Android apps of the day [July 9, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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Apps for July 9, 2012

FVD – Free Video Downloader

Downloading streaming videos on a traditional PC isn’t very difficult at all; there are tons of programs available to do so. On Android it is a different story. If you would like to download streaming videos on Android, give Free Video Downloader.

Free Video Downloader is an app that allows users to download streaming videos from your favorite video hosting websites. To download videos with Free Video Downloader, all you do is visit the URL of the video you want to download in your browser and then ‘Share’ the page into Free Video Downloader. If Free Video Downloader detects a video on the page, you are prompted to download it. Another way that Free Video Downloader works is if the video you want to view isn’t played in a built-in video player in your browser, Free Video Downloader is an option in the ‘Which app to use to open’ menu.

Take note Free Video Downloader does not specify which websites it can download videos from. However, it does mention Free Video Downloader cannot download videos from Youtube due to Youtube’s Terms of Use. It should also be mentioned Free Video Downloader isn’t as reliable as desktop streaming video downloaders; it works with some websites while not with others. So your mileage will vary greatly.

Price: Free, $1.22

Version discovered: v3.1.4

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 275 KB

FVD – Free Video Downloader on Play Store | FVD Ad-Free on Play Store

Waketube – Youtube Alarm Clock

All (most?) Android devices come with an alarm clock app. However, those alarm clock apps don’t let you wake up to the sound of Youtube videos; Waketube, however, does.

Waketube is an alarm clock app that plays a Youtube video to wake you up. You can let Waketube select a random video, specify a search term which Waketube will use to pull videos, or you can specify a specific video to be played. When it is time for you to wake up, Waketube plays the respective Youtube video with a ‘Stop Alarm’ button for you to press when you are waked.

It should be noted Waketube depends on an active Internet connection and Youtube availablity to play Youtube alarms. At times there may be lost connectivity to the Internet or Youtube. That means Waketube should not be used for critical (i.e. extremely important) alarms! Also note Waketube has the ability to only set one alarm at a time.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.4.2

Requires: Android 1.6 and up

Download size: 605 KB

Waketube – Youtube Alarm Clock on Play Store

Galaxy S3 Dandelion LWP

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a dandelion live wallpaper. Want that live wallpaper on your non-Galaxy S3 device? Well now you can get it with Galaxy S3 Dandelion LWP.

Galaxy S3 Dandelion LWP is a live wallpaper that copies the Samsung Galaxy S3 dandelion live wallpaper and brings it to all Android devices, regardless of if you have a Galaxy S3 or not.

The wallpaper doesn’t have much settings aside from controlling the quantity, size, rotation, and speed of the floating dandelion pieces, enabling/disabling water droplets and enabling/disabling wallpaper movement whenever you pan homescreen. The attraction to this wallpaper is that it is Samsung Galaxy S3’s live wallpaper.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.0.7

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 1.2 MB

Galaxy S3 Dandelion LWP 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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