Apps of the Week

Sit down this Saturday afternoon and find a few new apps to try

Its our third of four Apps of the Week column posts for the month of November, and we're bringing you yet another great list of apps. As usual, we carve out this little bit of space each and every Saturday afternoon to gather up an app pick from each of the Android Central writers. These aren't always brand new, best-selling apps, but if they're on this list then they work for us.

This week we have a couple different games to take a look at, a way to manage certain games, and a couple utilities to round it out. Stick around after the break and see if you can find an app that piques your interest.

Simon Sage - Harmony

Harmony

Harmony is a elegant puzzle game where players have to switch all colored tiles on a board at least once so that they're all where they need to be. Things start off easy at first, but once you start getting into 4 x 4 boards, and tiles that need to be switched more than once before you can finish, things get interesting. This week the dev has kindly eliminated in-app purchases for additional undos, even though you could always restart a stage from scratch at any time. The sharp design, soothing sound effects, and simple premise make harmony a very relaxing game all around. 

Download: Harmony ($1.99)

Chris Parsons - Soul Calibur

Soul Calibur

Been missing out on the arcade and Dreamcast classic Soul Calibur? Well, miss out no more as it has finally arrived on the Google Play Store courtesy of NAMCO BANDAI. The classic 3D fighter brings all the love of the original including a full 19 character roster which also has all of their moves faithfully recreated. Of course, you don’t have a Dreamcast controller to play with so a new virtual gamepad has been created and tuned just for fighting games with all of the buttons in the same place as you may remember them. Long story short, the mobile version is a fantastic port of the original. Mind the supported devices though and take note of the price. Right now it’s on SALE for $7 but it will seemingly go up in price at a later time so if you want it, the time is now.

Download: Soul Calibur ($6.67)

Richard Devine - Lightpaper

Lightpaper

I do a lot of plain text and markdown writing both in personal writing and for my work here at Mobile Nations. I'm also a fan of using my mobile devices for such purposes since I've always got a phone and or tablet with me why not use them to write with. Enter Lightpaper.  

With support for Markdown it covers one of the main bases, and it's otherwise a pretty decent looking and easy to use free text editor with cursor controls. With the added bonus of Dropbox support for syncing between Android devices and also making them available on my Mac. If you upgrade to the pro, paid version then you get a pretty nifty distraction free writing mode. But even in the free version it's a great, good looking text editing app.

Download: Lightpaper (Free)

Jerry Hildenbrand - BeWeather & Widgets

BeWeather & Widgets

There are about a million weather apps for Android. BeWeather may not be the newest one, or the one that you hear about the most often, but it's the one I still use after trying most of the rest. It gets its data from Weather Underground, which means it's more consistent than anything that relies on Yahoo! or TWC, and gives me a range of different stations to choose from for any area I manually enter or location I'm in. And it does it all beautifully. The main screen, the forecast and the radar are fluid and responsive, look great, and give me the information I'm looking for without a lot of fuss. To top it off, the look of the app and the widgets is customizable if you're into that. The Pro version offers all this with more customization options and no ads for $1.99.

I don't sit and look a a weather app all day long. When I open it, it is because I have a need to know what the weather is or will be. BeWeather delivers, and two years later it's still my go-to weather app.

Download: BeWeather & Widgets (Free); Pro version ($1.99)

Andrew Martonik - Humble Bundle (beta)

Humble Bundle (beta)

Picking up Android games through the Humble Bundle is both a great value and a great way to support developers and charities. But the one downside of buying games outside of the Play Store is that you have to manually manage them. Luckily the Humble Bundle has its own app in the Play Store to help the process along.

Once you've donated to a Humble Bundle, the apps can be downloaded as DRM-free .apk files, but they're also tied to your Humble Bundle account. Once you download the app, you can then see a full list of apps you own, as well as download and keep them up to date. It takes much of the hassle out of buying apps outside of the Play Store, and although it is in "beta" technically the app seems rock solid to me.

Download: Humble Bundle (beta) (Free)

Phil Nickinson — ESPN SportsCenter

ESPN SportsCenter

ESPN refreshed (and renamed) its old ScoreCenter app this week, and so it's now worth another look. The whole look is definitely cleaner, which is important when you're looking at so much information in one place. You can sign up (and sign in) with a Facebook account, which is great — but we'd really love to see proper Google single-sign-in as well. You can just peek in on scores, watch live in GameCast, or link out to the WatchESPN app if that's how you roll. Set alerts for individual games as well. There's not much not to like here.

Download: ESPN SportsCenter (free)


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.

 

Reader comments

Apps of the Week: Harmony, Soul Calibur, Lightpaper and more!

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Be Weather hasn't been updated in over a year... How can that still be a good app?

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And that horrible Nexus 5 launcher everyone goes gaga over is brand new. How can it be so bad?

Install it. Tell us what needs fixed. It works flawlessly.

Not just BeWeather but all of them, need to update all the cities in an area code. Not one weather app gets it right anymore. They used to though. But it seems they dropped all the smaller outlying cities from the code to give it a smaller footprint.

See, I live in Bassville Park, which is a community between Leesburg and Tavares, Florida. All of them, stock, beautiful widgets, BeWeather, Accuweather Platinum, and HD widgets used to display "Bassville Park". Now they display "Leesburg" and sometimes display "Haines Creek". This is a total minor gripe but if the stock weather app on Windows 8 metro can display "Bassville Park" by using the zip code, they all can.

Umm, I don't know what it is but I have had BeWeather Pro for some time now and it worked fine on my Note 2 but when I installed it and moved it over to my Note 3, it all of a sudden quit updating the time when unlocking or waking up the phone. I've searched to find a solution because I like the UI of it. I had it installed on my homescreen as a widget and now I'm stuck with Sammie's weather app on the homescreen which is truly limited. Help, if possible.

Didn't mean any harm by what I said. Just thought that since it wasn't updated for over a year that the developers stopped supporting it. Sorry

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Nerds get easily offended over stupid shit... I wouldn't worry too much about it. And don't apologize ... makes you seem weak. You are right with your concern about an app that hasn't been updated for a year or so. Shows poor developer support in my mind. No app is perfect forever, especially for every single device, so I expect to see steady updates.

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Soul Calibur on a touchscreen = blasphemy, and at that price I wouldn't bother even for the novelty of it... Crazy Taxi would be lovely though.

No mention of the insane quantity of ads in the new SportsCenter (nee ScoreCenter)? They've not only got inline ads, but now they've added popup ads!

Having just bought a Moga Pro, I'm inclined to agree with this comment. But, emulators it is!

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That was my first thought.
I have an Xperia so I get to use PS3 controllers too.
Game devs really need to build this in from the start.. once you've used a real controller with a larger screen device you don't want to go back to touch screens.

I dislike the new sports center app. I rarely want to see the match ups ESPN wants me to know about and think it's now harder to see info about my teams and just the sports I want to follow.

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Every update to the ESPN SportsCenter app it gets worse. I think it's time for me to find another app. One where I can more easily see information relevant to my teams and has fewer, less obtrusive ads

Lightpaper looks nice.. But I keep going back to springpad as my note taking app because of the cloud sync and cross platform features.

Also worth mentioning is Lightpapers live preview for markdown. Simply swipe your note from right to left. I found JotterPad X last night, which is quite nice looking and the free version seems plenty well equipped. Though I'm new to markdown and not entirely sure what I do or don't need, as I read about some features. Seems good though. Kept Lightpapers all the same though.

I've been a BeWeather user since my BlackBerry days with BeWeather's predecessor BerryWeather. I've also tried them all, and still keep coming back.

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