Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Everything you input can be saved and exported for personal backup and expense reports, and all your data is synced via Dropbox, making Expense IQ a snap to use across multiple phones or tablets. Bill alerts, a PIN lock, and even a homescreen widget are all included in this app's bag of additional goodies. The basic version is free, but to get access to advanced functions you'll need to pay for the full $6.99 version via in-app purchase.
Expense IQ is the long awaited successor to EasyMoney - the number one money manager app that combines an expense manager, a bill reminder, a checkbook register and a budget planner. Expense IQ – Expense Manager provides a rich, detailed window into your personal finances and daily money management needs. Track and manage daily expenses quickly & easily. Business expenses, personal expenses, travel expenses etc can all be managed rapidly using Expense IQ’s simple and intuitive user interface. Interactive reports & graphs let you analyze income, expenses, cash flow and balance over various date ranges and accounts.
Another Sketchbook app from Autodesk? Indeed, this is a full Androidified version of the celebrated desktop drawing software, ideally intended for big, powerful tablets with pen input. The full app and its host of sketching and rendering tools is a very reasonable $3.99, but if you're a pro who has already paid for Autodesk on your PC, you can unlock it for free by signing in with your account.
Autodesk® SketchBook® is a professional-grade painting and drawing application designed for all your mobile devices. With the same paint engine as its powerful desktop counterpart, SketchBook delivers fluid pencils and sophisticated brushes in a simple and easy-to-use interface. SketchBook allows you to capture everything from your smallest doodles to your biggest ideas all in one place, no matter where you are.
AutoInput is perhaps the most impressive modification of Google's voice-activated system we've seen yet. This powerful app lets you set up custom commands and replies for a crazy amount of apps, tying in with almost anything via the popular Tasker system. (AutoInput doesn't need root to run, though some advanced Tasker functions may need it.) Check out the video for some of the more exotic implementations. A free week-long trial is available, and the full functionality is just $1.35.
You can try out the full version of AutoInput with the built-in 7 day trial. You need to sign in to Google+ to enter the trial so that it stores your trial date on Google's "Cloud Saves" server. You can just set all sharing settings to private if you're concerned about privacy when signing in :) AutoInput is a Tasker plugin. You need to have Tasker (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.dinglisch.android.taskerm) installed to use most of its features, so please be aware of that before using it.
Android L, sorry, Lollipop, redesigns the lockscreen to put notifications front and center. This app seems to want to do a lot of the same things for older devices: it's basically a mirror of your notification bar that can be used as a lockscreen or homescreen widget, or even as a little-used Daydream. Notifications are reproduced more or less exactly, and you can swipe or activate notifications just like you would expect to.
NotifWidget is a widget that let's you interact with your notifications on your lock screen, home screen, and DayDream screen saver. Main features:
The notifications look exactly like the original ones. No custom, ugly appearance. Everything just looks as it should.
Full control of all actions and media players. If the notification has a reply action or a play/pause action, you can use it directly with this app.
Customization: you can choose different clock sizes, colors, background colors, filter notifications, and more.
Create as many widgets as you want. One on your home screen, one on your lock screen, use it on DayDream. All can have different options.
Talon for Twitter is now available in a "Plus" form for Android 5.0, complete with a Material Design user interface. Unfortunately the previous app has hit its token limit (suck it, Twitter) and so the developer released the code as open source and de-published it. That makes this version of Talon the only one available to new users - and only new users on Lollipop, which isn't very many at all right now.
Talon like never before. Bold and beautiful. All material, all speed. Created with Android Lollipop and Material Design at it's center. Talon (Plus) includes stunning and beautiful layouts, eye catching animations, the smoothness you should expect from the latest and greatest apps, plus so much more. This isn't the Talon of the past, it has been fully rebuilt around Android 5.0 (and is only supported on 5.0) to give you the most power, speed, and style possible.
The famous XDA-Developers forum has released official browser apps for its site before, but this is the first one being developed in-house. It's in alpha at the moment, and not on the Play Store, but the designers are approaching it with a Material Design attitude from the ground up. That said, it's very basic at the moment. If you're happy with the current versions, you might want to wait it out.
In its current (alpha) state, XDA One is a fast (and nice-looking) way to browse and post in the forums. You can access our mention/quote system, see your subscriptions, send PMs, and more. In the future we plan to add tools for moderators, integration with our Development Database, support for tablets, and more to make it the "One" place to experience all of XDA on mobile.
Wondering if it's worth swinging by your apartment to pick up your tablet for that all-day trip? Whether or not it's charged is probably a big part of that, and Potential can tell you its current battery level. Connect up as many Android gadgets as you want, and this app will let you see WiFi, Bluetooth, and battery status across all of them (so long as they have an Internet connection, of course). Notifications can tell you when any one of your gadgets is running out of juice.
Potential syncs battery, WiFi and Bluetooth status across all your devices. Forgot charging one of your devices? It’s not an issue any more. Get a notification whenever the battery of any of your devices is running low. You do not have to worry about keeping an eye on all your devices. We will inform you immediately if the battery of any of your devices falls below a threshold level.
Treehouse is a gamified approach to teaching the basics of various code-centric disciplines like web development and app programming. With an impressively simple interface and various animations and videos, the app holds your hand through the experience. The service is free to try out for two weeks, after which you'll need to pay $25 a month for the expertise and learning tools.
Treehouse is the best way to learn technology. Learn web design with HTML & CSS, mobile development through coding Android apps with Java and iPhone apps with Swift & Objective-C, web development with Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Python, and business skills. With the Treehouse app you can learn on the go and get job ready with little or no experience. Learn to build that app idea or land your dream job.
Rita El Khoury wrote up the Android Police feature on this period tracker, for reasons that should be obvious - the rest of us don't have, uh, compatible hardware. According to her, it's a great and surprisingly straightforward app for women to keep track of their monthly cycle. It could use an easier way to input past information, though, and a method for syncing what you do put in.
Clue predicts dates for your next period, PMS and the days you’re more or less likely to get pregnant. Are your moods related to your cycle? Just track what you’d like to know more about, and Clue takes care of the rest. The period tracker you’ve been waiting for: confident, scientific - and not pink.
Know when your next period is coming.
Get a reminder about your next period.
Know which days you’re more or less likely to get pregnant.
Track PMS, ovulation, sex, pain, mood, and cervical fluid.
Glympse Express is like Glympse, only... slightly less so. It's for sharing a temporary location with contacts in pretty much every major chat app (or an old-fashioned email or copied text string) and not much else. This edition of the app will let you share your location for a set amount of time, but it doesn't include the mapping, history, or integrated chat features of the "full" app.
Ever wished that you could add the temporary location feature from Glympse to WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger? Well now you can. Glympse Express enables you to quickly share a temporary link so others can see your location on a live map. Open Glympse Express and simply select the app in which you wish to share location. Glympse Express creates a link to your live map and opens the app you selected so you can paste it into the appropriate conversation.
Put your phone down on a flat surface. Start this app, then your favorite music player. Control your music with hand waives like a Jedi. BrainWave uses a phone's front-facing camera to activate the play/pause or forward/back functions of popular music players, in a very cool but not altogether useful bit of Android ingenuity. You don't need root to try this app out, but you do need a bright room and a stable surface - an external speaker probably wouldn't hurt, either.
Love listening to music via your favorite music player (Pandora, iHeart, Spotify, Google Play Music, etc.)? Now you can control your favorite music players simply by using natural hand gestures. By downloading the BrainWave app, powered by Ari™ technology, you can Play, Pause, and Select tracks with the ease of waving your hand over the phone/tablet -- without ever unlocking the phone or touching the screen. For ease of use, we’ve optimized BrainWave to detect gestures from 1 foot to almost 3 feet away.
Qik is dead. Long live Qik. Microsoft subsidiary Skype has repurposed its old video chat application into, well, a new video chat application, though in effect it's focused more on (sigh) short video messages than live chats. If that sounds familiar, it should. If you're looking for more conventional video messaging, well, it's been included in the main Skype app for a while now.
Introducing Skype Qik (say “quick”), a free* video messenger made for capturing moments and sharing laughs throughout your day. Set up a group and immediately start shooting and swapping videos. Send something to crack your friends up, or show off a new dance move—whatever you want. New messages are added to a chat that you can watch like a movie with a single tap. Qik even lets you erase your video right out of the chat.**
Microsoft has a lot of apps available for Android, but Xim is probably the weirdest one yet. It allows you and friends to view photos together, and I mean really together - swiping through photos on your phone will make them advance on the other guy's phone, more like a presentation than an app. The "Xim" disappears after a while, making for a decently private experience if the other parties don't know how to take screenshots.
Share your photos, not your phone. Xim your photos on your camera roll or favorite service to your friends’ devices. Swipe, pan and zoom together for all to enjoy, even those who don’t have the app.
• Xim will initially be available in US and Canada only; we plan to add additional country support shortly
• Stop huddling around one small screen – xim instead so everyone can see the images on their own device
• Xims swipe and zoom together, so everyone stays in sync automatically – it’s fun too
• Only one person needs to have Xim installed in order for everyone to participate
• Invite people from your phone’s contact list, via email or via phone number
Snowball is an oddball. It uses the same basic idea as the floating Chat Heads feature from the Facebook app, but it takes in messages from a variety of texting apps, including Facebook, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Hangouts, and the default SMS app. But unlike Chat Heads, and pretty much every texting app available, this is an inbox only - you can view messages, but not reply to them - tapping on any single message will boot you out into the applicable app.
Snowball shows messages from all your favorite social apps in ONE place. It’s the fastest way to talk to your friends. Snowball is *not* another messaging app. It organizes your messages from the apps you already love providing you with a single, easy-to-access place to view everything. Snowball supports: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, SMS, Hangouts, Twitter, Line, WeChat, and Slack with more apps coming soon.
So Microsoft is pretty eager for people to use its Bing search engine. How eager, you ask? So eager that it's giving away free stuff just for doing so. Eager enough, in fact, that it's made an Android app specifically to look at the stuff you can earn by using Bing instead of Google. Hey, it's better than the Samsung Continuum business, I suppose.
With the Bing Rewards app you can
• Manage your account, earn credits, enter sweepstakes and find new ways to earn every day
• Redeem credits for great rewards from Amazon.com, Starbucks, Xbox and many more
• Check your current status and find out how to get to the next level
• Track your order history and ensure you received all the items you ordered with your hard earned credits
Acorns is an app that monitors your transactions on debit and credit cards an invests the change from each purchase into a personalized version of the company's mutual fund. It's specifically designed for people in their late teens and twenties, who lack the assets (and perhaps the will) to invest in conventional ways. It's an interesting idea, to be sure, and the costs are low at $1 a month and a .5% broker fee.
Acorns is an app, FREE to download, that invests your spare change from everyday transactions into your very own diversified portfolio. You can easily get started in minutes: anytime, anywhere. A simple and intelligent automatic investment system not only helps you invest regularly but also optimizes your investment through diversification and automatic rebalancing. In other words, we buy low and sell high without you having to keep an eye on things.
Ah, white noise. The one thing that can help you both work and sleep. A Soft Murmur wants to help you do both with a collection of repeating sounds that can be played offline and on top of each other, including rain, waves, birds, crickets, and some other generally soothing stuff. The interface looks a bit like a chalkboard. Meander Mode varies the intensity of each sound, creating a randomized experience. A $1.49 in-app purchase opens up all the sounds.
Find the perfect mix of background noise to help you relax, study, work or sleep. A Soft Murmur is great whenever you want to block out distractions. Download once, listen whenever and where you like. All sounds are stored locally and there are no ads or other network requests. Other ambient sound apps have annoying gaps or clicks when the player reaches the end of a track and loops back to the beginning. A Soft Murmur plays totally seamless and uninterrupted audio so it never interrupts your focus.
Hey look, a shiny new LiveJournal app! If you're still on the relatively dated blogging platform, you'll be glad to know that the new app finally updates the interface and brings the speed up a bit. It's also been re-designed to focus on browsing over writing, though there's still a tool that allows you to add text, photos, links, and the like. There's also an integrated messenger service.
LiveJournal is a vibrant, social journaling platform that allows users around the world to find each other based on common passions and pursuits. Users share thoughts, experiences, guidance, artwork, fiction, and more by posting to journals and interest-based communities. LiveJournal for Android offers core LiveJournal's features, so you can:
Read friendspage, users' and communities' journals
LootXP is a website that gives a way digital goods for popular video games. These can come in the form of free Steam codes, discounts on paid games, or other goodies like DLC. It's essentially an advertising platform for game publishers, but watching the incoming deals closely (a la Woot) can net you some pretty sweet extras in PC and console games. Sadly, this app is merely a way to sign in and claim goodies - there's no Play Store integration just yet.
LootXP is an app that gives you the best perks gaming has to offer, including free Steam codes, beta keys, in-game items, free games, early access accounts, discount keys, rewards, virtual currency, gift pack giveaways, bundles, DLC, vouchers, sweepstakes, prizes, contests, and much more. Best of all, it's all free. Visit us now at http://www.lootxp.com/ and join us. Let’s loot together.
Are you a fan of SPORTS? No you're not. If you were a real SPORTS fan, you would already be using Fancred. This somewhat intense application combines elements of Instagram, Foursquare, and Delicious, but only for SPORTS. It does include a ton of SPORTS teams, almost 3000 across various SPORTS. That being said, there's nothing in this app that you can't already do elsewhere. Without the SPORTS.
Fancred is an app for capturing your favorite sports moments. You’ve been to some awesome sporting events, haven’t you? Probably even seen some amazing plays, taken killer photos, and made memories with friends that will last a lifetime. How did you capture all those sports moments? Exactly. There is no app to capture every aspect of your sports life. That’s why we built Fancred… to help capture those sports moments so that you can relive them whenever, wherever, right from your phone.
Obscure is basically a mix between Instagram and the Game Boy Camera. It includes basic filters and some kiddie-grade editing tools that lend themselves well to the mobile interface, but serious editing is out. When you send a photo to someone else, they can continue to edit it. There's also an odd "privacy scrambler" for the built-in messaging client. If you're a fan of the goofy social network photo, this one's for you, but everyone else probably already has a go-to app for this sort of thing.
Apply interactive filters to pictures, and send them to your friends. They can play with each picture, or request to see the original. Ever wish you can take back that not-too-awesome picture or message? Obscure’s got you covered – You are always in control of what you send, and anything can be deleted from their device, too. Ever feel like someone is looking over your shoulder reading your messages? Obscure can help with that – Turn on the text filter to scramble messages.
I don't understand the appeal of this app - you trade your standard photo or icon avatar for a hand-drawn comic book character, and you and the other party make a sort of comic book with the usual text bubbles. Except that 90% of the chat sessions I have are about where to meet or when someone will be available... which would make for an awfully boring comic book. Still, I suppose some users might find it entertaining.
comiXchat is a messaging app that displays chats through hand-drawn-like comics as they happen – and it’s all completely automatic. You, and other friends with the app, can send messages, attach photos and have group chats, just like you’re used to, while comiXchat senses the tone and attitude of the conversation and draws it as if it was a comic book story. Did that turn out too cool for you? comiXchat will turn it into a pro-comics strip look you can go viral with on Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit or anything you’ve got.
Samba is essentially the same as Vine or Instagram's video option, but it focuses on the reactions of the people you send your video to. As they watch, it records their reaction via the front-facing camera on the phone, then sends it back to the original user. Interesting, but only really useful if you and your circle of friends constantly send videos back and forth.
Watch your friends REACT as they view your VIDEO MESSAGE. Samba lets you be witty, emotional, sexy, funny, creative, or anything else your heart desires...and see how your friends really feel about it. You send them the video, their reactions are recorded and sent back to you, and the video message experience is closer, more honest, and more fun. Who’s ready to Samba?
Want to do some deep-level modifications of the Google Services Framework functions on your phone or tablet? This might help.
#Configurator for Root is an application that allows the modification of the overrides table in the Google Services Framework gservices.db database. This could allow for enabling hidden features or settings in certain Google Apps. As per the usual, source can be found at https://github.com/r3pwn/Configurator
Microsoft has made its official Remote Desktop Client available for Android for some time now, and it's surprisingly good. Now you can try out the beta version for early access to some of the newer goodies. The app is free, but you'll need a "business" version of Windows to access the feature.
Would you like to test drive the new Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta? Experience the new user interface design and ability to connect to multiple sessions. You can connect to a remote PC and get your work done wherever you are.
Rich multi-touch experience with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Level Authentication (NLA) technology
Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
HTC updated its odd Vine-style Zoe app after the Desire Eye announcement, packing in a few new features for the camera-focused push the company is making this fall. While the event said that the app would be opened up to more non-HTC devices, that doesn't seem to be the case just yet.
Zoe is a simple way to create, share and remix professional quality highlight videos—and it’s even better when your friends pitch in. Choose the photos and videos you’d like to share, add a filter to give your highlight video a unique look, and choose the perfect soundtrack. Bring shared moments to life by inviting friends to remix your video, and remix theirs. Remixing lets you to add the best photos and videos from everyone who was there to create the ultimate highlight reel.
OnePlus One owners, this app was published to the Play Store so that Cyanogen, Inc. could quickly update your camera app without a full OTA. Everyone else, including users of the standard CyanogenMod, can ignore it.
Snap photos, record video, and sweep panoramas with a single tap. Plan your perfect image with the quick-access control bar. Once you’ve finished, the new Gallery helps you remember the moment by organizing photos on location and time.
Here's the support app for the latest version of Jawbone's UP fitness tracker. It tracks your fitness (duh) via various movement and distance vectors, and doubles as a sleep tracker. Also included are a calorie counter and various social sharing tools. The app is free, but you'll need the gadget to get any use out of it.
The UP® App is a revolutionary system that guides you every step of the way to a better, healthier you. First, UP gets to know you—tracking your activity, diet and sleep. Next, it shows you how to make simple adjustments that, over time, add up to a whole new you.
Start tracking your activity without a band using select phones or Android Wear devices
Get personalized insights to help you set & achieve your goals
Log your food & drink & track nutritional info
Track your physical activity and get more fit
Log workouts, from yoga and hiking to tennis and dance
Log your sleep
Team up with your friends and family in the app for encouragement and friendly competition
This is an official app for Phillips' connect light bulb system that controls... well, a little independent controller for said bulbs. If you prefer to use a conventional remote instead of your smartphone, or alternately you just like to have an easy option for visitors or family members, it makes a lot of sense. The Android app lets you configure the four customizable buttons on the Hue Tap.
Hue tap is a great product that lets you control your hue lights when your smart phone or tablet is out of reach. With the hue TapApp you can add more functionalities to your hue tap so you can enjoy your hue lights even more.
• ON/OFF – turn selected lights on or off using one button
• Scene – switch between multiple scenes
• Dim Down – dim selected lights down 20%
• Dim Up – dim selected lights up 20%
• Color loop – activate and deactivate a random color loop for selected lights
• Blink – flash selected lights once
• Random – change colors of selected lights to a random value
• Other – behaviour set by other app
Parrot makes some really cool Bluetooth headphones specifically for smartphones called the Zik 2.0. They're cool enough that this app can manually configure audiophile settings like the noise control factor, see the remaining battery level, or even update the software. Naturally this app won't do you much good unless you've purchased the $400 headphones.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 app lets you configure the settings for the Zik 2.0 headphones designed by Philippe Starck. Through this simple and intuitive interface, you can easily manage and enjoy your Zik 2.0.
You can use a predefined equalizer or set your own custom settings (Presets, Producer Mode)
You can check the battery level of your Zik 2.0 (Battery management)
You can measure noise around you
You can activate or deactivate the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC, Street Mode)
You can keep your Zik 2.0 updated with the latest software releases
You can get your Zik 2.0 experience started with the embedded tutorial"
Holy cow, Microsoft, pace yourself! You're going to fill up this week's roundup. The Business Analyzer app is basically a set of suggestions based on accounting information, specifically targeted at small business owners and managers. You'll need data from Microsoft Dynamics to get any useful information out of the app.
Description: Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer is a familiar and easy to use solution that can help accelerate your business with actionable and engaging business insights across your organization. Tailored for specific roles it provides pre-configured business insights and a user experience that can be personalized to fit your needs.
This is a mobile tie-in app for Lookout's business-oriented security package. If you don't use the service, you don't need the app. If you do, you'll get live security alerts watching out for potentially malicious apps being installed on your device. It's basically the same as any virus or malware scanner, but Lookout Enterprise users get it for free.
This app is for business users enrolled in the Lookout Enterprise Security program. Lookout offers the best protection against mobile threats to keep your device safe. When installed, Lookout Enterprise Security continuously monitors your device for the presence of threats and will alert you, and your company administrator, if any are found.
Support all Android device. Bored with conventional wallpapers? ASUS MyWater is a new, innovative and informative live wallpaper experience that turns a smooth, interactive animation of rising and falling water into a battery meter you’ll gauge at a glance – beauty and convenience combined. Once your phone or tablet’s battery’s power is almost running out, the water level shown on ASUS MyWater will be in the relatively low level.