This is part 2 of this week's roundup, featuring applications. For part 1 with games and live wallpapers, see 25 Best New Android Games And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/19/11 – 6/1/11)
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LBE Privacy GuardAndroid Police coverage: [New App] LBE Privacy Guard Is Like Windows’ UAC For Rooted Android Devices
This app looks like a more sophisticated implementation of the fine-rained permission control that was added to CyanogenMod last month and both praised and criticized by many. Definitely deserves the #1 spot in the roundup.
--This application requires a ROOTed phone, please make sure your phone has been unlocked and ROOTed.
Welcome to use LBE Privacy Guard, the most powerful privacy protection software for Android platform.
With the state-of-the-art API interception technology, LBE Privacy Guard provides great enhancement to Android permission system, now the first time you are able to:
- Protect your privacy by controlling the permission of each application to access your sensitive data.
- Block malicious operation from Mal-wares and Trojans.
- Block unwanted network traffic if you don’t have a unlimited data plan.
- Find out which application is trying to steal your privacy by checking the security log.
- And even more...
LBE Privacy Guard
Hacker’s KeyboardAndroid Police coverage: Hacker’s Keyboard Brings A Full Keyboard Experience To Android
Hacker's Keyboard makes ConnectBot usable on a whole new level. Great if you're used to standard desktop keyboard layouts, plus it's open source!
--A full 5-row keyboard including arrow and Esc/Ctrl keys, intended for tablets.
Are you missing the key layout you're used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys.
This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices such as the Xoom tablet or Nexus S that don't have a trackball or D-Pad.
For more information, including the user's guide, FAQ/known issues, alternate version downloads, and the source code, please check out the developer web page: http://code.google.com/p/hackerskeyboard/
DropSnapAndroid Police coverage: [New App] Brilliant! DropSnap Instantly Syncs Newly Taken Photos To Dropbox
Purchased immediately after seeing the demo. You guys have no idea how helpful instant screenshot and photo syncing will be for writing app and other reviews.
--Automatically sync photos/videos you take to your DropBox account (requires premium upgrade).
Interested in what premium provides? Just take a picture, DropSnap will notify you that it is ready to upload your photo. When you upgrade to premium, this becomes automatic.
Keep your photos in sync! Great if you ever lose your phone or it gets stolen.
Created by @ChrisSoyars and @optedoblivion.
Prox ProProx is a gesture based service that allows you to control certain aspects of your phone without even touching it. You can launch applications, expand and contract your status bar, and even silence your phone. Prox also allows you to have several load outs. You can switch your load outs and do completely different actions.
Prox uses the proximity sensor and accelerometer on your phone to do certain actions. Current actions include:
*Expand and contract status bar
*Emulate home button
*Turn off screen
*Toggle ringer mode
*Show some text (Toast)
*Launch an application
*Play a tone
Your phone must have a proximity sensor for this to work! Also, please download the Lite version before you try this one. ALL PROXIMITY SENSORS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!!!
Amazon Free App ReminderHow many time have you forgot to look at the free app of the day from the Amazon Appstore? Use this to receive a daily notification in your status bar with information about the free app of the day. Clicking on the notification will open the Amazon Appstore
Daily reminder with general information about the app
Click on the notification to open the appstore
Configurable notification options (vibrations, LED's, and sound)
Amazon Free App Reminder
Firefox BetaIf you're going to roll with Firefox, might as well roll with the bleeding edge.
--With Firefox Beta you can enjoy your favorite features like Sync, Add-ons and the Awesome Screen, while being one of the first to use brand new features and functionality that will be in the upcoming stable release of Firefox for mobile.
BBC NewsUK only it seems :-[
--Latest and breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists.
SwiftKey X Beta (Phone)Use this instead of the original SwiftKey or SwifKey beta. Plus, it's free for a limited time.
--SwiftKey X Beta for smartphones builds on TouchType's SwiftKey keyboard to offer cloud personalization, a new prediction engine and a host of new UI improvements.
SwiftKey X Beta (Phone)
Read It Later FreeA free version of the very popular paid offline reading app.
--Read It Later lets you save webpages to read later, even without an internet connection.
It has been called "a DVR for the web" by the New York Times, Business Week, Time, TechCrunch and more.
When you come across an article or a webpage you'd like to read but can't at that time, save it to your Read It Later list. You can then read it whenever you have a moment - whether it's on the couch, during your commute, on the plane, train, or practically anywhere. This allows you to eliminate the cluttering of bookmarks and inboxes with links that are merely of a one-time interest. It's like a staging area for bookmarks.
Read It Later Free
Charles Schwab Mobile BankingWith the Schwab Mobile app for Android smartphones, you can keep track of your brokerage and Schwab Bank accounts no matter where you are.
- Manage your investments with the ability to view current positions and transfer money between accounts.
- Keep an eye on market news and real time quotes.
- Easily trade stocks, mutual funds, ETFs and more.
Charles Schwab Mobile Banking
S.O.S. by American Red CrossThe S.O.S. app provides step-by-step video narration by Dr. Oz and follow along demonstrations allowing people to quickly and confidently respond to common emergency situations with the goal of saving lives. This free app also includes an expansive Resource Guide for easy access to additional emergency care information.
S.O.S. by American Red Cross
Root ToolboxA neat all-in-one app for rooted users that could come in handy for those who don't like to use adb. Shares a bunch of functionality with ROM Manager, but hey - it's free and well reviewed.
-Wipe Battery Stats
-Launch Hidden Menu
-Fix Market Links
-Restart Status Bar
-Dual Mount Sdcard + EXT
-System App Remover
Password Manager FreeWant the best security for your personal data? Facebook, Gmail, Twitter passwords? Password Manager Free handles it all! Using a simple, intuitive interface, this application is the only security notes app you'll ever need.
✓ Tablet compatible!
✓ 256-bit AES Encryption and secure password protection for 100% of your data
✓ Personalized categories to match your organizational style
✓ Customizable entries including usernames, passwords, websites, notes, etc, or create your own fields
✓ Store any information you want - no restrictive templates required!
✓ Quick copy / paste between applications
✓ Native look and easy to use interface
✓ All your info is stored locally. None of your passwords ever leave your phone!
Password Manager Free
The Wall Street Journal MobileWSJ optimized for phones - that's all there is to it.
--Read articles from Today’s Paper and get updated news from Business, Tech, Life and Culture and more throughout the day. Save your favorite WSJ articles for reading later and share with your friends via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Experience rich multi-media from The Wall Street Journal including Photos of the Day, Video Center and Podcasts.
The Wall Street Journal Mobile
HipChatYay! We use HipChat for our intrateam chat here at AndroidPolice and couldn't be more excited about the official Android app. Seriously, HipChat absolutely rocks for group collaboration.
--HipChat is a hosted IM and group chat service for companies and teams. No ads, obscure screen names, or failed file transfers. Collaborate in real-time with colleagues and clients in persistent chat rooms. Thousands of startups, small business, and virtual teams use HipChat every day.
SPB TimeGotta love them clock apps. They just keep on coming, and we can never have enough.
--SPB Time is an advanced, skinnable time toolbox for your Android phone. Analog and digital clock modes, World clock, timers and stopwatches, and advanced alarms. A lot of time-related functions in this world's bestselling application!
- Analog and Digital clocks
- Classic, Bio and Paranoid alarms
- 6 Homescreen widgets
- World time
- Moon phases
- 30+ FREE themes
- Online skin catalog
HoundNot to be confused with SoundHound from the same company, Hound is a little different - you speak to it rather than have it listen to music. The end result should be the same - a page with info about the artist, song, lyrics, song previews, videos, etc. A bit pointless IMO, as you usually want to see that page if you don't already know the song, but could be useful to those looking for lyrics from time to time nonetheless.
--Hound is voice search. Speak it, get it. The fastest and most delightful way to search has arrived for music.
Simply speak the name of an artist or band and instantly get access to song previews, lyrics, album art, and videos, see artist bios, album info, tour dates and more.