Best Android apps June 2014

Every month, APC collates the best Android apps arriving on the Google Play Store. This month, we’re enjoying the wonders of IFTTT productivity, remote desktop control and a beautiful carousel of photos.

Best apps for Android, July 2013

NFC Task LauncherHave your phone do just about anything after a quick NFC tap.Price: Free | By: Tagstand | From: Google PlayNow that smartphones with built-in near-field communication (NFC) are – after years of promise – finally becoming commonplace (although Apple will say otherwise) we’re finally beginning to see interesting and useful apps pop up.NFC…

Best apps for Android, May 2013

Tasker The ultimate app for task automation. Price: $3.49 | By: Crafty Apps | From: Google Play There are many Android users out there for whom the mere mention of Tasker will bring a proud tear or two to their geeky eyes. The reason for this pride comes from the unmitigated power that this app…

Automate backups of your Android device

  Backing up is that task that every geek knows they should do but like shaving their neck don’t do as often as they should. With so many precious things now stored on your handset (I’m talking game progress as well as photos here) it’s more than just a dollar cost when you leave your…

Android Masterclass: How to take your app to the Android marketplace

Preparing and publishing to the Android marketplace [Please note this tutorial was written just before Android Market turned into Google Play – the fundamentals are the same although we’ll be updating this tutorial shortly with references to Google Play] The most exciting and often terrifying part of developing a mobile application is that one day…

How to unlock your smartphone’s automating potential with Tasker

Are smartphones really all that smart? Sure they can do almost anything with the right app installed but that just makes them versatile not smart. The next wave of smartphone apps is where we’ll really start to see them do clever things using technologies such as augmented reality image and voice recognition and context-based automation.…