If you're anything like we are here at Android Central, you love suggestions about must-have apps. Nothing brightens our day more than finding that new essential app that makes you wonder what life was like before it. Here are some of our favorites from the past week for your downloading pleasure.
Chris Parsons- Quickpic
Let's face it, the gallery application on Android is really not the best. Depending on which device you're using, you may have issues with images not loading right away, being scattered to different areas on your storage and overall wonkiness. A lot of folks are always asking for an alternative to the built in gallery ad today, I'll share what I prefer. Quickpic - it's a fast-loading, better-working gallery replacement that has all the features of the built in application, and then some. You can hide images, exclude folders from scanning and with the scanning service that runs in the background, you're never stuck waiting for your gallery to update so that you may view that awesome shot of the crazy cat lady next door that you took. Hit up the Android Market and grab it, you'll love it if the built in gallery is an issue for you. Best of all, it's free. [Market Link]
Joshua Muñoz- Tuner-gStrings
For musicians, being in tune is where it's at. A good portable, dedicated tuner can cost as much as $60 or more from a music store, or you can spend ~$1.47 in the Market and get one that's just good or better. gStrings comes with a pretty full feature set, from sounding a pitch, auto-finding your pitch, or tuning only a pitch you choose. You can also optimize the pitch range it's looking for in the settings menu (violin, viola, guitar, ukulele, etc.) which is really what helps make it so deadly accurate. There's also a free version for those a little strapped on cash, but for anyone who plans on making sweet, sweet music sometime, this is one app I wouldn't go without. [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - SchedNYC
Fellow New Yorkers, rejoice! No more wondering how long you’ll have to wait for an uptown A train at rush hour. SchedNYC provides you with full schedules of all 26 NYC subway lines, along with the Staten Island Ferry and the Staten Island Railroad. Simply click on the line you’re riding and the app will show you the train’s full daily schedule. The app also provides a station list and further breaks down the schedule based on the station you choose. The interface is clean and toggling between train lines is a breeze.
The best part about SchedNYC is that it does not require a data connection, allowing you to study the schedules on the fly while underground. The schedules are not real-time and do not account for significant delays, so there’s always the possibility of a train arriving a few minutes off. But if you need a general overview of when and where to catch a train, SchedNYC does the job. (And for free!) [Market Link]
Menno - SemiSilent
One of the greatest things about smartphones is that they connect you to everything. One of the worst things about smartphones is that they connect you to everything. Fortunately, you can set your phone to silent and "unplug" for a while. But what if you're waiting for an important phone call? That's where an app like SemiSilent can come in handy. It allows you to whitelist contacts, so that your phone will ring when they call you, even if your phone is set to silent. If you're going into the movies or somewhere you don't want any phone calls, you can toggle the whitelist on and off right from the main screen. It's a simple application, but it does what I want it to. Best of all? It's free. [Market Link]
AC Podcast 492: TikTok/WeChat Ban; LG Wing; Pixel 5s; PS5
Daniel and Jerry are joined by Alex Dobie and Joe Maring to make sense of the impending (at the time of recording) TikTok and WeChat bans in the U.S. The crew also preview the LG Wing and discuss Apple's recent Watch and iPad announcements in comparison to Android-compatible watches and the Galaxy Tab S7. Alex also reports on the rumored Pixel 5s. Plus, the next-gen consoles are coming...
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