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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: 48 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (3/16/11 – 3/29/11)

Featured App

Today’s roundup is sponsored by XIMAD and their game Brain Cube HD Premium. Brain Cube is a brain twisting puzzle game of rolling blocks with great graphics. It currently occupies the 1st place in Top Paid on Black Berry App World. This Premium HD version is specifically optimized for tablets but you can find the regular Premium version here.

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Apps

GO Keyboard

GO dev team is on fire - now with their own keyboard.

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Main features:
1.Predict in multiple languages and keyboard layouts
2.Has accurate dictionaries
3.Smart to set skin and back ground
4.Import contacts
5.Import SMS

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Pro HDR Camera

Introducing Pro HDR Camera, the world's first real HDR app for Android! From the team that created Pro HDR for iOS, now you can automatically create stunning full-resolution HDR images with just a single tap on your Android phone. Please note that this app has been tested to work properly on Motorola and HTC phones. However, if you have a Samsung, LG, Sony, or other device, the HDR capability may not function properly.

Thanks to Pro HDR Camera, you no longer have to choose between a blown-out sky or a hopelessly dark foreground. Bringing automatic high dynamic range photography to your Android phone for the first time ever, Pro HDR captures an image exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. It then aligns and merges the images, giving you a gorgeous HDR image up to 8 megapixels like nothing you've ever seen from such a tiny device.

Unlike fake HDR apps that merely take a single photo and reprocess it (without actually adding any new detail), Pro HDR massively extends the dynamic range of your camera and produces beautiful results that you have to see to believe. We provide a fully automatic mode, and an assisted Manual mode for those times when you wish to choose your exact exposures. Finally, you can take stunning high-resolution photos of all those scenes that are just too contrasty to capture in a single picture.

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TouchWiz Application Sorter

The TouchWiz drawer doesn't sort your apps? Seriously? No wonder you need apps like this one.

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This application allows you to sort applications in TouchWiz application drawer alphabetically.

* Root permission is required
* Only for TouchWiz 3.0

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The Masters Golf Tournament

This is the official Android app for the Masters Tournament that is happening in Augusta, Georgia April 4–10, 2011.

  • REAL-TIME SCORING
  • ON-DEMAND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AND FEATURES
  • COURSE OVERVIEW
  • LIVE RADIO
  • COMPREHENSIVE NEWS COVERAGE

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SPB Shell 3D

The infamously expensive ($15) Android launcher replacement with 3D elements.

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  • 3D Home screen/launcher
  • Smart folders
  • 3D widgets
  • Collection of panels and widgets

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InterRupt Trial

This is probably the most ingenious and interesting app in this roundup, which, as a bicyclist who likes to listen to music, I appreciated quite a bit. I usually keep one earbud out, but this app would allow to have both buds in and still hear the surroundings when something noisy approaches (unless it's a Prius - then I'm dead meat!). Alternatively, I can totally see myself using it while sitting at the office with headphones on.

Very interesting idea - see if it works for you.

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InterRupt lets you listen to music and podcasts more safely while cycling and running. It lets you listen to music while working but still hear someone speak to you.

InterRupt measures deviations in the background ambient noise and routes increases through to your headphones. It lets you adjust the noise threshold so you can easily set the noise level trigger. InterRupt lets you adjust the trigger sensitivity so you can block out more noise depending on your environment. It will use the mic on your phone as the default but will use a mic on your headset if available.

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join.me Viewer for Android

This is the Android client for the amazing join.me screen-sharing solution. If you've never used it before, remember it next time you need to give or receive tech support and don't have easy access to VNC or RDP - it's clean, simple, functional, and one-time (no installation necessary). I've been using join.me for random things for a while, and having a free Android client has just added a whole bunch of points to join.me's rate card in my book.

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First, download the app. Now, you’re ready to join meetings from anywhere as long as you’re connected to the Internet by 3G or Wi-Fi.

Next direct your colleagues to https://join.me to start a meeting, web conference or ad-hoc collaboration.

They click the big “share” button to begin broadcasting their screen. It generates a secure nine-digit meeting code. You type that into the join.me app and presto.

You’re on the same page, even if your hundreds of miles away. It really is that simple.

Features

  • Mobile screen viewing
  • Chat with participants
  • Zoom
  • See who’s attending

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GO SMS Pro

The GO team is now quite legendary in the Android community - time and time again, they continue to release excellent, well-polished apps, from launchers to SMS managers to dialers to wallpapers - all free. How they have time to do it all is beyond me, but I sure welcome their contributions. GO SMS Pro is a version of GO SMS with some extra features, yet still free. The feature list is too large for me to paste here - just hit up the source links to see it.

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Trulia Real Estate Search

Perfect for buyers, renters and general lovers of all things real estate.

Find your next home with Trulia! Search homes for sale and for rent, plus see homes that have recently sold. Perfect for buyers, renters and general lovers of all things real estate, Trulia's app is designed for house hunting on the go.

+ Search nearby with GPS or enter a new location
+ View large, colorful photos of every home
+ Save your favorite properties and searches
+ Find open houses near you and easily add them to your calendar
+ Find homes using voice based-search – just say the city, # of beds and baths, and more
+ Search for price reduced homes
+ Use QR codes with built-in scanner access

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4shared mobile

Access 30,000,000+ files, manage your web account, listen to music, watch video on your phone, very easy to use, it's free.

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Make Look Good – Widget Themes

Make your phone stand out from the crowd with our good looking widgets. When you're ready for some serious style right on your homescreen, our MLG Widget Themes are waiting right here for you!

Instantly change from one theme to another from within the FREE MLG application.

All widgets are professionally designed and go way beyond the flip-clock clones out there.

Download now to try out the free Gotham widgets and browse the available themes.

Features:

+ Transform the look and feel of your phone in an instant
+ Discover, download and apply fresh widget themes with ease
+ Set widget theme and matching wallpaper at the same time
+ Each theme is truly unique and contains analog and/or digital clocks, toggle widgets and a weather forecast widget plus a beautiful homescreen background
+ Weather data from internationally acclaimed weather service yr.no with over 7 million forecasts available
+ Customize MLG to fit your daily life with many settings for time and weather

All themes contain high definition widgets and a matching wallpaper.

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The Independent

This is the free official App for users who take their news seriously - from The Independent and Independent on Sunday, titles that are internationally renowned for the standard of their analysis.
Read articles and view the photographs on the go. The App has been created so you can continue reading offline, even when your mobile signal is intermittent or not available.

Downloading the 150-plus stories that the Independent publishes on the App every day takes about a minute on a Wi-Fi connection and a few minutes on a normal mobile connection. Stories can be read whilst you are downloading.

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GO Score

GO Score is a must-have for sports fans.

Brought to you by GO Dev Team, GO Score keeps you updated 24X7 by providing scores, odds and field situation of the latest basketball and soccer games around the world. GO Score is a must-have for sports fans. We are not encouraging to use odds info for gambling purpose.

Key features:
1.Live scores as well as past game results.
2.Fast updating.
3.Configurable audio / vibration notification.
4.Game analysis data. Ranking Charts.
5.View odds data from multiple sources.
6.Live chat with other 3G.cn sports fans (No registration required).

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MoboPlayer

An unexpected new player in the video market (yay, puns!).

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The best video player on Android! Watching your any videos on Phone and without conversion, anytime and anywhere.

The best playback experience and quality.
Support almost all video formats.
Support srt, ass, saa subtitles and mkv, mp4, mov's built-in subtitles.
Support multi-audio stream and multi-subtitle.
Support playlist and continuous play on same type files.
Support http, rtsp streaming.
Support media library and media sort by type.
Support media's thumbnail display.

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PowerAMP Standard Widget Pack

Since the last update of PowerAMP added the official Apps2SD support, having reliable widget support was no longer possible (I am fairly sure that this is an Android problem in general that Google should really address). Solution? This widget pack, which is installed separately.

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Standard PowerAMP Widgets. Should be used for PowerAMP installed on SD card.

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Games

Pinball Yeah!

This is a pretty crazy-looking pinball game - check out the video to see what I'm talking about.

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Pirates, Leprechauns, Krakens, Artificial Intelligence, a metal ball and your thumbs. The secret formula that takes you deep into a new and innovative fantasy pinball experience.

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Tap Tap Revenge 4

This was one of the first games with in-app purchases on the Market and it's pretty cool. Guitar Hero fans will want to jump on it right away.

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Tap and shake to the music of 100's of your favorite artists!

Get your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, B.o.B - PLUS free tracks from Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Benny Benassi!

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Glyder 2 by Glu

Soar through the skies, swoop through tight caverns, explore wondrous mysteries throughout the land & customize your adventure by uncovering & all new sets of wings & outfits! NOTE: You must download a resource file immediately. This game is intended for higher end Android devices.

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Gotcha

I don't know what I like this game for more - its graphics and gameplay or the fact that every permission used is detailed in the Market description.

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Kidnap cows, sheep and pigs as an grumpy alien in a flying saucer!

Take a role of a grumpy alien that decided to abduct all of the Earth cows, sheep and pigs (and an occasional farmer) in this fun arcade game!

Perfect for wasting those 5 minutes while you are waiting for something!

Permissions are used for:
* Wake Lock - for keeping screen awake while playing.
* Internet, Phone State - for ads and PayPal donations.
* Network state - for ads.
* Coarse location - for better advertisement targeting. We won't use it for bad deeds, we promise!

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Power Snooker

Very good 3D graphics for a pool game.

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Angry Birds Rio (now on the official Market)

No explanation necessary - previously available only in the Amazon Appstore, the game is finally in the Market, though with ads.

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Rapture Raptor

The most awesome app description I've seen in a long time. "You're a #*!@ing velociraptor!"

RAPTOR JESUS ftw!

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The world is ending, and you've gotta eat every last human to survive.

Meteors took 'em out last time, but this time, the raptors are on top. The world is ending, and you've gotta eat every last human to survive. Forget floods and brimstone, it's raptors everyone is running from. Is this where you want to be when Jesus comes back? You don't care.

You're a #*!@ing velociraptor!

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Pyxidis

Connect-3 game. Beautiful graphics, engaging gameplay and magic spells

You are a mighty wizard, with a penchant for creating new constellations in the sky. Use your magic wand and spells to connect three or more stars of the same colour.

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Demo

Exciting hidden object game based on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book. Play in 30 different and exciting scenes with 30 additional puzzles.

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Galaxy on Fire 2 (Xperia Play only)

A galactic Xperia PLAY-optimized trek of space battles, weird aliens & romance!

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Age of Zombies (Xperia Play exclusive)

This looks like a lot of fun - I hope a non-Play-only version is going to come out soon.

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From Halfbrick, the creators of Fruit Ninja and Monster Dash comes their newest and biggest adventure yet! Lock and load through the history of time as a tough-as-nails commando named Barry Steakfries, who is looking at nothing more than to shoot some zombies and make it back in time for a hearty dinner!

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Destruction Derby (Xperia Play exclusive)

Destruction Derby was released in 1995 and proved to be a smash hit – literally! Return for another bout of original car carnage today; just buckle yourself into a shiny new race car and then destroy it, making sure you send your opponents to the junkyard in the sky before your motor bites the dust!

Cool Boarders 2 (Xperia Play exclusive)

t’s time to pick up that snowboard again and rip through the snow down 16 intense racetracks, pulling off 40 insane stunts as you hurtle downhill…

Syphon Filter (Xperia Play exclusive)

Gabe Logan: guerrilla warfare expert. Specialist in combat weaponry. Master marksman. A man on a personal crusade to bring down an international terrorist ring and eliminate a deadly virus… Syphon Filter™ exploded onto PlayStation® back in 1999 – now you can experience Logan’s classic first adventure all over again.

Jumping Flash (Xperia Play exclusive)

Leap around 6 colourful worlds in the cockpit of a robotic rabbit, hunting for the evil galactic property developer Baron Aloha. A first-person platformer like no other, Jumping Flash is as unique now as it was when first released in 1995.

MediEvil (Xperia Play exclusive)

1998’s MediEvil™ told the tale of Sir Daniel Fortesque, a cowardly knight resurrected 100 years after his death to save the land of Gallowmere from the evil sorcerer Zarok. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait another 100 years to experience Dan’s face-saving finest hour again – download it right here.

Live Wallpapers

Vortex Galaxy Live Wallpaper

Unknown part of the Universe. YOU CAN FLY in the galactic nebula!
This is the third of the four Galaxies.

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WTF Apps Of The Week

Baconnection by the Reader’s Digest of all people

Oh man, you had me at "Bacon badges! Earn a Ph.B. in Baconology." And it was created by Reader's Digest of all people!

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PoopLog

Yeah, it's exactly what you think it is.

Update: The developer of this app got in touch to let us know its primary purpose is actually quite serious and medical - it helps diagnose IBD, IBS, and other related diseases. While I apologize for rushing this app into the WTF category, the name combined with the first impressions were quite priceless. So, if you don't have a medical reason to use PoopLog, have fun using it for the lulz, but if you do, I hope it helps you diagnose whatever is coming out the other end.

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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.

  • http://about.dmonzel.com Dan

    These are the best articles ever. Thank you so much for your hard work in finding and reporting about all of these apps. This is, without a doubt, the highlight of my week.

  • Kai

    Agree completely with Dan's comment..
    The Best & WTF Apps articles here are the one Android article (in the many Android RSS feeds that I subscribe to) that I'll immediately click through, read in it's entirety and then click the sponsor ads in appreciation.
    Keep up the great work guys!

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

      Thank you, Kai and Dan.

    • http://rktechblog.blogspot.com RK

      Yes. I love these articles!

  • Raptor007

    I always look forward to these articles to find the nuggets you otherwise wouldn't hear about.

    I am disappointed in the new path of "Xperia Play Only" apps considering how underpowered it is or comparable to other phones. So it has buttons WTF we wan the apps too.

    • http://thegamingvault.com D14BL0

      The Xperia Play is a Sony-specific phone. It's basically a low-powered PSP that runs Android. As such, it uses a lot of proprietary hardware, and only certain apps will run properly on it.

      • Eric

        So incorrect I don't even know how you got that.

        Any app will work on the Play. Any. App. However, only certain apps will take advantage of the game pad.

    • Blowfish

      ... and the weird thing is that galaxy on fire 2 seems compatible with Nexus One as well. But NOT with the Atrix lol

    • Eric

      Sony paid for many of these apps to be a 1 month exclusive. I imagine many will come out for all after the one month period is up.

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/danatheteacher Dana

    Wow, what a kick'n list! That 3D launcher looks insane!

  • don

    As much as I enjoy this post every week...because I already have one of these apps (tap tap...crap)...I think a little more research needs to be done before an app is listed in this post. Because this app was on the iPhone first...I saw that app yesterday...the android version is pure crap. It would have been known if you read the reviews from users. The rating drops everyday. Its apps like tap tap that makes users go to apple instead of android...and this game should not appeared in your list...or it could have been your third WTF...I'm waiting for an update to this app...I don't really think the Dev cares though.

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

      It's a popular app with a lot of buzz - it may get better in the future, but whatever the situation may be, it deserved a mention. There are 5-star comments out there, so whether it works for you or not is really up to you to decide. Believe me, I skip a lot of 3-star apps, but because of TapTap's caliber, it needed to be included.

  • Piki

    Wonderful! Thanks for these articles!

  • Cameron W

    um.. the touchwiz app sorter is completely pointless. If you have touchwiz and you can't figure out how to sort your apps, you need to consider going back to a flip phone. Or maybe you're better suited with a blackberry.

    If you are on 2.2 and touchwiz, all you need to to is open the app drawer, then menu>edit>menu>sort a-z

    It's that easy. you can manually arrange them to your liking as well.... or download an app to do something your phone already does.

    • Timmy the Tab

      Looks like I need to go back to a flip phone. I have 2.2 and touchwiz and it doesn't let me do anything apart from uninstall apps

  • http://thegamingvault.com D14BL0

    Regarding the InterRupt app, I just thought I should mention that it's illegal to ride a bicycle while wearing headphones. A bicycle is considered a vehicle, and most states have laws saying that you can't operate any vehicles while wearing headphones.

    That said, great list. :D

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

      Thanks a lot for your comment. Indeed, after looking it up, it's illegal to ride with headphones in California (I knew this about cars, but didn't know it affected bicyclists as well).

      It also seems to be illegal to ride on the sidewalk in San Francisco, and I don't even want to think about how many times I roll through a stop sign (I've never seen a bicyclist properly come to a full stop in front of one).

      Fascinating stuff. Here's where I found this info: http://www.sfbike.org/?bikelaw_ticket_faq.

      • http://thegamingvault.com D14BL0

        Yeah, bicycle law is one of those things that nobody ever really learns about, since there's no licenses required to buy/use one, yet most laws that affect motor vehicles also affect bicycles. Really strange.

        I only brought it up because I'd hate to see Android Police's app lists being updated from jail. :P

  • xploited

    Thanks! The abduction game looks fun :D

  • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    Google should buy out the Go team. Seriously.

  • Mark

    Thanks a lot for this, Artem. Nice discoveries. Keep it up!

  • portnoyd

    Fyi, Make Look Good is not free. The launcher is but you have to purchase any theme for it to be functional. Deceptive.

    Go Score would be amazing with more US support.

  • montgoss

    Why is Glyder 2 on this list? It's been on the market for months. I think I first saw it in November/December of 2010.

  • Rotmann

    Brilliant selection as always! AndroidPolice FTW! Thanks for the hard work, this is one of the reasons for people to prefer AP to other similar blogs!