July 28, 2014

APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps you should know this week (June 20)

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APPTEASERS is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them.

We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader. What you’ll find below is a quick plug for apps and games, occasionally using the developer’s own words to describe the title.

Note that this column is not intended to be a list of “must have” apps but more of a random assortment of titles you might not already know about. No, these are not always new titles. Yes, they can be from big name developers and little indie teams as well.

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we showcase different apps over there as well!

tourist_eye

Tourist Eye – Handy app to have in your pocket while checking out a new destination city; features images, tips, and integration from other services such as Yelp and Foursquare. Works great when planning a new trip as well and can even be used offline without data. FREE

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MyFitnessPal – One of our favorite ways to track meals and exercises, this app just got even better with a handful of new tweaks. Massive database of foods, personal goals, and social connectivity make this one of the better, more robust apps of its kind. Bonus points awarded for the way it ties into other apps. FREE

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Scribblenauts Remix – It has been a long time coming but the official Scribblenauts title from Warner Brothers is now available in the Google Play Store. Unfortunately only supported on tablets for the time being; includes 40 of the most popular levels from Scribblenauts and Super Scribblenauts and 10 original levels exclusive to iOS devices $.99

Sparkle 2 – Much anticipated sequel to the 2007 game, this one features more than 90 different levels spread over three game modes (Story, Survival, and Challenge). Need help?  There are over 200 combinations of 16 different Enchantments to power through. $2.99

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World’s Biggest Wordsearch – We haven’t consulted Guinness but we’re inclined to believe this is among the largest word search puzzles around. We’re talking 40 hours of game (or more) with 5,000 words hidden in a grid of over 60,000 letters. More than 350 themes and tons of secrets and challenges make this game a real brain buster. FREE

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MPme Radio - Matches listeners up to their perfect, handcrafted radio station. Finds all of your favorite stations, search by genre or hand over to to the app’s live radio recommendations. Now you’ll know when your favorite artist is on the air. Scans your music library and checks to see who you are interested in on Facebook to determine the best results. FREE

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SmugMug – Looking for a new place to store your photos and videos? You might be interested in this free service as it allows just that, and more. Upload unlimited photos and videos and create great-looking galleries and access them even when you’re offline. Whether one at a time or in bulk, you can set as wallpapers, share with others, and export to other Android apps. FREE

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Dragon Mobile Assistant – Already a handy app to have on our phones, the recent update makes it even more compelling. Dragon now automatically switches into Driver Mode when traveling is detected. What’s more, you can use your voice to create emails and send them off to others.  Oh, and it reads Facebook walls to you now… FREE

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SkyMotion – It’s nice to know that you’re going to get rain at some point in the day, right? What if you knew the exact moment to expect it? This app not only provides detailed weather updates such as that, but it looks great doing it, too. FRE

rescue_meRescue Me – The Adventures - Cute, tiny people all over the world are in danger and it’s up to you to save them.  Good thing you brought your finger along because that’s about all you need to help! Can you catch them and drag them to safety without running into burning buildings or animals? Oh yeah, there’s a clock to beat, too! FREE

vodioVodio – This free app combines all of your favorite video sources and tastes to curate one awesome collection. The more you use it and train it, the better it gets. Easy to use and learn, it’s a simple and slick interface that draws us back in. Feel like sharing that really cool clip? Plenty of social network integration to go ’round. FREE

Robot Academy – “A year has passed since hostile aliens arrived to destroy the human race. So far, the invaders have been pushed back by cybernetic mech soldiers programmed at the Robot Academy. Now, you will take charge of the Robot Academy initiative and shoulder the responsibility of Earth’s safety!” Details include 9 levels, 8 robot staff to train, 9 academies, 9 specialized droids, boosters, rewards, and more! FREE

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Fontsy -”тнє мσѕт fυи and ΣΔSΨ ШΔΨ to make you $Ŧλ₦Ð ØUŦ and ℓσσк ¢σσℓ with your friends” when replying or texting with popular apps like Kik, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and more. There’s a free version to get started with in-app purchases but we recommend grabbing the paid one as it’s cheaper overall. FREE | $.99 (Normally $4.99)

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Grand St. – Brand new (and exclusive) to Android just today, this is a free mobile marketplace for “creative and independent technology”.  In a nutshell, it’s a place to learn about new and cool products, in a fancy looking design with options to purchase directly within the app. You’ll find far more detail than just specs and prices; reviews, descriptions, and focus on design, quality, and functionality. FREE

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Despicable Me - Play as a Minion and compete against other players in this fast-paced challenge game that sees you trying to impress Gru. You’ll fund, jump, fly, and dodge your way to collecting bananas and other weird stuff.  Lots of hidden details make this one fun for the whole family! Can you become Minion of the Year? FREE