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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 or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. The list is pretty short, mostly because last week's roundup was a couple of days late, thus eating into this week, and January in general seems like a slow month for the Market.

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Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 20 Best New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (1/4/11 – 1/12/11)

Best New Android Apps

ABBYY Business Card Reader

ABBYY Business Card Reader (BCR) offers an easy way to add a new contact to your smartphone’s address book: simply take a picture of a business card and save the contact.
With ABBYY BCR, you can get more info about your contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or find address from business cards on Maps.
ABBYY Business Card Reader intelligently identifies various contact information on a business card, such as first and last names, company name, job title, phone number, e-mail and Web addresses, and saves it to the corresponding fields in the address book.

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CircleLauncher light

This widget will help you to start your prefered apps or call your best friends - but with style!
You can add some frequently used apps or contacts to this launcher and start those apps or contacts with one click from a circle. If you slide over the icons, they are animated a little bit mac-like ... just try it!
This is a free version of Circlelauncher with some limitations.

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Newegg Mobile

The Newegg Mobile application allows Android users to search, shop, read reviews and make purchases on Newegg.com.
Once you know, you Newegg®.

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SwipePad Beta

SwipePad is a launcher panel responding to a swipe on the edge of your phone screen, no matter what application you are in.
1. Touch down the bottom edge of the screen;
2. Move your finger towards the center of the screen so the pad will emerge;
3. Release your finger on a specific slot to action.
Hold your finger on a specific slot for 2 seconds before releasing (until it turns orange), then you could change the assignment.

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Spectral Souls

Android Police coverage: Spectral Souls By IdeaFactory/HyperDevBox Arrives In The Android Market, Weighs A Whopping 1GB!

"Spectral Souls - Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires" (English Version), the first Full Size Tactical RPG for Android platform is now available for your favorite Smartphone. This is an Android ONLY exclusive title :
* The first full scale Japanese Tactical RPG for Android.
* 52 outstanding soundtracks.
* 84 characters.
* High resolution graphic assets.
* 100's of hours of GamePlay packed in 1GB data.
* Cut-Scene videos.

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Tap Crazy Free

A frantic game of tapping insanity. Good guys roll down. Bad guys roll up. Kill the bad guys.
Pop the balls by tapping them before they reach the top of the screen. But don't pop your friends as the race to the bottom. As the numbers increase, everyone starts bouncing off of everyone else. It is your job to sort through the ensuing comic mayhem. Five distinct enemy types. Tons of fun!

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Alchemy ~ Genetics

"Alchemy with animals". Full version with 256 species!
Start with just 4 animals and combine them to discover 256 cute creatures, from obvious to unlikely to bizarre combinations.
Unlike the original Alchemy game, your elements are animals and "genes", and new breeds are created by adding a trait of one creature to another, for example:
Ant + Rat [Tailed] = Scorpion (an arthropod with a tail)
Anchovy + Chicken [Domestic] = Golden Carp (a domestic fish)
Golden Carp + Scorpion = ???

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ADW Theme Tron Legacy Pro

Android Police coverage: Now THIS Is How Android Theming Is Done: Tron Legacy Pro Theme For ADW Launcher

A ultra-detailed Tron Legacy inspired ADW Theme.

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TurboTax SnapTax

Android Police coverage: TurboTax Launches SnapTax – A W2-Scanning Tax Filing Android App

Magically do your taxes on your phone with the snap of a photo.
IT’S SO SIMPLE:
1 - Snap a photo of your W-2
2 - Answer a few simple questions
3 - Review, pay, and e-file securely!

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Linpack Pro for Android

Linpack for Android without any Advertisements.
Speed test your Android device and ROM with this standard CPU benchmark. Check the speed of your Android device and compare it to other Android devices.Results in millions of floating point operations per second (MFLOPS).Save results or post to the website to beat the best times.

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TI-83

Android Police coverage: Nostalgic And Awesome: Fully Working TI-83, TI-85, And TI-86 Android Emulators Hit The Market

Get a TI-83 emulator for your phone! The TI-83 graphing calculator is great as a standard calculator, but also great for statistics and trigonometry. Graph and compare functions, and perform data plotting and analysis. Write programs in TI-BASIC.

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TI-85

Android Police coverage: Nostalgic And Awesome: Fully Working TI-83, TI-85, And TI-86 Android Emulators Hit The Market

Get a TI-85 emulator for your phone! The TI-85 graphing calculator is great as a standard calculator, but also great for engineering and computer science. Graph and compare functions, perform bit manipulation and convert between numeric bases. Write programs in TI-BASIC.

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TI-86

Android Police coverage: Nostalgic And Awesome: Fully Working TI-83, TI-85, And TI-86 Android Emulators Hit The Market

Get a TI-86 emulator for your phone! The TI-86 graphing calculator is great as a standard calculator, but also great for engineering and calculus. Graph and compare functions, perform bit manipulation and convert between numeric bases. Solve differential equations, plot vector fields. Write programs in TI-BASIC.

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WTF App Of The Week

The Handwarmer

Looking for a way to run down your phone's battery? Just grab this app.

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This app uses the heat generated from your phone's processor to warm your hands, all at the touch of a button.

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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.

  • Bryan

    LOL @ Handwarmer

  • roman

    amazing !! this is really cool

  • Fernando

    Swipepad, abbyy and circle launcher, really really good apps, thanx !!!!!

  • sansenoy

    I've recently ran into the Miren web browser, it's better than any mobile app out there, combining the aesthetics and functionality of Safari with all the goodies of a modern Android browser... It's also free!