Fleksy virtual keyboard will now be free forever

If you've always wanted to try out a virtual keyboard but didn't want to spend a buck (or even les than) on them, one of the more popular ones has recently announced big news. Fleksy will now be free for users on all platforms, and they promise it will be forever. Making it available for free will hopefully bring a bigger user base to the developers, and so they will be able to concentrate as well on creating more improvements and maybe additional products for that growing community.

Omni Swipe (ex Lazy Swipe) update: locked screen, better search, etc

The bigger our smartphone screens get, the harder it becomes to use it with just one hand. We told you about an app a few months ago that will help you with that problem. Back then, it was called Lazy Swipe, but since then, it has been renamed Omni Swipe (probably because not everyone who wants to use the app is actually lazy). The newest update to the app brings better search functionality, random wallpapers for your display, and other minor improvements as well.

Action Launcher 3.5 is out, Quickbar feature introduced

Action Launcher remains one of our favorite – if not THE favorite – Android launchers simply because its developer Chris Lacy keeps adding one great feature upon another. Lacy also listens quite a bit to feedback from his users, and so bugs and whatnot are easily and promptly dealt with on every update, which is very much a regular happening, unlike other apps which starve of development. The latest update to Action Launcher is out, which brings us to version 3.5, with a new headline feature called the Quickbar.

Sony updates Folding@Home to help research in cures for diseases

Who knew that your smartphone can actually someday literally save lives? A groundbreaking app from Sony is being used by scientists involved in research of diseases like breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and some infectious diseases like ebola. They use your smartphone's processing power in order to help protein folding research as there is a huge amount of power needed to " simulate the complex movements of proteins as they change shape." The latest update from the Folding@Home app helps researchers reach that goal easier than before.

Doodle: Schedule Maker gets a redesign, built-in chat feature

When you say doodle, the images of drawing and making random pictures come to mind. However, this app named Doodle is different as it is another scheduling tool developed to organize reunions, meetings, events, and make online surveys for work or school. The app has been around since 2007, helping millions of people to work faster and with more efficiency all the time. Doodle has just received an update which include switching Google accounts now being allowed. Some more bugs were fixed but that annoying bug that was preventing the app to open on different phones were also fixed.

Instagram photos now saved in bigger 1080p resolution

After a few years and even after being acquired by Facebook, Instagram is still going strong. The photo sharing site is still popular and it’s getting more members than ever. Just recently, the app was updated with new Explore page and search functions so you can discover more photos, places, and people. While Instagram (IG to some) can be everyone’s favorite social app, it can’t be your main photo backup site because photos are saved in smaller sizes. But this time, the service is now able to save images in larger resolution from 640 X 640 to 1080 x 1080 pixels.

HERE app now includes reversible lanes across all platforms

Navigation apps are becoming more competitive by adding features and other goodies that will one-up their competition. One of the more aggressive apps to do so is Nokia's HERE, and this week, what they are adding are the reversible express lanes that some cities employ to help curb the rush-hour traffics in highways and expressways. They are actually the first app to do so, and they're doing it in real time of course, providing even more helpful information for drivers and passengers as well.

Solid Explorer File Manager goes Material Design, gets Chromecast support

File manager apps are a dime a dozen but not all of them offer a rich file browsing and cloud management experience. The Solid Explorer File Manager app was recently given an update with some Material Design love, eye catchy animations, and more options for customization. This Solid Explorer File and Cloud Manager now allows dual panels as file browsers with drag and drop action between them. You can now customize the app with your preferred themes, icons sets, and color schemes.

Snapchat update: tap to view, snapcodes with picture, two-step authentication

If you're a Snapchat user for the longest time, you've probably had calluses grow on your finger if you view a lot of snaps and stories on the app. That's because, for those who don't know, you have to hold a finger down in order to view them. That's okay if it's just a single picture. But if you're watching a 30 second video, it gets kind of annoying. A new update to the ephemeral messaging app now allows you to just tap to view, and brings other features as well.