Since Android 4.4 came out, Google has dominated the headlines in the app space and this week is no different. First and foremost, Google Search was updated to 3.1.8 and it fixed a bunch of Google Experience Launcher issues on supported and non-supported devices. Bluestacks updated their desktop app to Ice Cream Sandwich (from Gingerbread). Blizzard has officially announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is coming to Android next year. Waze traffic data is finally rolling out to Google Maps. Last in the big news this week, Nova Launcher’s new beta is available for download with all its Android Kitkat goodness. To see more, watch the video above. Keep reading for five more Android apps you can’t miss this week.
First up is Dayframe. This awesome and free app takes the idea of a photo frame and adds pretty much every feature you’ll ever need in a photo frame app. It’s from the same people who brought us HD Widgets (which I use religiously on all my devices). If you want to see more, we did a review video and it’s on our YouTube channel.
Camera Awesome is a reportedly popular iOS camera app that’s been ported to Android. So far reception has been both positive and negative. People seem to enjoy how the app works when it actually works, but hate that the interface is modeled after iOS 7. Also, it’s not compatible with a whole lot of Android devices. It is good when it works so if you don’t mind wagering $3 on whether or not it’ll work, it’s worth a try.
Even though we’re coming up on Thanksgiving, everyone is talking about Christmas for some reason. But with Thanksgiving comes Black Friday and some Android apps are cashing in early. This includes a new app by Slickdeals called Black Friday App that, surprise, delivers ads, deals, and coupons for the upcoming Black Friday. If you’re going to be participating, it’s worth checking the app out.
The long awaited discount Google Wallet, I mean Isis Mobile Wallet, has been released to the masses. For about 90% of people it’s going to be garbage and it only worsens the longing for Google Wallet 2.0 to come out, but for those few that can use it without problems, it’s a substitute until then. It’s free so there’s no harm in trying it out.
Last up this week is my personal favorite podcast app Pocket Casts. It was recently updated to its own version 4.4 which it’s dubbing Kentucky Fried Chicken. With the update comes a couple of Kitkat-exclusive features and a few more changes and updates that are for everyone. If you need a podcast app, this is the one we recommend.