Android Apps of the Week! – May 20, 2012
Welcome to another edition of DroidLessons.com’s “Android Apps of the Week!”. The plan is to compile a list of my favorite apps and share them with you on the Sunday of every week. It will give you plenty of time to try out the apps and then also something to look forward to on a weekly basis. It’s always fun to learn about the latest and greatest apps out there. The Android Market (now known as Google Play) has over 400,000 apps and therefore it’s not always easy finding quality apps via the Android Market. My hope is to save you some time by sharing and informing you of the quality apps that I have found over the many months of using and teaching on the Android platform.
So, without further ado, I present to you this week’s edition of “Android Apps of the Week!”.
By: EA Sports
BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!! This is one of my favorite games from my childhood. NBA Jam is now on Android and I’m loving it! If you’re from the Old School, you’ll feel the ‘90s nostalgia while you play the hottest arcade sports game on the Android Market. Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you’ll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones. The graphics are great and it feels as good or better than the original series I remember playing many years ago. EA did an awesome job of making the controls easy to use on touchscreen devices.
Want to check it out for yourself? Just go to the “Play Store” icon on your phone and click the search button and type in “NBA JAM”. Install the app and start having some fun! I’ve also included a link to the Android Market Webstore here for those of you that want to install it via the web. [Market Link]
By: Smart Tools Co.
Smart Tools is one of the few “useful” apps I have installed on my phone! The rest are mostly for entertainment… But Smart Tools offers a bundle of useful tools that you may find very useful. It’s like having a swiss army knife for your smartphone. It contains the following tools:
Set 1: Length, Angle, Slope, Level – Smart Ruler Pro
Set 2: Distance, Height, Width, Area – Smart Measure Pro
Set 3: Compass, Metal detector, GPS – Smart Compass Pro
Set 4: Sound level meter, Vibrometer – Sound Meter Pro
Set 5: Flashlight – Smart Light Pro
Check it out and let us know what you think of this app. [Market Link]
By: TuneIn Inc
TuneIn Radio is one of my favorite apps on Android. It allows you to browse and listen to radio stations (live, local, and global) via your Android device. How great is that!? You can listen to your local stations or listen to the ones from your old hometown. Use it at home, gym, work, or anywhere else you can think of. Find your favorite stations from over 60,000 channels of music, sports, news, podcasts and national networks like BBC, NPR, SWR.
Give it a try the next time you are in the mood for some free music. [Market Link]
Badass Battery Monitor
By: GSam Labs
This one is a must-have for anyone having battery issues on their Android device. There are countless apps available for monitoring battery usage on the market. But Badass Battery Monitor is one of the few that I prefer for providing detailed history and usage data on the apps running on your device. Badass Battery Monitor will give you more info than you know what to do with! You’ll be able to find out if there is a specific app running in the background that is draining your battery life and causing an issue with your phone or tablet. [Market Link]
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