Google+ 2.0 leaked from Ice Cream Sandwich – Introduces new name, Chord

Upon extracting and installing the yet to be released Google+ app, you’ll notice a stark difference on the launch screen. The sub-app, once named Huddle, currently named Messenger, looks to have been given yet another new name; this time, Chord. I’m not sure I follow why Chord makes for a better moniker than Huddle or Messenger, but I suppose Google has its reasons. Asides from Chord you may also notice that the notifications have moved from the bottom to the top. Delving deeper into the app, you should immediately start to find the refinement and polish similar to that of the new Music app we just posted about. Much of the app functions just the same as it had but with a much cleaner look. Although, there’s been an addition of a new widget specifically for Honeycomb tablets. The widgets displays a resizable stream for the circles of your choosing.

More screenshots after the break.

Manage All Your Podcasts Effortlessly With BeyondPod

I’ll admit, I’m new to Podcasts. One of the things that seemed daunting was keeping track of so many different Podcasts, and like watching TV episodes, sometimes I forget what episode number I’ve left off on in my busy schedule. BeyondPad helped with both of those problems right away. Not only did it let me quickly search for the PodCasts I wanted, it also automatically downloads the latest ones for me so I don’t have to remember to grab them. The biggest plus though was being able to see which episodes I have listened to already and, with a status bar, shows me how much of it I listened to already. This gives me a quick at a glance view to be able to restart an old episode I might not have finished just yet. Another bonus is that it always remembers where you left off on each episode and replays it from that section on your next listen. I also like my apps to be clean looking and fast and BeyondPod gives both of those values as well. You’ll even be able to set the app to only sync and download your episodes when your device is on WiFi. There is even an option to speed up the podcasts to shorten your listening time with apps like Presto, which you can download by clicking 1x within the player.

BeyondPad offers a trial version fthat you can try out for seven days with full features. To unlock it’s full potential after the trial period you can purchase an unlock key from the market for $6.99. Since it’s free for seven days, hit up the break and give it shot for yourself. You can catch download links and screenshots after the break and don’t forget to let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Paper Camera

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is Paper Camera. I wouldn’t call this a camera replacement on your device, but I had some fun taking pictures with the effects it created. What’s also cool is the rendering effect is shown in real time before you snap your shot. The app is a tad on the sluggish side, but not enough to take away from the fun of snapping a few neat comic book style shots. In the gallery after the break you’ll see a shot of my sunglasses and the app did a great job of drawing in the light reflecting off the lens. This is certainly worth checking out to have some fun with and you’ve got nothing to lose because it’s free today.

This app will normally cost you $1.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video and some of the effect’s screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

Simple Sound Profile Widget Gives You Quick And Easy Access to Change Your Sound Profiles

Once upon a time in the Froyo OS, which some of you still may be on, there was an option to volume down to select silent and vibrate sound profiles separately. For whatever reason, Google decided to ditch this nice little feature in Gingerbread and it has been sorely missed. Thankfully there are plenty of apps out there to help handle this problem and Simple Sound Profile Widget is one of them. This is an ultra simple to use sound profile widget that lets you switch between four different sound profiles at the tap of the widget. There is nothing fancy here other than an easy to use sound profile app that you’ll be able to set up in no time and has a simple but cool looking widget to go along with it. If you chose to leave the feature on, you’ll also have a notification icon to show you which profile you’re currently using. The app is free in the market, so hit up the break for links to the market and some screenshots to check out. It really doesn’t get any more simple than this.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Thumb Keyboard

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a keyboard replacement called Thumb Keyboard. I can’t say enough awesome things about this keyboard, but I’ll at least give you a few hot features I love. First of all, this is the first keyboard replacement I’ve used that hasn’t lagged. There is usually a bit a of lag when typing fast and hitting the space bar, but I haven’t experienced any with this on my Droid X so far. What really sealed the deal for this keyboard was it’s ability to set different layouts for portrait and landscape modes. I absolutely love the split keyboard in landscape with slightly wider keys where I feel much less cramped. There are also a ton of themes to download and more than enough options for customization. Grab it while it’s free as this may be the best keyboard replacement out there. Unfortunately, I’m not able to test this on a tablet, but I would guess it functions just as fantastic there as it does on my smartphone.

This keyboard will normally cost you $2.53, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

OnTheFly For Android Updated Making It Easier To Plan Your Trip

OnTheFly, from ITA Software by Google, offers an easy way to shop for airfare on your Android device. While the app doesn’t allow booking, its ultra fast interface lets you quickly get a list of airline comparison prices for your future trip. One of the new features included is a flexible date search that lets you browse up to 35 days of potential departure dates combined with a price graph. You’ll also have access to a search history and the application will find local airports in your area to search from. I did notice Southwest seems to be missing from the list, so that may be a bit of a minus for some, but the app is free to see if it works for your needs. Hit up the break for a QR code and a link to the market to check it out for yourself.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Handrite Note

Well, it looks like Amazon was a bit slow today getting up their free app of the day, but here it is. Up today is Handrite Note, and app that let’s you write notes to a notepad with your finger on your android device. The app is very well put together where what you write is magnified on the screen and then shrunken down to the notepad when you stop writing a word or letter. You can even change the type/color of the paper that’s in your realistic looking notepad. At first glance, I wondered why I would want to use this instead of creating a voice note or just using voice to text for a quick note. It turns out you can use your built in keyboard in conjunction with the app as well as writing or drawing on the notepad with different pen styles and colors. This app is very well done and looks great, so why not give it a try yourself since for today it’s free.

Normally this app will cost you $2.99 to buy, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Treasures of Montezuma 2

Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.

Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Screebl Pro

Up today in the Amazon Appstore is another fantastic app for free called Screebl. With this app you’ll never have to worry about your screen shutting off on you again while reading a long e-mail or showing off a picture on your phone. Based on your phones orientation, you’re phone’s screen will be kept on until it’s placed outside of the orientation range you’ve set. This is based on the fact that when you’re using your phone you not holding it perfectly parallel to the ground  or perfectly perpendicular with it standing straight up. To test where you range is set, the icon in the notification bar will display green when activated and white when deactivated (you can also disable it from displaying in the notifications as well). There’s a huge handful of configuration options including allowing the app to work when inverted (laying down with your phone), stillness detection, disabling when docked, and much more. Be sure to check out the video after the break for a history and full details on the app. So far Screebl is working perfectly and is a great app to have in your arsenal.

This app will normally cost you $1.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video and some configuration screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

Robotek HD: A Fantastic Looking RPG With A Great Blend Of Strategy And Action

Roboteck, from developers Hexage, is hands down the most addicting and fun game I’ve played yet on Android. Just like one of Hexage’s other games Evac, you’ll find a perfect chill soundtrack from kubatko as well as their signature neon graphics which are quite stunning to say the least. The game is based on a world campaign where you must win and take over nodes scattered across the world map. The difficulty is marked for each node and the “power” required to enter each. You’ll start off with 50 power points and gain more along with experience points, more is awarded for defeating a more challenging node than you might be ready for. You can go through this whole game without paying a dime, but if you choose to, you can purchase upgrade coins that will unlock a recharge node to gain power back. OK, enough of that let’s get to it after the break.

Run For Your Life Pac-Man Style In The Gorgeous Looking Game: Evac HD

One of my favorite game developers, Hexage, creates not only awesome games, but they are also fantastic looking with great soundtracks. Evac is a throw back to Pac-Mac of sorrts, but there is also a mix of puzzles and stealth game play that will defiantly challenge you later on in the levels. What really makes this game stand out besides its awesome concept is the game’s looks and sound track. With a new but old school retro neon glowing effect it simply just looks fantastic. There is also a laid back technoish signature soundtrack by kubatko that really adds the the casual, but challenging gameplay. You’ll really have to play it for yourself to see what I mean. You’ll have 32 fantastically designed levels to run through with game dialog as you go through. Oh yeah, this one is optimized for the Xperia PLAY as well. This used to be a paid game, but it’s free right now in the market, so grab it while that lasts. Check out the trailer for the game below as well as two QR codes and market links, the second being the non-HD version if you have any performance issues. Have fun and let us know what you think.

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: CircleLauncher

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a fantastic widget app called CircleLauncher. The widget will let you add and access your contacts, apps, or bookmarks with one touch of a circle, horizontal line, or a vertical line. You’ll do this with some style though as you can roll over the group of quick access icons you’ve setup to get a Mac’ish launcher type of animation. You can also select your widget launcher icon for the stock pack or select your own from images or icon packs. Circle Launcher is ultra easy to setup and very fast. To get started, you’ll select CircleLauncher from your widgets, choose the type (contacts, apps, or bookmarks), choose what you want the widget to list, and select how it’s displayed (circle, horizontal, or vertical). No more searching for your favorite things to launch. Put it all in one place that doesn’t take up a lot of screen space with CircleLauncher.

This app will normally cost you $1.35, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

Download HTC Vigor (DROID Incredible HD) Wallpapers, Live Wallpaper, Notifications, Ringtones, And Boot Animation

As we wait for the hotness that is the HTC Vigor (DROID Incredible HD) supposedly with a 720p screen, the folks over at Android Police have whipped up something special. They’ve packed up a handful of goodies from the device to include the wallpapers, ringtones, notification tones, and the boot animation. The download links can be found right after the break, so grab em while they’re hot. Warning, the Wave Live Wallpaper has been reported to cause motion sickness, so proceed at your own risk.

Hanging with friends now available for free in the Android Market

Today we have another addicting game for you to try out. If you like word games like Scrabble and Hangman this might just be your gig.

A new release from Zynga, Hanging With Friends, is game meant to be played with an opponent. You and your opponent are hanging from a bundle of balloons that keep you in the game. The goal is to remain afloat and not plummet to your impending doom. You start out by spelling out a word from a given amount of tiles just like in Scrabble. The longer the word the better, you receive bonus points with the more letters you can use. After your word is on the board (your opponent can’t see it), it is his or her turn to try and guess the word from the same tiles you were given. The more wrong guesses made, the more strikes you get. The more strikes you get, the less balloons you have to keep you airborne. Once you loose that last balloon…. You get the point.

The game can be played against friends from Facebook, random opponents or search from friends within your contacts who have the app. You can also simply pass your phone off to a friend.

Hanging with friends if a free ad supported app and can be downloaded via the link or QR code after the break.  Also don’t forget to check out some more screen shots as well.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  

Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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