- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 3 Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
- 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.
Internet Radio - PlayTime
This week's roundup is brought to you by Playtime Internet Radio from HandyApps. This useful all-in-one radio manager allows users to search for specific songs or shows streaming on thousands of live channels all across the Internet, or use the more conventional recommendation engine for a more random experience. Local FM radio stations can be streamed through the app, and there are no charges or subscriptions. Playtime is also compatible with Chromecast.
PlayTime Internet Radio re-invents the online radio experience by offering a whole new way of discovering new music, artists, shows and radio stations. Using this smart internet radio app, you can search for specific songs and live talk shows currently streaming in over 50,000 live internet radio stations worldwide via it's powerful online radio search engine.
1) Search for any song or talk show currently playing from more than 50,000 online radio stations worldwide and stream it immediately from the best source.
2) Discover New Songs, Artists and Radio Stations:
Listen to new songs or remixes of popular songs before others. Our song recommendations engine will also suggest songs for you based on your current song selection.
PlayTime Internet Radio also comes with Top Charts that list songs, artists and stations that are trending across different music genres, ranging from pop, country, hip hop, jazz, oldies, EDM, alternative, rock, classical, metal, soul, world and more.
3) Personalized Radio Experience
4) Four different Playback Modes:
PlayTime Internet Radio comes with different playback modes to suit all listening needs:
Artist Mode: Play songs by selected artist only
Favorites Mode: Play songs from your Favorites List only
Recommended Mode: Automatic playlist of recommended songs based on what you are currently tuned in to
Stationary Mode: Stay tuned in to the current online radio station
5) Local FM Internet Radio Stations
6) Material Design
PlayTime Internet Radio features an intuitive and beautiful interface following the latest Android design guidelines.
7) 100% Free Music.
No listening limits, no paywall - listen to your heart’s content.
8) Listen through Chromecast
Stream your internet radio, music and talk shows over Chromecast.
Android Police coverage: Sky Kids Launches On The Play Store, Peppa Pig And Lazytown In Tow
UK readers (or at least those with kids), this one's for you. The official Sky Kids app includes "thousands of episodes" from the network's stable of children's television shows. The app also includes profiles so more than one kid can use it on a single device (handy for tablets). It's a free download, assuming you're already paying for one of the compatible Sky television packages.
Sky Kids app is for 3 to 9 year olds and is full of kids' favourite TV shows to watch on demand, whenever they want. Designed just for kids, it’s easy to use so they can start watching any of the thousands of episodes instantly. Plus, set up a profile for each of the kids so they have their very own place to watch their shows. At no extra cost for Sky TV customers with Sky+ Family or Variety bundle or Sky Q.
MailTime - The Email Messenger
Android Police coverage: MailTime, The App That Lets You Treat Emails Like Instant Messages, Is Now Available For Android
MailTime's developers think that email should be treated like instant messaging. Based on the success that the iOS version of this app has had for over a year, at least a few people agree with them. MailTime reorganizes the standard inbox into something tuned for short, fast responses, in an effort to keep users on top of growing piles of messages - it even warns you if the message you're sending is too long. It's compatible with all major web mail services.
MailTime makes email as easy as text messaging. We reformat your cluttered email threads into clean chat bubbles. Email message anyone with an email address on MailTime and send photos, documents and even voice messages right from your phone. We sync all your emails and intelligently prioritize conversational emails from others such as newsletters so you can easily manage on the go.
Wouldn't it be neat if Apple computers offered fingerprint scanners (you know, like the ones available on Windows laptops for over a decade)? Well if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have functionality-focused hardware designs. But DroidID lets users offload fingerprint scanning duties to their smartphones, allowing Macs access to biometric security without waiting for Apple to catch up. Nice. You'll need Marshmallow, or if you have a Samsung device, Lollipop, plus the obvious fingerprint scanner.
DroidID is an Android app that lets you unlock your Mac with your device's fingerprint sensor, making it very convenient and easy for you to unlock your iMac/Macbook/Macbook Pro/Macbook Air. DroidID unlocks your Mac when:
- Your Mac is sleeping
- Your Mac has a screensaver running
- You resume your Mac from sleep by moving the mouse or pressing a key
Classical Radio is, appropriately, a service that offers streaming classical music. This official app allows access to the service's various channels, which range from generalized playlists to composer-specific options to instrumental focuses. It also includes some surprisingly in-depth features right off the bat, like a data usage monitor and a sleep timer.
ClassicalRadio.com offers 40 channels of curated classical music ranging from the Medieval Period to contemporary performances by todays brightest artists and composers. Our channel selection includes curated selections from the world's most renowned composers, a variety of classical periods, favorite instrumentals, theatrical performances, and orchestral works.
Cinematics: The Movie Guide
This app is a big giant database of stuff about movies, which as a shameless information hog I can really get behind. The auto-generated profiles for each movie include information from IMDb plus Rotten Tomatoes and a few other sources, all made possible by the open source Movie Database system. The interface is impressive considering the wealth of data available, and it probably has any movie or TV show you care to name somewhere in there.
Cinematics: The Movie Guide for Android (a TMDb client): The fastest, easiest way to find and discover movies and actors on your device. Now includes IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings and reviews.
- Quickly search movies using the following categories: Now Playing, Upcoming, Popular and Top-Rated
- Find detailed information about any movie, including Rotten Tomatoes ratings and reviews, cast, trailers, similar movies and more
- Search for any actor to see their bio, filmography, images and more
- Discover movies by year(s) and/or genre.
OK, follow me along on this one: Nack is a network of places around the world that sell coffee. But instead of uniting to sell more coffee, the app lets you pay for other people's coffee as a thank-you for giving them a ride or helping them move or just for the hell of it. You pay, and the coffee is held in their account until they claim it, at which point they redeem it at said coffee places. Or you could just send them five bucks via PayPal and save a few megs on your phone space.
The app that lets you buy a cup of coffee for anyone, anywhere. With Nack, in just a few simple clicks you can send a cup of coffee to a friend or even leave a Suspended Coffee for a stranger on the other side of the world. So…next time you are in a cafe, or anywhere for that matter, use Nack to share a little kindness. You’ll be surprised how good it feels.
edjing Scratch - digital vinyl
The edjing apps have a reputation for surprisingly robust DJ functionality and a tenuous relationship with capitalization. This spin-off app is dedicated to the DJ art of scratching, that bit where they spin the records back and forth. I honestly don't know enough about it to tell you whether the app is good or not, but it has digital records that you can wiggle and it works with the Mixfader crossfader gadget, plus a bunch of other stuff. That seems to cover all the bases.
Discover the first app fully optimized for scratching. Introducing edjing Scratch - the brand new app of the renowned edjing Suite - that lets you mix and scratch on your smartphone and tablet with the quality and reactivity of a pro DJ setup. edjing Scratch is the dedicated app of the world’s first wireless crossfader: Mixfader. Together, they provide you with the complete functionality of physical turntables.
Makers is a website all about women doing positive stuff. This official app lets you browse it with a fancy user interface complete with delineated categories, easy video playback, and some basic social functions. There's a fairly star-studded collection of actresses and political figures on the playlist, but if Makers doesn't appeal to you, Makers Stories probably won't, either.
MAKERS, a woman's leadership platform and the most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled, built the MAKERS Stories app to empower individuals to be their own storyteller. The first-of-its-kind app allows users to film their stories or the stories of others, creating their own MAKERS videos that will live alongside a collection including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and Lena Dunham. #WhatsYourStory
Play Services Info
Google Play Services is a vital little app that lets you do just about everything in Google Land, but it's not overly obvious, and updates aren't delineated in the Play Store. This support app allows you to see the current version number and manually update it with links either to the Play Store or to APK Mirror (shameless plug).
Small utility app to quickly check the status of the Google Play services. It shows the version number, installation date and date of the last update. It also provides links to the Play Store, APK mirror and the app info dialog.
PLEASE NOTE: This app only shows the status of the Google Play services. If you're trying to install or update the Google Play services click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gms
Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
Hey, look, it's the stock Android calculator app.... and now it's on the Play Store. This new version has Android Wear functionality, which is cool, but it's only compatible with Android 6.0 or later, which is less cool. Go download it.
Calculator provides simple and advanced mathematical functions in a beautifully designed app.
• Perform basic calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
• Do scientific operations such as trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions
• Perform basic calculations on the go using Android Wear
Android Police coverage: That Onewheel Electric Skateboard-Unicycle-Thing Has An Android App Now
The Onewheel is that weird single-wheeled electric skateboard. You'd think that you wouldn't need a companion app for something like that. And you don't! But this app allows you to see usage patterns on the Onewheel and set performance modes and even customize the little LED light strip. You know. If you want to.
The app uses Bluetooth 4.0 and allows you to monitor many important things about your Onewheel and customize your Onewheel's handling to suit your riding style. Change the way your Onewheel rides, the way a surfboard shaper customizes the ride for an individual rider. Fast and sporty? Try Extreme mode. Or for a great starting point, try Classic. Keep track of your battery status and other key riding parameters while you fly through the world.
Samsung Voice Recorder
This is Samsung's voice recorder app. It's not clear why the company felt the need to make one, since AOSP code includes a voice recorder already, but here it is. You'll need a recent Samsung phone or tablet in order to install it.
Samsung Voice Recorder is designed to provide you an easy and wonderful recording experience with high quality sound, while also offering playback and editing capabilities. For your everyday needs, we developed a “Voice Memo” recording mode so that you can convert your voice to text (Speech to text). In addition these features, you can set a certain voice recording to specific NFC tags, so that it can be played once a NFC tag has been read and matched
Fans of electronic tinkering and custom hardware will be intimately familiar with the Raspberry Pi, the adorable and tiny Shirley Temple of the programming world. This third-party app allows you to monitor said Pi with remote info on processor and memory load and system uptime. You can even restart it from your phone. You'll need to make sure that the SSH server on your machine is up and running.
Pi Manager makes it easy for you to control and manage your Raspberry Pi® remotely from your Android device. With Pi Manager you can get access to all the critical system information about your Raspberry Pi® at a glance:
- General System Information
- System uptime
- Operating System
- Shut down or reboot your Raspberry Pi® remotely
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge let you capture "motion photos," which are different from those not-video-not-GIF things that Apple is so happy about because of reasons. This app allows you to save them as standard video files for easy sharing with less Samsungy people.
A super simple app that lets you extract and share or save the video portion of a captured Samsung Galaxy S7 motion photo (aka live photo). For example, you can share the extracted video via email, MMS, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube or any other app that is able to receive video content (from social networking and chat apps to cloud storage and video editing apps). Or you can extract the video out of many photos and save them to your gallery.
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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