SteamZoo Widget for Android Review

SteamZoo is one of the most popular of Android widgets which are free to download and use from the Android Marketplace. It is a video and photo sharing widget which sports an elegant interface and a long list of editing and social features. This app is mainly designed to help photography enthusiasts to easily share photos and videos among each other but there is no reason why it should be limited to just them. The widget has an easy to understand interface which almost anyone can use to share videos and pictures with their friends and family members. The app has been optimized for uploading and browsing content as well as interacting with an established community.

How it works?

SteamZoo mainly works by first organizing your videos and photos using various hashtags like #beach, #nature etc. You start by creating an account in order to get your username and password. This allows for users to follow various streams as well as specific people like your Facebook friends or a specific topic being discussed on Twitter. On the homescreen all the content which you follow is automatically compiled and arranged chronologically. When you add new photos you’ll see a number of various notifications that appear.

One of the best things about StreamZoo is that the pictures in the feed appear in their max sizes which makes browsing through these photos enjoyable. This is unlike similar apps that display grainy thumbnails which you have to tap over in order to view a larger version. In addition you can also view the tags as well as ‘Like’ the photos or even comment directly on to them from this Feed.

Now, one of the unique things about StreamZoo is that every time you receive a comment or a like on the photos and videos you share you end up earning points. These points are what add a competitive and positive aspect to the app. People that earns points are listed on the leaderboard with obviously the highest point leaders on the top. The leaderboard is categorized by month, week and day. This also serves as a wonderful way to find active users, and the most popular photos.

Adding content

Adding content of your own is pretty straight forward, just tap the camera icon located on the screen and select the video/photo you want to add from the gallery or by using real time capture. You are then presented with a list of options that allows you to set borders, add filters, as well as used advanced tools all of which helps you create a masterpiece destined to pull in tons of points. This screen is followed by a screen where you add a description of the hashtags, as well as geotag the content prior to sharing it on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook prior to uploading.

Conclusion

The SteamZoo app is one of the easiest Andriod photo and video sharing apps available. If you like to view and share photos then this app is a no-brainer.

Screen Filter Widget for Android Review

Screen Filter as the name of the widget itself suggests is a special widget that reduces the brightness of your android device, something which was previously only possible if you dove deep into your device’s options. What Screen Filter essentially does is to save you the trouble of diving into sub menus and then figuring out how bright you want your screen to be. You can adjust the brightness of your screen with a single tap so that it adapts to night time viewing, battery saving or eBook reading or you can program it to automatically adjust.

How it works?

In order to create a new Screen Filter Widget you just need to ‘long press’ your device’s home screen. You are then prompted with a customization popup, from where you use the slider to adjust your device’s brightness. The widget sets the default at 48.6% which offers a good compromise between visibility and functionality. The sample text displayed by the Widget is what will help you determine the right brightness.

Screen Filter also has an option that allows users to toggle their backlighting using the soft keys on their phone. However, according to the developer this feature does not work on every Android device out there and one of those being the Samsung Galaxy S and probably even the SII. There is also a plug-in that comes with this widget that allows for people adjust the brightness of their screens automatically based on their time, and their location so for instance you can set the phone to 30% brightness when its 2.pm in the afternoon and then set it to 50% brightness at 9pm at night.

Drawbacks of the Screen Filter widget

One of the biggest drawbacks of the widget is that it is not 100% compatible with all Android devices out there. What’s more even the developers do not have an exact list of which cell phones and tablet devices the widget has problems with. The widget could also have been made more dynamic by allowing for people to make adjustments directly via their home screen.

Conclusions

While there are a few drawbacks to the Screen Filter widget it is still a useful app to have around. Since many people often find themselves figuring out how to adjust their screen’s brightness depending on what they want to do this widget certainly makes life easier. What’s more this is a free tool which means that you can download and use it for free so if you do not like what you see you can simply uninstall it. However, most people will eventually stick with using the app since it saves them time each time they want to adjust their screen’s brightness.

SanDisk Memory Zone Android Widget Review

Called the SanDisk Memory Zone this new Android widget provides users with a centralized control center from where they can backup, manage and control their local device’s and their cloud memory. The SanDisck Memory Zone widget will support external SD cards and internal memory as well as numerous cloud services like Google Docs, Dropbox, Picasa, SugarSync and Box. Support for additional cloud services are being added as we speak.

How it works?

When you first tap on SanDisk Memory Zone Widget it will index all the main sources and accounts that you are using, complete with limits and current usage. Users can then tap on a memory source in order to view a further break down of exactly what has been stored on the device i.e. the number of videos, photos, music, apps and documents. By just swiping down or up you can also switch swiftly between a number of memory sources so finding what you are looking for is much faster.

The widget also sorts and lists all the files which you can view and then sorts them by size and name using the category’s tab above. This allows for people to quickly go to the file which sorted for instance from A-Z. Long pressing the file will then bring up the options menu from where you can chose to move the file over to your memory card or you can upload it to a storage device online, make it private or delete it. When you make your file private it will lock the file with your password but will not take it away from the list view where the file is displayed. If you want to manage multiple files at the same time, that too is supported just as long as you turn on the multi-select option, you can then set one password for all the files you’ve selected.

Pros of the SanDisk Memory Zone include:

  • Manage cloud memory and local devices
  • Very quickly transfer as well as backup files between various storage services
  • Efficient and elegant graphical interface
  • Secure important files with a single password

Drawbacks:

  • Some files may not always be visible
  • At times the widget does slow down especially when listing many files from numerous sources

Conclusion

The Sandisk Memory Zone is probably one of the best and most useful apps for managing and integrating various storage devices. If you are one of those people who has files on multiple storage sources then this is the right widget for you. And because it is free people should give this a shot since if anything it can make juggling multiple storage devices much easier.