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New and fresh Android apps of the week (October 20 issue)

October 20, 2012

The days fly by quickly, especially among busy bees like us here at Android Authority.  Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily living, we stumble upon new gems for our Android phones and tablets, new and fresh apps with great potential for solving many of our daily lives’ problems great and small.

This third week of October, we share with you some of the new and fresh Android apps on the Google Play Store.  In this post, find out more about an app for

  • estimating how much you’d need spend if you lived in another place;
  • scheduling sending of SMS messages;
  • wiping your phone usage history and protecting your privacy;
  • relaxing your brain by listening to tunes;
  • locking down apps just by dialing;
  • creating collages quickly;
  • finding out where or with whom to hang out;
  • keeping tabs on your alcohol intake;
  • ensuring that you wake up without snoozing the alarm clock;
  • visualizing your movie and photo shoots;
  • calling for help during emergencies;
  • autolocking your device, depending on where it is kept;
  • telling time just by shaking your phone;
  • encrypting and decrypting the messages you send or receive; and
  • managing and organizing files.

Check out these new Android apps and let us know what you think of them.

Before migrating to another country, you must know that place’s living conditions. You should check if the place is conducive for living and if it is right for your budget. SHARAMOBi’s Cost of Living app gives you an idea of how much you will spend in a certain country. You will be able to see the estimated cost of products, how much you will spend for meals, the estimated cost of restaurants, cost of clothes and apparel, and more. The app supports US Dollar, PHP, and EUR currencies. It also contains a wide selection of countries in its database and even allows you compare prices between countries. Get the ad-free Cost of Living app for about US$2.00 from the Google Play Store.



Are you the type of person who wants to be the first to greet a friend happy birthday through text but you keep falling asleep when the clock strikes 12? How about repeatedly sending reminders to your friends? With DRC INFOTECH’s Auto SMS Sender, you won’t need to touch your phone in order to send a message. All you need to do is to type your message, indicate the recipient, set the time that you want your message to be sent, and let the app do the rest. You can do important things while letting your phone send your messages for you. Get the ad-free Auto SMS Sender app for free from the Google Play Store.



We store a lot of confidential information on our Android phones. Instead of just keeping that information on our handsets, it is better that we clear that data, such as the browser history, so it can’t be accessed by prying eyes. You can use Micropile’s History Eraser & Privacy App so you can erase confidential information from your Android handset. Aside from erasing your browsing history, you can also erase your SMS messages, Google Play Store history, search history, clipboard, Gmail history, and video, photo, and map history. Just mark the data you want to clear out and tap the Protect Now! button. Instantly erase confidential data with the History Eraser & Privacy App, available for free from the Google Play Store.



After a long work week, it’s good to find some time to relax. The Social BrainGym by Social BrainGym lets your brain relax by letting you listen to relaxing tunes. There are 4 music packages in the app which you’ll need to download first before you can listen to them. It’s also advised to play the music in a quiet room or use the app with a headphones. If you’re tired at work, just close your eyes and listen to the relaxing tune. You can download the Social BrainGym app for about a dollar from the Google Play Store.



If you’re worried that your friends will access your personal stuff when they borrow your phone, worry no more. You can protect your personal stuff with jacksrow’s Dial and Lock app. This app allows you to quickly lock an application by using your phone’s dialer. You will only need to type in a special code assigned to a particular app to lock or unlock it. When your friends want to borrow your phone to make a call, use this app to block your messages or your private pictures in the gallery. Start blocking your apps now with the ad-free Dial and Lock app, available absolutely free from the Google Play Store.



The developers at GamePind let you make collages easily without having to sit at a computer and break out the image editing programs. You won’t need to spend hours agonizing over layouts and trying to wring your brain for creativity. Instant Collages does what it says on the tin. Simply choose images from your gallery and the app will let you choose a layout for the collage. Move and resize images by just dragging them on the screen. When you’re pleased with your results, save the image and share it with friends on Facebook, Instagram, and more. The app is free for download from the Google Play Store but is ad-supported.



Feeling lonely on a Friday night? Wondering where all your friends are? CROWDIT by Carlsberg Breweries A/S will make sure that you’ll have somewhere and someone to hang out with. Log in with Facebook and you can see the last places your friends checked in. See what’s new on your Newsfeed or what’s happening at your favorite places. You can also check out your friends’ routes and the places they visit, as well as share some of your own.

Unfortunately, at this time, the app doesn’t have a comprehensive list of places for all countries. In the next few months, however, it may have more places for you to check out. Know where your friends are and what’s happening near you with the ad-supported CROWDIT app, free for download from the Google Play Store.



A drink now and then is good but if you overdo it, you could get into big trouble and land yourself in the hospital. If you don’t keep a tight rein over how much you drink, you could find yourself ingesting more alcohol than you’ve intended. Drinking diary by Drive Production will allow you to monitor how much you’re drinking the next time you go out to socialize with friends. There’s no need for you to manually input any numbers because all you need to do is tap on the size and type of the glass of the drink you’ve just had.

You can also use the Drinking diary to locate pubs in your area. Unfortunately for us, the app wasn’t very accurate about locating the pubs in our city. We’re hoping the developers will provide more accurate information in the future. Try this free ad-supported app from the Google Play Store today.



Reduce rolling over right after you hit snooze on your alarm with the Open your eyes – Camera Alarm. Style J.’s alarm clock app is unique because to shut it up, you’ll need to show the app that you’re awake. The app will detect your eyes for a set number of seconds before it will give you the option to stop it. If you’re the stylish (or nerdy) type and you have your hair in your face, I recommend getting it out of the way or else the app won’t recognize both your eyes. Don’t blink because if you do, you’ll need to start from the very beginning of the counter. Now that you’re up, get up to speed with news updates you can find on Open your eyes – Camera Alarm’s homescreen. This app is free to download but it’s also ad-supported.



This app is perfect for both indie and professional directors. Sometimes you need to illustrate the point you want your actors to get and you might have to look for a whiteboard to draw it on, but with Shot Designer, developed by Hollywood Camera Work LLC, you can work on your blocking and scene building right from your device. You won’t be working with static images and leave the scene up to the imagination either. You can animate your subjects and your cameras so you can visualize the scene in advance and better convey what you want to your actors and performers.



Developed by SMARTnav Ltd, Panic Button turns your Android device into a real panic button and notifies your loved ones when you need help. No icon will appear on your device. You can configure up to three emergency numbers. To call for help, press the Power button four consecutive times to let the app do its functions. The app sends messages to the number you have set together with the location of your device and calls the numbers to notify them. A link will redirect them to Google Maps, pinpointing where you are or where your device is. The app will only work if your device has data connection enabled or your device is connected to the Internet. Get help when you’re in a panic; try Panic Button free from the Google Play Store.



Using your Android’s proximity sensor, Plexnor’s Gravity Screen Off Pro automatically turns your device’s screen on and off. The app automatically locks your screen if it detects that the device is in your pocket and turns on the screen if the device is out of the pocket. The app has several options for how or when to lock/unlock the screen. Try Gravity Screen Off Pro for about 2 dollars from the Google Play Store. A free version is available, too.

Download Gravity Screen Off for less from the Google Play Store today and save yourself from the hassle of locking and unlocking your device’s screen, especially when you have so much on your hands.



Gone are the days when you have to stop walking just to check your device for the time. Watches won’t be necessary anymore, too, as well if you have Pocket Clock by ru3ch initiative installed on your Android device. The app reads the time out loud for you — just wake up your device and shake it. Shake sensitivity can be configured according to your personal preference. Shake for the time with Pocket Clock, free for download from the Google Play Store.



If you don’t want other people to read your messages, you’ll probably like Encrypt and Send by Nino Rush. It encrypts the messages you send. Just compose a message using the app, set a key, encrypt your message, and send it through various ways like email, Facebook, Google+, and even your device’s Messaging function. Your message receiver also needs to have the app installed, or else the received message will not be decoded or decrypted. Fortify your messaging privacy with Encrypt and Send, downloadable for free from the Google Play Store.



Sorting and organizing files have become easy tasks, thanks to Velox File Manager by VeloxDev. This is a powerful file manager that also allows you to choose applications you can open a file with. Besides that, you can search a file by typing in the file or folder name, or even the file extension. You can also sorting your files according to storage. Try this app for free from the Google Play Store.



What do you think of these new apps on the Google Play Store?  Is there one in this batch that caught your attention?  Let us know by leaving a comment and voting in the poll below.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez, Dan Evans, and Elmer Montejo; banner photo uses uses Flickr image “Morning Dew” by F_A_F)

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