It’s Google I/O 2014 but there were some awesome things that happened outside of the most important event of the year for fans of Google. To start out, Google announced Google Fit which is a new set of APIs that have to do with fitness. They also released Google Play Services 5.0 which had a bunch of awesome features. Around the app world, Jolla Launcher has announced their first alpha which you can grab if you have a Nexus 4 or Nexus 5. Google also announced the new Material Design standard which will be invading the Google Play Store soon. Google Search got an update to add “Okay, Google” to any screen. Finally Civilization Revolution 2 has been announced and it’s coming to Android! Now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week.

Google Cast Receiver android appsGoogle Cast Receiver

[Price: Free]
First up this week is the Google Cast Receiver. If you own a Chromecast or you’re someone who wants to cast to someone else’s Chromecast then you’ll need this app. Like I just said, this allows you to cast your phone to a Chromecast without being on the same WiFi network as that Chromecast. It’s free, so check it out!
Get it on Google Play
Google Cast Receiver android apps

Android TV Remote android appsAndroid TV Remote Control

[Price: Free]
Next up is another app from Google I/O and this time it’s the Android TV Remote app. Now this is fairly useless for now until Android TV becomes a thing that regular consumers can buy. However, if you do plan on getting an Android TV or TV set top box, you’ll probably want this app to turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote. Oh and it’s also free.
Get it on Google Play
Android TV android apps

Google Slides Android appsGoogle Slides

[Price: Free]
Hey it’s about time Google Slides finally came out. With this the entire suite of Google-powered office apps is now available. If you use Google Drive to any extent you should probably have this around. It’s not a large download but you will need it to view presentations in Drive. I’ve never been a big fan of turning one app that does everything into four apps but at least the process is complete.
Get it on Google Play
google slides screenshot android apps

everythingme launcher android appsEverythingMe Launcher

[Price: Free]
We reviewed EverythingMe Launcher a while back and concluded it to be a competent and fun launcher. Not only has it received a recent update for things like stability improvements and event stuff for the World Cup but it’s also now available worldwide. If you live outside of the United States, you can now get your hands on this free launcher.
Get it on Google Play

yahoo aviate launcher android appsYahoo Aviate Launcher

[Price: Free]
Speaking of launchers, Aviate has finally left beta and it’s been given a new branding as the Yahoo Aviate Launcher. You no longer need an invite code to use the launcher and it’s also been updated with some calendar add ons, a new Favorite People feature, and another new feature called Daily Delight which is a sort of sleep tracker. It’s free and it’s finally available to all. Check it out!
Get it on Google Play

Joe Hindy
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  • Ben Lee

    You do realise that your description for the Cast receiver is completely wrong. It’s the receiver app for android TV. :-/

  • dennischiangb

    The Google Cast Receiver you have listed is only for the Android TV. It does not work for any phone whatsoever.

  • Michael Vieux

    You need Allcast Receiver.
    Paired with Allcast you can cast to any phone/tablet
    Sadly only one to one, would be nice if it was one to many.