This week seemed to belong to the internet giant Google, as it updated several of its apps. It also took an important step in ensuring that its search app doesn’t become irrelevant in the increasingly app-only world. In partnership with a few companies such as Hotel Tonight, Daily Horoscope, etc., it can now stream the relevant app for showing the searched information even if you don't have the app installed. This surely looks like a great idea, but the feature is currently limited to the US currently. For now, let’s check out some new Android apps and games and some other noteworthy ones that got updated this past week.
Google’s fitness-tracking app dubbed Fit has just received a major update, which makes it even more useful. Now, it can record your speed, pace, and elevation among other things, and thus can track your walks and runs in a better manner. It can also be connected to apps like MyFitnessPal and LoseIt, to track your nutrition info and sleep details. Additionally, Google Fit can connect with fitness bands such as Mi Band (review) and Sony Smartband 2 for providing more accurate tracking.
Google Photos is a must-have if you shoot a lot of photos from your smartphone, as it automatically backs up the images on the cloud, without you requiring to do anything. With its latest version, the app has become more intelligent, as now it prompts you to clean your device storage by deleting photos which are available on the app and can be accessed if the device is connected to the internet. Another useful feature is that now users can change the quality of images already uploaded on the cloud, from the original resolution to the high quality.
Pool comes from the popular file transfer service MediaFire and aims to solve an important pain point. When you’re out with your friends or family, everyone takes pictures, but collecting them all together at one place becomes a difficult task. However, with Pool, all the photos can be shared in an easy manner. The app itself makes suggestions to share photos based on where you are and the people you are with, and it lets you choose to whom you want to send them. The best part is that the photos are shared at their original resolution and the app is available for both Android and iOS.
If your company uses Facebook for Work, then you can now use the Work Chat to be in touch with your co-workers. The Work Chat is pretty much identical to Facebook Messenger, with the only difference being that you can use it only for messaging your colleagues. The app also supports group messaging.
If you’re looking to play with multiple people online, then Call of Champions is a must try as it falls in the MOBA genre (multiplayer online battle arena). In the title, you need to choose a champion and recruit a team to battle against the enemy. Each battle lasts for five minutes, and can end sooner if either team manages to capture the other’s base with the help of Orb of Death.
Lifeline 2 follows the success of text-based adventure game Lifeline, and offers an even more compelling story which is twice as long in comparison. In the story, you’ll connect with Arika, who’s on a quest to avenge her parents and rescue her brother. You’ll need to make several choices to help her in this journey, where she’ll eventually meet the forces who threaten humanity. Even after completing the game, you can always revisit the previous instances to see where you’d end up if you made a different choice.
Munch’s Oddysee is a strange, but fun title, where you’ll play as the protagonist Munch. Along with your aquatic partner, your mission is to find the Gabbit eggs on Oddworld. For this purpose, you can use psychic powers, power-ups and many other special abilities. The game features immersive graphics.
With that we come to the end of this week’s edition. Be sure to be back next week to find more apps and games for your Android devices.
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