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Last Updated: June 28th, 2011

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 30 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (2/16/11 – 2/21/11)

Apps

Notifo

The first app today is not really an app - it's an app and a service, called Notifo. Notifo is a brilliantly simple service that allows setting up push notifications for things you want to be notified about immediately.

For example, Google Voice SMS alerts, Twitter mentions, TODO lists reminders from Todoist, GitHub, RSS, Growl, and many others. The beauty of Notifo is that all these notification types are just plugins, and more are published on an ongoing basis. Furthermore, you can make your own notification plugin pretty easily.

The Notifo Android app, which employs Android's C2DM (cloud to device messaging) infrastructure, is now in Beta and can be downloaded from here.

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AndSMB by the maker of AndFTP

AndSMB is a SMB (Samba/CIFS) client for Android devices. It allows connecting to shared folders hosted on Windows or Samba servers over Wifi/3G/4G. It allows managing several connections with authentication.

It comes with both a device file browser and a SMB file browser. It provides download and upload support for files and folders.

You can rename, delete, get file details and create folders. It comes with share feature for gallery. WINS server, LMHOSTS and broadcast address options are available for name resolution. Browse and transfer intents are available for third party applications.

Root access is not needed.

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Plan B

Plan B is the 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you lose your phone. It is your last resort to find your missing phone.

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Chomp

Chomp is the search engine that finds the apps you want.

Chomp's proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps, so you can search based on what apps do, not just what they're called. Try searching for "puzzle games", "kids games", "expense trackers", "tip calculators" or "chat" and start finding great apps.

Other great features:
* Filter your search based on price and whether you're looking for a game or not
* Get app and topic suggestions as you type
* If you get the app name wrong, we'll suggest a better spelling
* See searches related to your search

Chomp for Android is currently only available for the US Android Market. If you live outside the US you can still use Chomp, but it won't return apps that are only available in your country. International support coming soon!

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Kapps

I like their description.

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Share and discover applications with your privileged contacts!

[K]apps! is an application for sharing and discovering Android applications.

No blah-blah nor marketing for the moment, we're just beginning;)

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Task XP

Task XP is a plugin for Astrid Task/Todo List

Task XP integrates with your Todo list, and awards you points for tasks you complete. You level up, and unlock Achievements, ranging from Double Rainbow to Gladiator.

Earn Skill points and spend them on skills, that will help you progress faster.

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HomeAway

Update 6/28/11: It looks like the first version of the HomeAway app, which was made by Mobiata, was replaced by a brand new one made by an entirely different developer. We've updated the links below to point to the new app.

Download the FREE HomeAway app and browse more than 250,000 vacation rental property listings across more than 145 countries, which range from homes and condos to the more unique yurts, castles, cabooses and more!

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MenuPages

MenuPages, the award-winning indispensable resource that millions love and trust to find restaurants and menus on the web (only available in NYC (Manhattan & Brooklyn), San Francisco, LA, Philly, Boston, Chicago, DC metro area, and South Florida), is now available for Android phones.

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Foodspotting Lite

Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can find and share where to find your favorite dishes using photos.

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BlueputDroid (public beta)

Use your device as a mouse/keyboard for your PC/PS3! *** Root required ***

Do not install this application unless you wish to participate to the beta testing (more info here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=940511).

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iDisplay by the maker of IM+

Turn your Android smartphone or Tab into a second monitor for your Mac or PC!

iDisplay is specifically designed to increase your productivity by maximizing the viewable area on your main monitor.

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Rockit Player

A new music player for Android.

Rockit features:

* Library organized by artists, albums, ratings and folders.
* Reading music from a specific folder on SD card.
* Manual and automatic playlists: Recently Added, Unheard and Favorites
* CUE sheets support
* Equalizer (only Android 2.3 and higher)
* Last.FM, Twitter and Facebook integration.
* Lockscreen and homescreen widgets
* Automatic album cover art downloader
* Tag editor

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NVIDIA TegraZone

Finding the best Android games just got easier. With the Tegra Zone app for your NVIDIA® Tegra™-powered mobile device, you can easily find games that are optimized to exploit the full potential of the Tegra mobile processor. Discover unique, premium games for Android that deliver more visually-stunning graphics and smoother gameplay, so you can get the most out of your Tegra-powered mobile device.

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GoodNews – Google Reader App

GoodNews is an RSS reader and an audio podcast player that syncs to Google Reader.

Basic Features:
* synchronization with Google Reader
* innovative immediate push synchronization
* Locale and Tasker integration via add-on
* 30+ settings for perfect customization
* introduction tips for quick start
* supports Android 1.5 and higher
* supports all screen sizes
* English and German language
* available for free

News Reading:
* read list for later reading
* edit article tags
* quick buttons in list for
* read state
* starred state
* play list and read list
* volume key navigation

Audio Podcast:
* play list
* stop and resume downloads
* download complete play list
* adaptive live streaming

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Launcher 7

A Windows Phone 7 style launcher for Android.

Unlike other current WP7 launchers (Windows Phone Android, Metro UI), this one allows you to properly modify your start screen. Just long press on a tile and drag tile where you want!

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Vive by... Qualcomm

Vive is an award-winning free service that lets you shop, share and earn rewards. You can get quick access to the most talked about apps and be the first to Vive (share) your ratings, recommendations and purchases.

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XFINITY TV by Comcast

The XFINITY TV app puts a world of entertainment right at your fingertips!

Find your favorite shows and movies, control your TV, and schedule DVR recordings—all with the XFINITY TV app. The XFINITY TV app puts a world of entertainment right at your fingertips!

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Text Secretary

Autoreply text message, with on/off widget.

TextSecretary, is a brand new application, that allows you to set a system wide "away message"! At a meeting? In class? At work? Trying to drive safely? Just dont feel like talking? TextSecretary allows you to enter a custom message, and have it immediately reply to any incoming text messages.

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Megavideo BETA

This is the unofficial client for Megavideo, as discussed in this xda post.

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With this application you can download and stream any Megavideo video that you like! You just need the video link: the application will do the all the job for you; pick you favourite FLV player and watch your videos anytime, anywhere!

The Megavideo application enables you to:

* Download, stream and watch any Megavideo video
* Start, pause, resume your downloads anytime
* See informations (duration, description, ..) for each video
* PickRandom!© function
* Megavideo Premium login feature
* Catch Megavideo links from browsers and emails

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XDA Premium

Premium version of the official XDA-Developers Android app.

What's makes the Premium app different than the original XDA app?

+ No annoying ads!
+ Ability to collapse top bar to maximize screen real estate
+ Access to Legacy forums
+ Ability to add forum shortcuts to your Android homescreen for super quick access to your favorites
+ Custom XDA color scheme (changeable to default through Settings)
+ Choose whether to land on first post, last post, or first unread post within a given thread

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Hashable

Hashable is a fun and useful way to track your relationships.

You can quickly keep track of people you meet and where you meet them by sending your virtual business card.

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CuteRobo Scanner Demo

This is a demo version of our application Cuterobo Scanner.

Cuterobo Scanner is a camera-based scanner for originally-rectangle-shaped-document. It features a flattening algorithm that tries to fix distortion in the content caused by document shape. http://www.cuterobo.com/scanner

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BuzzBox Re-released?

It appears the previous BuzzBox app was removed at some point, only to have this one pop up. We have reached out to BuzzBox but have not received any explanation.

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All Your News Sources In One App with Cool Widgets & Notifications. Get the Top News Today Personalized for You. Best news widgets and notifications on the market.

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Grocery Guru

GroceryGuru is the ultimate grocery shopping tool. This application allows you to create and save multiple shopping lists and check the items off in-store with one tap. Assemble your list from a variety of preloaded items or create your own custom items; then share with your friends or sync with the online web app. Find a store to finish the job with the store finder where you can view store details, a map and get directions.

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Dwell

Dwell delivers photos, videos and more for fans of modern architecture & design

With fresh, intelligent coverage of modern architecture and design, tailored for mobile devices, the Dwell App features:

  • Videos and slide-shows showcasing the best in modern home design
  • Photographs and editorial of product collections
  • Dynamically updated stories for staying on top of the latest trends while on the go
  • Facebook and Twitter integration for sharing inspiring design ideas with friends

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Leave Card by GEICO

Wait, did GEICO just make an Android app? And it's not for its insurance. Mind blown.

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Federal employees can track their leave on the go with this new app from GEICO!

Save a tree and track your leave with this new app from GEICO! Now, for the first time, you’ll be able to track your leave time using your Android.

For over 50 years GEICO has been providing leave cards to federal employees, free of charge, to help them track their annual leave. Now, we have created a mobile version of the leave card with the tech savvy federal employee in mind

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Graphic.ly Comics

Browse, buy & read your favorite books from Marvel, Archie, IDW, and 150+ others

Experience digital comics in a whole new way on your phone. With all your favorite books from publishers such as Marvel, IDW, and Archie and the ability to discuss them with your friends, Graphic.ly changes the way that digital comics are experienced on Android.

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MLB.com At Bat Lite

Your Team. Your App. MLB.com At Bat Lite is live for Spring Training 2011 and returns with a new favorite team home screen customization option.

Among the features available for Spring Training are:

- Customize At Bat's home screen to feature your designated favorite team.

- MLB icon home screen widget for in progress scores around the league

- Follow batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game

- Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and players stats for every team

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Games

Deadly Chambers HD

Kind of reminds me of Wolfenstein 3D but with different weapons and [hopefully] better graphics.

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Battle your way through 5 unique levels of baddies and bosses and unlock an arsenal of weapons and achievements in this High-Def 3D Over-The-Shoulder shooter.

This is the High-Def version and will only run well on high-end devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S and others with high-end graphics processors. If you are unsure of which version of Deadly Chambers to download or this one does not perform well for you, please get the standard version instead.

Free Demo and standard def version of Deadly Chambers available.

5 Levels
10 Enemy Chars
18 Weapons
4 Difficulties
Ad-Free

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Qbism HD

Qbism HD is a unique and challenging 3D puzzle game like no other!
Slide the cubes into the outline to solve the puzzle. Sound simple enough? It is, so we added a 3rd dimension. Now the challenge is on! Challenge your perception and solve Qbism HD!

FEATURES

✓ HD Edition (universal)
✓ Sleek new interface
✓ Dynamic backgrounds
✓ Cute kitten option
✓ 140 puzzles to solve
✓ User-friendly touch controls, including zoom!
✓ In game Statistics - best times, moves and rotations
✓ 4 sizes of game play ( 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6 )
✓ Music by Robot Science

Qbism is a top 10 iOS puzzle game in USA, Germany, Japan, China, Spain and Italy with over 350,000 downloads.

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Aporkalypse Free

Smart pigs from hell!

The pig world is in danger! Follow the four heroes of ham through the fires of hell and use brains, brawn and bacon to stop the Aporkalypse!

Features:
- Crazy aporkalyptic action adventure
- 4 characters with unique powers
- Innovative puzzles with multiple pigs
- 30 challenging levels
- Collect coins for your piggy bank
- Funny comic world

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Monster Madness for Tegra devices

Life in suburbia for four teenagers just took a turn for the worse because in a world where brain-hungry zombies run rampant, nothing’s the way it used to be! Take on wave after wave of staggering zombies and foul creatures with upgradeable weapons; power-up accessory items and vehicular combat.

Explore 5 massive and detailed environments in this top-down shooter full of panic-inducing pleasure! It’s up to you to purge the world of the undead in a blast of Unreal® Engine 3 powered arcade exhilaration! You’ll be lucky to survive, but if you do, you’ll save the ‘burbs from a fate worse than un-death.

  • A console experience in the palm of your hand thanks to Tegra 2’s capabilities
  • Powered by Unreal® Engine 3 for phenomenal graphics
  • Co-op adventure mode allows two players to slay the undead together…. it’s good to share! (Local Wi-Fi only)
  • Players can join or leave a game at any time during the cooperative adventure mode
  • Interactive environments full of destructible elements, structures and objects
  • Over 70 enemy types, each with their own unique attacks and strategies
  • Drivable vehicles with player driven turrets over sprawling landscapes
  • Customize your character with over 100 power-up accessory items
  • Turn up the heat with Madness, a difficulty level that introduces tons of new enemies, and mayhem!

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Brain Cube – Premium

Roll your block through obstacles in this challenging and attractive game!

Brain Cube is a brain twisting puzzle game of rolling blocks. Tumble a rectangular rolling block through different paths and drop it into the square hole. For your amusement we put the holes in various places and the complexity depends on the level you are in at the moment. Just like most of the greatest puzzle games, Brain Cube has a simple concept and yet proves to be very challenging, electrifying and attractive!

Features:
* multiple levels;
* teleports, ice platforms and other coolest properties;
* awesome landscape graphics;

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Fruit Ninja THD for Tegra devices

Not much to say here - Fruit Ninja for NVIDIA Tegra devices.

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Samurai II: Vengeance for Tegra devices

Really bloody and awesome slasher for Tegra devices, with better graphics than its iOS counterpart.

FEATURES:

  • Intuitive virtual joystick ensures you’re slicing up baddies, not swiping the screen.
  • Dynamic camera finds the best perspective for each encounter, adding variety while keeping focused on the action.
  • Tense, quick and gory battle sequences!
    - Battle hordes of on-screen enemies wielding new weapons and sporting unique abilities.
    - Stay nimble and plan your attacks – roll out of harm’s way and eliminate ranged enemies like the Samurai Archer before they can strike.
  • Improved game play includes new features.
    - Solve environmental puzzles, avoid dangerous traps, and discover useful items.
    - The fight is on - not to worry, the combat never takes a back seat to platforming or fetch-quests.
  • RPG elements reward skilled players – upgrade the Samurai’s health, buy new attack combos and upgrade them to devastating levels.
  • Between levels, gorgeous anime-style comic panels tell the samurai’s tale with original hand-drawn artwork.
  • New survival mode pits the samurai against waves of enemies, giving hardcore players a score-attack mode to hone their skills. Two games in one!
  • Runs at 60 frames per second on all Tegra 2 Devices
  • Advanced AI system on par with console games. Goal Oriented Action Planning architecture is used in many PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 games.
  • Samurai II is developed on the Unity 3D 3.2 engine, the latest technology available on mobile devices.
  • Original soundtrack – in classic samurai movie style, soft music builds with the heat of battle.

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Mortal Skies

Mortal Skies is a Classic Shoot Em Up arcade action game with action packed gameplay and awesome graphics. However, I still think nothing can compare to AirAttack HD.

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Pool Master Pro

  • Realistic 3D ball animation
  • 9-Ball or 8-Ball game modes
  • Touch control for moving the stick

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Hardwood Solitaire IV for Tegra devices

Play a beautiful rendition of 10 classic solitaire games with Hardwood Solitaire IV!

Specially designed for Nvidia Tegra tablets and phones Hardwood Solitaire IV breathes new life into your favorite solitaire card games with excellent graphics and effects made possible with the Tegra processor.

  • Solitaire games included with this version of Hardwood Solitaire IV:
  • Klondike (standard solitaire)
  • Freecell
  • Spider 1 Suit
  • Archway
  • Backbone
  • Easthaven
  • Forty Thieves
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Memory

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Let’s Create! Pottery

Who knew pottery could make a nice game? According to Market ratings, however, it did.

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With Let's Create: Pottery making ceramics has never been more simple and fun! Become a true artist and create "one of a kind" pottery items and share them with your friends! Throw the clay on the wheel, release all your artistic talents and take benefit of dozens of materials available in order to create your own design! Even when you glaze and fire your very first pot you will feel accomplished and relaxed as pottery is the best way to relieve your everyday stress and find your inner peace.

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Tap of War

You and your opponent each try to bring the note on the rope to his side. Whoever achieves this, wins. Battle it out with your friends or play solo against a computer opponent.

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For Tablets

CNN App for Android Tablets

Get the latest news, watch live video and iReport from your app.

Experience what happens when storytelling meets the newest technology with the new CNN App for Android – a smarter, sleeker way to experience a world of content. Share and comment on news & insights, watch live, breaking news video, and submit your own story to the world with iReport.

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USA TODAY for Android Tablets

Latest news, scores, weather, stocks and photos from USA TODAY on Android Tablet

The nation's news. Now on the Android Tablet, Updated 24/7.

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Grocery iQ for Tablets

Grocery IQ for tablets.

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Live Wallpapers

POV Live Wallpaper

Similar to that 3D background app for iOS that blew everyone's minds recently for some reason.

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POV Live Wallpaper will add the illusion of depth of field to your home screen, instantly turning your home 3d.

You can chose the image, as well as the levels of intensity.

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WTF App(s) Of The Week

Bloody Penguin

What. The. !$#%.

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Bloody Penguin Baseball

Do you like to beat penguins with spiked clubs and use them for batting practice? If so, then you are truly a twisted individual. But the good news is that you will love this game.

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Terrorist Air Attack

Can I get a double WTF on this? What kind of people come up with this stuff?

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Shoot down terrorist-hijacked aircrafts before they hit the building!

Easy-to-play shoot the terrorist-hijacked aircraft game. Use your anti-aircraft gun to bring down the helicopters and airplanes before they hit the tower. Installs on external SD card for Froyo.

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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.

  • Coldman

    The WTF apps this weeks are... WTF...

  • Rotmann

    WTF?!?! Great selection, good to see the new tablet category.

  • http://www.hdflvplayer.net/ Contus

    Thanks for the round-up of last week Android apps, Bloody penguin and Terrorist Air Attack both WTF are the new and best WTF i have seen so far...............

  • portnoyd

    Man, I think we've reached critical mass on apps. Been 2 weeks and I haven't downloaded any of the apps from these posts. All the bases covered.

    Still, keep it up. Love reading them.

    Also, Pool Master Pro has a playtime limit that's fairly constricting if the comments are to be believed.

  • http://chrisbramm.co.uk Chris

    I don't think the penguin game should be in the wtf section, that is classic flash game and it is nice to see it on android. If only I could play games on my hero

  • abeee

    the pottery app is an excellent example of an idea that sounds "so-so" on paper but the final result is truly original

  • Rich

    For tablets it might be useful, but for phones, the iDisplay has to be the dumbest app I've seen in a long time.

  • AndroidFTW!

    Thxs for the apps! :)