The world of technology started with a bang this year, as one of the world’s biggest tech exhibitions, CES, played host to a number of cool new gadgets. While the laptops category seems to be going through a period of renaissance with innovative form-factors, our pocket computers continue to become more powerful, and new wearables show how our fitness and personal lives can be bettered. However, the past week wasn’t just about hardware, as there was a plenty of action on apps side as well. And, that’s where we’ll be focussing on today – bringing you top apps and games for Android that deserve your attention this week.
Security is an important aspect of a mobile device, so much so that many manufacturers such as Lenovo and Xiaomi are preloading their offerings with security suites. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to manage your device’s security, then take a look at 360 Security, which has just received an update to match Android 5.0’s guidelines. It has also updated its antivirus engine, apart from offering features such as a junk file cleaner, memory booster, app manager, and anti-theft among others.
Android’s share menu is one of its most powerful features, allowing you to share a link, image, text, etc. with the app of your choice. However, Fliktu aims to make it even more useful. It smartly displays apps in the share menu on the basis of the content you want to share. It also allows you to directly open the share menu for a link, instead of opening it in the browser by flicking the smartphone. The app is based on Google’s Material Design ethos to go hand-in-hand with the sweetness of the Android Lollipop update.
The search engine giant is giving special attention to its flagship app, as it has been updated with several changes in Google Now along with a slight redesign. The company has brought all the settings related to Google Now cards at one place, making it easier for users to make changes. It has also improved the stock card, which presents prices of stocks of one’s choosing. Users can also select the language in which they want to access the search page.
Similar to other apps from El Goog, the update will rolled out gradually to all devices.
The messaging wars doesn’t seem that they'll end anytime soon. A couple of weeks back, Facebook introduced an app to create stickers for Messenger, and now LINE has also launched a similar app. The app allow you to create your own stickers by adding tags to the available ones. You can also search for them from its database of over a million stickers, as well as like and comment on your friends tags. If you like a sticker, then you hit buy to purchase it from the LINE app.
Microsoft is delivering on its promise by bringing its Office suite to Android tablets after making it available for iPads. The apps are still in beta, but if you don’t mind a few bugs, go ahead and download them. The apps are built from the ground up for touchscreen devices, and everything is displayed well on the relatively smaller screens without messing up the formats.
Apart from Word, you can also download PowerPoint and Excel apps. However, the apps require decent hardware capabilities such as the availability of a gigabyte of RAM or more, and work on Android 4.4 devices and above.
Services like Quikr are a great way for people to get rid of their unused products, and buyers are also able to get what they want without spending much moolah. However, in reality, there are a lot of hassles involved and that’s where its latest feature comes to the fore. Dubbed Quikr Nxt, it allows the buyers to chat with sellers for getting more info, negotiate and more. Sellers can connect with multiple people easily, and even send more pictures of the product they’re selling. It also allows sellers to make their numbers private, since interested people can just use the app to chat with them for buying the product.
We featured Unclouded a few months ago in this series, and billed it as one of the best apps for managing files and space on multiple cloud services. With this latest v2.0 update, the app is donning the Material Design avatar, along with support for more cloud services (Box and OneDrive). While many features on the app are free, there are some premium ones as well such as a dark theme and the option to enable security via PIN, password or pattern.
Wordpress is the dominant platform powering most blogs and websites, and the latest update to its Android app makes it even more powerful. The app has undergone the Material Design treatment, complete with new icons, colour scheme, etc. If you use the app on tablets, then you’ll be able to access a new grid layout for media library.
Inspired from the classic arcade game Frogger, Crossy Road has made its way to Android devices after being iOS-exclusive for quite a while. As its name indicates, the game requires you to cross roads, rivers and train tracks while avoiding cars, trucks or drowning in the water. With its blocky graphics and intriguing gameplay, Crossy Road is quite addictive. You can also add to the fun by unlocking more characters by digitally purchasing them from the coins you collected (or making an in-app purchase).
If you like playing first-person shooters, then give this game a try. Short for Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, the game is set in the future where people are living outside earth in satellites called ‘near-orbitals’. However, in this edition, the game takes place when humanity is finally allowed to return to earth and you step into the shoes of the protagonist, Kal Wardin to protect them. With over 10 levels and several multiplayer modes and interesting storyline, the game keeps you hooked.
If you’ve rooted your Qualcomm-powered Android smartphone, then try SnoopSnitch. It’s an open-source app which analyses mobile radio data to ensure that your mobile data isn’t being tracked by others.