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Weekly App Roundup: Launch-X, MultiTask Manager, FlightView

Launch-X (Free and $1.28): Launch-X is a customizable widget for your device.  It allows the user to create their own widget with direct links to applications or contacts for direct calls and more.  You can change the design of the widget to accommodate up to 49 shortcuts in one widget on the pro version.  This app uses a widget that allows scrolling and smaller icons to save you space.  Are you too afraid to use a home replacement or root?  Launch-X can give you some of that sweet screen real estate you have been yearning to get back!

MultiTask Manager (Free):  This task manager takes on a slightly different approach to ATK.  Clicking on MTM enables a task bar to come up on top of your home screen.  This looks much like an iOS / Windows bar with applications on it.  You can click the icons to go to the application or long press to kill them.  Definitely good for those who converted from a WinMo phone to our beloved Droid!

PanoPlanet Live Wallpaper ($1.98):  PanoPlanet Live Wallpaper is a truly interesting experience.  It takes images on your phone and allows you to set them as an interactive wallpaper in a fully 3D view.  As you scroll, or move, or touch, the wallpaper moves in that direction showing you the completely panoramic image.  Thousands of images are available here. To fully explain just what I mean, I am including the video sent by the creator himself!  Enjoy!

PanoPlanet

FlightView (Free and $0.99):  FlightView is something I wish I had a week ago.  This app lets you track flights as they are in the air in real time on your phone.  No more sifting through crummy airline websites.  No more guessing when it is your Step Mother will show her ugly face in the terminal.  FlightView lets you see current weather conditions as well as real time flight times… even when you are sitting at Newark Airport for a half hour because your sister’s flight from Germany ran late coming out of Sweden and you have no A/C in your car and would have left a half hour later if only you had known it was going to be late.  Enjoy!

Edwin, Speech to Speech (Free):  Edwin offers a pretty simple concept.  Press the microphone and ask it to do something.  I asked Edwin to translate “My cat has a nasty looking face.” into French.  I asked it what the weather was.  I asked it to open Pandora.  All these things with just the push of a button.  I can see that this may be something very useful while driving as well as a fun novelty.  The vocabulary is expanding constantly and this app gets better and better the more you play with it!

Red Poker Club (Free):  Now, if you are like my friends, you have a serious gambling addiction.  Red Poker Club offers a real time, real person video poker experience on your Droid.  You can pick the size table you want to play at as well as what kind of blinds you want to start out with.  There is a chat function and the entire thing can be played on 3G!  You get more chips daily so you can always at least play a smaller ante game.  Skill levels are monitored as well so you know where you stand at a table.  So if you can’t manage to make it out to The Bethlehem Sands this evening, try out Red Poker Club!

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  • josh1980

    No clue. Really wanted to try it out.

  • Teleclimber

    BTW: MotoDroid, non-rooted.

  • Teleclimber

    I can't find it either. barcode, link, market search.. nothing works. I see it on appbrain, but when I try to download it using AB's sync app it says “not found”. WTF??

  • drathos

    FlightView looks like it has potential, but there are several layout errors on my Droid and saving flights to a trip was a pain when I tried it. I'll keep an eye on updates, but I'll stick with FlightTrack for at least my current trip.

  • Chris Nimon

    at the top left of the pics it says “all sizes” click that and it will then say download original size.

  • Chris Nimon

    That would be pretty cool. Gonna have to give it a go. sorry honey, i spent your McChicken sandwich money lol

  • Chris Nimon

    It is pretty awesome for loading apps. :)

  • Barlog

    I was wondering if u knew how to take the photos from the link kellex posted up top and put them in my albums? I've long pressed on images and saved the images to SD card but the images are to small ? any help would be appreciated :-)

  • drathos

    They'd have to change the command syntax for that.. “Computer, set course for Vulcan. Engage.”

    Must'd forget the “Engage.”

  • atcjeff

    How sweet would Edwin be if it were themed like the Star Trek LCARS computer?! “Computer, navigate to Vulcan”

    • drathos

      They'd have to change the command syntax for that.. “Computer, set course for Vulcan. Engage.”

      Must'd forget the “Engage.”

  • josh1980

    I couldn't find the Panoplanet app in the market or get the barcode to work. Any suggestions?

    • Teleclimber

      I can't find it either. barcode, link, market search.. nothing works. I see it on appbrain, but when I try to download it using AB's sync app it says “not found”. WTF??

      • Teleclimber

        BTW: MotoDroid, non-rooted.

      • josh1980

        No clue. Really wanted to try it out.

  • Alphabets13

    are you guys from the bethlehem area????

    • Octotron

      I am, Kellex is not.

  • Michael_NM

    APPlause to Octotron for this! I look forward to this each week. Is there any chance of getting a weekly app (different categories each week) poll as well?

  • zero

    I love these. Great work again. Soon as I restore my phone (keep failing at getting CM6 RC2 to install properly on my phone by updating from ROM Manager) I'm getting this Edwin thing and Launcher X to test out.

    Edwin sounds like that new Genius button which is awesome looking.

    • Chris Nimon

      i kept getting a bootloop. Had to clear cache to get it.

  • Br_d

    Red Poker Club is awesome and I've been playing it for quite awhile. When you say you can pick the size of the table you want to play at, that's the same as picking the blinds. They just have size categories that break up the blinds for beginners vs. high rollers and everything in between. Every table is a 5 seater.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/T76AQGUQ4BAVN4GSUYUSLDXQKQ Pete

    None of the links work. :/

    • KillaPenguin

      They are market links… visit them on your phone or scan the barcodes! :)

      • Eric

        I think we understand they're market link, but they're not working for some of us.

        • Chris Nimon
          • El El Kool J

            appbrain is sweet… sends app right to your phone (fast web installer sold seperately) :P

          • Chris Nimon

            It is pretty awesome for loading apps. :)

        • Droidzilla

          Are you rooted with FroYo? You could be having market issues on your current ROM.

    • Chris Nimon

      all are working for me.

  • Chris Nimon

    I want a lava field for panoplanet that when you zoom out the “planet mode” it looks like a droid eye.

    • Octotron

      Put a Droid eye in it and zoom in really far, lol Or photoshop some lava into an eye?

      • Chris Nimon

        That would be pretty cool. Gonna have to give it a go. sorry honey, i spent your McChicken sandwich money lol

  • Monopolia

    Panoplanet is pretty cool! I have the sample version apk, since I cant find it in the market

    • Eric

      Do you have the link?

  • Eric

    I couldn't find panoplanet on my droid 1 or on the android online “market”. bad link?

    • Octotron

      I just searched for “panoplanet” on my device and it comes up in the market. I think perhaps some people are having market issues judging by the comments.. either that or my App to QR app is messing up!

      • Barlog

        I was wondering if u knew how to take the photos from the link kellex posted up top and put them in my albums? I've long pressed on images and saved the images to SD card but the images are to small ? any help would be appreciated :-)

        • Chris Nimon

          at the top left of the pics it says “all sizes” click that and it will then say download original size.

          • Barlog

            Thanks for the help I finely got it to work :-)

  • Patem10

    Been on Red Poker Club for a month or so. It really is a great app.
    Good games are really the only thing I miss about switching from an i*hone….

  • http://twitter.com/iiAmColour Sakina Solomon

    New to launch-x's existence, thinkin of checkin it out thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    I have a question for kellex or whatever he calls himself. How come u haven't mentioned the android tablet being sold at a dept. store near you. Is it not worthy enough to carry the android moniker?

    • Chris Nimon

      Hollywod King Kellex gets many emails everyday and has to sort through them all for our news enjoyment. The day is young, give it a chance.

    • RJM

      Vger calls him the creator.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      They're neat but there is nothing saying Droid on it :-P
      Also, if you're speaking about the one planned for being sold at K-Mart; I myself am keeping an eye on it.
      BUT, there isn't anything you can do on an Android tablet that you can't do on an Android Phone :-P
      We'll see what happens :)

      • Droidzilla

        Does that mean we'll only get “Droid” branded stuff on this site? That's a disappointment, as it seems the “Droid” moniker is nothing more than marketing; I can't for the life of me figure what makes the Droid Incredible more or less Android/Droid than the Evo 4G.

        It just seems very arbitrary if that's the case (and I hope it's not).

        • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

          The site goes way beyond just the Droid name. I gave that guy a hard time because he is talking about wanting Kellex (a very busy dude) to write about a $150 pos (IMO)! Lol
          Once Android tablets are more refined, I'm sure coverage will follow lol

          As always, my comments and views are not that of the site owner or this site.
          I speak for myself only. Unless asked otherwise by Kellex.
          I am totally stoked about Android tablets, but frankly, a Droid Eris even seems
          more refined then some of these Chinese tablets.

          Again, my opinion lol :-P

          Peace

          • Droidzilla

            Sorry; my brain's not fully on, today (dang work expecting me to work- don't they know I have blogs to read?!).

            I'm really looking forward to some of the awesome-sauce tablets coming out. The Cisco Cius and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy 10″ are currently on my list of things that I'll risk pissing off my wife to frivolously purchase.

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Oh yea. The Samsung is looking pretty sweet. I love the phone version lol.
            Light weight and snappy as hell! lol :)

        • Octotron

          The site was made and designed to support the community of users who purchased the “Motorola Droid” back in Novemeber/December. We expanded coverage to include the other Droid devices because they become relatively the same thing being that they are on Verizon.

          Occasionally we cover other Android news, but there are a thousand blogs out there that do that in general. The site was originally specific to just the Droid and we feel we provide a pretty darn nice community for it :)

          I am sure as things go on down the road coverage will expand even more.

      • Droidzilla

        Oh, also, there may be a couple of things the Cisco Cius does that the standard Android phone won't (due to their proprietary software and interfacing tools).

  • Chris Nimon

    I dont see the panoplanet video. Could someone point me in the right direction? NO, not with that finger!

  • briderx

    I just uninstalled Launcher-X because I didn't get the point of it.. maybe worth a 2nd look..

  • mtkregs

    You know that Flight View comment about waiting for your MIL's ugly face is going to get you in trouble.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      It was Step Mother, so no worries :-P

      • Chris Nimon

        Whats Thanksgiving without a little tension anyway lol

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    i might try the launch x…thanks for the heads up on apps!

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Pimp it!

    Thanks again Octo. I enjoy these!