, challenging platforms, bears, vodka, and other stuff. It’s currently free to play in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The game is your classic 2D platformer with shooter elements. You’ll have to jump up and down various things, shoot bad guys (and bears), and avoid obstacles. The game play is a little slow but that actually comes in handy when things get a little chaotic. The graphics are bright, colorful, and give the illusion of 3D which makes the game look pretty good but not amazing.

There are two game modes: story and survival. In story mode you’ll break into a mansion and explore it. It’s a pretty typical premise with the usual array of traps and bad guys to avoid and kill respectively. There is Google Play Games support with leaderboards so you can go on speed runs and compete with your friends which adds a little bit of depth. Continue reading

Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper

What is Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper?

Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper is, obviously, a live wallpaper that shows you autumn leaves. It uses parallax effects along with your gyroscope and home screen scrolling to show you a bright, colorful autumn scene that look really good. There are free and paid versions in the Play Store. The paid version goes for $0.99.

It works like pretty much every other live wallpaper. You download it, install it, and then change your wallpaper to start it up. In the free version you get three background images and two foreground themes which lets you try out the app to see if you like it. The paid version contains nine background images and six foreground themes. The app also boasts being 100% ad free and requires no permissions to run in both the free and paid versions.

The live wallpaper itself is quite gorgeous. It uses a little bit of camera trickery, your gyroscope, and home button swiping to create a parallax effect that is surprisingly enjoyable. There is a gentle wind that will move the leaves for you which adds a sense of realism you don’t generally see even if other well done live wallpapers. Most of the effects can be adjusted in the settings on both the free and paid version. Continue reading

Instabridge Free WiFi

What is Instabridge Free WiFi?

Instabridge Free WiFi is a crowd-sourced application that shows you where WiFi hotspots are and connects you to them automatically when you’re in range. This not only includes public places like coffee shops, but other Instabridge users as well (if they opt in). It’s currently free to use in the Google Play Store.

Here is how the app works. Users of the app find free WiFi hotspots and then connect to it with Instabridge. That hotspot enters into their database and shows other users where it is. Then, when you’re in range of that WiFi, you can have the app connect automatically. You can also use it to find hotspots if you don’t know where any free WiFi is located and it does work offline. It generally acts like a WiFi manager and can actually replace the stock Android one if you let it. Continue reading

WearMail

What is WearMail?

WearMail is an email client built specifically for Android Wear. This is in stark contrast to other email apps which are build for smartphones and include Wear support. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

Here’s how the app works. You sign into all of your email accounts and you can then manage all of your emails from your Android Wear device. It shows the full email if you want it to along with the sender and subject and it stacks notifications for easier management. You can do things like read, reply, delete, and mark as priority or mark as read. You can also use quick reply. It’s a very simple app but the developer seems to want this to be a Wear-first experience and you can definitely tell. Continue reading

Appdicted

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What is Appdicted?

Appdicted is a productivity application that looks at how often you use each of your apps and for how long. There isn’t any real use for it other than having data about yourself but it can be fun to see where you spend all of your time. It’s currently free in the Play Store.

Here’s how it works. It uses the device and app history permission to keep an eye on you and what you do on your smartphone. This sounds like a breach of privacy but the app doesn’t have an internet permission so it can’t transmit any data about what you use anywhere. It accumulates information such as which apps you use, how long you use them, how often you check your phone, and other usage stats. It then gives you a read out of which apps you use the most, how long you use them, and how many times you’ve used them.

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A Better Camera

What is A Better Camera

A Better Camera is a camera application that attempts to emulate a DSLR-like experience by giving you plenty of controls and options. It’s for Android 4.3 and up if you want all of the features and offers quite a few features. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The app works essentially like every other camera app. You can point and shoot like normal and you can choose a variety of settings such as multi-shot, panorama, as well as ISO and white balance (on devices that support that). It also comes with HDR for both pictures and video. Most of these features are available for devices under Android 4.3 but things like the HDR video capture is only for Android 4.3 and up.

The interface is clean with frosted icons so the focus on the screen is always on whatever your camera is pointing at. There are various gestures and swipes you can do to gain access to settings or get them out of the way for clearer shots. The features all seem to work well on most devices although many people will be bottlenecked by the hardware on their devices.

A Better Camera review

It may very well be a better camera app.

PROS
  • A solid list of features that include white balance, ISO, HDR (image and video), Multishot, panorama, and night mode.
  • Clean UI that is easy to use.
  • Extra stuff like burst, expo-bracketing, and different kinds of focus are nice touches.
  • Free to use with in app purchases so you can try before you buy.
CONS
  • Not all these features will work on all devices or all versions of Android.
  • Bugs you to install editor software which a lot of people (including me) found annoying.
  • Bugs reported here and there.
Overall, it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for a new camera app. It’s free with in app purchases so you can try it before buying anything. It doesn’t bring all that much to the table but it is a simplified and solid option in comparison to a lot of other camera apps out there.

Quicket

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What is Quicket?

Quicket is an application that helps you manage your flights when you travel. You can perform a range of functions including buying tickets and there is even a social interaction feature. It’s currently free on the Google Play Store.

Here’s how the app works. You can use it to search, book, and purchase tickets for flights. You can also check on the status of your tickets, the status of your flight, and engage with a number of maps of various airports and airplanes to see where your gate is and where your seats are. There doesn’t seem to be a stone left unturned because you really can do quite a lot with this applications. There is even a social feature that lets you check into flights so others can see who they’re sitting next to and vice versa. Continue reading