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Best SMS Apps for Android Phones and Tablets

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 16th, 2011

What follows is a roundup of three of the very best SMS apps or Androids. These apps provide a more customizable alternative to the stock Android SMS app, not only in the way the apps manage messages, but also in the way the messaging interface looks and how much the user pays for messaging as well.


Free Antivirus Software for Androids

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 18th, 2011

Lookout Mobile Security is perhaps one of the best Android antivirus apps available, a fact that reviewers at CNET and PCWorld seem to agree with. Not only is Lookout a virus-removal and protection software but it is a full-fledge mobile security solution as well.

Lookout’s main function is that of virus protection and removal.  The app runs in the background, where it monitors the activities of apps and data traffic coming to the phone. Once a threat is identified, the app will deal with it so your phone is not compromised. (more…)

The Best Android Email Clients

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 25th, 2011

Most new Androids come with Gmail and another mail client that is simply called mail. While Gmail only handles emails from its namesake Google email service (Gmail), the generic client (Mail) can handle multiple accounts, but has a limited feature-set.  In this article, we will be looking at other Android email clients that can replace the stock Droid email clients and can also handle multiple POP3, IMAP and other webmail services. (more…)

Best Android Games – Card Game Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 23rd, 2011

Card games have long been used for entertainment, to pass time and to wager. Here are some to the best-rated Android card games on the market.


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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Free GPS Apps – Android Cell Phone Tracking Solutions

Posted By Steve McFarlane on December 29th, 2010

If you have a GPS-enabled device there is a lot you can do with it. For one, you can keep an eye on your children, or track a cheating spouse, or help your family maintain peace-of-mind by allowing them to see where you are at all times.

In fact, you can also use your phone’s GPS and mapping software to improve your social life, by using GPS Applications to rendezvous with friends who are near by.

For some people it is scary to thing to know that they can be tracked at all times, and rightly so, but there are lots of legitimate uses for cell phone tracking solutions, not least among which is ensuring that your family members are safe.

Here are some of the best Android cell phone tracking apps.

Family GPS Tracker by Life360

This app uses award-winning Facebook and Google technology to track family members in real-time. The Family GPS Tracker by Life360app can also monitor sex offenders who live close by. Family GPS Tracker does more than just trace people though, in that family members can check-in to let you know that they are safe. In fact, this app was awarded a first place prize in an Android developer challenge.

Family GPS tracker works especially well as a child locator. When you want to ensure that your child is safe simply sign in to the mapping software to see where he/she is; see what threats are in the area; and configure the app to send alerts when family members are in trouble.

GPS Tracker – Android Asset and Vehicle Tracking

This is a free GPS cell phone tracking software for Android smart phones. GPS Tracker was developed by InstaMapper LLC and is perhaps the best free Android phone locator app out there. Like most real-time tracking solutions, this app uses Google Maps, but you need to signup for a free account at InstaMapper to access the service.

Once you setup your account and install the software on your phone, you can track anything that is carrying the device, provided that it has a clear view of the sky in order that the GPS receiver can acquire a satellite signal).  Because it uses Google Maps you can also display tracking information on a website, application, or device that supports Google Maps.

Google Latitude – Family and Child Tracking

Google Latitude enables users to share their location with other Google Latitude users, but ensures that no one can see your location if you don’t share it with them. Perhaps you are not willing to share your exact location.

If that’s your preference you can turn on the city level view instead; this will let others know what city you are in but no further information as to your where-about will be shared.

Is there a Google Latitude Android app? Not really, you access and use the service by visiting (using phone, tablet or computer) to send an invitation to a friend or family member.  Once they accept the invitation you can start tracking them, but it is the user who determines how much information is given.

Final Words

Maybe you want to trace someone’s journey as they make their way home in bad weather, or it could be that you want to track a vehicle. In which case you would simply leave the phone hidden in the vehicle just in case the vehicle is stolen or is taken for a joy ride (vehicle tracking with no monthly fee, yeah).

If you are looking for a solution that can covertly track someone’s cell phone, without them knowing it, you may need to get the much acclaimed MobiStealth PRO-X cell phone tracking app.

Otherwise the above-mentioned Android phone trackers can serve you well if the cell phone owner doesn’t mind you tracking their phone. If you know of any other great but free mobile tracking apps, please let us know about it in the comments section below.

Best Android Bible Software

Posted By Steve McFarlane on March 14th, 2010

This is a roundup of the best Android bible software for doing a bible study, having a daily devotional, following a yearly reading plan or having the scriptures being read back to you. Here are some of the best paid and free bible apps for Android smart phones. (more…)