- 1 Featured App
- 2 Apps
- 2.1 Dials Calendar
- 2.2 Sunshine
- 2.3 Google Springboard
- 2.4 Notebook - Take Notes, Sync
- 2.5 BBC+ The BBC, just for you
- 2.6 Swiftmoji - Emoji Keyboard
- 2.7 Isotope - Periodic Table
- 2.8 BBC iPlayer Radio
- 2.9 Wonder - Discover New Indie
- 2.10 Mapswipe
- 2.11 Ello
- 2.12 Guardian Circle
- 2.13 Flytube
- 2.14 CTRL-F - Search the real world
- 2.15 Truebill
- 2.16 Wikimedia Commons
- 2.17 Candid
- 2.18 (root) PokeBatterySaver
- 2.19 RazerGo
- 2.20 SpareMin
- 2.21 The Official South Park App
- 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.
DigiCal Calendar Agenda
Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is the full-featured calendar app that offers a ton of features that aren't available in Google Calendar, like seven different calendar views, light and dark themes, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning. The standard version is free, but DigiCal+ adds a year view, even more monthly widgets, extra customization options, and an ad-free experience for a $4.95 one-time payment.
Our daily planner has a clean design and multiple agenda views to make scheduling quick and easy. Schedule appointments with our easy to use planner that offers the day, week, agenda, month, text month, list and year view to all your events. Use our planner to organize and get a clear overview of your busy schedule with 9 beautiful pre-set themes available for the list, grid, day, day list, text month and month widgets. Get access to more than 560k+ public holiday, sports and TV schedules worldwide that you can add to your agenda. Detailed weather info is displayed in our planner: temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, cloud cover, wind, sunrise and sunset. Improve visibility at night and save energy. Lots of color options for your organizer including color synchronization with Google Calendar.
Android Police coverage: Dials Calendar is a clock-based approach to your events and meetings with a cloned iOS interface
We've seen a lot of calendar apps go through the Play Store, but most of them default to the standard grid and agenda views. Dials Calendar shakes things up with a radial, clock-style interface. In addition to the unique visual style, this makes the touch interface surprisingly engaging as well. All the usual bells and whistles are included, plus a map viewer, push notifications. At the moment the app is in a free beta.
The Better Way To View Your Day. Dials' unique clock-based view of your day is easier and faster to view than the standard “list view” format other mobile calendars use. Dials' “one hand, one thumb” entry and edit of events also makes Dials the easiest and best on-the-go way to manage your schedule.
- Use Dials on its own OR sync with Google and/or iCloud accounts.
- Home Dial countdown to your next event. Don’t forget, don’t be late.
- Contacts and maps integrated, see pictures of who you’re meeting with and where you are going.
- In-App chat (on Dials calendar only) and shared notes with other event attendees
- Simple, fast, “one-hand, one-thumb” who/what/when/where entry for events
- In-App call launch
Sunshine is a weather app with an appealing layout and color scheme that gained a sizeable following on iOS. The idea is that it collects short, almost instant local weather reports from its users and then makes a comprehensive hyper-local weather map for pretty much any populated area. The Android app had a lengthy beta window, but now it's available to everyone on the Play Store.
Sunshine learns about you - like what’s cold or hot for you. It also learns every time you actively report to the community on sky conditions and hazards, translating this information into weather predictions. Until now, most people have relied on broad, clinical weather predictions. Sunshine changes that. We use the sensors of your smartphone to create personal, interactive weather forecasts to help you plan your day. Because Sunshine’s forecasts are street level and confirmed by other users, they’re more accurate than just a radar or a barometer alone.
Android Police coverage: Invite-only Google Springboard lets Apps for Work users search through everything
Springboard is an omnibus app for users of Google's Apps for Work. It's basically a fancy search bar for all of Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, et cetera, with divisions separated into the different tabs. There's also a homescreen that shows any recent changes to documents or uploads that you're part of. At the moment it's in an invite-only beta status, in addition to the Work-only limitation.
Google Springboard provides smart search and proactive suggestions across Google Apps for Work; including Drive, Gmail, Groups, Sites, and Calendar. Google Springboard is currently available as an early preview, and is only functional for users in companies that have been selected into the Early Adopter Program.
Notebook - Take Notes, Sync
Android Police coverage: Zoho's Notebook is a free note taking application aiming to replace Evernote
Most people who need a notebook, stuff-saving application are fine with Evernote, but the developers behind the Zoho suite of productivity apps are throwing their hats into the ring. Zoho Notebook has most of the standard syncing features plus checklists, attached photos and audio notes, color coordination, the works. It doesn't seem to have just a whole lot on top of some of its competitors, but integration with other Zoho apps should help some users.
Take notes, create checklists, record audio, and capture moments using Notebook. All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud. The simple, intimate joy of Notebook comes from using the app. We've been meticulous in our design, paying attention to every detail. Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts.
BBC+ The BBC, just for you
Android Police coverage: BBC releases BBC+, an app for all your news and TV needs
The Beeb is back with another new app. This one is an odd mix of local news, entertainment, and sports all crammed into a single interface - it's sort of like Google's own news and weather widget, but of course all of the content is sourced form the BBC. At the moment it looks like it's not available outside of the UK.
BBC+ is the new app from the BBC that lets you mould all the content the BBC has to offer to suit your own tastes. You know how it is, you adore the arts, you’re passionate about politics, and you love lifestyle, but bored of business. Or maybe you’re ecstatic about entertainment, you’re wild about the weather, completely fanatical about finance but you’re really tired of technology.
Swiftmoji - Emoji Keyboard
SwiftKey now has a keyboard that turns swipes into emoji. I think that's about all I need to say about that.
Swiftmoji emoji keyboard helps you reach your true emoji potential. Get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed:
- Get to your emoji fast with the unique Emoji Prediction Row
- Emoji predictions morph to match what you’re typing
How Swiftmoji - emoji keyboard will change your (emoji) life:
- Find the emoji you want FAST - no more slow searching.
- Be CREATIVE & use emoji you forgot existed
- No more switching to emoji, let them come to you.
- Get emoji INSPIRATION right when you need it
- Always have the latest emoji available
Isotope - Periodic Table
This is a fancy-looking periodic table of the elements for students, or I suppose anyone who needs it on a regular basis. The interface is pretty great, with all of the elements available to quickly browse and all of the relevant information only a tap away. There's even a search tool and an option of temperature units for us uncooperative Americans.
The periodic table of chemical elements itself is a genius invention but it's appearance is seldom attractive. Isotope allows you to explore all the elements with a high quality user interface. By getting the premium version you get access to detailed information about every element.
- 118 elements
- Rich animations
- High quality images for 70% of the elements (constantly being updated)
- No ads
- Search feature
- Temperature unit chooser
BBC iPlayer Radio
BBC iPlayer Radio is like the BBC iPlayer, only for radio. Stop me if I'm going too fast here. The app has access to the schedule of all of the various radio programs that the BBC produces, plus live streams for some stations, podcasts, highlights and clips, and all the usual stuff you'd expect from a decent radio app. Podcasts can be downloaded for offline playback, but everything else is online-only. Access is available outside of the UK.
The official BBC iPlayer Radio app for listening to BBC Radio wherever you go.
- Listen live to BBC Radio stations from the World Service and across the UK
- Catch up or listen again to your favourite BBC Radio programmes
- Download podcasts to enjoy anywhere, even when offline
- Browse and listen to carefully curated BBC Radio highlights and collections
- View daily schedules and categories quickly and easily
- Discover audio and video clips, including many live performances
- See what tracks are playing on air as well as track lists for on demand programmes
- Wake up to and doze off to BBC Radio with a built-in alarm clock and night mode
Wonder - Discover New Indie
Here's the latest app that wants to be your go-to streaming radio service, this time with a specific focus on indie music. Wonder ties into Soundcloud for free-and-easy music hosting, with a star system to save tracks and a share button. The recommendation system is more of a popularity marker than a taste algorithm, but if you want music that's absolutely free of the taint of the professional production machine, here it is.
Wonder is a platform for indie music discovery. It’s a place to find and follow the best new music as soon as it’s released. Discover new indie music first. Engagement on Soundcloud is monitored every hour, allowing us to highlight the best new music before it breaks on other services. Listen to more of what you like. Create instant playlists based on any track you find on Wonder. Star your favorite tracks for later. Star tracks you discover to save them for later listening.
Mapswipe is an app that crowdsources map production using satellite imagery. It focuses on remote areas that may not have conventional mapping available, especially if they happen to be in immediate danger from some kind of disaster. All you have to do is mark settlements, rivers, et cetera, and the data will be flagged and uploaded to the servers for later evaluation. Neat.
Humanitarian organizations can't help people if they can't find them. MapSwipe is a mobile app that lets you search satellite imagery to help put the world's most vulnerable people on the map. In MapSwipe, developed in collaboration with the Missing Maps project, users choose a crisis prone part of the world they want to help, such as spotting villages at risk from a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ello (not to be confused with Allo) is a "creators network," which doesn't actually mean much. Basically it's a publishing platform akin to something like Tumblr, with a focus on images and text and Instagram-style following and favorites. More exotic content like GIFs and videos are supported, but it looks like Allo is primarily courting photographers and digital illustrators.
The Creators Network. Ello is a place where passion triumphs over conformity, and success is measured in ideas shared, not ads served. Ello is for anyone who respects, enjoys, or participates in the creative process. Join a positive community where creators from all over the world publish, connect, and empower one another to move the world forward.
Guardian Circle is essentially a panic button, but the signal only goes to your friends and family. Users can select from a full-on emergency, a low-priority alert, or simply a request, then send it to their pre-selected contacts. It's handy if you're in a situation where you can't quickly or discretely make a call. Managing those in your "circle" and whose circle you yourself are in is a big part of the app's central concept.
A free app that lets friends, family and neighbors protect each other. “Sort of this Amber Alert social network - but for everything.” No additional device purchase required: needs only your phone. Guardian Circle is peer-to-peer safety. In many cases, your network is closer and can help you fastest. Know that you and your loved ones are safe, even when it seems like no one is around.
While we patiently wait for Android 7.0 to bring multi-window to the masses, give this floating video player a try. It only works with YouTube, but that's 80% of the video content I consume anyway. The little floating window works "above" more or less any other app, and it can be moved or paused at any time. The ~$5 upgrade allows users to change the window color, resize it, and get rid of advertising (for this app - not for YouTube itself).
Flytube offers a new way to watch videos from YouTube on your Android device. Watch them just anywhere you want. Everyone knows it. You want to watch a good video on YouTube but someone writes you a message or you need to check informations of web. If you leave YouTube the video will stop. With Flytube this problem is solved. Videos will open in a small window which is all time in front. Set Flytube as your default YouTube watcher by following the instructions in the intro. If you do so all links to a YouTube video will be opened with Flytube.
CTRL-F - Search the real world
Optical character recognition is pretty awesome, but usually it isn't intended to be used on its own - the idea is to import it into some other kind of tool. CTRL - F is a standalone tool that lets you search paper documents for specific words or phrases. It's especially handy for text-dense documents like contracts. It even works in multiple languages.
Stop tracing your finger through long documents - CTRL-F allows you to quickly search all types of printed texts: Books, magazines, user manuals, and everything else you can think of. To search a document, simply scan the page using your device's camera. The app then analyses the document and you'll be able to search within it after a few seconds, just like you would with a digital document and CTRL-F on a PC.
Truebill is a pretty standard service that tracks your expenditures and bills, so long as you give it access to your various accounts. There isn't much to recommend it over the other similar systems that have been available on Android for quite a while, but if you're already using the web or iOS version, now it's on the Play Store.
Truebill is the easiest way to find, track and manage your paid subscriptions and recurring bills. Truebill is the fastest and easiest way to take control of where your money goes. To use Truebill simply:
- Sign up and link your statement.
- Instantly see everything you’re paying for on a recurring basis
- Set monitors and alerts. Cancel unwanted subscriptions with 1 click.
Use Truebill to set monitors, be alerted of new subscriptions or bill increases, and cancel any subscriptions you no longer want in just a few seconds.
If you like taking photos and giving them away, this is the app for you. It's the official app for Wikimedia Commons, a huge repository of royalty-free works available for varying degrees of public use. This tool isn't a camera itself, it just allows users to upload and tag photos with different Creative Commons licensing terms. GPS tags and descriptions are welcome.
Be the witness of your world: Take pictures of interesting monuments, objects, events, and send them to Wikipedia's images database, where volunteers can use them immediately to illustrate relevant articles.
- Bug reports: https://github.com/nicolas-raoul/apps-android-commons/issues
- Discussion: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Mobile_app
- Source code: https://github.com/nicolas-raoul/apps-android-commons (looking for volunteers.)
Please only upload pictures that you took yourself and that have educational or historical or encyclopedic value. No selfies, no images downloaded from the Internet.
Candid is an app for discussing things with strangers. It's like Reddit, except it has no links and it's limited to local and/or social circles and formatted for mobile. If you're looking for a mildly interesting to eat up time, this might be it.
Candid lets you discuss your favorite topics anonymously with friends and strangers.
- See posts from friends without knowing which friend it is.
- You are assigned a pseudonym for each post
- Extensive reporting and moderation to prevent bullying, slander and offensive posts
- Group moderators keep the conversation safe and on topic
Pokémon GO is kind of popular. It's also a pretty poor app on a technical level, and it goes through battery juice like a bar full of divorcees at happy hour. This root-only app has aggressive battery-saver methods including applying low-power mode only when the game is active, then resetting everything back to default when you have other things to do. The app also works with Ingress, which is apparently still being played by at least some people.
PokeBatterySave is an application for ROOT users to lower power consumption while playing Pokémon™ GO. One of the things it does is turning on Android's Battery Saver ON when the game is in the foreground (and other lower level changes, which are the secret sauce™). It also turns the Location mode to Battery Saving if you choose the Super saver setting. When the game leaves the foreground everything is restored to System defaults, including disabling the system Battery Saver.
Razer really wants to get in on mobile gaming, and so far their efforts have been mostly for naught. So they're jumping on to the Pokémon GO train, which we can't exactly judge them for. But they're doing it with a local chat app, which seems somewhat outside of their wheelhouse. Users can chat globally or locally in the master room or only with those on their red-blue-yellow team.
We’re helping you be the very best trainer (like no one ever was) by bridging the communications gap with our location-location based chat app – RazerGo. Discover, team-up and chat with fellow Pokémon GO players in your vicinity today!
• Location-based chat:
Find and team up with nearby players, or give a shout out to the region and the world on that new rare Pokémon that you’ve just caught with a distance-slider.
• Team-based chat:
Coordinating a gym conquest? Toggle from public to team to individual whispers and communicate with absolute ease.
• 100% chat uptime, reliable and stable
SpareMin takes the normal rules of phone etiquette and more or less discards them. The idea is that it's treating your phone like an instant message platform, where you only make and accept calls when you're "logged in" and each one is capped at five minutes. Basically you're supposed to use it to take care of those short, specific calls that you should make but don't anymore because everyone uses text messages.
Making conversations possible again through calls that are convenient, useful, and fun.
- No need to give out your phone number or email
- Pre-screen people via their social profiles
- Only take calls when you want - no more interruptions
- Calls are capped with a time limit (5 min by default) so you’ll never be stuck on a long call again
- Publish your best calls to social media, or keep them private
- All calls are free
Still thinking, “Why can’t I just use xyz for this?” - If you don’t mind giving out your phone number, getting stuck on never-ending calls, constantly scheduling or texting back and forth, and feeling obligated to stay on the phone forever, go for it. But, times have changed and the phone call needed an update.
The Official South Park App
This is the official South Park app. You might think that that would mean it has access to the hundreds of episodes that the show has produced over the last two decades, and you would be wrong. Nope, this app only has short clips, audio samples, a quote search tool, and a schedule of upcoming TV broadcasts - if you want the episodes themselves you'll need to pay for Hulu or some a la carte alternative.
The Official South Park App is the ultimate hub for true South Park fans. Listen to hundreds of hilarious audio clips from over 30 characters, watch clips, and set reminders for upcoming episodes on Comedy Central. Attending the South Park 20 Experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2016? The app will unlock bonus features for you as you explore the event.
Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps
Android Police coverage: [Root access optional] Philips Sonicare's smart toothbrush app sinks its teeth into the Play Store
This fancy toothbrush has its own app. I thought that most of us learned the basics of oral hygiene no later than elementary school, but apparently some people need a little extra help. The Sonicare app can tell you which teeth you're doing fine on and which need a little extra attention, as well as track and complete goals. Welcome to the future, folks.
Great oral health doesn’t have to be guesswork. With the Philips Sonicare app you can see where you’re brushing, navigate trouble spots, and get real-time guidance on the right pressure and brushing motion. All from the palm of your hand. Think of the app like a brainy, straight-talking coach for your oral health. It helps you achieve everyday wins and drives you forward to a healthier you.
AutoAlly for Tesla / BMW I
This is a third-party management and information app that taps into the electronics on later Tesla and BMW models. Think of it as a sort of super-powered OBD machine. The app is pricey, but anyone who can actually use it can spare the expense, and it has some impressive controls and features for these connected vehicles - some of them can even be controlled with Android Wear.
AutoAlly currently supports BMW i3, BMW i8, Tesla Model S, and Tesla Model X vehicles. More vehicles will be added over time. If you are a owner/dealership/Manufacture, we would love to work with you to improve our supported vehicles.
- Supports logins for multiple vehicles, connect with as many as you like/own.
- Home / Home Feed
• Quick controls
• Door status
• Locked status
• Climate settings
• Charging Status
• Fuel Range
• Electric Range
• Map of vehicle location
• Address of vehicle location
• Power rates for vehicle location
• Traffic report near vehicle location
• Weather near vehicle location
- Controls (Not all features are available on all vehicles, or all locales)
• Lock Doors
• Unlock Doors
• Honk Horn
• Flash Lights
• Start Climate
• Set Climate temperatures
• Send POIs to vehicle
• Open Charge port
• Open sunroof
• Force Start charging
• Set Charge Limits
• More controls and functionality will come over time.
This is actually the third digital TV app published by Motorola. This time it includes recording and the electronic program guide if you happen to be in a country that supports the mobile TV standard (and where compatible phones are sold).
Mobile digital TV brings the broadcast TV experience to mobile devices, making the experience more personal and more universally available.
- Watch TV while away from home: Digital TV brings the broadcast TV experience to the mobile device, with the additional support of the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and Ginga, for user interactivity.
- Record the TV program that you like: You may record the program you are watching, so that you can see it again later, or share something you liked with others.
- Choose when to watch your favorite program: You may love a TV program but you may not necessarily be available to watch it when it plays. This feature gives you the ability to schedule it to be recorded, so that you can watch it later, when you like it.
Mastercard makes credit cards, which means the idea of mobile payments kind of freaks them out. This proprietary app allows them to combine a standard account management tool with contactless payments. Where it works depends on who's participating, of course, but the description says it's available at over a million locations at the moment.
Masterpass™ by Mastercard® is your all-in-one digital wallet that simplifies the way you pay, however you like to shop. Online, in mobile apps and now tap & pay in-stores using your Android device and a participating Mastercard (see banks below). No long checkout forms or forgotten passwords when you shop. Just add any major credit or debit card into a single, secure digital wallet to check out faster. Sign up for Masterpass once and you’re done.
Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!
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- 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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