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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (October 26 issue)

October 26, 2012

You just have to love app developers. They’re always hard at work breathing life to their ideas, getting them out of their heads, and onto our mobile devices.

Thanks to these little idea seeds, our lives are much easier. We don’t need to waste time waffling over getting this or that, or tossing and turning all night in bed, waiting for sleep to claim us. Apps also let us get ahead of our business competitors and keep us reminded of the things we need to do.

This week, we took a look at the menu in the Google Play Store kitchen and handpicked seven of the most interesting, most useful, or most promising new Android apps fresh out of the oven.

Go ahead, celebrate the end of the week by trying these new Android apps.

Having trouble deciding which movie to watch this weekend or which food to eat? Use DreamDroid’s Random Service app and make a choice instantly. No need to flip a coin to make a decision. Just input all your choices into the app and it will automatically decide for you. You can place the titles of tonight’s movies, the choices of food you want to eat, or even the names of people you want to hang out with. No need to waste time deciding; this app can choose for you. Get the ads-free Random Service app for free from the Google Play Store.

Having a good night sleep is very important to help your body prepare for the next day. But, due to certain factors, you may find it hard to get some rest. Thankfully, you can use The Sleep Machine app to help your body get the rest that it needs. Developed by WeGotAnAmp, The Sleep Machine helps you sleep by playing relaxing tunes. The app offers natural sound effects such as the hypnotic sound falling rain, the relaxing sound of ocean waves, and the soothing crackle of a bonfire. Use this app together with your device’s headset for optimal effects. Get to sleep easily with the ads-free The Sleep Machine app for free from the Google Play Store.

Apps can do just about anything, including monitoring your business’s competition. Developed by Closely, Inc., Perch gives you a personalized stream of social media and promotion activity for businesses in your area. You can get a list of businesses nearby, thanks to Foursquare, and pick the businesses that you want to monitor. See how other businesses are engaging their social network followers and what kind of promotions and daily deals theyhave in store for their customers. Perch offers small business owners, or those who want to stay at the top, a great way to keep a bird’s eye view of their competition.

Thanks to the Internet, you don’t need to wait for your pictures to be developed so that you can share them. Tracks, developed by Tracks Media Inc., is another way for you to enjoy videos and pictures with friends without having to be limited to Facebook. Make a Track for an event, such as a friend’s birthday party or a wedding, or for something you’re interested in, like the beach or the clouds. Friends can either join your tracks or you can invite them yourself. Simply tap on a track and take a picture that you want to show to those who have access to the track. Simply sign into Tracks with your Facebook account to get started. You can also sign up for a Tracks account if you’d rather not use your Facebook account. If you’ve signed in using Facebook, Tracks will intelligently pull images from your albums so you can view them easily on Tracks.

We’ve all had that moment where we stand awkwardly in the middle of street, trying to find the note we made using our Android devices. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could access and make notes with the use of the notification bar? Developed by Liam Lang, ReNotify has a simple cause — to set notifications and notes lightning fast while you’re on the go. Make a note and have it stay on your notification bar until you take notice of it. You can choose to have fixed notifications, a very handy option for chronic forgetters. ReNotify can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

How does teal really look? Is it a lighter shade of blue or green? How about fuschia? These questions may not be asked on a daily basis but when these do pop into your head, what do you do? Thankfully, an app can help you in that department. Just point your camera at a color and Color Grab will detect it. This app is especially useful for graphic designers and people who have a bit of difficulty recognizing colors. Pointing your device’s camera at a color will instantly let the app recognize the hue, no need to press the shutter button. Color Grab by Loomatix is a free app you can download from the Google Play Store.

With Halloween just around the corner, equipping yourself with handy tools will definitely keep you safe while you go around the neighborhood. Developed by, LED Flashlight Pro X packs a very powerful and bright light for all your lighting needs. Need to go to the bathroom without blindly feeling the wall for the light switch? Use your Android device and launch this app instead. You can also let your kids download this app to their phones so they can use it when they go trick or treating, complete with a Halloween theme, a surefire way to get them and yourself in the mood for some spooks and ghouls. In exchange for nada, you can download and install LED Flashlight Pro X to your Android device.

Did any of these freshly cooked Android apps make it to your Android device this week? Which ones? What do you think of the new apps featured on our list? Tell us which ones you liked by voting in the poll below. Stay tuned for next week’s new Android apps.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez and Dan Evans; banner image uses Shutterstock photo “Danger cooking” by 2happy)

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