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Apr 24

What do we know about the future of Windows- Windows 9?


What do we know about the future of Windows?

With Windows 8 and now Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried – not entirely successfully – to make tablets part of a continuum that goes from number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs through all-in-one touchscreen media systems and thin-and light notebooks down to slender touch tablets.

The general consensus is that it still has a long way to go to produce a unified OS.

Despite rumors of an aggressive development and shipping schedule, there’s no official word about what’s in the next version of Windows, but there are plenty of rumors (many of them from Chinese enthusiast sites that claim to have leaked builds), plus more reliable information from job adverts for the Windows and Windows Phone teams.

There are also patents, which may or may not be relevant, and some rare comments from developers on the Windows team. Here’s what we’ve heard about Windows 9 and what we think is happening.

Cut to the chase
What is it? A complete update of Windows
When is it out? We expect it to be out in 2015
What will it cost? We really have no idea. But if Windows 8 is anything to go by, it won’t cost much to upgrade.

Windows Blue turned out to be Windows 8.1 rather than a completely new version of the Windows OS – Windows 9 will be that new version.

As for interim releases, we’ll probably also get Windows 8.2 before we get Windows 9. And we have already seen the initial update to Windows 8.1, called Windows 8.1 Update 1.

The new update features improvements to the Start Screen including the ability to boot straight into the Desktop, the return of shutdown on Start and a more familiar task bar to unify the old and new user interfaces. The update was announced at Build 2014, along with features teased for Windows updates to come.

It certainly seems there’s a new development cadence for Windows in action. It seems that Microsoft is set to put out new releases of Windows,Windows RT and Windows Server every year, the way it already does for Windows Phone.

The next complete version of Windows is being referred to as Windows 9, though this may change. And a new codename has appeared – Threshold, possibly in refrence to moving across from our reliance on the desktop to a new world where the Start screen is at the heart of how we use Windows.

While still just a codename, Windows 9 was referenced by Microsoft in a job posting, spotted by MSFT Kitchen on March 13, 2013.

The ad, for a Bing Software Development Engineer, says that the team will be delivering products “in areas including Windows 9, IE11 services integration, touch friendly devices including iPad and

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley recently echoed these reports, citing sources pointing toward a spring 2015 release for Windows 9.How much will Windows 9 cost?

Not a cent. At least that’s what Russian leaker collective WZOR claims to have heard. The group reports that Microsoft is considering pushing out Windows 9 for free, but cannot confirm at this time.

What the collective has heard exactly is that a prototype version is in the works in which a barebones version of Windows 9 will be available for free. For additional functionality, users would have to pay up through a subscription.

That said, ZDNet’s Foley has heard the opposite: different SKUs of Windows will be offered for free or at different prices to OEMs and consumers, but that the desktop version will indeed have a sticker price.Windows 9 to be smaller, with more apps

In the last Microsoft earnings call CFO Peter Klein made it clear that Microsoft has got the message that Windows 8 tablets need to be cheaper; “we know that our growth depends on our ability to give customers the exciting hardware they want, at the price-points they demand.”

Another revealing Microsoft job advert talks about having Windows Phone and Windows RT apps run on both Windows Phone and Windows – it’s no secret that Microsoft wants to unify things in this area.

“Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa? If so, then this is the role for you! We are the team leading the charge to bring much of the WinRT API surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone.”

That sounds like a longer term goal, given that the job advert was on the Microsoft Careers site at the beginning of February 2012, and it’s being driven by the Windows Phone team, but it could give developers an incentive to write apps for the Windows Store and give Windows 9 users more to choose from. Scaling apps to fit different size screens would help here too.Windows 9 reaches for the cloud

A vision for a smaller version of Windows with more apps sounds like it lines up nicely with rumors that Windows 9 will focus heavily on cloud computing. WZOR claims to have information that supports this idea, pointing toward a Chrome OS-like operating system that requires an internet connection.

According to the leaker group, the core of Windows 9 will live in the given system’s BIOS, while the rest of the OS will reside in the cloud, ready for picking via various apps and services. (Exactly how much of the standard Windows functions would be left out is what’s worrying about this rumor.)Windows 9 power management

A recent Channel 9 video featuring Bruce Worthington, who leads the team working on Windows power management fundamentals, included some rather technical details about saving power in Windows and the improvement in Windows 8.

“If you look at the number of times we would wake up the CPU per second,” he explained, “for Windows 7 you would typically see numbers on the order of one millisecond. We would literally be waking up the CPU a thousand times per second. If you look at Windows 8, on a clean system, we have numbers that are better than a hundred milliseconds. ”

Now that Windows Phone 8 is based on the Windows Phone kernel, power management has to get better. “Now we’re looking forward to the next release and we can get even farther – especially as we start interacting more and more with our phone brethren.

“They want us to be quiet for multiple seconds at a time. They even talk about minutes in some scenarios which is pretty far afield for us, to be thinking about minutes of being completely quiet. At least getting into the multi-second we’re definitely ready to think about that.”more.”Windows 9 release date

Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw said the company wasn’t ready to talk about how often Windows might come out when we spoke to him in January, but he agreed “you have certainly seen across a variety of our products a cadence that looks like that; Windows Phone is a good for example of that, our services are a good example of that”.

We don’t know if Windows 9 will be available as an upgrade from Windows 7 that you can buy as a standalone product or if you’ll have to have Windows 8 to get the upgrade. But it may not be with us for a while yet – Windows business chief Tami Reller has talked about “multiple selling seasons” for Windows 8, meaning that we’ll likely have several versions of it.

Some rumors have suggested late 2014 or early 2015 for a Windows 9 release, though the former seems wide of the mark.

In January 2014, well-known Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott said he believes the company plans to release Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) in April 2015, less than three years after Windows 8.

The thinking appears to be that the Windows 8 name is now too tarnished and that – in contrast to Reller’s comments above – Microsoft wishes to clear things out by releasing Windows 9 instead.

“Maturing and fixing the “Metro” design language used by Windows will be a major focus area of Threshold,” Thurrott added. “It’s not clear what changes are coming, but it’s safe to assume that a windowed mode that works on the desktop is part of that.”

Especially with Intel Haswell bringing Connected Standby to Core systems, not just low-power Atom tablets, saving power looks like a priority for Windows 9 (especially if it comes out at the same time as Intel’s new chips.

“For the next release there’s all kinds of things we’ve already identified that are going be quite challenging but at the same time the user is going to get a tremendous boost forward,” Worthington promised.Windows 9 gestures and experiences

There are features we predicted for Windows 8 based on Microsoft patents and technologies we’ve seen demonstrated by Microsoft leaders like CTO Craig Mundie that didn’t make it into the OS. There are features Microsoft plans for every version of Windows that get cut to ship on time; sometimes they reappear, sometimes they don’t.

Kinect-based 3D gestures might be on the cards this time around, especially as we hear that some notebooks will soon get 3D cameras – although from other suppliers rather than Microsoft.

Using two cheap webcams rather than an expensive 3D camera could make gesture recognition hardware cheap enough for laptops and then you could wave at the screen from a distance.

And maybe Direct Experience will arrive in Windows 9. The patent explains this as a way of starting Windows to play media files in a special purpose operating system and there are improvements in Hyper-V for Windows Server 8 that Microsoft could use to make Windows 9 work better for this, like being able to move a virtual machine from one place to another while it’s running.

Maybe that would even work with the next version of the Xbox – which will be based on the Windows kernel and is expected to ship in the autumn.

Direct Experience would start up a media version of Windows if you booted with a USB stick of music files plugged in

One obvious question is whether Windows 9 will be 64-bit only – something that Microsoft threatened even before Windows 7 shipped – but that’s going to depend on what chips are in PCs.


Apr 21

Take Galaxy Tab 3 Kids for watching Disney Blu-ray/DVD ISO image files when travelling


Summary: This guide shows you the fastest way to rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD ISO to Galaxy supported video formats with ease so that your kids can watch BD/DVD ISO contens on Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition freely on the go.

If your kids are getting ready for your family trip to see all the sites of Europe and Australia, it is a great idea to take with a Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition as a media player when going on long trips. It is perfect for keeping your kids from being bored in almost any situation when bringing a Galaxy Tab 3 Kids table on flights, camping trips and any place where you might find yourself waiting for a while.

So I’m planning to buy one for my son, and I have several Blu-ray and DVD ISO image files from some Disney kids movies. As far as I know, if there is no virtual BD drive, it is impossible to play ISO videos from Blu-ray/DVD Disc. Now I was suggested by a friend to get a tool to convert Blu- ray to Galaxy playable video files first, so that I can freely play Blu-ray/DVD ISO files on Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition for my son. Having tried this way and I will share the easy steps to rip Disney BD/DVD ISO to Galaxy Tab 3 Kids for playback.

At first, Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper (Mac users: Blu-ray Ripper for Mac) is highly recommended to help easily remove commercial Disney protection from BD/DVD ISO and output MP4 videos for freely playback.

System requirements:


Operating System: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
DirectX Version: 9.0 or above
Memory: 64MB at least
Processor: 500MHz Intel or 500MHz AMD CPU
Hard Disc Space: 512MB or above
Optical Drive: DVD drive(BD drive is required for ripping Blu-ray disc)


1G Hz or above Intel processor.
Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9)
512 MB physical RAM (memory) or more.
1024*768 or higher resolution display.
Optical Drive: DVD drive(BD drive is required for ripping Blu-ray disc)

Follow this guide to quick learn:

How to convert Disney Blu-ray/DVD ISO to Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition?

Step 1: Load ISO movie to the ISO to Galaxy Converter.

Insert your Blu-ray/DVD ISO to disc drive, and click “IFO/ISO” icon to add your Blu-ray/DVD ISO files into Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper.

Step 2: Select Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids compatible format.

Here we select MP4 with H.264 codec for Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition. Click the Format drop-down list, and select “Samsung> Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Video(*.mp4)” from Samsung category.

Tips: If you have special requirements on target video, click “Settings” to customize video size, bitrate, frame rate and sample rate.

According to my experience, for watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy tablets, 2000~2500kbps is just all right. And for 7.0 Inch 1,024 X 600 display Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition, so you can choose the size for “1024 *600”. If you’re not happy with the output quality, just adjust the bitrate as you like.

Step 4. Ripping Blu-ray/DVD ISO to MP4 for Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition.

Click the red “Convert” button to start ripping Blu-ray/DVD ISO image files to H.264/MPEG-4 MP4 for Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition. When it finishes, click the “Open Output Folder” icon to quick locate the converted video.

Once get the converted videos, just copy and dump them to Galaxy Tab 3 Kids. Then you are ready to play Blu-ray/DVD ISO on Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition freely.

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Apr 18

Pavtube Easter Biggest Discount: Save up to 40% on Blu-ray/DVD Ripper software


Description: Pavtube is offering Easter Day Special Discount for everyone who would like to create memories and save special moments by enjoying BD/DVD movies and HD Videos on Easter Day.

Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20 and it would soon arrive. What do people do usually on Easter Day? Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion. Many people also decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs of some form are hidden, supposedly by a rabbit or hare. People, especially children, then search for them. In some areas, Easter egg hunts are a popular way for local businesses to promote themselves or may even be organized by churches.

This year’s Easter Day, people could not only keep their tradition to celebrate the Christian belief of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead as usual, but also apply for a new way to memorize Jesus’s sacrifice by sharing religious movies with friends and family members on mobile devices or streaming to TV via home network.

Pavtube Studio is offering special discount to celebrate this year’s Easter Day from April 18 to April 25 (ByteCopy special offer starts on April 21). All Pavtube BD/DVD programs are on sale. The products will enable users to backup, convert, transcode, compress and edit source Blu-ray/DVD movies to a preferred format for your mobile phones, tablets, or smart TV so you would have a chance to experience the Easter Day traditions at home with help of Pavtube.

What can you expect for Pavtube Easter Sunday Special Offer?

40% Off: Pavtube DVD Ripper for Win/Mac

$21 to get the powerful DVD ripping tool – Pavtube DVD Ripper (Get Mac version) to backup DVD disc, convert DVD folder, and edit DVD IFO/ISO file to virtually any video and audio type for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung, HTC, Acer, ASUS and other devices.

30% Off: Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper for Win/Mac

Only $34.3 for Pavtube’s best seller – Blu-ray Ripper (Get Mac version) that rips Blu-ray and DVD to PC, iPad, Android tablets and many more as well as copy the disc content with original BD/DVD structure..

20% Off: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac

Originally $65 but now on sale in $52 for Video Converter Ultimate (Get Mac version), the all-inclusive multimedia toolbox which integrates all the features of a blu-ray ripper, a dvd ripper and a video converter.

20% Off: Pavtube ByteCopy for Win/Mac

Starts on April 21 and end on April 25, the Easter Sunday offer to get ByteCopy (Get Mac version) with 20% off, an easy-to-use tool of the ability of backing up BD/DVD to multi-track MKV and converting disc content to almost all popular video and audio formats with few clicks.

More information about Pavtube Easter Sunday Deal can be found on Pavtube official Facebook page, and you could read more about Pavtube programs on Pavtube website.


Apr 17

iOS 8 may come with baked-in Shazam so you can ask Siri what’s playing


Apple has plans to bake Shazam’s music-recognition service directly into iOS, an interesting new report claims.

The plan is to incorporate Shazam into the software in the same way that Facebook and Twitter are, and to allow users to ask Siri what song is playing without opening the Shazam app.

Shazam declined to comment on the matter to TechRadar, however WWDC 2014 is just around the corner and it’s possible we could see the new feature included in iOS 8 when it’s revealed.Integration station

It’s unclear right now whether Apple plans to offer up a new first-party app for all this music recognition data.

The information comes from sources speaking to Bloomberg, one of which also claimed that Apple’s iTunes Radio is currently gearing up for a global release.

It was also reported that Apple is chewing over the idea of putting out iTunes Radio as a standalone app, rather than as just a feature built into the iTunes store as it currently stands.

New iOS 8 Changes Detailed

Apr 16

iFonebox for windows released for iOS device uses to recover lost data


iFonebox for Windows is released on April 16,2014,It is a professional and powerful ios data recover software for iPhone/iPad/iPod users to recover deleted/lost data. Moreover, it supports the latest iOS 7.1 too. The upgrade facilitates full data recovery from all iOS Device.

Accidently deleted photos, text messages or other crucial data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod? Broke or damaged your iPhone or iPad and now the data’s gone? Failed updates kill your data?  whatever the problem, iFonebox is here ! this easy-to-use ios data recover tool can help you quickly recover photos & videos, contacts, SMS, call logs, memos and calendars, even Safari bookmarks you thought you’d lost forever! How does it work? Just follow 3 simple steps and, you can preview your lost files, recover lost data with ease.

2 Recovery Modes Provided by iFonebox
Recover directly from iOS Device
Recover from iTunes Backup

Recover up to 11 File Formats
Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Safari bookmark; Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Message attachments, Voice memos.

Supported iOS Devices
iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad air,iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display, The New iPad, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 5 and iPod touch 4.

Preview What You Lost Before Recovery
This ios data recovery software allows you to preview lost files before recovery, clear, organized and in original quality.
- Preview contacts in detail, including address, job title, etc.
- Read SMS contents including iMessages, photos, videos, etc.
- Export and check your list of lost files in HTML

iFonebox official website:

Apr 16

Android 4.5 preview destined for Nexus 8


It was last October when Android 4.4 KitKat was finally released, which debuted on the Nexus 5 first. We had assumed it would be seen on the Nexus 7 earlier that year, but Google favored the smartphone over the tablet. Even though it has only been 6 months, we now look ahead to Android 4.5, which as yet has no official name, although Lollipop has been mentioned.

With Google I/O 2014 just a couple of months away it stands to reason that we will start to learn more about Android 4.5, and a recent tease does feel us with some excitement, as we get to see just what the new version of the mobile OS will look like – or so we assume.

A recent Android 4.5 preview gives us a good idea of the design of the mobile operating system, and one thing is very clear, it comes with a more simplistic, flatter look compared to KitKat. Comparisons have been made to iOS 7, as this also went for the flat design as well.

With rumors suggesting that Android 4.5 could be released on the Nexus 8 tablet first, we wonder if we are looking at a preview of the Nexus 8 software? Okay, so we had these rumors with the Nexus 7 last year, but with the larger tablet expected to be more popular than the smaller one, it makes sense to release it with the latest and greatest mobile OS available, and not one that would be around 8 months old once released.

Back to the design of Android 4.5 – Let’s say this is the next version of Android we are looking at, then the cleaner design will have a huge effect on the performance of the OS, which you can see just by looking at a side-by-side view of the icons above.

The render shows the icons are flatter and far more simplistic in design. Android Police came up with the renders themselves based on the knowledge they have so far.

Again, we expect Google to announce Android 4.5 at its I/O event on June 25th, but what device will it make it to first?

You can add us to your circle on Google+, follow us on Twitter, or like our Facebook page to keep updated on all the latest news.


Apr 15

How to set a mobile data limit on the Galaxy S3, S4 or S5


Data limits are the bane of many people’s existence. They’re a necessary evil but always seem to run out just when you need them and then you get hit with crazy excess charges or ‘shaping’ that cuts your data flow to a trickle. Galaxy devices make it nice and easy for you to set a mobile data limit to avoid running out of data entirely or bringing on some bill shock at the end of the month.

Holding the reins when it comes to data usage is essential in these LTE/download booster times. / © AndroidPIT

On the Galaxy S3 just hit Settings > Connections tab > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit and enter whatever data limit you like before you get a warning. Our screenshots are an international Galaxy S3 running Samsung’s Android 4.3 firmware.

The Galaxy S3 on Android 4.3: set mobile data limit. / © AndroidPIT

On the Galaxy S4 it’s exactly the same path: Settings > Connections tab > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit. Depending on what version of Android you have or what custom ROM you might be running, the path may be slightly different. Our screenshot is an international Galaxy S4 running Samsung’s Android 4.4.2.

The Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2: business as usual for setting a data limit. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S5 is slightly different due to the new TouchWiz, but it’s just as easy: Settings > Quick Settings > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit. Our Galaxy S5 is, of course, running the straight-out-of-the-box Android 4.4.2 firmware.

The Galaxy S5 on Android 4.4.2: slightly different look thanks to the new TouchWiz. / © AndroidPIT

Note: You will only see the Set Mobile Data Limit option if you have a data enabled SIM card inserted.

Mobile data limits can be set on any device running Android 4.0+. Just look for the Data Usage section in your Settings.

Do you use this feature? What other ways do you keep track of your data usage?


Apr 14

How to download files faster on the Samsung Galaxy S5


Did you know that you could download files faster on the Galaxy S5? Samsung’s new Android flagship comes with a built-in ‘Download Booster’ mode that basically allows you to use the speeds of Wi-Fi and 4G LTE networks combined. This will come in handy, especially for users who are in a hurry to download a big file.

Enabling ‘Download Booster’ is as simple as it gets – you just have to know that the option exists. On most Galaxy S5, to enable download booster, you need to first have enabled Mobile Data and Wi-Fi, and then slide down from the top to bring the notification shade. Slide the toggles to the left, and – by default – that’s where the ‘Download Booster’ mode resides.

If you cannot find it there, make sure to double-check: just open Settings and look for the Download Booster icon. By default, it’s a blue icon appearing at the top-most row, and you can enable it from there as well.

Some Galaxy S5 devices, however, might lack this new mode. In fact, the three biggest US carriers – Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint – have negotiated to have the feature removed to avoid having their networks hogged. The only big US carrier that seemingly supports it for the moment is T-Mobile.

Finally, keep in mind that by using your 4G LTE connection to download large files, you’ll quickly deplete your monthly data allowance. Moreover, you may run into overage fees on some carriers. The ‘Download Booster’ could be a useful feature for those times when you need to get files as quickly as possible, but make sure to use it with caution.

Apr 10

Nokia 225 in Real specification and price


The Nokia 225 comes in both single and double SIM variants, and Nokia claims it has a standby time of up to 36 days. It is furnished with a two-megapixel Polaroid and characteristics Microsd backing of up to 32gb. The gadget incorporates a Mp3, which Nokia says has up to 51 hours of playback time.

The telephone offers a 2.8-inch presentation and is preloaded with Nokia’s cloud-fueled Xpress Browser, which serves to streamline site information and accelerate execution considerably over slower arranges. Facebook and Twitter applications are additionally accessible specifically on the homescreen, while there are five preloaded diversions: Block Breaker 3, Asphalt 6, Assassins Creed 3.
Nokia has been publishing really magnetic telephones over the past few months, yet that doesn’t would not joke about this has overlooked its critical easier end market.

It has now introduced an alternate alternative for clients by propelling the new Nokia 225.

The Nokia 225 accompanies a 2.8″ 256k shade show with 320 x 240 determination, which is likewise the biggest presentation Nokia has put on a non-touchscreen telephone eve.

Nokia 225 takes after organization’s late outline dialect, and additionally arrives in a plenty of colors alongside an electric lamp. Nokia 225 weighs simply under 100g and is 10.4mm thick. On the product side, Nokia 225 runs on Series 30 OS.

A couple of important provisions come preinstalled, including Twitter, Facebook, Bing and Nokia’s prominent Xpress Browser.

At the once again of Nokia 225 is a solitary 2 mp Polaroid with QVGA feature recording at 15fps. FM Radio accompanies the telephone. Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM. The telephone is controlled by a 1.200 mah battery, enough for 36 days of standby, 49 hours of music playing and 21 hours worth talktime.

Nokia 225 will be accessible for $53 in the advancing few months. A double sim variant of Nokia 225 will take after later as well. The telephones will be accessible in Black, White, Red, Green and Yellow.

Co-of course, Nokia additionally makes a touchscreen telephone with a very much alike sticker, called the Asha 230, so on the off chance that you have your heart set on a modest Nokia, that could be a constraining choice also.


Apr 08

New to Android? Here are suggestions on must-have apps for your smartphone


If you’re new to Android and you’re not quite sure which apps to install on your smartphone then you’ll find some suggestions here. There’s a good chance your new phone came with a bunch of apps pre-installed. Some of them will prove useful; some will turn out to be bloatware. As you cast your discerning eye across Google Play you’ll find hundreds of thousands of options. You can’t have them all, so take your time and pick the cream of the crop.

There are some pretty obvious early downloads so we’ll skip DropBox, Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll merge Google’s wares into our first entry. The rest of the entries on our list are a mixed bunch, some well-known, some not so, but they all have something in common – these are all must-have apps for your new Android smartphone.

Google Apps (Free)

You’ll find a bunch of Google apps pre-installed on your new Android smartphone, including the excellent Gmail and Google Maps, but there are others you’ll want to seek out and install straight away. Take advantage of free cloud storage and enjoy the ability to access files from anywhere with Google Drive. Do the same with music by grabbing Google Play Music. All of Google’s apps are great so you should also check out Google+, Chrome, Sky Map, Google Goggles, and the rest of the gang.

Best Apps Market (Free)

When you have more than 700,000 apps to choose from it can be tricky to uncover those hidden gems. Best Apps Market is a powerful app discovery tool that helps you to find the apps and games that you really want. It is fast, easy to use, and packed with solid recommendations and plenty of filters to narrow down your searches.

TuneIn Radio (Free)

Whether you like to have tunes playing or you want to catch up with the latest sports scores you’ll find that TuneIn has got you covered. Free access to over 70,000 radio stations and over 2 million podcasts means you can always find something worth listening to. It’s easy to use, you can search for the content you want and find it, and even if the app can’t play exactly what you want it will find something similar.

Flipboard (Free)

This is one of those news aggregator magazine apps. You enter the topics you are interested in and get a stream of top articles from some of the best sources on the web. It has all the usual filter options and as much social media integration as you can handle. What elevates it above other great news aggregator apps like Pulse is the simple joy of the flip animation as you flick through stories.

Instagram (Free)

100 million users can’t be wrong. Instagram is a great way to enhance your photos and it features a set of unique filters to get the exact look you want. It’s easy to share your creations and interact with other people. If you’re not keen on joining Instagram there are some great alternative Android photography apps like PicSay, Pixlr-o-matic and Snapseed. Avast!

Mobile Security

The hysteria about Android malware is starting to reach fever pitch. The reason Android malware is on the rise is simple – it has far more users than any other platform. If you’re sensible about what you install there’s no need for alarm, but if you’d rather have peace of mind and snag some anti-theft tools while you’re at it, then you need Avast! This is by far the best security app for Android.

Gmote 2.0 (Free)

This handy app converts your Android smartphone into a remote control for your PC or laptop. Install the app on your phone, the server software on your computer, and when you load it up you can use your phone as a remote control for movies or music. You can also browse your files, browse the web, and stream music to your phone. It’s very straightforward and it’s completely free.

Netflix (Free)

Obviously you’ll need a Netflix subscription to take advantage of this app and that will cost you $8 or £6 per month. That fee will give you access to a load of movies and TV shows which you can stream to your computer, laptop, game console, smartphone or tablet. The great thing about the Android Netflix app is that you can use it as a remote control and second screen to browse content while you are watching something else via your PS3.

Kindle (Free)

Amazon offers a great choice of eBooks and the Kindle app allows you to easily sync your progress, so you can pick up where you left off last night on your Kindle with your smartphone on the morning commute. You can also use it to access magazines or newspapers and it has a handy built-in dictionary. If you don’t already use Amazon for eBooks or own a Kindle then you might prefer Aldiko, which is a great, free eBook app.

Tasker ($6.49)

There’s no getting away from the steep learning curve with Tasker, but it is, without doubt, the best way to unleash the potential of your Android smartphone. Tasker is all about automation. You can set triggers and rules for everything. Switch to silent mode at specific times or in specific locations, automate emails or SMS, set an alarm to wake you up with a random song from your collection, automatically cycle your wallpaper – the possibilities are endless.

Xbox SmartGlass (Free)

If you don’t have an Xbox 360 then move along there’s nothing to see here. If you do then the SmartGlass app is a no-brainer. First and foremost it’s a remote control for your Xbox 360 so you can browse content and control it. You can also use it to browse the web. The exciting potential is second screen functionality so you can access more information on what you are watching through the app or even enjoy extended gameplay for some games.

doubleTwist (Free)

Here’s a good iTunes replacement for Android newbies. Sync music, create playlists, download album artwork, subscribe to podcasts, and stream music, video or photos to your PS3, Xbox 360 or Apple TV from your Android smartphone. You can import from iTunes so it’s a great solution for people with a big iTunes collection (you could also use Google Play Music). If you want to go wireless you have to splash out for AirSync ($5).

Android Authority (Free)

The list wouldn’t be complete without your very own window to this website. Keep up with all the latest Android news, apps, rumors, reviews, tips and tricks with the official Android Authority app.More Android Apps

This is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much you can do with your new Android smartphone and the right apps. Fitness fans should check out RunKeeper, if you want to eat out then you need Urbanspoon, drivers should check out GasBuddy and Waze, you can increase productivity with Evernote, Out of Milk, and Call Blocker….the list just goes on and on. You can also check out our 13 must-have apps for your new Android tablet to find some great options for tablets.

If you want to suggest any essential Android apps for newcomers to the platform then post a comment.


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