We are back again, and in full force. This week we bring to you yet another amazing selection of free and paid applications that we are enjoying. Let's hit the break and check them out without any further delay!
Kevin O'Quinn - SMS Backup & Restore (Free)
This isn't the first time this app has made the editor's picks, and for good reason. It remains my go to solution for backing up and restoring text messages when flashing ROM's. The interface is dead simple, it work every single time without fail, and it has some nifty features. One that I personally like is the ability to restore messages after a certain date. So you can keep a database of all your old text messages, but only have the most recent ones show up in your messaging app. The app receives regular updates that add new features, and it's free to boot. Oh, did I mention that you don't need to be rooted to use it, either? Because you don't. [Market Link]
Joshua Munoz - Delivery Box (Free)
Nostalgia and technology cross, and everything old is new again. Delivery Box takes you back to your earliest days of childhood and tasks you delivering those little, wooden blocks that most of us played with and everyone recognizes. Tap the right side of the screen to speed up, tap the left side to slow down, and try to send your wooden truck racing to the end of the level without losing any blocks. Stars are awarded based on how many blocks you lose (or don't) at the end of the level, and be sure to watch out for some of the trickier jumps. Go too slowly and you'll get caught in-between two ramps; go too quickly and you'll lose too many blocks. It's the perfect mix of skill and nail-biting strategy, all wrapped up in a cutesy little package. [Market Link]
Sean Brunett - AMC Theatres (Free)
The AMC Theatres company has finally released an official app. If you have AMC branded cinemas nearby, you’ll definitely want to check this out. With the app, you can find movies playing at theaters near you and purchase tickets, including the ability to access advance tickets, as well as find info about upcoming films. You can also save upcoming movies to a favorite section to revisit later. There is a section for the rewards club AMC Stubs, special offers as well as social media integration. With a lot of good upcoming films, this is a must for any moviegoer who frequents AMC theatres. [Market Link]
Jerry Hildenbrand - OTA Rootkeeper
Most people who choose to root their Android phone or tablet know that OTA's are out of the question when the device is rooted. That used to mean time spent unrooting the phone by flashing stock files, or manually removing files to get the OTA to "take". Then you go through the bother of re-rooting it all. Understandable when dealing with a custom ROM, but what about those of us who just root and run the stock ROM? OTA RootKeeper is a simple solution. You need to be rooted to use it (of course), but it will work a bit of magic in the system and unroot your device so you can accept an OTA, then re-root it with a click when it reboots. It's simple, and has worked great for me. Give it a look next time you hear the OTA rumors. [Market Link]
Alex Dobie - Equalizer (Free)
Many Android phones include a music player with built-in graphic equalizer support, but that isn't true of every player on every device. In particular, if you're using Google Play Music on a phone or tablet that didn't have it preloaded, you could be left with no EQ options when streaming. That means flat-sounding streamed music, and no one wants that.
Enter Equalizer for Android, from Smart Android Apps. This app does exactly what the name suggests, allowing you to apply sound effects to any music from any app, streamed or otherwise. The free version includes a bunch of presets to choose from, as well as a bass enhancer slider that can be used independently of your main EQ setting.
If you stump up the extra £1.29 for the full version, you'll also gain the ability to create and manage your own presets. Both versions are available in the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.3 or higher. [Market Link]
Richard Devine - MLB At Bat 2012 ($14.99)
It's that time of year again, which also means the latest offering from MLB is also upon us. I've been buying the MLB At Bat apps for the last few years and the latest doesn't disappoint.
It's pricey sure, but for a one off payment you're covered for the full season with all the news and stats you could ever want, plus audio coverage of the games as well. MLB.tv subscribers get access to the premium features for free too via the "lite" version of the app.
One of the nicer things about this though is that it has been designed with ICS optimization. The menu drops down from the top, and everything looks real nice. Come the end of the season it won't feel out of date. For an international baseball fan like myself though, At Bat is invaluable to enjoying the sport. Fortunately we're not subject to the same blackouts over here as you guys in the states, which made it even easier to pony up the money. All i need now is some crackerjack and I'm set. [Market Link]
Chris Parsons - Phase 10 (Free)
Overall, I'm not much a card game fan. I never really played them growing up and now that I'm older, I still don't play them. That said though; I do enjoy an odd game of rummy here and there and while Phase 10 isn't exactly the same, it keeps some of the same aspects. The game was released by Magmic and is available in both a free and paid version so if you're a rummy fan but find the pace a little too slow, it's certainly worth a look. [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - Temple Run (Free)
Sure, you've seen the news stories and the hands-on videos and the reviews, but I'd be remiss if I didn't suggest Temple Run as my app pick this week. After much hype and anticipation, the wildly popular title finally arrived on Android this week, and managed to hit the lucrative one million download mark in a mere three days. Take my word for it: one million people aren't wrong. Temple Run lives up to the hype as an addictive, challenging, and downright fun title. Its simplicity adds to its charm, and with a seemingly endless amount of goals to achieve and titles to add to your belt, Temple Run is the perfect time-waster. For a price tag of no dollars and zero cents, you'd be downright stubborn to remain one of the last holdouts. Give it a run-- you've waited patiently long enough, now its time to enjoy. [Market Link]