August saw lots of worthy candidates for best new and updated Android apps, from Microsoft’s ‘Babel fish’ translator app to the arrival of some cool apps for making to-do lists and managing your multi-tasking needs.
We’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff – all you need to do is peruse the list below, and then download your favorites.
Sticking with the ‘bubble’ theme from Pintasking’s approach to mutli-tasking, Link Bubble uses a similar visual element to make browsing the Web easy.
Along with recently adding support for drop-down Web elements, infinite tabs and a reader mode for Android Wear devices, Link Bubble is now free for all just a few weeks after having been purchased by an unnamed startup.
If Etsy’s artisan approach to retail appeals to you but you’re a dedicated local shopper, then the update that rolled out for its iOS and Android apps should make you very happy indeed.
Now, just like on the desktop, you can access ‘Etsy Local’, which shows you a map of your area and all the local Etsy sellers nearby. It also shows stores that have previously stocked Etsy-sourced merchandise as well as ones currently offering items.
The listings show hours of operation, photos of the items for sale – plus on iOS, you get the choice of using either Apple Maps or Google Maps.
Swarm 3.0, Foursquare’s location check-in app that split from the main app nearly a year ago, brings about a total U-turn in the company’s thinking and re-introduces gamification features that it previously described as “arbitrary”.
Most importantly, it brings back mayorships and extends the notion with a new virtual currency that you ‘win’ by becoming ‘mayor’ of venues. For now, the coins just serve as a handy way to keep score but the company says they’ll have other uses in future too.
Is it too little, too late? Perhaps, but the company has to try something to keep it alive.
This one is aimed at college-age users, but no one’s going to judge you if you’re older than that (they might).
In a nutshell, it’s an easy way of exchanging contacts with users around you. All you need to do is ‘knock knock’ your screen and you’ll connect to other app users around you. Then you just choose the contact details you want to exchange.
Why bother, you ask? Because it works even if the screen is off and the app is closed. And college kids are lazy.
As with Microsoft’s desktop incarnation, Cortana on Android can do things like set reminders or alarms, track flight or weather details and a whole range of other ‘functional’ stuff. On the more ‘fun’ side of things, you can ask it to sing you happy birthday or to tell you a joke too.
If you really like Cortana, you can set it to replace Google Now when you long-press the home button.
If suffer from ‘notification overload’ and want a way to step back for a while without fully switching off, then you probably want to check out Snowball.
A sort of ‘adblocker for notifications’, the updated Snowball prioritizes critical alerts – things like messages, email or calendar notifications – and displays them above unimportant ones, like app updates or those annoying ads to buy in-game items at a discounted rate.
It’s likely to appeal more to power users than a ‘regular’ user, but despite not being perfect, it is one way to prioritize your notifications without risking missing out on something important.
Singing the wrong words to songs is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time, but if you ever want to find out what you should be singing then you should check out Genius for Android, which launched this month.
It keeps with Google’s Material Design theme and, as it does on iOS, offers support for featured videos, audio and GIFs.
It is lacking the ability to let you create and manage annotations, but Genius is working on that too.