Editor's Picks: 15 Android apps and games you should know (January 17)
Squared: Sliding Blocks Puzzle
Hope you’ve set aside plenty of free time because this one’s going to eat it up. You’ve got two main ways to play (create the mosaic, complete lines) and seemingly endless replay value. Log in with your Google account to see how you fare against the world in three leaderboards and 40 achievements. Starts simple, becomes maddening.
Take the busiest photo you have in your gallery and turn it into something muted and minimal. This app creates simple, gorgeous blurred images to be used as wallpapers on your smartphone or tablet. Watch how much more pop you get out of those icons! Easy peasy lemon squeezy
Slice the Ice
Help Scrappy, the polar bear weasel, collect the rubber ducks that have fallen out of a plane over the Arctic. Using the same method of play from Cut the Rope, you’ll drop pieces of ice down in very strategic moments. Features 100 levels of play spread over 5 different worlds.
Help plan and organize your meals from scratch or choose from over 600 chef-tested recipes and 400 suggested meal combos. Works well in the kitchen, of course, but also pulls double duty as a grocery checklist in the store. Step-by-step recipes and instructions for a quick bite or multi-course meal designed to impress. Sync across Android, iOS, and the full website and make sure you’re on the same page everywhere!
Put the Facebook Home Chat Heads experience on your Android but with actionable notifications from any app. Works great, especially in KitKat’s full screen mode where the standard notification bar disappears. Plenty of user-defined settings to create the exact notification you want. Give the trial version a go for two weeks or jump straight to the paid version with the unlock code. Themed packages also available in Google Play Store.