Here’s a collection of some amazing android icons packs that you can download to your Android phone. Some are available as a direct download from the Google Play Store but most of them require being manually installed.
If you haven’t yet heard of NARR8, allow us to introduce you.
NARR8 is a free mobile app available on for iOS (iPad and iPad Mini), Android 4.0+, and as of Mon. June 24, Amazon Kindle Fire. A digital publisher of motion comics, interactive novels, and educational nonfiction series in a slew of genres, NARR8 boasts stories for all tastes: horror, mystery, action, science fiction, and more, bringing all original content to life with fluid animation, HD effects, interactive and gamification (games within the digital content) elements and full music soundtracks.
What’s most exciting about NARR8, however, is that as of early June, NARR8 is allowing you, the reader, to write the stories. Enter StoryBuilder, NARR8’s new user generated content editor tool allows for anyone – indie artist, aspiring writer, hardcore fan, to create his or her very own fan fiction with the help of a single tool. A web-based program with supplied graphics, animations, word processor, sound effects, and more, StoryBuilder is easy-to-use, designed to allow users to focus on the assembly of their very own masterpiece. Soon, StoryBuilder will allow artists to upload their own graphics, as well!
Once complete, user stories will face a review period of up to 72 hours (things such as unnecessary profanity, lewd or crude content will not be admitted). After the review period, users creations will be uploaded directly to the NARR8 platform, alongside NARR8 original series, shared with the app’s 800,000+ users.
“It has always been important to NARR8 to be able to assist talented artists and creators, most importantly our readers. By implementing ‘StoryBuilder,’ we are allowing our creative fans who wish to share their stories with our 800,000+ users all over the world. We’re excited to continue evolving the NARR8 product and look forward to what this great addition will bring,” said Founder Alexandr Vashchenko.
StoryBuilder will also include a payout for the user, eventually. NARR8 shared with Geeks Have Landed that although user generated content will be available for free, their eventual plan is to license popular fan fictions to their platform, giving creators a cut of the proceeds once monetization of the series begins (monetization will begin if and when the user title reaches over 1,000 downloads).
StoryBuilder is available to all registered NARR8 users, who will need their account login information to access the website.
As mentioned, NARR8 is free to download, and can be downloaded on the Apple Appstore, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.
If you love Puzzles you will love the free app “Can You Escape”
It’s available for Iphone, Ipad and Android users which will keep everyone happy. This is currently a free app with constantly updating rooms.
The purpose of the game is to break out of the room you are in. This is done by solving the puzzles and finding the hidden objects which are used in the room to help you leave and advance to the next floor.
For instance in the first room you have to solve a picture puzzle which opens a cupboard to give you a handle for the draw, in the draw is a screwdriver to open the vent, behind the vent is a safe, solve the combination open the safe and there is a key to unlock the door to access the next level.
You get the idea, look around the room and click on objects to enlarge them and look for clues.
There are 10 levels at the moment with another 5 promised soon
Free to install and play
Fun and challenging game that will sharpen your powers of observation.
Increasing difficulty with each level.
Not enough levels only 10 at the moment which is very quick to finish although more promised soon
Like most apps they are funded by adverts which I suppose if you can live with them lets you play the game for free (a payment of will remove the adverts) but it does give you the chance to try before you commit.
Adding more levels will also incur a cost but if you like the game this shouldn’t be too bad.
Overall an excellent and addictive app but they need more levels as it is completed quickly and once you have lost your players it’s hard to get them back. Candy Crush have the right idea keep the interest by having many levels although probably too many.
As its free give it a go if you like solving puzzles you will love “Can You Escape”
Android vs. iOS: 3 Reasons Why Android is in the Lead
By Andrea Fisher
Remember the board game, Monopoly— where you buy different properties, charge rent and slowly watch your empire skyrocket and grow? The purpose of the game is to develop faster than the competition; ultimately taking over and…monopolizing.
For the past six years, since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, we have watched Apple make revolutionary advancements in digital mobile technology. From Apple’s highly evolved processors and touch screen features, to their introduction of the iPhone App Store, Android and Windows phones simply couldn’t keep up.
There were cell phones and there was the iPhone—the only smart phone of its kind. But every winning streak ultimately comes to an end. For the iPhone, that time is now; and Android has slashed its way to the top.
Let me ask this, ‘What is an iOS device without its Apple name?’
Apple’s ingenious marketing campaigns keep them as a leading contender in the mobile world; however, they have become too cocky during their time at the top. User loyalty can last only so long— before being outweighed by competitive technology.
Mobile users are finally seeing the outdated methods of Apple— flocking over to Android devices for a customized and extensive user interface.
Let’s take a look 3 Reasons why Android is in the lead:
The iOS 7 is mimicking features long used by Android’s Interface
Apple has recently released the new iOS 7 interface, which uses a couple of Android-like features in its latest design. An iOS Control Center, which is brand new to Apple mobile devices, has been long used on Android devices. It gives users fast access to Bluetooth/ WiFi settings, screen adjustment settings, and the rear LED flash as a flashlight.
The iOS 7 still has the same basic grids of shortcuts. The home screens, still all feature the same four docked shortcuts at the bottom. The bookshelf has been stripped away— the wooden bookshelf with books and magazines that you can fill is no more.
Instead, Apple gave their home screens a larger, flatter, less cluttered appearance. This new look aims to step up to the popular look of Android’s Jelly Bean interface.
2. Widgets and Home Screens
It all boils down to cell phone customization. Do mobile users want to have more personal options or do they want standard features that are upgraded from time to time? Want options; choose Android. Want standard features; go the iOS route.
What is truly distinct about Jelly Bean is that widgets can be placed on the home screen—something that iOS still lacks.
Android operating systems are based on the idea of utilizing a fully customizable user interface. Wallpapers, widgets and desktops can all be modified to suit the individual. Android widgets, which are downloaded from Google Play, provide a flexibility that the iOS 7 interface cannot match.
These widgets allow important information (like social feeds, email, etc.) to be stored at the heart of the device. In the contrast, iOS 7 users must use Apple’s standard icons over the pre-designated desktop pages.
When forking over several hundred dollars on a mobile device, it might be nice to be able to place and locate items as you like— just a thought.
Adding to Android’s flexibility, its users have the freedom to download and install apps from virtually anywhere. Android may as well be synonymous with word choice; the opposite seems to be the case with iOS devices.
iOS only allows self-made apps with a developer’s license or those that have been evaluated by Apple’s App Store censors.
Apple has helped shape and mold today’s smart phone; however, it also sparked a digital mobile race— one which drives Android to constantly step up and utilize innovative features. Apple has had a good run, but if they don’t address some things soon, they will fall further down the wayside.
All in all, Android platforms have come a long way since 2007. Their fast operating systems, boundless apps, and their individualized interface are nothing short of astonishing. In the race to catch up to the iPhone, Android devices now lead—taking the forefront.
The Sony SmartWatch is a wrist-ready Android device with a 1.3in OLED screen. So the SmartWatch really is like having a tiny smartphone strapped to your arm. We can’t help but notice how similar it looks to the iPod nano, launched two years earlier. The screen resolution is rather low at only 128 x 128 pixels, about half that of the iPod nano’s 240 x 240 pixel display.
Whether it’s an intentional copy or not, the SmartWatch looks undeniably cool with its rounded corners, silver metal edge and glossy black fascia.
However, the SmartWatch is quite bulky at 12.8mm thick, making it tricky to fit underneath some clothing. It’s lightweight at just 40g with the wristband.
You don’t have to wear the SmartWatch on your wrist, though. It’s got a clip on the rear so you can attach it to whatever you want. It simply clips to the supplied wristband which comes in different colours but its rubber material means it can get quite clammy. Sony does supply an adapter which means you can instead use your own strap.
The Sony SmartWatch is a cool and attractive gadget, one that you want just for the sake of it. However, it’s more than just a shiny touchscreen watch offering plenty of apps and functionality. The downsides are a slightly bulky design and the need to charge it up regularly.
After months of patiently waiting, proud owners of Google’s flagship 10″ tablet are able to order the official smart cover. Available in both Scarlet and Dark Grey, you can score them for a cool $29.99 from direct from the Google Play website
The A1-810 is said to be an upcoming device from Acer that at 7.9″ will be a competitor for the iPad mini. Some of the specs that are just coming out state that it will pack 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core CPU, and a 1024×768 IPS screen. While the resolution matches that of the iPad mini, the Acer sports double the ram and a quad core vs dual core CPU. It will also sport a VGA front camera with a 5MP rear camera which should come in handy with Google+ hangouts or skype video calling.
While it isn’t coming out for a few more months, Acer is also contemplating lowering its price point from $249 to $149 to help it gain traction in the competition against the big Apple.
It’s been just over a year since Google re-branded the Android Market, naming it the Google Play Store. The new name also came with a new design, which after a few minor tweaks, has remained largely the same for the past year or so. Droid-Life have gotten their hands on the next big update of the Google Play Store, which has a new Holo design and incorporates the card layout which Google have been pushing since the release of Jelly Bean.