- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 2.1 (root) FlashFire
- 2.2 Flamingo for Twitter (Beta)
- 2.3 Opera browser - news & search
- 2.4 Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer
- 2.5 Joystick
- 2.6 Lumio Cam - The Real Camera
- 2.7 We Run – Social Running
- 2.8 Preparture
- 2.9 Truple - find help from people
- 2.10 Microsoft IT Showcase
- 2.11 Fringle
- 2.12 Jukestar - Jukebox for Spotify
- 2.13 Tribeca Shortlist - Movies
- 2.14 Evie
- 2.15 PVP Live Esports
- 2.16 Dango
- 2.17 Jiyo
- 3 Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
- 4 Live Wallpapers
- 5 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.
PlayTime Internet Radio
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, and it's recently been given a visual overhaul.
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: Chainfire's FlashFire No Longer Limited To Beta Testers, Now Available To All On The Play Store
FlashFire, from prolific Android modder and developer Chainfire, allows users to flash ZIP files without a custom recovery. That's incredibly handy for applying over-the-air updates or modification files without further digging around, taking one more step out of the process to applying all kinds of aftermarket features to your phone or tablet. It still needs root, of course. The app is free, but for a little more than three bucks users can remove nag messages and tip Chainfire.
FlashFire is the most advanced on-device firmware flasher available for rooted Android devices. It can flash full firmware packages from various manufacturers, as well as apply over-the-air (OTA) and ZIP updates - all while maintaining root, and without using a custom recovery. It also offers full device backup and restore functionalities in several formats. Relevant files can be stored on internal storage, SD cards, USB connected storage, or can even be streamed directly to and from your computer using USB or Wi-Fi.
Flamingo for Twitter (Beta)
Android Police coverage: Flamingo Is A Beta Material Design Twitter Client From The Maker Of Weather Timeline
How many Android Twitter clients do we need? As many as we can get until Twitter pulls its head out of its ass and rescinds that token policy. The latest one is Flamingo, which comes from the developer of the much-loved Weather Timeline. It's a fairly straightforward setup as far as Twitter goes, but the interface is slavishly Material and surprisingly adjustable to boot. The only thing it's missing is a good widget, but then it's still in beta.
Flamingo is a bright and colourful Twitter client, which a simple and greatly customisable interface. It provides you with the Twitter experience you know and love with beautiful material design. You can easily switch between several accounts, and individually theme those accounts. GIFs can be played inline in the timeline and you can easily add them to your tweets (powered by Giphy). Hover preview allows you to quickly preview photos, gifs and user profiles by simply long pressing on an icon or image.
Opera browser - news & search
Android Police coverage: Opera Invites US Users To Test Its Concept 'News & Search' Browser
Opera has been getting all diverse up in that browser space. Their latest effort is a shared news app that brings in stories from a variety of sources... and also there's a web browser in there. The feed looks similar to other browsing news apps, and the browser uses Opera's trademark bandwidth compression engine, but that makes me wonder why this isn't just an added plugin for Opera itself? The app is experimental at the moment.
Get Opera’s #1 browser for discovering interesting stories and searching the web. Faster search and a strong new content discovery engine helps you get the latest news, trending topics and websites in no time. All through a brand new, intuitive interface. Browse hot topics, trending & breaking news per category and even connect your Twitter account to get an overview of all the news stories shared by your friends’ networks. Stories you want to keep or share can easily be added to the built-in reading list.
Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer
There are a lot of alarm clock apps available on Android, but this one aims to emulate old-fashioned radio alarms by waking you up to music. It also has a focus on hardware inter-operability, since it can stream that music over Bluetooth, DLNA, UPnP, or proprietary systems like Sonos or Bose wi-fi speakers. The only thing it doesn't support... is Chromecast. Huh.
More than just another music alarm clock. Using SleepCast's unique streaming capability, you can choose to wake up with your own music playing on your phone, Bluetooth speakers, wireless speakers or network-connected DLNA or UPnP hifi. Works with Sonos, Bose and many more. Whether you love dance, blues, rock or any other genre, get SleepCast and start every day with your own unique soundtrack.
Joystick is a news aggregation service for gamers. It's not tied to any specific site, instead gathering stories from the usual suspects, breaking them down into topics, and presenting them to you in a single feed. The app doesn't appear to have much of a focus on a social element, which might actually be a relief to some people. The interface can handle standard text and video with equal panache.
The latest video game news, reviews, live Esports tournaments, video game shows and your favourite pro gamers' news piped into your pocket. Joystick is a must-have app for gamers that want to follow top class gaming news from hundred of sources across the globe. The Official Joystick app for Android features:
- Customizable news feed
- Live Stream Esports Tournaments
- Follow your favourite pro gamers
- Video game news and reviews
- Watch video game shows
- Hundreds of top class gaming sources globally
Lumio Cam - The Real Camera
Lumio is the latest attempt to add DSLR capabilities to plain old smartphone cameras... which are considerably less plain these days. On top of the "retro" user interface and a few extras like grid positioning and auto-levelling, the app offers contrast, metering, ISO and white balance settings, adjustable focus, and exposure adjustment. The app supports the latest bells and whistles, like 4K video recording and adjustable framerates.
Lumio Cam is a full featured camera application inspired by real photo cameras and made by enthusiastic photographers to combine the look and feel of professional DSLR cameras with the latest technology of smartphones. Easy yet professional application which covers the range from beginners to professional photographers. All models from the big brands (Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, HTC, Asus, One Plus etc.) to the small ones are compatible.
We Run – Social Running
These days every smartphone manufacturer is also a fitness company. That being the case, Sony has an uphill battle if it wants its new We Run app to take on the giants in the category, but it's off to a good start with a solid interface and a system that works with just audio cues during exercising. There's also a system that allows semi-anonymous interacting with local runners, even during a run. Though the app comes from Sony, it will run on any Android device from 4.2 on.
You’ll never run alone. Do you like running, but miss the support of a running mate? Or do you lack the time to meet up? Get motivated with We Run and get in shape. We Run is a free social running application that connects you in real-time with another runner during your trainings. There is no need to watch the screen while working out: you will hear all you need to know through your headphones (also while playing your music app).
Preparture is a travel app that focuses on managing your time at least as much as managing your movement. The estimations of how much time it will really take to get through the airport or the bus terminal are particularly handy if you're unfamiliar with a new city. There isn't a whole lot here that you haven't seen in similar apps, but it's free and easy.
Preparture, Your On-Time Travel App. See the sites, take care of business, AND catch your bus, train, or plane on time.Just enter some basic information and Preparture does the rest. It shows you:
- Nearby places to go and things to do.
- How to get there.
- How much time you have to spend at those places before leaving for the airport, bus, or train.
Skip calling and verifying local businesses on the web. Skip estimating how long you have to be at that final goodbye party. Skip searching for different logistic routes to that exciting destination. Skip not knowing if you have enough time to catch that amazing store sale.
Truple - find help from people
Truple is sort of like the volunteer section of your local Craigslist hub, but with a better interface. People share what they need, other people engage with them, and (hopefully) they come to an arrangement. The app supports everything from a simple local recommendation to a huge volunteer effort, and the browser allows users to see local needs in a useful map interface.
Truple is a social engagement platform to find help & make new connections by engaging with people nearby. Share your needs to find help from relevant people living near you, connect and interact with them. Share, connect, & engage, it’s easy.
A: Share your needs by creating a post
B: People near your location can see you post & the interested ones will connect with you
C: Chat with them & decide if you’d like to engage
Microsoft IT Showcase
Microsoft really wants to sell products to your IT department. This combination social network-blog-app-thing is basically an elaborate advertisement for its own products, but IT managers may still find some useful information in the litany of posts and how-to articles. There are downloadable courses and live sessions with Microsoft experts.
How does Microsoft do IT? Technology professionals often ask how Microsoft uses its own solutions to empower employees and drive productivity. What were the initial catalysts for change? The challenges? The benefits? You can find those answers here. Microsoft IT Showcase provides what no one else can—the inside story of how Microsoft does IT. By detailing how Microsoft rolls out technology solutions across its own enterprise environment, this app will inspire and equip you with the resources to inform your most crucial IT business decisions.
Fringle is an app that aims to quickly share your location with a group and pick a centralized place to meet. It's a pretty simple intention, but one that can save calls or texts to multiple people at a time. Best of all, the location sharing is temporary, so you don't need to enable a stalker (or your mom) to know where you are at all times just for a lunch meeting.
Fringle is a social hangout platform for friends and family using private, temporary location sharing. Whether you're out with a large group for dinner, or about to carpool on the way to work, or even pick your loved one off the airport, or guide someone new to the city, use Fringle to bid adieu to all the hassles involved in getting there.
Jukestar - Jukebox for Spotify
Jukestar is an app designed to allow multiple users to collaborate on a playlist, ideally at a party. Basically it creates a blank playlist, and each guest can connect to the app through his or her phone and add songs in turn. Users get to vote up or down on new songs, and the ones with the most upvotes float to the top of the order. The only downer is that it needs Spotify Premium to work.
Love great music and have Spotify Premium? Use the Jukestar jukebox to start the music democracy at your next party. Fire the DJ; with guest request and voting capability, now everyone can get involved in the music:
★ No one can hog the playlist
★ The good stuff gets played
★ The bad stuff disappears.
Create a party and share with your guests. They can now use their phone (without needing Spotify or an app) to make requests from the millions of tracks available on Spotify, vote for the songs they like and veto the songs they hate.
Tribeca Shortlist - Movies
Do you need another movie streaming service on your phone or tablet? No? Well you've got one anyway. This is a proprietary streaming service from Lionsgate with a focus on indie movies (and a somewhat stretched division of "indie" in places) - the Tribeca name is more or less just a bit of marketing. It offers a 14-day service trial before hitting you with a $5-a-month charge. Whether that makes sense for you will probably depend on the curated and rolling movie library.
Tribeca Shortlist is a premium movie streaming service from Tribeca Enterprises and Lionsgate. Tribeca Shortlist offers a diverse selection of films and features personally curated by actors, directors and more. Find out why Gary Oldman loves “Husbands and Wives,” or how Tom Hiddleston learned to love Shakespeare after seeing “Much Ado About Nothing.” Only Tribeca Shortlist presents personal recommendations from the people who know and love movies most.
Evie hopes to add a universal search to Android... you know, on top of the one that already comes with Google apps. It includes the standard app search and even a few contextual results, but the big draw is integration with services like Uber for calling cars or ordering delivery. The utility of the app is probably limited to how many of its "universal" functions you can find to use on a regular basis, but it does support custom text shortcuts.
Meet Evie. A faster way to use your phone. Evie is universal search across your device. By typing only a few characters, you can:
- Launch any app
- Call, text, or email any of your contacts
- Look up places, movies and TV shows, musicians, apps, and Web pages
- Take action:
- Get a ride with Uber
- Make reservations
- Order delivery
- Stream movies on Netflix or Hulu
- Buy tickets
- Listen to music
PVP Live Esports
Here's a gaming app that focuses exclusively on live video game tournaments, or as they're incorrectly and commonly labelled, "esports." PVP includes both news and live videos of the most commonly played competitive titles, including shooters, fighters, MOBAs, and strategy games. Channels are broken down by individual games or by pro teams, and a scoring system is upgraded by the second according to the description.
PVP Live is the original esports media company – built by fans exclusively for fans. Get the latest breaking news, videos, scores, highlights, and expert analysis live – anywhere, anytime. Know what’s important – right now. Get alerts for everything you care about – games, teams, events, and more. Manage it all from your device or the web – wherever you go, we’re there. No lag, no gimmicks, and no limits.
There's a joke in here about a silent J. But this app doesn't have anything to do with Django, unchained or otherwise. It's a floating tool that lets users insert a collection of emoji, GIFs, and sticker images into any text field. So if you want that, here it is.
Tap on Dango to find the best emojis, GIFs and stickers while messaging in any app. Dango is powered by artificial intelligence that has been trained to understand how you're feeling based on what you or your friends say. You can trust Dango to recommend some exceptional emoticons. With just a few short taps, you can search through MILLIONS of funny images free of charge courtesy of Giphy to make your friends laugh.
Jiyo is a personal tracking app, but instead of fitness it's focused on the more nebulous idea of "personal wellness." As someone who wouldn't know self-actualization from a yoga pose, I can't really help you there - it looks like a bunch of diary functions and motivational macros to me. The app description says that it will remind you to do good things and not to do bad things, so I guess it's also a mix of personal trainer and priest, too.
Jiyo is your personal well-being companion. We’re a comprehensive digital platform that lets you engage, learn, and interact with a diverse range of information, articles, videos and reminders that help you be your best self. Our intuitive technology tracks your behaviour by connecting with wearables and then offers insights and suggestions based on your habits and activities. This is true holistic health.
Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
Android Police coverage: Motorola Releases New Camera App In The Play Store, But Only For Its 2016 Devices
Do we need new camera apps in the Play Store for every manufacturer, every year, for every phone now?
The new Moto Camera app is optimized for 2016 Moto devices and integrated with Google Photos. Never miss a moment with Quick Capture: Launch the camera with a simple twist of your wrist, then twist again to switch cameras. Get the perfect moment with Best Shot: it captures multiple shots before and after you tap, recognizing issues like blurred subjects or blinking eyes. It then recommends the best picture to keep. Look for the Best Shot icon in your Google Photos gallery.
Camera tuner for Moto G (4)
Android Police coverage: Motorola Releases Camera Tuning App For Moto G4 In The Play Store
Yes, apparently we do!
There is now a way to update the cameras to the lastest photo and video tuning parameters. From time to time we’ll make updates to improve color, contrast, picture noise, video noise, and sharpness. This version is supported for the fourth generation Moto G and Moto G Plus only.
Android Police coverage: T-Mobile Uncarrier 11 Is Official, Includes Free Company Stock And Weekly Giveaways Via New App
The latest T-Mobile "uncarrier" promotion is just literally giving stuff to subscribers. In addition to some simple coupon-style freebies like discounted pizza and movie tickets, customers will be entered into periodic drawings for more dramatic prizes. There isn't any requirement for getting in on the Wheel of Fortune-style digital game, aside from being a T-Mobile subscriber.
Hey, T-Mobile customers #GETTHANKED like you’ve never been thanked before. Introducing T-Mobile Tuesdays. Free stuff for T-Mobile customers & epic prizes up for grabs every week. No double talk, no loopholes, no BS. Time to get the thanking you deserve.
Here’s how T-Mobile thanks you:
• Get free stuff to use every week
• Play for top-shelf prizes and epic experiences from the coolest brands around
• Tell everyone how great being thanked feels with built-in social sharing
• And the best part? It’s all for free, for real, for you every Tuesday
T-Mobile Content Transfer
Hey T-Mobile, you know that both Android and iOS have a bunch of cloud service chops these days, and we really don't need your help to get stuff over to a new phone, right? It's all right there when we log in. I mean, I guess you can make your own if you really must. Okay then. Have fun.
T-Mobile Content Transfer allows you to easily transfer your contacts, pictures, videos, music, messages and more from your old phone to your new phone. Simply download the app on both phones, follow the prompts to connect the phones and transfer your content via Wi-Fi. You’ll be provided the total transfer time and you have the option to transfer only the content that you need now. When you pair the phones again and restart the process, any content previously transferred will be skipped.
Owlet is a tiny pulse oximeter (heart rate monitor) and oxygen monitor for infants that connects to the local network and reports its results to smartphones. It's a pretty ingenious gadget that offers some much-needed peace of mind to parents. In addition to alerts for low heart rate or oxygen levels, the app includes live support and hardware settings for the base station.
Owlet is designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing. It uses hospital technology, pulse oximetry, to monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels as they sleep at night. Just place the Smart Sock on your little one’s foot before bed and Owlet is designed to send you alerts about their well being from the Owlet Base Station and your smartphone.
This app is a sort of nationwide alert system for France. It's free, available in French and English, and operated and maintained by the country's centralized emergency services. If you live in France or you're visiting, it couldn't hurt to keep this thing installed for live alerts.
SAIP, meaning "système d’alerte et d’information des populations" (system to alert and inform populations) is the official government mobile alert application from the Ministry of the Interior for smartphones running iOS and Android. This free application allows users to receive alerts in the case of exceptional events (nuclear, hazardous materials, and hydraulic structure failure alerts, etc.) that may result from an attack within a specified geographical zone, providing that the user’s geolocation settings are activated and that the application is active.
Android Police coverage: Flatland Is A New Nature Live Wallpaper That Goes Oddly Well With Material Design
Flatland is a 2D animated nature scenes live wallpaper. You may see 3 Flatland scenes : Africa with animated animals. Flamingos with animated birds. Forest with animated animals. If You move finger on screen you will shift scene. Please see video review. This live wallpaper works on phones and tablets. On tablets (or in phone preview) you see panoramic scene. Turn phone in preview live wallpaper mode to see panoramic scene.
Rainpaper is a live wallpaper that displays realistic weather effects and popular backgrounds from reddit.
- Realistic simulated rain. Not a low-quality looped video.
- Weather effects such as fog, rain, wind speed, storminess, and snowfall are all fully configurable to your liking.
- Easily add and remove subreddits to customize your background sources, or use any locally stored images for your background.
- New: Customize rain color, droplet size, and rain frequency.
- Beta feature: Local weather synchronization is now available.
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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