Customise existing widgets even on an unrooted phone
Custom widgets can be configured with rooted devices, but not all devices, of course, are rooted. To customise the look of existing widgets on your phone or tablet, UCCW – Ultimate Custom Widget, free from Google Play with in-app purchases, is a good place to start.
A selection of widgets can be reconfigured with skins, which can also be downloaded from the Play Store. By applying them to the widgets, you can drastically revise the look of your Android device’s home screen.
Free up storage space and give your device a speed boost
For many, cached files are something you’d only experience on desktop computers, but that’s far from the actual truth. Cached files are frequent on your smartphone, especially if you use apps that require logins and access to certain device permissions. The ES File Explorer app may be best employed for digging out large files, but it’s also particularly useful for removing cached files. Trust us when we say you may be surprised with how much storage these cached files take up.
Head to the storage section of the ES File Explorer app and look for your installed apps. You should find a cached file option, which will contain all the expendable caches that can be removed.
This deceptively simple puzzler can prove quite addictive
It sounds simple enough – just slide the gaps in the on-screen lines to allow red and blue balls through to their matching coloured areas (fire and water) to complete each stage – but puzzler Orph soon increases in complexity and offers an addictive challenge. Multiple balls and lines make your task akin to juggling as you try to keep some balls contained while allowing others through, and you also have to account for balls colliding and changing trajectory. Later levels introduce switchable coloured lines that only allow matching balls through, plus balls that can be tapped to enable them to pass through lines for three seconds. Completing a stage in faster time earns you up to the maximum three-bar ratings, adding an incentive to replay levels. This is probably just as well as there are currently only just over 50 levels.
Now that Apple Music is available on Android it’s time to give that three-month free trial a whirl
Apple Music is now available on Android. The app is in beta, but it’s pretty stable and offers the same functionality you would get with the iOS version.
Essentially the service is Apple’s answer to Spotify, letting you stream music directly to your device. You will need an Apple ID to set everything up, but there’s a three-month trial that lets you test everything Apple Music has to offer before you decide whether you want to subscribe.
Meet the smartwatch that can boast a 30-day battery life
We love seeing emerging manufacturers make us stand up and take notice of them and Vector is certainly doing that with the Luna smartwatch. Out of the box you’re greeted with a stainless steel unit that’s the ideal weight without being too bulky. It doesn’t sit completely flush to the wrist, but this is a common problem with larger framed smartwatches, rather than a specific issue with Vector.
There are no rear sensors built in and apart from a small charging port, it’s a truly minimalist piece that oozes class from top to bottom. The rear sensor isn’t the only omission here, as there’s no coloured display, no touchscreen and no Android Wear to use. It’s a smartwatch, without the smarts. Instead, the Luna takes a more minimal approach to wearables, offering the core functions of a smartwatch, but nothing more. All of this is controllable through the accompanying app, which is easy to use and customisable at will. That said, without the app, the Luna is fairly redundant, so you’ll need your phone with you at all times.