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Last Updated: July 18th, 2012

WinZip

Android Police coverage: Official WinZip App Hits The Play Store With All The Functionality Of Its PC Counterpart In Tow

WinZip, the world's #1 zip utility, makes it easy to view, open and save zip files on your Android device, whether they're attached to an incoming email, downloaded from a web page or opened from an SD memory card.

  • Receive a zip file and view supported image, text and web files directly within the WinZip app.
  • Easily open other popular file formats with 3rd party app integration.
  • Open encrypted Zip files (including AES128 and AES256) to review sensitive material safely while on the go.
  • Copy unzipped content to the clipboard to paste into an email or another application. Save the last extracted zip file to access at later time.
  • Automatically unzip and install Android apps (.apk files) delivered as .zip files from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore.

Shynk

We've seen many remote device managers before (AirDroid comes to mind), so it' s only natural to wonder how this newcomer is any different. As the creator points out on Reddit:

It is similar. One of the main differences is that Shynk works over public networks, not just over Wi-Fi (where the browser and phone share the same network). This lets Shynk provide other functionality, too. e.g. sharing files publicly.

Note that due to the above difference, it seems like the app may be using a 3rd-party server maintained by the developer, so proceed with caution. I am not sure whether it uses encryption under the hood, but anything leaving my internal network and going out to the web is likely inherently insecure.

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Shynk is a new way to share and synchronize your phone — privately or publicly. The Text Messenger is a new way to communicate with your friends. Continue existing text conversations or start a new one, and be notified of new text messages while on the Shynk website. Instantly send photos, videos, and documents on your phone to friends, anywhere — by email, Facebook, or reddit. Use the Shynk web-based manager to browse files and access your phone remotely — from any device with an internet connection. Quickly access your own private files and documents.

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CouchSurfing

Android Police coverage: Official CouchSurfing App Hits The Play Store, Allows Mobile Adventure Lovers Everywhere To Connect

Meet & adventure with new friends on the world's largest social travel network. CouchSurfing is the world’s largest social travel network, connecting a global community of travelers, adventure seekers, and lifelong learners. Members get together to share meals, places to stay, parties, and anything else they can think of! CouchSurfing helps you get offline and connected to other open, fun people, wherever you are.

- Search for people to connect with
- Respond to and send CouchRequests
- Have conversations with upcoming hosts and surfers
- Easily view people’s profiles

Ourcast

Need to know if it will be raining when you walk out the door 10 minutes from now? Ourcast is the weather app that tells you if there will be rain, or snow, in any location you choose, during any minute over the next 2 hours. Going for a run? A hike? Coaching a soccer game? You’ll want to check Ourcast and plan your outdoor activities with confidence. Simple to use, Ourcast provides an incredibly accurate short-term, hyper-local weather forecast. And once you’ve looked at your own forecast, you can participate in the Ourcast community by reporting your current weather with a quick tap of the screen.

- Forecast page with easy-to-read 10-minute weather forecasts covering the next 2 hours anywhere in the continental U.S.
- Forecasting engine that uses an entirely new statistical approach to weather analysis.
- Storm icons and dBz precipitation readings show whether rain or snow is coming or going at a single glance.
- Map view that you can scroll forward and backward in time to track storm progress.
- Bookmarks of your favorite locations for easy retrieval.
- Report your own weather conditions right on the app’s home screen, joining the Ourcast community and making forecasts better for everyone.
- See your own reports appear in Ourcast’s map view.
- Share you weather conditions easily on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
- Email your weather to friends and family right from Ourcast’s sharing menu.

Costco Wholesale

Android Police coverage: Costco's Official App Lands In The Play Store – Shop, Ship, And Save From Your Mobile Device

Go beyond the warehouse walls with the ease of your smartphone. We’ve made it even easier for members to access the incredible values found only at Costco. Members can now shop, refill and check prescriptions, find locations, view current member-exclusive coupons and much more.

  • SHOP Costco.com’s unique, expanded selection, offering thousands of items not found at your local warehouse, delivered straight to your door.
  • LOCATE your nearest Costco, even filtering for specific departments such as Gas or Pharmacy.
  • SAVE by viewing the latest member-exclusive online and in-store Costco coupons.
  • REFILL and check the status of your Costco Pharmacy prescriptions.
  • COMPARE and save when using Costco Services, like our Auto or Mortgage & Home Financing Programs.
  • DELIVER straight to your business when you order from our Business Delivery locations.
  • READ the latest issue of our award-winning member magazine, “The Costco Connection.”
  • LIST your Costco needs on our handy shopping notepad – no more lost shopping lists!
  • JOIN Costco, renew your membership or give the gift of Costco membership.

Genius Scan

Genius Scan turns your Android device into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF. In addition to email, Genius Scan provides easy upload to Box, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service app installed on your Android phone. The Genius Scan scanner technology includes smart page detection, perspective correction, image post-processing. It allows you to build PDF documents with multiple scans. Still not convinced? Genius Scan has more than 8 million users and has been featured multiple times on the different mobile app stores.

 

Google Play Magazines

Android Police coverage: Google I/O Day One Roundup – Jelly Bean, Google Glass, Two New Nexus Devices, And So Much More

Android Police coverage: Google Play Store Updated To Bring New TV Shows, Magazines, And Movies For Purchase

Enjoy your favorite magazines, anywhere you go. Discover hundreds of bestselling magazines on Google Play. You can shop a wide selection of titles, from cooking to technology, travel, fashion, sports, photography, and so much more. It's never been easier to find a great read to enjoy on vacation, lounging at home or on your morning commute. Buy new issues or back issues, subscribe and get free 14 or 30-day trials, and customize your reading experience for Android tablet or phone.

 

Nexus Q

Android Police coverage: The Google Nexus Q Has An Easter Egg Too

Android Police coverage: Google Turned The Nexus Q Into A Friggin' GLaDOS-Style Bot For Google I/O

Android Police coverage: This Is The Nexus Q: Google's Front-Line Soldier In The Invasion Of Your Living Room

Android Police coverage: Google Is Going To Sell Triad Bookshelf Speakers To Go Along With The Nexus Q - For $400

This app controls the Nexus Q, and currently doesn't work on anything but Jelly Bean, even though it says it does (lies). What is the Nexus Q exactly? Who the hell knows at this point...

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The app to set up your Nexus Q at home. The Nexus Q app runs on any Android phone or tablet running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later. You can use it along with Google Play apps to instantly stream music, TV shows, videos, and HD movies to Nexus Q devices that are set up in your home. After you install the Nexus Q app, you can use current versions of Google Play apps and YouTube as you normally would. Except now you can choose to stream entertainment through one or more Nexus Qs and the equipment attached to them. 

Each Nexus Q device is designed to control the equipment in one room: speakers, AV systems, TVs, and more. Each room with a Nexus Q appears in the Nexus Q app, where you can control what's playing and at what volume, or (for music only) stream to multiple rooms at the same time. And when friends come to visit, they can also use the Nexus Q app to stream any of their own music or movies from Google Play through your Nexus Qs, using their own Android phones or tablets. So you don't need a Nexus Q device to use the Nexus Q app. You just need a friend who has at least one Nexus Q and will let you stream your own music, movies, and TV shows through it.

 

iFixit: Repair Manual

Android Police coverage: Official (And Open-Source) iFixit App Hits The Play Store – Tear Down And Repair From Anywhere

iFixit — the free repair manual. Thousands of step-by-step guides and gorgeous images that make it easy to repair your stuff.

Popup Browser BETA

I don't know about "the best popup browser" claim, but competition sure doesn't hurt. Of course, I'm talking about OverSkreen.

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The best Popup Browser has come to Android for phones and tablets. Galaxy S3 Style. It works for Android 2.1+, Honeycomb 3.0+ and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0+. Do anything while you browse the web: play angry games, listen your favorite music, while your watching movies, flipboard your news or simple reading a book.

Allows you to:

-Open Multiple Windows.
-Resize.
-Minimize.
-Hide.
-Drag everywhere.
-Always on top.

  

 

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Boynton/LoudCrow

Blue Hat, Green Hat, Sandra Boynton’s famous and funny book, comes alive with sound and zestily ingenious interactivity. This wonderfully clever digital book app will surprise kids and grownups alike. Turkeys may also enjoy it, if they can ever figure out how to turn the dang thing on. Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes. Though admittedly, the turkey never quite gets the hang of it. Far beyond any e-book experience, the Blue Hat, Green Hat interactive book app has all the magic and appeal of a traditional pop-up book, offering lively interactivity and nifty discovery.

deci

deci is a new and innovative way to make decisions with friends. As one of the only social decision-making apps out there, deci will change the way you use your smart phone and the way you make decisions. deci 1.0 is for you and your Facebook friends to decide together what to do and where to go. Coordinating hangouts with friends can be difficult and, let’s be honest, annoying but with deci scheduling activities can be fun and convenient.

- Group Decision Making: no longer hold the burden of making group decisions alone
- Chat: interact with other users who are in the same deci
- Graphical Voting Interface: transparently and dynamically shows voting behaviors of friends
- Facebook Integration: Facebook friends are pre-loaded for convenience
- Notifications: Deeply thought out push notifications to signal crucial deci moments
- “Custom” deci: have friends weigh in on tough decisions

The Witch With No Name

In this original 3D tale, you will experience the curious adventure of a witch who lost her name. This morning, she received a helpful package: the latest “U-see-all” crystal ball. With the reader's active participation and thanks to her domesticated bat advices, she'll go on a quest to get her name back. Your child will be able to read and play around at the same time. “The Witch With No Name” will appeal to kids aged from 4 to 10

Weather Eye

As I always say, we can never have too many weather apps. Here's one more, with an uber clean UI, icon sets, and widgets. As the creator says, it's clean, simple, and beautiful.

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Weather Eye is for those who like their weather clean, simple and beautiful. The app includes 11 of the best weather icon sets available, with the ability to add your own icon sets. Four widgets are available which are highly customizable.

Jolicloud

Jolicloud is your personal library – all your favorite things from the apps and services you use and love – beautifully organized into one simple and elegant interface. Re-discover the content you shared, liked or received, and explore your friends’ digital life: we’ve gathered it all together in one place.

■ Your favorite content – What you posted, liked and was shared with you is automatically gathered into your Jolicloud.
■ from all over the web – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and Picasa. More services to come!
■ Automatic update – No import is required. Just live your lives online, we take care of the rest.
■ Facebook friends – They automatically become your friends on Jolicloud.
■ Unified library – All your favorite things across the web.
■ Public items – Explore your friends’ public items, even from services you don’t use.
■ Unified search – You’ve now got the power to explore and search your personal cloud like never before.
■ Collections – Organize your favorite stuff and share them with your friends.
■ Follow collections – Keep track of your favorite friends’ collections.
■ Facebook/Twitter sharing – Post content you (re-)discover to Twitter and Facebook.
■ Beautiful content – Full-screen photos and videos, web browser with embedded Readability.
■ Privacy – What was private on the original service is available only to you on Jolicloud.

Animated Battery Widget

Android Police coverage: [New App] Animated Battery Widget Is Perfect For People Who Like Twisty, Spinny, And Other Fancy Movements While Checking Their Battery Percentage

Checking your battery level never looked so good on a Battery Widget. Sick of searching through hundreds of the same tired looking battery widgets? Your search is over with our collection of EIGHT unique, eye-catching fully animated digital 3D Battery Widgets.Each Battery Widget has it's own design to cater to each individual's battery widget need. Seriously, still images do not do these incredible looking battery widget pieces of art justice. Check the video below to see the animations of each battery widget in action. Each animated battery widget is highly optimized, as to not drain your battery.

Ringtonium LITE

Android Police coverage: [New App] Ringtonium Is An Absolutely Gorgeous Ringtone Editing App

Think RingDroid, but with a UI that doesn't belong to 2009.

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Ringtonium is a remarkably accurate tool for creating, editing, and sharing ringtones. Enjoy the ringtone creation process upon the very first launch. Record your friend’s voice, play, edit and use it as ringtone, alarm, Twitter tone, reminder or text tone. Have ultimate fun with Ringtonium.

– Unlimited number of FREE ringtones
– Extremely easy to use
– 2 awesome sound effects to add to your tones
– Super accurate editing- up to 0.01 sec
– Remarkably high and distortion free mic recording
– MACRO tuning wheel engine

Viggle

Android Police coverage: Viggle For Android Comes Out Of Beta And Lands In The Play Store – Earn Rewards From Your Couch By Checking In To Popular TV Shows

Viggle works similarly to IntoNow, except you actually get tangible stuff for checking in. Points can be redeemed for Hulu Plus, movie tickets, Burker King, Papa John's, Gamefly, Chili's gift certs, and other prizes. And the best part is - because it works similar to IntoNow, you just let Viggle listen to your TV while checking in to identify what you're watching - there's no need to type anything. The low friction approach and good execution with relatively achievable rewards means my check-ins will no longer be almost completely pointless (though I just checked into Keeping Up With Kardashians - don't ask why - and only got 1 point).

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Viggle. Check into your favorite shows and get rewarded. Viggle makes TV better. Watch TV. Get Rewards. Check into your favorite TV shows with Viggle and you’ll get real rewards from brands like Best Buy, Burger King, Fandango, Old Navy and more. Viggle can automatically identify the show you’re watching. You get Viggle points for every show you watch which you can redeem for real rewards or convert into charitable donations.

 

ESPN Radio

Android Police coverage: ESPN Replaces Its Old, Crappy ESPN Radio App With Brand New, ICS-Ready Hotness

Pretty much what it says above. If you want to see what the old app looked like, hit the link and shield your eyes.

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Take your sports wherever your ears go! Introducing the new and improved ESPN Radio app for your Android, with a host of expanded features and functionality for sports fans. Listen live to ESPN Radio, your favorite podcasts, live play-by-play and more.

· LISTEN LIVE to internet broadcasts of over 35 ESPN Radio stations around the country
· LISTEN to your favorite ESPN shows like Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Scott Van Pelt Show, The Michael Kay Show and many more!
· LISTEN to play-by-play from some of your favorite college and professional sports teams
· LISTEN to 35 ESPN Radio podcasts including The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn, Fantasy Focus and Tony Kornheiser Show
· LISTEN OnDemand to SportsCenter - updated every 20 minutes

  

Flick Widgets

Flick Widgets brings you the power of Android at the flick of your wrist. Watch the youtube video for a demonstration of how it works. Simply flick your device left, right, front, or back to reveal a useful widget. Don't stop what you are doing to dig into the phone settings or other apps. Just flick and the widget slides out with minimal disruption.

Widgets:
- Volumes
- People
- Brightness

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://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    You know how I said the last roundup took ages? This one took ages x1.5.

    The sun, I need to see what it looks like.

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

    "Get Panty!" is a game in which you must get the panties.

    Please do not go out and "get" panties in the real world.

  • CJ Walker

    My day has been made! Thank you Artem.

  • Patrick Thompson

    Since there is no trial version, how is Popup Notifications better than SMS Popup: (
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.everythingandroid.smspopup&feature=related_apps)?

    • Kahil

      You do get 15 minutes to try it out to your heart's content. :) It is more customizable, more compatible and has features that SMS Popup doesn't, like showing MMS pictures in the popup.

    • inzandity

      It's worth the buck for sure

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Marker for some reason lets me install on my Sony Google TV. However it force crashes. Works great on my Galaxy Note though! =D

  • Danny Holyoake

    "This is something you won't see in the iOS Appstore."

    The video says available on the app store, shows an iPhone and makes no mention whatsoever of Android. Yet still we must play this silly 'us vs them' game.

    Still, great list as always!

  • http://twitter.com/CTrox CTrox

    Great roundup, thanks a lot artem for including my app!

  • Vu Viet Anh

    I'm not sure how it is with quad core devices, but my Xperia S is slowed down quite a bit with the live video wallpaper :)

  • denbo68

    This is a great roundup Artem and quite well done. I am disappointed though because the WTF apps are not all that WTF'ish (except the Get Panty game).

    I must be getting too acclimated to these types of games.

  • TechGuy21

    hahah get panties lmfaooo
    i love you guys. this made my day. looking forward for more apps i got like 5 of them

    thanks

  • MeMe

    It seems like half the apps on the list have been covered on the site already.

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

      It's still the same roundup, I just re-stickied it because it didn't get as good of visibility as usual due to the contest.

  • http://futurescheduler.appsicum.com/ Appsicum

    Future Scheduler is available for
    Android

  • bachinphx

    Just installed Atom Launcher. After having Launcher Pro, ADW and a few select others, this could be the one. I'll keep you posted. Thanks!

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