Android is already the most popular mobile platform, with tons of forked options when it comes to ROMs. Prime among them is Cyanogen, which is a ROM based on Android itself, yet adds a number of features on top and this week, it signed up a deal with Microsoft to bundle its services with the OS. However, Google isn’t backing down and is continually improving users' lives with small-yet-useful changes such as the ability to ring your phone by a simple Google search of ‘Find my phone’ or the option to install relevant apps directly from search results. Our shortlisted must-try Android apps this week also include quite a few titles from the Mountain View giant, along with many other interesting apps and enjoyable games.
With the Android for Work initiative, Google set its sights on becoming a platform of choice for large businesses and corporations. However, until now, it was limited to devices with Android 5.0 and up. But with the release of the Android for Work app, it can now be installed on Android devices running v4.0 or above. It comes with its suite of apps such as Mail, Tasks, Chrome, Docs, Sheets, Calendar and more, which can be remotely managed by IT administrators in the organisation.
Over the years, Any.do has become one of the most favoured to-do managers thanks to its minimalistic design and user-friendly options. With its latest version 3.0, the app is taking this philosophy to the next level along with adhering to Google’s Material Design language. While the basic ways of viewing your tasks remain the same, the app has updated its navigation. To improve the experience of group tasks, it has the immensely useful ability of sharing lists.
The app has also added several features for its premium subscribers such as the ability to change themes.
The internet giant has also updated its cloud storage solution dubbed Google Drive this week. The latest update brings the useful capability of sharing the recently-uploaded file with others from the notification panel itself. The app has also added support for over 23 languages including Chinese, French, and Malayalam among others.
The search-engine giant is pushing the envelope of inputting text on smartphones with its latest app. Called Handwriting Input, the app recognises one’s handwriting quite accurately without any lag, that too without requiring the use of a stylus or anything else. Along with support for over 82 different languages, it can also decipher emojis.
The app can run on devices running Android 4.0 or above.
Ixigo, a popular travel search engine for booking railway and airline tickets along with hotels, is now aiming to make it easier to hail a cab. Its latest app aggregates nearby cabs from different service providers and displays them neatly on a map, along with displaying their fare, helping you choose the best available option. This way, you don’t need to download separate apps from different cab companies, and additionally, the app also lists offline radio cab providers. After seeing the fare breakup, you can also book the cab through the app or call the respective service.
While Opera might not have tasted huge success in its desktop avatar, its Opera Mini app is amongst the most popular browsers for the phone, all thanks to its focus on saving precious data while surfing the internet. Version 8 of the app makes it behave like a native Android app, along with offering support for high-res displays. Along with a revamped bookmark manager, the updated app has added features like sync and share, data counter and private browsing mode.
Tinder, the dating app, has become popular because of its simplistic mechanism of allowing people to hook up with each other. However, in the process, it has created a very simple-yet-effective interaction method – swipe right if you like something, while swiping left means you dislike it. SlidePick has brought the same idea to help you clean your device by getting rid of tons of images you may have accumulated over a period of time. The same method can be used for creating new albums and transferring images to them.
WhatsApp is one of those apps which has kept its user interface almost the same over the years, while adding a number of features to its roster. But not anymore, as the app has been revamped to match Google’s pleasing Material Design language. Right from the contact list to the chat window and even the profile page, the app has taken care of minute details to offer a colourful interface. The update is being rolled out gradually to all users, however interested users can also download the apk from the official website to get it sooner.
Hearthstone, a popular card game from Blizzard is available for Android tablets since December, but now the developers have made it available for smartphones as well, allowing users to enjoy it even on the go. The game features a redesigned interface for easier playability on smaller screens. The premise of the game is quite simple – you play as the hero and you can draw cards to sling spells, summon minions and more to gain control of the battlefield. The latest addition to the title is Blackrock Mountain, which is a single player adventure where you’ll be up against non-player character adversaries.
Your cards are connected with the Battle.net account, which means you can resume your game from your computer as well.
If you’re a fan of the hack-and-slash genre, then this game will definitely appease you with its interesting story along with the gameplay. The title is set in the post-apocalyptic future, where a mysterious enemy named XADA has launched an attack on humanity. The human race can only be saved by the War-Mech series III battle suit.
Users can play the levels one to six for free, but after that they’ll have to shell out $9.99 as a one-time in-app purchase.
If you’re an avid Twitter user, then you’ll appreciate the ability to embed retweets and add your own thoughts in a tweet. Another interesting update you’ll notice in the app is that now there are no Discover and Activity tabs.
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