- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 2.1 AlarmPad Free (Beta)
- 2.2 Dormi - Baby Monitor
- 2.3 Holofication Nation
- 2.4 Glove - A Network That Fits
- 2.5 HTC Power To Give
- 2.6 Opera Max beta for Android
- 2.7 Type Machine
- 2.8 Auto Finder
- 2.9 PasswordBox Free Password Safe
- 2.10 Meet Me Halfway (Beta)
- 2.11 VH1
- 2.12 AcDisplay
- 2.13 Spoiler Shield
- 2.14 Speedometer by Sygic
- 2.15 Headset Control Center
- 2.16 TripBudget
- 2.17 Cogi – Notes & Voice Recorder
- 2.18 Organizy Free - Shopping List
- 2.19 Shifter
- 2.20 Tidy - Photo Album
- 2.21 Encircle: Home Inventory
- 2.22 Eventjoy (formerly EXMO)
- 2.23 Don't Pause
- 2.24 Abacus
- 2.25 WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager
- 2.26 Piper Mobile
- 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.
DigiCal Calendar & Widgets
Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is a complete calendar solution that integrates with Google Calendar, matching it feature-for-feature and then some. A wide selection of calendar views (agenda, day, week, month, text month, list) and great tablet compatibility means that your calendar will look great and be easy to use no matter what device you're using. DigiCal also includes a variety of widgets, all of which put the stock Google Calendar to shame, and integrated location search within the app. DigiCal even checks Google Now for travel and traffic time, letting you know when you'll need to leave to avoid being late. The standard DigiCal is free, but the $4.95 DigiCal+ includes a month widget, extra visual options, and zero ads.
Experience the most stylish Android calendar with Holo light and dark themes with 6 powerful calendar views and 5 beautifully designed widgets! DigiCal is a stylish and easy to use calendar application that syncs all your appointment with Google Calendar. You can choose from 6 powerful calendar views (day, week, agenda, month, text month and list) in both portrait and landscape mode. DigiCal also comes with 5 beautiful widgets (list, grid, day, day list and month). Following the latest Android Holo light and dark theme, DigiCal is bringing the clean and intuitive user interface experience to smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2+. DigiCal’s innovative features such as the smart action bar make it easy to edit, move, copy, paste and delete events. With our unique built-in location search, adding a location to your event has never been easier. All you need to do is type in the name of the place (cafe, store, and park) and DigiCal will automatically look up the address and save it. With this feature, Google Now (Android 4.1+) knows where you'll need to go. It'll watch current traffic, plan your route and notify you when you should leave.
AlarmPad Free (Beta)
Android Police coverage: [New App] AlarmPad Brings Some Context To Your Alarms, Makes Waking Up Slightly Less Terrible
How often have you done this: wake up to blaring alarm, hit the snooze button, repeat three times, then realize that today is the day of the big meeting and you really needed that time to prepare. AlarmPad tries to add a little contextual information to your wake-up call, displaying both your upcoming calendar events and the local weather. It doesn't hurt that the app looks pretty great, with a neat dashboard-style display for weather and calendar events. The $1 pro version has no ads.
AlarmPad brings context to your alarms. Set an alarm and see right away the weather forecast and your calendar appointments for the day and time following your alarm. AlarmPad listens to your calendar updates and offers beautiful widgets that put in one place your next alarm, calendar appointment and weather forecast. It also allows you to listen to your personal messages and speak voice commands to dismiss or snooze the alarm.
Dormi - Baby Monitor
Why buy an expensive baby monitor when you've got a tablet (or an older, unused phone) with a microphone, speaker, and radio built in? Dormi is a baby monitor app that allows you to monitor your tyke with another Android device. It features a slick UI and tons of features that wouldn't be possible with a standard monitor, including missed calls or texts on the remote device. If your kid's a bit older, you can get some similar tracking and notification features with the Telephony plugin.
Smart Audio Baby Monitor in your pocket. The baby monitor for the smartphone age. Includes all standard features of an audio hardware baby monitor and some surprising extras. Works at any distance. Dormi can use any available route to connect parent and child units (WiFi, mobile data - Edge, 3G, 4G, HSPA+, LTE), and can work even when Internet is not available (WiFi Direct, HotSpot / AP) Ultimate feature? You can connect MULTIPLE devices in parent mode to a single child device simultaneously.
Apps that ignore Holo standards suck, and it sucks even more when they're from huge publishers who should know better. Holofication Nation remakes some of the bigger aps, like Instagram, CNN, and Steam, in the image of Duarte. You'll need to uninstall the original Play Store apps to get them to work (not to mention trust some well-meaning but basically unaccountable developers), but once you set it up they should update the Holofied apps automatically.
This is the Official Holofication Nation app, here you can find information, screenshots and downloads for our Holofied apps. Enjoy. **PLEASE NOTE.!.** WE DO NOT ADD ANY NEW PERMISSIONS TO THESE MODS OR REMOVE ANY. WE ALSO DO NOT CHANGE ANY CODE EXCEPT FOR DRAWABLES AND SOME XML TO THEME THESE APPS. **PLEASE NOTE.!.** ALL ORIGINAL APPS MUST FIRST BE UNINSTALLED TO INSTALL OUR MODS.!.
Glove - A Network That Fits
I wish I had this years ago, back when all the big carriers were equally unreliable. With Glove, you and your friends or family can use your current phones to see which network works best for your location and habits. It analyzes your movements for a few days and tells the group which available cell provider would have the best reception. Too bad it only works in the SF bay area, New York City, and Israel for the time being.
Wireless carriers all have different levels of coverage within their networks. Glove does all the work of figuring out which carrier will give you the best wireless service and then gives you a personalized carrier recommendation. It does this by using crowdsourced data to determine the network quality of each carrier (including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). It applies that data to the places you use your phone most in order to figure out the best carrier for you.
HTC Power To Give
Android Police coverage: [MWC 2014] HTC Unveils Desire 816 And 610 Midrange Handsets, Power To Give Initiative
If you've ever heard of the [email protected] project, you know that remote processing can be a real boon to scientific study, particular disease research. HTC has invested a commendable amount of time and effort to create their own version, which allows HTC phones to contribute processor cycles to any number of beneficent research functions. To use HTC Power To Give, you need an HTC device with at least a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, you need to leave it charging (above 90%), and you need a WiFi connection.
There are one billion smartphones in use today. The combined processing power of all these devices can truly revolutionize scientific research, and make an enormous contribution to humanity - if we all work together. With HTC Power To Give, the potential to research cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS – to help understand climate change, or venture into space – is all at our fingertips. By downloading HTC Power To Give, plugging in your phone and connecting to Wi-Fi, your spare computing power will become part of an enormous grid, providing processing power to a project you’ve selected from a range across the world.
Opera Max beta for Android
Back in the dark days before iOS and Android, one of Opera Mobile's biggest selling points was that it compressed images for faster loading over the network. Now that we've replaced EDGE speeds with limited data caps, that technology is useful again, and Opera has decided to make it available even on other browsers. Opera Max will compress images and videos on the service's servers, then serve them up to you with "up to 50% bandwidth savings." Right now it's in limited beta with a waiting list.
Opera Max beta is a free, powerful and easy-to-use app that saves you mobile data. Get up to 50% data savings from compressing video, photos and text on almost every app on your phone. We now wish to test our capacity for data-savings properly before we roll it out worldwide. Invitations to the app will come on a first-come, first-served basis. So just download this app to reserve your place in line. We'll start giving the early birds access in a few days.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Type Machine Securely Saves Everything You Type So You'll Never Lose Text Again
Sometimes websites and services still aren't caught up on the latest mobile browser standards, which creates some real frustration when you've input a lot of text only to see it disappear. Type Machine has a unique solution: it records every word you input with your keyboard, like a personal keylogger. This lets you go back and retrieve anything you've lost. If you're worried about security (because it WILL record passwords and PINs) you can encrypt the app and put it behind a PIN of its own, and auto-delete records based on time.
Have you ever typed something and then accidentally erased it? Written down something important and couldn't find it again? App crashed and lost everything you wrote? With your own Type Machine, that's no problem. Type Machine saves everything you type in every app. Open it at any time to find old entries. Filter them by app. Drag the history slider to see what you typed letter by letter. Tap to copy. Never lose a piece of text again.
There are a ton of "where did I park" apps, but this is the first one I've seen that accounts for the stupidity of users like me who never remember to set their location after they park. The app runs in the background, using Google's APIs to sense when you're driving. When you stop and start walking with your phone, it automatically marks the place with no input from the user. Now you'll REALLY never forget that parking space.
Never forget where you parked again. Auto Finder automatically marks your location whenever it detects you've parked. No more wandering around the parking lot looking for your car. Even better, you don't have to remember to mark your location yourself. Auto Finder uses your Android device's hardware sensors to figure out when you're getting out of your car. You don't even have to take your phone out of your pocket. Auto Finder will mark your car's location on its own and be ready for you when you need it.
PasswordBox Free Password Safe
PasswordBox is pretty similar to the various password manager extensions that used to be popular with desktop browsers, but thanks to a mobile interface, it's even easier. You literally tap just once to retrieve a username and password from your cache, no matter how long or complex. Don't sweat the security, either: it's protected by 256-bit encryption. If you use some kind of automated password creator, this would make a great companion app. Unfortunately, access to some of the more advanced features requires a recurring subscription.
Never lose a password again with PasswordBox. Enjoy 1-Tap Login, secure sharing, password generator, Legacy Locker and digital wallet. This is the password manager you've been looking for. PasswordBox is the only password manager app to allow you to securely log in to mobile apps on your Android phone. We support 90% of the most popular apps in the Google Play store. Even more than a password manager, PasswordBox now includes Wallet for secure storing & management of sensitive information like credit and ID cards, passports, Social Security numbers, store loyalty cards and banking details on the go.
Meet Me Halfway (Beta)
You and your buddy have to meet, but the general area between you isn't familiar to either of you (and he's a cheapskate who won't go more than exactly halfway). With Meet Me Halfway, you can put both of your addresses in and find the point between, not just geographically, but in terms of traveling time. Once the app finds the midpoint, it helpfully shows you nearby restaurants and attractions.
Tired of arguing with your friend over where to meet? Trying to figure where to meet up with your long distance significant other? Tell them to meet you halfway. With Meet Me Halfway, you can find the halfway point and from there find places of interest near there such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, and more. Your inputs can be full address, zip codes, or even names of locations along with their street and city/state.
Android Police coverage: [New App] VH1 App Comes To Android With Full Episode Streaming (TV Subscription Required)
Like MTV and innumerable non-music television stations, VH1 is now available in app form. And just like all those predecessors, it allows you to stream full episodes... but only if you're already paying for them with a cable subscription. Local TV peasants can still get access to most of the promotional content, including show clips, news, celebrity info, and the like. It's also got the requisite social sharing mechanisms.
Watch VH1 shows from your favorite Android device. Just sign in with your TV provider to watch recent episodes from select VH1 series anytime and anywhere. Access is included with your TV subscription to participating providers. If your provider isn’t listed, don’t panic. We are working hard to get all TV providers to participate. You won’t need to sign in to watch tons of other great video from VH1 shows, including sneak peeks, after shows, bonus clips and exclusive, original content from your favorite VH1 series.
This isn't the first time we've seen someone try to clone the Active Notifications feature from the Moto X for other devices, but it might be the most complete. Just like the original, it will trigger a simple overlay with icons when you turn on your phone, which can be expanded with a tap and "fired" with a swipe. This is especially useful for phones with AMOLED displays, since the white-on-black alert design will save some battery versus a traditional lockscreen.
AcDisplay brings a piece of Motorola's Active Display to your device. Using this app, you will see notifications light up your screen as they arrive and show as a circular icon with a timer ring, which is your chance to act on that notification before your screen times back out. If you’d like to act on the most recent notification, you can swipe up and into it. If you’d like to simply unlock your phone, you can do that by swiping down.
There's nothing more frustrating than checking into your favorite social network and seeing a gigantic spoiler for that hot new show... just ask Android Police editor David Ruddock. This app will let you browse your Twitter and Facebook feeds without fear, blocking spoilers from the big American dramas and sporting events. It can't actively block the information from other apps, so imagine it as an alternate for when you're particularly wary of those who already know that Frank [redacted] the Congressional [redacted] when he [redacted] in the bouncy castle.
Spoiler Shield blocks TV & sports spoilers in your social media feed. We created a way for you to watch broadcasts at your convenience, yet still check Facebook and Twitter anytime without accidentally seeing spoilers. You decide what to shield. You no longer have to hide from social media while waiting to watch your favorite shows and sporting events. Watch television on your own time and protect yourself from spoilers.
Speedometer by Sygic
Why doesn't Google Maps do this already? This app will display your current driving speed in a simplified spedometer, but it will also monitor your GPS position and the local speed limit for that road. The app warns you when you're over, making sure you stay out of the sights of the cops. If that's not enough, it's also got the standard database of traffic cams, stop light cams, and known speed traps. I suppose you could use that for some nefarious fun, but I prefer to think you'll just be extra wary at the posted speed limit.
Speedometer by Sygic is your perfect car dashboard. It combines beautifully designed GPS speedometer with speed camera alerts.
►GPS based speedometer
- Beautiful design with no clutter – essential features only
- Set your own speed alert
- Choose your metrics – km/h or mph
►More than 50,000 fixed speed camera locations
- Avoid fixed cameras with offline database
- Know where the red-light cameras are hiding
- Watch out for average-speed checks
Headset Control Center
If you've got a phone headset with just one button and no music controls, you want to check out Headset Control Center. It allows you to set up actions for multiple clicks (one, two, three, or four), assigning them to pause, advance, back, and so on. The developer has worked hard to make sure that it functions with a wide array of popular music apps (both standard services and OEM music players) and plenty of diverse wired and Bluetooth headsets.
Just connect your headset and your favourite music player, eg Spotify will be launched by the Headset Control Center. Select desired playlist and control Spotify with your headset button. More than 20 Music and Media Players and 30+ languages are supported by the Degauss Labs – Headset Control Center. You can easily configure and customize all button click actions. So why not make your music experience more joyful.
Every once in a while we come across an app that does something extremely simple in a beautiful way. Case in point: TripBudget. At the core it's a very simple expense planner and tracker, but with a jaw-dropping calendar and expense interface, it's worth a look even if you're just planning a trip to the supermarket. Automatic currency conversion is a nice addition, it's just a shame that there's only one non-English language available during the beta.
Create budgets for your upcoming trips and log expenses using this modern designed tool. Fast planner for new trips - expenses divided into groups to be added as quickly as possible. Create several versions of the same trip and compare final estimated values. After planning you can switch from plan mode into spending mode and log actual expenses. The app uses gps to add optional location. You can compare the final cost with plan at any moment.
Cogi – Notes & Voice Recorder
There aren't many things out there that are simpler than basic voice memos, but Cogi is sprucing them up with an intuitive interface and some well thought-out features. Most of these revolve around organization, so you don't have to start playing your messages to know what's inside them. It supports multiple users for recorded meetings or short messages, making it ideal for small teams that are short on stenographers.
Cogi is an easy-to-use, free note taking and voice recording app that allows you to capture the important parts of meetings, lectures and conversations, all while remaining completing engaged, listening to what’s being said. Augment the important voice notes with images, text and tags to completely capture the key elements of a meeting or lecture. Cogi’s the next evolution in note taking, allowing you to record key ideas without writing the notes down.
Organizy Free - Shopping List
Organizy is a shopping list app with some surprisingly focused design elements intended to make the experience even easier. These include an auto-complete for popular items and a user interface intended to be operated with one hand, even on large screens (the better to steer that shaky cart with the other). I like the "Must Buy" feature, which should help make sure you don't forget those absolutely essential items.
What is the problem that must be solved by a truly great shopping list app? Making the buying of products a snap. And that's exactly what you will get when you use the Organizy to assist you with your shopping.
- Quickly add products to your list with the help of our auto-complete feature – you will be pleasantly surprised to see just how diverse and complete the Organizy's inventory is.
- Strike out items from your list using only one hand – leaving the other free to take products off the shelves and put them into your shopping cart.
- Choose to see the "must-buy" products at the top of your list – this is especially helpful for long shopping lists.
What makes a novel better? Pictures. (According to Disney heartthrob Gaston, anyway.) And what makes a graphic novel better? Pictures that move and feature sound, of course. Shifter is a motion comic, basically a static comic book with some voice narration and a few special effects. This science fiction romp includes the voices of Star Trek alumnus Wil Wheaton... and some other people. with a claimed 275 hours of audio, it should be good entertainment value at the very least.
What if you could soar with the birds – not in a man-made contraption or by using virtual reality, but as an actual bird? What if you could literally be a fly on the wall in a top-secret meeting? What if you could become any animal in the world or, better yet, anybody in the world? What if you could become any creature that has ever existed (and some you never believed could exist)? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Shifter, the latest full-color graphic novel from Anomaly Productions.
Tidy - Photo Album
Most of us have hundreds or thousands of phone photos, hiding in a Google+ or Dropbox folder if nowhere else. Tidy wants to help you get them organized as quickly as possible, thanks to a speed-focused swipe interface. You can group them by location, time, or some basic visual filters. You can also shoot new photos with an Instagram-style camera, but it would probably better to take them normally then import them.
NO MORE MESS WITH PHOTOS.
Tidy helps you clean up thousands of photos in minutes.
So get tidy with your photos and find awesome memories.
- Just swipe to right or left. Your photos all in their places.
- Group photos by Time, Place & Shapes.
- Trust me, you've never seen a photo album like this before.
Everything you need for photos
- Share: Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more.
- Edit: Rotate, Crop, Filters, Color Correction, etc. (coming soon for updates)
Encircle: Home Inventory
If you're moving or setting up home insurance, you need an inventory to cover all your bases. Encircle attempts to make a streamlined interface for that tedious chore, creating automatic fields for all your important household items with easy photo inserting and documentation. It takes a long time to go through, but less than it might without this kind of tool, and you'll be happy you did when the worst comes to the worst.
Encircle is a leading home inventory tool that allows homeowners, landlords and property managers to efficiently inventory their properties. In about an hour the average user can create a complete picture inventory of their property that is easy to navigate and use. The account can be accessed via smartphone, tablet and web interface (encircleapp.com). Encircle can be used for insurance purposes, relocation and moving, appliance repairs, home décor shopping and more.
Eventjoy (formerly EXMO)
Organizing events is a real pain, especially if you're not used to it. Eventjoy hopes to make the big ones more easy for both organizers and attendees. It's got all the standard stuff including organized event info and schedules, plus a few extra goodies like attendee polls and push notifications on scheduling changes. There's an impressive level of communication in the app that goes both up and down.
Eventjoy allows you to experience more at the event by providing all of the event information in the palm of your hand, connects you with other attendees, and keeps you up-to-date with announcements from the event organizer. Organize events? – Use Eventjoy at your next event for free, create your event at Eventjoy.com. Handle ticketing/registration, create a mobile event app, design a beautiful event website, and use Activity Walls all for free.
Don't you hate it when you get to that good part of the song (I LOVE YOU BABY, AND IF IT'S QUITE ALRIGHT...) only to hear an annoying email notification through your headphones? Don't Pause automatically sets selective notifications to "vibrate" while active, nothing more, nothing less. It will automatically turn itself off once your stop listening to your tunes.
Don't Pause was designed to keep your device from bothering you when you are listening to music. If you are listening to music through your android phone and you get a text message or email, by default, Android pauses your music and plays the notification. Don't Pause fills in here. Don't Pause will run continuously once you start it and when you are playing music it automatically puts your notifications on vibrate.
Abacus lets employers and employees get the unpleasant task of expense reports and payout behind them. It's a digital, streamlined interface for tracking and reporting purchases. You could use it to document a corporate card, but Abacus is really most useful for the employee who mostly travels on his or her own dime and depends on reports for reimbursement. A clean Holo interface doesn't hurt.
Expensing travel, meals and office expenses has never been so simple. EMPLOYEES: Sitting on a pile of receipts, waiting to get paid? Forget about filing an expense report. With Abacus, you file your expenses as you go, and get paid back right away, direct to your bank account. MANAGERS: We'll make it easy for you to review employee spending and communicate with your team around expenses, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.
WiFi Hotspot On/Off Manager
This app automatically does what a lot of Tasker users spend hours trying to get just right: only using WiFi when you're near a useful WiFi connection. It waits until you're near a WiFi hotspot you've used before to turn the radio on, potentially saving a bit of battery life. The location service uses cell towers, not GPS. That's about it - I'd recommend checking the Battery section of the Settings menu to see how much the app is actually saving you.
Download AVG WiFi® Assist NOW to manage and help you optimize your wireless connections, save battery power and prevent potential Wi-Fi tracking by retailers. Tired of turning your WiFi On/Off? Want to Save Battery power? Worried about being potentially tracked by retailers through Wi-Fi? Forget to turn your wireless connection back on when it’s available? Based on user feedback, we’ve developed and enhanced our app to help solve your Wi-Fi related problems.
Android Police coverage: [New App] Piper Mobile Lets You Control And View The Home Automation Tool Remotely
Piper is an interesting little gadget: a home security hub that combines a webcam, various sensors, and a Z-wave home automation controller. This app controls the Piper itself, allowing users to see the remote feed, get input from the sensors, and graph the changes in the monitored area. It also allows you to assign rules and patterns for activating any connected modules, like light switches and power outlets. The user interface is pretty impressive for such a specific tool.
The Piper app allows you to monitor and control your Piper device. Don’t have a Piper? Find out more at www.getpiper.com. Piper is the first all-in-one home automation and security system in a smart, elegant package that lets you monitor what's important in your life — all from your Android device with zero monthly fees. With Piper you can view live and recorded video, control lights and appliances, set up security rules, and monitor your home’s temperature, humidity, and more.
Muzei Live Wallpaper
Android Police coverage: Roman Nurik Of DashClock Fame Releases New Live Wallpaper Called Muzei
Flashy animated wallpapers are all nice and good, but what if you just want something that looks great and refreshes on a regular basis? Meet Muzei, a live wallpaper app from the creator of DashClock, featuring the same dedication to excellence and expandability. It will grab fresh wallpapers from a wide variety of sources and change it at regular intervals, and you can add image sources with simple plugins. There's also an API for those who want to add their own sources.
A living museum for your Android home screen. Muzei is a live wallpaper that gently refreshes your home screen each day with famous works of art. It also recedes into the background, blurring and dimming artwork to keep your icons and widgets in the spotlight. Simply double touch the wallpaper or open the Muzei app to enjoy and explore the artwork in its full glory. Alternatively, you can choose your favorite photos from your own gallery or other apps to use on your home screen. To keep your wallpaper fresh, Muzei will rotate through your favorite photos every few hours.
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