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|April 19 2014 |Android Phones, Android, Mobile Apps, applications, Android Tablets, Apps of the Week

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Chrome Remote Desktop
Flickr
Google Camera
Hike
Oxigen Wallet
SlideShare
TCS iElect
Mental Math
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Another week has gone by, which means it’s time for our apps of the week. Join us as we bring to you another list of interesting apps and games launched or updated in the Play Store.

Chrome Remote DesktopChrome Remote Desktop (Free)

Sometime back, Google had released an extension for Chrome users allowing them to remotely access their computer from anywhere via another computer. With the Android app, the same capability comes to your smartphone so that you can access your computer from anytime and anywhere. Compared to other full-blown remote desktop apps, Chrome’s Remote Desktop may seem lacking on some fronts, but since it’s completely free, it can't hurt to try it out.

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FlickrFlickr {Update} (Free)

Instagram may be the buzzing app nowadays, but it’s not the only smartphone photography app. Flickr is also quite populare amongst serious photographers as it allows them to upload full-size images without distorting their quality. With version 3.0, the app dons a new interface and gains advanced editing options along with the ability to automatically back up your photos. It also gets some Instagram-like capabilities allowing users to apply filters on their images or videos of up to 30 seconds.

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The app also provides advanced search tools helping you find the image you need.

Google CameraGoogle Camera {Update} (Free)

The camera app in stock Android has received a huge makeover both in terms of its interface and feature set. With this latest update, you don’t need to own a high-end SLR camera or even premium smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the LG G Pro 2 to achieve a depth-of-field effect. The app's Lens Blur feature allows you to shoot now and focus later by blurring the background. Other features include higher resolution for panoramas and photo spheres.

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Unfortunately, the app is only compatible with the devices based on the latest Android KitKat at the moment.

Hike 2Hike {Update} (Free)

This India-based messaging app is adding quite a few features in its arsenal to differentiate itself from other messaging apps. The first feature which users would really appreciate is a clear indication of whether a message has been sent, delivered and actually read by the other person. The IM has also raised the file size limit for sharing, and now files of up to 100MB that can include anything ranging from documents to MP3s and images or videos can be sent to others.

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Another useful feature provided by Hike is the ability to send SMSes to users who are not on Hike or aren't connected to the internet. With the latest update, the app gives you the option to send unlimited number of SMSes, though it depends upon your active usage of the app.

Oxigen WalletOxigen Wallet (Free)

This app was actually released last week, but as they say, better late than never. We’re sure that the use-cases of this app will make you fall in love with it. With Oxigen Wallet you not only can recharge your mobile number or DTH, but also send money to your friends (even if they aren’t using this app) and pay utility bills.

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SlideShareSlideShare (Free)

What YouTube is for videos, SlideShare is for presentations. Now you can view the presentations from your device itself as the popular service has debuted its mobile app. You get all the options to search for presentations, locate those on a chosen topic, view them in full screen mode and even save them for offline reading (if the author has allowed so).

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If you’re wondering which slides deserve your attention, do check out our SlideShare profile!

TCS iElectTCS iElect (Free)

It’s the election season in India and we do hope that you would have exercised your right (or will be doing so for the remaining four phases) to vote to the deserving candidate... if you're above 18 years of age that is. Tapping on the elections brouhaha, India’s largest software service provider TCS has launched an app called iElect. The app tracks tweets to analyse the sentiments of politicians and users in a visual manner. Along with key politicians, you can also check sentiment analysis of political parties, track their activities, compare two politicians and more.

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Games

Mental MathMental Math (Free)

Mathematics is one of the most polarising subjects – you either love it or hate it, but can’t deny its importance. So if you are preparing for exams where arithmetic skills are required, or have kids who want to learn the subject or even if you just want to sharpen your skills, then give Mental Math a try. It’s a simple app offering quizzes on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in three levels of difficulty. There’s also a Plate Number Game to put your skills to test by using arithmetic.

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Spiderman 2The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Rs 270)

The sequel to Amazing Spider-Man is due to hit theatres soon, but you can already step into the shoes of the web-slinging superhero to save the world. This is an action-based game where you will be up against villains like Green Goblin, Electro and Venom. The game delivers great visuals and animations, though make sure you have enough storage in your device as it requires a hefty 1.25GB download.

Before we end, do check out the latest Humble Bundle 5 offering six premium apps at a steal. Also, take a look at the Ing Vysya’s Android app showing how banking apps can also be made interactive and visually appealing.

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