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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A Better Camera
Today's roundup is presented by A Better Camera from Almalence. Android phone cameras are improving at an almost constant rate, but the software behind them often leaves a lot to be desired. Read More
Google added native screen recording functionality in Android 4.4, but it only works over ADB and there's no audio output. Third-party developers have been working on ways to expand the usability of the native functionality, but the root only app SCR might be the closest to implementing sound and video perfectly after the most recent update.
In the new version, SCR gains support for experimental recording of internal audio with the video. Of course, this requires root access, and it's still a bit buggy. I had a few errors testing on the 2013 Nexus 7, but a little fiddling got everything working. Read More
Update: Google has finally provided clarification on the recent Search update. Going forward, Google Now will shoot you an alert if it detects a traffic incident along your drive, and as you can see clearly in the image below, the app is pulling this information via Waze. Read More
Tumblr has rolled out a new two-factor authentication option that, once enabled, decreases the likelihood of someone breaking into your Tumblr account. Rather than just a password, you will also need to type in a key generated by your Android device. We've already seen Google, Facebook, and Twitter implement this functionality, so while it's about time, it's also better late than never.
You can enable the feature through your Tumblr settings page. Once enabled, you won't be able to sign into the Android app using just your password. Instead, you will need to generate a temporary one-time key, which you can generate from the same settings page. Read More
You could almost guess Castle Doombad is an Adult Swim title without being told. Adult Swim has a very distinct, delightfully diabolical style to its mobile games, and this one is no exception. Castle Doombad contains devious traps, a kidnapped princess, and an evil super villain. However, you are the super villain who kidnapped the princess and stuck her in the dungeon guarded by traps. How's that for a twist?
Getting photos from your phone to your Chromecast hasn't been impossible before now, or particularly difficult, but there has yet been a Google-sanctioned approach to the issue. Now there is. The company has rolled Photowall for Chromecast into the Play Store, where it's immediately available for download. Read More
Spotify users are currently receiving an update to version 0.7.8 that pretties up the app's playlist experience. Now instead of merely display song text, the software will serve up album art. Here we have a before and after image for your convenience. Read More
The weekend has ended and it's back to the daily grind, but you can at least entertain yourself in some small way with reasonably priced apps and games. We've got a line on some good deals, so read on, assuming the boss isn't looking over your shoulder.
There's some interesting stuff going on down under, and it doesn't have anything to do with poisonous animals (for once). Google has added a new section to the Play Store there – Made in Australia. It contains all the best in apps and games from the land of oz.