Best new Android apps of August 2012
In some parts of the world, the end of August marks the end of the meteorological winter and the coming of the meteorological spring. But, in the world of Android app development, every day and every month is a springtime of Android apps designed for performing nearly every conceivable human task.What new sprouts emerged this month in the Android garden? In this August 2012 edition of our series of posts about the best new Android apps of the month, we share with you thirty of the best that we were able to find. As usual, these are hand-picked from a mix of various app types.Find out what the ingenious app developers have thrown our way this month. At the end of this long list, we’ll also let you in on our favorites from this bunch.
Got nothing to do? How about joining the Monster Geeks in their quest to defeat the Red Dragon? This is one of the funniest and cutest RPG games on your Android device.If you are familiar with the PlayStation Portable game Patapon, Monster Geeks almost follows the same concept except that you won’t be controlling your army by musical rhythm. In this game, you will be controlling the Hero. This is the leader of the game. You can control your character by using the virtual buttons below the screen. You can also cast elemental spells on your enemies and healing spells to keep your army standing.Aside from the main character, the game also allows you to have AI companions. These characters will help you during battles, but you won’t be able to control them. At the start of the game, you will have the Tanker and the Shaman on your quest to defeat the Red Dragon. You can unlock the Archer and Mage with gems.The Monster Geeks can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. But, you will have to endure the ads appearing in the background. Ads appear occasionally above the screen and are positioned in a way that won’t hinder you while playing the game. I also didn’t find an option to get rid of the ads.The game has a shop where you can upgrade your characters and buy new items. You can use gold coins that you accumulated within the game to buy stuff. Some items can be only be bought using Gems. You can buy additional Gems by with real money.Overall game experience was good and entertaining. I did not encounter any bugs or force close errors while playing the game.
VZW GS3 EZ-Unlock (Bootloader)
You can unleash the true potential of your Android phone once you unlock the bootloader. With an unlocked bootloader, you can flash custom recovery, ROMs, and kernels that would significantly boost the performance of your Android phone. If you haven’t unlocked the bootloader of your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535, it’s the perfect time to do so with the VZW GS3 EZ-Unlock (Bootloader) app.
This app allows you to easily unlock and lock your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3′s bootloader. You won’t need to input complicated commands at a terminal, or wade in confusing instructions to unlock your phone. Just launch the app and let it do the rest. But, before you enjoy the easy path of unlocking the bootloader, you must first face the dangerous road of rooting your phone. You will need to have root access in order to use this app. If you need help with rooting, see our guide on how to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 using a pre-rooted system.img or how to root the Galaxy S3 I535 without Odin.Launching the app will bring you to its main interface. You will find two buttons: one for unlocking, and another one for locking the bootloader. Your phone’s bootloader unlock status will also be displayed above. Just tap a button and let the app do the rest. You will also find ads sitting nicely below the screen.The VZW GS3 EZ-Unlock (Bootloader) can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. If you need a complete walkthrough, see our guide on how to unlock bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535.
Disk defragmentation is a process that lessens the amount of fragmentation inside a storage device. In layperson’s term, it is a process where files stored inside a mass storage device is arranged and strategically organized into smaller segments of contiguous regions called fragments. This results in improved performance in accessing files and could free some space on your mass storage device. In Linux, you won’t need defragmentation tools since Linux uses a file system that uniquely arranges the files to accommodate increasing file size and avoid gaps in the storage device.
Since Android is based on Linux, you might be wondering where you can use the Disk Defragmenter app. You can use this app to defragment files on your external mass storage formatted to the fragment-prone FAT32 and NTFS file systems.
The app’s main interface shows the storage devices on your Android device. Since your device is Linux-based, you won’t need to defragment the internal storage. A message will also appear, reminding you that your internal storage device doesn’t require disk defragmentation, when you choose your internal device. You will need to tap external storage with file system of FAT32 or NTFS to begin the process.
A progress bar will be displayed. You will also find color legends below to see how much free space is created, the defragmented files, and such.
The Disk Defragmenter app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Since this is a free app, the developer opted for push notification ads to support the app. The app’s interface is also clean and worked well while it defragmented my SD card. Although I cannot determine a change in performance, a lot of users commented that they noticed some performance improvement on their Android device.