Apps of the Week

We both know why you are here right now. You want some apps, right? Odds are whatever I am saying here you are skipping anyways to check out what we got below, so let's just hit the break and check them out!

Kevin O'Quinn - Systempanel (Free / $2.99)

System Panel

Systempanel is great for monitoring resources on your phone. It can track multiple cores, memory usage, and many other things. On the One X there are tweaks that will keep both cores active all the time, and this app is extremely useful for verifying that it's working.

It's also a task manager. We don't like those, but it's there. It does break down what's running as a service versus a background app, which is nice.

If your looking for a good way to monitor your system you can't go wrong here. Yeah, there are other apps that do the same thing, but this one is my personal favorite. [Download from Google Play]

Anndrew Vacca - Governors Ball Music Festival (Free)

Governors Ball

If you're visiting New York City this weekend, there's a fairly good chance you're here for the second annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island, one of the coolest east coast music events of the year. With so many performers, food, drink, and activities spread out over the weekend, you'll need a handy guide to ensure you see and hear everything worth while. The fairly straightforward Governors Ball app has a detailed map of the event site, to-the-minute schedules of every act, and menus from each restaurant and food vendor. You can check into activities, like and share performers, and review the food you just tried. You can even enter your ticket details so you can leave the paper at home and enter using solely your smartphone. Not too shabby for a free app with a two day lifespan. [Download from Google Play]

Alex Dobie - Pattrn (Free)


We've all spent time searching for that perfect background wallpaper, and Pattrn is an app which aims to make it easy to find cool new background patterns. Based on the work of artists on the COLOURlovers site, Pattrn displays popular backgrounds in a wide range of styles. It has the ability to search based on color or text, as well as the option to automatically select a new pattern as your wallpaper every few days.
It's also a beautifully designed app that works within Android's design guidelines using the 'Holo' visual style. Pattrn is available for free from the Google Play Store. [Download from Google Play]

Richard Devine - Temple Run Brave (£0.65)

Temple Run Brave

Anyone who's played the original Temple Run will be right at home here. The paid status of Brave is likely down to the partnership with Disney, but it's worth a look.

It maintains the same simple, swipe oriented gameplay of the original, but as you now have a bow and arrow, targets sporadically appear for you to shoot. It looks nicer than the original, and is just as addictive.

There is also a whole stash of objectives to try and meet of varying difficulties just to add a little challenge and longevity. It's not expensive, and for me at least it has completely replaced the original. [Download from Google Play]

Sean Brunett - onTour - Concert Finder (Free / $1.99)


Summer is a time for fun concerts, and one of the musts for them is to have an easy way of finding which ones are coming to a venue near you. I saw the Counting Crows last week (who were great by the way), and I wanted to see the rest of their upcoming tour. I went to the browser on my smartphone and went to their website, but it wasn’t the best experience. That’s when I found onTour - Concert Finder. It’s a free app that allows you to simply search for upcoming shows. You can search by location or band, which will give you a  listing of upcoming performances. You can also star artists and venues to get recommendations for future shows. Once you find a show that you like, you can buy tickets from Bandsintown. This app also has great integration for all of you heavy users out there. As I said, it’s a free app, but there is a pro version that comes with no ads and push notifications. Highly recommended for those who love a summer concert! [Download from Google Play]

Chris Parsons - London 2012 (Free)


With the London 2012 Olympics getting underway, you'll be needing an app to keep up-to-date on all the action. The London 2012 app, while not great will certainly do the trick. It's available for free of course and has some cool features built in such as live updates, video, photos and scheduling so you know what's on in case you want to tune into all the live coverage that will be happening across the TV networks.​ [Download from Google Play]

Jerry Hildenbrand - Aldiko Book Reader (Free / $2.99)


I like to read, and I'm sure many of you all do as well. Losing yourself in a good book can be satisfying and relaxing, and it's a great way to fill some down time.I also have a pretty big collection of books in the EPUB file format, and Google's in-house solution of Google Books won't handle them. Aldiko to the rescue! It looks great on either my smartphone or my tablet, is lightweight, and behaves itself by staying closed when I tell it to close. It's also really full featured with user-selectable fonts and margins, day/night mode, and bookmarking. Long press on a word, and you're faced with a menu to search for it, look it up in the dictionary, or copy it to the clipboard. There's no built-in multi-device syncing, but a third-party add-on provides easy book and bookmark syncing via Dropbox. I find it perfect for reading on the go. Grab it from Google Play for free, or there's an ad-free version for just $2.99. [Download from Google Play]