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Hop turns your email threads into chat conversations

Have you ever had extremely long email threads that you actually want to just transfer the conversation into a chat room? (but maybe your office doesn't allow chat and messaging apps as well) This new app will let you move email conversations into an IM-like platform, complete with the capability to share files, group email, smart notifications, and an easier way to respond to real-time communications.

Microsoft Garage Team rolls out Keyboard for Excel app for Android

Microsoft seems to be busy working on apps that would not only benefit Windows Phone users but also fans of Android. Through the Microsoft Garage Project, the tech giant is proving once again why it's still the top software developer company. Conceptualized only in late 2014, Microsoft opened the Garage for employees to work and improve on Android apps. I used to wonder why Redmond just won't focus on Windows Phone but Microsoft making Android apps means better programs for the mobile platform.

AVG report: Spotify, Amazon, Deer Hunter, new smartphone drains

The newest edition of the AVG Android App Performance Report has come out, and it shows that music streaming apps, shopping apps, and some new games are causing your smartphone and tablet the biggest drains, in terms of battery life, data plan, and the phone storage itself. Those conclusions don't really come as a surprise, but they might help you solve storage and battery problems, if you're willing to part from those apps if needed.

Learn the ins and outs of Grudgeball, Regular Show style

If you're a fan of the Cartoon Network's The Regular Show (because come on, a lot of adults watch the CN, admit it), you'll have a lot of fun trying to play with the whole gang as they battle it out in the Chaosphere. But even if you don't know anything about the animated series, you can still find Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere entertaining enough with its combination of dodgeball, volleyball, and hot potato in one crazy game.

Red Baron: War of Planes takes to the skies

If you are a fan of flight sims and air combat games, you will want to have a look at a new game app that has launched on Google Play. The game is called Red Baron: War of Planes and it is set in the WWI era. Players will fly in five different warplanes to battle the enemy.

Kill the monster with kindness (we mean sheep) in new Android game

What do you do when a large monster from the sea suddenly attacks your coastal city and it's up to you to save the trapped citizens? Probably one of the last things you'll do is to fling sheep at it, but that's exactly what you need to do to beat this monster in a brand new Android game called, what else, Monster vs Sheep. And if you enjoy flicking things on your smartphone or tablet, then this should be a fun ride for you.

iA Writer finally arrives on Android devices

There are a lot of note-taking and writing apps out there in the market, but there are times when you have a writing deadline or a very important article or report to write, where you don't need any distractions from the app's other features. Our iOS friends have been enjoying one such minimalist app for the past years, but now it has finally arrived for Android devices, and a blog post from the developer might also signal a new appreciation of Android for those who have been on the "other side".

Google Calendar for Android gets updated

As usual, Google has been busy working on its native Android apps, improving them with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design elements in mind. Next to be updated is the Google Calendar app with more improvements and new features like viewing more events at a glance, pinch-to-zoom, 7-day week view, and adding of Google Drive files to events. There's also a new calendar option to show week numbers in settings.

Chainfire updates CF.lumen, now available for non-rooted devices

Anytime you want to change the hue or color tone of your display either for convenience purposes or if you just want to impress your friends – and you can basically be sure that stock Android will not allow you to do this – time to install Chainfire’s “CF.lumen” app. This was once a “root only” app, but now an update has brought a workaround for non-root devices.
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