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New and fresh Android apps of the week (August 17 issue)

Check out this week's best apps list
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August 17, 2012

We at Android Authority are having a blast not just in giving you the best news and reviews but also in staying on top of what’s new and what’s the latest in the app development scene.  From Monday to Friday, app developers churn out new Android apps for the rest of the world to take advantage of, whether for free or for a small fee.

Admittedly, not all new apps are great or worth sharing to our readers.  Of the numerous new Android apps published this week, what did we find worth telling you about?

In this August 17 issue of our weekly roundup of the best new and fresh Android apps, get to know more about apps that help you

  • keep scores when you’re playing golf;
  • translate words, phrases, and sentences from your native tongue to a foreign tongue;
  • never miss an item when buying groceries or when shopping;
  • enjoy a good, clean laugh;
  • detect and remove apps that display notification and status bar ads;
  • stay properly hydrated throughout the day;
  • access Instagram using an alternate app;
  • pin and share your interests on the Web corkboard;
  • see whether the weather today is perfect to take your motorcycle out;
  • plan and time your interval training exercises;
  • practice your sales pitch and build more persuasive confidence;
  • entertain your little ones with kid-friendly music videos;
  • relive the Pokemon days with Pokemon sounds and tunes;
  • ace your anatomy and physiology class; and
  • quickly cut and save clips from long movies.

Have fun trying out these new apps.

If you love playing golf and you have an Android device, you can use your Android phone or tablet as a score tally sheet with the DiscGolf Lite app. You don’t need to bring a pen and a sheet of paper while playing golf. You can tally your score and your friend’s score and view them in graphs via the app.

This app is designed for golf players so they can easily monitor their scores while playing golf. Launching the app will require you to create a golf course. You can set the numbers of holes for that course. For each hole, you can also adjust and set the par (the number of strokes to complete a round) on each hole.

Once your golf course is set, you can now add your name and your friends’ name as players. Beside each player, you can find the default pars. As you play the game, you will have to adjust the number of strokes made by each player in every round. The app also allows you to view the golf course map by using GPS and set a distance from each hole.

The DiscGolf Lite app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. The free version shows ads below the screen, but they aren’t a big distraction while using the app. There is also a premium version that will remove the ads and unlock all of its features.

 

 


Going on a trip to a place where you don’t know how to speak the local language? Why buy bulky translation books when you can translate words and even sentences with the Lyngo Lite Voice Translator app. This app will be your virtual translation book inside your Android device.

All you have to do is launch the app, speak the words, and let the app do the rest. Don’t limit yourself in translating one or two words since the app is capable of translating sentences, as well. Translated words will be displayed on the screen. A voice interpretation will also be played. You can use this app to translate words and let the locals read or listen to the translated words.

You can find two flags on the app’s interface: one on the lower-right and another on the the lower-left. Your native language will be based on the flag set on the lower-left and it will be translated to the language represented by the flag on the lower-right side. Just tap the lower-left flag and speak the words you want to translate. You can also long-tap on the flag to type the words.

The Lyngo Lite Voice Translator app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Being a free app, you will have a limited set of voice recognition supported languages and limited translated languages with real speech. You will have to purchase the premium version of the app to unlock more languages. During my testing, I didn’t find any ad popping up on the app’s interface. You will also need an Internet connection for the app to recognize your voice.

If you need more ideas for translator apps to take with you on your trips, see our post about the best translator apps for Android.

 

 


Before going out to the grocery store, it is always advised to bring a list so you won’t forget an item or two when doing the groceries. A good shopper brings a pen and paper while doing the grocery, but a techy shopper uses her or his Android device as a shopping list via the ToShop – Shopping List app.

This app allows you to create and save your shopping list on your Android device. With this app, you can create various shopping lists. You can create a list for your groceries, a list for things to buy at the mall, a list for the things you need for work, and all kinds of lists. After creating a new list, you can add items to the list.

There there 3 ways to add an item on the list: manually typing it, scanning a barcode, or using your voice. Manually typing an item is the easiest and the most convenient way since you won’t needing an Internet connection, nor a barcode scanner app to add an item. You can also add specific information for an item, such as its quantity and price.

The ToShop – Shopping List can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. The app displays ads on the bottom of the screen, although we didn’t think they’re too distracting.

 

 


Do you like telling jokes to your friends? If you do, you can get some fresh and new set of jokes with the Cool Clean Jokes app on your Android device. This app compiles all kinds of jokes so you can share them to your friends and make them laugh.

Launching the app will bring you to its main interface that consists of list of joke categories. You can find jokes from the field of medicine, jokes about animals, political jokes, army jokes, and many more. Just tap on the category and you will be directed to the jokes page. Here you can read jokes based on the category you have chosen. A total number of joke pages will be displayed on the upper-right portion of the screen. You can also swipe left or right to view the next and previous jokes. The app also allows you to share your jokes to your friends. You can either send jokes as an SMS message or via email.

Cool Clean Jokes can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Although the app is ad-supported, you don’t need to worry about it because ads will only appear below the screen and won’t distract you from using the app.

 

 


A lot of users enjoy downloading free apps on their Android device. A free app allows you to enjoy the app and use its features without spending a single dollar. Free apps, however, would still require you to pay a price by bearing with the popping ads on the app’s interface. I can bear with ads silently appearing below the screen, but it’s not the same case of popping ads on your notification menu. If that happens and you don’t know which app is causing the ads, you can use the Notification Ad-blocking app to detect which apps are sending ads to your notification menu.

Notification Ad-blocking will detect all apps, including the suspicious and normal apps, that send ads or reminders to the notification menu. Take note that not all apps which send reminders to the notification menu are bad apps or malware. Some apps were intentionally designed to send reminders, updates, or special offers to your notification menu. From the list of detected apps, choose the suspicious apps and delete them (if you want) from your Android device.

The Notification Ad-blocking app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Despite being an ad detector, this free app also has an ad of its own. You can find ads appearing on the bottom portion of the screen. During my testing, though, I found that Notification Ad-blocking  blocks the last detected app on the list. Nevertheless, the app did well and was able to detect apps that send ads or reminders to the notification menu.

 

 


There’s a reason why our parents and almost every doctor we’ve encountered in our lives remind us to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Keeping hydrated is absolutely important for us. If you’re a highly active individual, you’re going to need a lot of water. With how busy our lives have become, however, it’s easy to forget to find time to fit all eight required glasses into our day. But, as they say, there’s an app for that and Drink Reminder will make sure you won’t neglect your hydration.

Developed by wunschApp, Drink Reminder not only keeps you appropriately hydrated, it can also give you a better idea of your daily drinking habits. Create your own hydration plan and set the app to remind you to take a whole glass of water. The app’s alarm will go off when it’s time.

The way the app lets you know how much water you’ve drunk is charming. With each glass of water that you take, the app’s screen gradually fills up with water. Say you’ve set the app for 2,000 mL of water. Drink 200 mL and the water level in the app will go up. You can also indicate if you’ve drunk 400 mL, 500 mL or 1,000 mL. Work your way to drinking until the app’s screen is completely full of water.

With Drink Reminder, you can monitor your daily water intake. Aim to meet it everyday and stay clear of the the typical signs of dehydration: headaches, tiredness, and drowsiness.

 

 


Smartphones have allowed us to do a number of things with just one device. We can take notes in class.  We can update our social network on what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with and where we’re doing it. And, of course, we can snap pictures. After all, they do say that pictures are worth a thousand words. What better way to tell people just what you’re up to by taking a picture and making them green with envy.

Instagram was an iOS exclusive for a long while before the demand was too strong and the official app landed on Android. Looking for an alternative to the official Instagram app for Android? ThinkerTen for Instagram might be the one for you. Developed by ThinkerTen, the app promises to be fast, stable, and simple.

You’ll need an Instagram account to be able to use ThinkerTen for Instagram to the fullest, of course. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to access your updates and your profile. You can also check out what’s popular. If you just want to discover pictures, tap on the Browse icon.

Want to be specific? ThinkerTen for Instagram lets you search people and tags. It also supports themes. As of the moment, ThinkerTen for Instagram doesn’t have a lot of features. It’s still in its beta stage, but the developer has already promised that the app will load more features in the future.

 

 


The official Pinterest app is finally here! For the uninitiated, Pinterest is a website that allows you to literally pin your interests. You can discover, pin, and share your interests with friends or people you meet through the site who have the same interests that you do.

What you can find on Pinterest is endless, but for a long while, access to it was limited to only our desktops and notebooks. Now Pinterest’s official app has landed for our Android devices so we can browse and discover our interests anywhere we go. Sky’s the limit on what you can use Pinterest for. Use it for planning your wedding, birthday bash, or just about anything. You can even use Pinterest to look, collect, and draw inspiration for your next big masterpiece.

Pinterest for your Android device lets you pin what you find when you’re browsing the web and explore pins and content from other pinners that you follow. If you find something you love, leave a comment and repin it. You can even repin with your camera.

Some users have reported that while they are thrilled that the Pinterest app has arrived, the app still has some bugs that need fixing. Users, for example, have complained that the app keeps crashing when they try to sign up while others complained that pictures take too long to load. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the developers will have these issues fixed in the next update.

 

 


When you roll out of bed and take a peek outside your window, it looks like a promising day. So, you decide to get some fresh air and enjoy the wind in your hair by taking your motorcycle out for a spin. Unfortunately, that promising day can easily turn into bad weather. Who wants to be soaked in rain? There are a lot of weather widgets on the Google Play Store and a number of them can easily replace the default one that phones come with, but if you want a weather widget that will tell you if it’s a good day to ride your motorcycle, then you should get the Motorcycle Weather Widget by InspectorG.

It’s a charming way to get the day’s forecast. You’ll see the maximum and minimum temperature, as well as the amount of rain. This last one is particularly important. If there might be quite a lot of rain, you wouldn’t want to be stuck in it with a low vehicle. That might spell a very expensive repair bill.

You can also check for the weather forecast for the next few days so you’ll always be prepared. If the weather is in your favor, pick up your helmet and take your motorcycle out for a spin. If the widget says it might rain, you might want to take a look at our next app, or you might want to check out our previous post about the best Android weather apps and widgets.

 

 


So the weather widget says it’s going to rain. Thankfully, you’ve managed to avoid getting caught in it. That doesn’t mean you can’t be active inside the house. Pick up your smartphone and launch the Tabata Exercise Interval Timer.

Intervals are important in working out. You can’t just jump rope non-stop for an hour. Not only will you exhaust yourself but you’ll also be doing more harm than good.

The app comes with several presets. You can choose from Tabata, Boxing, MMA, 30 seconds on 30 off, G.S. Kettlebell workout, Compound Circuit Workout, Custom timer, and Meditation. That covers almost all your needs. If you need something specific and you’d like to make your own intervals, Tabata Exercise Interval Timer lets you do that, too. Name your preset, the number of rounds you want to do for that preset, how long each round should be, and your rest period. Save your preset and you’re ready for your workout. If you like working out with music, the Tabata Exercise Interval Timer has that functionality, as well.

The app is free but is ad-supported. The ads appear at the top of the screen but they’re far from the buttons, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally pressing something.

 

 


Have you tried selling an item but, much to your disappointment, it ends up not being bought because you lack the skill of persuasion? Or have you ever wondered how some people are just so good with sales talk that you end up buying a certain item even though you don’t really need it?

If you have experienced either, PitchCake may be able to answer your queries. PitchCake is an app where you can practice your confidence and persuasion skills. What’s great about this app is that you get to be rated according to your confidence, the content of your pitch, and some other criteria that will surely help you assess whether you’ve done great or you need to practice harder.

PitchCake is a community of product brands that need people to make pitches for them. Challenges are listed in the app together with corresponding prize money — your reward for creating a very good pitch. The brands and products have more than one slot for pitches, so if you think you can nail that particular pitch down, record one using the app and submit it. Who knows, you might win the cash prize.

At the moment, PitchCake is open to U.S. citizens only. Let’s just hope that they will turn pitch-making an international one. But, if you are after honing your speaking and persuasion skills, you can still use this app and be rated by their own system. With PitchCake, you’ll be as good as or better than the guy who tried selling cars to you the other day.

 

 


If you have kids that won’t stay still and won’t be contented with reading books, maybe Kids Music Videos can be of help to you. This app has a collection of videos catered to kids, and yes, Barney is in it.

Kids Music Videos houses videos from Sesame Street, Baby TV, Barney, and a lot more. You won’t need to look for these videos individually on the Internet. If, for example, you are running a bit tight on your budget and you can’t afford to buy DVDs yet, having this app will surely be a savior.

The videos in this app can be played using the apps inbuilt player or you can choose to play the videos using YouTube. All of the videos in this app have YouTube channels so you can readily watch them through that service. As of now, the inbuilt player is not fully working so you can just watch the videos with your kids via YouTube. You won’t need to open YouTube separately; the app itself can launch the service once you tap on a video. Just make sure you’ve set the player to YouTube in the settings menu so that the app can directly launch the service.

Kids will surely stay put, watching educational videos from your Android device. Kids Music Videos can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store, so if I were you, I’d download one now and place bright smiles on those restless and hyperactive kids.

 

 


Who doesn’t love Pokemon? For kids who played the original game on their Gameboys years back, they surely would love to play this popular game again. I, for one, have emulators on both my desktop computer and my Android device.

If you loved the sounds you heard in the game and you would want to hear those sounds when you receive a message or when you get a call, Pokemon Soundboard is here to answer that little plea.

This app contains most of the sounds you hear in the game, minus the cries emitted by the various Pokemon (remember how they all seem to sound alike?). The app contains mostly background themes and notable sounds that Pokemon enthusiasts surely know. Sounds from the Pokemon Center, Cinnabar Island, and the other towns are present in the app.

You are not limited to just hearing these wonderful nostalgic tunes. You also get to save the sound to your phone and set it as a ringtone or a notification tone.

Pokemon Soundboard is free. It also has no obtrusive ads that annoy you out of your wits. Download this app today and start reliving the days when training your Pokemon was all you ever wanted to do.

 

 


Anatomy and Physiology Quiz says it all. It is an app that helps you in your anatomy and physiology lessons, especially if you are not the type who loves studying with clunky books.

Study in a new way using this app. The app has 10 free questions to help you remember important anatomy and physiology topics. The quiz allows you to choose the answer from 3 choices. You’d know your answer is wrong from the sound the app plays every time a wrong answer is selected.

Aside from the quiz, the app also has a coloring feature where you can put colors on a human brain. This is one great way of breaking away from all the studying. If your mind is ready for more learning, you can always go back to the quiz and gain more knowledge.

If you enjoyed this app, you can purchase more questions to supplement your learning, since the app only houses 10 questions initially when you download it. The app can be downloaded for free but surely, you won’t settle for just 10 questions. The more questions the quiz has, the better chances of learning more, as well.

The app doesn’t have annoying ads and doesn’t push notifications to your notification bar. Get this app for free and ace those anatomy and physiology exams.

 

 


There are times when a particular scene from a music video or a full-length movie is just very funny or interesting that we keep on replaying that scene. And, because that certain part is worth showing to your friends, you scramble to show them by playing the video back, and what’s worse, you can’t seem to find it anymore.

Quick Cut (Free) is one tool you can use to help you cut out that particular scene and save it as a separate clip. The app is very easy to use, no complicated menus or buttons. The starting point and ending point markers are big enough to be moved, giving you much ease when you pick the part of the movie to be cut.

This app also allows you to choose where to save your clip. You can rename it to something more convenient for you, so when you meet with friends and you want to show them that funny clip, you can easily do so. You won’t be needing the whole video anymore, just the clip you prepared for them to see.

Quick Cut (Free) is of course, a free app you can download from the Google Play Store. It has ads, but luckily, they don’t really get in the way of your editing.

 

 


Did you try any of the new and fresh Android apps of this week?  What do you think of them?  Let us know in the comments and/or vote in the poll below for the ones you like best.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez, Dan Evans, and Elmer Montejo; banner image uses Flickr photo “Andy’s day out” by Scott Akerman)

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