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Fresh Android Apps for Apr. 23: Ultimate Special Fx, WordCam, 500px, Carrier Squadron

by Ian Black

It’s all about the visual in today’s fresh Android app list. Add Hollywood effects to your own videos with Ultimate Special Fx, turn a photo into a word scramble using WordCam, and make your tablet a social digital picture frame by downloading 500px. For fun, go retro with Carrier Squadron.

Ultimate Special Fx (Free)

Want to add a little awesome to your home videos? This interesting app brings Michael Bay-style digital effects to your homemade movies.

Choose the action sequence you desire from the app’s templates like “air destruction,” “missile surprise,” “flying car” and so on, then read the director’s tips regarding placing the bull’s-eye position for the effect and the length of your video clip. From there, the app performs the hard editing work and delivers the finished product.

Amuse your friends and family with a movie showing the missile strike on your backyard BBQ party or the rollover car accident in your driveway.

WordCam (Free)

You’ve heard “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but what if your picture was made of a thousand words?

Select your image from your device’s gallery or shot a new one with your camera. Then, build the list of words to use (hint: short words work best, say the instructions) and choose the font for the text. Watch the magic as the app fills in the image with words, creating an eye-catching sculpture of characters.

Fine tune your artwork to get it just right, then save it or share it out to your social circle.

500px (Free)

See the world through the eye of a camera lens. This photography app and service delivers stunning pix from users around the world right to your Android device.

Sign-in to create your own account and post your photos for browsing by yourself and your friends. Or, explore the photos from enthusiasts in categories like Popular, Editor’s Choice, Upcoming and Fresh, and more. Favorite your favorites and post a comment or read the comments of others.

The app works over an Android phone but was meant to turn your tablet into a brilliant digital picture frame with new photos arriving unexpectedly every day.

Carrier Squadron (Free)

This beta game acts like a retro-arcade game with modern game play elements mixed in. You command a spacecraft carrier vessel through deep space. Enemies challenge you at every turn.

Deploy your space fighters to blast the enemy ships to smithereens. If they become overwhelmed, fire one of your four carriers weapons, including a super laser and a missile salvo. As you battle, both the carrier and the fighters gain experience and earn upgrades.

Go multiplayer and face off against the best players online.

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