Kicking off another month of great app picks
It's the first Saturday of the month, and that means it's time to kick off another great set of Apps of the Week columns. Just as you know, we bring together an app pick from each of the Android Central writers and put them on display together as a recommendation of what we're currently using. They may not be new, flashy or top-of-the-line apps, but we think it says something when we consistently use them, so we want to show them off.
Read along with us through this week's picks and see how they stack up — you may just find an app or two that fit your own uses as well.
Simon Sage - War Agent
War Agent is a dark and brutal game of wartime profiteering. Players must manage weapon sales to two nations that maintain the government’s interest, yet don’t push the opposition to defeat, lest the war conclude and your business disappear. The primary screen shows the battle unfolding with one side pushing the other, while you tap the cash bubbles before your business associates to collect profits. Players must also provide funding to the media to secure positive public sentiment, and lobby both governments to ensure decision makers are on board. Occasionally a competitor will attempt to weasel into your business, so make sure you keep acquiring new exciting products for your customers. The sinister goal here is to ensure the war continues for as long as possible, but inevitably, one side will either surrender or be defeated. War Agent is a cold game of balance that you won’t soon forget.
Download: War Agent ($1.80)
Andrew Martonik - LastPass
Let's face it, not everyone follows the password protocols they know they should. I know I sure don't, and I'm trying my best to get a bit more secure by switching over to LastPass. I was rather hesitant to switch to an app from my manual method earlier simply because there wasn't much an app like LastPass could do — that is, until its latest update enabled form filling within apps. Now LastPass can use its secure storage of your password in most apps that you use, meaning you just have to install it, install your apps and have it do things for you without the complicated (and time-consuming) copying and pasting password information manually.
It's just one step in having a more secure online presence, but this is a big deal for many who were on the fence of using a password manager. I know it doesn't yet support every app and it'll take some time to get perfected, but I love the developments that are happening.
Download: LastPass (Free, subscription)
Phil Nickinson - Snapseed
I'm of the opinion that photography can and should be used to document life in manner that best reflects what really happened. But I'm also of the opinion that there's nothing wrong with using photography as an artistic tool. So I'm not necessarily against processing the hell out of a picture for the sake of making it look interesting. (Or, of course, to make up for a camera's shortcomings.) The end results can be a lot of fun. For that, I generally turn to Snapseed. It's quick and easy to use, offers really easy sharing to Google+ (and to any other app via the usual sharing intents), is free, and can take a blah shot and turn it into something really compelling. Definitely worth a look, whether you need just a little touch-up or some extra HDR magic.
Download: Snapseed (Free)
Richard Devine - Calcoid
A calculator app is a tool, and one we all have on our phones. But just because it's a tool doesn't mean it can't also knock your socks off in the visual department. That's exactly what Calcoid does. It's a scientific calculator that looks absolutely stunning.
If you opt for the $0.99 paid version you get access to a variety of different colored backgrounds to suit your own tastes. The free version doesn't have this and has ads, but I use a calculator a lot and looking at Calcoid will never get tiring. It's also got a whole bunch of scientific calculator functions – which I won't use – and is well worth a look if you're just a little bored by the stock app.
Download: Calcoid (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand - Slider Widget
An oldie but a goodie from me this week with Slider Widget. I needed a way to easily and quickly adjust each individual volume on my phone one evening while on an insomnia-fueled YouTube bender and didn't want things loud enough to disturb anyone else. Since my phone doesn't have quick settings that are easy to get to, I went with a known favorite of mine.
Not only can you adjust the volume of things like your alarm or notifications independently, you can set things up for easy access to screen brightness. With color themes and several widget sizes to choose from, I have to wonder why I hadn't already installed it again. Grab it from Google Play and give it a shot.
Download: Slider Widget (Free)