Fresh Android Apps for June 29: BET Awards '12, MaxiKeys Keyboard, Puddle THD

by Marty Gabel

So we made it through another week. Just in time for the BET Awards on Sunday night, we’ve got the official app so you can keep up with all the latest in the build-up to the event. Next up is MaxiKeys, a keyboard featuring larger keys for people who think touchscreen keys are a tad too small. Finally, if you’re fortunate enough to own a Tegra 3-optimized tablet, why not give majestic-looking physics game Puddle THD a shot and see if you can go with the flow.

BET Awards ’12 (Free)

Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the BET Awards on Sunday evening and you can watch it live on TV. Until then, why not keep yourself up-to-date with all the latest news via the official BET Awards ’12 Android app. It lets you relive the 12-year history of the event, vote, make predictions and even win prizes.

The app allows you to watch performances past and present, check out your favorite artists, see what people are tweeting about the show, and plenty more. Performers at this year’s Awards include Yolanda Adams, D’Angelo, Wale, Chris Brown, Usher and Nicki Minaj. Guests presenting prizes include Tyler Perry, Jamie Foxx, Meagan Good, and Quentin Tarantino.

MaxiKeys Keyboard ($3.50)

There’s a plethora of good keyboard apps available for Android, and we’ve been happy to recommend Swype, SwiftKey 3 and many others right here at Appolicious. But what about a keyboard for people who think the keys on most touchscreens are just too darn small? Enter MaxiKeys.

MaxiKeys gives you a full computer-like keyboard so you don't have to switch keypads to type numbers and special characters. In fact, you should find the keys in the same place as you would on a regular, physical keyboard. It also has a “Slide-to-shift” feature for added convenience and you simply tilt your device to get to the keys currently off-screen.

Puddle THD ($4.99)

This new game is only for Tegra 3 device owners, so its audience is somewhat limited. However, it deserves mentioning because it showcases Nvidia's flagship ARM chip with its impressive HD graphics, realistic physics and sharp looking shaders and textures.

Puddle THD is a physics puzzler which won a prize (on PC) at the Independent Games Festival in 2010. You control a variety of liquids, from water to lava, with varying viscosities and speed through a series of maze-like pipes, trying to reach a final goal. You’ll need to control its flow and account for gravity and friction. A lite version is available if you want to try it out before you buy.

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