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This Week’s Best New Android Apps

This time we’ll start off the week with a salvo of Android, and as usual we round up the most interesting apps and games for the popular mobile platform. There are lots of them this week, and it was a tough call to pick just a few. We do value quality over quantity, as should you when downloading apps. So here are our recommendations for this week.


Jabber IM by Cisco Systems

jabber IM

If you use Jabber IM for business, then this Android app should make messaging even easier on the go. The app allows access to your desktop IM and does basic functions like chat, call and email. Note that it only supports Android 2.3 and up.

Transparent Calendar Widget

transparent calendar

This clean, minimalist widget is a great widget for showing your Calendar events without blocking your home screen’s wallpaper. Multiple calendars are supported, with color coded boxes to indicate which calendar an event is coming from.



Intellicover is a small app that turns off your screen light when your device is face down, or kept in a case or purse. When the device is picked up, the light turns right back on. This is done using the proximity sensor present in most Android devices.

Calculator Plus Free

calculator plus free

For those lengthy equations for school, work or home, this app trumps the stock calculator app in any version of Android. Never lose track of a calculation even when leaving the app – it’s still there when you come back. With a beautiful interface, doing math is less daunting and even a little appealing.


Marvel War of Heroes

marvel war of heroes

The only official card game from Marvel features Spider-Man, Hulk and Hawkeye. In the game, Hydra is a villain with a secret weapon called iso-8 which can end the world as we know it. The player of the game is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is now given the incredible task to save the world from imminent ruin. The game boasts of regular updates with new cards, and original art by Marvel artists Aleksi Briclot and Francesco Mattina.

Global Outbreak

global outbreak

Experience zombie apocalypse in 3D arcade style. To create a more realistic gaming experience, turning on your phone’s GPS will incorporate your location in the story. Build an army, collect and upgrade weapons to win the battle against the undead.

Note: Samsung Nexus S and Galaxy S are unsupported at this time.

Garfield’s Diner: Hawaii

garfield's diner hawaii

An extension of an earlier game, Garfield and his friends are back – this time in sunny Hawaii! In this cooking game, the diner crew must stay on their feet to serve hungry and impatient customers. I enjoyed the original version of this game, so I’m looking forward to be equally entertained by this one.

Zombie Toss

zombie toss

It’s Fruit Ninja with a zombie twist! This game seems to think zombies make for a good meal, so it’s up to you to decide. The fun part is slashing jumping zombies with knives, chainsaws and other powerful tools that gets the gory job done. After a few levels, this game gets challenging for me, but that didn’t stop me from trying harder.

Knights of Pen and Paper

knights of pen and paper

Another tribute to the pixel-art games of old, Knights of Pen and Paper is a turn-based RPG. In this game, you choose which characters will play, including the bad ones and set up the battlefield. The game will set you back $1.99, but it seems to be a small price to pay for such a good looking game.

Note from developer: This game is only suitable for Android devices with high performance hardware.

There’s always something for everyone in the Android app universe, so I hope you find something for you this week. Enjoy the weekend with your Android device!

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5 Responses to This Week’s Best New Android Apps

  1. Guilherme October 23, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Thank you for listing Knights of Pen and Paper here, I’m one of the devs and found your post via google. :3

    • Kim Barloso October 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      You’re welcome! Nice looking game!

    • Jasjit Singh Marwah November 2, 2012 at 12:55 am #

      Brilliant game! My app’s listed too (Intellicover) but I’m really into GameDev. Hopefully I can make one as awesome as yours. =)

  2. Mike October 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Transparent Calendar Widget does not appear to be in the Play store or Amazon Apps. Can you help?

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