December 6, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Looking for the best Android apps? Good luck finding them on your own. But if you do stumble across apps people will love, let the world know. Androinica.com encourages users to tweet great apps with the #androidapps tag on Twitter, and we plan to incorporate that into our weekly notifications of new, updated, or recommended apps. Get to downloading and keep telling us about those exciting #androidapps.
In the eighth edition of Android Apps Alert, we’re focused on the Android Developer’s Challenge 2. All of the apps featured this week are ADC2 winners or runners-up in Google’s recent app contest. While I couldn’t find or profile every app, we can look at a file sharer, an app for phone protection/location, a photo effects studio, multiplayer guessing game, and a multiplayer photo game. The video previews of these apps are below, along with text explanations and QR codes for those who want to focus on words.
Sharing data wirelessly with other phones just got a bit easier thanks to Hoccer, an Android app that allows ad-hoc sharing. We’ve seen a similar function in Bump, but Hoccer has more sharing options like bookmarks and text as well as photos and contacts. The app even supports sharing functions from note-taking apps like AK Notepad. Hoccer is a polished, quick, and fun way to share data. It is also available for iPhone users and there is a web client to use if someone has neither operating system.
Possible Alternative: Bump
Everyone thinks he is a professional photographer, so why not pretend a little more with this great cameras effects app? FxCamera is a camera replacement app that provides several shooting modes to alter each photo taken with an Android phone. I love this app because of the Toy Camera effect, but there are also settings for symmetry, Warhol, fisheye lens, Polaroid, and color settings like sepia, black and white, or negatives. Each shooting mode is configurable to fine-tune every photo to your desires. Though your phone’s camera may not be the greatest, FxCamera can liven up snapshots with a few choice effects.
What The Doodle
Pictionary is the scorn or lifeline of many dinner parties and couples gatherings. A digital version of the game can be played with What The Doodle, a multiplayer game that connects users in a guessing game played on Android phones. Players join private or public games and take turns illustrating a word, without words or numbers, that others must guess. A successful guess provides a point to both the illustrator and person who answers correctly. It’s always nice to see a classic become modernized in such a successful manner.
A World of Photo
Android phones have proliferated to users across the globe, and A World of Photo takes advantage of that fact with a photo-based interactive game. A World of Photo is a global social game that requires users to snap photos that are then shared with random users. Recipients then rate the photos for creativity and quality, which gives points to the sender. The game pairs players based on geographic location and “threads” that start and end with the individual user. Users are not allowed to share adult or inappropriate content.
Losing your phone is one of the worst non-tragic feelings a person can experience. Never have that feeling again with WaveSecure, an Android app that can locate your stolen or lost phone. When a phone is misplaced or taken, log-on to the WaveSecure website and track, remotely lock, remotely wipe, or backup phone data, and then restore data once the device is recovered. WaveSecure can also be used as a backup for call logs or SMS messages, uploaded media, and manually locking a phone while it’s still in your possession.
Possible Alternative: Mobile Defense Click here to see a video of how easy it is to set-up and use WaveSecure
Other App News
Be sure to try out SpeedForge 3D, an ADC2 winner that we reviewed previously.
Note: The previous critiques about sluggishness have been addressed and the game is great.