16
Jan
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It has been a few months since we last took a look in the Android Market for a new set of must-have root apps, and a lot of worthy entries have since entered the arena.

They battled it out in fight to the death, and the eight victors now stand before you, offering their unparalleled services at your disposal.

Okay, so maybe it didn't play out quite so dramatically, but the point remains the same: we have eight new apps that every rooted user should know about. Let's get to it, shall we?

Screencast Video Recorder

This is one of our favorite apps here at AP. We take a lot of screenshots and videos of apps and games, and Screencast is our go-to app, especially for the latter. If you ever find yourself in need of a way to record what's happening on-screen, look no further than Screencast. The app costs $4, but there is a demo version available so you can give it a shot before you buy.

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Screencast doesn't support Tegra 2-based devices, and it doesn't (yet) work on the Galaxy Nexus.

[Previous AP Coverage: 1, 2, 3]

HoneyBar

The concept of HoneyBar is simple, but its use is endless: it hides the notification bar on Honeycomb tablets. If you've ever tried to watch a movie, view a photo slideshow, or even play a game on a Honeycomb tablet, you'll notice that the notification bar is always visible (though sometimes it is blacked out), taking away valuable screen real-estate. HoneyBar is here to save the day and give you back your screen.

Once installed, HoneyBar launches itself as a white box in the middle of the notification bar (don't worry, that white box disappears after ten uses). Tap the box, and it hides the bar; tap the same spot again to bring it back. Easy peasy.

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[Additional AP Coverage]

Game On

Game On is nothing short of game changing. It not only allows users to backup and restore game data, but download and share game progress over the Game On network. Yeah, you read right - share. Game. Data.

Maybe you're stuck on a particular part of a game. Perhaps you just don't feel like playing through all the boring crap and want to jump straight into the good stuff. It doesn't matter the reason you want to progress in a game - Game On is the solution.

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Game On costs a buck in the Android Market - hit the widget to buy it.

[Previous AP Coverage]

WiFi Protector

WiFi Protector is a security app that protects your device from Wi-Fi sniffing attacks. It'll detect and prevent ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) attacks, like DoS (Denial of Service) and MitM (Man in the Middle).

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Unlike most of the other apps in the roundup, this one actually offers a little bit of functionality for non-rooted users. To get the full protection the app offers, though, it uses the power of root to offer advanced protection -- it can even defend your gadgets against WiFiKill, an app that can eject basically any user off of a Wi-Fi network with the tap of a button.

WiFi Protector will set you back $1.89, hit the widget to buy.

[Additional AP Coverage]

Undelete

This one is sure to save many people a lot of heartache. We've all mistakenly deleted files before, potentially losing them forever. The next time that happens, though, Undelete is here to save the day by scanning your device's SD Card, finding deleted files, and, in most cases, restoring said files.

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The app is free in the Android Market, so there's no excuse to ever lose another file.

Mobile ODIN Pro

Have you ever wanted to flash some firmware on your Samsung phone but weren't around a computer to make it happen? Enter Mobile ODIN Pro, a simple way to flash ODIN files directly from your device - it even offers an option to root the firmware while it's flashing!

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At the current moment, MOP only supports a handful of devices, but more are likely in the works. For more details and to purchase ($4) Mobile ODIN Pro, hit the widget below.

[Previous AP Coverage]

Call Master

Call Master is the second app from developer Fahrbot Mobile to make its way into the roundup (the other being Undelete), and it's probably the most impressive call and text firewall we've ever seen. It can control dozens of variables in countless situations - everything from blocking certain numbers during certain times of day, sending specific numbers to voicemail, to auto-hang ups, and so much more.

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Like other Fuhrbot app, this one is free. Grab it below.

[Previous AP Coverage]

avast! Mobile Security

Last, but certainly not least is avast! Mobile Security - an app that every rooted user should have installed. We know what you're thinking - an antivirus app? Really? Yes, really. This app is different than the rest of the anti-virus applications in the Market, because it is also the best anti-theft solution of any app. Hands down. (The other features of the app are top-notch, as well, but the anti-theft functionality is its only root function).

Why is its anti-theft so good? Because it used to be Theft Aware, an app that we absolutely loved. TA was bought out buy avast! and incorporated into its Mobile Security app. The best part is that the root function of the app wasn't altered in any way - avast's anti-theft setup is identical to Theft Aware in every way (aside from aesthetically, that is) - it's simple and intuitive, and when it's finished, you can rest assured that if your device is ever lost or stolen it's as protected as it can be.

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avast! Mobile Security is free and if you only choose to install one app from this roundup, I suggest that this is the one.

[Previous AP Coverage: 1, 2, 3]

Conclusion

There we go - another eight root apps for the record books. As always, if you know of an awesome root apps, hit us up on the tip line so we can check it out.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    Honeybar is really good, but it makes my Transformer's homescreens laggy :(

    Can't wait for the CM Store - a place to find all the rest root apps.

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      Haven't noticed any lag, but I have noticed that the SD card notification icon disappears after restoring the bar.

  • Aaron

    no total commander? I know you reviewed it separately, but... its the best root app EVER for me.

  • AJ

    umm...wi-fi tether?, koush's new usb tether?

  • Sean

    You should check out Cerebus. A great replacement for avast! Mobile Security if you're only needing the anti-theft feature of it. It also has a web GUI to use too, which one-ups on Avast for anti-theft.

    • Ben

      Avast is free, Cerebus isnt. End of discussion!

      • https://plus.google.com/112562624243055818615 Sean

        Cerebus has features that avast! doesn't. Worth paying for I think.

  • htuffington

    Great list

    but what's with the appbrain links!? who even uses that still??

    • Cameron Summerson

      If you click the icon on the left side of the widget it will take you to the Android Market.

  • nctrnl

    Trying to set up avast...

    I am getting an error that says "server overloaded" :(

  • James

    Chainfire and rom manager for me!
    CES Smartphones

  • wonderer

    anyone knows about windows wifi protection alternative (to protect you against sniffing on starbucks caffe wi-fi networks...)?

    I found some scripts to check whether someone's network card is in promiscuous mode as that should be requirement. But it is still problematic to check network cards on wi-fi - I would welcome some protection instead.

  • Debtac20

    how do you manage permissions on total commander?

  • Abhinav

    excellent list for the Galaxy Nexus which I might win from Android Police :D

  • Well…

    Actually the Undelete shouldn't be marked as free because in order for it to actually undelete anything you have to buy an unlock key from the Market.

  • TheSecondComing

    Honestly, if all you want is a few free apps, rooting your phone isn't really worth it. There's tons of sites that have APKs you can just download and install from your phone, e.g.:

    http://www.apkcentral.com

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      You completely missed the point of this article. Keep advertising your warez site.

    • SpamCop

      Spam. Moderator please delete this and block the IP.

  • denimdan

    TheSecondComing, you are an inexplicable retard. Someone should beat your face like I beat my meat

  • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

    Why isn't super manager included here? It is one of the best root apps ever. Combines an FTP client, backup options, file manager and handy widgets.

  • fonna

    Does avast mobile security work on tablets? I have a toshiba at100 tablet

  • Tux

    Had to come here to recommend Cerberus over Avast. I've thoroughly tested both out on muliple devices and Cerberus is by far the better anti-theft program out of the first two. The ability to install to /system to survive wipes for rooted users is awesome, as well as a he web interface for real time tracking. Yes, Avast is free but when it comes to protection you should be prepared to spend a little. You wouldn't buy a second hand motorcycle helmet and risk your life, you'd want only the very best protection and pay a premium, your phone's security is no exception.

  • AA

    Fantastic post!