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Best Android Apps of the Month: April 2017

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Best Android Apps: April 2017

Want to make use of that 256GB storage on your phone? April’s must-have or best mobile apps are here! Today, we bring you the latest and hottest apps — on iOS or Android — that we think you should at least give a try. You better clear all junk files from your phone so as to install these useful apps from App Store or Play Store. Lets begin!

Best Android Apps: April 2017

Focus Timer Reborn

Focus Timer Reborn, based upon Pomodoro Technique developed by Fransesco Cirillo in 1980s, is a work focus timer. The productivity app uses a timer to break down work into intervals — traditionally 25 minutes in length — followed by short breaks. Don’t try to take a pause during work session, if you really want to see how effective you were in the logs.

Shortcutter Quick Settings

Shortcutter Quick Settings makes use of Android Nougat’s Tile Service API, which also means it will only work on Android 7.0 or above, to provide a customized Android Quick Settings pull-down tray, equipped with custom shortcut tiles. You can get to know the available tiles over at Shortcutter Quick Settings Play Store page.

GlassWire

Next up we have GlassWire, an internet activity tracking app. The app gives you a better idea of where your data is flowing, with the ability to see how the data is divided among different apps, and a timeframe graph as well. The best part of GlassWire is that everything here is presented in a neat and clean user interface (something I would look while using apps). It also helps you identify apps that are running in the background without your knowledge, and slowing your device.

GigBloc

GigBloc lets you view and listen to songs recorded by bands in various cities. It helps you discover artists playing music you like near you.

GrammarPal

People these days edit their photos more than their grammar. GrammarPal brings a solution to it, with its grammar fixing app. The app is basically what you would expect a grammar-correction app to be — spell checker, punctuations, style and any grammar issue — but the best part here is that it works everywhere across the mobile OS, from note taking apps to messaging apps. You wouldn’t have to open up the app (after you’ve configured it all), GrammarPal app appears (kinda) when you’re typing. A little refresh icon will appear on-screen when you start typing; simply press it when done, and the app will recommend you with all the necessary fixes and suggestions for that particular text.

What do you think of these apps? Please drop us your views regarding the apps mentioned above in the comments below!

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Android 8.0 Oreo Open Beta Now Available For OnePlus 3/3T

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OnePlus has released Android 8.0 Oreo Beta as part of its Open Beta program. The Open Beta program from OnePlus is similar to Apple’s Public Beta program, allowing users to test the phone’s software before it launches to the public. Let’s welcome the first Open Beta build of Android 8.0 Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. And yes the name, OxygenOS!

As long as you’re comfortable encountering a few bugs in the system, you can install and use the Open Beta based on Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T. Following is the changelog of the software that comes along Android 8.0.

Android 8.0 Oreo Changeling (Open Beta)

  • System changes
    • Update to Android O (8.0)
      • Added Picture in Picture
      • Added Auto-fill
      • Added Smart text selection
      • New Quick Settings design
      • September security patch
  • Launcher changes
    • Added Notification dots in Launcher
    • Added OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus
      • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers

OnePlus has already highlighted some common known issues prevailing with this build of Android 8.0 Oreo Open Beta.

Known issues with Android 8.0 Oreo (Open Beta)

  • Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to.
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Some stability issues with NFC and bluetooth
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized

If you’re already enrolled into the OnePlus Open Beta program, you should see the update prompting from the Settings app. Else, you can follow the installation instructions to get into the Open Beta.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 with bug fixes

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Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 today, almost a month after the official release of iOS 11. The software update for iPhone fixes bugs discovered since the push of iOS 11.0.2 past week.

The previous two versions of iOS 11 focused on bug fixes and security improvements, and the third one is no different, either. Apple’s iOS 11.0.3 software release fixes an issue dealing with audio and haptic feedback on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, whereas on iPhone 6s the update addresses an unresponsive display issue. Official release notes for iOS 11.0.3 follows below.

iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not services with genuine Apple parts

“Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information,” notes Apple.

Apple is also testing iOS 11.1 among developers and public beta testers, and will be dropping off the public stable build by the end of the month. The upcoming iPhone X is likely to ship with iOS 11.1 on board when it launches next month. Anyways, you can grab today’s update through Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, as you always do.

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Pixelmator 3.7 brings full support for macOS High Sierra

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Pixelmator for Mac has been recently updated to fully support macOS High Sierra. The update to version 3.7, codenamed Mount Whitney, brings a lot of changes to the table, including the ability to launch Pixelmator from the Photos app, support for the new iPhone-shot HEIF images, and Continuity features like Handoff and iCloud.

“People love using Pixelmator on the Mac, and one of the biggest reasons is its extensive integration with macOS,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, we think users are really going to love the much more seamless experience of launching Pixelmator right from the Photos app and automatically saving changes back to the same image in the Photos library.”

Pixelmator now makes it possible to drag and drop images from Safari and Photos directly into Pixelmator documents, along with improved support for Photoshop images. In addition, you can now launch the photo-editing app right from Photos and save your edits back to the original image in the iCloud Photos library seamlessly. Simply right click on a photo and select ‘Edit with Pixelmator.’

Bug fixes and improvements follow after the break…

  • The Pixelmator extensions for the Photos app would quit unexpectedly on certain newer Mac computers. Fixed.
  • The Quick Selection Tool’s live preview would appear in the lower left corner of the image. It’s back to where it should be.
  • The Pixelmator Change Type of Images Automator action would not convert files to PSD. Fixed.
  • Rulers would sometimes disappear when editing text. Fixed.
  • Improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm make the Repair Tool faster and more accurate.

Pixelmator for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for just $30.

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