[Price: Free with in app purchases]
TickTick is a task list application that allows you to organize your day. It features cross platform support on Android, iOS, and the web via extensions so you can check your tasks anywhere. It features real-time syncing across devices, the ability to do things like create checklists for more immersive task creation, support for sub tasks, and the ability to group tasks together in a folder. You can also upload attachments and share task lists for collaborative purposes. It’s a solid application that’s very easy to use and you should check it out.
Hello and welcome back to the Android Apps Weekly show! Here are your headlines for this week:
- First up this week, Google has added new sections to the Material Design guidelines. They cover data tables, units and measurements, app structure, data truncation, and additional stuff for the floating action button.
- Reports are coming in that Microsoft is striking deals with OEMs to lower licensing fees in exchange for bundling Microsoft apps on devices. Two days later, Cyanogen announced a new partnership with Microsoft where they do exactly that.
- A few Google apps were updated this last week. You can now locate your phone by typing “Find My Phone” into a Google Search. Google Drive has been updated to add 23 new languages and easier file sharing. Google Chrome now supports site notifications and got some bug fixes.
- Speaking of Google, the Google Play Store will now be working harder to bring higher quality family friendly content to the forefront. This comes on the heels of YouTube for Kids and the manual approval process announced a couple week ago.
- In our last bit of news this week, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are working on releasing a brand new Tomb Raider game. It’ll be Freemium infinite runner and it’s been soft launched in the Netherlands with a full release coming soon.
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft got a huge update this last week. Among other things, the app is now available for all smartphones and not just screens that are 6-inches or larger. People have been getting around that issue on their own but it does feel nice to have actual support for smaller screens. Also with the update came some bug fixes, performance improvements, and an indicator to let you know when you’re about to lose connection.
Google Handwriting Input is a new keyboard app that lets you write down your messages instead of just typing them out. It works on tablets and phones and you can choose whether or not to use a stylus. It also comes in 82 languages, supports emojis, and it’s available for all Android devices running Android 4.0.3 and up. It’s a nice augment to a keyboard and voice input and it recognizes your writing even if it’s pretty bad.
If you’ve been wondering about getting a Galaxy S6, you now have the opportunity to try out the software features to see if you like them. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Experience app lets you test out various Touchwiz features and look at the design and even the accessories of the Galaxy S6. This is a fun to try if you’re considering picking up the S6 or S6 Edge and it is free to use. It should also be compatible with most Android devices.
[Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases]
Magica X Magica is a 2D infinite runner and shooter game and it’s one of the precious few with an actual story line. You play as a girl who is trying to save her kidnapped friend by shooting a bunch of bad guys. It features some decent artwork and graphics, simple mechanics, various weapons, many missions, and boss fights. It calls itself the saddest game in this genre ever made and should be an interesting pick up for runner and shooter fans.
[Price: $3.38 with in-app purchases]
Joe Danger is a side-scrolling daredevil game that was a huge hit on iOS and iPad and it’s finally made it’s way to Android. The game will feature 80 levels across 10 tours to challenge your skills, online scoreboards and achievements, 29 different characters, and daily challenges. You can also replay levels to get a perfect run to earn the Pro Medals for each level. It’s a fun little game and shouldn’t be too expensive for most people.
If we missed any great Android apps and games news, let us know in the comments!