Monday, 27 September 2010

FxCamera

FxCamera is an app with different type of effects to take photos in.

There's the ToyCam effect, which adds cross-process emulation colour over the image. You can set different colour modes to take the photo in, such as a green, blue or yellow emulation, or a vivid green or red, and a couple of high contrast modes. I think this is probably the best effect in the app as you can get some really nice photos with it.

Another effect is Polandroid (I thought that's quite a clever name adding Android in), but that's simply just a Polaroid camera effect. A cool effect if you like the old Polaroid camera photos.

There's also Fisheye, which adds an effect that the image is rounded like the end of a camera lense, but it's not very well done in FxCamera, but that might explain why this effect is still in beta.

SymmetriCam is pretty self explanatory. It just creates a symmetric photo of what you've taken, and the last effect is Warhol, which creates a Warhol style photo (the photo with four of the same photos on in different colour hues).

The app also has a normal camera on, which lets you add some filters such as monotone, sepia, negative, posterize and solarize, just like you'd find on most digital cameras.

The app is free, and can be found on the Market by searching for FxCamera, or scan the QR code below with your phone to open Market URL, or use Chrome-to-Phone to send the Market URL straight to your phone (right click on the URL and Chrome-to-Phone).

FxCamera Market URL

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Relax and Sleep

Relax and Sleep is another app that was suggested by a follower. The app is full of relaxing sounds that you can play to yourself while trying to sleep. Can be useful if you suffer from things such as tinnitus and find it hard to sleep when it's dead quiet.

The sounds that can be played are things like the ocean, summer rain, heavy rain, white noise, windchimes, thunder, crickets, and various musical instruments.

There's also a random button, then lets you shake your phone and it will randomly select a few sounds to play together, or you can choose however many sounds you want to mix together yourself to play. You can also set playlists up for sounds you've combined to play.

 A timer can also be set for how long you want the sounds to be played for, so you're not leaving them on all night, or you can use it as an alarm clock.

The main program is free off the Market by searching for "Relax and Sleep", and there's also an expansion you can add on, which costs £1.45, which has a link to it through the main program, which adds more playlist slots, and couple more customisation options.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Dildroid

It's the app you've all been waiting for. Well actually just one of you asked for it to be reviewed, but here it is.

I think the name says it all. The main screen has the Android robot. You drag his head up and the further you drag his head up, the faster the phone vibrates. The vibrations start with delayed vibrations, then the further you drag the Android head up, the shorter the delays until you get to the highest setting, which is a constant vibrate.

You can also send DSMS (Dildroid SMS) messages to people with Dildroid installed. The types of "vibrations" you can send via DSMS are a "Slow massage", "maximum pitch captain" and "orgasmic crescendo". I might install it on a friend's phone, and send him an "orgamsmic crescendo" when he's in a lecture.

The app is free, and can be found on the Market by searching for "Dildroid".

Monday, 20 September 2010

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is a free photo editing app off the Market. It just includes some simple editing options, and can be useful if you upload photos straight to the Internet to places like Facebook.

Editing options include things like cropping, exposure, saturation, tint, contrast/brightness, soft focus and some simple colour effects.

The app works quite well as you just slide your finger on the screen to adjust the image with the effect you're applying, so cropping is easy to do.

For a free app it's handy to have if you take a lot of photos with your phone as you can edit them up on the move before uploading them. Only thing I wish you could do on it is add text to images through the app as well.

The app can be found on the Market by just searching for Photoshop.

Also if any of you have any apps to recommend yourself, then feel free to name them in the comments and I'll check them out for myself.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Dropbox

Dropbox is an app that you install on your phone, and download the Windows, Mac or Linux client to your computer, where you can then sync files between your phone and computer.

When you download and install the client on to your computer, you are asked to create an account. There's a free account, which gives you 2GB of storage, and paid accounts which offer more storage. The dropbox on Windows gets installed in to your "Documents" folder in your user file.

Install the app on your phone and login to your account where you can view your dropbox. Dropping files in to either the dropbox on your phone or computer will upload them, and can then be seen on either.

It's a great app for sharing files between your phone and computer. The app for Android can be found in the Market by searching for Dropbox and the website for the client is here.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Flash Player 10.1

Android 2.2 enabled support for Flash Player 10.1. This obviously allows Flash content to be played on Android phones.

I've had it since I updated my Desire to 2.2, and it works pretty well despite what Steve Jobs said about not having it on the iPhone and iPad. Sure, demanding Flash videos/sites slow the phone down, but they'd slow a slow computer down that was attempting to play it as well. If I visit a website on my phone with demanding Flash content on it then I get an message saying the website is not optimised for mobile. Yet there are websites with Flash videos that play very smoothly, such as the Zero Punctuation videos.

It can be slow on phones in some places now, yea, but when more powerful smartphones are released then it can only get better.

Flash Player 10.1 can be downloaded from the Market by simply searching for "flash". It takes up around 12MB of space once installed and can't be moved to SD card, so make sure you have sufficient space on your phone storage. (I like to keep above 25MB of storage free on my phone, as any system updates require 25MB of storage to perform the update).

To find out if your Android phone "works well" with Flash, then just visit this website.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Google SkyMap

Google SkyMap is an app that lets you view the solar system on your phone. You point your phone in any direction and you can see the locations of planets, star constellations, galaxies etc.

The app is pretty interesting to look at. It comes with photos that have been taken by the hubble telescope such as the Eagle Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Whirlpool Galaxy and Ring Nebula. You can click these photos and locate them within SkyMap, which is pretty interesting.

The app can be found in the Android Market by just searching for SkyMap. It can also be installed to SD card for users with Android 2.2.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Bump

Bump is an app allowing you to share files to other phones. The app works by "bumping" your phone with another phone to make a connection, where you can then share photos, music etc.
The app is available for Apple devices as well, so you can use it to share things with a friend's iPhone as well, for example.

Other apps are also integrating it in to their own apps as well, such as PayPal uses Bump to send money to someone via your phone. You can launch the PayPal app, then bump your phone with someone elses to send them money.

It's a useful app if you often share things with friends. Easier than having to setup a Bluetooth connection. The app can be found in the Android Market by simply searching for "Bump".

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

SDMove


Android 2.2 enabled apps to be moved to SD card, which is great, but with the annoying part of having to scroll through all your installed apps seeing which ones can be moved.

SDMove lists all your apps and colour codes them to whether or not they can be moved with a legend explaining what each colour means, such as "The program prefers being on external storage, and is already there", or "The developer has requested the app be prevented from being moved to external storage". Clicking the name of an app will bring up the screen where you can move it to the SD storage. 

Very helpful app for when you first upgrade to Android 2.2 and have a lot of apps installed. Saves time going through them one by one just to see if they can be moved, whereas with this app every app is summarised in one screen.


Monday, 6 September 2010

Chrome-to-Phone

I mentioned this app in an earlier blog, and it's a pretty cool app to have. You need Android 2.2 to use it, and either Chrome or Firefox browser.
The app allows you to send stuff directly from your browser to your phone, so if you find a link to something you want for your phone, you can send the page to your phone, open it up in your phone's browser and download whatever it is straight to your phone. Easier than downloading the file to your PC, then transferring it to your phone, or scanning a QR code.

The Chrome-to-Phone app can be found in the Market, and the extension for your browser can be found by Googling. Not sure how it works in Firefox, but in Chrome you just install the extension, and a Chrome-to-Phone button appears top right. Once you link your Google account to it, you just click this button to send anything to your phone.

A pretty cool addition to Android 2.2.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a new game to Android, currently in beta. It's been released on Apple devices for quite a bit now, and just come to Android. The beta is free, and there will also be a free version once it's released (maybe), but the full version will need to be bought.

The beta can currently be found on the Market by searching for Angry Birds. It's quite a fun and addictive game. The objective is to launch birds from a slingshot and kill the green pigs on each level.
The green pigs are hidden in a structure, so launch the birds to knock the structure down, and try and kill the pigs by launching a bird directly in to it, or knocking the structure down on top of it.

The game plays perfectly fine on my Desire, and have heard it plays fine on other phones, but the Evo 4g apparently has problems with it and the app apparently keeps crashing on it.

Definitely a game worth trying.

Torrent-fu

This is probably one of my favourite Android apps that I use.

It's pretty much an app to control uTorrent on your PC. It works the same way the web access works in uTorrent, where you can connect via a pre-defined IP address and manage any torrents that are currently in your uTorrent. With Torrent-fu, you can also search for torrents on your phone and begin downloading them on your PC. You can also scan a barcode of an item, such as a movie, and it will search for a torrent for that movie.

The app is free, and can be found by searching for torrent-fu on the Market.