It’s CES week and even though hardware is dominating the show, there were a few really cool things to get announced on the application side of things. First and foremost, Google bought out Timely which is great because now Timely is free. While we’re talking about buyouts, Yahoo! managed to snag the popular beta app Aviate for between $50 and $80 million USD. Just before CES 2014, Samsung announced the Samsung Smart Home which lets you control all of your appliances using your smartphone, tablet, or Galaxy Gear. Intel is working with PC makers to bridge the gap by allowing Android apps to run on Windows PCs and tablets. Lastly, and my personal favorite from CES 2014, is PlayStation Now which lets you stream old PS1 and PS2 games to your TV, Vita, PS3, PS4, and even your smartphones and tablets. Keep on reading for 5 Android apps you can’t miss this week!
First up is a 3D live wallpaper called Space HD. Not only did it make the best apps of 2013 list from Google Play, but it also made their app list of apps to watch for this week. It’s a gorgeous wallpaper with scenes from space. In addition, a recent update added the Andromeda galaxy, more comets, improved animations, and more stability. It’s only a buck and let’s face it, you’ve spent a buck on a lot of things that are less awesome than this.
Power Amp ended the year and began this one with some serious updates. Some of which include fixes for Kitkat, updated icons, Romanian translation, many Bluetooth fixes and additions, and improved exFat and NTFS support. It’s one of the highest rated and most beloved music players on Android and we can’t think of a reason that it isn’t worth the money to pick up.
We really doubt there are many people anymore who don’t have Pandora or at least have heard of it. They updated their app recently to add alarm clock settings. This is to compete with iHeartRadio, which lets you start your day with your favorite radio station and now Pandora does as well. Of course, they’ve also had a really active last couple of months so if you used to use it, maybe it’s time to give it another shot.
If you enjoyed Candy Crush Saga you’ll probably get a kick out of the next game out of those people, called Farm Heroes Saga. The game play isn’t all that different but the graphics and atmosphere are so if you were getting tired of Candy Crush and want to play a similar game in a new environment, it’s worth a shot.
Jelly is a newly announced social network that’s a mixture of Yahoo! Answers and Instagram. You essentially just take pictures, post them and ask a question, and people answer. The official Android app was released. Many people believe it needs polished and it’s a brand new network so there isn’t much content yet but if you’re a fan of being an early adopter, it can’t hurt to try.