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In terms of looks, Layout is basically the same on Android and iOS with the same basic features that allow the creation of Instagram ready photo collages with up to nine photos. Once you pick the layout you want, you can resize each photo, swap them around and rotate or flip individual images. You can also emulate photo booth style photos straight from your phone’s camera.
The resulting images will adhere to Instagram’s square form factor for photos and can be immediately uploaded via Layout to your Instagram account.
The app is available for smartphones running Android 4.1 and up and can be downloaded for free on Google Play.
Heads up Maxis Postpaid users, you can now snag yourself extra data for free when you buy any data plan using the MyMaxis App. On top of letting you keep an eye on your internet usage the app also makes it easy to purchase data.
From the 18th May to the 19th July, any data plan bought using the MyMaxis app awards you 500MB free data during the promo period. That’s right, even buying the daily 100MB plan for RM2 can get you that 500MB of data. The 500MB Mobile Internet Pass is valid for 30 days but the extra data is a one off freebie that can only be redeemed once per customer or number.
Do note that this doesn’t apply to supplementary lines so only the principle line will be awarded the free data. The free 500MB data will be credited on a weekly basis and you’ll receive an SMS upon activation.
For more information, head over to Maxis’s Free 500MB Promo page.
If you happen to own a Hyundai, you’re in luck; you can now control your car with a smartwatch.
The Blue Link companion app developed by Hyundai for smartwatches is finally available to download for Android Wear devices, and it lets you pretend you’re a spy by letting you remotely take control of your car.
Sadly it doesn’t let you drive it remotely (we don’t think technology is that sophisticated yet) but it does let you remotely lock/unlock doors, start and stop the engine, flash lights or honk any Blue Link enabled car’s horn, call roadside assistance, and our favourite; help find your car if you’ve forgotten where you parked it. All of those functions are able to be done via voice command too; as long as you got your thumb on the mic button.
There will also be an Apple Watch version ready to launch the moment the wearable hits the market.
The Z Launcher is probably the best contribution to Android coming from Nokia. It is super easy to use and it gets smarter by putting forward your likely to use apps on the home screen. Whenever you need to launch an app, just scribble the first letter and it will search through your apps immediately. The more you use it, the better it knows your app habits including your favourite contacts at specific times of the day.
With the announcement of its first Nokia N1 tablet, the Z Launcher is running on it by default on top of the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you want to try it out, the Z Launcher is now available on Google Play.
Check out the Z Launcher in action after the break.
Google will take steps to address concerns raised by the European Commission about in-app purchases in mobile games and in particular about inadvertent purchases by children. By the end of September 2014, Android developers won’t be able to call apps available through Google Play with in-app purchases “free”; the default settings on Android will be changed so that payments are authorised prior to every in-app purchase, unless the consumer actively chooses to modify these settings; targeted guidelines will be developed for its Android developers to prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law; and time-framed measures will be put in place to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws.
Google has not announced whether these changes to Google Play would be worldwide or contained only within Europe, or whether non-game apps with in-app purchases would also stop being described as “free.”
If you’re constantly cycling through an endless loop of homescreens just to look for one app that you can’t seem to find on your phone then you might want to give the Z Launcher a try. It’s an amazingly simple to use launcher that makes it super easy to find the almost anything on your device.
Z Launcher lets you write out letters right on the screen without using a keyboard and the app gives you a running list of apps, contacts and other content that you would typically use. The suggestion changes based on where you are and what you’re doing. It’s deceptively simple and intuitive to use, and with a self learning feature the suggestions presented by the app gets better the more you use it.
We’ve installed the app in our devices and while some may argue that other launchers can do more, we don’t think there’s anything out there that is as easy to use. It’s amazing that Nokia can come up with when the company is let off its leash, it’s sad though that, for the most part, Nokia is stuck with Microsoft.
The Z Launcher is available on limited pr-beta release here. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
If you’re looking to kill some time on you iPhone while being stuck in jam. You might want to check this game out.
Word Monsters is a fun, fast-paced social word game developed by Raketspel that’s something like Candy Crush and crossword puzzles combined. The object of the game is to look for words in stacks of letters as fast as you can. You can play with your friends and compete with players around the world as well. You can choose the theme of words you want to compete in, such as fruits, names, stuff that you can find in your fridge, or even more challenging stuff, like 80’s pop songs!
Word Monsters is available for free now on iOS.
Head on over to after the jump to see Word Monster in action.
Here’s an app where getting a high score could also mean instant death to your smartphone.
If you’re the kind that likes to live on the risky side of things then this app suits you perfectly. Send Me to Heaven (SMTH) is a reckless game and it challenges you to throw your expensive smartphone up in the air as high as you can in order to score points. The higher your throw the more points you get. Your score is then uploaded to a leaderboard so you can see how you fare against other cheap thrill seekers from around the world.
SMTH is currently available only for Android and its definitely not a game for butterfingers but if danger is your thing then the game is free for you to play. Google Play link here.
Google’s latest YouTube app for Android features the most comprehensive revamp since the app was released. The newest YouTube (version 5) brings a hugely improved user experience from an already intuitive application. Some of the notable improvements you get in the new YouTube:
We really like the new YouTube and if you’re a YouTube junkie, you’ll appreciate the many improvements as well. Unfortunately the app is being released in stages and as far as we can tell, Malaysia is still on the waiting list. But if you want to try the app now, here’s the link to the APK, download it from your phone and install. Let us know what you think of the new youTube. Have fun.
Sony has taken its “my Xperia” remote security service out of beta and it rolling it out in phases globally.
The “my Xperia” service is remote security app that can locate your Xperia smartphone and wipe the phone clean remotely if so required. The service has a few other nifty functions that you can activate remotely as well.
The app uses your Google ID and looks to be easy to use but Sony say timing and availability may vary by model, market and operator.
You can try out my Xperia here.