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[DEALS & STEALS] Get Anker’s Astro E3 10,000mAh external battery for $25.99 (68% off) on Amazon

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:58pm
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Many people would say that battery life is the main problem when it comes to today’s smartphones. I personally tend to agree with that. It’s always a good idea to have some extra juice on you if possible and external battery can be a great solution. Well, if you’re in market for one we have a... Read more »

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[Bonus Round] Super Heavy Sword, Super Tank Arena Battles, Watercolors, And Solarmax 2

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:28pm

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an excellent action-platformer (think Mario with swords), a 2D take on Battlezone, a startlingly original puzzle game, and a simplified space strategy title.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha images and details leak

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:17pm
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We’ve been hearing a lot about Samsung’s upcoming powerhouse smartphone, which was once referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime. Bits and pieces have trickled out about it having a QHD display and an aluminum body to match the build quality of the HTC One. But it seems like the “Galaxy S5 Prime” turned out... Read more »

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[DEALS & STEALS] Google Play Summer Sale has already kicked off although there’s no official announcement just yet

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:59pm
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It’s summer. Many of you are out there on a vacation of some sort. Perhaps you want to play a game or do something productive on your Android device while you’re lying around resting. If that’s the case then we have some news for you. Android Police released a list of apps and games which are... Read more »

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Google Officially Introduces New "Explore Nearby" Functionality For Maps

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:35pm

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Recently, we posted about a new feature Google was testing to help users better "explore" their surroundings, offering more fine-tuned exploration options for a user's immediate vicinity or their destination, with suggestions of what to do in the area based on time of day or conditions. The interface would apparently get its own button in Google Maps' primary view, but the button only appeared for a few users at the time.

Google Officially Introduces New "Explore Nearby" Functionality For Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak shows smaller 4.7-inch display, aluminum frame

Phandroid - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:25pm

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And here we were thinking the long rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha would be nothing more than an ultra premium, Samsung Galaxy S5 with a 2K display and aluminum build. Turns out, we may have been wrong in our assumptions.

The folks at SamMobile published a few very clear leaked images of the device. Sure the rumored aluminum frame makes an appearance, but when compared side-by-side against the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’ll notice a much smaller all around size. Said to feature a Galaxy S3-sized 4.7-inch display, this could be more of an iPhone 6 challenger than anything.

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According to the tipster, the Galaxy Alpha features 32GB of internal storage and the absence of the usual SD card slot. You’ll also notice Samsung’s trademark faux leather battery cover, only this time with much smaller perforated holes (possibly addressing concerns the Galaxy S5′s looked like a Band-Aid).

Because Samsung already offers a smaller Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini with sub par specs, we’re hoping they’ll go with more higher-performance hardware for the Galaxy Alpha, but nothing has been confirmed at this point.

We expect we’ll learn more about the device as we near it’s rumored August limited release, in the meantime you can check out the leaked pics below.

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Watch This App: Pomodoro Wear

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:20pm
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Trying to get yourself into good working habits and/or need help focusing on tasks? Have you ever considered the Pomodoro Technique? Designed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, this is the method that encourages short bursts of sold work followed by small breaks. Typically broken into 25 minute sessions and 5 minute breaks, it’s found…... Read more »

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HTC did not leak its own Android Wear smartwatch

Android and Me - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:15pm

Two days ago we posted an article asking if HTC had leaked its own Android Wear powered smartwatch in a design video posted to the company’s YouTube account back on July 9. Well we now have an official statement from HTC on the matter that definitively answers that question.

No. HTC did not leak its own Android Wear smartwatch. It was definitely a smartwatch, but not a real one. Or at least not one that is going to go into production. From HTC:

HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!HTCOn July 9 design video

So there you have it. HTC is still making an Android Wear watch, but they didn’t acci-purposely leak it. At least that’s what they are saying.

Amazon Prime Music sees huge content boost

Android and Me - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:01pm

Amazon Prime Music is undoubtedly one of the company’s more lackluster services to be offered under the Prime umbrella. With free two day shipping and Prime Instant Video already more than pulling their weight, Prime Music is little more than an added bonus — nothing worth paying some $100 a year for on its own. But as Amazon continues to expand the content offered by Prime Music, that may just change.

Amazon has announced today it is adding “hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog.” New artists include, “David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, John Coltrane and many more.”

In addition to the new artists, Amazon has also included a handful of playlists including “Upbeat Indie Vibes,” “Electronic Beats for Work,” “Rainy Day Jazz,” “Jack White and More,” “Bass Drops and Fist-Pumps,” and “Justin Timberlake’s Top Songs.”

While today’s content push does certainly make Amazon Prime Music more attractive, we doubt it will be enough to push anyone away from Spotify, Rdio or Google Play. Yet.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Show Press ReleaseSEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has added hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog. The newly-added selection includes songs from artists new to the Prime Music catalog, as well as additional tracks from artists already in the Prime Music catalog, such as David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Skrillex, John Coltrane and many more. Prime members can also enjoy hundreds of new Prime Playlists, such as “Upbeat Indie Vibes,” “Electronic Beats for Work,” “Rainy Day Jazz,” “Jack White and More,” “Bass Drops and Fist-Pumps,” and “Justin Timberlake’s Top Songs.”
“The response we’ve had to Prime Music has far exceeded our expectations and we’re excited to make Prime Music even more valuable for Prime members,” said Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. “Prime Music was introduced just over a month ago and we’ve already significantly expanded the Prime Music catalog. Prime members have been telling us how much they love Prime Playlists, so we’re also pleased to offer hundreds of great new playlists to make it easier to enjoy the best of Prime Music.”
Prime Music launched on June 12, giving millions of U.S. Prime members unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs at no additional cost to their membership. Prime Music is the latest benefit of Amazon Prime and joins unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video and access to more than 500,000 books to borrow for free with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Prime members in the U.S. can listen to Prime Music at www.primemusic.com, and on Kindle Fire HD/HDX, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can try Prime Music with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime by visiting www.amazon.com/prime.

Details and images of Samsung Galaxy Alpha emerge

Android and Me - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:58pm

Details and images of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha device have finally made their way online today. Snagged by the reputable SamMobile, we now know how big the Galaxy Alpha will be, what it will be made of, and a few of the features the device will include.

According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will come with the “same display as the Galaxy S III” (though they admittedly don’t know exactly what that means yet) at 4.7-inches and an aluminum band that wraps around the sides of the device. The back will be faux-leather plastic, but the device should still maintain a more premium feel. There will be at least 32GB of non-expandable storage, access to LTE-A in certain markets and a fingerprint scanner.

While we don’t know the exact display resolution of the Galaxy Alpha or what kind of processor it’s rocking, it’s easy to see where something like the Alpha will fit in. SamMobile uses the term “iPhone killer” and as much as it makes us cringe to agree, it works. On paper it might look a little more middle of the road compared to something like the LG G3, but it’s going to feel great in your hand and will more than likely be fast enough to not make a difference. And if rumors on both side of the fence pan out, it will be almost identical to the iPhone 6.

We’re not sure when we’ll see the Galaxy Alpha released but we have to imagine it won’t be long now.

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SamMobile Leaks Shots Of The Galaxy Alpha, A Phone Reportedly Made Partially Out Of Aluminum

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:50pm

Alpha1-ThumbHold on to your butts, everyone. I'm about to drop some news that will blow your minds. Samsung has a new phone in the works, and there's one thing that will supposedly make this thing different from all of the others. SamMobile has leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy Alpha, a Galaxy S5 variant that will apparently be constructed at least in part out of aluminum.

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As you can see in these screens, the phone won't look strikingly different regardless of what it's made of.

SamMobile Leaks Shots Of The Galaxy Alpha, A Phone Reportedly Made Partially Out Of Aluminum was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



[New App] Developer Of AIDE Releases Wear Browser For Android Wear, Because Why Not?

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:05pm

bWhen George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he famously replied, "Because it's there." I imagine a similar disposition possessed the developer of Wear Browser (better known for AIDE) when he shrugged his shoulders and said, "Well, I guess I'll put a browser on that watch." I say this because I can't think of a good reason anyone would do this. Still, it exists.

Wear Browser comes with a companion app on the phone that can be used to feed web addresses to the watch, but you can also navigate with voice commands or with your bookmarks on the watch.

[New App] Developer Of AIDE Releases Wear Browser For Android Wear, Because Why Not? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Watch Conan O’brien poke fun at the iPhone 6, says what Android users have been screaming for years [VIDEO]

Phandroid - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:01pm

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It’s never too early to share a laugh at Apple’s expense, especially when it comes to their “next big thing” looming around the corner. Addressing countless leaks of a new and improved Apple iPhone 6 said to be carrying an incredibly large 4.7-inch display is TV funnyman Conan O’brien.

During last night’s monologue, Conan O’brien jokes about rumors of the bigger iPhone 6, stating what Android fans have been saying for years now: the iPhone 6 will simply offer last year’s Android hardware.

Okay. More specifically he mentions the “Samsung Galaxy” line (arguably Android’s biggest mainstream success) which he’s also been known to throw a jab or 2 towards in monologue’s past. The fun starts at 1:32 if you’re pressed for time although we recommend watching the whole video for a good time. Cheers.

[via TeamCoco]

Thanks, Donnosuar!

[New Game] Broken Sword 5: Episode 2 Continues The Story Of The Serpent's Curse

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:45pm

BrokenSwordThumbFour months ago, part one of the Kickstarter-funded fifth installment of the Broken Sword series hit the Play Store costing $6.99. It has since dropped to $4.99, and today part two of the saga is available for one dollar more, a reasonable $5.99. Okay, now that the math is out of the way, let's recap. Broken Sword is a long-running adventure series (the 5 in the name may have given that away) that has been picking up fans since 1996, and given the success the franchise found on Kickstarter, clearly many of them have stuck around.

[New Game] Broken Sword 5: Episode 2 Continues The Story Of The Serpent's Curse was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google acquires drawElements to help them tackle Android fragmentation

Phandroid - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:40pm

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Adding to Google’s ongoing business ventures comes the acquisition of drawElements, a 3D graphics firm based out of Finland that provides graphics analytics across various hardware. Google’s Android department has long been looking for new ways at combating the still very real “fragmentation issue” — the cold reality that comes with dealing with such a wide variation of hardware — so the taking of drawElements under its wing sounds like a match made in heaven.

While it’s true there are a variety of software benchmarks to help test performance, but drawElements work goes beyond that. drawElements’ Quality Program software (dEPQ) is able to product quality, providing developers with detailed comparisons across hardware to find out exactly what about the hardware was causing incompatibility. With this information, it doesn’t seem too far fetched to see how Google could later set basic hardware guidelines OEMs can adhere to in order to ensure everything works properly with the latest or future versions of Android.

Of course, drawElements sounded more than excited about the move, announcing on their site:

“We’re excited to announce that we’re joining Google. Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way; we’re grateful for your support. Over the next few months, we’ll be working with our colleagues on the Android team to incorporate some of our technology into the compatibility test suite. Stay tuned!”

Although specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, expect the dollar amount to hit somewhere around the 8 figure mark.

[via ArticStartup]

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Authy Makes 2-Factor Authentication Nearly Painless With Easy Setup, Automatic Backup, And Multi-Device Sync

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:33pm

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Account security is a tough issue for a lot of people. It's a constant balancing act between having a stronger system to keep out would-be invaders while also making it convenient enough that users won't reject it. After Google began offering its own 2-step verification system, several other services adopted the same mechanism and opt-in model for people that wanted more than a single password protecting their personal data. This generally left users with Google's Authenticator app, which got the job done, but it lacked features and languished on an early Holo dark design.

Authy Makes 2-Factor Authentication Nearly Painless With Easy Setup, Automatic Backup, And Multi-Device Sync was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Come To The Sony Xperia L

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:16pm

Cyanogenmod-logoPerhaps you don't remember the Xperia L – this 2013 handset never made much of a splash in the US. However, it's proven a popular budget device internationally. It probably won't be seeing a ton of update love through official channels, but at least you'll have CyanogenMod. The first nightly build is available for the Xperia L right now.

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The Xperia L has a FWVGA resolution (854x480) LCD, a dual-core Snapdragon, 8MP camera, and runs Android 4.2.

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Come To The Sony Xperia L was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Accessory of the Day: Urban Armor Gear Case for Galaxy S5

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:05pm
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Looking to protect your new Samsung Galaxy S5 with something that’s going to withstand more than the occasional drop? Check out the Urban Armor Gear case which features military grade protection against impact. Available in a half dozen color options, this one features lightweight composite construction that sees a resistant soft core housed inside the armor shell. It’s... Read more »

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[Deal Alert] Amazon's Top Selling Anker 10,000mAh External Battery On Sale For $25.99 ($79.99 Retail)

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:38pm

51uTrmPxkSL._SL1500_Anker makes solid external batteries, and there's a nice deal on one of the larger ones over at Amazon right now. The Anker Astro E3 with 10,000mAh of juice can be yours for $25.99. This unit has a retail price of $80, but of course, you're never going to pay that. It usually bounces around $40, so this is still a good deal.

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The Astro E3 has two USB ports that can output 3 amps to charge the most demanding devices.

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Best Android apps for guitar players

Phandroid - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:27pm

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Do you dream of becoming a rock star, plying your virtuosic guitar skills into fame and fortune? Before that happens you need some practice, and luckily there is no shortage of Android apps that can help. From getting tuned up and in time to shredding through scales, here are the apps that should be in every guitar players toolkit, from pro to hobbyist.

Guitar tuner apps for Android iStroboSoft Tuner

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Tuning your instrument should be an easy and straightforward task, and iStroboSoft provides such functionality in spades with several visual indicators of intonation. The primary feedback comes from the app’s strobe visualizer, which pulses based on how close a particular string or note is to its mark. This alone makes iStroboSoft one of the better tuner apps out there, but it goes beyond the call of duty with several more features, including the ability to change keys, a noise filter (for better accuracy when in noisy environs), and an input boost. It comes at a cost though. iStroboSoft is easily one of the priciest tuner apps available at $9.99.

DaTuner

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DaTuner is another excellent choice when it comes to getting your guitar up to pitch. The free version provides an accurate, easy-to-read display of a strings current pitch in relation to the note you are going for. You can even “lock on” to a note to make tuning up even easier should the current pitch be outside of the ideal range. A paid version of the app ($2.93) offers transposition, a strobe display, and built-in pitch pipe.

Learn to play guitar chords & tabs with Android Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords

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Ultimate Guitar is the web’s go-to repository of guitar tabs for hundreds of thousands of popular tunes, classics, and standards. Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords brings those tabs (and a bountiful library of chord charts) to your mobile device, adding in features you won’t find on the web version. Many tabs include playback functionality so you can hear how a song is supposed to sound then slow it down and pick it out one note at a time. Tabs can be saved for offline viewing or you can share and export via email or Dropbox. These features would be well worth the $2.99 price tag, but Ultimate Guitar went ahead and threw in a basic tuner and metronome to make this app an essential part of any guitarists tool kit.

Chord!

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If you run across an unknown chord in a chart, you’ll be glad you have the aptly-named Chord! reference app. On the surface, Chord! is a simple tool for figuring out how to finger a specific chord at any position on the neck. Digging deeper, the app is a robust tool that relies on computation and analysis rather than a simple database to help users learn the concepts and theories behind chord composition. Chord! also offers an array of scales for practice to further enhance understanding of music theory. The free version is limited five scales and eight tunings, but a paid version ($3.99) opens up custom tunings and reverse chord and scale search.

Jamstar

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For the new player, it’s great to have a knowledgeable instructor to help you along. Unfortunately, paying a guitar teacher isn’t always in the budget. Then there is Jamstar, a free instructional app that not only provides over 100 free lessons that will have you playing songs from popular artists like The Beatles, Foo Fighters, and more, but it actually listens as you play and provides real time feedback. Jamstar offers chords, scales, and even a tuner to help you on your path to becoming a guitar hero.

Gibson Learn and Master Guitar

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Gibson Learn and Master Guitar is an all-in-one app for the budding guitarist. It has the bases covered with a chromatic tuner, metronome, chord charts, and a selection of lessons from one of the best-known names in the guitar biz. This free set of tools will get you rocking in no time.

Android app to practice and jam along with Guitar Jam Tracks

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One of the most fun and enriching experiences a guitar player can have is to jam with a band. That’s not always an option for those of us with limited time, practice space, and musician friends of the same skill level. Guitar Jam Tracks remedies this by providing a bluesy backing track to practice your leads over. The paid version ($4.99) offers additional backing tracks in other styles including jazz, rock, and reggae.

PocketBand Lite

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If pre-made backing tracks don’t suit your particular musical tastes, PocketBand is the perfect application for whipping up your own original tunes to jam along with. Combining a drum machine, programmable synthesizer, and sound recorder, you can easily plot out a backbeat and rhythm track to jam along with. PocketBand Pro adds more sound options, recording space, and enhanced looping capabilities, making the app an equally useful tool for the aspiring songwriter.

Metronome apps for Android Time Guru Metronome

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Time Guru is your standard metronome and it isn’t. While it provides a steady tempo-adjustable beat for instrumentalists to play along with, it also offers the unique ability to mute individual tempo clicks randomly or as part of a preset pattern. The result is a metronome that keeps time but also challenges users to develop their own internal sense of rhythm in order to keep the beat steady when the clicks drop out. A good metronome is a tool any guitar player should not be without, and this just might be the best.

Mobile Metronome

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Mobile Metronome provides players with an advanced set of tools to aid in the study and mastery of tempo. Fully adjustable and featuring several time signature selections and variable beats, Mobile Metronome is perfect for practicing complex rhythms while keeping in time.

Android apps for recording guitar and other instruments Audio Evolution Mobile DAW

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Android devices are capable of some pretty amazing things, and the includes operating as a digital audio workstation (DAW) thanks to Audio Evolution Mobile. This complete multitrack audio recording solution offers many features (MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments) you might only expect from expensive, desktop-based software packages at only a fraction of the price ($7.85). This is the perfect app for the songwriter on the go looking to capture that moment of inspiration before it’s gone forever.

TapeMachine

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For the guitarist looking for a more straightforward and simple approach to recording a few licks or even a whole tune, TapeMachine is a great option. This light-on-its-feet recording interface lets users quickly record a take before manipulating with helpful postproduction tools like time stretch, loops, and fades.

Android apps for adding effects and shaping your guitar tone usbEffects

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Unlike iOS, there is a shortage of sound manipulation, effects, and amp modeling apps for Android. Of the few options, the best is perhaps usbEffects, an app that lets users plug into their phones via a guitar-to-USB cable. The app features a handful of popular stombox effects including delay, reverb, distortion, a flanger, wah wah, and looper, to name a few. Each effect is individually configurable and can be chained together along with a basic amp simulator to produce some very interesting tones. USB audio isn’t perfect with every Android device, so it is recommended you try the free version before investing $4.99 in the more feature-laden Pro edition.

With these apps you should be just about covered when it comes to the essentials, and you’ll even save some money over buying expensive hardware tuners, stompboxes, recording gear, and other accessories. Have any of your own favorite apps for guitarists or other musicians alike? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

 

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