APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps you should know about (May 23)

    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!


    Clean Master

    Worried about your SnapChat images not actually being deleted from your Android smartphone? Grab this free utility and wipe all your hidden and unused files. Additional details include the ability to kill tasks, manage apps, erase histories, and more. FREE

    Little Amazon

    Help your tiny little Amazon friend Lily as you seek to help free the forest from the tyrant Grûûl.  You will have the help from an variety of magical creatures and a number of super powers such as “The Attack of the Clones”, “The Flying Cloud” and  ”Meteor Rain”. Along the way you will collect coins, complete missions, and win trophies to gain new abilities. $1.99


    Linpus Launcher

    Change up your home screen experience with this free launcher app that features a number of options and customization settings.  As you might expect the app lets users set folders, choose effects, adjust the layout, tweak icons, and more. Works for any Android device running 3.0 or later. FREE


    Diner Dash

    Your name is Flo and you just quit your previous job so that you can follow your dream of owning a five-star restaurant. First, however, is a bit of humbling as you need to start out with a greasy diner and work your way up the ladder. One of the most popular time management games in mobile, this only recently arrived in Google Play. Free version gives you five levels but you can get the whole enchilada for a buck. $.99


    Swipe Settings Tool Control

    Add shortcuts to your most commonly accessed or toggled systems settings with this customizable widget. Available in four themes, this one also provides details such as battery info and works with pretty much any launcher you might have. Easy access to Bluetooth, NFC, tethering, Wi-Fi, ringers, and other oft-used settings. Extra points awarded for the lock screen widget for Android 4.2 devices. FREE



    In the official movie tie-in game for the motion picture Epic you’ll be teaming up with the Leafmen, an elite band of samurai style warriors. It is up to you to build a kingdom and help them save the world; however, you won’t go it alone. Nope, all the comical, goofy characters are down to help as well! FREE



    Smarten up that smartphone with this free client that provides the ultimate in “set it and forget it” customization. Why bother messing around with the same settings every day/night/week when you can have that Android do the heavy work? We’re talking about pretty much everything you might think to adjust: ringers, brightness, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, SMS, wallpapers, calls, and more. Think of it in terms of “If this, then that”. Be sure to check out the experimental feature which recognizes your activities (walking, driving, etc) FREE


    A slightly different approach to the popular game sokoban, this one features 90 increasingly harder levels spread across three different worlds. The 3D graphics look great on tablets and high resolution smartphones. FREE


    DISH Anywhere

    DISH subscribers can now take their entire DVR with them as the recent update puts pretty much everything you want in your Android. Yep, we’re talking live TV, On Demand, and stuff recorded on your DVR. The new social sharing feature also lets you brag (Facebook, Twitter) about being to do just. FREE


    Go Make It Rain

    Anyone can bust out a stack of cheddar at the strip club, but hardly anyone makes it rain in the library. This free app not only provides you with an endless stack of green but it captures a photo of you doling it out. The more you share the more you unlock. Switch it up from US Dollar to something a little sexier, like a Russian Ruble. Keeps track of all your “rain” so that you can get “High Roller” status.  Now, make it rain on your sleeping grandma, baller. FREE


    Word Search Unlimited Deluxe

    You know what to do here – find all the hidden words. As one of the better looking and fleshed out word search apps, this one features more than 60,000 words in several different languages. Set that timer and see how many you can find.  Perfect for the daily commute or those times when… well, you know. FREE



    Buying your buddy a beer on the way home from work isn’t cool. You know what is cool? Buying your friends across the country a six pack. This free app lets you pay for a beer, wine, or cocktail for others who then redeem it in one of 4,000 locations around the country. Tied into Facebook it lets you buy your friend the drink while they get to pick when and where to pick it up. Do you need our email address? FREE



    Planning your next trip will be more fun if you consider that it starts way before you get in the car or on the plane. Check this app out and track not only flights and hotels, but also the things to do and places to go. Find a great place to eat and a really sweet spot to buy some souvenirs. FREE


    Cash Crazy!

    You’re a true tycoon, right? How do you handle buying and selling properties and assets. Take on both human or AI opponents across two game modes and find out what happens when you splurge on that mall or restaurant. FREE


    Best Gesture Launcher

    Why bother looking for an icon to open your text messaging app when you can draw a picture instead? Available in free and paid versions, this one lets users do all sorts of wonderful things with drawing/swiping. Create a contact, send an email, record sound, open files and websites, and more! $.99