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Last Updated: April 13th, 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: 45 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (2/22/11 – 3/1/11)

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This app roundup is sponsored by XIMAD, an Android publisher with over 60 games and apps in the Android Market. Sure, they may not be flagship games, but there are plenty of good quality time wasters in the collection. Their most recent creation is Brain Cube - give it a try.

Apps

TetherGPS Lite

Interesting idea - could be useful for geocaching or enabling GPS on devices without it.

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TetherGPS Lite will allow you to share the GPS on one WiFi enabled Android device with another WiFi enabled Android Device.

Example use - Connect your Nook Color and your HTC Evo to the same network, or tether the Nook Color to the HTC Evo with android-wifi-tether. Run TGPS Server on the HTC Evo and TGPS Client on the Nook color. The Nook Color will receive GPS data from the HTC Evo. Applications on the Nook Color such as Google Maps and Google Navigation will then work using the shared GPS data.

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Wave Launcher

Wave Launcher is a unique, gesture-enabled, quick action-bar for Android. It resembles a well-known and loved feature on WebOS phones like the Palm-Pre.

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N64oid (N64 emulator)

N64oid is the Nintendo 64 emulator optimized for Android.

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travelButton

I'm quite intrigued. Frequent travelers, please read the description in full.

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TravelButton is a mobile phone application that allows travelers to easily consolidate guest room phone services and messaging with their personal smartphone, as well as have access to all hotel room phone services.

Upon checking in to a hotel, TravelButton users simply open the app on their phones and select their hotel from a pre-populated list. Once their hotel is selected, users enter their name and room number or confirmation number. The traveler’s personal phone is now enabled with the hotel guest room functionality in addition to their existing phone capabilities. Hotel guests are disconnected from the room upon checking out of the hotel or can manually disconnect anytime.

TravelButton users can receive calls made directly to their guest room on their mobile devices and make and receive calls as they normally would. Standard hotel icons for wake-up calls, room service, front desk and other hotel amenities appear as icons on the guests phones, allowing the user to easily access these services. Calls from guests’ mobile phone enabled with TravelButton will appear to the hotel staff to come from the guests’ rooms. A hotels’ standard identification information, such as room number and guest name, will be provided so that hotel staff can greet guests by name.

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Thrutu

Share location, photos, and more – without leaving the phone call.

Thrutu brings new fun and function to the phone call. Share location, contacts, photos and more – all at the touch of a button. It’s so simple that you’ll wonder why phone calls couldn’t always work this way.

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Smartbench 2011 (multi-core friendly)

Smartbench 2011 is a multi-core friendly benchmark application that measures the overall performance of your smartphone. It reports both Productivity and Games Index to suit both productivity users and 3D gaming users.

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Minimal Reader Pro

From the creator of Minimal RSS Widget, which is probably the cleanest and most useful RSS widget on the Market, now comes Minimal Reader Pro.

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Display the latest news titles from your favourite websites/blogs right on your desktop and easily scroll through them.

Import your Google Reader Subscriptions or add your own RSS/Atom feeds.

Click on a news title to open the full story in a customizable Pop-up window, works in offline mode too !

Customize the widget and the pop-up to match your home screen.

Swipe left or right on a pop-up to read the next or previous news article.

Many settings available : Filter the News by age, auto scroll, auto refresh ...

You can add as many feeds as you want on the same widget or separate them in several widgets.

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Syncness Wifi Sync Music/Files

Can this finally solve by goal of automatically backing up my SD card that contains weekly Nandroid dumps among other things? This app is almost there - it already supports multiple backup sources, and all it's missing is scheduling. I've pinged the author about that, so I'm confident it will be coming soon.

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Sync your files (media, music, etc) in both directions over wireless. Syncness, the new application for Google’s Android based phones and tablets, that allows you to sync (synchronize) files between your phone or tablet and a Windows or Samba file share using a WIFI connection.

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Android Seven Lite1 (Windows 7 Theme)

A Windows 7 desktop theme (not Windows phone 7) for Android - you don't see many of these around. It looks quite detailed.

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DropSpace

This is an application for backing up files on sdcard through Dropbox. Users can choose any files/directories on sdcard to be synced with remote directories on Dropbox. It can start syncing on users' demand, and also can be run as a service that will automatically start with certain time intervals.

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Pixel Art Clock Widget

Pixel Art Clock Widget is a widget for your Android home screen.

* You can change color (10 total)
* Decorate with illustrations
* 24h/12h mode

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Dexrex Mobile

Dexrex Mobile™ for Android allows you to capture, save, and read your SMS, MMS, and Call Logs from anywhere, just as you do your emails.

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SXSW GO - official SXSW app

SXSW GO is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending SXSW 2011. The app allows you to view/build your schedule, see a map of what’s happening and how to get there, navigate the tradeshow, stay connected to the social world and more! You can build your schedule online at schedule.sxsw.com or directly on your mobile device. With SXSW GO, you can sync your online schedule with your mobile device, so your info will always be up-to-date!

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ADWTheme Antique CyanogenMod

This is a CyanogenMod (CM7 specifically) dedicated version of the Antique ADWTheme series for ADW.Launcher.

You must have ADW.Launcher or ADW.Launcher EX. If you don't have it, then get that first.

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ActionComplete

ActionComplete is a family of productivity applications based on David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology.

At the core of ActionComplete is management of four types of tasks: Actions (next actions in GTD parlance), Waits (Waiting for), Projects, and Ideas (Someday/Maybe). The tasks can be assigned three types of metadata: tags, people, and places. Together the metadata form a context that can be easily filtered upon.

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BlueMuze (Trial version)

P2P Bluetooth music file and playlist transfer. Transfer music files and playlists over bluetooth directly P2P (phone to phone).

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Plug In Launcher

Tasker does this as well, but if you don't want complexity and want free, this is a great program.

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This app provides a background service that will launch a specified app when the Power/USB cable and/or Headphone cable is connected to the device.

Tired before bed and want the Alarm clock app to launch when you plug it in to charge? Go ahead and plug it in... AND ITS THERE!

Out on a run and want to quickly launch your music player app? just plug in your headphones and click play!

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Epinephrine (formerly MSN Talk)

MSN Talk was knocked off the Market by Microsoft - Epinephrine is the new name.

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we7 Radio Plus

we7 Radio Plus is a completely FREE music app for anyone who loves music! It is currently in beta release so if you have any feedback please email us at android@we7.com. The app uses our millions of available tracks to play and create radio stations based on the music you love:

- Choose one of our Themed stations to find out whats hot or pick a style of music you enjoy

- Create your own stations from any genre, artist or theme you like

- Play a station based on the songs you love - you can love songs in the app or at our website

Going out and about? No problem you can save stations to listen to when there is no network available and play them in the car, on a train or tube or anywhere you choose. This app reinforces the mobile's position as the device of choice for listening to music.

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Socialcam by Justin.tv

Socialcam is the easiest way to share videos with friends. It makes sharing video from your phone as simple as uploading photos to Facebook. With a few clicks, you’re able to record, tag, and share videos as well as browse, like, and comment on your friend’s videos.

Features:
- Unlimited video length and storage
- Upload video while you are recording for fastest possible upload
- Record video offline and it uploads later when you have Internet
- Tag your friends in videos
- Instant notification when you are tagged in a video
- Browse, like, and comment on your friend’s videos
- Share videos with Facebook, Twitter, Email and SMS

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Car Dashboard (Free)

Some commenters are calling it the best car-home app on the Market.

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Car Dashboard is both a speedometer and a Car Home dock replacement app. Use this app to watch your speed and easily access 20 customizable shortcuts!

The app automatically launches when placed in a car dock (that has a magnet).

Features include:
* Speedometer
* Speed Alerts (fully customizable by speed, colors, flashing, and sounds)
* Compass
* Current location
* Current temperature
* Current altitude
* Max speed
* US and Metric units/speed alerts: knots, km/h or mph, Fahrenheit or Celsius, meters or feet
* Custom text colors
* 20 customizable shortcuts - launch favorite applications, directly dial important numbers, navigate to common locations, and more!

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Entrepreneur Mobile

You own the business. Entrepreneur Mobile will help you grow it with articles from Entrepreneur.com.

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Monster Job Search

Official Monster job search app.

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Friday

Friday is your life companion app. It is a bit difficult to explain, but we did have a chance to preview it and post our thoughts.

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Fake Me Out Of Here!

This is a fake call app, but unlike other apps, it can be triggered by shaking your phone (after a pre-specified delay), which is quite clever. The other features are not too shabby either:

* Delay between shake and call
* Caller information (Can be chosen from your contacts!)
* Log the call in your call log if you want!
* Playback recorded sounds to make the fake call sound real!
* Play your contact's custom ringtone (or your device's default)
* Shake calibration to adjust the sensitivity to your needs
* Vibrate on / off

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Games

Meganoid by OrangePixel

Meganoid comes in full 8bit retro pixelart style, complete with chiptune and sound effects. The next version is going to add support for Wii-mote controls, by the way.

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Radio Tycoon

Don't just listen to a radio, start your own radio station in the Radio Tycoon on-line game. Radio Tycoon lets you manage the station, play music, hire new stars and, most importantly, become insanely rich. You play Radio Tycoon in real time, which means that your radio keeps broadcasting and making money even while you are not using the app. The game works via your Facebook account, so feel free to invite your friends to join you, or to compete with you.

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Hextacy Lite

I just love games like this one - it looks polished and easy on the eye.

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Finger sliding puzzle action. Think smart and score high. Slide your finger to eliminate clusters of three hex tiles or more. When no moves are possible, the remaining hexes will temporarily be locked out of play, and the board is filled with new tiles.

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Chalk Ball Lite

Draw lines, hit others and don't let your ball fall.

A new concept of bouncing game. Use your finger to draw with chalk, but be careful, it will not last for long. Make your ball hit other ones to recover chalk and don't let it fall. Easy to learn, hard to master!

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Cordy

Cordy reminded me of Sonic the Hedgehog, except it was more kiddie-looking. This game also came pre-installed on my XOOM, so its launch in the Market definitely coincided with the XOOM's release.

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Help Cordy power-up his mechanical planet! Use special powers, solve exciting puzzles, and explore engaging environments. Cordy is FREE, with many thrilling updates coming soon.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S33LYW5rCPM

Grave Defense Silver Free

I know what you're going to say - enough with the Tower Defense games already, but "take a look at the graphics" is what I will reply to you with.

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GRave Defense is the tower defense game with the post-apocalypse game setting, the addictive gameplay and the excellent graphics. Remaining humans are hiding in their vaults under destroyed cities as hordes of mutated monsters seek to destroy them. In the game You will find lots of upgradeable weapons, maps and monsters.

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Air Hockey Speed

I love playing Glow Hockey, especially on the XOOM, but it's missing 2-player mode. Air Hockey Speed has multiplayer, and it's got pretty fast action, faster than usual, as the name implies.

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Air Hockey Speed - The fast paced air hockey game now on Android!

The legendary Air Hockey Speed is now available in Android! Great graphics, smooth gameplay, and plenty of AI opponents will keep you playing for a long time. You can also challenge your friend in a 2 player mode on the same device!

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Live Wallpapers

Honeycomb Live Wallpaper

Multi-colored flares for a Honeycomb look! Tweakable trail length & frequency.

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Gravitron Live Wallpaper

Gravitron is a wonderful live wallpaper based on particles with bokeh effect.

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Photile Live Wallpaper

Photile turns any picture you choose into a grid of floating, fading tiles.

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For Tablets

Google Body for Honeycomb

Navigate and search an interactive 3D model of human anatomy.

Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the human body. You can view different anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate to parts that interest you. Click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. A male model is coming soon.

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Vendetta Online for Tegra Tablets

Vendetta Online is a graphically intensive 3D MMORPG set in space, optimized for Tegra tablets (though it only requires Android 2.2+). It is a subscription-based title (bleh), with a recurring cost of between $7 and $10 per month. It is also available on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

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WTF App Of The Week

Trouser Trouble

Use the touch screen to pull down everyone's pants! Trouser Trouble is a game where you pull down people's pants with the touchscreen to earn points.

  • 3D graphics
  • Revolutionary undressing-technology
  • Addictive Gameplay
  • Lots of naked bottoms

Use the demographics slider in the options menu to control the ratio between men and women, if you're more keen on pulling down pants on a specific gender.

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For The Lulz: The Special Charlie Sheen Edition

Because these apps are winning.

Charlie Sheen Soundboard

Charlie Sheen is #Winning! This is a great soundboard of the genius Mr. Sheen.

This soundboard contains over 80 controversial remarks made by actor Charlie Sheen on several radio and television interviews in late February 2011.

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Charlie Sheen Widget

Check out this Ikified (from South Park) Charlie Sheen.

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Ready for some WINNING? This is the Charlie Sheen app you've been waiting for! Charlie sits on your home screen waiting to deliver 30+ hilarious "tiger blood" positive quotes in high quality MP3! We have him loaded up and ready to deliver the latest ordnance!

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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.the@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.

  • ninja

    There is a missing live wallpaper from last week... dynamic paint http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3J3_4UpjXc

    time to go download pixel art clock :-)

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

      Thanks, that's a nice one. I won't modify the list, but thanks for the addition.

  • ari-free

    trouser trouble could be a crazy idea for an augmented reality app

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

      I lol'ed.

  • spyder

    So why is it you guys can't put the price or "free" in the description on ALL the apps like you used to do? Getting lazy? Well, so am I! so when they don't have the price listed with the app, I don't even look at them. Do the developers a favor and do it the way you used to!

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

      I never put the price into all apps before - the title is preserved, so if the app's own title included the word Free, it said "Free" here too; if not, then it didn't.

      Because the prices are dynamic and can jump or even permanently go free, they were never part of the static content and are instead shown in the Appbrain widgets which show up once the page is fully loaded (see the note at the top of each roundup). These widgets show the current price as well as star ratings and the app's icon, which is why we opt into using them. If Google offered widgets, I'd jump on them in a heartbeat.

      I'm getting lazy? Well, if spending a cumulative of 5-6 hours on this post every week is lazy, then sure, I'm getting lazy.

      • http://www.listropolis.com Shaun McLane

        Some of us appreciate your work. Very happy to see the "Tablet" section added. Thanks!!!

      • Kevin

        Ignore that idiot. These weekly posts are awesome. Thanks much!

        • David

          This post (3 months ago) was how I found A.P. in the first place, and the reason I always tell any remotely techy person I know with android about it. I know every week there are people that bitch, and every week there are people that defend, so this will be the last time I partake in the battle, but please know that I am always appreciative, as I know multitudes of other people are. LONG LIVE A.P.!!!!!

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

          Thanks, David, Kevin. Appreciate it!

  • http://gthing.net Sam

    Someone needs to let Patrick Stewart know about Trouser Trouble! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg_cwI1Xj4M

  • http://@_eliasalberto Elias

    I'm seriously pissed off at how privacy-invasive some apps are. Why the hell should smartbench need to read my location or phone ID?

  • Mike

    These weekly round-ups are my favorite part about this site. They're always nicely put together and it's an awesome way to find new apps. Keep up the good work!

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

      Thanks, Mike. Appreciate the kind words.

  • nicole

    Does anyone know why, I can't get the we7 on my lg optimus T?

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