10 must-have Android apps of ToNow!

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So rang the inter-com in my house, back in eighth grade. Hahahahaha. So now that the welcome song is done with, I hope all of you are doing good. Wait, Yeah? You’re doing good? NO, man. This is NOT done.

Call me ruthless, but it’s not fair for you to be good while I’m being surrounded by an air of melancholy here. I had given my OPERATING SYSTEMS examination yesterday, and yeah – if you have no clue what that means, you’re one lucky lad. *BECAUSE MY KNOWING IT DID NOT DO ME ANY GOOD ANYWAY -_- – I messed up my exam. Sigh.*

Wait. Aren’t you wodering what ‘ToNow’ in my header means. Okay, well, let me tell you a quick story. I had met this amazing person called Mr. Adi Babu two years ago. He happened to teach me English in T.I.M.E Institute, Hyderabad (trust me, he’s the only reason I don’t regret taking up coaching classes in vacations – LOL). The very first time I saw him, I thought to myself, “Just the cliched boring Coaching Institute teacher. Ugh!” (Sorry, Sir. No offence). But what he did to me from that day on is beyond what I ever did to myself. The ‘me’ here is NOT the “me” who’s telling you this, but the “me” who’s being told. He is a role model to thousands of students out there, not for teaching the language, but for revolutionizing the entire concept of teaching and extending it beyond the four walls of a classroom. For making every single person out there think twice with his “Who Else?”, for making people fall in love with literature, for showing the world how beautiful a language English is, and how noble a profession teaching is. I take this moment to thank him, the epitome of wisdom. That’s what he is!

And he is who is behind me writing my first neologism today – ‘ToNow’, coming from TOday + NOW, which is a word for reaffirming something that is the flavour of the season or the need of the hour.

Anyway, keeping in mind the ongoing “Keep-it-short” week, let me not beat around the bush anymore.

So, yeah, It kind of struck me that I haven’t updated “Techipedia” in a while, and that’s sad, ain’t it? Considering the world is rotating, revolving, sleeping, walking, dying, waking up, making love, eating and infinite-‘ing’ technology 😛 .

Ahem. Here are 10 must-have Android apps that will make non-Android users jealous –


1) Hover Chat.

I’m telling you this was made for me 😀

It allows you to choose contacts to get floating chat bubble on receiving a message with the required size and a transparency.

The best part is that this bubble can be placed at any point of the screen.





2) Cerberus.

Cerberus does a lot more than just let you track your stolen device.

You can control it remotely using the website or via text message, sound an alarm even in silent mode, wipe everything, lock the device with a code, record audio from the mic, see a list of sent and received calls etc.

What’s awesome is that you can even hide the Cerberus app so the thief doesn’t notice it. Hahaha.






3) Lux. 

Lux lets you tweak your phone’s brightness settings.


I face this. I’m sure most of you do, as well. Fiddling with your phone’s brightness settings all the time. Increasing it in sunlight, dimming it in the dark, blah blah blah.

And ever faced this? Wanting to dim your phone’s light further in the dark, but it’s at minimum and can’t go beyond.

LOL, Son. This app is for you. You can adjust the screen’s brightness below zero for reading at night, and there’s also a Night Mode that can be turned on automatically at sunset.





4) Sky Maps.

Gazing at the starry sky with starry eyes. Doesn’t that give you the best feeling in the world?

Sky Map was created by Google to help people learn more the stars above them.

By pointing your phone up to the sky, you can see what constellation you’re looking at.

Oh Google, you’re so smart!




5) Link Bubble.

Put your WhatsApp chats on hold because the link on Google Chrome is taking forever to load?

Not anymore. Link Bubble Browser is all about saving your browser time.

It helps you to continue browsing without waste of time. As and when you click on a link, it loads that page on the background whilst you’re doing other things on your phone.

Once it’s done loading, just tap the link bubble and you’ll see the fully-loaded page.





6) Mighty Text.

It is an app that allows you to send and receive SMS text messages from your computer or tablet.

It is great when you’re at work on the laptop and can’t glance at your phone. It also works from within Gmail.






7) UCCW (Ultimate Custom Widget)

UCCW allows you to design your own widget for your home screen.

You simply choose from one of the many skins to create your own look, and then you can choose what the widget displays, with options for text, images, weather, clocks, calendar, battery info, missed calls, GMail, and more.



Aren’t these cool UI’s? 😉




8)  Buzz Launcher.

Buzz Launcher lets you change the look and feel of your Android device with ease.

The free app comes with a host of homepack options that skin everything from your handset’s home screen to its app icons and even your apps drawer. What’s more, if you tire of your phone’s new appearance, you can switch things up by downloading a new homepack. And if you don’t like what’s available, you can create a custom skin and publish it for others to download.




9) Tasker.

Want greater control over your Android device?

This app lets you automate specific tasks based on actions you take with your phone.

For example, you can set the app to automatically launch your favorite music service when you plug in a pair of headphones, or make your phone display a specific app when you wake up.

You can even set your device to automatically mute any notifications based on the time of day or a particular person you do not exactly like. What a lifesaver!





10) Aviate Beta.

Aviate is a context-sensitive app that skins your Android device with a new home screen that provides you with a list of apps based on your location and time of day.

Go to the gym, and Aviate will pull up relevant apps such as Spotify, Pandora and Nike+.

If you’re at work, Aviate can provide you with work-specific apps, including Gmail, Dropbox and Drive, as well as your schedule and shortcuts to create emails. Though still in beta, Aviate looks like a promising Android exclusive.



With this, I’m signing with a streak of hope that says you’ll have fun checking out these apps on your phone.

All hail Android Power (no offence here) 😀 !


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