Fresh Android Apps for Jan. 9: TiVo, SoulCraft THD, Heli Strike

by Ian Black

No, TiVo isn’t dead, in case you were wondering. The official TiVo app has landed on the Android Market and it aims to make your DVR-ing into a transcendent experience in this New Year.

Jump in on a new open Beta of SoulCraft (Tegra-based devices only for now) or go nuclear in Heli Strike.

TiVo (Free)

Got TiVo? Then, get this app. It turns your Android phone or tablet into a TiVo strategic command center. Best of all, you can discover, browse, and inform yourself without interrupting what you’re currently watching on the tube.

Browse the channel guide, schedule recordings and adjust Season Pass settings, or play a show that you’ve recorded right through the app. Search sources include the TiVo channel guide, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster. Then, use gestures over the app’s remote control to manipulate your TiVo and drive your TV. If you’re a TiVo Premiere DVR customer, you can view some shows up to 14 days in advance over the app.

SoulCraft THD (Free)

The NVIDIA Tegra chip aims to make Android devices and tablets rock stunning 3-D graphics for games. This open Beta of a new fantasy world lets your Tegra-based Android off the chain. It includes digitized real places (Venice, Rome and Hamburg – with NYC, Tokyo, and DC coming soon) with fantasy characters (Angels in this Beta with Humans and Demons on the way).

Build your character’s look, add weapons and spells, then cruise the mean 3D streets looking for trouble. The MobileBits creators say they want your feedback to find issues and help shape the characters and gameplay.

Heli Strike (Free)

It’s the ultimate worst case scenario. A mysterious enemy army has captured a nuclear missile facility and plans to make the world toast. You command a secret helicopter assault team and you’ve been sent in to destroy everything and kill everyone. So much for the complexities of enemy engagement!

Before you begin, things get a little worse, if you can believe it. Every other 'copter in your squad has been shot down or captured – now the world depends on you. Use a variety of integrated weapons to pilot your chopper past surface to air missiles, tanks, and other obstacles. There are no limits to your ability to make things go boom – even the gardens react to your explosives.