“Top apps and games of this week include popular app updates and engaging games”
This week, the digital storefront from where you download our recommended apps and games has got a visual overhaul to meet the design language of the next iteration of Android (codenamed ‘L’ release). The update to the Play Store is being rolled out to all Android devices, so do check out if your smartphone or tab is getting it. You can also find games that can run completely offline thanks to a new collection from Google. Now, back to business. Here’s a list of apps and games that hit the store for the first time or got an update, and deserve your attention.
Along with the Play Store, the search engine giant also gave the Material design refresh to the beta channel of its popular browser Chrome. And, that’s just a start with its incognito mode also getting a new look and feel, but more changes will be coming to the browser. It also sports a simplified sign-in procedure, which automatically syncs your bookmarks and passwords.
Not only Chrome, its arch-rival Firefox has also received an update and that too for its beta version. The first change is its new tab page which can be personalised according to your tastes, so along with history, top sites, bookmarks and reading list, you can also choose to see your saves on Pocket in a separate panel, for example. These panels can can also be reordered or selected as default. If you want to use the browser in your native language (the UI, not the websites you access), it supports switching to Indic languages like Bengali and Gujarati with a simple click.
Fleksy has quietly become one of the most popular alternative keyboards thanks to its unique take on the keyboard experience with an invisible or very minimal space consumed on the screen. Perhaps that’s why the developers have also made the keyboard available for smartwatches! With the new update, the keyboard sports a new, flatter interface and also gives you the ability to buy themes from its store. There’s also an updated dictionary along with support for more languages.
The popular navigation app is getting an update to version 8.2, which allows users to use voice commands such as ‘navigate to’ as it has support for voice input now. There’s also an explore option providing a guide of nearby joints that should be visited based on location and time. There are also bug fixes and UI improvements here and there, making it easier for users to access basic things like current location or places they’ve rated.
If you like the popular instant messenger, LINE, but are inclined towards using an ephemeral messaging app like Snapchat. Then, we have some good news for you. LINE has added a new functionality of hidden chats, which works similar to Snapchat but with a subtle difference, i.e., messages will be deleted, but after a predetermined amount of time chosen by you. The messages are not stored in its servers and hence the update will be appreciated by privacy-focussed individuals.
Wondering why your high-speed internet connection is offering very slow speeds on Wi-Fi? Well, it might be because of channel interference or due to the presence of several other signals on the same frequency. To help you find the root cause of the problem, a new app called ManageEngine WiFi Monitor Plus comes to your rescue. The app shows you best signals and overlaps in a channel in the analyzer mode, and locations with the best signal strength for your Wi-Fi in the surveyor mode.
After a few months of release of the Serpent’s Curse episode, the developers of Broken Sword have released its second and concluding installment. The story continues from London and Paris to Spanish Catalonia and to the Middle East. The second part also increases the fun quotient with mind-boggling puzzles and a gripping storyline.
However, make sure you have enough storage on your device, as the game requires a 1.4GB download.
Love to solve jumbled words? Well, here’s an interesting game for you dubbed Wording. Simply put, you’ll get jumbled letters and you have to form a correct word based on those. The game is free for 25 levels, and then you’ve to pay for the full version. The best part is that it’s totally ad-free.
Before we end our list for this week, have a look at the Facebook update, which now allows you to save links, images and more to be checked out later.
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