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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of August 2015

August was light on new Android apps, but there's one new arrival that might change things in a big way: Amazon Underground. Aside from that, Google's new push towards streaming games and a new translator service from Microsoft make up the more interesting apps from the big publishers. That said, there are a few indie gems in both our primary lineup and the Honorable Mentions sections, so check them out below.

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Google Finance Adds Support For Spain, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, And Argentina Stock Exchanges

Business is happening all over the world, and Google's finance tools are now ready to help you track a little bit more of it. The company has announced Google Finance has added support for indices, stock price movements, trading volumes and more in some additional countries.

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The new arrivals are Spain, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina. This brings Google Finance's total supported exchanges count to 35. You can get access to all the data Google has on various exchanges through search results, the Finance website, and with Google's stupendously ugly Finance app. Seriously, that UI is straight Gingerbread. Because the new exchanges are tied into search, you can add them to Google Now cards as well.

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Google Beats Analyst Estimates For Third Quarter Results, Stock Passes $1000 Per Share

Wall Street analysts always read the tea leaves to come up with predictions of how a company will perform each quarter. If said company does better, investors are happy. If it does worse, investors are angry. The financial system is really based on our primal urges. Today, investors are very happy with Google. The company that spawned Android announced Q3 earnings last night that beat expectations, and the markets are going wild – Google stock is currently trading over $1000 per share.

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Analysts were predicting $14.80 billion in revenue for the third quarter, but Google announced $14.98 billion last night. After coming in below expectations for the last two quarters, investors were in a celebratory mood.

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Zecco Releases Android App, Lets You Trade Stock, Options, And Mutual Funds Directly From Your Mobile

If you just can't stay away from the intense action of the stock market for more than a few minutes, then the new app from Zecco is a must-have for you. The app allows you to trade stocks, options, and mutual funds; use charting to find investment opportunities, receive stock alert notifications, monitor what's going on with live streaming quotes, catch the latest market news, and get insight and trading ideas from the Zecco Community.

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If you plan on using this app, though, it's worth noting that Zecco threw a disclaimer in the Play Store listing:

System availability and response times are subject to market conditions and mobile connection limitations.

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CNN Money Now Available For Android Phones And Google TV, Get Your Fix On-The-Go Or On-The-Couch

If you're the type who likes to keep their head deeply nuzzled in the stock market, then you probably already have a mobile phone full of apps to help you stay connected. If there's one thing I know about Android users, though, it's that we can never have too many apps - especially when they rub the belly of our favorite hobbies, obsessions, or other dependencies just right. So, for all you business, accounting, or other finance-minded folks, CNN Money just landed in the Android Market for phones and Google TV.

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The phone app lets you grab all the latest happenings on-the-go, track markets in real-time, monitor a personal watch list, and catch breaking news.

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Bring Your Wallpaper Alive With Bubbleator

One of my favorite features of Android is being able to have widgets on my device. With just a few widgets, my important information can be a quick glance away. Unfortunately, widgets typically offer a limited set of information (e.g., the last five messages) and the lack of animation on the majority of widgets makes them feel more static than they really are. Even Honeycomb's widgets are fairly limited. Fortunately, Android's live wallpapers allow for a far more engaging experience and the Bubbleator live wallpaper takes advantage of that.

Full disclosure: Bubbleator is made by ARO, and I have recently been hired on as a developer at ARO.
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Scottrade Releases Android App That Lets You Stream Real-time Quotes, Trade Stocks, And More [Video]

Scottrade, a popular brokerage firm, just introduced the official Android app that lets its customers trade stocks using their mobile devices.

In addition to trading, transaction history, balances, order status, and account management, which is obviously limited to logged in users, all of the app's other features can be used by anyone, even those without a Scottrade account. These include:

  • receiving real-time streaming quotes (I'm impressed that these are real-time even for those not logged in - not bad, if true)
  • detailed research tools, including stock price histories, charts, fundamentals, insider info, market news and commentary, earnings, options, etc.
  • price alerts
  • SmartText for technical analysis, which seems to be some sort of a help system that explains technical terms around the app

The features are detailed very well in the video accompanying Scottrade Mobile's release.

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Bloomberg Brings Tablet-Friendly App To The Android Market

If you're the business-minded-Android-tablet-toting type, then grab your beloved Honeycomb device and fire up the Android Market, as a tablet-friendly version of the Bloomberg app is now live. With this app you can grab the latest news, market data, and portfolio information, as well as charts and graphs, so you can stay on top of the latest business trends.

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Although the Market listing claims that this app will work on Android 2.1+, that doesn't seem to be the case, as I couldn't install it on my phone at all - only my Galaxy Tab 10.1. In its current state, the app is little more than a glorified, expanded version of the phone app, but I have little doubt that more Honeycomb features will be added as the application is updated.

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[Impressive App] NBC Universal Releases CNBC Real-Time For Honeycomb With Real-Time Stock Quotes, Scrolling Ticker, News, And Videos

If you have a Honeycomb tablet, you are probably aware that there is a very small subset of Android apps made specifically for the tablet OS. NBC Universal is here to fill this gap, starting with this excellent and beautiful finance app - CNBC Real-Time. It was built to utilize the large screen real estate of your tablet, with independent scrolling UI parts created using the ingenious Fragments API that was introduced with Honeycomb.

Here are the features of CNBC Real-Time, in the order of importance:

  • You guessed it - actual real-time quotes (pre-market, market, and after-market), all for free. This is just excellent - no 15 minute delays to deal with here.
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Get Your Trade On With E*TRADE Mobile Pro And Fidelity Investments For Android

E*TRADE Financial and Fidelity Investments have finally made their mobile applications available to Android users. Up until now, both programs have been compatible exclusively with iOS and Blackberry OS. Although I'm not much of a stock trader myself, these apps are big wins for enterprise customers who use Android devices. Both are very slick and easy to use. I should also mention that both of them have very quick load times.

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Features include:

  • The ability to get free real-time quotes, news & charts
  • Conduct market research
  • Check the market and monitor your savings account
  • Securely buy, sell, and place orders with just a few taps    
  • Get breaking market news

E*Trade Mobile Pro

Features include:

  • The ability to get free real-time quotes, charts, and market commentary
  • Conduct market research
  • Have an experience completely integrated with your online account
  • Securely buy, sell, and place orders
  • Get breaking market news

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If you have an E*TRADE or Fidelity Investments account, you are definitely going to want to check these apps out.

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