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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.

This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Android Police coverage: "Netflix For Magazines" Is Finally Here, $10-15 A Month Nets You All The Magazines You Can Read From Next Issue

Personally, I can't even remotely justify a $10-15 monthly fee for subscribing to magazines, but maybe some of you can. I'm curious to see how many people would use this service.

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Enjoy unlimited access to the world’s best magazines FREE for 30 days. Simply download the Next Issue app and log in to get started.

  • The greatest magazines found anywhere - The Next Issue digital newsstand offers the most popular magazine titles in the U.S. including Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Elle, Fortune, Glamour, Parents, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, TIME, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and many more.
  • A consistent reading experience - Browse, manage and read all of your favorite magazines from one easy-to-use app.
  • Enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets - Magazines are custom-designed for the tablet experience and include enhancements such as videos, bonus photography and interactive features.
  • Read as many magazines as you want with our Unlimited plans - Immerse yourself and discover the breadth of great stories, writing and photography within our catalog. All without the hassles of magazines piling up at home, lugging them on trips or recycling.

Full list of magazines: All You, Allure, Better Homes and Gardens (10” only), Car and Driver (10” only), Coastal Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, ELLE (10” only), Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Essence, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, Golf Magazine, Health, InStyle, Money, Parents, People, People en Espanol, People Style Watch, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, Sunset, The New Yorker (7” only), This Old House, TIME and Vanity Fair.

 

 

Splashtop Whiteboard

Hey, not a bad idea for certain situations, like classroom presentations.

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Turn your Android tablet into a mobile interactive whiteboard. Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their Android tablet into an interactive white board. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control PC and Mac applications then annotate lesson content all from an Android tablet. Now interact with students at their desk or present from all four corners of the class.

Splashtop Whiteboard offers users of existing interactive white boards (IWBs) - such as Mimeo, Mobi, Promethean, Polyvision, or Smart Technologies - a way to extend their investment by accessing their tools from anywhere in the class without using wireless slates. For users who do not use an IWB, now they can build one at a fraction of the cost.

  • BE IN CONTROL – Have complete control over the applications such as Keynote or Powerpoint on the classroom PC as if you were sitting right there. No need to stay at the front of the class. Slowly reveal text or images to keep your audience focused using the Screen Shade tool. Or use the Spotlight tool to keep the attention on just one part of the screen. Be free to roam around - hand the Android tablet to a student and let their imagination do the rest!
  • ANNOTATE ANYTHING – Use gestures to draw, highlight, or write over any content. Take snapshots of the screen and save them to the gallery then print or email the snapshots to students, parents or colleagues. Use different colored and sized pens, stamps, highlighter, shapes, lines, and text tools over existing content or Flipchart backgrounds. Everything you do is displayed on the projector connected to your PC or Mac! Use the digital flipchart tool to create pages with different backgrounds.
  • EXPERIENCE LIFELIKE PLAYBACK – All video and audio are played in high definition on your Android tablet, Play Adobe Flash content, iTunes music, DVDs, CDs, etc. as they were meant to be enjoyed.

Papyrus Beta

Papyrus looks like an absolutely awesome app for tablet owners, especially those with pen support. Check out the video to see its full power.

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Papyrus is a natural handwriting note-taking app for Android that you use just like paper, but with the flexibility and advantages of modern technology. With Papyrus, you can go beyond paper. Now with support for the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Key Features:
- Take notes naturally with a pen on active-pen enabled devices
- Take notes with your finger or passive stylus (if you don’t have an active pen)
- Pen strokes are vector graphics
- Undo/redo strokes
- Select and move strokes
- Cut, copy, and paste strokes between notes
- Two finger scroll
- Organize notes within notebooks
- Export notes to PDF for printing, archiving, or sharing
- Share notes with friends and colleagues via email, Evernote, and other services

Active Pen Device Exclusive Features:
- Pressure sensitive pen for more natural writing
- Use pen side button to select pen strokes without having to switch tools
- Use pen side button for quick flick gestures (undo/redo and tool/color popups)

Arc Journal Lite

Arc Journal for Android tablets. Capture your experiences, thoughts and ideas. Sueneti's Arc Journal brings smart digital editing capabilities to your everyday journal. It packages all the tools you need to capture your life's experiences, the people you've meet, the places you've been and the emotions you've felt.

Highlights:
● Write or draw your own content.
● Capture images from Flickr, Google images, Corbis or any of your favourite web sites.
● Include videos from YouTube.
● Add text.
● Associate your journal with an event in your calendar.
● Share pages via your favourite social networks including Facebook.
● Pinch to rotate/resize/move images and text.
● Pinch to zoom/move page.
● Full animated undo/redo support.

 

Avadon: The Black Fortress

Avadon: The Black Fortress is an epic, old school fantasy role-playing adventure, with a fascinating story and 40+ hours of gameplay in glorious HD. Experience huge adventures, cunning foes, hundreds of magic artifacts to find, and countless enemies of your people to hunt down. Avadon is the first chapter in a new, epic fantasy saga. You will serve the keep of Avadon, working as a spy and warrior to fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is Law. Experience an exciting fantasy role-playing adventure and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

  • Epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous and unique world.
  • Four different character classes, with dozens of unique spells and abilities.
  • Uncover the fascinating history of Avadon and the land of Lynaeus.
  • Many different endings. Your choices will change the world.
  • Dozens of side quests, hidden dungeons, and secrets to discover.
  • Hundreds of magical items to find. Use enchanted crystals to make your artifacts even more powerful.
  • Huge adventure with lots of replay value.

Viewer for Khan Academy

If you haven't heard of Khan Academy yet, I highly recommend you check it out. Wired did a brilliant piece on it last year - read it if you have some time.

Note: This is not an official app.

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Viewer for Khan Academy makes it easy to view Khan Academy's library of over 3,400 educational videos. Topics covered include: general science, biology, chemistry, physics, math, finance, history, the humanities, and much much more. Khan Academy's library of videos is available free of charge. Teachers, students, scientists - people form all walks of life - will find Khan Academy's materials immensely valuable and engaging.

- take individual videos, or entire playlists offline to watch when you don't have a network connection
- follow along, skip ahead, or go back by navigating subtitles
- connect with your Khan Academy user account to track your work and earn achievements

 

LogiType Tablet Keyboard

I'm not sure taking up over 60% of the screen is a good idea for a keyboard, but LogiType could be interesting enough to try out.

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LogiType uses a new groundbreaking technology to give you the easiest and fastest touch-typing keyboard available for Android tablets.

  • If you know how to type, you already know this keyboard.
  • Moves and resizes keys while you type to accommodate your personal typing style.
  • No candidates, no alternate views, just the normal keyboard you are familiar with.
  • Type as fast on a tablet as you can on a PC.

TMZ for Tablets

Yeah, it's TMZ, I know, I know, but it's an official app for a pretty popular brand, so who am I to vote it off the list just because I change the channel the moment it comes on and handcuff myself to a chair to prevent accidental slappage of anyone who comes near, having mistaken them for Harvey Levin? You know you do it too:

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Run before it's too late!

Although, the Play Store does have one thing going for it - now excuse me as I stare at the screenshot of Natalie Portman's photo at the Golden Globes some more (yes, it needs to be that big).

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Get celebrity news FIRST on the new TMZ for Tablets app for the Android – a FREE, customizable app that’s super-easy to use. The TMZ app allows you to personalize your entire TMZ experience. Create a TMZ profile and share news with friends, leave comments and track the stars YOU like most – you can even customize your news feed to include tweets from specific celebs. Everything you love about TMZ is just a touch away, including:

  • Exclusive stories – Scroll through stories as we break ‘em
  • High-quality Videos – Easy access to Raw and Uncut videos, TMZ Live episodes and “TMZ on TV” clips
  • Photo Galleries – 1000’s of photos and galleries. Duh.

It’s the TMZ you know and love, optimized for Android Tablets.

   

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Sports Live! HD

Enjoy the award-winning Sports Live! app on the big screen of your Android tablet! Sports Live! HD brings you a full scoreboard for your favorite sports teams in 12 professional and college sports. Read and participate in the latest tweets about the game. Join the conversation with other Sports Live! HD users thanks to real-time chat (powered by Villo).

INCLUDED SPORTS: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Women's Basketball, College Football, College Basketball, Women's College Basketball, UK Football, US Soccer, Euro Football, International Soccer.

FEATURES:
+ Full scoreboard with live scores for today's games
+ Latest tweets about game
+ Real-time chat with other Sports Live! HD users
+ Instant score alerts
+ Twitter integration
+ Easy and intuitive design
+ And much more!

Hulu Plus

Android Police coverage: Hulu Plus Update Finally Brings Tablet-Optimized UI To Select Devices

Hulu Plus isn't a new app, but its tablet UI and Honeycomb+ support is.

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Download the app to enjoy unlimited instant streaming of current hit TV shows with your Hulu Plus subscription. Hulu Plus supports select phones running Android 2.2+ and select tablets running Android 3.0+ in the United States. See below for a complete list of supported devices.

• Watch the full current season of popular shows including Modern Family, The Office, Family Guy, and many others
• Enjoy classic series including Lost and Battlestar Galactica
• Resume watching from where you left off on your TV or other supported device
• Watch over WiFi, 3G, and 4G
• Available for $7.99/month with limited advertising

Supported Tablets:

• Asus Eee Pad Transformer
• Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
• Motorola Xoom
• Motorola XYBoard 10.1
• Toshiba Thrive
• Acer Iconia
• LG G-Slate
• HTC Flyer
• Vizio 8" Tablet

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.

  • skitchbeatz

    Not many quality tablet apps....

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

      What's sad is it took 3 weeks for me to collect these. :(

      • Jamesy

        You did a good job though. Im 100% confident tha this is the best we've been offered in the way of tablet apps.

        Just a suggestion, but a roundup of regular apps that scale nice on a tablet would be perfect. Even if its just a one time thing. I haven't really had issues with any apps that are mantained. In fact, 99% of all android apps look near perfect on my tablet....somethng i didnt even notice until i made this post. Which actually means something when comparing it to my old iPad.

        Or...maybe a "Tablet Approved" logo or something similar for the phone roundups would work. Thatd be awesome. I know that most apps arent specifically optimised for our tablets, but just knowing that it runs well would be huge.

        • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

           I agree with the Tablet-Approved-logo idea. This is the way to go so we, as AP readers, can give the editor some credit based on his ideas and how good the outcome can be. We all want good apps for tablets.

        • denbo68

          I think this is a good idea.

      • ImRonBurgandy

        What's even sadder is that tablet app development is showing zero signs of ramping up - double :-(

      • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

         Don't take this the wrong way, but you seem to have a problem on your *focus* when searching for those apps. I know, the thing here is for tablet A-P-P-S but for what purpose? I mean, c'mon, look around on the PStore and you kinda "accidentally" find yourself dealing with tons of office suites with pros and cons (like spellcheckers, save as/export, etc), screen lockers, Gadgets for CPU/GPU Temperature Monitors, move app 2 SD Card and so on! Even anti virus can make the list, so if I were you, I'd set my focus and start digging it all over again. Oh, and please don't forget about the R-A-T-E. Yeah, we want the editor's rate and if possible, please set up a poll in your article so the community can vote (just like CNET-Download.com's poll system). That was just one idea, but I really wished this article had so much more to offer, given the period you spent searching... :-(

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

          I'm not sure what you're suggesting - the lists are centered around *new* stuff only, not top or best lists of apps from all time.

          As for ratings - that's what the Play Store ratings are for. These are not meant to be reviews at all - the purpose of the roundup is to round up new arrivals and make you become aware of them. Think of them as lists you can utilize to find what apps have arrived and then decide whether you want them based on the information available from a group of people rather than just one person (me).

          Additionally, and this is unfortunate but necessary, I don't have time to try out every single app in detail, let alone do it both on my tablet and my phone, and then write reviews - if I did, these roundups would never see the light of day. Thankfully, we have other reviewers, so if I see something that's especially worth talking about, I send it off to them and we come up with a separate review or hands-on, which I then link in these roundups. I hope you understand where I'm coming from - I have to run AP, among other things, and that involves a lot of other things in addition to making roundups (which already take 6-8 hours to compile - for both games and apps).

  • Joshua Jones

    Of course, the Hulu Plus app comes with its own problems.  Doesn't work on rooted devices due to DRM restrictions.  Also blocks HDMI output for some silly reason.  The new UI is definitely nice though.

    • NemaCystX

      False, it works on rooted devices, it works on my Galaxy Nexus and my tablet, and my rooted ThunderBolt and OG Droid Incredible

    • John Dunmire

      Works fine on my rooted Transformer Prime and Moto Thunderbolt...

  • josh c

    next issue still not compatible with my transformer. im getting sick of that...

  • Jonathan Lam

    I have to count myself among those who take a skeptical view of Khan's approach to learning. In my view, Khan's pedagogy embodies Freire's banking concept in that it promotes rote, passive absorption of material. His compendium may well serve as a useful complement to the classroom through its ability to reinforce specific practices, such as the way to calculate the area of a circle, but it seems to lack mechanisms to draw students into an active dialogue, whether internally with texts or externally in discussions with peers and instructors. Being able to synthesize and develop ideas through a dialogue is far more important than simply regurgitating formulas.

    Khan's method simply reinforces the notion that only one view of the world exists—a view that must be recorded in students' proverbial databanks. Even in math, where formulas never change and answers are dichotomously right or wrong, I have seen a million different ways to teach and learn the material. Distilling these ways of engaging the material into a one-size-fits-all education is a clearly inferior pedagogy in the majority of contexts. It robs students of the opportunity to reach their own critical insights, opting instead to assign these insights to students indiscriminately.

    I give Khan an A for effort, but his work is misguided. As a former student in a school system that taught proficiency in standardized exams to the detriment of all else, I don't see how adopting this model could produce a net benefit for society's future citizens. I would be happy to be proven wrong, of course. This might actually form the foundation for an interesting research study when I make it to grad school. It would have to be an experimental design, naturally, since I would hate to write yet another paper in which I'm unable to make a supportable claim about causality.

    So, yeah. /end rant

  • Jamesy

    youre kidding right? TMZ? Since when are Android Enthusiasts 13 year old girls or 55 year old Desperate Housewives pupils?

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

      I wrote a whole paragraph about my decision. If I only included apps that I personally liked or was interested in, you'd see maybe 1 app in every roundup. I try to cater to a wider audience and I'd rather post more apps than fewer. Not interested in one - skip it, it's that simple.

  • fonix232

    Since no-one did it yet, I have to...
    "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

    Now after some rage, back on topic. Great apps, waiting on the games list too!

  • Asphyx

    You guys need to cut Artem some slack here...
    It's not like he is writing these programs you folks deem so lame.

    I would guess 99% of the App Devs are college lids who have a lot more going on right now as far as preparing for the end of the semester and don't have the long hours to dedicate to writing cool apps for us to use and Artem to write about!

    Art is kind of held hostage by what others release so basically what I'm getting at here is Don't Kill the messenger!

  • Chris Hardewig

    Why can't I manually search for "Sports Live! HD" at the Google Play store's website or on my Transformer Prime?

  • Fox92

    Another one to check out is Rage of Bahamut.  An addictive fantasy
    adventure trading card game.  If you enter the code grl11720 after the
    tutorial, you'll get a bonus pack of $100,000, 5000 friendship points,
    and an ultra rare Angel card.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a692.Bahamut_Android&hl=en

  • Fox92

    Another one to check out is Rage of Bahamut.  An addictive fantasy
    adventure trading card game.  If you enter the code grl11720 after the
    tutorial, you'll get a bonus pack of $100,000, 5000 friendship points,
    and an ultra rare Angel card.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a692.Bahamut_Android&hl=en

  • Picaim Inc.

    SEE AND SHARE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR CITY - Picaim

    Picaim is a project that aims to become a social network to see and share things that are happening in your city and in the world.
    The service is based on sharing geo-located photos of things that are happening in your city.

    The great idea is that photos can not be sent by the computer, just for mobile devices, and only at the moment they were captured. This measure helps prevent false information inserted in the social network.

    This means, you see what is happening, what the person who took the photo has to say, and where that is happening at the moment what is happening.
    You can see content classified by what is happening in your city.

    Also you can post anonymously, if you wish to protect their identity to share with the world.

    Anyone can see what is happening in your city on our web site, without registration or application for mobile.

    The project still has very few users, and we are asking for help to all who possess an android phone, just download the application, test and share with friends in your city.

    To check out the project, visit:
    http://www.picaim.com

    The application for Android already available in the market!

    Help us to share with the twitter hashtag: #PicaimForAndroid

    OBS.: If you can not take the picture because of the gps location, try again in an open environment.

  • SGT

    Splashtop Whiteboard

    Thanks for sharing! Im definitely going to use this on next autumn! I hope this will be as good as look like in the video =) (just put it in my bookmarks!)

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