- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 2.1 Chrome Beta
- 2.2 Tapatalk HD
- 2.3 Winulator
- 2.4 Zime (BETA) | To-do + Calendar
- 2.5 Facebook Pages Manager
- 2.6 LagFix (fstrim)
- 2.7 Reddit Now
- 2.8 Zombies, Run! 5k Training
- 2.9 GymPact - Reward your workout
- 2.10 Fitsby: Workout Wars
- 2.11 Fitocracy
- 2.12 Simple
- 2.13 GoBank
- 2.14 AppFeed.net (beta)
- 2.15 Tile Launcher Beta
- 2.16 QM Launcher
- 2.17 ESPN X Games
- 2.18 ESPN X Games for Tablet
- 2.19 Oscars®
- 2.20 Sundance Film Festival 2013
- 2.21 Far Cry 3 Outpost
- 2.22 Umano: News Read to You
- 2.23 GrooveGrid
- 2.24 DRAWNETIC – KINETIC DRAWING
- 2.25 Blip TV
- 2.26 Blockbuster
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
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It's about time. The Beta channel of Chrome's release is now available on Android, though like its more stable brother, it won't be getting all the bells and whistles from the desktop version. You don't need any special access for the beta build, and it can be installed over your default browser or the stable version of Chrome.
Welcome to Chrome Beta for Android! Preview the latest features: Try out the newest features. (Sometimes these may be a little rough around the edges.) Give early feedback: Let us know what you think and help make Chrome for Android a better browser. You can install Chrome Beta alongside your current version of Chrome for Android. Chrome Beta will request additional permissions when using Chrome Sync for the first time.
Android Police coverage: Tapatalk HD Leaves Beta, Is On One-Day Only Sale For $0.99 In The Play Store
You know Tapatalk, if only from the annoying pop-ups from forums around the web. Their long-awaited tablet version is available now, but unfortunately, those of you who've bought the smartphone version will still have to pony up. At least it's got a full Holo interface, with multiple columns for true tablet functionality.
Introducing Tapatalk HD for Android tablets - built specifically for the latest Android 4 Ice-cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean systems - you're getting a full tablet experience on forums with split views and other interface enhancement that works great on tablets with 7" or bigger screen.
- New - Gallery view on bigger forums, discover new discussions by photos
- New - Push Notification - instant notification of subscribed topics, private messages, likes received, mentioned, and more.
- Portrait and Landscape view optimized
Look, this is complicated. It's like an emulator, but not exactly. It's running parts of Windows on your Android device, but not the most important or recognizable parts, and even then, it's running code that's more than a decade old. But here's the important bit: you can play (some) ancient DirectX games on (some) Android devices. Let the cries of adulation commence!
Winulator lets you run some old Windows programs and games on your Android devices. The aim is late 90's old DirectX-based games. Support for popular titles is added gradually by the developer after testing. See website for more details about supported programs. You can configure widgets for control - these widgets map to virtual keyboard keys, right click, zoom, etc. Mostly suitable for tablets, but runs on small devices as well.
Zime (BETA) | To-do + Calendar
Android Police coverage: [New App] Zime Is A Stylish 3D To-Do Manager And Calendar App
It's hard to make a calendar look interesting, but Zime manages to so so. With a whiz-bang interface and all the standard bells and whistles, it's a shoe-in for the best-looking calendar on the platform. There's also a task (read: to do) function, which allows for syncing across platforms. Right now it's in beta, so some hardware (including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II) may have trouble.
Stop listing your tasks, plan your time with Zime: to-dos & calendars, all in 3D Zime is a personal time organizer. Stop listing tasks plan your time. Sync with your calendars, add your to-dos in your timeline and plan all your commitments in one place. With our unique Zime 3D timeline, you can clearly see what’s ahead of you, so you can take the right action.
Facebook Pages Manager
This is the Facebook Pages Manager. It lets you manage your Facebook Pages from your Android device. Simple, huh? The early problems with compatibility have been addressed by now, and all of the 20-odd devices in my Google Play Store list show as compatible. Have at it, social gurus.
Manage all the Pages you admin, wherever you are. Helps Facebook Page admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages.
• Post new updates and photos and respond to comments as your Pages
• View and reply to private messages sent to your Page
• Get notifications about new activity on your Pages right away
• View your latest Pages Insights
Lag is a constant complaint for Android users, even on the most powerful hardware. The folks behind LagFix think they've found one of the primary causes, especially in older versions of the OS: a buildup of data on the internal storage in some kernels. This root-only app claims to fix it - your mileage may vary.
Some Android users suffer from poor performance after some days/weeks of heavy usage. This is due to a well-known TRIM bug affecting these devices (users report Nexus devices and HTC One devices are affected). Kernels with -discard mount option are NOT affected. The source of the problem is that internal storage is not properly TRIMmed when needed. You can find lots of information on XDA - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1971852 and http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1929021 It is also well-known fact that running fstrim Linux tool from time to time fixes the issue until internal memory runs out of free blocks. Other solutions like mounting with -discard or disabling fsync may be slow or dangerous.
Yup, another Reddit app - we know you folks can't get enough of them. Reddit Now has all the basic functions wrapped up in an impressive Holo interface, because a certain subreddit demands it. The UI uses side-swipes to navigate the various panels, not unlike switching tabs in Chrome. It's in beta for the moment, so consider it somewhat unfinished.
Reddit Now is a great way to browse content published on Reddit, a popular social news and entertainment website, using your Android device. Featuring a unique Holo-styled sliding interface Reddit Now aims to provide you with an intuitive, gesture based, Reddit experience.
What does Reddit Now offer?
- Designed for phones and tablets
- Gesture based (bezel swipe) Holo interface
- Vote, comment, save, hide, and share posts
- Subscribe & unsubscribe to subreddits
- Reddit sidebar support built in
Zombies, Run! 5k Training
Android Police coverage: Zombies, Run! 5K Training Prepares You To Go The Distance With Extra Missions And More Undead
By now you may have heard of Zombies, Run, an augmented reality training application that lets you pretend you're being beset by a hoard of zombies coming through your headphones. This is the 5K version, specifically tailored to help you train for a 5K run and improve your current time. Yes, we can't even get through the normal app roundups anymore without zombies.
Zombies, Run. 5k Training is an 8-week training program and audio adventure for beginners that’ll improve your fitness so you can run a 5km distance. We give you clear and detailed instructions about when to walk, jog, run and stretch, building up your confidence and stamina over 25 workouts - combined with a gripping story delivered straight to your headphones. Zombies, Run. 5k Training comes from the creators of Zombies, Run. (Six to Start & Naomi Alderman), the world’s most successful smartphone exercise game with almost 250,000 players worldwide.
GymPact - Reward your workout
Believe it or don't, this isn't the first time someone has put hard-earned cash on the line to help motivate new years' resolutions. But it is the one with the best mobile app. Gympact works like this: you put down a small amount of money, and earn it back by reaching your fitness goals, including going to the gym. You can even win prizes for doing well. Skip out on the gym, and your money's gone... to the people who kept their goals.
GymPact motivates you to workout w/ cash rewards, paid for by non-exercisers. Looking to make a fitness New Years Resolution for 2013? GymPact helped our users succeed on 86% of the workouts they committed to do in 2012. Conquer workout excuses and earn cash rewards for exercising - paid for by non-exercisers. Make a Pact of how many days you'll workout, set the Stakes of how much you'll pay if you don't, and check-in via GPS at the gym. Or count running, biking or walking with RunKeeper.
Fitsby: Workout Wars
Speaking of gym motivation, Fitsby takes a different tack: motivating you with friends instead of money. And also money. Fitsby takes the slight gambling aspects of fantasy sports and translates them into Fousquare-style gym checkins, with cash on the line. You can play with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Need gym motivation? Try Fitsby. Challenge your friends and compete with them in a game of gym check-ins. Bet money or play for fun. The top gym goers of a game are the winners and split the money from their friends who didn't work out as much as they did. Fitsby uses your smartphone's GPS to verify that you are at a gym and also requires that you work out a minimum of 30 minutes before you can successfully check out.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Fitocracy Makes Its Way To Android, Puts A Little RPG In Your Workout Routine
Need even more motivation? Then play with yourself (figuratively speaking, of course) with Fitocracy. This iOS hit turns exercise into a real-life RPG, where you level up, complete missions, and the like. Who knew that a set of squats would ever have anything in common with Dungeons and Dragons? Naturally, social elements are included for those who want them.
Fitocracy for Android is finally here. Level up and become more awesome.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Track workouts to earn points and level up. Complete Quests for bonus points. Earn badges by reaching milestones.
2. Make friends with other Fitocrats. Follow them, give them props, and leave comments. The more social you are, the more motivated and educated you'll become.
3. Become more awesome.
Android Police coverage: Online Bank 'Simple' Finally Releases Its Android App, And Man Is It Pretty
Bank of America, eat your heart out. Simple is an invite-only online bank, and while the Android app is a little behind its iOS counterpart, the extra effort in the development shows with a gorgeous Holo UI. You can perform all the actions of a "real" bank, including mobile check cashing, budgeting tools, and maps to local ATMs.
Replace your bank with everything you need to organize your spending and save more.
• See your transactions appear in seconds on your Android phone.
• Know instantly how much you can afford with Safe-to-Spend™
• Budget painlessly and in an instant using Spend from Goal.
• See each transaction in detail- spending category, map location, and more.
• Customizable memos to help your track and organize your spending data.
• Find nearby ATMs from the Allpoint™ network-- over 50,000 strong.
Oh, and Green Dot has pretty much the same thing. The interface isn't quite as appealing as Simple. It's still good, but unfortunately, it's also invite-only.
Note: You must already have a GoBank™ account to use this app. GoBank is a new kind of checking account. It’s a checking account born on an mobile phone (instead of a covered wagon), with no overdraft or penalty fees. It’s about time. You can completely manage your GoBank account from the Android app. If you don’t feel like it, you’ll never have to visit GoBank.com. This is the beauty of a fully mobile bank. Seriously. GoBank has no surprise fees. In fact, potential fees are so easy to navigate, they could fit on a single tweet. Check out it out at GoBank.com/NoWorries to see what we mean.
Android Police coverage: AppFeed.net Releases Beta App Into The Play Store
Psst: here's a secret. We use AppFeed.net just about every day to find information on new and updated apps. If you'd rather do it for yourself, you can set up your own account, or just get the mobile app to see the latest and greatest on the Play Store.
AppFeed.net is an online website and service that monitors android market apps and games that are added to the users list and notifies them by an RSS/ATOM feed when those apps are updated, such as when there is a new version or when the price changes (increase or decrease). This app is mobile client for the AppFeed.net website, were you can view, add and remove apps from your tracking list, directly from your Android device.
Tile Launcher Beta
Android Police coverage: Tile Launcher Beta Makes Your Android Homescreen Feel A Little More Windows Phone-y
You've looked at Windows Phone. It's OK to admit it - it won't make you any less of an Android guy. Why not take a little inspiration from the admittedly nifty tile interface in WP7/WP8 with Tile Launcher, which arranges your current shortcuts and widgets in the same visual style? You can keep your normal layout, with just a little more boxy flair.
Smooth, multidirectional, widget-compatible tile-based launcher for Android 4.0+. Please keep in mind this is a BETA release.
- Based on stock Jellybean 4.2 Launcher
- Optimized scrolling
- Completely customize any tile and defaults for new tiles
- Shortcut/widget settings - title, text color, background color, images, transparency
Remember that bit from the end of Jurassic Park, where the girl uses a "UNIX system" with an incredibly stupid 3D interface just to lock the doors? This is the Android launcher equivalent. Or, as some of the Linux customization types might say: SPINING CUBES!
The QM Launcher is an exciting new home screen, app launcher, and content organizer for your Android phone or tablet. “QM” stands for Quantum Matrix, a patented technology designed to store, manage, and quickly access all of your apps, photos, music, documents, and more. Check out our website for all the features, especially the User Guide under the Support page. The QM Launcher eliminates the 2D panning and scrolling that is typical of panel-based launchers and home screens on the market today, and optimizes the use of your precious screen space. With the QM Launcher, you can organize an unlimited number of apps in an easy-to-use 3D cube. We call it the “Matrix”. By simply rotating the Matrix, you have immediate access to dozens of your favorite apps and multimedia content.
ESPN X Games
Android Police coverage: ESPN Releases X Games Apps For Android Phones And Tablets
Since the real Olympics has descended into something so commercial you might as well make the five rings out of Coke bottletops, the X-Games has become the international sporting competition for the rest of us. The official ESPN app comes in both smartphone...
The ESPN X Games app for Android puts the world’s premier action sports events right at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to watch highlights, view schedules, track scores and keep up with the global expansion of the X Games to six events in 2013. Groundbreaking features like TrickTrack (“Gamecast” for action sports) and HypeMeter (an interactive game that lets you contribute to worldwide excitement during an event) make this FREE app a must-have for X Games fans everywhere.
ESPN X Games for Tablet
Android Police coverage: ESPN Releases X Games Apps For Android Phones And Tablets
...and tablet flavors.
The ESPN X Games for Tablet app puts the world’s premier action sports events right at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to watch highlights, view schedules, track scores and keep up with the global expansion of the X Games to six events in 2013. Groundbreaking features like TrickTrack (“Gamecast” for action sports) and HypeMeter (an interactive game that lets you contribute to worldwide excitement during an event) make this FREE app a must-have for X Games fans everywhere.
Yes, Christopher Nolan fans, we know: the "snub" of The Dark Knight Rises will go down as one of the Academy's worst crimes against art. Shut up already. For those of us who want to know about the rest of the nominees (and argue about that stupid island in Life of Pi,) the official Oscars app has information on the movies, actors, directors, et cetera for every category.
The official Oscars® app for 2013. Stay up-to-date on all things leading up to OSCAR SUNDAY – February 24.
From NOMINATIONS through OSCAR SUNDAY:
- Access info on nominees, movie trailers, exclusive videos, and photos
- Watch hosted specials on fashion and nominated films and actors
- Cast and share your virtual ballot via MyPicks
On OSCAR SUNDAY:
- Watch your favorite celebrities as they walk the Red Carpet
- Follow the winners backstage in the Dolby Theatre
- See the stars mingle on Hollywood’s biggest night
Sundance Film Festival 2013
Every year, thousands of producers, directors, actors, and general film fans journey to a tiny town in Utah to view the latest and greatest in independent film. It's like CES for film majors and Robert Redford fans. Now there's a guide app, but it's useful even if you're not going, thanks to trailers and synopses from all entries.
The official app of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is here. Each January, the Sundance Film Festival attracts the most innovative storytellers and adventurous audiences to a 10-day celebration of the best independent filmmaking of our time. Download our app today for instant, on-the-go access to Festival information.
Far Cry 3 Outpost
Android Police coverage: [New Game] Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 Outpost Lets You Decode On The Go For In-Game Bonuses
The latest in the growing field of gaming augmentation apps is the Far Cry 3 Outpost, which lets you perform the standard FPS actions of equipping your multiplayer character while out and about in the real world. But for FC3, you also get to decode in-game flash drives while on the go, possibly unlocking valuable upgrades and modifications. There's also a social tie-in to the map editor.
Join your friends and get ahead in the game with the Far Cry® 3 mobile app for multiplayer and co-op. Earn advanced weapon mods for your favorite guns and customize your loadouts on the go. The next time you jump into a multiplayer match or co-op chapter, you’ll be ready to play.
- Decode the encrypted data you find in-game to unlock advanced weapon mods and earn bonus XP. Don’t wait until you’re playing the game to start decoding. Instead, decode on the go. Once you unlock a weapon mod, you can accept it, give it to one of your friends or sell it for more XP straight from your phone.
- View and customize your loadouts so that you’re ready to play once you’re back in the game.
- Keep track of your progress through the Daily and Weekly Challenges. Completing these challenges will earn you XP.
- Check out your personal stats and the stats of your friends, including time played, level, top weapons, awards and more.
- Keep track of the maps you’ve made in the Map Editor. You can follow the current tier placements and how many people have liked or favorited your maps.
Umano: News Read to You
Android Police coverage: [New App] Umano Is An App That Has Real People Read The News To You
There's something so impersonal about textual communication. If you long for the glory days of Orson Welles, try Umano, which has real people record news stories for your enjoyment. There's also the compulsory social sharing features, because you can't pretend you're in a bygone pre-internet era for more than five minutes at a time.
The widely acclaimed, ★★★★★, #1 New and Noteworthy iOS app is now available on Android. With Umano you will hear real people with amazing voices read interesting news articles to you.
GrooveGrid won't make you into a DJ, but it might fool you into thinking you are. A handful of musical samples arranged in an easy interface will let you create some basic mixes to show off to your friends. Want more tracks? Prepare to whip out your digital wallet for some in-app purchases.
GrooveGrid - A band at your fingertips
- No musical knowledge required. With GrooveGrid the output will always sound right. No matter how you combine the instruments.
- All samples are high-quality and were especially recorded for GrooveGrid.
- The interactive track "ignition." is included for free.
- Additional tracks are available in Google play.
DRAWNETIC – KINETIC DRAWING
Need a way to show off your Galaxy Note? Then Drawnetic is for you. This isn't really a traditional drawing application: instead of dragging a digital paintbrush across a canvas, you more or less fling your brush around the screen and let it keep going. With a lot of options, there are a lot of different combinations you can make. Naturally, you can share your creations on the social network of your choice.
Bring your sketches to life. Drawnetic is a drawing app that turns your sketches into dynamic animations. Using generative systems, it analyzes your unique touch gestures, then transforms the simplest of sketches into simply amazing works of art. Please note that although the app works with most Android devices, it was specifically written and tested for the Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II/Tab/S III.
YouTube is so 2009. Blip.TV is where all the cool web series are hosted... or at least those that can't afford their own little corner of the web. Since Blip still serves its videos via Flash, the mobile app lets you get the latest Chris Pirillo blog entry on the go. The initial release has a few stability issues, according to the Play Store reviews.
Discover the best in original web series. Blip lets you discover, watch and share the best in original web series. Get your Blip entertainment fix from our hand-picked dramas, comedies, arts, sports and other series.
The new Blockbuster app has been rebuilt from the ground up, hopefully to be less terrible. Not to be confused with the streaming video app (you know, the one that was permanently installed on all those Verizon phones) this manages your Blockbuster mail queue and shows you which movies and games are available at local stores, as well as being your Blockbuster card.
New releases? Popular games? Family movies? Blockbuster HAS it. And now you can access all of it with the tap of a finger from your Android device.
•Rent the hottest movies and games, delivered to your door
•Browse the Blockbuster catalogue of more than 100,000 titles
•Manage your Blockbuster By Mail queue
•Find store locations, and check availability of titles in-store
•Scan and store your member card for use at checkout at a Blockbuster store