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FaceApp - despite the controversy there's a reason it is popular!

FaceApp is high in the ranks of then Google Play store at the moment, and despite the controversies of white-washing, there's a reason. In short, it's really fun, simple to use and an all round well-designed app that has some great filters and effects.
The purpose of the app is simple - simply load it up, take a photo, play with a few dials and then before you know it there's your desired outcome - whether it be a new gender, a younger self, an older self - etc. You name it - FaceApp can do it.
Check it out today, it's one of those apps well worth downloading and spending a few minutes with!

Google Books

Today's app of the day is Google Books.

For any android user these days, there are a plenitude of options to read e books on your device. There's Kindle and Kobo for those users who like purchasing their books through legitimate means, then there are apps such as Cool Reader and MoonReader for those users who already have ebooks on their computer and don't need to buy more, or, want to read .pdf's or .txt docs (or a large variety of other formats), and finally, there are apps such as WattPad for those who want to read user created ebooks and avoid texts from larger publishers.

All in all, it is safe to come to the conclusion that when it comes to reading on your phone, pretty much all the bases are already covered. It is into this already crowded market, that Google has launched Google Books.

When looking at Google Books, it ultimately falls into the exact same categories at the Kindle and Kobo apps discussed above - that is, it gives readers access to a wide range of paid books through the android market place (a new feature most frequenters of the market would have already spotted), and also give assess to a wide range of "out-of-copyright" books for free. Neither of these features offer anything new, but I did notice that the free books suggestions in the market had regard to my geographic location, meaning that many local Australian books (where I am from), were at the top of the most popular free list. Although this is only a minor observation, it did mean that some of my favourite novels were up the top of my free list, screaming out for a nostalgic re-read.

In terms of actual reading, Google Books looks and operates in a very similar manner to the other popular platforms, and the text looks great on my Desire HD. I found it very easy to search for and download books through the market, and found customising the screen to my own preference (i.e. as I usually read at night, I prefer to put the phone on night mode) to be simple, as could be expected from a Google product. Additionally, I did find one great feature that utilised the millions of books that Google have scanned into their online Google books service, in that a book can be read (with a net connection) from scanned screens of the original text. Although this is more of a gimmick than a practically useful feature, there is something quite unique about pressing a switch and seeing a modern font revert to a 1850's typeface, complete with all the imperfections of a typewritten document.

So, after reading this, you may be asking yourself whether it is worth bothering with Google Books? In short, I would have to say, Yes. Why? How about, why not? For me, it is simple -  it is a Google product and I am using a Google phone. This means that it uses my existing Google accounts and integrates perfectly into the Android Market. Sure, there are minor quirks with all the major reading platforms that exist, but in general Google Books holds up against the competition, and includes some unique features to likely make me be reading from it into the future.

Price: Free

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