Newton (Previously Cloud Magic) Android App Interview

Newton is a subscription based email service which includes extensive features like Read Receipts, Send Later, Sender Profiles, Connected apps and more. The application is offered by Cloud Magic and is available for 14-day free trial in the Google Play Store.

The Newton app was previously known as Cloud Magic. I'm sure a lot of you have used the Cloud Magic app in the past and some of you are still using it as your email client.

If you are not currently using the service or haven't tried earlier, it's time to explore the app as the updated version has added impressive features.

You can add Gmail, iCloud, Office 365, Exchange, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Google Apps and all IMAP accounts to start your journey.

Newton tracks the emails you've sent and notifies when someone reads it and also when someone doesn't respond to your email. You can also remotely wipes the emails in case your device gets stolen.

The sender profiles give a better understanding about the user that has sent you the email. Tap on the sender picture to know more about their job, the organisation they are working for and their social profiles. You can also flip the card to learn more about their organisation.

You can snooze the emails just like the Google's inbox app. In addition to that, you can also schedule the emails to send later or undo the sending if you've sent it by mistake.

   

You can customize swiping the emails left and right, short and long for most used actions like Delete, Mark as Read, Archive ... You can also connect to a cloud service to save all your emails.

Those are just a few features that I've discussed and you'll find more once you start exploring.

A 14-day trial is too long to fall in love with the service. It has all the features you expect an email client to have, where with other clients, to have similar features you have to rely on extensions.

Great Day Reader! To give insights into the application development, Vinit Joshi, Marketing at Cloud Magic responded with answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of the Newton App (CloudMagic)?

When we first launched CloudMagic 3 years ago, our mission was to modernize the user experience for work email. We wanted CloudMagic to be a reliable service into which you plug in your email account, which then gets supercharged with powerful features. We believed in the power of email as an open communication protocol and that it could be made better and more relevant, not just for today but also for the future.

2 Why was the decision made to change the name and What are the changes happened to Newton App which makes it exceptionally great compared to CloudMagic?

We always wanted to be ‘modern, geeky, fun, friendly and smart’ without losing our trademark CloudMagic qualities - simple, reliable and fast. Plus, since this is more or less a new start, we thought this would be a good time to come up with a new brand identity. That’s how we zeroed in on 'Newton', which we believe captures everything we want our product to represent.

Newton comes loaded with powerful features like Read Receipts, Send Later, Undo Send, Snooze, Sender Profile, Connected Apps (previously Cards), which were not present in CloudMagic

3. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

More essential and power features to add to the existing features (link tracking, per-recipient tracking), iOS/Mac Calendar, Windows app etc

4. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

To know more about the Cloud Magic and their transition to Newton. Check out their official blog post.

Blip Blip Plays Hourly Sounds Similar To Watches

If you're someone who likes the hourly sounds that are made by watches or wall clocks every hour then you might show interest in an app like the Blip Blip. This app brings the hourly chimes feature to Android. The app is build by Paweł Nadolski and is available for free in the Google Play Store with no In-app purchases.

Blip Blip app has a simple UI and it notifies you every hour with a sound. Currently, the notification sounds have 6 variations and its creator mentioned there is more to come. In addition to the sound, you can also enable vibration.

Blip Blip Android App Screenshots


You can turn the app on off from its main screen. Once on, the notification repeats every hour or you can set for shorter times.

You can check the upcoming notification times for almost a week and if you don't want the app to notify you in the night or any other specific time then you can set the silent time in settings. In addition to that, you can also add silent days.

You can light up the screen during notification or disable the notification while playing music or taking calls in the settings. You can set the ringtone volume or music volume or another audio stream as the notification sound.

Blip Blip app has lot of settings and advanced settings which you can explore to customize.

Great Day Readers! To give insights into the application development, Paweł Nadolski, the man behind the Blip Blip app responded with answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

I have created Blip Blip with Paweł Balaryn. Paweł did graphics design and I developed the app. We also had help from many volunteers who contributed translations to over ten languages.

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of Blip Blip?

We were brainstorming app ideas together and this one was one of the simplest - that is why we choose to create it. There were similar apps in the store, which I tried before, but there were opportunities to improve their design or functionality. The idea was to create nice looking, simple to use and functional app which also has the potential to add more functionality in the future.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing Blip Blip?

The biggest challenge was and still is android fragmentation and differences in device behavior. Playing sound at specified time seems to be an easy thing to do, but reality is that it works differently on various kinds of devices. The sound may be played too late or too early by few minutes caused by some android bug or the app may be killed by some battery saving feature or app. Users expect notification at specified times and when they do not get it, it is very frustrating. This is the area the app needs constant improvement and monitoring of new behavior in new devices. The goal is to make the app just work for as many users as possible.

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

Except for reliability improvements, there are many features planned for new releases. The most important ones are those most requested by the users. These are: the ability to add custom sounds, use different sounds at different times, more sounds available in the app and more flexible defining notification times.

There are many more features planned, but those are the most likely to appear in next major update.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

We would like to thank all the users of the app for using it and for the support. Positive response and constructive criticism from our users helps us drive the app forward. It is very exciting to know how many people we have helped become more productive or mindful.

Send Private and Secure Emails with ProtonMail

ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service that aims to protect users privacy. The application is offered by Proton Technologies and is available for free in the Google Play Store.

Simply create an email address and start sending, receiving emails and attachments that are encrypted for free. You can set timers for the emails to self-destruct and send password protected emails.

Not storing Ip log, end-to-end encryption and swiss privacy laws protect your privacy and make email conversations more secure.

ProtonMail Android App Screenshots

The free email account comes with limited features. You can send and receive 150 secure emails per day, create 20 labels and a limited storage of 500MB.

You can upgrade the account to a plus account or a visionary account to increase the limits and can also create custom domains. The plus account costs around € 5.00 /mo or € 48.00 /yr and the visionary account costs € 30.00 /mo or € 288.00 /yr.

Great Day Readers! To give insights into the application development, Dr. Andy Yen, CEO of ProtonMail responded with answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

ProtonMail is comprised of CERN scientists, cryptography experts and seasoned web developers all passionate about one thing - bringing privacy to the masses.

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of ProtonMail?

Development of ProtonMail started in the CERN cafeteria in 2013. It was at this time that we realized the right of privacy for the billions of Internet users was at risk. We wanted to ensure everyone using the internet had the option to protect their information from unwelcome prying eyes.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing ProtonMail?

ProtonMail faces a complex problem of integrating cutting edge security while making it seamless and easy to use. We have worked tirelessly to ensure ProtonMail is the easiest to use and most private email application.

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

ProtonMail is currently designed to work very well for individuals around the world who are interested in securing their personal email communications. In the future, we will be releasing updates that deliver this same promise to everyone including small businesses, non-profit organizations, and enterprises.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Privacy is a choice. It is important for everyone to make a conscious decision between protecting their privacy or not. To make this decision, we must understand the consequences of this decision today, and in the future. The information about ourselves that we provide to "Free services" today, will live on into the future, forever. With more and more services like ProtonMail, we now have the ability to chose privacy.

To Round - Organize Tasks In Bubbles

To Round is a task managing application that organizes your tasks in bubbles and these bubbles juggle when your phone is tilted. The app is offered by Future Comes and is available for free in the Google Play Store with no In-app purchases.

Start creating tasks simply by adding the title. You can also add date, time to remind you, labels to differentiate your tasks and a detailed description of the task. The size of the bubble will help you realize the priority of the task. Bigger the size of the bubble the important the task is.

Once you completed a task mark it as done. All your completed, postponed and current tasks can be viewed anytime.

Task Manager To Round Android App Screenshot

Great Day Readers! To give us more insights into the application development Anna Svirelkina, Marketing Expert at Future Comes responded with the answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

We are a highly talented team of experts, moreover, some of us have been working together for over five years already, and we had run many successful IT projects together http://futurecomes.com/.

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of Task Manager To Round?

We are a team of creative business people with a vast array of ideas, projects, and tasks. We need to intelligently manage our time.  We tried many different task managers, but none of the existing solutions answered our demands. That is why we decided to create a task manager, which will satisfy all our needs. The idea became a challenging task for us, since on the one hand, we wanted our to-do app to be a full-fledged task manager, and on the other – we needed a solution that is very simple and easy to use. Another important thing we kept in mind while designing our task manager is that just a quick glance at the main screen should give you an idea of how important a task is. After a series of brainstorming sessions, we created our unique main screen – the funnel, where each task is shown as a bubble and the task importance is represented by the bubble size, the bigger the bubble, the more important is the task to be done. The title To Round reflects the concept of a task manager where tasks are represented as bubbles.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing Task Manager To Round?

At first, we made To Round just for ourselves, but we were so touched to find out that people really do like it, that we decided to continue developing the product. Our resources allowed us to launch and support the web version on PHP for a long time. In the summer of 2015, we managed to attract a private investor, which gave us additional resources and allowed to expand the team, switch PHP to Node.js, launch the Telegram bot, and release iOS and Android apps that our devoted users waited for. At first, our Android app was not stable on all devices. It was a serious challenge for our developers, but they took it up and quickly fixed. Now we mostly focus on improving our mobile apps.

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

In our upcoming updates, we plan to add the option to share tasks with friends, colleagues, and the whole world! Moreover, we are now concentrated on various features and options for collaboration and joint projects involving people from different locations. We also constantly improve the apps’ design and UI to make it even more user-friendly and intuitive. To Round already has many fans, we get suggestions and comments constantly on how to improve our apps, and we react by adding those functions requested by our users.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Focus only on relevant tasks.

Lumi - Personalize News by Swiping Right and Left

Lumi is a curated news application offered by Lumi News. It is available for free with no In-app purchases.

Lumi Android App Screenshots

Lumi shows you the title and a short overview of the news. You can swipe down to read the entire article. If you like a story, you can swipe right and if you don't like the story, swipe left (you guessed it right similar to Tinder but this is a news app). Based on the stories you liked and disliked the app curates your news.

You can add interested topics and connect your Facebook, Twitter accounts to personalize news even more. You can also comment on the stories and read offline.

Using the app is so easy and you don't have to spend time customizing the topics, adding websites. You can focus simply on reading the news.



Great Day Readers! To get more insights into the application development, the co-founder, Martin Stiksel responded with the answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

A passionate bunch of people on a mission to bring the world relevant stuff to read. Loads of data Science has gone into it, we have 3 great people working on that side of the apps. Additionally, we have some excellent Android and iOS and backend capabilities. And Felix and myself, previously founders of Last.fm

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of Lumi?

We wanted to make it easy for people to discover interesting stuff to read, no matter how much technical expertise they have. There is too much great stuff floating around on the internet that gets missed unless you spend lots of time tuning your Twitter/RSS reader etc. 

And just like with Last.fm before, we also wanted help those people that create the content to reach an interested audience.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing Lumi?

Bundling all the data science cleverness in a user experience that does not get in the way of the user enjoying their content. Lots of smart apps end up cluttering the interface with loads of option to rate articles and tell the app more about the topics the users are interested in at the expense of the actual consumption, the reading

Lumi learns it all automatically, just connect Facebook or Twitter and carry on reading and Lumi will figure out what you are interested in.

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

Both on Android and on iOS we are looking at how you can find the best of what your friends are reading too, so it enriches your stream of relevant articles.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Hopefully, Lumi will help you to find interesting articles to read, articles you might not have found anywhere else. Try it out and let us know what you think!

News Republic - A Curated News App

News Republic is a curated news application from 1,650 national and international news sources. The application is offered by News Republic and is available in the Google Play Store for free with In-app purchases. The In-app purchase provides an Ad free versions which costs around Rs. 190.00/year.

News Republic Android App Screenshot

Explore, add interested topics and the News Republic app curates your news feed based on the news items you've read.

Set up your profile to track activities, follow friends, experts. The more you engage with the content of the app, the higher you are ranked.

Select the favorite topics in the settings that you want it to be available for offline reading or you can save individual articles to read later.



Great Day Readers! To give us more insights into the application development, Radhika Shukla responded with the answers. Radhika Shukla is the Country Director of News Republic for India. Here are the Q&A exclusive for our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

We are a small team of 40 people from 10 nationalities spread all over the world. The product development happens in Bordeaux , France but the media partnerships, community management, app localisation happens with the help of respective countries. Having a small team keeps us very nimble.

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of News Republic?

We took a look at the world and saw that divisions in society were getting worse. Those decisions were often confounding and counterproductive to collective progress. We realized that better information would lead to better choices. We also believed that informed citizens would mean more empowered citizens. Those who read better know better. They do better. That is why we set out to create a news platform that would deliver the widest, sharpest and most personally relevant news on the planet.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing the News Republic?

Our main task is to make our users to LOVE our app, not just like it. For that, we always need to put the bar higher. Our standard is our rating (4.5 / 5 on Google Play Store and App Store). It is our goal to keep it as good in all countries. It is sometimes hard to create a tremendous experience in more than 40 countries even with network or devices difficulties, but we continue to work hard for our users all around the world!

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?

We have just released a major release (V6) that includes an important social layer to ramp relevance and discoverability in custom news flows. This adds community intelligence to the editorial and artificial intelligence we already deploy within the app. As we gather feedback from our readers, we will continue to evolve and improve.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

We are very thankful to our users and readers who love us and consume news on our app.
What keeps us going is:
- That users love the app: We are one of the highest rated, and most richly awarded news apps. But what makes us proudest is the high user engagement within the app: nearly 2 Billion news views and an average of 3 hours spent in the app every month.
1. That leading media organizations support the app: We have partnerships with over 1650 leading media organizations from around the world.
2. That OEMs love the app: We have strong partnerships with leading manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Acer etc.
3. That Google and Apple love the app: The News Republic is a “Google Editor's Choice" and been frequently featured as a noteworthy app by Apple around the world
4. That industry organizations love the app: We were awarded “Best Mobile Media Publishing App" by the Mobile World Congress; We have won Gold from Best Mobile Apps; We have won several other industry awards including Tabbies and Lovies and “Best App" honors etc. in several countries around the world.

Mr Phone - Find The Next Best Phone You Want To Buy

Want to buy a phone and not sure which phone to choose? Mr Phone is a phone search application and is here to help you find the best phone. The application was built by acidandrage and is available in the Google Play Store with In-app purchases.

Mr Phone Android App Screenshots

Search for your device and detailed specs gets loaded along with the image. You can tap the image for more pics or save the phone specs to view later.

You can compare specs of any two phones or choose to use the Best Fit option. The Best Fit option of the app will show you the list of best-matched phones based on the preferred specs you've selected.

Sections like New Releases and Popular shows the newly released phones and the phones that became most popular recently. While Stories section gives you to the Top Stories about smartphones, apps, and the Events section notifies you about the launch events of the smartphones.



Great Day Readers! To give us more insights into the application development, Ashish Hooda, Head of the Product Development responded with the answers. Here are the Q&A exclusive to our readers.

1. Tell us about the team?

We are two members : Ashish Hooda : B.Tech [ECE], Product development head and Avtar Singh : BCA, Android Developer.

We have been friends since six years and focused on finding the best possible solution which can impact many.

2. What was your inspiration that leads to the creation of this app?

There was a guy "Leo" who is very enthusiastic to buy a smartphone on his birthday from his savings. He asked his brother and he told to buy XYZ model. Then he asked his friends and received a number of suggestions. He shortlisted a model considering various factors he researched locally and went to a store.

The shopkeeper told him various offers and left him puzzled again. His birthday was over and sadly smartphone of his choice was still not purchased.

There are many people across the globe who got puzzled and spend so much time on buying a smartphone.

So we want to make a platform where the user can easily choose the best fit with the simplest User interface and can understand the product before buying it.

3. What was the biggest challenge faced while developing the app?

We want to make the product as simple as possible and to make it simpler than any other platform it was very hard and now it is even harder to meet the demands of users.

We are not generating any revenue yet,So it is very hard to hire new people also.

4. What features can be expected in the upcoming updates?
In the upcoming update, we will be bringing more features that can ease the process of purchasing a smartphone and will revolutionize the way how people buy a smartphone.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
It's just a start of our small venture "Mr Phone". It's been just 3 months and we reached "50,000" downloads.

We want to thank all the users for showing such a great love for "Mr Phone".