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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!

Want to get KitKat 4.4 now on your Android device today?

I'm a Galaxy Note 2 owner, and I have never been happier with a mobile before. 12 months on and the Note 2 is still one of the most powerful devices on the markets, has an excellent screen, amazing battery and is an absolute pleasure to use. Unfortunately - that pleasure isn't immediately apparent when first booting the device, as Samsung's Touchwiz interface is abysmal - seriously - why is there not drag and drop rearranging functionality (without having to press enter edit mode)!

After using Nova Launcher quite happily for the last 12 months, I started seeing screenshots of KitKat on the Nexus 5 and immediately became envious of the simplicity of the OS - as well as the increased Google Now and search integration. Luckily, thanks to the way the Android Launcher application has been recoded, it is now available for all to try and enjoy. With only a few simple installs you will have an entirely fresh Android experience!

Sure - it wont be an absolute 4.4 experience, but the most prominent Google experience (suing the home screen / widgets) will be. Throw in the ability to update a few core apps (see Step 3), and you will be 80% of the way to having KitKat on your android device - no rooting or flashing needed!

To guide you through the process - I have set things out in a few easy steps.

Step 1 - allow install from unknown sources

I'd say if you are reading this article, you have probable already completed this step - but if you are new to the side-loading scene (installing apps from places other than Google Play), then instructions are here.

Step 2 - install the following three .APKs in order

To install these .APKs simply open Chrome browser on your android device, then click the below links one at a time. Once clicked, download the APK file. Allow Chrome to download the file. It should start downloading on the notification panel. Once it is downloaded, click on the finished file from the notification panel and follow the prompts to install.

1. Google Play Services Update
2. Google Search Update
3. New Google Launcher 

After installing file 3 (above), press your home key and click on the new "launcher" icon (and make it a permanent move if you want). If all has gone to plan, then congrats, you will now have the new Google KitKat launcher on your android device!

I have personally tried this on both my Note 2, and my Transformer Prime tablet. In both instances it worked perfectly!

Step 3 - update other apps

If you want an even closer experience to 4.4 Android - there are a variety of other APKs that can be installed. Simply install them from the links below and enjoy!

Step 4 - enjoy!

Below are a few screen shots from my efforts. If you have any questions or need assistance - please ask in the comments.

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