4 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

June 6, 2014
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    We’re heading into the summer months here in the northern hemisphere and it can be felt because there wasn’t all that much to talk about in the world of applications. Unless your name is Google. Google had a lot going on. This included updates to Chrome Remote Desktop, Google Hangouts, Google Now, YouTube, and the Google Play Store itself. A new Google Chrome extension called Google Stars was also leaked but there are some caveats to trying it out. Finally, here are four Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!


    Nova Launcher Android appsNova Launcher

    [Price: Free / $4.00]
    First up this week is the venerable Nova Launcher. It was recently updated to give users the “Okay Google” functionality from within Nova Launcher. This is really cool because really this phrase should be enabled everywhere for everyone and this is one step closer to that. Also in the update are subgrid positioning improvements, dynamic calendar icons, and more color options.
    Get it on Google Play
    Nova Launcher android apps


    Dragon Quest VIII android appsDragon Quest VIII

    [Price: $19.99]
    Fans of Square Enix games can rejoice this week because Dragon Quest VIII is now out. It’s really expensive at $20 and even an avid Final Fantasy fan like myself has a little bit of an issue forking out that much dough. Nevertheless you get a fun RPG experience that’s already ragingly popular around the world and we’ve no doubt that fans of the series have no problems dropping $20 on this game.
    Get it on Google Play
    dragon quest viii android apps


    sunrise calendar android appsSunrise Calendar

    [Price: Free]
    Next up is Sunrise Calendar and it actually made our list of the best applications released in May of 2014. It’s a wonderfully designed calendar application that brings an interface that is more pleasing to the eye than most calendars along with some nifty features like the ability to invite people to events on your calendar. It’s free to try and if you’re bored of your calendar, why not try this one?
    Get it on Google Play


    instagram android appsInstagram

    [Price: Free]
    Last up this week is Instagram. The venerable photo social network has updated their application and it now has more photo editing options. This includes more filters and filter settings as well as new settings for brightness, contrast, and shadows. Of course there is also the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
    Get it on Google Play
    instagram android apps

    Comments

    • abqnm

      How can you recommend Sunrise Calendar? They failed in one key area. Synchronization. Sunrise Calendar doesn’t take advantage of Android’s native calendar API, so it actually polls the server for updates at an interval you set. While I partially understand their reasoning to do this (offering Web Access from the desktop) it results in higher data usage and battery drain since it will always wake up regardless of whether it actually needs to. They could have still hosted everything on their server, but taken advantage of google’s GCM platform for push updates. There is no excuse to use scheduled polling these days.

      • Max

        They didnt “Recommend” it as such, these just happens to be what is trending the most at the moment..

        • JosephHindy

          What this guy said. Also, they can program their app how they want to and that’s how they wanted to man.

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