May 31, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Every week, Androinica.com attempts to highlight the best Android Apps. We’ve taken a few breaks because of our massive 60 Best Android Apps List and trying to keep up with Google I/O, but expect to see a weekly wrap-up of new apps and recommendations from our writers and readers.
The past two weeks have been among the busiest in Android history. Between I/O and the previews of upcoming apps, we can expect things to be even busier. Below are four apps worth considering; below those apps are links to recent reviews and announcements.
For the people still waiting on Éclair or Froyo, the homescreen can get a little stale. ADW launcher is a way to live up the phone’s desktop without hacking. ADW is a home screen replacement app that adds the ability to mark two apps as favorites in a dock, sideswipe left or right to browse app drawer, or use the 3D launcher that many seem to love. The usual concerns about homescreens still apply, but anyone looking to liven up an older phone can use ADW Launcher.
Also check out our review of Launcher Pro, another great homescreen replacement app.
Fring put in a late bid for app of the week on Wednesday when it announced that live video Skype chat was available thanks to the HTC EVO 4G’s front facing camera. We even posted a video showing the demo that had thousands of people realizing that Fring can also do audio chat and instant messaging in Skype, AIM, GTalk, ICQ, MSN, and SIP. App of the week indeed.
Live wallpapers are becoming more popular among Android users, and Social Wallpaper is an interesting app to consider. Rather than adding a pretty graphical element like most live wallpapers, the app merely shows status updates from Twitter and Facebook in bubbles that float across the screen. This is nothing Earth-shattering, but Social adds a fun option for getting a quick peek into your networks. Clicking on a status bubble will launch the official Facebook or Twitter for Android applications (if those apps are installed).
I’m a shameless New York-ophile. While most people in my city love all things London, Paris, or Madrid, I’ve always thought of NYC as the most interesting city in the world. NYMag.com does a good job of covering New York, but you don’t have to be in the Big Apple to appreciate the app. The official Android app covers news, politics, entertainment, and sports that will interest most Americans. All of the blog content from NYMag (Vulture, Intel, etc.) is available in this app.
RECENT APP REVIEWS
- VLC Remote lets you manage audio/video playback on Android [App Reviews]
- Tag Home (Launcher) allows for an organized Android home experience [App Reviews]
- HTC EVO 4G supports Skype video chat thanks to Fring [Video]
- Heavy Gunner 3D shoots down enemies, shoots up fun [Video Reviews]
- Springpad aides memory on Android, finds useful information on web
- Congress for Android helps U.S. citizens keep up with their legislators [App Reviews]
OTHER APP NEWS
- SIRIUS XM Android App now broadcasting sans Howard Stern
- Sling Player for Android gets quick video demo
- Google Buzz now available for all Android versions
- Tip: Use G-MoN and some scissors to strengthen your AP’s wireless signal
- Tip: Use Android’s “share” feature to quickly save to Evenote, 3Banana, etc.
- Epicurious launches Android app with library of recipes and cooking aides
- Adobe Reader announced for Android, available now for select devices
- Gowalla 2.0 adds comments, links to Facebook/Twitter, and photo sharing
- Google Voice app for Android updated, now at version 0.3.4 with “improved” inbox synchronization & more
I/O VIDEO DEMOS
- Skies of Glory airplane fighter game hands-on [VIDEO]
- Aloqa adds several new features to location-aware app [VIDEO]
- Amazon.com Kindle for Android app hands-on [VIDEO]
- Microsoft Office Android app “Documents to Go” Ver. 3 live demo [VIDEO]
- Need for Speed Shift Android racing preview [VIDEO]
- Seesmic announce Google Buzz support coming to Android app, more services still coming