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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 3 weeks or so (as opposed to the usual 2 - sorry, my work schedule has been kicking my ass in the last 2 weeks).

This is PART 1 of the app roundup. You can find PART 2 here. The game roundup from this week can be found here and the tablet app roundup here.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Apps - PART 1

SanDisk Memory Zone

Wait, did SanDisk just make a useful app? This is completely out of the blue and not what I expected at all.

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Take control of your memory: On your phone. On your card. In the cloud. SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone. SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone.

Improve the performance of your phone in seconds by moving files from your phone’s internal memory to your memory card. SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.

Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets. Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.

N3xGen Theme Manager (Beta)

N3xGen Theme Manager takes the chaos of themes in the market and organizes them into an application dedicated to themes. N3xGen Theme Manager does not replace the market, it works with the pre-existing Android Market to make your life easier when it comes to finding the right theme for your device. It currently supports ADW, ADW Ex, Launcher Pro, Launcher Pro Plus, and T-Mobile Theme Chooser (And custom roms that support Theme Chooser).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyxW3pcrdMI

GoToMeeting

Increase your mobility by attending GoToMeeting® sessions on your Android™ device. GoToMeeting is the easiest and most convenient way to attend online meetings – and now you can take it to go! Download a free app from the Android Market and join meetings in seconds.

FEATURES
• Attend online meetings wherever you are – at no charge.
• Join meetings in seconds by tapping a link in an email.
• View presentations, mockups and reports – whatever the presenter shares on-screen.
• Connect to audio through your device’s built-in mic & speakers.
• Pinch to zoom meeting content.
• Switch between portrait and landscape.
• See a list of who’s attending.
• Increase the viewer size with a double tap of the finger.

The Guardian

The Guardian Android app delivers all the latest content from guardian.co.uk to your phone or tablet. Read today's news, sport, comment and reviews, watch video, listen to podcasts and browse stunning picture galleries while on the move.

Rocket Launcher

Rocket Launcher is unlike any other launcher, that's for sure. It's still in Alpha, but I applaud the developer who has shown a lot of creativity with this project. I wouldn't use it as my primary launcher right now, but I'm curious to see what it's going to look like after a year of development.

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The simplest way yet to perform everyday tasks on your Android device. From the deep, dark labs of insanity systems, comes what we believe our best invention yet. It is the simplest way yet to perform everyday tasks on your Android device just give it a go. All feed back would be greatly appreciated, we are always looking to improve your experience.

Rocket Launcher aims to bring a new experience to using your phone. No more of the all so repetitive interfaces now found on Android devices, this app aims to heighten the bar of user experience by providing you with a slick and futuristic user interface.

iOnRoad

Neat concept - sure got me intrigued.

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iOnRoad™ is an Augmented reality App the uses smart phone cameras and sensors, to increase drivers safety. It uses real time machine vision algorithms, to create visual radar which identifies the lane in which one is driving and the objects in front. Time gap and the risk to collision are calculated for the vehicles in front, in order to warn the appropriate time. All of that- using just a smartphone!

The App runs in two modes. The first is an augmented reality mode, in which it shows real time information of the objects captured by the camera. The second mode is background mode, in which one can run any other app in the front such as Navigation app. iOnRoad™ runs in the background, and jumps to the front only if a warning needs to be displayed.

Supported Android devices in beta:

  • Sansung Galaxy S II
  • LG Optimus 2X
  • HTC ThunderBolt 4G
  • Google Nexus S
  • HTC Incredible S

Download: http://www.ionroad.com/supported

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Hidden Lock Lite

Hidden Lock is the perfect lockscreen for your Android device. Easy and simple, Hidden Lock adds an additional security has it locks your device by turning off touch screen and menu shortcuts. No password, no special codes, no patterns.

HOW TO USE IT
1. Start Hidden Lock service
2. Move around the lock/unlock icon anywhere on your screen.
3. Use the progress bar to change the icon size.
4. Press FINISH
5. Your are done (Remember the unlock icon position when you'll come back from the Android lock-screen)

HealthTap Express

Answers from thousands of trusted physicians. Anytime, anywhere. For FREE. HealthTap Express is for both patients and physicians. It's for the people who have health questions and the doctors who know how to answer them. Ask health questions and get quick answers from over 5,000 leading U.S.-licensed physicians – anytime, anywhere, for free.

Smartr Contacts - Beta

Smartr Contacts (by Xobni) makes all the people you've ever exchanged emails, calls or SMS' with, instantly searchable from your Android phone. Smartr Contacts makes you smarter about your network. It's an easy-to-use, free app that automatically finds all the people you've exchanged emails, SMS' or calls with and creates rich profiles for them even if they are not in your address book. Discover who they are, how you know them, when you last talked, and who you have in common. See photo, job title, company details, and updates from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter automatically and effortlessly.

Jamcast Player (Beta)

$30 for the server? I think I'll stick to Subsonic or Audiogalaxy or any other cloud music service.

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Jamcast Player lets you stream your entire music collection to your Android device anywhere in the world without syncing or eating up SD card space. Jamcast Player supports many popular digital music formats and gives you total control over audio quality and network data usage.

* Jamcast Player requires Jamcast Server for Windows. Free 14-day trial, $29.99 to buy. Please visit http://getjamcast.com to download and get started.

More Features
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- native formats supported: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, SHN, OGG, MP3
- gapless playback
- seek tracks forwards and back (native playback only)
- Internet Discovery Service
- remote access security
- smart connect / reconnect
- album art display
- automatic pause/resume when phone in use
- fullscreen mode
- can be used with multiple servers
- configurable browse page size
- action bar
- automatic audio compression when on 3G connection
- configurable playback bitrate
- shuffle playback mode
- repeat / repeat one
- Keyword search entire database
- Voice search
- Android Voice Actions support aka "Listen To"
- car dock support

Conmigo

Share expenses and settle easily with roommates, friends and partners. Manage and track transactions within any group. Know your balance and settle debts in one click.

Features:
- Create a group of partners to share expenses with.
- Add expenses for anyone by category and date
- See who you owe and who owes you
- Show your partners how much they owe each other
- See all group's expenses in a history list
- Settle your debts easily
- Get smart tips on future expenses

Coming soon:
- Sync! Every transaction will be synced between partners' devices. Every participant will always be up to date.
- Multiple groups support.

Meporter Local News Desk

Meporter is a news app that lets you write, photograph and video local news.

Everyone knows that nothing gets stale as fast as yesterday's news. Welcome to Meporter, a location-based news app that enables you to
write, photograph and video your local news as it breaks. But that's not all. Meporter makes the stories available to anyone in the world with a mobile phone or an Internet connection.

With Meporter you can post and distribute news live, on location. Capture what's happening - from professional sports to your kid's little league
game, from concerts and festivals to car wrecks and crimes.

Smozzy Beta

Smozzy Beta lets you use your T-Mobile* unlimited messaging plan to browse the web. No data plan required. It works just like your Android phone's built-in browser, but the content is requested and delivered entirely via the text messages (SMS and MMS) included with your unlimited messaging plan.

*Update (9/18/2011): Smozzy has been updated with EXPERIMENTAL support for AT&T and Sprint customers, and COMPLETELY UNTESTED support for Verizon, Virgin, Cricket, Straight Talk, US Cellular, Viaero. Support for all of these networks is likely to be buggier than support for T-Mobile, and for many of them will likely not work at all. Send feedback to feedback@smozzy.com.

 

CrashPlan

With CrashPlan’s mobile app, you can retrieve anything that you’ve backed up online to CrashPlan Central. Just browse your online backup and tap the files to download to your Android phone or tablet. There’s no waiting for each file to finish before you select another.

Soragora (alpha)

Wouldn't be the first time somebody's done an AR app, but I welcome all competition in this space. It needs to suck less.

LIMITED Alpha is only available in San Francisco and Berkeley, and will not work in other areas. Help us decide where to expand next in the comments.

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Local Discovery, Done Right. Soragora (alpha) is a local travel app designed to help you discover the world around you. With its seamless Augmented Reality (AR) technology, Soragora (alpha) allows you to see the world through its Explore mode in a whole new light. Just by simply pointing your phone around you can find local hotspots, stores, restaurants, transportation and more. There has never been a more easy and intuitive way to discover your city!

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PopOut!Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Continuing in the footsteps of the hugely popular and award-winning PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, another beautiful digital rendition of a classic bedtime story is now available for Android devices. PopOut! The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is the next installment in the PopOut! series of unique interactive digital books.

Features:

* Touch and drag objects to make them “spring” to life or tilt to watch them slide and move
* Objects that literally PopOut! of the page to delight you and your family
* Beautiful vocal performance, music, and sound effects will immerse you in the story
* "Read to Me" mode with word highlighting to help improve reading skills
* Or read it yourself and hear individual words spoken with the tap of a finger
* Over 50 pages of authentic text and illustrations with realistic page turning interactions just like the original hardcover book

A.I.type Keyboard Plus

An intelligent keyboard with revolutionary context-sensitive text prediction, auto-correction, auto-learning, undo/redo/navigation capabilities and cool (and customizable!) skins (WP7, Windows 8 and iPhone for instance). Out of the box, the keyboard provides English prediction only at the moment, but it learns any language you use! (add your local language in the settings, if it's not there by default).

Psychic word completions and predictions are generated by A.I.type’s servers on the Cloud. When the device is offline or Internet connection is too slow, or if you disabled Cloud-based prediction, word suggestions will be generated by the device only.

 

ChannelCaster: Social News

ChannelCaster is a community to discover, mash, and share news & entertainment. Discover and enjoy new, sometimes unexpected news, gossip, celebrity photos, viral videos and more from 1000s of sources. ChannelCaster lets you curate, mash and share dynamically-updated Channels based on your areas of interest.

This unprecedented rich media experience is crowd sourced for a social twist. In addition to preloaded programming, you can browse Public Channels that have been created and published by other Casters. The result is an engaging world far superior to that of today’s elegant (yawn) news readers. Content from multiple sources like Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, news websites, blogs, and more fuels ChannelCaster. You can define a topic, then aggregate and publish related, dynamically updated content into Channels, intended to amuse, educate, thrill, disturb, or inspire yourself and others.

Font Installer *Root* by JRummy16

This app allows you to choose between hundreds of fonts to apply to your whole device. You must be rooted with busybox installed. If you do not know what "root" is please don't download this app or rate poorly.

Features include:
- Hundreds of fonts to install with previews
- Download/load fonts in background
- Preview fonts page w/ swipe gestures to switch between previews
- Install any font from your SD card
- Backup/Restore system fonts
- Choose which system fonts to override
- Set the install & download path
- Hot reboot (fast reboot)

App Manager by JRummy16

App Manager combines all the top "app manager" apps on the market into one app with a sexy UI. App Manager has all the main features from apps like Titanium Backup, Advanced Task Manager, APK Manager, MyBackup, ShareMyApps, App 2 SD, and more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8Jhetb5guA

Mobli

When Instagram comes to Android, it'll find itself in a company of quite a few competitors. Mobli is the newest one.

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SHARE THE MOMENT
Whether you’re at a concert, just spotted a celebrity, or simply enjoying life, Mobli provides the entire world a community to connect, comment and share with one another at any time. Each shared moment is guaranteed to spark a conversation.

A CHANNEL FOR EVERYTHING
Unlike other social media communities where content is shared only by following or connecting with individuals, Mobli combines that with the ability to view all content through custom channels sorted by location, subject or person. You can view what’s trending and what’s going on around you or anywhere else in the world instantly through our live feed.

UNIQUE LOCATION BASED FILTERS
Mobli’s one of a kind image filter system allows for custom location-aware filters designed for specific locations, events, dates, or categories.

FlightAware Flight Tracker

Free, live flight tracker and flight status app from FlightAware for Android.

This app allows you to track the real-time flight status and see the live map flight track of any commercial flight worldwide and general aviation (private, charter, etc) in the United States and Canada. Track by aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair, or airport code. Tracking data includes complete flight details and full-screen maps with NEXRAD radar overlay. Receive real-time push notification flight alerts, view airport delays, see nearby flights (in the sky overhead), and more.

RPS Combat

Whoops, how'd this game get in here? Wasn't this supposed to be an app roundup? I know, I know - please don't lynch me!

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Play Rock Paper Scissors like you have never seen it before. This is Rock Paper Scissors as a strategic board game similar to chess. The goal of the game is to find the flag of your opponent. But don't fall into the trap or you will lose your stone.

At first you have to place your flag and your trap at a secret position. Be aware that you can't move them later in the game.
Then move your stone in one of four directions and attack your opponent by moving on his stones.

Sleep Talk Recorder

Sleep Talk Recorder was released months ago but was quickly pulled due to a bad bug that caused a lot of 1-star reviews. It's now back, overhauled and bug-free, so don't look at old reviews if you decide to check it out.

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Do you talk in your sleep? Are you sure? Now you can find out! Did you say something in your sleep last night? A lot of people did. 50% of kids between the ages of 3 and 10 carry on whole conversations during the night. As we grow older the figure goes down to about 5%. Some people talk occasionally, some every night. Sleep Talk Recorder monitors your sleep, but it's not just an ongoing recording. An advanced filtering function qualifies sounds and triggers Sleep Talk Recorder technology in a millisecond.

Studious

Replace your student planner and notebook with Studious! With Studious, your phone will never embarrass you in class again by going off. Forgetting about homework and tests will be a thing of the past.

Studious will:

- Silence your phone in class
- Remind you when homework and tests are due
- Save notes with text and photos

Imperio - Remote Desktop FREE

Imperio Remote Desktop / RDP lets you take control of your PC from anywhere in the world right from your Android phone or tablet. Run your applications remotely, access your files, even launch a presentation – Imperio Remote Desktop / RDP is the fastest, easiest to use and most fully featured Remote Desktop / RDP app on the planet!

Upgrade to Remote Desktop / RDP Professional if you want:

  • Full sound from the remote machine
  • Wake On LAN
  • File Transfer
  • Access to support (also included in Imperio RDP 'Lite +')
  • Advertising free

Imperio Remote Desktop / RDP Reigns supreme - So what’s under the hood as standard? Multiple Monitor support | Multitouch pinch Zoom of the remote machine screen | The fastest speed in comparison tests | Android Honeycomb/ Tablet ready | Support for Android 1.6 up | Support for Windows (excluding Home editions) | Multitasking support | 1-Click to connect | Works over 3G, 4G and WiFi External networks

INDUSTRY LEADING SECURITY

  • NLA (Network Level Authentication)
  • TLS security methods
  • RDP 256-bit encryption
  • 128-bit SSL encryption

Remotix - VNC & ARD viewer

Control your Mac or PC. Powerful and really fast VNC viewer. Remotix provides a fast and flawless remote desktop performance on your Android device. It is the only VNC client with full support of Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) protocol, providing a seamless experience for Mac users.

  • Full support for Apple adaptive encoding
  • Extended keyboard layout
  • International keyboard support
  • Full set of multitouch gestures
  • Flexible server connection configuration
  • Optional server-side scaling
  • Nearby server search and setup without user intervention
  • Security without the inconvenience
  • Hidden Mac Dock and Windows taskbar

PingMe

Seriously, guys. If you put out an app on the Android Market, at least take the 5 minutes to take Android screenshots. OK? I mean it. And make your app feel and look like Android, not iOS.

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PingMe is the fastest way to stay connected, socialize and share multimedia content with your closest friends.

PingMe KEY FEATURES:

  • CROSS PLATFORM: Works on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. Windows Phone 7 coming soon.
  • REAL TIME MESSAGE RECEIPTS: See typing indication, and Sent/Delivered/Read message notifications.
  • GROUP CHAT: Create dynamic circles/groups as you go.
  • EASY REGISTRATION: No username/password required or hard to remember PINs. Your phone number is your ID.
  • COMPLETELY FREE: Free forever. Unlimited messaging, including international usage.
  • NEWS FEED: Instantly turns your address book social with updates from your closest friends.
  • GEO-LOCATION: Find friends nearby with geo-location enabled messages.
  • PUSH NOTIFICATIONS: Never miss a message. PingMe tells you when someone sends you a message, even when PingMe is closed.
  • SIMPLE FRIEND FINDER: PingMe makes it easy to connect with all your friends through your address book, Facebook, direct phone numbers, or the PingMe network.

Quickoffice® Pro Trial

If you wanted to try out Quickoffice's pro features for longer than 15 minutes, now you can - for full 7 days.

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Get this FREE 7-DAY TRIAL of Quickoffice® Pro and, for a limited time, enjoy the ability to CREATE, VIEW, and EDIT, Microsoft® Office files including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Conveniently ACCESS files remotely from your Google® Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Huddle™, SugarSync, and MobileMe™ accounts or from your SD card with our enhanced Connected File Manager. For viewing PDF files, our advanced PDF viewer is included, as well.

Rallyhood

This is a companion app to Rallyhood.com. Organize your group (team, class, club, troop, non-profits and more) from one easy-to-use app. Rallyhood is a web & mobile application that gives your group one central place to easily:

- create, edit, and share calendars
- build task lists and coordinate volunteers
- post messages and comments
- send last minute alerts when schedules change
- post / download files
- share, upload & download photos
- track rsvps and volunteer hours
- collect money or accept donations

 

Manilla

The one central and secure place to stay on top of your bills.

The Manilla app offers you one central and secure place to stay on top of your bills, finances, travel reward programs and subscriptions, accessible whenever and wherever you need it. With Manilla, you get an organized view of all of your accounts with just one password. Manilla automatically retrieves and files your bills and statements and sends you helpful reminders so you will never miss a payment or lose valuable coupons or points.

  • SEE ALL OF YOUR ACCOUNTS
    Manilla has every national and regional service provider plus tons of local providers. Through Manilla, you will have access to over 1,200 accounts, with even more added every week. It is easy to suggest an account as well.
  • KISS LATE FEES GOODBYE
    No more late fees for you with Manilla’s automated reminder system. In the app or via text or email, you will be reminded so you are never late again, which helps your credit score too.
  • CHECK YOUR STATUS ANYTIME
    All of your accounts are automatically updated so you can see where you stand anywhere, anytime. Takes just a few minutes to set up and then let Manilla do the rest.
  • SEE YOUR STATEMENT
    Want to read the fine print or get more information about a bill? It’s easy with Manilla’s document viewer. All your statements and bills, organized in one single place.
  • BE SECURE
    Your security and privacy is our number one priority. Manilla was built with bank-level security and is monitored 24/7 for your protection. No passwords or secure information is stored on your phone.

Because there were so  many apps in this roundup, I've split them into 2 posts. This was PART 1. You can now proceed to PART 2.

Games

We posted the game roundup separately - see here.

For Tablets

We posted the tablet roundup separately - see here.

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 no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • 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.

  • Ann Rein

    Thank you for not cluttering up a great list with games. Very interesting, there's a few here I'm going to have to check out further!

  • Benson

    Hey really cool list here, thanks...

    I really digg Imperio remote desktop and AI keyboard +

  • http://smonkey.site.co.il Guy

    Cool list.
    However, it seems that few apps in your list are reported to crash or not to work well (by reading the reviews on the market - SanDisk, GoToMeeting etc.). I'm not sure that putting them on "The Best Apps" list is logical...

    But hey! I guess can/'t win them all, ha?

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

      I disagree - if the idea is good and the company backing the product is popular/important/etc, their apps deserve to be featured. Sure, they could crash at launch - but that's what bug fixes are for. Just cause they crash now doesn't mean they won't be fixed.

  • Andrew – Des Moines

    I have no interest in a flight app but I intently watched the FlightAware app video. I am so pathetic.

  • Devashish

    Hey guys,
    I found this app yest.
    https://market.android.com/details?id=LinkMyWorld.sem

    Its something new and unique :-) shouldn it be a part of your list

  • tareq

    thank you very mush

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