Apps of the Week

See the apps, games and tools we've been using this week

It's that time of the week where we give everyone a look into the app choices of the Android Central writers in our Apps of the Week column. We take this post on Saturday afternoon to round up a single app pick from each of the folks here at AC that they have been using and want to tell everyone about.

We've got a jam-packed list of app picks this week, from games and entertainment to tools and icon packs. Read along with us after the break and see how these apps stack up to the rest.

Alex Dobie - Dots

Dots

Dots is a simple but incredibly addictive puzzler which landed on Android this week, after enjoying widespread success on iOS. And like all the best mobile puzzlers, it's easy to learn but hard to master. You've got a grid of 36 dots, and you join like-colored dots together in groups of two or more to eliminate them and score points. Draw a line back to where you started, in a loop, and you'll eliminate all dots of that color. There are two main game modes — Timed, which gives you 60 seconds to score as many points as possible, and Moves, which limits you to 30 moves, meaning you'll want to carefully plan ahead.

It might not sound like much, but Dots' simplicity, attractive visuals and endless replayability make it a game that's hard to put down. It's available for free from the Google Play Store today, and it's definitely worth a try.

Download: Dots (Free)

Casey Rendon - KeePassDroid

KeePassDroid

A couple years ago, I was looking for a password manager. I didn't need anything fancy, just something that would meet my two requirements: have both a mobile and desktop client for easy password viewing between devices, and be free. After searching for a bit, I found that most apps could only meet one requirement or the other. Then I found KeePass. An open, completely free program that offers a no-frills approach to password management. There is a version of KeePass for almost every platform out there, both mobile and computer.

The Android version, KeePassDroid, is a pretty simple program. It loads a database file filled with passwords, and an optional keyfile for additional security. Password entries can be viewed and edited, as well as keyword searched. A copy-to-clipboard notification pops up when viewing an entry, which makes things much easier on a mobile device. I have my database file saved in Dropbox, which allows me to see the changes I make on my desktop, on my Android device. I always meant to look for a paid version of a more robust password manager, but KeePass just works. For the few times I forget my passwords, KeePassDroid is plenty of app for me.

Download: KeePassDroid (Free)

Jerry Hildenbrand - Middle Manager of Justice

Middle Manager of Justice

So simple. So fun. So silly. That's how I would describe this game, which has been keeping me entertained and killing my battery since I first installed it last Wednesday. You play as an office manager for Justice Corp.and it's your job to assemble and train a group of superheros to fight the thugs and bullies who are running amok in your city. The office is upgradable, the superheros are trainable, and it's a whole lot of fun without any serious thinking. Give this one a try if you like a mix of SIM games with some silly turn based combat.

Download: Middle Manager of Justice (Free)

Simon Sage - Dropchord

Dropchord

My Leap Motion finally came in the mail last week, and bundled as part of the AirSpace app was a game called Dropchord. I had played it a bit at PAX East, where they had mentioned it was coming to mobile eventually too (though there weren't any demos there, unfortunately). Lo and behold, they managed a simultaneous launch for both Android and Leap, which is awesome. The game is a pretty straightforward concept: players create a line that cuts through a circle by placing two fingers on the outside of it, denoting either endpoint. Players have to move their fingers around in order to push the line through goal points that appear for a limited amount of time, while avoiding cleverly-laid obstacles. Throw in a thumping soundtrack and some altogether electric visuals, and you've got a challenging, unique, high-energy game. I'm really excited to see the interplay between touch and touchless app ecosystems, and hope to see a lot more movement both ways.

Download: Dropchord ($2.99)

Sean Brunett - NFL Preseason Live for Tablets

NFL Preseason Live for Tablets

Football season is back! Well, almost. Like many football fans, I am not a fan of the preseason, but if it’s the only football we have, I’ll watch it begrudgingly. The NFL offers a preseason package for $19.99 where you can watch every game online live or archived. For meaningless games, it’s still a bit overpriced, but again I do it because it’s better than no football. For that price, you can watch your favorite teams as they go through the preseason, assessing young talent and roster battles. You can also of course view stats and scores rather than full games if that’s what you prefer. Thus far I have been impressed with the video quality. I just wish they would update it to support Chromecast!

Download: NFL Preseason Live for Tablets (Free w/ subscription)

Andrew Martonik - UPS Mobile

UPS Mobile

Although most of us interact with UPS through the web for package tracking and in-store for drop-offs, the UPS Mobile app is actually quite high quality and can handle most (or all) of your shipping needs from one place. If you receive a lot of packages (we tend to around here), the app will be a lifesaver when it comes to tracking and managing multiple deliveries a week, primarily if you're signed up for the "UPS My Choice" service.

You can be notified instantly when your package status updates, when a package is initiated for shipment to or from you, as well as when a package is delivered and who signed for it. You can even put in authorized persons to accept packages for you or store information like a door or gate code for the UPS driver to enter your building or neighborhood.

Additionally, you can manage packages to be held for pickup or pay for packages to be shipped to a new address with just a few taps. It's a great tool and its very well designed (#holoyolo) to boot. UPS Mobile is one of those tools you'll just want to have around.

Download: UPS Mobile (Free)

Chris Parsons - Nox

Nox

Alright so I kinda cheated, my app isn't REALLY an app. It's a theme but still, it's just as glorious as a really cool app in my opinion. Over 1200 custom icons, 12 wallpapers and some serious all-around launcher launcher support. More time has likely gone into this than some real apps plus, it makes your device look really good.

Download: Nox ($1.99)


Happen to miss previous editions of our weekly app picks? You can check them out right here. Our continuing weekly app coverage can also be seen right here as well.

 
There are 40 comments

A895 says:

Cool list. I have DOTS the highest I got was 153 on timed.

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mcgowan398 says:

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TheDu9du says:

That's lame. Do squares and get more points.

athensjohn says:

I don't play many games, but I have fallen in love with Middle Manager of Justice (MMOJ). Witty, easy to play, and just plain fun.

Ruchelli says:

Okay..... okay....... I'll download dots already. Let me see what all the hype is about.

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Ruchelli says:

Package file is invalid...... what the hell? Second time trying to download dots. Ugh... must I be on wi-fi?

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Not just Dots. It's an overall Play Store thing they're working: http://www.androidcentral.com/google-investigating-package-file-invalid-errors-google-play

Ruchelli says:

Ahh..... thanks. Ill try it again tomorrow.

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wkmccall says:

I've never been able to log into UPS Mobile since it first came out. It refuses to take my username and password (which I've use on the desktop site. The same goes for the mobile site - doesn't work - and - requesting the desktop site from my mobile device - doesn't work.
I don't do a lot of receiving shipments, but when I do, this would actually help if it worked.

JimelJ says:

Is that BBM on the last picture? Someone got in the beta

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alc2077 says:

Thought I was the only one that noticed the BBM icon!Lol

jean15paul says:

I noticed that too. This means that the review is already in work?

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JimelJ says:

Hope so can't wait

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halimaw96 says:

Dots doesn't have x86 support for my razr I :( hope this is remedied soon!

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lk says:

There's also a portable version of Keepass so you can put the whole thing on DB and run it anywhere, even with administrative privilege.

I have used KeePass on the PC many moons ago. Loved it. I installed KeePassDroid on my first Android phone three years ago. It's now my password manager of choice across all my devices. Dropbox and FolderSync are great for syncing Keepass database across my devices... I use UPS Mobile all the time to check and reschedule my order deliveries. Very convenient.

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Keypass is my favorite password manager.

I use it the same way and for the same reason as you.
I can have the same data synced via Dropbox to multiple devices.

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regression says:

I have the same setup with KeePass and Dropbox. I also make my KeePass database file a favorite in the Android Dropbox app so even if I don't have an Internet connection, I still have access to my passwords.

MowDownJoe says:

A double-dose of Double Fine in this week's Apps of the Week? I approve. Love their stuff.

flagg902 says:

I use keepassdroid every day. It has become an essential life hack for me.

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tdizzel says:

I have been hopelessly addicted to Dots since i read about it on here a few days ago. i Actually have a small blister on my finger from playing it almost nonstop...got a few dirty looks from my boss at work too.

mr.rickeyk says:

Keepass Droid all the way. It just works and works beautifully. No special browser; just select the site in Keepass Droid, it copies your username and password to your notification shade, then just copy and paste into the proper fields and your done. And being cross platform is big for me.

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Zambzuk says:

how secure it that compared to say lastpass?

LastPass does the same thing with the notification shade; you just have to enable it in the settings.

Dots is really addictive.

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drokssilva says:

Yup.

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ChromeJob says:

Lastpass leaves the others well behind. Works on all your services, desktops, browsers, etc. All for $12 a year.

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ScottJ says:

12 > 0

mercado79 says:

Just recently switched from KeePassDroid to Keepass2Android. I'm liking it better. The interface is more modern and has a few additional features that I like, such as "QuickUnlock". Worth a look.

1ll1TERAT3 says:

Love dots! Never heard of it until you mentioned it now. Thanks!

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rodrigo9411 says:

Where did you get bbm O.o

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adriank403 says:

Um is that a bbm icon in the last picture with the Nox theme?! Please tell me that the non-beta version will be out soon.

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Reerun25 says:

For using KeePass, just curious why you use Dropbox for the file and not Google Docs? Have not found an easy way (free) to use Dropbox on a Chromebook...

drathos says:

Personally, I use Dropbox for things like this because it's easier to find where the files are after downloading. Google's apps tend to bury the files you sync to your device under randomly generated directory names (and sometimes with seemingly randomly generated names, like Google Play Music).

Swavek says:

I must chime in on the NOX app/theme. There is an app there that will automatically apply the icon theme to popular 3rd party launchers and it will work with others (using smart launcher here). Anyway, it's a very beautiful theme and worth the $$$.

worwig says:

Been using KeePass for a couple of years now. I keep the encrypted database synced to my devices through Sugarsync. There is an Android, Windows and Windows Metro client. Great program.

-IRON- says:

Dots is a battery hog

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Keepass is pure awesome!
I have it installed at home, on my Android and on a USB drive.
PW strength is 26 numbers so not THAT easy to hack into.
The mobile version works perfect for me.

PhilippC says:

for all who are using Keepass: You might want to take a look at Keepass2Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=keepass2android.keepass2an...) as well. It features integrated Dropbox support, an integrated keyboard (which is safer than the Clipboard approach of Keepassdroid) and some other features you might like.