- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 2.1 Helpouts
- 2.2 CyanogenMod Installer
- 2.3 Dayframe (Android photo frame)
- 2.4 SolCalendar - Android Calendar
- 2.5 Camera Awesome
- 2.6 PlayStation®App
- 2.7 SeatGeek Event Tickets
- 2.8 FCC Speed Test
- 2.9 Black Friday App by Slickdeals
- 2.10 Google Opinion Rewards
- 2.11 LEGO® TV
- 2.12 Streambels AirPlay/DLNA Player
- 2.13 Drink Advisor
- 2.14 Snapy, The Floating Camera
- 2.15 500 Firepaper
- 2.16 Sleep Genius: + Revive Alarm
- 2.17 Bundlr
- 2.18 SquareHub
- 2.19 Poshmark - Buy & Sell Fashion
- 2.20 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
- 2.21 Strangebeard - Pirate Princess
- 2.22 Google Text-to-Speech
- 2.23 Motorola FM Radio
- 3 Live Wallpapers
- 4 Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!
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.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.
Today's roundup is presented by Week Calendar. If you're looking for a simple calendar with a lot of options, look no further - Week Calendar comes to Android after gaining no small amount of fans on iOS. The tap-and-drag interface looks good on both tablets and phones, and users can import calendars from Google, Facebook, Exchange, Outlook, and other sources via the built-in guide. The full app is $2, but there's a free version that excludes color-coded calendars and the mini-month view. Other calendars for sports and holidays are available via in-app purchases.
★ FAST AND EASY TO USE
You're too busy to spend a lot of time managing your schedule. That's why adding, repeating and moving events is made easy in Week Calendar. With its magnificent interface and intuitive usability, working with Week Calendar is a pleasure for both casual as extensive professional users.
★ CALENDAR OVERVIEW
Week Calendar provides a clear and detailed overview based on day, week, month or year level. Set one or more calendars to display simulteaous, each with it's own color, to easily sync work, home and project schedules.
★ PACKED WITH USEFUL FUNCTIONS
Move your appointments by simply dragging, copying and pasting. Clear up a busy schedule by assigning different colours or Emoji's/icons to your appointments and events. Powerful reminder functions make sure you’ll always remember your events. Customize week numbers and many other functions to suit your own personal needs.
★ ENHANCE YOUR CALENDAR WITH HOLIDAYS, SPORTS AND OTHER EVENTS
Visit our Calendar Store to add additional subscriptions to sports games, national holidays and more to your calendar. Accidentally scheduling an appointment on your free day now belongs to the past!
Android Police coverage: [New App] Google Helpouts Is Now Live - Video Chat With Experts From Android Or Chrome
Helpouts has been a long time coming, but now that it's available, you won't find Android wanting for an applicable app. Most of the current offerings are fairly simple live video sessions for instruction in everything from guitar lessons to tech support, with integrated payments right in the app. The app itself is typically Google: attractive, if a little Spartan. As usual, support outside of the US is spotty at best this soon after the service launch.
Helpouts connects people who need help with people who can give help over live video. Download the Helpouts app today to get help across multiple topics with your mobile device anytime, anywhere
The CyanogenMod team is trying their darndest to extend an already impressive userbase, and the CM installer is the first step in accomplishing that laudable goal. Combined with the Windows desktop client, this step-by-step guide will get you running everyone's favorite custom ROM faster than you can say Jack Robinson. Naturally device support is limited to those phones and tablets that have CM builds and fairly straightforward root and unlock methods - mostly Nexus and Samsung devices at the moment.
Companion application for the CyanogenMod Installer. Following this process will provide your device with the latest version of CyanogenMod, an Android OS made for you, the users. For a list of currently supported devices, please see our Supported Devices page: http://goo.gl/GQbfRf Please note: Currently the installation process requires a Windows PC to complete. We are working on OSX support.
Dayframe (Android photo frame)
Dayframe is an app that makes your tablet one of those WiFi digital photo frames.... wait, come back! It's way more interesting than it sounds. Instead of showing pictures of your boring family, the app pulls down photos from Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and the like (and fine, it can show local images too) for beautiful and category-driven slideshow. A ton of power and customization features round out the app, and it can even work as a rudimentary launcher if you use your tablet as a desktop mini-display.
Dayframe turns your device into a fun and powerful new photo frame. Dayframe works with your favorite photo sharing services to provide a ongoing slideshow of friends, family, and interests. Browse and share photos between Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, Dropbox, Flickr, Twitter, 500px, and more. Dayframe is designed to automatically play when you’re not using your device. Once you’re set up, that’s it. Dayframe takes care of everything.
SolCalendar - Android Calendar
Android Police coverage: [Hands-on] SolCalendar, A Calendar For Those Who Love Pastels And Playful Widgets
SolCalendar is a beautiful alternative to the standard Android/Google calendar, and not just because of its functional interface or pastel color scheme. This app actually makes good use of the cutesy sticker feature, letting you easily spot important days and events at a glance. Even the homescreen widget (an essential for any calendar app) is drop-dead gorgeous. Not a Google Calendar user? No fear: the app will sync with any CalDev compatible platform.
Let your Google calendar be perfect. SolCalendar will turn your calendar into a thing of beauty. It was introduced as one of the '30 of the most beautiful and well-designed Android apps' by The Next Web. SolCalendar works with all the calendars you've already got on your phone and the other calendars which support CalDAV like as Yahoo., Daum as well. It's completely free.
Camera Awesome might just be the best combination of photo app and editor available. After getting an enviable amount of users on iOS, SmugMug's official editor app is now available on Android, complete with a surprisingly intuitive interface (even if it is an iOS copy) and a ton of filters and editing options. Once you're finished messing with your shot, you can upload it to basically every popular social and photo site. Got a Tegra 4 machine? Then you've also got access to stylus support, slo-mo video, and enhanced HDR.
Take better photos with your smartphone. SmugMug’s Camera Awesome, with 20+ million downloads on iOS, “actually helps you take better pictures” (TechCrunch: Best Apps of 2012). Just released on Android. Pack your phone with pro features and get more creative control with the following standard and exclusive Android features:
- Shooting modes: Big Button (tap screen to shoot), Burst, Timer, Interval, Image Stabilization, and Panorama modes
- Composition guides: set up better shots with screen guides for horizon, rule-of-thirds, golden ratio, and more
- Face recognition and tracking: identify and track multiple faces in the shot to keep faces in perfect focus
- Exposure, White Balance, and ISO: choose between multiple white balance modes, exposure compensation values, and manually select ISO settings to capture the perfect shot
- Resolution settings: shoot both photos and video in the resolution of your choice
- Creative Editing Tools: 100+ artistic effects, crop, rotate, and insta-edit with the “Awesomize’ button
Android Police coverage: Sony Updates PlayStation App With PS4 Features, Offers New Ways To Spend Money
If you've been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, Sony has released a shiny new PlayStation. This here's the companion app, complete with social tie-ins, a chat feature, and access to the PlayStation store. Purchases aren't limited to the PS4: you can buy games and other digital content for your PS3 and Vita as well.
Take your PlayStation® experience with you on your mobile device with the new PlayStation®App. Always be ready to game with features that keep you connected to your gaming friends and the games you love to play. Push games from PlayStation®Store to your PS4™ system and be ready to game at home.
- See what your friends are playing, compare trophies, and view your profile or recent activity.
- Chat with your friends; receive notifications, game alerts, and invitations, and then use your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4™ system.
- Browse PlayStation®Store, pick-up the latest hit games and add-ons, and then push them to your PS4™ system so they are ready when you get home.
- Take advantage of the in-app second-screen features, when available, for greater challenges and control.
- Quickly access PlayStation® system guides, manuals, and PlayStation.Blog.
SeatGeek Event Tickets
Android Police coverage: SeatGeek Comes To Android, Scours The Internet To Help You Find Event Tickets On The Cheap
SeatGeek is sort of the Kayak of event apps - it scours eBay, StubHub, and TicketsNow for seats at sporting events, concerts, and what have you. Even better, it includes the location of wherever the ticket is (assuming that the seating chart for the venue is available), which is something that even the best sites have yet to master. All in all, it's a great place to start if you're looking for aftermarket tickets... though you might give your local Craigslist hub a gander as well.
SeatGeek is a search engine for tickets that scours hundreds of websites at once – from big sites like StubHub, TicketsNow and eBay down to individual brokers – to help you find the absolute best deals on sports, concert and live events. SeatGeek ranks all ticket deals with a 1-to-100 Deal Score, so you can quickly find the tickets with the most bang for your buck. SeatGeek's interactive seating charts make it easy to pick exactly where you’d like to sit, and the app's view-from-seat photos let you know exactly what you’ll see when you get to the event.
FCC Speed Test
Android Police coverage: [New App] FCC Speed Test App Hits Google Play, Helps You Keep An Eye On Your Carrier
Yeah, yeah, giving information over to the government might seem a little ill-advised given current events. But this app is specifically designed to give the FCC an accurate picture of voice and data coverage across the country and on all relevant carriers, which is surely something I can get behind. ("Fair" coverage does not mean zero bars, T-Mobile.) You can also track your own results. If you're wondering, the app only polls your signal and data speed, with no personal information sent to the Commission.
What does it do? The FCC Speed Test app accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss). Why download it? Learn about your mobile broadband performance in one click. Track it over time. What about privacy? No personally-identifiable information is collected whatsoever. Testing is totally anonymous.
Black Friday App by Slickdeals
Black Friday is nearly upon us. If you feel the need to plow the raging sea of consumerism in the name of saving few bucks, penny-pinching favorite SlickDeals is here to help. In addition to listings and ads from all the standard retailers, the SD Black Friday app lets you build your own shopping list, updates you with notifications, and includes access to the comprehensive SD forums.
Black Friday App by Slickdeals is the newest app for Black Friday 2013 Ad Scans, Deals, Coupons and Discussion powered by Slickdeals - the best and largest deal community in the world. Get the most up-to-date deals and ad scans for all your favorite stores in real time with the new Slickdeals Black Friday App. These deals are contributed by our community and our team of deal editors, who vote, rank, sort, and verify the deals so you can find the best savings. Harness the power of the community to save you time and money.
Google Opinion Rewards
Excuse me sir, do you have time to answer a few questions to help us improve our website? Of course you don't. That's why Google likes to incentivize user feedback with good old-fashioned money. Not a lot, mind you - it's not as if answering a few consumer-oriented questions requires a degree or anything - but you can earn a few bucks of Google Play credit by answering some short, targeted questions via this single-purpose app.
Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credits with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by Google Consumer Surveys. Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer answer basic questions about yourself. About once a week you'll get a notification on your phone that a short and relevant survey is ready for you. Questions will range from, "Which logo is best?" and "Which promotion is most compelling?" to "When do you plan on traveling next?"
If you're a parent, you probably know that Lego's empire is not limited to toys. They've expanded into video games, clothing, and even direct-to-video movies. Surprisingly, Lego is now allowing kids to watch these videos for free (though really it's just a wrapper for the YouTube channel). Got a long car trip on the horizon? No problem - the app lets you download videos to local storage. Because playing with real Legos in the back seat is asking for a lost 2x3.
Watch your favorite LEGO® movies directly on your device. This app allows you to watch LEGO movies in both online and offline mode. You can download your favorite LEGO movies to your device and watch them whenever you like.
This app features two main areas:
- LEGO Movies streamed from the official LEGO YouTube Channel
- LEGO Movies for download to your device
Streambels AirPlay/DLNA Player
Non-compatible standards suck. Streambels makes them suck a little bit less, at least if the ones you're using are AirPlay or DLNA. The app will stream audio or video to any DLNA or AirPlay receiver (including AppleTV), along with XBMC and Raspbmc. If that's not enough, it's also got a fantastic interface, complete with a handful of themes. You can stream video from YouTube or Facebook, but everything else will need to be stored locally.
Stream local and online music, videos and photos from your Android to any AirPlay or DLNA device. Streambels beams the media content in the same way as the Apple AirPlay, making it fully compatible with AirPlay wireless speakers such as Bose, Sony, Pure, Denon, Pioneer and others. The app works smoothly with Apple TV, AirPort Express and any other AirPlay-enabled devices. With integrated DLNA support you can stream freely to Samsung TVs, Sony TVs, LG TVs, Xiaomi Box and other DLNA-enabled popular receivers.
The nightlife scene is in constant flux in any major city - services like Yelp are built on helping users to navigate the shifting waters of adult entertainment. Drink Advisor takes out the community component and offers semi-professional advice for bars and clubs in over 120 cities. An appropriately trendy UI and the usual social sharing tools help augment the experience. Low on funds? No worries - Drink Advisor includes cocktail recipes for a night in.
Find the hottest nightspots near you, right now, anywhere in the world, with the ultimate bar and club guide for your mobile. DrinkAdvisor is packed with up-to-the-minute information on over 3000 venues in more than 120 cities. DrinkAdvisor brings you the latest reviews and ratings from real users, which means you can rely on it to give you the very best advice on what’s hot in your city. Whether you’re in London, New York, Paris or Moscow, DrinkAdvisor helps you quickly and easily find the most exciting nightlife nearby.
Snapy, The Floating Camera
It's hard to imagine a scenario where taking a photo doesn't demand your full attention, or at least your full screen. But if you frequently find yourself in need of a snapshot without closing another app, then Snapy is for you. You can move the floating camera window around and resize it if necessary. Launch it from a floating icon, notification, or shortcut, and you'll never need to close... whatever else it is that you're doing.
meet SNAPY, THE FLOATING CAMERA.
Never miss a big moment again, it has never been that easy...
A FLOATING CAMERA?
SNAPY can be launched from any app or game, at anytime, with just a single tap. SNAPY is a resizable, movable & adjustable camera that's always there.
WHY FLOATING CAMERA?
Launch snapy with one tap. That's it. Playing a game while the baby makes it's first steps? It's alright. Snap it with SNAPY. On the phone while a cute dog passes by? No problem.. Snap it with SNAPY. Writing an email & all of a sudden there's an alien invasion?! It's OK. Snap it with SNAPY.
This app replaces your static Android wallpaper with a rotating selection of entries on 500px. If you want something interesting behind your icons and widgets without the battery-draining drawback of a live wallpaper, this is it. The settings let you set an update interval, but unfortunately, 500px terms will keep you from saving individual pictures or keeping the same wallpaper for more than one day.
500 Firepaper provides a live wallpaper and a daydream showing you the latest images from 500px throughout the day. You never need to look at that boring old wallpaper again, or search for hours for a nice new one. This app will show you quality photographs from all over the world - different ones each day. The feature (popular, editor's choice, fresh, etc) and categories displayed are of course configurable, as is the refresh interval and the brightness of the images.
Sleep Genius: + Revive Alarm
SleepGenius aims to help you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer. I don't know if their claims of scientifically-tuned noise holds any water, but the app delivers the features that a lot of people swear by and some nifty power nap and timed alarm functions as well. Early reviews are positive, so I'd be willing to venture a buck on a download.
Decades of sleep research have produced a sleep app that's better than white noise and other natural sleeping aids. The proprietary algorithms in Sleep Genius actually help your brain get ready for sleep, guide your brain through each stage in the sleep cycle, and wake you with a gentle, refreshing alarm. Perfect if you have anxiety or stress and struggle winding down before bed, can’t sleep, suffer from sleep deprivation, or just looking for a better quality sleep.
Bundlr is yet another take on the alternative news engine, this time revolving around "clips" - basically, series of links to videos and stories. It's a sort of mix between a Twitter-powered reader and a bookmark app. Whether it's necessary or indeed useful is debatable, but at least the app is clean and functional. Naturally there's a large selection of sharable options for each user.
Bundlr is a new and free tool to collect everything about your favorite topics. Bring together photos, videos, tweets and documents on the go. Share them with everyone.
- Create bundles about your favorite topics
- Clip content to your bundles by copying the URL from Safari
- Manage the content you have on bundlr.com
- Share clips on social networks or by sms and mail
Each bundle has its own public webpage, accessible on bundlr.com
Some of us prefer to avoid our immediate family on social networks (no, Mom, I'm not friending you back) but it's hard to deny the advantages therein. For that extremely specific user scenario, there's SquareHub, a social network designed just for families. It's more like a refrigerator whiteboard than anything else, with messages, posts, and announcements catered towards family planning. A people-tracker feature is a nice bonus for parents.
SquareHub is the private social network that makes everyday communication fun and functional for everyone in your family. Send private messages and photos, coordinate activities, manage schedules, and share those spontaneous moments of joy with just your family. Whether you’re a family with young kids, mobile teenagers, kids away at college, or you’re a family living in multiple locations, SquareHub makes it easy for everyone in your family to stay connected.
Poshmark - Buy & Sell Fashion
Imagine Poshmark as a sort of Swappa for clothes. As someone who shops exclusively from the Sam Walton collection, my duds probably aren't worth any more than the change in my pocket, but those of you with more discriminating tastes might be able to sell more lucrative clothing and accessories. The app lets you list items without a PC, and naturally you can buy things as well.
Poshmark is a fun and simple way to buy and sell fashion. Shop the closets of women across America - and sell yours too. Ever wish you could shop a fashion lover's closet? Now you can. Poshmark connects you to people whose style you adore, allowing you to shop their closets anytime you’d like. Best part? Scoring awesome deals on great merchandise. Do you have items in your closet that you love, but just aren’t IN love with anymore? That designer handbag, sequin dress, or statement necklace you wore once and probably won’t ever wear again? Sell them on Poshmark in a just a few clicks.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
When it comes to wholesome family entertainment, you can't do much better than good ol' Charlie Brown. The Thanksgiving version of Loud Crow's well-known children's book apps includes the typically scenes from the classic TV special, with a more video-focused take on the activities and reading. A "For Parents" area lets you adjust settings without worrying about what the kids can get into.
“Where’s the turkey, Chuck?” This holiday season, join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang around the table for a (very.) unique Thanksgiving dinner. From pilgrims to popcorn, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving comes to life in this beautifully re-mastered 40th anniversary edition. Magically marrying a book-like feel with clever interactive elements, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will leave your senses hungry for a second helping.
Strangebeard - Pirate Princess
Yet another kid-focused book app. This one's a mix of the typical pop-up book elements, "follow the bouncing ball" reading assistance, and a few activities and mini-games thrown in for good measure. With more than a few of you set for long road trips next week, you might want to pick up a few of these for the ride to help keep law and order in the back seat.
Aha me hearties. Ready for a swashbuckling adventure? When Isabel the Princess goes to a party dressed as a pirate, she starts on an incredible, action-packed adventure filled with pirate galleons, fearsome monsters and fruit-flinging monkeys. Release your inner pirate with adventurous mini-games: piece together treasure maps, dance a pirate jig, then show off your sword skills with some fancy pirate fightin’.
Google's excellent test-to-speech engine is the latest app that's getting outsourced to the Play Store, so's it can get regular updates without bothering to go through the carriers or manufacturers. Nothing more, nothing less here: get it if you're a regular user.
Google Text-to-speech Engine powers applications to read the text on your screen aloud. For example, it can be used by:
• Google Play Books to “Read Aloud” your favorite book
• Google Translate to speak translations aloud so you can hear the pronunciation of a word
• TalkBack and accessibility applications for spoken feedback across your device
• ... and many other applications in Play Store
To use Google Text-to-speech Engine on your Android device, go to Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Select Google Text-to-speech Engine as your preferred engine.
Motorola FM Radio
Android Police coverage: [New App] Motorola Continues To Add Stock Apps To Play Store, Now FM Radio For The Moto G
The Moto G is made with the budget user in mind, and thus includes an FM radio (which wouldn't be out of place in high-end phones, by the way) as an alternative to streaming music. As with most of the company's other custom apps, they've released it to the Play Store to more easily facilitate regular updates.
Listen to your favorite FM radio stations for free on your Moto G. Motorola FM Radio makes it easy to scan for stations, build your favorites list, and see live information about what’s playing -- all with a simple swipe-based navigation. This application has been designed to work on the Moto G smartphone. You will need a wired headset to act as the FM antenna, and you can listen via headset or a paired Bluetooth audio accessory.
Explore the deep reaches of the final frontier every time you use your device with Space HD - the latest release from your favorite developer of 3D live wallpapers. Experience the breathtaking beauty of our entire solar system and beyond. Travel from the scorching 700 K temperatures of Mercury to the icy dwarf planet Pluto. Observe the Earth from the heavens as few human eyes have seen, watching clouds form and faint city lights twinkling while half the planet sleeps.
Volcano 3D Live Wallpaper
A spectacular 3D scene of fire and lava. Watch a distant volcano erupt with streams of lava, with a dramatic volcanic landscape in the foreground. Double-tap to summon fireballs and magma boulders. Fully supports both tablets and phones in any orientation, and supports lighting changes based on the current time of day.
TO USE: Home screen-> long press-> live wallpapers
Cute Autumn Owl Free LWP
After a long day of failed fishing attempts, Mr. Owl finally gave up and decided to get his nourishment from commercially available products. Now he can kick back and relax by the camp fire and appreciate the beautiful colors of the fall and the gentle breeze. Enjoy the autumn with Mr. Owl. The artwork has been created by our amazing artist Annika Hiltunen.
- Vibrant, high quality graphics with parallax effect
- Runs smoothly on Androids of all sizes and specifications with minimum power usage.
- Automatic panning
- Owl’s animation intensity
- Gravity level for leaves
- Swipe animation smoothness
KM New Plasticine City
Live Wallpaper. "New Plasticine City". Do you like big cities like New York or London? Introducing the new work made of plasticine - "New Plasticine City" Live wallpaper. Now you can enjoy the magnificent big city with subway. Be sure to install this beautiful town on your phone or tablet. For Android 4.X or higher.
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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