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Review of applications for Android. Release 3

The Android platform is rapidly and successfully came into our lives. In the field of smart phones and tablets it confidently holds the leading position. By the highest standards it is a merit of Google, which could find the optimal model that satisfies the key players: device manufacturers, application developers and users. As a result, during only a few years a huge ecosystem of various software products has created.

Their main mass is located at the company store Google Play, where they are very convenient categorized. But if you don’t want to waste your time looking for interesting new products, or in the news flow you are afraid to miss something interesting, we offer you to dive into the list of the most interesting and useful (in our opinion) programs. Traditionally, the focus will be on free applications. Let’s finish the introduction and go directly to the very novelties.

System utilities

EverythingMe Launcher

The number and variety of Android applications is really amazing. And many of them we want to try. But then it is quite difficult look into the chaos. EverythingMe Launcher can cope with this situation, and rather to interpret the process of arranging.

Firstly, this application immediately sorts all the installed programs on thematic folders: social networks (facebook, twitter, etc), music (various players), movies, games, etc. Moreover, it will analyze your choice in each category and will offer to install applications that you might be interested. Secondly, EverythingMe Launcher offers a convenient search all content: installed programs, contacts, and even music. Also there is a special line with important system messages and frequently used programs. For example, if you miss a call, you can call or send SMS-message directly from the home screen. And if you went for a walk and came to the new city on the tour, you will immediately receive a list of interesting places to visit or useful establishments (cafes, restaurants, museums, theaters, hotels, etc.).

 

The new version of the program EverythingMe Launcher has the following improvements:

  • provides an opportunity to learn about new high-end applications directly from the home screen;
  • added a new view mode;
  • added support for a new set of icons;
  • increased levels of performance and optimization;
  • some bugs were fixed.

Developer: EverythingMe
Size:  depends on device
OS Android: 4.0 and next
Method of distribution: free    
Download: EverythingMe Launcher

CCleaner 1.07.30

If you look from a position of the organization and functionality, the modern smartphones and tablets do not significantly different from the PC. Firstly, they use the same hardware components (display, processor, RAM and constant memory modules and external communication interfaces). Secondly, they provide a similar approach in the implementation of many common tasks (working with documents, view multimedia, surfing the Internet, playing games, etc.). That is, in mobile devices, there is a need for such class of programs, such as the decision to clear the memory from unnecessary files.

One of the well-known PC-based applications in this area is CCleaner, which is also available for Android-users. Many people know the principle of its operation and advantages. If you are not familiar with this program, we briefly recall its key features:

  • cleaning of system from unnecessary files (cache applications, history of visited web pages, clipboard, log-file calls, etc.) that are not needed for correct operation, and only take up valuable space (especially important in devices with very small internal memory);
  • increase in system performance due to the cleaning of unnecessary objects;
  • removal of a variety of applications, including the pre-system software;
  • monitoring of system resources (CPU, memory, battery).

 

List of modifications in version of CCleaner 1.07.30:

  • ability to remote system and embedded applications (root uninstall);
  • increased productivity of modules Analysis and Cleaning;
  • improved cleaning of APK-files;
  • ability to group different elements;
  • minor changes in the graphical user interface and minor bugs fixation.

Developer: Piriform
Size:  2.3 MB
OS Android: 4.0.3 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: CCleaner 1.07.30

Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) 4.18

Many people believe that the history of mankind develops in a spiral. In this case, the optimists believe that it takes ascending spiral and pessimists - in descending order. Whatever it was, but some problems have a tendency to repeat, only in slightly different interpretation. For example, the first mobile phones were too bulky, because the technology did not have a high level of miniaturization and integration of components. Over the time, they were reduced in size, while the tendency did not become popular. However, now for other reasons.

The same applies to the battery capacity. In the movies with the first mobile phone a favorite scene among writers was a period when a battery cell becomes discharged at the most inopportune time. Gradually battery capacity was increased, as well as energy efficiency platform. But for multifunction smartphones this cliche is again relevant.

Yes, their capabilities are much broader, screens were improved, constantly improving the effectiveness of hardware components, and even increases the capacity of the batteries, but with the active use it will charge for a long time. Problems are extended with a variety of programs that "eat" a lot of valuable energy.

App Battery DoctorTry may improve this situation. It optimizes the entire range of issues related to power of devices: from charging to monitoring of residual charge. Its key features include:

  • the use of a special system 3 Stage Charging for quickly and efficiently charge the smartphone or tablet;
  • the ability to close the secondary applications and tasks to save battery (can save up to 50%);
  • the ability to close the application when you turn off the screen;
  • displaying the correct time of remaining battery charging;
  • support the planning function to activate / deactivate power saving mode according to the schedule;
  • control the brightness of the screen;
  • monitoring the temperature of the battery;
  • the ability to display all the necessary information in the widget.

 

The new version of Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) 4.18 contains the following modifications:

  • new wallpaper;
  • increased speed of charging by 20%;
  • several bugs fixation.

Developer: Cheetah Mobile Inc.
Size:  depends on device
OS Android: 2.3 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) 4.18

Security 

Avira Antivirus Security 3.9

The issue of trust has always been and remains one of the key for us in any area. Especially sharply it arises in the context of preservation of our data and protection devices from a variety of malware. Many PC users use antivirus Avira, which also can be installed on Android-tablets and smartphones.

Application Avira Antivirus Security is able to:

  • detect and remove dangerous and malicious objects;
  • create a "black list" of contacts;
  • track lost or stolen device on the map;
  • remotely lock or completely delete the memory of your Android-Gadget;
  • output signal to the loud speakers in the event loss of a smartphone, even if it has previously been transferred to the silent mode;
  • protect your personal information from hackers.

  

The innovations in Avira Antivirus Security 3.9 include:

  • the ability to switch to Pro-version through the Google Play;
  • bugs or errors fixation.

Developer: AVIRA
Size:  7.7 MB
OS Android: 2.2 and next
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the purchase of additional capabilities for real money)
Download: Avira Antivirus Security 3.9

CM Security Antivirus AppLock

If you have just purchased first Android-powered device, the application CM Security Antivirus AppLock is new for you. However, it deserves your attention. Firstly, an independent anti-virus laboratory AV-TEST steadily appreciates its ability to neutralize malicious programs and a variety of viruses. And secondly, this app will help you to protect the privacy of its programs and find those who are trying to search your private correspondence. It has a number of useful features:

  • Vault is a special protected software to preserve the most intimate photos;
  • App Lock protects access to popular applications and files by password (SMS-messages, correspondence, messengers, galleries and other);
  • Selfie of AppLock - in the case of two unsuccessful attempts to enter the password for secure applications, the program will automatically take a photo from the front camera;
  • App & System Scanner - scan system, installed applications, or applications on the SD-card for the presence of malicious code;
  • Multilayer protection - in addition to the rapid and efficient antivirus here is system to scan and detect vulnerabilities in the operating system, installed applications, visited web sites, and other programs;
  • Safe Browsing - blocks suspicious URL-addresses to protect the user in the network;
  • Cleaner & Phone Booster – allows to clean wrongly occupied RAM and speed up the system;
  • Find Phone / Anti-Theft - in case of theft or loss of the mobile device it can be detected by this site and block access to all data;
  • Call Blocking - allows you to block unwanted phone calls.

 

The new version CM Security Antivirus AppLock has the following changes:

  • improved backup;
  • the function Find Phone;
  • expanded opportunities to monitor uninstall programs (allows other users to find out the reason for removing the application);
  • a new theme for the module AppLock and some bugs fixation.

Developer: Cheetah Mobile
Size:  depends on device
OS Android: depends on device
Method of distribution: free
Download: CM Security Antivirus AppLock

Communication

Opera Mini 7.6.4

The developers have positioned the web browser Opera Mini as one of the fastest solutions for Android. How did they achieve this? They have implemented a mechanism of compression of web pages, which allows to compress the volume of traffic to a maximum of 90%. As a result, they are faster loaded, and the user saves on trafic (if does not deal with unlimited internet).

Other advantages of the web browser Opera Mini include:

  • convenient graphical interface, specially designed for mobile devices;
  • a high level of security;
  • opportunities for personalization;
  • possibility of carrying out the most popular sites on the home page for quick access to them (Speed Dial);
  • the ability to instantly receive updates from any page (Smart Page);
  • availability of tabs for easy operation;
  • support for download manager.

 

The version of Opera Mini 7.6.4 has some bugs fixation to improve the stability and performance level.

Developer: Opera Software ASA
Size:  1.2 MB
OS Android: 1.5 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: Opera Mini 7.6.4

Multimedia

MX Player

It is believed that familiarity should be began with the story of own negative features. So, more than 120 thousand people downloaded MX Player, appreciated it according five-scale. An impressive figure, is not it? But even more impressive that the total number of users who have downloaded and have rated this app is more than 2.5 million. And nearly 1.8 million gave it a mark of "5". Why they liked the MX Player? It is hard to say, because it has lots of useful features:

  • hardware acceleration of video playback;
  • involvement of multiple cores to decode the video, which significantly increases the level of performance (up to 70% compared to single-threaded mode);
  • optimization of the interface and bind the most important control functions to touch capabilities;
  • opportunities to work with subtitles;
  • presence of a special mode for where they can not get access to other applications (telephone, SMS, Internet, etc.).

 

The new version MX Player has improved compatibility with various devices and some bugs fixation.

Developer: J2 Interactive
Size: depends on device
OS Android: depends on device
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the purchase of additional capabilities for real money)  
Download: MX Player

NRGplayer music player 1.1.9

Even the children know that tastes are different. The same goes for audio players. Some are quite satisfied with the default application for playing audio files in the operating system Android, and other look for alternative capabilities which will be closer to the requirements. The number of options is very large.

One of them is NRGplayer music player. First of all, it has an attractive graphical interface with support for skins and other personalization options of colors. Its main features include:

  • support for more than 20 popular formats (.AAC, .ALAC, .APE, .FLAC, .MP3, .OGG, .WAV, .WV and others);
  • availability of 10-band equalizer to fine-tune the sound;
  • the ability to play files from the folder;
  • unique system for creating playlists;
  • the ability to edit ID3-tags;
  • availability of the sleep timer, and more.

 

The new version adds the cover of automotive the subject.

Developer: NRG Mobile Software
Size: 6.8 MB
OS Android: 2.1 – 5.0
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the purchase of additional capabilities for real money)
Download: NRGplayer music player 1.1.9


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