This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
Code Sector (the name behind popular speedometer app SpeedView) recently brought to market a highly customizable car home app, introducing InDrive: Custom Car Home to the Play Store.
InDrive's primary features are neatly contained in its three swipe-able screens: Apps, GPS, and Music. The Apps screen allows you to create a set of custom app shortcuts. The screen comes preloaded with shortcuts to Navigation and Phone, but there are sixteen more slots waiting to be customized.
Okay, get those pipes warmed up for the show. Sing! Karaoke has just dropped in Google Play and it's free to try. Don't worry if your friends and family flee from the room when you get up to sing – you can share your performance later via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, email, and SMS.
Sing! Karaoke includes all the songs the kids are into these days, but not all of them are available to sing for free.
Here at Android Police, we can't get enough good deals on apps. It's just in our DNA. And sometimes, our deal-seeking genetics tell us to do things we may have some reservations about. Like recommending free apps on the Amazon Appstore - which has its pros and cons. Today was one of the days where we couldn't help ourselves.
Amazon currently has a promo going on called "Free App of the Day Greatest Hits," in which many of the most popular free apps of the day are on sale for the low, low price of - you guessed it - zilch.
Back in October, you may remember that we reported Tapatalk HD for tablets was a thing, that said thing was in beta, and you could download it. Of course, like any off-Play Store beta, getting updates meant downloading a new version whenever one became available, putting it on your device, and all other sorts of messiness no one really likes to deal with. As of today, though, Tapatalk HD for Tablets Beta is on the Play Store, free of charge.
Google has really gotten the stock Android keyboard spruced up in recent versions of the OS. Of course, it's still a limited experience lacking in the bells and whistles of some third-party solutions. Speaking of bells and whistles, the new Kii Keyboard has more tweaks and settings than you'll believe.
Kii takes some of the most popular features from the established keyboards. It has swipe input like the Swype keyboard, word prediction like SwitfKey, and a split layout for tablets like you get in several other apps.
While text messaging may be one of the easiest ways to get messages across the wire, having lengthy conversations with only a tiny keyboard to type your messages can be tedious and annoying. As a result, apps like TabletSMS, DeskSMS, and MightyText were born. The latter has always made it easy to send SMS from your PC, but thanks to a new app in the MightyText family, you can now do the same directly from your tablet.
One thing that's always bothered me about making nandroid backups is having to keep them stored on my phone – and with the limited storage of the Nexus 4, this rings even more true. Thus, it's not uncommon for me to end up transferring backups to my PC in case I should need them again. Thanks to a new feature implemented into ROM Manager 220.127.116.11, that process just got a lot easier.
Newsflash, Android users: the Google Drive/Docs app is terrible. It's just about competent enough to read the documents you've written elsewhere, but for editing and creating new Word, Excel, and PDF documents, you need something with a little more oomph. One of the best choices out there is OfficeSuite, and it's also one of the most expensive, at $15. But right now you can - and should - pick it up for a single dollar.
Update: Turns out the app is only compatible with LG Google TV's for the time being (meaning no Google TV set top boxes are compatible at this time). That's lame.
Remember Google TV? You know, the Google-developed set top box running an Android variant that never managed to catch on? Well, if you're one of the small but dedicated users of the most neglected streaming device around, there's reason to celebrate: Amazon's Instant Video app, previously "exclusive" to the Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, TiVo, Blu-ray players, various connected TVs, and just about everything except standard Android devices, is available on Google Play from your Google TV.