Talk Android Apps of the Week: January 3, 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 Twitter client, a futuristic alarm clock, an awesome PlayStation companion and last, but not least, an extremely fun game.

Talon for Twitter

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If you search for “Twitter clients” on the Play Store, you’ll be presented with hundreds, if not thousands, of offerings. But with such a huge array, how do you know which one to choose? Well, you don’t. It’s all about trial and error. However, I firmly believe I’ve stumbled upon the very best Twitter companion currently available. It’s called Talon and costs $3.99 to download.

In my opinion, what puts Talon streets ahead of the competition is its user interface. The development team have taken the concept of Material Design and put their own simplistic spin on it to produce one of the most gorgeous applications I’ve ever used. Navigating through the different menus is snappy and composing tweets couldn’t be simpler.

Talon extends the opportunity to customize the layout, design and functionality of the application by using the integrated theme engine. You will not only have the facility to create your own color pallet, but will be able to specify the order that different menus are presented in, too.

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Timely

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The second application we’re looking at this week is Timely, a futurist alarm clock, which is is packed to the rim with tons of useful features you’d never have thought you’d need to wake you up, but once you get to grips with them, you’ll find them hard to live without.

When setting an alarm in Timely, you have the facility to sync it across all of your Android-powered devices, so that you can be awakened regardless of what device is next to your bed. If you don’t want the chime to sound on a specific unit, you can simply uncheck it in the list.

One of the things I like most about Timely is how simple it is to use. Creating an alarm is easy. All you have to do is swipe in from the left-hand side of the screen and select the time you’d like to wake up from the time bar that appears on the screen. You even have the facility to toggle a ‘smart wake’ feature, which makes sure the alarm goes off at an optimum time.

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PlayStation App

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If you own a PlayStation 4, you may want to listen up, as this application is aimed at you. The PlayStation App is a fantastic mobile portal, which enables you to not only view your friends list and send messages when you’re on the go, but also browse the PlayStation Store to snag a bargain and compare trophies with friends.

To be totally honest, I was a complete stranger to the PlayStation App until the day Fallout 4 launched. At the time of release, I was on my way to a lecture, but I wanted to ensure that it was downloaded and ready for me to play as soon as I got home, so I opened up the application, navigated to the Store, purchased the game and simply set it to install.

There’s not much else to say about the official PlayStation App. It’s definitely not something you’ll use all of the time, but when you do open it up, it will almost certainly be useful.

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Stick Hero

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Up last this week, we’re looking at yet another puzzle game, and this one’s called Stick Hero. All you have to do is press your finger on your device’s display in order to extend a bridge to the length you feel is long enough to cover the gap between the two blocks. If the bridge falls short, your character will plummet to a miserable death. If it’s extensive enough, they’ll progress to the next section.

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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.