Top Android apps for summer

Top Android apps for summer

Summary: Summertime is a good time to play with your Android device. These 10 apps are a good way to make your phone or tablet better.

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  • Beautiful Widgets

    By far the app/widget I use that attracts the most interest is Beautiful Widgets. Every time someone sees my Galaxy Note 2 phone or my Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet the first question they ask is, "what is that cool home screen widget?"

    Beautiful Widgets is a customizable clock widget that can turn your device into a work of art. The hundreds of downloadable themes vary from the pure whimsical to the simply elegant, and every aspect of the appearance is user-configurable.

    In addition to the clock widgets, the package also has weather widgets and system control widgets for turning things like wi-fi on and off from the homescreen. There is also an integrated weather app, accessed by tapping the weather section of the widget, that is excellent for seeing the forecast from your favorite weather service.

    The Live Wallpaper shown in the image above is part of the package and besides being attractive, it shows the current weather conditions. The wallpaper changes with the weather condition so rain, snow, and other conditions are displayed to show the weather at a glance. It also varies with time of day, so the wallpaper slowly changes from daytime to night to provide an attractive screen that never gets boring.

    Beautiful Widgets Pro — $1.99 (free version available with limited feature set)

  • Digical+ Calendar and Widgets

    Android works well with Google services, especially Google Calendar. This is a great calendar app that syncs with Google Calendar and has an attractive interface for doing everything you need to do.

    In addition to the nice calendar app, a number of widgets are included to display whatever calendar events you want to have on your home screen. They are customizable so you can have a widget as big (or small) as you want on your home screen.

    Digical+ Calendar and Widgets — $4.95 (free version available with limited functionality)

    Key features:

    • Stylish and intuitive user interface in Holo dark and light theme
    • 6 unique calendar views (day, week, agenda, month, text month and list)
    • 5 beautiful and fully customizable widgets (list, grid, day, day list and month)
    • Built-in location search via Google Places for quickly adding locations to your events
    • Google Now (Android 4.1+) support, notifying you when it's time to leave by planning your route, checking traffic and calculating your travel time
    • Improved notifications with shortcuts for snooze, map and navigation
    • Smart action bar for quick editing, moving, copying, pasting and deleting events
    • Event pop-up makes it easy to go through your individual events
    • Gestures like pinch to zoom and swipe to navigate are supported
    • Fully compatible with any device running Android 2.2+
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Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Reviews, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Couldn't read it

    Got to picture 2 and gave up because of all the flashing and re-loading.
    Little Old Man
    • same for me

      Even with adp it was too much for me.
      Jean-Pierre-
    • Ah yes

      The dreaded gallery we are constantly subjected to! But hey the pinball recommendation is cool.
      LarsDennert
  • another bloody gallery

    didn't go past the first page. Compare: http://www.zdnet.com/the-first-ten-android-apps-a-professional-should-download-7000017046/?s_cid=e539&ttag=e539
    keithc
  • Agreed...

    ZDNet needs to do away with the gallery crap. Forcing us to reload the page 10+ times just to read the review on a couple of apps is very inefficient. Jason's "The first ten Android apps a professional should download" article is EXACTLY the way articles like this should be published.

    Personally, I went straight to the comment section when I saw it was a gallery. No way I'm going thru all that crap. Just give us the description/review, the link, and maybe a picture when needed. If we want to see more pictures, I'm sure they'll have plenty in the apps' page on the Play store.
    dblizard87
    • I also agree

      I like the idea of these posts but having to reload the page puts me off. I barely read them (if ever). Put the reviews on one page or have a gallery that loads each picture on the same page.
      Maro_vada
  • Article Format

    As you are critically aware, 'Slide Shows' are a grossly unacceptable media format. Yet you continue to antagonize and intimidate your clients with this terrible torture. READ MY LIPS: REAL TECHS (YOUR PRIMARY CLIENTS) DO NOT 'DO' SLIDE SHOWS.

    Essentially, this also means that they never see your advertisers messages.

    HEY; WAKE UP !!!
    Leo Regulus
  • Re:

    Guys I have found one cool android apps for my cell phone by the name of instant heart attack rate, to download it you can click on the following link: http://www.appnotech.com/android-apps/
    appsstathamlee
  • NO MORE BLOODY GALLERIES!

    I won't even open the second picture. I need an article I can print as a pdf or paste into a Word doc and reference. What a pain. I expect there is something useful lurking in the article.
    jonc2011
  • There is a reason for the slideshow

    Every new page load = new ads on your screen ;)
    Tomas M.
  • I will not read a gallery article

    Hopefully Zdnet (and others) figure out soon that these gallery style articles are losing business for them. I didn't read this one and I will not read any others.
    henderpa
  • NO MORE GALLERIES

    I must agree with the vein of the comments posted here. The Gallery format is frustrating. Get this stuff on one page and we will scroll as needed. I realize you are paid by the ads and this is a way you can charge your advertisers more. However, if you continue to lose eyeballs it's going to hurt your ad revenue even more. That's the business perspective. Geek perspective: Gallery sucks!
    fwhidden3
  • Attention everyone good news

    Hi just want to share with everyone a very cool app—Easy Taxi. You can book secure and metered taxis by a simple click on your phone. You can also track taxi drivers real-time on a map. Download Easy Taxi now and try it out!
    myEasyTaxi
  • HHMMM...I could read it

    and appreciated the information.

    DDL
    easyappcreation.com
    pdxdonna