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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 3 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Photo Wall FX - Live Wallpaper

Today's app roundup is sponsored by the Photo Wall FX live wallpaper by Handy Apps. The idea behind this wallpaper is simple: it uses the local photos on your phone or tablet to make a grid collage, dynamically selecting and cycling photos and sizing them so that there's no space left between them. Double tap on a photo at any time to bring it up in the gallery (great for new and insufferable parents). The premium version (accessible via a $1 in-app purchase) allows for unlimited photos from separate albums, extra animations and effects, and a dimmer option.

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Your Personal Wallpaper Gallery. Showcase an animated collage of your favorite photos on your device's wallpaper with Photo Wall FX - a live wallpaper app that does exactly that while consuming very little battery. Photo Wall FX is a live wallpaper app that showcases your photos in a collage format with several layout styles to choose from. Want to add an entire album, to apply some cool image effects or just double tap on any photo to share it or view it in full screen? This app does them all. Photo Wall FX has been optimized for both smartphones and tablets that has live wallpaper function with options to choose both portrait and landscape layout styles.

Basic Features include:
- Select specific photos from your device to be featured on your live wallpaper photo collage
- Portrait and landscape views have their own customized layout styles
- Double tap on photo on wallpaper to view the specific photo in full screen mode. This effectively turns your wallpaper into your favorite photo gallery.
- Smart Image Correction to keep visibility of object in the picture
- Smart Image Rotation to correct photo orientation
- Customizable animation time interval
- Fast loading time
- Minimum battery consumption

The Unlocked premium version allows you to more:
- Select unlimited photos to be included in the photo wall
- Create multiple custom photo albums
- Select photos from multiple albums to be included in the photo wall live wallpaper collage
- Choose from more than 10 different image effects offered such as oil painting, black & white
- Choose your preferred animation style for the photo wall
- Customize the layout style individually for portrait and landscape views
- Set dimming effect on the photo wall live wallpaper

Apps

Falcon Pro (for Twitter)

Android Police review: Flying High: Falcon Pro Review

Falcon came out of nowhere and surprised us. Unlike some Twitter apps we could mention (cough, Carbon, Cough) it actually delivers on pretty much all of its promises: it's a full-featured, lightning-fast client with a great widget. It's not so incredible that it leaves mainstays like Plume in the dust, so it might not be worth it if you've already invested in something else. But it's much, much better than Twitter's native client or Tweetdeck.

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Falcon PRO - The Ultimate Twitter Experience on Android. Falcon Pro brings the Ultimate Twitter Experience to your Android Phone and Tablet. Looking for a Twitter app with an Innovative UI, Buttery animations, Extra fast loading times and Unique Features ? Look no further, Falcon Pro is what you need.

Next Launcher

Android Police coverage: GO Launcher Dev Team Releases 'Next Launcher', The Insanely Expensive Successor To GO Launcher

Next Launcher is the second generation product from the developers of the popular Go Launcher. It keeps the stylish animations and adds a metric ton of customization options. Do you want to arrange your homescreen icons in a semi-circle around a Play Store widget? Go for it, you crazy dreamer. But be prepared to shell out a crazy amount of cash for the privilege - Next Launcher costs a wince-inducing $16.

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Next Launcher, designed by GO Dev Team, is officially released now. At the end of 2012, we have a surprise for you. Next Launcher, designed by GO Dev Team, is officially released now. Next Launcher is a new launcher application which is full of glorious 3D elements and dynamic effects. Fancy 3D visual elements, gorgeous transition effects and humanized gestures bring you a unique and splendid operation experience and visual enjoyment.

Action Launcher Pro

Android Police coverage: From The Creator Of Tweet Lanes: Chris Lacy's Action Launcher Now In The Play Store

Hey look, it's another Android launcher! Wait, don't go! This one has all kinds of hidden folders and drawers, like a really expensive computer desk. The most impressive part might be that Action Launcher automatically imports your existing layout.

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Getting you where you need to go, faster. Action Launcher re-imagines the concept of an Android launcher. Put simply, Action Launcher is designed to get you where you need to go, faster. It looks and feels like a natural launching pad for the Android ecosystem. Standout features include:
* Sliding app drawer for instant access to all your apps
* 'Covers', a powerful new way to quickly launch apps and shortcuts without compromising the look of your carefully crafted homescreen.
* Action bar present on the home screen
* Highly organized customization options
* Strong Play Store integration

Bazooka Launcher

Bazooka is yet another launcher based on the open-source Trebuchet, the standard homescreen replacement that comes with CyanogenMod. What makes it different? The theming engine has been greatly expanded, allowing for visual (if not functional) tweaks to just about every aspect of the app. Ice Cream Sandwich or later is required.

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Extended version of Trebuchet from CyanogenMod, one of the most popular home application on the Android market. Bazooka supports personalization by setting different themes to your launcher and also replaces your lock screen similar to MiHome launcher. Bazooka uses the features and stability of Trebuchet coupled with a bunch of interface tweaks to make it fast, easy to use and lightweight. You can download many themes to personalize your home screen look and feel. Bazooka also modifies the look and feel of your lockScreen. You can also perform swipes on the lockscreen to directly jump to Contacts, Messaging, Camera etc.,

Vocre ~ Translate Voice & Text

Android Police coverage: [New App] Voice, Text Translator Vocre Comes To Android, Signature 'Table-Top UI' In Tow

This is brilliant. While Google's Translate app is perfectly functional, its bread-and-butter UI makes an extended conversation with a person in a different language an extended game of hot potato. Vocre solves this problem with a "mine and yours" opposable UI, giving two people a constant perspective while operating the voice-to-text feature. It's not exactly a Universal Translator, but it's pretty close.

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Have you ever wanted or needed to communicate with someone who didn't speak your language? Vocre Translate is a fun and easy way to have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language. Vocre provides a Table-Top user interface, which is great for sitting at a table, possibly over lunch & ready to have a more lengthy conversation. Today's world is more connected than ever before; however, language still divides us. Vocre breaks down the language barrier, and brings us all closer - no matter where we are or what language we speak. Vocre is your perfect travel companion, and works quickly, allowing you to understand -- and be understood -- almost anywhere on Earth.

aeGis

Android Police coverage: CM Team Member Releases aeGis Open Source Security App - Remotely Lock, Wipe, Locate Or Alarm Your Phone With A Text

Lost your phone? Want to get an exact GPS location... or better yet, wipe it clean? That's the idea behind aeGis. Set up a few PIN-enabled security measures in the app, and if your phone is lost or stolen, borrow someone's device to text yourself. Send the code and you'll get a location, or lock it down, or erase all of your personal data. Jack Bauer approves.

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aeGis is an OSS alternative to other security apps that interact via SMS. aeGis allows you to lock, locate, wipe, and alarm your phone via configurable SMS passphrases. If your phone ever goes missing or is stolen, simple text the passphrase you chose to your device to activate any of the four options. aeGis source code can be found at http://github.com/Decad3nce/Aegis

Multi-User App Share

Android 4.2 finally has multiple user profiles! Hooray! But you still have to download separate apps for each user - crap. Multi-User App Share helps save space by keeping data, not APKs, separate. That's a big help, especially if you want to play some of those massive 3D games with separate users.

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Share apps between users on Android 4.2. I have created this app to help enable apps across users on Google's new 4.2 multi-user feature. It works by removing package elements from user's package-restriction.xml file to add the app and adding the package element back to remove the app. (located at datasystemusers10package-restrictions.xml where 10 is the user's id) The app will then be visible on the second profile without them having to go to the play store and install it. Apps still have separate user data so game scores ect. will not be shared.

Send It

Android Police coverage: [New App] 'SendIt' Makes It Easy To Share Files With Any Platform Over SMS

SendIt uses a combination of SMS texts and Google's account system, sending links through text to anything you want to share. If you're sharing a file, it's automatically uploaded to the public folder in your Google Drive account, where your recipient can download it at will. Easy, handy, simple.

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Send It is an application that allows you to send ANYthing to ANY smartphone (iPhone, WP7 etc..) There is one universal method that comes equipped with every single smartphone.. SMS. Not MMS. Good old SMS. And there is one account almost every single android user has.. a Google Account. Combine the two and you get SendIt. Why try this over Whatsapp, Email, Bluetooth, AirDroid etc? Unlike any other application all SendIt requires to work is the recipients phone number. Nothing else. You don't need an account, they don't need to have the app, you don't need to be in the same location, they don't even need to be on the same platform.

Turbo Client | FTP FTPs SFTP

There are plenty of choices available for Android FTP managers, but few are both as feature-rich and as pretty as Turbo Client. In addition to a standard Holo interface, Turbo allows you to access FTP, FTPS, FTPES, and SFTP servers. It also supports multiple panes on tablets, making it extra desirable for those with larger screens.

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It's free, complete and without ads. Turbo Client is a FTP, FTPS, FTPES and SFTP client for Android. It has a beatiful Holo Theme. It's designed for Smartphones and Tablets 8+.
-Amazing icons
-Incredibly fast
-No ads.
-Password encrypted
-Movable on SD
-SSH keys support
-Expandable notification
-Folder download/upload

 

Ink Over Apps

Android Police coverage: [New App] Ink Over Apps Lets You Draw On Your Android Device, Then Save It As A Screenshot

The premise of Ink Over is pretty simple: it's a white board for your tablet screen. You can activate the floating app at any time from its cozy home in the status bar. Then go crazy. Annotate your apps like John Madden on Ketamine. Then save the screenshot and pass it around - "BAM" sound effects optional.

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Ink Over Apps lets you draw, markup, and annotate any app on your device. It's like using a sharpie on your screen but without the mess and ruined screens. Need to highlight your emails? Want to make some comments on a PDF? Desire to draw a dinosaur on your boss's face and then send it to him? Just launch what ever app you want to draw on, draw, then press and hold volume down + power and take a screenshot of it.

aTorrent BETA - Torrent App

aTorrent isn't the only BitTorrent client for Android, but it's certainly the prettiest - get a load of that Holo interface! All the standard functions are here, including internal file management, sharing, and deep inspection of your peers and leechers. There's even a warning for when you're not plugged into a charger... because you won't get through more than a quarter of that "Linux distro" before your battery goes kaput.

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Download torrents fast and easy. Absolutely new version of aTorrent - BitTorrent(tm) app. Now in BETA stage - bugs are possible. Please report errors by email.

 

Fixed 4.2 Clock Widget

You're a font nerd. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But the fact that Android's default clock widget in Jelly Bean 4.2 uses bold characters for the hour just eats you up inside. It's OK, friend: Fixed 4.2 Clock Widget understands. And it even fixes the lockscreen, too. A few extra font options (blessedly applied to the entire clock) allow for some customization.

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Update: I am aware of the issue with the settings application crashing on 10 inch tablets and I am looking into it. This is the Android 4.2 clock widget, but with the entire time displayed in Roboto Light. It can be used as both a launcher widget and a lockscreen widget. To use, select "Fixed Clock" as the widget from the launcher (to add it to your homescreen) and/or the lockscreen (to add it there). There is also a "Fixed Clock Center" widget which additionally vertically centers the widget in whatever space it has available. This will NOT change anything simply by installing. You must add the new widget manually. A Daydream is also available.

SwitchApps

We don't know why some Android users feel compelled to skin their devices to make them look like the iPhone. We've got our top scientists and a monkey who passed the California Bar working on it, but until then, we can only treat the symptoms. Some might find a little comfort in SwitchApps, which replaces Android's stock switching function with something a little more Cupertino, as well as quick favorites, animations, and lots more. Check the video for everything the app can do.

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SwitchApps, the next level of your multitasking experience on android operator device. It will change your way of switching between apps easier and faster way. Let’s forget about the old and various steps before you get to the other apps. Please Note the purpose of this app is to make you access to many apps in the simple “switching” system. Don’t worry about the complicated step, because SwitchApps is just too simple to use.

Lancer

List apps are, almost by design, simple. So why not simplify the UI down a bit as well? Lancer takes this idea to heart, tracking events and deadlines in a flat Metro style. Even so, it's pretty powerful, with multiple lists, full annotation, and integration with the phone and mail apps of your choice.

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Use Lancer to track your jobs, tasks, expenses, deadlines and so much more. Lancer is an app for freelancers and small business that takes the pain out of doing what you love, and lets you focus on doing meaningful things. Lancer tracks your jobs, tasks, expenses, deadlines, wages due, notes and so much more. When you are finished a job, you can create an invoice which auto-generates all of your: tasks, expenses, wages, and the total payment due, into a handy mail, which you can send to you client(s) or save to Google Docs.

Notification Light Widget

This app does one thing: enable and disable your notification light. It's only really useful if you just can't take the blinking any longer, but it does help alleviate some software bugs on newer Motorola devices.

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Notification Light Widget is a tool to enable/disable LED notification light on Android devices. On some devices (such as Motorola Droid RAZR HD), a small number of users found that the notification light was disabled after logging into their google account if it was disabled previously on other devices with the same google account. This widget restores the ability to control the light on devices without an exposed setting. On other android devices that already support control of the LED notification light, this widget could also be used as a convenient tool to enable/disable the LED notification light from the homescreen.

Smart WiFi Toggler

So you want to dynamically control your WiFi's on-off state, but Tasker is too intimidating. Then Smart WiFi Toggler is for you. The best part is that you don't actually have to program it. The app watches your behavior and your location, and after a while it just knows when and where to turn on WiFi and connect to the local network. Of course, considering how much processing power that will take, it might be better to just leave WiFi on.

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Smart WiFi Toggler is an application designed to control your phone's WiFi using location based rules. Its aim is to conserve battery and minimize data charges by turning WiFi off when not connected to a network, and turning it on when a known hotspot is present. It constantly learns where your hotspots are located to make its decisions. It's a very useful application if you frequently forget to turn WiFi off when leaving a hotspot, or if you want to automatically switch from mobile data to WiFi to conserve battery whenever you're back into a hotspot.

Google Zeitgeist 2012

Android Police coverage: Google Releases Official 'Zeitgeist 2012' App, Lets You Check Out The Top Searches Of 2012 On Your Mobile

It's that time of year again: no, not time for charity and family and togetherness. It's time to see how far culture has dived after another year. Google has long publicized the yearly search results, but now they're in handy app form. With an iPad on the tech section. Seriously, Google?

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Google Zeitgeist 2012: How the world searched. Every year, Google aggregates billions of search queries (over 1.2 trillion in 2012) and finds trends among who and what is being searched for throughout the world. We compile all of this data into "Top 10" lists, which cover everything from Sports to Fashion to the News. Was PSY trending more than Justin Bieber? Did Hurricane Sandy cause more searches than the Presidential Election? For the 12th annual Google Zeitgeist release, we're excited to provide fans with an app where you can explore the Global and United States Zeitgeist lists, and check out the emotional 2012 Year-in-Review video.

Etsy

Android Police coverage: [New App] Official Etsy App Arrives On Android To Make Shopping For Artsy Trinkets Even Easier

Etsy is kind of amazing. It demonstrates the Internet's ability to be far-reaching and incredibly niche at the same time - where else can you get obscure Star Trek ships made out of old hard drives? But the full-sized site ain't exactly perfect for smartphones. Luckily, the new Etsy app is a pretty great substitute: it lets you browse and order from the handmade marketplace, all in a glorious Holo UI.

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Shop on-the-go with our free Android app. The official Etsy Android app. Fall in love with Etsy, anywhere. Shop on the go with our free Android app. Discover over 17 million unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world. Explore what kindred spirits are favoriting on Etsy. Shop whenever inspiration hits. Connect with members of the Etsy community on the go. Etsy for Android is available in English, German, French, and Dutch.

Cheezburger

Android Police coverage: Now You Can Haz Lols Anywhere: Cheezburger Network Gets Its Own Mobile App

Reddit doesn't have enough cats, or macro images of any kind. That's why there's the Cheezburger Network, and now, the Android app. Just look at sad Bender down there. D'aaw.

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The official Cheezburger app is here to help you get 5 minutes of happiness every day no matter where you are.. The free app helps you enjoy all the memes and lolz on the Cheezburger Network and easily share favorite photos and videos via Facebook, Twitter, and email with family and friends. Visit all the sites from Cheezburger in the app including: Memebase, FAILblog, I Can Has Cheezburger , ROFLRazzi, The Daily What, and all the rest of your favorite sites.

Nike Training Club

Android Police coverage: Nike Training Club Lunges Into The Play Store

Nike's been trying to get its well-toned foot in the door of the digital world ever since the iPod Nano, and their march hasn't slowed down since. The latest attempt is the Training Club, an app with a series of pre-defined workouts from pro trainers. There's also a video game-style achievement system for motivation, and the workouts can adjust to your personal music.

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Nike’s most popular training app so far arrives in the Google Play Store. Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned and strong with more than 114 custom-built workouts. Unlock exclusive workouts from Rihanna’s personal trainer Ary Nuñez and professional athletes like Paula Radcliffe, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo. Detailed instructions and audio support are on hand to help you perfect each of Nike Training Club’s 100+ dynamic drills. Choose a workout that fits your goal. Set it to your music, share your progress, earn your rewards. And just see the results.

Fashion Kaleidoscope

The editorial team for Android Police is completely free of the fairer sex - not for lack of trying. For our readers who take pride in a well-crafted sartorial ensemble (and we know you're out there), Fashion Kaleidescope is a much-loved iOS convert that manages to respect Holo standards. It's a great way to browse individual items and complete outfits, Pinterest-style, with most of them annotated like a fashion magazine, linking to online clothing stores.

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The most fun and addictive way to shop the latest fashion from around the world. See the latest fashion outfits from around the world, and instantly find where to buy them.

  • Inspiring images from street style, fashion blogging, celebrities, fashion editors, fashion shows and runway looks
  • Browse outfits, save your favorites
  • Share on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook
  • Like something you see? With one click, see tons of similar items and where to buy them.
  • Find items that are on sale, and the stores with the cheapest options
  • Everything from dresses, skirts, tops, shirts, pants, blouses, jeans, shorts, coats, jackets, heels, wedges, sandals, sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, rings, bags, clutches and more.

 

Foodster

Android Police coverage: [New App] Foodster Is A Gorgeous Recipe App With Food From The Best Chefs On The Web

It's amazing how many recipe apps are out there - we must have covered a dozen this year in our roundups. And amazingly, most of them seem to be gorgeous. Foodster is no exception, but its hook is that it has recipes from top chefs and notable food blogs. There's also a meal builder - throw in whatever you've got in your fridge and see your options.

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Foodster is a chef's best assistant in the kitchen. Features: 10,000+ recipes from the best food blogs around the net, including Serious Eats, Smitten Kitchen, and more. Wonderful design that's great for tablets.  Unlimited recipe and folder syncing across devices. Shopping list syncing across devices too.
Meal Builder - Use your leftovers and odd ingredients to build wonderful meals with ingredients you already have. Easy sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and more so you can let your friends know what recipes you are cooking.

Beer Citizen

Android Police coverage: [New App] Beer Citizen Is The App Where Beer Nerds And Regular Nerds Meet

Beer nerds are just as dedicated as oenophiles, and they don't have to spend two hundred bucks to try something new. For those of you who love to catalog your hoppy experience, Beer Citizen lets you track, rate and share beers as you drink them. I predict many typos during Oktoberfest.

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Drink. Review. Share. Beer Citizen is an advanced tool for true beer fans to discover, review, and share the brews you drink from around the world. Our review system allows you to identify and quantify the intensity of individual traits observed in a particular beer. As more citizens review a beer, review data is used to build an aggregated beer profile. Now, instead of relying on 5-star ratings or reading page after page of written reviews, you can quickly see in great detail what the entire community thinks a beer is like, and decide if it suits your personal tastes before you buy it.

Sitegeist

Android Police coverage: [New App] Sitegeist Offers Up Interesting Info Relevant To Your Location, Including Population Breakdown, Housing Details, Weather, And Much More

Traveling to a new city and want to know the median family income? Then you're a pretty strange person. But one who's perfectly targeted by Sitegeist, which puts location-based data from the US Census and other sources at your fingertips. It's a great way to find the percentage of single members of the opposite sex, by the way.

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Sitegeist shows you the data that surrounds you. Understand and uncover the identity of a location with a tap. Sitegeist helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Drawing on publicly available information, the app presents solid data in a simple at-a-glance format to help you tap into the pulse of your location anywhere in the United States. From demographics on the people and housing to the latest popular spots or weather, Sitegeist presents localized information visually so you can get back to enjoying the neighborhood. Sitegeist was created by the Sunlight Foundation with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is the third in a series of National Data Apps.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    The official utorrent app works well, don't see any reason to use a third party app...

    • Josh

      uTorrent and aTorrent are both clients. Why would you consider one third party? Also, the uTorrent app is in beta, while aTorrent has served me well for over a year.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        I've tried them both... aTorrent seems to take a lot longer to download...

    • Christopher Robert

      Well you are both wrong the best bit torrent app is tTorrent. Been using it for 3 years its flawless and has built in torrent search.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        Haven't tried that one yet...

      • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

        Nah nah nah. You should use G-g-g-g-g-g-G-Torrent!

  • Ucgill

    WTF is not as WTF as u describes. Hate it.

  • JosephMoreno

    This might sound odd but were you thinking of Carbon when you said Falcon Pro was the most hyped anticipated app? Because I thought Falcon Pro was sort of a surprise app. I didn't think it was that hyped?

  • Wolf M

    If the Outlook app is not good, then why is it in the "50 Best New Apps" post? These all are just the same apps that have been released for the last few days...

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

      These lists also include notable apps from important developers, like Microsoft. They're not always that good, but important enough to highlight. The series was started with that name, and now it's too late to change it.

      Just think of these as the noteworthy apps of the week(s), sorted by awesome to less awesome.

      • robert steedman

        outlook is a huge battery drainer. i wouldn't recommend outlook to anyone. had it for a week, after checking my battery stats via the better battery stats app and outlook is a major wakelock.

  • zubsani
    • Jeremiah Rice

      This is the second time you've posted spam in the comments section. Do it again, and you will be banned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ranguvar Devin Cofer

    Just so you know, a lot of people feel that HaxSync is a superior competitor to Sync.ME.
    It's been around a lot longer, and it's quite customizable and supports high-resolution image syncing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alex.cool.95 Alexander Elofsson

      I've had some trouble with HaxSync not syncing new photos from friends, resulting in lots of contacts with outdated photos. No solution was found, but sync.me works perfectly

    • Davy Jones

      Or you could use the (mostly) open source "Contact Sync for Facebook" which seems to work fine as well.

  • Jon Moo

    Some really sweet apps on here! Thanks!

  • Wayne Randall

    Thanks for the hour of entertainment Jeremiah. I'll be busy trying out some new software for a while this morning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    Wow, cablevision. Of all devices the app doesn't support my Galaxy Nexus is one of them? Way to go!

  • melody

    nice list,
    so far I only interested in multi-user app share.
    though I expect google to make that built-in on next android ver.

  • Eric Burton

    pocket warwick lol now i've seen it all!

  • Josh Legoza

    I'd like to buy your shares in the Bluth Company, sir.

    Loved the Arrested Development reference. Thanks for making my day!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/junior.yong.14 Junior Yong

    I woud add here free version of ArkMC DLNA Media Center application.

    I have istalled in on my HTC conneccted to hi-fi speakers. And I can stream musci from another devices there!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arkudadigital.arkmc.gm

  • PLUGMIND

    If you like funny conversations with cool people try CB Radio Chat for Android. It's available at Google Play. More details at http://www.cbradiochat.net