List Of Apps On Sale At Google Play 25 Cent Sale Today

As expected, the Google Play 25 cent sale to celebrate 25 billion app downloads has finally started. While it is unknown how many apps will go on sale every day for the next five days, more than a handful of apps have already had their price reduced to 25 cents.

Below are the list of apps and games that have gone on sale, along with my suggestion if you should buy them or not -:

  • Granny Smith – The game was recently released on the Play Store, and if you have not purchased it yet, now is the time. Highly recommended!
  • Draw Something – Ever since Zynga acquired Draw Something, the game’s popularity has gone down substantially. Since Draw Something is a multiplayer game, check with your friends before buying this game. I will recommend readers to skip the game even at this tempting price.
  • Asphalt 7: Heat – Gameloft: Check. Huge download size (1.37GB): Check. Drool worthy graphics: Check. Tempting price: Check. What are you waiting for then? Go ahead and buy Asphalt 7!
  • Tasks: One of the best Task management apps available in the Play Store, with Holo theme and expandable notifications for Jelly Bean users. Must buy!
  • OfficeSuite HD: For me, OfficeSuite HD ranks second only to QuickOffice in the best mobile office on-the-go app. There is only a single version of the app that is optimized for phones as well as for tablets. Buy!
  • Angry Birds Space: Premium – I am not really a huge Angry Birds fan, but if you are, then this is a no-brainer!
  • Ocean HD – If you are into live wallpapers, then go ahead and buy this live wallpaper. I usually don’t use live wallpapers since they tend to slow down the phone, so if you are a new user, I will recommend you to stay away.
  • Cloud and Sheep Premium – If you have a little one around who loves to play games on your phone, then buy this game. Else don’t!
  • runtastic Pro – I am personally an Endomondo user, but runtastic is an excellent alternative to Endomondo, especially at this price.
  • Symphony Of Eternity – Buy it only if you are an RPG fan.
  • Let’s Create! Pottery – Create virtual pottery items in this game that features some excellent graphics.
At the moment, these are the only apps and games that I can find whose prices have been reduced to 25 cents. I will add more apps and games, if I find any.
Do drop in a comment and let us know if you found an app that is on sale, and is not on the list.

Zomato And Google Drive For Android Get Major Updates

Zomato is one of the most popular restaurant listing guide services available in India, if not the most popular. The service has a listing of more than 42,000 restaurants across all the major cities in India and is among the most successful start ups from India. One key advantage Zomato has over its competitors is that it has a dedicated app for all the major mobile platforms – Android, iOS and WP7 platforms.

The Android version of the app is good enough to get the job done, but has a very ugly UI. Thankfully, Zomato has released a major update for the Android and iOS version of the apps with a completely revamped UI. The new UI of the app looks much more beautiful and makes navigation a breeze compared to before.

Zomato has also added the ability to the ability to sign up/in via Facebook or Google, allowing you to follow your friends, see their recommendations, reviews etc. The update is already live in the Play Store and can be downloaded for free. The iOS version of the app has also got a similar update with new UI and features.

In other app update related news, Google has just released a major update for the Google Drive app on Android and iOS. Below is the huge change-log of the Google Drive update for Android – :

1. Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder
2. Filter folder contents by file type
3. Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G
4. Richer Google Presentations viewing experience
5. Basic table support in Documents Editor
6. Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor
7. View and change fonts in Documents Editor
8. Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor
9. Print files using Google Cloud Print
10. Option to resume interrupted uploads

 The iOS update also adds all the above features, along with the ability to edit documents and much more.

How to Open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA Files on Android?

Last time around we told you on how to open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows and Mac. However, what if you want to open in on your Android device? Well, worry not, because there are several apps out there which will allow you to open CBZ, CBR and CB7 files on your Android mobile and tablet.

Comic Book Viewer Android

The files with these extensions are basically comic book archives which contain images in sequence and can be read using a compatible software. In fact, you can actually create your own CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files as well.

If you want to read these comic book archives on an Android phone or tablet, you will require a dedicated app. One of the best app to view comic books on Android is “A Comic Viewer“. The app is a lightweight comic, image and manga viewer which can open cbr, cbz and cb7 comic book archives.

Additionally, you can also use another app called Komik Reader to open those files on an Android device. So go ahead and live that kid in yourself by reading those comics on your device.

Evernote And BaconReader For Android Updated — Expanded Notifications, Holo Theme And More

A key reason for any service to be successful on any platform is that it must have a beautiful app. Evernote is a very popular note taking service that needs no introduction. The developers of the official Evernote application for Android keep updating the app from time to time to add new features, to adhere to updated Android design guidelines, to add support for new OS features etc. The latest update of the official Evernote for Android app brings with it support for expanded notifications introduced by Google in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

Post the update, Evernote users will be able to share or view the snippet of the their latest note right from their notification bar in Jelly Bean. Apart from the expanded notifications, the update also brings performance improvements and general stability and bug fixes.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
– Displays thumbnails and text snippets
– Share and edit the note from the notification
– Groups similar notifications
Improved performance:
– User interface refinements
– Notes containing images load faster
– Faster notebook scrolling
Numerous bug fixes

Besides Evernote for Android, another popular Reddit client for Android — BaconReader — got a major update. The new update brings with it a totally revamped UI which is based on the Holo theme, a new dark theme and an optimised layout for 7-inch tablets.

The whole change-log of the update can be found below -:

* New, crisp design with easier navigation and more sorting options
* New “Welcome Guide” to introduce new features and welcome new redditors
* Access to subreddit sidebar with subreddit long-press
* Subscribe to presented subreddits
* Support for spoiler alerts
* Dark theme for large, half screen widget
FIXED/CHANGED
* Images formatted to custom fit to your device
* Domain and keyword filters

The update is already live in the Play Store and new users can try out the free version of the app before purchasing the paid version of BaconReader.

Review: TV Guide Mobile App

As long as I can remember having a TV, I can remember the TV Guide. Growing up in a small town, I didn’t have a lot to do. The TV guide was kind of my connection to another world. Of course, back then we didn’t have 3 billion channels, nor did we have the internet. Nowadays I can only imagine that the TV Guide has to be quite creative to keep its revenue streams flowing. One way it is doing that is by offering a mobile app that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android formats. Today, I would like to give you my thoughts on the app.

TV Guide very recently updated their mobile app with some new features. Pictured below, you can see some of the channel partners that are available through the app. Some of these services, like HuluPlus and HBO GO, are subscription based. You can link your accounts through the TV Guide app.

TV Guide Partners

When you first install the app, it asks for your zip code so it can customize programming based on your location. It also has 3 options that allow you to choose whether you are a satellite, cable, or antenna user. Pictured below, you get the idea of how the app window looks. The current view is the “Listings” view which shows you the scheduled programs available for your area. If you click on a show, as pictured below, you will get a little pop out description of the with 3 options at the top. You can see where I have highlighted these options in red. If you click “I’ll Watch”, then it brings up a social media window where you can share what you’re watching with your friends.

TV Guide Window

You can also set alerts on shows. Pictured below, you can see the alert window. You can set a one time alert or you can set it to recur. This is pretty cool if you’re prone to forget what time you favorite show comes on. You can even set a lead time so it will warn you an hour in advance.

Alerts

You also can setup a “Watchlist” which basically allows you to pick a show or actor and it will go out and find all the relevant stuff available to you around that theme.

Watchlist

There are also other categories available like News, Photos, and Videos. The News and Photos sections are kind of like the articles you were accustomed to in the print version of the TV Guide. The videos section lets you browse through a selection of videos from the various channel partners. It also has subcategories that run along the top of the screen to help you narrow down your choice. For instance, if you’re looking for children’s videos, there is a category just for kids. There is also a search feature built in which seems to work pretty well.

Pros: The TV Guide mobile app has a slick interface and is pretty intuitive. If you’re a TV junkie, this is a great way to keep up with all the Hollywood news and keep up with programming.

Cons: Unless you’re already a HuluPLUS or HBOGO subscriber, there really isn’t a lot of free content available to you. The app does integrate with Crackle, which is free, but in my opinion, Crackle is pretty limited in its selection too. It would be nice if you could sort the videos by free or paid. It’s not easy to see that as it is designed now.

I give this app 3 stars because it really is just middle of the road in my opinion. If I had a “meh” rating, that is probably what I would give it. I think the app has potential, but right now it just seems like a shortcut to ABC programming and its affiliate companies. However, if you like reading articles about the stars and shows, then you might want to give this app a try.

If you want to download the Android App, click here.

If you want to download the Apple App, click here.

Google Now For Android Gets An Update — Now Smarter Than Before!

Last night, Google released a new update for the Google Search app in the Play Store. The new update mainly brings enhancements to the Google Now functionality with support for Movies, Public Alerts, the ability to select your favorite sports team and finally, support for Korean language.

With the new Movies feature, Google Now will automatically notify users of the timings of the movies playing in a nearby movie hall. The Public Alerts feature will automatically notify users of any emergency such as earthquakes or Tsunamis.

Lastly, post the update, users can select their favorite Sports team from the Google Now settings menu. This will then allow Google Now to notify you of all the upcoming matches and results of existing matches of your favorite sports team. As of now, the list of teams are limited to Soccer, Baseball and Football. The update is already live in the Google Play Store, and can be downloaded for free.

Oh! Google also released an update for Google Maps in the Play Store that brings turn-by-turn biking navigation to the app.

Firefox for Android, Plume and ASTRO Get Major Updates

Over the last 24 hours, quite a few popular Android apps have received major updates. Firstly, Mozilla has released a major update for the tablet edition of Firefox browser, aimed at improving the speed and overall fit and finish of the browser. The speed enhancements in the latest version is visible right from the reduced start-up time to the reduced loading and navigating web pages time.

The latest version also brings robust support for HTML5 capabilities allowing developers to create rich web apps based on HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and other open Web standards. The tablet version of the browser also supports Flash on devices that are running Honeycomb.

Second in the list is LevelUp Studio’s popular Twitter client, Plume. The application recently got a major new UI refresh with a Holo based theme, but LevelUp Studio has further tweaked the UI of the app in the latest update. The latest update brings a new fly-in menu, some layout optimisations for the Nexus 7, and a much faster performance overall. Slowly and steadily, Plume has become the go-to Twitter client in the Android ecosystem.

Last, but not the least is a popular File Manager app for Android, ASTRO.The application has been updated after ages from its developers, Metago, and now features a drop-dead gorgeous UI. As of now, the latest version is only for Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean users, but the developer has promised to release the new update for older versions of Android as well.

Microsoft SkyDrive App For Android Launched

I’ve been using Microsoft’s Skydrive service from the last 5 years, when there was no Dropbox or Google Drive for saving my important documents, college projects and vacation pictures on the cloud. Earlier, SkyDrive used to offer 25 GB of online storage before cutting it down to 7 GB for new users. I have already installed the Dropbox, Google Drive and Box apps on my Android smartphone, which offers 2 GB, 5 GB and 50 GB of online storage respectively. However, I was eagerly waiting for the official SkyDrive app, since the third-party apps does not work as advertised.

The official SkyDrive app is already available for Windows Phone and iOS users, which allows them to access SkyDrive content and manage files on the go. Apart from changing the SkyDrive logo and redesigning the website with Modern UI, Microsoft has already teased the official SkyDrive app for Android by showing off a couple of screenshots.

Today, Microsoft finally launched the much-awaited SkyDrive app for Android devices. SkyDrive for Android allows you to upload multiple photos and videos directly from your smartphone. You can even open SkyDrive files through other Android apps installed on your device. In terms of features, this app is almost similar to the Windows Phone and iOS version of the SkyDrive apps. Check out the complete features after the break.

Features:

  • Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
  • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

SkyDrive app is currently available for devices running on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or the newer version of the OS. However, this app is designed to work best with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. To download the SkyDrive app for your Android smartphone, head over to this page at Google Play Store. We will be posting the complete review of this app in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster And Facebook for Android Updated

Some of the popular Android apps such as Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster and Facebook were recently updated. Dropbox, Flickr and Google Goggles received pretty major updates, while Frindcaster and Facebook for Android got minor updates. Check out the complete changelog below.

Dropbox for Android:

Dropbox for Android was updated to version 2.1.10 and it brings video thumbnail support, UI improvements for the Android 4.1 Jelly powered Nexus 7 tablet along with bugs fixes and performance improvements.

Changelog:

  • Video thumbnails
  • UI improvements for Nexus 7 tablets
  • Open Dropbox files directly from other apps
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

[ Download Dropbox from Google Play ]

Flickr for Android:

The latest version of Flickr for Android app is numbered 1.5.0 and it comes with a brand new user interface. It allows you to choose the camera for taking pictures and then apply filters. It comes with the tab bar similar to the iOS with individual notification, profile, photo, upload and explore tabs. The new Flickr app now allows you to edit the details on your existing photos. They have also included some important features such as pull to refresh, swipe between photos and improved search.

Changelog:

  • Explore the most interesting photos around the world
  • Edit details on your existing photos
  • Choose any camera installed on your device to take a photo
  • Improved Search
  • See HTML content in comments and descriptions
  • Pull down to refresh content on a screen
  • Bug fixes

[ Download Flickr from Google Play ]

Google Goggles for Android:

Google Goggles for Android has now reached version 1.9. The latest version allows you to search from camera even when the search history is disabled. It also support non-autofocus camera. Google Goggles now check the URL against a malicious URL blacklist and comes with a faster object tracking in continuous mode.

Changelog:

  • Search-from-camera no longer requires search history to be enabled.
  • Faster, more robust object tracking in “continuous” mode
  • When scanning a QR code that has a URL encoded:
  • The thumbnail of a page is shown
  • URL is checked against a malicious URL blacklist
  • More complete barcode coverage
  • Support for non-autofocus cameras
  • When Goggles fails to find an exact match – search for products that look similar.

[ Download Google Goggles from Google Play ]

Friendcaster for Android:


The latest version of Friendcaster fixes login issues along with widget button UI and white menu icon on white background. Android devices running on the latest Jelly Bean OS were facing issues related to account sync, which has been fixed in this update. The size of the update is 4 MB and the version is bumped to 5.0.9.8.

Changelog:

  • Fixes login issues
  • Jelly Bean account sync fix
  • Bug fixes for notifications
  • Widget button UI fix
  • Fix for menu icons being white on white background
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

[ Download Friendcaster from Google Play ]

Facebook for Android:

Facebook for Android has received a pretty minor update. Now, you can add photos as well as emoji to messages right from your Android smartphone. The latest version is numbered 1.9.8 and it brings the new option to create events from your Android device. It also comes with the new upload flow, which will allow you to share photos with a few seconds.

Changelog:

  • Easily create events
  • Share photos faster with a new upload flow
  • Add photos and emoji to messages

[ Download Facebook For Android from Google Play ]

RealPlayer For Android Review

I’m sure most of you might have already heard or even installed the popular RealPlayer app on your Android smartphones. This app was in beta for a very long time. However, RealNetworks recently released the final version of this amazing app. I’ve been using the beta version of this app for more than a year, but it was never the default music player on my Android smartphone. I personally liked the user interface of this app from the moment I installed it on my Android device.

Earlier this month, RealNetworks removed the beta tag from this amazing media player app. The final version comes with a refreshed UI along with a graphic equalizer, metadata editing and much more. RealPlayer is currently available for free in the Google Play Store. However, you will need to shell out $4.99 for purchasing the premium package. The size of the app is 12 MB and and the current version is numbered 0.0.1.1. Most of the media player app does support devices running on Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Thankfully, you can install the RealPlayer app on devices with Android 2.1 or higher version of OS.

RealPlayer for Android is an “All-In-One” media player app, which not only plays your favorite music, but also plays videos and displays the photos stored on your smartphone. As soon as you open the app, you will be greeted with an amazing homescreen as shown above. It will take a couple of minutes for the app to search your Android device for media contents. You can find the option to select Playlists, Albums, Genres, Songs, Artists along with Videos and Photos on the app’s homescreen.

RealPlayer plays the music and videos smoothly, however it does not scan the internal memory by default for videos. On the other hand, there is no option in the settings to enable this feature. I found this a bit problematic, since all of the music videos and movies were stored in the internal memory of my smartphone.

An icon will be displayed in the notification bar, while you are playing a track. You can also find the album art and track info on the notification area. However, there is no option to play, pause or change the track from notifications. RealPlayer displays the song you are playing along with the album artwork and basic controls even when your phone is locked. This is one of the feature that I like the most. It allows you to play, pause or jump to the next/previous track even with out unlocking the phone. The photo browser is quite ordinary. It does not allow you to pinch and zoom or sort photos according to the album.

This app is currently available in nine languages and it comes with an optimized graphics for high-res devices. It allows you to set your favorite song as a ringtone and control the media from the homescreen widget. Sadly, you cannot play .RAM and .RM files in the free version. The homescreen widget is pretty decent. It shows the song you are currently playing along with its album art and basic controls.

The premium feature pack is available for $4.99 through an in-app purchase and it brings graphic equalizer with ability to save custom settings, metadata discovery using the Gracenote database, manual metadata editing, cross fading, RealAudio and RealVideo (rmvb) support and no advertisements. The basic version offers almost all of the necessary features. However, if you want to get rid of the advertisements or play Real audio and video files on your Android smartphone, then you can go ahead and purchase the premium package.

Price: Free (Basic, Ad-supported) / $4.99 for premium features
Rating: 4/5

[ Download RealPlayer from Google Play ]