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Optimum

Android Police coverage: Cablevision Releases Optimum App For Controlling And Streaming TV, But Your Device Probably Isn't Compatible

Like Comcast before it, Cablevision now offers a streaming video and channel guide app for Android. That doesn't work with your tablet or phone. Go ahead and look, we dare you.

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Optimum App on Android. Now select Android smartphones can function as an additional TV in the home and much more. As an Optimum subscriber, you can view live TV with this app while in your home behind your Optimum modem. You can also playback your On Demand rentals, or use the device as a remote control, and it’s as easy as ever to search, browse and record TV shows to your DVR. Please visit http://www.optimum.net/app for more information and the complete list of supported devices to date.

hiTask

Man, it is mind-boggling how many project management suites are cropping up these days. I'm thinking about starting my own site to keep track of them. I'd need a team of researchers and writers, all using Android, of course, but how to organize them? I know! With hiTask, and its new Android app! The hiTask ties into the web service and uses Holo - what more do you want?

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Task and project management with team features. Assign, share tasks and projects. Task management app with cloud sync. Use on Android, iPhone, iPad, Desktop. Advanced project management features for teams: share and assign tasks, add comments. Task management tool of choice for more than 100,000 users since 2007, hiTask is easy to use and does not require learning. With HiTask you can organize tasks into Projects, arrange with tags, colors. Assign tasks to team members or share with entire team.

Personal Capital Investing

Android Police coverage: [New App] Official 'Personal Capital' App Hits The Store, Helps Manage Your Personal Finances, Investments, And More

As a freelance web writer, I have much in the way of personal wealth to manage, including a NASA-grade desktop setup, crushing college debt, five shares of Bluth Company stock, and an impressive collection of ramen noodle labels. If you're as well off as I am, or possibly even better, you might get some use out of Personal Capital Investing. With an analytical approach to investments and personal accounts, it looks like a formidable competitor to the likes of Mint.

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View all your investment accounts, transactions and holdings in one place. Monitor your gainers and losers, compare your performance to the market, and track the value of your portfolio with Personal Capital’s Investment Manager. Connect your investment accounts at BofA, Fidelity, Vanguard, Wells Fargo, Schwab and more. Track your categorized income and spending, see your largest expenses, and easily view your transactions with Personal Capital Cash Manager. View your vested and unvested shares in public and private companies, choose from common vesting schedules for each grant, and estimate the value of your options to know what you’re worth.

Sound Search for Google Play

Android Police coverage: Google Releases Standalone Sound Search App, Compatible With 4.0+ Devices

So, what's the reason that everyone seems to be making song recognition apps? To sell songs, of course - and it's high time Google and their strange obsession with Lana Del Rey joined the party. There's not much else that might cause you to go with Google over, say, SoundHound, unless you really, really love seeing the Play Store triangle on your homescreen.

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"What's this song?" The Google Play Sound Search widget can help you recognize music and songs playing around you. You can: Identify songs, directly from your homescreen. Purchase identified songs straight from Google Play, and add them to your Plays Music library. Keep a song identification history, synced across all of your Android devices, so you can purchase a song later. Add the widget directly to your lockscreen, so you can recognize songs even faster (for devices running Android 4.2)

 

Rhapsody SongMatch

Android Police coverage: Rhapsody Throws Its Hat Into The Song-Matching Ring, Launches The Aptly-Named Songmatch

There are a ton of song matching options out there, but Rhapsody's is actually pretty good - at least if you're a user of their cloud music platform. Songmatch can automatically play a song that your hear (or hum, or whistle, or whatever) and play or download it.

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Hear it. Match it. Play it. Rhapsody SongMatch – it’s free. What’s that song? Use Rhapsody SongMatch to find the name of the song with just one click. Once the app identifies the song, it instantly saves the title to a playlist in your Rhapsody account. That means you can listen to those songs whenever you want. Whether you're already a member of America’s #1 digital music subscription service or not, just install the app and start matching.

GTA Radio

One of the more subtle but incredibly cool parts of the Grand Theft Auto series since part III has been the immersive radio stations, offering everything from opera to classic country to (fake) talk shows. If you want a nostalgia trip without the 1.5GB download of GTA Vice City, listen to the sounds of the fictional underworld with GTA Radio.

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Listen to the world of Grand Theft Auto. GTA Radio is a free way to listen to all radio stations of famous game Grand Theft Auto from every corner of the earth. This includes almost every radio station from famous versions of Grand Theft Auto. GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories, GTA Vice City Stories, GTA San Andreas and GTA IV. With GTA Radio, you can: Plays in the background while you use other apps. Listen radio stations from GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories, GTA Vice City Stories, GTA San Andreas and GTA IV.

motiongraph

Android Police coverage: Sony Launches Cinemagram Competitor Motiongraph – Quickly, Easily Create Creepily Awesome Animated Photos

If your sole interactions with Sony have been on the mobile hardware front, you might not be aware of the company's media empire - music, television, movies, video games, and surprisingly, software. Sony's bringing some of its Vegas video chops to Android with Motiongraph, a short video editor in the vein of Cinemagram. The editing tools are considerably more powerful, and definitely worth a look for wannabe Kubricks.

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motiongraph is a smartphone application that creates unusual images in which part of the image moves like a video. Amaze your friends with these unique images that are limited only by your imagination. This app is developed by Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. (SDNA)

•Easy three steps
motiongraph allows you to create your image in three simple and intuitive operations.
1. Shoot: Tap a button to record a very short video about 2 seconds in length.
2. Edit: Swipe across the screen to define the areas that you want to move or not to move.
3. Save: Tap a button again to save your work, and you’re done.

Snapseed

Android Police coverage: Snapseed, The Image Editor That Google Bought After It Won iPad App Of The Year, Is Now On Android

So, this one requires a little back story: Snapseed is the Photoshop of the iOS world. It's a position that's quite coveted, and strangely not occupied by the actual Photoshop. So Google bought up the devs and released an official Android app, sadly only for Android 4.0 and later. It's pretty basic stuff, but Snapseed should be able to put that last bit of polish on your photos.

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Now the Best Mobile Photo App of 2012 (TIPA) and iPad App of the Year 2011 is available on the Android Platform. Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.

Viddy

Android Police coverage: [New App] Viddy Is Basically Instagram For Videos, Now Live On The Play Store

Instagram filters + video capture = Viddy. Without the pretentious food commentary. Hopefully.

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Capture. Beautify. Share. Viddy is a simple way to capture, beautify, and share video from your phone. Turn everyday moments into perfect little movies with Viddy for Android. From pristine sunsets to playful pets and from epic concerts to family memories, “Viddy Moments” are everywhere. Viddy's one-touch sharing to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr allows you to easily share videos with those closest to you.

Sync.ME -Facebook Contact Sync

The Facebook application hasn't automatically synced photos with your Contacts since ICS. Sync.ME fixes that.... and how! It'll also show you contact's more detailed information, including the latest status update, when they call. If you're the kind of person who has to have your buddies' latest vanity shots on your phone, keep it around for a weekly sync.

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Sync.ME magically updates your Contacts with their pictures and information from Facebook. Now you can view your contact's pictures from Facebook when they call you and when you call them. Keep your contacts updated with their pictures and information from Facebook (birthday, status, address, website, company & job title). If you like Facebook, check out Sync.ME - it's fun, easy and FREE. Happy Syncing :)

NeroKwik

Android Police coverage: [New App] NeroKwik Wants To Be Your Cross-Platform Photo Manager/Sharing App

You've got an iPad. Don't worry, we won't tell the guys on the forums. Maybe you got it for your birthday from an uniformed aunt, or you won it in a contest and haven't gotten around to eBaying it. In any case, NeroKwik is useful, if only because it's designed solely to sync photos between Android, iOS and Windows Phone. You know, just like Dropbox. But hey, check out that nifty interface!

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It's your life. Share it right. NeroKwik is the Simple, Smart, and Social way to share your photos, wherever they are. Simple. Access all your photos from virtually any device or social network. No searching. No organizing. No uploading. Just connect your devices and let NeroKwik do the rest. Smart. View your photos the same way you reflect on life: as a Tapestry of moments, with photos sized by what’s important to you. Social. Share one or a collection of photos and receive feedback that visually reflects the interests and interactions of those who’ve viewed them.

MyEffects - Photo Editor

It seems like the recent trouble with Twitter and Instagram finally has people wondering what was so great about the latter in the first place. But just because hipsters and wannabe photo artists have littered the social network scene doesn't mean that filters are useless, and the ones in MyEffects are pretty great, thanks in no small part to the impressive options contained in each one. You can even create and save your own effects for some real creativity.

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MyEffects is the first image editing app with unlimited image Effects. There's no predefined effect, you create your own effects using your imagination and creativity. Say goodbye to hours spent searching for the perfect effect, just a tap on your device you'll create a unique effect using our MyEffects Generator. You can Generate a random effect, each time it will create a unique effect. If you prefer, you create it your own, using our amazing Effect Editor. For the first time, you don't have to apply pre-defined existing effects, you can create your own personal set of effects.

Rounds Video Chat Hangout

Google+ Hangouts have some pretty cool features, but therein lies the problem - you and the other party have to be pretty plugged in to Google+ before it becomes useful. If you're looking for a reliable video chat program with all the bells, whistles and doodles, give Rounds a try. The YouTube shared watch setting looks particularly cool.

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Have fun hanging out on Rounds. Play games, watch videos and take pics. The popular Rounds comes out from Facebook to your mobile... A hangout like never before. Share pictures and watch YouTube together LIVE. Fun. Together. Now. Hang out and make FREE video chat and FREE video calls with your friends. Capture moments, watch YouTube videos together, play with fun video effects and scribble funny images on each other. See what your friends are doing right now on Rounds through the photo stream. You can like, follow and comment on all their great snapshots. Go on, show them some love.

Weather Live

Android Police coverage: 'Weather Live' Ends Amazon Appstore Exclusivity, Now Available In The Play Store

We've covered Weather Live before: it's easily the prettiest weather app out there. Now it's on the Play Store for one and all, so if Android's built-in weather and news app isn't doing it for you, hit up the link below.

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Turn your device into a beautiful weather station. Introducing Weather Live. The most beautiful weather app. Ever. Don't let bad weather take you by surprise. Whether it is cloudy, rainy, snowy or even stormy outside, Weather Live will provide you with current weather conditions and forecast in your city and multiple locations all around the world. Cold or warm weather, it will magically come alive on the crisp screen of your device. You won’t even have to look out the window as Weather Live will make you feel like you are already outside. With an innovative technology Weather Live implemented into the app, we made it possible.

Talking Friends Superstar

Android Police coverage: Outfit7, The Maker Of Talking Tom And Friends, Launches Real-Life Talking Toys That Can Be Controlled With An App

There's always been something mildly creepy to me about Talking Tom Cat. It almost looks like he could jump out of the screen and OH GOD, NO! THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT!

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Bring Your Apps To Life. This app talks exclusively with the Talking Friends Superstar toy line. When you launch the app, make sure your Superstar toy is on. Your Superstar toy automatically connects with the app on launch, as indicated by the corresponding character waking up on screen. To start the fun, simply pick from the wide selection of buttons to get a particular sound from your Superstar toy. To switch to a whole new variety of sounds, press on the Rotate Screen button in the right bottom corner.

How Lucky You Are - Dr. Seuss

Here's another entry in the semi-animated omBook reworking of Dr. Seuss books. It's got the same narration and follow-the-bouncing-ball features designed for young readers - great for both entertaining and educating your tots. Hey, Artem, keep track of these for your new rugrat.

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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss reminds children that no matter what their struggles may be, they should always be thankful. This wildly imaginative collection of rhymes and illustrations will bring laughter and gratitude to the whole family. New features only available in this omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork of Dr. Seuss with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.

Instabridge Wi-Fi client

We've seen a few of these apps in the last few months: a sort of social network of WiFi hotspots. If you and your friends have Instabridge, you can swap info and use each other's WiFi access points without having to worry about passwords. Why use Instabridge over other apps featured in our previous roundups? Well, no reason, really - unless you've got a group of people already using it. Currently only Nordic and Baltic countries have access.

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Forget about entering passwords, Instabridge is Wi-Fi that just works. Instabridge is in beta and currently country restricted to the Nordic and Baltic countries. Use your friends' Wi-Fi and let them use yours. Surf faster, use less battery, and lower your phone bill. Instabridge currently requires you to log on with your Facebook account. In the future we hope to also support the address book. We do not post anything on your wall or use your Facebook account in any other way than to retrieve your friend list.

Let's Create! Christmas

I've never understood the obsession with Christmas ornaments. They're tiny, fragile balls of glass or ceramic, with no purpose at all other than decoration. At least the mistletoe has an ulterior motive. If you're decidedly less grinchy than I am, Let's Create! Christmas lets you decorate and display digital versions of ornaments, squaring the normal level of uselessness.

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Craft your own, beautiful Christmas baubles and share it with your friends. Cherish this holiday season with Let's Create. Christmas - an amazing, charming and unique special app which lets you craft your own, beautiful Christmas baubles. With this tool will gather your whole family around and provide an innovative but yet fun way of designing magic Christmas items. Different shapes, true-to-life decorations, splendid ornaments, astonishing brushes, gorgeous graphics, charming music and so much more. This new app from the best selling "Let's Create." series brings you also a fun, creative and addicting way to express your Christmas wishes by sending to your friends and beloved a one of a kind, virtual postcard. Don't miss this extraordinary chance, get this app now and share it with your friends.

Slice Keyboard Demo

Android Police coverage: 'Slice Keyboard' Is A Multi-Touch Keyboard For Android Tablets, And It Will Break Your Brain

QWERTY keyboards are pretty universal, no matter what the Dvorak crazies say. But even with some great alternatives out there, touchscreen keyboards are no fun to use. The latest alternative is Slice, which takes a decidedly sci-fi approach to the problem by tying a typical QWERTY layout up in multi-touch circles. Watch the video below for a look at this brain-melting approach to tablet input.

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The Slice Keyboard is an innovative touch keyboard design that makes it possible to touch type on a touch screen. Slice's main innovation is a blank home row where you place your fingers. Then keys are shown depending on which fingers are placed on the home row. Each key is in a direction relative to the keys on the home row. This allows you to type without having to look at the keys. The home row positions can statically placed or adjust to your finger placement. Also you have easy access to punctuation, special characters and a number pad. Slice keyboard supports Android tablets 7" and larger. Slice Keyboard Demo comes with the typing area, and a Space Invaders like game for typing practice.

Outlook.com

Android Police coverage: Microsoft Releases A Pathetic Excuse For An Outlook.com App Into The Play Store, No Point In Even Installing It

Hey, look, Outlook is finally available on Android! Well, sort of. It's Outlook.com, Microsoft's new web mail platform. And it looks just like Hotmail - terrible. So yeah, unless you just have to use the official Microsoft solution, pass on this one.

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This official Microsoft Outlook.com app gives you easy access to Oulook.com so you never miss an email. Send and receive emails in your Outlook.com account on the go from your Android device. Sign in using your existing Microsoft account, usually your Outlook.com email address and password.

Live Wallpapers

3D Image Live Wallpaper

Android Police coverage: New Live Wallpaper From Opotech Creates A Gyroscope Controlled 3D Background From Any Image

Creates the illusion of a 3D image when tilting the phone.
• Creates 3D effect from any image
• Includes high resolution Jelly Bean 4.2 wallpaper pack
• Efficient OpenGL hardware accelerated graphics
• Adjustable movement options
• Use your own images

Under the Sea Live Wallpaper

Submerge your device with this elegant live wallpaper. Calm and relaxing underwater ambience. Free, without any advertisements. Features full 3D high definition photo realistic animation with Open GL ES 2.0.

Santa Face Live Wallpaper Free

This one wasn't quite WTF worthy. Still kinda creepy, though.

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Live Christmas Wallpaper featuring an animated Santa - with your face. Make yourself into an animated Santa.

★ Create personalised Santas from photos on your phone.
★ Make your friends, family, and loved ones into animated Santas.
★ Watch Santa as he walks about in his winter wonderland, excited about the Christmas season.
★ Change the time of day depicted – cold winter's morning, midday, and sunset.

Live Wallpaper Daydream

Android Police coverage: [New App] Use Any Live Wallpaper As A Daydream In Android 4.2 With 'Live Wallpaper Daydream'

Allows you to use the current live wallpaper as a Daydream. This app does not have a launcher icon. Look for it in the Android settings, in the Daydream section. Please note that this is limited to using your current wallpaper. This is an Android limitation, and is for security reasons. Apps cannot start live wallpapers that are not part of the same package, because live wallpapers are technically background services. Each individual live wallpaper can be made compatible with daydreams by its own developer. I plan to do this with the Cypher Cove ones soon. Thanks for your patience.

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Clock plus DayDream

This is an improved version of the default Android Clock DayDream (screen saver)
Those feature were added:
* show current date
* show the next alarm if any
* show unread Gmail Notification (if you have any in your Inbox)
* show unread SMS Notification
* show missed call Notification

Lonely Tree LiveWallpaper Demo

"Lonely Tree" is an Android live wallpaper designed with the Nexus 10 in mind, with high-resolution textures and a tablet-friendly holo-themed settings panel. It looks and feels beautiful on standard sized phones as well. The winter nature scene reacts dynamically to the wind speed ranged selected in the settings, with the tree gently swaying in the wind, the bushes fluttering, and the snowflakes becoming faster and more streaky. Almost everything is customizable including the strength of the wind, the amount of snow, and the size and position of the tree.

 

WTF App(s) Of The Week

PocketWarwick

Here's a "virtual pet" game in the vein of Tamagotchi. Starring British B-list celebrity and little person Warwick Davis. Cheers, mate.

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Warwick Davis, star of Sky One's new series 'An Idiot Abroad 3', presents PocketWarwick.  He’s a ‘little’ celebrity that you can nurture, manage and turn into the 'biggest' little celebrity on the planet. You’ll need to feed, dress, train and educate him in this unique ‘sim’ game. “Great app. You could've warned me about the nudity...." - Ricky Gervais PocketWarwick stars actual pocket-sized celebrity, Warwick Davis who is the star of An Idiot Abroad 3, Life’s Too Short, Willow, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Leprechaun. Looking after your very own PocketWarwick involves sending him out to film auditions, charity events, personal appearances and many other jobs - with the aim of taking over the entertainment business, one role at a time. PocketWarwick has the opportunity to star in such movies as Back Splash, Small Runnings, Low Noon and Admission Impossible.

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: oh.no.its.the@androidpolice.com.

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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