A simple look at the top free apps on the Google Play Store shows that communication and ecommerce apps are the most popular, followed by apps in the entertainment category. However, the digital storefront has countless titles in many other categories such as education, finance, productivity, etc. With our weekly curated list of apps and games, we try to showcase the titles that are worth your time so that you can use your Android device to the fullest potential and not limit it to just a handful of apps. This week, our top picks include a photography app, a news-reading app and a few addictive games.
Flickr, the popular photo-sharing community from Yahoo has just received an update to version 4.0, which makes it even more useful for photo enthusiasts. Along with the ability to auto-upload images, it can now also automatically upload your videos thanks to the new Auto-Uploadr feature. Your content remains private and you also don’t have to worry about the storage getting finished anytime soon with its 1TB space. The app has also been redesigned and offers a timeline view to browse, organise and share images along with strong searching capabilities. The app also offers editing functionality to let you tweak your photos.
As the world is going increasingly digital day by day, the way people meet and network is also changing and things like business cards are becoming redundant. about.me, a popular service that allows you to create your profile for anyone to see has launched an app specifically for this purpose. Called Intro, the app lets you share your info to an email address, phone number or about.me. The app also allows you to keep track of people you’ve shared your info with, or received from.
According to a study, most people read news these days on smartphones. However, it’s not really a surprise since it’s easier to access news even when you’re on the move on a handset. News Republic is a popular app enabling users to do so by aggregating news from a number of websites at one place in an aesthetically-pleasing manner. While it hasn’t received an update in the past week, we have included it in our weekly list because it has recently introduced an Indian edition, allowing you to get articles from Indian publications as well.
Along with News Republic, theAppy Geek app has also started an Indian edition to let you read tech news from various sources.
Paytm, the popular service for recharges and now, shopping for goods online, is also a semi-closed wallet. What that means is that you can use the service to send money to your friends or even request them to transfer the money they borrowed from you. To make the process easier, it has revamped its Wallet app and shows the money transfers as part of a chat conversation. Along with the option of sending money, the app also lets your purchase various deals across different categories.
Unlike games which have a storyline and a proper gameplay, Goat Simulator became popular just because of its appealing graphics and no particular format. You control a goat and you can do whatever you want, be it destroying things or roaming endlessly. With the new game however, developers have made it more interesting since the goat has been turned into a zombie. This means, you need to eat someone every five minutes to survive. You can also turn others into zombies along with gaining special powers such as shrinking people’s heads, wreaking havoc, etc.
Grim Fandango is a popular adventure game of its time and now it has been remastered to work on touch-screen smartphones. In the title, you’ll get to live the life of Manny Calvera, a travel agent for four years in the land of dead. The point-and-click game features interesting gameplay along with a gripping orchestra playing at the background.
Do note that game has a massive size of 3.2GB and is available at the discounted price for only one week.
Mortal Kombat is a popular fighting game franchise and with Mortal Kombat X, it’s now debuting on mobile devices. However, instead of an out-and-out fighting title, it also merges the card game into it. In the game, you’ll need to assemble a band of Mortal Kombat warriors to compete against others. It brings a number of popular characters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Kitana among others. The game also has a multiplayer mode, wherein you can play against other factions.
While the game is free, it’s laden with several in-app purchases. It also requires powerful device with minimum 1GB of RAM to run smoothly.
That brings us to the end of this week's edition of top Android apps and games. See you again next week with another dose of titles.
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