From subscription-based book summarizing platforms, to human search engines, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in August. Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best Google Play newcomers from the past month.
In addition to basic file sending support, WeTransfer for Android lets you pause and resume uploads, as well as send files directly to anyone in your address book. You can also choose ‘groups’ of photos to send to friends en-masse.
One thing the world doesn’t need is another weather app. However, having built a solid reputation in the desktop and iOS realm, YoWindow finally arrived for Android last month too, so it’s worth a mention.
YoWindow features a ‘living’ landscape that reflects the actual weather outside your window. It’s a really beautifully designed app, even if it is entering a somewhat saturated space.
Ooloo is a quirky one for sure. The app lets you ask a question using your voice, but rather than garnering responses from Google or some other virtual assistant, there are human staff on hand 24/7 to find an answer.
It’s perhaps more geared towards the lazy or those who are in a hurry and can’t manually search the Web themselves. But it may include things like local restaurant recommendations in an unfamiliar city, translation requests, or the fastest route to the station. Basically it’s Let Me Google That For You, packaged as a service.
A new tagging system called ‘tastes’ is designed to let you choose specific food, drink and venue types that interest you most. Foursquare delivers a list of suggestions based on your prior check-ins, though you can search for new ones too. It’s kind of like Yelp, on steroids.
Automatic life-logging diary app Rove arrived on Android last month, serving to “bridge the gap between apps like Facebook’s Moves (that track your activity) and those like Timehop that present old memories in an attractive way,” as we put it at the time.
It’s a private journal in its purest form, automatically logging the places you go, how you get there and the photos you take when you arrive – the idea being that you can look back and remember past events in detail.
Afterlight brings a broad range of image-adjustment tools and retro filters to the editing mix, including brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure compensation, highlights, shadows, temperature, sharpening and more. It’s already proven its worth in the iOS realm, so it should prove to be just as popular over on Android too.
It works thanks to the motion-sensing gyroscope now available on many smartphones, so when you’re awoken from the land of nod, you will be instructed to stand up, hold your device flat and spin in a circle. Annoying? Yup. But it’s all for a purpose.
With Swing Copters, rather than navigating a bird sideways, you are tasked with guiding a little helicopter’s vertical flight while avoiding hammers that swing from each gate. Like Flappy Bird, you get a point for every gate that you pass through.
Bound It lets you select which specific images you wish to show by creating an impromptu slideshow consisting only of the images you wish others to see. It’s not completely fool-proof, but it’s a useful layer of protection to stave off opportunists.