Welcome to yet another exciting edition of our Android apps and games roundup. This week, we’ve got some popular apps that have received major updates, along with a few interesting apps. We also have games such as Monument Valley and Xenowerk to keep your weekend covered.
Dropbox is counted amongst the most popular and simplistic cloud services, and now it has undergone a complete revamp with v3.0. In tune with Google’s Material Design language, the app has refreshed navigation bars and a FAB button towards the bottom, which allows you to directly add a photo to a folder. It has improved shared folder options as well as a search bar at the top.
Back in February, IFTTT spun itself off into three different apps – Do Camera, Do Button and Do Note. Now, the service has brought a major update to all its apps, including the parent app itself. It has now removed the three recipe limit, allowing users to use as many shortcuts as they want on these apps. There’s also an option of a floating button, making it easier to access a particular recipe from anywhere. The parent app has become more secure since it allows two-step verification, along with offering the capability of triggering an action based on Android features such as when you receive specific notifications or when the battery drops below a specified level.
While Instagram is owned by social networking giant Facebook, it’s known more for its photo editing features than its social aspects. Well, that seems to be changing with the latest update, which adds the option to see dynamically-changing trending tags and places. The app has also changed the explore tab, which now surfaces curated collections that are updated regularly. With the improved search functionality, you can search for images by location, username, hashtag or location.
Medium has coined a new word for itself – platisher, since it’s a platform where people can read stories while publishing their own. With its Android app, this is now possible from phones and tablets too. It offers a simple and minimal editor to quickly publish your story. In case you’re reading stories published by others, then the app offers several useful features, including the ability to highlight text.
After introducing the Office app for Android smartphones and tablets, Microsoft has now launched dedicated apps on the platform too. With Word, users would be able to view and edit their documents on the go. It has all the usual functionality available on its desktop counterpart such as the ability to insert images, charts, footnotes, and formulas among others. The app has been optimised for touchscreen devices and can easily be used with a single hand.
With so many gadgets being launched in the market every other day, it has become difficult to find out which one best fits your requirements. SPOC* (stands for Single Point of Contact) aims to help you out with your dilemma by letting you chat with experts who can guide you with your queries. The app currently lets you chat with a mobile, tablet or laptop expert to help you to find the right device, along with a deal expert who will help you hunt for the best deal.
While task managers are extremely useful, some of them become too cumbersome to maintain your long list of to-dos and Todoist is trying to solve that with its new version. Thanks to natural language processing, it can now understand whether you want to create a usual task or a recurring event. It has also added support for gestures, making it easier to complete or schedule tasks with simple swipes. The app has donned a Material Design interface in this version.
With its beautiful graphics and 3D architecture-based puzzles, Monument Valley has become one of the most popular games. In case you don’t know about the game – your job is to help the princess Ida to find her way through mysterious monuments while outsmarting the Crow people. With its latest update, the makers of the game have added some more chapters of fun dubbed as Ida’s Dream.
If you already own the game,this update will be freely available to you, otherwise you’ll need to buy it to get the Ida’s Dream expansion pack along with other levels.
Think you’ve a got a racing biker hidden in you somewhere? Well, you can bring it out by choosing your favourite bike among Aprilia, Kawasaki, Ducati, Suzuki, etc. and participating in the Superbike World Championship. The game has 13 rounds and three modes to choose from – Championship, Quick Race and Time Attack. It has realistic 3D graphics and allows you to control the bike by various methods such as gyroscope and virtual controls.
A scientific experiment has gone horribly wrong results in a mutant infestation. You’re the only hope and your mission is to eliminate the mutants and their nests so that they don’t spread further. Xenowerk is a top-down action shooter and offers you wide range of weapons and gear along with some special powers. The game has impressive graphics to keep the player hooked.
If you own an Android Wear smartwatch, you should check out the bevy of watchfaces which Google has introduced recently in partnership with popular companies.
*Disclaimer: SPOC is launched by team behind 91mobiles.com, which also runs this blog.
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