The Best New Android Apps of the Week – April 14, 2013
It’s Sunday which means we’re back with another edition of the Best New Android Apps of the Week. From Facebook Home to a new photo sharing app by the name of Rango, there are several slick new apps to choose from this week.
If you enjoy creating on your favorite Android device you may want to check out Creative Sciences Serious Paint. It’s a painting app that goes against the grain as it focuses more on your workflow and brushes than it does special effects and filters. The Color Sweep feature is also very cool and something you have to use for yourself to appreciate. We highly recommend checking out Serious Paint Free, and if you like what you see you can pick up the full version for $3.65.
Rando is a new photo sharing platform from the minds that brought us Whale Trail. It’s an app that’s all about giving as you’ll send random pictures out into the wild, before getting random ones back. It’s basically anonymous as there are no comments or communication; you only know where the photo came from, but not who it came from. Rando is a cool concept, and it’s free to checkout if you want to give it a whirl.
Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook Home has finally arrived. The Facebook Home app gives your phone a facelift and keeps you updated with news from your friends right on your home screen. You get Chat Heads and some other cool features, and if Facebook is your thing you’ll probably want to check it out. Facebook Home is free to download on Google Play.
We had a floating widget app in last week’s list, and this week we’ve added another with Overlays from Applay. Overlays takes the whole floating thing to the next levels as it lets you float almost any widget you choose anywhere you’d like on your home screen. The app doesn’t come with widgets of its own, instead it ‘breaks’ the home screen limit and allows you to place them where you’d like. The free version of Overlays gives you full access to the app while the Pro version unlocks a few more features including app profiles and tasker integration for $1.99.
If you’re rooted you’ve probably heard of Chainfire, and Hotspot Control is the latest app from the talented developer. The app does as advertised which means you gives you the ability to enable or disable portable hotspot functionality on your device. It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s handy if you need it and it’s free to download on Google Play.
The Cinemagram App lets you share and create short videos to share with others, and it’s quite a bit of fun to use. You’ll be able to insert special effects into your 4 second vids, and explore others creations through categories and the magic of social media. Some users are reporting a few bugs at the moment, but we’re sure the developers will address the issue promptly. Cinemagram is free to download if you want to give it a go.
Your status bar can be used for many things, and StatusAgenda proves that by giving you access to your Google calendar right from your status bar. It does have a few glitches as it’s still in Beta, but it worked well on my Galaxy S3 and it’s an extremely handy app to have on hand. You can pick up Steve Rohrlack’s StatusAgenda for free on Google Play.
The ES File Explorer is one of the top file managers out there, and last week the Public Beta of ES File Explorer 3 hit the web. The newest iteration of the software gives things an all new look, supports multiple windows, and gives you fast access to the files you need with only a few gestures or taps. ES File Explorer 3 is free to download and will be updated to the full version on April 20th.