Android apps of the day [April 12, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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Apps for April 12, 2012

GO Power Master

GO Power Master is a power/battery management tool by the GO Dev team, the same people who have brought us GO Launcher EX, GO SMS, etc. GO Power Master has multiple features: it has a task killer which “optimizes” battery life by killing running apps; it predicts how long your device will last depending on what types of activities you do, e.g. make calls; it has different “modes” you can put your device in, with each mode behaving a little different and you getting different amount of battery life from each mode (you can even create your own modes); it has the ability to automatically switch to “Supper Save”when battery life is less than X percentage and the ability to automatically switch to “Alarm mode” between X hours of the day; and a power consumption monitor which details the apps/hardware that consume the most power. Out of all these features the “modes” feature is the most significant of GO Power Master. It is through modes that GO Power Master best prolongs battery life, fine tuning different aspects of your phone such as lowering screen brightness, turning off WiFi and/or network radios, etc.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.41

Requires: Android 2.2 and up

Download size: 1.4 MB

GO Power Master on Play Store

Unicorn Dash

Unicorn Dash is a simple – yet addicting – side-scroller for Android in which you play a unicorn that runs through the jungles in the sky. The goal of the game is to run as far as you can, with you getting more points the further you run. While you run, you must jump from platform to platform with care to not fall between the platforms, run into other platforms, and to either jump over or destroy obstacles in your path. One “dash” consists of three individual runs which take place in three similar but slightly different levels; at the end of the third run your points are added up for all three runs with the final total being your final score.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.o

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 7.5 MB

Unicorn Dash on Play Store

BravoSE

BravoSE is an alternative search engine for Android apps. BravoSE categories Android apps in twenty categories giving users the ability to search by app name or by app function (e.g. antivirus). There are also lists that specifically show things such as popular apps, popular games, new apps, new games, featured apps, editor’s picks, top free, apps for kids, funny apps, apps who’s price have been reduced lately, and more. While browsing apps if you find apps that you like but don’t necessarily want to download now, you can mark the apps as “Favorite” and easily download them later via your “Favorites” list. All apps in BravoSE are linked to the Play Store so you aren’t actually downloading any apps from BravoSE — you are searching for apps through BravoSE.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.3.6

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 974 KB

BravoSE on Play Store

dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, Android Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.

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  1. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @tejas: Task Managers/Task Killers are useful but only when a) you don’t do autokilling and b) you don’t kill apps that will just reopen automatically. And, yeah, the task killer in GO Power Master is not that great.

  2. tejas

    GO Power Master seems to have some nifty features, but the task killer is not one of them. Killing running tasks will not increase battery life. In many cases, it will shorten it. Android does not operate like a PC. You kill a task, and more often than not, it will restart. So all you’ve accomplished is, you’ve consumed battery power killing a task, and more power to restart it. More info on this can found here..
    http://android.nextapp.com/site/systempanel/doc/taskmanagement