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Last Updated: November 4th, 2011

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.

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.

Featured App

Today's roundup is sponsored by HeroCraft's latest game - Musaic Box. Our own Liam Spradlin reviewed this game a few weeks back and found it to be excellent for both lovers of puzzle/hidden object games and music. In HeroCraft's own words:

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Musaic Box is an unusual combination of musical puzzle and a detective quest. Its scenario offers you a riddle: to find the old organ master who has vanished.

Solving various quests and gathering the clues just like in other classic hidden object games you'll find outlines of musical scores for your music box and reveal exclusive puzzles where you have to recreate masterpieces of classical and modern music out of smaller pieces.

Unlike other puzzles, Musaic requires not just logic but a sense of musicality. Correctly composed melodies will lead you to the mystery's revelation and unlock new game mode.

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A free Lite and a $1.49 paid versions are available in the Market.

Apps - PART 1

TripAdvisor Travel City Guides

TripAdvisor is one of those sites you usually check out before traveling to another city or booking a hotel - I know I definitely do. To supplement its main Android app, the company released a slew of separate city guide apps, each highlighting one large city from all over the world. You can find all the apps here, but here are some examples: London, San Francisco, Paris.

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WiFiKill

Android Police coverage: [Update: Pulled From The Market] Want To Easily Boot Users Off Your Wi-Fi Network? WiFiKill Can Take Care Of That For You

** Root Required **

Have you ever wanted to evict someone from your Wi-Fi network for whatever reason? Maybe your roommate is hogging all the bandwidth? Wife spending too much time on Facebook? Kids playing too much WoW? Now you can easily knock them off of the network thanks to an app called WiFiKill.

Unsurprisingly, WiFiKill was in violation of Google's terms and conditions, as it "could be used in a way that is harmful to devices, networks, or users," per Google itself. No worries, though -- the dev has the free version available on his forum, and if you want to show some donation love, you can grab the ad-free version from SlideMe.

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Flickr

Official Flickr Android App. The best way to share your life in photos – now available on Android! Take beautiful photos with our in-app camera, enhance with filters, then share on Facebook, Twitter and more.

Features:
• Share photos only with the people you want to with easy privacy settings.
• Full screen browsing and slideshows for your photos, your contacts photos or any of the public photos from the global Flickr community.
• Share the story behind your photo with titles, descriptions, comments and tags.
• Keep your track of where you took your photo by keeping your location data automatically through geotagging.

Hotmail

The only official Microsoft mobile app for Hotmail that gives you easy access to Hotmail so you never miss an email. Key features include:

- With push email get messages on your phone without delay
- Synced calendar and contacts
- View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders
- Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail
- Supports multiple Hotmail accounts
- Send, receive and view attachments

AppExtractor

** Root Required **

AppExtractor is a tool which will allow you to restore individual applications, data, SMS, and MMS messages from your ROM Manager backups. AppExtractor is compatible with ClockworkMod Recovery 5 backups as well as backups created by previous versions of ClockworkMod Recovery.

This version of AppExtractor is free, but limits you to restoring 5 applications at a time. You can purchase the AppExtractor Key to remove this limitation and be receive future options that will be added.

 

iOnRoad Augmented Driving

iOnRoad is the BEST car safety app that uses your cam and real time image recognition algorithms to auto recognizes the vehicle in front of you, measures time gap and warns you in case you're in danger of crashing into it. Similar systems in luxury cars will cost you more than $1,000 while iOnRoad is FREE.

  • ADVANCED COLLISION WARNING SYSTEM
    Just click your smartphone in the car mount holder and iOnRoad will use the camera, GPS and other sensors in combination with its advanced RoadAware™ algorithm to recognize traffic ahead and warn you of potential accidents. When a dangerous situation is detected, iOnRoad warns you with both audio and visual alerts, even when running in the background!
  • HEADWAY MONITORING & ALERTS
    iOnRoad uses your camera to monitor your headway distance and gives you constant feedback in a smart augmented-reality HUD-like display. When iOnRoad recognizes insufficient headway distance, it issues a subtle notification sound to encourage drivers to self-correct risky and inefficient driving maneuvers.
  • SOCIAL INTEGRATION
    Share your car driving achievements with friends and even challenge other drivers via Facebook and Twitter. See who is the best driver...
  • PERSONAL WEB DASHBOARD
    iOnRoad provides a personal dashboard that displays all of your snapshots, alerts, and other driving data. Rack up safety points by maintaining sufficient headway distance during your trips and compete with other drivers. Simply log in to your dashboard using your Google account to access all your information or to share your snapshots, driving maps and status!
  • TAKE ROAD SNAPSHOTS
    Ever wanted to report something you’ve seen on the road? A hazard? A wreckless driver? Now, with the iOnRoad snapshot assistant, you can! Just tap the “snapshot” icon on iOnRoad’s main display and a snapshot is immediately saved to your phone’s gallery. Want to share your snapshots? No problem. iOnRoad can upload your snapshots automatically right to your wall on Facebook!
  • PROTECTS YOU WHILE OTHER APPS ARE RUNNING
    iOnRoad runs in the background while you make calls, run Trapster, CarHome or other apps. iOnRoad is 100% compatible with other cool community navigation apps like Google maps, Waze, Sygic, navigon, iGo, magellan, Trapster, and Garmin nuvi. iOnRoad senses the motion of your car, not where the car is parked, unlike cool car parking apps such as MyCar Locator, Viper SmartStart, Find My Car, and Parkdroid.
  • AUTOMATIC DRIVING DETECTION
    Have you become an iOnRoad addict? If you have, this new feature will blow you away. Just enable automatic driving detection and iOnRoad will detect when you’re actually driving to start protecting you automatically and effortlessly! The iOnRoad icon displayed in your notification area will indicate whether iOnRoad is running!

iris. (alpha)

iris. makes your phone talk on topics ranging from Einstein to Mozart. Yeah, Iris is siri in reverse. Inspired from the iPhone feature Siri, iris interacts with you in voice.

Gone are the days when you "Google searched" for information. Just "ask" iris. She will talk to you on any topic. Ranging from Philosophy, Culture, History, science to general conversation.

LHSee

LHSee: discover what happen at the LHC. Want to find out how to Hunt the Higgs Boson using your phone? Ever wondered how the Large Hadron Collider experiments work, and what the collisions look like?

Scientists at the world's biggest scientific experiment - the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva - are trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe, the origin of mass, and structure of space and time. LHSee makes the Hadron Collider accessible to anybody with an Android smartphone or tablet PC. Written by Oxford University scientists in collaboration with the ATLAS experiment at CERN, it is designed for use by experts and non-experts alike.

For the first time you can now grab live collision events from the underground detectors in Geneva, and beam them direct to your own device. As well as a variety of educational resources, the application allows you to interact with the collision events in full 3D graphics. You can also find out how the different parts of the detector work, learn how to identify different types of collision, and even put your new skills to the test by playing the "Hunt the Higgs" game.

Marvel Comics

Introducing the MARVEL COMICS app on Android, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes! Download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite characters -— including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more -- on your mobile device or tablet with the touch of a button. You’ll experience Marvel’s greatest series and stories like never before, with your choice of guided view (an animated, panel-by-panel path through the comic), or by using regular device controls to zoom and pan your way through pages of sizzling story and amazing artwork.

Each of your downloads will be protected and backed up when you use your Marvel.Com account, meaning the next time you lose or upgrade your device you’ll find your comics waiting to be read again.

 

Espier Launcher

Android Police coverage: [New App] Want Your Android Launcher To Look Like iOS? There's Now An App For That - Espier Launcher

Yup, it's iOS on your Android. If you so fancy.

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Espier launcher is a mobile phone/tablet desktop software based on Android 2.2 or above version. It brings you the new Android operating experience. For example, it's easy to operate shortcut icons, folders, and function switches. You can manage multi task and uninstall programs conveniently. Also the natural gestures operation gives you smooth and fluent user experience.

Main Features
- Similar with desktop layout and icons of iPhone 4/iPhone 4S;
- Support dynamic icons, such as calendar, SMS, phone and other icons, dynamically display the date, the number of unread messages or missed calls;
- Create and edit folders by fast way;
- Easy Desktop Editing: press and hold any icon into desktop editing mode;
- Support for adding shortcuts on the desktop;
- Applications Access Control: user must input patterns or digital password to start applications;
- Support a variety of icon sorting method;
- Support for Desktop Searching: you can easily search for applications, contacts, SMS, e-mails and so on;
- Support for Desktop configuration restore/backup;

Poop Salary

Best app evar? I mean, this is information everyone needs to know.

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Do you spend a lot of time on the crapper at work? Ever wonder how much your poop is worth? Use this app to time your poops, keep track of your total poop worth, and share with others.

The Washington Post

The indispensable guide to Washington: trusted news, politics, and analysis. Enjoy the high-quality, trusted news and analysis only The Washington Post can provide. Our news app for Android brings you breaking news, politics, opinions, sports, lifestyle, business, technology, travel, entertainment and much more, anytime/anywhere!

GO Note Widget

For GO Launcher users, which is my current launcher of choice

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GO Note Widget is a good helper to manage your schedules and notes. You can use task style to add schedules. You can also use note style to quickly write down your thoughts. You can even use doodle style to record your plan by just simply draw a picture. Moreover, you can share your schedule with your friends.

Actions:
- Add schedules
- Alarm notification
- Graffiti painting
- Change skin
- Share notes

Mobile Mouse Lite

Mobile Mouse Lite instantly transforms your Android device into an in air, wireless remote for your computer. Sit back and use this remote to surf the web, browse your photo library or control your music player from the comfort of your couch. Mobile Mouse Lite uses the built in accelerometer to translate your hand motions into mouse movements on your screen.

It can also operate as a trackpad remote, allowing you to control your computer with a single finger. Mobile Mouse is an essential part of any home theater PC and a presenter's best friend. Mobile Mouse Lite uses an innovative application notification system to let the app know what program you are running at any time and show the appropriate keys for that program. This allows Mobile Mouse to provide a single screen remote for controlling ALL your media and web applications. Mobile Mouse is the only app to feature a full fledged dock, just like you'd find on your Mac. Mobile Mouse Lite supports all the most popular web and media programs for the Mac and PC. New remote definitions are automatically downloaded daily to your computer, so you will always have the newest remotes as we create them.

Features (FREE Version):
- Touchpad (full screen vertical and landscape modes)
- Application notifications
- Remote keyboard
- Modifier Keys
- On screen typing
- Password protection
- Custom sensitivity settings
- Foreign language keyboards
- Supports Bonjour or static IP
- No screen size limitation. Works with multiple monitors.
- Ability to hide keyboard (shake to hide/show)
- Landscape keyboard (shake in landscape mode to show)
- Scroll pad
- Left and Right mouse buttons
- Multitouch gestures (scroll & right click)

There is also a PRO version which features:

- Tech support & Free updates
- Accelerometer based mouse controller
- Application switcher
- Media Remote (w/vol up/down and eject buttons)
- Web Remote
- Numeric keyboard
- Programmable hotkeys (can be set to run a program or keyboard combination)
- Sleep/Wake your computer
- And much, much, much more.

BeWeather Free

Makes even bad weather look good. The #1 best selling and award winning weather app for BlackBerry is now finally coming to Android. Contains a beautiful set of weather and clock+weather widgets. BeWeather brings a ton of customization options to modify its looks, notification settings and default weather parameters.

BIG Launcher

Large home screen optimized for elderly people and people with bad sight. The first home screen optimized for elderly people and people with eye problems. It uses big buttons and large fonts for all the basic functions of the phone - telephone, SMS messages, camera, gallery, SOS button and installed applications. SOS button allows automatic dialing of a pre-defined number or sending an emergency text message with GPS coordinates. Buttons can be customized.

Offline Translator

Need a translator? Check your pocket. You talk, it translates. 100% offline, works anywhere with no data roaming fees. Once you have this app you can purchase Offline Translators for the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Iraqi and Tagalog.

BlueStacks Cloud Connect

Android Police coverage: BlueStacks Announces App Player For Windows And Cloud Connect

This app works in conjunction with a PC application and the cloud and helps sync apps from your Android device to your PC. Check out the link above for more info.

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Alpha version of BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Send your Android apps to the BlueStacks App Player on your PC.

Car Tunes Music Player Beta

Android Police review: [Review] Car Tunes Makes It Easy To Keep Your Eyes On The Road While Finding The Perfect Justin Bieber Song

Car Tunes is a "near hands free" music player designed for in-car use. Combines voice search and swipe gesture controls so your eyes never leave the road. Integrates with Google's Car Home for easy access from car dock. Works great outside of automobiles too.

ChatON by Samsung

ChatON by Samsung is a global mobile communication service that enables you to have better relationships with your buddies and groups of buddies. ChatON brings together all of these methods of communication, expression, and sharing in one place.

Hipmunk Flight Search

Hipmunk takes the agony out of flight search. With Hipmunk you'll see all the relevant flights on a timeline, helping you visualize the right choice. Unlike every other app out there, Hipmunk doesn't just show you the cheapest flight first — the app instead sorts by "agony," which incorporates important factors like how long you'll be traveling and how many stops you'll make. Hipmunk also makes booking easy. When you've found the right flight, you can either book it on your phone, email it to someone else, or finish on your desktop computer.

 

Historious Athens

Great concept, although it seems that the only city supported right now is Athens.

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Do you love historical traveling but find it difficult to collect information from different and difficult-to-use, traditional paper guidebooks? Well, Historious is your solution...The one and the most complete portable historical travel guide is from now on in your pocket.

Historious mobile application offers a novel and simple way that helps you explore and approach historical places such as museums, archeological sites or monuments and know the historical background of each site. Coming with a highly intuitive and well designed interface, Historious challenges you to sense the aura of the history through your mobile.

Intimity

You get the idea.

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Tracks your own cycle and predicts the fertile and ovulation phase.

MagicLocker Main

MagicLocker is a Lockscreen app which aims to provide users more colorful and flexible Lockscreen choices by applying different themes. Even since you install this app, you will enjoy endless choices of Lockscreen.

AutoTrader.com

The AutoTrader.com app is your solution for finding the right car or dealer, no matter where you are. Save cars and searches to your personal “My AutoTrader” account, and retrieve them later from any mobile device or computer. The ultimate automotive marketplace is now in your hands.

You can:
● Search for new, used and certified cars near you.
● Contact a seller by phone or email directly from a vehicle listing.
● Map local dealerships, and view their services and amenities.
● Use Keyword Search to find vehicles and specific dealer services and amenities near you.
● Scan the VIN barcode of a car you like to search for similar cars near you, or save it for later. (Autofocus feature required.)
● Create a free “My AutoTrader” account to save your favorite cars and searches.
● Access your saved cars and searches from any other mobile device or computer.
● Revisit recent searches and vehicles you've viewed right from the Find Cars section.

MusicBox

Check out the video.

P.S. All the screenshots and the video use a tablet, but the app seems to be compatible with phones as well.

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Making music is easy with MusicBox. Combine noteblocks in different patterns to create visually stunning representations of original scores, renditions of your favorite songs, or easily write songs of your own. Any song can be created in an infinite number of ways making every creation unique. MusicBox is an easy and fun way to make musical scores into visual art. Create simple melodies or whole scores easily and watch your music come to life.

Mydiamarks Mobile

Personal DVR for the web. At mydiamarks we are working hard to bring you a revolutionary way to bookmark your media by offering an innovative approach to capturing and sharing your media moments across various platforms with friends & family. Our goal is to streamline the media experience both online & off, hopefully making all of our lives a whole lot easier in the process.

With the onslaught of media bombarding us on any given day, it can be difficult to remember and organize your media. Now you can save and share your bookmarks across multiple platforms. You can mark YouTube videos, podcasts, music and even audio books, providing you with the avenue to organize, share and discuss your media moments. As our enthusiastic community continues to grow you can find even more amazing mydiamarks at http://www.mydiamarks.com.

Whether you are watching viral videos, tutorials, vlogs or even webisodes on your mobile devices, now you can bookmark videos directly from YouTube. Start bookmarking your favorite moments while you are on the go and never miss a moment again.

BlizzCon 2011 Guide

Damn you, Blizzard! I owe you years of my life... err, I mean you owe me years of my life for StarCraft, WarCraft, and Diablo!

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Headed to BlizzCon 2011? Bring a guide along with you. The BlizzCon 2011 Guide mobile app, available now for Android, is a fast and easy way to help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience. With it, you can:

  • Plan your day – Review the details of the official events taking place at BlizzCon, and then add the ones you’d like to attend to your calendar. You can sort your events by day, time, game series, and more.
  • Catch your favorite events – Set alerts for any event on your calendar to make sure you get to it on time.
  • Chart a path – Zoom in on the exhibit hall floor with a complete map of BlizzCon. Use it to quickly find the location of a panel, meet up with your friends, or just figure out where you’d like to go next.
  • Stay updated – You can’t be everywhere on the convention floor at once, but you can receive updates and news from the official BlizzCon news feed as soon as they’re revealed.
  • Cheer on your team – Follow the progress of the talented challengers in BlizzCon’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft competitions with real-time tournament brackets.

Wi-Fi Analytics Tool

The Amped Wireless Wi-Fi Analytics Tool analyzes your Wi-Fi networks. It provides advanced signal strength graphs and analyzes Wi-Fi channels to help you optimize your Wi-Fi network setup. Features include: Wi-Fi Scanner, Channel Interference Analyzer, Wi-Fi Channel Graph, Wi-Fi Signal Strength Graph, and a Signal Strength Meter.

Top Gear: News

Keep up to date with Top Gear HQ 24 hours a day. With the new Top Gear News app, you can get all the latest news, videos and random nonsense from the Top Gear team, wherever you are. And it’s completely free to download and use. Once downloaded, you can read content offline, without an internet connection - great for subway or train journeys.

- All the latest news, rants and opinions from Top Gear
- Videos and photo galleries
- Behind the scenes exclusives from the team
- Your favorite clips from the Top Gear show
- Previews of upcoming Top Gear stuff
- The latest cars driven and reviewed

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: [email protected].

1 sponsored placement per week is available (your app would be featured at the top and marked as sponsored) - please contact us for details.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Aatif Sumar

    How is the Poop-Cash app NOT the WTF App?

    • Jim

      hah...was wondering same thing. brilliant app idea tho ;)

    • Alex C

      No no, the value here is in how you can leverage it into other business functions. Tell your boss just how much money he's wasted calling you into meetings. What'd taking that pesky client call really cost you? I'm a huge poop at work advocate, but this is the real value in the app, IMO.

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

      Because it's the best app evar!

  • Ronny

    "Iraqi" is a language? LOL.

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

      Looks like Iraqi Arabic is the main language, maybe they meant that?

  • http://houge-langley.livejournal.com/ Houge_Langley

    Great Apps, THANX

  • Andy

    @ Top Gear app - This "video" (??) is not available in your country (the UK, you know, home of the beeb?) doh

    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

    suggest adding....it must be actually available

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

      Works fine for me in the U.S., so... blame BBC.

      • Andy

        lol yep its more than likely them at fault. still an excellent round up as usual though. magic locker is great but im wary of auto trader, ive seen a pc infected 3 times with trojans from auto traders official web site in the uk

        thanks all

  • http://www.nikolaovcharski.com Nikola

    Very good apps again

  • OFI

    Top Gear app not available on my device (Desire)

    Why's that then?

  • lanciadeltarat1

    Check out Screebi Pro...I've always used it and it should be stock on all phones.It is a very simple app for controlling your screen time out depending on the position of your phone,whether you're lying on your back or just sitting normally,you set the settings and as long as the phone is within them it will not time out.So simple and so handy.

  • http://www.blogotechblog.com/ Lalit Indoria

    Well, I must say this is a huge list and perhaps the best list I have ever seen! Hats off to the author! BTW, you had mentioned my blog as on of the source for your article! Thanks for that :) Feels great!

  • ABT Benjamins

    Im already in love with Iris. and it's only in alpha haha.

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