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 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
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
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
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.
Andrew Martonik - 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 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)