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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 2 of this week's roundup and is dedicated entirely to apps. For part 1 dedicated to games and LWPs, see 26 Best New Android Games And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/5/11 – 5/18/11).

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Looking for the previous week's roundups? Find them here:

Featured App

Today’s roundup is sponsored by XIMAD and their game Kung Fu Tic Tac Toe. Kung Fu Tic Tac Toe is a free Tic Tac Toe game with creative graphics and that Pandas vs Ninjas theme that XIMAD seems to love so much in a lot of their games (remember Pandas vs Ninjas?). The game supports 1 or 2 players, board sizes ranging from 3x3 to 6x6, and contains cool sounds and music. Check out this and many other XIMAS games in the Android Market.

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Apps

Netflix

Android Police coverage: [Updated] Netflix App Finally Officially Lands In Android Market, But Only For Certain Devices

Only certain devices are supported, but you can trick some others into it as well (though not all).

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Get Netflix on your Android phone. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

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Pizza Hut

Introducing Pizza Hut’s official app for your appetite, now for your Android mobile device!

The Pizza Hut Android app has several features that make it easy to find and order your favorites. Enjoy a full menu, save your previous orders, explore daily specials, order our Most Popular items with just a few taps, and more. Check out some of the new features below and you’ll see why. Check out just some of the features below and you’ll see why the Pizza Hut Android app is the perfect way to find your Favorites!

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Droplat

Droplat is a location-based file sharing service that gives you the ability to leave files at physical locations.

One may think of Droplat (pronounced "droplet") as a combination of check-in services like "foursquare", cloud file hosting services like "Dropbox", and geocaching services.

Every member receives 250 MB of free location-based cloud storage that is publicly visible at your latest check in.

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Cartoon Network Video

Get Cartoon Network any time with the Cartoon Network Video app for Android.

• Watch full episodes and clips from your favorite Cartoon Network shows!
• Search our huge video library. It's easy!
• Find out when your shows are on with the Cartoon Network TV schedule!

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WatchESPN

Stay connected to live sports and shows from ESPN – wherever and whenever you want them. Download the FREE WatchESPN app to your Android device and get 24/7 access to live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU.

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Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera for Android brings you all the latest news and live broadcast of Al Jazeera English, free of charge.

The 24-hour news and current affairs channel is the first international English-language news channel to broadcast across the globe from the Middle East.

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Google Music

The Music application features a redesigned UI and now supports the cloud Music Beta by Google.

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Lynx Stream

Have you ever noticed that your most unforgettable nights are the hardest to remember?

Introducing the Lynx Stream. By capturing and collecting every pic, tweet, check-in, status update and video your group of friends makes, the Stream becomes the ultimate record of your best nights out.

During the night, you can use your Live Stream to stay in touch and communicate. And once your Stream is finished, you’ll receive an awesome video clip and an exclusive online page you can share.

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SPB Wallet

Keep and manage all your sensitive information in one secure place. SPB Wallet is a secure storage for data such as account and passport numbers, access and PIN codes, logins and passwords. All protected with powerful AES 256-bit encryption.

ALL SENSITIVE INFORMATION IS SECURED AND EASY TO ACCESS

- Strong 256-bit AES encryption
- Cloud sync with GMail account
- Automatic wallet lockup
- Password generator for highly secure passwords

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AntTek File Explorer

It’s a first two-panels explorer for Android so that it is optimal UI for large screen smartphone and tablet, even TV.

Support both ROOT and NON-ROOT users

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Pocket Casts

I'm a die-hard BeyondPod fan, but Pocket Casts came highly recommended by one of our former staff members, so I'm including it here. The app actually looks quite nice.

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Stay up to date with all the latest podcasts (or netcasts if you're Leo) with one easy to use app. Simply add your favourite podcasts, and you'll be able to stream or download new episodes as they become available.

Features:
- Instant refresh: Refresh 100 podcasts in the same time it takes other apps to do 1! (our server monitors your feeds, so your phone doesn't have to)
- Stream or download without file size limits, over 3G or WIFI.
- Background downloading
- Be notified when new episodes are available (optional)
- Landscape and large screen support
- Quick skip feature, one tap of the screen and you can jump forward or back through your podcasts
- Download to SD Card or phone
- Search for podcasts, browse popular, browse categories or add by URL
- OPML podcast import
- Supports audio & video podcasts
- Download resume support

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Walmart

Walmart app. 'nuff said.

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WebMD

WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need.

KEY FEATURES
• WebMD Symptom Checker – Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, & learn about potential conditions or issues.
• Conditions – Find medically reviewed information about Conditions relevant to you & learn more about causes, treatments, & related symptoms.
• Drugs & Treatments – Search our extensive database for information on Drugs, Supplements, & Vitamins. Access content such as Uses, Side Effects, Warnings, and more.
• Pill Identification Tool – Identify your prescription drugs and over the counter medicines by pill shape, color, & imprint.
• First Aid Essentials – Your handy guide for medical emergencies. From insect stings to broken bones, helpful treatment tips are always available, even without an Internet connection.
• Local Health Listings – Find the closest physician, hospital, & pharmacy based on your current location or search by city, state or zip.

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AngryBirdsSync

Got a new Android device? Annoyed you dont have all of your Angry Birds progress to carry on with? Fret no more, AngryBirdsSync is here to save your day! This is the #1 and ONLY solution to sync your Angry Birds data, with no cables required.

*Does NOT require ROOT!*

Features:
- Local Backup (SD Card/External Storage)
- DropBox Backup
- Backup Type Selection
- Angry Birds Application Selection (Backup and Restore)
- Clear local Backups and Restores (Cached)

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Root Call Blocker

Feeling paranoid? Root Call Blocker is the most powerful call blocking solution!

Reject calls from unknown and blocked numbers! Unlike all other apps, calls are rejected before your phone connects!

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Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball

Built for Android users, Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball gives you real-time fantasy score updates wherever you go. View team, league, and player stats, edit your lineups, and check your standings and matchups. Play Ball!

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Adobe CreatePDF

Adobe CreatePDF brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobat to your Android Tablets and Smart Phones. It also makes it easy to share PDF files with others.

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Expedia Hotels

Expedia Hotels is the easiest and quickest way to find and book hotels on your Android phone. In just 4 taps, you can book from over 130,000 hotels all over the world. It’s everything you already love about booking hotels with Expedia, but streamlined for your phone. Booking a room just got a whole lot easier.

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OfficeDrop Paper-To-Go

The best way to scan, search and store your paper is now available on your phone. Bring the Android experience to all of your paper documents by scanning to and accessing your OfficeDrop account from the your Android phone. With OfficeDrop, you can easily scan, search, share, and manage paper and digital files from anywhere, anytime.

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Root # All Data2SD card

=THIS TOOL REQUIRES A ROOTED PHONE=.

The Ultimate Root tool to move the application's private data to SD.

In addition to known Froyo 2.2 App2SD features, this tool creates an embedded EXT2 partition to your SD card (no manual formatting/partitioning required) and then it mounts it.

Then it can move any applications private data to SD card, saving even more space because usually not the entire application can be moved to the SD (there are leftover libraries etc).

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TalkBox Voice Messenger

Warning: the most annoying Market description I've ever seen. Proceed at your own risk.

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TalkBox is sending messages with your voice. It’s an application dedicated to saving you the trouble of typing and to getting your messages across.

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Virtual Button Bar (trial, root only)

Customisable hardware buttons overlay, root required.

Emulates hardware keys (Home, Menu, Back etc) and overlays them on the screen, on top of all applications. Highly customisable interface:

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IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ

Choose from amazing, life-like and accurate IVONA HQ Voices. You will hear the difference! Now High Quality IVONA Voices are in Free beta version, have full functionality and will work without any limitations till September 15th, 2011.

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Active.com Official app

The Active.com app gives you a fast and easy way to search, save, share and register for activities right from your phone. You can also access thousands of articles from Active.com that you can read, save for later or share with friends.

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Facetones BETA

With Facetones, every time a friend calls you (as well as every time you call a friend) a slideshow showing that friend's latest Facebook pictures is played.

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DS File

DS file allows users who own an Android phone to securely browse files on your DiskStation via WebDAV with HTTPS support, and download/upload files from/to your DiskStation. You can also manage your files while you are away from the office or home whenever Internet connection is available, just like a digital suitcase in your brilliant Android phone which you carry anywhere.

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Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by CalorieCount.com

Calorie Count's app is a free dieting tool that allows Android users to search and log nutritional data for over 200,000 foods, popular exercises and healthy recipes, as well as track their weight loss, all while on the go. The Calorie Count app serves as an extension to CalorieCount.com, an award-winning free online dieting service with almost 3 million members.

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ColorSnap

Capture real world colors and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors—for free. With ColorSnap®, it's easy to take color inspiration from a photo in your library or one you just snapped. Then choose matching colors or Ask Sherwin-Williams for recommendations.

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Embiggen

I wasn't going to include this app, but then I read some of the comments and thought that it could actually be kind of useful (just like suggested, mostly in loud places, like bars). The uses can be quite hilarious.

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Use words to their fullest potential: Embiggen them!

At a bar, at the library, in class, even in the comfort of your own home. Just type in a word or phrase and watch as small words become big words on your phone's screen. No word is too small to embiggen!

101 ways to use Embiggen:
- Tell that girl across the room she's cute, or ask the guy at the library for his phone number!
- Pick a fight with someone on the bus without saying a word!
- Command your literate dog to fetch your slippers!
- and 98 others!!!

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Flixwagon Live Video Share, Geo Edition

Broadcast Live Video, Share on Facebook/Twitter/SMS/Email, One click Navigate

Live Video Share, Geo Edition by Flixwagon allows you to broadcast live video and interact with your friends on your favorite social networks, and directly email or SMS the video to your friend.

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Qik for Samsung

Android Police coverage: Qik Releases Video Chat/Mail App Optimized For Samsung Devices

An optimized version of Qik for Samsung, although I'm still not sure which devices it's for and what exactly it brings to the table.

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Qik for Samsung lets you video chat, video mail and share videos with your friends and family.

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MasterCard PayPass Locator

It's pretty silly to have an app dedicated just to this, but since I love waving that PayPass credit card of mine so much, I couldn't resist. PayPass is pretty much NFC already present in some of our credit cards.

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Find merchants who accept MasterCard® PayPass™ around the world with your Android’s GPS, by entering an address or an airport location, from wherever you happen to be.

The MasterCard PayPass locator makes it fast and easy for you to locate the closest PayPass locations. And because the app is location aware, there’s no need to input your address or current location.

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Ultimate Cracked Screen Prank

I've gotten quite a few people with this prank app, even myself. I guarantee you will flinch the first time you "crack" your screen (if you haven't figured it out by now, the last few apps are usually not so serious - if you want those, scroll up).

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Possibly the most believable cracked screen prank on the market - get your friends to play a 'Test of Strength' game that you found. After a few goes, they'll be convinced that they've broken the screen!

On the first two goes, the app will give them a (fake) measure of their strength. On the third go, the screen will appear to break with a realistic sound and vibration (optional)

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For Tablets

CNBC Real-Time for Android (Honeycomb+)

This is seriously one of the best designed apps for Honeycomb. Really - try it out even if you're not into stocks.

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The CNBC Real-Time App for Android gives you free access to real-time stock quotes - before, during and after market hours, directly from both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Marketplace. Additionally, you will get CNBC breaking news alerts, top news stories & analysis, and access to the latest CNBC business video clips, CEO interviews and market updates via CNBC video-on-demand. The CNBC Real-Time App allows you to create and track your favorite company stocks live, in real-time and interact with a custom CNBC Ticker.

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Plume now with Honeycomb support

Sorry, don't have the tablet on me to take the tablet screenshot. Hint for Level Up Studios: update your screenshots when you release new features!

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Plume is one of the best Twitter client for Android, and has a brand new Honeycomb and tablet interface!

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iTriage Mobile Health (Honeycomb Tablets)

iTriage: built by doctors to help you make better healthcare decisions.

Now Optimized For Android Tablet (Honeycomb)

iTriage was created by two emergency room physicians to help people answer health questions such as "What do I have?" and "Where do I go for treatment?".

You can use iTriage as a symptom checker, doctor finder, or as a medical reference tool. iTriage helps you figure out what is ailing you, what type of doctor you should visit, and shows you the closest appropriate healthcare providers to your current location or any location you choose.

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WTF App(s) Of The Week

Ghost Detector

Uhhh... I bet there are people out there who will download this expecting it to work for real.

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Detect ghosts around you. This app shows a radar with lurking ghost around you.
The ghosts try to control your devices sensor which is monitored by the ghost detector and shows you the possible location of the ghosts, demons etc.

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Bra Scanner

The app that I was going to originally include here was called Bra Size Scanner, but was taken off the Market. It seems like this one does pretty much the same thing. Unfortunately, this also means you won't see this epic comment that was left for the previous app: "I’m a male with 36c."

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Scan for your colleagues/friends bra size!!! Easy to use with conclusive results.

The app will also tell you what colour your subjects' nipples are AND whether or not they are fake or real boobs!

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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://www.rocketboymedia.com Eric

    You guys rock. I neither had, nor had heard of, any of these apps before I read this post. And, now I can scan my bra to find out the size of my man boobs LOL.

  • Aaron

    Anyone have the flixwagon apk?? Not available for Vibrant

  • Norbert

    In the Android dual panel file manager world, I like Ghost Commander than any other dual panel file managers. I remember the Norton Commander days!

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ghostsq.commander

    Open source, supports root and has SMB plugin too :-)

  • http://www.appsgeyser.com/22243 Jonathan

    Nice Collection. Particularly I like that Ultimate Cracked Screen Prank. Let me check out all the apps.

  • S3nd41

    Can't find Google Music on the Market and when I tried accessing it through the QR Code it said the link was invalid. Is that US only?

  • banterbobs

    Angry birds sync? Is it not possible to backup data from all apps? Come on devs, that would be something people would pay for. Ps the dropbox idea is great, especially if you've had your phone stolen as I recently did.

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

      Android supports backing up of app data to the cloud natively, but not many apps are using it. Rovio actually said it's coming.

  • Imarek3

    Did you even try Pocket Casts? Your write up looks like it was taken from their Market/Website description.

    I bought the app, and fiddled with it trying to make it work. Well, 15 minutes past and no luck getting it to work and can't get a refund because of Google's Studpid 15 minute refund policy. ARGH

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

      I don't get to try most apps - if I did, I would a) go bankrupt and b) would never end up posting the list because I'd be busy trying everything on it. Therefore, most text above is descriptions form the Market that I cut down and edit a bit sometimes to pick out the most useful parts. The app came recommended by a former team member (granted, he'd never tried BeyondPod), so I've included it.

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