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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (November 9 issue)

November 9, 2012

Hear ye, hear ye! Gather around, Android users, for we have something new and sizzling for you. Android app devs are continuously brewing new and hot Android apps for your phones and tablets. Even the powerful winds or the devastating rains of Hurricane Sandy weren’t strong enough to stop the Google Play Store from putting up new toys for you to play with.

Use these new apps to ease your mind, decorate your homescreen, keep your screen awake, instantly switch your phone to silent mode, and a whole lot more to be discovered in Google’s toy box. Sit back and relax as we present to you some of the hottest new apps for the week.

Sparsh Meditation

It has been a busy week here at Android Authority. I assume you’ve also had a tiring day at work. This weekend, try to relax and release all the negativity inside your mind and body with Creative Software Studio’s Sparsh Meditation app. This app lets you go through various meditation techniques to relax your mind and body. The app has an audio course that teaches you what meditation is and how to perform it. The app also includes background music tracks so you have something relaxing to listen to at home or at work. I’m actually listening to it right now while writing this review. Get the ad-supported Sparsh Mediation app for free from the Google Play Store.

Live wallpapers make your homescreen come alive with moving and animated backgrounds. SungLab’s Art Particle LiveWallpaper, in particular, decorates your homescreen with colorful particles. See how particles react as you touch your homescreen. It also supports multi-touch. You can form tornadoes or create colorful fireworks right on your homescreen. Due to bright and colorful graphics, seizure precaution is advised before using this app. Decorate your homescreen with the bright and colorful Art Particle LiveWallpaper available for about a dollar from the Google Play Store.


Having more than one Android device means sometimes forgetting to download that crucial app to your other devices. It’s especially inconvenient to dig through the Google Play Store’s search results for that app whose name you couldn’t recall. AppSyncer, developed by COSEA e.U., offers a simple solution to that problem.

Say you have an app on your Galaxy S3 which you need on your Galaxy Note 2 but you don’t want to look for the app on the Google Play Store. Simply add that app to AppSyncer, then log in to AppSyncer on your Galaxy Note 2. You’ll find the app’s name on the list of apps, allowing you to easily jump to the app’s Google Play Store page and download it. The ad-supported AppSyncer is available for free from the Google Play Store.

If you’re trying to learn a new language, the best way to do it is through practice and FLITTO, by Flitto, is going to make sure you’re going to get all the practice you need. FLITTO lets you follow the Twitter accounts of public figures, celebrities, groups, and companies that you’re interested in and translates these updates into the language that you’re trying to learn.

Tap on a tweet and you can see the tweet in its original language, hit Auto-Translate, or you can flex your language muscles and type up a translation yourself to earn points and rewards. You can change the language these tweets will appear in via the Language tab. FLITTO is available for free from the Google Play Store. Get it today and work on mastering that foreign language.

Help yourself get better with Rx Medicine Reminder by Fives Desk. If you constantly forget to drink your medicine, having this app on your Android device will surely help you get back to full health by not missing to take your medication. This app is very useful for people who are living alone and are maintaining more than two medicine intakes in a day. The app allows you to set an alarm to notify you that it is time to take your medicine.

You can also add all your medicines to the app’s database for easy access whenever you need to make a reminder, complete with the dosage amount and time intervals for the medicine to be taken. The app can also host more than one patient to monitor, so if you have a friend who also forgets to take her medicine, you can keep her reminded, too.

Rx Medicine Reminder is a free app you can download from the Google Play Store. It is ad-supported but the ads are all placed at the bottom so they don’t really get in the way.

Forgot to turn your phone to silent while reading a book in the library? Surely, a lot of people have experienced having their phones ring inside a quiet place, disturbing other people. It is both embarrassing and awkward as you scramble to reject the call or turn your phone off. Developed by MITCO – ing. A. Miraglia, Shake to Silent PRO can save you from all the embarrassment. Don’t worry if you forgot to switch your phone to silent because you will just need to shake your device if a call comes in. No need for you to panic and squirm under the glares shot at you. You can set the shake sensitivity from low to high. Get Shake to Silent PRO for less than a dollar today and rid yourself of worrying whenever you go inside a library or any quiet place.

One of the handy features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 is Smart Stay, which keeps the device awake if it detects that you’re looking at your device. If you have neither of those phones, your next best thing for enjoying a similar feature is the Smart OnOff app by IMAPP. It works much like Smart Stay. You can set the sleep position of your device — facing up, facing down, or both — to have the app turn your device’s screen off once it detects the phone is no longer in use. With Smart OnOff, you won’t need to reach for the lock button of your device to turn the screen off. Try Smart OnOff for free from the Google Play Store today.

You’ve got to love what the Google Play Store keeps churning out. Never forget to take your meds, keep your apps on several Android devices synced up and remember to relax at the end of the day. If the going gets really stressful, entertain yourself with a colorful interactive wallpaper and put your foreign language learning to the test by understanding translated tweets. And, if you’ve forgotten to switch your phone to Silent, simply give it a good shake.

Which one of these handy apps is your favorite? Let us know by voting in the poll below or sounding off in the comments.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez and Dan Evans; banner image uses Shutterstock photo by Shebeko)

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