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27
May

13 best new Android apps and games from May of 2015


We’re reaching the end of May and a lot of exciting things are about to happen, including Google I/O which usually brings about a lot of big Android things. We’re heading into the lull of summer but there were still some amazing apps and games released this month. Let’s take a look at the best Android apps and games from May of 2015.


Bleep new Android Apps WeeklyBleep

[Price: Free]
Bleep is a free messaging service from, believe it or not, BitTorrent. The premise of the app is very simple, it stores all of the encryption keys and messages on your device instead of the cloud. This helps prevent hackers from intercepting and decoding your messages and gives you a very secure, private way of messaging other people. The interface is also pretty nice.
Get it on Google Play


Broken Age new Android Apps WeeklyBroken Age

[Price: $9.99]
Broken Age is a game from Double Fine Productions that has you playing the stories of two teenagers and you can switch between their stories at will. The game includes gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and an all-star cast of voice actors including Elijah Wood, Jack Black, and many others. It’s a bit expensive at $9.99 but there are no in-app purchases and it’s a good looking game.
Get it on Google Play


chrome dev channel new android appsChrome Dev

[Price: Free]
Chrome Dev is the developer channel release of the Google Chrome Browser. This is very popular with the tech nerd community because it gives you a glimpse of the latest features that could be coming to Google Chrome. If you like living on the bleeding edge of development, this app is for you but do beware that there will be bugs because this is essentially the Chrome Browser test bed.
Get it on Google Play
Chrome Dev Channel new Android apps


GoatZ new android appsGoatZ

[Price: $4.99]
GoatZ is a parody of the popular DayZ game that is based on the popular Goat Simulator game. You play as a goat as you take out zombies, get hit by cars, and cause other, goat-related mayhem. The graphics are good and the game is buggy but it’s kind of meant to be. It’s pretty funny and there’s a lot to do. There are also no in-app purchases and plenty of zombies.
Get it on Google Play


google io 2015 best new Android apps and gamesGoogle I/O 2015

[Price: Free]
This year’s Google I/O is fast approaching and those interested in keeping up will need the official Google I/O app in order to do it. The app is done completely in Material Design and features the ability to live stream sessions, see what’s going on, check events, and engage with the event. Everyone who is going will have this app but it’s still useful for everyone.
Get it on Google Play
google io 2015 best new Android apps and games


layout by instagram new android apps weeklyLayout from Instagram

[Price: Free]
Layout from Instagram is a new photo manipulation application that allows you to turn your photos into collages. Despite its origins, you don’t actually need an Instagram account to use it and you can post the collages you make almost anywhere. It’s a fun little app for those who like collages and it even comes with a variety of effects. It’s also totally free to use.
Get it on Google Play
Layout by Instagram new Android Apps Weekly


meerkat new android appsMeerkat

[Price: Free]
Meerkat is one of two new streaming applications out this month that allow you to live stream footage from your smartphone camera. Meerkat allows you to stream footage to your Twitter followers straight from your camera. People can only watch it live and video doesn’t get saved afterward. It’s a fun concept that’s already seen some controversy but it’s fun to play with.
Get it on Google Play
new Android Apps Weekly Meerkat beta


mixradio new android apps weeklyMixRadio

[Price: Free]
MixRadio finally released an Android app this last month. The UK-based streaming service is kind of like Pandora in that you can subscribe to stations and listen to music. It also takes the music you listen to and tries to guess what kind of music you might like. It’s good for music discovery and radio-style streaming. It’s also free to use and it has a decent interface.
Get it on Google Play


periscope best new Android apps and gamesPeriscope

[Price: Free]
Periscope is the other video streaming application that was released this month alongside Meerkat. Unlike Meerkat, Periscope allows for video replaying so people can watch your streams over and over. Otherwise, the concepts are pretty much the same. Both rely on Twitter integration and both stream live from your phone camera. Also like Meerkat, Periscope has already seen some controversy.
Get it on Google Play
periscope best new Android apps and games


seabeard best new Android apps and gamesSeabeard

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Seabeard is a puzzle adventure game where you walk around, solving puzzles, and beating up bad guys. The graphics and design are reminiscent of a Nintendo game and there is quite a bit of stuff to do. The main premise is to build a trading empire and most missions revolve around that idea. It’s great for kids and adults, is free to play with in-app purchases, and it looks nice.
Get it on Google Play


Snake Rewind new Android Apps WeeklySnake Rewind

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Snake Rewind is the long awaited spiritual sequel to the hit game Snake that we used to play on the mobile phones of old. The mechanics remain largely untouched and while some may not like the controls, I didn’t think they were that bad. The graphics are decent and the game is free to download. It’s a Snake game through and through and it’s a good burst of nostalgic joy.
Get it on Google Play


snl new android appsSNL Official Apps

[Price: Free]
Saturday Night Live is one of the best sketch comedy shows of all time and they released their official application this last month. Included is the upcoming line up of hosts so you know who is doing what and when. There is also access to archival footage from years past so you can relive the hilarity over and over again. It’ll even eventually recommend sketches the app thinks you might like.
Get it on Google Play
SNL new android apps


sunburn new android apps weeklySunburn

[Price: $2.99]
Last up this month is Sunburn, a new game out of Noodlecake Studios. This retro style game has you exploring the harshness of space as you attempt to save your crew mates after a space ship wreck. You have to find them all without dying and without running out of oxygen. In includes 50 levels and Google Play Games services. It’s a fun little game and there are no in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great new Android apps and games from this last month, let us know in the comments! If you want to stay up to date on the latest and greatest Android apps and games news, don’t forget to subscribe to our app-centric newsletter using the button below!

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22
May

5 Android Apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly



transformers battle tactics Android apps weeklySponsor: Transformers: Battle Tactics

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Transformers: Battle Tactics is an online game where you assemble a team of Transformers and duel it out online versus other players in real time. The premise is fairly simple. You build a team that can have Autobots, Decepticons, or both and then you take that team online to face other people. In battles your Transformers have their own stats and you have extra bonus powers to help you along the way. There are a whole bunch of ways to build your team and use your powers to your advantage. DeNA also throws events fairly frequently where almost every player gets a little something. It’s a good time and free to download so it won’t hurt to give it a shot.
Get it on Google Play


Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

  • Last week we talked about Sega’s plans to remove games that didn’t fit their standard. This week, three apps got the chop including After Burner Climax, Jet Set Radio, and Super Monkey Ball 2. On top of that, 16 games were removed from the Apple App Store. We expect the removals to continue.
  • A new Humble Bundle is out now and this time it’s all about developer Artifex Mundi. You can pay whatever you want and get three games, pay the average and get four additional games, or pay a flat $9 and get all nine. These games would cost $41 if you bought them individually and it’s a great way to give to charity.
  • There is now evidence to support that Google will begin its “Designed for Families” program at Google I/O this year after developers received an email asking them to opt in by May 28th. For those who don’t know, “Designed for Families” is essentially a family friendly version of Google Play that will feature apps and games for all ages.
  • According to a report from Bloomberg, Google may be launching a new photo sharing service at Google I/O this year. It would be totally separate from Google+ photos and would let you share to other social media like Twitter and Facebook. We’ll tell you more when we find out more.
  • In our last bit of news this week, Spotify has announced a slew of new features. Among them is a new Now start page, Spotify Running which is music to specially picked for exercising, video clips, news clips, original content, and a lot more. If this hasn’t already rolled out, it will be soon.

For even more Android apps and games news, updates, headlines, and new releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter! There we round up everything that happened this last week and it’s the best way to stay up to date in the world of apps. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up using your email address and we’ll beam that straight to your inbox every single Friday.

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twtich android apps weeklyTwitch

[Price: Free]
Twitch released a sort-of update this last week that includes some security fixes, on-demand video, and the usual array of bug fixes and performance improvements. The interesting part is that instead of just releasing an update, Twitch has actually released a whole new application that starts at version 4.0. This is due to the security fixes that could not be implemented properly if it’d just been updated. So in order to get it, you’ll have to delete your current installation and download the new one which is linked using the button below.
Get it on Google Play


ire blood memory android apps weeklyIre: Blood Memory

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Ire: Blood Memory is the first action RPG out of developers Tenbirds and this one is rather interesting. It adheres to an old-school feel which means it’s tough as nails, you will die a lot, and that’s perfectly okay with us. The game also features the ability to summon companions, and a combat system that requires actual thinking, strategy, and your environment. It’s definitely no Dark Souls, but it’s pretty fun.
Get it on Google Play


layout by instagram android apps weeklyLayout from Instagram

[Price: Free]
Layout from Instagram has actually been around for a long time as an iOS exclusive but no longer because it has been released for Android. This application allows you to create collages from your photos and then post them to Instagram. Some other features include the ability to find pictures with faces in them, integrated Instagram filters, and more. The best part is you don’t actually need to use Instagram to use this application. In fact, you don’t need an Instagram account at all. It’s worth a shot if you like collages.
Get it on Google Play
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sunburn android apps weeklySunburn

[Price: $2.99]
Sunburn is a new game out of Noodlecake Studios, the developers responsible for Mikey Shorts, Punch Quest, and many others. In this retro-style game, you play as a ship captain that has lost your ship and your crew. You must navigate the harshness of space using your jetpack and find your crew without being hit by a comet. You must also do so before you run out of oxygen. It’s $2.99 with no in-app purchases and it’s a pretty decent little retro game.
Get it on Google Play


mixradio android apps weeklyMixRadio

[Price: Free]
MixRadio has finally made its way to the Google Play Store. The UK-based streaming service is a competitor to Pandora and attempts to create playlists of music based on your tastes. The idea is that the more you listen, the better it gets at predicting what you like but you can listen to curated playlists as well if that’s your thing. It also supports offline mode, has over 35 million tracks, and a fairly modern design.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know about it in the comments!



21
May

How to set up your computer for Android application development


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The thought of creating our own Android apps amuses most of us. “I have an excellent idea for an app,” we tell ourselves. “I could do that so much better than this developer,” is another common one. We’re never going to be able to bring those admirable ideas to light or improve upon someone else’s work if we don’t start.

Starting can be difficult, though. It can be even more difficult if you don’t have the tools to begin your Android coding journey. We’re going to show you what those tools are, how to download them, and how to get them ready for you to start programming your own apps.

The JDK and the IDE

The JDK (Java Development Kit) and IDE (Integrated Development Environment) are crucial to begin programming Android applications. The JDK implements platforms released by Oracle Corporation, such as Java EE or Java SE, to let you begin developing on the Java platform. An IDE is essentially the interface you will be programming in.

We’re going to be downloading the Netbeans IDE with JDK 8 packaged with it. We could download them both separately, but Oracle’s Netbeans and JDK download package removes quite a few steps and streamlines the process really well. You can click here to find the package.

jdk-netbeans-screen

Next, you’re going to want to select the correct download for your computer. In my case, it’s going to be the Windows x64 download. Depending on your Internet connection, it may take awhile to download the large file size.

Once it’s finished downloading, open the .exe file. A window will appear. Start the installation process, and make sure to accept the license agreement. Beyond that, it’s just like installing any normal file. Keep in mind that the installation process will take awhile, as it’s unpacking a rather large file. Once the installation is complete, simply click “Finish.”

Netbeans

Next up, you need to go here to download the Android SDK (Software Development Kit). Once it’s finished downloading, go through the installation process and setup all the recommended options. Make sure you install it to C:Androidandroid-sdk.

Once that is installed, go into Netbeans > Tools > Plugins > Settings. From there, you need to add a new update center. To do that, press “Add” and use this URL: http://nbandroid.org/updates/updates.xml. Now, go back to Available Plugins, and install the one that says Android. It’s a small file and should only take a short amount of time to finish. Once finished, a window will pop-up saying that the plugin certificates are not trusted, just say OK.

mange-android-sdk

Now you’re almost ready to go! Select File > New Project > Android Project > OK. It will say that an Android SDK location has to be specified first. This is an easy fix because we downloaded the Android SDK earlier in C:Androidandroid-sdk. Simply click the Manage Android SDK button. It’ll open up an Options menu, asking you for the SDK location. Give it to the location, select OK, and you should be good to go!

Android Studio

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If you’re just getting started programming, all of those previous steps are great experience. However, there’s a more simple way to setup the Android SDK. You can simply use Google’s custom Android Studio IDE to begin development. You can download it here.

After downloading Android Studio and launching the .exe, it will take you through all the necessary steps to get you setup. They aren’t hard steps to follow either, it’s quite simple, and it downloads most of the necessary tools automatically, but with your permission.

Wrap Up

So that’s how to get your computer ready for Android development! If you’re not sure how to start programming in Android and want to learn YouTube user The New Boston has some great beginner tutorials for you to go through. I personally used the tutorials when I was first starting, and they were wonderful.

How smoothly did the Android SDK setup go for you? If you still need some assistance, be sure to leave a comment below. We’d be glad to help you finish the process.

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15
May

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly



NYTimes Android Apps WeeklySponsor: NYTimes

[Price: Free with subscription]
The NYTimes recently went through a lot of trouble to overhaul their application. Included in the massive update was a complete design overhaul that follows the standards of Holo and Material Design and it does look great. Add to that the world class news coverage, a few good features like Twilight Mode and the ability to customize your news reading experience, and you have an application that’s definitely worth checking out. It is subscription based but you can try out the application for free and read a few articles every month without buying anything so it can’t hurt to try it out. We’d like to thank The New York Times for their support of Android Apps Weekly.
Get it on Google Play


Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

  • Corbin Davenport has made headlines before by getting emulators to work on Android Wear and he’s at it again. This time he used a Mini vMac II emulator and managed to get the old Macintosh II OS running on Android Wear. As you can guess, it’s buggy and terrible, but it does work and that’s awesome.
  • Earlier this week, Google announced that they are going to shut down editing in Map Maker. This comes in the footsteps of the now infamous edit that shows an Android peeing on an apple. This decision is likely to prevent things like that from ever happening again.
  • Sega made an announcement that they will be removing games from the Play Store that do not meet their standards. It’s really just some housekeeping but some believe that the games aren’t good enough while others believe the games aren’t making enough money. We don’t know which games are getting canned yet.
  • The Google Play Store got a new feature this week. Developers can now allow users to pre-register for apps and games that aren’t out yet. If you pre-register, you’ll get a notification when that app or game becomes available. There are a few titles using it already and this can help generate buzz for their new content.
  • In our last headline this week, Nintendo has announced that they will be releasing five games by the end of 2017 with the first coming out this year. We have no clue what kind of game it’s going to be but Nintendo did say that they weren’t porting old games to mobile. I guess we’ll see how this pans out when the first game gets released.

For even more Android apps and games news, updates, and releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. There you can find the full range of stuff that happened over the course of the week. If you’re so inclined, you can even sign up with your email address and we’ll send you the newsletter to your inbox every single Friday so you can stay up to date.

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HeroCraft Z Android Apps WeeklyHeroCraft Z

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
HeroCraft Z is a new RPG released by NGames. It features decent graphics powered by the Unity3D engine, a full campaign mode, and the ability to assemble and build your own team. There are some online components as well that include a PvP arena. You can collect over 50 companions with various abilities for strategy. It’s a Freemium game through and through, but it is free to play and isn’t half bad.
Get it on Google Play


Snake Rewind Android Apps WeeklySnake Rewind

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
After a few weeks of waiting, the highly anticipated Snake Rewind game is now available on Google Play. As you’ve heard, this is a revamp of the classic Snake game that adorned the cell phones of old and the mechanics remain largely intact. The controls are a bit wonky as they rely on position based tapping and there are in-app purchases which feels a bit weird, but overall it feels like a positive experience and a good source of nostalgia with a cheap price tag.
Get it on Google Play


Bleep Android Apps WeeklyBleep

[Price: Free]
Bleep is a new messaging application from, believe it or not, BitTorrent. The idea here is privacy. Messages are stored on user devices and not in the cloud like normal while every message sent is encrypted and the encryption keys are store on user devices and not in the cloud. There are various ways to sign up, the UI isn’t half bad, and you can invite people using your public key similar to Blackberry Messenger. If you need privacy, this is a great way to do but do beware of those release day bugs.
Get it on Google Play


Trumpit Android Apps WeeklyTrumpit Photo Messenger

[Price: Free]
While Bleep focuses on security, Trumpit totally doesn’t. The premise of this photo messaging app is that photos you send shows up on the recipient’s device above the lock screen. They can then interact with it if they want or swipe it away quickly and go back to using their phone. It’s a fun premise, especially if you love sharing photos with people. Of course, I can see this going very badly if you know someone who likes to take inappropriate photos. In any case, it’s totally free and worth a shot. Just beware of any release day bugs.
Get it on Google Play
Trumpit Photo Messenger Android Apps Weekly


Seabeard Android Apps WeeklySeabeard

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last up is a game called Seabeard which is a new game that saw some moderate success on iOS. Our own Andrew Grush likened the game to a kind of mix of Zelda: Windmaker and Animal Crossing. It features colorful, cartoon graphics a lot of content for you to do, and plenty of other features. It’s been noted that in-app purchases are a tad heavy but with a little bit of patience, you can get passed that obstacle. It’s free to play and it’s available right now.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments below!



13
May

A retro-gamer’s survival guide: 7 games to feed your nostalgia


retro Android games old school

Just last week, a friend and I were reminiscing of the so called glory days of gaming, i.e. the 8-Bit and 16-Bit days. In particular, I offered the point that what was once the last bastion of old-school, portables, had now reached a state that they were little more than handheld versions of the “next gen” hardware we used just a decade ago. In short, software programmer’s prerogative to do more with less has been done away with, and now developing something as “simple” as a Nintendo 3DS game takes considerable effort if someone wants their product to be seen as “good”. This goes double for smartphone and tablets, where specs rival those of many PCs.

As a self-proclaimed “retro gamer”, I am endlessly on the lookout for anything and everything that might spur a flashback to the extraordinary imaginative worlds that once existed. Not on screen mind you, but in my mind: games like the original Metroid were anything but “detailed”, yet the simplicity allowed you to fill in the details. While there are some fantastic products on the Google Play Store, if you are like me, chances are you’ve seen all the “big names” and either played through them or else skipped them entirely.

What I am about to share, then, may be of great interest to all those who are dissatisfied with the mainstream market. I have created a list of games that are oddly obscure despite being so darn awesome. With that, I give you the list.


Evoland ($4.99)

This game is nothing short of a masterpiece. In many ways, the concept behind it is similar to the “Gaia Trilogy” on the SNES, specifically Soul Blazer and Terranigma, yet it is also a pastiche of the entire JRPG genre, from past-to-present. The game begins with a small rectangle of black-and-white visibility akin to something you would find back on the original GameBoy. As the game progresses, you find treasure chests that slowly but surely evolve the world into a modern game. 16-bit colors, 3D graphics, monsters, magic, NPCs, dungeons… it’s literally as if you were playing a graphic version of a game development timeline.

I was absolutely blown away with the amount of effort that was put into this product, and couldn’t recommend it more. The price tag might be a bit steep for those more apt to the freemium model, but suffice to say it’s well spent. Several of the comments mention the game’s short length, but the ability to relive your childhood and the evolution of the RPG genre itself is something that can only be described as priceless.

You can find Evoland here.


Space Expedition ($0.99)

This sci-fi game has a typical setup: the main character is sent to a seemingly innocuous planet to investigate what happened to a research team gone missing. The adventure itself is relatively simple but contains some tension and challenge while offering a story that develops as the mission progresses, and even includes hidden items to find. Though it looks like the app would make for a pretty mean Metroid-clone, it’s much more straightforward. Fortunately the next game…

You can find Space Expedition here.


Super Space Adventure (Free, IAP)

Perhaps the single-most true homage to Metroid that has ever been made, this game can only be described as incredible. The main character begins the game with nothing more than a jet pack. Just as with Metroid, you must find various power-ups along the way to allow access to larger and more expansive parts of the world. The only down side is the lack of music (sound effects are present, however), though it shouldn’t be too difficult to search for “Metroid Soundtrack” and set up some adequate background music.

The game allows you to play the first portion absolutely for free, after which there will be an IAP to allow access to the remainder of the world map.

Get your Metroid homage on by clicking here.


VVVVVV ($2.99)

This diamond in the rough was just discovered last night, and indeed I’m still smirking over it. Picture, if you will, the recent spade of “gravity” based games, the likes of which usually consist of an endless runner scenario. Now imagine this concept as applied to a “Metroidvania” world map and featuring music in the style of Mega Man. You are the Captain of an interstellar ship. After a disaster occurs, you must rescue your crew who have all been scattered around the area. There are no enemies, but there are instant deaths. Thousands of them. The game’s very title is a reference to the spikes that litter most of the rooms in the game.

Start your spike insanity by downloading it here.


Super Gravitron (Free)

This game isn’t so much “epic” as it is a novelty. Similar to how iOS has “The Last Rocket” and its semi-sequel “Flip’s Escape”, Super Gravitron is a “spin-off” of sorts to VVVVVV. In the vein of a classic arcade game, you must avoid an endless stream of obstacles that come at the Captain from either side. I’ve yet to survive longer than 4.5 seconds despite playing for a good ten minutes. The incredible chiptune music ensures that you want to keep playing to hear more, and the presence of awards for reaching survival accomplishments (the first being 5 seconds) means you are always almost there.

You can download Super Gravitron here.


DLB (Free)

The third game by Terry Cavanagh, this app is somewhat akin to an “endless runner” type setup, as evident by the name, “Don’t Look Back”. The graphics are reminiscent of the early NES-days, and for some reason “Bart Simpson’s: Escape from Camp Deadly” for the original Game Boy comes to mind. Very simple controls and gameplay make for a very nice bit of nostalgia.

Find DLB here.


8bit Doves ($2.99)

This is a game that is heavily inspired by some serious love of the Game Boy. It’s actually very cute while at the same time being incredibly difficult. The goal is to guide your player character along the various maps, but due to the control set-up, things are anything but easy: the crux of the game play revolves around your being a “bird” and thus having to fly. If you had trouble with Flappy Bird, this isn’t going to be a ride in the park either, though at least the nostalgia factor present is enough to justify the purchase. A more “basic” version called “Endless Doves” is also available, and for free at that.

8bit Doves can be downloaded from the Play Store by clicking here.


So, there you have it. 7 games that you probably had never heard of, yet all will (hopefully) tickle the old-school gamer in your heart. Be sure to leave a comment below with any feedback or other suggestions for anything I might have missed.



13
May

Enjoy some classic art on your lock screen with Muse Art Lock Screen


Muse Art Lock Screen
Art has always held a spot close to the hearts of human beings. We’ve been painting scenes to describe life since before we could write words and there have been some truly prolific artists over the years. Even if it’s not as popular a medium as it once was, almost anyone can appreciate art and with Muse Art Lock Screen, you can view it on your lock screen. Let’s take a closer look.


Muse Art Lock Screen

Functionality

What Muse Art Lock Screen actually do? As the name implies, this is a lock screen replacement application that aims to replace your current lock screen with a random piece of artwork. It’s really very simple to use. You download the application, open it, and then it will replace your lock screen. You then go into the settings, disable the stock lock screen, and from that point forward, you’ll be greeted by a piece of art every time you turn on your device.

The app allows for light customization. You can browse art by the publication it was published in, the museum its held in, in art collections, or by the artists themselves. From there you can find the art that you like. Once you do, you can give it a favorite. Muse Art Lock Screen will use art that you’ve favorited to try to show more art that you would like based on the art you’ve viewed and favorited. All art that gets favorited also shows up in My Gallery so you can view them whenever you want.

On top of all of that, the app will also let you check out various art blogs and sites including the Huffington Post art section, The New York Times, and other prominent sites. It’s hidden a little bit inside of the app and you’ll have to browse to find that sort of stuff but it is there.

That’s really it. Muse Art is a very simple application with a lot of content. You just set it up then you can browse art or just wait for it to appear on your lock screen. There isn’t much else to it!


Muse Art Lock Screen

The Good

Here’s what we liked about Muse Art Lock Screen:

  • It’s very simple. No ridiculous set ups or anything. You download it, enable it, and it goes.
  • There is a lot of content. Currently over 100,000 pieces of art that you can browse through.
  • You can find additional information about each painting by swiping your finger to the left. This lets you see additional details about the artist and the artwork.
  • You can pseudo-customize the kind of art you get by browsing through the collections and finding your favorites. This helps the app choose art that is better suited to your tastes.
  • It’s free with no in-app purchases.
  • You can sign up for a Muse Art account if you want to or not. The app works either way.
  • The developers do a fairly good job of listening to customers. For instance, a recent update removed nudist art from the lock screen portion of the app after users complained about it.

Muse Art Lock Screen

The Bad

And here’s what wasn’t so great:

  • Organization could have been a little better. If you’re browsing artists, you can search but there’s no easy way to just browse artists whose names begin with M without scrolling all the way down to M yourself.
  • The app will occasionally show you the same piece of art multiple times. This only seems to happen if you only have a few pieces of art favorited and you don’t have an account logged in.
  • This is both a pro and a con. Muse Art itself does not have any security settings. However, it does allow for the stock Android lock screen to remain enabled in case you need it for security purposes. It’s a bit annoying going through two lock screens but if you use an actual lock on your lock screen, you’ll have to get used to using both this and the stock Android lock screen.

Muse Art Lock Screen

Wrap up

Overall, this is a fairly simple and easy lock screen. It has a lot of art and it shows right up on your lock screen. The app itself is a bit of an after thought but still a fun place to browse around and check out artists and build your collection of favorites. Obviously, for maximum enjoyment, you’ll probably want to disable the stock lock screen unless you use it for security. In our testing, both configurations worked very well and we have no complaints about the basic functionality of the app.

It’s free with no in-app purchases so there’s no real reason not to try it out. If you’re interested, check out the button below!
Get it on Google Play

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May

11 best business apps for Android


best business apps
It’s true that smartphones and tablets are generally looked at as gaming and media devices. You’ll find most focus on games, music, video content, and social media but it’s also a fairly solid platform for businesses and business oriented use. It is quite difficult to run a business on mobile but you can augment systems already in place and create a more universal workflow using apps available on mobile today. Let’s take a look at the best business apps for Android.


Basecamp best business appsBasecamp

[Price: Free]
Basecamp is a service that allows you to organize tasks and assign tasks to people. This is a great way to manage workflow, make sure everyone’s working on what they’re supposed to be working on, and keeping everyone communicating with one another. There are other options such as Asana but we’re talking about apps here and the Basecamp app is about as solid of a task management app as you can find right now. It is free to install and use on mobile so that’s also a plus.
Get it on Google Play


chrome remote desktop best business appsChrome Remote Desktop

[Price: Free]
Chrome Remote Desktop is a nifty application that allows you to access your computers from your mobile device. You’ll have to have Google Chrome web browser installed along with the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for the browser that you can find here. You can access your home computer from work and your work computer from home. The only downside is that you can’t really intensive tasks but grabbing files or doing light tasks is doable.
Get it on Google Play
chrome remote desktop best business apps


evernote best business appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Evernote is about the most powerful note taking application that you can find. You can create notebooks and work spaces to keep your notes and ideas organized. You can also share notes with other people for light collaboration, create to-do lists and task lists, and all kinds of other stuff. You can also download Evernote for your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer for cross platform support. It’s one of the best note taking apps available and has plenty of functionality for business use.
Get it on Google Play


Google Drive best business appsGoogle Drive

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Google Drive is Google’s cloud-based office and cloud storage ecosystem. Google Drive requires the use of three additional apps called Google Docs (word processing), Google Sheets (spreadsheet), and Google Slides (presentations). The service comes with 15GB of cloud storage but you can get much more for relatively cheap. The online nature of the system allows for real-time collaboration from multiple locations, easy sharing, and simple management of business files. You can even delegate which people have access to which files. It’s a great and solid option.
Get it on Google Play
Google Drive best business apps


Skype best business appsGoogle Hangouts or Skype

[Price: Free]
One of the most important things in any business is communication. Granted, it’s simple enough to stay in touch with email, phone calls, and text messages but it is easier than ever to have video and audio conference calls for free using apps like Hangouts or Skype. Both allow for multiple-party video calls (up to 10 participants) as well as voice conference calls. The apps both work very well and offer group chat (text) functionality to further help communication. They’re both free to use.
Get it on Google Play


onedrive best business appsMicrosoft Office and OneDrive

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
In order to keep pace with Google Drive, Microsoft has also released an office suite and cloud storage solution for Android. The cloud storage site is called One Drive and much like Google Drive, you get a little bit of free storage to start and you can buy more relatively easily. Everyone knows about Microsoft Office and the apps are free to use. Office Mobile is for phones and there are separate and far more powerful versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets. Businesses married into the Microsoft ecosystem can definitely be augmented further with their office suite.
Get it on Google Play


mystocks best android apps 2014MyStocks

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
MyStocks is a simple application that is great for keeping an eye on stocks. You can follow practically any stocks you want and get alerts, analysis, charts, and password protection. It’s more geared for personal use but these days investing is something practically everyone should be doing anyway. On top of its core functions, it also comes with DashClock support, Android Wear support, and news.
Get it on Google Play


slack best business appsSlack

[Price: Free]
Slack is a team chat service to help people talk to one other. Moderators can create channels for various topics so others can stay on topic and the service supports the upload of practically any file type which means sending documents, presentations, and other business materials is fairly simple. You can integrate it with many other services including Hangouts, Asana, Dropbox, Twitter, ZenDesk, and others to create a more immersive experience and the application is available on the web, mobile, and PC/Mac/Linux.
Get it on Google Play


square register best business appsSquare Register

[Price: Free]
Square Register is a sales tracking app that allows you to track and view inventory numbers, sales figures, and much more. You can also send receipts if needed. Business owners in the U.S., Canada, and Japan can also pick up the Square Reader and use their smartphones as credit card readers. This comes in handy for small businesses that rely on a lot of frequent movement. It also connects to receipt printers if you need one of those.
Get it on Google Play


tax code best business appsTax Code and Regs – TouchTax

[Price: $4.99]
It’s definitely not the most interesting app, but taxes are important for businesses. Especially small businesses that are just starting out. Knowing the tax code can help in a lot of ways and during tax season, it’s good to have an updated reference guide handy to help with those sticky tax questions. It’s not particularly useful for non-tax things, but for $5, you get all 7,700+ sections of the latest edition of the tax code. That’s not a bad investment.
Get it on Google Play
tax code best business apps


Todoist best business appsTodoist

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Todoist is a task management and to-do app that helps you stay on top of your personal tasks. The app is available on computer, web, and mobile so you can manage your to-do lists cross-platform and you can set up various tags and categories so you know what you need to do, for whom, and why. You can add notes to tasks, reminders, due dates, and a lot more if you end up going the premium route ($29/year). It’s effective, quick, and efficient.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great business apps for Android, let us know about them in the comments! All recommendations are welcome.

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

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May

11 best business apps for Android


best business apps
It’s true that smartphones and tablets are generally looked at as gaming and media devices. You’ll find most focus on games, music, video content, and social media but it’s also a fairly solid platform for businesses and business oriented use. It is quite difficult to run a business on mobile but you can augment systems already in place and create a more universal workflow using apps available on mobile today. Let’s take a look at the best business apps for Android.


Basecamp best business appsBasecamp

[Price: Free]
Basecamp is a service that allows you to organize tasks and assign tasks to people. This is a great way to manage workflow, make sure everyone’s working on what they’re supposed to be working on, and keeping everyone communicating with one another. There are other options such as Asana but we’re talking about apps here and the Basecamp app is about as solid of a task management app as you can find right now. It is free to install and use on mobile so that’s also a plus.
Get it on Google Play


chrome remote desktop best business appsChrome Remote Desktop

[Price: Free]
Chrome Remote Desktop is a nifty application that allows you to access your computers from your mobile device. You’ll have to have Google Chrome web browser installed along with the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for the browser that you can find here. You can access your home computer from work and your work computer from home. The only downside is that you can’t really intensive tasks but grabbing files or doing light tasks is doable.
Get it on Google Play
chrome remote desktop best business apps


evernote best business appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Evernote is about the most powerful note taking application that you can find. You can create notebooks and work spaces to keep your notes and ideas organized. You can also share notes with other people for light collaboration, create to-do lists and task lists, and all kinds of other stuff. You can also download Evernote for your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer for cross platform support. It’s one of the best note taking apps available and has plenty of functionality for business use.
Get it on Google Play


Google Drive best business appsGoogle Drive

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Google Drive is Google’s cloud-based office and cloud storage ecosystem. Google Drive requires the use of three additional apps called Google Docs (word processing), Google Sheets (spreadsheet), and Google Slides (presentations). The service comes with 15GB of cloud storage but you can get much more for relatively cheap. The online nature of the system allows for real-time collaboration from multiple locations, easy sharing, and simple management of business files. You can even delegate which people have access to which files. It’s a great and solid option.
Get it on Google Play
Google Drive best business apps


Skype best business appsGoogle Hangouts or Skype

[Price: Free]
One of the most important things in any business is communication. Granted, it’s simple enough to stay in touch with email, phone calls, and text messages but it is easier than ever to have video and audio conference calls for free using apps like Hangouts or Skype. Both allow for multiple-party video calls (up to 10 participants) as well as voice conference calls. The apps both work very well and offer group chat (text) functionality to further help communication. They’re both free to use.
Get it on Google Play


onedrive best business appsMicrosoft Office and OneDrive

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
In order to keep pace with Google Drive, Microsoft has also released an office suite and cloud storage solution for Android. The cloud storage site is called One Drive and much like Google Drive, you get a little bit of free storage to start and you can buy more relatively easily. Everyone knows about Microsoft Office and the apps are free to use. Office Mobile is for phones and there are separate and far more powerful versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets. Businesses married into the Microsoft ecosystem can definitely be augmented further with their office suite.
Get it on Google Play


mystocks best android apps 2014MyStocks

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
MyStocks is a simple application that is great for keeping an eye on stocks. You can follow practically any stocks you want and get alerts, analysis, charts, and password protection. It’s more geared for personal use but these days investing is something practically everyone should be doing anyway. On top of its core functions, it also comes with DashClock support, Android Wear support, and news.
Get it on Google Play


slack best business appsSlack

[Price: Free]
Slack is a team chat service to help people talk to one other. Moderators can create channels for various topics so others can stay on topic and the service supports the upload of practically any file type which means sending documents, presentations, and other business materials is fairly simple. You can integrate it with many other services including Hangouts, Asana, Dropbox, Twitter, ZenDesk, and others to create a more immersive experience and the application is available on the web, mobile, and PC/Mac/Linux.
Get it on Google Play


square register best business appsSquare Register

[Price: Free]
Square Register is a sales tracking app that allows you to track and view inventory numbers, sales figures, and much more. You can also send receipts if needed. Business owners in the U.S., Canada, and Japan can also pick up the Square Reader and use their smartphones as credit card readers. This comes in handy for small businesses that rely on a lot of frequent movement. It also connects to receipt printers if you need one of those.
Get it on Google Play


tax code best business appsTax Code and Regs – TouchTax

[Price: $4.99]
It’s definitely not the most interesting app, but taxes are important for businesses. Especially small businesses that are just starting out. Knowing the tax code can help in a lot of ways and during tax season, it’s good to have an updated reference guide handy to help with those sticky tax questions. It’s not particularly useful for non-tax things, but for $5, you get all 7,700+ sections of the latest edition of the tax code. That’s not a bad investment.
Get it on Google Play
tax code best business apps


Todoist best business appsTodoist

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Todoist is a task management and to-do app that helps you stay on top of your personal tasks. The app is available on computer, web, and mobile so you can manage your to-do lists cross-platform and you can set up various tags and categories so you know what you need to do, for whom, and why. You can add notes to tasks, reminders, due dates, and a lot more if you end up going the premium route ($29/year). It’s effective, quick, and efficient.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great business apps for Android, let us know about them in the comments! All recommendations are welcome.

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!



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May

Google now allows pre-registration of Android apps


Customers can sign up for launch notifications

Head to the Google Play store today and you’ll find that you can now pre-register for apps before they are released. Specifically, you can pre-register for the Glu Mobile game for Terminator Genisys: Revolution.

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With no expected launch date listed we would assume the game debuts within a short window of time centered around the film’s premier date (July 1). Simply tap or click the button that says “pre-register” and you’ll be added to a list of people who want to be notified of the app’s release.

It’s worth noting that the expected price is not listed with the game. Should you decide that you ultimately don’t care to be notified, you can cancel the request at any time.

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We like the idea of pre-registering for games and are anxious to learn more about the new feature. As consider the possibilities we have a new number questions, too.

  • Will this be offered to select developers?
  • How can developers get in the program?
  • Will this open the door to pre-registered bonus content?
  • Could pre-registered customers receive a discount?

We suspect that we’ll learn plenty more about pre-registration of apps and games in the coming days and weeks. If not a blog post or mention on Google+ perhaps something at Google I/O later this month.

Google Play Store

 

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May

5 Android Apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


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CubX sponsor Android Apps WeeklySponsored by: CubX

[Price: Free]
CubX is a puzzle game that employs a unique spin on the game of Tetris. Instead of controlling the blocks and where they fall, you instead control the platform that they fall on. Blocks can come from both the bottom and the top and you can engage in various game modes to challenge yourself. It’s a bit difficult at first but quite enjoyable once you get used to it. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


Hello and welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • The latest Humble Bundle came out this last week and it features some great games. You can pay whatever you want and get The Last Express, Spaceteam, and Tilt to Live 2. If you beat the average, you can have Monument Valley, Blek, and Joe Danger. It’s a cheap way to get some great games and give to charity.
  • Google is currently testing a new method of converting websites so that they load four times faster and consume 80% less data. This is great news for people in countries like India and Indonesia where data connections aren’t so good and it’ll help the rest of us a little bit too.
  • Google has also officially acquired an app called Timeful. Timeful is an app that combines to-do lists, calendar, and scheduling all in one place and then tries to help people get it all done. Ostensibly, Google will be using this in their own products to make them smarter.
  • Everyone remembers Snake, the classic mobile game that used to come on old cell phones. The original creator has announced that he is launching a sequel called Snake Rewind to the Google Play Store. We don’t have an exact release date but it’ll be out this month.
  • In our last bit of news this week, a woman got out of a hostage situation by ordering a pizza. She convinced her attacker to let her order some pizza for her kids and used the special instructions box in the Pizza Hut app to ask them to phone for help. Everyone made it out okay and the hostage taker is now in jail. Awesome.

To see the rest of the Android apps and games headlines, news, releases, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. We have a lot more stuff in there that we couldn’t fit into the show and we release every single Friday. If you want to, you can also subscribe to it using your email address and we’ll beam it straight to your inbox every single Friday.
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GoatZ android appsGoatZ

[Price: $4.99]
GoatZ is essentially a mashup of Goat Simulator and DayZ. You’ll play the totally realistic life of a goat as you battle zombies and try not to get run over by cars. Or you might be are trying to get run over by cars. Either way, it’s a goofy and fun little game that includes a crafting system, a large map, zombies, and of course the usual mayhem that comes from these games. It’s $4.99 but there are no in-app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


chrome dev channel android appsChrome Dev Channel

[Price: Free]
Google Chrome eventually gets updated and Chrome beta gets some stuff sooner but if you really want the bleeding edge of what Google is working on, then you want the Chrome Dev channel app. It is a web browser where Google tests out the latest features, patches, and fixes before it heads out anywhere else. There will almost certainly be bugs but it’s a lot of fun if you’re into seeing what Google has cooking right now.
Get it on Google Play
Chrome Dev Channel Android apps


snl android appsSNL: Saturday Night Live

[Price: Free]
If you’re a fan of SNL then you’ll definitely want to pick this up. The app features the ability to watch all kinds of old sketches, highlights from the current season, and the lineup of upcoming hosts. You can search for old clips by season, episode, or by the cast members that were in them. It’ll also recommend other sketches based on what you like. There is even some exclusive content. Like I said, all fans should have this.
Get it on Google Play
SNL android apps


meerkat android appsMeerkat

[Price: Free]
Apps like Meerkat and Periscope have been making headlines for their ease of use and ability to stream anything. Now, the Meerkat app is live in the Play Store although it is in beta right now. It allows you to stream live video from your smartphone camera to Twitter. You can also get notified of other people streaming if you follow them and they use Meerkat. It’s totally free but again, it’s a beta so beware of bugs.
Get it on Google Play
Android Apps Weekly Meerkat beta


grim fandango android appsGrim Fandango Remastered

[Price: $9.99 on sale (usually $14.99)]
Last up this week, Double Fine released a remastered version of the PC cult classic Grim Fandango. It’s pretty much the same game fans will remember but now on mobile with a few enhancements like a revamped soundtrack, developer commentary, and new graphics. The game is on sale right now for $9.99. There are some release day bugs so buyer beware but those should be straightened out sometime soon.
Get it on Google Play
grim fandango Android Apps Weekly


Wrap up

That’s it for this week folks! If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know in the comments!

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