As usual, the Google Play Store was a whirlwind of activity with some big apps being updated and some more being released. To start, Koushik Dutta released AllCast to the Play Store as a beta and you can see how you can get it by clicking here. Some savvy tech heads found some Chromecast files in Plex Media Server’s configuration file which could mean support is coming soon. Google updated a number of their apps, including Search, Voice Search, Play Music, and Play Movies. Google is also planning released a NORAD-like Santa Tracker app to go with its Santa Tracker website. Next up, let’s take a look at some awesome Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!

Action Launcher Android apps iconAction Launcher

[Price: Free]
Action Launcher was recently updated to version 2.0 and with it came some pretty dramatic and awesome changes. Namely, it’s now free so there is literally no reason for you not to check it out. Also included are Android 4.4 theme elements Get it on Google Playand Quickpage, which is a full home screen that you can swipe out from the right edge of the screen. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot.
Action Launcher Android apps

Cal - Calendar by Android appsCal – Calendar by

[Price: Free]
Cal by is probably the most beautiful calendar app we’ve ever seen and it has a lot of features to boot. So far it’s received some pretty good reviews from users and we do plan on reviewing this app very soon to see Get it on Google Playif the hype is deserved. If you don’t want to wait for that, it is free so there’s no harm in trying it out right now.
Cal - Calendar by Android apps

Dead Trigger 2 Android appsDead Trigger 2

[Price: Free]
Dead Trigger 2 hasn’t been out long but MADFINGER Games has been actively working to make it even better. In a recent update, zombies and missions have been rebalanced for better game play, more Get it on Google Playmissions have been added, and an upcoming update will add some Christmas stuff so if you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to pick up Dead Trigger 2.
Dead Trigger 2 Android apps

Field Trip Android appsField Trip

[Price: Free]
Field Trip is done by the same people who did Ingress, so you already know it’s a good app. It was recently updated and included are new features and a re-designed user interface. Among the new features are simplified settings, Get it on Google Playswiping cards, accessing items on the bottom bar, and new publisher previews. If you need an app to keep you company on trips, this is the app to try.
Field Trip Android apps

Badland Android appsBADLAND

[Price: Free]
Last on our list this week is a brand new atmospheric side scroller called Badlands and we literally can’t say enough good things about this game. It has 80 single player and 21 multiplayer levels that are challenging, competitive, and gorgeous. Get it on Google PlayIt has unique game play that results in a very enjoyable experience. Also, it’s free to play and the developer is already promising more levels. You can’t lose.
Badland Android apps

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  • LG G2 owner

    The Action Launcher is one I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. Now that it’s free I’ll definitely give it a shot. Looks very organized and I’ll be glad to try the home-screen-from-anywhere feature.

    • JosephHindy

      It really is quite good. When I checked it out after the update I was very impressed.

    • paxmos

      So, you couldn’t spare a couple of $$? and you had to wait??? People like you make Android look bad!!

      • Jayfeather787

        What do you mean make android look bad? More free apps are a characteristic of Android.

    • Jayfeather787

      It is very cool.

  • Cristina Labbe

    I recently installed cal and can’t say enough about how beautiful and elegant this calendar app is.

  • devoncatt

    I have been using Action Laucher for a few days, it is different on tablets and phones ( Both Nexus) but so far it seems great , I like the ability to get any app to launch off a side bar to the left of the screen 5*’s.

  • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

    I’ve been using Swapps which seems to do the same thing in terms of slide to see your applications list from anywhere.

  • Data

    I’ve been trying out Action Launcher for the last few days, and it’s great! I love Quick Page, cover app for folders and the widgets in folders feature. Also, I haven’t experienced any lag or performance issues despite all the features! I highly recommend everyone try it out!