Talk Android Apps of the Week: February 7, 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 third-party keyboard, a gorgeous live wallpaper, a great aftermarket Twitter client and last, but not least, a must-have game for all soccer addicts.

Chrooma Keyboard

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If you’re a fan of Google Keyboard, you’re going to love the first application we’re looking at this week. Chrooma is a lightweight third-party keyboard that sports an almost-identical interface to Android’s default input offering. However, it packs a handful of smart functionality that makes it much more pleasant to use.

One of my favoured features in Chrooma is its facility to automatically adapt the background of the keyboard to match the color pallets of the application you’re using — so, for example, if you open Facebook, you’ll notice the keys change to a dark blue hue. The same applies to all other apps, too.

I’m especially fond of the integrated Night Mode, which adjusts color tonality according to the ambient light sensor. This is perfect for low-light conditions when your phone is running on the lowest brightness mode as it will apply a dark color scheme to your keyboard, so you don’t have to strain your eyes to locate the keys you’re looking for.

Chrooma is also fully resizable, which means that you can adjust the sizes of the keys and remove the dedicated number row by heading into the standalone Settings application. This function is great for devices with smaller displays as, quite often, keyboards tend to take up a substantial amount of room, but with this app users have the option to scale it down, in order to free up more screen space.

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Muzei Live Wallpaper

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I’ve openly admitted that I’m a wallpaper addict. In fact, I’m a wallpaper hoarder. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. Earlier this week, I installed Muzei Live Wallpaper on my Galaxy S6 Edge, and I can honestly say it’s revolutionized my background experience. The application automatically refreshes your home screen each day with a gorgeous, well-known piece of art that has been subtly blurred to create a frosted effect that looks fantastic.

If you’re not a fan of contemporary art, Muzei has your back, too. You can ditch the historic artwork in favor of your own snaps. All you have to do is import a handful of images from the gallery on your device, and the app will do the rest.

Muzei is developer-friendly, which means that developers can access the API in order to create their own third-party image sources. This is fantastic for both you and I as it means that we don’t have to sift through hundreds of images to create our own collection. Instead, we can add someone else’s.

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Fenix for Twitter

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Last Sunday, I installed Fenix for Twitter. Usually, I’m fairly impartial to third-party Twitter clients and often find myself switching back to the official Android offering. However, seeing as I’d forked out $5.49 for this application, I was determined to give it a fair trial, and boy am I glad I did. After seven-days of constant use, I am happy to report that it is now my favorite Twitter companion.

As you’d expect, Fenix is jam-packed with all of the latest and greatest functionality, including the ability to view conversations in an easy to read layout, preview images on your timeline and open links using a built-in browser. It’s extremely customizable, which means that you can alter the entire navigation aspect of the application by hiding the features you’re not interested in using.

If I’m completely honest, there’s only really one characteristic that keeps me using Fenix, and that’s its conversations layout. It can often be hard to keep up with a string of tweets using the standard Twitter mobile client, but Fenix makes it incredibly easy. All conversations are displayed in a color-coded list, which enables you to follow the dialogue in a natural way without having to stop and wonder who sent the message.

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Soccer Hero

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Up last this week, we’re looking at an engaging soccer Game. The aim of Soccer Hero is simple: Take control of some of the best clubs in the world and lead them to victory  whilst assuming the identity of an up and coming player. You’ll also have the facility to spend your character’s money on houses, supercars and other assets, but you need to be careful not to get into too much debt as it could take a toll on his career, sending you right back to the drawing board. Intuitive touch controls allow you to navigate the ball with great precision — so you don’t have to worry about shots going off target as a result of an inaccurate display.

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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.