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Apps

1+ Gestures — Gesture Control

Thanks to the popularity of the iPhone X and its gesture-based navigation there has been a resurgence for ways to emulate similar controls on Android. Manuel Wrage's 1+ Gestures is the latest app to hit the Play Store that aims to bring gesture controls to our OS. By installing this app, you can customize the exact type of gesture controls you would like to use, such as launching Google Assistant, navigating to the home screen, or toggling split-screen view on and off.

Monetization: $1.49 / no ads / no IAPs

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Bye buttons — hello gestures. Gesture control is the next big thing. The iPhone X has it, OnePlus adapted it and it looks like that Android P will also add a gesture control thing. For sure many other oem's will also adapt it in the near future. But why should we buy a new device or wait for a new android version to use our device in this awesome intuitive way?

Windows 10 Volume Control

For months I have been struggling with constantly alt-tabbing out of my PC games so that I can adjust my Windows 10 sound levels for both my games and whatever music apps I am listening to at the time. Apps for adjusting your volume remotely already exist, but those apps never provided me with a perfect all-in-one solution. This is why I was so excited to see the newly released Windows 10 Volume Control on the Play Store. While it may not look like much, having a way to remotely control my sound levels in the Windows 10 Volume Mixer from one screen without needing to leave my game is a godsend.

Monetization: $1.99 / no ads / no IAPs

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With this app you can control all your Windows 10 audio sessions with your Android device. For this app to work you also need the Windows 10 host application which you can get here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/windows10volumecontrol/

Windows 10 Volume Control
Windows 10 Volume Control
Developer: M1SMR
Price: $0.99

Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free

Area 120's Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free was previously covered in June of last year when it first released as a beta. Well, it would appear that it has finally come out of testing and has been officially released. If you'd like to try it out, you can expect an app that offers a free educational resource that gamifies learning JavaScript from scratch. So while this is not a tool for professional coders, those new to JavaScript are given useful building blocks to help them learn the language.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Welcome to Grasshopper, the coding app for beginners. Grasshopper is the best way to start your coding adventure with fun, quick games on your phone that teach you to write real JavaScript. Move through progressively challenging levels as you develop your abilities, then graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder.

Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free
Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free

Monkey

Monkey Squad's video chat app Monkey has already gained some popularity on iOS, and it just this week released on the Play Store. This way Android users can now get in on the fun. Like most chat apps you can partake in discussions with random people on the internet, but the twist is that these chats are limited to 15 seconds. After that point, you can decide to continue your discussion, or move on to the next random user.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Add us on snap @monkeyapp to see bts at our office in LA and feature sneak peaks. How to meet new people on Monkey:

  • Accept a video chat
  • Talk for 15 seconds
  • If you’re both feeling a vibe, add time
  • If the vibe feeling isn’t mutual, don’t
  • Repeat with someone new

Monkey
Monkey
Developer: Monkey Squad
Price: Free

321 LAUNCH

321 LAUNCH is an interesting augmented reality release from USA Today that focuses on simulated rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center. You can assemble your rocket, ready the launchpad, and then experience what it is like to blast off towards the exosphere. And if that doesn't get pocket protector moist, there is also a built-in feature that gives you the opportunity to watch live rocket launches through the use of AR as the app projects the telemetry of the rocket on your screen when you point your camera up at the sky.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

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USA TODAY delivers a best-in-class AR hologram rocket launch experience on our new 321 LAUNCH app. Our space experts from Florida Today are your guides through this one-of-a-kind experience. During a live launch, watch an AR rocket liftoff from any flat surface, as an animated hologram shows you what the actual rocket is doing in real-time.

321 LAUNCH
321 LAUNCH
Developer: USA TODAY
Price: Free

Internet: fast, lite, and private

Amazon Mobile's Internet: fast, lite, and private is a new internet browser intended for an Indian market. So if you don't live in that region, you can't download this release. It is designed to take up as little room as possible while remaining functional, which is great for developing markets that overwhelmingly sell budget Android devices with low amounts of storage.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

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Internet browser is lighter than the competition. This means more storage to download the latest videos and music from your favorite sites. Get new features regularly, with updates so small you may even decide to download them with your data plan.

  • Internet is extra small. You'll love how much more space you have on your phone for videos, music, apps, and everything else.
  • Browse confidently knowing that the Internet app is private. It doesn't ask for extra permissions or collect your private data like other browsers.
  • Browse the web with private tabs. The websites you visit are not recorded on your phone.
  • Stay up to date with news, cricket, and entertainment from top sources right on the home page.

Internet: fast, lite, and private
Internet: fast, lite, and private
Price: To be announced

Audio Reader - Turn any eBook into an Audiobook

Goodereader is one of the better known e-reading blogs on the internet, and they have just released their own e-reader app. It uses the tech behind Amazon's Alexa personal assistant so that it can provide the most natural sounding audio reading tool on the market. It supports EPUB, MOBI, PRC, FB2, and PDF formats, which should just about cover the majority of potential users out there looking to have their e-books read to them.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $9.99 a piece

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Introducing the Good e-Reader Audio Reader that turns any eBook into an audiobook. This is the first Android app in the world that forgoes the standard text to speech engine and employs Amazon Polly, which is what Alexa is built on. It will read all of your e-Books aloud.

Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps

Fios TV

Android Police coverage: Verizon launches its new Fios TV app, a better-looking version of its old FiOS Mobile app

The new Fios TV spp is a sleeker redesigned version of Verizon's older FiOS Mobile app. It is billed as "the only streaming app you will ever need." Though you will, of course, need a subscription to the cable TV service just to stream the majority of content it contains. Some of its features include curated watchlists, easy-to-find favorites, and access to live TV.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

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Introducing the Fios TV app. The only streaming app you’ll ever need. Watch hundreds of channels at home and on the go, or thousands of movies and shows On Demand. With a visually beautiful and smart, full-screen video player. Easy access to your personal DVR recordings, On Demand purchases, downloads, bookmarks and more. Get recommendations for shows and movies you’ll love.

Fios TV
Fios TV
Price: Free

Google AIY Projects

Android Police coverage: Google announces 2018 AIY Projects kits with Raspberry Pi Zero included, new companion Android app

If there is one thing Google excels at, it's their persistent originality when releasing odd and quirky projects. The release of their Google AIY Projects app is undoubtedly tied to one of those endeavors. Last year Google introduced a Do-It-Yourself Google Assistant speaker, and just this last week they have updated the kit to ensure that it now includes the necessary Raspberry Pi Zero to get everything up and running right out of the box. Plus you can take advantage of this new companion app to ease your setup process.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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The AIY Projects app lets you easily connect your assembled Vision or Voice Kit to a Wi-Fi network right from your mobile device. With the app, you can get an IP address that you can use to communicate with your AIY kit wirelessly from your computer -- no cables or other peripherals required.

Google AIY Projects
Google AIY Projects
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

God of War | Mimir’s Vision

The latest God of War console game hit the shelves last Friday, and with its release came the God of War | Mimir’s Vision companion app. This is an augmented reality title that takes advantage of Android's ARCore, which means device compatibility will be limited. But if you are able to install it, you can expect a detailed world map filled with informative lore.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Bring God of War’s world into yours with the Mimir’s Vision app an AR experience that reveals the legends of Midgard. Tap, zoom, and lock the map, then touch the points of interest to learn the lore behind this realm of many mysteries. Mimir, a man who’s seen it all, will guide you from The River Pass to The Mountain Peak, giving you a first look at this strange and foreboding world.

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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

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