Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have an amusing AR drawing app, a Marvel learning app designed for children, and a new release from ClockworkMod intended to help with home automation. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Featured Product

Cover Your Kingdom

Our very own Jeff Beck has a hit tabletop game on Kickstarter right now called Cover Your Kingdom. Jeff is rather famous here at AP for his snarky comments and his epic pun battles with Rita. He’s put that penchant for puns and humor to good use in producing this game. It funded in minutes and currently is more than 1,000% over goal.

Cover Your Kingdom is a hilariously ruthless card game for 2-8 players with easy to grasp rules but ample strategy to satisfy even the most ardent tabletop gamers. If you enjoy Exploding Kittens, Unstable Unicorns, or Bears Vs Babies, you’re going to love Cover Your Kingdom.

In addition to compelling mechanics, it’s replete with dozens of the best kind of awful puns, featuring legenderpy characters like UniqueHorns, Sighclops, PegLegasus, and Hentaurs. The game is $25 with free shipping in the US and has friendly international shipping rates. You can check it out yourself by heading over to Kickstarter.

Apps

DoodleLens

Android Police coverage: DoodleLens brings your silly drawings to life in AR

If you've ever wanted to create drawings that you can then insert into real-world surroundings through augmented reality, then you're going to get a kick out of our first app in today's roundup DoodleLens. Using this release is rather simple to do, just draw what you want and then paste the pic into the camera function of the app, then you can tweak the pic in its surroundings before you capture a screenshot of your completed creation.

Monetization: $1.99 / no ads / no IAPs

DoodleLens
DoodleLens
Developer: Aidan Wolf
Price: $1.99

Marvel Hero Tales

Android Police coverage: Marvel Hero Tales is an edutainment app to help kids learn to read and stuff

Marvel Hero Tales is an app designed to help children learn how to read. Each story is presented as an issue of a comic book, and so far you can Play through a few Ms. Marvel and Spiderman stories, with more characters and issues coming at a later date. The mechanics of the app's word-based minigames revolve around selecting words that complete specific phrases, and once the sentence is complete the player is then quizzed on the meaning of those words by matching them with synonyms. It's a simple setup that should appeal to children, though a $1.99 monthly subscription fee is required if you want to play past the first story for Ms. Marvel.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $30.99

Marvel Hero Tales
Marvel Hero Tales
Developer: Kuato Studios
Price: Free+

Scrypted Home Automation

Android Police coverage: Scrypted is like Tasker for home automation, integrates with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit

Scrypted Home Automation is a new release from ClockworkMod, and its purpose is to make home automation easier by allowing you to create a home hub out of any Android device, even a Shield TV. You can integrate this release with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, or Amazon Alexa, and you can automate just about anything you can think of by setting schedules and creating events. This way, you can perform everyday actions after you've set up a few scripted events.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

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Scrypted Home Automation
Scrypted Home Automation
Developer: ClockworkMod
Price: Free

Shade Launcher

Shade Launcher comes from Amir Zaidi, the same person that maintains the Rootless Launcher. This particular launcher differs from its predecessor as it is has been personalized by the dev to offer precisely a "home screen should be." So expect a few extra beneficial features, such as a widget that can display all of your relevant notifications, as well as a bunch of customization options that should appeal to those that enjoy theming their setup.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Shade Launcher
Shade Launcher
Developer: Amir Zaidi
Price: Free

Hand in Hand

Much like Marvel Hero Tales, Hand in Hand is a release that blurs the line between app and game. This title uses augmented reality to mix documentary and fiction, allowing the user to experience an era of full employment to full automation. The premise highlights a future where humans no longer need to work thanks to advancements in AI, but the problem is that this AI still isn't smart enough to replace all jobs. So it will be the player's job to interact with this AI so that it can learn human emotions to become even more efficient, thus allowing for an even larger pot to draw from for the world's universal income. So if you dig complex stories that reflect where our technology may lead, Hand in Hand offers exactly this type of experience.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Earn a Living
Earn a Living
Developer: ARTE Experience
Price: Free

Study from Facebook

Study from Facebook is currently only available to registered participants in the Facebook Study program for the purpose of market research. This means you have to be invited to the study, or else this app won't work. So if you are not a participant, you can ignore this release.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Study from Facebook
Study from Facebook
Developer: Facebook
Price: Free

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance offers free live market coverage specifically for Android TV users, so if you rely on Yahoo for your financial news, now you can kick back and relax on your couch as you watch up-to-the-minute streams. No subscription is required, and you can expect to find on-demand content that that can be easily streamed whenever you like.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance
Developer: Yahoo
Price: Free

Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever is an app designed to help people learn new languages. It supports Spanish (Latin American & Castilian), French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Korean, which should cover most people's needs. Instead of gamifying the learning process like most language learning apps, you are taught the proper pronunciation of the most common words in the target language so that you push them to your long-term memory.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $9.99 a piece

Fluent Forever
Fluent Forever
Developer: Fluent Forever
Price: Free+

Mubert

Mubert is a randomly-generated electronic music app that uses AI to tailor the sound experience for each user. Each stream is made up of random samples and loops that are chosen by the algorithm to best represent the favorite genre of the user. Mubert can even tailor your tunes to whatever activity you are doing at the time, which makes this a great release to listen to as you exercise.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $69.99

Mubert
Mubert
Developer: MUBERT Inc.
Price: Free+

Manufacturer And Tie-In Apps

5G Moto Mod

5G Moto Mod is a tie-in release from Motorola that can unlock new features for the Moto 5G. Things like greater bandwidth frequency and faster data speeds are a few of the new possibilities added through this release. Of course, if you don't own a Moto 5G, you can skip this listing.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

5G Moto Mod
5G Moto Mod
Price: Free

instax mini LiPlay

The instax mini LiPlay release is a tie-in app for the Fujifilm instax mini LiPlay camera. Much like the Polaroid of yesteryear, instax offers an easy way to take and share snapshots while also offering full control from your mobile device. This means you can share sounds recorded on your camera through QR codes as well as use your phone as a remote when your camera isn't in your hands.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

instax mini LiPlay
instax mini LiPlay
Price: Free

RoboMaster

RoboMaster is another tie-in release for a physical product, and this time around, it's for DJI's RoboMaster S1. Much like all of DJI's products, there's an app available that will afford you an easy way to manage your equipment from the comfort of your phone's screen. What's really cool about this release is that multiple people can use the app at the same time with a single RoboMaster S1, which should prove to be a fun way to explore the tank-like drone.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

RoboMaster
RoboMaster
Price: Free

Sonata AR

Sonata AR ties into Westfield Comics' Sonata comic book series. This release mainly serves as a promotional product that offers a few augmented reality features for physical comic books, such as being able to see how a comic was made or viewing behind-the-scenes content.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Sonata AR
Sonata AR
Price: Free

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

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