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Lifehacker Android apps pack
[March 26, 2016 – 04:32 pm]
Lifehacker Android apps pack

We recently put together our list of the best Android apps, but college students need a different type of mobile toolkit. To that end, we’ve gathered up the best Android apps to track your schedule, assignments, and more. Productivity You have a ton of options for different to-do apps, but we like a few that stand above the rest. Any.DO has a ton of extra features so you can make it work how you want, Google Keep keeps things simple, while Wunderlist is packed with great features and works across a ton of different devices. Evernote is an excellent resource for students to capture…

Lifehacker Facebook Android app
[March 24, 2016 – 05:19 pm]
Lifehacker Facebook Android app

Android: One of the biggest complaints about the Facebook app is that it can take up too many resources, particularly on older phones. Which is probably why Facebook released Facebook Lite, a super lightweight version of its app directed at developing markets. Currently, the app is only available officially in a few countries—Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe—but there are so many ways to download the APK for yourself, it s unlikely to stay within those countries for long. The app itself is incredibly spartan, with very little excess…

Lifehacker Android apps 2014
[March 24, 2016 – 04:34 am]
Lifehacker Android apps 2014

The new Slides app works offline and allows you to create, edit, or view slideshows with or without an internet connection. The app is available for Android today, with the iOS counterpart coming soon. Google Docs also now has the ability to natively edit and save Microsoft Office files without converting. Previously, you could upload a .docx file, convert it to Google Drive format, edit it, and convert it back. Now, however, you can use the full Docs application while maintaining the Microsoft format. Google s also adding a sweet new feature for collaborative editing: Suggested…

Lifehacker best Podcast app Android
[March 18, 2016 – 02:19 am]
Lifehacker best Podcast app Android

You won t find a shortage of alarm clock apps in the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store. In fact, there are so many alarm clock apps that it s almost impossible to find what you re really looking for. With that in mind, here are some of the best alarm clocks for any situation you might find yourself in. You Want to Wake Up Gently Waking up is hard and awful as it is, so sometimes you want nothing more than a pleasant sound to start your day off right. Thankfully, you have a few different options for doing just that. We like a few different apps for a gentle wake up…

Lifehacker best Android Applications
[March 17, 2016 – 02:51 am]
Lifehacker best Android Applications

Android has what seems like a billion different weather apps available, but when it comes to getting the essential in an easy-to-read fashion, we prefer 1Weather. Platform: Android Price: Free, $1.99 Pro Features Current weather conditions, hourly, and detailed 10-day forecast Real-time severe weather alerts Optional persistent notification in the menu bar with current conditions Animated radar and satellite with multiple layers Tons of themes and customization options No ads (Pro version only) Where It Excels 1Weather crams just about all the weather info you could need in…

Lifehacker the best Android apps
[March 16, 2016 – 03:11 am]
Lifehacker the best Android apps

Ecosystem lock in is a rampant problem in the mobile industry, with every manufacturer preferring its own platform at the expense of others. Every so often there are exceptions, though. Like this collection of apps Microsoft made for Android, of all platforms. Microsoft Office Mobile It may be a bit of a gimme, but Microsoft Office Mobile shouldn t be overlooked in the Android space. The app allows you to view or make minor edits to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files. It s not a replacement for office, but it s a handy piece of software to keep around. OneNote Another unsurprising…

Lifehacker best Android texting app
[March 15, 2016 – 04:24 pm]
Lifehacker best Android texting app

It s been a while since we last looked at Android text messaging replacements. Our previous choice was Google Voice, but with that app being rolled into Hangouts, it seems like it s time for an update. For dedicated SMS users, Handcent SMS seems to take the cake. Features Texting from other devices Private lockbox for messages Create reminders from messages Backup messages Customizable themes Facebook profile picture sync Unique notifications per contact Search your inbox for a contact or message Where It Excels Handcent isn t always the prettiest app in the bunch (we ll get…

Lifehacker Essential Android apps 2012
[March 13, 2016 – 12:11 am]
Lifehacker Essential Android apps 2012

Android phones are spectacular little devices because they re able to so much that others simply can t, but one big snag in that greatness is that many of those best features require that the phones be rooted . Whether you plan on installing custom ROMs or not, you may want to root your phone just to use the great apps that require root access. Here are the ten most essential apps available for Android that require root. Rooting, for those of you that don t know, means giving yourself root permissions on your phone. It s similar running programs as administrators in Windows…

Lifehacker productivity apps Android
[March 12, 2016 – 06:03 am]
Lifehacker productivity apps Android

You ve already seen our hands-on review of Google s new mobile operating system, Android—so now it s time to take a look at what kinds of apps third-party developers have made available for the platform. The first phone running Android has been out in the wild for two weeks now, and every day new applications have appeared in the Android Market that add fun and functionality to your handset. Best of all, most of them are free. Let s take a look at our favorite free apps (so far) that make working and living a lot easier in Android.Note: There are plenty of games and social networking…

Best apps for Android tablet Lifehacker
[March 7, 2016 – 05:17 pm]
Best apps for Android tablet Lifehacker

10. A Productive Second Screen Chances are you probably do a lot of work on your computer, and a tablet can actually make a great second screen to augment it—whether you hook it up to your computer as a second monitor or actually use it as a tablet. With a couple work apps and shortcuts, you can actually use your tablet as a more productive, secondary device for keeping up with email, your notes, or other work-related tasks you need to keep an eye on. 9. A Universal Remote Control Your phone can control a lot of things, but a tablet s size make it a great remote for just about…

Lifehacker best Android task app
[March 2, 2016 – 03:06 pm]
Lifehacker best Android task app

Carriers and manufacturers still often recommend the use of task killer apps on Android to speed up your phone and save battery life, but they can actually do more harm than good. PC World does a few real-world tests to show that they are, in fact, useless when it comes to saving battery. We ve talked about why you shouldn t use task killers before: Android memory doesn t work like PC memory, so clearing it out won t help your speed or battery life, and it could even kill processes you want to keep open. PC World actually did some real-world experimentation to back this up…

Lifehacker Android messaging apps
[March 2, 2016 – 12:44 am]
Lifehacker Android messaging apps

Keeping your smartphone charged takes constant vigilance sometimes, and some apps drain your battery more than others. Over on Re/Code they take a look at a study that shows that messaging apps tend to drain the most power without people realizing it. In an attempt to provide users with instant gratification, some apps constantly contact the mobile networks, instructing it to alert the phone whenever an incoming message arrives. This repeatedly wakes the device from its dormant state — serving as a silent battery-killer. To counteract this problem, some apps hold a radio channel…

Lifehacker Android Todo apps
[March 1, 2016 – 12:06 am]
Lifehacker Android Todo apps

Android task killers improve your phone s performance while also boosting battery life—or at least that s the much-debated promise. Here s a look at how task killers actually work, when you should (or shouldn t) use them, and what you can do instead. A task killer is an app from which you can (sometimes automatically) force other apps to quit, the hope being that the fewer apps you have running in the background, the better your Android s performance and battery life will be. Not everyone agrees with this premise, though. The argument about whether task killers are effective…

Android apps Lifehacker 2012
[February 28, 2016 – 08:23 pm]
Android apps Lifehacker 2012

Chances are, you stumble upon a lot of articles during the day that look interesting, but that you don t have time to read right now. Lots of services have cropped up to solve this problem, and today we re looking at the most popular three and pitting them against one another: Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability. Here s how they stack up. We ve touched on this subject a few times before, and this article originally appeared back in March of 2012 (which is why some of the comments are outdated). However, with the years come new names, new features, and more. So, we ve updated…

Lifehacker Android app pack 2015
[February 25, 2016 – 07:30 pm]
Lifehacker Android app pack 2015

Amidst all the big Google I/O news, the company quietly made a major overhaul to Chrome’s password manager. It’s now a part of the revamped Smart Lock service, and if you still haven’t started using a secure app to store your passwords, this one’s for you. What’s Actually New? Google—or, more specifically, Chrome—has had a makeshift password manager for a while now. You’ve probably seen it before: any time you enter a password into a site, Chrome will ask if you want to save that password for later. It also used to be a pretty terrible way of storing passwords, until Google…