From adding extra camera features to getting your hands on the Android 4.4 launcher, there’s something for everyone in this week’s Google Play apps of the week.FlashFox Pro
With the lack of Flash support for Android devices, a dedicated Flash browser like FlashFox Pro is very much needed. As far as browsers go it’s fast and intuitive, with the support for Flash a massive plus.
Google Play Newsstands has some great features, but here are our favourites.
Google’s latest app project has seen them blend Play Magazines and Currents into one app. It offers users a one stop place to get all the news they want, while not having to search around for one of their magazine subscriptions. We’ve spent some time with the app and found some great features that every Android users should check out.Each news story and magazine is available to read offline whenever you like. Simply bookmark them as you read them and they’ll download on to your device. Similar to the likes of Flipboard and Pocket, Newsstand enables users to subscribe to specific topics of interest. It then notifies you when a news story has been uploaded in those categories. When adding new news sources to your list in Newsstand, you can also leave a review in the same way you leave an app review on the Play Store. Make sure to check these out and see if the news source is worth subscribing to. The fantastic Wishlist feature which is predominantly used for apps has been brought into Newsstand for users to add news sources and specific issues of magazines. News stories can now be shared to other users by using the Share feature located at the top of the app. It’s a great way of getting others to read the latest headlines.
There’s a lot of additional features to check out in Google Play Newsstand, so make sure you check it out right away!
If you’ve got a Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z1 or any other flagship Android device then you’ve also got a very capable camera. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take better photos with your Android camera phone
Phones aren’t just for making calls and sending texts anymore, they also serve as a handy compact camera for taking photos. As you always have your phone to hand, you never have to miss a photo opportunity, which is part of the reason why cameraphone photography has become so popular.
The improved quality of smartphone images has also helped, with many new phone featuring bigger and better image sensors than ever before. Being able to edit and share your shots straight away using the thousands of apps available also opens up even more opportunities for getting the most out of your shots. There are a few easy tricks that you can use to take perfect photos with your phone, so follow our simple step-by-step guide and get snapping.
Squash the zombie onslaught once and for all in Plants vs Zombies 2.
The original Plants vs Zombies was a massive hit on the Google Play store and did a good job at blending solid gameplay with a great story line to boot. You can expect more of the same with the second installment, which follows in its predecessors footsteps perfectly. PvZ 2 sees you hurtling around different eras of history eradicating zombies as you go. Although there’s not much emphasis on the time traveling aspect of it, zombies have been cleverly themed to match the era. Egyptian zombies come dressed up in full Egyptian headwear and robes, for example.
The basis of placing flowers to repel waves of zombies is exactly the same here, with the user needing to strategically place plants on different pieces of the board. To help you along the way, there’s a range of new powerful plants that can be placed at different sections. Each has their own pros and cons to use and are ideal in different situations. It’s a pity that aren’t too many new types of plants this time around, but the few new additions are great fun.
As you progress further into time, the difficulty levels are cranked right up. It gets harder to predict which specific place zombies will attack and with the amount of zombies you’ll end up facing, you have to be ridiculously quick to get your defences in place. There are several new zombies to face as well with some taking a lot (and we mean a lot) of damage before vanishing.
The colourful Moto G is being sold through Phones 4U.
Motorola’s new budget device, the Moto G, is now officially available through Phones 4U in the UK. Both 8GB and 16GB variants will be available, with Phones 4U also claiming exclusivity to the white back version of the device.
The 8GB variant will cost you £119.95 plus a £10 top-up on PAYG, whereas the 16GB version will cost £149.95 plus a £10 top-up. You can order the Moto G through the Phones 4U website, with estimated delivery for November 22nd, or you can pop into one of their stores from November 15th onwards and get one in person.
Source: Phones 4U
The Android 4.4 update is now rolling out to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.
Google has confirmed that the Android 4.4 update is being rolled out to Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models) and Nexus 10 tablets as we speak. For users to install the update, you’ll need to wait for the OTA notification to appear within your notifications bar and follow the simple instructions presented to you.