Ecosystem of smartphone apps is undoubtedly very vast and diverse. There will be innumerable number of competing apps even in a precisely defined limited category such as ‘running games’. Games such as Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Agent Dash as well as their sequels and knock offs crowd this category. The selection becomes even more diverse as the category becomes wider such as ‘adventure games’, ‘strategy games’, ‘multiplayer games’, ‘e-commerce apps’ etc. In this article, we will be taking a quick look at my take on some of the most useful apps from a number of criterions.

Social This is a category that includes a number of must have apps for most users. Some of them are obviously whatsapp, facebook and twitter. However since ‘social media detox’ is a popular phrase now a days, one can also choose to forego all apps from this category or even limit himself or herself toContinue reading “Ecosystem of smartphone apps is undoubtedly very vast and diverse. There will be innumerable number of competing apps even in a precisely defined limited category such as ‘running games’. Games such as Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Agent Dash as well as their sequels and knock offs crowd this category. The selection becomes even more diverse as the category becomes wider such as ‘adventure games’, ‘strategy games’, ‘multiplayer games’, ‘e-commerce apps’ etc. In this article, we will be taking a quick look at my take on some of the most useful apps from a number of criterions.”

DuckDuckGo- Privacy Browser

Data privacy and online censoring are some of the most hotly debated topics at the moment. Recently the US Congress had interrogated the heads of Google (CEO: Sundar Pichai), Facebook ( Founder and CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and Twitter (Founder and CEO: Jack Dorsey) regarding censoring non liberal political views aired on their platforms. The questionContinue reading “DuckDuckGo- Privacy Browser”

Live Message- Enabling s pen messaging for the whole android family

The smartphone giant Samsung launched its first Galaxy Note in IFA Berlin in the year 2011. At that time, that smartphone was an anomaly due to its 5.3 inch screen which was then considered humongous. The regular flagship Galaxy SII launched that year only had a 4.3 inch display. However, despite the spectacular success ofContinue reading “Live Message- Enabling s pen messaging for the whole android family”

Ukiyo E- An appwindow into the world of Japanese art

Google Playstore especially is filled with wallpaper apps that offers wallpapers in various categories whether it be abstract, scenery, buildings, superheroes, colours, patterns and many other categories. Apps like Starless, Walli, WallP, Abstruct, Backdrops etc are examples. Ukiyo E on the other hand is a wallpaper app that offers wallpapers in only one category and that category is the japanese woodblock printing from 17th to 19th centuries.

Backdrops- A Colourful Concoction

In contrast to iPhones, android users have the option of enjoying the whole display of their beautiful smartphones without being distracted by app icons. This is exactly the reason why Google play store is especially filled a number of wallpaper apps some of the most prominent of which are Starless, WallP, Walli, Resplash and Backdrops. Among all of these apps, Backdrops deserve special mention due to its material design and also due to the wide variety of wallpapers present in the app and that too of various categories like Abstract, Amoled, Be Together, Earth, Flags, Food, Geometric, Material, Minimal, Pairs, Pattern, Photography and many others.

MX Player- Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication

What sets MX Player apart from most other video players is its very minimalistic user interface and the easy access to the plethora of features offered by the app including enabling or disabling subtitles, pinch to zoom, volume and brightness control as well as subtitle gestures and kids lock. MX Player supports a variety of video codecs including MP4, MKV, FLV, MPERG4, WEBM, MOV etc. It also supports a large variety of subtitles including Sunrip(.srt), MicroDVD(.sub), VobSub(.sub/.idx), MPL2(.mpl). TMPlayer(.txt) etc.

Alto’s Adventure-Scenic adventure in the hills

Smartphone gaming has evolved a lot over the past few years. Even though still inferior to gaming via a console such as an xbox or a playstation, the prospect of gaming via smartphones has gained a lot of value recently due to the increasing prowess of smartphone processors from the likes of Snapdragon and AppleContinue reading “Alto’s Adventure-Scenic adventure in the hills”

Poweramp-The quintessential android music player

Android as an operating system has no dearth of quality music players. Currently they range from simple and minimalist music players such as ‘Musicolet’ to highly customizable and complex music players such as Jetaudio HD music player plus. There are also dedicated music players from corporate giants such as Sony and Sennheiser which are primarily intended for controlling their bluetooth headphones. In addition to all of these, there are myriad music streaming services such as Amazon music, Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn etc. Among all these diversity of apps catering to the smartphone music enthusiast, Poweramp stands out by virtue of the great customizability it offers, its beautiful interface, solid equalizer and most importantly its long history as a reliable music player.

Importance of Long Term Reviews of Smartphones

Smartphone releases always follow a cyclical pattern. There will be leaks of major smartphones months or even an year before the actual launch (example: SLASHLEAKS). Major websites such as Android Police, Android Central, GSM Arena and Android Authority make sure to publicize all those leaks and smartphone enthusiasts take keen notice. This is followed by the grand release of major smartphones by key players such as Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Oneplus. Very soon major smartphone reviewers such as MKBHD, MrMobile and LinusTechTips review the smartphones.

My Experiments with Night Time Photography

Night time photography became a big thing in the smartphone photography arena from 2018 on-wards. the Night Sight mode in Pixel 3 launched in November 2018. Google’s Pixel line up of devices were already famous for the great still images they captured in daylight. With the introduction of Night Sight feature, Pixel devices extended their dominance into nighttime photography as well. 2019, proved to be the year of night-time photography in smartphones.