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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 2 of the app roundup. You can find PART 1 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 2

Cheetah Sync for Files/Folders

I got quite excited about this app when I saw it but quickly realized there's no backup scheduler. Hopefully, they can add scheduled sync in the future.

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The no cloud sync solution for files. Cheetah Sync is a brand new solution for keeping files on your computer and Android device in sync. You can now have your pictures, important documents, music and videos from your computer on the go! Just select a folder on your computer, a folder on your Android device, and let Cheetah Sync keep the files in sync!

As seen on Lifehacker
☆ Supports Windows and Mac
☆ No cloud required
☆ Syncs over home WiFi network
☆ Backup or synchronization
☆ Use the "Sync Now" shortcut to sync in one button press
☆ Many advanced options

☆ Sync your photos folder to your Android device
☆ Sync your work documents to your Android device
☆ Automatically have photos show up on your home computer
☆ Sync to multiple computers

CLZ Barry

That's a whole lot of money to pay for a companion to a cataloging app, but if this is your thing or if you're a diehard fan of Collectorz.com, then you may find this app worth it.

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CLZ Barry is the perfect companion to your Collectorz.com cataloging software: see www.collectorz.com and www.clz.com/barry for more information. Scan barcodes with your camera and instantly send them to your PC or Mac.

Wireless barcode scanning:
* Scan barcodes using the built-in camera of your Android device.
* Supports UPC, EAN, ISBN, UPC+5 barcodes and QR codes.
* Instantly transmit scanned barcodes to your desktop computer (PC or Mac)
* Barcodes are entered into any program, any textbox on your PC or Mac,
as if you entered the digits using your keyboard.

 

Pixlr-o-matic by Autodesk

Turn your photos into cool looking vintage images – editing is as easy as one, two, three.
With this fun and simple darkroom app, you can layer filters, lighting and borders to get that retro grunge look in three simple steps. So many options to choose from, there are 25,000 possible finishes for any one image.

Features:
✓Color filters help you adjust the mood – amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades
✓Lighting effects add drama, sparkle or a grunge look
✓Finish off your photo process with the right frame – pick a border style that fits you
✓No camera required! Select a photo from your gallery and start applying effects. If your device has a camera, you can also snap a new picture from within the app
✓Share your vintage image directly with your friends through Facebook or imm.io
✓Export your finished image back to your gallery. Images can be saved in high resolution (up to 2k x 1k), depending on the resolution of the original image

Thuuz Sports

Thuuz alerts you to the most exciting sporting events as they're happening, so you never miss the action. We’ll even tell you where to tune into these games, whether you're in front of your TV, computer, mobile phone or tablet.

How does it work? Based on our unique algorithms, Thuuz rates the excitement of each game in real-time on a scale of 0-100. You select your favorite sports (we'll be adding the ability to select teams and players soon), set your excitement threshold, and we'll notify you when there's a game you won't want to miss.

Sports we currently monitor:
- Pro Sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Soccer, Cricket and Rugby
- College Sports: Football and Basketball

And there's more.
1. See real-time excitement levels of all live events
2. See the predicted excitement for upcoming events
3. Find the most exciting segments of recently completed games & matches

Playgrounds by fring

Or just get Google+ and use Hangouts.

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Get Video Chatting with new people around the world about your favorite stuff. Now, 4 people video chat about what’s important to them. Pop in and out of a Playground to video chat with other Playground users with the same interests. If you like your chat, add them as friends and keep the video fun going.

  • FREE video chat for up to 4 users
  • Great with friends on Android and iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad
  • High Quality Video chat on 3G, 4G & WiFi
  • Just drop by the Playground to Video chat with users with the same interests and build face-to-face-to-face friendships.

 

Football League Clubs

Just so we're clear, this is a soccer app, not American football.

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Get the 2011/12 Football League Clubs’ app for all the latest news, goals, match highlights, video news and up to the minute stats from your club in The Football League.

GPS Cycle Computer

Introducing you GPS Cycle Computer - most accurate, powerful and precise cycle computer. Either you are cycling for pleasure or training as professional - GPS Cycle Computer is your irreplaceable assistant to healthier and longer live. Don't even think of getting one of that slick and expensive standalone GPS devices, just try GPS Cycle Computer instead. With GPS Cycle Computer you can easily track how much you ride, how long it was, how many calories were burned, what was the speed or elevation and finally, see that all on a map.

What we did in GPS Cycle Computer - is that we took user experience to the new level. Our easy to use and intuitive interface will help you to start cycling anywhere and set up everything right on the go. We thoroughly selected each and every element to show and combined them in quite simple but unique and outstanding user interface.

  • TRACK
    GPS Cycle Computer automatically records your time, distance, speed, elevation, calories burned and location.
  • MAP
    Track your exact distance and speed for each and every ride using maps.
  • WORKOUT HISTORY
    Full history, including ride stats, organized by date, will be available for you within the app. Check, compare and improve!
  • VISUALIZE
    Calories, speed and elevation graphs will visualize all their changes and variations through the whole ride.
  • PERSONAL PROFILE
    Fill in your personal weight, height, gender and age to make the stats more precise and accurate.
  • SHARE
    Tell the world about your accomplishments via Facebook, Twitter and Email by posting them to your favorite social websites.
  • EXPORT
    Improve your personal results by exporting complete summaries of your rides in GPX, KML or CSV formats.
  • GPS USAGE
    Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Reddar

Do you love talking with Redditors online? Now you can meet them in person too! Checkin with Reddar and find other Redditors in Foursquare venues around you.

Cardcloud

Cardcloud is the only business card you'll ever need. Log into your existing Cardcloud account or sign up directly by creating your first card. You can do this by selecting your existing contact information from your phone's address book, or by entering the info manually. Cardcloud allows you to create multiple cards. This way, you can have share info with business contacts, or rather have a personal card to send out. Freelancers working for multiple companies can create as many cards as they want. You can edit contact information, profile pictures, logos, and social networking profiles for each card you create.

Recipients don’t have to have Cardcloud installed on their phone. You can send your card directly to an email address, and Cardcloud will deliver a beautifully formatted card directly to the recipient's inbox. You can also beam your card directly to other Cardcloud users in the vicinity, and store contact information on your phone’s address book. Cardcloud allows you to remember more about your new contacts. For each exchange, information is stored about the person you met. Remember who you met when, where and how. See where you met. Add a note. Was it at a conference, or perhaps a trade fair? Cardcloud takes your cards to the next level.

WallRANDOM - Wallpaper Editor

From the talented creator of the Tron Legacy theme.

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WallRANDOM is the ultimate utility for fast wallpapers Editing and Randomization. You like your wallpaper but want to quickly change the colors and add some cool effects? With WallRANDOM you just need to click a button, and magic happens! Your old wallpaper, with amazing new colors and effects! If you like your wallpaper but you're tired of its colors, or you want it to match your new icon pack or home theme... just RANDOMIZE IT.

Gigbeat

GigBeat helps you never miss another concert by your favorite artist in your town. GigBeat scans your device's music library and shows you when your favorite artists are on tour and where they will be. Don't have any music stored on your device? That's not a problem, GigBeat offers support for Songkick and Last.fm accounts so users can login and sync their artists from these services.

FOX SPORTS Rugby World Cup

Latest news, live match and players stats, instant video replays, fixtures, social stream, and more – covered.

With ALL 48 games live you can expect detailed match stats to include:
- Score summaries
- Play-by-play text commentary
- Detailed team head-to-head stats
- Detailed player stats
- Line-up information

Plus, EVERY match will have video highlight added within minutes of live play – every try, conversion, penalty, drop goal, line break, try saves, yellow and red cards at your finger tips.

  

wikiHow - the how to manual

120,000+ how to articles to help you answer any question that comes your way. Have you ever wondered How to Tie a Tie, How to get Six Pack Abs, How to Know if a Guy Likes You, or How to Delete a Facebook Account? The wikiHow application contains a collection of how to articles that will help you answer your questions on doing almost anything that comes your way. Packed with more than 120,000 articles, the wikiHow app will surely have the answer you need.

Image Search

Image search let you access and browse photos from Google search, Picasa, Bing, Flickr, Twitpic and Imgur. Set any image from the search or part of the image as wallpaper of your phone.

 

Amazon Appstore -Notifier&Tips

Download the Amazon Appstore and get daily notifications for a paid app for free. This app will notify and get you the free app of the day EVERY DAY at your preferred time. Calculate how much money you've saved using the Amazon Appstore market through our app.

 

Siine Writer Pioneer Edition

This is one WTF keyboard, that's for sure. Not WTF enough to put it into the WTF section, but pretty close.

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Siine Writer is the first icon-based keyboard that you can edit and personalize. Writing with Siine is as simple as talking to a friend and it’s fun too. Your personal hellos and goodbyes are just one click away – so there’s no need to be rude or short just because you’re in a hurry. You can add and edit icons on Siine Writer to fit in with your texting style, dude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKv65siv3SM

Skyclerk

Skyclerk will change the way you look at bookkeeping and accounting forever. Our system makes it so any small to medium size business can be up and running with a fully robust accounting system in seconds. No software to install, no backups to worry about, no expensive shrink wrap software to buy. Sign up for a free account and be up and running in no time.

Unlike City Guides

Explore five of Europe's most exciting cities – all from one free app. Unlike City Guides and Samsung GALAXY S II have teamed up to create an exclusive new free city guide app for Android devices. From Amsterdam and Barcelona, to Berlin, London and Paris, our team of culture-savvy journalists and insiders uncover the city's ultimate locations and events – including high-end restaurants, secret bars, clubs, hotels, museums and shops. Whether you're a born-and-bred local or just visiting, Unlike can help you make the most of your city.

SunTrust Mobile App

The SunTrust Mobile App allows you to view your checking or savings account balance, view transaction history, make payments, transfer funds, and locate ATMs or branches all from the convenience of your mobile phone.

Choice Hotels – Book Now!

If you're not familiar with the Choice Hotels brand, it includes Comfort Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, and others.

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Introducing the free Choice Hotels Android App® with instant access to 6,000+ hotels worldwide, so you can find and book a hotel room instantly on your phone - anytime, anywhere. Specifically designed for the Android Marketplace, the Choice Hotels Android App 1.0 allows you to find and book rooms using special rate IDs, contact customer care and provide feedback to the Android team that will be used to launch more updates, features and functionality in the months to come.

106 & Park

Tried it and didn't like it at all. Most everyone on the Market seems to love it for some reason. Oh yeah, and you will find no music videos in this app.

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The official 106 & Park app brings the livest show on television right into your home.

 

Woolworths

This is an app for Australians. If you don't have Woolworths near you, you can skip this app right now.

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The Woolworths App for Android is designed to make your grocery shopping easier, while also helping you save money on your favourite items. Quickly and easily create smart shopping lists that know your preferred store and organise your lists based on the location of items in your Woolies. You can work your way in aisle order from the front of the store to the checkout and find everything you need quickly and easily.

Games

We posted the game roundup separately - see here.

Live Wallpapers

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper

Love, love, love this live wallpaper - just have a peek at the video.

Displays a 3D grid of glowing, pulsing hexagons. This full version also allows you to select any color and enables touch interaction with the hexagons. Loosely inspired by the Honeycomb static wallpaper that has been featured in ads for the Motorola Xoom.

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Neon Clock Live wallpaper

Highly customizable analog clock live wallpaper with date display.

Features

  • Battery meter
  • Compass (can be removed from settings)
  • Number/color of trails can be changed
  • Multiple color themes included
  • Customizable background image.

Neon Microcosm Free LWP

Another stunning wallpaper. I recommend going to the settings and slowing it down right away if you don't want to get dizzy though.

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This live wallpaper simulates a swim through a 3D colony of glowing microbes. Neon Microcosm is descended from the original Microcosm, and features a more intense color scheme and depth-of-field effects. The full version lets you tap the screen to spawn new cells. It also includes several more color themes, and the option to select any colors you like to create your own custom theme.

NeonGears Live Wallpaper Basic

Is it neon week or something?

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Add a futuristic feel to your phone with neon. This live wallpaper spins at different rates and direction giving a neat effect of gears. Even though this is the free version you can still modify the neon to your liking.

Messy Pocket - Live Wallpaper

Turn your mobile into your virtual pocket. Put your funny, nasty, secret things into it. Show the world how cool you are. Choose your background texture and put your favourite things in your virtual pocket: coins, keys, condom, pistachios paperclip, gummy bears, candies, chewing gum - whatever you like. Let them bump around in your pocket as you move your phone.

Droots Live Wallpaper

Beautiful and unique wallpaper, but I have to warn you - each plant type is an in-app purchase from what I can tell, though once you purchase one, you can grow as many plants of that type as you wish.

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Droots Live Wallpaper for Android features beautiful settings in which you can grow cute little plants, each of which are unique on different and even the same devices.

Hellraiser Free ( Halloween )

The fire in this live wallpaper is quite impressive, but I'm not sure I'd want to use it outside of Halloween due to what seems to be a pretty sizeable tax on battery.

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No sissy Halloween live wallpapers for you. You want to go hardcore. Have one hell of a background that fits just about any android devices and tablet. Hellraiser is a opengl animated wallpaper that is very customizable. Change the glow of the skeletons eyes or adjust the flames to any color you can think of and plus more. Will make any phone stand out among the crowd. Great for goth or Halloween themes.

For Tablets

We posted the tablet roundup separately - see here.

WTF Apps Of The Week

Angry Zombie Road

I'm sure you've all seen horizontal scrollers like Zombieville USA, but I bet you've never seen something like this. The first screenshot pretty much describes my WTF feelings completely.

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Your road has been infested with Zombies, and you are in charge of the cleaning.

Phone Story

What? A whole game dedicated to the problems with smartphone manufacturing? While the subject itself is real and serious, the fact that there's a whole game dedicated to it is kind of a WTF.

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Phone Story is an educational game about the hidden social costs of smartphone manufacturing. Follow your phone's journey from the Coltan mines of the Congo to the electronic waste dumps in Pakistan through four colorful mini-games. Compete with market forces in an endless spiral of technological obsolescence. You can keep Phone Story in your favorite device as a reminder of your impact on this world. All revenues from the sale of this app will be donated to organizations working to solve the issues mentioned in this game.

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.

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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.

  • Alex

    Phone Story doesn't deserve a WTF. If anything, it should be in the Games roundup. molleindustria (molleindustria.org) has made many games (they're called serious games, although I don't really like the term) of this kind apart from Phone Story like McDonald's video game and Oiligarchy, which help educate people about the true costs of these businesses.

  • Nina

    You are missing Stylish Girl.

  • SHADOW-XIII

    "Amazon Appstore -Notifier&Tips" could be considered malware!

    It puts shortcut named "Search" on your home (Go Launcehr Ex here) to searchmobileonline.com website (with probably unique identifier in the link)
    Also writes that page twice to bookmarks! God knows what is happening behind backs but checking permissions it might be sending someone your devices information with bookmarks you have on your app. Thanks but no, prefer using different app for checking: Appstore Reminder (app found on xda for free, for $0.99 on android market)

  • Me

    @SHADOW-XIII

    You are correct in your assesment. The developer also has it up on multiple accounts

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.apperhand.amazon.appstore.free.app.of.the.day

    The file is large because it contains JSOUP, JSON, and Spring Framework. JSOUP would be enough to get Amazon information. I know, I wrote something similar.

    The information is passed to his own servers.

    I would stay away from it.

  • Edd

    I love these round-ups so much. Thanks Artem

    • Ted Lovejoy

      Ditto. This is the kind of post that got me hooked on Android Police.

  • Jim

    glad u posted about:
    Amazon Appstore -Notifier&Tips

    been looking for a free one recently (have only found paid ones?!??!?)