By now, we've all heard of the Harlem Shake. The song itself may not be so catchy, but the hilarity that comes from some of the videos has amused audiences worldwide. Much like Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake started out as a YouTube sensation. Now, it's seeped into other areas which include Android. So we've made a list of the best apps for Android so you know which ones are the best. Let's get started. As usual, if you'd rather watch it than read it, we've posted the video at the bottom!
Our first app is probably also the most useless app on the list. It's called Harlem Shake Android and it's more of a novelty app than a useful one. When you open the application, it features our old pal Andy the Android getting his Harlem Shake on. Once the song kicks in, a number of your app icons join in. The app icons that are used are randomized. Oh, and it also vibrates in rhythm with the song.
While it isn't useful at all, it is definitely the best novelty app we could find. You won't be whipping this app out for any other reason than to show your phone doing it's very own little Harlem Shake. Thankfully, it's free in the Google Play Store so at least no one is wasting any money on this one. If you want to check it out, follow this link to the Google Play Store.
One of the charms of Harlem Shake is how easy it is to create your own version of it. Well, a couple of developers have made it dreadfully easy for anyone with an Android phone to create their own video in a matter of minutes. There were two apps we tested that were capable of doing this, and Harlem Shake Maker was one of them.
Using the app is really that simple. It will ask you to record two video. The first being the pre-Harlem Shake where everyone is sitting still and the second being the freak out dance scene. Once you've recorded both videos, you simply click the create button. Harlem Shake Maker will combine the videos, overlay the music, and apply any special effects needed. Then you can view your video and upload it to YouTube if you want to.
The only real problem with Harlem Shake Maker is that it doesn't work on all phones. So if you give it a try and it doesn't work, don't worry. You're not the only one. You can find it in the Google Play Store here.
The second app capable of making the videos is called Harlem Shake Maker Slow Motion. Like the app above, this app performs the same basic functions. You record two videos, click the create button, and the app will combine them, add the music, and special effects where applicable. It even works for more devices than the first one.
In terms of compatibility, this app tends to be better. However, it also has a couple of nifty features that the other one didn't have. For instance, there is a timer before videos start. So you can place your phone on something and get into the action before the video starts. This is handy if you don't have a camera person readily available or if you want everyone to be in the video. If you want to check it out, follow this link to the Google Play Store.
There was actually a third application, but it wouldn't work with the Nexus 4 or the Galaxy Note 2, so we didn't include it on the list. However, if neither of the two above apps work for you, it's worth a shot and you can find it here.
Last on our list is Harlem Shake Ultra. Really, any fan of Harlem Shake should have this on their phones. Instead of being a novelty app or being an app where you can make your own videos, Harlem Shake Ultra is a culmination of the works done by others. So for the Harlem Shake super fan, this is almost a necessity.
The app has a few functions. It can change your ringtone and notification tone to the Harlem Shake. In addition, it can make your phone do some fun things to the beat of the song. So every phone call turns into that scene from Scrubs where Turk brings back Nsync’s Bye Bye Bye. A second function is setting a background that's Harlem Shake oriented. The selection is pretty bad but it's still there. Perhaps it's best feature is the ability to surf and watch over 190 Harlem Shake videos in the app. When you select it, it'll go to YouTube to play the video. Since it seems to be compiled of the best videos, you won't have to wade through crap to find the good ones. If you're interested, you can find it in the Google Play Store here.
So there you have it. If you're a fan of the latest YouTube craze, these are the must have applications for your Android device. Of course, it's no Gangnam Style and no one really expects it to be, but it's a fun little fad nonetheless and now your Android devices are equipped to handle it. Did we miss any good Harlem Shake apps? Feel free to post them in the comment sections!