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Featured App

Lockfeed Lock Screen for Instagram Pinterest &more

Today's roundup is presented by Lockfeed Lock Screen for Instagram Pinterest &more, from Krots. First and foremost Lockfeed is a replacement for your stock Android lock screen. But what is so ingenious about this lock screen replacement is that it offers plenty of publisher channels ranging from news to sports, to social media, which can be set up as a live feed of customized information viewable right from Lockfeed. Functionally users can expect parity when compared to their stock lock screen as they can swipe up, as usual, to unlock their device to the home screen, but they also have the added benefit of swiping left to right to unlock and follow the action related to the content displayed such as opening up an Instagram post or a Pinterest pin in the relevant app.

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This lock screen replacement serves live content from select publishers. New content is displayed on the lock screen every time the device is unlocked and put to sleep. Swipe right to unlock as usual, or swipe left to engage with the content on display. Currently, the following publishers are supported:

  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • theScore
  • BuzzFeed
  • Huffington Post
  • Spotify
  • 500px
  • Whisper

Apps

Storyboard

Android Police coverage: Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android

Storyboard is an interesting video-focused application from Google that can quickly turn your videos into a comic book-like layout. By utilizing individual still shots from within any video, the app will create a stylized design that resembles a comic book's panels. While I can't say this is a "must need" app, it can be useful and is definitely something fun to mess around with.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Storyboard transforms your videos into comics. It selects, lays out, and stylizes video frames using experimental research technology from Google that runs entirely on your device.

  • Load a video.
  • Pull down to refresh till you get a layout you like.
  • Tap to share or save. That's it.

Storyboard
Storyboard
Price: Free

Selfissimo!

Android Police coverage: Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android

If Storyboard wasn't enough of a unique application, Google has also decided to release Selfissimo! in the last week. Instead of focusing on videos, this particular app focuses on capturing selfies, but in a unique way. Simply open the app and point your front-facing camera at yourself. As you move your body around making poses your camera will snap a new pic each time your body's position changes.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Strike a pose and the camera will definitely love you. Selfissimo. uses experimental research technology from Google to capture photos automatically each time you pose, encouraging you to capture your best self. Start a photoshoot and Selfissimo. snaps a photo each time you stop moving. Change poses or move the phone a little to retrigger.

Selfissimo!
Selfissimo!
Price: Free

Grammarly Keyboard — Type with confidence

Android Police coverage: Grammarly releases Android keyboard to make your grammar more better

Grammarly Keyboard — Type with confidence is a brand new keyboard app that has Grammarly's grammar, and spelling checker built right in. This is great for anybody that spends a lot of time writing on their mobile device, as there are very few spell-checking apps out there that can compete with Grammarly's functionality.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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The Grammarly Keyboard helps you write mistake-free and with ease in any app you use on your mobile device. It provides hundreds of checks and features, along with seamless integration. Whether you’re sending an urgent email, important LinkedIn message, or essential Facebook post, you can write from your phone with confidence.

LEGO® TV

LEGO TV offers exactly what you would expect of an app with that name. It streams LEGO-branded video content as episodic TV instalments. There is a wide range of different genres and LEGO collections to choose from, so just about anyone's particular interests should be covered. Best of all, this content is entirely free to stream, which is simply great to see. Just keep in mind that this release appears to be only be available for Android TV devices.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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LEGO TV allows you to watch LEGO videos whenever you like. Whether you want to catch the crooks with the LEGO City Police, or hang out with LEGO Friends, you can stream your favorite LEGO episodes to your TV. Easily browse by favorite theme, stories and age range so you’ll always be able to find something fun to watch. Watch whenever you want with LEGO TV.

LEGO® TV
LEGO® TV
Developer: LEGO System A/S
Price: Free

WSJ Business Travel Service

The WSJ Business Travel Service application offers 24-hour customer service for its flight and hotel booking functionality. Essentially this is a business-focused discount travel booking application that somehow ties into the Wall Street Journal. There is also a gift card reward system that works with your purchases, so the more trips you purchase through this app, the more rewards you can earn.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Wall Street Journal readers get a dedicated team for live, “always on” customer service -- 24/7. Our friendly experts are instantly available from your mobile phone with just one touch, and we’re never in a rush. Whether you contact us by voice, chat or email, we stay with you until you’re satisfied. You’ll receive a gift card reward when you book your flights and hotel together for a single price.

7NOW

7NOW is a new app from 7-Eleven that provides an easy way to order items from its chain of convenience stores. You can choose to pick up those items at your closest supporting store, or simply have them delivered. This is perfect for those times you need some junk food, and can't be bothered to leave the house.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Delivery or pickup on a wide selection of items near you. Browse anything from Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks, pizza and wings, even beer and wine (21 years or older of course). Just another way we are making convenience conveniently more convenient. This is 7-Eleven NOW. Want It. Get It.

7NOW
7NOW
Developer: 7-Eleven, Inc.
Price: Free

PK Fitness

PK Fitness is an intuitive workout journal that tracks your activities based on effort. It supports Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors for accurate effort tracking in your workouts, and there is even a community aspect that lets users find like-minded individuals to get motivated and inspire real change.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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PK Fitness is an effort based activity tracker. A simple, easy to use workout journal and social network that helps you stay on track with your fitness goals. Use PK Fitness to track your own fitness journey, join challenges as well as to connect with others with similar interests. PK Fitness is a social platform that encourages interaction with friends, family, and others with shared interests.

PK Fitness
PK Fitness
Developer: PK Fitness Apps
Price: Free

Underburn Trial - Content Aware Brightness

Underburn Trial - Content Aware Brightness is an app specifically for users of dark themes. The thing is, not every app will follow a dark theme's guidelines, which is where Underburn Trial - Content Aware Brightness comes into play. It dynamically reduces your screen brightness based on what's currently showing on your screen. Just keep in mind that this is a free trial version, and if you want the full version of the app you will have to purchase it for $1.49.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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This app is for users of dark themes. If you do not use dark themes, this is probably not for you. Ever had someone send you a white image at night, or had to open a browser, while using a dark theme? No need to fumble for that brightness control any more, Underburn will reduce the brightness for you.

Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps

Google Maps Go - Directions, Traffic & Transit

Android Police coverage: Google Maps Go shows up on the Play Store for Go phones, but you can give it a try anyway

Google Maps Go - Directions, Traffic & Transit is intended for use on Google's Android Go branded devices. The idea is to release lightweight editions of the more popular Google-centric apps for use on phones that often will not have a ton of resources or data to spare. So far Google has released Files Go and Google Go as part of this new initiative, with Google Maps Go - Directions, Traffic & Transit joining them as the third app created specifically for Android Go devices.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

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Google Maps Go, the lighter version of the original Google Maps app. Designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks without compromising speed to provide your location, real-time traffic updates, directions, and train, bus, and city transit information. You can even search and find information about millions of places, such as phone numbers and addresses.

AR Stickers

Android Police coverage: Google's AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel devices [APK Download]

AR Stickers can only be used on the latest Pixel devices. But if you do happen to own a new Pixel, it would appear that you are in luck. You will need to have the latest version of ARCore installed on your Pixel. Once both apps are up and running, you can access the AR Stickers menu within your camera. While there aren't that many stickers as of yet, there are a few licensed packs from the Star Wars universe and Stranger Things that you can at least play around with.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Use the Pixel camera to bring your stories to life with animated and interactive AR Stickers - Infuse your photos and videos with your favorite characters, express yourself with playful emoji and set the scene for your very own adventures.

AR Stickers
AR Stickers
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

AMD Link

Android Police coverage: AMD Link is a (buggy) way to monitor your Radeon-powered PC from your phone

AMD Link directly ties into AMD's newest version of its Radeon Software. You can pair it to your PC by scanning a QR code, or manually entering your PC's IP address. Once the setup is finished, you will be able to check the live performance stats of your PC's AMD-licensed graphics card. So sure, you could already check those stats on your PC, but now you can also look into them from the convenience of your phone or tablet.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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AMD Link is a powerful mobile app built to complement Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition. It allows you to conveniently access gameplay performance metrics and PC system info on your smartphone and/or tablet. You can easily connect to your PC either by a QR code in Radeon Settings or manually entering the required info. It is designed with today’s socially-connected, mobile-first world in mind - and with the gamer at its center.

AMD Link
AMD Link

Live Wallpapers

Paper Winter Live Wallpaper

We are getting close to Christmas, so it only stands to reason that a new Christmas-themed live wallpaper has shown up on the Play Store. Paper Winter Live Wallpaper is the name of this particular release, and it utilizes a burning fire pit and falling snow as its primary animations. There are a couple of graphical quality settings included with the release, which should help with the live wallpaper's hardware compatibility. Oh, and best of all, it's completely free.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Paper Winter is a real 3D live wallpaper with a beautiful campfire in a winter's night. The perfect background for christmas eve or any othe day of winter. Get in the mood. This live wallpaper come to you for free from the Paper World Creation team. Be sure to check out our other amazing live wallpapers.

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.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • 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: [email protected].

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