Android apps of the day [July 27, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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Apps for July 27, 2012

Light Flow Lite

LED notifications are so boring. Sure, they let you see that you have a new message, but they’re not really customizable at all. With Light Flow, you can set individual colors for different apps.

Light Flow is easy to set up. You choose an application, you choose a color for your notification light, and you’re done. It takes over all of your system’s LED notification system, so you’ll need to set up notification colors for every app you want a notification for. With the free version, it can switch between multiple colors every ~20 seconds; upgrading to the non-Lite version lets them change up to every 2.5 seconds.

Note that not all devices have LED notification lights: for instance, the majority of Samsung’s devices are entirely light-less. Light Flow will also not work on certain LG devices. However, Light Flow Lite is still a very cool app for those that have compatible devices, and is definitely worth a try.

Price: Free with $2.49 upgrade

Version discovered: 3.0.4LITE

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 2.0MB

Light Flow Lite on Play Store

Word Circle

Have you ever played that game where you’re given a sheet of paper to pass around and have to write a story one sentence at a time? Word Circle is like that game, but over the internet with people you don’t even need to know.

To get started on Word Circle, you’ll need to add some friends, as so… explicitly told during the initial account setup. You can find a few people willing to play with random internet strangers on this Reddit post, or you can add me. I’m Locutus. Once you’ve accepted a friend request (or someone has accepted yours), you can create a new story. You can share this story with other people by long-pressing it and tapping Share. From there, select a friend’s name to get started.

Overall, Word Circle has quite a few rough edges, but it has quite a bit of potential underneath its surface. If you’re in to writing and writing-based games, it might be a fun game for you to try.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.2

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 6.2MB

Word Circle on Play Store

Dock4Droid

Looking for a quick way to switch to your favorite apps from within any other app? Dock4Droid solves that in a rather OS-X way: a bar filled with your favorite apps that can be accessed at any time from a pre-determined part of your screen.

If you’re wondering how exactly Dock4Droid works, it’s actually much better to watch a video than look at a few still pictures:

As you can see, it makes accessing your favorite apps much quicker. No longer do you have to go to the homescreen, swipe to the right page, and open them: it’s right there, at the swipe of a finger. It makes for quick and intuitive app switching that takes just milliseconds.

Overall Dock4Droid is quite nice. It has a somewhat archaic graphical theme that would fit in better on Froyo than Jelly Bean, but it makes up for it in quick app switching.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.1.2

Requires: Android 2.1+

Download size: 190KB

Dock4Droid 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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