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  • Top 10 Android Apps
    Posted on February 28, 2012 by Pure Mobile

    By Aldo Panessidi


    For all those who are using Android phones, such as, Motorola DROID Razr, Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Amaze, and the Sony Xperia, can turn to AppAware.  They just re-launched a couple months ago with a completely overhauled version that turned the service into a social network for app discovery.



    Perhaps the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, and not focus on which apps have the most installs. This is a good indicator of those apps having active support from their developers..


    The following is the Pure MobileTop 10 list of apps which were updated in the last seven days and received the most updates during that time period on AppAware.


    Twitter – Version 3.1.0

    Twitter Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Swipe shortcut
    2. Improved scrolling and network performance
    3. Improved support for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich
    4. Confirmation dialog for Find Friends
    5. Security improvements
    6. New languages: Filipino, Simplified Chinese
    7. Many other bug fixes, improvements, and polish

    This week Twitter rolled out a minor update focused on performance enhancements. Some power users prefer more control over their Twitter experience and go with apps like Tweakdeck, but if you just want pure Twitter then the official app is the way to go. The improved scrolling makes this version a must update.


    Evernote – Version 3.5.3

    Evernote Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Note: calendar access is used to add context in empty titles.
    2. fixes note processing issue when saving notes
    3. fixes a crash when installing the update
    4. improves setting interface
    5. several other fixes and improvements

    There are a lot of note taking apps out there, but Evernote is the most popular by far. It currently has 10 million installs and maintains an average rating of 4.6.


    Google Docs – Version 1.0.54

    Google Docs Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Create, view and edit Google documents with our new Android editor
    2. Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, font color, background color)
    3. Layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation)
    4. Real-time collaboration – see edits from others in seconds
    5. Cursor presence and highlighting

    Paper Camera – Version 2.0g

    Paper Camera Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Supporting video on more devices
    2. Supporting hardware zoom buttons
    3. Paper camera now supports video recording on many high end devices.
    4. All Android 4.X devices are officially supported.
    5. Selected Android 2.3 devices are also supported.
    6. Most other 2.3 devices have unofficial support. Please see the FAQ in the App description to learn how to enable it.
    7. Android Beam support. Requires the NFC permission.
    8. Media is now saved in a separate folder.

    Finally a paid app makes the Top 10 list. Paper Camera retails for $1.99, but it’s well worth the price if you love taking photos with your phone. This app allows real time cartoon and painting effects displayed on your camera feed and adds many other effects to your photos.


    Wiki Encyclopedia – Version 2.19

    Wiki Encyclopedia Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. **NEW PERMISSIONS*** New permissions are requested in the latest update in order to enable new features:
    2. “Save Article to SD feature” (requires a new permission to Mount/Unmount file systems and Write External Storage)
    3. Ability to upgrade to Pro for free (permission “Read phone state” to anonymously identify device)
    4. GPS Permissions are for “wiki maps” which we are working on.
    5. Autocomplete/Suggest on search
    6. Widget

    I have personally used this app countless time... it has over 5 million installs with an average rating of 4.4. Wiki Encyclopedia offers fast access to Wikipedia for your Android phone and also supports dozens of newspaper feeds. The latest update adds a widget and the ability to upgrade to the Pro version for free.


    Viber – Version 2.1.4.588

    Viber Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Bug Fixes
    2. All new Voice engine!
    3. Viber is now location-aware! Share your current location with your contacts so that they will know from where your message was sent.
    4. Send and receive Photos.
    5. New “is typing” indicator will notify you when he or she is typing a new message.
    6. Landscape support for Messages.

    While I personally have never used this app,  Viber allows you to call and text other Viber users, on any network, as much as you want. The app is available on Andorid and iPhone, which explains why they have over 40 million users. The latest update has a new voice engine that promises “HD sound quality.”


    GO SMS Pro – Version 4.34

    GO SMS Pro Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Restructure application center
    2. Feature to add conversation as desktop shortcut for quick access (Long press certain conversation)
    3. Copy/paste support in MMS
    4. Optimize the ring and vibration
    5. Optimize the Groups in Contacts
    6. Optimize screen shot
    7. Optimize stranger’s avatar
    8. Fix bugs of Pattern Lock may frozen after trying wrong input for 5 times
    9. Fix some other minor bugs

    It is one of the most full featured SMS apps and it’s great for Android phones that have crappy custom UIs that replace the default message app. The latest update is mostly bug fixes and optimizations, but give it a try if you are tired of your boring old SMS app.


    Movies by Flixster – Version varies with device

    Flixster Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. New “My Movies” tab to see your movie reviews, collections, and friends’ movies
    2. Merged Box Office and Upcoming into a single tab
    3. Fixed Facebook logout crash on ICS
    4. Numerous other bug fixes and improvements

    Flixster is one of the most popular movies apps. The latest version includes a new “My Movies” feature that might be worth checking out if you like to log all the movies you watch.


    Dropbox – Version varies with device

    Dropbox Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Allows you to automatically uploads photos and videos in the background using Wi-Fi or data plan
    2. Up to 3 GB of free space for uploading photos automatically (in 500 MB increments)
    3. Upload files of any size
    4. Various performance improvements & bug fixes
    5. Heads up, Dropbox can no longer be installed on your SD Card due to more secure credential storage

    Dropbox is currently being used at Pure Mobile. Their latest app adds support for automatic uploads of your photos, a feature that’s been available on Google+ for awhile now. They are also offering up to 3 GB of free cloud storage, but then again Box is offering 50 GB for free.


    Astrid – Version varies with device

    Astrid Android App


    What’s new in this version:


    1. Entirely new design and themes
    2. Subtasks!
    3. Ability to outsource tasks with TaskRabbit
    4. More reliable sync with Google Tasks
    5. Tablet version!
    6. Fixes for a few bugs experienced in 4.0.0 launch
    7. New permission GPS Only used when you specify location for tasks through TaskRabbit

    Astrid has been available on Android for a long time and they continue to release new updates that add a ton of features. If you are looking for a personal assistant to help you manage your tasks and to-do lists, then give Astrid a try. The latest version 4.0 adds a completely new look and adds support for tablets. It also supports sync with Google Tasks, which is a popular feature among to-do apps.




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  • Prevalence of Social Media Addiction
    Posted on February 13, 2012 by Pure Mobile

    By Aldo Panessidi


    The brain continues to reveal little mysteries and idiosyncrasies that help us to better understand human behavior – especially around our less than stellar choices and vices. Alcohol, drugs, soda, food – these are all known triggers for pleasure centers of the brain. As is online gaming, so it is really no surprise that social media is also addicting. According to a team at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the networking sites available at the touch of a button could be even more addicting than nicotine or alcohol.   Consumers engage in social media through the unlocked cell phones, tablet, iPod and MacBook devices


    Retrevo conducted an exceptional report on Social Media use.... truly this is The Mobile Generation:


    Social Media All Through the Night


    Social Media All Through The Night


    Not only do social media fanatics check Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, almost half of the respondents said they check in on the social media scene in bed, during the night or as soon as they wake up in the morning. Naturally, younger social media users said they tweet by night more than
    those over 25.


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    Need more evidence that social media can be habit forming? How about the fact that 56% of social media users need to check Facebook at least once a day? Even more impressive are the 12% who check in every couple of hours.


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    Social Media InterruptionWe Interrupt This Dinner for an Important Message


    Just to round out the picture, the Gadgetology study asked consumers how they felt about being interrupted at various times and occasions for an electronic message. With everyone texting away on their phones these days, we weren't surprised to see over 40% of respondents saying they didn't mind being interrupted for a message. In fact, 32% said a meal was not off limits while 7% said they'd even check out a message during an intimate moment.


    Will Twitter Kill the Morning News Shows?


    Twitter Morning Social Addiction


    Among social media users, it appears almost half are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check in the first thing in the morning. With 16% of social media users saying this is how they get their morning “news,” could we be witnessing the first signs of social media services beginning to replace "Good Morning America" on TV as the source for what's going on in the world? Can they also provide more stimulation than a morning cup of coffee?


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    Another study was in Germany where the 205 participants were polled through BlackBerry smartphones seven times daily where they had to note if they’d had an urge to use social media in the past 30 minutes and if the participant succumbed to the desire or not. They were also asked to rate the severity of the desire on a scale of mild to “irresistible.”


    The full results will be published in the Psychological Science journal, but the preliminary data shows that compared to other addictive behavior, the highest rate of “self-control failures” were in conjunction with social media.


    According to the team lead of the study, Wilhelm Hofmann, “Modern life is a welter of assorted desires marked by frequent conflict and resistance, the latter with uneven success.” With traditional addictions, the downside is clear: weight gain, death, monetary loss, damaged relationships. Social networking is more sinister, innocuous, and incredibly accessible. But the downsides are potentially still there in the form of lost time, and frayed relationships (because let’s be honest, how many conversations are conducted on Facebook while sitting on the couch next to a significant other).


    So what’s the answer? With tablets, cloud storage, smart TVs and smartphones our connectivity is set to reach an all-time high. The consequences of compulsively checking a social networking site while driving are more clear-cut than intangible time-suck. So if you count yourself as one of the addicted, Bluetooth headset technology solutions and innovative car accessories could be necessary purchases for your handset.




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  • There certainly has been a lot of love being spread around Twitter applications in recent weeks.  Earlier this morning Twitter re-launched and rebranded Tweetie 2 as Twitter for iPhone 3 and a few short hours later RIM announced that a revamped version of Twitter for BlackBerry Unlocked Gadget is in route.  This new BlackBerry version will stay in beta for a while and has a bunch of new and user-requested features, including:



    • · Quote Tweets
      • Ability to edit ReTweets
      • · Auto Complete for @ usernames
        • When you type an “@” followed by characters, the auto complete feature pops up a list of users as you type
        • · View Geotagged Tweets
          • View locations of geotagged tweets on BlackBerry Maps
          • · Personal Info Guard
            • Warning appears when sharing personal information (e.g. email address, PIN, phone number)
            • · Hotkeys for Navigation
              • New hotkey functionality has been added for lists, find people, etc.
              • R reply, L reply all, Space page down, F retweet, C compose, D refresh, Alt+0 (home), alt+1 (mentions), alt+2 (lists), alt+3 (profile), alt+4 (inbox), alt+5 (find people), alt+6 (search), alt+7 (popular topics)
              • · Go to User
                • Ability to access any users profile from anywhere in the application using auto-complete functionality for followers
                • · Additional photo viewing support


    The new Twitter for BlackBerry code is set to roll out “over the course of tonight and Thursday” according to RIM’s PR team.  The requirements to run this new application include a 64 MB BlackBerry smartphone, Twitter account and an Operating System of 4.5 or higher.


    By the sounds of this update RIM has really done a number on their Twitter client.  These new features should make the lives of Twitter users much easier.



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