5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – [Google Play Weekly]

by: Joe HindyDecember 13, 2013

This week the Google Play Store saw a lot of updates and releases. To start, Gmail was updated to 4.7 and now includes print support, more file type support for attachments, and auto-responses. The long awaited Nova Launcher update finally went live and now people can have a lot more Android 4.4 goodness without Android 4.4. The Chromecast got a whole lot better as it gains support from over a dozen applications including Plex. 3D modeling is coming to Android via a new app in development that does 3D modeling in real time right there on your Android device. To round things out, the Google Play Store itself was updated and now includes improved social integration and an in-app purchase indicator.

Now, here are 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!

Angry Birds GO! Android appsAngry Birds GO!

[Price: Free]
First on our list this week is Angry Birds GO. We reviewed this app a couple of days and found out that if you can get passed the obnoxious in-app purchases that the game itself is actually pretty good. Get it on Google PlayThere have been some early jitters like device compatibility issues but otherwise it’s a fresh face in an otherwise stagnant Angry Birds line up.
Angry Birds GO! Android apps

Android Device Manager Android appsAndroid Device Manager

[Price: Free]
The Android Device Manager has finally made its way to the Google Play Store. With it you can see where your device is and remotely wipe it if anything goes wrong. If you do use this app, Get it on Google Playit’s recommended to set a lock screen password because otherwise whoever steals your device can remotely wipe all of your Android devices!
Android Device Manager Android apps

Cover (beta) Android appsCover (beta)

[Price: Free]
Cover is a lock screen replacement and it’s quite possibly one of the best out there. It’s fluid and beautiful with a number of interesting and useful features. Get it on Google PlayIt was just released after a long stay in the invite-only zone and it’s free to try so if you’re bored with your lock screen, we think you should try this.
Cover (beta) Android apps

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Android appsSonic the Hedgehog 2

[Price: $2.99]
Sega re-released the original Sonic game a while back to rave reviews and that’s likely going to continue with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. In this remake you’ll be able to play all the levels you remember as a kid. You can play as Sonic, Tails, Get it on Google Playor Knuckles, and there are even new levels and bosses. You can even play the lost Hidden Palace Zone levels for the first time. It’s definitely worth the $2.99.
Sonic 2 Android apps

dayframe prime android appsDayframe Prime

[Price: $4.99 reg / $2.99 on sale (limited time)]
When Dayframe launched its free edition, we found it to be the best application of its kind and Dayframe Prime makes it even better. It extends that functionality with a number of new features including custom playlists, a variety of customizable timers, Get it on Google Playgetting weather conditions, and soon it’ll even support syncing between devices. It’s $4.99 regularly but it’s on sale for $.99 for a limited time.
Dayframe Prime Android apps

  • Androidway

    Sonic games for Android are nice. Like Sonic Episode II.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    trying out cover, reviews say its a battery killer

    • JosephHindy

      It is still in beta :) I’m sure that’s a bug that’ll get worked out eventually!

  • Abdel Aziz Farhi

    Cover (beta) : Google play won’t let me install this on my G-Note running stock 4.1.2… Its not region related and it requires Android 4.1 and above.
    What’s wrong.

    • Matt Dowdy

      You’ll need to join the cover beta group on Google+ where they include a link for a direct download for devices and countries not yet supported

      • Abdel Aziz Farhi

        Thanx :)

      • JosephHindy

        Hmm it shouldn’t require that. I downloaded it flat out in the Play Store and I never joined their beta community.

        • Matt Dowdy

          That’ll be because you didn’t get the “your device is not compatible” message

          • JosephHindy

            I guess I just got lucky then because all 4 of my Android devices have it now :D #luckyislucky

  • Data

    These are actually a good list of apps.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s what we try to do here :) thank you for the compliment!

  • Love the angry faces :)
    and yes, I was really looking for the Android Device Manager ! thanks for the update !

  • But I have a question about Android Device Manager, will it work if my device is not connected to internet or WiFi ? I don’t think so.

    • dennis

      Don’t quote me but I believe the device you are trying to ping using android manager has to be connected to internet and turned on. Once you locate it, and device is off line, you will still have last known location

  • John Watson

    I am not actually a fan of games, I loved the app Cover (beta). Heard some of the issues about battery life, can anyone tell me some details ?

  • dennis

    Used #android manager last night when lost my phone at the party. Was able to lock it remotely, locate it and on my way to pick it up now. Ironicly, used my wife’s iPhone 5 to access androind manager :)