It's been a whole week since our last crop of app picks, so let's get to it
Every week we take to the "Apps of the Week" post to let everyone know the apps the Android Central writers have been using on a daily basis. If they're good enough to stay on our devices out of all the apps we try, they must be doing something right -- and that's why we take this weekly segment to share them with all of you.
So what are you waiting for? Click or tap along after the break and see what we have in store for you this week.
Casey Rendon - franco.Kernel updater
Flashing a custom kernel can not only yield better battery life and faster system performance, but it also allows for tweaks in Android that just aren’t possible with stock software. Francisco Franco makes some of the best kernels around for all current Nexus devices (4, 7, and 10), as well as the Galaxy Nexus. The easiest way to download, install, and update Franco’s kernels is with the Kernel Updater app. Over time the features of this app have grown, and it can now control almost every aspect of the kernel: frequencies and voltages, governor and scheduler, haptic feedback strength, volume boost and gain, and color tuning -- just to name a few. There are also built in system and device monitors to let users see their status and performance in real time. A free version of this app is available, but it is extremely limited in functionality. Go for the full version, and help support this awesome kernel developer.
Download: franco.Kernel updater ($4.99)
Sean Brunett - World Politics Review Mobile
World Politics Review is a publication created by those with a passion for and expert knowledge in foreign policy issues. The app provides a pretty good mobile experience for consuming the content of the publication. When you open the app, you’ll see three tabs: Briefings, Columns and Trend Lines. Briefings are the latest news and analysis put out by the experts at World Politics Review, Columns revolve are written by fewer people and aim to provide a different take on subjects, and Trend Lines are described as “quick-hitting” pieces by editors and writers from the organization. You can share pieces on Twitter or through email. If you want some in-depth perspectives on international relations, World Politics Review Mobile is a good starting point.
Download: World Politics Review Mobile (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand - The Room
The Room is one of those puzzle games that will get you hooked and you'll end up playing until your battery dies. The premise is simple; you're in a room with a locked safe. Investigate the other objects in the room with you, and find a way to unlock it. You do this by looking at and interacting with everything. It's fascinating and hard, but the game is also beautifully done.
The environment is hyper-realistic (yes, I had to invent a new word for it) with weathered wood grain, shadows and highlights, even patina on old brass lockworks. It's an excellent 3D experience that's also a little dark and gloomy. You'll want to play this one at night with the lights off for the best effect. It's also one of those games that the touch based controls are perfect, and everything is fluid and responsive.
Sure, there are no railguns or zombies to shoot them at, but if you're looking for a great puzzle game that is going to give you plenty of gameplay for your two bucks, this one will do it.
Download: The Room ($1.99)
Simon Sage - Nimble Quest
The guys that made Tiny Tower have recently released another free-to-play game called Nimble Quest. Anyone that had put time into Snake on an old Nokia will immediately have a ton of appreciation for this game. Much like the classic, players have to navigate an ever-growing line for as long as possible without bumping into anything (including themselves). The difference in Nimble Quest is that your line is composed of adventurers, and you're navigating classic fantasy locales, destroying monsters and snatching up loot along the way. Even though it's game over if you bump into any of the marauding baddies, your leading character earns experience points every round, and eventually levels up. The farther you make it, the more heroes you unlock, each with their own unique attacks and characteristics.
Nimble quest is a refreshing twist on an a classic formula that can be enjoyed by old-school mobile gamers and RPG fans alike.
Download: Nimble Quest (Free)
Andrew Martonik - OneBusAway
Another local app (and transit app) pertaining to the greater Seattle area from me this week. When you're relying on the bus and train system to get around, you really don't want to be out of the loop on routes that are running late or early. OneBusAway is an app that takes in real-time data about King County, Sound Transit and Pierce Transit systems for busses, trains and light rails -- and serves it up in a nice and clean interface. The app simply gives you a map with each of the bus or train routes as a pin at the stop. Tapping one gives you two options: "Show arrivals" and "Show routes". Arrivals will show you each bus run by number, where it's going, what the scheduled departure is and what the actual departure time is. Routes will give you an overlay on the map of the exact route the bus runs through the city.
You can then tap into a specific route to set a reminder, show information about it and show the entire schedule if you want. The interface is clean and just gets you the information you need when you're walking down the street to catch the bus. Now if we could just get some carriers to offer cell service in the transit tunnels, we'd be set.
Download: OneBusAway (Free)