From ephemeral Facebook messaging apps, to ones that simply let you say ‘Yo!’ to your buddies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in June. So by way of a quick recap and to help you filter through the debris, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.
MailWise covers a lot of ground in terms of the range of accounts it supports, including Gmail and Exchange, but its core selling-point lies in clutter-free conversations. Yes, it strips out repetitive information such as signatures and headers within a thread.
Copy Bubble is a brilliantly simple way of accessing multiple copied items from your clipboard – you can access your recent copy history from the main floating bubble on your screen, allowing you to delete an item, share it (e.g. to email, Facebook, Dropbox), or paste into another application.
It was almost three years since we’d last covered Trover, a travel-themed, user-generated, photo-exploration app that counts Expedia and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton among its creators. While an Android incarnation had previously existed, it was pulled from Google Play due to resource restrictions a while back, but it has now reappeared again.
Users can (visually) share stories about their favorite hotels, restaurants, parks, swimming spots, and more. It’s essentially a geo-tagged, photo-based social network for curious explorers, one that helps create a sense that you’re walking through a neighborhood finding new things along the way.
Jumping on the ephemeral bandwagon, Facebook wants to remain relevant to the younger generations. The gist of Slingshot: to see a photo or video sent to you by a friend, you have to reply with a photo or video.
Ginger Software specializes in ‘language enhancement’ tools to make it easier to write English correctly – native-speakers and learners alike.
The Ginger Page & Grammar Keyboard goes beyond in-line spell-checking to give you tools that instantly rephrase certain words and options for contextual synonyms, translations or definitions – all of which can be very useful, regardless of what your first language is.
Aviate is a beautiful thing, as it aggregates your personal and local data on your device’s homescreen and strives to help organize your day. This includes weather forecasts, email shortcuts, transit information and calendar.
Oyster has often been referred to as ‘the Netflix of ebooks,’ serving up an unlimited supply to digital books for $9.95 a month. While it remains a US-only service for now, you may be pleased to know it’s now availabe for Android too, joining the company’s existing iOS app which launched last year.
If you’re a speedy and regular reader, Oyster will likely appeal. If you’re not, and tend to plough through books at a rate of one-per-quarter, you’d maybe want to give Oyster a miss. That said, you can at least ‘suck-it-and-see’ before committing to any given book, which is nice.
Some might reckon that the less said about Yo, the better. But for one reason or another, the app really hit a nerve this month due to its sheer simplicity (read: lack of features), coupled with the fact that it’s VC-backed. So it’s worth a mention again here in this roundup.
Yo is a single-button, “zero-character communication tool.” Rather than saying ‘Good Morning’ to your buddies, you simply ‘Yo’ them. That’s all you can really do with it.
The service sells itself as the world’s first ‘people-powered antivirus system for bills’. Predictive algorithms alert you when there’s unexpected charges such as hidden fees, billing errors, scams and fraud on your credit card or debit card. It also delivers warnings when a similar dubious charge has been flagged by other users.
As with other similar messaging apps, Path Talk wants to replace SMS (and, as before, Facebook), letting you converse with friends, family and groups, with messages that are automatically erased from Path’s servers within 24 hours. Sound familiar? But it does have some nice features – for example, ‘Ambient Status’ automatically tells your friends whether you’re in transit, nearby, or even low on battery.
Nudge aggregates your health and fitness data from multiple apps and trackers, with an overall ‘Nudge Factor’ ranking your health and fitness holistically. It’s nicely designed and has a lot of potential, but there needs to be much wider support for third-party apps and devices – for now, it only taps Moves, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Fitbit and UP.