12
Sep
nexusae0_ic_thumb_thumb_thumb

Another month, another incredible showing of new apps in the Play Store. It's taken us a while to narrow down the selections this time, but we promise they're worth the wait. Out of all the new apps we saw last month, we've compiled a short list of just five of our favorites, plus some runners up that didn't quite make the cut but are still worth checking out.

nexusae0_apps-roundup-hero_thumb

Without further ado, let's get started.


Timely

This one was a no-brainer. Hailed by some as a new standard in Android design, Timely is an exceedingly pretty app. It's a simple time/alarm/stopwatch/timer app, but it does what it does well, has great execution, and plenty of beautiful themes to choose from. Oh, and the widget isn't half bad either.

unnamed (1) unnamed (2) unnamed

Bitspin has hit the nail on the head with Timely, and it can be picked up for free from the Play Store. Give it a go.

Dynamic Notifications

While the Moto X isn't for everyone, and some would-be owners are still holding out for customization options on their carrier of choice, the phone undoubtedly has some awesome features, some of which have found their way to the Play Store in third-party apps that attempt to emulate the X's unique functionality. One of these is Dynamic Notifications.

In my Nexus 7 review, I lamented the lack of a multi-color capable notification LED, as a light that only blinks white doesn't say much about what notifications you're getting. Dynamic Notifications takes that sentiment one step further, discreetly lighting up your phone's display with notification icons you can either take action on or let fade into the background before your device goes back to sleep.

unnamed (4) unnamed (5) unnamed (6)

Cheapcast

Cheapcast, for those who don't feel like hunting down and spending $35 on a Chromecast, will let any of your Android devices emulate Google's surprise streaming dongle. While Cheapcast won't give you the sleek, hidden appearance of the Chromecast, it will give you most of the functionality (save for tab casting, Play Movies, and Netflix). In our hands-on, Bertel had no problem setting up and using the service, and explains some of its ups and downs as a product.

unnamed (7) unnamed (8)

Despite its shortcomings, free is certainly cheaper than $35, and if you're not sure whether something like the Chromecast would actually fit into your daily life, this is a good way to find out.

Appsi Sidebar

Next up is a more utilitarian app. Appsi Sidebar, as you might guess from the name, draws a sliding sidebar on top of your device giving you shortcuts to apps, call logs, or contacts.

The way it works is simple – define a hotspot, and then slide over from that hotspot at any time to open your sidebar. You can manipulate favorite items or set up other hotspots with plugins to get faster access to certain tools or shortcuts.

unnamed (9) unnamed (10)

The app is free from the Play Store, and definitely worth a look from productivity junkies.

1 Second Everyday

1 Second Everyday is a really neat concept. Basically, the app encourages users to capture one second of their day every day for as long as possible, and then play back their footage to gain, like the app's developer, a "treasured perspective on life." The app automatically detects content in your gallery, and can quickly create compilations from various timespans.

unnamed (9) unnamed (10) unnamed (11)

It's really as simple as that. Whether you lead an intriguing, action packed life or not, you'll definitely have a few super interesting minutes to play back at the end of your first year. The app is free to use for 30 days, and requires a modest $0.99 payment to keep going after that.

Runners Up

Final Thoughts

Didn't find anything you like? Don't worry, we'll be back really soon with September's best apps, and of course we've got larger semi-weekly roundups where you can find a ton of great new apps to try out.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Jaxx89

    Appsi looks like a good app.
    Could you suggest other apps like this one. I can't remember the ones I had read about.

    • Matthew Fry
      • Jaxx89

        Thanks....found other app switchers too

        • SYO

          I swear by Swipepad!

          • Jaxx89

            Gonna try that one out too...see what I like

          • Derek B

            Swapps is pretty nice also.

          • My name is….

            Should have been on the list, instead of appsi.

          • alexcue

            Also a big Swipepad fan here - that and GMD Gestures really took app launching and power using to a new level.

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      If you face problems with sliding out the sidebar, like I do, try Toucher or Floating toucher.

      • Jaxx89

        Thats it...Floating toucher was the one I was specifically looking for.
        Thanks man.

  • Matthew Fry

    1 Second Everyday is awesome, I just wish I didn't neglect it so much. I've got 2-3 day gaps everywhere. Great idea, takes a lot of discipline.

    Sliding Explorer is cool but I like all the features of Solid Explorer. I guess what I'm saying is, he should totally steal the idea and integrate it into SE.

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

      I love this idea, and I'm currently in the process of making a compilation for my son's 1st birthday in November. There are some pretty major issues with it though which I hope will be worked out soon which involve importing existing videos that aren't on your device yet.

      Basically, it's too simplistic to make this viable, and ideally it'd work with cloud services or maybe a desktop program because right now as soon as you switch devices or run out of space, you're kind of screwed.

      I haven't tried it but from what the developer told me, the date on videos copied from somewhere to the device would be wrong, and the app would take the copied date and not the date the video was taken on.

      • mauswe

        From Play Store: + Backup your seconds with Google Drive!

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

          It just backs up the compilations you've created, that's different.

  • herro

    I'm really glad I read through this article. 1 Second Everyday is just an awesome idea/app! Thank you :)

  • Alekh Khanna

    What can Dynamic Notifications do that cannot be achieved with DashClock ?

    • xnifex

      Having just installed & tested on the nexus 4, dynamic will turn on the screen, which dashclock had never done. Also, for phones dashclock is minimized so you have to pull down to see any relevant info about a notification & then you have to unlock, this will show you as you're sliding unlock.

      • Alekh Khanna

        Umm..No. I run DashClock on lockscreen and as daydream with all the notifications I want to be notified of (calls/SMSs/emails etc), so there's no need to pull down. Just see the content of the email then and there. Clicking it takes to the relevant app.

        • xnifex

          How do you have that set up? On the nexus 4 running stock 4.3 I've always had to pull down to see the full content of dashclock, otherwise they are just small icons with numbers. You mention daydream, so I'm assuming your stuff only works when daydream is running, which if I remember correctly only works when docked/charging. This app works all the time.

  • Scotty

    If you use this Timely referral code, you get free points for premium items! :)

    Referral Code: X535-KPYK-7PVU

Quantcast