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Fresh Android Apps for Jan. 26: Speed Watcher Pro, Treasure Quest!, HeyWire

by Ian Black

Today’s fresh Android apps are a winter’s icy mix of usefulness. Speed Watcher Pro acts as a speed-warning device even though it isn’t connected to your car in any way. Treasure Quest! sends you behind the scenes in building treasure hunts. And Heywire cuts your mobile bill by letting your send texts for free.

Speed Watcher Pro (~$2.35)

Want a safe driver discount on your car insurance? Download Speed Watcher Pro. It monitors your driving speed and, if you set limits, will sound an alarm if you exceed them.

Helpfully, you can assign speed limits to locations as measured by your phone’s GPS. A large speedometer and compass make the readout easy to see at a glance while driving.

Treasure Quest! (Free)

I almost put this in the Fresh Android Games list for today. Treasure Quest! lets you create a treasure hunt style game for friends or family. Select the locations you want people to find using a Google Map. Then, add text and pictures that will be the clues the treasure hunters use to find their way.

To prove they made it, the treasure hunters can snap photos of their finds and answers questions, all inside the app. A summary screen shows the progress of the treasure hunter.

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HeyWire: Free SMS Worldwide (Free)

HeyWire says it will send free text messages from your phone without impacting your text messaging plan in the US and 146 other countries. Unlike some other such services, HeyWire uses your own real phone number.

The app works over Wi-Fi and 3G and lets you compose messages by typing, swiping or voice. If the receivers of your text use HeyWire, they won’t be charged for the messages. If not, they still receive the texts but will incur whatever charges their carrier applies to receiving messages.