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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 2 weeks or so.

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

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Featured App

PassWallet - Password Manager

Today's roundup is brought to you by PassWallet (formerly Password Wallet) by HandyApps. Passwords are hard, thanks to the thousands of logins required for modern digital living. Sure, you could have the same passcode for every service, if you enjoy throwing your life into chaos when you lose your phone or get your identity stolen. HandyApps' PassWallet puts all your passwords behind a single PIN, with 256-bit encryption, floating windows for easy copying, cloud sync, a stealth mode, and entries for just about any information you could want. With this app, there's no reason to be anything less than safe. The app below is a 30-day trial - the full version is a one-time purchase of $4.99.

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PassWallet is a password manager app that safely and securely stores your most sensitive data conveniently in your mobile phone or tablet. We believe PassWallet to be the most stealthy, most secure and most convenient password manager ever developed for the Android smartphones and tablets! PassWallet password manager keeps sensitive data safe by hiding it in a secret hidden vault. In addition to password management, PassWallet is also capable of being hidden. No one will know you have installed the app. The app does not appear in your app drawer. All data stored in PassWallet is encrypted with tough 256bit AES encryption - the same encryption level used by the military.

✓ Stealth access mode that hides app launcher icon
✓ Most popular templates including web logins, credit cards and ID documents.
✓ Unique floating window function for easy data transfer to other apps
✓ Sync between multiple devices via Dropbox or Google Drive.
✓ Secure password generator built-in
✓ Import and export data to .CSV files
✓ PassWallet will not appear in your recent apps list
✓ Quick launch websites with password auto-copied to clipboard

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Apps

CheapCast

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] CheapCast Enters The Play Store, Succeeds In Turning Any Android Device Into A Chromecast

CheapCast is a tool that makes an Android device act like a Chromecast. Why would you want this? Well, if you're too cheap for a $35 dongle you can try it out (hence the name) and presumably you could use one HDMI-equipped device as a TV streamer while controlling it with another. It's still a little shaky - at the moment, streaming from Chrome tabs aren't supported. I'm sure there will be plenty of updates coming.

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CheapCast is an app that aims to emulate the ChromeCast Dongle. It allows your Android Device to act as target (1st Screen) for ChromeCast-enabled Applications (like YouTube, Google Music) Please note: This is a early Beta version. Some (if not all) things might not work correctly. Additionally casting Chrome Tabs is not yet supported.

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Google AdSense

Android Police coverage: Google Releases Official AdSense App For Android

It's about time. Website owners who use Google's ad network now have a reliable way to check their income from multiple sites at once using the official Adsense app. There are even some rudimentary tracking functions, including the ability to estimate future earnings. You can break down earnings by individual ads, and see which channels and sites are the most profitable.

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The Google AdSense app provides an easy way to access key data from your AdSense account. Access reporting features anywhere, directly from your mobile phone. The first version of the app gives you access to: the key earnings information, top custom and URL channels, ad units and sites reports, payment alerts.

BBQScreen Android Client Beta

Android Police coverage: [New App] BBQScreen Android Client Beta Launches Alongside A Major Update To BBQScreen Remote Control

Desktop users have had some pretty great remote access solutions for decades, and there are more than a few ways to control your PC from your Android device. But what if you need to control one Android phone or tablet from another? That's where BBQ Screen comes in, currently in beta. It's a surprisingly effective remote access app, compatible with Android 2.2 and up. You'll still need the server application (and root access) on the host machine.

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This is a client for the BBQScreen Android screen mirroring and remote control application. This app lets you see and control another Android device running the BBQScreen server app. For more details, go to http://screen.bbqdroid.org/

** THIS APP IS STILL IN BETA: If you don't want to test it, don't buy it, or wait until it gets updated **

Transit App

Android Police coverage: [New App] Popular iOS 'Transit' App Finds Its Way Into The Play Store, Makes Comparing Routes A Breeze

Planning a multi-city tour, but want to get around on the cheap? iOS pilgrim Transit has you covered, with a constantly-updated mass transit database for the biggest cities in the US and Canada. Train and bus lines are covered exhaustively, and a trip planner will help make sure that you stay on task with your trip itinerary. It even uses a prediction algorithm to let you know when the next train or bus is likely to pull into the station. The developers managed to get on the trolley when it comes to Holo UI standards.

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Transit gets you there. (works in 43 cities including NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia) Wherever you are, just pull Transit out of your pocket and quickly see the next departure for all the public transit routes near you. Not sure how to go somewhere? Just let Transit know where you're headed and our trip planner will map out the quickest way to get there.

  • Schedules and itineraries for nearby routes (real-time where available)
  • Multimodal trip planner giving you the 4 quickest ways to reach your destination
  • Favorites, to keep the routes you frequently use at the top of the list
  • Location offsetting to see transit routes at another location
  • Always up-to-date data for all supported Transit agencies

Klyph for Facebook

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Klyph Is A Slick Holo Facebook Client That Looks Nearly As Polished As Google's Native Apps

Guess what: after years of revision and even inspiring a bit of a UI breakthrough, the official Facebook app is still impressively meh-worthy (and slow, and lacking in features). Klyph tries to make an Facebook app worthy of Android, and mostly succeeds, admittedly by taking a lot of inspiration from Google+. A tabbed interface and big, finger-friendly cards are much in evidence. The pro version removes ads for two bucks and change.

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Everyone gets tired of the ugly, slow official Facebook app so why don’t you give a try to Klyph: a new client for Facebook. With a nice and smooth UI designed following the Android Design Guidelines, Klyph looks like the Google+ app but for Facebook. Still young and in early development, Klyph is certainly not perfect yet and may still miss some features but tries to bring the best user experience of Facebook on your Android devices (mobiles and tablets).

Music Player (Remix)

Android Police coverage: Music Player (Remix) Puts Other Music Apps To Shame With A Laundry List Of Features And A Swipe-Up Mini Widget

This is easily the most feature-filled music player we've seen in a long time. Music Player (Remix) was a favorite on WebOS, which is probably why it's retained a swipe-happy interface and a bevvy of playlist controls. Crazy added features like Wikipedia browsing and automatic lyric embedding are included, and there's a nifty mini-widget that can be accessed with an upward swipe from anywhere in Android. The app is pricy at $5, but here's a two-week demo to try it out.

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Music Player (Remix) is an advanced music app for Android designed from the ground up to be powerful, yet user-friendly and fun to use. The app has a large assortment of features, many of which you won't find in any other music app. They include: Large, finger-friendly controls on phones and tablets. Tap the album art to pause/play & skip tracks. While using other apps, swipe from the bottom of the screen to reveal the "mini-player" allowing you to control your music & access your now playing list, playlists, and faves without leaving other apps.

 

Holo Ambient Temperature

What's the use of having a fancy new smartphone with local temperature and humidity sensors if Google, Yahoo, and the rest of the common weather status providers can't access them? Right now the Holo Ambient Temperature app only officially supports the Galaxy S4 - how's that for some frustrating situational irony. The free app includes a few widgets, but the $1 paid version adds the ability to customize them, at least to some degree.

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Holo Ambient Temperature is an app that allows you to view the ambient temperature and humidity using your devices ambient temperature and humidity sensors. This app only works on devices that have ambient temperature and humidity sensors like the Samsung Galaxy S4.

  • Display current ambient temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
  • Display current ambient humidity.
  • Display dew point.
  • Display absolute humidity.
  • Display pressure.
  • Display altitude based on pressure.
  • Temperature graph to help visualize temperature change.
  • Widgets for home screen and lock screen.

Rotate on Shake

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] 'Rotate On Shake' Toggles Auto-Rotate, Is One Of The Easiest Ways To Rotate A Display

One of the nicer parts of the iPad that I wish Android tablets would emulate is the hardware switch for screen rotation. But this app can give you the next best thing: a really fast way to switch rotation on or off. Just shake your phone or tablet vigorously - no power widgets, no mess. There are some nice touches like a pop-up or vibration verification as well, plus the ability to auto-start on boot.

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"Rotate on Shake" let you enable/disable auto-rotation of your Android device by simply shaking your mobile phone. You can enable auto-rotation of your smartphone by shaking your device. In no time the auto-rotation setting will change and Rotate on Shake will notify you that the change has occurred with a nice picture that will show the current state of the setting.

 

Quip (Preview)

Android Police review: [Hands-On] Quip Seeks To Change Mobile Word Processing, Now Available For Android As An Early Preview

Newsflash: working with big documents on mobile sucks, and generally isn't all that great even with paid office suits. Quip is hoping to change the paradigm, first by focusing on syncing with the web and desktop and second by changing the interface to a threaded comment system. Sharing, offline access, and live notification of other viewers are included, but the app is most emphatically in the beta stage at the moment.

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Quip is a modern word processor that enables you to work with beautiful documents on any device, including Android, the iPad, the iPhone, and the desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates — making collaboration easy. View notes, check to-do lists, and collaborate within your company. Shared folders help you organize your projects at home or at work. All features work perfectly offline, syncing whenever you have an internet connection.

 

Office Mobile for Office 365

Android Police coverage: [New App] Microsoft Office Mobile Lands In The Google Play Store: Office 365 Required, Tablets Need Not Apply

Got Office 365? Then you can use this Android app to view and edit your files saved in Skydrive or SharePoint. Got an Android tablet? Too bad, sucka - go buy a Surface if you want "real" Office on a tablet.

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Please note: Office Mobile requires a qualifying Office 365 subscription. (See requirements below). Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.

Homestyler

Android Police coverage: [New App] AutoDesk Releases Homestyler, An Incredible 3D Room Design And Decorating App

Homestyler isn't the first app to let you create a virtual version of your home and try out new digital furniture, but it is the first one for Android, and it's mighty fine. The furniture and accessories you place in your photos are 3D models of real products (yes, you can buy them!) and users can position them with impressive precision relative to the rest of their house or apartment.

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Get inspired with stunning interior design projects, tips and trends. Then watch your own home design ideas come to life by experimenting with real products and colors. Take the guesswork out of home remodeling with Autodesk Homestyler.

Snap a picture of a room to create your own 3D home design playground.
• Place high-quality 3D models of real furniture products in your rooms
• Hang light fixtures from your ceiling
• Visualize different colors and texture combinations
• See how realistic models of actual branded rugs, paintings, mirrors and more look in your space

Floating Music Widget

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Floating Music Widget Makes The Standard Lock Screen Music Widget Usable Everywhere

We're flush with music apps this week, and this one should work with all of them. The idea is that it moves the lockscreen music control widget to a floating tool, allowing you to quickly and easily pause, play, or change tracks while using another app. True, most music apps have notification controls, but this is for when you just can't bear to be half a second away from them. Naturally, it works best on tablets. The widget is resizable for those tricky apps.

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You can't disagree that ICS lockscreen music control is a really convenient thing. But have you ever thought about being able to control your music from anywhere? If yes, then this application is just for you. This is basically a music control widget you see on the lockscreen, except you can launch it anywhere. And you can change it's size - make it huge, or make it tiny. Tuck it in the corner, or place it right in the middle of the screen.

Tunester

Even with its recent makeover, Google Play Music is a little on the drab side. Tunester hopes to make a pretty, minimalist player that's faster than the speed of sound. Its claims to be "easier to use than the iPod" are had to quantify, but you can't deny that the interface has some novel ideas to get you to your music quickly. Some users might not like the way it puts all local music on a single screen, gestures notwithstanding.

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Tunester is a beautiful minimalistic music player for Android. Why Tunester is the world's easiest music player:

  • beautiful 'flat design'
  • the fastest music player out there.
  • easier to use than the iPod
  • first app ever with the revolutionary 'dynamic list interface' *
  • all your music in a single screen
  • single hand control, no matter how large the screen.
  • get to every song in just 1-2 clicks.
  • finally no more back button :-)
  • listening in flow with Upnext. **

GeoLog

Android Police coverage: [New App] Chainfire Releases Alpha Version Of GeoLog, A GPS Logging App That Knows When Not To Log

Google's new location provider API is enabling all kinds of interesting apps, and Chainfire (of SuperSU fame) is among the first to take advantage of it. The GeoLog app can determine what kind of motion or activity you're engaged in, switching the location-gathering method to the most effective for that particular occasion. The app is in the experimental stage.

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GeoLog is a new kind of location tracker which changes tracking characteristics based on where you are and what you are doing. On foot, you travel slower than by car, and you may not want to gather location data as often. If you're standing still, why track location at all - it's just a waste of power. If you're on a photo walk, you might only want to track location while walking, and not when doing anything else - like driving to the where the walk starts.

Appsi sidebar

Android Police coverage: Appsi Adds Plugins And Customization To The Holo-Style Swipe-Out Sidebar Launcher

These days swipe-out launcher-style apps are a dime a dozen, but Appsi has more than apps up its translucent sleeve. The core functionality is giving quick access to apps, but there are also plugins for contacts, a call log, text messages, and other handy stuff. Unfortunately all those extra bells and whistles cost money in the form of separate, paid apps, and you'll spend a tidy little sum to unlock everything.

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As a sidebar for android, Appsi lives on top of everything else that is going in on your device, you only need to slide your finger over the screen starting at a location of your choice to get access to your apps. If you have multiple plugins, you can set up more of these hotspots to access their data (for example call log, apps or SMS messages). And instantly call or text your favorite contacts.

CallHeads - phone call app

Hey look, it's another ChatHeads-style application. This one's specifically for calls, putting a mostly-transparent overlay on whatever app you happen to be using at the time, with old-school sliders for the answer or deny function. When you're not actively using your phone, the standard full-screen interface returns. I think an incoming call is a big enough deal that it warrants a bit of distraction, but to each his own.

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Ever been interruption from an app through a call? CallHeads (beta) will give you more control on what to do with a phone call when you are concurrently using an app. Instead of a fullscreen notification popping up and interrupting your app, you will see a bubble as an overlay on your app, and you can keep using the app. For instance, if you are currently reading a text, you can first finish the current paragraph until you pickup the call, if you are playing Angry Birds, you can first finish the slingshot and then answer the phone.

Air Call-Accept

And here's anther non-standard way to answer your phone. Answer a call with a swipe past the proximity meter. Samsung would approve. Here's a free demo.

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With this app, you can effortlessly answer or reject your phone calls without even touching it. Using the proximity sensor on your phone, it detects when you wave your hand over the screen or when you place the phone to your ear. Especially useful for drivers with a bluetooth headset, it means you don't have to fiddle around trying to press the correct button, leaving you to concentrate on the road.

ActiveNotifications

Here's something that the Moto X can do and which has been rather flagrantly duplicated. The Active Notifications feature will flash you a small, informative, all-white notification if your phone is off and face-up on a horizontal surface. The "small" part is important - AMOLED screens will see a minimal power drain from having only a few pixels active (like on the Moto X). Unfortunately, if you've got a more typical LCD, this app may drain your battery considerably faster.

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ActiveNotifications allows you to receive important notifications when your screen is off. When you miss a call or receive a new email/SMS, the display will discreetly light up to let you know, without needing to unlock the device. Most phones only have a pulsing notification LED that doesn't actually tell you anything about the incoming notification - with ActiveNotifications, you can immediately decide if something is important enough to act.

Motorola Migrate

Android Police coverage: [New App] Motorola Migrate Android App Posted To The Play Store, Syncs Files And Settings To New Phones

If you've already got your pre-order in for a DROID Mini, DROID Ultra or DROID MAXX, you might as well download this app and use Moto's migration app. It handles SIM contacts and text messages, and a few other little things that Android doesn't bring over with your Google account. It's not all that useful, but if you really can't stand to start a new call history, load it up.

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One of the biggest pains of a new phone is losing some of your important stuff. Now you can move your photos, videos, SIM contacts and even your call and text history—from your old Android phone to your new Motorola phone in just a few steps, wirelessly. Motorola Migrate can only transfer media from devices with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

Droid Zap by Motorola

Android Police coverage: [New App] Motorola Drops Droid Zap Sharing App Into The Play Store, And No, You Can't Use It Yet

And here's the fancy new I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-NFC solution, also exclusive to DROID phones. Well, semi-exclusive - you can use this app to receive local "Zap" files from the new DROIDs, but you'll have to buy one to send anything. Zap a photo or video and it becomes available to those within a 300 foot radius, regardless of WiFi or mobile connection. You can put a PIN code on the file as well.

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Droid Zap is a proximity-based sharing experience that lets you receive photos and videos shared by DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, and DROID Mini users around you. This application is a receive only application for photos and videos that are sent from DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, and DROID Mini users. This app will use your smartphone’s GPS/WiFi capability to identify your location -- no NFC or WiFi direct support required.

Silent Text

Big Brother is watching you. It's amazing how the last few months have brought out the paranoia in people, and not without good reason. So if you'd like a truly secure text message system, Silent Text encrypts each message to and from its members, and even lets you send files up to 100MB. There's even a "burner" function that erases the text from the sender and recipient. There are some drawbacks: you'll have to pay a subscription, and it only works between paying members.

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Using Silent Text, you can transmit encrypted text messages with attached files up to 100 MB between Silent Circle members worldwide. You decide how long your text can be seen with BURN NOTICE or manually delete sent messages off both your device and the recipient’s device simultaneously. Sent a sensitive document to the wrong person? Made a typo or modified the contract? Simply BURN what was sent with the touch of your screen.

  

Spotflux Free VPN

If you need a no-nonsense VPN for your phone, Spotflux is happy to provide one, at the low, low price of nothing. Of course you don't get anything for free, so they'll try to upsell you on malware protection and bandwidth squeezing, but that seems reasonable enough. The interface isn't anything to write home about, but at least it's Holo.

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Spotflux is an Intelligent and free VPN service, trusted by millions worldwide, that provides the added intelligence of bandwidth reduction, privacy protection, and anti-malware filters. **After your 10 day trial period expires you will continue to have basic free VPN service without bandwidth savings or anti-malware. TRY IT NOW FOR FREE.

imgur Holo FULL

The Imgur image hosting service has an official app, but as is so often the case, a third-party developer has done a better job. The beta app does indeed conform to Holo standards, but also seems to fit in a lot more features, including a messaging system and profile viewing. Of course there are plenty of upload and download options to the macro image connoisseur. A free trial version has also been posted to the Play Store.

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Check out imgur Holo Gallery if you want to try the application without buying for the imgur gallery with no ads. This app is in BETA. Please don't download if you need a feature not listed in this description or don't mind a lot of bugs while the app is in the rapid development stage. Please report all bugs. A future imgur app that is designed around the Holo guidelines and imgur API attempting to build the fastest possible android app with the most features (eventually.) and best user interface.

Minutely by Ourcast

Minutely uses crowdsourced data in conjunction with standard radar to give users a fetching 3D map of active weather, in addition to the standard reports and data. Users can submit their own weather data. It's also got "hyperlocal" predictions for local weather in stretches between 2 and 24 hours. The Unity-powered 3D map alone is worth a look for weather geeks.

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Minutely is the completely new app from the team at Ourcast. Minutely is the first App to combine the power of crowdsourced data (allowing anyone to contribute to our unique weather forecasting model right from their phone) with traditional weather forecasting data. The result is an incredibly accurate short-term, hyper-local weather forecast - down to the minute. And it lets you get some of that frustration out when the weather man gets it wrong.

Bamboo Loop

This looks like another Instagram clone, yes? Well it is, but it comes from Wacom, the folks who make those nifty graphics tablets, the digitizers for Samsung's Note devices, and the Bamboo stylus. This app adds a few basic notation tools to your photos, then encourages you to share them. You don't technically need a Wacom stylus to use the Loop app (it's passive) but I'm sure that they would appreciate it.

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Bamboo Loop is a creative photo-sharing app that turns your photos into beautiful paper-like digital cards. You can browse through different photo filters, shapes and write or draw directly on top of photos with Wacom’s powerful inking tools. Share your creation on a variety of social media – or for a more personal touch, directly to a friend. The simple, clean interface makes it easy to customize your photos and create beautiful and fun Loop cards.

Persist ( Volume Control )

Ten volume settings for your phone, media, alert, alarm, and Bluetooth is not enough for you, mister audiophile. No, you need more volume options than you can shake a gold-plated 1/8" male-to-male adapter at, and and you need access to all of them! Persist is for you, opening of a ton of settings in different situations and contexts. Link the volume. Lock the volume. Change the ringtone. Set a custom vibration. Upgrade via an in-app purchase for even more settings. That last one is optional.

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Persist puts you in complete control of your audio with a variety of volume controls and settings. Apply your favourite audio settings in one tap. Quickly silence volume levels at an appointment, or at night for a comfortable sleep. It's the best way to prevent volume changes when bumped in your pocket, avoiding unexpected bursts of sound or missed calls.

Twisty Launcher

Android Police coverage: [New App] Twisty Launcher Can't Wait For The Moto X, Enables App-Launching Gestures On Any Phone

Can't wait to try the Moto X's gesture-based camera launcher? As usual with this sort of thing, someone's copied the function and released it long before the actual phone has landed. The core app has the double-rocker gesture locked to the camera, but you'll have to spring for an in-app purchase to add other apps or gestures.

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With Twisty Launcher opening your favorite apps is easier than ever. All you need to do is hold your phone in your hand and flick to the left twice to open your camera. Twisty Launcher will look for this hand gesture from the background, so you can perform the gesture from inside any app. This makes it super easy to not miss a quick photo opportunity.

Proven Craigslist Hiring - ATS

Got a small business? Need to post jobs to Craigslist in a hurry? This app will do it for you. What are you doing still reading this description? Time is money!

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Proven’s Employer App is the first Craigslist-specific applicant tracking system that lets you hire on Craigslist from anywhere. Post jobs to Craigslist, then search, sort and contact candidates directly from the app. Track Applicants: Keep tabs on who has been categorized and contacted. You can also add notes and see if the candidate has applied before. Save Time: Sort and filter submitted resumes in minutes instead of hours

Gigwalk

Freelance work sucks. Gigwalk tries to make it suck a little less. Local individuals and businesses post small-time jobs, and you accept them. then you d them, and get paid - at least you'd better hope so. Most of the "gigs" posted at the moment seem to be low pay for low skills, so if you're a full-time contractor, this app probably isn't for you.

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Gigwalk is a new way to get paid while building your professional profile. With Gigwalk, you can connect with businesses looking to get local contract work done. Build a great profile on the Gigwalk app and you’ll never miss an opportunity to find local contract work with thousands of businesses. This is a BETA version of Gigwalk for Android, so you may experience some issues while using it. If you do, please reach out to android@gigwalk.com and we'll respond quickly. You're helping to ensure a great experience for Gigwalkers well into the future and we appreciate your input!

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Eventful

What's going on this weekend? Eventful hopes to tell you. This is far from the first "what's up?" app that we've seen for Android, but since they're all only as useful as their list of events in conjunction with your location, you might as well give this one a shot. A simple interface, a searchable database, and some configurable notifications don't hurt.

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The only app you need to find what's happening near you - anytime, anywhere. Eventful for Android - local concerts, events and entertainment at your finger tips across all spectrums for adults, teens, family and kids. Access the most comprehensive selection of local events, nightlife, performing arts, festivals, sports and more worldwide. Search by your location, favorite venue, performer or date. Whether you're home or traveling, detailed maps show what's happening near you - anytime, anywhere.

1 Second Everyday

Android Police coverage: [New App] '1 Second Everyday' Challenges You To Film Each Day Of Your Life, One Second At A Time

If you're one of those people that obsessively catalogs every aspect of their life, this app might just be your new best friend. 1 Second Everyday does exactly what it says: records one second of your life, every day. For most of us, that will make a pretty boring film for the most part - you'll have to maximize the more photogenic portions of your day if you actually intend for anyone to watch this thing. Luckily, your progress is saved on Google Drive.

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For over 2 years now, I've been recording 1 second every day, so I'll never forget another day ever again. This project has had such a profoundly positive impact on my life, that I've passionately developed an App that will make it extraordinarily easy for anyone to do this too. Reliving every single day of my life at age 30 in 6 minutes has provided me with a treasured perspective on life. It holds me accountable for making each day count.

Chronos Data Collector

Android Police coverage: PSA: Google Latitude Shuts Down Today

If you're looking for a way to use all that Google Latitude data you studiously exported, this is it. Chronos is a life-logging app that will record pretty much every aspect of your life for you (and only you). It syncs to a web service that's accessible through the website, where you can see exactly how you've been spending all that time when you really should have been having fun.

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Chronos Data Collector is the best way to understand how you're spending your life. Using it is simple: download the app, create an account, and let it run in the background -- that's it. You can then see your life on chronos by logging in on your desktop browser at getchronos.com. There, you can add friends, see your custom infographic, train chronos to get smarter going forward, and see where you spend time by category (home, work, exercise, sleep, transit, social, and errands).

Hemisphere

Android Police coverage: PSA: Google Latitude Shuts Down Today

Hemisphere is a pretty blatant copy of Google's Latitude people-tracker. Which is okay, since Google has unceremoniously shut down the service. Hemisphere won't integrate with Google+ and you have to add users manually, but hey, at least it's there.

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Do you miss Google Latitude? Hemisphere is here to help. Easily share your location with your friends and family and see where they are instantly.

  • - Simple to use
  • - Full control over who can and cannot see your location
  • - Your information is secure - Hemisphere uses the same security technology as Google for their apps
  • - Easy on your battery
  • - Get directions to your friends with a tap

WebMD Pain Coach

Living in regular pain sucks - take it from a regular sciatica sufferer. Pain Coach can't do anything about pain itself, but it can monitor and track it for you, helping you and your doctor to find patterns of activity or behavior that may be helping or hurting you. There's also a comprehensive database of articles and tips to help you manage some of the more common nerve and degenerative pain conditions.

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WebMD Pain Coach™ offers a holistic approach to balancing lifestyle with chronic pain conditions to help inspire a better day. WebMD’s new app is a mobile companion to help you through daily health and wellness choices so you can better manage your chronic pain. Enjoy a personalized experience as physician-reviewed tips related to your specific condition are delivered daily to you. WebMD Pain Coach™ puts you in control of your lifestyle choices so you can review personal patterns to understand triggers, set goals, and easily share progress with your physician.

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BT Sport

Football season is starting in America, so it's increasingly difficult for me to care about sports that don't involve ridiculous excess, corporate sponsorship, and the constant possibility of concussion. But I'm told that soccer (fine, non-American football) and rugby have all that and a bag of crisps, so if you're a British Telecom customer, download this app and check out live sports streaming for both BT Sports channels and ESPN. Enjoy your soccer.

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The BT Sport app for Android smartphones and tablets allows BT Sport subscribers to watch BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN live and on the go. **IMPORTANT: WHILE BT SPORT IS FREE FOR BT BROADBAND CUSTOMERS, YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT AT bt.com/orderapp IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE APP**. Keep up to date with BT Sport’s growing line-up of live events including Barclays Premier League, Aviva Premiership, SPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, WTA tennis and UFC, with news, fixtures, results and more.

US Airways

Wow US Airways, you guys are kinda behind the curve here, aren't you? Despite being later than an international flight during a pilot union strike, the official US Airways app hits all the important points, including boarding passes, flight schedules, and an airline mile counter. For you first class jerks, there are also locations for the member clubs in each airport. At the moment, it looks like the app gives you free access to GoGo in-flight WiFi.

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Take US along wherever you go. Log in once and you'll have fast and easy access to everything you need - trips, flight status, boarding passes, check-in and more.

  • Quickly view flight info from your recent searches
  • Check in quickly from 'My trips'
  • Look up, label and organize your trips
  • Store all your boarding passes in the app's boarding pass wallet
  • Email trip info to your friends and family
  • See club locations and terminal information
  • Access your Dividend Miles account and read news

National Car Rental

If you're a frequent customer of National Car Rental, there's now an official app called National Car Rental. Try to keep up here. The app shows you your reservations, which you can create or edit without using the full website, and it's a good way to find promotional deals. You can find the nearest locations and drop-off points, which should save you a little hunting in Google Maps.

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Download the National Car Rental® app and tap into the power of more ease and convenience — all at your fingertips. To make your rental experience even better, the National app has these features:

• Make, modify and cancel reservations.
• Find and map pickup and drop-off locations.
• See specials and deals that can be booked right from the app.
• Access roadside assistance and customer service.

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Volkswagen SmileDrive™

Android Police coverage: [New App] Volkswagen's SmileDrive Turns Every Trip To The Store Into A Game With Awards And Stickers

Waze is the official "gameified" driving app, but Volkswagen has a new peace of mind ad campaign going, so it's time for an app. The SmileDrive system tracks you, but not in an NSA/FBI/Big Brother way - it's just quantifying your drive to tell you how much fun you had. Which is apparently something you needed help with. They couldn't figure out how to make it an exclusive, so Volkswagen SmileDrive works with any car, truck, motorcycle, or Flintstones footmobile.

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Volkswagen brings you SmileDrive™ -- the first social app to maximize fun on every drive, by using your favorite Google products and services along the way. Whether you’re commuting to work or traveling cross-country, SmileDrive records your drives, awards you stickers for unique accomplishments (such as going on a holiday trip or driving on an unusually cold day), and turns road trips into shareable stories.

Moviefone for Google TV

Android Police coverage: [New App] AOL Dials Up Official Moviefone App For Google TV

Why would you want to look at movies that are in theaters when you're using GoogleTV? Sure that set would be made up entirely of movies that you can't watch on the device that you're actively using? I suppose you could look to see when the inevitable sequel to the superhero film you're watching will be out in theaters. Oh well, at least it's got trailers.

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Moviefone brings the latest movie trailers into your living room. Check out the latest trailers for movies in theaters and on DVD. Moviefone even has weekly movie reviews to help narrow your choices and celebrity interviews to entertain you - all from the convenience of your remote.

Samsung Wallet

Android Police coverage: Samsung Releases Samsung Wallet To The Play Store, Unsurprisingly Still Exclusive To Samsung Devices

And Samsung's unceasing quest to duplicate every single Google app continues - even to the apps that aren't actually successful. Samsung Wallet will work with latter Samsung phones with NFC functionality, though right now you can't actually add any credit cards. You'll have to find merchants that participate in the Samsung Wallet system, and manually load up their "tickets" to take advantage of the app.

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Samsung Wallet is a one-stop destination for your boarding passes, membership cards, coupons, and event tickets. Start adding Tickets from applications you love. Look for ‘Load to Samsung Wallet’ button within your favorite application, press it, and you are set.

  • Optimized for HD and Full-HD Samsung devices
  • Store and manage tickets, coupons, mobile boarding passes and membership cards in one convenient place
  • Offers 5 default categories for easy management of Tickets. You can also add categories for more personalization.
  • Customizable time and location-based reminders to show the Tickets at the right time and place.
  • Synchronize all your Tickets to multiple devices using Samsung account
  • Receive and store Co-marketing offers

WTF App(s) Of The Week

S.M.T.H.

Android Police coverage: [New Game] S.M.T.H. Invites You To Kill Your Phone In Pursuit Of Victory, But You Should Probably Decline

Warning: do not throw your phone into the air. It is a stupid thing to do. Do not do it even if an app tells you to do it. Even for imaginary points. Please. Don't.

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S.M.T.H. (Send Me To Heaven) is a sport game. Player throws his phone as high as he can. The higher, the better. The phone registers the height and uploads result to leader boards. World Top 10, Week Top 10 and Day Top 10 lists are available. SAFETY FIRST: Be careful not to injure yourself or others. Be always aware that there is enough space above you and around you. WARNING: Throwing a smartphone high into the air may result in both damage to the smartphone, property and/or personal injury.

Dinosaur-themed app icons

So there's a service called Rex's App World that wants to recommend apps and games. The service isn't all that interesting, but their publicity stunt is: dinosaur-themed app icons. Not icons that necessarily depict dinosaurs (though there are a few like that), but icons that appear as they might if dinosaurs were actually using an Android phone. For some reason. They're actually pretty cool - check out more at the Rex's App World blog post.

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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.
  • Wayne Randall

    Thanks AP! Always my favorite section of articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.danna.733 Jonathan Danna

    Anyone know an app that lets you set volumes on a per-app basis? I hate how low the volume is on maps when it interrupts my music. It goes from decent volume music to whispering directions.

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

      I have no experience with this app, but here's one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=droidamax.appvolumefree.

      Also, Tasker can probably do this easily.

    • CharlesVT

      TASKER! if this app is opened, then set volume to be ____. It's perfect!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.danna.733 Jonathan Danna

        Not quite though.. if I have the music app open with navigation in the background, how would that work? It'd just crank up the music. :

        I need the maps voice navigation to be louder.

  • AppleMinions,☞,BowDown

    Great list!

    • Paul Jordan

      I looked at Proven's Craigslist hiring app and thought it meant that it was Proven, as in many people had tried it, ran it through it's paces, that kinda thing.. So I went to the Play store.. One person has reviewed it and gave it 5 stars.. and that was probably the developers nephew..
      Interesting App though.. Usually when advertising a job on CL, the client has to pay to post it. I wonder how that's handled in the app.

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Damn. Was hoping my new Xbox Live dashclock extension would make it into this week's roundup while it's still < two weeks old. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katzmatt.dashclock.liveonline

    • Marco

      Your apps suck and you suck for spamming reddit with this junk. I wish the /r/Android mods would ban you.

      • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

        posting in a thread meant for app promotion, in exactly the way you're supposed to hardly counts as spamming.

      • Taedirk

        Jeez, who pissed in your cornflakes this morning?

  • hyperbolic

    S.M.T.H. here I come !

  • Sef

    Did... I miss the wallpapers?

  • Samantha Gobert

    Klyph launched way before two weeks ago...

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  • Alex