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So you want to create an Android app. Fortunately, the process doesn’t need to start from scratch. With one (or more) of these eight great Android app templates, you can get a head start in developing and publishing your very own Android app.

The Restaurant App

The Restaurant App is an Android app template for managing reservation information and showcasing your restaurant’s current menu. The Restaurant App has been designed with Android’s diverse set of support resolutions in mind, so you ca

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n be sure your app will look great at any screen size.

This template also includes support for multiple languages, social network sharing and Google Maps, making it the perfect template for restaurateurs.

Developer: pongodev

The Restaurant App

Layar Tancep: YouTube Channel App

Run a YouTube channel? Want to offer your users a simple, native way of accessing your videos on the go? The Layar Tancep template allows you to build an app just like that, with support for aggregating multiple channels, integrating ads with AdMob and social media sharing.

Developer: pongodev

Layar Tancep

RSS News

RSS News is a simple template that allows you to easily take any website or blog with an RSS feed and convert it into a native Android application that can be distributed to end users.

This template claims a sub-five-minute setup time and includes tools to monetize your app with easy AdMob integration.

Developer: dmbTeam

RSS News

Your Android Map

This template is great if you’re looking to create an app that showcases multiple locations on a map.

Built on Google Maps, with support for multiple types, this template gives you to the tools to show a user their position, nearby locations and directions to their chosen destination, with support for AdMob advertising.

Developer: pongodev

Your Android Map

Android Live TV

Android Live TV is a simple template that allows you to offer high-definition, pause-able video streaming to Android users. The template supports 720p/1080p streams in the rm/rtsp/http/m3u8 formats with support for AdMob and StartApp monetization.

Developer: viaviwebtech

Android Live TV

Musician

Musician is a straightforward Android app template aimed at artists and bands who want to offer fans an all-in-one solution for music, news and images.

This template is packaged with an easy-to-use admin panel that allows you to easily manage the content delivered to end users within the app.

Developer: neurondigital

Musician

Weminder

Weminder is a beautiful Android template for weather apps. This template includes a touch-based scrollable seven-day forecast that taps into the location data of the device to bring relevant results. The template also includes support for Google Analytics and AdMob to make it easy to track and monetize your app’s performance.

Developer: cyclicstudio

Weminder

Android Hotel App

Whether you’re a hotelier using this template for its maiden purpose or not, Android Hotel App is a great, highly-customizable template. Managed through a simple XML file, this template includes designs for seven different sections with Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor integration built-in.

Developer: dmbTeam

Android Hotel App

If you want to see more great full application templates for Android, take a browse of the Android category at CodeCanyon.

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Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.

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Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

There are many types of beer that differ in taste and colour. Unfortunately most beer cans advertise the brand and brewery, rather than the alcohol itself. That is not the case with the new project by Spanish artist Txaber who

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created a brilliant beer packaging design using Pantone’s colour charts and codes.


The cans and bottles he has designed are very minimal. The largest part part of them is filled with colour that reflects the tinge of the beer inside. All hues are taken from Pantone’s colour palette, which is famous for its accuracy and popularity among designers and manufacturers from all around the globe.


Apart from the colour, there’s a small stripe of white on every of Txaber’s cans and bottles. On it, using fancy and very unique typography, the designer put the name of the beer as well as the Pantone colour code. In general, packaging has a distinctive and strikingly minimal look that not only puts its contents first, but also makes it stand out from the competition.


Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette

Brilliant Beer Packaging That Uses The Pantone Colour Palette


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Many Samsung Galaxy Android devices store an internal counter to track the unofficial firmware, kernel flashes etc. on your device. For example if you install a custom firmware then a visual large triangle is shown on the startup of the device booting and nagging you. Triangle Away is an application that is built specifically to disable the yellow warning triangle by resetting the flash counter on your Samsung Galaxy Android devices. We have already covered it here in the past but apparently in the latest versions of the app such as Triangle Away 3.01 most variant of the Samsung Gala

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xy s4 are also supported such as i9505 and variants in Canada and US. There is along list of Samsung Galaxy models supported by this app to reset the flash counter. You can find the complete listing on the developer source address as it is continuously evolving with the new releases of this utility.


Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as InspiredGeek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.



unnamed | Remove Yellow Triangle and Reset Flash Counter on Your Samsung Galaxy S4 Using Triangle Away 3.01


Please keep in mind that a root is required on your device for this application to work its magic. You can get the Triangle Away for tiny money from Google Play store or alternatively download the same app for free from the app thread on XDA developer forum. Please use caution when using this app as developer had mentioned that it can even brick your device if used for example on unsupported devices.




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I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent solving Sudoku puzzles in newspapers and puzzle books — there’s just something about numbers on a grid that I can’t resist! As it turns out, Japan has many more games to tickle your brain and kill time with, and my latest favorite is playable on your Android device. Presenting the awesome Hashi Puzzles: Bridges & Islands!




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Based on a traditional puzzle called Hashiwokakero by Nikoli — the publishers of Sudoku, Nonograms and other delightful puzzles — this game requires players to think about both space and numbers, and can keep you engaged and entertained whether you have a minute or an hour to play. Let’s take a closer look at how Hashi Puzzles are solved and see if we can’t beat a level or two.


Hashi Puzzles's pleasant aesthetic (Left) - the in-game tutorial is mighty helpful (Right)

Hashi Puzzles’s pleasant aesthetic (Left) – the in-game tutorial is mighty helpful (Right)


How to Play

The goal of a Hashiwokakero puzzle is to connect the islands (represented by circles) using bridges that you can draw between these islands. Each island has a numeral on it that represents how many bridges must connect to it. So in the example level shown above, all one has to do is swipe between islands to draw bridges, ensuring that each island has as many bridges as its number indicates.


Sounds almost too easy, doesn’t it? There are a few rules governing the bridges you draw, that make each puzzle interesting:



they can’t cross any other bridges or islands
they can only run perpendicularly (and not diagonally)
they must connect the islands into a single group (and not several small groups)
there can only be at most two bridges between any two islands.

Presentation

Developer Francois Guibert has chosen to go with a minimalistic look for his version of Hashiwokakero, which I think suits this game and its rules perfectly — the puzzles traditionally don’t have grids drawn and need to be easy to play on a touchscreen, and Hashi’s muted palette and simple shapes help keep things legible and playable. Plus, it’s much better looking than most other bridges-and-islands titles in the Play Store.


The game looks great on tablets (Left) - Hints (shown in red) are available when you're stuck (Right)

The game looks great on tablets (Left) – Hints (shown in red) are available when you’re stuck (Right)


Cracking Hashi Puzzles

The best way to learn to play Hashi Puzzles is to go through its in-game tutorial that describes the rules and gameplay and has you play an easy level. From there, you can get started on any of the 80 free levels built on grids of increasing difficulty. Each puzzle has a unique solution, and you can earn stars for completing levels without using hints. When you’re hungry for more, there are 420 additional levels that you can purchase in packs of 60, for a dollar each.


Levels go from really simple (Left) to fairly challenging (Right)

Levels go from really simple (Left) to fairly challenging (Right)


Conclusion

Hashi Puzzles is a great interpretation of a clever puzzle game that’s sure to keep you engrossed and entertained, whether you’re bored on a long commute or blazing through levels before bedtime. I could’ve done with a little meditative music to get me into the zone, though. Other than that, this is a sleek puzzler that you shouldn’t miss. After all, it’s free and looks great on tablets and smartphones. Give this a try and give your brain a solid workout!




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What Do You Think of “This Week In Android”?

For the past few weeks, we have been running a new column on the site entitled “This Week In Android” where we recount the most interesting news tidbits from the week in terms of software updates, new device announcements, and app updates. It was designed as a light recap of general news, to keep you up-to-date on the latest Android happenings, since we usually do

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n’t cover these in our regular posts.


However, we know that you, as an Android.Appstorm reader, come to us mostly — and almost exclusively — for our app and game reviews and roundups. That’s why, after a few weeks of foraying into “This Week In Android”, we’d like to know your opinion about the new column. Did it pique your interest, or were you skipping it as you prefer to get your Android news from other more timely and elaborate sources? Would you be more interested in a change of format that skips the device and software news to focus solely on app and game updates and releases?


Please take the time to vote and share your opinions in the comments below.




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image | Box Offering 50GB of Free Cloud Storage to Users Installing a Free Android App


Box some time offers really sweet deals. Last year they offered 50GB of free cloud storage space to the iOS users and now this year they are offering the similar deal to the And

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roid users! What Android users have to do to get this 50GB space is to install the updated Box app from the Market and log-in to the application. This deal is valid until March 23, 2012. So if you want to avail this deal hurry-up! 50 GB of storage space that is provided this way to the users is accessible from everywhere – not only Android. Also this package will bump the max file size upload limit to 100 MB.


This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:


1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android
2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app
3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
4. (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50GB with the hashtag #Box50GB



While it will still not provide the very useful syncing feature that get with Dropbox but its still a lot of online space that can be used for some backup/archival purposes. One of the useful features in the updated Android app is bulk-upload feature as well as adding collaborators to the shared folders. Hers is a detailed list of features of the Box app for the Android:


* Access, create and view content on your Android phone or tablet
* Upload multiple images, videos and files from the SD card
* Save files to your SD card for offline access
* Easily share files and folders with links
* Invite colleagues to shared folders and leave comments on files for them (note that you’ll need to grant permission for the app to access your contacts – we only use this permission to quickly retrieve email addresses when you want to invite collaborators, and we do NOT store any contact information on Box’s servers)
* Find content fast with built-in search
* Save files you edit or create in other Android apps to your Box account
* Add a widget to your home screen to see updates on files by colleagues



You can get the Box for the Android from Market here to avail this deal.




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Keylet


Keys have been the way to get access to things for thousands of years. However surprisingly I’ve found many people don’t know how a key actually works. This GIF explains simply how a key works.



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    Check out the new Xperia Z with a razor sharp and super bright 5″ Full HD Reality Display, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 13 megapixel camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile – the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones and a sleek design that resists both water and dust, Xperia [...]
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Waking Mars is an innovative and engaging adventure game that sees you re-awakening life on a sleeping planet. While exploring caves beneath the surface of Mars, you stumble upon a complex and symbiotic range of plant life. You have to explore and connect a huge and peculiar ecosystem in a magnificent warren of caverns. When you then get trapped deep under ground, you have to rely on the flora and fauna to survive! If you like playing fresh and rewarding games on your Android device, read on for the f

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ull review.



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Premise

The year is 2097 and you are on Mars, following the work of a previous explorer who went missing. What you discover is a rich and diverse ecosystem of plantlife quite unlike much of what we see on Earth. The plants are symbiotic, that is, they rely on each other to grow and spread. However, you soon discover that you can give them a helping hand, gradually linking cave after cave of alien horticulture!


Plant seeds and grow new lifeforms

Plant seeds and grow new lifeforms


Things then go absurdly wrong as you are suddenly trapped within the caves with seemingly little chance or opportunity of contacting the surface. However, you soon realise that the plants you are cultivating might just save you. This launches an extraordinary adventure of discovery that signifies a highly original concept and wonderfully engaging gameplay.


Say goodbye to the surface!

Say goodbye to the surface!


Controls

The game controls are both intuitive and responsive. You simply touch and press the direction you want to move in. When this means you are traversing across the ground you simply walk. When it requires moving upwards, your jet pack kicks in and you ascend and descend accordingly. On the bottom left of the screen there are navigational and objective tabs which pause the game and on the bottom right is your inventory.


Inventory

Inventory


The inventory contains pods and items you have collected while exploring. When selected, you can fire a pod towards other plant matter which spawns more plants and pods. By doing this you essentially propagate the spread of the plantlife and generate new avenues of collecting pods and finding new life. This underpins much of gameplay as life and the results of reigniting life becomes more complex in nature.


Build research

Build research


Gameplay

So gameplay is a combination of exploring the caverns and discovering new life by exchanging pods. Successfully doing so often creates new passages to explore. Sometimes you are left in a cavern and need to escape it. There is often a puzzle element to gameplay where you have to work out how best to proceed. While it is still relatively linear, it requires the use of logic to progress.


Crawl to discover new spaces

Crawl to discover new spaces


The game has an undercurrent of mystery which examines what happened to the previous explorer and the hidden life-potential of Mars. The narrative expands as you discuss things in cut scenes with other characters in the game. This all creates an entertaining and intriguing game which is hard to put down. It’s perhaps not addictive in an ‘Angry Birds’ way but it certainly keeps you riveted. Additionally, it is easily a game where you can waste a great deal of time.


What is also nice to see is a game that sees you creating alien life, instead of ruthlessly destroying it. While ever since space invaders games have required you to blast everything in sight, this encourages you to explore and grow alien life in an innovative way.



Graphics and Sounds

The visuals of the game are rich and very detailed. Gameplay is essentially in 2D but the environments and animations are immaculately designed. It struck me as a little similar to the graphics you can see in Grabatron — such is both the two dimensional and cave-exploring gameplay. Each of the plants you find offer entirely different animations and movements and these are rendered in a smooth and sympathetic way.


Grow and spread life

Grow and spread life


There are plenty of realistic sound effects in the game which help bring it to life (quite literally). This is combined with a beautiful score of music which, according to the Google Play Store description is both original and critically acclaimed. Together these add an element of outstanding quality to the game, which perfectly compliments the graphics and gameplay.


Overall Impressions

I don’t think I have played any game quite like Waking Mars and it’s incredibly refreshing to discover something so original. The Google Play Store is flooded with tycoon style games, retro-games and more and more ‘running’ games which take after the popularity of Temple Run. Waking Mars though is very, very different to pretty much anything else I have encountered before. Sure, there’s a resemblance to Grabatron as previously mentioned, but how many games can be described as an exploratory, extra-terrestrial horticulture mystery?!


Explore and cultivate

Explore and cultivate


The game is really made up of various components which make it rather difficult to categorise. There are elements of puzzle game here and it’s undoubtedly an adventure game. With the need to explore and combine plants together, you might further be reminded of the various alchemy games available. That said, it still feels very unique and gameplay is genuinely inventive.


Map view

Map view


Conclusion

Waking Mars is an enjoyable and engaging game which is stimulating to play and highly original in nature. For less than $2, you get a beautifully designed game with a lustrous soundtrack, addictive gameplay and an intriguing plot narrative that will keep you engaged all the way through. If you like games that are capable of really immersing you with fun and compulsive gameplay, you should definitely give Waking Mars a go. This will sound like a terrible pun, but it really is out of this world!