Action Launcher Pro for Android

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In the past few years, applications have been released to do just about everything you could possibly want. Applications for fun, productivity and even survival are popular on each platform’s appropriate app market place, but in the case of Android, my favourite apps are Home Replacements. Android is the only mainstream operating system which allows you to change the user interface through something so simple as an application, and Action Launcher Pro is a prime example of how to tweak Android for the better.

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iOS: StatNut, Beautifully Track Your Social Stats

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StatNut is a brilliantly designed application for iPhone which allows you to track the stats of your social network accounts in a colourful and easy to read user interface. StatNut currently supports Dribbble, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter and Facebook, so you can keep of how many followers, views and friends you have on the appropriate platforms.

StatNut is available on iTunes for just 69p, or $0.99 in the US.

Windows Phone 8 Start Screen

Windows Phone 8 has been announced, sporting a new Windows Phone 8 start screen which displays a lot more information than it’s predecessor.

Part of what was so incredible about WP7 was the user interface, which had a very futuristic approach using swipes to navigate almost the entire experience, was that it allowed you to see what was going on all the time. The main screen was made up of a bunch of tiles, most of which fed you live information as you watched it, such as news, images and what friends were doing. It was an amazing idea which was almost perfectly pulled off, however the small screen wasn’t enough space to fit as much information as you’d want, meaning that you’d have to keep scrolling down to see the information you want.

Now, in Windows Phone 8, the tiles have been re-arranged in a way which means more and more tiles can be squeezed onto the main start screen, without losing any of that Metro magic.

Windows 8 Phone is due to be released later this year to coincide with the launch of the desktop operating system of the similar name. Microsoft assure us that any applications developed for the desktop OS will be just as compatible with the mobile platform, meaning no additional work needs to be done to port a game to the Windows Phone. This is a brilliant move from Microsoft, as their app market hasn’t seen anywhere near the amount of demand as the Google Play store on Android, and the App Store on iOS.