Apps of the Week

​With Google I/O only just barely behind us, the excitement is probably still running through you. Whether you just flashed some Jellybean love for yourself, or you are just overly excited about any of the announcements, odds are you want a new application to check out on your device. Let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

Kevin O'Quinn - The Daily Show Headlines (Free)

Daily Show

It's the Daily Show. On your phone. If you're a fan of the show this app is a must have, for one main reason, the extended interviews. There are many times when the interview that gets aired is cut short with the full interview being online. The app gives you one convenient place to go for those.

It'll also give you clips from the show (sorry no full episodes here), clips from correspondents, and a list of upcoming guests.

It's not perfect, though, they could put full episodes here, and the app looks iOS-ish, but it's still a great way to get your Daily Show fix on the go. [Download from Google Play]

Chris Parsons - Magic Piano (Free)

Magic Piano

Magic Piano is another interesting title from Smule. With it, you get to treat your device like a piano meaning you need to create music with it. In order to create the music, you need to follow along and tap the beams of light as they fall in sequence of the song. If you fall out of order, the song will sound terrible and you'll score no points. There is a bunch of todays popular songs to choose from but they do tend to cost money. However, Smule does offer more songs each day some of which are free. [Download from Google Play]

Richard Devine - Basketball Shoot (Free)


I'm a big fan of casual games. The sort you can pick up for 10 minutes on your coffee break at work and just play without getting too involved. Basketball Shoot is the latest time killer for me. Its free, it's colorful, it's simple.

So, what's it all about? As you can guess from the title, you got some hooks to shoot. The controls are really simple. Dragging your finger back brings up a trajectory, releasing then shoots the ball. To keep you on your toes the ball starts from a different position each time, and there are targets to meet on each level. It's ad supported, but they stay pretty well off the court so they don't interfere. All in it's a pretty nice pick up and play way to kill some time and it gets pretty addictive after a while. [Download from Google Play]

Sean Brunett - Edmonton Oilers Mobile (Free)


I’m a huge hockey fan and I covered many of the official NHL team apps that have been released over the past year. The problem, though, has been that not all teams have been represented. Good news for folks up in Edmonton, though, as an official Edmonton Oilers app has finally been released.

So for all you Oilers fans who want to keep up with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Nail Yakupov, you’ll definitely want this app. With it, you can receive breaking news alerts from the organization, view video-on demand clips, access audio podcasts, see real-time statistics, lookup conference and divisional standings, look at an interactive map of the arena, plan ahead with the schedule and much more. [Download from Google Play]

Anndrew Vacca - Central Park Conservancy ($1.99)

Central Park

One of my favorite things to do here in New York is get lost in Central Park. There's no better way to spend a summer day than entering the park and losing yourself in it. With a heatwave over the city this weekend, it's the perfect time to get off the concrete and into the grass. The Central Park Conservancy app has an interactive map of the park, along with history and pictures of the park's most notable features. The coolest feature? You can set notifications to alert you when you're near the attraction of your choice. Stay cool this weekend, and see you on the Great Lawn! [Download from Google Play]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 30, 2012


Gotta agree. The last couple weeks have been lackluster. I'm always getting new and interesting apps thanks to this weekly list, but not lately. Maybe next week.

Just go to the market , select staff choices, and pick any random app from that list. It's bound to be better than anything listed above.

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magic piano is the great piano game app. But unluckily it provides only few songs for test, If you want more, you have to pay money :d. Thats fine

its a great game, buut i had to uninstall it because it downloads all the songs and saves them on to the root of the sdcard. since it does that, it also plays the music on the music app. very annoying, and couldn't live with it. at least download them to a folder.

Google IO just got over, and that's what you have for apps? I would have thought some new latest and greatest apps would have at least been featured. Or something you found for the first time that's been hiding in the wings, ready to be a great contender in the Play store. Firefox revamp? Flipbook available to the masses? Chrome? Thought someone would have at least posted something interesting.

Well, if it was your intent to post apps that no one else would recommend, you've succeeded handsomely.

3700 new apps per week, averaged over the last 2 years 9 months. 9000 then, 600,000 now.

My estimate is 99% plus is just crap and the ones above are hardly worth a glance.

The Central Park Conservancy is worth a download and scan if you are planning on visiting Central Park. The rest of the choices, not so much.

There's always next week...

It must not be an easy job over the long term. I'm sure we ask have great apps on our devices already. I bet a lot of us have the same apps because they are known to be good. New apps come out all the time but how many are truly good, our better than what is already available?

I'll bet anyone $10,000 that 90% of the commenters here have even tried the app suggestions.

That Edmonton Oilers app is incredible, to the point where it should be the standard for sports related apps. It condenses a lot of information into a quick easy to use interface. I have followed many games online and used the official league website to track large amounts of statistical information and this looks like it will be much quicker.

Much like how Pulse (an app I highly recommend) has been my preferred way of reading rss feeds, I think this Oilers app will be the standard for following games. I'll need further testing for when the season starts, of course, but so far looking very good.

, the great majority of the comments here demonstrate a prejudice point

We need to be able to search for NEW APPS in the PLAY STORE. Find the NEW APPS and not have to look through the PROMOTED APPS and all of the other non related apps that come up after a search!
It would be great to be able to see the NEW APPS posted in the last WEEK or MONTH!

Easy. The folks over at YNAB (You Need a Budget) just released version 4.0 of their fantastic budgeting app. I discovered it a few years ago when it was still just a spreadsheet and loved the way it approached managing a personal budget - unlike the clunky way Money and Quicken did it over the years. Anyway, the new version has a cloud sync built in to the mobile app that allows you to input purchases and have it immediately available across your devices. Awesome stuff. But the best part, is that while they've released the desktop software and the Android app, the Apple app is still "waiting in review", much to the chagrin of all the apple users over there. I just chuckle while I budget on. Anyway, go check it out if you too have been looking for a better budgeting solution.

Viacom sucks, they're one of the worst companies about distributing content in a sane and consumer-oriented manner.