After a bevy of leaks, Google has officially released the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. The iterative upgrade brings a number of changes to the platform, such as the ability to join a Wi-Fi network from the quick settings panel itself. While it may take time for the update to reach your device, there’s no reason for you to not harness the benefits from the biggest driver for Google’s platform – apps. As always, this week we have selected some noteworthy apps and games for you that are worth checking out. So, let’s begin.
Apps like WhatsApp and WeChat have revolutionised the decade-old concept of messaging. However, group messaging is still the same in most apps as many a times, chatting in a group isn’t relevant to everyone and thus not useful for all members. Bindle aims to change that by making it extremely easy to join a group, which is identified by a unique hashtag. There’s no need of logging in via your email ID or phone number, as all it requires is a unique username. Users can embed GIFs directly in the chats and people will only be notified if they’re being mentioned by another group member. What’s more, users can also message other members privately.
The popular cloud service is adding more features to its roster to become even more useful. The latest feature it gets is the ability to view PDF files natively. So, you no longer need to download PDF files to access them as they can be opened directly. The PDF viewer functionality also works offline.
The popular note-taking app is hitting version 7.0 with the latest update and dons a new look inspired by Google’s Material Design ethos. The app has also introduced customisable quick notes, allowing users to add or remove quick note options. It has also become easier to navigate and access shortcuts thanks to the revamped navigation drawer. Other features added in this update include a cleaner layout and the ability to edit tags.
If you’re an avid Twitter user, then you’d surely have seen some buzz around an app called Meerkat. It’s one of those apps which have taken a simple idea and blended it with modern tech. The app, earlier available for iOS, allows users to livestream anything to their Twitter followers along with the ability of chatting with them live. The app is now available on Android devices as well (in an unofficial form), but sadly it can be only used for watching livestreams and not for broadcasting your own.
If you’re one among the 7.2million users of Android Wear (review), then you’d most probably be enjoying the freedom provided by it to choose watch faces as per your liking. Now, the search engine titan has also come up with its own watch faces dubbed Street Art, which are taken from its Art Project. The app offers three style for watch faces, which include analog, digital and minimal. It also gives you the option to view the date along with the time.
VSCO Cam is a popular photo-editing app, and with the latest update, it has made batch editing of photos easier. Now, it offers you a useful capability of copying all the edits you’ve made on one photo and then apply them across to multiple photos via paste option. The app also brings the capability of importing TIFF images along with reducing the editing times.
Even though it’s almost six months since Google has introduced its latest Android iteration, v 5.0 Lollipop and with it. a new design language dubbed Material Design, many apps are still in the process of revamping their designs. The latest app to do is the popular to-do manager Wunderlist. Along with a new design, it also brings forth a new feature of Folders, allowing you to easily organise your lists in to folders.
Rovio, the maker behind the extremely popular and addictive Angry Birds franchise is aiming to milk its popularity as much as possible. Diversifying slightly from the usual slingshot-based mechanics involved in the game, Angry Birds Stella POP! combines the slingshot with a match-three type of puzzle. However, the end result remains the same that you’ve to pop pigs along with the bubbles. The game also offers a slew of puzzles such as Drop the Pigs, Beat the Clock, many more.
Thanks to advanced syncing, you can play the game across multiple devices and resume from exactly the same point where you left it.
After the huge success of Dungeon Hunter 4, Gameloft has launched the latest instalment in its hack-n-slash series. The title continues with the storyline of its predecessor where a massive demon invasion in the kingdom of Valenthia was stopped. The game features appealing graphics and some interesting elements such as the stronghold, where you have to defend your dungeon, and a range of weapons and armours.
After releasing the third edition of its popular and scary title, the developer has brought the game to Android devices too. The story and gameplay remains the same – you step into the shoes of the security guard who is doing night duty at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, which is haunted by possessed animatronic robots. You have to ensure that you aren’t killed by them. Thanks to its graphics, lighting and sound effects, the game is scary, yet addictive.
That brings us the end of this week’s edition, see you next week with another dose of interesting apps and games.