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10 Best and Free Android Apps Every Blogger Should Have

Must Have Android Apps

An idea can come into blogger’s minds at any time and everywhere which he probably wants to share on internet with the readers and followers. Moreover, the blogger may want to respond to the comments or view the statistics of blog on the go. But how these tasks can bloggers perform if they are out and away from desktops? Thanks to mass technological advancement and huge innovations in the field of mobile devices, bloggers can now enjoy their blogging journey right from their Smartphone screen.

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Android; as a popular Smartphone’s operating system and with larger community of apps developers, give opportunity to bloggers and make it easy to express their self everywhere, respond to the comments, view stats and perform many blogging-related task at any time and from everywhere on the internet just with their Smartphone and some Apps installed on it.

Must Have Android Apps

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To make your blogging journey easy with your Smartphone, here we have organized a list of 10 free android apps which the bloggers must have on their Smartphones and Tablets to perform blogging related task on the go. Just install them and enjoy blogging in a smart way.

01. WordPress

In the list of top 10 apps that the bloggers must have in their Smartphones, the first one would be WordPress. WordPress is the most popular Open source CMS and blogging platform with millions of users. The WordPress Android app; developed for the bloggers who want to blog through Smartphone, is the perfect solution to keep them up with the demand of blogging. WordPress app allows the users to enjoy their blogging journey with ease, enable them to create, edit and publish the post or save as draft. It also allows the users to manage media files, moderate comments and view their analytic data with view stats. Users can also share their recent posts with WordPress app to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, Reddit, Tumblr and many more.

This app is compatible with both the self-hosted blog on WordPress.org and free hosted blog on WordPress.com. Download the WordPress Android app from the Google Play Store now.

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02. Blogger

Blogger app is Google Official app to access and use the features of the Google blogging platform “Blogger” right from your Smartphone screen. With an easy sign-up process, you can start blogging on Blogger, create new articles, edit existing one, add media files to your articles and publish the article from everywhere. Not just only the posting but you can view the site stats and share the post on Google+. With Blogger app you can easily manage multiple blog as it enables the user to switch between blogs. Download Blogger Android Apps now.

03. Tumblr

If you don’t want to write and share lengthy text-rich post, Tumblr is an option for you. Tumblr is a microblogging platform with which you can create short and interesting contents and publish it on your Tumblr blog. To do microblogging right from your Smartphone, Tumblr android app is the perfect solution. This app allows you to create and publish short blurbs of text such a quotes or proverbs along with pictures, music, videos and more. You can queue or schedule the post and save as draft for future. The app also allows you to interact with the readers and other bloggers by viewing and replying to their messages, following them to view their post and repost their interesting post on your own blog with a click.

Have multiple Tumblr blogs, don’t worry, the app allow you to manage multiple blogs. Download Tumblr Android App and enjoy microblogging with Tumblr.

04. Writer

On the little screen of Smartphone, writing distraction-free post with focus is not an easy job to done because of incoming notifications from other apps. To get rid of this, Writer is the solution. This app provides the bloggers a distraction free writing environment to write post within their Smartphone without fuss as in traditional word processing apps. Writer let you to convert your opinions, ideas or thoughts into text with peace of mind. You can save you work as draft and publish it on you blog later with writer. Download Writer Android App from the Google Play Store now to have a distraction-free writing environment.

05. SwiftKey Keyboard

One of major hindrance for blogger to write posts on their Smartphone is the small keyboard buttons with vulnerability of typo errors. For those who are tired of these hitches, Swift Keyboard android app is the perfect solution. This does not only comes with big keyboard keys but it auto correct your typo errors and predict the words based on your personalize prediction input or on your previous typing activities. Download SwiftKey Keyboard from Google Play Store and start typing you post with ease from now.

06. Evernote

Evernote is an easy to use free app which is very useful to save you ideas, create to-do list, write or copy text, capture images and record audio clips whenever and wherever you want. Evernote will then synchronize everything you capture or record across all of your devices to access them easily when and where you want. Download Evernote android app from Google Play here to stay organized and improve your productivity.

07. Google Drive

Smartphone not only have small screen but smaller memory too to keep all media files such as photos, audio and video clips. To have them in easy access on Cloud storage, Google Drive is the solution. This tiny app enables the bloggers to store larger media files along with text documents, spreadsheets and many others. Once stored in Google Drive, the files can access across multiple devices on the go. Download Google Drive from Google Play store to get synchronized your devices and access your files.

08. Hootsuit

Hootsuit is not just an app but it more like social media management tool which will helps you to access and manage your multiple social media accounts in one place. With this free app, you can update your status to Facebook, upload photos, Tweet on twitter, receive notification +1 interesting pots and send messages to all your followers on the social networking sites. you can even view the stats of your social media profile and pages. Download Hootsuit now and stay active on all social media sites at once.

09. Disqus

Disqus is one of the popular commenting systems offers community feature where commentators keep engaged in discussion. Disqus is integrated into blogs by many bloggers as it is easy to moderate comments with and it helps fight spamming. With Disqus Android app, bloggers can moderates and reply to comments, mark spam and deletes comments from their Smartphone on the go.

Note: Disqus is No longer available at Google Play Store. See here

10. Photo Editor

Some time bloggers want to add effects, text or water marks to pictures they want to upload to their post. These tasks seem difficult to do on Smartphone but Photo Editor makes it easy for bloggers. With Android Photo Editor App, bloggers can edit, resize and crop photo to custom size, add finishing effect or text to it and upload the photo to blog or attach with blog post on the go. Download Photo Editor from Google Play Store now to add effects, text or finishing your pictures before uploading to blog.

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10 Features to Make You Fall in Love with Android Lollipop

10 Cool Android Lollipop Features

Cool Android Lollipop Features

Cool Android Lollipop Features [source: wikipedia.org]

Since its latest release on November 12th of the year, we all are now much familiar with what cool feature Google has added to the latest Android version “Lollipop”. With No doubt, the new Android v 5.0 “Lollipop” is the biggest released version of the Android with brand new gorgeous design called material design and so many cool features that can easily make you fall in love with “Lollipop”. From Screen pinning to notification control, Do Not Disturb Mode to Guest Mode and powerful file sharing feature “Android Beam”, there are many cool features in New Android 5.0 “Lollipop” that you can enjoy from the day first.

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Among so many cool feature added in New Android L, here we collected and review 10 best features you probably never heard about. So take a deep breath and dive through the list of coolest features that we have dug out for you.

01. Lock screen notifications

Lollipop come with an exciting feature which give you full control to view and deals with the notifications right from your lock screen. You can swipe to dismiss, tap on screen to reply / respond to the notification or double tap to go to the relevant app. You can control which information should appear or hide by heading to setting –> Sound & Notification and set the sensitive information of notification from apps as “Redacted” to hide sensitive alerts

 

02. OK Google

Now you can talk to Google even if your screen is off and mobile on standby mode. Just say “OK Google” and your phone will wake let you to do voice search, get directions, send text messages and more. But this feature requires compatible hardware with digital signal processing support and work well with Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

 

03. Do not Disturb Mode

With this feature integrated in Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, you can control the kind of notifications alerts and the time when you want to stop them. Do not Disturb mode is a Notification control feature allow user to control the notifications alerts as and when they want. The same can be achieved with Priority App Notification feature but Do Not Disturb Mode let you set the time in a day where you don’t want to be disturbed by any notification alert. Just head to setting –> Sound & Notification and set Interruption as you want.

04. Tap and Go

Buy a new Smartphone and worry about the data, settings and apps on old Smartphone? Lollipop gives you control to transfer the data, apps and preferences from your old Smartphone to the new one with its new “Tap and Go” feature. The “Tap and Go” feature uses NFC (Near Field Communication) technology such as Bluetooth and allows your Smartphone to transfer all the details, Back-ups, Google accounts, wallpapers, widgets and feature apps to the new phone

05. Ambient Display

This cool feature integrated in Android 5.0 Lollipop is inspired by Motorola. Ambient Display makes your phone light up or displaying useful information whenever you get a new notification, pick your phone off your table or take it out of your bag or pocket.

But, once again, this feature requires a compatible hardware, OLED screen, to work and work well in Google Nexus 6 so far.

06. Flashlight

No need to buy or download a third party Flashlight app from Google Play Store as this feature is now added into the Android Lollipop to save your time and effort put on downloading a third party one. Since the Flashlight app is among the popular apps on Android thus Google decide to give its Android Lollipop customers a built-in one Flashlight app. To turn it on, just pull down the notification drawer and tap the top bar to turn on Flashlight. Once again your phone should have an LED flashlight alongside the camera.

07. Guest Mode

Thanks to Lollipop, Your android phone is now safe to give to your kid or your friend can make a call or check his email while your accounts, main profile and personal data will remain safe and untouched. With Android Lollipop, you can add or configure guest account on your phone as you want and can hand it over to your friends or children with no more worry about your sensitive data. Once done, just drag the notification drawer and tap “Guest” from user accounts to activate Guest Mode.

08. Pin Apps & Screen

Screen Pinning or app pinning is among the highlighted features of Android Lollipop which let you to limit someone to a specific app, share specific screen and restrict them to mess with your data, mail or contacts. If one of your distracted child or an annoying friend wants to play game or use a specific app, launch the game or app, pin it and hand your phone to your child or friend. Once pinned, your kid or friend won’t be able to leave the app and go to home screen or go back without entering pin code.

To “pin” your child or friend inside a single app, you first need to activate this feature by heading to Settings –> Security –> Screen pinning.

09. Android Beam

Android Beam is a powerful file sharing feature of New Android Lollipop which will let you to share files other then photo, piece of music or clip. Android beam make possible the sharing of almost anything between two devices easily, no matter how smaller or larger the file size is.

10. Predict and Save Battery

Last but not least, after all these hot and cool features, you may just run out of your battery. But don’t worry, new Android Lollipop has a built in feature to see how much battery is left and to save your battery timing. Tap on the battery icon to predict how much battery is remaining and activate Battery saving mode which can save your battery up to 15% and extends your device use up to 90mins, through minimizing the battery usage by vibration or background syncing.

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10 Surprising facts about Smartphones You Didn’t Know

Surprising Smartphones Facts

1. Smartphone Usage

1.75 Billion Smartphone Users In The World

1.75 Billion Smartphone Users In The World

33% people (among all age groups, but mostly between 18 – 24 years of age) using Smartphone which means that there are 1.75 Billion Smartphone users in the world (more then the combine population of China and USA). Although the total mobile phone devices exceeds the total population. The number is increasing constantly and estimated to reach 10 billion by 2020.

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2. Slim or Massive

Stack of All Smartphones Would Stretch 8, 285 Miles Source

Stack of All Smartphones Would Stretch 8, 285 Miles Source

Although Smartphones are relatively slim and thin but if you stacked all of them on each other, the queue would stretch 8, 285 miles. It is almost double the length of one of the world longest high way TransCanada or same the length of Australia Highway 1, the longest national highway in the world. Or this figure is equals to 1500 times the height of Mount Everest.

3. Performance and Speed

iPhone 5s 15, 625 times more Speed Than Computer Used In Apollo 11 Source

iPhone 5s 15, 625 times more Speed Than Computer Used In Apollo 11 Source

If compare to one of the primitive computer used for Apollo 11 Mission for Moon landing, Apple Smartphone iPhone 5s would be the supercomputer as it has 15, 625 times more processing speed and hundreds time less bulky and more handsome. Indeed, it is cheap too.

4. Time spent

Smartphone User Checks Their Phone 110 Times a Day

Smartphone User Checks Their Phone 110 Times a Day Source

On an average, Smartphone user checks their phone 110 times a day and spent 37 hours (even more than that) per month on installed apps. Although it seems waste of time but, if it comes to the academic progress, smartphone users are three time more likely to track their academic progress and somewhat smarter as compare to others as they can study on the go.

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5. From Sex to Shower

Smartphone users Don't Take it Down

Smartphone users Don’t Take it Down Source

People tend to addict to Smartphones and it’s hard for them to put their phone down even during sex. A online survey shows that 55% Smartphone users using their phone during driving, 12% take their Smartphone to bathroom during taking shower, 9% during sex and 19% during worships (in churches). Even more,  44% Smartphone users take phone with them to bed and 91% users want to keep their smartphone within easy access everywhere every time.

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