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This week in apps has been a hectic one, with a new app that has you guessing the logos to major corporations, a Flickr competitor’s entry into the mobile app world, and the latest photography craze GifBoom, all making a splash not only on the Play Store, but on my device as well! So read on to see what’s happening this week in the world of Android.

Logo Quiz
First there was Temple Run, then Draw Something, and now Logo Quiz, the latest mobile game frenzy. As you may have guessed from the name, the main aim of the game is to guess the logos of brands familiar to tho
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se all over the world.
As I said above, these types of apps are the latest craze in the Android world and so the usual rush of apps mimicking identical functionality are to be expected, but the aptly named Logo Quiz still reigns supreme. It contains logos ranging from Shell Oil to Starbucks Coffee. I’ve been playing it a lot and so far have noticed little to no overlap of questions, so you can expect it to keep you entertained for hours on end!
Logo Quiz
500px
Hailed by many as Flickr’s first true competitor, 500px’s Android offering is a sight to behold. Apart from offering a beautiful and easy to use interface, it also sports some amazing pictures taken by truly talented photographers. Thankfully, the developers decided to make the app free, without ads that would detract seriously from the viewing of the pictures.
Whilst some will agree that this app benefits from larger screen estate (such as offered by the Galaxy Note or other Android tablets) it’s also a pleasure to use on a smaller scale and is definitely a leap forward for Android photo browsing apps!
500PX
The Avengers Live Wallpaper
It’s hard to go on to any movie news site without seeing The Avengers mentioned. Adored by critics and fans alike, this film made (and still is making!) a huge splash in cinemas everywhere. Having grossed millions before even being released in the USA, it’s certainly popular. If you’re a fan then this live wallpaper is perfect for you.
Although there is a free download, this only comes with the basic wallpaper; but for an extra $0.99 you can upgrade to the full wallpaper, sporting the full Avengers cast including Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Hulk. Performance wise this wallpaper isn’t too shabby either. It ran very smoothly on my device, and I can only imagine how well it could run on devices such as the Galaxy S II or the Nexus.
The Avengers Live Wallpaper
ViBe
A while back here on Android.Appstorm we published a post of the best ringtone apps. In that roundup several apps that added custom vibrations to specific contacts made an appearance, and if we were to re-write that roundup, we would definitely include ViBe. Apart from making setting custom vibrations easier and faster, it also has several discerning features that set it apart from the standard flurry of vibration apps.
Apart from the usual features, this app also integrates tightly into some major apps that deliver notifications. It currently does so with Handcent and Go SMS Pro and the developers are looking to expand this further by integrating into other massively popular apps such as Instagram, Twitter and Gmail.
ViBe
Gifboom
Instagram is so last week. Now it’s all about Gifboom. This app is taking the GIF community by storm, allowing users not only to easily create animated GIFs but also to view and share them with the Gifboom community. Although some users have reported that the app’s functionality can be quite sporadic, thankfully I have yet to experience a hitch.
For those of you who love GIFs (who doesn’t?!) you’ll begin to wonder how you ever woke up in the morning without being able to tap an icon and see a collection of user generated GIFs waiting to be enjoyed. Apart from offering its own network (á la Instagram), GifBoom also allows sharing to many of the most popular social networking websites around today, such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Overall this app will definitely reserve a special place in GIF lovers’ hearts (and homescreens).
GifBoom
Pocket Academy
Kairosoft’s latest venture in the Android market is very different than its other offerings. Rather than letting you control a glamorous space station, a game development startup, or even your own spa, this game lets you manage somewhere that everyone has been: a school. Although it’s hard to argue that managing a school in real life is actually fun, Kairosoft manages to make it so.
You can build dorms, classroom, locker rooms – basically most of the things that probably existed in your high school! This game is definitely one of Kairosoft’s better offerings (and you can definitely expect a full review here on Android.Appstorm sometime soon).
Pocket Academy
PicFrame
The quality of phone cameras improves by the day, and the craze of photo editing apps seems to keep pace. PicFrame basically allows you to put several of your images all into one via the use of frames. Not only does this make photography more fun, it also makes for a neat way to present your pictures to your friends and family.
PicFrame
So far I’ve used this app to showcase a few pictures from a recent trip (and even a few screenshots) and it has yet to let me down. If you use Instagram or are constantly using your phone as your camera and are looking for a way to present your images in both a functional and beautiful way than this app is definitely one you’ll appreciate.


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What’s your preferred mobile voice control interface?

Today, Joe Casabona argued Google missed with Voice Actions, and Connor Turnbull said, “Siri’s an interface, voice actions are a proxy“.
Both authors highlight an important difference between Android’s Voice Actions and iOS’s Siri (aside from the marketing): Voice Actions works like a command line or keyboard shortcut, while Siri aims to be a natural language computer assistant.
It reminds me of Yahoo Search vs. Ask Jeeves back in the early 2000s; so-called “natural
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language” recognition may be more elegant and impressive and capable of constructing complex queries, but it’s far from natural – the natural way to inquire about something is to point at it and grunt. This could be why keyword-based search engines have typically been way more popular and useful. Want food? Search [food].
I’ve been enjoying playing with Vlingo in the past week, grunting commands like “play music”, “call Bob”, “search killer whale length”. This, to me, is much more comfortable than asking “How long is the average killer whale?”
I’m not trying to knock Siri – I don’t even have an iPhone so I can hardly give it a fair evaluation, and I believe it can cope with “grunt” commands as well – I’m just making the point that I’m happy happy with voice commands, without the need for full natural language processing.
What about you?


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If you’re a user of the new Tweetdeck application, you’ll be happy to know it’s just received a major update.
Lists
Lists have been updated hugely. You can know create, edit and delete lists right in the app. With the dedicated Lists button in the toolbar your Lists will always be very close. Of course you can now click on people’s profiles and add/remove them from lists.


Activity & Interactions
When the web version of Twitter was updated, they added a new “Connect” tab which showed you all a
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ctivities and interactions to do with your Twitter account. Twitter have now adopted this into their new Tweetdeck application.
You now get two columns which you can add, an interactions column and an activity column.
The interactions column now shows mentions, who are your new followers, if you’ve been added to a list and retweet and favourite notifications.
The activity column shows a real-time feed of activities from the people you follow. Activities such as who they are following, tweets they favourite and who they are adding to their lists.


Media
Media viewing right in the application has also been added. You can view images and videos a lot faster, and you get a small preview of them right in the feed itself.


It looks as though Twitter are catching up with the old version of Tweetdeck, but I’m still not taken by it yet. The new version still doesn’t offer the basic feature of a custom URL shortner.
How to get the new update:
Windows – close the app and restart, it should auto-update.
Mac – Download it from the Mac App store
If you’re still looking for the old version of Tweetdeck, you can find it here – Old version of Tweetdeck
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Camera ICS is an interesting and very useful application available on Google Play that you can get for free. A paid version named Camera ICS+ is also available that is Ad free but I guess free version should serve the purpose for most people. Apparently this app is basically a direct rip of the AOSP version of the camera app from the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So it supports all the interesting features that are available in the AOSP Android 4.0.3 flavor. It also means that this is most useful for the devices which don’t have stock ICS camera app such as official Touchwiz flavo
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red firmware available from Samsung for their Android devices. Another benefit is that app not only supports latest Android 4.0 firmware but also the older Honeycomb based tablets as well as Gingerbread Android 2.3 based devices. Although some features may be disabled on the Android 2.3 and 3.0 based devices.Camera ICS also enables the built-in Panorama mode feature. I have tested this application on my Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) on a Android 4.0.3 based firmware and application works as advertised. one of the most useful features I found is that it supports to configure the vol +/- buttons to be used as a trigger to capture camera pictures instead of usual touching a button in the camera app interface. This is very convenient in my opinion and is similar to a feature that is available in iOS 5.x released by Apple for the iDevices. Camera ICS also enables the built-in Panorama mode feature that is very simple to use if you are in to this kind of fun stuff. It can also disable the annoying camera shutter sound if desired. During testing I found that interestingly this camera app is slightly faster at taking stills than the stock camera app on my Galaxy SII which is a nice bonus.Here is a list of features provided by the developer:- Color effects (mono,sepia,negative,…) - Silent mode (no shutter sound, might not work on some devices) - Picture quality setting (low/medium/high/ultra) - Video bitrate selection (normal/2x) - Video stabilization on/off (only 4.0) - 720p face effects (only 4.0) - Panorama mode and time-lapse video on Honeycomb tabletsI really recommend that you give this app a go as you might find it useful for your Android device particularly as there is nothing to loose (no cost involved!).Download Camera ICS For AndroidNo related posts.

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Ice Cream Sandwich ports are already beginning to surface.  This time, xda-developer member ‘kwiboo’, has created a pretty stable Ice Cream Sandwich custom ROM for the Nexus S and its variants.  There’s a few things that need fixing, like missing  data usage statistics and USB mass storage support.  Look for these to be fixed soon. [...]
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Keeping track of your device’s data usage is of concern to everyone who is on a data contract with their mobile provider. In the contract you’ve signed there was a specification of how much data you are allotted per month, which can sometimes be alarmingly low. If they decide you have abused your data connection or exceeded your allowance, you get hit with monumental charges. This isn’t nice, of course, but they will use the ‘you agreed to it when you signed the contract’ argument.
By monitoring your data usage and identifying which applications are heavy use
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rs, you can reduce the risk of going over your data threshold. Onavo is an application which claims to do a good job of this for you, but is it as good as advertised?

Which App Is Doing the Most Damage?
Onavo’s best and intended function is to serve as a visual representation of your data usage, and it accomplishes this in a number of ways. When you’ve set up Onavo with your data plan, the first option on the landing screen is ‘Data Plan Advice’, which looks like this:
I get through quite a lot of data each month, which makes me thankful for my fairly large data allowance.
These bar charts help to give you a better understanding of how much data your device gets through per week. Rather than a single bar that moves up as your data usage increases over a month, several bars show the amount of data used each week. This helps you see your ‘busiest’ data week. By pressing Menu, you can switch to a monthly or even daily view, if a weekly view isn’t what you are after.
Onavo goes one step further than other data monitoring applications, with a feature called App Watch. Within this, your applications are ranked according to data usage, and receive an ‘Onavo rating’ based on the amount of data used by each of them. The ‘Onavo Rating’ is nothing more than a needle on an unmarked scale to show how severely the application is using your data. As you can see in the screenshot below and to the left, the most data intensive service is given a red needle by Onavo, and the second most data intensive one is given an orange needle. The scale itself is meaningless and doesn’t do any more than give you a rough idea of which application is the most risky to your data cap.
What is of use is the layer of information hidden underneath App Watch in App Profile. This is accessed by tapping on any of the services shown in App-Watch, and shown here as the screenshot below and to the right. The bar graph here shows data usage for an individual application or service, unlike the bar graph in ‘Data Plan Advice’ which only showed graphs representing the phones traffic as a whole.
You may be surprised which applications are the ones using the most data, I definitely was.
Widgets
Yet another feature that sets Onavo apart from other data monitoring applications is the three widgets they offer you. Regardless of why you are using Onavo, one of these well-designed widgets is bound to be of interest to you.
Using the screenshot below as reference, the first widget shows how much of your allowance has been eaten so far in that month. If you are on a small data allowance, this would be good for your most active homescreen pane. That way you are always aware of how much data your phone is getting through, and can decide whether that YouTube video is worth watching on the move, or if it’s better to wait until you get home.
The second widget, Live Data Usage, is more of a novelty; it will show your most recently used applications and how much data they got through during their use. Tapping on an application name when it rolls around will take you to that application’s App Watch page within Onavo. You can then continue examining the data usage in more detail.
The third widget is basically a shrunk down version of App Watch for your home screen. Like its in-app counterpart, it shows an application or service’s data usage for that month. However it only serves as a waving flag, and you have to tap on it to obtain more detail.
These are some very useful widgets indeed.
Other Nifty Features
When you first start up Onavo, you get to define your data cap and its renewal dates. (I know a lot of other applications also do this but there are still some which don’t, so I thought it worth mentioning.) Onavo will also block your data usage when you reach 99% of your data cap, or any other limit you specify.
Like most data monitors, Onavo has an ongoing notification feature to quickly show you how much data you have eaten through. It’s very useful if you don’t have much room on your home screen for the big widgets, or are just not a fan of them. The Ongoing notification feature sits quietly, and when you pull down to your notification pane it will say how much data you have used, usually along the line of ‘You’ve used 25% of your 3GB plan’. If you are getting close to your data caps, these statuses are likely to be warnings.
Onavo Extend
This is a separate application designed to shrink your data usage through compression. When first run, it asks for your permission to create a new VPN tunnel on your device. If you agree to this, all web traffic sent from your phone is first compressed. They claim it can seem to increase your data allowance by up to five times, and that seems to be the general consensus in the app’s reviews. I am unable to test it on any of my devices, unfortunately – I think it may require Ice Cream Sandwich, and my phone hasn’t received this yet.
All the good things I have seen said about it led me to put this mention of it here. If you find you like the regular Onavo application, this may be something to try out too.
Final Thoughts
Onavo could do with including a touch more detail here and there, but it is otherwise a very useful application, sure to be of use to anybody who has a data cap on their mobile contract.
To top it all off, this lovely application is completely free. The only ad is one provided by Onavo themselves on the landing screen of the application, asking you to share Onavo with others.
The AppStorm rating for Onavo couldn’t be anything less than 9/10. It has a useful purpose, and does a great job of serving it. If you have a data cap in your contract and want to be sure you don’t breach it, give Onavo a try.


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How Do You Use Your Phone’s Camera?

“The best camera you have is the one that’s with you”. It’s a cliché that’s often used in defence of phone cameras that, although improving with every generation, are still a long way behind point-and-shoots.
I’m not a photographer. I don’t study the craft, I’ve never woken up early to take pictures of the sunrise, and the most post-production I’ve ever done is to use the red-eye removal tool in Photoshop.
I do enjoy having a camera on my phone, though: it is great
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to be able to snap a picture of something to remember it later (I have an Evernote notebook with photos of important items around the house so I can remember where they are) or share it with friends (“haha, look at this hilarious scene, you guys”).
So while I’m happy to hear the rumours that Instagram will soon be coming to Android, I’m not bothered about the filters. Perhaps this is because I have a few too many Facebook friends who feel that slapping a sepia tone on anything makes it artistic.
Anyway! Enough grumbling. I’ve told you how I use my phone’s camera; let me know how you use yours.


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While we still wait for the official release of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for Samsung Galaxy SII, there are some pre-release versions of the firmware floating around the net. In the past we reported and presented a guide for one such leaked version of the Android 4.0.3 for the SGSII. In the past weeks there have been a number of such releases. And now the latest leak is a beta version of the Android 4.0.3 ICS ROM for Galaxy SII with the build no. I9100XXLPB. Based on the reports many of the bugs that were apparent in the earlier leaks have been fixed in this latest beta and
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is more or less ready for the daily usage.

Here are some user notes:
Interface: Kind of 3D effect when scrolling. Battery: Lots better than early ones. Faster: Feels the same as LP6 Touch: Same as LP6. Overall: Better score in our eyes than LP6 . Facelock: Same as LP6 working fine. Task: Same as version LP6.

However, keep in mind that this is still a beta software and NOT comes through the official Samsung channels so use it with caution!

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 Inspired Geek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.

So after the usual word of caution lets get started on how to install this latest leaked firmware on Samsung Galaxy S2 device.
Required Downloads
- Download the ODIN file and then extract the .zip file.
- Download Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta Build I9100XXLPB and extract the contents/files of Android 4.0.3 ICS to the desktop.
– Correct KIES USB drivers must be installed, so that programs can communicate with the device. Reboot computer after driver installation if required.
- If KIES is running in the background then turn it off as it may interfere with the ODIN.
Procedure – Flash Android 4.0.3 On Samsung Galaxy SII
Step 1: Make sure that your device is in USB debugging mode: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Step 2:  Reboot your device into download mode. To do so: Turn the device off, then power it on again by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power simultaneously.
Step 3: Start ODIN.
Step 4: Connect the device to your computer via USB. Step 5: Wait a few seconds, the ODIN screen will show that a device is now connected - Make sure that in ODIN nothing is checked, except the "Auto reboot" and "F. Reset Time" checkboxes. - Press the "PDA" button, and select the the extracted tar file I9100_CODE_I9100XXLPB_CL99600_REV02_user_low_ship.tar (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the firmware.
- Press the "Phone" button, and select the the extracted tar file MODEM_I9100XXLPB_REV_02_CL1101286.tar (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the modem.
- Press the "CSC" button, and select the the extracted tar file GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-OXXLP5_RST.tar (from Required Downloads above) to flash the CSC.
- Press "Start".
- ODIN will now flash the above components.
- Device should reboot after flashing the Android 4.0.3 firmware components on your Samsung Galaxy SII device.
Step 6: After the device reboots you will have Ice Cream Sandwich based on Android 4.0.3 leaked beta version on your Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII)!
You might also be interested to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S II section on our website where we have covered a large collection of tweaks, tips&tricks and rooting and custom ROM installation guides for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII).
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Download and Install Stock Android 4.0.3 ICS ROM On Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) [Beta Build I9100XXLPB]

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This fantastic, awesome, mind-boggling action short was created by Andrew McMurry. In the video, he finds an iPhone with no previous owner, but little does he know this iPhone is a 4S and, with Siri on board. it will happily destroy the world in order to avoid being sold.
This is just one of those videos you cannot stop watching – even though I did to share this. It is very well made and all I can say is share it!
Thank you Andrew for this masterpiece!

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Samsung had huge success last year delivering its Galaxy S line of Android phones to the global world, and for good reason: it launched as one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, the homegrown 1GHz Hummingbird processor was plenty fast for its day, and the 4-inch Super AMOLED display was a serious dazzler. Particularly [...]