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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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Featured App

Tunerfish

This week's featured app is sponsored by Tunerfish - a social TV/movie/video platform.

Tunerfish is especially dear to me personally, as I was 1 of 2 developers working on it for the past 3 months. You can read about Tunerfish and some of my thoughts on Android development in the article below.

Android Police coverage: Tunerfish Releases Android App, Aims To Be FourSquare For TV, Movies, And Videos (Complete With A Back Story – Read It)

Tunerfish is a social entertainment app that makes it easy, fun, and rewarding to share what you're watching -- and to see what your friends are watching. Join or start a conversation around your favorite TV show, movie, or online video. Earn fun awards for your profile all along the way!
• A game system that rewards you for influencing the Tunerfish community to watch your show.
• Awesome awards for your profile that celebrate the genres and shows you love!
• Share just to Tunerfish -- or also out to Facebook and/or Twitter — you have complete control!
• Real-time stream and trending views to see what your friends are watching and what's popular in the Tunerfish community.

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Best New Android Apps

Calendr (from QuickDesk’s creator)

Android Police coverage: QuickDesk Dev Releases Calendr 1.0 To Android Market, Minimalists Rejoice!

Inspired by Clockr, Calendr is a minimalistic agenda widget for your home screen.
How minimalistic? It show's only the upcoming event, within 1 week from today and only display the needed information (default, but user definable).
Calendr is also very light on your battery - it only updates once a day, or every time your calendar changes!

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SoundCloud

The official SoundCloud Android app lets you easily access, browse and listen to the sounds shared to you while you're on the road and away from your computer. The app also includes recording functionality that lets you capture any sound around you and instantly save it in the ‘Cloud.

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ADWLauncher EX

Android Police coverage: ADW Launcher Ex Finally Released, Transitions To A Whole New Dimension

Highly Customizable Home replacement application
¿What's a home replacement application?
Is an normal android application that will run when you press your android phone's HOME key. It's usually what people know as the "android desktop".
¿What makes ADW different?
It's highly customizable, almost in every aspect you can think of
-Hundreds of themes to enjoy!
-Screens editor to add,remove and swap your desktop screens.
-Icons editor to create your own customized shortcuts or edit existing ones
-Customizable main dock with support for fixed shortcuts from 0 to 5.
-Customizable hidden dockbar easy to trigger with support for unlimited icons with scroll. Just swipe up your finger over the main dock to reveal the hidden one, swipe down to return to the main one!
-Lots of settings to play with: colours, animations, sizes... you should dig in!
Differences between ADW.Launcher and ADWLauncher EX
ADWLauncher EX is based on the ADW.Launcher opensource core with a lot of new additions and improvements, like for example:
-5 different app drawer styles/behaviors
---3D Nexus One like application drawer
---2 different plain vertical drawer styles, the "old one" and a new fast and smooth one
---2 different Iphone-like horizontal application drawers, a traditional paginated one and a new one with continuous fling
-Different desktop transitions: new animations while navigating through your desktop screens. Try them all, they're crazy!!!
-New Icons configurations/look and feel: Tweak your desktop icons, change its sizes, add coloured backgrounds, change font size, color, etc!
-New fast presets mode: Quickly change the whole desktop configuration by 1 click!
-Editable desktop icons for applications, shortcuts and folders!
-Lots of code improvements
-More, more more to come!!

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Dungeon Defenders: First Wave

Android Police coverage: Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Just Released To Market, PvP Arena Announced!

Epic Online cooperative Action-RPG meets Tower Defense: join the battle! The definitive Unreal-powered next-gen Android game! PvP is coming soon!

Take on the role of one of four distinct Hero classes, and battle hordes of invading creatures by strategically summoning a variety of Towers & Traps throughout your Castle. Directly partake in the action-packed combat with your hero, while leveling up, gathering tons of loot, customizing & upgrading equipment, and developing your class abilities.

All of this can be played in seamless online GameCenter multiplayer, as you cooperate and compete throughout the Campaign & Challenge Missions to build the strongest heroes and achieve the highest scores in the online kingdom.

Combining the depth of strategic gaming with the satisfying action of RPG character building, in a beautifully stylized 'toon fantasy setting built with Epic Games' Unreal® Engine 3, DD is designed to be an addictive experience for casual and veteran gamers alike!

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Animated Widget Contact Launch

Animated fast dial widget greatly facilitates such tasks as dialing frequent or favourite contacts, sending SMS, MMS or e-mailing. The user’s actions are accompanied by customizable video effects, which are perfectly realistic and strikingly beautiful.

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Finger Physics

4 million gamers agree… Finger Physics is pure awesomeness!
- 207 levels including egg levels – everyone’s favorite
- Exploding, magnetized & floating blocks
- OpenFeint with tons of achievements
- Global leader board

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FaceFighter Gold

If it has a face, you can fight it! Make photos into  custom foes in seconds. Beat up your boss! Blacken eyes and knock out teeth with comical cartoon attacks. Punish your foe with crazy weapons like rubber chickens, then unleash finishing moves! FaceFighter Gold includes leaderboards, achievements, and social connectivity courtesy of OpenFeint!

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Frenzic

Frenzic is a fast paced puzzle-based game that will sharpen your reflexes and get your neurons firing. It takes only minutes to learn and months to master, but beware, once you start playing you may never want to stop!

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Firefox for Mobile

Android Police coverage: Firefox 4 Beta For Android Gets Updated, Finally Enters The Market

Get the speed, security and customization you expect, now optimized for browsing on your phone. Synchronize your Firefox history, bookmarks, tabs and passwords between desktop and mobile. Get add-ons to customize Firefox exactly the way you like and type less by browsing with the Awesome Bar.

This is a Beta release. As always, we appreciate your feedback. Check http://mozilla.com/mobile/platforms/ for a list of currently supported devices. The Motorola Droid and Milestone are not currently supported.

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Live Holdem Poker Pro

Poker Pros and Beginners, You need to search no more!
Join the #1 Poker community on the Android Network and Play Live Poker with millions of real players from Facebook and Google Android. Get 12K free chips and 1000 Diamonds on registration + 5000 chips for free every day.
Game features:
* Live Chat
* Facebook Connect
* Personal Avatars
* Shootout tournament mode
* Sit-n-Go tournamet Mode
* Ring Games
* Free daily Gold
* Lottery Draw
* 200+ Virtual goods you can send ppl on tables
* Single account to play on your PC
* Facebook connect for fast registration (optional)
* Save to SD card

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SIRIUS XM Premium Online

Listen to over 120 channels of great programming from SIRIUS|XM on your Android Smartphone!

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Jet Car Stunts

Android Police coverage: Jet Car Stunts Leaves The Pits, Makes Its Way Into Android Market

Jet Car Stunts is an award winning, over the top, adrenaline rush, 3D driving game, with massive jumps, mid-air hoops, floating platforms, spiral roadways and outlandish maneuvers in impossible environments. The orginonal levels, tight controls and fast, smooth, addictive game play has landed Jet Car Stunts on many "Best of 2009" lists for iOS and now it is available on Android.
Jet Car Stunts is less like a driving game and more like a platformer. Rather then racing opponents around a track, your opponent is the track its self. Get ready for a challenge, because getting to the end
of these insane tracks will test your skills.
**** Features ****
- Smoothest, fast game play
- Tightest, most responsive accelerometer driving controls.
- Smash Physics.
- 36 insane tracks. Each track offers something new.
- Multiple play modes.
- Jet assisted drift handling.
- Half car, half jet with in-air control surfaces.
- Online leaderboards and achievements.
- Upload replays with your best times.
**** 3 PLAY MODES ****
- Platforming - The challenge is simple, just get to the end. Each track is more challenging then the last.
- Time Trial - Race to reach the next check point before the time runs out. Beat your best time.
- Tutorials - Learn all the tricks you will neet to meet the challenges to come.
With 25 challenging Platforming levels and 11 Time Trail levels, this is some of the best value you can find on the App Store.
**** CONNECTIVITY ****
Jet Car Stunts uses Open Feint for community/leader board options and achievements. So let's see who are the best players in the world, we dare you!

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ZENONIA 2

Android Police coverage: ZENONIA 2: The Lost Memories Hits The Market, Ready To Take Your RPG Dreams To The Next Level

ZENONIA® 2: The Lost Memories has been highly enhanced in every aspect compared to the original.
Full character and control customization, four characters following individual epic storylines, three different modes, asynchronous online PvP feature and an extended world of ZENONIA guarantee greater enjoyment!

FEATURES
EXTENSIVE HORIZON OF ZENONIA
152 different maps and 98 quests following an epic storyline for each character.
FOUR DISTINCTIVE CLASSES
Melee and Range type classes to choose from; Paladin, Shooter, Magician and Warrior.
IMPROVED CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION
Millions of costumes combinations and thousands of items to customize by combining or refining.
ENRICHED SKILL EFFECTS & USER-INTERFACE
Stunning skill effects for each character and intuitive user interface.
THREE DIFFERENT MODES WITH PVP ARENA
Normal, Hard and Hell Mode along with an asynchronous online PvP arena to challenge friends.

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X-Plane 9

X-Plane is the most flexible and realistic flight simulator on the market for desktop and mobile devices. Using blade element theory for the most powerful and accurate flight model available for personal computers, and earning FAA certification for logging of flight time for pilots, X-Plane is the Gold Standard for accurate flight simulation, offering realism that is unmatched by any other simulator.

IF YOU HAVE SAMSUNG GALAXY SERIES PHONE IT WILL NOT DOWNLOAD/INSTALL PROPERLY WITHOUT USING THE WORKAROUND
BEFORE BUYING: Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/35kgsc3 for information about a workaround. Again, this only applies to Samsung users.

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Zynga Poker

Play the #1 Texas Hold ‘em Game on Facebook, with 6 million daily players, on your phone! Play LIVE against your friends! Choose a seat at a 5 or 9 person table with blinds up to a million chips or compete in Sit-N-Go tournaments. Win up to $1 million chips in the Daily Lottery! Free 10K chips with download!

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iSink U

iSink U sails onto the Android platform for free!
Battle it out while sailing the seas, commanding a squadron of 4 boats and a sub in this captivating naval strategy game. iSinkU expands onto the Android Ocean to recruit salty seafaring gamers into its ranks! Bombs away maties!

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Screen Filter

Reduce the brightness of your screen for night-time viewing. Applies a shade that acts as a dimmer to ensure your eyes don't hurt. Far more powerful than Android's built-in brightness setting. Great for low-light gaming, web browsing, and eBook reading. It even saves battery life for AMOLED displays!
More features:
- Tasker/Locale Plug-in! Set level based on time/place/etc. To disable, configure for 100% brightness.
- Brightness slider uses logarithmic scale for fine-grained control.
- Option to disable soft-key backlight (does not work on all phones).
- Drag the app icon to your desktop to use for toggling on/off.
- Prompts to confirm very low brightness settings.

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Just Find It HD

★ The Ultimate Family puzzle game! Don't compare with other 'spot the difference' games.
★ The Very Game for this Christmas with your family!!
Are you ready to VIEW photographs of magnificent beautiful sights from all around the world? Here are 150 pairs of images almost identical but at most 4 different spots.
It's not an irritating vision test like other games. Just view and enjoy the sights, the differences will show you!
FEATURES
• 150 magnificent photos from all around the world. (New York, San Francisco, France, Italy, Greece, Australia, Japan, Asia, and more!)
• 30 random pairs of almost identical pictures for each level.
• 2, 3 and 4 differences in easy, medium and hard level, repectively.
• Pause the game and resume anytime
• OpenFeint supported - Check your and friends' global ranks!

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Mega Jump

Get ready to blast off on an epic jumping journey with Mega Jump!
Collect coins, grab crazy powerups, and evade monsters to boost yourself to the edge of the Universe and beyond!

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WTF App Of The Week

Fist Pump Revolution

Have you ever played a game and thought to yourself: "Hmm, what this game needs is a little more fist pumping!?" Well then Fist Pump Revolution is your ticket. This is a game in which fist pump inducing songs are played and bars are displayed. When the bars reach the bottom, you fist pump. Fist Pump Revolution takes the ultimate dance move to a whole new level with six bumpin tracks.

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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: oh.no.its@androidpolice.com.

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.

  • Jon

    Please include the types of licenses used with each application in future articles.

    Many of us purchased these computers specifically to use an Open Source operating system and favor Open Source applications as well.

  • james

    How do i get my battery indicator to be blue and have exact percent of juice number showing? I see it in a couple of these screen shots
    Is that part of ADW launcher?

    • Brett

      @james - it's a theme mod
      Depending on what phone you have, you can change the theme when you have root.

      One such theme is BlueBread for Galaxy S.

      • the man

        i love cyanogen!!!!!!

      • james

        I have the X. i have no clue how to root and am a little scared to try it. Is it easy.?

  • the man

    @james his phone is most likely rooted, i can make mine show the battery percentage. When you talk to the android pros, you can expect them to already rooted their phones if not several phones.

  • Bobba

    Instead of Screen Filter, try AdjBrightness. Search for it in the Marketplace.

    Screen Filter for some reason seems to change the color temperature as it dims in a way that is hard to explain, but just does.

    AdjBrightness doesn't seem to have that effect and it gets your screen far dimmer.

  • Jersey Joe

    Is there an app that allows for the phone to be silenced for X number of minutes and then un-mute itself? I aways forget and three hours after the meeting ended I find three missed calls since it was muted.

    • Gingerlaine

      Tasker ought to do that for you!

      • xith

        'silent time lite' with his widget can do that: just try. It's free.
        Cheers