New and fresh Android apps of the week (September 7 issue)

September 7, 2012
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Oh, appy day! August has come and gone, and we’re now in the -ber months.  What better way to welcome the first of the -ber months (i.e., September) than to check out what’s new and what’s fresh in the world of Android apps this week.

In this September 7 issue of our weekly roundup of the best new and fresh Android apps, we take a look at an app that

  • persistently reminds you of whatever it is that you want to be persistently reminded of;
  • helps sports coaches keep an eye on their athletes’ field performance and body mechanics;
  • hides music, video, photos, call logs, messages, and contacts from intruders;
  • frames your photos and produces a unique work of art;
  • helps you do 300 reps of workout routines so you can carve your body to perfection;
  • brings together Facebook and Twitter into one app for managing your social network posts, feeds, and more;
  • tracks your baby’s milestones and growth;
  • takes oral dictation of items that you want to be written down on a list;
  • lets you take note of everything, the paperless way;
  • automatically (de)activates sound and network profiles according to the time you specify;
  • sates your craving for Power Ranger videos and clips;
  • displays a neon alarm clock on your phone, plus a shake-to-use flashlight feature;
  • enriches your vocabulary with words that you probably have not heard of before;
  • acts as the audio/sound equivalent of emoticons; and
  • aids you in beginning and succeeding with yoga.

Go ahead and take your pick from our list of the best new and fresh Android apps this week.  At the end of this list, take part in our poll and let the devs know that you like their new apps.

Lock Screen Reminder

We live in a busy and hectic environment. We have things to do here and things to do there. Sometimes, we even tend to forget to do the things that need to be done. That is why there are a variety of apps that remind you and help keep things organized. The Lock Screen Reminder app also has the same the same purpose and helps you remember things.

Contrary to what the app’s name misleadingly says, this app does not put a reminder on your lockscreen.  Instead, this app lets you add a simple note and attaches it to the background of your homescreen so that every time you unlock your phone, your note will be sitting on your homescreen wallpaper. You can add any note, just make them short enough to fit.

The app only allows you to add a short note. You can actually add a long note, but doing so will make the text smaller. I also did not find a button to disable the app. Once you launch it, you cannot remove the note on the background unless you uninstall the app. (Being able to remove it somewhat defeats the purpose of a having persistent reminders, right?)

Lock Screen Reminder can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.


Coach’s Eye

Being a coach involves hard work. You need to train your players, monitor their progress, and keep a keen eye on them. If you’re a coach, you can borrow the keen eyes of the Coach’s Eye app and keep detailed records of your players’ performance.

Practicing and maintaining proper body posture while playing is one of the keys to winning a game. Teaching and demonstrating proper body mechanics sound easy, but can be hard to follow during an actual performance. That is where the Coach’s Eye app comes into action. With this app, you can analyze your players and check whether they are doing the right thing during a game.

All you need to do is to take a video of your players. The app will allow you to view and carefully analyze the video of your athletes. You can play the video in slow motion and detect flaws in the athletes’ body mechanics. The app also allows you to draw figures and lines to emphasize right body posture. After you have made your analysis, you can share it to your players via the app.

To have the keen eyes of the Coach’s Eye app, you will need to give up a few dollars. Small price to pay for great performance on the field, if you ask me.


Smart Guard Plus

One of the perks of having a smartphone is that you can carry any file right in your pocket. You can save your important files for work, your personal videos or pictures, and even your personal contacts right on your Android phone. The disadvantage is that these files are at risk of being accessed by intruders or your friends who may accidentally open the gallery or your contacts. But, by using the Smart Guard Plus app, you can safely hide your audio, contacts, video, images, call logs, and messages from prying eyes.

Before you can use the app, you will need to create a unique password. You will use your password to open and access the app. Once you are logged in, you can now explore your files and safely hide it in the app. The app is like a safety vault for your personal files on your Android device. All you need to do is select the file and the app will safely store it within its vault.

While testing the app, though, I experienced several app crashes and force close errors, but the app was able to succeed in playing hide and seek with my contacts, images, messages, and call logs. I tried using the app to hide one of my contacts, and voila! When I checked my phone’s default contact list, the contact was out of sight. The same went for my images, messages, and even my call logs. All the hidden files are accessible within Smart Guard Plus’ vault.

Smart Guard Plus, which is ad-supported, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.


Photomica

Do you want to create unique and wonderful pictures but don’t have the skill of using a photo editor? Worry no more — Photomica is here to help solve your photo creation problems. With this app, you can take pictures and instantly put them inside frames. You can place your picture on a big billboard, place it as graffiti on a wall, make a portrait of yourself, and many more.

All you have to do is launch the app, choose a frame, attach a picture, and you have yourself a unique piece of art. There a tons of frames to choose from. You can create your own advertising board, place your picture within another picture, and even put your picture beside gorgeous models. You can also take a picture by using the camera or choosing one from your gallery. The app also allows you to crop and rotate a picture to make sure it fits in your chosen frame. Once you have created your masterpiece, you can save it or share it through email or MMS.

I noticed some lag (on my Galaxy S3 at that!) while using the app, especially when it is loading the frames. Nevertheless, the app worked pretty well when I edited my photos.

The ad-supported Photomica app can be downloaded free from the Google Play Store.


300 Workouts

Getting into shape is hard work. It only takes a few seconds to eat food, but it takes much longer to lose extra fat. But, until scientists discover food that doesn’t make us fat, we’d still need to keep our body healthy by manually doing crunches and curls. Most men dream of bodies that they can strut around with in order to make the girls and other men go crazy. So, what are you waiting for, quit sitting around and use the 300 Workouts app.

The 300 Workouts app will help you attain the body that you truly deserve. As its name suggest, the app will recommend workout sets with a total of 300 repetitions. The app shows steps and images to guide you in performing an exercise. I personally find the images a good motivator for attaining a well-carved body. The app includes a workout set for beginners to help newbies get started with their fitness program.

300 Workouts can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Although ads don’t appear on the app’s interface itself — and I actually somewhat like that they don’t — the app will pushes ads to your notification menu, which can be an issue for some users. If you don’t mind ads on your notification menu, then this app is worth a try.


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