April was a busy month for Android apps with the first proper arrival of Meerkat for Android devices, several new ways to navigate your presentation slides, the Chrome Dev browser and a number of other new arrivals to the Play Store, it can be hard to keep up.
Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a list of the best new and updated apps from across the whole month. It’s split across a few pages to make it easier to read, but if you’d rather view it on one page, you can do that here.
Yallo’s Android app is for people who make a lot of phone calls, but need a little extra functionality, like automatic redialling if the call drops and recording and transcription options.
You get 400 minutes for free to get you going, but will need to pay for call time beyond this if you want to make non-Yallo-to-Yallo calls.
Of course, developer editions aren’t generally all that stable, so if you like everything to work flawlessly, it’s probably better to stay away from Chrome Dev. It’s pretty useful if you want to preview how your your Web app or mobile site will look on a phone or tablet though.
Showing no regard whatsoever for drawing its two chat clients closer together, Facebook chose April to roll out video calling in the Messenger app for Android and iOS devices.
While that’s good news for people in the UK, US, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal and Uruguay, everyone else will have to wait for wider rollout.
2015 may well be known as ‘the year of emoji’ by the time we’re done, and not wanting to miss out on the trend, Instagram added the ability to add emojis as hashtags, thereby making them searchable across the network.
Not content with the failure of its Home Android launcher, Facebook is taking a second bite of the cherry with its Hello dialler for Android, which is designed to replace your default phone dialler.
One of its tricks is to show you caller ID information, even if the caller isn’t in your contact list. Another is that it lets you route calls and messages via Messenger over a Wi-Fi connection, if you don’t have any mobile reception.
Other updates include direct access to synced photos and support for DNG raw file support on devices running Lollipop or newer. You also now get direct access to microSD storage for storage and retrieval.
Alongside a new En Route feature, which lets you know your predicted ETA and any changes to it as you travel, the app also got a simpler design and the option to search an entire bus or train line to see where it goes.