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Last Updated: April 13th, 2011

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

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Best New Android Apps

Smart Diagram

Smart Diagram brings easy diagram making to Android
Organize ideas and thoughts with clear diagrams. Simple & Easy, No painful learning!
Usage: Flow Chart, Mind Map, Tree Diagram, etc
Features
- Create Shape with Gesture
- Drag & Drop Delete
- Manually Shape Movement
- MultiTouch Zooming
- Easy Sharing

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Posterous

The dead simple way to post everything online.
Posterous lets you post any mix of text, photos and video instantly on the web for free.
Share everywhere with Autopost. Set up your posts to be automatically sent to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and over 20 more destinations.

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Sporcle

Sporcle brings the wildly popular and addictive trivia website Sporcle.com to Android.
No matter what your interest, sports, movies, music, geography, and more, you can find hours of trivia entertainment.
Downloads new quizzes daily, just launch the app to test your skills against Sporcle's latest brain engaging fun.

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QR Droid - Generator - Decoder

A complete QR (Quick Response Bar code) processor/encoder/reader for your Android.

* Encodes contacts, bookmarks, calendar events and free text
* Lets you share apps: It list all your installed apps and lets you search any of them. After you choose one, a Market link is encoded in the QR image
* QR Droid lists your contacts, bookmarks, applications and lets you browse or search them. After you select an item, you can choose exactly what information to encode and/or edit any info without changing anything permanently in your device.
* Decodes images saved in your device or from URLs of QR image. It decodes from camera too if Barcode Scanner is present. It’s a complete client.
* It allows you to shorten a long URL before encoding it. If a QR code has less information, more readers will be able to decode it
* Always acts as expected after decoding a QR code (it can call or save a contact, show a map, dial a number, send an e-mail, find result in Google, send SMS, copy & share any info...)
* Generates and decodes QR images in less than a second
* Saves generated QR image in SD card and lets you send it attached through e-mail, post directly in Facebook and more. If you just want to share text, you can send QR image URL (using Google Chart API)
* Integrates with Browser, Gallery, Contacts, 3rd party file-explorers and more to encode and decode. For example, you can open an image in Browser or Gallery, select "Share" > "Decode with QR Droid". Or choose a contact, select "Share" > "QR Droid" and choose exactly what info of that contact to encode
Anytime wanted to scan a QR code shown in a website in Android browser and realized you just can't scan your own screen? Watch this video to see how to solve this with "QR Droid":
http://x.co/qrdroid
(Or just select "Visit the developer's Web page")

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Block’em 3D LITE

Block'em 3D is a highly addictive 3D Tetris variant not unlike BlockOut, and the world's first mobile game featuring STEREOSCOPIC 3D (full version only) !
Other features include four difficulty levels*, nukes, chainbonusses and global highscores.
* Only EASY available in LITE version
! Requires high-end Android device !

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Moto X Mayhem

Race, jump, and crash your way through a variety of treacherous terrain in the best mobile bike game, Moto X Mayhem!
Use accelerometer technology to balance as you climb and fly over huge jumps! Enjoy realistic physics as your shocks recoil when you land or your rider bounces around when you crash. Compete to be the fastest rider with Moto X Mayhem's advanced highscore system.

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Trillian

Trillian for Android helps you organize and stay in touch with your IM and social friends while on-the-go. Receive C2DM push notifications, send pictures and messages, and optionally synchronize with Trillian for Mac, Windows, and Web. You can even use Trillian to Trillian messaging to save on SMS costs!

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Dolphin Browser™ Mini (Beta)

Something powerful, something elegant, something valuable! It is Dolphin Browser HD.
Something fast, something simple, something new! It is Dolphin Browser Mini.
Browsing made wonderful.

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chumby

chumby streams your online photo albums, social updates, weather, news, games and hundreds of more apps. Lean back and let chumby entertain you, or tap the screen to interact. Dock your device to automatically launch chumby, or select the chumby icon from your device menu. Requires Flash 10.1 or later.

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CasaTunes Multiroom Controls

Controls your CasaTunes Music Server (www.CasaTunes.com). Requires Casatunes software installed on a PC in your home.

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Times Square Official Ball App

New Year’s Eve in Times Square LIVE to your phone!

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Elixir

Elixir is a system information application with highly configurable widgets. Displays information about battery, cpu usage, memory usage, internal and external storage (sd-card), display, wifi, mobile network, location services (gps), bluetooth, sensors, etc.
* multiple widget sizes
* small widget icons, up to 7*7 icons per screen
* widget icon types: status (battery, brightness, ...), switch (wifi, bluetooth, ..), application launcher
* statusbar icons: battery, cpu

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Christmas (Dolphin HD Theme)

This is exactly what the title says. Requires Dolphin HD.

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Battery Solo Widget

Simple battery level indicator, for Android 1.6 and later.
Do not consume battery when the screen is off.
On tap, show internal temperature.

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Crazy Snowboard

The #1 mobile snowboard game in the US with more than 4 million players is now on Android!
- Eye-popping 3D graphics
- 30 missions
- 13 different riders to unlock
- 13 boards to unlock
- 16 touch-activated in-air tricks to unlock
- Smashable obstacles: zombies, snowmen, elves!
- Intuitive controls
- In-air trick system

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Age of Legends

The land of Nekuria hold many secrets, eternal glory awaiting those who discover them. Most who seek to prove themselves are soon forgotten. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Which one are you?
- move up the ladder of the top 10,000 players
- always FREE to play
NOTE: This game can only be played when online.

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The Sims 3

Choose your Sim’s appearance, clothing, and accessories. Make them funny or make them shy. Lose yourself in the amazing 3D open-world environment and discover what kind of character your Sim will turn out to be! Fulfill their basic needs while unlocking over 70 goals and wishes to help your Sim reach its full potential. Long live The Sims™!

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Akinator Lite

Akinator the Genius can read your mind and tell you who you're thinking of by answering a few questions.
Think about a real or fictional character and he will try to guess who it is !
Will you dare to challenge the genius ?

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Spark

*Spark is your customizable Home screen with everything you want in one place

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DanKam 2.0+

DanKam is an "augmented reality" application that helps the color blind distinguish colors -- and the differences between colors -- more accurately. Most color blind people actually see quite a bit of color, so DanKam works by fitting all colors into what the "anomalous trichromats" see.

Also available for 1.6 devices: http://www.appbrain.com/app/dankam-a1-6/com.dankaminsky.dankam.dankam_a1.

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Emulator ROMs

This app provide thousands of Emulator ROMs (including the NES/FC, SNES/SFC, GBA, MD/Genesis). The user interface similar to the android market. it's easy for searching, finding, downloading your favorite Emulator ROMs. You can even download the emulators from the this app. You can play emulator games in one step. Enjoy!

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NEED FOR SPEED™ Shift

THINK FAST! DRIVE FASTER! NEED FOR SPEED SHIFT OPTIMIZED FOR ANDROID™! Drive 20 awesome cars including the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Pagani Zonda. Features 18 tracks in 3 stunning locations, Quick Race and Career Modes, 3 difficulty settings, and physics-based accelerated 3D graphics.
***Galaxy Tab is not supported - Need for Speed tablet version coming soon!

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E*Trade Mobile Pro

Securely buy, sell, and place orders with just a few taps -- Anywhere, Anytime during market hours.
Get FREE real-time quotes, news, charts and market commentary.
Check the market and your device watch list with ETRADE on your home screen.
E*TRADE Mobile Pro -- fully integrated with your online account.

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Comics

The largest digital comic library (over 3,000 comics, over 300 free) & store with Guided View™ Technology, which Wired.com says "solves the problem of reading comics on the small screen."
Publishers include DC Comics, Image, Archie & many more!
Purchases made here can be read on the web, too, at comics.comixology.com!

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bytNotes

Are you in the habit of forgetting what you promised your friends? Do you find yourself taken off guard and struggling to cover it up when they call?
With bytNotes, you can now be warned before you talk!
bytNotes is a simple notepad application with a very handy twist. It allows you to create notes and link them to multiple contacts from your address book. If any of these contacts calls you, the related notes are displayed in an overlay for you to read before you answer.

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Doodle

The official Android app of Doodle, the popular online scheduling service.
It supports the most frequent Doodle use cases:
* View and participate in a poll
* Add a comment
* Keep the overview of all your polls by using a (free) MyDoodle account

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Fidelity Investments

The free Fidelity Mobile(SM) App for Android(TM) allows you to monitor your portfolio and workplace savings account, place trades, research investments, get quotes, & read breaking market news.

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Google TV Remote

Turn your Android device into a fully functional Google TV remote! Use the mouse pad, arrow keys, and the full range of buttons. You can also share videos and web pages with the TV and even use your voice to search for content.
To get started, connect your Android device to the same network as your Google TV.

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Android 2.3 Launcher (Home)

Original launcher from latest android gingerbread branch.
Get latest launcher without waiting or rooting your device.
Feature:
* Pure Google Experience, Refined look and feel from Gingerbread.
* Automatic 2D/3D all apps list detection.
* High quality wallpaper from Nexus S
Minimal Requirement: Android 2.2 Froyo.

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Alchemy ~ Genetics

"Alchemy with animals"
Start with 4 different species and discover 200 cute creatures, from obvious to unlikely to downright crazy combinations.
Anchovy + Ant = Shrimp
Chicken + Rat = Mole
Mole + Anchovy = ???

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Wallet

Wallet allows you to safely store all your sensitive data such as bank account details and passwords on your phone. Wallet is also useful for remembering all those bits and pieces of information in one place from frequent flier numbers to contact lens prescriptions.

Wallet provides an option to automatically backup your wallet to your Dropbox account. All communication to Dropbox is over HTTPS and the data itself is encrypted so that even if your Dropbox account is compromised, your data is inaccessible without the master password.

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Epic Truck Lite

Epic Truck simulates driving a monster truck along the scenic and dangerous Desert Ridge.

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Ripxx Ski and Snowboard

Everything you need before you hit the slopes. Over 200 mapped out North America resorts; GPS tracking; recorded stats like speed, distance, and vertical drop; trails color-coded by difficulty; and recorded runs color-coded by speed. Paper maps and stop watches are a thing of the past. Resorts: http://tinyurl.com/34bhweq

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LinkedIn Beta

LinkedIn, the professional social network, finally released the public beta of its Android app last week.

The Basics

The new Beta app supports several of the key features used most frequently by mobile users on our other platforms:

  • View updates from your professional network
  • Search for people to discover things you have in common and establish new connections
  • Respond to invitations sent from people in your professional life
  • Keep in touch with your own connections on LinkedIn

More info: http://blog.linkedin.com/2010/12/16/linkedin-android-beta/

Download by joining this LinkedIn group.

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mTrip Travel Guides

mTrip offers "intelligent" travel guides for a number of large cities from all over the world. I haven't used them personally, but they do look pretty useful. These are the features mTrip supports:

  • travel guide with information on hundreds of places in each city
  • offline map and location-based navigation by foot or subway (if supported)
  • augmented reality
  • personalized and automated trip itineraries
  • postcard sharing
  • offline functionality (I'm guess this one is pretty key when traveling)

To view selection and download: http://www.appbrain.com/browse/dev/mTrip+Guides

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ooVoo Mobile

ooVoo is a competitor to Skype, fring, and other similar offerings. It supports multi-party video calling with up to 6 people, no matter if they're on their PC, Mac, or mobile.

To download, visit http://m.oovoo.com from your mobile phone or scan this QR code:

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More info: http://www.oovoo.com/Mobile.aspx?pname=GetooVooMobile

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Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be between Monday and Sunday this week
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: [email protected].

1 sponsored placement per week is available (your app would be featured at the top and marked as sponsored) - please contact us for details.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • roguefan99

    Is Need for Speed still in the market, been looking since the day it was released and I haven't been able to find it. Maybe because I'm in Australia (can't drive on the wrong side of the road!), but I have yet to be able to find it. AppBrain just sends to to a file not found in the market

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, definitely in the Market. Probably geo-coded for certain countries. I wish Appbrain and other Market sites exposed this.

  • Scooter

    I'd like to have DanKam, but seeing as how I can only see the filtered 45 (the other filtered circle is just some yellow squiggles), I'd probably only be willing to pay half the price. Damn my eyes!

  • TTLExpired

    use Market Enabler, and check US market. I'm from Australia and got it that way.

  • http://droid.la DroidLa

    Hi!

    I'm the author of "QR Droid - Generator - Decoder". I'm very glad you included this app here! Please leave your comments and suggestions, I'll do my best to fulfill them! I hope this app is useful for a lot of people. Best regards.

    • Coldman

      Awesome program, mate. Very detailed. I especially like that you can generate the QR codes for existing apps. Sometimes I want to know the right program name (pname) when appbrain doesn't have the app yet but the Market doesn't easily expose this without digging deeper.

  • http://www.dogsinduds.com jamie

    great post! I think I downloaded like 10 apps! :)

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