It's time for Android App madness! Try them out for yourself and remember that they are free..Yay! I love free apps You will notice these are also great for both adults and kids.
Best Hand Shadow Arts (Free) Great for parents and kids!
Here is a round up of brand new free Android apps released in the last seven days. A busy week too, with apps spanning fairytales, augmented reality, photo editing, music education and sports.
As ever, games aren't included in this post, because they have a separate multi-platform roundup. The latest can be found here, and includes Android games like The Humble Bundle 4, Hunters: Episode One, Ingress and DragonVale.
Released by augmented reality startup Zappar, this is a companion app for the box-set version of One Direction's new album Take Me Home. That means fans who've splashed out £40 on the box-set can point their phone's camera at the pages of its picture book to get exclusive videos and photos. For more on this, see this post from earlier in the week.
Released by veteran graphics firm Autodesk, this is an accessible photo-editing app for cropping, resizing and tweaking pictures on your device. Autodesk is trumpeting its 600+ effects, overlays and borders, and the app can share pics out to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other applications.
And more photo-editing, in a good week for Android-owning photographers. As with Pixlr Express this is a mixture of basic editing tools to crop and clean up images, as well as more playful effects and borders to make photos worth sharing.
This one's likely to find its biggest audience in America, being a way to follow basketball games from the college or NBA leagues through text and score updates. The app also includes social features to post comments to Facebook and Twitter including those scores and game events.
The Heineken Cup (Free)
The rugby season is well underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and now there's an official app for the Heineken Cup tournament in Europe, as well as its little sister the Amlin Challenge Cup. The app will offer live scores, team lineups and news, fixtures, results, match reports and tables.
This is the kind of app that Android power-users love: a simple yet effective app that shows the current weather and a four-day forecast in your notification shade on-screen. Perfect for at-a-glance should-I-pack-a-coatage.
Public service trade union UNISON has a new Android app that's aiming to help people understand their rights at work, while also providing the latest news on campaigns to support the professions of its members. Oh, and "information and advice on how to fight Austerity", if that's your bag.
Shopitize is a brand new service in the UK aimed at supermarket shoppers who want to hunt down more bargains. Open to everyone "for a limited time", it's about scanning receipts from shopping to claim cash back from brands including Kellogg's and United Biscuits. It's the latest spin on mobile coupons.
GoPro App (Free)
This is big news for anyone who owns a GoPro camera: an official app to control it remotely, including a viewfinder/preview feature to line up shots just so. It works with the company's Wi-Fi-enabled HD Hero models, and also ties into GoPro's Photo of the Day and Video of the Day channels for inspiration.
This is a good example of how British businesses are catching on to Android. Estate and lettings agent Bairstow Eves' app is for browsing its available properties, with location, price and bedrooms all used as filters, with maps, images and the ability to call whichever office is handling a particular home.
There are a few apps promising to make Android smartphones safe for children to use – Famigo is one popular example. Sandbox Kids Corner is the latest, from Kytephone. It works by creating a homescreen for a child, where the parent sets who they can call, what apps they can use, and how long for. Remote monitoring is included for even more hands-on parents, and it apparently plays nice with tablets like the Nexus 7 too.
Talking of hands-on parenting, or rather hands-in-the-air-making-a-stealthy-fox parenting... Best Hand Shadow Arts is an app to teach you how to make around 70 shadow puppets: eagles, cats, wolves, horses and so on.
This is a personal diary: a way for people to jot down thoughts throughout the day, or full diary entries. It has a clean and cheerful design, makes it easy to export the diaries in different formats, and offers extra features for users who upgrade to a VIP account.
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