Here are some of the freshest free apps that will take your app experience to a new level with your Android device.
Best New Honeycomb Apps
Catch Notes is an excellent app that has just received a beautiful tablet-friendly makeover this week, finally taking advantage of all that great screen space. Catch, which was originally known as 3banana, seeks to provides a relatively simple interface for quickly scribing a few notes, and offers you the ability to manage them. Whether its text lists, reminded, audio notes, or image-based notes, you can “catch” it all, and sync all the info to Catch’s servers, enabling you to get access from any web capable device.
While the original app, like most apps in the Android market, runs perfectly fine on Honeycomb, the new Honeycomb-optimized release takes full command of everything Android 3.0 Honeycomb has to offer. Honeycomb uses fragments to provide multiple interactive panels on your tablet’s screen. It’s one of the best and most comprehensive note taking programs for Honeycomb to date, and raises the bar. Highly recommended.
Your tablet has the potential to be an amazing stock trading device and information assistant. Thankfully, CNBC’s new Honeycomb-optimized Android app is an absolute must download if you are constantly needing to stay updated to the latest info on the markets. It’s just arrived on the Android Market as of last week, and is free, so we recommend you give it a gander.
CNBC’s tablet app gives you real-time stock updates alongside the latest business news and video from the CNBC financial network. You can set up your own custom ticker to track the companies that catch your interest or just watch the latest trends from big players around the world. Plus, it includes a widget with real-time quotes and news for your Homescreen as well. Nice!
The team over at Google has not been sitting idly by, waiting for Android to get better all by itself. Everyone’s favorite earth navigator, Google Earth, just received a substantial update, and is now fully optimized for use on your Android tablet, and it is truly a sight to behold. Definitely a must have for any Android tablet owner.
The updated Google Earth app lets you “fly” to any location in the entire world, and for a large number of locales, lets you view lifelike three-dimensional structures on your tablet’s screen. The interface has been thoughtfully implemented, and is now completely optimized for Honeycomb. Much like in the PC version of Google Earth, you can now get related tags of information like images taken close to where you are searching, pages from Wikipedia, and even video. These “content pop-ups” essentially allow you to view additional info or images from a location without the need to have multiple pages open. We can’t recommend this app highly enough!
Get the newly updated Google Earth for Tablets now!
We only bought our tablets for work right? Yeah right. One of the latest and greatest games to come to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Pinball HD gives you a highly responsive, compelling, and near-authentic experience of when Pinball experienced its glory days. With three wonderfully realistic pinball tables to play on and try, it offers a very beautiful high-tech revision of a favorite classic. Plus, it’s not really like it requires more than a few brain cells to operate, and makes for a few minutes of fun here and there.
This is a Tegra 2 Exclusive, and as such, is available for all Android tablets powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor, which are almost all of them, so no worries. You know you want to see how good it looks. Check it out, definitely worth the effort.
You can find the game in the Android Market, and it will set you back a whopping $2.99.
Samurai II: Vengeance
It’s early in Honeycomb’s Honeymoon, but we’re constantly on the hunt – both day and night – to find the most amazing, innovative, useful, and just plain beautiful apps that can really show off what your newly acquired tablet can do. So, if you’re in the market for an extremely beautiful and rich looking game, then Samurai II: Vengeance was made for you. It’s one of those games where you can actually get distracted by how beautiful it is, and have your game play suffer as a result. itself because we’ve been marvelling at the visuals too much.
With very cool comic book-style intros, and high quality graphics, we can certainly see people being happy to pay for this particularly beautiful game. The controls are easy to learn, and are quite satisfying in actual use. Hacking and slashing with flicks on the finger is a good way to blow off some steam.
The hardware in your table is capable of producing some seriously high end visuals, and with Samurai II: Vengeance, we are just beginning to get a glimpse of where we are headed. It does an excellent job showcasing how fantastic gaming is going to look on Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, and bodes very well for the future.
File Manager HD (Free)
If you need to rearrange your files and want it to be more organized on your Android devices, perhaps you may need this File Manager HD.
Regarded as the “first and best” file manager for Android Honeycomb tablets, File Manager HD supports HD resolutions up to 1280×800, features thumbnail viewers for multiple file types, and delivers cut, copy, and paste functionality. Also, it allows you to search and share files, compress and decompress large files, and supports list or grid views of folders.
The creator of the app tested it on the Motorola Xoom, and, because it’s free, there’s really nothing to lose in trying it on another Android device.
With Google’s big I/O developers’ conference about to begin, you can bet we’ll be seeing plenty of Android-related announcements over the next few days. We could see the launch of that Android Honeycomb update we first heard about last month. We could also get a glimpse at the next major edition of Android — for both tablets andphones — believed to be called Ice Cream Sandwich. Odds are, we’ll hear some new details about Chrome OS, too.
But Google’s I/O event isn’t only about platform news; developers also use the spotlight to show off their latest and greatest Android creations. And some of them are getting a head start.
Well folks that sums it up for now. Developers are continuing to focus their laser beams on Honeycomb, and we expect some seriously awesome apps and games to keep coming, so stay tuned!