- Featured App
- Persist + Volume Control
- Google I/O 2014
- PowerDirector – Video Editor
- Google My Business
- NFL.com Fantasy Football
- Copy Bubble
- FOX Sports GO
- OWA for Android (Pre-Release)
- Hodor Keyboard
- Life Time Alarm Clock
- reddit offline
- Echo Notification Lockscreen
- DinnerTime (Parental Control)
- Daydream Widgets
- Sprig: Dine on Demand
- Lenovo Beacon
- Universal Orlando® Resort App
- Plug-in app (Dryer)
- Action Camera Extension
- Live Wallpapers
- Lifeblood Live Wallpaper
- Planetscape 3D Live Wallpaper
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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.
Persist + Volume Control
Today's roundup is presented by Persist+ Volume Control. Persist+ is volume profiles on steroids. Not only can you set different profiles for the alarm, media, ringer, notifications, and other sound elements, but you can also automate these profiles according to your location, calendar, or the time of day. Persist+ also integrates with Tasker and Locale, offers widgets and notification shortcuts for quick access, and has a nifty "Pocket locker" function that disables volume changes when your phone's screen is off.
Persist Volume Control is an amazing app that lets you take control of your device’s volume – instead of being controlled by it. Persist Volume Control is extremely easy to use. Simply tweak existing or create new pre-defined volume profiles, and toggle between them with just a single touch. Individual profiles are comprised of: Alarm, Media, Ringer, Notification, Voice (in-call), Bluetooth and overall system volume.
Persist Volume Control also detects when you insert headphones or activate Bluetooth, and automatically toggles to your preferred volume profile. You can even create automatic scheduled presets based on time of day, physical location, or a calendar event.
Google I/O 2014
Android Police coverage: Official Google I/O 2014 App Hits The Play Store
Whether you're attending Google I/O 2014 or planning to live stream the sessions, the official event application is a must-have. You'll be able to handpick the sessions you are interested in beforehand, get reminders before they start, and stream them. Previous years' video content is also archived inside the app. For I/O attendees, the app also offers a map and pre-event WiFi configuration.
The official Google I/O 2014 app was built to be your co-pilot to navigate the conference, whether you're attending in-person or remotely.
- Explore the conference agenda, with details on themes, topics, speakers and partners.
- Add events to a personalized schedule
- Get reminders before events in “My schedule” start and once they’re over, to provide feedback
- Watch the Keynote and sessions live stream
- Sync your schedule between all of your devices and the I/O website
- Guide yourself using the vector-based conference map
- Follow public social I/O related conversations on Google+
- See I/O content from previous years in the Video Library
- Use the Widget to check your upcoming events directly from your home screen.
Android Police coverage: [New App] AgileBits Releases 1Password For Android, Premium Features Free Until August 1st [Updated]
1Password fans have had to use an old and lackluster Android app for years, but no more. The revamped app comes with a beautiful and simple interface, the ability to view and edit data items, a built-in browser, and several settings to protect and lock your vault. The app is free until August 1st, so you may want to give it a go now to judge its usefulness.
1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap. It’s the best way to stay secure and the fastest way to use the web.
- Generate strong, unique passwords for every site and login with a tap
- Let 1Password remember your passwords so you don’t have to
- Sync your passwords and secure wallet items to PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad
- Protect your data behind a single Master Password
- Secure with Tamper-proof Authenticated Encryption using AES-256 and Encrypt-then-MAC
- Auto-Lock keeps your data protected even if your device is lost or stolen
PowerDirector – Video Editor
Android Police coverage: [New App] CyberLink Brings The Award-Winning PowerDirector Video Editor To Android Tablets
Android has been in dire need of a great video editor for years. PowerDirector by Cyberlink aims to fill that gap, with a certain degree of success. You can drag and drop videos, audio, and photos, then trim or split them, apply effects and transitions, and finally add text titles inside the app. The free app exports the resulting videos in 720p, with a paid upgrade to get your creations in glorious 1080p.
With PowerDirector’s easy-to-use timeline interface, you can quickly create professional, effect rich videos with just a few swipes of your finger. Selecting and importing multiple videos is easy with PowerDirector’s drag-and-drop support, and the easy-to-view timeline makes it splitting, trimming and adding effects to your videos a breeze.
Google My Business
Android Police coverage: [New App] Google My Business Enters The Play Store To 'Help Your Business Shine'
As a business owner, I've always found it a bit cumbersome to have to check and edit my Places for Business details through the website. But with this new Android app, I won't have to do that anymore when I have to change my pharmacy's opening hours at the beginning of the summer and winter seasons. The app also provides visibility and engagement insights, the ability to upload new business images, and even access to your business' Google+ page.
Google My Business connects you directly with customers, whether they're looking for you on Search, Maps or Google+. Use the free app to:
- Update your business info on Search, Maps and more
- Share news, updates and photos on your Google+ page
- Get custom insights, such as how many times you show up on Google
NFL.com Fantasy Football
Android Police coverage: The NFL's Completely Redesigned Fantasy Football Android App Sports A New, Modern UI
We can't say no to app redesigns, especially when they're as good as this one. The new NFL Fantasy Football app is gorgeous and streamlined, and works on both phones and tablets. It lets you join leagues, get match and player news, watch video highlights, and edit your game starting line-up from your device.
NFL.com Fantasy Football is all-new for the 2014 season. Better. Faster. Redesigned. Available and designed for Android smartphone and tablet. The official NFL Fantasy Football app is your ultimate fantasy companion on the go. And coming soon, you can draft on the go.
If you copy and paste text as much as I do, you must have heard of the clipboard manager, Clipper. Now, there's an alternative in the form of Copy Bubble, a new app that stores your copied texts and images, and resurfaces them using Link Bubble's famous and intuitive bubble interface.
- Intuitive --- Easy to access through a float bubble
- Powerful --- Clip text and image in any app just by tapping built-in copy menu
- Lightweight --- Only 1M. Don't worry about your android storage
FOX Sports GO
Android Police coverage: [New App] Fox Sports GO Streams Live Sports To Cable Subscribers, With A Few Restrictions
Riddled with restrictions from the get-go, Fox Sports GO may not be the ideal sports streaming application, but it is free and works well, provided you fill all the correct requirements. The most popular sports like NFL, MLB, NBA, and NASCAR are available in the app (albeit with some device or regional limitations), along with FOX's popular sports shows like The Ultimate Fighter and NASCAR Race Hub.
With FOX Sports GO, you can watch live sports and great shows from FOX Sports. Depending on your TV provider, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, your regional FOX Sports Network, FOX College Sports and FOX Deportes may be available.
OWA for Android (Pre-Release)
Exchange Server users with an Office 365 for Business subscription will be happy to know that Outlook Web Access is now available in a limited release to select Android devices. With its signature Metro look, OWA brings email, calendar, and contacts to Android, along with most of their features. You can search, manage, and view your OWA content, and Microsoft threw in a voice search function to sweeten the deal.
OWA for Android lets you interact with your email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere using your Android phone. You can triage email, manage your schedule, and sync contacts on the go, while protecting your business data. With OWA for Android you can get work done faster with email:
- Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories.
- Quickly search or browse email in all folders including Outlook Favorites.
- Use inline apps for shipment tracking, Bing maps for addresses, and other great features.
Android Police coverage: This Is A Keyboard You Need In Your Life
Hodor? Hodor, Hodor. Hodor! This is all that this keyboard does, but do you really need more? Look, just stare deep into your soul and tell me you need more than Hodor in your everyday speech. There you go, you don't. And if you don't know what we're talking about here, maybe you should binge-watch some Game Of Thrones?
Accept no substitutes. Hodor would pay a dollar. You know it's true. Be like Hodor. Say Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor. Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor.
- Long press for maximum Hodor.
- Swipe left to unHodor a Hodor.
- Swipe right to delete a character (make sure you delete the ones everyone loves first.)
Android Police coverage: [New App] Lumosity Mobile App Arrives On Android Eager To Train Brains Using Bite-Sized Games
Lumosity is basically a more grown-up version of Brain Age for the Nintendo DS. You've probably seen their TV ads at some point: the app includes basic memory and problem-solving games designed to "scientifically" expand your mind's power. Whether or not it works isn't really our area of expertise, but we do know in-app purchases when we see them: a month of access to Lumosity Premium will cost you $12, while paying for a year gets a discount rate of $60.
Train your memory and attention. Used by over 60 million people worldwide, Lumosity is a Personal Training Program that challenges your brain. Lumosity is designed by neuroscientists to train memory, attention, and more. With foundations in the study of neuroplasticity, Lumosity games have improved working core cognitive abilities in several research studies.
Life Time Alarm Clock
Life Time is trying to be the "everything for everyone" alarm app, and from what we can see, it's succeeding. In addition to an attractive radial design, the alarm has more features than you can shake a stick at: on-the-fly snooze adjustments, quick access to an LED flashlight switch, soft alarms, LOUD ALARMS, you name it. It also has some really well-thought-out features, like the ability to make a standard alarm ring a few minutes early if you've got something unusual you need to do that morning.
Experience the Evolution of Alarm Clock Design. Habitual over-sleepers, strung-out college students, moms, travelers – we’ve got you covered. Smart Snooze lets you limit the amount of time you can snooze. Wake challenges make sure you’re awake, and we’ve got some loud alarm tones to BLAST you out of bed. We respect your battery, no drain unless Life Time Alarm Clock is visible to you. Other top alarm clocks use up to 8% of your battery in the background 24/7.
Android Reddit clients are a dime a dozen, but they almost always require an internet connection to work. Reddit Offline, like the name so aptly suggests, wants to feed your Reddit addiction even when you are offline by preloading posts, images, and comments. The app is free, ad-free, and will remain so. It is currently in its pre-release stages and is still rough around the edges, especially when it comes to UI elements. But hey, it's Reddit, offline, so we can't complain.
This app allows you to download contents from reddit when you have Internet, and read them when you don't. Everything in this app was designed with offline in mind. Being able to use this app when there's no Internet is the top priority when making any design decisions. It currently pre-downloads text posts, images (including gifs and imgur albums), and all comments, for offline use.
Echo Notification Lockscreen
Android Police coverage: [New App] Echo Lockscreen Is An Attractive Alternative For Sufferers Of Notification Overload
Android notifications can be quite useful and essential, or secondary and intrusive. Unfortunately, the default Android behavior is to treat all of them as equals, regardless of the context. Echo Lockscreen might be the solution to that problem by learning from your behavior and organizing notifications according to their priority. The app can also distinguish social, work, and game updates, control each one individually, and let a notification bounce back to you after you dismiss it.
Echo Lock Screen centers your notifications around you. Instead of browsing through dozens of unnecessary messages, Echo automatically filters your notifications and delivers the most important alerts straight to your lock screen.
- Stay organized - Echo automatically groups your notifications to make them easier to scan. When you open your phone in the morning, your work, game, and social updates will be neatly separated.
- Avoid interruptions - Echo learns from your behavior and identifies the notifications that are important to you. To help you avoid interruptions, Echo only wake your screen on a priority message.
- Detailed view - Echo locker shows you more details on each notification. Unlike widgets like NiLs or DashClock, Echo lets you view and dismiss notifications individually.
- Create reminders - You can receive notifications around your schedule by creating reminders. If you get a missed call alert from your mom when you’re at work, you can set a reminder to have the notification bounce back when you’re at home.
DinnerTime (Parental Control)
"John, stop playing that game, it's dinner time... John, I said leave that tablet alone while you eat!" And this is how gadgets end up flying across rooms. Or if you're the smart kind of parent, you would have installed DinnerTime on your children's devices. That way, John has no other option but to stare deep into your eyes during dinner, because his tablet is rendered useless for as long as you set it. The app works on both phones and tablets, for short periods like meals or long durations like bedtime, and has a paid version that adds more monitoring, controls, whitelists, and blacklists.
The DinnerTime app gives parents the ability to easily lock and unlock their child’s Android tablet or smartphone, without intrusive controls, no matter where they are. Attention that normally would be on an electronic device is now refocused to the family encouraging more quality time.
Daydream is a hidden gem on Android, provided you know how to enable it and find a useful app to make use of it. Daydream Widgets aims to solve the second part of that equation by making any widget on your device available to set up. You can pick a background color, a specific number of widgets, then add and organize them until you get the desired setup. In a sense, the app's functionality is reminiscent of DashClock, except that it doesn't rely on third-party plugins to gather and present the data. On the negative side, however, the resulting interface is as varied as the widgets you pick and never as homogenous as what you get with DashClock.
Make your own custom Daydream screensaver with your favorite home screen widgets. Just drag and drop your widgets, pick your favorite color, and you just made a new custom screensaver. When your device is docked and charging your widgets will cycle and show right next to each other, or one after another.
Sprig: Dine on Demand
If you live in San Francisco, have no free time to cook, but would still like to enjoy a healthy and organic meal, then Sprig is just the service you need. The app offers three different meals daily, for lunch and dinner, prepared by chef Nate Keller. The menu is always updated and contains vegetarian and gluten-free options. Priced at $9 for lunch, $10 for dinner, with a $2 tax and delivery fee, Sprig's meals are quite affordable, while still being healthy.
From the farm to your plate, order lunch and dinner today from Sprig. Sprig brings locally-sourced, sustainable, seasonal meals directly to your home or office. Meals cost just $9 for lunch or $10 for dinner, and are crafted in San Francisco by executive chef Nate Keller. Our $2 delivery fee covers tax and tip, so you don't have to worry about anything.
There were diaries, then voice recorders and camcorders, then automated life logging cameras, and now there's Owly. By taking 10-second snapshots of various moments and geotagging them, Owly lets you relive your day's most interesting tidbits. Thankfully, Owly can be set to trigger only at a certain volume threshold to avoid recording silence, and the audio fragments are deleted after a week unless they are shared and favorited.
Owly records 10 second sound fragments throughout your day and registers the location of the recording. This gives you a great overview of your day. It can catch hilarious moments, such as you laughing with your friends, having a date, being in class, watching TV or listening to music.
Available only in the US, Fatdoor is a local social network aimed at sharing events and activities that are happening around your home or workplace. Think of it as Foursquare, but with less check-ins and more discoverability. Thanks to a map view, users can easily see the location and details of the various happenings in their neighborhood.
Fatdoor a free neighborhood social network that helps you keep track of all the events, activity, and commerce happening around your home or work address. In addition, the Fatdoor mobile application lets you 'broadcast' messages to the neighborhood around your mobile phone, and bring awareness to people living and working around you instantly. Fatdoor is currently available for United States residents only.
If you have a Vera smart home controller and a few Z-wave devices, you may use the official Vera app, or try this new Tasker plugin. Dozens of new plugin actions become available to you in Tasker, so you can control and react to everything around your house. Open the blinds when your alarm goes off in the morning, turn on the lights when you whistle, or receive notifications when your motion detector is triggered. All of these and more, a lot more, are possible with this plugin, which you can test for 14 days. You'll have to buy the unlock key if you want to keep on using it.
AutoVera is a Tasker plugin that allows you to fully control your home in a very easy, yet powerful way. It allows you to make your home react to anything that happens on your Android device, like opening your blinds in the morning when your alarm goes off, and to anything that your android device can detect, like if you flip your phone, you can flip out a light.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Lenovo Launches Android App For Its Beacon Storage Device And Media Center
If you own a Lenovo Beacon, you'll be happy to know that the device's official app is here. The app acts as both a remote control and a two-way gateway between your Android device and Beacon. You'll be able to access the device's storage including files and media, as well as automatically upload any new photos or videos from your phone to the Beacon. That functionality is even available remotely (with the caveat of managing permissions through the Windows Beacon app), making the service almost equivalent to a personally managed cloud solution.
The Lenovo Beacon app can give phones and tablets secure access to your Lenovo Beacon device. That’s up to 6TB of rent-free cloud storage. And you get a cool TV player.
- Store mobile photos and movies automatically to your Beacon device, from anywhere
- Share files, photo collections, music, and HD movies stored on your Beacon to mobiles and tablets
- Stream movies, photos and music from your Beacon to a TV using your mobile as a remote control.
Universal Orlando® Resort App
Theme park vacations are children's favorite holidays and parents' worst nightmare. From the planning stages to the endless waiting lines, everything seems like a struggle, and you wouldn't want to end your day without taking little Mark on his favorite ride because you got lost in the resort. Universal's Orlando Resort app will make your vacation a little easier by providing on-site hotel details, ride and attraction wait times, and a way to plan your day through lists and a map.
Put everything you need to know about your vacation in the palm of your hand. Download the all-new, official Universal Orlando® Resort app. It’s free. It’s the easy way to:
- Check ride, show and attraction wait times when you’re inside the parks
- Explore the parks using detailed maps and photo navigation with the “Guide Me” feature
- Customize your park experience using filtered lists and the map to plan your day
- Create your own favorites list
- Stay up-to-date with in-park notifications
- Discover hidden surprises throughout the parks
Plug-in app (Dryer)
Android Police coverage: [New App] Samsung's 2014 Smart Dryers Now Have A Remote Control App For Android [Updated]
Admit it, it's always been your dream to control your dryer from your phone! Because dryers may be too complicated to use for some, the Samsung Dryer plugin works with the Smart Home app to let you select the dryer's mode depending on the type of fabric you have loaded.
This app allows you to connect your Samsung Dryer with you anywhere from in your home or out-of-your home. It is a free application for whom purchased 2014 Samsung Smart Dryer. New innovative features are available from checking status, controlling, receiving helpful notifications and finding related customer services.
Action Camera Extension
Taking a picture from your smartwatch is so passé, so is using your watch as a shutter for your phone's camera. With this extension, you'll be able to use your watch as a remote shutter and viewfinder that connects through your phone to any WiFi camera supporting Sony's Camera Remote API. Here is a handy list of compatible devices.
This is the official Sony Camera shutter application for your Sony SmartWatch 2 and SmartBand SWR10. With this app, you can control the shutter of your Action Cam, and other cameras from Sony, from a distance of up to 10 meters. When you want to get in the picture, set up the smartphone camera, place yourself in view and tap the shutter icon in your SmartWatch display or tap your SmartBand to get in the picture. You can also start and stop the video function in selected Sony camera models.
Android Police coverage: [New App] BallTune Tells You If Your Soccer Ball Is Properly Inflated By Watching It Bounce
The World Cup fever has caught up with you, and you've purchased your first football (uhm, soccer?) ball. The problem is that you don't know whether it's properly inflated or not. That's where BallTune comes in with the magical option to determine the ball's pressure by simply watching it bounce. The app comes with a nice interface that shows you exactly (well, with an accuracy of 1PSI) the properties of the ball you are measuring.
BallTune uses the bouncing characteristics of your soccer ball to compute its inside pressure (PSI and BAR) without a physical gauge. BallTune helps you play the game your way without special equipment. Whether you want power or control, BallTune allows you to tune the pressure of your ball to your play style.
Lifeblood Live Wallpaper
Float along in a stylized real-time 3D vein full of red blood cells.
- Uses OpenGL with normal maps for detailed 3D, eye-popping lighting effects.
- Rotates the view as you swipe through home screens.
- Select any color you like for the scene. Try giving it a monochromatic electron microscopic look. :) Or make it change hue as your battery level changes.
- Optional film-grain, scan-line, and vignette effects.
- Tap to flick cells
LenX is a clean, intuitive interface that generates long exposure photographs on your smartphone. It is as easy as shooting a video. Create pro shots easily. With LenX, you can share your shots to Instagram or choose from a myriad sharing options (displayed after capture is complete, on the preview screen) to showcase your creativity on social media of your choice.
Planetscape 3D Live Wallpaper
One of the most amazing Space 3D live wallpapers on Google Play for your phone or tablet. Huge 3d space scenario will bring amazing colors and stunning 3d effect to your phone screen. You can choose from 8 camera views, including fantastic cinematic view to explore unknown Solar system. Every planet can be customized to you taste from 10 different possibilities. Also color of Sun can be modified. Range of additional customizing options is available.
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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
Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 sponsored placement per week is available (your app would be featured at the top and marked as sponsored) - please contact us for details.