The apps on our smartphones have come a long way since being website wrappers or simply replicas of websites. Today, apps can do many things which we wouldn’t even have imagined in the web era. In fact, we believe that you’d have made today an ‘Appy Valentine's Day with the use of our suggested apps. Our apps and games roundup this week also includes an impressive roster of titles offering utility, convenience, and last but not the least, fun. So let’s begin.
The saying that “a penny saved is a penny earned” will never go out of fashion. And, the first app in this week’s edition aims to make it easier for users to save their hard-earned money. The app comes from the company behind the popular recharge app Freecharge and offers a handy list of offers and discounts applicable across various e-shopping, recharges or taxi-booking services. Not just that, the app will pop up whenever you open any of the shopping apps, letting you check out offers that can be availed.
Nokia’s HERE Maps is one of the most feature-rich competitors to Google Maps, and with the latest update, the former is becoming even more powerful. Shedding its Beta tag, the app has added a number of features such as interactive 3D maps of malls and airports, traffic incidents to get an idea of jams on the road, and many more. The navigation app is also popular because of its offline capabilities, and now it allows for downloading maps in the background along with the option to download voices on the memory card.
With the biggest cricketing extravaganza starting tomorrow, you don’t need to be hooked to your television to be in the know of all the action. You don’t even need to download any special app as the popular hike messenger has partnered with CricBuzz to bring you all the news and updates right within the app. A new chat window by the name of ‘World Cup 2015’ will appear on users’ chat lists and will provide real-time score updates along with detailed scorecards, points tables and more.
Our smartphone addiction is reaching new levels, but how can we reduce that? Well, ironically enough, there’s an app for that. Named Instant, the app automatically tracks your usage of apps as well as your device. Not only that, it also act a a life-logging tool to track your fitness and even travel time. You can also set up reminders for particular apps on the basis of usage time. The app has been designed keeping Google’s Material Design is mind, and is also available in the form of a widget.
After reaching a user base of more than 170 million users, popular messaging app LINE is aiming to entice businesses with a standalone app called LINE@ (LINEat). The app allows a person or an organisation to create a business account and use that to broadcast messages, 1:1 chat, and write Timeline posts. Users can also specify sub-admin(s) for managing the account. LINEat also offers detailed statistics on the consumer engagement levels.
While the service is free, businesses can pay for owning a searchable, vanity account name.
With the payment methodologies shifting to mobile-based options, even traditional banks are jumping on the bandwagon. India’s leading private bank ICICI is also catering to this up-and-coming segment, with its new app badged Pockets. You don't need to be an ICICI bank account holder to use its functionality as a pre-paid wallet to pay for recharges, bills, and movie tickets among others along with the ability to send money to anyone by their bank accounts, mobile numbers or email ids. Your Pockets account also act as a VISA card, so you can use it for online transactions as well.
Cheatz isn’t the only app aiming to help you out to save your money this week, as we have another app as well. Released last week for Android devices, Shop Pirate brings forth deals from popular ecommerce websites like Flipkart, Jabong, Redbus and many more in a very easy-to-access manner. We have already reviewed the service, and it’s app makes it even more convenient to find deals and discounts.
Going viral on social media requires two important ingredients: posting the right things, and at the right time. While the right things can be cracked by you based on your target audience, finding the perfect time to get maximum engagement requires a lot of thought. While there are a lot of solutions available to suggest you the ideal time to post your content on Facebook and Twitter, there aren’t any for photo-based social network Instagram. Enter TakeOff, an app from the team behind popular Just Unfollow app, allowing you to schedule your posts on Instagram along with suggesting the right times for scheduling to gain maximum eyeballs.
LIMBO is one of the rare games that have garnered a rating of 4.9 from users thanks to its gripping storyline and appealing graphics. In the game, you play a boy who’s on the lookout for his lost sister, and has to solve puzzles, dodge obstacles and more in order to find her. The black and white graphics also add to the suspense.
The popular endless-runner game is on a world tour and this time they’ll take you to magical land of Hawaii. While the gameplay is similar, the backdrop is set against Hawaii with surroundings like mountains and rivers of lava. There’s also an addition of a new player called Izzy, whom you can take on surfing adventures.
With that, we end another exciting week of apps and games in the world of Android. See you again next week.