This was a surprisingly busy week in the Google Play Store. To start, there have been a lot of rumors about which new design that the core Google apps will get. Facebook is doing some good things with their Messenger app. There was a fake antivirus app that garnered a lot of downloads and a shockingly high rating. A new Play Store update on mobile shows a new People section. Google patented a new way to help prevent piracy. Now, here are five more Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!
First up this week is AllCast. The popular streaming app from Koush has gotten update which includes the boilerplate bug fixes and performance improvements. It also includes Amazon Fire TV support so if you happen to be an early adopter of that and need to stream local content on your Android device, then this is the app you should check out. The app also now includes support for redeeming codes if you’re ever fortunate enough to get one of those.
Carousel is a new application from Dropbox that essentially acts as a gallery app. Here’s how it works. You download and install it and it automatically syncs your photos with Dropbox which is kind of expected out of any app from Dropbox at this point. Some other features include the ability to share photos with other Carousel users and hide videos and photos should you need a feature that does that. If you use Dropbox to back up your photos, this is an app worth looking at. Beware, though, as there are a few issues namely with Dropbox Business accounts.
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t take place in the cloud, another gallery replacement option was released this week called Impala. Impala is a mix between a gallery app and a camera app that sorts your photos based on a number of variables and also allows you to take photos. The app can also apply filters automatically once it learns your preferences. So far people are having a few problems with the app but the general consensus is a positive one so if you don’t mind a few release day jitters, it’s worth taking a look.
Impossible Road is a very minimal game and the second iOS game to come to Android in the last two weeks that is really popular despite having very simple graphics. This game is like a super simplified version of Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road race track in that you move along a track and you can jump off at any time to try to land on another part of the track. It features Flappy Bird style scoring. It’s $1.99 which is too rich for my blood for how simple the game is, but a lot of people seem to enjoy it and you may be one of them.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Last up this week is The Walking Dead: Season One game. People have been waiting for this for a while and frankly releasing it right after the end of the current season was a stroke of marketing brilliance. The first episode is free but you have to pay for the last four episodes if you want to continue playing the game. So far it has rave reviews so obviously the game is doing something right so if you’re a fan, check it out.