7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (February 1 issue)
Whether you like your steak served well-done, medium well, or medium rare, we prefer serving the freshest Android apps hot and sizzling. Here at Android Authority, we believe that getting the hottest new apps is the best way to start the weekend.
This week, we feature apps that won’t only keep your hands on your phone but also help you discover new places to explore whether alone or with your friends. Because hey, A stands for “adventure,” and Android never skimps on giving you the grand adventure that you need.
Can’t wait to see what’s under the cloche? Get the dining ware ready because here 7 new Android apps, dressed and ready for your consumption.
Travel the magnificent virtual citadel, created by Epic Games, called the Epic Citadel. Looking at the app’s Google Play Store page, I really thought that this was a game. But, after using it, I found out that this was an interactive benchmark tool that measures your GPU’s performance. Powered by Unreal Technology, the state-of-art designs of the citadel look amazing. Its graphics actually remind me of Assassin’s Creed 2. Aside from using the app as a tool, you can also walk around and explore the breathtaking citadel.
The weekend is approaching. Have you already chosen a place where you and your friends can hang out? I did and it was easy with CoreDigital’s Wotchapp app. This app scans your location and suggest popular places where you can hang out. Locations are grouped into three: Arts & Entertainment, Food, and Nightlife Spot. Nearby places will then be displayed on the screen. You can also read user reviews, comments, and even photos submitted by users to a hangout place. The ads-supported Wotchapp app can be downloaded for free. Ads will only appear at the bottom of the screen.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy early 90’s gaming with RetroArch Android, a free game emulator app by Libretro. Unlike most game emulator apps, RetroArch allows you to play several game platforms on your smartphone. RetroArch currently comes with 14 game emulators such as FCEUmm for Nintendo NES games, Snes9x-Next for Nintendo SNES games, and — my personal favorite — Nestopia for the Nintendo NES where I can play the classic Casltevania game. The app is simple, straightforward, and easy to use. It’s like carrying a portable gamebuddy everywhere you go.
Art has always been my first love. Even when the latest technology offers state-of-the-art drawing tablets and digital art programs, I still end up going back to my traditional tools in painting. But, I discovered a nice alternative to my traditional approach: LINE Brush. NAVER has created a no-frills drawing platform that is not too heavy on any device. The interface is very responsive and easy to navigate around. I especially like the brush sets in the app, even if they’re currently limited. At the same time, you can draw on pictures or transform pictures into paintings using Photo Brushes. Best of all, you can be as artistic as you want to be without having to bring so much with you. I tried this on an Xperia TX, and painting on the Xperia TX has never been this fun!
SmoothApps’ iSense Music – 3D Music Player may look simple but this music player is quite feature rich and intuitive to use. You can browse your music collection by sorting through album art on a carousel and easily add songs to your playlist. If you need to do more, access the menu by swiping up from the bottom. You can tweak the equalizer by using presets or reverb, or you can customize your listening experience yourself. If you want the app to be even more attractive, you can change to any of the three free themes that come pre-installed or download more from the Google Play Store. You can purchase iSense Music – 3D Music Player from the Google Play Store for US$2.00.
If you’re a creature that exists only for music, then you’ll love Exigo’s TinyTunes. This app lets you browse through top charts, what’s hot in certain genres, and even search for that obscure band you heard of from a friend of a friend, and to stream music tracks when you’re connected to the Internet. If you like what you hear and can’t live without it, you can select songs to download through TinyTunes. Now when you head out of the house, you can listen to your newly downloaded songs together with the existing songs in your library all from one app. TinyTunes is free to download from the Google Play Store but it is ad supported. Ads, however, only appear on the bottom part of the screen and shouldn’t get in the way of your music browsing, streaming, and downloading experience.
Do you ever have one of those days when you want to go out but have no idea where to go? Feel like exploring your city but don’t want to waste your time with terrible establishments? Designed and developed the company of the same name, Scoopt lets you explore great places around you through friends’ recommendations. The best part is that you don’t need to go through lengthy articles; instead, Scoopt works together with Instagram so that pictures are presented in a clean and gorgeous magazine format. If you don’t have a lot of friends on Scoopt, however, you can check out what other Scoopt users are saying about the places they’ve been to according to location or category, such as Eat, Drink, Shop, and more.
So what are you waiting for? Try these new apps while they are still sizzling hot! Which new and sizzling apps did you find satisfying? Share your thoughts by voting in the polls and leaving a comment below. And, always get your daily dose of new and fresh apps only here at Android Authority.