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Apps of the Week

A great selection of apps from the Android Central crew. Welcome back to our second edition of the Apps of the Week column for the month of August, where we give the Android Central writers a chance to show off apps that they're using. This post is a place for the writers to sound off about an app or service they've been using in the last week and just have to tell everyone about. Hang along with us after the break where we have a Facebook alternative, a couple of games and a few tools to round out the group.

Casey Rendon - Klyph

I'm not a big Facebook user. I only go on to keep up with group announcements, or when someone bugs me enough to look at their photo or video du jour. When I do use Facebook on Android, I want to get in and get out. That's something that's always bugged me about the official app - it's just too slow. A new app on the play Store - Klyph - gives Facebook users a fast, smooth, and attractive alternative to Zuckerburg's in-house creation. The combination of speed and Google+ UI just feels satisfying. It is still early in development, and there are a few limitations due 3rd party app restrictions, but it offers enough for my uses to ditch the official app. It's free on the Play Store, with a paid version available if you'd like to support the developer or get rid of ads.


Chris Parsons - Hungry Shark Evolution

Although I was disturbed to learn that no Sharknado app yet existed, I did find some joy in finding and playing Hungry Shark Evolution. As you may have guessed from the name, you get to play as a shark eating everything that you possibly can get your teeth sinked into. The genre is a bit overplayed but the game is fun to play through no less. Plus, they've gone ahead and added some special add-ons for Shark Week which are, a bit amusing. Overall, mindless fun and I'm OK with that.


Jerry Hildenbrand - ActiveNotifications

If you're wanting something akin to the new Moto X Active Display, and have a device running Android 4.3, you might want to give ActiveNotifications a look. It sits quietly in your application drawer until you get a notification, which it then presents on top of the lock screen, giving you a preview very much like the one seen on the Moto X. The app is configurable - you can control which notifications come through, how long the screen stays lit, and with the premium purchase you can hide the notification details from prying eyes. The app is still fairly new, and it's not perfect. I use a couple apps that leave a persistent notification, and this seems to throw a wrench into the works from time to time. The developer seems responsive, though, and the 99-cents was well spent in my opinion. Edit: In the time since writing this, ActiveNotifications has been updated to version 1.4 which brings custom brightness to the premium feature set, better handling of persistent notifications and most exciting - support for devices running 4.1.2 and higher. That's one responsive developer!