October 23, 2014

APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps and games you should know about (August 29)

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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 on our social network streams.

Repix

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After finding moderate success on iOS devices, this photo editing tool came to Android this week. Details include 30+ handcrafted effect brushes, 16 carefully designed filters, 17 beautiful frames, cropping presets, and support for digital stylus. FREE

Boomerang

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As one of our favorite Gmail plugins for the desktop browser, we’re only too pleased with the Android app. Configure this email client with your Google account and you’ll get a great handle on your messages. Features include snoozing emails, scheduling email for later, response tracking, and more. FREE

AnTuTu Benchmark 4.0 (preview)

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Are you the kind of person who likes to see how your devices stack up against others in the space? Check out the preview version of AnTuTu Benchmark 4.0 which is public beta. Not only will you be able to gloat about having a beat of a device but you’ll also be able to help shape the apps’s future. FREE (preview version)

Maniac Manors

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What happens when you combine adventure, puzzle, investigation, “escape the room” and puzzle games in one freaky 3D setting? This does. Sharpen your senses and look closely as you’ll have to collect items and complete your tasks. FREE

Fetchnotes

fetchnotesOne of our favorite ways to keep track of your notes and tasks, Fetchnotes is deceptive in that it’s more fleshed out than the surface reveals. And, with Catch shutting down this week, you can import your notes without a problem. Hashtag your life and you’ll be more productive.  FREE

NFL Mobile

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It’s difficult to beat the NFL’s official mobile application, especially with new features and enhancements arriving every season.  As one might expect, you’ll get breaking news, video highlights, live game scores, custom team news, and some Fantasy Football stuff, too. Verizon customers can also upgrade to a premium version and pick up some live streams of NFL RedZone. FREE

Action Launcher Pro

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Speed up your Android experience by changing the home screen layout and navigation. Worth every penny, you’ll be able to adjust the number of home panels, page margins, edit docks, hide apps, and more. Got a bunch of icon packs you’d like to insert? No problem, you can do that as well. Works crazy well with tablets. FREE

imo

imo

Popular messaging client scores a major new update from this week with the introduction of video chat. Now you’ll be able to send a message to your friends or family just and, just as easily, share pictures or high quality video. Perfect app for those of you who have contacts spread out across all sorts of other platforms and services. FREE

Bittorrent Sync

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Sync an unlimited number of folders or files across any and all of your devices. A great way to manage your documents when on the go and need to access something stored elsewhere. Latest feature includes mobile-mobile sharing; if nothing else, send photos, videos, and other files from your Android to your friend’s mobile device. FREE

Cats vs Dragons

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Combines classic RPG elements with a bit of strategy mechanics and more than a hint of fantasy game play with magic, dragons, and heroic kittens. Play as Lynx and take on the evil dragons who are trying to steal a magic crystal. Don’t let it happen, bro, we’re counting on you. Get the power up and win! FREE

Lango Messaging

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Forget emoticons and emoji, you’ll be happier inserting celebrity-inspired icons, images and branded characters. A huge library of images, colors, and more at your disposal to create your own memes to share with friends and contacts over social media. FREE

Maxthon

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Tabbed, secure browsing with a brand new interface, this client is also fast and feature-rich. Additional details include cloud sync, add-ons and plug-ins, gestures, and more. Looks even better on tablets than it does on phones! FREE

Zite

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Wouldn’t i tbe awesome if you had a magazine delivered to your doorstep that is catered to your every interest? Sports, entertainment, health, and about 40,000 other topics are curated and offered up based on your usage. The more you play with Zite the better it gets. And instead of weekly magazine showing up you get instant and more relevant articles. Did we mention that it looks fantastic? FREE

PhotoViva

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In addition to editing your existing photos, this app lets you draw your own masterpiece or sketch out a truly great design. Use brushes, adjust blur, saturation, direction, clone, and paint until your heart’s content! FREE

Pudding Monsters

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Another insanely cute and fun game with high replay value from the makers of Cut the Rope. There are more than 125 levels in here already and the stick-together mechanics keeps us coming back for more, trying to inch our scores ever higher. Fun for all ages, but don’t give this to anyone else – you’ll likely never see the phone again. FREE