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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.

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Featured App

DigiCal Calendar & Widgets

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is a complete calendar solution that integrates with Google Calendar, matching it feature-for-feature and then some. A wide selection of calendar views (agenda, day, week, month, text month, list) and great tablet compatibility means that your calendar will look great and be easy to use no matter what device you're using. DigiCal also includes a variety of widgets, all of which put the stock Google Calendar to shame, and integrated location search within the app. DigiCal even checks Google Now for travel and traffic time, letting you know when you'll need to leave to avoid being late. The standard DigiCal is free, but the $4.95 DigiCal+ includes a month widget, extra visual options, and zero ads.

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Experience the most stylish Android calendar with Holo light and dark themes with 6 powerful calendar views and 5 beautifully designed widgets! DigiCal is a stylish and easy to use calendar application that syncs all your appointment with Google Calendar. You can choose from 6 powerful calendar views (day, week, agenda, month, text month and list) in both portrait and landscape mode. DigiCal also comes with 5 beautiful widgets (list, grid, day, day list and month). Following the latest Android Holo light and dark theme, DigiCal is bringing the clean and intuitive user interface experience to smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2+. DigiCal’s innovative features such as the smart action bar make it easy to edit, move, copy, paste and delete events. With our unique built-in location search, adding a location to your event has never been easier. All you need to do is type in the name of the place (cafe, store, and park) and DigiCal will automatically look up the address and save it. With this feature, Google Now (Android 4.1+) knows where you'll need to go. It'll watch current traffic, plan your route and notify you when you should leave.

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Apps

Aereo (Beta)

Android Police review: Aereo TV Service Review: Impressive Streaming, Unbeatable Value, Unfortunate Limitations

Android users have been waiting for a mobile Aereo client for a long time. This somewhat controversial service re-broadcasts local TV stations as an online streaming DVR network, allowing customers access to true IPTV for a few bucks a month. You can pay for the website without using the beta Android app, but the app allows you to view live and recorded TV on any network. Unfortunately there are only a handful of supported US cities at the moment.

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It used to be that watching over-the-air television required a giant rooftop antenna or awkward rabbit ears connected to your TV. Aereo changes all that. With Aereo for Android, simply launch the app, sign in to your Aereo account, and use your remote antenna and DVR to watch real TV on your Android phone or tablet. With your Aereo remote antenna and DVR you can...

  • Use your Aereo antenna to receive the major broadcast networks and local channels you could get at home.
  • Thanks to your remote DVR, whatever you watch live can be paused or saved for later.
  • Since your DVR is in the cloud, the shows you save from your Android can be watched later on any compatible device.
  • You can access your Aereo antenna and DVR from anywhere in your home coverage area.

Molto – Email app. (beta)

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Molto Is A Tablet-Only Email Client That Is Great For Newbies, And It's Attractive To Boot

They're really running out of good names for apps. Molto may sound like a term for a sick bird, but it's actually a surprisingly slick email app, offering a tablet-focused interface with some definite hints of Google Now. The UI presents your email like social alerts a la Twitter or Facebook, and the individual cards let you read through entire messages without opening them. It's hard to imagine Gmail users switching from Google's apps, but if you regularly use external POP or IMAP accounts, Molto is definitely worth a look.

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Based on the idea that the more email reflects you, the more you’ll enjoy using it, Molto, completely redesigned the email inbox. In doing so, it blurred the boundaries between email and content consumption, tasks and enjoyment, personal and business. Work and pleasure are now one and the same. Molto now introduces the next era of email, erasing the boundaries between digital social interactions, reading messages, and consuming content.

Stormfly

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Stormfly Is A Thoroughly Unexciting But Very Pragmatic Way To Change Your Wallpaper Based On The Weather

We usually put live wallpapers in their own section, but this one is so amazing functional that we're upgrading it to full honorary app status. The background changes dynamically in response to your local weather conditions, and though the images don't move, they're still pretty fantastic. Not enough for you? Then check out the various numerical displays, DashClock functionality, and persistent notifications.

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Stormfly brings you live weather information in the form of beautifully designed HD wallpaper graphics. Based on your set location, Stormfly will look up your current weather condition, download the matching weather graphic and display the image as your device’s wallpaper. The wallpaper will automatically update and change appropriately at your set interval and at different times of day, such as sunrise/sunset, daytime and night. Optionally you can turn on the new "Stalker Mode" to have the location automatically update in the app as your location changes.

Flyne. The Offline Reader.

Android Police coverage: [New App] Flyne Is A New Offline News Reader From The Maker Of Falcon Pro, Powered by Twitter And Feedly

Flyne is the latest app from the creator of the excellent Falcon Pro. It's not a Twitter or Feedly client, but it scrapes both services in search of news to display in a friendly and easy-to-read format. The free version lets you select a set of pre-chosen news sources for various topics (including Android Police!), and a $2 in-app purchase unlocks the ability to connect to your personal Twitter or Feedly account. Best of all, it caches the stories for offline reading, so you'll never be wanting for something to kill time. Flyne is only for smartphones for now.

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Introducing Flyne, a fast, fresh and simple way to stay up to date with your favourite News sources. Flyne uses Twitter Lists and Feedly categories to provide you with news on real time from the most famous blogs, to your most trusted friends. Flyne fetches FULL Articles from Twitter for offline viewing, and displays it in a clean, mobile friendly format. Flyne presents articles like a magazine, page per page, allowing you to flick through titles and full screen pictures for the best reading experience.

Call PopOut

Who uses their phone as a phone anymore? Call PopOut makes incoming calls act more like text messages or emails, showing small alerts instead of a full-screen interface. You can ignore, end, or answer the call without leaving your current app, which should come as a great relieve to Candy Crush addicts. The speakerphone button is a particularly well-thought-out feature - no need to stop whatever you're doing to communicate with puny humans, you techno-god, you.

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Call PopOut - a multitasking way to handle incoming calls while stay on your current apps. An incoming call sometime interrupt us while we are playing a game, reading Flipboard, surfing web. This nature of Android phone disturbs us and cost you time, concentration, feeling. Call Popout is designed to fill the gap. It shows incoming calls as a small photo with caller name/number. You can touch on photo in order to response to the call (reject, accept, mute and hide, back to phone app, toggle speaker mode)

Netalyzr

Netalyzr is kind of like one of those registry cleaners for your Windows PC, but for your network instead. It's just a local app, so it can't actually fix issues in you network connection, but it can tell you where some of your problems may lay so you can fix them faster. Netalyzer detects firewall issues, HTTP caching errors, DNS server vulnerabilities, and (if you're rooted) it can conduct some basic IP trace routes.

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Netalyzr for Android is the free (and ad-free) mobile version of the popular network debugging tool Netalyzr. It analyzes a wide range of properties of your Internet connection that you should care about, including blocking of important services, HTTP caching behavior and proxy correctness, your DNS server's resilience to abuse, NAT detection, and (optionally) latency & bandwidth measurements. It reports its findings in a detailed report that highlights any identified problems.

BlizzCon 2013 Guide

Android Police coverage: Blizzard Releases Official BlizzCon 2013 Guide For Android, A Free Virtual Planner Aimed At This Year's Attendees

BlizzCon approaches, Starcraft and WoW fans, and once again Blizzard has graced you with a slick-looking guide app for the Anaheim conference. After sitting out in 2012 the con is back in full force, and the app performs the usual schedule, map, and news functions. If you're going to miss an event or tournament, you check out a live stream of the event right on your phone, and of course there's a full complement of social integration.

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The BlizzCon 2013 Guide mobile app, available now for Android™, is a fast and easy way to help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience. With it, you can:

  • Plan your day
  • Catch your favorite events
  • Chart a path
  • Stay updated
  • Live Streams
  • Social Networking

ESPN Fantasy Hockey

Android Police coverage: [New App] ESPN Releases Its Official Fantasy Hockey App For Neglected NHL Fans

Hockey fans tend to get the short end of the stick (so to speak) when it comes to American sports coverage. But if you're an avid user of ESPN's branded fantasy hockey service, you've now got an official app to call your own. It's pretty much the same as all the fantasy apps: team management, league scores, real-world coverage, and a few insights from fantasy experts, if such a thing exists. The UI isn't great and there are network ads, but if you need to make bench adjustments on the road, it's a lot easier than using the browser.

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With the ESPN Fantasy Hockey app, you can manage multiple teams and leagues, follow your matchups in real-time, add/drop/trade players, and make last second line up changes from wherever you are. You’ll be one tap away from your teams and leagues, and one step ahead of your friends. With the ESPN Fantasy Hockey app you can:

  • Follow your head-to-head matchup or rotisserie scoring live with FantasyCast
  • Get exclusive news, analysis, videos and the latest Tweets from ESPN fantasy experts
  • Follow live NHL scores
  • Start, bench, add, drop, and claim players off waivers and propose trades
  • View and post messages to your league message board

ESPN Fantasy Basketball

Android Police coverage: [New App] ESPN Releases Official Fantasy Basketball App For Android

See all that stuff up there under the ESPN Fantasy Hockey app? Replace those players with men who are 30% taller and 90% less Canadian, and you've got the Fantasy Basketball app.

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With the ESPN Fantasy Basketball app, you can manage multiple teams and leagues, follow your matchups in real-time, add/drop/trade players, and make last second line up changes from wherever you are. You’ll be one tap away from your teams and leagues, and one step ahead of your friends. With the ESPN Fantasy Basketball app you can:

  • Follow your head-to-head matchup or rotisserie scoring live with FantasyCast
  • Get exclusive news, analysis, videos and the latest Tweets from ESPN fantasy experts
  • Follow live NBA scores
  • Start, bench, add, drop, and claim players off waivers and propose trades
  • View and post messages to your league message board

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Android Police coverage: [New App] Microsoft Releases Android App For Its Enterprise-Focused Dynamics CRM Service

As a tech blogger, my "Customer Relationship Management" mostly consists of resisting the urge to slap people when they comment on stories without reading them. If you've got a more conventional job that relies on Redmond's branded CRM solution, Microsoft is willing to cross the OS divide in the name of selling licenses, which is a nice plus for any business manager who doesn't want to be stuck on Windows Phone.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the essential business tool to help you stay connected and productive wherever you are. Stay up to date with your customer info—even when you’re on the go. Arrive prepared for every appointment and update your notes, tasks, contacts, accounts, leads and opportunities while the details are still fresh in your mind.

Olympic Athletes' Hub

The bi-annual media extravaganza known as the Olympics is fast approaching, and the first of many Sochi-themed apps is aimed at allowing us non-Adonises to admire our representative athletes from afar. This app has a catalog of all the athletes' verified Twitter accounts, split up by nation, sport, or even individual event, and it's got a special photo view for uploaded pics. Keep in mind that just because they're good on the ski slopes doesn't mean they have interesting things to say on Twitter... just like everyone else.

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Discover and follow the verified accounts of Olympians across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search by “Athlete”, “Team”, “Sport”, and “Game” and get a unique overview of Olympians. Discover their individual profiles which aggregate all of their updates in one place. Many Olympians use Instagram. Check out their awesome photos in real time in a special section which features all of their latest pics.

AutoContacts

This simple Tasker extension lets you hook the powerful automation app into your contact list, opening up a few more options on its ever-expending list of capabilities. Notably it offers a nickname function, which is especially handy if you're tying Tasker profiles into voice actions. Note: at the moment, AutoContacts only works with the latest beta version of Tasker. Here's the $1.35 unlock key.

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Search for your contacts by name or nickname and get all their info in Tasker so you can call them, text them, or whatever else you'd like. AutoContacts is Currently in Beta. Please don't leave negative ratings because of things that aren't working. Contact me instead. thanks.

Favado

Most shopping and deal-finding apps focus on saving money online, but it's hard to have the financial patience to save twenty cents on Dial soap by ordering in bulk from Amazon. Favado favors saving from local shops and stores, with a constantly-updated list of 65,000 local grocery stores and drug stores (I'm guessing from major chains and markets) and their sales on everyday items. Naturally the app includes the usual shopping list and search functions.

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Compare and save up to 70% on everyday items at your local grocery and drug stores. The Favado app aggregates sales data for your local grocery, drug and big box stores. You’ll find the freshest sale data from the weekly ad, and if a sale item also has coupons available, Favado will tell you where to find them. Build a shopping list from the sales, and you’ll be able to stop over-spending at the grocery store.

CleverCards Birthday Card App

Remember when you were a kid and you used to make greeting cards by hand, because your parents were too cheap to spend two bucks on a scrap of 80-pound from Hallmark? (Maybe that was just my parents.) CleverCard brings back those halcyon days by allowing you to create a fully customized card which you can buy and mail (as in, mail, through the mail, with stamps and everything) right from your phone, or send a digital one for free. Unfortunately you'll have to sign in to Facebook to do so.

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The fastest and easiest way to create and send real printed & free digital birthday and greeting cards straight from your phone, tablet or desktop to anywhere in the world.

How it works
• Log in with Facebook to automatically create your own one-of-a-kind greeting card store
• See your friends' upcoming birthdays and events
• Add family & friends not on Facebook to your friend list
• Edit your personalized cards with photos and a special message
• Real, printed cards from just $2.99 + postage, printed and delivered locally anywhere in the world

AirHelp

Airlines suck, universally, and no amount of smiling flight attendants or jokey safety presentations can change that. They suck the most when they cancel your flight, but in Europe, there are systems in place for perturbed customers to get their money back quickly. AirHelp guides users through these sometimes cumbersome processes, allowing them to get their maximum refund in the minimum amount of time. Unfortunately there's no US counterpart - no one's brave enough to storm the gates of American Airlines customer service.

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You can get up to €600 in compensation if your flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked. Download the AirHelp app and see if your flight is eligible for compensation and submit to AirHelp in 5 easy steps. AirHelp is the leading flight compensation service and handles claims that are compliant to European rights regulation 261/2004. AirHelp handles your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Virgin Media SmartCall

VOIP is the future, whether certain US carriers like it or not. Virgin Media (the UK carrier, not to be confused with various other market branches) understands this, and has released a WiFi calling app to let customers use their normal number on VOIP without any extra cost. You'll still have to dip into your plan minutes when calling off the network, but this should make it much easier to use your phone in areas with low signal or while roaming and trying to save some cash.

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With Virgin Media SmartCall, you can use your Virgin Phone talk plan on your smartphone, anywhere with WiFi. So you can talk more on your mobile, without using up your mobile minutes.The home phone you can take anywhere. It could save you oodles of money because you can make calls from your Virgin Phone talk plan on your smartphone, anywhere you can connect to a WiFi network, at no extra cost. It's free to download and exclusive to Virgin Media customers.

Motorola Camera

Android Police coverage: Motorola Releases Motorola Camera App On The Play Store, Only Works With The Moto X For Now

Motorola is following in Daddy Googlebucks' footsteps. After separating their Active Notifications and other Moto X/DROID apps from carrier updates with a full Google Play app, they've now posted the camera as well. This means that owners of the Moto X (but not Verizon's new DROIDs) should get updated and improved versions of the camera software without having to wait on a full OS update.

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A simple and faster way to capture moments. Touch anywhere on the screen to take a photo, even while recording video. Hold your finger down to shoot photos continuously. Swipe for quick access to settings like flash, HDR, panorama, and slow-motion. You’ll never take a photo the same way again.

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.

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  • 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

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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.