It's been a couple weeks since we have let you know the fun applications we have running on our devices, and we apologize for the delay, but the suspense was fun, no? Well, fear not, we are back on our weekly track of bringing your our favorites, so let's take a look at some of the great applications we got running this week!
Jerry Hildenbrand -- Tango Video Calls
Tango is another free, cross-platform video calling application. It's straightforward, offers fair to good video quality (depending a lot on your network speed -- WiFi is best), and it works well on the Nexus S, unlike all the others. When first installed, Tango goes through your address book and lets you know which of your contacts are running the application. While this is really convenient, it's also pretty invasive. I'd certainly like that disabled by default. You're also able to invite your friends via email or SMS. To use Tango, you just tap the contact you would like to call. You'll be connected as a voice call (this is handy too if you have to watch your minutes), but a simple tap of an icon turns your phone's front facing camera on and starts sending video. Give it a try, it's free and my dog Rex loves it. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Sean Brunett - TuneIn Radio
Want to listen to your favorite radio station anywhere? There are a few apps that have this functionality, but my favorite thus far is TuneIn Radio. A combination of their selection, UI and options makes this a must have for me on all my devices. It has more than 40,000 stations and allows you to save stations to a "My Presets" option for easy and quick access. I recommend this for everyone that has specific stations or podcasts the listen to but are either out of the area or want a device that will play it anywhere. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Jared DiPane - HD Rare Black Wallpapers
Wallpapers are what always tie my device together for me, and often times I like the look of something dark and basic, verse bright and flashy. At times finding these basic wallpapers can be a bit of a task, considering so many people like to have the bright and flashy wallpapers, but HD Rare Black Wallpapers was a great application I was introduced to. Contained in the application you will find about 10 or so great dark wallpapers that you can set to be yours with one simple click. While the variety isn't huge, there is also a second version, but between the two of them there is one that almost everyone will like. Best of all, it's free, so give it a shot! [Market Link | AppBrain]
Chris Parsons - 1Password for Android
Having been a long time 1Password user on Mac, I was really glad to see an Android version released. Although still in beta, if you're looking for a safer way of maintaining and generating passwords for your various logins, then 1Password is certainly a great option to make use of. The Android app is available for free in the Android Market just keep in mind you will have to also be a 1Password PC or Mac user to make us of it. If you have a hard time remembering passwords or just want a more secure method of generating them check 1Password out. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Andrew Melnizek - Roulette 2k10 LITE
When I go to Atlantic City or Las Vegas, I always end up at a Roulette table. There's something about that little ball that spins around and lands on the right spot -- or in most cases, the wrong spot. But instead of wasting all your "real" money, you could download Roulette 2k10 from developer 1001 Computer Game Labs. There is a free lite version available, or you could download the paid version for $2.73 and avoid ads. The game starts you off with 3,000 smackers -- and the rest is up to you. Heck, it's better than losing in real life. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Kyle Gibb -Emulator ROMs
Emulator ROMs is an app that allows you to browse and search through a number of ROMs compatible with the various emulators available for Android devices. You can browse by system and also go through US, EU, and Japanese versions of the various games. Not all games can be found here but a good selection of the most popular ones can. Playing the games is also super easy -- I was able to launch a game using gameBoid simply by selecting it. For some reason the app does not allow you to download in the background, so you may wait several minutes for a ROM to download. It should be said that downloading ROMs to games you do not own is very much stealing and very much illegal. But for those of you looking to play old games you own like Pokemon or Metroid again without scrounging for the GameBoy or NES, Emulator ROMs is a great app. Free (but the emulators themselves may not be free) [Market Link | AppBrain]
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