AirDroid App Review: Framy

Recently, my Facebook has been flooded with some short films when I was browsing casually. In those short films, my friends were dancing, or dining or farting which were so hilarious and I can’t help laughing. Then I found out that all these short humorous films are created using an app called Framy.  

Framy is an app that helps you to create a short film to tell your own story and share humourous moments with your friends. What you need to do is to take a photo of your own facial expression and then Framy will add some hilarious action to it and make the short film more vivid. Let’s check out how it works.

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First, you need to take your facial expressions, smile, angry and happy in order to match different kinds of actions. For better effect, you should keep your eyes align to the dash line while you are taking your facial expressions. If you have some photos good enough for the facial expressions, you can upload them instead of taking on spot.

However, some people are just not good at taking photos, like me. Don’t worry. Framy has prepared some face samples for you to use in advance, including faces of a female, a male, a bear and a comic character. I think there should be one can match your story.

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Second, once your perfect facial expressions are ready, no matter it’s really you or you just pick up a face from the samples, you can create a “You” with outfits and accessories. There are tons of accessories to choose from, including clothes, hair styles and sunglasses. But currently the Android version Framy has less types of outfits and accessories compared to iOS version.

 

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Third, it’s the most exciting part of Framy. You can choose from different kinds of animation to express your feeling or create your own story. The animations provided include lifestyle, friendship, fight, work, dining, talking, sports, love, happy, sad, angry. You can use Framy to create stories about every aspect of your life. It’s the most impressive aspect about Framy.

Once the animation is chosen, you can add some words to better express your own story.

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Fourth, You can change background to fit your story theme. Framy also allows you to upload your own pics to use as the background.

Of course you can’t tell your story without music. Different music for different themes is sorted out by Framy. You don’t need to spend time on searching a piece of music for it. If you don’t like any of these music provided, Framy allows you to record your own music.

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Now, It’s time to share your masterpiece with your friends. Framy allows you to share it with your Framy friends or publish it on the Framy channel. You can also invite your friends to join in your masterpiece and share the hilarious moments with them.

It’s a pity that Framy Android version does not allows you to export your masterpiece to share it with your friends who are not in you Framy friends list. Just give the developer some time and we can expect more in the next version.

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You will have a strong sense of achievement when you finish a short film. Framy is very easy to use and everyone can be a director to create their own story. Aren’t you excited? Just download Framy and start your director dream.

AirDroid App Review: 7 Minute Workout

One day, one of my friends who is a programmer complained that his wife said that he was getting fatter and fatter. And then he kept shouting:” Do we have any spare time to go the Gym regularly? There are lots of bugs need to be fixed. I have to keep typing to make the world better and better.”

I was afraid that he would become fatter and fatter and then I can’t recognize him any more. I took out my phone and showed him an app, 7 Minute Workout.

Yes, we are all busy with our daily work and family communities and it’s really hard for us to find enough time for exercise regularly. But, don’t worry. 7 Minute Workout provides a straightforward, effective and proper workout in seven minutes. This workout lasts for only seven minutes, and you will feel ashamed to find any excuses for not doing it everyday.  

1. Use only body weight as resistance.

It’s said that the effectiveness of 7 Minute Workout is as good as running for more than one hour or doing body weight exercises in the Gym.

The workout consists of 12 high-intensity exercises that use only body weight as resistance, including jumping jacks, wall sit, push up, abdominal crunch, chair step-up, squat, plank and other easy movements. Don’t look upon on those simple movements! I was really tired when I just finish half of them.

You need to do each kind of movements quickly and keep for 30 seconds. You are allowed to rest for 10 seconds between different movements and then your muscle can relax quickly. 10 seconds? Is that enough?

Also, the sequence of these 12 movements are fixed, otherwise the training rhyme will be broken and a good result won’t be achieved. But you can try to do it in a different sequence to see if its effectiveness is the same. lol

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2.  Easy to learn and no need to prepare other props.

It’s not like running that you need a broad space or going to the gym where there are all kinds of instruments. In 7 Minute Workout, just a chair, a wall and then you can enjoy your spare seven minutes. Oh, you still need one more thing, no excuse!

All the movements are easy to learn. However, personally, some movements might  be a little bit difficult for some girls, such as push-up. At least it’s really challenge for me coz I can’t do it. Can you, girls?

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3. Simple design

It’s a health related app, and it just needs to tell users to do a certain movement at a certain time. So, a complex and fancy user interface design is not suitable for it. No one cares about the design when they are doing exercises with dropping sweat.

7 Minute Workout mainly focuses on the ticking of the clock. A countdown of round shape takes up ⅔ of the whole interface. Just imagine that your life lies on movements! However, small size of  movement example are shown on the bottom of the interface.

What’s more, an interesting thing is that you can chose whether to have audio countdown while you are doing exercise. You may feel that someone is doing exercise with you. 1.2.3…

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Also, I’ll love it more if this app could add a feature to remind me of doing it at a setting time.

In conclusion, 7 Minute Workout is a good app for those who are busy, tired and have no time to go to the Gym. If you don’t believe that 7 Minute Workout will make you sweat, just give it a shot!

AirDroid APP Review: Sleep as Android

Hi guys! Here’s Co & Do’s Channel! 

We are all fans of Android and are thrilled about variety of productive, funny and easy-to-use apps, no doubt (this curiosity is our secret of making such a great app like AirDroid, to be honest).

During the past years of exploration of the App world. We did dig out some nice and cool apps (like ours AirDroid), which we have been admiring and learning from and there’s no reason to keep those with ourselves without sharing with you guys just like what we have been doing.

So here we are, hope you will like it. 

The first app that we feel really like to recommend to you is Sleep as Android:

Sleep as Android  helps to sleep better and have a good night’s rest

We are recently preparing for something really big! The result is that we get burned out in the day and are tossing and turning the whole night or even can’t fall asleep! How frustrated! Then I remembered the app - Sleep as Android - one of our team member once mentioned. Hum, I’d better give it a try.

Isn’t it just an alarm clock? WTF, why so complicated? I’m asked to solve the equation? What the hell, how do I know the answer?

OK, to be serious, this app - Sleep as Android - by Urbandroid Team can help us to figure out our sleep pattern by tracking the sleep cycle, and wake us up at the most optimal moment so we would feel refreshed.

1. Set alarms

First of all, we need to set alarms in the home page, the steps are similar to setting normal alarms. Sleep as Android provides with lots of options and various ringtones for us to choose from. A small challenge for allodoxaphobia like me when welcomed by these ringtones:

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2. Smart wake up

Indeed an unpleasant experience of being disturbed while I’m in the sweet dream. How I wish I can smash the alarm clock!! I just dreamed about a pay raise, the manager is talking to me… Awww, feel even more tired when I wake up.

The normal alarm clocks only trigger in the fixed time. To the contrary, Sleep as Android  will analyze our sleep cycle, recognize what sleep phase we are in, and will wake us up at an optimal time.

For example, if we set the alarm at 8 o’clock in the morning, and set a 30-minute smart period, during 7:30 ~ 8:00, Sleep as Android  will look for a time when our sleep is relatively light and then trigger the alarm:  

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3. CAPTCHA - to stop oversleeping

We know it’s hard to win when we work against the natural instincts of our body. Dismiss the alarm and continue sleeping is a common action and in this case, CAPTCHA will help us to get up on time.

Sleep as Android  provides with several different CAPTCHAS, with a range of difficulty settings: Very simple - Simple - Intermediate - Hard - Very hard, to stop the alarm:

Math equation: choose answers from the list or type them by yourself

Sleeping sheep: find an awake sheep

Shake it: shake your phone

QR code: scan a QR code (supported QR apps: Barcode Scanner, QRDroid, Google Goggles)

NFC tag: scan a NFC tag

Dream diary: write a piece of diary of your dream

Personally, Finding an awake sheep with Very hard mode is the most difficult option for me. I have to catch 5 awake sheep among about 30 sheep, with an irregularly changing way. And focusing on something is not easy for who is half-awake.

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4. Sleep tracking

Tracking sleep is another important feature of Sleep as Android. Go to ALARMS and tap  Sleep tracking at the bottom left, place the phone on the bed and Sleep as Android  will track our sleep.

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How’s our sleep quality? When we are in light sleep and when we are in deep sleep? Sleep as Android  will collect those data by monitoring the body movements through built-in sensor and aggregated those data into sleep graphs, which can give us an overview of the sleep statistics:

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Those data could also be aggregated into charts:

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Also, advice on sleep will be given based on a simple analysis of the data collected:

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If Sleep as Android  is used often, a more accurate advice will be given:

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And Sleep as Android  can detect sleep talking, snoring and more. Interesting when I listen to the records. I won’t tell you what I was talking about at night.

5. Some tips

1) Set your phone to Airplane mode to avoid being disturbed by phone calls.

2) Charging your phone during sleep tracking because this app is a little battery-eating.

3) A good choice to use this app with smart watch like Pebble, Moto 360.

There are lots of interesting and useful features, and Addons in Sleep as Android  waiting for you to explore. But never believe all you read. Humans are humans. We use apps to make our Android more human, but we shouldn’t rely on the apps, you know me.

Sleep as Android is available for free as a two week trial. It’ll cost you $4.49 to get the full version.