Rita El Khoury

Rita El Khoury is the Editor of Android.Appstorm and enjoys everything about the ecosystem. From customizing her LG G2 and Galaxy S3, to installing new ROMs, trying new apps, obsessively checking news and releases, she's a self-identified geek with a knack for living on the bleeding edge of technology. Her mobile and app addiction started in 2006, when she launched her Dotsisx blog to focus on the Symbian ecosystem. She has since enjoyed Symbian, iOS, Windows Phone and Android. When she's not keeping Android.Appstorm rolling, she's found behind a counter at Panacea Pharmacy which she owns and manages full-time. You can check her professional LinkedIn profile as well as follow her on Twitter @khouryrt.

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A few weeks ago I shared with you 30 Awesome Apps for Movies & TV Lovers but my passion for entertainment doesn’t stop at the audiovisual content, instead spanning to music and audio. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to create a similar roundup for music fans.

Between music players, streaming apps, online radios, social apps for sharing and discovering music, concert finders, ID3 tag editors, ringtone makers, and more, there’s no shortage of Android apps for the music fan. Here are the best 30 ones I would recommend to any fellow avid music listener.


If you own an Android device and you’re reading this site, chances are that you’re a tech-oriented person and your life involves other gadgets and operating systems, whether it’s a computer running Windows or Mac OS, or an iOS device — iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. While each of these platforms seems to include more proprietary services and apps with every new release, there still is — thankfully — a middle ground where it’s possible to make different devices talk to each other.

It’s this middle ground, and the tricks and apps that make use of it, that we have explored and dug deep into over the past couple of months. Over the course of two different series, we explained how you can use your Android device with a Windows or a Mac computer, as well as how you can keep it in sync with different iOS devices. Here are all the articles grouped together for easy referencing and bookmarking:

Use your Android device with a Windows or a Mac

Use your Android device alongside an iPhone, iPad or iPod


I’m relatively new to the joy of podcast listening. Although I’ve been invited to speak on some podcasts before, I never bothered to subscribe or listen to any as I’ve always preferred getting my news through reading. But preferences change and about three months ago, I noticed that I do at least ten hours of driving per week and that time is getting lost on radio shows with countless ads or on music I’m bored of hearing. Those ten hours had to be invested more efficiently and so I found myself tempted by podcasts.

Fast forward three months and I’m addicted to my podcast subscriptions. I’ve gotten used to the voice, the character and the style of every person I listen to, and I now prefer getting most of my news this way. It’s more personal than reading, more raw, and more engaging and interesting.

All of my podcast needs are catered by Pocket Casts — which we reviewed a while ago, before it got its major redesign — and I’ll show you in this post how I make the most of its features to stay on top of my 28 podcast subscriptions.


As a reader of Android.Appstorm, you have probably noticed that we don’t really cover a lot of hardware-related news, however we know that you’re all likely as enthusiastic as us about getting the most from your devices, whether it’s through apps or accessories. So, as I was wandering through Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the two well-known crowd-funding communities, I found a few really interesting and useful projects that I appreciated and/or pledged for and thought it would be cool to share them with you. After all, crowd-funding relies on us, as users, to vote with our wallet for the projects that we’d like to see developed further. Join me after the break for the full list.


Hello, my name is Rita El Khoury and I’m a TV series addict. As my profile would attest, I’m not using the term “addict” loosely. I’ve seen over 4700 TV episodes (that I could remember) and collected more than 7600. And it doesn’t stop at TV series either, I’ve been passionate about movies for a long time as well.

It’s safe to say that I take my entertainment pretty seriously, and I always scour the Play Store looking for the best Android apps to help me discover and watch new material, enhance my experience, and organize my collections. Here are the best 30 apps I would recommend to any fellow movie or TV lover.


Despite the amount of power packed inside modern smartphones, one of the most annoying and time-consuming hindrance to my productivity always seems to be the task of switching apps. On my Galaxy S3, I have to click and hold on the main button to get the multitasking tray, then scroll through the list to find the app I want. And then sometimes I get frustrated when I notice that the app wasn’t open before, which means that I have to exit to my main homescreen, open the app drawer, and then find what I’m looking for.

I’ve tried dozens of quick app launchers/switchers before, from Wave Launcher to SwipePad, and eventually gave up on them because they were either too intruding, too slow, or they felt like they were designed for Froyo. Then I came across Swapps! and although I approached it with skepticism at first, I’m glad to say I found the perfect solution for fast app switching. Let me show you why.


Earlier today, Joe Casabona detailed to you his experience with the Jawbone Up, a bracelet that belongs in the new category of “quantified self” gadgets and tracks your steps, sleep, and calorie intake.

At almost the same time Joe began his Up experience, I got another wearable gadget, the Fitbit One. What’s the One, how does it work, and what can you do with the Fitbit Android app? Let’s find out.


If you have been following Android.Appstorm over the past couple of months, you must have noticed that we feel very strongly about Android tablets, and specifically Android tablet apps. We cried out to Google asking them to get serious about tablet-optimized apps discoverability in the Play Store, several writers on our team have rounded up tablet apps in a multitude of categories, and I personally maintain numerous Playboard channels axed towards spotlighting the best tablet-optimized apps.

Suffice it to say that tablet app discovery has been a personal cause for us, for the simple reason that we know there are thousands of excellent options out there, but Google had failed to make them visible which in turn had everyone thinking there aren’t any. So you can imagine how elated we were to see Google at I/O introducing new features that focus on tablet apps discovery, from a developer and a user standpoint. While the announcements weren’t the most impressive out of the I/O keynote, and they should have come a year ago, they do mean a lot to us at Android.Appstorm that we can’t help but make a stop to explain to you why you need to get excited.


Few articles incite as much comments and debates on our site as the OS comparisons. Whether it’s James’ “What I Miss About Android: Thoughts From an iOS User“, Hagop’s “10 Windows Phone 8 Features That Would Make Android Even Sweeter” or my “5 Impressive Blackberry 10 Features I Wish Android Had“, our team is essentially comprised of geeks who love Android but often succumb to their curiosity. So we try out everything we have access to in order to form a well-rounded opinion of the mobile landscape.

Sometimes, we’re simply forced to abandon Android as in James’ case, other times we dabble with a new OS for a bit but come back to Android as in Hagop’s case, and some of us are lucky enough to be able to use two platforms simultaneously in the long term, like me.

However, once in a while, we lose an Android fan to the lure of another platform. That’s the case with Brian Wangila who is a self-professed Android fan and a writer on our sister site Windows.Appstorm. Brian’s interest was piqued by Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920 and he documented his journey through a 3-part series entitled “Windows Phone 8 From an Android Fan’s Perspective.”

  • In part 1, Brian explains how to choose your Windows Phone 8 device based on the different price and feature ranges and what to expect on the performance, stability and apps fronts.
  • In part 2, Brian delves into the Windows Phone 8 features that he has come to enjoy, including the Live Tiles, People Hub, Office, Camera lenses and more.
  • In part 3, Brian reminisces over his Android fan days and lists the things he misses now that he’s moved to Windows Phone. He does conclude though that the flaws and missing features are outweighed by the positive aspects of Windows Phone 8.

If you’re curious about Windows Phone 8, head over to the different parts of the series, read Brian’s full chronicle and let us know where you stand. We’re not encouraging you to switch over, but we don’t want to win without giving the other platforms a fair chance at a fight. Besides, competition is what drives this mobile space forward so it’s good to see other challenging and innovative players in the OS race.

Earlier this year, Blackberry finally unveiled its new and re-written Operating System: Blackberry 10. After many years of being stuck behind the curve on touch-centric platforms and modern interfaces, Blackberry 10 promised a fresh look and, most importantly, several innovations that would carry it forward and help it keep the Blackberry-fanatics satisfied while also trying to bring some new converts over.

Along with the new platform, Blackberry announced two new devices: the touch-only Z10 that started shipping a while ago and the traditional keyboard Q10 that’s just starting to ship. I’ve had a Z10 in my hands for several weeks now, enough to get used to the platform and the device and to form my own opinion from extended use. As a Blackberry novice — I had never even tried a Blackberry device before — I’m impressed by what I’ve seen, enough to make me step away from my trusted Galaxy S3. Normally, when I get new devices, I try them for a while, feel excited for a bit, then move back to the S3, but that isn’t the case with the Z10. I’ve come to find several features that keep me going back to it. Read on to find out what they are.


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