Apps of the Week

Another great set of apps ready to make their way onto your device

It's Saturday, and that means we've got another great list of apps for you to check out in our Apps of the Week column. Each weekend the writers here at Android Central show off a single app that has been installed on their phone or tablet in the last week. Some are new, some are old but in any case they're still installed and that means they work for us.

Read along with us after the break to see how this week's list breaks down. You may just find an app or two that will work for you on your own phone or tablet.

Jared DiPane - Textra SMS

Textra SMS

When it comes to the way notifications are handled on Android I absolutely love them, but the one thing that bothered me was the lack of options for the stock messaging client. There was no quick reply, and it was just so boring, so I have hunted around for a better replacement. Some folks have recommended Textra SMS to me, and when I was a bit hesitant at first I gave it a shot, and I am in love.

Textra SMS offers a ton of great features and it has been super reliable so far. From the ability to set the color of the notification at the top of the display to the ability to select from a light and dark theme and change the colors of the conversation, this app is loaded with features.

Being able to view a message, tap on it and then have a pop up window display where I can reply right away makes the experience that much better. From here I can quickly shoot off a message, or click the contacts picture and call them if I wanted instead.  With so many options and an overall extremely fluid feel, I would highly recommend giving Textra SMS a shot if you are looking to replace your current text messaging application.

Download: Textra SMS (Free)

Simon Sage - Archangel

Archangel

Archangel is a new dungeon crawl-style action game with finger-friendly controls.  Players take up the fiery sword of an Archangel to lay the righteous smack-down on ne'er-do-well demons.  Draw patterns on screen to execute holy powers,  and employ a smart series of taps to teleport about the extraplanar battlefield and unload fireballs.  The progression system is pretty straightforward with loot dropping regularly and players able to buy new gear between levels.  New powers are unlocked as you level up.

Between the polished graphics,  mobile-first controls,  and all the smiting going on, Archangel is easy to recommend. 

Download: Archangel ($1.99)

Richard Devine - AllCast

AllCast

I have an Apple TV. I use it practically every day, though any mobile device interaction is pretty limited. Then Allcast came along and changed all that. OK, so it doesn't just work with Apple TV, but that's what I have and that's how I use it.

It's a simple app from the folks at ClockworkMod that allows you to send content from your Android device to a wide range of TV connected products such as the Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Roku, some smart TVs and more. With locally stored content it works like a dream with my Apple TV, though it can be a little shaky if you try and share streaming content with it.

Chromecast support would be nice (thanks, Google) but it's a great little app that does exactly what it sets out to do. And it also means I can get my Google Play Movies content onto my Apple TV (properly). 

Download: AllCast (Free / $4.99)

Andrew Martonik - Houzz

Houzz

We've likely all heard the saying, "I don't know art, but I know what I like." Well I'd venture to guess the same goes for interior design for most of us. We don't know the wording or rules when it comes to design, but if we see a picture of a space we instantly can tell if we like it or not. Houzz hopes to help you get inspired with great interior design ideas for your own home by just showing you pictures of complete designer rooms.

You have over two million photos to look through, with design ideas for mostly interiors but also home exteriors as well. Most photos offer tags to show you the name and price of specific items, and you can also post questions to be answered about the items as well. Sign up for a Houzz account and you can add items to an "Ideabook" where you can keep your best ideas together.

The app recently received a bit of a UI refresh in version 3.0 and works fantastically. Houzz will likely be just one tool you use when looking for some design inspiration in your own home, but it's a worthwhile one to have if you're in need of some help.

Download: Houzz (Free)

Phil Nickinson - AWEsum

AWEsum

It pays to show up at our meet-ups. I met with the folks from Nomad Apps in Las Vegas, who showed off AWEsum, a sort of Tetris-like puzzle game that throws a bit of a math twist into things. Numbered blocks fall, and you have to stack them up so that the sum (hence the name) forms the AWEsume number. Matching colors gets you a bonus. If you're stuck, use a Swap Sphere to change things up. The AWEsum number will change periodically. But if you're for a little less game and a little more learning, check out AWEsum+ for $1.99

Download: AWEsum ($0.99)

Jerry Hildenbrand - Roadkill Xtreme

The art style is clearly the highlight of Roadkill Xtreme (think Dragon Ball Z meets Harvest Moon), but the game around it is pretty darn good as well. In this arcade style game, you direct your hero Walter Noodles safely around traffic-filled roads and grab some coins as you go. There's plenty to try and stop you — things like trucks, thugs, rabid-looking dogs and even pretty girls with not-so-pretty intentions. Use the coins to buy power ups and equipment. You know the drill.

The controls (on-screen virtual joysticks) are solid and uncomplicated, the game is fun, and it's all free. Give it a try.

Download: Roadkill Xtreme (Free)


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