It’s Friday which means it’s time for another Google Play Weekly! In this week’s episode we talk about Android L stuff making its way into Nova Launcher. As part of Google’s Wednesday update, Google Wallet got updated and brings it a few big new features. You can now make your Android Wear watch face look like it’s something out of Star Trek. Google Play Music has begun rolling out to six new countries. Rumors have begun circulating that Amazon Instant Video will be coming to Android proper very soon. Now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week.
Yes friends Commandr is back here on the Google Play Weekly show and it’s because of a big update that makes it even better. Using the Accessibility APIs that Google provides, the Commandr devs have updated their app to work offline and you don’t have to use the phrase “take a note” anymore. That means using Google Now, you can, with and without internet access, tell Google Now to simply turn Bluetooth, WiFi, etc on or off and it will do just that.
Google Chrome for Android got an update this last week as part of Google’s update Wednesday. It’s rolling out in stages but the update includes the return of Doodles to the new tab page, various bug fixes and performance improvements, and a couple of security fixes including omnibox spoofing and same origin policy bypass fixes. More secure is more awesome.
This app is really cool. What it does is allow you to use your Android Wear device as a sort of viewfinder for your phone camera. Yes, this means it mirrors what your camera sees on the watch. The applications for this are limited only by imagination. One fun trick is to set up your phone to look at a pot of water and then you go back and watch TV using the watch to check and see if it’s boiling. It’s free and open source and you should check it out.
[Price: Free / $0.99]
If you’re ready to hate life again then we recommend you try out Timberman. This is one of those easy-to-grasp-but-hard-master titles that is frustratingly addictive and difficult. It has already been likened to Flappy Bird in that regard even if the game play is really nothing like Flappy Bird. It’s free to play with ads but you can get rid of them for a buck (as an in app purchase) if you so choose.
Last and certainly not least is the Wear Mini Launcher app. By using this app you can have a standard app drawer on your smartwatch just like on your smartphone which is apparently something that isn’t a thing yet already. The only real complaint is that the hotspot for this app is the same as dismissing notifications but other than that, people seem to like it and it’s free.
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