July 29, 2014

Developers We Love: LevelUp Studio

When you spend as much time as we do looking at the horizon, it’s easy to lose sight of things right in front of you.  As great as it is to talk about the next hot phone or tablet, we know a vast majority of you already have a device and plan to stick with it for quite a while.  So, instead of making you angry with rumors of the next killer handset, we’d rather help you get the most of the one that is on your desk right now.  With that, we’re starting off a new series called Developers We Love.  These are the guys you should be looking first for great apps and games to take advantage of your Android devices.

Our love for LevelUp Studio began a long time ago when they first released Beautiful Widgets.  Bringing the sexy HTC Sense-inspired clock widget to Android phones around the world, it was apparent that these guys had a knack for design and aesthetics.  Beautiful Widgets has improved steadily over time, adding new features and customization to an already gorgeous set of clocks, weather widgets, and more.  Thanks to its recent Super Clock Widget and overhauled SDK, we’re finding new and exciting clocks and weather themes nearly every time we open the app.  There are a few other sets of widgets that can be tailored for even more desktop control over your Android settings.   Along the same lines, LevelUp Studio also provides a live wallpaper for devices that takes the standard grass theme and pours new animations all over it. We’re talking rain, snow, sun, clouds, fog, and more.  This always moving, location-aware wallpaper looks great no matter what widgets or apps you use.

Beautiful Widgets offers seemingly endless home screen customization.

Another standout application from LevelUp Studio is their twitter client, Plume.  Formerly known as Touiteur, it too gets better all the time.  Features include color customization, scrollable widgets, geotagging, picture previews, inline conversations, and much more.  Plume supports multiple accounts and a host of photo sharing tools for you preferential types.  As functional as it is pleasing to the eye, this one makes for a great twitter experience.

And this brings us to FoxyRing, a customizable app that makes your Android ringtones smarter.  Making use of time, location, and ambient noise, FoxyRing adjusts itself so that you don’t have any awkward boardroom moments.  Other features include battery management, sleeping hours, and a timed silence mode widget. The widget is handy for people who forget to turn their phone back up after the movie lets out.

We look forward to only improvements to these existing apps, but whatever else LevelUp Studio wants to throw our way.  If you’re new to Android or are just looking to spice things up, definitely give these guys a peek.