APPTEASERS: 15 Android apps and games you should know about (May 9)

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


Google I/O

Updated just in time for the annual developer conference, the official app has all sorts of wonderful new features. A must-have for those in attendance, the app is also great for those who like to watch from afar (or who cannot attend). Details in this year’s version include scanning badges via NFC, lock screen widget, HDMI output for video streams, automatic Wi-Fi setup for attendees, and a dedicated mode for watching live streams. (FREE)


Also available on the web and through apps for iPhone and iPad, Podio lets users connect with other coworkers and collaborators. Start one-on-one chats, group chats, track projects, set tasks, and much more. (FREE)


Wizard Ops Tactics

Play as the  Wizard Commander and build a Wizard Army of Ice, Fire, Earth and Air Wizards. You’ll have more than 140,000 unique Army combos to choose from so you there endless customization opportunities. Additional details include multiple battlegrounds, objectives, hazards and turn-based game against live human players (online or Pass N’ Play). (FREE)


XonoMail (Beta)

How awesome would it be if you what an email was about before opening it on your device? What if the inbox would automatically assign category icons to help you cut through the clutter? This beta client aims to speed up your email experience. Note that it only uses Gmail for now and that it’s limited to English but more account types are expected in short order. (FREE)



Simple, free tool which lets users send scheduled messages and updates via SMS, Facebook, Twitter and/or email. Pick a time and account and you’re nearly finished! Features a sharp, minimalistic Holo UI and works on all Android 3.0+ devices. Offered in beta, the developers are seeking feedback for improvements and tweaks. (FREE)


Hive Defense

Help bees protect the  hive from angry insects such as caterpillars, ants, spiders, and other bugs. Tap on flowers with a blossom to collect honey – that’s pretty important stuff, ya know. Use both hands to defend that hive but feel free to break out the Bee Queen in case of emergency. Take on your friends in this multiplayer game and see who stings the hardest. (FREE)


Simon Says

Are you a child of the 80’s? We bet you’ll remember the classic memory skill game, Simon. Here’s a refreshed take that includes four difficulty levels and multiple themes. Yep – you can play with Gangnam Style, Hello Kitty, BMW, and other with more to come. Scoreloop integration means local and global leaderboards for every level. (FREE)



Need help picking out the right outfit or coordinating for an evening on the town? Clamotty aims to be your personal advisor and keep you up to date in all things fashion.  Details include wish list, a calendar, help packing for a trip, sharing over social media, news, and trends. (FREE)


Countdown Widget

Got a birthday or anniversary coming up that you’re stoked about? Maybe you wanna know how many days there are until Christmas… or school starts up again. Whatever the case, this free app will help you track the days to go.  Did ya just kick a bad habit? Great!  Now you can also monitor your progress (congrats by the way!). Lots of themes and widget sizes to choose from. (FREE)

Download Manager

Download and manage just about any file you can think of with this free client. Fast and efficient with supports tons of file types, the list of features is seemingly endless. Built in media player lets you handle the files immediately; set images as wallpapers, save songs as ringtones, etc. Yep, you can pause and resume, use tabs, and share as well. (FREE)



What starts out rather silly and lacking quickly turns addictive and disturbing. Skrot is a rusty old noise box with sliders, buttons, and a microphone. Talk into it, adjust some settings, and you’re off to making weird and fantastic sounds. What does it do, though? Nothing – it’s just for fun. You already have enough stuff to do in your daily life. (FREE)



Free app, designed with mobile in mind, lets users find a home’s estimated value, taxes, school district, and more. All from a simple photo. Search, favorite, comment, and share from the edge of the street or the comfort of your own home. Perfect tool for the real estate agent who spends most of their time on the go. That’s all of them, right? (FREE)



Dress up your lock screen with photos of your friends or loved ones with this customizable app. Details include choice of frames, images, icons, image rotation, and more. New features expected in the future include additional skins and icons. (FREE)


Kids Media

Parents and babysitters alike will enjoy being able to access thousands of ratings and reviews for various types of media. Pick out the right movie, book, television show, song, or app using the trusted Common Sense Media advisors. Among other features, the app allows for watching previews, saving items for later, and scanning barcodes of products to learn more. (FREE)



Trying to figure out what the words are to that stupid pop song? Check out this lightweight (under 1MB) and free (ad-supported) client that delivers lyrics. Automatically searches for currently playing song and ties to a myriad of popular Android music apps. Lyrics come from LyricWiki, an ever-growing database of more than 1.8 million songs. (FREE)


Space Bombs

Brain game which sees you matching up two or bombs of the same type. Your job, over these 17 levels, is to get them to blow up.  It starts out easy but gets increasingly more difficult over time.  Don’t let us down, the fate of the galaxy rests in your hand. (FREE)

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