Every week we do our best to suggest you best android apps of the week. This week’s “New Android Apps 2013” list included some useful tools for media and social interaction. Speaking of social, Facebook has announced its Facebook Home solution – launcher replacement for Android and also the HTC First Facebook Phone. We’ll have to see if it’s up to the task of competing against the best alternatives on the Store.
After a lot of Facebook Phone buzz, the company finally revealed its secret which turns out to be a launcher for Android with tight Facebook integration. Facebook Home now available for selected android devices. Those who own the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II can be enjoyed Facebook Home for Android. (Download Apk here)
From the developer: Facebook Home is the mobile experience that puts your friends at the heart of your phone. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos on your home screen.
Multitasking options have grown available on the Store in many forms for Android, including some very good developer provided ones. This app provides one of the options to quickly handle your apps through a floating sidebar that can be customized with lots of available options.
From Developer: OneQuick is a quick settings app on Android smartphones/tablets. it generates fromOne Power Guard. Its aims is to make easier to manage apps and Android settings.
1. Support both Android smartphones/tablets.
2. Side bar and floating window quick settings
3. User-friendly experience etc.
The choices for Android personalisations are so great that it sometimes becomes hard to pick only one or a few. That is why unique options are to be prefered in front of anything else, and these widgets will surely make your phone look and feel special.
From Developer: Vibrating colors for different layers of consciousness and geometric shapes in mesmerizing motion will transcend the boundaries of your imagination. Challenging penetration into pulsation of time and space will fill your life with peculiar vigor. * 12 hypnotizing animated art backgrounds and 12 stunning tattoo clocks!
Zram & Swap Ctrl
Everyone wishes they could get even the last drop of performance out of their device. Fortunately that is what root options are for, and this tool can really give your device a boost. Set it and notice the difference like never before.
From Developer: – Zram virtual disk size selection slider
– Cache based Soft swap using a swap file in the fast cache partition. With is own size selection slider.
– Swappiness selection slider with instant setting.
– Hard swap via a swap partition if available on your ExtSD card.
Flipster for Facebook
A Facebook app alternative for Android which offers a very well designed interface and also a great number of features. It is way faster than the official variant and offers a complete experience for social interaction and more.
From Developer: Flipster is a Facebook client, offering full access to the most important features of the offical Facebook app, just faster and easier to use.
It’s free, simple & fun! Flipster asks you to give multiple Facebook permissions in order to function correctly. Those permissions are only used to show friends profiles, images, newsstream to you.
Notable: Quick Reminder
Note taking tools are a must for every Android user and this app is one of the few that really shines. It provides a clean interface and Android 4.1 / 4.2 features, including extensible notifications and lock screen widgets.
From Developer: Notable allows you to create notification reminders on the go. Need to remind yourself of something to do? Just open the app, type in a short message, and create the note! It’s that easy! You can see your reminders and notes straight from your notification area. Never forget to do something again!
The number 1 GPU and system benchmarking tool available for most platforms is now available for Android. It will give you a graphics representation like you’ve never seen before and provides scores that you can compare against a wide list of devices.
From Developer: Test your device with 3DMark, the world’s most popular performance benchmark.
Use 3DMark to test the performance of your smartphone or tablet, then see how it compares with other Android and iOS devices. You can even compare your scores with tablets running Windows or Windows RT.
AntTek Quick Settings
AntTek has finally brought this great tool to a stable release on the Store. It provides an Android 4.2-like Quick Settings feature, offering shortcuts to all kinds of toggles, apps and many other useful functions. The interface can be customized almost entirely.
From Developer: This app brings Jelly Bean Quick Setting to Android 2.1+ with plenty of customization (don’t need ROOT!!). It’s more than regular quick settings. You can customize to add different things to quick setting panel, including (over 75 built-in actions)
King of Math
Also to be treated as a sort of challenging game, this app will stimulate your brain cells through all sorts of math related queries. It’s interface is most pleasing and the developer advertises it to be of the highly advanced kind compared to others.
From Developer: Don’t lollygag around on the web or with other dull “learning” apps. You just found what you were looking for. A professional brain trainer, one that is both efficient and fun to use.
Strengthen your mental abilities, improve your ability to stay concentrated over long periods of time and sharpen your perception skills.
The Android 4.2 feature for creating sphere photos has been most appreciated and a great number of users use it or wish they could. As manufacturers will upgrade more and more Android devices, get this app and advanced share your spheres.
From Developer: Mobile application for uploading Android 4.2 Photo Spheres to http://sphereshare.net web application. You can share a private picture with anyone or add it to a public Photo Sphere gallery. More features and updates are coming.
Sidewalk Buddy is the first app that will allow you to safely use most apps with a clean and resizable pop-up which shows a live video feed from your rear facing camera as you walk.
From Developer: Texting and walking safety issues are gone! Navigate busy streets with ease, get more work done and be able to multi-task with safety in mind. Unlike transparent screen based apps, this app provides a clean separation between the video and the app you are using without getting too busy. This app is for entertainment purposes only.