Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have the official Play Store listing of Rootless Launcher as well as the POCO Launcher from Xiaomi, which can even run on non-Xiaomi devices. You can also expect to find Nova, a fresh new video player that is both open-source and completely free to use. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps and live wallpapers released in the last week.

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Apps

Rootless Launcher

Android Police coverage: Rootless Pixel Launcher for non-Google devices hits Play Store as 'Rootless Launcher'

Amir Zaidi's Rootless Pixel Launcher has been around for a while, but you previously had to grab the APK from XDA or Github if you wanted to sideload it. Obviously sideloading is not ideal for many users, which is why I am excited to let everyone know the launcher is now officially listed on the Play Store. In order to get it fully working you will have to download a secondary file called Rootless Pixel Bridge, but luckily the launcher has a built-in function to download the file, which couldn't be any easier.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Rootless Launcher
Rootless Launcher
Developer: Amir Zaidi
Price: Free

POCO Launcher

POCO Launcher is a full-featured customizable launcher for Android phones that comes from Xiaomi. What's nice is that you don't need a Xiaomi device to take advantage of this launcher, as it also works on Samsung devices, among a few other manufacturers. The launcher supports third-party icon packs, and all apps are stored in a drawer, so you are free to decorate your homescreen as you like.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

POCO Launcher
POCO Launcher
Developer: Xiaomi Inc.
Price: Free

Nova Video Player

Now that MX Player has been bought out, it's only a matter of time before the popular video player loses its luster. So why not jump ship early? There are plenty of reliable options to choose from, and the recently released Nova Video Player is just as good if not better than most. It is an open-source project, so you are free to contribute to the code, and it has plenty of features that are great for playing your local files or streaming your favorites through your NAS or FTP server.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Nova Video Player
Nova Video Player
Price: Free

RetroArch64

RetroArch has existed on Android as a 32bit app since 2014, and as of this week, there is finally a 64bit version available on the Play Store. So for those of you who own 64bit devices, performance should be a lot better thanks to the app utilizing more of your cores. Oh, and you still have the option to use the 32bit version, as some games may still perform better in that release.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

RetroArch64
RetroArch64
Developer: Libretro
Price: Free

BBC Learning English

The English language can be tough for non-native speakers. Heck, it's often difficult for native speakers too, which is probably why there are so many English language learning apps on the Play Store. The BBC has oddly enough decided to throw its hat in the ring with the recent release of BBC Learning English, and supposedly by using the app a little each day, you should improve your English skills.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

F1 TV

F1 TV is a new app that ties into a subscription service to stream all the F1 racing action you would ever want to watch. So if you are interested in following every second of the 2018 season, this is the app for you. You can choose from an annual or monthly subscription fee, though the prices vary and are dependent on your location. Plus, if you don't have the time to watch each race live, there is on-demand access for anything you may have missed.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $2.99 - $99.99

F1 TV
F1 TV
Price: Free+

VPN Hotspot - tethering/Wi-Fi repeater

VPN Hotspot is an ingenious little app that makes it easy to share your VPN connection over a hotspot created on your phone. This can be quite handy for when you need to use a device that does not support a VPN, such as a Chromecast, or any device behind a firewall. You can even use this app without the need for a VPN, which can come in handy when you quickly need to share your connection.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $399.99

Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps

XFINITY Authenticator

There are already more than enough authenticator apps on the Play Store, but I suppose it never hurts to see more businesses taking security seriously. The XFINITY Authenticator app is useful for authenticating your XFINITY account. So even if someone gets ahold of your account username and password, you won't have to worry as they won't be able to sign in without access to the authenticator app installed on your phone.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Xfinity Authenticator
Xfinity Authenticator
Developer: Comcast
Price: Free

T-Mobile For Business HelpDesk

The T-Mobile For Business HelpDesk app gives access to unlimited technical support thanks to a US-based live support team. So if you happen to hold a business account with T-Mobile and are looking for help with setup, connectivity, and troubleshooting issues for your hardware and software issues, then T-Mobile For Business HelpDesk should provide you with all of the answers to your problems.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

T-Mobile For Business HelpDesk
T-Mobile For Business HelpDesk

Doctor Panic

Doctor Panic is a companion app for the Doctor Panic board game. So if you don't own the game or don't plan on purchasing it, you won't ever need this app. Of course, if you do partake in the team-based surgical gameplay, this app will help you to track your patient's random cardiac arrests and events, and even help you publish the results of each match to Facebook.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Doctor Panic
Doctor Panic
Developer: Repos Production
Price: Free

Live Wallpapers

RAINY Photos Live Wallpaper

Man, it has been a while since a notable live wallpaper was released on the Play Store, but now that one has, I wanted to make sure to point it out. RAINY Photos Live Wallpaper may at first look like a simple abstract wallpaper, but once you see it in motion, you'll understand that the photos below are just placeholder images, and what you really get are pleasant background pictures with animated raindrops falling down your screen. The colors of the wallpaper pop thanks to the artistically faded border, and even though the wallpapers looks best on OLED screens, things still look sharp on any LED device.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $1.99

RAINY Photos Live Wallpaper
RAINY Photos Live Wallpaper
Developer: maxelus.net
Price: Free+

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  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
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