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Apps for April 3, 2012
AirDroid allows users to wirelessly access and manage Android devices from their computers. As long as your Android device and the computer you want to access it with are on the same WiFi network, from your computer you can: transfer files between Android and computer; manage files on Android (copy, cut, delete, rename, share, etc.); read, send, forward, and delete text messages; install, uninstall, and backup apps; download, upload, view, and delete photos; share clipboard between Android and computer; manage contacts and view call log; manage ringtones and audio files (play, delete, rename, etc.); kill running tasks; view device information; and more. Think of AirDroid like WiFi File Transfer but with more features — a lot more features.
The best part is AirDroid is extremely easy to use and has a terrific user interface. All you do is start AirDroid on your Android after which you are given a URL/IP address and a password. Visit that URL/IP address in any modern browser on your computer, input the password, and you have access to your Android device. Since AirDroid requires password authentication, it provides some level of security in case you are connected to a public WiFi. AirDroid is such a great app, I’m surprised it is free with no paid version (yet).
Version discovered: v1.0.4 Beta
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Download size: 2.7 MB
From the developers of BaldBooth and FatBooth comes AgingBooth, an app that makes people look old(er). Just like its two siblings, AgingBooth takes a picture – which can be a new image taken using the front or back camera or can be an existing photo – and transforms the face in the image (after the eyes, lips, and chin have been marked with markers). In the case of AgingBooth, the face is made to look older. Transformed images can be deleted, shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter, and saved.
Be warned that you probably shouldn’t show the transformed images to kid — the older faces look more scary than realistic.
Version discovered: v1.1
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Download size: 5.5 MB
Tiki Kart 3D
Tiki Kart 3D is a kart racing game for Android. The mechanics of the game are similar to popular kart racing games, such as Mario Kart 64 (oh the good ole’ days), except there is no multiplayer mode — you either race the circuit or do practice runs. In circuit races you are racing against six other karts doing three laps; you must steer your way through the course avoiding obstacles and getting power-ups which grant you stuff like oil slick, rockets, land mines, fireballs, and speed boost.
The free version of Tiki Kart 3D is ad-supported and has three karts, three drives, and one circuit (the circuit can be raced at 50cc, 100cc and 150cc — you must unlock 100cc and 150cc by winning 50cc/100cc). You can unlock more karts and circuits via in-app purchases or make a one time purchase of Tiki Kart 3D Complete to get everything. In total there are eight karts, eight drivers, and fifteen circuits, with each circuit having three levels of difficulty.
Version discovered: v2.3
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Download size: 18 MB
dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, Android Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.