Android App Ratings & Reviews

The Top New Android Apps of the Week – January 27, 2013

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This week’s list of the Top New Android Apps of the Week include apps that let you emulate, go anonymous, and there are even a couple that can put new life into your tired looking home screen. Without further ado, here are our picks for the best of the bunch this week…

1. PushBullet

PushBullet is a new app that makes push notifications handy by letting you take control of things. You can send shopping lists, email addresses, pictures and more to your phone via PushBullet and it’s as easy as firing up your web browser. You can check out our review of PushBullet here or pick it up for free on Google Play.

2. RetroArch

RetroArch is the emulator to end all emulators. It will emulate basically any system you can think of and it features customizable touchscreen overlays, plug & play detection for many gamepads, and lets you rewind in real-time during games. Its hands down the best emulator I’ve used on Android thus far, and there are no ads or shady permissions. Full review of this one coming later in the week, until them I highly recommend you check it out if you’re into emulation.

3. Angela’s Valentine

Outfit7’s Talking Angela made an appearance in our Top list a few weeks back, and now she’s returned to spread a little love. Angela’s Valentine lets you send animated Valentine’s Day cards to your loved ones, and you’ll even get access to two music videos with Tom & Angela. If you’re into the whole talking animal craze you can get Angela’s Valentine for free on Google Play.

3. SF Launcher Alpha

Looking for a new homescreen launcher to freshen up your phone? The SF Launcher Alpha from Alamo Apps is a new launcher that aims to please with its simple style and unique look. It’s very customizable, simple to use, and packed full of cool features. SF Launcher is currently in Alpha, and it’s free to download on Google Play if you want to check it out.

5. Hushed – Anonymous Calls, SMS

If you’ve ever wanted to call someone, but don’t’ want them to have your cell phone number Hushed from AffinityClick Inc might be just for you. The app gives you “throw away” phone numbers to use in place of your real one so you’ll never have to give out your number to folks you don’t want to have it. Hush works in over 40 countries and while the app itself is free to download, you’ll have to pay for use of your throwaway phone numbers.

6. Slidezip GO Locker Theme

If you use the GO Launcher EX there’s a cool new theme you’ll want to check out called Slidezip. You slide a zip to lock and unlock, and you can also slide into a Call SmS. Not much else to say besides it’s cool, and it’s free to download and use if you’re rocking Go Launcher EX.

7. Pebble App

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard of the Pebble E-Paper Android Watch. The highly anticipated device finally started shipping out last week in limited quantities to early backers and the official Pebble App also hit the play store. While this one’s obviously not for everyone, it’s great to see that the time of the smart watch is upon us and the official Pebble app is going to make lots of Pebble users very happy.

8. LagFix (fstrim) ROOT

If you’re rooted keep reading, if not skip this one. LagFix (fstrim) can help you whip your phone back into shape if its performance is suffering after heavy usage. I won’t go into all the technical details, but it basically clears up the TRIM bug that affects certain devices and it works like a charm as I ran it a friend’s HTC and you could definitely tell a difference. If your rooted and KNOW what you’re doing you can pick up Grilled Monkey’s LagFix (fstrim) for free or there’s a donate version you can nab for 2 bucks that lets you set up auto-trim.