Just a week after the launch of Nexus 5 and the latest iteration of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has started updating some of its apps to support new features in previous versions of Android. All this and much more in our weekly section of best Android Apps and Games either released or updated in the week-
The update brings the app at par with the version released in Nexus 5, namely swiping support to write whole sentence without picking the finger, sharing your feelings through colored emojis, next word suggestions, and more. Although, the color emoji would be only available for Android 4.4 or later and on previous versions of the Android we’ll simply see a black and white set. The keyboard layout is also tweaked a little bit making it easier to type.
The update will be rolled out gradually to all Android users.
Google’s ubiquitous chatting app across computers and mobile devices have just been updated to version 2.0 for the Android app with unifying SMS/ MMS messages and Hangouts chat in a single app. The app has also added the capability to share location with your contacts via Google Maps and sending animated gifs. It also gets the rich status features to share which device you are on, your mood, et all.
Similar to all Google Apps being updated, you might have to wait to get this update in your device because of staged rollout.
After a surge of photo capturing and image editing apps, we are now seeing a lot of interesting apps regarding video recording. While apps like Vine and Instagram focus on the short snippets of video allowing one to showcase their creativity, they can’t be used collaboratively. JumpCam allows capturing short 10 seconds clips by multiple people with a limit of maximum 30 clips in a video. The videos can also be modified with a background music and filters. According to the developers, the video will continue to evolve by adding/ deleting new clips or changing background music.
Couple of weeks before, we mentioned about beta version of SwiftKey and its key features in Apps of the Week article, which now have made their way to the final version. Highlight of the update is the option of having multiple layouts of keyboards, which means you can use a particular layout out of Full, Thumb and Compact arrangement of keys based on the type and screen size of the device. What’s more, the keyboard can be moved anywhere on the screen ensuring focus on what you’re typing rather than the keyboard.
The app also has a trial version which lets you test keyboard’s capabilities for a month.
TeamViewer is one of the most popular ways of accessing a remote computer and this update adds more functionalities to its app. To ensure security, the app now uses a two factor authentication requiring not just the TeaMviewer ID and password but a special code sent to user, as well. The app also supports external inputs through mouse and keyboard. Another new and useful feature is the real-time transmission of video.
Racing games are a perfect way of getting an adrenalin rush and and a popular game series like Asphalt makes it fun too. With the update, the game has gone completely free for all, though one might resort to in-app purchases to get upgrades, new cars, etc. The update also adds new cars like Clio R.S., limited-time tournaments, multiplayer world series with new tracks and new boosters. Users will also be able to customize the touchscreen controls to control the car.
Star Wars fans would rejoice to see another Star Wars-themed game just a month after the launch of Angry Birds Star Wars 2. The game brings an old school feeling with the 8-bit graphics of the familiar characters from the movie franchise. The game requires you to buy, build and oversee the development of death star level by level. You will be aiding the empire against the rebel alliance and even capture the rebel spies like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and more.