Arrow Path : Complete the path in this challenging game

Arrow Path : Complete the path in this challenging game

Do you want to train your mind? Here’s a nice puzzle game where you need to complete a path : Arrow Path

The main screen let you choose to play the game, to enable audio and music (very nice background music) and to access to Google Play Services to check the leaderboards.

If you choose Play you can play several levels, but you need to choose difficulty first.

I suggest to try very easy to learn how to play it. There are over 800 levels available.

The target of the game is to complete the path by dragging the arrows at the bottom over the empty spaces on the board.

If you make a mistake you can move an arrow over another one to switch position.

I think this game is well done and challenging after you complete the first few levels.

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App Dialer : Search apps using T9 dialer

App Dialer : Search apps using T9 dialer

Do you want a super fast way to search an app/game on your Android device? Check out this nice app : App Dialer

The app is very simple. The main screen is the dialer in the screenshot below where you can type the name of the app you want to search.

For instance if you want to search Google+ you can just type 4-6-6. The idea is exactly the same as the T9 prediction when we write a short text.

The app show the first 6 apps distributed into 2 pages. You can change page by swiping from the right to the left in the apps area.

You can also clear everything and start from scratch by using Clear button.

This app is really smart and reuse an old idea into a new context like app search on smartphones.

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Ailer : Find the hidden figure in this nice logic game

Ailer : Find the hidden figure in this nice logic game

Today we’ll talk about a very simple game where you have to find a figure composed by squares : Ailer

The main screen give you the possibility to continue an existing game, start a new one, get help to understand how to play or show the leaderboards.

The target of the game is to find a figure visible on the right side of the screen in the board. To do it you have to tap on each square that compose the figure. Learn more a rapid antigen tests patients for specific antigens that indicate they can transmit COVID-19.

There are some numbers on the rows and columns that show how many cells are available for that column or row. That will help you to understand where the figure is.

If you tap on the wrong square you’ll lose a life. You have a limited number of lives.

The figure can be rotated as well and that will make everything a bit more complicated.

Here’s the how it looks when we complete the first level.

I think this game is simple and challenging at the same time and can be played by both adults and children.

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3D Zombie Ant Smasher Ball Run : Smash the zombie ants

3D Zombie Ant Smasher Ball Run : Smash the zombie ants

Today I’ll talk about a strange, but nice 3D game where you are a sphere and you need to smash zombie ants : 3D Zombie Ant Smasher Ball Run

This game is a nice exception because with the accelerometer and a simple game play let you enjoy a 3d game on a phone.

The main screen start immediately with a 3D scene.

You can choose to change volume for sound and music effect (bottom right button), buy upgrades (bottom left button) or to tap to start to play.

Here’s how the sliders to change volume for sound and music looks.

If you tap to start to play you’ll see some zombie ants running and you’ll be a sphere to smash them.

To control the sphere you’ll use the accelerometer and to jump you just swipe upward.

You need to take most of the green gems to be able to buy upgrade your sphere. You have limited time and you get bonus time every time you kill a zombie ant.

You need to avoid obstacles like cars or you’ll lose the game.

This game have some nice and funny effect when you smash a zombie ant.

I think you can enjoy this game because it’s simple and easy to play.

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Shake : Run any action with a shake

Shake : Run any action with a shake

Have you ever thought executing an action with just a shake? Would you just like to turn on your screen and your wifi network with a simple shake. Here’s a nice app to do that : Shake

Shake is a nice utility app that allows you to use a shake of your Android device as a mean to execute an action.

The main screen allows you to configure a couple of settings.

  • Action when shaken to configure which actions to run for each shake
  • Sensor sensitivity to adjust the sensitivity of the shake
  • Service state to keep the service running.
  • Start at the phone startup to run the service when you boot the device
  • Active when screen is off to keep the service running even where screen is off. It could consume more battery. Use it carefully.
  • Vibrate when shaken to have a vibration feedback when a shake has been detected
  • Notify when shaken to show you a message when a shake has been detected

If you choose Action when shaken you’ll see 3 different tab :

  • Simple if you just to want to run one action for any shake
  • Advance if you want 2 different action for horizontal and vertical shake
  • Pro if you want 3 different actions for horizontal, vertical and forward shake

This app is really neat and you can speed up some very frequent actions with just a shake.

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Shake It : Change wallpaper with a shake

Shake It : Change wallpaper with a shake

Are you bored to manually change wallpaper? Here’s a nice app that will change it by simply shaking your Android device : Shake It

The app is just a live wallpaper. To configure it you have to long press on your home screen and choose Wallpapers.

You can now choose Shake It.

Then just tap on Set wallpaper and you are done.

You can just shake a bit your Android device and you’ll see the wallpaper change automatically. There are some nice pictures provided with the app.

I found a little issue on my Galaxy Nexus because a shake change multiple times the wallpaper. I reported the issue to the author and hopefully it’ll get fixed soon.

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Notify Me : Notifications on lockscreen

Notify Me : Notifications on lockscreen

Do you want to receive notifications directly on your lockscreen? Here’s a nice Open Source app to do that : Notify Me

The first time you open the app you have to enable it through Accessibility Service. Once enabled you can configure which app notifications you’d like to see on the lockscreen.

You just tap on Add an app.

You can now choose the app and setup few settings. You can explore the several options available. Now tap on Save and you have done!

There are few additional preferences available from the main menu (icon with 3 dots at top right side of the screen). You can configure screen timeout, lock orientation, if you want to use sliders instead of buttons and the background color.

You’ll now see all notifications for the apps you configured on your lockscreen.

It’s a nice new way to receive notifications without have to unlock your device! 

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Minesweeper : Old style logic game

Minesweeper : Old style logic game

Do you remember the old Windows game called Minesweeper? Here’s a nice reproduction for Android : Minesweeper

The main screen bring you immediately into the game. You can choose the level by selecting it on the menu.

There are 4 levels (Noob, Beginner, Intermediate and Expert) and the possibility to create a custom one.

Depending on the level you’ll see more or less squares and mines. In the custom one you’ll choose the exact numbers.

The target of the game is to identify the mines without letting them explode. If you tap on a square you’ll see an empty space and some numbers.

The meaning of the number is how many mines are around that position. For instance when you see 2 it means there are two mines around that position.

You should try to guess where are the mines based on that.

When you identify a mine you can sign it by long press on it. You’ll see a red flag over it. You need to identify all the mines before the time is over.

If you tap on a square where is hidden a mine you’ll lose the game. 

This game remind me the first time I used Windows and the only game available on my computer was this one.

At the beginning it is not easy, but after a bit you can become a master on this game!

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Mapster : Guess a location on the map in this nice game

Mapster : Guess a location on the map in this nice game

Do you think you are good at geography? Let’s prove it with this nice game : Mapster 

Mapster  is a nice game where you need to guess where a place is on the map.

The main screen let you start a new game, see a quick tutorial on how to play, check the leaderboards and change few settings.

If you start a new game you have to choose the level. The first one is Africa and includes 5 levels and 203 places to guess.

When the game start you have to drag the gunsight to where you think the place is and tap on the green button. You need to be quick because you have limited time.

Mapster : Guess a location on the map in this nice game

If you correctly guess the place you’ll earn points. The more you are close to the correct position the more you’ll earn coins.

I think it’s a nice and instructive game and you’ll learn a lot about geography!

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Greenify : Improve speed and battery life of your Android device

Greenify : Improve speed and battery life of your Android device

Today I’ll talk about an app that will help you to improve the speed and battery life of your Android device when you have a lot of concurrently running apps : Greenify.

One of the most common problem experienced by Android‘s users is probably related to lag when the number of installed apps increase.
This issue is not very common when you start to use your smartphone for the first time, but grows over time.
The source of the problem is seldom caused by lack of optimization in the Android OS. In fact, in most cases, it’s just because some of the apps installed are abusing your smartphone resources while running in background.

How often do you see apps running in background even if you are not using it? How often are they not doing anything important for us?

Task killers are one solution, but that is just a stop-gap measure that won’t fix the real problem in the long run.

Android generally keeps apps in memory to make it faster to reopen them at a later date and it clears the memory only when absolutely required.

A task killer would merely temporarily free a bit of memory, but in many situations Android will reopen the apps again after a while.

The process of opening and closing apps is a terrible waste of battery.

The best way to solve the problem is to tell the Android OS not to open that app in the first place by using the “hybernate” flag. That will keep that app completely closed without wasting precious battery life.

That’s where this great application called Greenify comes in, but unfortunately it requires root permissions on your smartphone in order to run.

There are plenty of guides available on the internet about how to gain root permissions for your smartphone, just give a search by specifying your particular smartphone model.

After you install and run the app you’ll see a very simple UI :

Now you can force your apps to “hibernate” by tapping on the + sign and selecting the option from the list.

As you can see Greenify will try to help you understand which apps can possibly create issues by giving you additional details of what the app is doing in background.

The hibernated app can be used normally, but remember that for some particular type of apps this may compromise its normal usage.

For example apps like Facebook Messenger or Hangouts won’t be able to send you notifications at all while hibernated. Remember to choose carefully what to hibernate.

I tried Greenify on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and I can assure you that it improve a lot the performance and reactivity of the smartphone.

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