Apps of the Week

A solid selection of apps to see for yourself this weekend

We've had quite a week with our full #CESlive coverage of CES 2014 in Las Vegas, but that hasn't stopped us from putting together another edition of our Apps of the Week column. We carve out this area every Saturday afternoon to show off an app that each of the writers here at Android Central have been using as of late.

Some of the apps are old (but good), some are new and some are downright random, but if the app is installed on our device then it has to be good for something. Hit the break and see how our list breaks down this week.

Jared DiPane - Press

Press

RSS readers are something that I always had a bit of trouble getting into using regularly but Press has got me hooked. Personally I have imported my feeds into Feedly, and Press allows me to log in without an issue and keep up on all the information that I want to see on the go.  With stunning style, and tons of great features Press is one of the apps that I open regularly throughout the day on my phone.

Having the app set to refresh in the background every hour I get notified of new articles  without having to remember to launch the application for the update to occur. Recently they introduced a dark theme which makes catching up on the feeds in bed a bit easier on the eyes, though I still prefer the light theme.

If you like to keep up with your favorite sites on the go, and don't want to miss any news from any of them be sure to check out Press today.

Download: Press ($2.99)

Chris Parsons - Push Bullet

Push Bullet

Ever working on something and wish you could send it to your device? No doubt it has happened before. Be it looking at a webpage you’re reading on your computer before you head out and you want to pick up on your device or even just note you’ve been putting together with reminders or whatever. Push Bullet allows you to send links, files, notes and more to your device through the notification system and that’s great but there’s also a better feature it includes.

The ability to mirror notifications from your device on your computer. Often times I turn my device on silent when working on my computer so I tend to miss a lot of notifications but not since I’ve started using Push Bullet. I get all the notifications on my desktop and can decide when they appear to take action on them or not plus, I can dismiss them so I won’t have to dismiss them the next time I pick my device up. Push Bullet is free to download and use, requires Android 4.3+ and their Chrome or Firefox extension. Honestly, I love it so much I feel bad that it’s free cause I’d gladly pay for it.

Download: Push Bullet (Free)

Michelle Haag - DailyBurn

DailyBurn

It's the start of a new year and with that usually comes many resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Many of us are on the go all the time and a traditional gym membership or personal trainer just doesn't fit into our busy lifestyle. DailyBurn has everything you need to get those fitness results you want, on your schedule and at your level. No matter what type of workouts you need or want, DailyBurn has you covered, with everything from cardio, strength, yoga, and kickboxing, to abs, mobility, core, metabolic conditioning, stretching, and more. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, there is something for everyone.

With a ton of variety in the videos, you'll never get bored, and you can easily try out new styles in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home. Plus, travel is no longer an excuse for missing workouts. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, you will be able to burn some calories with any number of videos from DailyBurn. You can even track your performance and weight! The app is free to download and use (though videos will be limited) or you can go ahead and get a membership which is $10 a month, which opens up a ton more content. Membership also has a 30 day free trial that you can take advantage of so there's no commitment if you're on the fence. 

Download: DailyBurn (Free)

Jordan Miera - TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio

OK, so maybe this makes me a little bit of a snob, but I kind of like radio stations in my hometown more than radio stations where I live now. I find that they have less commercials, more music variety...but all of that is kind of beside the point.

The point is that TuneIn lets me listen to my hometown radio stations, or at least the ones that stream. Call me sentimental all you want, but that makes me feel a bit more connected to home.

Overall, the app itself seems to work pretty well (at least on my device). Every once in a while, I do encounter some bugs, though. For example, sometimes the app keeps running in the background and I'll have to restart my phone to actually get out of it.

I use the free version, which added some DVR-like features what seems like not too long ago. I can now skip back 10 seconds on any live broadcast and listen to it again.

Download: TuneIn Radio (Free)

Andrew Martonik - Lovely

Lovely

When you're looking for a new place to rent, there seems to be no simple way to find all of the appropriate listings in one place. Between building management websites, services like Craigslist and regular old knocking on doors, finding a place to live can be quite a tiresome task. Luckily the app Lovely has made its Android debut, and it aims to help you out with the process.

Lovely leverages a database of rental properties to give you maps and alerts of new places that open up within your set of criteria. You can easily browse by price and location, look at detailed listings with pictures, floorplans and find information to contact the property managers as well. This may not be an app that you keep installed all the time (unless you particularly like looking for rentals for fun — I won't judge) but is something that will be an extremely useful tool if you're in the market to move.

Download: Lovely (Free)

Jerry Hildenbrand - Auralux

Auralux

I was looking for a "chill" game for my phone, and a friend (thanks Marcia!) reminded me about Auralux. It's a strategy game where you capture planets and play against two computer opponents. Think Risk, on an intergalactic playing field. 

And it fits my definition of a "chill" game. The colors are soothing, the gameplay is at the right pace, and the music is relaxing. This one's perfect to play on those nights where you can't fall asleep or just need to unwind from 20 or so hours of stress.

It's free to play, and if you really dig it like I do you can purchase additional level packs for $1.99. The game also includes Google Game services like achievements, and if you want things to be a little less chill and a little more competitive, you can purchase the speed pack and work your way to the top of the leaderboards.

Me? I'll stick with the slower paced original. Grab Auralux from Google Play and get out your headphones!

Download: Auralux (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: Press, Push Bullet, DailyBurn and more!

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Jerry, your using a nexus 5 now?

I've been using press for about 2 weeks and its really so much better then feedly.

Posted from my Nexus 7(2013).

I have been using it for a while now on my Nexus 7, and I will say it is my favorite RSS app to date. I wish there was an iOS version.

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I am with you on Push Bullet. I cannot believe how many times I have found a use for it; many of those uses of which I had no idea I needed. The mirroring of notifications is extremely helpful. It comes on, alerts me, and goes away while only slightly intruding visually and requiring no effort or acknowledgement from me. I, too, would pay for this app!

The native extension makes the app more flexible. Imagine if it were to have a desktop app which would have to sync like a cloud provider (say dropbox?). Makes no sense at all which defeats its purpose.

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Tunein Radio does not stop when you think you have stopped it. You must back out to the opening screen and then click on the "menu" and you are offered the choice to "Exit" at that point. Click "Exit" and confirm and you have closed the App.

I've tried several RSS readers, but none beat my first love, Pulse. Sure, it's got a few issues since being bought by LinkdIn, but it's still the best.

I've always looked for a notification mirroring solution, and Push Bullet is, quite literally, everything I was looking for!! Thank you Chris, for this awesome recommendation - I will be recommending this to all my Android-using friends.

Also, I realized this can replace Chrome to Phone...

Pushbullet has got to be the app of the week. The latest update's included the ability to get rid of mirrored notifications on your PC.

I highly recommend this app.

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Pushbullet.
You don't need Android 4.3 to use Pushbullet. It works perfect on my Galaxy S2 running Jelly Bean 4.1.2.
Great app.

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My RSS reader of choice has always been gReader. Background updates, widgets, excellent interface (IMHO), light or dark themes... It's always been good to me.

Jordan, if you're root user (big chances you are) you could use Greenify to prevent TuneIn and any other apps from running in background. The free version allows you to do practicly everything you need, and it works very nice, consuming an average of 4 MB of your memory and doesn't even appear on the most battery hungry applications. I use Greenify to block, for instance, Netflix and TED, which caused me some headaches, since I'm a control freak over CPU and battery consumption.

Sometimes you'll notice that the app is still running right after you closed it, but in a short time Greenify is going to collect it. Try it, I'm sure you won't need to reboot your device again.

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Been loving push bullet for a few weeks. I like I having the mirrored notifications and now that you can dismiss them from the browser its even better. Also such an easy quick way to transfer files between desktop, tablet, and phone and my husbands phone even when he is traveling.