As always, the Play Store was abuzz with activity this past week, with a number of apps and games either making their debut or offering an update. But which of these warrants your attention? Worry not, as each week we bring to you a curated list of titles that are worth checking out. This week we have useful apps for power users, photo-editing apps as well some really enjoyable games.
With billions of photos taken by our smartphones every day, our phones have become one of the best ways to capture the world around us. However, not all photos are really encapsulating, and that’s where photo editing apps come to the fore. EyeEm, one such popular app, has been updated to v5.0 and now offers 24 filters to spruce your photos, while also allowing you to adjust the intensity of the filter. The app also makes sure that it doesn’t spoil the aspect ratio of your image, while providing you the ability to change parameters like saturation, brightness, etc. The best feature would definitely be Open Edit, which lets you see the changes others have applied on their photos, and gives you the option to apply the same on your images as well.
Fleksy is one of the fastest keyboards for Android, and with this latest update, it’s becoming even more useful. Not only does it don a Material Design avatar, but it also brings support for extensions. What this means is that you can use Fleksy Extensions to customise your keyboard with options such as navigating apps directly from the keyboard. The keyboard also supports GIF images, along with emojis to help you express your feelings.
El Goog has updated its popular cloud service app with a number of improvements. The biggest feature is the ability to search files saved in Google Drive with the voice command “Ok Google, search
Google has also updated its document-editing apps, Docs, Sheets and Slides with some useful features, which will be rolling out gradually. For example, you can now change the paragraph spacing in Docs, whereas Slides gives you more options to adjust, lines, shapes and text boxes, including the ability to move and rotate them.
IFTTT, an acronym for ‘If this then that’ is one of the best apps for automating repetitive tasks. With version 1.2, it has received a slight redesign as well as support for several new channels. You can now create recipes related to services such as Dailymotion, Todoist, and TIME magazine, among others.
If you need a quick intro to IFTTT, make sure to read our article on how to make internet work for you with IFTTT.
Within just couple of years, Instagram has become one of the most popular photo-editing apps, even surpassing Twitter with its 350 million plus registered users. However, what has made the app really popular is the one-click option to apply filters, and now it has added a few more to its arsenal. The newly-added filters include Aden, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Slumber. The app has also tweaked the way it displays filters to the user.
With each update, Pushbullet is becoming an even more useful app. This week's update brings the ability to take quick actions on notifications from your computer itself. What this means is that not only will you be able to see or dismiss a notification from your computer, but you'll also be able to perform a quick action on the same. Gmail, for instance, gives you the ability to archive or reply to an email from the notification on your PC, just like you would on your smartphone. This feature works with all apps which support the quick notifications feature.
Trello is a popular task-management app. However, instead of a checkbox-driven methodology adopted by most apps, this app offers you a whiteboard and cards where you can list all your separate projects and tasks, and even share them with others. With the latest update, the app has been built from scratch to match Google’s latest visually-pleasing design language. The app has also become faster with this update.
Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne is very popular novel, and it has also spawned a movie, and now a game with the same concept. Following a storyline-based format, 80 Days requires you to complete the challenge of travelling the world in 80 days, making decisions that can alter the whole story. Adding a fun element to the game, you also have to compete against other players across the globe to achieve this challenge.
This game is the sequel to the popular Brothers in Arms 2 title, which was based on the story of Sergeant Wright fighting in the World War 2. This game takes the things to the next level with its format and eye-popping graphics. Unlike its predecessor which was a first-person shooter, Brothers in Arms 3 is a third-person perspective game where you have to first take cover to aim, and then shoot. The game is divided into several short missions, and as you progress through them, you can upgrade your weapons and improve your soldiers’ skills.
While the game is free, it has several in-app purchases.
Telltale Games seems to be on a roll. After introducing the popular The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games, it has now brought a popular sci-fi game to the Android devices. The game has been given the same storyline treatment, where your choices decide how the game proceeds. In the game, you’ll play as Rhys, an employee working in a gun manufacturing company, or Fiona, a con artist living in the planet Pandora. The game is divided into five episodes, with the other four episodes coming soon.
That brings us to the end of this week’s edition. Make sure to check out our roundup next week for another dose of awesome apps and games.
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