TechDroider: apps

New Google Play UI is Rolling Out [Screenshots]

It seems that Google is updating it's Play Store with brand new User Interface. The update is already rolling out to selected users. If you haven't recieved the new update, you can download the latest Google Play from the below link.

Google just made it easy to access the Categories (Tabs under Tabs). Below are some screenshots showing the UI changes of the new Google Play.


Download: Play Store (APKMirror) | Screenshots: u/cooperpell (Reddit) Thoughts?

5 of the best free addictive apps to kill time with

In today’s post, after much consideration and head scratching, we present our top 5 picks for the best free apps and games available to download for free and start playing right now.

We must say with such a wide selection of mobile apps and games as we are very fortunate to enjoy these days, it’s no easy feat to pick just five best ones.

But we have done all the digging, researching, and analyzing for you, our readers, so that you can jump into the action just with a few taps or swipes.

Just a brief note: We only looked at late 2017-2018 releases (because who wants to read about old, tried, played,and cliché apps?), the ones with at least 4.0 user rating, and those that are free to play (but may contain in-app purchases).

So, here are our 5 absolutely addictive time-killer apps and games:

1. Run Gun Sports
2018, iOS, English


In Run Gun Sports you travel the world competing in track and field championships: Barcelona, Atlanta, Osaka, Athens… But those are not usual competitions.

This game gas revolutionized track and field competitions forever. You’ll be able to attachall kinds of guns to your legs—bazooka, shotgun, flame thrower—and shatterthe worldrecords in hurdles, high jumps, horizontal bars, and more. But be careful: Recoil from your gun legs can send you flying over the running track into the screaming spectators.This game will definitely kill a lot of your time!

2. Toy Crush
2017, Android, English

Puzzle games are classic time killers. And Toy Crush excels in keeping you entertained for hours and days.It’s both challenging and relaxing, and totally addictive, as the best of this genre must be.

In this online board game, your job is to keep matching adjacent cubes of the same color to complete missions in over 800 levels. The great thing about this puzzle game: It’s fast-loading and levels are transitioning smoothly. It is lightweight and won’t be eating your Android’s resources and it won’t lag. Our resolution: This game is pure enjoyment. And it will last virtually endlessly because there are no lives to lose as in other games!

3. Dune!
2017, iOS, English

In this game you try to jump above the line to hit as high score as you can, but beware: the higher you get, the harder the landing will be! Try not to crash too hard.

The graphics are awesome, and the many skins and landscapes add variety. The game gives away a feeling of being challenging but without seeming impossible. There’s only one thing we would want to see…a practice mode. It’s fairly satisfying to just play the normal game, but a mode that doesn’t record score would be much welcome. So that one could just sit back, relax, and surf the dunes without worrying to crash into anything and spoil the score.

4. South Park: Phone Destroyer™
2017, iOS, English and 12 other

South Park: Phone Destroyer brings us the iconic South Park characters, action packed real-time strategy andPvP battles, trademark South Park humor, and collectible cards. All characters are voiced and everything looks and feels 100% South Park.

While there are in-app purchases, it is totally possible to obtain the best cards, complete special events, and upgradeswithout spending a dime of real money.You receive a free pack of cards every 4 hours and it will allow an additional pack to build up. After every battle you win you can open 3 free lockers. Also every 4 hours you can earn a pack of cards by winning 3 PvP battles.

The verdict: It’s totally worth your time.

5. LIKE -Magic Music Video Editor

2017, iOS, English and 25 others

Who doesn’t like making cool videos? With LIKE it’s easy to be making videos and sharingthem with friends for hours on end.

The app has a ton of great features like lip sync, 4D effects, musical effects, BOOM! cinematic effects, dialogue acting, dynamic stickers. It has a growing community where you’lldiscover LIKE videos from other creators and maybe meet and make new friends from among the community. Although, mind that the app caps the amount of messages you can send to strangers and asks you to take a break, so remember this before writing a long message.

All in all, this is a fun app, and now is about the perfect time to go have fun with it!

Latest Google Play Services fixes Android's 'Check for update' [Download Here]

Latest Google Play Services fixes Android's 'Check for update' [Download Here]
The latest Google Play Services with version 12.2.09 appears to activate the Check for update button on Pixel and Nexus Smartphones.

According to a reddit thread, after installing the latest Google Play Services 12.2.09, the Pixel and Nexus users were able to pull the latest February security patch from Settings>System>System update>Check for update.

You can download and install the latest Play Services from Google Play Store after joining the Beta (Scroll to the bottom of the App listing page, and join the beta).

Download Google Play Services v12.2.09 [Beta]

[Download APK] Moto Camera with Spot Color for Moto G5s Plus

[Download APK] Moto Camera with Spot Color for Moto G5s Plus
Last night, we told you that the Moto G5s Plus is now getting a new Camera update with Moto X4's Spot Color feature which creates artistic photos by preserving one color in the frame and keeping other elements in monochrome.

The new Moto Camera 2 update is already available on Play store as version 7.1.9.6. If you haven't recieved the update you can manually install it by downloading and install the below .apk file (Thanks to XDA member Saadatrm.)

Download: Moto Camera (XDA)

Moto G5s Plus gets Spot Color with new Camera update

Moto G5s Plus is now getting a new Camera update with Moto X4's Spot Color feature which creates artistic photos by preserving one color in the frame and keeping other elements in monochrome.

The new Moto Camera 2 update arrives as version 7.1.9.6. The update is already rolling out to the users of Moto G5s Plus from January 30. If you did not receive the update try checking for it manually by heading over to My Apps section in the Play Store.

[Update] [Download APK] Moto Camera with Spot Color for Moto G5s Plus

How to Prepare Media Files for Various Devices

How to Prepare Media Files for Various Devices

Nowadays we have thousands of different gadgets to watch videos on: mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, PCs and laptops, MP3 players and TV sets. At the same time, video files come in numerous formats such as AVI, MKV, MP4, MPEG, 3GP, FLV, and others. The majority of modern devices support a universal MP4 format. But what if you have an old device? The answer is simple: you’ll need special software called video converter to transform the videos to a format supported by your device. Besides that, a right program will let you convert a video with the settings that exactly match your gadget and thus will improve your overall video watching experience. You may find a lot of video converters in Google search. However, keep in mind that the software should be reliable and trustworthy. Thus we recommend Freemake Video Converter. The tool can be downloaded here: http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

The software was developed in 2010 and since then has been installed by millions of users. Freemake Video Converter was nominated as Best Video Converter by such popular tech resources as PC Advisor, Chip, PC World, and others.

What makes Freemake stand out from the crowd is its beautiful and user-friendly interface and multiple options for video converting and editing. Let’s learn how to prepare your media files for playing on different devices with this software.

The first thing to do is to download the program following the link above and install it on your PC or laptop. The software can run on Windows Vista, Win 7, 8, and Windows 10. Win XP is no longer supported.

Be attentive during the installation. The software might ask you if you want to integrate all media files with Freemake. If you are OK with it, continue the installation process. If you want to keep your default player, deselect this option.

When the installation process is completed, run Freemake Video Converter. You’ll see a bright interface with big colorful buttons. At the top of the software there are “+Video”, “+Audio”, “+DVD”, and “Paste URL” options. They serve to add media files into the program. According to the information on the official website, the software supports over 500 audio and video formats for input. Please note that your files must not be protected. Freemake doesn’t support such type of files since it can’t remove the protection.

How to Prepare Media Files for Various Devices

Output format choices are not so numerous but contain all major formats you might need AVI, MP4, MKV, MPEG, etc. Click the arrow sing in the bottom right and left corners to check for more output options. If you move a cursor to a format, you’ll find a start star that lets you add a particular format in Favorites and always have on the main screen of Freemake Video Converter. Among the regular format buttons, you will also see such option as to Apple, to Android, to Sony, to Nokia, and others. Each of these options contains some ready presets for most popular gadget models.

Convert videos to your device

To convert your videos, simply drag-n-drop them into the software or use the +Video button. In case you just need to convert videos to your device, choose your device manufacturer (Sony, Apple, Blackberry, etc.), then click on the drop-down menu and select your device model. After then click the Convert button to launch the conversion process. By default, your converted videos will be saved to My videos folder. However, you can always change the destination path before starting the conversion. You can find this option right above the Convert blue button.

If you didn’t find your device model among the ready presets, choose the Add custom preset option. You’ll see a new window where you can select such settings as framerate, bitrate, video and audio codecs, frame size, and some others. Check what exact settings are supported by your gadget before changing anything. When you are done, add a title to your new preset and save it for future use.

How to Prepare Media Files for Various Devices

For TV sets the procedure is pretty much the same. The only difference is that first of all you should select a video extension supported by your TV.

Convert DVDs to your device

Freemake Video Converter allows you to rip non-protected DVDs and watch them on mobile phones, tablets or modern TVs. To add a DVD, you can either use a corresponding +DVD button or drag-n-drop the VIDEO_TS folder into Freemake. Please note that if your DVD has several audio and subtitles tracks, you should pick the one you need. Freemake doesn’t support adding several audio or subtitles files to one video.

To do it, pay attention to the video line when the video is in the software. You’ll see audio parameters such as MP3, AAC or WMA and some symbols. Click these settings to see the drop-down menu and select an audio track. To preview your choice, click the button with scissors to the right of the video to run Freemake editor.

The rest of the process is the same as for a regular video. Choose your device model and rip your DVD.

Convert YouTube to your device

There are thousands of amazing video on YouTube. No double sooner or later you might like to save your favorite ones for offline watching. Freemake Video Converter will help you here. To download YouTube video with Freemake, go to YouTube website and copy a link to the video that you want to save. Please keep in mind that the software doesn't download paid YouTube movies even if you have purchased them.

Return to Freemake and click the Paste URL button to add YouTube link. Then follow the steps that you have already learned.

Edit videos for your device

Freemake Video Converter comes with a built-in video editor. There are not many features, but you can remove unnecessary videos parts such as ads or adult scenes, rotate videos, and join them into one complete film.

To make changes to your video, run Freemake editor as described earlier. To cut a video, use a left scissors button to mark the beginning of the part you need to remove, then a right scissors button to set the end of this part. Clicking on a central scissors button will remove the part. Then click the OK button and convert your video to apply changes.

To rotate a video, use a round arrow button. As for the join feature, add several videos you want to merge and enable and pay attention to the top right corner of Freemake Video Converter. You’ll see a toggle that you need to move to the right to enable join feature. After that, choose a video format and start the conversion process.

How to Prepare Media Files for Various Devices

Besides theses simple changes, you can also add subtitles to your movie in case it's in a foreign language. The tool accepts subtitles in SRT, ASS, and SSA formats. Keep in mind that subtitles colors and fonts are not supported. If you don’t have a subtitles file on your PC, you can search for it online. There are many websites that provide movie subtitles.

All in all, Freemake Video Converter is a great utility for those who prefer to watch high-quality videos adapted for a particular device model. With this software, you get a simple video editor and powerful conversion tool for online and offline videos.

Chrome 64 adds Autoplay and AdBlocker to Android [Download Here]

Chrome 64 adds Autoplay and AdBlocker to Android [Download Here]
Back in June 2017, Google announced that they are planning to start blocking abusive ads in Chrome at some point in early 2018. Well, it looks like today is the day. Chrome 64 with Autoplay and AdBlocker is now available for Android.

The new Chrome for Android arrives as version 64.0.3282.116 and is rolling out to Google Play starting today. New Chrome prevents sites with abusive ad experiences from opening new windows or tabs without your permission. Google has also added stability and performance improvements.

Good news, everyone! Chrome 64 (64.0.3282.116) for Android has been released and will be available on Google Play over the course of the next few weeks. This release prevents sites with abusive ad experiences from opening new windows or tabs without your permission. We’ve also included stability and performance improvements.
A list of the changes in this build is available in the Git log.

If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on the Chrome site.

Estelle Yomba
Google Chrome
Download: Google Play

[Download] Get Pixel 2 Portrait Mode on Moto X4

[Download] Get Pixel 2 Portrait Mode on Moto X4
Grab Pixel 2's Google Camera Mod with Potrait Mode for the Motorola Moto X4!!!

There's no denying that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with one of the best Smartphone Camera Sensor. But what makes the Pixel 2 Camera excel at taking photos is the Google Camera Application.

The latest Pixel 2 Camera app features Motion Photo, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode and other cool stuffs. The Good News is that you can now install Pixel 2's Camera application (Modded Version) and use the portrait mode feature on your Motorola Moto X4.


Portrait Mode creates the depth of field look. It basically identifies the face and blurs the background which actually looks professional.

The APK weighs in at around 36.8MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that Pixel 2's portrait can create the depth of field look around almost any object. It only works when camera app identifies a human face. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Download: Portrait Mode for Moto X4

[Download] Get Pixel 2's "Portrait" Feature for 2016 Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

[Download] Get Pixel 2's "Portrait" Feature for 2016 Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X
There's no denying that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with one of the best Smartphone Camera Sensor. But what makes the Pixel 2 Camera excel at taking photos is the Google Camera Application.

The latest Pixel 2 Camera app features Motion Photo, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode and other cool stuffs. The Good News is that you can now install Pixel 2's Camera application (Camera NX) and use the portrait mode feature on your 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X.


Portrait Mode creates the depth of field look. It basically identifies the face and blurs the background which actually looks professional.

The APK weighs in at around 36.5MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that Pixel 2's portrait can create the depth of field look around almost any object. While the Camera NX (Google Camera Mod) works only when camera app identifies a human face. It works great on my Pixel XL.

Get Star Wars AR Stickers on any Android Smartphone!!!

Get Star Wars AR Stickers on any Android Smartphone!!!
Just a few days back Google announced the Cool Argument Reality Stickers for the Pixel Smartphones, so you can add virtual characters and playful emojis directly into your photos and videos to bring your favorite stories to life.

Google says that you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to team up with characters from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” like BB-8, a stormtrooper, or a porg. You can play around with Eleven, the Demogorgon, and your other favorite characters from Netflix’s “Stranger Things;” use Foodmoji and 3D Text stickers when you’re feeling hungry; or shoot a celebratory video at your New Year’s party with AR balloons and champagne.


The AR stickers feature obviously uses ARCore technology, and is exclusive for Google Pixel. So you will need root access on other phones to spoof the restrictions. The below video shows how you can Install AR Stickers on any Android Smartphone.

All you need is an Android Smartphone with Unlocked Bootloader and Custom TWRP Installed. Just follow the steps shown in video and enjoy AR Stickers on your Android Smartphone.

Get OnePlus 5T's FACE UNLOCK Feature on Any Android Smartphone

The recently announced OnePlus 5T comes with bunch of new features and upgrades over the previous OnePlus 5. The main attraction of this device is it's Edge-to-Edge Screen and FACE UNLOCK feature. OnePlus claims that the face unlocking on the OnePlus 5T can be used to unlock the phone in 0.4 seconds. But, unlike Apple's Face ID, the system can't be used directly for payments via the Play Store.

Well, the OnePlus 5T Face Unlock is nothing but an advance and active Trusted Face Android feature which was introduced back with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It's available on all the Android devices and you can enable it by following the below steps.


Get OnePlus 5T's FACE UNLOCK Feature on Any Android Smartphone
  • First off, Open Settings - Security and Locations -  Smart Lock. You'll be required to confirm your PIN/Pattern to continue.
  • In the Smart Lock settings, tap on "Trusted Face" (Set up facial recognition). 
  • Tap on "Set up". For best results find a spot indoors that's not too bright or too dim. Also hold the phone at eye level. 
  • Select next and register your Face. 
  • To use the Face Unlock feature, simply hold your device to your face level. After a successful recognition the bottom icon on the screen will change from "face" to "unlocked". Enjoy!

About the OnePlus 5T

With the OnePlus 5T, you get a 6.01-inch FHD Optic AMOLED 18:9 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, 16MP + 20MP with f/1.7 aperture for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 16MP front camera, 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Google Removes UC Browser From Google Play

Google Removes UC Browser From Google Play
Google has removed the popular "UC Browser" from the Google Play Store. However, the Official UC Browser Mini is still there and can be downloaded.

Recently Indian government cracked down on UC Browser for allegedly sending user data to remote servers in China. The browser is owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

UC Browser is the sixth most downloaded Android app in India, and crossed 500 million downloads few weeks back.

There have been no announcements done on the subject either from Google or UC Web. We'll let you know once we get more information regarding this. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Files Go Application from Google [Screenshots]

It seems that Google is planning to launch a File manager on the Play store for all the Android Smartphones. Named Google Files Go, the app went live in the Play Store a few hours back, but it's taken down as of now.

The Google Files Go will be able to offer suggestions to users for apps they can delete that they no longer use, and it can also help find and remove any duplicated images or files that you have stored on your drive. The Application will also help user transfer files while offline.


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Download and Try Out the Moto X4's Alexa Application

Moto Alexa Application is now available, download here
The Moto X4 and the recently announced Moto Smart Speaker Mod for Moto Z comes with Amazon Alexa Assistant

Just like the Google Assistant, Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news.

Motorola has now launched the Moto Alexa App on the Play Store. For now it is exclusive to a few countries and devices. I just installed it on my Moto Z Play and got an error "Sorry, Moto Alexa is not supported in your region yet." Comment below if it's working for you.

Download: Moto Alexa

[Download] Pixel 2 Launcher with Google Now and Notification Badges

[Download] Pixel 2 Launcher with Google Now and Notification Badges
Just a few days ago we reported that Google Pixel 2 default Launcher is now available for all the Android devices but some of the features only work when installed as a system app.

Well, the new Pixel 2 Launcher Mod enables Google now and weather without installing as a system app, it also enables notification badges (Android O feature) for Nougat. The developer "paphonb" has also added few interesting custom features to the launcher.


The APK weighs in at around 2.53 MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that you can access the Google Feed from the leftmost screen.

Recently Google updated its Wallpaper Application with Pixel 2 wallpaper and other interesting categories. Google Wallpaper will be the best complement for Pixel 2 launcher.

Direct Download: Pixel 2 Launcher (XDA)

Download Pixel 2 Camera App with Motion Photo for Google Pixel and Pixel XL

There's no denying that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with one of the best Smartphone Camera Sensor. But what makes the Pixel 2 Camera excel at taking photos is the Google Camera Application.

The latest Pixel 2 Camera app features Motion Photo, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode and other cool stuffs. The Good News is that you can now install the Pixel 2 Camera app and use most its feature on your 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL.


The Motion Photos are very short video clip. Pixel 2 Camera app comes with three settings, "Motion off," "Motion auto," and "Motion on," which control when Motion Photos are captured.

Also Read: Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

The APK weighs in at around 64.3MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that you won't get all the Pixel 2 Camera features, but Motion Photo, Face Retouching and the exposure lock works perfectly.

Download: Pixel 2 Camera App | XDA

Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download

Google Pixel 2 Launcher now available to Download
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL default launcher which comes with bottom search bar is now available to Download. You'll be able to Install it on any Android Smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above.

The Pixel 2 launcher comes with new features including the bottom Google Search bar, a Glance widget, and minor animation changes. Rest is same as the previous Google Pixel launcher.


The APK weighs in at around 2.52 MB and can be downloaded from the below link. Note that to access the Google Feed which is available on leftmost screen you'll need to Install the below APK file as the system application.

Recently Google updated its Wallpaper Application with Pixel 2 wallpaper and other interesting categories. Google Wallpaper will be the best complement for Pixel 2 launcher.

Download: Pixel 2 Launcher

Google Wallpapers brings Pixel 2 Wallpaper and Three New Categories

Google Wallpapers brings Pixel 2 Wallpaper and Three New Categories
The standalone Wallpapers app for Android recently picked up an internal server update which bought new wallpapers and categories. While the application changelog (Play Store) mentions nothing about this update, there are some noteworthy changes in the app itself.

Right after opening up the application, you can immediately notice a new category called 'Geometric Shapes,' which has all the colorful images. If you are a Google Pixel user, you can notice other two categories including Underwater, and Keep Looking.


Additionally, there's a new Pixel 2 Cityscape wallpaper, but you’ll need a Pixel or Pixel XL to access that one.

With the Wallpapers application, most of the Android users long search for a dedicated wallpaper service has ended and Google is regularly providing updates to the app.

Play Store


Action Launcher brings Pixel 2's style to any Android phone

Action Launcher brings Pixel 2's style to any Android phone
The most loved feature of Android is its ability to customize the home screen, icons, and appearance without Root. Just a couple days after Google's unveiling of the Pixel 2, Action Launcher has already been updated with Pixel 2-style search bar and looks.

You can download it for free from the Google Play Store. However, to get the Pixel 2 Style Search bar, you have to upgrade to Action Launcher Plus (Paid).


Once you've got the Action Launcher Plus with v29.0 update, go to Settings -> Quickbar -> Style. From here, you can select "Search box (dock)" to get the Pixel 2-style search bar right on your home screen.

You can also adjust its contours, opacity, position, and other aspects. This App is available for all devices with Android Lollipop or higher version.

Download it from Play Store

Microsoft Launcher arrives for Android [Download Here]

It's been two years since Microsoft announced the "Arrow launcher" and today Microsoft renewed it with new features, new interface, and name.

Arrow Launcher is now Microsoft Launcher, a launcher which can be synchronized with your Windows 10 PC. It seems that Microsoft wants its presence in the Android world and Microsoft Launcher will be the best complement for its recently announced "Edge for Android" browser.


With a Microsoft account or work/school account, you can access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed. You can even open photos, docs and webpages on your Windows PC* to be productive across all your devices.

The Microsoft launcher offers new custom wallpapers, custom widgets, and a great variety of customizable gestures to open the application drawer, block the screen, open the browser, access the configuration or open applications.

You can download the Microsoft Launcher from the Play Store (Beta)

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