We’ve missed our weekly roundup with the best new Android applications from the Google Play Store for the last week because we were attending the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But now we’re back to bring you the latest and greatest for your Android devices. It might be difficult sometimes to find good and reliable Android apps and games, so we’re making sure that you don’t face that problem ever again.
As you will see for yourself, we will have in the list from below seven apps and only three games, but I must assure all of you mobile gamers out there that you will have a lot of fun. As for the apps, we have a diversity of tools that will help you easier manage your projects, monitor your baby’s sleep, extend Google Now’s functions and much more!
Opera Max (Free)
Opera is one of the best mobile browser and it is known for its ability to compress data, thus letting you enjoy more of the online content, without having to worry that you will exceed your limit. Now, the Opera Max app has been launched for Android devices in order to help you see which apps hog your data. Not only this, but Opera Max also squeezes video, photos and images on your app by up to 50%. Mobile video is known to be a huge consumer of your mobile data, and Opera Max is the first app of its kind to be able to seriously compress this type of data.
Google Now Launcher (Free)
Currently available only for Nexus or Google Play edition devices with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Google Now Launcher app will bring Google Now on your home screen. More devices are said to be supported with an upcoming update. The app brings faster search by tapping the search box; easy access to your favorite Google products and services; larger viewing area as the status and navigation bars are now translucent; intuitive wallpaper picker and the option to position and preview your wallpaper.
Colin McRae Rally ($4.99)
One of the most popular racing games of all times, Colin McRae Rally finally launches the official Android version for mobile gamers. The legendary off-road racer that sold in millions of copies across the world comes with 30 amazing rally stages with a combined distance of over 130km. Inside the game, you will be able to race with such legendary rally cars, as the Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, Lancia Stratos and Colin McRae’s Ford Focus. Price might be a little too big, but those who’ve played the game before know what they’re paying for.
Meet Me Halfway (Free)
How many times has it happened to you to argue with your friend on choosing a place to meet which would suit the best of you. Most of the time you’ll just say – “let’s met halfway”, but you can’t really know for sure where that is. To make sure you never have to worry about that anymore, you can try out Meet Me Halfway, a new free Android app which locates the halfway point from two locations and then lets you discover places of interest near there such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, and others.
Toca Lab ($2.99)
The Toca Lab might seem like a childish game at first, but once you get to explore the colorful and electrifying world of science, you understand why the game is so cool. Discover all the 118 elements from the periodic table and start experimenting with the lab tools to learn more about the magic of chemistry. You will be able to perform such procedures as taking your element for a spin in the centrifuge, warm it in the Bunsen burner, use a cooling agent on it, change their voltage and make them magnetic and many other interesting things.
Basecamp is one of the best online project management applications and it has now landed in the Play Store for Android users. By using the app on your mobile device you will be able to check in on your projects from anywhere, join discussions, view progress as your team members complete their task and upload files. Of course, in order to use the app, you need to have an account with Basecamp. The app itself is free to download and comes with a very clean interface.
The third and last game in our weekly Android roundup is Fives, ‘a deceptively simple puzzle game where you match similar numbers’. The game is totally free and has less than 3 megabytes, so there are no reasons why you shouldn’t give it a try. Your task consists in combining twos and threes and like numbers to double them. The entire board will move until it will reach an edge. During your play, you will be able to unlock up to 13 different achievements.
A while ago we have featured some of the best baby monitor devices that you could buy to watch over your little one. But if you think your smartphone can perform the same task just as good, then you need to check out Dormi. The app works at any distance and uses any available route to connect parent and child units, be it WiFi or any sort of mobile data – Edge, 3G, 4G, HSPA+, LTE. It can work even when Internet is not available, by using WiFi Direct and HotSpot or AP. What’s really cool is the ability to connect multiple devices in parent mode to a single child device in the same time.
RealPlayer Cloud (Free)
If you use to watch movies on the go, then you need to download RealPlayer Cloud. The app lets you upload your videos to RealPlayer Cloud and then watch them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows computer or even on TV through Chromecast, Roku and popular browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox. Say goodbye to HDMI and USB cables, as this is one of the best tools for this purpos. The app is free to download, but the storage plan costs; however, you will get 2 GB of space for free when you sign up.
ShareIt Lenovo (Free)
Lenovo’s new ShareIt Android app is touted as ‘the world’s fastest way to share photos, apps and more across devices’ and it doesn’t incur in network charges or Wi-Fi connection. We don’t know yet how it works, but Lenovo SHAREit transfers huge files and videos in seconds at speeds which are said to be up to forty times faster than Bluetooth. It even supports group sharing, so up to 5 devices can pair in the same time. A must-have app if you share a lot of files with your friends.