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Talk Android Apps of the Week: February 14, 2016

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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic reading service, a great photo-editing tool, an incredibly easy-to-use QR scanner and last, but not least, an addictive survival game.

Amazon Kindle

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If you’re a bit of a book worm, you’re going to love the first application we’re looking at this week. The official Kindle application for Android is home to over 1.5-million books, which are all available to download and save to your device’s built-in storage at any given time. One of the best things the Kindle app incorporates is its support for Dictionary, Google and Wikipedia — so if you stumble on a word or phrase you’re unfamiliar with, you can take to the Internet to pull all the information required to gain a better understanding. If you already own a Kindle Tablet, you’ll be glad to hear that you can read whatever book you’re reading across multiple devices, and your progress will synchronise automatically.

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Pic Collage

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I’m sure frequent Instagram users will agree with me when I say that collages are one of the most effective ways of getting your message across when it’s a friends or loved one’s birthday. Combining several years worth of memories into one large image creates a truly treasurable picture that is guaranteed to make their heart melt. The best way to create these iconic square-grid snapshots is by using Pic Collage. The application enables you to import photos from your gallery, Instagram and Facebook accounts. You can then rotate, resize and edit them any way you please. If you have a particular theme in mind like love, for example, you can open one of Pic Collage’s integrated templates to create a great looking themed portrait in a matter of seconds.

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QR & Barcode Scanner

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It’s impossible to walk down the street nowadays without spotting a QR code. However, Android doesn’t integrate support for a QR Scanner — so if you want one, you’ll need to take to the Play Store to find an application to decode the barcodes. The best tool I found to do the job goes by the name of QR & Barcode Scanner. All you have to do is point your smartphone at a QR, and the app will automatically detect it, then refer you its link. There’s no fancy user interface, which is probably the reason why I’m so fond of this particular offering. As soon as you open the application, you’re presented with a camera to scan the code. That’s really all there is to it.

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Bouncing Ball

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In keeping with tradition, the final application we’re looking at this week is an entertaining survival game. The aim of Bouncing Ball is simple: tap the screen to make the ball bounce over any obstacles in your path. As the clock ticks, both the size and frequency of the hurdles will increase — so you’ll have to tap your handset’s screen faster than ever to keep up. If you do happen to come into contact with an obstruction, your ball will disappear, and you’ll have to start all over again. Progress is recorded in accordance the score you obtain, so the longer you go without colliding with something, the more points you’ll be credited with.

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About the Author: Josh Levenson

Josh is an avid Android enthusiast who writes news, reviews and the occasional how-to articles. He lives in the UK and is fascinated by anything technical. He enjoys stripping and rebuilding vintage Macs and is a keen amateur photographer. Currently, his smartphone of choice is the HTC One (M8), but he has a sneaky suspicion that’s going to change when the Galaxy Note 4 finally hits the shelves.