Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! We had quite an interesting week in the world of apps. We caught our first glimpse of the new Angry Birds RPG. Rumors resurfaced about the future of Google Voice and Google Hangouts. The Amazon AppStore turned three years old! Google Play Services were updated to 4.3 which brought a lot of new changes. Finally, Google is killing off tap-to-pay on all non-Kit Kat devices. Below are five Android apps you can’t miss this week!
Pocket Casts is among the most popular and highly rated podcast apps in the Google Play Store. They recently updated their app to version 4.5 which includes the all-important Chromecast support. Also included are a range of fixes and smaller features. It’s one of the best out there and for it’s worth all $4 that the developers are asking for it.
PayPal has done a lot to their app over the last year or so and a recent update has added even more security and other features. Users of their MasterCard feature can now see their available credit within the app and Paypal will now link your phone to your account for improved security. All that’s needed is the additional send SMS permission. Some people may not like that but we tried it and it only ever sent the text to confirm that your phone is your phone. If you don’t use the app but have Paypal, we recommend giving it a second try.
Pebble Beta 11 is out now and if you have a Pebble and are actively looking for the latest improvements we recommend you give it a shot. Included in this release are various improvements in performance and other activities like side-loading applications, various developer-oriented improvements, and the app itself loads faster. There are still some issues but like the Beatles always say, it’s getting better all the time.
So Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes was released and with it came what could be one of the best game companion apps available today. If you bought the game, you should definitely check out the app. You can use it as a standalone app or you can sync it to the game for more enjoyment. It’s worth checking out anyway but if you have the game on console, then you should probably try the app too.
Last up this week is an app that focuses on finding all the apps that are compatible with the Chromecast. It’s called Cast Store and it’s a fairly simple premise. Since the Play Store is kind of unorganized for Chromecast users, this app provides a place where people can search for apps for their devices that have Chromecast support. If you have a Chromecast, you should have this app too.