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65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

You’ve probably heard a lot about how Android apps are improving by leaps and bounds, whether they’re augmented reality applications, 3D games, reference apps, productivity tools or image editing tools.

android apps for designers 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

The latest Android phones with high resolution offer a wide variety of design related applications that allow designers fully adopting Android apps as excellent portable picture editors. These applications are not only adult and professional’s favorite, but also popular among the kids.

Therefore, this post serves as a collection of 65 amazing Android apps for designers or those who are in love with photography or designing. This is going to be a combination of quantity and quality apps. Full list after jump!


Color Palettes


Capture real world colors and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors – for free. With ColorSnap, it’s easy to take color scheme from a photo in your library or one you just snapped.

ColorSnap 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Iromihon is a color discovery tool for you to see and to adjust the color. In full screen, it also works as color light (flashlight).

iromihon 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Color Pal

Color Pal allows you to quickly browse and search through the latest or the most popular color palettes from Easily save palettes to your favorites or email them to a friend.

color pal 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Color Mood Designer

Color Mood Designer is the professional way to quickly find the color combination that is right for your design project. This software application is a much more convenient method to use than having to transport multiple, heavy color swatch books to your client meeting. Demo version has limited color database.

Color mood designer 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Superdry Color Picker

Superdry Color Picker is color picker library for Android. This app is demonstration.

superdry color picker 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Pocket Color Chart

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a system shared worldwide by the graphic arts industry.

pocket color chart 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker is a powerful color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. It supports 7 different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models. Use either palette or sliders to adjust the color. Colors are shown in decimal and HEX.

magic color picker 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

HTML Colors – Quick Reference

An app to use as a reference. Does what it says and not much else. This app is NOT a RGB slider. It is only intended to be a reference for HTML hex codes.

html colors quick reference 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Drawing Tools

Free Draw

With this easy app you can express thoughts or create artworks easily, with various colors and imagination. The folder can store your work and you can share them though e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

free draw 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Glow Paint

Glow Paint is an application simulating glow or neon painting on the touch screen of your mobile phone. Glow Paint allows you to select one of 10 colors of paints, 3 glow sizes, several background patterns and templates, and you can undo or redo the last brush movement. You can also save your created image as a file, set as wallpaper or share image with your friends.

glow paint 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Finger Colors

An application for painting and drawing. Featuring a user interface that lets you focus on your painting and doesn’t let menus and dialogs interrupt your artistic flow.

finger colors 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Draw and flash on the go! This app is for easy finger communication in loud places, making quick notes or keeping kids entertained. The app starts up with a blank screen, ready to draw in anytime.

draw 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Ultimate Finger Painting

A feature rich kids drawing program, sure to keep the kids occupied and active.

ultimate finger painting 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


A fun sketch drawing tool. It supports 11 brushes & eraser, save to SD, share by e-mail, MMS and etc.

sketcher 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

SketchBook Express

Autodesk SketchBook® Express is a professional grade paint and drawing application offering a set of sketching tools plus a streamlined and intuitive user interface.

sketchbook express 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Scribbler is a touch drawing and finger painting app for Android devices with loads of features and customizations.

scribbler 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


A very cool image editing application for your Android phone! Load images from your gallery or directly take the image then you can draw all over the chosen image. Once you have edited it, you can save the image to the SD card. You are able to send it to friends etc.

paintR 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Woo: Sketch

Layered picture editing comes to android. An application to bridge the gap between photos on your phone and the graphics editor on your desktop.

woo sketch 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Editors

Photoshop Express for Android

Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free account. Quickly share with family and friends. Requires SD card.

photoshop express 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Image Editor

Image Editor is a simple Android app that allows you to edit images on your Android phone, or take some on the spot to expedite the image editing process!

image editor 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

EASY PhotoEdit

EASY PhotoEdit supports sketch effect, black & white effect with multiple levels of brightness, gray scale effect, color distortion effect, X-ray effect and color missing effect.

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BeFunky Photo Editor

BeFunky, the popular online photo editing application is now on your Android. Edit your photos, apply special effects, add frames, save back to your phone with more than 20 high quality photo effects. A powerful editing tools and marvelous photo frames.

befunky photo editor 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


PictureEditor is photo-editing app for Android. You can edit the picture by the filter, stamp and input text. Picture can be sent to e-mail.

pictureeditor 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Spice up your pictures with the free edition of this powerful Photo editor. Color-correct your pictures and add word balloons, titles, graphics, and effects like distortion. All in a fun, intuitive, and easy-to-use interface.

picsay 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

PicsIn Photo Studio

Install one of the best photo editors! Tons of photo effects, frames, stickers, text effects, and clipart graphics. Photoid also offers a special "photo" drawing mode – apply photo effects drawing with your fingers.

picsin photo studio 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo illusion

Photo illusion is a graphic application that lets you edit photos with filters and effects. Apply filters and many effects on high-definition images. Crop and rotate photos without losing its quality.

photo illusion 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Enhance

Boost detail in your photos, fix yellow-tinged indoor pics, crop, adjust brightness, etc. Uses HDR tone-mapping techniques to add detail to your images – make better photos without a better camera.

photo enhance 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

TouchUp Lite – Photo Editor

An app with quick, clean user interface that lets you edit your images in a matter of seconds. In terms of ease of use, this is the best photo editing application on Android!

touchup photo editor 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Share Image

Resizing, rotating, and cropping image before sending it for sharing. Simple app but all fundamental features are supported.

share image 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Paint Pro

One of the best free Painting tool with pen/background color setting, load/save action, effects, undo/redo action and kids mode.

paint pro 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Image Effects

Image Effects

Dash of Color Free

Give your black and white photos a dash of color for free! This application allows selective coloring to give black and white photos a dash of color. Authors kept the user interface and features simple, yet intuitive, to give users exactly what they wanted when giving their images a little spunk.

dash for color free 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


An easy way to add simple and impressive effects to photos. Usage – Open a photo, set an initial effect (translucent, black and white, more to come), select a color (or no color) and give touches by finger exposing original image wherever you want to.

fotolab 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Easy Photo Editor

The application processes the image easily. It supports filter postalize, line art, grayscale, sepia, emboss, invert, color compress, night vision, X-ray and more!

easy photo editor 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Color Touch Effects

Color Touch Effects allows you to recolor images and apply cool effects to them. You can select an image, turn it to gray (or sepia) and bring the color back with your fingers.

colour touch effects 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Color Effect Lite

Color Effect Lite allows you to change a color image on your phone to a grayscale (or black and white) image and then selectively highlight areas of the original photograph to leave in full color.

color effect lite 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Camera Effects

With this app you can snap photos and turn them into art by adding amazing photo effects. Take photos with this camera and add great photo effects. Includes effects like holga, lomo, black & white, thermal, and many more camera filters and effects.

camera effects 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers Lab

Create cool photo montages and apply fun photo frames & effects to your pictures. Lab lets you create cool photo montages and fun pictures from your photos.

photo lab 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Magic Canvas

Magic Canvas allows you to create beautiful images by changing color into selected areas.

magic canvas 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Color Pop – Pop Colors

Colorize areas of your image with tools that let you see past your finger! Supports zoom, color correction, saturation control, trackball support, large images for wallpaper, sepia, preview, and left-handed mode.

color pop 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Little Photo

Add film and retouch effects to your photos.

little photo 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

HS Image Cut

HS image cut creates images that make your phone more unique. You can easily cut or slice an image and you can make a widget like DVR (Desktop Visualizer).

hs image cut 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


FxCamera enables you to take a picture with various effects like Toycam, Polandroid, Fisheye, Warhol and SymmetriCam.

fxcamera 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Give your photos a retro camera look. Use picplz to style your photos with effects like vintage 70s, black & white, toy camera. Similar to Instagram, Hipstamatic, Vignette.

picplz 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Put your face on a billboard, a stamp, or in a Warhol-like work of pop art. Become the Mona Lisa or a bodybuilder. You get over 150 scenes to play with.

photofunia 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Effects

Turn your photos into art with amazing photo effects, similar to Instagram. Features include instant preview of all effects, chaining of multiple effects, and an intuitive photo editor.

photo effects 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Resizing

Reduce Photo Size

This app simply reduces photo’s file size. Features include resize and image cropping.

reduce photo size 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Image Shrink Lite

Shrink or resize your photos with just one click before you send it.

image shrink lite 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Image Resizer

Image resize tool which is able to convert the directory files’ size (batch convert).

image resizer 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Search Engines

PicWorld-Best Images Engine

PicWorld is a mobile app based on image search engine. You can search any picture or image around the world. You can find your favorite stars, wallpaper, people, sights, etc.

picworld 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Simple and easy image downloader tool. You can download images you want from Microsoft Bing or Google. Searched images will be saved to search term-named folder in SD/Internal Memory.

picget 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

NASA Images Archive

The biggest NASA images archive on Android market! More than 60000 images with full information: title, description, release date, object name, object type, position, distance. They are in 5 categories: universe, solar system, earth, aeronautics and astronauts.

nasa image archive 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


JustPictures! lets you browse photos from Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug, Facebook, Photobucket, Windows Live, Tumblr, Deviant Art, Imgur and your SDCARD, in a unified and clean user interface.

justpictures 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Image Search

This application searches images with Google API and download them into SD card. Long tap to download the image or go to the site that contains the image.

image search 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers



Fontest is a developer and typography tool that helps you quickly preview how your favorite fonts are rendered on Android.

fontest 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Fontroid is the world’s first social font service that creates best handwriting font with everyone. Let’s draw your own font everywhere with a mobile phone. Upload your best work and share the font with people all over the world.

fontroid 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Gallery + + CM

An application for Android OS 2.1 Gallery.

gallery CM 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


Gallery+ is everything that Gallery3D is, and more. It has all the existing Gallery3D functionality with the ability of creating and managing new albums on your phone.

gallery 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Gallery Lock Lite

Privacy protecting application that hides individual photo/video with password!

gallery lock lite 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


This is the best picture viewer, gallery, and photo album you are looking for and you can replace the stock gallery!

quickpic 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Cloud Print

Cloud print allows you to print files from your phone to your printer. Using Cloud Print app you can print to any printer connected to Google Chrome!

cloud print 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

HP iPrint Photo

Capture, crop and print photos on plain or photo paper in a variety of sizes, including 3.5"x5", 4"x6", 5"x7" (9x13cm, 10x15cm and 13x18cm).

hp iprint photo 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Photo Grid

With PhotoGrid you can convert your photos collection into amazing collages. Thumbnail photo choosing is now faster.

photo grid 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers


With PhotoShake, you can easily combine one or more photos to make exciting and fun new images. PhotoShake is a photo editing program that you can use to share photos with family and friends on social networking sites.

photoshake 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Share image – Frame

There are 9 patterns of frame. Each frame can be modified as you want. Currently frame color, size, and window size can be modified.

share image frame 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Collage Lite

Convert your photos collection into amazing collages only limited by your imagination. Don’t feel like an artist today? No problem: Shake your phone and Collage will randomly rearrange your photos for you!

collage lite 65 Useful Android Apps for Designers

Android vs iOS; A Usability Battle

Lately I’ve noticed a number of articles with gripes and groans about the Android user experience, the way interfaces are designed, the usability of Android apps, and a lack of satisfaction with the whole Android ecosystem.

As someone who works on day-to-day basis with usability testing and user experience design, my interest was piqued. Were these users just iPhone users who expressed dissatisfaction after a brief flirtation with Android, or was there something deeper going on?

I can’t honestly say I’ve had a lot of experience with Android – although I do own two iOS devices – so I couldn’t write off these concerns one way or another. But rather than basing it off a few, possibly biased opinions, it seemed the fairest way to compare the two was to set up a quick usability test.

A/B Testing and Preference Testing

This particular tests uses two different questions types; an A/B test, and a Preference test.

An A/B test is where you are presented with either image A or B (not both) to see how you interact with it in isolation. When looking at the results you get a fair comparison between A and B, and thus have a fair idea of how the two different designs or interfaces compare. It’s easy to judge which interface is the winner if it takes users a lot longer to interact with one than the other, or if they frequently select the wrong location or button for a simple task.

A Preference test has the two designs or interfaces side by side. This is a bit more of a popularity contest, but in the interests of fairness I’ve obscured the ‘status bar’ (the bar at the top) of both the iOS and Android apps in the preference test in order to try to eliminate people’s personal, preconceived preferences. When looking at the results, we can hopefully detect a trend about which interfaces or designs people prefer.

I know there are many people out there firmly on one side or other of this debate, but hopefully this test might help you to reconsider your preconceived notions.

The Test and Results

For each of the apps in the test, I tried to think of a very simple, common task that people might be trying to perform. If it works out that people take roughly the same amount of time to complete each task, or it works out that there is a huge difference between the two platforms or even from app to app, then we can start to form some judgements about what is going right or wrong, and which platform is more or less usable

If you are interested you can take the test yourself to add to our results.

On to the questions and results:

1) The Twitter App: How would you view your @ messages?

If you are a Twitter user, and even if you’re not, you are probably familiar with the @ message protocol. For those who aren’t, @ messages are the method you use for contacting other users on twitter. For example, if you wanted to contact me, you could send a message to @IntuitionHQ.

As a very simple, very common task, this should really take no time to complete. As it’s the first question in the test, we might expect people to take a few seconds longer as they are familiarising themselves with the interface.

Twitter iOS heatmap result from IntuitionHQ.comTwitter Android heatmap result from

The results for both for the Android and iOS versions were very similar; the most surprising thing here was the amount of people who clicked the direct message button instead of the @ message button. I guess Twitter still isn’t quite as popular as I may think.

Android 1 – iOS 1

2) Google Translate: How would you change the target language from German to another language?

Changing languages is obviously a core piece of functionality for a translation app, and should be quick and easy to do. Lets see what the results show:

Google Translate - Android - HeatmapGoogle Translate - iOS - Heatmap

Again, quite similar results. The Android version had a shorter response time at the time of writing by 2 seconds (possibly because of the addition of the arrows on the dropdown?) but also had slightly bigger spread of results. More or less a tie for these two.

Android 2 – iOS 2

3) Google Translate: How would you listen to the German audio pronunciation?

This is one of the really handy features of the Google Translate app – you can make it talk to you in a ton of different languages. Extremely useful when you are travelling or trying to learn a new language, and a common task within the app.

List to audio - iOSListen to Audio - Android

This is the first time (at the time of writing) that there is a bit more of a spread in the results. The Android app had a longer click time (average of 12 seconds), but an 80% success rate, whereas the iOS app had an average click time of 6.42 seconds but only a 52% success rate.

Regardless of click time, a 52% success rate isn’t nearly high enough, and so the Android version wins this battle. The Android app Speaker icon must be clearer to most users.

Android 3 – iOS 2

4) Soundhound: How would you share this song?

Soundhound is a handy app for finding the name of songs you are listening to but (obviously) don’t know the name of. The social aspect is obviously a big part of making a successful app in this day and age, so it’s essential that users can find and understand these task very quickly.

Soundhound app - Android vs iOS sharing comparison

Interesting results; although the click success percentage is more or less the same (93% to 95%), the average click time is really very different. The iOS version took around 13 seconds longer in our test than the Android version. A win for Android.

Android 4 – iOS 2

5) Soundhound: How could you purchase this track?

Buying the songs that you’ve gone to the effort of finding is another handy feature of this app. How does the music purchasing stack up?

Soundhound - iOS vs Android 'buy' comparison

Android is slightly ahead here, with an average click time of 5.83 seconds to the iOS versions 7.64, and a success rate of 100% to iOS’ 90%. Still a win for Android, but I’ll give half a point to iOS for still a very strong results.

Android 5 – iOS 2.5

6) Pandora: Which interface do you prefer?

This is a preference test to see how users feel about the different designs of the Android and iOS apps. I’ve removed the status bar at the top of the apps in order to make people think a little more about which is the Android or iOS version of each app.

Pandora - Android vs iOS preference test

And now the results for the first of our preference tests; it couldn’t be any closer with both the Android and iOS versions of the app getting 17 clicks each. A draw.

Android 6 – iOS 3.5

7) Pandora: How would you pause this track?

A very common task in any music listening application; I’d expect a very strong response on this question.

Pandora iOS - PausePandora - Android - pause

The results here (perhaps unexpectedly) are both very strong. Both apps had a 100% success rate, and with just over half a second between the average click times (3.64-2.86 seconds) I’m going to give both apps a point for this test.

Android 7 – iOS 4.5

8) Geocaching: Which interface do you prefer?

Another comparison between an Android and iOS interface, this time for the official Geocaching app. Geocaching – for those who don’t know, is a process where you navigate to certain GPS coordinates in order to find a hidden ‘cache’.

The designs of the two are further apart than some of the designs we’ve seen, so it will be interesting to see what the results show up.

Geocaching app preference test

Another overwhelming result, but this time to the iOS versions – 91% of respondents preferred the iOS version of this app.

Android 7 – iOS 5.5

9) Geocaching: Please select the cache you’ve previously found:

Once you’ve found a certain cache, you tag it in the app and it then shows up as previously discovered. This is a quick test to see if that is easily noticeable in the Android and iOS apps.

Geocaching found comparison

An interesting result here. The click time for both apps was very similar, but the success rate for the iOS version was only 40% compared 100% for the Android version. Quite surprising to me that there was such a big difference between these two, but there we are. A win for Android.

Android 8 – iOS 5.5

10) Facebook: Which interface do you prefer?

Another preference test with an app that most people would be familiar with. Facebook has made a couple of changes between these two apps, and it will be interesting to see what the results show about the differences

Facebook Preference test

Definitely the majority support the iOS version of the Facebook app here. I wonder how much of this is because they are already familiar with the design? The final results was 74% for iOS and 26% for Android. A win for iOS.

Android 8 – iOS 6.5

11) Facebook: How would you view your friend requests

Facebook is all about friends, so accepting requests is core functionality for this app. It may only make a few seconds difference, but every part of the user experience counts.

Facebook Requests Comparison

An extremely close result here, and in fact any of the selected areas allow you to view your friend requests. Considering the results are within a quarter of a second, I’m going to call this one a tie.

Android 9 – iOS 7.5

What does it all mean?

So the final result (as of writing) is Android 9 and iOS 7.5; you can also view the most recent usability test results yourself to form your own conclusions.

What we can conclude though, is that Android and iOS are very similar in terms of usability, at least in the apps we have tested. Of course, there are apps on both platforms that are really very well designed, and apps which should never have been let into the store/market. Neither platform is immune to poorly designed apps.

One difference that also needs to be considered as part of the user experience is the hardware, and this is where some issues come to the fore. Although you can buy very high quality Android phones, you can also buy very cheap, very poorly designed phones which can cause a terrible UX. One thing you have to admit about Apple is that their hardware is of a very high (and well designed) quality.

Regardless, this test shows that with the right hardware and software combination, both of these mobile operating systems can shine, and really which you choose can come down to personal preference, without worrying about a huge gap between the two platforms. Either way, you should be a happy camper.

What do you think about the results of this test? Why not create your own test to see what you find? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see us test. Thanks!

Mobile Toolbox for WordPress (Tutorials, Plugins and Themes)

Mobile browsing clearly does have its limitations, mainly from its smaller physical design, but it also limited by web sites not having a mobile version tailored for the smaller screen. Current mobile web browsing stats stands at 4.5% of total world-wide internet usage and, with the prediction for the next five years being that more users will connect to the internet over mobile devices than desktop computers, it is now time to act and make your website mobile friendly.

Of course, it does depend on the size and complexity of your site, but creating a mobile version of your site does neither have to be over-expensive nor very time-consuming, especially if your site has been built using WordPress. As everybody knows, WordPress is by far and away the most popular CMS, and with it comes a thriving community of designers and developers that constantly push its boundaries further and ever-more improving its functionality. Its community has realized for some time that the mobile phenomenon has been coming, and as such does have a multitude of themes, plugins and resources available that will help you create a mobile version of your site with the minimum of fuss.

In this article, Mobile Toolbox for WordPress, we highlight themes (free and premium), plugins and easy-to-follow tutorials that will help you create a mobile version of your site.

iPhonsta 1.1

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Despite its name iPhonsta does not exclusively only work on the iPhone, it works on most mobile devices, like Android, Palm Pre and Blackberry. The theme has a fluid layout, configures the font size automatically and is WordPress 3 compatible.
iPhonsta Home →View the Demo →

Smooci 2

Smooci 2Smooci 2
This basic free theme works in conjunction with the Smooci (WordPress on Mobiles) plugin which is used to display the mobile optimised theme when your WordPress site is visited via a mobile device.
Smooci 2 Home →View the Demo →

WordPress Mobile Theme

WordPress Mobile ThemeWordPress Mobile Theme
This is a minimalistic and lightweight theme that will fit perfectly with all the mobile phones resolutions. The three key features of this theme are: You can choose your own theme color from the theme options; The theme can have 100% width if you want the theme to fit on every mobile phone, or you can define a fixed width in pixels to target special users; The front page will dynamically create thumbnails for your posts.
WordPress Mobile Theme Home →View the Demo →

jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile
Built with the incredible jQuery Mobile plugin, this theme is perfect for those who want to make a good looking and easy to read version of their blog. It uses most of jQuery Mobile features to guarantee an optimal ease of reading on mobile devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry or Android.
jQuery Mobile Home →View the Demo →


Mobius is a feature rich free theme that is compatible with all touchscreen mobile phones (iPhone & iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Palm Pre, Symbian…). It comes packaged with three variations (Sky Blue, Amethyst & Rain Forest), its widget ready, native support of non-web fonts (@font-face) and also has optional Twitter and Facebook icons.
Mobius Home →

The dotMobi WordPress Mobile Pack

The dotMobi WordPress Mobile PackThe dotMobi WordPress Mobile Pack
The dotMobi WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit from dotMobi to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog.
It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.
The dotMobi WordPress Mobile Pack →

Carrington Mobile

Carrington MobileCarrington Mobile
Carrington Mobile is an elegant mobile theme with that supports advanced touch browsers (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Pre) and is also backward compatible with older mobile devices.
Carrington Mobile Home →View the Demo →


A beautiful 4 in 1 theme (Blackboard, Wood, Leather, Nature), with 2 widget ready areas, gestures based navigation and auto-resizes images. Automatic detection if a user visits your website from an iPhone and iPod touch, thanks to its built-in plugin that comes packed with the theme.
Price: $22
touchPress Home →

1ST Giant Leap

1ST Giant Leap
1stGiantLeap Mobile is a HTML5 /CSS3 template tuned to look perfect in mobile browsers. The markup is device orientation (landscape/portrait) sensitive, so when you change device orientation by rotating it 90 degrees CW or CCW this template will look nice.
Price: $15
1ST Giant Leap →

WPtouch 2.0 Pro

WPtouch 2.0 Pro
WPtouch 2.0 Pro allows you to setup a feature-rich and fast version of your website for touch-mobile devices with just a few clicks. It does come packaged with a wide variety of pre-built themes, or you could build your own custom theme with WPtouch’s Skeleton theme template. It scales post images, captions and videos automatically and breaks up content with ‘Load More’ links that use ajax to make browsing easier for visitors.
Price: Its FREE for the basic version, $39 for Pro, $69 for the Pro 5 pack and $199 for the full developer pack.
WPtouch 2.0 Pro Home →

Mobility WordPress Theme for Web and iPad

Mobility WordPress Theme for Web and iPad
Mobility is an iPad-ready WordPress theme with finger sliding capabilities and a custom drag-and-drop gallery admin. Both the regular and iPad versions have seven color options and the choice between a single or three-way JavaScript slider on the homepage. The iPad version can switch between portrait and landscape mode upon rotation.
Price: $30.
Mobility WordPress Theme for Web and iPad Home →View the Demo →

WordPress Mobile Theme Framework from Obox

WordPress Mobile Theme Framework from Obox
Obox Mobile is a WordPress Mobile Theme Framework that gives your site a unique and beautiful layout which is compatible for mobile devices. Obox Mobile comes packaged with two Obox Themes (MobiLight & MobiDark) as well as WooMobile from WooThemes.
We currently use Obox Mobile for Speckyboy.
Price: $50.
WordPress Mobile Theme Framework Home →View the Demo →

Simple Mobile

Simple Mobile
Simple Mobile is feature-rich theme that works parallel with another theme and presented to mobile users only. It comes with 8 color schemes, collapsible multi-level menu, WP 3.0 custom menus support, 43 social media icons, a slick Twitter implementation (optimized for speed) and much more.
Price: $20.
Simple Mobile Home →View the Demo →


PadPressed functions as a WordPress plugin and allows publishers to take their content and make it perfectly formatted for the iPad. The most important aspect of PadPressed is its 100% design for the tablet touch experience. Each skin plays to a specific touch dynamic. SwipePad focuses on swiping to advance and a swipe featured slider. It notices the orientation (portrait or landscape) of a reader’s iPad.
Price: $49 for a single license and $149 for a developer license.
PadPressed Home →View the Demo →

My Mobile Page

My Mobile Page
The My Mobile Page WordPress Theme is a minimal mobile WordPress theme with a modern look and a lot of cool features. This theme can be used for personal mobile pages, web designers mobile pages, artists mobile pages and many other. The theme use automatic resolution detection so you can use for small screen resolutions and bigger resolutions.
Price: $20
My Mobile Page Home →View the Demo →

On Demand Mobile

On Demand Mobile
This is a joint collaboration between WPtap (plugin developers) and Press75 (theme developers) to release a mobile version of the video theme On Demand, providing a fully featured video solution for mobile platforms.
Price: On Demand Mobile for $49, or with On Demand iPad for $90.00
On Demand Mobile Home →View the Demo →

Tap News – iPhone App Style Mobile Theme

Tap News - iPhone App Style Mobile Theme
Tap News is an iphone-app style mobile plugin/theme package that instantly converts your wordpress site into a mobile web-application experience. It is specially designed for iPhone/iPod touch, Android, and Blackberry touch mobile device. The theme features elegant iPhone-style sliding layout, and it will truly turn your site into a mobile application. Other features include thumbnail pictures, full support for twitter, social bookmarking, and email.
Price: $49
Tap News Home →View the Demo →

iBusiness iPhone-iPod Template

iBusiness iPhone-iPod Template
iBusiness is a website template designed especially for the iPhone/iPod. It comes with 9 different themes, 3 page templates, 3 widget areas, PSD source files, Twitter stream, and much more.
Price: $15.
iBusiness Home →View the Demo →

Video Theme for iPhone & Android

Video Theme for iPhone & Android
The Video Tube theme is specifically designed for video blogging and content sharing on your mobile site. It fully supportsthe iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, and touch-based Blackberry devices.
With all WordPress features and customized insertion functions, it makes adding Youtube and MP4 videos to your mobile site exetremely easy.
Price: $49.
Video Theme Home →View the Demo →

SOFA iBloggr

SOFA iBloggr
Sofa iBloggr perfectly fits to the iPhones 320px wide screen without the need for screen orientation switch. You can easily turn this theme into Blog + Flickr + Twitter mashup. iBloggr supports widgets, it has a built-in Plugger system, almost everything can be controlled from theme options page – including quick translation table, image size, Post excerpt length…
Price: $15.
SOFA iBloggr Home →View the Demo →

News Press Mobile Theme

News Press Mobile Theme
The News Gallery theme is designed with the photography blogger in mind featuring frontpage slideshow, thumbnail picture and gallery style layout options. It is the perfect choice for image-centric and magazine style WordPress websites. It comes with six stylish colors designed to fit your sites’ unique profile and style.
Price: $49
News Press Mobile Theme Home →View the Demo →


iWorld is a jQuery powered feature-rich mobile theme. It comes with 10 color schemes, built-in slider & contact form (including validation plugin), Twitter & Flickr widget, a selection of social icons and comes with PSD source.
Price: $25.
iWorld Home →View the Demo →

Video Elements Mobile

Video Elements Mobile
Video Elements Mobile Home →View the Demo →

WordPress Mobile Plugins

MobilePress – Enable The Mobile Web →
MobilePress is a free open source plugin that is flexible in that it allows you to customize your mobile presence by creating your own themes, creating themes for specific mobile browsers (iPhone and generic devices) and also allowing you to decide when to display your mobile blog.

WPmob Lite →
WPmob automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices. The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site

WP Mobile Detector →
WP Mobile Detector is a simple plugin that automatically detects standard and advanced mobile devices and displays a compatible WordPress mobile theme.

Mobile Kit →
MobileKit is a small WordPress plugin created to make the development of WP mobile themes and apps simple, allowing theme designers to create more immersive user experiences across platforms and devices.

BAAP Mobile Version →
The BAAP Mobile Version is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog.
It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.

BuddyPress Mobile →
This is a Mobile BuddyPress theme that has been optimized for viewing onthe iPhone and iPod Touch, and will also work on Android and some Blackberry devices.

WordPress Mobile Tutorials

Mobile WordPress Theming →
In this four part tutorial series, from Mobile Tuts+, you will learn how to create a powerful mobile WordPress theme that can be applied to your blog making the site easily accessible to mobile users.
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Making your WordPress Blog Android and iPhone Friendly →
This article is intended for those who already have a web or WordPress background. If you don’t quite understand how to put together your own templates, this detailed tutorial may not for you.

Mobile Browser Detection →
This tutorial covers everything you will need to know about mobile browser detection covering a spectrum of various options, including a WP solution and a PHP solution.

Redirect Mobile Users to a Mobile WordPress Theme →

Detect Mobile Browsers – Mobile User Agent Detection →
This PHP function lets you choose how to manage your mobile visitors, they can be redirected to a page built for mobiles or you can use it to decide which markup language and stylesheet to show that user.

Add a Mobile Landing Page to Your Site →
This tutorial isn’t about creating an entire mobile version of your site, instead it is a means of offering a quick introduction to visitors from the mobile world before passing them through through to your main site.

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25 Essential Android Apps For Web-Workers And Designers

The Android platform is growing in popularity every day, and for good reasons. Obviously being an open-source project and having Google behind it makes it a great choice for developers. Unfortunately the Android Market can’t really compete against the Apple App Store (in my opinion).

So I’ve chosen 25 Android apps that I think can be very useful to designers, developers and web-workers. You’ll find editors, reference guides, blogging tools, image editing tools and more. If you have your Android device handy you can scan the QR Codes next to each item in the list using the Barcode Scanner application.

Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker is an powerful color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models.

Color Dictionary

Color Dictionary

Color Dictionary makes it very easy for you to reference any traditional colors all over the world. Includes global colors, traditional color of US, UK, France, etc. It provides RGB/HEX/CMYK/Lab values and detailed color analysis.

Cheat Sheet Repository

Cheat Sheet Repository

Over 400 cheat sheets aimed at software developers. Topics including Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Regular Expression, jQuery, Prototype, Objective-C, testing, IDE shortcuts and much more. 100% Offline and searchable!

AndFTP Pro

AndFTP Pro

AndFTP Pro is a FTP, FTPS, SCP and SFTP client. It provides commands to rename, delete, set permissions on remote files and folders. It can upload or download files and folders recursively. It supports RSA and DSA keys for SSH. Intents for applications are available.

Mobile GA for Android

Mobile GA for Android

Mobile GA for Android is a secure, fast and lightweight application for accessing your Google Analytics data. The app is intended to help you keep an eye on your key summary statistics while you’re on the move.



Write new posts, edit content, and manage comments on your WordPress blog. WordPress for Android is an Open Source app that empowers you to write new posts, edit content, view stats, and manage comments with built-in notifications.



Source code viewer with syntax highlighting. It can view webpages source, open local files, or even be integrated into the “Share” menu of other apps.

View Web Source

View Web Source

With this application you will be able to view the source of any website. You will also be able to select text, search for text as well as copy and paste the HTML.



Fontroid is the world’s first social font service with which you can share your own handwritten fonts with everyone.



SilverEdit is the ultimate web designer tool for Android devices. With SilverEdit you can Create, Edit, Preview your pages offline or online. Manage, upload and download files through the FTP as well as managing your local files and folders.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

With Photoshop Express you can edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your account.



Dropbox syncs your files online and across computers and your mobile device for access anywhere. You can now browse the files in your Dropbox folder from your Android phone!

Thinking Space Pro

Thinking Space Pro

ThinkingSpace is a mind-mapping app for the Android platform that let’s you create visual thought maps that help organize and plan your activities and ideas.



Fontest is a developer and typography tool that helps you quickly preview how your favorite fonts are rendered on Android.

Astrid Task

Astrid Task/Todo List

Astrid is a great todo list/task manager app designed to help you get stuff done. It features reminders, tags, sync, a widget and more.

Opera Mini

Opera Mini web browser

Get a faster, more cost-efficient mobile web browser thanks to Opera Mini. This browser uses powerful servers to compress data by up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page loads are lightning fast in the browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

You can now synchronize your Firefox history, bookmarks, tabs and passwords between your desktop and mobile. Discover and install add-ons right from your phone to customize Firefox exactly the way you like.

Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser™ Mini

Dolphin Browser Mini aims at providing a friendly user experience. It features tab browsing, RSS detection, gestures, and of course it supports Flash.



Pixle is a browser app for Dribbble. It lists the popular, everyone, and debut shots. It includes personal details, links, list of player’s shots, liked shots, and following, follower, and draftee players.

SketchBook Mobile

SketchBook Mobile

Autodesk SketchBook Mobile is a professional-grade paint and drawing application offering a full set of sketching tools and a streamlined and intuitive user interface.



Send money, transfer money between PayPal and your bank account, and lots more. You can even use it to manage your PayPal account. You can also use the “Bump” feature to send money.

ASTRO File Manager

ASTRO File Manager

Astro will help you copy, move, delete and rename files and manage the files on your SD card. With Astro you can also manage running applications as well as back up apps.

Google Chrome to Phone

Google Chrome to Phone

Google Chrome to Phone lets you easily share links, maps, and currently selected phone numbers and text between your computer running Chrome and your phone. You also need to install the Chrome browser extension on your computer.

Share to Browser

Share to Browser

Share to Browser is the opposite of the Chrome to Phone app and works with any browser without special plugins. Found a great article while browsing the web but would like to read at home on your computer instead? Share to Browser to the rescue.

WiFi Keyboard

WiFi Keyboard

The WiFi Keyboard provides a way to use your computer to type something on your Android device. You can type in your browser and all the key presses will appear in your android device.

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I hope you found this post useful! Of course make sure to let us know about other Android apps you know that were not mentioned in this post.

20 Useful Free iPhone and iPad Apps for Designers and Developers

Big shocking news of the day: iPhones and iPads are increasingly popular and widespread and are being used by more and more people. But what’s interesting is this also includes web developers ie. you. And the following list will feature 20 free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers.

While iPhones and iPads appear to be more consumer-driven devices, there are apps on there that can assist in your web development and make your development and design life much easier. Think of it as having sketchbooks, notepads, calculators, communications devices, and more – all in one device. Of course, there are paid apps that provide much more robust development tools, but these free apps will be more than enough to get you started using your iPhone and/or iPad as a web development aid.

Without further ado, here are 20 free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers:


DropBox lets you sync and share files across computers and your iPhone and iPad.


SugarSync is in case you want an alternative to Dropbox. Sync and access files from your other devices and computers.

2X Client

2X Client lets you remotely connect to and work on your Windows computer.


LiveView is a remote screen viewing app that can help you design quick simulations and demos and try out prototypes of your designs. Also useful for designing for mobile apps or web apps for use on mobile devices.

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas is a digital vector-based sketchbook for drawing and capturing design ideas – which you can then send for further working on to Photoshop and Illustrator.

Doodle Buddy

Doodle Buddy is a doodling app which can let you quickly sketch out design ideas and anything else with your fingers. Colors included.


Evernote lets you capture and store design and development notes, ideas, snapshots, recordings, and anything else for easy finding later on. Paid in-app upgrades if you need more features.

Note Hub

Note Hub is a note-taking app that lets you create projects and add notes, to do lists, drawings, and whatever else.

TaskPad HD

TaskPad HD is a task manager that lets you sync tasks across all of your devices as well as manage your tasks via a web browser.


The official Twitter app for when you need to talk to clients and collaborators via Twitter.


Twitterrific is for those who prefer a different interface for using Twitter to stay connected with clients and collaborators – choice is good.


Skype on your iPhone or iPad – need more be said? Really useful for talking to clients and collaborators, especially when they’re in different parts of the world. It’s free to call if you’re both using Skype, otherwise affordable rates let you call landlines and cell phones.


Fringe is an alternative to Skype. Text chat with people via Skype and other instant messenger accounts and get free calls if you’re both using Fring.


WordPress has an iPhone and iPad app that lets you create and edit posts and pages, moderate comments, and other tasks for your blog or WordPress-powered website.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a super-slimmed down version of Photoshop for when you need to quickly edit and upload photos and images on your iPhone or iPad.

PCalc Lite Calculator

PCalc Lite Calculator is a scientific calculator for when you need exact measurements and calculations for your web development projects and designs. This is the free fully-functional lite version of the paid full calculator app.

MedCommons Prototyper

MedCommons Prototyper helps build SplitView layouts for easy presenting of web content on an iPad by letting you test your HTML5 and Ajax designs for things like rotation and resizing.


Craigsphone is Craigslist for iPad – ’nuff said. For when you need to find clients or work, people to outsource to, and anything else related to your web development and design work.


FontShuffle is useful for finding the right font for your project or just browsing for typography inspiration – hundreds of font families are sorted by similarity.


SkyGrid is a better RSS feed reader – an easy way to browse relevant design and development information and articles.

Over to you: what are your favorite free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers? What other apps should be on this list? Feel free to share your useful additions in the comments section below.

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