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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 is part two of this week's roundup; it covers apps - for games and live wallpapers, please see this post: 20 Best New Android Games And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (4/21/11 – 5/4/11).

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 42 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (4/14/11 – 4/20/11)

Apps

Google Docs

This app needs no introduction - I love it. It also wins for the most eloquent and to the point Market description ever.

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Create, edit, upload and share your documents with the Google Docs app.

* Designed for Android to save you time finding your docs
* Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds
* Make quick changes to spreadsheets
* View your documents, PDFs, images and more.
* Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
* Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
* Share docs with your phone’s contacts

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ZipCar

Android Zipsters can now find and book a Zipcar faster than ever before with our new Android app. Search for available Zipcars nearby, book a car or extend a reservation. Of course, you can also honk the horn, and lock or unlock the doors—all from your Android phone. Not a Zipcar member? You can still download the app and have some fun. See which Zipcars live near you and learn what being a Zipster is all about.

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HBO GO

I believe this is the first full video streaming app from a premium channel people actually want to watch that was done right. Sadly, not Honeycomb support yet, but I'm sure it's coming soon.

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Watch over 1,400 of your favorite HBO shows, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, comedy and much more—now available on Android smartphones!

It’s HBO. Anywhere.

Free with your HBO subscription through participating television providers.

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LazyDroid Web Desktop

The web interface this app offers is the best I've ever seen in an Android remote control app (the one where you use a computer to control the phone, rather than use the phone to control a computer) - it's almost like a mini-OS, all in the browser.

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LazyDroid Web Desktop turns your Android into an innovative web interface

An incredible web application that allows to take the control of you mobile phone from Wifi/Internet/Usb connection, simply using your web browser and accessing a website. You will have several apps to access different services on your Android device. The software is under development and this is a beta version, so please send me an email for every bug you found, or if you want other features.

Applications:
- Sms: You can send your sms via web interface, just like from your phone. Autocomplete, mass-messages, and other features.
- Contacts: You can see the contacts present on your phone, adding or deleting phone numbers and emails.
- Call Handler: When your phone starts to ring you will see it on your Web Desktop, and you can decide to answer (With speakerphone or headset of your phone), refuse the call or silence the ringer. You can also call a contact using the apposite icon or a phone number.
- Camera: You can see the camera of your phone (this function now works alson on Internet Explorer)
- Remote View: You can see the screen of your device and eventually take screenshot. Needs root permissions.
- Sensors: You can see the values of the sensors of your phone. You will find a compass that shows the orientation of your phone and a Google Maps showing the position based on Network or GPS.
- Clipboard: You can see and set the clipboard of your phone absolutely in real time.
- FileManager: A complete file manager with preview functions, to navigate into your device memory. You can fast see text files and images double-clicking on the file icon.

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CAUSTIC Demo

This is one massively impressive Reason-like app for Android. How impressive? 4.9-star average, that's how.

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CAUSTIC Music Rack lets you create powerful electronic music on the go.

This app is packed with 8 machines including:

* 1x Virtual analog subsynth
* 2x PCM synths (23 demo samples included)
* 2x 303-like BassLine synths
* 1x Sampling drum machine (9 demo kits included)
* 1x Mixer desk with Delay/Reverb and 4 insert effects
* 1x Song sequencer

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Goodreads

Tap into the world's largest social network for readers with the Goodreads Android app! Read thousands of book reviews by your friends and other Goodreads members, keep a virtual bookshelf of what you've read, and build your to-read list as you discover great books on the app.

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Wuala by LaCie

With Wuala for Android all your files are available directly in your pocket. This secure mobile application protects your privacy: File encryption is done directly on your phone and your password is never transmitted. Unlike other online storage services, Wuala cannot access your files.

Features
- File encryption directly on your phone
- Access to all files, photos and music
- Download files
- Upload files directly from your phone to your Wuala account

In addition to Wuala for Android, Wuala is also available for Windows, Mac or Linux.

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Location Cache

Where was your device?

ROOT REQUIRED

You probably heard that the iPhone caches the devices location.
The same happens on Android.

This app allows you to look at the data on your device in an easy way.
You can see directly on a map what positions have been cached.

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Vtok – Google VideoChat (Beta)

Make free video and voice calls to all your Google contacts when they use Google Video and Voice Chat™ on their Macs and PCs or when they use Vtok on their mobile devices.

★ Features ★

✓ Video and voice calls to Google Video and Voice Chat™ users and other Vtok mobile users.
✓ No account to sign-up. Just login with your Google/gmail account and start talking
✓ Works over Wi-Fi and 3G
✓ Devices supported are Android devices running OS version 2.1 or later.
✓ Cross platform app. You can also call Vtok users on iPhone4, iPhone 3GS and the 4th generation iPod Touch.
✓ Choose whether or not to use video in a call. You can also enable or disable video during a call
✓ Choose between front and back camera on your device
✓ Stay connected and receive calls, even when the app is closed and moved to the background

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MyLifeOrganized (beta)

This app had me at "Hierarchical to-do lists."

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MyLifeOrganized is an easy-to-use, yet powerful and intuitive, task organizer.

FEATURES
✓ Hierarchical to-do list: organize your tasks into projects and break down large tasks until you have reasonably sized actions.
✓ Next Actions: automatically display only your next actions in different views such as Active by Context or Active by Project.
✓ Specially designed for GTD® (Getting Things Done®)
✓ MLO Smart To-Do Sorting based on Computed-Score priority
✓ Filter actions by context
✓ Inbox for rapid task entry
✓ Recurring and regenerating tasks
✓ Starred tasks: highlight your important tasks
✓ Zoom: concentrate on a specific branch of tasks
✓ Dependency: complete the tasks in a specific order
✓ Nearby view: get a list of actions for your current GPS location (soon)
✓ Bookmarks: jump quickly to any branch in your task outline

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Permissions Denied

Permissions Denied is made by Stericson - if you are already into Android, you should be familiar with this name (BusyBox, MetaMorph, NinjaMorph, and others).

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Block App Permissions! This app Requires Root Access.

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Cerberus

This security app kind of reminds me of Theft Aware - it also contains features available to rooted devices (see below).

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Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device. This is a free trial for one week, then you can buy a lifetime license for a small price from within the application: no monthly or yearly fees, just a one-time payment.

It has three ways to protect your device:
- Remote control through the website www.cerberusapp.com
- Remote control via text messages
- SIM Checker (for devices that have a SIM card): you will automatically receive alerts if someone uses your phone with an unauthorized SIM card

Remote control allows you to perform many operations on your device, like:
- Locate and track it
- Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode
- Wipe the internal memory and the SD card
- Hide Cerberus from the app drawer
- Lock the device with a code
- Record audio from the microphone
- Get a list of last calls sent and received
- Get information about network and operator the device is connected to

More features for rooted devices: complete uninstall protection (a thief will be able to delete Cerberus only by flashing another ROM), GPS auto-enabling even on Android > 2.3.3.

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LiveJournal

Get the official LiveJournal app and access LiveJournal wherever you roam.

LiveJournal is a vibrant, social journaling platform that allows users around the world to find each other based on common passions and pursuits. Users share thoughts, experiences, guidance, artwork, fiction, and more by posting to journals and interest-based communities. LiveJournal for Android offers core LiveJournal's features, so you can:
- Post entries to your journal and communities
- Post photos
- Create and post polls
- Edit your last journal entry
- Compose and edit drafts
- Manage your app settings for mobile posting

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Application Folder

While Application Folder is not the first app in the Market to implement folders, it is probably one of the cleanest. And that number of apps contained inside is a nice touch (this is not easy to do on Android, from the developers' standpoint). The only problem is the ads - they seem to be too obtrusive.

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This application provides folders in your home with pretty icons.
Unlike default android folder, this is very easy and pretty and you can change the folder name and icon.
For the convenience, application folder shows the number of application as a badge.

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Equifax

Equifax Places on your Android phone utilizes your GPS location to show you:

- Fraud Index: The frequency of identity fraud in your area
- Credit Rankings: How your credit measures up to others in your area

Want more? With your existing eligible Equifax subscription, you can also:

- Lock and unlock your Equifax credit file*
- View alerts to key credit file changes
- Check your Credit Score – anywhere, anytime

All from your phone!

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Zappos

A Zappos app for Android!

In this core shopping app, you’ll be able to search, browse, read reviews, share, collect favorites AND buy really awesome products from a brand selection most folks probably didn’t even realize we carried.

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Viewdle SocialCamera

Viewdle SocialCamera in Beta is the only way to to tag the friends in your mobile photos and share them directly with Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or email!

Download SocialCamera 100% free!

- Instantly tag friends in your photos
- Share with Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or email
- Socialize with your photos

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Garmin OpenCaching

OpenCaching is the official geocaching app for OpenCaching.com, a geocaching community powered by the user, for the user. With this app, you get the full OpenCaching.com experience right in the palm of your hands. Easily find, hide, log and share caches right from your Android device.

Features include:

• Get a friendly introduction to geocaching
• Search for nearby geocaches
• Filter caches based on cache type, difficulty, terrain, size and awesomeness
• See caches right on the map (street map or satellite view)
• Read cache descriptions, logs, and hints
• Navigate to the cache using compass view
• Log caches as “found” right from the app
• Mark caches as “favorites” for easy reference
• Share caches via email, Facebook and Twitter
• Access your complete OpenCaching.com account
• Hide caches and add them from your phone

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ScheduledSync

ScheduledSync is an app for android that syncs any number of files in any folders in your phone with other devices. Syncing is made via Dropbox. Files in devices will appear by default in /Dropbox/ScheduledSync/ folder. (Can be changed)
• Choose any files
• Choose any folders
• Choose any schedule
Enjoy viewing your new photo, video, music data, sms backups, etc... in your phone appearing right on your PC/notebook/other cool device.

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HP ePrint service

This app lets you print to public print locations. Easily search for, locate, and print to HP ePrint mobile print location service partners, publicly available through HP’s cloud-based network of providers – like FedEx Office, registered hotels, and more (mostly in the US and UK).

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Mon.itor.us Android App Beta

Mon.itor.us is a free, yet powerful website, server and traffic monitoring service. We have established track records of robust execution, alerts delivery and we help many website owners to reach high uptime and availability at no cost. Mon.itor.us is a part of Monitis family, which provides professional, premium all-in-one monitoring service, integrating application performance with backend infrastructure with cloud monitoring.

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Politico

Get POLITICO for all your political news needs on your Android device.

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Speedy Uploader Lite

BATCH UPLOAD Multiple PHOTOS & VIDEOS to Facebook Albums at once!

✔BATCH Upload PHOTOS
✔BATCH Upload VIDEOS
✔MULTIPLE Photos selection (NEW!)
✔ADD captions to photos/videos
✔UPLOAD High Res or Optimized photos
✔BACKGROUND Uploading with Retries
✔TAG friends, objects in photos
✔SHARE photos via Twitter, Email
✔CREATE photo albums
✔ROTATE photo before upload (NEW!)
✔TAG Existing Photos (NEW!)
✔VIEW Existing Albums
✔VIEW Friend's Albums (NEW!)
✔VIEW Uploaded Photos
✔Upload Photos to Pages that you manage (NEW!)
✔UPDATE your status
✔VIEW, COMMENT, LIKE posts

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RescueTime

Wonder where your day went? RescueTime is an automatic time and attention tracker that helps individuals and teams propagate good processes and eliminate bad habits. Fight information overload and multitask thrash!

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Mixology™ Drink Recipes

I don't normally post apps like this one, but I've tried a bunch of bartending apps and haven't found a good one yet. This one is the first real contender. The only downside - it's 17MB without Apps2SD Update: this was corrected in the latest version - it's now 8.5MB with Apps2SD enabled - excellent.

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Mixology™ is the ultimate drink recipe and bartending guide.

Finally, the #1 cocktail recipe app for the iPhone has come to Android!

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Snapbucket by Photobucket

With Snapbucket by Photobucket, you can take a picture, edit it using cool effects, and share it with anyone in your network.

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Call Follow Up Manager

Never forget to make a follow up! Call Follow Up Manager is an application that is designed to assist users by adding calls that they need to follow up on to their Google Calendar automatically.

If the Contact information is not already stored you are automatically prompted to add the caller to your contacts. When the follow up time arrives, your Google Calendar will act accordingly and you will receive a notice of the follow up and can view follow up calls on your desktop as well.

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GrooVe IP

Now, I personally have no use for this app, but users who are messing with sipdroid, sipsorcery, sipgate, ipkall, localphone, etc seem to be very excited about it ("game changer," "Best App I've used yet!" etc). I'm including all the details below, so see if this app is for you.

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This app, in conjunction with Google Voice, lets you make unlimited calls to any phone in US or Canada using the data connection of your mobile device without using up any of your mobile minutes! Once you get a free public phone number from Google Voice, you can use this app to make or receive calls to/from anyone in the world. (For details of how to get a free US phone number, the low international calling rates, or any other details, please visit the Google Voice web site at http://www.google.com/voice.)

This app supports making and receiving calls using Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G data connections. It brings the power of Google Voice to you without the need to use any of your mobile minutes. You get all the advanced voice features provided by Google Voice on your mobile device. These features include:

- A single number that rings you anywhere
- Online voicemail--transcribed messages delivered to your inbox
- Free calls within US and Canada, and super low rates everywhere else
- The ability to send incoming call to voicemail
- Incoming call recording

With this app it is like having two-phones-in-one. For example, you can use your original phone number for business and use the new one for personal use.

This app is also perfect for you if you are in a location with poor or no mobile reception but still have Internet connectivity over Wi-Fi.

If you have a smart phone with Wi-Fi connectivity but no mobile plan, you can use this app to convert it to a free, full-featured working phone.

This app has a separate dialer that can be used to make calls. Alternatively, the native dialer/call-log/contacts/favorite functionality can be shared between the "two phones" on a call-by-call basis.

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DVICE (from NBCU)

The official app for DVICE.com, Syfy's forward-looking portal for daily coverage and opinion on all things tech.

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Blastr (from NBCU)

Stay up-to-date with the latest from the front lines of science fiction, fantasy and the supernatural as Blastr's entertainment coverage comes to your Android device.

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DuckDuckGo for Android

DuckDuckGo for Android - Zero-Click information - Protect your privacy

DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Use it to get way more instant answers, way less spam and real privacy; we believe a much better overall search experience. See our about page for more. ( http://duckduckgo.com/about.html )

Use it for:
• More instant answers - Zero-click info above the links.
• Less spam and clutter - We ban useless sites.
• Lots of goodies - Special searches, syntax & settings.
• Real privacy - We don't track you! (TOR, https, etc.)

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Andie Graph

Remember those great TI calculator emulators that Doug Melton put out in the Market a few months back? The ones that then disappeared due to a copyright claim by TI. Doug is back, this time with a emulator wrapper - you have to extract your own calculator ROMs to put into the program, which should prove ownership of said calculator, but I'm sure if you got creative, you could get any ROM you wanted.

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Get a TI-82, TI-83, TI-85, AND TI-86 emulator for your phone!

***ROM NOT INCLUDED. Due to a request from TI, this app will NOT WORK until you EXTRACT YOUR OWN ROM. See http://supware.net/roms for details. (This is similar to other emulators on the market: GameBoid, SNESoid, GBAEmulator, NESoid, psx4droid, etc)***

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BB&T Mobile Banking

BB&T Mobile App allows you to manage your accounts from your mobile device.

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Kentucky Derby 2011

This is the official application for the Kentucky Derby 2011.

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CourseSmart for Android

Apps like these are going to be standard in the future of using text books - why buy a physical book when you can download it onto your mobile devices (tablets, phones)?

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eTextbooks on your Android device. Access the CourseSmart website using a custom-designed Android application. This free app is a perfect complement to a CourseSmart subscription.

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For Tablets

File Manager HD for Honeycomb

Tablet optimized file manager on Honeycomb.

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TweetComb for Honeycomb

TweetComb is a Twitter client designed and created exclusively for the Android Honeycomb platform. TweetComb gives you a tablet-friendly view of your Twitter timeline, mentions, direct messages, and more.

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WTF App Of The Week

Pee

Pee is a casual game for you to kill time.

How to play:
1. Flies will stop on the toilet for a while. Your mission is to flush it before it flies away.
2. Pitch your phone to left/right to control your piss.

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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.

  • Dro.Bot

    Bummed call follow up isnt working on my Tbolt :(

    • Alan

      Lots of apps won't work on the Thunderbolt. Check out the comments on the My Verizon app.
      Also, check the actual device/on board memory. The memory that most of your apps use. Think you have 8 gigs. No you have 2.45 out of the box.
      Early adopters wait. Many far superior phone on there way. One is the Samsung Galaxy S II. The other is the iPhone 5.

  • Matt

    Application Folder looks like a nice program but why does it have to read my contacts and be able to make phone calls. Ok i understands access to the internet for Ads and all but i dont understand why its gotta read my phone state?

    • flavor88

      I like the application. My home screens where full, now this kind of sweeps some space. It asks for contacts bc you can bookmark contacts in a folder for easy calling. About the phone state, i'd guess for compatibility issues report to the dev.

  • sick

    You can tag people on fb via the official app now.. you call urself android police....

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

      It's their own description from the Market page.

    • Zandra

      Uhhh... you can only tag posts, not photos. Derp.

  • Roger

    I suggest avoiding the Photobucket app. They have such contempt for users that they made sure their app was preinstalled on my phone, cannot be uninstalled and keeps restarting itself even if I keep killing it. Why would anyone voluntarily do business or involve themselves in any way with a company like that?

    • Mark

      G2 right? Yep. Sick of that shit.

  • AdamW

    Instead of Application Folder, give SiMi Folder Widget a try (no, I'm NOT the dev, just a loyal fan). It's free, has no ads, is very customizable, and does essentially the same thing as Application Folder (although without the badge for # of apps, but that's not really necessary, IHMO). SiMi Folder Widget is pretty fantastic. Like I said, it's free, so it can't hurt to try it!

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