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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.

This week, I am trying something a little different due to complaints about the heavy weight of these roundups. There are now no usual app widgets, Appbrain widgets, barcodes, or embedded videos. There are also fewer screenshots - instead, I'm picking out only the most interesting ones.

Because there are no Appbrain widgets, I decided to include the current price for paid apps next to the Market link. Video links, when available, go to the same area.

Please let me know whether you prefer the old roundup style or the new one, or maybe a mix of both. Thanks!

Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 37 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Games From Last Week (4/7/11 – 4/13/11)

Featured App

Today’s roundup is sponsored by XIMAD and their game Ninja Shooter Premium. Ninja Shooter is a classic bubble shooter game, in which you yet again (remember Pandas vs Ninjas?) protect pandas’ homeland from evil ninjas by shooting them, except this time using a catapult. Just remember: whatever you do, DO NOT HIT THE PANDAS - one of them could be your uncle, and you don't want to kill your uncle, do you? DO YOU?

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Apps

AutoCAD WS

Experience the freedom of taking your designs with you — wherever you go.

AutoCAD® WS is a mobile CAD application that gives you the freedom and flexibility to view, edit, and share your DWG™ files on your Android phone or tablet.

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Market link | Video

CNN App for Android Phones

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

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Market link

Instinctiv Music Player

Instantly have access to your entire music library on your Android device. Paired with Instinctiv Music Player for Mac and Windows, Instinctiv Music Player for Android automatically imports your whole library of songs and playlists from iTunes, Winamp and Windows Media Player on your desktop.

Market link | Video

Kernel Manager Lite

Kernel Manager - Easily find, download and flash custom kernels!

Market link

Unified Remote Full

Easily the most feature-filled Android-PC remote. Turns your Android device into a WiFi or Bluetooth remote control for your PC. Control your favorite programs, mouse, and keyboard.

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Market link | Current price: $3.99

HowStuffWorks by Discovery

Are you one of the millions of fans of HowStuffWorks.com, our podcasts, our videos, our superstar experts? With the new HowStuffWorks Android App, you will finally have access to over 30,000 articles, podcasts and videos all in one place!

Market link

Analytix

Analytix is an application for visualizing Google Analytics data near realtime(hourly view).

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Market link

Eye-Fi

With an Eye-Fi X2 card, you can instantly upload full resolution photos & videos directly from your digital camera to your Android smartphone or tablet, wherever you are. Connect your Eye-Fi X2 card directly to your Android device anywhere using Direct Mode - no tethering, Wi-Fi router or Wi-Fi hotspot required. Just turn your camera on, and let Eye-Fi do the work for you.

Market link | Video

SyncSMS

SyncSMS lets you sync your text messages between your phone and 3G or WiFi-only tablet. This app lets you receive text messages on your tablet which have been received by or sent from your phone. Also, this app lets you compose text messages on your tablet which will be copied to your phone and sent out.

Market link | Current price: $2.99

White House

Get the latest updates from the Obama Administration on your Android device.

Market link

Lucyphone free

Using Lucyphone to do your customer service bidding makes you a more empowered customer. If you get put on hold, you can press "**" at which point "Lucy" will hold your spot in the queue until a live agent handles your call. While Lucy waits on hold for you, you can do other things, like try on earmuffs. The app shows you the status of the call and your recent call history. While Lucy waits, you can choose to re-join the call or cancel it.

Market link | Video

Movie Vault – Classic Films

Movie Vault includes over 1,000 classic films with nothing more to buy ever.

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Market link | Current price: $1.99

PhotoShake!

With PhotoShake, you can easily combine one or more photos to make exciting and fun new images.

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Market link

Shake2call Lite

Shake your phone to make a call.

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Market link

life.contacts beta by Sony Ericsson

The widget will show pictures of your most frequently used contacts right on your homescreen. The widget will learn how you communicate and select contacts based on that. This way you will always have your most relevant contacts in your widget.

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Market link

Meetup

Use the internet to get off the internet! The Meetup app makes it easy to find real-world Meetups happening near you and allows you to RSVP right from your phone. Keep track of your upcoming Meetups, get directions, see who's coming, add comments, upload photos, and share great Meetups you find with your friends.

Market link

RedditTV

RedditTV makes Youtube videos popular on reddit.com easily available on your android device.

Market link

4shared Music

4shared music for Android let you get an instant access to all music files at 4shared and your account. You can search for music you like and access it anytime and from anywhere with your mobile device.

Market link | Video

CoverItLive

The App let’s you run live events and instantly publish commentary, tweets and multimedia directly to your CoveritLive event. Ideal for on-the-scene coverage of breaking-news, conferences and sporting events.

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Market link

Buy.com (Official)

Market link

Hotwire Travel Ticker

At Travel Ticker we handpick the best travel deals for you based on your location and interests. Now we give you customized deals right on your mobile device.

Market link

Sonos Controller for Android

The Sonos Controller for Android is a free app that transforms your Android smartphone into a wireless music controller for Sonos that will rock the house. When combined with the Sonos S5 (or any Sonos ZonePlayer) in the rooms of your choice, you can wirelessly find and play all the music you want, all over your home.

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Market link | Video

H&M

Market link

Games

Chess: Battle of the Elements by polarbit

Chess: Battle of the Elements combines the tried and true gameplay of the worlds most popular game, with beautiful 3D graphics. Both single and multiplayer games can be conveniently saved and resumed at any time. You can also save replays of finished games to analyze them move-by-move.

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Market link | Current price: $2.99

Outbreak! Zombies BETA

Outbreak! Zombie Apocalypse beta is a location based role playing game.

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Market link

Hot Springs Story (from the creators of Game Dev Story)

Build and manage the ultimate Japanese hot springs inn.

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Market link | Current price: $5.44

Robot Unicorn Attack by Adult Swim

Robot unicorns, 'nuff said.

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Market link | Current price: $0.99

Big Hit Baseball Free

A must play game for all baseball and sports fans, Big Hit Baseball delivers 20 different teams from across the Americas & Japan for you to pitch and bat your way through in multiple cup modes and showdowns.

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Market link | Video

Paradise Island

Paradise Island is lovely simulation game. Build your own empire.

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Market link

Vikings

Viking never forgets insults. And if you kidnap his wife, nothing will stop him. He’ll go through forests, fields, mountains and scorched earths, but he will wreak vengeance upon the enemy and get back his beloved.
Perfect animated graphic, chipper game lay, shed loads of levels and many versions of each level.

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Market link

Chess King

Chess King is an Android port of the very strong Stockfish 2.0 chess engine. The Android version can often search 15 plays a second or deeper on a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.

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Market link

Trial Xtreme Demo

It is an interactive game that invites you to join the engrossing motorcycle race. Ride your motorbike and surmount the track obstacles using the touch screen and phone accelerometer. Slake your thirst for speed with 5 levels of breathtaking motorcycle adventures. Develop your biking skills: jump, climb, flip!

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Market link

Shadow Era

Shadow Era is a full-scale, 'Magic' style, free to play collectible trading card game featuring gorgeous card art and deep strategy, while still being easy to learn and have quick battles on the go.

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Market link | Video

Hockey Nations 2011 (Xperia Play only)

Get ready to join in on the ultimate hockey experience with Hockey Nations 2011! Pick your team from 18 international teams or play as your favorite team from anywhere around the World by customizing any of the 40 available city teams.

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Market link | Video | Current price: $3.99

Widgets And Themes

Twitter followers Widget Beta

Twitter Followers Widget is a home screen widget that displays the following/followers a Twitter account has. The widget is updated every time you tap on it. You can add every different widgets you want with different Twitter accounts.

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Market link

Task Manager GOWidget

This is the task manager widget of GO Launcher EX. You must have the newest version of GO Launcher EX installed first to use it.

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Market link

Contacts GOWidget

This is the contacts widget of GO Launcher EX. You must have the newest version of GO Launcher EX installed first to use it.

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Market link

Honeycomb for Launcher Pro +

Honeycomb meets Launcher Pro Plus Widgets

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Market link

Lots of LauncherPro Plus widget themes by signals23

Market link

Live Wallpapers

Super Clock Wallpaper Lite

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Market link

3D FireFlies Live Wallpaper

Uses the movement of fireflies to create a stunning, colorful composition. Created by the GO Wallpaper Dev Team.

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Market link

Shadow Galaxy Live Wallpaper

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Market link | Video

WTF App(s) Of The Week

POPOPOPOON!

The description in the Market is no longer as fun as it used to be when I added this app to the WTF list. Here is what it used to say:

"I app is the so-called POPOPOPOON!. Will be displayed along with the magic of fun bite greeting."

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Market link

THE INSERTER

Let's see, so we insert a book into a bookshelf and then we do what??

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To manipulate objects by tilting the device, please insert in the hole.

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Market link

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: [email protected].

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.

  • SlimDan22

    I look forward to this everyweek!

    Keep up the good work guys

  • Landrovan

    Since AppBrain let you create other list, using their widget on this list was great. Browsing it at work, I could just add the app to a list that was not on phone. Then, when I got time, I could just recheck that list instead of rechecking everything here. Thanks

  • Eric

    The old format was better with all the apps having screen shots and not just the ones you choose.

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

      Some of the apps have screenshots that are either useless or not interesting at all and just take up valuable bandwidth and prolong the load time. I am still putting in screenshots that are interesting. If you really want to see what something looks like, you can click through to the Market.

      • http://www.bigonline.org Brian

        I like it better with the pictures too, it was a little bit tedious for me to click the market link over and over again to see the app. I do understand the bandwidth complaint though, maybe a way to make ends meet is to divide of the round-up into a couple of pages instead of one long post.

    • anyone

      I agree, I like an abundance of pix.
      Same when I go eat - I like the menu to have pix.

      I assume people complaining are using 56K modems ?

  • Álmos

    It's just amazing how far Android has come in the last two years. Awesome apps!

  • bobomb

    Yeah, not to be a complainer, but it was better how you were doing it before. And it was great before... I also look forward to this every week.

  • Asphyx

    Another vote for the old way. Not that going to the market is bad now that you can send directly to the phone but I liked the barcodes and was able to just scan them in for download.

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

      I'll consider bringing the QR codes back. It'll most likely be a hybrid approach going forward.

  • Victor

    Why woud you remove the screenshots??

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

      See my reply above.

  • Rob

    The new way is a step in the right direction, but loading huge articles like this from Androidpolice is still a burden on my browser.

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

      Use Chrome :)

  • psych2l

    old way is better...

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin Ben Marvin

    Thank you, now I can finally load these posts on my CR48 without the tab crashing. The old way would take forever to load and always crash

  • Genisis

    Old way was better. I like the weekly session but was way better with the old way. "complaints on the weight"?? Are the complainers still on DIAL UP?

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

      It's more of the browser load than the bandwidth, although both can play a role. Appbrain widgets are very CPU intensive and try to all load at the same time, locking up the browser. I've emailed them, and they said they might optimize them, but knowing how fast they move, I wouldn't bet on it any time soon.

  • Troculus

    Does anyone know if the app Movie Vault - Classic Films is capable of transmitting the movies to another device trough the DLNA protocol ?

  • Nicole M.

    Add my vote for the old way. I enjoyed the screen shots and the barcodes... very convenient to scan straight from my computer screen.

    Keep up the awesome work guys!

  • andoroidaa

    Just an FYI, the POPOPOPOON app is surely WTF for anybody outside of Japan, but it comes from a recent Japanese internet meme that parodies a PSA commercial that was broadcast a billion times a day after the Mar. 11 earthquake/tsunami.

    Here's a link that explains it a little better and links to some of the better parodies of the PSA:
    http://transmissionsfromtokyo.blogspot.com/2011/04/psa-ad-becomes-internet-meme.html

  • Edd

    First off, I add to the voices who say how much they look forward to this column every week :)

    I get why you've had to make changes, but the QR code was great - I'd download as I read, and then find myself with 16 new apps staring me in the face :) Maybe it's possible to cache them locally? I know that's a lot of work though.

    Anyway, good list again!

    • Edd

      ...Or make the QR codes only load if you put the mouse-over a link maybe?

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

        They already do, for pretty much every content link on AP.

        Don't worry - the QR codes will be back. It's the single most used feature that people want to be present apparently.

  • jim

    I like the new format. Damn haters who hate change. Get over it. This is much less 'bloated' now, imo. Good job ap.

  • Boris

    The old format was definitely better. If you're not going put up screenshots, there's not much point to mentioning the app. Wtf is "M&W"? Not even a description? How is that helpful to anyone? Or "Buy.com (Official)"?? I know what buy.com is, but if the app is actually worth putting on the list, can't you at least give a little bit of a description and put some screenshots up to show how their app works so I can see if the functionality is something I care about? If the app is worthy of being on the list, tell us why you think it deserves to be there.

    Rather than stripping out all of the things that make these posts worth reading, why not just limit the number of apps listed? Figure out how many you can list without breaking the wimpy browsers and make that the limit. When you have that many apps (that actually deserve to be listed), post it. If that means there are 2 or 3 "best of" posts in a week, then WOOHOO! More content!

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

      I don't know what B&W is (black and white?) but H&M is a clothing chain. If you don't know what it is or what Buy.com is, just click through and see for yourself. It's quite common to have a format where more prominent items get more data and therefore stand out more than those that are potentially not as worthy but could still be interesting to some. I hear you on the description part though - I'll be sure to add at least a small blurb for apps like that.

      Regarding cutting down the list, I opt in for sorting it instead, putting the most interesting apps closer to the top of each list. Just because I don't find an app relevant to me doesn't mean it won't be actually really useful to someone else, so I'd rather the readers decide for themselves.

      That's my approach anyway - if I artificially cut down the list to 10 apps, people will start complaining it's not enough. There is no limit, and that's the way I like it - if no good apps are released, the list will be small, if many - it'll be big.

      :)

  • Tucker

    I look forward to this every week, opened the page and sat my phone down and do something else burning with anticipation waiting for it to load while I did something else. Was disappointed it loaded so fast to be honest... I like the new layout and the old both equally. What I would like more of is your personal opinion on the app. I'm sure since you use such a little amount of time to create this list then it would be no problem, right haha.

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

      The amount of time is pretty much the same - I still go through each app and pull out its description and monitor apps all week long. The only time won is on skipping or cutting some descriptions short and omitting some pics, but it's not significant.

      I think the biggest problem is and was the large number of Appbrain widgets which murder CPU on page load. There is currently no solution on our part on that.

  • Kai

    +1 for the old way with an utter crapload of screenshots. I could either take or leave the AppBrain widgets..

    These posts will remain "must-read" for me regardless of which way it goes, but part of the appeal is so much info on a single page (which includes screenshots).

  • psych2l

    Maybe you should put up a poll to fairly gauge which way is more popular...

  • Mike

    Another vote to bring back the old way. This sucks and creates more manual labor for your reader.

    • b1ll

      What exactly sucks?

  • Tee

    I also like the old way better. The info was as good as usually, though.

  • http://@_eliasalberto Elias

    AMAZING! Now I could load the entire page in less than a minute!
    Ok, it never actually took one minute, but for me it is essential to have lightweight websites. Now I could load it fastly enough, so I'm happy with it.
    The only thing I miss is the price tag. Would be awesome to have it back, if this does not make the page much heavier. As another sidenote, I don't think putting more images would make the page too heavy, altough I don't think there are too few images currently.

    • http://@_eliasalberto Elias

      Later on I realized the price tags are there, so please ignore this part.

  • http://richworks.in Richie

    How to get those Honeycomb styled Launcher Pro icons... I search but in vain. Could you please let me know?

  • Alex

    The new format is awesome. The barcodes always tripped me up while reading the list on my phone because they ran into the descriptions and I'd end up hitting the code for the previous or next entry and not the one I wanted. AppBrain widgets take forever to load and I don't use AppBrain so any benefit is lost on me. Great list, as usual.

  • Toma

    Please restore the old full format - it's better.

  • webKami

    Only went through half way though this post, I prefer the old way all the way. People who are on mobile or a limited plan should now be aware that this is a heavy page.

    For all that is good please restore the old format, when you do please redo this post as well.
    Thanks

  • Matt

    +1 vote for not taking it back to the "old" way. It was so slow before to pull this up, now it loads very fast.

  • http://www.twitter.com/slycon Shawn

    I prefer the old way. I've always looked forward to the weekly round-ups, but I found myself skimming the post this time around. No screenshots, no barcodes, no appbrain link to scan additional screenshots & reviews. This is just not as informative or convenient.

    I had no problem letting the old page load in a background tab.

  • James

    Lots of comments, and I didn't read them all, so I'll probably repeat some here. Generally, I like these round-up posts and the new layout is lighter, which is nice. The main thing I'd like to see is a text link to the App Brain page for each app; if you can put a Market link, why not App Brain, too? I'm OK with the smaller number of screen shots, but since many people don't seem to be, what about linking to the images rather than eliminating them completely? Then people who wanted to see them could get them on demand and those who don't won't have to wait longer for the page to load and display all of them. That might be a suitable compromise. I'm also fine with no barcodes -- I didn't use them. I'd install from App Brain or the Market. But for those who like them, maybe you can provide a link to them, like I just suggested for screen shots. The loading time of the old style was very long, so I like the faster loading page. But I see how some info is gone now, and maybe by linking to it instead of deleting it is the way to go. Thanks!

  • Paul

    Thanks to AP I just bought the Unified Remote Pro. Been looking for something like this, especially all in one, for sometime. My wife needs a simpler way to control the media-pc, and we both have android phones.

  • orlanka

    Me no know what do with no picture, me no read big word, me make fire!

  • flavor

    Well i liked the old way better too, i tend to browse form my laptop so i have no prob at bandwidth even at 1Mbs speed that i have. I would suggest (thinking that the people complaining are those on phone 3g or slower internet) taking into consideration making it for us to chose for the new way or the old way. Thnx for the post, it's my fav and i always check it

  • Andrew

    AutoCAD?! Why can't Autodesk put out an Inventor viewer - something useful. AutoCAD is one short step up from painting on cave walls.

  • Boris

    Sooo... 20 comments in favor of the old way and 5 in favor of the new way. Could have been 19, I was laughing so hard at Orlanka's post that I couldn't remember if I'd marked it down or not.

  • http://reddittv.elsewhat.com Dagfinn Parnas

    Thanks for including my app RedditTV in this list.

    I've just released a new version. The major new functionality is the possibility to send a video to your Media Center (currently supports XBMC and Google TV).

    Thanks for a great weekly service to the android comunity!

  • Roy Blumenthal

    I love this list. And I retweet it every week.

    I way prefer the previous incarnation, but without the AppBrain widgets. Those were the main annoyance for me.

    What I loved about the screenshots is that all of the necessary info was available in one place. That's what makes this list useful. You're centralizing the info so that we can decide at a glance what to do with the app.

    I think you may have thrown the baby out with this bathwater. If AppBrain was the problem, kill AppBrain. Don't kill the patient!

  • Eduardo

    I miss the QR codes :(

  • http://www.zeegol.com AndresL

    I also liked the old way better, without the extra info this list is just like any other list. It was nice to have the rating for each app, so I could skip the bad ones

  • http://www.clubsei.com Duane

    It is always fun to see what shows up each week.

  • http://- Nitin

    i prefer the older version with screenshots and QR codes.

  • Andy

    yep another vote for the old way and im using tether through my phone to the laptop so i dont get fast speeds. sure, drop the appbrain widgets if they are a problem but put the rest back please

    The best things come to those who wait ;)

  • kats

    +1 for the old way. I liked going to the AppBrain link and adding the most relevant apps to a list which I go through in more detail later, like Landrovan mentioned. I liked more detail too - the new layout is a bit sterile. (I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into these posts though - LOVE them).

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