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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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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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

TimePIN - No Root Needed

Android Police coverage: [New App + Giveaway] TimePIN Secures Your Phone With A Code Updated Every Minute, Easily Fools Thieves And Pranksters, Win One Of Ten Pro Licenses

Here's an ingenious little app that changes the security PIN to the exact system time on your phone and refreshes every minute. That way you'll have an ever-changing security key that can't be spotted with an over-the-shoulder glance or guessed based on a date. Obviously the jig is up if someone figures out the pattern, but the app developer thought of that, allowing for various modifiers to the PIN like reverses and mirrors.

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Find an unknown bug? Email me for a reward and a fix: [email protected] TimePIN is a security and ease of use enhancing application. TimePIN sets your lockscreen PIN code to the current time resulting in an ever changing PIN that can not be shoulder surfed or repeated due to fingerprints on the screen. Modifiers allow you to morph the PIN, to further enhance security.

Pry-Fi

Android Police coverage: [New App] Chainfire Releases Pry-Fi Proof Of Concept Allowing Users To Avoid Potentially Shady Wi-Fi Tracking (Root Only)

Most people don't know that even an Android phone with WiFi turned off might be broadcasting at least some personally identifiable information. Well-known developer Chainfire has released an app that will lock down this information without actually turning off the WiFi radio. The good news: it makes being security-conscious with your data a lot easier, even after you do connect to a new network. The bad news: it's only for root users.

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Pry-Fi will prevent your device from announcing all the networks it knows to the outside world, but it will still allow background scanning and automatically connecting to Wi-Fi networks. While you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, the MAC address will constantly be pseudo-randomized, following a pattern that still makes the trackers think you are a real person, but they will not encounter your MAC address again. This will slowly poison their tracking database with useless information.

Basecamp - Official App

Android Police coverage: [New App] Project Management Tool Basecamp Comes To Android With An Official App

Basecamp is an essential part of everyday activities here at Android Police. We've been using the web version for literally years, and suffering through the extremely basic mobile web app for the same amount of time. The long-overdue Android app is surprisingly feature-complete, working with both tablets and phones in equal capacity. Your company or team will need an active Basecamp account to use it, of course.

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The official app for Basecamp, the world's #1 project management app on the web.

• Check in on your projects from anywhere. Basecamp for Android shows you the latest news on each project.
• Jump in on a discussion and post your thoughts.
• View progress as team members complete to-dos and upload files.
• Everything from your projects is available, so you can refer to a document or make a decision no matter where you are.

Postmates

Android Police coverage: [New App] Postmates Lets You Get Deliveries From Any Restaurant Or Grocer In Supported Cities (San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, And Washington DC)

We've all been there: you're tired. You're hungry. And you totally forgot to swing by that awesome Korean place on the way home. Postmates is here to help, so long as "home" is in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, or Washington DC. The Android app lets you order food off the menu of any restaurant in town and get it delivered to your door for a modest fee. The service will even grab non-traditional items like office supplies, groceries, or anything else readily available.

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Postmates is now open. Must have Android 4.0 or above to install. Now all your favorite restaurants, grocery stores and supermarkets deliver. Lunch, dinner, groceries, office supplies or anything else. Our Postmates shop for you and deliver from all your favorite places in under one hour. Order groceries from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Safeway. Get personal care items and prescriptions from Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade and many others.

Foodler

Android Police coverage: [New App] Foodler Online Delivery Service Comes To Android, But Depending On Where You Live, There Isn't Much To Eat

You want more deliveries? Ask and you shall receive. Foodler is the same basic idea, but it's both more open and more limited. Foodler works in more cities, but it needs supported restaurants to join in the program, so depending on your location you might not be able to get your favorite food delivered to your doorstep. On the plus side, there are at least some restaurants in Foodler's database that don't normally offer delivery or takeout. A basic rewards system is included.

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Foodler's free service has made ordering food online fun, easy, and rewarding since 2004. Now Foodler brings your Best Bets for local food delivery to Android. We've got all your favorite delivery foods – plus top-rated restaurants that normally don’t deliver. Explore and experience local favorites rated by Foodler users like you. So whether you're looking for pizza, wings, comfort food, a breakfast wake-up call, vegetarian delights, or face-melting Szechuan – we've got you covered.

MIXTRAX App

Android Police coverage: [New App] Pioneer's MIXTRAX Puts A Robot DJ In Your Phone, Automatically Mixes Your Local Music Library

If you're like me, you've got thousands of MP3 files hanging around from your (ahem) somewhat liberal attitude towards copyright infringement in college, and they're pretty poorly organized. Just like the desktop application of the same name, Pioneer's MIXTRAX will organize all of it and then create automatic playlists based on beat and music style. Even better, the app lets you vote up or down Pandora-style or create new playlists from the active song.

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Derived from Pioneer’s experience in developing world-renown professional DJ products, the MIXTRAX App analyzes the music library on your Android and effortlessly categorizes your music into unique non-stop mixes. Each mix features virtual DJ effects that blend and transition one song to the next while maintaining the overall tempo and mood of the mix. You can now get into the mix without worrying about cueing up songs, beat matching, or adding effects, as the MIXTRAX App does it all for you.

 

Mobilligy: Pay bills for free

Android Police coverage: [New App] Mobilligy Hopes Consolidating All Bills Into A Single App Will Make Paying Them Less Sucky

Paying the piper is never fun, but Mobilligy hopes they can at least make it easier. Connect your credit cards and bank account, set all your bills, and you can pay them all within the app. The scheduling aspect is what's really attractive, especially for those of us who abhor the idea of an automatically recurring payment. Of course, you'll have to trust the developers with access to some very personal information.

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Mobilligy is the best way to track and pay all of your bills, anytime, anywhere. It's easy to get started. Simply find your billers and enter your login details. We'll present you with all of your bills and recent payments, and you'll be able to quickly see what's due. When you're ready, pay your bill in seconds.

• Mobilligy is 100% free. There are no monthly charges or hidden fees.
• See when your upcoming bills are due and how much you owe.
• Pay your bills anytime, anywhere, directly from inside the app.
• Check your account balances to make sure you have enough cash.
• Be instantly notified as new bills arrive or if anything is amiss.
• Pay with maximum flexibility: use your credit card, debit card or bank account.
• Your information is safe and secure with us, protected with bank-level encryption.

PolyFauna

Android Police coverage: [New App] Radiohead's First Android Foray Will Take You On A Visual Musical Journey You Probably Won't Make Sense Of

What the Hell is this? Is it a game? A music video? A "visual album?" Oh, it's Radiohead - that should be about all the explanation that you need.

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PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom. It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.

Your screen is the window into an evolving world.
Move around to look around.
You can follow the red dot.
You can wear headphones.
You can get some pretty strange looks on the train.

 

5by

Android Police coverage: [New App] StumbleUpon's 5by Video Concierge App Picks What To Watch So You Don't Have To

Looking for a video to watch? If you don't know where to start in the endless ocean that is free online content, Stumbleupon wants to help with the new 5by app. 5by will collate your interests and recommend both new and archived videos to match, pulling from all the biggest video sites on the Internet into a single app. It can even create an automatic playlist, becoming an instant procedurally-created TV show. I imagine it would include a lot of kittens.

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5by is a personalized, curated video application that sifts through the sea of online video and surfaces the best ones for you in a continuous, effortless stream. Based on mood, social interests and time of day we serve up great videos for you all day long. Lean back and enjoy.

TouchOfModern

Android Police coverage: [New App] A Touch Of Modern Android App Is Now Available, Because Your Phone Is Closer To Your Wallet Than Your PC

We're big fans of Touch of Modern here at Android Police, even if it's mostly just to laugh at some of the "designer" products that make it into the online outlet. Now they've finally released an Android app, so you no longer need to subscribe to the daily email to see the wacky new stuff they've got without an annoying login. Touch of Modern is mostly furniture and fashion accessories, but there are a few watches, tech deals, and some more exotic items on display.

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Gain access to exclusive pricing on extraordinary design with ToMo. Download the TouchOfModern mobile app to browse, discover, and acquire jaw-dropping modern designs at up to 70% off retail. Too good to be true? Install ToMo and see for yourself. Join the growing design-conscious community for FREE access to amazing design deals. Discover and be inspired by truly unique, modern design. Anywhere. Anytime.

Intuit TaxLink

Android Police coverage: [New App] Intuit TaxLink Makes Communication And Document Transfer With Your Accountant A Snap

Tax season is upon us, which means real headaches for anyone with multiple 1099s and whatnot. Intuit is trying to make it a little less stressful with TaxLink, a simple app that lets you take photos of your tax documents and automatically gathers the relevant data for TurboTax. Just specify the form, take a photo, and you're ready to go. Naturally you can access the info and the photos at any time... which might not be the best thing. Make your passwords strong, people.

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Intuit TaxLink saves you time when providing all your tax documents to your accountant. It also allows you to send and receive secure messages back and forth. Your accountant can also share a PDF of your return for review within the TaxLink app. Upload tax documents in a snap - it’s as easy as snapping a picture on your phone to send documents like W-2’s and 1099s to your accountant. In minutes, you can take the photos, upload them directly to TaxLink, and then get on with your busy day.

FlickKey® Keyboard

Android Police coverage: [New App] FlickKey Keyboard Combines Poking With Swiping To Reduce How Often You Need To Do Either

At the moment there are two favorite ways to type on Android: the standard hunt-and peck method and the swipe method introduced with SwiftKey. FlickKey combines both of them, splitting the keyboard up into touch zones that allow for more targeted text entry. It's a little odd, to be perfectly honest, but I'm sure someone will get some use out of it (especially if that someone is intent on trying to type on a smartwatch). The free trial is good for a generous 60 days.

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Want to truly touch-type on your phone or tablet, and keep your eyes on your text? Would you like to type with any number of thumbs or fingers - any way you like? If so, try FlickKey® Keyboard. FlickKey is a new and superior keyboard concept. FlickKey is extremely fast, efficient, and accurate on all your touch screen Android devices - even smartwatches. FlickKey is a full step into the future of typing. (Note: First version is English only.)

 

My Paid Apps

Android Police coverage: [New App] My Paid Apps Lives Up To Its Name, Adds What The Play Store Is Missing

Why, oh why, did the Play Store ever get rid of the paid apps list (instead replacing it with a more generic list of every app you've ever downloaded)? Here's a simple way to get that paid list back, complete with a few categories and simple sorting tools.

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See a simple list of all the apps you've purchased in the Play Store.

Features:
- Supports multiple accounts
- Oauth login (no more entering passwords into a webview)
- Lists apps, books, devices, anything you've bought
- Sorts items into categories
- Order by name or date bought
- Installed apps are marked with green
- See app name, icon, buy date, and price for each item

CloudMagic - Free Email App

CloudMagic is yet another alternative email app, compatible with all the standard services including Gmail. The focus is on quick and effective search, which is important when you've got an inbox stuffed with tens of thousands of messages. Reminders and notifications will help you keep on top of your itinerary, and the interesting interface should hit the spot for some jaded by Gmail and standard Exchange clients.

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The email app with fast magical search for your phone and tablet. Works with Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Office 365 and any IMAP account. CloudMagic is FREE. Supports up to 5 email accounts. Search within and create emails from ALL of your email accounts. Quickly find anything in one continuous, searchable Inbox. Save time by not organizing emails and trying to reach Inbox Zero.

School Boss Free

This app is like the official school organizer app - without the official part. Put in your classes, grades, and schedule, and it will keep track of just about everything, including your GPA and history. A wide array of features (including just about every grading scale you can think of) help overcome a somewhat cluttered interface. The $1 upgrade will let you enter unlimited semesters and ignore the advertising.

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"School Boss" is a free stylish app for students to track their school grades, marks, assessment tasks and exams. You can sync task deadlines with Google Calendar. It has the most featured GPA calculator. A range of charts to visually see how you are progressing. Stylish and useful main screens with swipe navigation allow you to see which assessment tasks are coming up. It supports a variety of grading systems from around the world.

groopic

Everyone has been there: you gather your group or family for a group photo, but someone has to take the photo. If you don't have a handy tripod/timer combo or a kind stranger to rely on, Groopic will automatically combine two photos to add in the person who took the original shot. Some basic and ingenious guides help get the alignment perfect. It's really a surprisingly good implementation, and the $1 in-app purchase to save photos and share them is well worth it.

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Ever noticed your group photos are always missing the photographer? Groopic solves this age-old problem by seamlessly including your photographer friend in every group photo. No more asking for help from a stranger or setting up a tripod. With Groopic, your pictures have every friend, every time. The usage is real simple: Take two pictures, mark the photographers and groopic does the magic.

SlideLock

If you've got the regular Android lock screen implemented, you can pull down the notification bar immediately after turning on your phone. If you want some more options, this custom lock screen completely replaces the stock version and embeds all your active notifications right on the screen. It includes gestures, Pebble support, and a good bit of customization. Unfortunately, it looks like there's no way to add a PIN or pattern lock.

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Receive all your notifications directly on your lockscreen.
Features :
- Clean lockscreen replacement
- Swipe the screen to the right to unlock, swipe it to the left to access camera
- Actionable detailed notifications, swipe to the right to open, swipe to the left to dismiss
- Custom status bar
- Screen wakes up for a short time when receiving a notification, allowing you to perform a quick check without having to touch the device
- Custom settings for each app (sound, vibration, ...)
- Pebble Watch support

 

Snapdragon™ Glance (Beta)

Android Police coverage: [New App] Qualcomm Releases Glance Beta, An Intelligent Lock Screen Replacement That Plugs Into Battery Guru

Want another replacement lock screen? This one's from the people that probably made the processor in your smartphone, Qualcomm. Glance offers some surprisingly interesting features, including live alerts, notifications, and a hook into the Snapdragon BatteryGuru app. You can use it on top of a standard lockscreen or all by itself. At the moment Glance is in beta, and requires Jelly Bean 4.3 or later.

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Snapdragon™ Glance is an intelligent lock screen application, which makes it easy for you to quickly access the information you need. At a glance you can quickly see what is new since you last looked at your device: view important notifications, see when your next appointment is, check the weather, launch relevant apps and contact people more quickly. Once installed Snapdragon Glance launches each time you turn your screen on. From here you can use Glance or select the Home or Back buttons to access your regular home screen.

SimplyText SMS Text Messaging

The default (AOSP) Android SMS application leaves a lot to be desired, as do many manufacturer implementations, and not everyone is all that keen to combine texting with Google Hangouts. Submitted for your consideration is SimplyText, an alternative texting app with a slick card-based interface and some unique features. The biggest change from a standard SMS app is the photostream, which shows only the photos that have been sent to you.

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SimplyText is texting, done better. A great replacement app for the stock SMS messaging app for your phone.

  • Beautiful, simple, clean interface.
  • Picture Message Photostream view of just your picture messages
  • Quick Reply window - to help you get you back to whatever you were doing on your phone faster.
  • "SmartTexter" - quickly compose a message to the 3 people who text most often
  • Swipe to delete conversation threads and text messages.
  • Cool, clean fonts: Roboto Slab, Lato, Open Sans, Merriweather (more to come..)
  • Snooze Texts - Remind yourself to follow up on a text when you're not quite ready to handle it at that moment.

App in the Air

There are plenty of apps out there that will use publicly-available information to tell you about your flight schedule. But there's only one that accounts for the most basic and universal tenets of air travel: airports suck. App in the Air will tell you the best places to eat, drink, and be merry (not to mention find free WiFi) in the biggest airports in the country.

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App in the Air helps you fly smarter with everything you need to make the most of your flight experience. Know where to find the best food in the airport and how to connect to free wireless internet. Learn the best ways to spend free time and find the best coffee. Don't be late with online check-in and keep your friends and family updated by sharing your flight status.

Nine - Exchange ActiveSync

Nine is a power user's Exchange email client. It has most of the corporate bells and whistles of Outlook and the like, combined with an interface that basically copies the Android Gmail app (which, for those of us who are used to it, is a good thing). The app works with Exchange and other Microsoft email systems, plus Google Apps for Business, but not Gmail by itself. It's also pretty pricey at ten bucks, even on sale.

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Nine is a full-fledged email application for Android based on Direct Push technology to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and also designed for entrepreneurs or ordinary people who want to have efficient communication with their colleagues, friends, ‎and family members at anytime, anywhere. You may already have good experience with other E-Mail apps for Android. Regardless of your existing experience, we will give you a superb experience more than anything else.

NBC Olympics Highlights

Android Police coverage: [New App] NBC Gets Ready For The Games With Olympics Highlights App

The Olympics are well underway, and if you want to watch them live... well, you can't do it from Android, at least if you're in the United States. But NBC will be happy to show you highlights from completed events, and let you know when the next ones come on TV, complete with lucrative advertising and sponsorships. A second screen function enhances the live broadcast on TV. As required of every Olympics app by IOC bylaws, NBC's highlights app also includes a medal count.

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Experience the best of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, photos for every sport -- all from your Android handheld or tablet device. During the Olympics, you can follow every event from Sochi, including real-time results & schedules, medal counts and TV & Online listings. And during the nightly Primetime Show televised on NBC, the app will feature a second screen experience that makes a great companion to the on-air broadcast.

NoWait

Waiting at restaurants sucks, but going to another one - possibly to wait some more - sucks just as much. NoWait hopes to make that small modern inconvenience disappear with a list of local restaurants and their current wait times, plus the ability to add your name to the list without actually being there. Of course, you could just get a reservation ahead of time... I mean, you do have a phone in your hand after all. Currently the service is only active in certain cities.

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Go to your favorite restaurant without waiting in line. NoWait® allows you to browse popular restaurants nearby, see how long the wait is, and put yourself on the waiting list right from the App. With NoWait, Wait Where You Want®.

NoWait:
• Shows you a list of nearby restaurants
• Displays the wait time for each restaurant as well as how far away it is from you
• Allows you to join the waiting list from your phone
• Shows you your place in line and updates your place in real time

MegaSound

Android's system-wide controls for notifications are a little weak, so this app lets you customize which sounds play for which app, no root necessary. It should be handy for all those apps (like Facebook) that don't let you customize their alerts. You'll need to give MegaSound some basic security access in order for it to work, but those who want it for very specific situations should be able to overlook that. Android 4.3 or higher is necessary.

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Take the full control of the sounds for incoming notifications. Are you tired of constantly hearing the same ringtone for each notification? Whether email, Whatsapp or SMS. There is always the same ringtone. But that is now over. Megasound Beta is easily and intuitively to adjust specific sounds for all your apps. So you can already know by hearing which notification was playing the sound.

Legitimo

Oh how I wish I had this when I was on the playground, making bets with the local boys about who would win in a fight between Batman and Spiderman. Last Wednesday. Anyway, Legitimo allows you to draw up some extremely basic and common legal contracts for loans, leases, purchases, or services, all by asking just a few simple questions. The app will email the relevant contracts to all parties, and works in English or Spanish. There's one less thing you have to pay a lawyer for.

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Legítimo allows you to make simple contracts on your phone in under 1 minute, in English or Spanish. All you have to do is answer a few easy questions and your contract is automatically generated. Then sign right on your phone and send it to the other person via email or text message for review. Legítimo also translates these contracts to other languages, enabling people that don’t speak the same language to negotiate transactions frictionlessly. Everything is stored securely on the cloud and can be accessed wherever you are.

CppDroid - C/C++ IDE

Touchscreens still aren't the most user-friendly way to use in an integrated developer environment, but if you're dead set on doing so, CppDroid looks like a good way to go. It's got full support for all the common functions of C and C++ programming, including support for add-ons and Dropbox syncing. You'll need a hefty 150MB for the initial SDK installation.

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CppDroid is simple C/C++ IDE focused on learning programming languages and libraries.

* code complete
* real-time diagnostics (warnings and errors) and fixes
* file and tutorial navigator (variables, methods, etc)
* smart syntax highlighting
* portrait/landscape UI
* auto indentation and auto pairing (configurable)
* configurable code syntax highlighting (themes)
* compile C/C++ code (no root required)
* works offline (no internet connection required)
* great C/C++ code examples included
* detailed C++ tutorial and learn guide included
* add-ons manager and auto updates
* Dropbox support

 

Bolt

Do you want a prettier version of the default Android dialer? Perhaps one with an emphasis on search and personal profiles, and especially one that (finally!) replaces the monolithic "no photo" photo with a few colorful alternatives? Then give Bolt a try.

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Bolt is a free replacement for Android’s default phone app that quickly helps you find the people you want to call. Bolt automatically discovers who you call most often and makes it easier to reach them.

Boston Marathon World Run

The Boston Marathon is coming up, and the organizers want Android user to participate. Well, not literally - that would leave Boston trampled and a lot of us (including yours truly) nearly dead. But they do have a motivational app that encourages you to train for the real thing, or whatever you can handle. There's a heavy social element that encourages friends and family to join in. Complete the full digital marathon and you'll get a real prize and racer's bib.

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This year, the Boston Athletic Association is inviting people from around the world to participate in their own Boston Marathon. Maybe it’s not 26.2 miles, and maybe it’s not in Boston, but there is a marathoner in all of us. We encourage you to bring it out – and to be a part of the first ever Boston Marathon World Run. In this global celebration of movement, fitness, and commitment to ones personal wellness goals, the Boston Athletic Association invites people around the world to participate.

Spideo Movies

Spideo is a recommendation engine for movies, with the additional benefit of instant links to said movies in the Play Store. (It also works with Amazon, but at present there's no way to play those videos on vanilla Android hardware.) Add in your basic favorite films and genres, and the app will do the rest. It's a pretty good deal, but if you've got Netlix or Amazon Prime, you might want to search through both catalogs before giving Google more money.

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Spideo allows you to explore and discover thousands of movies and TV shows matched to your exact moods and wishes. With this app you’ll receive recommendations for the most relevant titles and be able to watch them using your Kindle account. By learning about your tastes, moods, and friends, Spideo provides you with a truly personalized browsing experience. Think of it as a local video rental shop where the staff knows exactly what type of movies you like to watch.

Hiyu Grocery List & Discovery

As best I can tell, Hiyu is basically Instagram for groceries. Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what it sounds like - lots of food-related posts, photos, recipes, and grocery lists to match. Perhaps the best feature is an integrated tag system that lets you shop to match a certain mood or fad. Of course it's got all the usual social bells and whistles.

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Hiyu is the app for all things grocery: Discover, Share + Organize. We've taken the grocery experience and made it social to help you discover the best products for your unique food lifestyle.

• Discover great products and recipes
• Share lists with your partner, roomate or friends
• Add photos to your list items, so you know exactly what to buy

instaradio

Do you think everyone in the world needs instant and unlimited access to your opinions? Do you think Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are too restrictive, what with their archaic insistence on text-based communication? Then Instaradio is for you. It lets you share short recordings or live audio with anyone in the world, in an interface that should be pretty familiar for Instagram users.

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instaradio is a new way to share your voice, and the sounds around you. Broadcast audio to anyone, listen to the people you care about, be featured in the Editor's Picks, and connect with your friends microphones.

· One touch live broadcasting to friends and followers.
· Unlimited broadcasting time.
· Unlimited broadcasting storage.
· Instantly share recordings through Facebook, Twitter, SMS or email.
· Stream live content or listen to past recordings from any user.
· Follow your favs, or discover broadcasts from around the globe.
· Like or Comment on broadcasts to be part of the conversion.

SKIT! Animated Video Maker

Greeting cards are so 20th century. Skit lets you create your own with some extremely simple clip art-style additions, then send them to whoever you want, no postage necessary. Of course it integrates with Facebook, where this sort of thing tends to go over well. You can post on the big social networks (including YouTube, for some reason) and send messages directly via email.

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SKIT. is the fun way to bring moments to life. Create short, beautiful videos starring your friends, family, or the latest viral photos - it's easy.

• Send special animated cards with your pics in it.
• Browse through *hundreds* of FREE stickers, characters, and props.
• Import your Facebook pics, or album photos.
• Post on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or send privately via e-mail.
• Join the community and tell the world what's on your mind...visually.
• Free, unlimited shares, and so much more.

Have questions, or feedback, we're always listening at [email protected]

NOW TV BETA

Getting access to cable TV content without actually having to pay a cable company to send a guy to your house is a pipe dream, but it's getting just a little closer for Brits. NOW TV BETA (ALL CAPS) is an on-demand video service filled with Sky TV content. Pay the monthly fee and you can access it anywhere, so long as you're in the UK. Some of Sky's existing packages come with free access to the digital service as well.

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This is NOWTV. Get unlimited access to the latest movies you missed at the cinema with a 30 day free trial of Sky Movies. Watch the biggest sports events, matches and games with a Sky Sports Day Pass. Catch-up on a selection of the latest and best pay TV shows that you won’t find on Freeview with the Entertainment Month pass. No strings. No contract. Download the free app, create a NOW TV account and start watching what you want, when you want, instantly on your Android Phone or Tablet.

 

Best Buds - Search.Save.Smoke.

Android Police coverage: [New App] Best Buds Is Foursquare For Weed, Helps You Get High Locally And Save Money

As Jimmy Buffet (probably) said, it's 4:20 somewhere. This is a list of the known medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the states that allow legal sales of the wacky weed, complete with directions and phone numbers. Supported locations participate in a frequent shopper program - buy ten eighths, get an eleventh free. (Um, that's the eleventh eighth, not one eleventh of an ounce.) Even if you're not in a state that allows medicinal marijuana, you can still use it to laugh at the names of these legitimate businesses. Check out "The Secret Stash" in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Best Buds – Search. Save. Smoke. Find dispensaries and deals near you. Search by strain, store, or city and use our unique rewards card to save you cash.

•Discover dispensaries and deals near you
•Full menus help you shop before you leave the house
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Xperia™ Transfer Mobile

Android Police coverage: [New App] Sony Continues Adding Apps To Google Play With Xperia Transfer Mobile

Remember Motorola's transfer app that copied SMS records, calendars, and other non-Google stuff from one phone to another? This one is basically the same thing, for Sony's Xperia devices. It works with Android and iPhones, and if you're coming from iOS it can also grab (presumably free) apps from the Play Store.

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Afraid you’ll lose valuable information when switching to an Xperia™? Don’t worry. Xperia™ Transfer Mobile is an ultra-easy, safe and simple app that’ll help you move your contacts, photos and much more from your old Android or iOS device to your new Sony Xperia™.
Supported data which can be transferred to a Sony Xperia™*:

• Contacts
• Calendar
• SMS
• MMS
• Bookmarks
• Notes
• Photos
• Music
• Videos
• Apps** (iPhone™ only)

AutoPebble

Android Police coverage: [New App] AutoPebble Brings Tasker-Style Functionality To Your Pebble Smartwatch, Requires 2.0 Firmware To Use

AutoPebble is Tasker for your Pebble smartwatch. That's pretty much the start and finish of it. The plugin requires Tasker (which generally requires root for a lot of the fun stuff) and a decent knowledge of Tasker's somewhat cumbersome scripting UI, but once you get it down, you can make your smartwatch react to just about any external or internal event or command.

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AutoPebble is a Tasker plugin that allows you to completely customize your watch. AutoPebble is to the Pebble what Tasker is to your Android device. With all its versatility it allows anyone to build mini-apps on their Pebble that can replace many other apps. It's just like bringing Tasker into your Pebble. Get the AutoPebble unlocker here: http://goo.gl/DU0BJA . Free version is limited to 5 char commands. AutoPebble requires the Pebble 2.0 firmware and Android app.

HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox

This last app isn't really an app, it's an extension for the Android version of Firefox. It forces the HTTPS protocol everywhere it's available, making your web surfing considerably safer. You can download the extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also has versions available for the desktop editions of Chrome and Firefox. At the moment Firefox is the only mobile browser that's supported.

Live Wallpapers

Mountains Now Free Wallpaper

A Live Wallpaper inspired by the Google Now Mountains theme, that features an upriver journey with boats traveling in your screen and along the rocky mountains. The wallpaper makes use of the 3D Parallax effect using the gyroscope.
Features
- Google Now inspired Mountains theme
- 3D Parallax effect
- Multiple Screens
- Tablet support
- High performance OpenGL graphics rendering

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  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    “(...) the swipe method introduced with SwiftKey”. Um, remember Swype? (Not that I've ever used it, but it was the original.)

    • xnifex

      yep, swype had it first!

    • SnakeHaveYou

      Yep, i just logged in to say the same.. I remember Swype on an old Nokia 5800..

      • Angelica Gerard

        waiting on the S5 and M8 to come out and make a decision on that or Z1s

    • beomagi

      Anyone know what advantages one has over the other?

      I use swype atm.
      I kinda like the swype shortcuts - cursor keys, select [all], cut copy paste. Works fine for console work. Does swiftkey have that?

  • epsiblivion

    besides moto and sony, are there any other oems that have transfer apps? would be good to know as I'm due for an upgrade soon. waiting on the S5 and M8 to come out and make a decision on that or Z1s

    • Alex

      HTC do have the transfer apps as well

  • xnifex

    Was going to try the Nine Exchange but it doesn't keep everything sandboxed like TouchDown so that's a huge no for me.

    • Jonathan Stockton

      Just out of interest, what do these apps offer for a pure exchange usage outside the AOSP exchange client? The latest version even has the "gmail" interface with swipe to delete...

      • xnifex

        I like TouchDown because it keeps your Exchange email in a sandbox so you won't have to set up a PIN on your phone. Plus I like the interface.

  • Markoff

    it started really promising with interesting TimePIN (although not for me since I am saving time by not using lock screen and using Power button instead of it) and Pry-Fi (will give it a try) but then turned back to usual bunch of apps useless outside US :-( Anyone has suggestions for website which is doing compilations like this with worldwide not US-centrific apps?

    • Mlibbey

      YES! THIS!

  • Bluewall

    It's new, it's fresh, it's a new app by a Googler, Roman Nurik !

    And it actually is a live wallpaper

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.nurik.roman.muzei

    Really cool ;)

  • anzensepp1987

    I think "Time Machine" from the makers of Clipper should be in the list!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.typemachine

    It logs every typed text and presents it, if you need it in a gorgeous Android-4.4-interface. Can be secured via password. Works offline. I think that anybody who has ever lost a written text on Android, because of an app-crash or something like that, must own this app!

    You can compare it maybe to "Lazarus" on a PC within Firefox - just system-wide and better.

    • Barrie McNaught

      I just want to say thank you, I was looking for something like this for my other half. It seems that clip ninja no longer works according to the reviews so I'll test this out before recommending it to her.

    • Matthew Fry

      Type Machine.

    • Markoff

      sounds like very good idea, apps like these should be in compilations and not some another US viewer of magazine, whatever league they have, whatever supermarket app they use etc. in other words - apps useless outside US

  • Peacen1k

    Thanks for pointing out App in the Air. Looks like it has TripIt integration and so may be a candidate to replace my severely aging FlightTrack Pro 4.

    DigiCal has no Google Task integration (still!!!) and so it is a no-go as a calendar app. CalenGoo is so much better.

  • Mlibbey

    Please for the love of God start each post with whether it's country specific. I hate nothing more than reading about an amazing app then realizing I can't download it.

  • WhoaManWtF

    I had the Sype beta way before SwiftKey was released, and when SwiftKey originally came out it didn't come with any swipe features it was all about the prediction. On that note once they added swipe I switched to it from Swype because I prefer the predictions, but still glaring misinformation there..

  • Matthew Fry

    I didn't realize SimplyText was out of beta. I've been using the beta for a couple months and I've been very happy with it and recommend it as a good 3rd party replacement.

  • beomagi

    No root needed for an App to change your PIN?? Does this sound dangerous to anyone else???

  • Nathan

    I tried SwiftKey and Swype. Like Swype better.

  • Ashmedai ♔

    WTF School boss isn't available in my country! :( I can always side-load the app, but it sucks that I don't have it in my country!

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