The growing number of apps and games on mobile platforms have led to the coining of a new term... “app economy”, indicating that they are the next big brand-building or money-making avenue for companies. In fact, one of the biggest example of how companies are embracing this change is Microsoft, which under the leadership of Satya Nadella, isn’t limiting itself to its own Windows OS. Just last week, the Redmond giant introduced its Outlook email app for Android and iOS, and has something in store for users this time as well. But, those aren’t the only apps to figure out in our top Android apps and games of this week, so without further delay, here’s the selected list of titles that are worth your attention.
While technology is becoming advanced day by day, it’s important that it’s also easily accessible to everyone. Features like magnification and TalkBack, available by default on Android do try to make it easier for people with poor vision to use the devics easily. BIG Notifications, as the name suggests, zooms the notifications so that they can be read clearly by the elderly or those with vision problems. The app comes from the team behind BIG Launcher, a popular launcher-replacement app for the visually impaired, and offers several useful configurable options.
While the app is free, by making an in-app purchase, one can unlock features such as the capability to adjust font size, TalkBack support, vibration, and more.
With so many social networks these days, i could be a hassle to keep track of what your close ones are up to. Well, worry not, as this new app comes to your rescue. BLINQ connects with your social networks and brings up activities of people you’re chatting with. The best part is that you don’t even need to open the app for this purpose specifically, as whenever you’re chatting with someone on apps like Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, etc., you’ll see a little dot that can be clicked upon to view status updates by the person you’re in conversation with.
With the advent of internet and mobile apps, the payments industry is undergoing a quiet transformation. Gone are the days when you needed to go to the bank or an ATM for cash, as now everything can be done from the comfort of your phone. Chillr, a new app on the block, aims to make this process even easier since it allows you to instantly transfer money to others via their phone numbers. What’s more, even if you don’t have their phone number and you both are near each other, then the app can utilise GPS to find them and enable the transfer of money.
Currently, the app has partnered with HDFC Bank, which means that only HDFC account holders can make use of the app to transfer funds. However, the funds can be transferred to any bank account.
Social media has blurred the lines between regular people and celebrities, allowing fans to closely connect and follow their favourite stars. Frankly.me takes it a step further by giving users the opportunity to ask questions to celebs directly and getting replies from them in the form of a video selfie. You can also upvote questions asked by others along with browsing existing selfies by celebs. The app has already got well-known people such as RJ Naved, Kiran Bedi, Kunal Bahl and more on its platform.
The name of the app says everything about it – it’s a lock screen app with focus on pictures. But what isn’t clear is that it’s developed by Microsoft’s relatively new team called Garage project. The app is more than a lock screen… since apart from the ability to change lock screen wallpapers (by shaking the phone or swiping to right), you can also search the web via Bing, get an idea about missed calls and messages, see weather, news and calendar among others. You can also access quick toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, brightness, etc. along with the option to access the camera quickly.
Amidst rumours that the popular calendar app has been snapped up by Microsoft for $100 million, the company has introduced version 2.0 of the app. The biggest features in this update is that the app offers an improved layout for tablets. It also has over 25,000 calendars listing holidays, name days, week numbers, and more, which can be added to your own calendar as well. That’s not all, as it can can now connect to Google Tasks and Eventbrite to automatically list your schedule.
Timely, a popular and aesthetically-pleasing alarm app went under the radar after being acquired by Google last year. Until now that is. The app has just been updated to v1.3 and sports a visual refresh along with a number of new features. Now, it allows you to use your own sounds for alarms along with the ability to set an alarm directly via voice commands on Google Now. If you snooze the alarm often, then a new option of challenging to snooze might be a good idea for you.
If you’re a fan of the RPG genre, then this game is a must play for you. Evoland takes you through the evolution of adventure gaming right from monochrome to a world of full 3D graphics. As you make the progress in the game, so do the graphics and gameplay such as turn-based battle to real-time fights.
While the fans of the popular TV series will be eagerly awaiting the release of season 5, they can also be a part of the fantasy fiction. The Game of Thrones was launched last year, and now it has been updated with Episode 2 dubbed as The Lost Lords. The players will be playing as the members of the House Forrester, a family based in Westeros who is loyal to the Starks of Winterfell.
The Episode is available for purchase additionally, and you can also get a discount if you purchase all the episodes at one go (the game is divided in six episodes, with first two available to play).
If you’re looking for an addictive game that tests your responsiveness, then give Wave Wave a try. In simple words, the game requires you to wave up and down a line in a rapidly colour- and direction-changing maze of triangles while ensuring that you don’t run into the wall. For controlling the line, just tap the screen to go in one direction, and lift your finger if you want it to move in another direction.
Before we close this week’s edition, we’d like to remind you that Humble Bundle is at it again. This time it’s offering up to 11 games in partnership with Cartoon Network.