Badland - is an innovative , simple and addictive game by Frogmind. By capturing the market in apple store this game has now entered Google playstore. But Android guys can play this game for free. It is a side scrolling game where user has to navigate an inhabitant of a dark forest. Inhabitant can be navigated by swiping on the screen continuously. Each swipe will make the creature to flap its wings and move up. Now you know how to move down, just stop swiping. Foreground of the game is completely dark including the main creature. Beautiful environment of the forest are showcased in the background. Avoid the obstacles which comes creature's way. There are two stages with 40 levels and 120 missions in each. This game also contains multiplayer option in it. Background music acts as a value adder to the game by giving the forest feel rather than just acting as a background music which plays throughout the game. Only pain is to swipe continuously and you might end up getting blisters on your fingers. As per graphics, audio and gameplay is considered this is definitely one of those good games released in recent days in playstore. I won't tell everyone will love this game but give it a try and you might enjoy it if you like playing simple physics based game which requires less effort and time.
3DMark The Gamer's Benchmark - is a famous benchmarking software used for measuring PC gaming performance. Now this software is available for Android as well. This app is mainly for graphics benchmarking and you can perform 3 tests with this app.
Ice Storm - For device to device comparison of mobile devices using 720p graphics test.
Ice Storm Extreme - For device to device comparison of high performance graphics using 1080p.
Ice Storm Unlimited - For chip to chip comparisons of chipsets, CPU's and GPU's.
This application will play a high graphical video and then it runs work loads against the devices. I tried Ice Strorm on Galaxy Note and below is the screenshot of the test and default values. But my device did hung couple of times and I had to restart the device while running workloads.
AnTuTu Benchmark - is a popular Android benchmarking application used by many of the phone reviewers. This app can be used to test UX, CPU, RAM, GPU and IO. Along with that this can also be used to benchmark OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGl ES 3.0 and stability. Results of our devices can be compared with other major devices which are top in the list. This app also displays the default info about the devices such as CPU model, resolution, memory, cores, frequency, weight etc etc. I ran stability test in Samsung Galaxy Note and it took approximately 10 mins and it did eat up ~10% of the battery. Below is the screenshot of the same and smaller changes to the curve reflect better stability. I am also attaching the score of the my mobile.
NenaMark2 - Again a popular bench marking app used by most of the phone reviewers.This is used for OpenGL|ES 2.0 benchmark for high-end mobile devices. This app takes just few seconds to run the test and shows up the score. And not much battery is used by this. Scores are displayed along with other famous mobile scores for comparison purpose. Below is the screenshot of my test on Samsung GT N7000
Speedtest.net - is a famous website developed by Ookla to test internet speed. Now this application is available for Android mobiles as well. Test your mobile internet speed or WiFi speed using Speedtest.net. It locates the nearest server and performs ping test, download and upload speed test. Tests will not take more than couple of minutes and results are pretty accurate. I tested my WiFi speed with my mobile and laptop and the results were almost same. This may not be an application which will be used everyday but no harm in knowing about application isn't it?. This might come in handy someday. Below is the screenshot of my test. ( If you find my internet speed to be very low then you just got to know the truth about Indian internet speed :) )
Dayframe - Converts your Android mobile and tablet into a digital photo frame. Simple to use application and one of its kind. Photos will be picked up from the photo streams (sources) selected by the user during installation of the application. Different photo streams supported by Dayframe are Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, Dropbox, Flickr, Twitter, 500px etc. Photos can be selected from local device as well. Once stream is selected ,click on the play button and it displays the slideshow of the photos in full screen mode. Latest photos are pulled out from the streams and it will be displayed in sequential order. This application can be used when you want to check the latest photos from your favorite websites or maybe it is best suited for watching photos uploaded by your friends in Facebook or other social networking websites. It does have like and share button. It displays only the photos and you won't be able to check the comments associated with those photos.
Now if you think when do you use this application then answer is simple, use it when you are not interacting with your phone , maybe while mobile is fixed to its dock in your car or while charging etc.This application is best suited for tablets and mobile with large screen display. While you are not using your tablet, enable slideshow on your tablet and place it somewhere like a digital photo frame. User can change the photo sources, set timers , discover and browse photos based on category from different sources which is listed in the application by default, show clock and battery status along with the slideshow, slideshow only when Wifi is available etc. By the way did I tell you that this application will not be of great use if you don't have mobile internet or access to WiFi. Also this app might turn into a lame application if you have slow speed internet. Battery usage might vary with different devices. With my device this application used less than 1% of battery per minute. Overall its a good application and very useful to those who like browsing photos.