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Last Week's Best New Android Apps And Games (10/18/10 - 10/24/10)

Last Week's Best New Android Apps And Games (10/18/10 - 10/24/10)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

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Best New Android Apps

PowerAMP

PowerAMP is the sexiest Android music player I've seen to date. It also includes equalizer and preamp support, making it not just gorgeous on the outside, but smart on the inside.

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Android Market Officially Reaches 100,000 Applications

Android Market Officially Reaches 100,000 Applications

I think Google jumped the gun a bit on this one, but hey, if everyone is rolling with it, we'll go with it too. The @AndroidDev twitter account, which publishes official Google Android updates, this morning tweeted that the Market finally reached 100,000 applications:

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You may remember we've already made an announcement of 100k back in July and may be wondering: "wha...who...why"? Well, that announcement was made by AndroLib, an unofficial market tracker that uses multiple sources (marketplaces) and includes removed apps into the count.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - Force Recon Now Available For Select Android Devices - And It's Free!

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - Force Recon Now Available For Select Android Devices - And It's Free!

Thanks to @maxisma, AndroidSpin found that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Force Recon is now available for download via GetJar. The good news: it looks pretty damn fun - it's reminiscent of PaperBoy, but with a lot more shooting and blood. But there's bad news, as well: before you get too excited, you should know that there's a decent chance your device may not be supported. I haven't looked at the supported devices list thoroughly (it's long, I'm lazy), but it looks like you need a trackball to play.

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[Updated] Itching Thumb: An Amazing, Free Task Switcher - You Want This. Now.

[Updated] Itching Thumb: An Amazing, Free Task Switcher - You Want This. Now.

Update: Thanks to commenter Xcom923 (below), I rebooted my phone and have it working! It's freakin' awesome!

Meet Itching Thumb, an absolutely amazing task switcher that's very similar to the one found on WebOS. There's not much I can say that rivals what's shown in the video:

For those who are unable to watch the video or who are unfamiliar with WebOS, it's basically a "card" system - similar to CoverFlow (but with a customizable style).

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QuickDesk 0.4 Now In The Market, Brings QuickPanel Task Switcher, UI Redesign; PRO Version Coming

QuickDesk 0.4 Now In The Market, Brings QuickPanel Task Switcher, UI Redesign; PRO Version Coming

There are a couple of Android programs that are so brilliant and well done that you can't imagine your life without them. For me, these programs are Launcher Pro, Titanium Backup, and QuickDesk. QuickDesk is ingenious and always makes those who see it for the first time beg me to tell them what it is. Minutes ago, Faruq, the QuickDesk developer, published a completely redesigned and long awaited version 0.4 to the Market, and it is good.

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4 Free StarCraft II Android Apps That Will Help You Achieve A GG

4 Free StarCraft II Android Apps That Will Help You Achieve A GG

I have loved StarCraft ever since the first version came out back in 1999. I've played it for 10 years, and this year excitedly watched, with all of you, the unveiling of both the beta and final versions (hey, we even got our cool Twitter background thanks to Starcraft II).

While you can't play StarCraft II on your phone, there is a variety of applications on the Android Market aimed at providing stats and other information that should help you be on the winning side of "gg" at the end of the game.

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REVIEW: Reckless Racing Brings Yeehaw Dorifto To Android

REVIEW: Reckless Racing Brings Yeehaw Dorifto To Android

Note: Testing for this review was done on a Nexus One

I love drifting. As I tuck myself into bed, I can be heard to whisper "Good night, Dorikin". So when I read that Reckless Racing, so long anticipated on the Droid Forums gaming section, had finally been released, I immediately bought it from the market.

My first impressions weren't particularly positive. The country hick theme (RR was formerly known as Deliverace) did not appeal to me, and the single-thumb control scheme was terrible.

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DataViz Announces Documents To Go Version 3.0, Adds Google Docs Support, Enhances Just About Everything

DataViz Announces Documents To Go Version 3.0, Adds Google Docs Support, Enhances Just About Everything

Let's face it: productivity suites like Microsoft Office or the cloud-based Google Docs aren't exactly exciting, but they are among the most vital applications for the businessmen in us. Whether this remains true when 2.8-4.3-inch displays are concerned is debatable, but if you ask DataViz, the company that developed the free Documents To Go app, the answer is a resounding "yes."

The company has just released a brand new version 3.0 of its uber-popular app, which includes numerous improvements, namely:

  • a "totally redesigned" UI (not so sure that's for the better, though; all I'm seeing right now is a bunch of ugly blue menus)
  • an enhanced file browser
  • Google Docs support (the one thing that had always been missing for me)
  • an improved PDF viewer that now includes various zooming options (pinch-to-zoom and double-tap-to-zoom), keypad shortcuts, hyperlinks, the ability to rotate a page, render multiple pages, and more
  • an "optimized" version of Slideshow To Go
  • support for password-protected Office 2003 & 2007 docs as well as support for Microsoft Office 2010 files

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The free version of the app doesn't allow you to edit or create files but can be used for reading them.

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Tip: Set Up Automatic Scheduled Nandroid Backups Using ROM Manager

Tip: Set Up Automatic Scheduled Nandroid Backups Using ROM Manager

This article is aimed at rooted Android users using ROM Manager - if you are one of them, you should definitely consider looking into it; otherwise move right along, as this info will not apply to you. To see what ROM Manager can do for you, check out our guides here:

When was the last time you did a Nandroid backup?

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Android's Newest Dance Dance Revolution Clone Drops, Catchingly Named: Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game

Android's Newest Dance Dance Revolution Clone Drops, Catchingly Named: Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game

Fan of Dance Dance Revolution? Developer Keripo has you covered: on Monday, he released his awesomely named DDR Clone,"Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game."

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Because "Press Arrow Keys To The Beat Of Music" was already taken.

The game only comes with a few songs to boot, but it supports StepMania songs and stepfiles - meaning there's already a substantial base of supported music files.

Developers video demo:

Sound like a good time to you?

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