Change Android Lock Screen with Magic Locker

Change is a part of life and as geeks, one of the most frequent things we change around us is our Smartphone’s look and feel. If I am not wrong, most of us take out some time every now and then to apply some cool ringtone or smokin’ wallpapers.

Indeed, we interact with these two aspects frequently and thus change is necessary to avoid monotony, but what about the lock screen? Every time we unlock our phone its the lock screen that greets us so why don’t we change that frequently?

There used to be a time when the idea of changing the lock screen required rooting the phone or flashing a custom ROM both of which are without doubt a bit risky when compared to the outcome.

Today I will tell you about an all new Android app, Magic Locker, which will make the process of changing the lock screen a cake walk and the best thing is that you don’t need a rooted phone to use the app.

Magic Locker

Magic Locker is a simple yet powerful lock screen application for Android.

To get started, download and install the Magic Locker main app from the Android Market. By default the main application contains one theme, Lost Robot, and you can apply it instantly to change your lock screen.

To install new themes you will have to download and install individual Magic Locker theme files from the market. Just do a quick search for MagicLockerTheme in the market and install the ones you like.

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After you install a Magic Locker theme app, you will have to run the theme app and press Install this theme . The theme will then integrate to your main app just like the Lost Robot theme

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Now every time you need to change your Android lock screen you just need to open Magic Locker and apply your desired theme.

Here are some of the amazing features of the app worth mentioning.

Amazing Features

  • You can activate phone, SMS and Camera directly from the lock screen.
  • A user can easily change the shortcuts to open any other application.
  • You can use the application on custom ROMs. I tested the application on Samsung Galaxy S running MIUI and it worked without any hiccups.
  • You can easily customize the date, time and wallpaper.
  • Support system security pattern (settings->Location and security->Set up screen lock. For HTC: Settings-> Security->Set up screen lock)

So what will be your fist new lock screen, will it be an iPhone or an HTC sense inspired theme?

5 Must Have Paid Android Apps for Every Executive & Businessman

I am sure, you must be surprised after reading the headline above. I mean, when everyone talks about must have free android apps, why am I bringing the spotlight towards the paid section.

Seriously! Why are we afraid of paid apps? Their only crime is that they come with a price tag that’s set by its developer as a price for his hard work.

If you think you’re convinced enough, let’s have a look at the apps, but before I start, let me tell you, I have compiled this list keeping in mind people who work in offices and businesses but even if you don’t fall in this category I still insist you have a look. Who knows you might find something interesting enough to pay for.

DocumentsToGo

As the name suggests DocumentsToGo gives you the power to create, edit and view your office documents on the go. You can work on Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and view the PDF files. If you work on Google Docs you can directly work on the cloud with this app.

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One of the best features about the application is synchronization. If you have fully synced your documents on your PC with your smartphone then any edits made in either location will automatically sync it with the other.

If you think you don’t require the features to edit or create documents and just need a viewer you can opt for the free version.

EasyTether

EasyTether is useful for people who need to work even when they are on a vacation and have activated a decent data plan on their Android device. This application allows you to share your phone’s internet connection with a PC (Windows 7/Vista/XP 64-bit/32-bit, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Fedora 13+) via a USB cable.

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The application does not require root access and works on almost all Android versions. Even though, this functionality is now built-in to most Android phones, if you carrier for some reason has blocked it, you can use this application to still tether your laptop or PC to your phone.

Executive Assistant+

Having an assistant at work can be really helpful but not everyone can afford one, but I am sure everyone can spare some for Executive Assistant+.

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Just like a real assistant, the app will give you information regarding your incoming emails, SMS, Missed Calls, Calendar Events, Tasks, Notes and your social media timeline all at one place.

I don’t think I need to convince you more about how helpful this app can be.

BlackList Pro

Are you fed up of unwanted calls and text messages? If your answer is yes, BlackList Pro will take all your pains away. This is a simple app, but is enriched with powerful features to manage unwanted calls/texts from anyone.

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There is a free version as well but if you want full control, getting the Pro version is what I advice.

MyBackup Pro

If I ask you, why do you think that your phone is not just an ordinary phone, but a smartphone. I am sure you will talk think about applications, emails, notes, games and so much more that you can accomplish with your phone. Most of us use our smartphones as an extension of our brain and thus we can’t afford the loss of any data.

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MyBackup Pro is your friend. It’s the easiest way to backup your Android phone. MyBackup Pro will work on all Android mobile devices, wether they are rooted or not.

If you have a rooted device, Titanium Backup is also another good app that you can use.

So what do you think of our list ? Did I miss something? Do let me know in the comments below.

10 Must Have Free Android Applications

One of the major reasons why Android phones are so popular (and still growing) is the huge number of free and paid applications available in the Android Market. The choice of applications available under each category is so huge that new users often have a hard time deciding between the many exellent options.

Here we have picked top applications from 10 different categories to give you a superior, all round Android experience. All the mentioned applications can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.

Home Screen Replacement

Go Launcher EX is one of the best home screen replacement applications available in the android market. It lets you make the most of your home screen with features such as a scrollable dock, gesture support, app drawer, resizable widgets etc. It also supports themes and several supported themes can be downloaded from the site for free.

Alternatives : LauncherPro and ADW Launcher

Messaging

Go SMS Pro replaces your default messaging app to give you enhanced features such as 3D transition effect, scheduler, encryption, backup/recovery, reminder, gesture support, personalized themes and lots more.
Alternative: Handcent SMS

News Reader

An award winning application, Pulse News, works as good as it looks. A mosaic grid shows news updates from your favorite websites or from saved keywords.

Alternatives: Taptu and Google Reader

Security

Lookout Security & Anti-Virus protects your phone against malware, spyware and phishing attacks. Added functions such as phone locator and backup and restore makes it a must have application for any android device.

Alternative: Norton Mobile Security

Dictionary

With a database of around 1.4 million words, Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus is an excellent source to find out meanings,  synonyms, antonyms, similar and related words, hypernyms and even hyponyms. It also has a fuzzy filter which can be used when you are not sure of the correct spelling of a word.

Alternative: Dictionary.com

Browser

Dolphin is an excellent browser for your Android phone with support for add ons, gestures, tabbed browsing, speed dial and themes.
Alternatives: Firefox and Opera Mini

Instant Messaging

eBuddy Messenger is an all in one chat client for  MSN, Facebook, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, MySpace & Hyves that lets you chat simultaneously on more than one network.

Alternatives: Meebo and Nimbuzz

Application Lock

Smart App Protector protects the privacy on your phone by locking SMS, Mail, Photos, Contacts or any other installed application. Once you set the list of applications to be locked, an unlock pattern or password can be used to unlock and use the individual apps.
Alternative: Smart AppLock

Photo Editor

With over 3 million downloads, PicsIn Photo Studio is a free photo editor that is hard to resist. Various editing options are provided to play with the photos including Kaleidoscope, Drawing and Collage modes.

Alternative: PicSay


Games

This is one category where we could not hand pick any clear winner. Hence, we’ve listed down all of the 5 must play games on your Android phone.
  1. Angry Birds,
  2. Paper Toss,
  3. X Construction,
  4. Mouse Trap,
  5. Bubble Blast 2

Do let us know through your comments how you liked the above mentioned applications. Also, tell us your favorite apps and the ones you think we should have included in the list.