Free App Friday – Get them while they are free

Chameleon Run

Chameleon Run is a unique, fast and challenging autorunner with a colorful twist. Jump, switch and run through expertly crafted levels that will have you running back for more.

Your goal is to switch your color to match the ground as you run and jump from platform to platform. Sounds easy right? Well think again!

Features

– Fast paced running, jumping and switching colors
– Fun jumping mechanics like “double jump” and “head jump”
– Pixel perfect physics
– Stylish, super smooth and colorful graphics
– Non-linear levels with 3 special objectives in each one
– Compete for the fastest time on each level
– Simple two button controls

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Vincelot: A Knight’s Adventure

Dive into a fairytale adventure with Vincelot the small knight! Take part in the tournament, visit Princess Paula in the castle and play great mini games. You will discover many exciting things and animations in the kingdom of Dragonstone!

HAND-DRAWN ILLUSTRATIONS

Accompany Vincelot on his fairytale journey through the different locations around castle Dragonstone! While travelling, you’ll get to know many funny characters and even visit Princess Paula’s birthday party. As in a hidden object story book, there are funny, hidden elements to discover. Who discovers the clumsy knight first?

5 ADVENTUROUS AND ARTISTIC MINIGAMES

Dive into the colourful middle age and explore Vincelot’s world! Show your skills in archery, find Princess Paula’s favorite balls’ hiding spots or direct the funny band of bards. As a crest painter you can let your fantasy run free and decorate the throne room with your art and many colours. The king and the princess will love your designs!

In each scene there are knightly challenges waiting for Vincelot and the player – exciting mini games! Carefully hand drawn characters and game elements inspire the kids’ fantasy and guarantee a pleasant atmosphere. The controllings are designed to be easy to learn for small squires, but also challenging for big knights.

INTUITIVE CONTROLS

The colourful sceneries and the varied mini games are carefully aligned to the needs of young and old fairytale fans and become an educational and exciting fun for everyone. A calm fairytale narrator supports the story without annoying or disturbing the player. Soothing music and lovingly designed animations round off the experience and turn it into an unforgettable adventure in the fantastic world of the middle ages. So don’t hesitate and explore the exciting fairytale world of Vincelot!

* Colourful, interactive children’s book
* Explore the knights’ tournament and Dragonstone Castle!
* More than 100 cute, hidden animations
* Funny characters in hand-drawn 2D graphics
* Child-oriented controls and gameplay
* Funny sounds and medieval music

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A Dark Room

awake. head throbbing. vision blurry. come light the fire.

– Official Android release of A Dark Room (registered trademark).
– No ads.
– No micro transactions.
– No data usage (playable without wifi)).
– No elevated permissions.
– Made with love by indie game developers

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Deal – Free premium games and apps – get them before they become paid again

The Passenger

Short and experimental adventure game
Get involved in a world where you will be solving logical puzzles, brain teasers and mini-games.Discover a relaxing experience designed specialy for mobile devices with an original and innovative Point-and-click graphic adventure game.Enjoy beatiful 2D hand-drawn backgrounds and character animations.
Original soundtrack composed specially for the game that will involve you in the appropiate atmosfere.

You won’t find any lengthy boring dialogs in this indie puzzle / adventure game.

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TA: Little Red Riding Hood

Step into a bizarre fairy-tale world and set out on a Little Red Riding Hood adventure that only App Games can bring to life!

Hop from one dangerous island to the next by jumping at just the right moment. You needn’t worry. There are markers that lead the way to a successful jump. Be sure to grab all of the red apples and bonuses you can on your epic and twisted adventures.

The rich graphics, amazing game play, cool audio and visual effects, and superb backgrounds adds a depth to TALRRH not often seen in mobile video games of this type.

TA Little Red Riding Hood Features:

• Fantastic gaming
• Sweet jumping action
• Superior graphics and actions
• Excellent game effects that will amaze you
• Mesmerising game set in a twisted fairytale world
• Awesome backgrounds that will draw you in and blow your mind
• Very easy to understand and extremely engaging casual adventure game

TA Little Red Riding Hood is a spellbinding adventure game that you won’t want to miss out on. Share this all-ages family fun adventure game with your friends and family, they will thank you!

Be brave Little Red, be brave and succeed!

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Reed

Reed – it’s a tiny creature and the last creation of an old supercomputer.
The old supercomputer is dying by losing all of his cubes and he’s getting much slower without them.
Without supercomputer, world is going to end.
Could you help him and save the world ?
Can you collect all the cube that could be found in levels that are not so easy to pass ?
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Danmaku Unlimited 2

The sequel to the critically acclaimed vertical shmup blasts onto Android!

Danmaku Unlimited 2 brings a modern, original take on the classic Japanese arcade genre rarely seen on mobile devices! Climb the ranks as you pilot the powerful Senko fighter to destroy legions of enemies in a hailstorm of bullets!

Continue the saga as you fight to uncover powerful relics from the old war and unravel the secrets surrounding the Valkyrias!

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Infinity Loop Premium

The objective.

The game is all about rotating pieces properly, so that there would be no loose ends.

The content.

Entire content of the game consists from most exceptional fan-made puzzles, which were carefully selected by the developer team. This is why each and every puzzle will surprise you and bend your imagination in extraordinary ways. Animals, superheroes, real-life objects or beautiful abstracts – you can find it all here.

Nature of the game.

Although the nature of the game is quite meditative, it flexes the player’s mind in a manner, so that it improves both short-term and long-term memory, along with logical thinking capabilities.

The length.
The game currently presents about 12-14 hours of top-notch puzzle experience. Please note that to ensure the infinite play, the content will be frequently updated. Make no mistake – every puzzle you see will blow your mind

 

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Swiftly Switch Pro

Do you feel difficult using your phone with one hand, do you want to experience the true multitasking on mobile? If the answer is yes then Swiftly Switch is for you. This handy tool helps you switch between recent apps, favorite apps, access navigation bar, control panel and contacts quickly by one hand from screen’s edge of any android device.

FEATURE:
App switcher: switch between recent, last app, favorite app just by one gesture
Navigation bar: easily acces home button, back button and notification from edge screen
Control panel: on/off wifi, bluetooth, rotation, screen brightness, volume,… within one gesture
Shortcut: support wide range of shortcuts (include tasker’s action)
Direct call/sms: the fastest way to make phone call/sms to your favorite contact
Unobtrusive: design as pie control pattern, it only appears when you want to
FREE, no ads, no root require

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Swiftly Switch Pro

Save your money and get this app

I don’t know when the last time I paid for an app was, (and no I am not getting them illegally somehow).  By signing up for google opinion rewards you can make between $0.10 and $1.00 for answering surveys that usually take less than a minute of your time.

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Over time the rewards can add up!

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If you like free apps, books, and movies, you should get the app and start letting google pay for your stuff.

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Do you need that app

If you have a newer Android phone, you may find that an app you used before is now baked right into Androids OS so you don’t need it anymore.  Here is a list of some common apps that you should delete right now!

  1. Flashlight app – These apps are very common and many of them have very invasive permissions to your phone.  In addition to this, almost every phone purchased in the last two years already has a flashlight available as a standard feature.
  2. File Browser –  In the past this was a needed feature, but has now become integrated into most new phones.
  3. Anti-Virus – Unless you are downloading apps and side loading (If you do not know what side loading is then odds are you are not doing it) then you do not need an antivirus.  Google makes it a top priority to keep malicious apps out of the play store.
  4. Cleaner Apps – These apps are very common but provide very little benefit.  They often come with annoying ads in the lock screen and constant reminders to scan your device.  If you feel that you need such an app the only one I have found that is not invasive and annoying is ccleaner.
  5. Any other app you have not used in the last few months.  If you are not using it and you have no intention to use it, remove it! Your phone will thank you.

Apps can make your phone great! They can add functionality and fun. However, when an app becomes redundant or invasive, it needs to be removed.  Every app uses system resources. You may just find that the 5 minuets you will spend removing bad or unused apps will make your phone run longer and faster.  As always please feel free to respectfully disagree or add anything that I may have missed in the comments or via the contact page.

Don’t get fooled by your carrier

Having control over your data seems like it should be simple process, but because of the amount of options available it can be tricky to know which service to use. Android is a great operating system, but sometimes knowing how to properly configure its services in order to maximize the benefit to you can be overwhelming. My hope is to address some of these problems in an effort to make your smart devices serve you better.

The first problem lies with the carriers. Any carrier’s main goal is for you to stay with them so they make if difficult for you to leave. By default, your data will be set to back up to their servers. You may think, “That’s great! Verizon is backing up my data for me. Thanks Verizon!”  There are two problems with having the carrier do this for you.  First of all, your storage is limited and they will often charge you for backups over a certain amount. In contrast, Google will back up almost everything on your phone through their services for free, with very few exceptions. Another issue with running your backups through the carriers is that it’s more difficult to access your data, especially if you want to switch phone companies. Just try it. Tell AT&T you are switching to Tmobile and see how happy they are to transfer your data to the other carrier. With google, it’s simple since everything is attached to your gmail account. Just sign in to your account on your new phone and all of your pictures, contacts, settings, and much more will automatically transfer to your new device.

The second problem is with the manufacturers.  They, like the carriers, want you to stay with them and continue purchasing their devices. Because of this, most of them will provide themselves as a primary or secondary option to store your data. As I stated before, don’t fall into this trap. You may like LG now, but your next phone could be a Samsung. If that’s the case, good luck contacting them to transfer your data!

The final problem also has to do with the manufacturers. Continuity between devices can be difficult when dealing with each manufacturer’s unique user interface.  It is likely that you and your family have multiple devices. If each device has a different manufacturer then you will find that even though they all run Android, they can look very different.  In this case, you can solve the problem by using one of Androids many custom launchers.  Doing this will allow you to have more control over the way that your phone looks. You can set everyone in the house to have a similar look and feel to each other or change and customize your user experience to something more uniquely suited to you.

Android is the most widely used operating system in part because it allows huge freedom of choice in all aspects of its design. However, this great strength can also present a problem.  Keeping control of your data is one of the best ways to keep yourself free and not let a company lock you into staying with them.  If you are not able to access and move your data easily, you will feel stuck and be unlikely to change (even if you want to).  Don’t get tricked. Take control of your device! Know how to easily access your data, and make it look and feel the way you want.

Services referred to in the article

Photo backup – Google Photos

Contacts – Gmail

Files – Google Drive 

These apps are already on most Android devices they just need to be updated and activated/opened

Android Launchers – phandroid.com has a good article about diffrent launchers

Deal – Sales on android games


So many games so little time.

Guns’n’Glory Premium: $0.10 from $1.99

Whispering Willows: $0.10 from $4.99 (non-US)

Bounden: $0.99 from $2.99

Syder Arcade HD: $0.99 from $1.49

The Tiny Bang Story: $0.99 from $2.99

Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim: $0.99 from $1.99

VR Space: The Last Mission: $0.99 from $1.99

Majesty: Northern Expansion: $0.99 from $1.99

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath: $0.99 from $2.99

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee: $0.99 from $2.99

Thomas Was Alone: $1.99 from $4.99

Bronze Age: $1.99 from $2.99

Steam: Rails to Riches: $1.99 from $4.99

Star Chindy: $2.49 from $3.46

Potion Explosion: $2.99 from $4.99

Colt Express: $2.99 from $4.99

Civilization Revolution 2: $2.99 from $9.99

XCOM: Enemy Within: $2.99 from $9.99

Marble Age: $2.99 from $4.99

NBA 2K17: $4.99 from $7.99

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: $7.49 from $14.99

Borderlands 2: $7.49 from $14.99

SPACE HULK: $8.49 from $11.99

 

 

 

Use google services – Even on your Samsung phone.

Having control over your data seems like it should be simple process, but because of the amount of options available it can be tricky to know which service to use. Android is a great operating system, but sometimes knowing how to properly configure its services in order to maximize the benefit to you can be overwhelming. My hope is to address some of these problems in an effort to make your smart devices serve you better.

The first problem lies with the carriers. Any carrier’s main goal is for you to stay with them so they make if difficult for you to leave. By default, your data will be set to back up to their servers. You may think, “That’s great! Verizon is backing up my data for me. Thanks Verizon!”  There are two problems with having the carrier do this for you.  First of all, your storage is limited and they will often charge you for backups over a certain amount. In contrast, Google will back up almost everything on your phone through their services for free, with very few exceptions. Another issue with running your backups through the carriers is that it’s more difficult to access your data, especially if you want to switch phone companies. Just try it. Tell AT&T you are switching to Tmobile and see how happy they are to transfer your data to the other carrier. With google, it’s simple since everything is attached to your gmail account. Just sign in to your account on your new phone and all of your pictures, contacts, settings, and much more will automatically transfer to your new device.

The second problem is with the manufacturers.  They, like the carriers, want you to stay with them and continue purchasing their devices. Because of this, most of them will provide themselves as a primary or secondary option to store your data. As I stated before, don’t fall into this trap. You may like LG now, but your next phone could be a Samsung. If that’s the case, good luck contacting them to transfer your data!

The final problem also has to do with the manufacturers. Continuity between devices can be difficult when dealing with each manufacturer’s unique user interface.  It is likely that you and your family have multiple devices. If each device has a different manufacturer then you will find that even though they all run Android, they can look very different.  In this case, you can solve the problem by using one of Androids many custom launchers.  Doing this will allow you to have more control over the way that your phone looks. You can set everyone in the house to have a similar look and feel to each other or change and customize your user experience to something more uniquely suited to you.

Android is the most widely used operating system in part because it allows huge freedom of choice in all aspects of its design. However, this great strength can also present a problem.  Keeping control of your data is one of the best ways to keep yourself free and not let a company lock you into staying with them.  If you are not able to access and move your data easily, you will feel stuck and be unlikely to change (even if you want to).  Don’t get tricked. Take control of your device! Know how to easily access your data, and make it look and feel the way you want.

UPDATE –  I have had some messages asking me to link to the services in the article

Photo backup – Google Photos

Contacts – Gmail

Files – Google Drive 

These apps are already on most Android devices they just need to be updated and activated/opened

Android Launchers – phandroid.com has a good article about diffrent launchers

Google wants to pay you

I don’t know when the last time I paid for an app was, (and no I am not getting them illegally somehow).  By signing up for google opinion rewards you can make between $0.10 and $1.00 for answering surveys that usually take less than a minute of your time.

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Over time the rewards can add up!

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If you like free apps, books, and movies, you should get the app and start letting google pay for your stuff.

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Evolution of the Chromebooks

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My entry into the world of Chome OS started with the original HP Chromebook (shown above).  It was a 14 inch, no frills, cheap laptop body that they put no extra effort behind.  Essentially, they took an existing, low end pavilion laptop and put Chrome OS on it.  When I ordered this device, I chose to do so because I didn’t want to spend a lot on a new laptop. I needed something to suffice until I saved enough for a higher end machine.  Much to my surprise, the Chromebook far exceeded my expectations.  The build of the laptop was about what I expected (cheap and made of plastic) but once I started using it I noticed that it didn’t perform like a low end computer.  The performance on the internet was similar to a machine (in the windows world) that was double or triple the price.

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The first Chromebook on the market was released in December 2010 and was called the CR 48. It was an ugly, boring, matte black laptop that was testing a concept of Google’s. They wanted to make a low powered simple machine that did everything on the web without downloading extra programs.  This early Chromebook was essentially a stripped down version of the Linux operating system that ran one program, the Chrome web browser.  Google and Tech enthusiast were the targeted market.  According to reports, only about 60,000 were made but this started something much bigger.

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While the total number of Chromebooks sold last year is still unknown, the first quarter of 2016 shows sales that outpaced mac laptops, shipping around 2 million machines.  Today, Chromebooks are much more than just a web browser and with each release they inch toward Mac and Windows level ability and performance.  More basic functionality is baked right in to the operating system including things like printing and being able to organize in folders. However, most programs (in the Chrome web store) are online only and do not work without an internet connection. This is about to change.  In the fall of last year google released the beta version of the Android Play Store for Chrome OS.

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Pictured above is the new Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus (Click here for more infomation). It will be the first Chromebook to ship with the non-beta version of the Play Store for Chrome OS.  Co-Developed by Samsung and Google, it is designed to take advantage of all the new features coming soon to Chrome OS.  This new vision essentially combines an Android tablet and a Chrome OS Laptop into one powerful device.  Adding this functionality will be a big step forward into allowing users to move their Chromebooks from an ancillary device to their main device.

The key to Chrome OS is to keep the operating system streamlined and fast but also to add features to make it more robust.  I have put together a wish list for future Chrome OS machines.