If you were reading this yesterday, this introduction could be filled with May the 4th Be With You jokes. However, it’s a day late so we’re not going to bother with that. Instead, we’re going to shift our focus back to Android and the conclusion of a week filled with industry fan-bashing, new hardware announcements and Twitter for your Glass.

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On our Android devices we use our keyboards an awful lot. Whether it be to send an email or comment on a forum, we resort to the same keyboard to type everything out — this makes it quite an important part of the device. Developers have realised this and developed applications that give you a different form to type on. However, the developers of Ginger have taken this an extra step further.

In their keyboard design resides a built-in grammar checker that makes sure that all typos and mistakes are picked up before you finish typing. The app saves time by giving you the ability to quickly proof-read text without the need to do too much. For users who are constantly sending messages and emailing, Ginger avoids embarrassing mistakes. Read on to find out how it works.

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There’s something strangely cathartic about watching cute cartoony animals marching off to their doom, oblivious to the dangers that lie ahead. Lemmings was great not just for its level design and presentation but also for the way in which its blissfully ignorant critters were always mere seconds from annihilation.

EliteWare’s debut Android game, The Penguin Trials, harks back to this Amiga masterpiece with helpless penguins that need guidance from a higher power to herd them safely from igloo to flag pole. It’s far from perfect, but the quirky concept and clever level design make Penguin Trials a worthy test of your time.
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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.

Before we get any further, I should come clean — I’m a die-hard Winamp fan. I began using the desktop version back in 1997 and it suited my needs over the years as my music collection grew. When I got my first Android phone, I immediately sought out Winamp’s app for the platform and enjoyed the interface as well as the desktop-to-mobile wifi syncing. But I soon wanted more from my music player and started trying out everything the Play Store had to offer. I still haven’t found a favorite, but GoneMAD Music Player sure comes close.

Perfect for power users, GoneMAD Music Player is packed to the gills with features and configurable options to tweak the app to do your exact bidding. From detailed playback control to lockscreen and homescreen widgets, passing by smart playlists, gesture support and configurable multi-band EQ, this player has got it all. Let’s see how well it handles tuneage with some real-world testing, and how it stacks up against the competition.

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Managing finances is a task that’s often taken for granted. We’d rather play games on our mobile phones than make records of how much we’ve spent for the day. Toshl Finance, a money management app for Android, seems to understand this challenge and offers the easiest possible solution for tracking, planning and overseeing your spending habits. It may be simple and straightforward, but it works.

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We recently selected 46 great applications to synchronize content seamlessly between your Android device and your computer so you can enjoy the same content on the go and on your computer without having to worry about manually transferring data.

Today, we’d like to push things a little further and make Android interact directly with your computer. We’ve handpicked a bunch of apps to remotely control or access your computer from your phone, stream content from your computer directly to your tablet or phone, and even use your Android device as an extra monitor.

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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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Earlier this week, we published a recap of our favorite Android Twitter clients. Some of our team members love the unique look of Falcon Pro, others the versatility of Plume, and others the simplicity of the official Twitter client.

These were the most popular choices, but there were a lot of other less obvious picks as well, ranging from the old and still excellent Twicca to the new and promising Robird. We realize the choice of a favorite Twitter app is unique for each of us, depending on our uses and needs, so that’s why we ask you: what Twitter client do you use?

If you happened to be a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the year was 1977, you’d no doubt be celebrating the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. Of course, this is 2013 and you’re reading Android.AppStorm where the date signifies the end to another week of Android news. Let’s take a look!

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