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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (February 22 issue)

February 22, 2013

Endings are usually accompanied by sadness, but there’s one kind of ending that provokes a smile — the weekend — not only because weekends signal the end of the work week but also because it’s time for our weekly roundup of the week’s newest Android apps.

Of the hundreds of newly published apps on the Google Play Store this week, we picked 7 that we thought might be of use or of great interest to you as they were to us. So, here are 7 freshly baked Android apps straight from the developers’ kitchens this week.

Find where to park faster with ParkMe’s self-named app, ParkMe. This smart app checks your current location and looks for nearby parking spaces with their corresponding parking rates, location, payment options, and lot availability. The app also comes with a parking timer which is pretty handy especially when you’re parking on a budget. ParkMe is a convenient app to have when you’re navigating through a big city like New York or Los Angeles. You can also check parking spaces ahead of time by using the app’s search function. Unfortunately, ParkMe’s location coverage is currently limited to some cities and countries; however, you can still retrieve an up-to-date map of your target location. Check out ParkMe for free on the Google Play Store.

Wallpapers can easily become dull and boring to look at. On the other hand, switching to another wallpaper or installing a different app can be too much work. Timewall Clock Wallpaper free by Stetel srl breaks the monotony of your homescreen as easy as changing your wallpaper. Choose an image from your album and convert it into a an extended homescreen wallpaper. The app also displays the time, day, date, and current battery life; you can easily replace your clock widget with it. The app is ad-supported, but the ads only show up while you’re in the app. Timewall Clock Wallpaper free also has an affordable premium version which unlocks features like setting a custom font color for your time and date display, as well as selecting a background item to be displayed.

Artists tend to weigh down their bags with various art materials and sketchbooks, just in case the inspiration strikes while they’re out and about. Developed by Didlr, the company’s self-named app Didlr lets you doodle on your phone wherever you are. You can draw with a variety of colors and a variety of pen points, as well as use up to three layers. When you’re done sketching your masterpiece, you can instantly share your drawing with other Didlr users. The app shows ads on the main gallery menu.

The more powerful smartphones become, the more functions and features they have. Unfortunately, this means that if we want to access one function, we’ll have to do a lot of swiping and tapping to get there. Easy Touch – Assistive Touch by Cool apps, however, makes your life easier by putting all the shortcuts you need in one place. Launching the app will give you a greyed out ring that will persist across all your screens. Tap the ring to access 7 customizable shortcuts, such as switches, contacts, and applications.

Here’s another app built around the concept of letting you access the apps that you need, well, quickly. Developed by Decad3nce, Quickly lets you put up to 12 app shortcuts on your notification menu. By default, Quickly remains as a notification in your notification menu but pinching out reveals all your set shortcuts. Pinching in hides them. However, Quickly only supports installed apps and cannot make shortcuts for functions and contacts. Get the app quickly from the Google Play Store for US$0.99.

Capture precious memories in story form with Popup Studios’ Split Camera: Photo Stories. Whether you are just lounging around with your loved one or taking a stroll in the park, don’t miss to capture beautiful moments and make a photo story out of them. Split Camera: Photo Stories lets you create a photo story from up to five photos. Add texts and effects to individual photos to better convey what you are trying to let the viewer feel upon seeing your photo story. Your photo stories can also be shared to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Download Split Camera: Photo Stories for free and start making photo stories of your everyday experiences.

If you frequently use a lot of apps and want them neatly placed on your home screen, maybe trying out Sidebar Pro by Mohammad Adib will be the greatest discovery you’ll ever have today. Have a sidebar placed on your home screen and populate it with your most favorite or most frequented apps. When you need to use one of the apps, you won’t need to visit your app drawer; just swipe from the edge of your home screen to access the sidebar. Tap on a shortcut to launch its app instantly. You can customize the sidebar, too. You can adjust its width, opacity, position, color, and a lot more. Own Sidebar Pro for US$1.99 only.

Now that you’ve had your fill of our weekly special, I’m sure you’re picking an app that’ll serve your weekend’s purpose. You can choose something that can refuel your creativity or something more useful. Android apps are indeed treasure pots of tricks at your disposal anytime, anywhere. With the right app and the right setting, your weekend is sure to turn out interesting. Who knows? You might learn something new about your phone or yourself.

Liked some of the apps we featured or have you found cool apps you’d like to share? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in a comment below. Now if only there was an app that could guess what people are thinking. Wouldn’t that be fun?

(with contributions from Dan Evans; banner image courtesy of

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