Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added Honeycomb support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here:
Dolphin Pad for Honeycomb tablets
Android Police coverage:
- 'Dolphin For Pad' Beta Hits The Android Market, Brings Dolphin Love To Tablets
- Awesome Feature In 'Dolphin for Pad' Shows Your Open Pages In A 3D Cube Display With A Simple Gesture [Video]
The makers of the popular Dolphin, Dolphin HD (which happens to be my personal favorite), and Dolphin Mini browsers released a tablet-optimized browser earlier this week, called Dolphin for Pad. Yeah, not the best name ever, considering Android tablets aren't called pads (except maybe the Eee Pad Transformer) and affinity to female products is not ideal... but anyway...
The tablet version is optimized better for large screen devices, but still doesn't use the Honeycomb-style Action Bar that properly optimized apps should be migrating to. Hopefully the next release will rectify this.
For an added bonus, check out the hidden cube animation for switching between tabs in the video below.
SketchBook Pro for Honeycomb tablets by Autodesk
Android Police coverage: Autodesk Brings SketchBook Pro To Honeycomb, Artistic Abilities Not Included
$5 buys you a professional-grade paint and drawing application from Autodesk, optimized for Android and with nothing but rave reviews so far. Any designers out there?
TexTab for tablets
Great new app (5-star reviews all around) for texting using your tablet. Sounds handy for heavy SMS users.
TexTab: send and receive SMS messages on your tablet!
- Install the app on both your phone and tablet!
- If you have trouble connecting, turn bluetooth off and on on both devices. If that doesn't work, restart both devices.
- If you don't receive incoming messages on the tablet, and you are running Go SMS, make sure to uncheck "disable other message notification" in the Go SMS settings.
TexTab is an SMS app for Android phones and tablets. It allows you to send and receive SMS messages on your tablet, as if you were sending them from your phone. Once a connection is established between your phone and tablet using bluetooth, you can send messages using TexTab, and received messages will show up on the tablet.
- Honeycomb optimized, though not required
- Contact information is pulled from your synced Google contacts
- Widget to enable/disable TexTab. Widget also displays connection information
- Notifications for received messages on tablet
Please note the Lite version, which has a limited number of sent messages. Try that first if you'd like to make sure everything works for you before buying!
SkyGrid for Tablets
I'm not sure SkyGrid can beat other news apps like News 360, but it can sure try.
The #1 Rated News App for iPad is now available for Android Tablets! SkyGrid is the most powerful & only app for you to stay up to date on your interests. Follow your own topics and get updates on the exact interests you care about!
✪ Stay up to date on any interest you want to follow – sports teams, celebs, politics, news, your company, anything – with a single tap!
✪ Custom designed for Android Tablets
✪ Get notifications on only the exact interests you follow
✪ See the fastest spreading information online with ‘What’s Hot’
✪ Share what you’re reading and following with Facebook, Twitter, and Email
✪ Incredible technology. SkyGrid streams information from all over the Web (mainstream news, social sites, blogs etc) from over 1 million sources. SkyGrid’s patented algorithm “Information Velocity” determines and updates you in real-time of the fastest spreading information online
Mizuu Movies Lite for Honeycomb
Mizuu is a movie management app for your tablet. I can't say I would personally care enough to use it, mostly because IMDB now has a very nice tablet UI which includes logging in and rating movies, but movie lovers out might appreciate the focus on being a movie collector and organizer with Mizuu. An added bonus - a series of handy widgets, which you can see on the 3rd screenshot below.
Managing your movies has never been easier. Mizuu Movies keeps track of all your favourite movies on your Android Honeycomb tablet (similar to Boxee or XBMC on the PC). Movies are automatically recognized and identified using IMDb with title, plot, cover art and more.
All the movie information is kept in a local database on your tablet. This is perfect for travelling because you don't need access to the Internet. You can your entire movie collection with you everywhere.
It's simply entertainment at your fingertips. The easy-to-use and immersive graphical interface will let you browse, select and play your movies. Mizuu Movies is developed exclusively for tablets.
• Manual overrides
• Support for movie.nfo/movie.jpg
• Themes (not supported in Lite version)
• User settings
SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS*
• .3gp, .aaf, .avi, .divx, .f4v, .flv, .m4v, .mkv, .moi, .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .mts, .ogv, .rm, .rmvb, .ts, .webm, .wmv, .xvid
Flickr for Tablet
Flickr for Tablet is... well, you guessed it - a Flickr browser and manager optimized for Honeycomb. Note: It's not an official app from Yahoo (god forbid they release an app for one of their most popular sites in a timely fashion).
See and manage your pictures on Tablet (3.0). This is an early version. Recommendations and bugs please to listed e-mail address.
- auto upload pictures taken with tablet
- see public interesting pictures
- see own photos (tags, galleries, collections, sets)
-- tag own photos
-- delete own photos
Engadget (now with Honeycomb support)
If you follow Engadget using their [most excellent] Android app, you'll find the updated version even better, as it introduces Honeycomb support. Check it out:
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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