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Free GPS App for Android – Best We Could Find

Posted By Steve McFarlane on June 2nd, 2012

By itself Google Maps is an impressive GPS app for Android devices, and at the low, low price of free you should give it a try. But try the Waze GPS app and you will soon find Google Maps coming up short on a number of points.

Waze for Android

This app is more than a navigation map. Not only can you see what is happening with traffic on your route but you can also contribute to keeping others informed by using Waze to report the traffic conditions you are experiencing.

In fact, Waze is backed by the largest crowd-sourced traffic community that makes it possible for you to get up to the minute traffic updates from real people, which only add to the accuracy of the data that is served up by Waze.

If you often have issues with the quality and accuracy of the other Android maps you use to navigate your way around traffic you should give Waze a look.

Because the maps this free GPS app uses is constantly being updated by its users, Waze maps are often the first to reflect traffic changes just as they happen and correct inaccuracies in new maps as well, especially those issues that can affect how well the app route the user.

Standout features:

  • Voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions
  • Alerts you in advance as you approach reported issues, turns, intersections etc
  • Automatically recalculates route when a wrong turn is made or the user changes course
  • Voice search, enables the user to say their destination instead of trying to enter it while driving
  • Live traffic and road condition reports
  • Allow users to report accidents, road repair sites, cameras, hazards and police activity and rewards them with points for the updates and community participation
  • Shows, in real time, the position, direction and speed of other Waze members
  • Day and night map view

See Waze in action in this video:

Other Free GPS Apps For Androids

Google maps comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation solution such as live traffic data, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. It also has some features that make it a top contender for anyone looking for an Android navigation app. Though not as refined as Waze and Google Maps, MapQuest Mobile is also another good solution, but it is hard to recommend over Waze and Google Maps.

There are scores of GPS apps for Android, but combing through the maze of available solutions can be time consuming, which is why we compiled a list of the best Android GPS apps including free solutions for tracking family members, apps for finding great places to eat and stay and solutions for logging your back country wondering. You can the roundup in this article: bestandroidappsfor.com/maps-navigation/free-gps-apps-for-android-top-9

Free GPS Apps for Android – Top 9

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 31st, 2012

This is a roundup of the best free GPS apps for Android devices we could find; they are organized by the following categories:

Navigation, Phone Tracking, Finding Great Places and GPS Utilities.

Whether you want a navigation app to help you find alternative routes around traffic congestions, a GPS app to track your back country wonderings, or a solution to help you keep an eye on the whereabouts of your loved ones, the GPS feature in today’s smart phones make it possible.

Navigation

Waze is backed by the largest crowd-sourced traffic community. This community constantly updates the maps Waze uses. As a result, Waze is often the first to reflect traffic changes just after they happen and correct inaccuracies in new maps, especially issues that affect how well the app routes users.

Standout features:

  • Voice-guided turn-by-turn directions
  • Automatically recalculates the route if the user diverts
  • Voice search
  • Allow users to report accidents, construction, cameras, hazards and police activity
  • Shows the location, direction and speed of other Waze members in real time
  • Rewards users for reporting issues
  • Alerts you in advance as you approach reported issues

Install Waze

Google Maps – comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation solution such as live traffic data, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting.  It also has some features that make it a top contender for anyone looking from an Android navigation app, some of which include:

  • Latest map data that is constantly being refined by Google users who submit corrections
  • Plain English search: Locate destinations by entering business name or landmark; no address needed
  • Voice search
  • Live traffic data
  • Alerts on upcoming traffic issues
  • Find businesses along the route being traveled
  • Satellite and 3D view of the route
  • Street View: first-person perspective of route and destination images

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MapQuest Mobile is a well-known brand that has been around longer than most, of such it deserves getting a look, even though MapQuest Mobile is relatively new.

Install MapQuest Mobile

Phone Tracking

Life360 Family Locator allows the user to see where family members are, with a map-based view, as well as see what threats (i.e. registered sex offenders) are close.

Your family and friends will have some peace-of-mind if you use this app knowing fully well that everyone on your Life360 contact list will get an alert if you are in trouble and hit the panic button.

If they can’t contact you by any other means, they can also look at your breadcrumb, which shows the history of where you have been.

It doesn’t have the advanced features (secret call listening, photo and picture viewing) of a phone tracker such as Mobistealth, but it has the basic tracking feature that many will be happy with.

Install Family Locator

Glympse lets you send a link with your location to a friend, family member, business associate or anyone you want to show where you are. Because you can set a time limit on each Glympse you set, you can share just your 30-minute commute from the office so your family can track you while you are on your way home from work but prevent them from seeing your every move outside that 30-minute window.

Install Glympse

GPS Essentials – Great for mapping obscure backcountry trails, track and routes as well as managing waypoints. The app allows you to record your tracks and overlay them onto a map as well as take photos as a visual reference of where you were.

Install GPS Essentials

SpeedView: GPS Speedometer uses your Android’s built-in GPS to show your current, maximum and average speed in addition to the distance you have covered and the time you took to cover that distance.

While this is a good solution for logging speed and direction of off-road activities such as cycling and hiking it can also help you avoid getting a ticket by raising an alert when you hit or approach a preset speed.

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Finding Great Places

Yelp allows you to browse nearby places in categories such as restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, ATMs and gas stations. You’ll see ratings and photos from the Yelp community as well as distance and directions to the destination. You can also use Yelp to find nearby deals as well as rate and add your own photos after you have used their service.

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GPS Utilities

GPS OnOff – With the GPS feature being such a battery hog on smart phones, it is a good idea to switch it off when you don’t need it. Unless you have a GPS widget installed to toggle the feature, you will normally need at least 4 clicks to find and turn of the feature in your Android’s Settings. GPS OnOff allows you to do the same with one click.

Install GPS OnOff

4 Great Android Taxi Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 24th, 2012

It can be a hassle and a waste of time to stand on the side of the road hailing a cab or waiting on the cab the dispatch service said would be there in just a few minutes.

Taxi apps make it easy for you to see what cabs are near your, request service from one of those cabs and watch it as it makes its way to you; they are indeed the modern way to hail a cab.

By and large most taxi app booking services are localized, so it can be difficult to get service outside of where some services are concentrated. That said, some smart phone taxi booking services have crossed national borders. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Uber

To be politically correct, you refer to your Uber driver as a personal driver, not a taxi driver. Uber is an on-demand private driver request system. To use the service:

  • Set your location
  • Send a request and wait for the car
  • Hop out of the car and rate the driver.

You don’t need to worry about payment, as that will be taken from the card you have on file.

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Taxi Magic

Taxi Magic’s booking service is available in 65 taxi fleets in over 40 major U.S. cities and tap-to-call fleets in over 4,000 U.S. and Canadian cities. Taxi Magic allows you to:

  • Find taxis based on your location or you can specify an alternate location you want to be picked up from
  • Book a taxi in a few quick taps
  • Track the arrival of your taxi through dispatch updates and a map that is updated in real time
  • Display the driver’s name and the taxi number
  • Charge the ride to your credit card
  • Expense the trip with an e-receipt

The Taxi Magic app and booking service are free. If you want to pay for your ride with a credit card through the app and receive an e-receipt there is a $1.50 documentation charge you will have to pay.

If you leave home without your smart phone you can even book a taxi via text messaging. Simply send a text to Taxi Magic with your pickup location and you should get a confirmation of the booking from dispatch with the taxi number and the name of the driver who is on his way.

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cab4me taxi finder

cab4me is an award winning taxi app that helps you to get a cab when you need it. The app shows distance of companies in result list and shows taxi ranks where available.
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myTaxi – Passenger Taxi App

If you are in Germany, Austria, Australia, Zurich try MyTaxi. Your service request is sent to the nearest driver, and like most other taxi apps, driver details such as ratings, picture, name and ETA are displayed for you to see.
MyTaxi service is also available in:
Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Frankfurt, Gera, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Lubeck, Munich, Mainz, Nuremberg, Offenbach, Stuttgart, Sylt, Salzburg, Wiesbaden, Wurzburg and Vienna.

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Conclusion

How well these apps work will depend on the quality of the GPS service and the professionalism of the drivers you use. For instance, it is not uncommon for a taxi app to tell you that a cab is 1.5 miles away only to report that it is in fact 3 miles away when you refresh the app.

All-in-all, ordering a taxi with your Android is way better than calling dispatch and being left on hold. Using a taxi app is also safer for the rider and taxi driver alike, because the rider can see details about the driver before he/she gets there and the driver can use the panic feature, that is built into some apps, to alert dispatch if there is an emergency.

There is no app that can give you full service in all areas so you may still need to do some searching for a service that works in your area.

Travel Apps for Android

Posted By Jessica Stark on May 17th, 2012

It’s amazing how much technology has changed the way we plan vacations.

You used to have to go to a travel agent to book your trip or look up numbers in the phone book or travel brochure and make calls to the airline, hotel, restaurants and other destinations.

Those days are long gone. Anyone under the age of 18 has likely never heard of a travel agent or used a phone book — and rightly so.

Here are the best apps to use when planning your summer vacation or business trip:

TripAdvisor

If you’re looking for a multipurpose app, TripAdvisor is the perfect place to start. It gives you a long list of options for each of the categories you’re looking to plan in your trip, including hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

The app will help you find flights, hotels, attractions and restaurants, in addition to allowing you to book straight through the app. One of the app’s best perks is that it has integrated reviews so you can hear from others what they liked and didn’t like about each of the options you’re considering.

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Groupon

Traveling can be expensive, but can be less so if you find local deals. The Groupon app lets you not only look up deals before you head out, but can also help you find deals while you’re on your trip. This can help you eat out for half price or get discount tickets to museums and cultural events at your destination.

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Travel Planner

Handwritten packing lists are horribly outdated, which is why the Travel Planner app is so popular. This app helps you create a checklist for everything you need to pack. Compile the list while you have a few spare minutes, and check items off as you put them in your suitcase to make sure you have every last item you wanted to take with.

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TripIt

Once you have your trip planned out, it’s time to create a comprehensive itinerary. Rather than juggling paper and emails for each element of the trip, just put it all into the TripIt app to get a simple electronic itinerary. By emailing confirmations to your TripIt account, you’ll automatically get an itinerary, including maps of the area and driving directions between locations. You can even email the whole thing to friends and family so they can keep track of you and have your emergency contact info.

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Wikitude

When you’re in an unfamiliar place and want some help figuring out what attractions you’re looking at, Wikitude is a great app to guide you. It works through your Android’s GPS sensors, and camera to overlay information about the landmarks, building or monument you are pointing the phone at. The information is pulled from relevant Wikipedia pages that have been geo-tagged to the location in question.

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TripJournal

Many persons have intentions of making a scrapbook when they get back from their trip, but it often gets lost in the shuffle of transitioning back into busy everyday life. TripJournal records your GPS coordinates as you’re out and about, creating a map of where you were. It also notes where you took photos and lets you add text descriptions. When you get home, it’s easy to share your trip with others on Google Earth or by uploading photos directly to Facebook.

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Getting Android travel apps on your phone beforehand will help each stage of the planning and traveling process go more smoothly. The apps keep you organized, help you save money, and connect you with the best things to do at each destination. There’s no reason to leave home without at least a few of these Android apps.

Advanced Android Phone Trackers

Posted By Steve McFarlane on September 26th, 2011

We covered some free trackers in another article, but those free cell Android trackers aren’t as feature-rich or reliable as the paid solutions we cover here.  These apps are good for locating a lost cell phone, tracking a family member and even collecting evidence for legal matters.

While one of the solutions that we cover here is good enough to be employed in professional surveillance work, all these apps are user-friendly and can be used by anyone who knows how to point-and-click.

Family Tracker by Fibercode

This app was originally developed for the iPhone to allow its users to track family members. Now the app is available on the Android platform, best of all, the Android version can be used to track iPhones and visa versa.

The app will even restart the tracking process if the phone is rebooted. Even though the app costs $4.99, there are no other fees to pay.

  • Remotely force updates without the user having to do anything
  • Stealthily request a location update from the remote device without the person being notified
  • No monthly or periodic fees
  • Track phones via the web
  • Find a lost or stolen phone
  • Force a misplaced phone to alarm even if the phone is on vibrate or silent
  • Track your vehicles, shipments, etc.

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PhoneLocator Pro

This app has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, some of which include the ability to:

  • Receive a notification if the SIM card is changed
  • Get notified about the phone numbers that the thief is calling or receiving calls from plus the phone’s position at the time of call
  • Find your nearby phone by making it ring at maximum volume, even if it is left on silent or vibrate mode

The following features are only available on Android 2.2 and above:

  • Remotely lock your device
  • Lock device if an unregistered SIM is detected
  • Lock device when display goes to sleep
  • Remotely wipe the device
  • Protection from being uninstalled

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Mobistealth

This cell phone tracking and monitoring software is a full feature application that does a very good job of tracking cell phones with ninja like prowess. We should tell you that this is not just a solution for Android phones. In fact, there are versions of the software for all the major mobile phone platforms (Android, iPhone, Symbian, Windows phone and Blackberry).

If the double-digit monthly growth rate of Mobistealth is any indicator, it’s serving its customers well, or at the least is meeting the needs of its customers.

Mobistealth packages start from $39.99. Of course, it is up to consumers to decide what package of features they need. In any case, Mobistealth’s list of features include the ability to:

  • Secretly record, download and listen to phone calls
  • Download call history
  • Track phones from the web
  • Stealthily request the current location of the phone
  • Remotely wipe data from a lost or stolen phone
  • View the duration of each call made from the phone
  • Retrieve call, picture and video logs from the phone
  • Perform reverse phone lookup on numbers to and from which calls are made
  • Get notification of a SIM card change with details on the new SIM card
  • If GPS is not working the software can track the phone using information from the nearest cell phone towers
  • Automatically resumes tracking even after a reboot
  • Has solution for Tablets
  • Find a lost or stolen phone

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 In Our Opinion

As you can see these Android cell phone tracking solutions are feature rich and do much more than the average consumer may need, they are in fact a cut above the limited feature set of free phone trackers.

That said, it is up to you to decide if the more powerful features and increase reliability of these apps are worth the fees consumers are asked to pay – from our experience and standpoint, they are.

Source: http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/CompanyFocus/is-your-smart-phone-spying-on-you.aspx

Google Maps now has a Live Weather Layer

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 19th, 2011

You can now use Google Maps to see live weather conditions in your current location and most other places that are of interest to you. It doesn’t appear as if the Android version has the live weather just yet, but it should only be a matter of time before the feature is added. To turn on the weather layer hover over the widget in the upper-right corner and select the weather layer.

Here is a video showing the new feature in action:

Great Android Apps for Astronomers

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 19th, 2011

Here are some apps that astronomers, nature lovers and those who are generally fascinated by the beauty of the cosmos will find fascinating.

Star Chart

Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates (in real time) the current location of every star and planet that is visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are, even in broad daylight. All you need to do is point and view. Alternatively, you can look around the sky using finger gestures instead of pointing the phone to the heavens.

Other notable features include:

  • Supports dynamic device orientation viewing
  • Depicts 5,000 visible stars in both the northern and southern hemispheres
  • Displays all the planets in our solar system, plus the sun and the moon
  • Displays all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on artwork by 15th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius
  • Includes entire Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects
  • Tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness
  • Very powerful zoom function, lets you view the sky in extra detail, using intuitive finger gestures
  • Star Chart displays only the sky objects you are interested in
  • Allow you to view the sky underneath the horizon. So now you can see where the sun is, even at night
  • Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world

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Google Sky Map

Using Google Sky Map is a great way to identify heavenly bodies you have always wanted to have more info on. If you see a star that you want to know the name of, simply load Sky Map and point your Android directly at the star, it will tell you if it is a star, planet or galaxy. If you want to see just planets you can turn off the respective layer. Layers you can play with include stars, planets, horizon and constellations.

If you know exactly what you are looking for you can also do a text search. Once you type in the name of the object you want to find a prompt will come up showing you where to point the phone; once the phone is pointed in the right direction Sky Map will highlight it with a blinking circle. You may find it odd to be pointing your Android at the ground to find a star or planet but that’s normal if you are on the opposite site of the planet in relation to the hemisphere that the object is currently visible from. QR Code

NASA (APOD) Lite Live Wall

This app brings the vivid worlds of space, stars and the cosmos to your phone. We think you will like the NASA Picture of the Day Live Wallpaper feature.

Other features include:

  • Get daily images and random pictures from the NASA (APOD) photo archive
  • Cache photos to SD card
  • Photos have link to detail information
  • Rate individual photos, this influences the likelihood of the photo being shown to you again
  • Customize update and pan/zoom speeds

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Science Facts

This ad supported science app contains thousands of science related facts (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Biology, Inventions etc). The app does have some Astrology bits as well. Some facts and trivia are a bit off, but the app still has lots of useful bits.

  • Lots of facts
  • Intuitive UI
  • Next/Previous fact
  • Random fact

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NASA Images

Has over 500 NASA Space Images with a full description of each. Our only wish is that our phone’s display was a bit larger so we could better enjoy all the color that pops from these images. By the way, you can set an image as the wallpaper if you see one you like. QR Code

Where is Io

‘Where is Io’ is an Android Astronomy app that calculates information on bodies in the solar system. The app also presents some interesting and informative facts such as the radius of planets, their mass and their gravitational pull as well as rise and set visualizations for all the planets. It would have been nice if the app allow the user to specify their current location (hemisphere, time zone) so that the information would be accurate in all locations, but serious astronomers should find the app interesting. QR Code

iGo for Android – Review and Install Guide

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 17th, 2011

iGo Myway for Android is highly rated because of the way it renders navigation information and how well it works, even when compared to other top brands such as Tom Tom. This GPS navigator provides all the information you need without cluttering the screen and as a result the display is clean, beautiful and easy to follow. In essence, the app shows only the information that is relevant to helping you successfully navigate your way.

The User Experience

Once you start moving the app will show a clearly highlighted navigation path with directional arrows; major street names; audio prompts (to indicate when and where to turn) and distances to the next turn. To help you stay on the right path you are shown just major landmarks instead of a clutter of buildings; this helps you focus on getting to where you want to go without being flustered by being presented with a lot of information.

iGo for Android doesn’t just give “turn left” or “turn right here” type instructions, instead it gives natural sounding navigational prompts. For example, on entering a roundabout it will say something like “take the second exit.” If you miss the correct exit the app will recalculate the route and guide you along an alternate route – it will do the same if you find yourself in a traffic jam.

The following video shows iGo for Android in action; towards the end of the video there is a split screen comparison between iGo and TomTom, which shows just how much of a high quality solution iGo is.

How to Install iGo on Android Devices

Because there is no widely available iGo app for Android you can use an application named Motonav to install the iGo onto your Android. The installation steps aren’t difficult, but you will need to do a manual install. You can find the complete installation guide here: Car Navigations.

Top 5 Android Real Estate Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 17th, 2011

Having the right real estate apps can help you find new listings before others; and if you are an agent, you can use them to help your clients find a deal that is right for their budget and preference. This is a roundup of the best real estate apps we could find for Android phones and tablets.

Realtor.com Real Estate Search

This is  a powerful real estate app that clients and real estate agents should find extremely useful. Use the app to find houses that are up for sale and information relating to the listing. The app also has the ability to share listings with an agent, family and friends using email and social media services. Some of the app’s most notable features include the ability to:

  • View listings of nearby properties as you move around
  • Save voice notes; this is very useful for remembering the property’s features and your first impressions; a very useful feature for those who view lots of properties
  • View the area immediately surrounding a property using the Google Street View service
  • View nearby homes for sale from a widget without opening the app

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Google Maps

Invariably you are going to need help finding a property in an unfamiliar area. Google Maps has voice-guided navigation for finding hard to locate addresses. If you want to go super-agent, you can use the app to see if there are geographical features, landmarks or properties that could make it difficult to sell a property, i.e. nearby train routes or airports. QR Code

Zillow Real Estate & Rentals

Zillow has data for millions of homes in the U.S. With a GPS enabled phone you can have the app show homes that are on sale or rent close to your current location. The app has a unique “make me move” features which states the price at which an owner will be willing to move if the right offer is made, in essence the app lists properties that aren’t on the market even though you could convince the buyer to sell.

It is also a great app for wondering around an area to see what homes are on the market, if only to see what you can afford. If you find a listing that you may be interesting in, Zillow will usually have the contact info for the current agent so you can call and get further information. QR Code

See Zillow in action in this video:

Mortgage Calculator

Helps you figure out what you or a client of yours can afford to pay for a mortgage based on current interest rates, the property’s value and the down payment. QR Code

Astrid Locale Add-on

Did you know it is possible to configure your Android to detect where you are and then have it display a location specific reminder when you get to that predetermine location. How is this useful to a real estate agent? Let us say you have a property to check on but you keep on forgetting to go have a look at it when you are close by. You can have your Android remind you, with a popup notification, the next time you are in the area. For this solution to work you will need to install the Locale plugin and the Astrid Locale Add-on. QR Code

Call Reminder Notes

You wont forget to ask a client for some important information the next time you talk to them if you use Call Reminder. You can use the app to assign a note to a contact so that you will be reminded of what you must talk to them about when next you talk. Call Reminder will show a popup note the next time your client calls you or you attempt to call them. QR Code

The Best Android Translators

Posted By Steve McFarlane on July 29th, 2011

Having a good language translation app installed on your phone is no doubt a more convenient and efficient alternative to carrying a translation dictionary. Whether you need a translation app for your next overseas trip, or something to help you learn a new language, the following are the best Android translators available.

TransZilla Translator

TransZilla is a free translator that uses Google Translate and supports more than 50 languages. You can use TransZilla to translate words and sentences by simply typing the text into the input field and clicking GO. The app would have been better if it could give a definition of the word so you could verify the accuracy of the translation, or have a better understanding of what was translated, but It does have a convenient TTS (text-to-speech) feature that will read the translated text to you. You can also translate voice inputs and use the translation in emails or SMS; this is a convenient solution for communication with a client or colleague who doesn’t speak or write your language. QR code

Babylon 2Go Translator

Babylon has long been known as a provider of one of the best offline translation services, so the fact that they offer an translation software for Android devices is good news for its fans. The app gives quick and comprehensive dictionary results and translations between more than 75 languages. In fact, you can translate text and look up the same in the dictionary to get a better understanding of the words in the resulting translation. The app works well, but the interface could use some refreshing. QR code

Google Translate

Use Google Translate to instantly translate text between more than 50 languages. This is the most popular and arguably the best Android translator currently available, not surprisingly it is an official solution from Google itself. Unlike TransZilla, you will be able to see dictionary results for the text you have translated. The app does allow you to enter text via voice input and will even read back the translated text with its text-to-speech feature so you can hear the proper pronunciation. QR code

ColorDict Dictionary Translate

ColorDict truly has one of the best all-in-one dictionaries. It allows for searches to be performed on popular online resources such as Wordnet, StarDict, Google Translate, Google Dictionary and Wikipedia; you can download free dictionaries as well. It would be nice if the app offered an Android offline translator in a similar way that it does for its offline dictionary. QR code

Universal Translator

This app is also based on the Google Translator api, that means you get support for scores of languages, text-to-speech and accurate translations. Even so, that app also uses content from other resources such as Bing. That in mind, you may choose this app over Google Translator if you prefer the app’s interface. Notable features include: the ability to translate SMS, voice recognition and voice synthesis. QR code

Android Flight Tracker and Flight Status App

Posted By Steve McFarlane on June 21st, 2011

Knowing what is happening with the flight you are suppose to be catching can help you to make alternate plans if it is cancelled or delayed. Flight tracking apps aren’t always 100% accurate, but we believe these are among the best that are available.

American Airlines (free)

This Android flight status app is ideal for those who frequently fly on American Airlines. Open up the app to see the status of your flight (arrival and departure times), gate number and seat number along with any delay or cancellation information that may pertain to your flight. You can also use the app as a boarding pass to get on the plane.

Airport parking lots can be huge, so the inclusion of a parking feature is a great way to find your car in a vast airport parking lot once you are ready for it. Other ways you can use the app include:

  • Monitor your place on the standby list
  • Play Sudoku while you wait
  • Create flight status notifications
  • View terminal maps
  • Locate the nearest service airport
  • Access your Aadvantage account
  • Track Your Elite Status Progress

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FlightStats for Android

Like the other flight tracking apps covered here, you can use FlightStats to view flight information and automatically get flight status updates using, or use the app to track flights in US and European airspaces with an animation that shows an approximate location of the plane on a map. You can also view weather conditions at airports of interest to you or look for alternative flights if yours is canceled or missed, and while you are at it save those that you are interested in for easy one button reference in the future.

If you get the TripIt update you will be able to import itineraries from your TripIt® account making it easier to capture flights, hotels, and car rental details, view your flight’s status, confirmation codes and much more. The app also comes with a widget so you can view flight status updates from the home screen. QR Code

FlightView Free Flight Tracker (free)

Especially if you are a frequent flyer you will appreciate the multiple trip planner that this app offers. You can enter details of all the trips you plan to take over the next couple of months and have the app alert you if there is a change in the flight status of any of your planned flights. Perhaps the neatest feature of the app is the airport map that shows a delayed status of the flight you are interested in. QR Code

Top 3 Android GPS Logger Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on June 1st, 2011

If you want a GPS app chances are you are looking for a feature rich solution that can record tracks/routes, POI (points of interests), and all the data related to speed, altitude and distance. One feature you may be interested in is the ability to record tracks (online and offline modes) as well as the ability to help you navigate your way back through, and to an original route. There are quite a few Android GPS loggers available on the Market, but we believe these are the best of the bunch.

Locus Pro ($5.51)

This is a great solution for those who need offline and online mapping solution for hiking, biking or geocaching. In fact, it is hard to think of many outdoor activities for which Locus Pro would not serve well. This Android GPS app can handle many types of online maps (OpenStreet, Freemap and ArcGIS)s. It can also store mapping information for offline use and can just as well import and export data (more…)

Best Android Apps for Small Business Owners and Employees

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 27th, 2011

Software has the power to make things more convenient, life more fun and business activities more productive. From saving money, by planning and reschedule your own business itinerary, to refining a presentation on your Android smart phone here are some great apps for the small business owners or employees.

PdaNet

Being able to pull out a laptop and work wherever you like can seriously increase one’s productivity and effectiveness as a businessperson. Using a tethering solution means that you will not need to have a separate data card for the laptop and another for your cell phone. Unfortunately, cellular service providers aren’t always keen on allowing their customers to tether computers and other network devices.

As a work around, many have resorted to rooting their phones to enable tethering. However, you can save yourself the hassle by installing PdaNet to share your Internet connection with other devices without requiring that you sign up for a tethering plan. Install/QR Code

Documents To Go

Using the relative small screen of the smart phone to create or even edit an Office document may not be the most efficient way to work, but being able to do so can be a life saver if you are on the road and need to review some spreadsheet numbers, edit a proposal before sending it off or make a PowerPoint presentation using an Android device. Documents To Go can:

  • Transfer, and automatically sync documents between your computer and Android via USB
  • Format documents: bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, bulleted & numbered lists, tables, bookmarks, comments, footnotes, endnotes, track-changes, word count, find & replace, etc.
  • Create, view, edit Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint files
  • View PDF files

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Use your Android to Find Hotels and Places to Stay

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 23rd, 2011

Android hotel finder apps have become necessary for many travelers the world over, so we scouted around to find three of the highest rated apps for your convenience. There are several hotel apps on the market that can help you find nice places to stay; these Android apps can be indispensable, especially if you need to book a room in an emergency or find other conveniences while you are on vacation or a business trip.

Hotel Finder

The Hotel Finder app has several features that would be beneficial to the traveler. Firstly it allows travelers to find hotels easily in the particular city of their choice This app offers a comparison feature that allows users to see how each hotel rates as compared to others in a particular city and to get the best prices from online hotel websites. (more…)

Software to Track Your Spouse’s Android Cell Phone

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 23rd, 2011

While you can monitor your partner’s or spouse’s whereabouts using a vehicle tracking solution, it may not work if he or she takes alternate transportation or you need more precisely tracking to see where he or she goes after leaving the vehicle.

Using a good cell phone tracker is essential if you want to secretly retrieve the call logs, pictures and videos that were taken with the phone and see the places that the person is visiting.

If your spouse really doesn’t mind you knowing where they are, you can always use a free solution such as “Family GPS Tracker by Life360,” “GPS Tracker” or “Google Latitude.”

On the other hand, if you want a solution that will ensure that they don’t know you are tracking them, you may need to install a more serious GPS tracker on your spouse’s phone to confirm your suspicions, or gather the evidence you need to build a case that is strong enough to stand in a court of law.  One such phone tracker is Mobistealth.

When you visit Mobistealth’s website you will be shown a list of features and options suited to those who want:

  • Parental control software
  • To catch a cheating spouse
  • Employee monitoring
  • To protect a phone in case it is lost or stolen

You will then need to select what type of device you want to track.  Mobistealth can track Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Symbian and Windows phones — it can also spy on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

We like the fact that Mobistealth does make ridiculous claims about being able to track all sorts of phones but instead ensures that the user can only sign up for service if Mobistealth can work on the phone they had selected.

Our only annoyance with the signup process is the fact that you have to navigate through a gallery pictures to find the right phone, we would like to see a text search feature to quickly find the right phone or tablet.

In any case this shouldn’t be a big issue for most users since you can first filter the list by platform (iPhone, Android etc). Once you find the right phone you will be shown a list of packages (Lite, Pro and Pro X) that are compatible with that phone.

Features

After MobiStealth is setup you can login to the Dashboard where you will see information regarding where the phone and its owner has been, who the owner has been been calling, what pictures has the phone been used to take, who has been emailed and texted from the phone along with what was said in each message. 

Of a truth, it is quite amazing what cell phone trackers such as Mobistealth can do.  Some of the features that we found to be most impressive include the following:

  • Email, call and SMS history – Stores copies of emails, call logs and SMS that were sent and received from the phone.
  • Recent location – MobiStealth can be set to automatically retrieve the GPS coordinates of places that were recently visited.  To get live tracking you will need to signup for the PRO and PRO-X versions as the Lite version doesn’t offer real-time GPS tracking. You will also need to signup for one of the PRO versions if you want to track a phone that doesn’t have GPS.
  • Secretly Record Phone Calls (PRO-X only) – With this feature you can have MobiStealth record incoming and outgoing calls to specific numbers and even perform reverse phone number look-ups to see who the call are made to or received from.  This feature alone makes MobiStealth a much better buy that many other Android spouse spy software because it doesn’t require that you are there to listen in on calls as they are happening.
  • Retrieve Pictures and Videos – A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words and in fact may be all you need to make your case against someone, especially if the person has the habit of taking lots of pictures and videos.  This feature allows MobiStealth customers/clients to remotely retrieve pictures and videos that were taken with the targeted phone.
  • Recordings of the Phone’s Surroundings – This spy feature can turn on the phone’s microphone in order to secretly record conversations that are within earshot.
  • Bookmarks, chat Sessions and Calendar events – A detailed record of bookmarks, chat sessions and calendar events can be just as incriminating as photos and text messages. You can use this Android spy app to review of chat sessions, calendar events and even contacts that were created.
  • Internet Browsing – If you are concerned that the phone in question is being used by your spouse to view  inappropriate content, MobiStealth can help you get all the evidence you need to confirm your suspicions or confront your partner.

Pricing

MobiStealth comes in a Lite, PRO and PRO-X versions with pricing starting as low as $49.99 for the entry level version and goes up to $199 for a full year’s tracking with all the bells and whistles.  By and large MobiStealth works very well and in some cases over-delivers.

Consumers will also be happy to know that there is a hassle free refund policy that can be drawn if they aren’t happy with the service.  However, refunds must be requested within 3 days after purchasing.

There are free Android spouse tracker apps on the Market that can track a spouse’s, child’s or employee’s cell phone. However,  if you want to record their conversations without them knowing it, or review their calls and browsing history, among other things, you will need to spend some money to get a topnotch solution such as MobiStealth.

Which package you choose will depend on how much time you will need to gather the information you want and the type of evidence you need.

Finding the Cheapest Gas Near Me

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 15th, 2011

With the unrest in the Middle raging on, we may be stuck with high gas prices for some time to come. Besides purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle, changing your driving habits and driving less, there are resources you can use to help you reduce how much you spend on fuel each week. One options is to actively search for the cheap gas stations, in your area. (more…)

Best Android Travel Planner Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 12th, 2011

Travel planner apps are a great way to ensure that all the bases are covered before you go on a trip. They also help the traveler better organize things to reduce some of the stress and hassle that is associated with traveling. The following is a round-up of three of the best Android travel planner apps, which addresses three traveling scenarios namely: travel by car, travel in general travel and traveling with a baby. (more…)

Top Rated Android Apps for Travelers

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 11th, 2011

For the most part traveling is fun and adventurous, but the fact that it takes us out of our comfort zone ensures that adequate preparation must be made the see to comfort and convenience of yourself and those who travel with you.  The following is a roundup of some of the best Android travel apps that will provide the information and resources to make your next trip awesome. (more…)

The Best Android Tablets with GPS

Posted By Steve McFarlane on March 11th, 2011

The market is flooded with GPS navigation devices including in-car navigation units from Garmin and software solutions for Blackberry, Android and the iOS platform.  While consumers love their gadgets, the novelty of having the latest and greatest device often wears off pretty quickly leaving consumers wanting a solution that integrates the features they want the most into one device.

Multi-function devices reduce the number gadgets that consumers have to carry around. For example, a GPS-enabled Tablet eliminates the need for an in-car navigation device and a separate Tablet, provided that the size of the device is right. Here are some Android Tablets with GPS already integrated. (more…)

Google Cell Phone Tracker Review: Google Latitude

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 21st, 2011

If you have had the experience of not being able to locate a friend or loved one for an extended period of time then you will understand just how important it is to stay-in-touch, if only to let those you care about know that you are where you should be and are safe.

Google Latitude allows you to see where your friends are (or at least their cell phones) and also allows you to share your current location with them, once both parties enable the service. You also have the option to keep you exact whereabouts private while still revealing the general geographical area you are in. This can be accomplished by enabling city level view instead of allowing yourself to be constantly traceable. (more…)

Best Android Geocaching Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 14th, 2011

Geocaching is growing more popular it seems by the day, and even more so with the arrival of cost effective and free GPS tools. There are quite a bit of Android geocaching applications on the market, but dug through our resources to find the most popular and top rated Android geocache apps that are currently available.

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Best Android Offline Maps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 14th, 2011

Cell service is not a luxury that is available in some rural areas, which means that having an offline mapping solution is a necessity, not to mention the fact that maintaining a connection to a cell tower can really sap the phone’s batteries. Offline GPS maps great for hiking, hunting, kayaking, snow shoeing and backpacking. This is a list review of the best Android offline map apps. (more…)

Awesome and Amazing Google Android Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 19th, 2011

From providing information on a product that you are at the supermarket considering to purchasing, to revealing the name of a song and artist by having the phone listening to a part of the tune, Google Android phones can do some pretty amazing and awesome things.  Here are some apps that are more than novelty items, but can actually do some amazing things, if only to be used to wow your friends. (more…)

Android Apps for Finding Gas Stations and Cheap Gas

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 18th, 2011

Besides driving less aggressively and making fewer road trips, there are things consumers can do to reduce how much they pay for gasoline, not least among which is finding a gas station that sells at a good price. If you just need to find the nearest gas station with little concern for price, you can always try Yelp or Layer applications. However, if you want to find the cheapest gas at a nearby gas station, here are some Google Android apps that were designed to help consumers do just that.

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The Best HTC Desire HD Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 7th, 2011

It is simply enough to browse the Android Market in search of must have apps to make your life a lot more fun and stress free, but with so many apps to choose from, the task can be daunting. Here is a list of some of the best apps to get you started. While this is a list of top apps for the HTC Desire HD, the apps also work on Android phones such as the Samsung Epic, Droid X, Motorola Droid Pro, and Samsung Moment, to name a few. (more…)