From vertical video-killers to location-based tweeting, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in September. Here, we sift through the rubble to present you with our selection of the best Google Play newcomers from the past month.
You can rotate the camera from vertical to horizontal and back again, and the aspect ratio remains the same. It’s all thanks to your device’s accelerometer, which auto-levels the video to ensure it remains constant. This naturally compromises the quality of the finished video, but it’s pretty neat technology all the same.
You can dig into more granular detail to see where samples or covers have popped up across the music sphere. Users can drill down and find the exact part of the song that has been repurposed and compare it to the original, with full-length tracks streamed via YouTube (where possible).
WhoSampled also helpfully reveals if that favorite song of yours is a cover version itself.
Email productivity app Acompli arrived on Android last month with its unified inbox in tow. Acompli promises to push forward your most important emails, and also lets you share content directly from cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
With the Android launch, it introduced Focused Inbox and Email Scheduling features – the former works similar to Gmail’s Priority Inbox by pulling out emails it thinks are important, based on your history. Scheduling works as you’d expect, allowing you to bury emails for a set period of time.
Users can switch between trending, recent and all-time popular AMAs — each one is summarized and laid out to let you skim-read the questions, answers and conversations that may be buried deep within the platform.
In short, HomeTube consists of child-friendly content curated from YouTube, including Thomas the Tank Engine and Peppa Pig, with the child choosing which they’d like to watch. It basically means you can give your kid your phone to amuse themselves, without them finding any unsavoury content on YouTube.
When would this be useful? Well, perhaps you just want to see what people are tweeting about at a specific spot nearby, or maybe you landed in a new city on vacation. It’s also useful just to look at what people are talking about around key events (e.g. elections or football matches).
Many wondered when Amazon would ever launch an Android version of its Instant Video/Prime Instant Video streaming service. Well, that finally happened in September – though not in the form of a new standalone app.
For now, Wakie is open to those in the US, Canada, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong – if you’re the one wishing to be woken. But if you’re happy playing the exclusive role of ‘waker’, you can sign up from anywhere.
Boxer’s ambitions extend beyond simple email management into the productivity sphere, with a built-in ‘to-do list’ feature letting you shift your chosen messages to your own to-do list within Boxer with the deftest of swipes.
Checky is setting out its stall to answer one, simple question: How many times each day do you check your phone?
It really is that simple – it may lead to life-changing habits that encourage you to keep your phone in your pocket more often. But more likely, it will just let you compete with pals to see who’s the biggest mobile phone addict.