It’s easy to let the good Android apps in the Play Store slide right under the radar as they're released. In our new Android apps of the month series, we make sure you can always discover the freshest apps to download from the Play Store. Check out some great new apps for July 2015.
Even though Intel's specialty is very much at the hardware end of technology, we're still intrigued to see the tech giant's forays into software. That's why this month we're excited about the Intel Remote Keyboard which turns your Android device into a remote control for your PC keyboard and mouse.
It's designed for Intel's Mini PCs, but works just as well with any PC that's on the same Wi-Fi network as your Android device. This is one of the most intuitive PC remotes around, and its mouse controls in particular are second to none.
Photoshop Mix is a simple yet impressive photo-editing tool that can effectively replace the default photo editor on your Android device. Its features range from the usual bunch of trendy filters, to letting you neatly cut out sections of pictures and splice them into new images.
Photoshop Mix can sync with Photoshop on your PC using Creative Cloud, so if you want to do some more advanced editing then you're only a couple of taps away from it.
The most interesting competitor on the radio apps scene to have emerged in some time, Dash Radio features over 60 radio stations curated by the biggest names in world music. You won't find any algorithm-created playlists here, just plenty of radio channels created by labels, DJs, brands... and Snoop Dogg, among many other artists.
There are no ads on Dash Radio either, and we're excited to see whether it succeeds in recapturing some of that old-school 'underground' radio magic.
From the same team who brought us the award-winning Walking Dead game series comes a Game of Thrones title. Like The Walking Dead before it, Telltale's episodic adventure title has a high focus on narrative and player-choice, allowing the player to make important decisions which effect the story you are a part of. The latest episode just arrived recently, and if you haven't gotten into this yet, you really should.
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Tablet
In case you missed it, beautifully optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint recently came out on the Play Store as individual apps, complete with Dropbox integration to ensure you can access them wherever you want. The new partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox means you can easily access and edit your Microsoft Office files across devices and platforms using your Dropbox account. Nice.
Flush - Public Toilet Finder
Flush - Public Toilet Finder just came out but already it has to be one of the most useful apps in the world. Flush simply locates public toilets in your area, with maps populated by thousands of options, and you can even tap the navigation button to be directed to the nearest available restroom. Perfect for making sure you are never caught-short while day-drinking, I know more than a few people who could have benefited from this app.
Dragon Mania Legends
Dragon Mania Legends, a new game from Gameloft, puts in you a fantasy world where your task is to help grow and train your baby dragons who must eventually face the evil Vikings trying to slay them. There's more: you'll have to take care of managing the island of Dragolandia, collect different dragon species and turn them into skilled warriors to win exciting battles. Dragon Mania Legends is a strategy game that will test your management skills, and is a lot of fun. You can install it for free from the Google Play Store.
Crossy Road is a brand new game on the Google Play Store. What does it entail? You need to collect over 50 quirky characters inspired by pop art who must then cross busy roads, rivers and railway lines without getting squished. It’s a fun game with retro graphics that will keep you glued to the screen of your smartphone!
NOVA 3 Freedom Edition
You’ve likely heard of NOVA 3. It's developed by Gameloft and puts you in the role of Kal Wardin who must fight hordes of aliens for the survival of the human race. It’s a gripping story filled with the stunning graphics. Why have we included this game if it isn’t a new one? Simple, Gameloft decided to make it available in the Play Store for free and without any in-app purchases. Now you can take part in exciting shootouts against aliens without spending a dime (though banner ads are a bit of a nuisance sometimes).
FlashChat is a new app, which is great for university or college students as well for at work, that allow you to chat freely with anyone who is using the same Wi-Fi network within a 1 km radius. The messages are instant, however they’ll disappear from the server once you leave the Wi-Fi network. They stay private from users outside of the Wi-Fi network, plus you can choose your own username to stay anonymous if you want.
It is easy to get bogged down by the various cloud storage apps you migh thave on your phone or tablet, wihch is why having an app like Unclouded can come in handy. This app supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Box as well as some other cloud service providers, and lets you manage the files that are found in all of them. It identifies duplicates, shows you last edited dates, among some other usful features. Plus it is free, the best perk of all.
The Android maps app HERE Beta by Nokia has finally arrived in the Google Play Store. This app is truly a worthy alternative to the Google Maps app, and provides accurate and extensive data on traffic, weather, transit, and maps for over 200 countries. You also get turn-by-turn navigation, offline access, location search and directory, and the map personalization. The app is still in beta phase, but worth a try!
Google Santa Tracker
Google is also getting into the Christmas mood: the Google Santa Tracker app is here for you to follow Old Saint Nick around the world as he delivers presents to all the boys and girls. It also comes with some neat little Christmasy games.
We are convinced that this app might have what it takes to outdo the likes of WhatsApp and Skype: Wire offers more than just your usual texting and video chat, it also has image and music sharing too. The developers have also gone to great lengths to create an attractive design and ensure for great audio quality as well. The quality that Wire offers might draw people away from other popular chat services.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a four-part playable graphic novel based on letters recovered from World World I. The episodes follow four unsung heroes as they traverse a war-torn landscape and bring the horrors, adventure and energy of the great war to (almost) life. It's not a ncheap purchase at 4.50 USD for part one alone, but take one look at this following trailer and tell me you don't think it's worth it.
Forgotten Shores is an 8-level update to the original Monument Valley. If you have the original app installed you can access the additional levels via in-app purchase. Forgotten Shores not only brings more of the mind-bending impossible architecture, Crow People and Silent Princess Ida of the original game, but there's some new twists as well: both literally and in gameplay. If you thought the original levels were trippy, Forgotten Shores almost gives you vertigo in some levels.
Google's new Messenger app is a standalone SMS/MMS app, kind of like Hangouts without instant messaging integration. However, you can still send photos and videos with the app as well as audio messages, which has also received a nice Material Design interface. If you like the way Google handles messages but didn't want your instant messages bundled together, then Messenger is worth checking out.
Oh my giraffe
Oh my giraffe is a hilarious endless runner where you control a flexible necked giraffe with a bottomless pit of a stomach as you're pursued by equally hungry lions! You can bombard the lions with fruit or just gobble itehm all up, but this blocky side-scroller is great fun. And when the lions sleep the buffet hits overdrive!