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Top Android Game: Chalk Ball

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 in Games, Top Rated Games | comment

The Chalk Ball Android game features creative, smooth graphics and gameplay where you must prevent your ball from falling and being destroyed.

  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 6.74MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Games
  • Price: $1.99 (Free Lite version)

Chalk Ball offers a different version of the bouncing-type Android games we’ve seen before. This time around, you’re responsible for drawing the lines of chalk on which your chalk ball can then bounce. But, you have to be wary of just how much chalk you’re using (shown by the stick of chalk at the top of the screen). If your chalk runs out, your ball will fall. Luckily, there are additional, stationary balls that earn you extra chalk (and points) when you hit them. At the same time, there are also balls which take away chalk, or even speed up or slow down your moving, in-play ball.

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Localicious Android App, Find What’s Good in the Hood

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 in Top Rated Apps, Travel | 3 comments

Find “what’s good in the hood” with the Localicious Android app, powered by WhitePages.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.66MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Travel & Local
  • Price: Free

Localicious automatically detects the neighborhood you’re in to instantly provide you with trending business and hot spots right around you. Currently, there are over 80,000 U.S. neighborhoods and 21 million local business at your fingertips.

This app’s core function is to provide you with the information necessary to make a quick decision on where to eat or what to do. I know at one point or another, we’ve all been out with friends or family with some time to kill, and the question of “now what should we do?” goes unanswered. But next time you can be ready with Localicious, and its real-time tips and trends, to hit up only the best venues around.

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Zaarly Android App, Buy and Sell Anything

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in Lifestyle, Top Rated Apps | comment

The Zaarly Android App helps you buy and sell anything with people nearby.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 7.03MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Price: Free

Zaarly is kind of like Craigslist in reverse. Rather than posting items or services you’d like to sell, you post the ones you need. It works like this: create a post for something that you want, when you want it, and how much you are willing to pay for it (e.g. Nexus One, patio furniture, or concert tickets). Then, other users browsing your post can click the “I’ve Got That” button to tell you they’re interested in selling you that item.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary App, Become a Wordsmith

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in Reference, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary App is a comprehensive tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.

  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Size: 19.04MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Reference
  • Price: Free

Like the Dictionary.com Android app that came before it, the Merriam-Webster Android app features an easy way to lookup words on the go. The app’s homescreen displays a large search box and even an option to voice search an unknown word. Depending on the word you’re looking up, the voice search functionality may or may not return exact results (it’s based on Android’s current voice search functionality).

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New Design for Best Android Apps Review!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 in Android News | 3 comments

We’re pleased to unveil the new design and layout for Best Android Apps Review. The new design is intended to facilitate browsing through the hundreds of Android app, game, and widget reviews we’ve published since 2009. Our homepage (and category, search, and other pages) now display app thumbnails and brief overviews of each app’s function, with the option to “Read More.” This will help minimize page loading times since fewer screenshots and other images will need to be downloaded upfront.

Leave your comments below and let us know what you think! We hope you like what we’ve done and continue to come back for the latest Android app reviews.

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Top Android App: My Data Manager Free

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Tools, Top Rated Apps | comment

My Data Manager Free lets you take control of your mobile data consumption, saving you money as you use your data connection more wisely.

  • Version: 1.1.11
  • Size: 1.10MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free (~$4.17 ad-free version)

My Data Manager Free monitors the data you use over your mobile connection, WiFi, and while roaming. For reporting accuracy and proper notifications, you’ll need to enter the general details of your mobile plan. In particular, the type of plan you use (monthly vs. pay-as-you-go), data allotment (fixed amount vs. unlimited), and the date your billing cycle begins.

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GroupMe Android App: Group Texting, Calling & More

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | comment

The GroupMe Android App lets you group text, conference call, and communicate with ease.

  • Version: 2.1.9.1
  • Size: 1.68MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free

To begin, use the “+” button in the top right corner to create a group of people you’d like to chat with. You can add up to 25 group members from your contacts list or Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, add a group name (optional) and decide whether or not you’d like the group to be joinable. Joinable groups are visible to friends and contacts who can request to join. This option is best used if you’re creating a group for a concert, sporting event, or any other discussion with a potentially large number of members. For more private conversations, keep this option unchecked.

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New Android Market for Android Devices Rolling Out

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 in App News | comment

Google has begun rolling out their latest update, the new Android Market for Android devices. The user-interface has been completely overhauled in an effort to enhance app discovery. In alignment with what’s been done so far with the Android Market Online, the market now lets you browse new content lists like editor’s choice and top grossing.

Additionally, a few new features have been added including the ability to instantly rent movies and buy books straight to your Android device. As of this initial release date, these two features are only available to U.S. users (but of course we hope it expands to all international users as soon as possible).

Note: the new Android Market update is rolling out only to Android devices running Android 2.2+ and should reach all users worldwide in the coming weeks.

Check out the screenshots and video below for more details on what to expect.

  

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Do It (Tomorrow), Android App for Procrastinators

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 in Productivity, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

As the old saying goes, why do today what can be done tomorrow? The Do It (Tomorrow) App for Android  helps you accomplish just that.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.29MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free

Do It (Tomorrow) is the perfect app for the procrastinator. The idea behind this Android app is that planning out your entire week (or longer) can be overwhelming and even discouraging. Instead, write down the items you must get done today with the freedom to push things off until tomorrow.

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NASA Android App, Explore Our Universe

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 in Education, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

Explore our solar system and the entire universe with the official, educational NASA Android App.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 4.00MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Education
  • Price: Free

The NASA Android App opens to a homescreen with links to mission information, images, videos, tweets, NASA TV, and a whole lot more.

The NASA Missions page provides details on all of the current and future planned missions. For example, you can learn about the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, or the Kepler spacecraft (mission to find other Earth-like planets).

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