We know how hectic it can get to try to spot the best out of the latest flood of Android Apps,therefore, we attempt to bring you la crème de la crème each week, and here is our selection for the first Thursday in August.
1. Wyze Launcher (beta) (Get it for your android) Free
Want a launcher that does your work for you? Then give Wyze a try. It attempts to intelligently organize your apps based on your usage, to greater or lesser success. There’s clearly some impressive sorting going on behind the scenes, especially after you set some categories, but this beta version still needs a bit of human direction every now and then. At least it looks pretty slick while it’s doing its thing.
2. CallHeads – phone call app (Get it for your android) Free
Ever been interrupted from an app by a call? CallHeads (beta) will give you more control on what to do with a phone call when you are concurrently using an app. Instead of a fullscreen notification popping up and interrupting your app, you will see a bubble as an overlay on your app, and you can keep using the app.
3. G Cloud backup (Get it for your android) Free
Phones get lost, stolen and misplaced every single day. In this hectic life we’re leading, it’s hard to remember where you placed your keys, so having a backup plan is always a must! With G Cloud installed, one can rest assured that all the precious contacts and data can never be lost. You can get up to 8GB of free storage, and with the new update, G Cloud 3.0 grants you web view access and many more new features. If you want to backup all your app&game settings just download the key for rooted from here!
4. Chromecast (Get it for your android) Free
Got a new Chromecast dongle? Good. But since the gadget doesn’t have any inputs on the device itself, you’ll need this app to set it up, at least for the first run. There are also quick links to Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies, in case you didn’t already have them installed already.
5. Homestyler (Get it for your android) Free
Get inspired with stunning interior design projects, tips and trends. Then watch your own home design ideas come to life by experimenting with real products and colors. Take the guesswork out of home remodeling with Autodesk Homestyler. Snap a picture of a room to create your own 3D home design playground.
6. Transit App (Get it for your android) Free
Transit gets you there. Wherever you are, just pull Transit out of your pocket and quickly see the next departure for all public transit routes near you. Not sure how to go somewhere? Just let Transit know where you’re headed and our trip planner will map out the quickest way to get there. (Works in 43 cities including NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia).
7. Citybot Smart Travel Guide (Get it for your android) Free
We’ve shown off quite a few “travel guide” apps before, but this one might just take the cake, so long as you’re traveling to one of its relatively limited supported cities. It’s got the usual list of activities, restaurants, and aggregated info from web services, but the best bit is probably the itinerary: punch in a bunch of things you’d like to do, and Citybot will give you an automatic schedule and guide you through it.
8. Fuelzee – Cheap Gas Prices (Get it for your android) Free
Let’s be real; gas gets expensive in the summertime – it costs around $15 to go to the movie theater and back. Fuelzee tries to help out here, by giving you a map with lists of the local gas prices, as reported by other users. Report your own prices for your fellow users, and the app will give you some coupon-style discounts on gas station fodder. As usual with this sort of thing, the utility depends upon a good pool of active participants, but it helps that there’s already an iOS version.
9. Tales from the Watering Hole (Get it for your android) Free
We’ve featured children’s book apps before, but this one seems to be considerably more dense than the others, to say nothing of the fact that it also appears to be original. As usual, this sort of thing works best on tablets, and tablets that you might not mind losing to a sudden drop on the kitchen tiles at that. The anthropomorphic characters get full voice acting, and at least some of the sale proceeds go to The Watering Hole Foundation.
10. Minecraft Skin Studio (Get it for your android) Free
I’ve never gotten into Minecraft, but for those of you who have, here’s an easy way to create character skins on the go. You can update the new skins to desktop versions of the game, but unfortunately, Minecraft Pocket isn’t supported. You can also import and export from the Minecraft.net service, and share you pixelated creations via the standard social networks.