Best Apps of a Week

Because it’s Monday we are back with a new book of a Best Android Apps of a Week column. As usual, we’ve had a demeanour by a Play Store releases that saw a light of day in a week’s time so we won’t have to do it.

Our constant readers competence know that a Best Android Apps of a Week post contains both new apps and comparison apps that perceived notable updates. Some of a apps listed next competence come with in-app purchases, others could be totally free, while some competence be payed apps. Either way, we will mention what form of app we are traffic with.

If we trust we have missed any critical apps, feel giveaway to let us know in a comments section. Without serve ado, let’s have a demeanour during this week’s best apps.

Play Movies and TV 3.4.23 – Free

Google Play Movies and TV Shows

Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is strictly central and given it will strike a initial inclination in a couple weeks, Google is readying a local Android apps for a new program update. Play Movies and TV has been updated to chronicle 3.4.23.

Just like we were substantially expecting Play Movies and TV 3.4.23 brings a Material Design interface and logo. Besides that it also adds a cold underline front Chromecast streaming. When streaming to a Chromecast device from your smartphone or inscription around Play Movies and TV. Besides showing a playback controls and progress bar, a app also shows a actors on a shade during a moment.

The Play Movies and TV 3.4.23 refurbish is now being rolled out to users. You can also check a app in Google Play Store here.

Twitter – Free


Twitter’s Android customer perceived a new refurbish final week. The new chronicle focuses on creation sound pity easier with a new underline called Audio Cards.

Therefore we will now be means share song and other sounds directly within a Twitter Android app. Well, this was probable in a past, though we had to leave a app in sequence to do so. The Audio Cards knowledge is identical to a approach images are rubbed in Twitter.

The Audio Cards Twitter refurbish is now accessible in Google Play Store. The app is giveaway and it can be downloaded from here.

Firefox Beta 34 – Free

Firefox Beta 34

Just like any other critical web browser, Firefox has a Beta app chronicle accessible for download in Google Play Store. Well, Firefox Beta has been updated to chronicle 34.

Firefox Beta 34 adds add-on mirroring support for Chromecast and a WiFi toggle on blunder pages. The latter underline allows we to fast capacitate WiFi if we forgot to spin it on on your inscription or smartphone and a page we are perplexing to entrance earnings an incompetent to bond error. Of march a new refurbish brings some-more facilities and bug fixes, though a dual aforementioned changes are a many important.

Firefox Beta 34 is now accessible for download in Google Play Store. You can check a full changelog here.

Rdio Music – Free

Rdio Music

Rdio allows we to “listen to unconstrained stations” on your Android device and, for that, it has a dedicated app in Play Store. That app received an refurbish final week.

Rdio Music is now means of playing songs during 320 Kbps audio peculiarity over WiFi or cellular. You will also be means to download songs during a same quality. Anyway, if we wish to be means to take advantage of this new underline we contingency turn a Rdio subscriber and compensate $9.99 per month.

Anyway, we can also suffer a giveaway chronicle of Rdio Music. You can download it from Google Play Store regulating this link.

Androidify 2.0 – Free

Androidify 2.0

Synchronized with a entrance of Android 5.0 Lollipop, a folks during Google also announce an refurbish for their Androidify app. The new refurbish brings a app to chronicle 2.0.

Androidify 2.0 arrives with Material Design UI and lots of new garments and accessories for your character. It also introduces new moves for your Android impression and support for Japanese, Korean, French and German.

The Androidify 2.0 refurbish is now being rolled out to users. You can check a full changelog and download a app here.

Chrome Beta 39 – Free

Chrome Beta 39

Chrome Beta allows we to ambience some of a facilities of a fast chronicle forward of time. Now, Chrome Beta has reached chronicle 39, that adds a integrate of new features.

Among others, Chrome Beta 39 adds Reader Mode that aims to mislay neglected things from a page and leave we with only a content. Among other “bug fixes and opening improvements” a new chronicle also tweaks a add-on shutting animation, creation some-more suitable for Material Design.

Chrome Beta 39 is free. You can download a app from Google Play store during this link.

Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There’s good news entrance your way.

Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally hoop email accounts from other use providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, a owners of TechCrunch]. That’s according to a sleuths during Android Police, who discovered evidence of a redesigned app that is approaching to launch soon.

Update: The Verge also points out that POP, IMAP and Exchange are also supported.

You can glance a demeanour during a one Gmail app for Android in the video debate below, that was flush by Android Police.

The refreshed looking app — that follows Google’s new Material Design denunciation — includes turn icons, a purify and splendid pattern and, many notably, pronounced support for third-party email accounts.

We design this refurbish to hurl out this week and think that this refurbish has been expected by constant Google business for some time. Apple’s iOS has prolonged upheld mixed email accounts, so we Android folks out there will finally get on standard — although, to be honest, if you’re still regulating superannuated email services today, afterwards you’ve usually got what we merit adult to this point.

That’ll be one reduction forgive for not responding to your boss’s email, anyway.

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Last week HTC confirmed many of a renouned and many new Android smartphones would accept an refurbish to a latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and now we’ve perceived additional sum per when those might indeed arrive for users.

Last week Google announced 3 new products and a all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop. Previously called a Android L release, and it will be accessible to consumers initial on a new HTC Nexus 9 inscription commencement Nov 3rd. However, those with many smartphones, including a HTC One or One M8 are substantially wondering when their phones will accept a latest software.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Begins

The Android L recover was initial announced in Jun as an refurbish to a latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, a chronicle of Android that HTC had nonetheless to even recover on a smartphones, though now they’re adult to speed and earnest discerning updates within 90 days of Android 5.0 Lollipops recover date. And some of those might indeed arrive faster than a 90 day window minute final week.


HTC’s initial proclamation reliable many pivotal inclination from this year, and from 2013, will all see updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days. Of march those embody a flagship HTC One and HTC One M8, though many were astounded to see a HTC One Mini and a few others on a list.

However, those aren’t a usually phones HTC devise to refurbish to a latest and greatest, and now one some-more source reportedly has a some-more minute timeline for fervent users.

Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer over on Twitter posted some minute HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop refurbish information. According to him and his sources a HTC One M7 and One M8 from 2014 are a dual inclination initial on a list. Google Play Edition inclination are looking like a late Nov release, with unchanging HTC One M7 and M8 owners targeted for Jan or February. This falls inside a 90 day window mentioned progressing by HTC.

It’s value observant that this is only HTC’s plans, and they might change formed on destiny Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, and change by region, and generally by conduit in a United States.

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The HTC Desire EYE, HTC One Dual Sim, HTC One E8, HTC Butterfly 2 any many other smartphones outward of a US aren’t utterly as urgent, though can demeanour brazen to saying a same Sense formed Android 5.0 refurbish arrive anytime between Jan and March. Meaning, it isn’t a priority, though they’ll still try and get this out to owners as fast as possible.

Then final though not slightest some comparison or reduction renouned inclination like a HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 will get it around March, and phones like a strange HTC One Mini and HTC One Max from final year are being targeted for a recover around March-May. That leaves a lot to be preferred for intensity users, and hopefully improved timetables and some-more sum arrive earlier rather than later.

As expected, flagship inclination will see updates first, and these are fundamentally listed in sequence of recover date and popularity, with inclination like a HTC One Max set to be final on a list. This means Verizon HTC One Max owners could be in for a prolonged wait before Android 5.0 Lollipop arrives on your device.

We’ll refurbish once we learn more, or as HTC shares additional refurbish skeleton and dates.

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A leaked video speckled by Android Police appears to uncover unconditional changes for Gmail 5.0 on Android, including formation with Yahoo, Microsoft and other email services. We contend “appears,” since a strangely formatted video came from an anonymous user on a little-known upload site. Still, it looks like a genuine preview of a app, and during slightest one of a users in a video is an tangible Google marketing employee. That out of a way, what does it show? The juiciest new underline is third-party email integration, with support for Yahoo, Hotmail and others only a appropriate away. Gmail has always upheld POP3 accounts, yet a new underline would let many users dump their other email apps. Otherwise, we see a indiscriminate pattern change to Android 5’s Material look, with new icons, colors and more. Check a video next or a source, yet in this box we’d advise a splash of doubt — infrequently these things don’t vessel out.

Update: The Material Design leaks only won’t stop — Droid-Life has images of a revamped Google Play Music app, culled true from a Nexus 4 ROM; yet we’re not 100 percent certain that this is a genuine deal. With a Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 scheduled to hold down in early November, it won’t be prolonged until we get a most fuller clarity of Google’s new pattern chops.

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Google Android 5.0

Google on Friday issued to developers a full recover of a Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, updating Lollipop builds for a Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 in a process, with a tangible recover of Android 5.0 set to follow subsequent month. While developers can simply implement these Lollipop builds on upheld inclination and suffer all a new features, other Android users will still have to wait until their inclination get Google’s latest OS and a beautiful Material Design. However, until that happens, they can already download some of a Lollipop apps and resources interjection to a corner bid of several xda-developers members.

FROM EARLIER: How to make your Android phone (sort of) demeanour like Android 5.0 Lollipop right now

Users can download and implement Lollipop’s Google Now Launcher, Google Keyboard, Google Play Store and Google Play Services apps, though also wallpapers, fonts, foot animation and media audio files.

As always with unaccepted downloads, BGR reminds we that such procedures aren’t recommended, and could means certain problems — before perplexing out unaccepted software, users should also make certain they behind adult their inclination and follow accessible instructions (see source couple for download sum for these Lollipop files).

The initial inclination to run Android 5.0 in early Nov will be a code new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The refurbish should be rolled out to Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition inclination “in a same timeframe,” according to Google.

After Google announced progressing that a Android 5.0 Lollipop will finally strech a open soon, a lot of Samsung users are wondering when their inclination will finally start receiving a update.

According to reports, a initial inclination to lift a latest Android handling complement will be a arriving Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 inscription from Google. These inclination will be expelled someday in November.

Then, a other inclination underneath a Nexus line will be given an OS refurbish as well. CNet mentioned that Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will knowledge a Android 5.0 Lollipop refurbish “in a entrance weeks.”

But when will Samsung smartphones get updated?  GottaBe Mobile reported that a South Korean consumer and tech code had not reliable a skeleton to refurbish their inclination to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.

It is approaching that many of a 2014 releases will presumably be concordant with a updates, such as a flagship phones Galaxy S5 and a recently expelled Galaxy Note 4. However, it is also probable to find a last-generation releases such as a Galaxy S4 as good as a Galaxy Note 3.

However, progressing rumors posted on SamMobile final month mentioned that Samsung’s flagship phones will get a Android 5.0 Lollipop refurbish before a year ends. The essay pronounced that both Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 “should get a Android L refurbish by a finish of November/early Dec – it’s not transparent when Google will make a new chronicle accessible for Nexus devices, though formed on a info Samsung should be flattering discerning during bettering it for a possess devices.”

Yesterday, a leaked request display Samsung’s roll-out report for Android 4.4.4 KitKat refurbish for some of a smartphones had been reported. If a request proves to be true, it means that a tech hulk will still be bustling updating their inclination to a prior OS chronicle until November. It would substantially take some-more time before a Android 5.0 Lollipop refurbish will be rolled-out by a company.

Still, Samsung is scandalous for being late in delivering updates, so it shouldn’t come as a warn to users if a updates don’t arrive on time.

While some Android apps are important, some truly are contingency have Android apps. I’ve schooled to tell a difference. Over a past integrate of years, I’ve been a unequivocally happy Android fan. Being a interloper from a iOS platform, we can't demonstrate usually how many some-more full-featured Android is when compared to my aged iPhone.

Now obviously, we would be fibbing if we were to explain that Android is a fit for everybody – it’s not. But interjection to a good apps accessible to Android users, I’m happy to share my possess list of contingency have Android apps.

1) SwiftKey – After being marred with SwiftKey, going behind to any other hold shade keyboard on a mobile device would be painful. SwiftKey unequivocally understands me, as it learns and predicts (with permission) my keystrokes and auto-completes difference for me. This alone this a contingency have Android app.

2) AirDroidAirDroid is best described as “the app” that finally pushed me into a arms of a Android platform. While my phone is charging in a other room, we have in-browser entrance to all on my phone. SMS, entrance to incoming/outgoing calls, all of my files and of course, my apps. When my phone isn’t charging, we could also use AirDroid for remote camera entrance and meeting clipboard. The ability to entrance my phone’s clipboard has saved me a ton of time.

3) AnyCut – Sometimes we simply need to emanate an “actionable” by-pass on my phone. Easy to use, AnyCut allows me to simply emanate a approach call, approach message, or any activity formed shortcut. we use AnyCut as a toggle switch to spin on/off certain phone functions instead of digging by a settings to do a same.

The Waze Anroid app helps we get opposite city faster.

4) Tasker – Once again, an app that offers functionality on Android that we won’t find with iOS. Understanding that some of these things can be a bit of a battery empty if left unchecked, here’s some of a things we like to use Tasker for. When my phone senses I’m driving, Tasker reads my SMS messages out-loud. Anytime my battery levels get to a specific point, we let Tasker scale behind my information use while also shortening a behind lighting. And lastly, in further to specific GPS associated functionality, we use Tasker to put my phone into work mode, home mode and divided mode. These modes are Tasker recipes I’ve setup to make certain my data, wifi, and ringer/alerts are setup to best accommodate my needs depending on my location.

5) WeatherBug – In further to being a consultant with a association behind this Android app, I’m also a complicated user of it. What draws me to regulating their focus is that it offers distant larger correctness for many areas. Where many apps usually give we what we impute to as “airport continue data,” WeatherBug also has thousands of additional continue stations. Using their app we can entrance continue hire networks that are significantly closer to my plcae than a nearest airport, so giving me a many accurate stream conditions for my area. Most recently, though, it’s been a disdainful (real-time) lightning display functionality that has kept me inside during lightning storms. If a lightning is a mile away, my phone will tell me.

The Weatherbug Android app gives we timely updates.

6) Amazon – Being means to cost check something before we buy it is helpful. However, after perplexing out other “local-centric” apps, I’ve found a best apparatus for checking prices has proven to be Amazon. The RedLaser app was fun for a while as it supposing larger strech in what stores we could review with, though in a prolonged transport we emporium during Amazon – so being means to cost compare with my phone has proven to be invaluable.

7) Waze – we overtly don’t get how anyone could use any other GPS resolution after regulating Waze?! Instead of merely display me how to get there, Waze offers amicable communication by permitting others to advise drivers about speed traps, obstacles in a road, accidents and construction zones. Bundle this with voice controls and a ability to change pushing routes during Waze’s suggestion; due to complicated traffic, etc, make this is clearly a contingency have Adnroid app.

Google has expelled updated Android 5.0 Developer Preview images for a Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi, 2013), alongside a ‘full release’ of a Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK with final APIs, forward of a ubiquitous roll-out in early Nov for finish users and new devices.

The updated Android 5.0 Developer Preview images for a Nexus 5 ‘hammerhead’ and Nexus 7 ‘razor’ underline build series ‘LPX13D’, and are accessible to download from a company’s Android Developer page.

The Mountain View organisation records that a images are meant for developers to exam apps, and support a Android 5.0 SDK that can be found on a same page. They usually have a minimal apps pre-installed in sequence to capacitate developer testing. Users can always hurl behind to final recover bureau system images. Updated developer preview images are also accessible for a ADT-1, and a Android emulator.

(Also see: Android 5.0 Lollipop: What’s New and Updated)

Google combined that a initial set of inclination to run Android 5.0 Lollipop – a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player – will usually be done accessible in early November, adding it will hurl out a Android 5.0 refurbish worldwide to “Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 2013), and 10 devices, as good as to Google Play book devices” in a same timeframe.

Last week, a news suggested that a Android 5.0 Lollipop refurbish for finish users will start rolling to a Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 Wi-Fi usually tablets starting Nov 3. The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) LTE models were pronounced to be in-line to accept a refurbish after in a month.

The recover of a final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK is poignant for developers, and gives them entrance to a 5,000 new APIs they can use for their apps and services. The association records that several APIs and behaviours have altered in a SDK given a developer preview recover from progressing this year, and that users should undo all preview packages around a SDK manager while installing a final release.

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You cannot find it in a new Android 5.0 Lollipop Developer Preview (which we gave we guys a hands-on with over a weekend), though interjection to a creatively leaked full Android 5.0 ROM, we now have some info on a new Motorola-like underline entrance inside Lollipop. Dubbed “Ambient display,” a underline was fast mentioned on the central Lollipop page saying,”Where upheld by a hardware, your device will arise adult as shortly as we collect it adult or daub a shade twice.”

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Screenshot taken from a leaked full Lollipop build

You might remember Motorola’s “Actively Display” underline (now famous as Moto Display), that activates your phone’s arrangement when we collect it adult (or proceed it with a new Moto X 2014). Seems Lollipop will have something identical — well, usually if you’re hardware supports it. We’re certain this has something to do with a processor/sensors found in many aloft finish Android devices, so in all likelihood, many of us should be good.

The ambient arrangement environment is now nonetheless another good thought Android is adopting from manufacturer UIs and joins a ranks of a new Setup Wizard app, Battery saver, and Priority notifications.

[Prashant Gahlot Google+]

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