Our weekly app picks
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
Russell Holly — Finger Dodge
I'm a sucker for bright colors and decent music in my mobile games, and Finger Dodge has plenty of both. You place your finger on the blue circle, and drag it around the screen to dodge the red circles, which are magnetically attracted to you. These red circles create more red circles over time, so the goal is to see how long you can stay alive. There are occasionally some blue circles you can rescue along the way, but after the 10 second mark your primary objective is going to be dodging as nimbly as possible.
Whatever you do, don't take your finger off the screen.
Jared DiPane — Running Circles
Sometimes you have a minute to pass, and sometimes you have hours. Running Circles is a great game for either situation, as it becomes quickly addictive. The idea is simple, get the little running character from circle to circle while collecting the diamonds. Sounds easy, right?
Well, not so much. There are various obstacles in circles, sometimes the diamonds are on the inside, sometimes the outside. The character moves pretty quickly, and it requires some fast reflexes. I have been playing it daily for like a week, and only can get up to the seventh circle. How far can you get?
Andrew Martonik — Fenix
It's been almost a year since I last talked about Fenix on Android Central, and while it's still my Twitter app of choice it's had substantial updates since then. Fenix is a simple, light and nicely Material Designed app, and it fits right in with all of my Lollipop-running phones. The developer is quick to update it when new Twitter features roll out — like animations, in-line videos, and the new quoted tweet format — and quickly catches up with bugs that are introduced.
There are tons of options to change how Fenix looks and acts, as well as how you tweet and are notified of new content. It's not free, but at $4.89 it's an amazing deal if you're looking for a new Twitter app on your phone.
Justin Duino — Goodreads
As someone who enjoys sitting back and reading a good book, I sometimes find it difficult to know what book to read next. Most of my book recommendations came from friends and family but that was only if they were currently reading a good book at the time. Using Goodreads, you see what your friends and family have read and what they want to read at any given time.
Goodreads is tied into the Amazon Kindle platform which makes it even easier to find a book to read and purchase it directly onto your Kindle or Android device with the Kindle app installed. The Goodreads application is free in the Google Play Store and uses your Facebook account to connect you to your friends and family.
Jerry Hildenbrand — Terra Wallpaper Pack
Changing the wallpaper is an easy way to make your phone or tablet a little more personal. The Internet is filled with pictures that make for great wallpapers, but if you're into the satellite images like you'll find in the default Lollipop and M preview builds of Android, Terra Wallpaper Pack is an easy way to get some really good ones.
As a bonus, you can set the Muzei Live Wallpaper app to draw from Terra's images, for an awesome new look every day.
The app is completely free, but there are handy donation links as in-app purchases (from $1 to $10) should you wish to support the developers.
Alex Dobie — The Guardian
Android apps for major national (and international) newspapers are nothing new. But the phone and tablet app for The Guardian sets itself apart with a clean design and a few useful features for reading on larger devices. Articles are arranged in a card-based layout that's easy to navigate, with individual sections within reach from a slide-out menu.
If you find yourself traveling somewhere where connectivity is limited, the offline reading mode allows you to regularly cache certain sections when you're on Wifi, so you're able to read without using mobile data. While the paper does have its own subscription options, the basic app, including everything you'd find on the Guardian website, is provided for free.
Phil Nickinson — Layout
I'm a big fan of Google Photos and how it can have fun with images, but sometimes I just don't want to wait for it. Such was the case recently when out with my wife, who has a habit of making silly (but also ridiculously adorable, of course) faces on date night. Snapped four pics, opened them up in Instagram's Layout app, tweaked them just a tad, and I was done.
Sure, I could also do all that in Photos, but sometimes I just want to use Instagram instead. And Layout has quickly proven itself to be a simple and effective supplement.