Best Android Apps of the Week: RootCloak, Feedly 18, Floatifications, GalleryNext, and More

Best Apps of the Week

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Today is Monday and this means that another edition of our Best Android Apps of the Weeks column is here. Last week, we have presented you, among others, applications like Jelly, Poweramp, and Pandora Internet Radio.

If you missed our previous edition of Best Android Apps of the Week, I remind you that the column is not only about new apps that made it into Google Play Store, but also about older apps that received major updates. Can you guess what apps made it in this week’s edition of Best Android Apps? Of course you can, because you definitely read the tile.

RootCloak Plus (Cydia) – Free

We all know how annoying can be to be denied access to an app because you are trying to launch it on a rooted smartphone or tablet. If you were experience this annoyance then you should check out RootCloak Plus (Cydia) as it’s a good way to fix that. RootCloak Plus it’s a new version of the old RootCloak app, and, as you’ve probably guessed it’s developed by DevAdvance and brings support for even more apps.

RootCloak Plus uses Cydia Substrate instead of the Xposed Framework that the original tool was based on. Whatever that means. All you kneed to know is that it won’t allow apps to deny you access because you’re rooted.

You should also know that in order to use RootCloak Plus you will need to download Cydia, then RootCloak Plus, then set both apps, then reboot. Furthermore, if your device is running an Android 4.4-based ROM, you must download SELinux Mode Changer, and set mode to Permissive.

RootCloak Plus (Cydia) can be downloaded from Google Play Store for free using this link. Don’t forget about requirements above, and to check RootCloak Plus’ description, too.

RootCloak Plus (Cydia)

Feedly Reader 18 – Free

Soon after Google decided to shutdown Reader, Feedly became one of the most popular RSS news reader. Well, Feedly has now reached version 18, and, as you’ve probably guessed brings new features and bug fixes.

By far, the most interesting feature of Feedly 18 is the “Speed reading” functionality, which allows you to tap the edge of the screen to jump to the next article.

According to the official changelog posted on Feedly’s blog and in the Play Store description, version 18 brings new Nexus 7 design, Google Plus login and sharing dialog, and mark all as read card with reading stats, along with fixes for back button issues, rendering bugs, login expiration, and more.

Feedly 18 it’s free and it’s available for download in Google Play Store. Use this link to get it on your device.

Feedly 18

Talon for Twitter – $1.99

If you are into Twitter, then you should really check out Talon for Twitter app. Even though it costs $1.99 it’s an that will get you “fully immersed in your Twitter with this beautiful, feature PACKED Twitter client with a design that actually makes sense.” Probably. I don’t use Twitter too much.

With Talon for Twitter you will get live streaming support, support for 2 accounts, view your timelines (main, mentions, direct messages, links, and pictures), favorite users, update your profile picture, banner, location, and user description, block, follow, and add users to lists, and more.

For more details check the Talon for Twitter description on Google Play Store. You can download the app there, too.

Talon for Twitter

12Hours – Free

My friend Mike likes to keep his Android homescreen as clean as possible. I mean no apps, no widgets, no nothing. Only the dock. C’moon, Mike, do something cool with your homescreen.

If you want something cool to happen with your homescreen then you should check this… errr… cool widget. It’s called 12hours, it’s a clock, and it’s free for download in Google Play (you’ll find the link below, don’t panic).

12Hours isn’t just an analog clock, it’s also capable of displaying your appointments that are scheduled in the next 12 hours. Get it? It’s called 12hours, it displays your events in the next 12 hours. Pretty smart.

You can download 1Hours here, then add it on your homescreen and make it cooler. Don’t follow Mike’s example. He doesn’t know anything about cool homescreens.

12Hours

Floatifications (Trial) – Free

Remember Floating Notification? That app that allowed your notification to float around. Just like Facebook chat heads, but for notification. Well, Rob J (who happens to be its developer) changed its name to Flatifications. Then it updated it to version 1.7.

What’s new in Floatifications v1.7? I’m glad you’ve asked. You will get new ticker notification type, full screen mode, you can now customize the gab between stacked icons, you can unlink Floatifications and status bar notifications, and, of course, most of the bugs will be fixed.

Folatifications Trial can be downloaded for free from Google Play, but you should keep in mind that expires in 14 days. If you liked it, you can unlock the full app here. It costs $2.09.

Floatifications

EvolveSMS – Free

Remember Talon, the Twitter client? Remember that it was developed by the guys at Klinker Apps? Probably not, because I forgot to mention them. Well, the same developer also released EvolveSMS app, which is a SMS app. A SMS app with KitKat system elements and some very cool animations.

Because EvolveSMS is a SMS app, it will do usual SMS stuff, allowing you to send and receive SMS. Plus SMS widgets. It’s free, and it’s available for download in Google Play Store. Grab it here. For $0.99 you can purchase a customization pack with themes, night mode, and contact avatar tools. If you are filthy rich, you can spend $1.49 and get Drobox backups, along with scheduled messaging, and other features.

EvolveSMS

GalleryNext – Free

CyanogenMod is the most popular Android custom ROM and in an attempt to make it more user-friendly, the CM team developed GalleryNext.

GalleryNext is in beta for the time being, but it’s not very hard to join the program. You can find all the instructions in this article.

Because it’s a gallery app, you will find yourself using GalleryNext to display photos and videos. The great thing about it is that it allows you to view them from several sources like your phone/tablet (obviously), Facebook, Drobox, Flickr, or Picasa. Because it’s in beta, GalleryNext looks like it still requires one or two touches, here and there, but don’t get scared, you can go with it as your daily driver.

Here’s the Play Store link to GalleryNext. What? You can’t download it? I’ve already told you to use the instructions in this article.

GalleryNext

iShredder 3 Standard Edition / PRO Edition – Free / $2.99

If you are planning to sell your smartphone and you need a tool to erase all data from your device, then you must be a really lucky guy as ProtectStar Inc. has released iShredder 3, which is available in both Standard and PRO Edition.

iShredder 3 will help you to “destroy all the files” on your device before you sell it. It’s not just a simple wipe, as they will be deleted “without a trace.” Why would you want to delete them “without a trace?” Because, according to ProtectStar Inc., “it’s dead easy to restore supposedly deleted files from the memory on your Android device these day.”

iShredder 3 Standard Edition is available for free and it can be downloaded from here, while iShredder 3 PRO Edition costs $2.99 and can be downloaded using this link.

iShredder 3 Standard Edition

GMD Air Command Shortcut – Free

If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, you should check out GMD Air Command Shortcut, an app that does exactly what it says: creates a shortcut for the Air Command menu, allowing you to access it without having to pull out the S Pen.

You won’t need root, it’s easy to use, it’s free, and it’s available in Google Play Store. You can download it by following this link. Since it’s a lightweight app (only 266kB) you won’t even need a WiFi connection. Have fun using it.

GMD Air Command Shortcut