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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 2 weeks or so.

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

Unfortunately, I could only find 4 tablet apps in almost a month, which makes me really sad. Sure, a lot of apps are automatically compatible with tablets, but we always appreciate the extra effort that goes into making a dedicated tablet UI.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

For Tablets

LilyPad HD

Android Police coverage: Like Floating Apps? Then You'll Love LilyPad HD, A Floating Messaging Client For Tablets

When we first covered LilyPad, only Google Talk was supported, and further network support was going to be available as in-app purchases. Having received a lot of negative feedback about this model, the LilyPad team decided to drop in-app purchases altogether and offer new networks for free:

We've decided to drop the in-app purchase model for LilyPad HD. All additional clients added will be available for FREE.

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LilyPad HD is the first floating instant messaging app for your Android tablet. With LilyPad HD, you can now have powerful multitasking capabilities just like on your desktop computer. LilyPad HD was designed to 'float' over all of your running applications. That means you can now watch a YouTube video, surf the internet, or use any of your other apps while simultaneously chatting with your Google Talk and Facebook friends.

Features:

  • Adjustable/resizable chat windows
  • Quick Hide Mode: double tap action bar to enable quick hide mode
  • Minimize chat windows completely
  • Tabbed chatting for multiple conversations

Client Supported:

  • Google Talk
  • Facebook Messenger

Upcoming client support

  • MSN
  • Skype
  • Yahoo
  • AIM

CloudOn

Android Police coverage: [New App] CloudOn Gives You Access To Microsoft Office On Android Tablets, Stores Files In Your Preferred Cloud Storage

CloudOn lets you use your tablet to create, view, and edit files directly in Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint. These applications will work the way you expect them to, and your files will look the way you want them to. That’s pretty cool. But, we know you want more. CloudOn also integrates with Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. Use CloudOn to connect with these services and open, edit and store your files in one place. Wait we’re not done. CloudOn is equipped with an Adobe Reader and a File Viewer that lets you open and view virtually any file type, including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc. With the ability to create, edit, share and save your information, CloudOn is the essential tool for mobile productivity.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:
- Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your Android tablet to create or edit documents.
- Rename, delete and manage documents with your Box, Dropbox or Google Drive accounts
- View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
- Send files via email directly from the workspace
- Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
- Track changes while reviewing Word documents
- Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks
- Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full PowerPoint mode (not in PDF)
- Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes

Write

Write is a word processor for handwriting, available for Windows tablet PCs and Android 3.0 and later. Write provides a unique new way to work with handwriting: ruled mode. This mode groups strokes into lines, allowing them to be edited nearly as easily as lines of typed text in a word processor. When ruled mode is off, Write behaves like a typical vector drawing application. Watch the demo video to get started!

Features:
* tools: draw, erase, select, insert space, and add bookmark
* move strokes and insert space in multiples of the page's ruling
* reflow handwritten text with the insert space tool
* insert bookmarks and label them with handwriting
* cut, copy, paste selection
* unlimited undo/redo (volume keys can be used for undo/redo)
* pan/zoom with two fingers
* user defined page size and ruling
* pages can grow automatically as you write
* split screen with web browser to take notes from web pages or videos
* html/svg document format viewable in Chrome and Firefox
* view thumbnails as a grid or list
* when viewed as list, arrange thumbnails by drag and drop

GameQ by Gamefly

Enjoy the very best interactive video game publication on your Android device in GameQ. Beautiful art, screens, and videos bring in-depth stories and interviews to life for an unrivaled reading experience. Download it to your Android tablet today completely free from the gamers at GameFly.

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].

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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.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Man, that is really, really sad. Can't wait for Google IO happening when some more devs get a tablet so they make some nice tablet apps.

    The Google Tablet can't come early enough.

    • denbo68

      It is sad.

    • denbo68

      It is sad.

    • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

       I was waiting for the Nexus Tablet but got tired of waiting and pulled the trigger on a Galaxy Tab 2.0 7" and I'm SOOO glad it did.  Fantastic little tablet for $250.

  • FrillArtist

    Pathetic.

  • Kandersen

    We (Ancestry.com) just released a new version of our app. Its got a dedicated Tablet UI that I think looks pretty slick. Here's the link: 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ancestry.android.apps.ancestry&feature=nav_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDNd

    • Dinoshark

      Does look nice. 

      Looks fully ICS optimized as well! 

      • Kandersen

        It is. We have about 5-6 ICS devices here that we use all day :)

  • Landoftrill

    this really has nothing to do with a google tablet but more about what majority OS is running on phones.The other thing is due to all the changes in ICS devs are taking longer and are just now optimizing the apps and working on different UI layouts that support fragments and believe me its not easy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLOTEIADMVYKDQXQBWAO6P7XRQ Jim

    Concerning Write: As an OG Transformer owner, I've tried a number of hand-written note taking apps.  I've even purchased a few.  They all suck.  Many have some rather innovative tools and features, but they all seem to suffer from the same two weak areas - capture speed and palm rejection.  None of the apps I've tried does a very good job of keeping up with my writing,and they all end up missing some strokes.  But most annoying is the lack of palm rejection - on iOS tablets you can rest your hand on the screen without affecting the capture of stylus movements.  But resting my hand on my transformer screen while I write results in all kinds of garbage being captured - I have to write with my hand hovering over the screen - very unnatural feeling.

    So does anyone know... is Write any better in these two areas?

    • marcin

      Jim, run your note taking app with "Touch Blocker" app. For me it was a big step forward. Not there yet but close enough to work.

  • Ryan B

    I'm also disappointed by the lack of tablet selection, which  makes me that much more grateful that you guys are doing this. Thanks for patrolling the web for these!

  • Ryan B

    I'm also disappointed by the lack of tablet selection, which  makes me that much more grateful that you guys are doing this. Thanks for patrolling the web for these!

  • Ryan B

    I'm also disappointed by the lack of tablet selection, which  makes me that much more grateful that you guys are doing this. Thanks for patrolling the web for these!

  • Northstar17

    I have an iPad for now. I dont see the issue with wanting tablet apps really. Webpages for the most part work and many are easy to use on a tablet.
     
    also as the article says, many apps work just fine without a tablet version, and ICS is supposed to merge via fragments is it not?
     
    Just wondering if AP should focus on all apps developed for > 3.x in some way? And then have a post for all apps.

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  • CeluGeek

    What is wrong with apps that are compatible with both phones and tablets? There are apps like Opera Mobile and Office Suite Pro that tailor their layout to the device you are using, without having to use phone-only and tablet-only versions of the app. I wish more developers were encouraged to do that.

    • Himmat Singh

       +1. Perhaps you can include non-tablet only apps that are tablet optimized in the list in the future?

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

        I do that as well already - most of the time it's apps that gain tablet support and are therefore clear about their tablet targeting efforts.

  • MacVities

    Hmmm, methinks Russakovskii has had a recent pay cheque for Apple arrive on the doorstep, based on some of his recent postings.
    Now Android is king, are you supporting the fruity underdog now?

    Clearly there are plenty of tablet optimized apps now.  And more by the day.  Now the old API's are being discontinued in favor of fragments, it's never been easier to make Android apps look great on tablets AND phones.

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

      Gotta love the crazy conspiracy theorists that pop up from time to time. Sorry, I'm on the phone with Tim Cook, can't talk right now.

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

      I'm aware of Fragments and APIs that make it easier for developers to make apps that work on both phones and tablets (I'm an Android developer after all), and yet a lot of developers don't go the extra mile. Moreover, tablets offer so much more real estate that a truly great app will be designed specifically with all the extra space in mind - these are the apps I'm after in these roundups. I mention as much in the intro. Now go back to your bunker, it's not safe out in the sun without your tinfoil hat.

  • GazaIan

    4 ? Wow. Android tablets still disappoint.

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