In the wake of Google I/O, July was all about the awesome things Google has been doing but we also saw some big Android apps and games releases. Here, we’ll round up the best Android apps releases of July 2014.
First up is an application called Bamboo Paper by Wacom. It’s a doodling and note taking app that focuses on precision but there are some built-in features that are pretty nice too. There are some issues that users have pointed out but overall the attitude toward this app has been positive. It’s free to use so there’s no harm in giving it a shot!
Commandr was releases to a lot of fanfare. This application extends the functionality of Google Now by letting you do things like turn on and off various utilities like flashlight and Bluetooth with your voice through Google Now. There is also Tasker support and a healthy stream of suggestions that the developers are working to include. It’s free and if you use Google Now then this is a must have.
After it was used to demo Android TV at Google I/O, the masses waited fervently for Leo’s Fortune to be released. Then it was and, predictably, it was pretty popular. It costs $4.99 but between its smooth game play, amazing graphics, and high Google Play rating, we don’t think there are many people who would be disappointed to shell out that much for this really good game.
Modern Combat 5 can be described as one of the blockbuster game releases of the year for Android. With it comes improved graphics, multiplayer support, and more campaign missions to do. There have been some early bugs but pretty much every big game release goes through this. If you’re not sure, just wait a few weeks for the fixes before buying it but it is a really good game.
LokLok is a new messaging service where every message takes place on your lock screen. This can be a pretty way to communicate with friends as you can doodle, take pictures, and doodle over pictures if you so choose. It’s free to use but don’t put anything personal in the messages because it’ll show up directly on the lock screen of the recipient.
Speakle is a new social media service that specializes in being totally anonymous. When you sign up for an account you don’t provide any details about yourself. You aren’t even allowed to have a profile picture. Once signed up you can say literally whatever you want and it remains totally anonymous but may still receive likes and comments from other anonymous users. It’s great if you want to rant and rave about something but not on regular social media and frankly every person who vaguebooks should be there. It’s free and it’s nice even if the cream-sickle theme is a little much on the eyes.
Next up is SWIP3 and it’s the first game designed specifically for Android Wear. In this game you fling blocks around to match colors which then makes them disappear and you get points. It costs $1.69 but it also comes with online multiplayer and a phone version if you want to play it on there. It’s not a bad deal even if it’s a bit of a tired premise.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
If you’re looking for the obnoxious game of the month then Timberman is your best bet. It gained mainstream popularity after the fad blogs decided that it was the next best hard game after Flappy Bird died off. It’s free with ads but you can pay to remove the ads if you prefer. It’s easy to play and we’ve no doubt you’ll get the hang of hating so much that you can’t stop playing it.
Last up this month is the Wear Mini Launcher. This launcher allows you to operate your Android Wear device more closely to a normal Android device by giving you an app drawer that’s almost always easy to get to. It has a lot of positive reviews, it’s free, and it’s easy to use. Who could ask for more?
If we missed any awesome Android apps released in July 2014, leave us a comment and tell us about it!