Saturday, March 19, 2011

AAQR: Sky Dream Lite LWP (no longer available)

Sky Dream Lite LWP is a VERY pretty LWP that simulates flying above the clouds. This is so pretty, it's my editor's choice.

Yes, that's a real screenshot (courtesy of Appbrain). And the orientation can be changed randomly, or depends on your phone's orientation.

NO LONGER AVILABLE, only full version can be purchased.

http://www.appbrain.com/app/skydream-lite/com.skydreamlite.framework
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AAQR: Growing Mosaic Lite LWP (U)

Growing Mosaic Lite LWP recreates a picture out of blocks piecing together a mosaic. It somehow just never quite looks right.

Rating: skip it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/growing-mosaic-lite/de.ragingdave.growingmosaic

Friday, March 18, 2011

Home Replacement App Roundup updated, added Open Home 6

Android robot logo.Image via WikipediaWith the addition of Open Home 6 (beta) the best roundup of FREE home / launcher replacement app for Android has reached a new milestone... 40 different ones compared and reviewed!

The best choices has NOT changed: Go Launcher EX (with ADW.Launcher and Launcher Pro close behind). For lightweight home apps it's a toss-up between Zeam and TagHome.

Read the roundup here:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Droid-Home-Replacement-App-Comparison
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AAQR: Web Lite Live Wallpaper (U)

Web Lite LWP looks like web, but doesn't. It looks like a bunch of cancer cells growing. Eeeks.

Rating: Skip it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/web-lite-live-wallpaper/com.VoronoiLite

AAQR: Crazy Colors LWP (U)

Crazy Colors LWP spews random color blobs out of the middle and based on your touch. It is somewhat similar in spirit as Coligma.

Rating: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/crazy-colors-live-wallpaper/com.maxelus.crazycolorslivewallpaper

AAQR: ARTware MonDroid LWP (U)

ARTware MonDriaNoid is another series of clock-based LWP (the previous ones were already reviewed here), and this one is interesting, as it's a series of sliding bars.

The odd part... When installed, the name is actually ARTware MonDroid (they can't decide on the name)

Rating: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/mondrianoid-live-wallpaper/kuba.livewall.mondroid
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

AAQR: Drops of Energy Demo LWP (U)

Drops of Energy LWP (demo) has some color drops that "flow" down the screen, and the free demo has BIG WORD that says "DEMO". Eeek!

Rating: Skip it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/drops-of-energy-%28demo%29/com.strain.wallpaper.energydropsdemo

AAQR: Disease Propagation LWP (U)

Disease Propagation LWP is a simulation of how disease spread... healthy becomes sick, sick then recover. It's an interesting view of how the different nodes change colors from one to next. If you don't know it's scientific you'd just think it's something like Christmas lights.

Rating: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/disease-propagation-demo/com.exitbrain.livewallpaper.diseasepropagation.demo

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AAQR: Chinese Chess

Chinese Chess is a variant of the classic chess. And this free app, with a TINY footprint, actually plays a pretty mean game. You can do the typical save, undo, and such.

If you are interested in learning a new strategy game, try it. If you are a fan of Chinese chess, you need to get this.

Rating: Get it!

http://www.appbrain.com/app/chinese-chess/com.cchess

AAQR: Pixel Art Clock Widget

Pixel Art Clock Widget is an Isometric Looking clock that takes up 4x1 spaces on your desktop. And that's all it really does. There's no color options or other goodies. Hoever, if you have something isometric looking, it may fit in pretty well.

Rating: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/pixel-art-clock-widget/com.nasc.widget.pixelartclock

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AAQR: Chomp

Android MarketImage via WikipediaChomp is yet another attempt to demystify Android Market, similar to AppBrain, but improves it by creating "lists" of apps that fits popular searches, like "expense trackers", "todo lists", "puzzle games", and so on.

You can browse a few of the popular searches, or enter your own. When you pick a list you get 10 hits that fit the search topic. You are also encouraged to rate the titles so Chomp can recommend better.

This won't replace Appbrain, but it should add to it somewhat.

Rating: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/chomp/com.chomp.android
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AAQR: Birds Live Wallpaper Free (U)

Birds Live Wallpaper is similar to "Flock" on PC, where flock behavior is simulated. This one however, adds some predators, which makes for interesting movements. However, there are a few glitches. In a few instances, the birds (both predator and prey) are just stuck. It's also graphically a bit plain.

Rating: Skip it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/birds-live-wallpaper-free/ptaki.BirdsLiveWallpaper
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Monday, March 14, 2011

AAQR: Perfect Viewer

Perfect Viewer was designed as a manga/comic viewer on Android but evolved into a more general picture viewer. And it is quite impressive.

There is minimal buttons on screen. Instead, you can pop up an overlay which tells you what area of screen to touch to do certain things. And there are A LOT of options, including zoom or not, what sort of resize algorithm to use (which affects speed/quality trade-off), and much more.

If you don't do a lot of image viewing this is probably of little use to you, but if you do use a lot of images, this is worth checking out.

Rating: Try it!

http://www.appbrain.com/app/perfect-viewer/com.rookiestudio.perfectviewer
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AAQR: Ultra Voice Changer (free)

Ultra Voice Changer lets you record some short audio, then apply various effects to it, like chipmunk, alien, metallic / robot, and more.

This one comes with about a dozen effects (some are just variations). You can send it via SMS or such. It's pretty interesting to play with. You get more if you pay for the deluxe version.

NOTE: This cannot be used to disguise your voice calls.

Rate: Try it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/ultra-voice-changer/com.kimusoft.voice_changer_chipmunk

Sunday, March 13, 2011

AAQR: Hypnotic Mandala Live Wallpaper (U)

Spinning shapes that changes in color, size, and rotates into some pretty good look patterns.

Rating: Get it!

http://www.appbrain.com/app/hypnotic-mandala-live-wallpape/mobile.visuals.hypnotic.mandala

AAQR: Color Time Live Wallpaper (U)

This LWP takes the time, hashes a color code out of it, and sets that as the background color.

Is it interesting? Sort of. I guess if you got used to it you can guess the hour from the background color, but why?

Rating: Skip it

http://www.appbrain.com/app/color-time-live-wallpaper/com.mimminito.colourtimewallpaper