APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps you should know this week (July 25)

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.

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Recently updated with a tablet-optimized design, this free app gives users 17 different filters to apply to images. Additional details include great photostreams, discovery, and sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Foursquare. FREE

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Fairy Dale

Fairy Dale needs a Keeper to help bring the land back to its former glory and to keep it from falling into the hands of a “mystical menace”.  Along your way you will run into a number of fairy tale heroes who want to help you construct magical builds, conduct trade, go on voyages, and more! Can you unravel the mysteries of the evil Gloomy Sorcerer? FREE


Bus Simulator 3D

Think you can drive a bus better than that old man that used to take you to and from school? Prove it with this free game which features realistic physics and damage, a variety of locations (city, countryside, mountain, desert), and plenty of buses to drive. Can you maneuver the double-decker around rush hour traffic? FREE

3D Home

Give your Android a brand new lease on life by changing up the home screen’s appearance. This free app provides 3D animations, 3D walls, 3D widgets, 3D application icons, and more. Any guesses as to how the app got its name? FREE


Droid Finder

Worried about losing your phone or, worse…already lost it? You’re going to want to install this free utility which can even detect whether your device is in a still location, on bicycle or in vehicle. Another key feature is in its ability to detect any attempts to break your lock screen; snaps a photo using the front-facing camera. FREE



VoiceBo provides a community of real people from all over the world who share their thoughts, ideas, dreams, and interests with each other. Simply record your messages and share for all to enjoy. Find inspiration in others or be the catalyst for someone’s self improvement. Think of the app as a Soundcloud-like experience. FREE


Sugar Rush

Fans of match-three games such as Bejewled are advised to check out this newly released game from Fullhat. Details include the ability to play against friends in weekly/daily tournaments, rewards, jackpots, and boosters. Pop candies as fast as you can to get your Sugar Rush and you could even win a prize! FREE


Current Caller ID

Having recently surpassed 5 billion identified phone calls, the WhitePages app gets new features. Chief among this month’s update is the ability to display information when you make calls as well as receive them. This works for both people and places who are and aren’t in your contacts. Lots of customization options for caller ID notifications! FREE



Keep things private and secure for you and your siginificatn other and communicate in a new way. Share everything, including messages and photos, and watch how your personal journal develops between (twyxt) you. Indeed, you can even share a smooch or two. FREE


Hasta la muerte

Your mission: accompany the souls of those whom eternal rest hour has come and thus save them from damnation. A second of inattention and this is the disaster : those souls, damned and inconsolable, will chase you relentlessly to send you back in the Limbo… $1.99


Grand Theft Auto III

Celebrate 10 years of GTA 3 with the official Android counterpart from Rockstar. Hurry up and buy it before July 30 and you’ll save some money on it as well. Get your fix in for the next few months until GTA V shows up and eats up your free time! $2.99 (Normally $4.99)


Cozi Calendar & Shopping Lists

Organize your family with this free productivity app that includes a calendar, to-do lists, shopping lists, and more. Create a centralized place for you and the fam to look for upcoming events, recipes, appointments, and extra-curricular activities. Bonus points for a cool website that syncs up! Who’s driving you to soccer practice on Tuesday? FREE


Light Manager – LED Settings

Does your phone have an LED light indicator on the front? Put that thing to good use with this handy utility app. Customize your phone so that you know what to expect before you even power it on! Details include app settings Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Hangouts, missed calls, emails, and more. Some require root access but all are awesome. FREE


Grand St.

Curated marketplace for “creative technology”, this one is exclusively designed for Android devices. Browse through the growing collection of cool items and nifty gadgets, read the specs, reviews, and get the inside scoop on all things awesome. See something you like? Buy it directly from within the app and have it delivered to your doorstep! FREE



Get your butt up and out the door, you’ve got a race to prepare for! This fitness app will help you go from sitting on the couch to crossing the finish line of a 5k (3.1 miles) race. Pick the trainer that best suits your needs and get going. Keep track of your daily performance, log stats, and share with friends and family so they can cheer you on. You’ll want them standing on the sidelines watching you finish. $1.99

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