Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- Samsung has announced that Android apps will run on Tizen using OpenMobile ACL.
- New stats reveal that Google Play grew faster than the App Store and Amazon Appstore in 2014.
- Google Classroom is now available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
- An update to Google Maps finally allows for navigation sharing.
- Facebook at Work is now a thing that exists.
And now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!
Google Translate got a huge update this last week. Included is a new word lens feature that lets you point your camera at something and have it translated in real time for you. The other big feature is instant voice translation where, much like word lens, translations happen on the fly. If you need translation, Google Translate proves again that it is king on Android.
AcDisplay is a popular lock screen replacement app that recently updated to version 3.0. The new update brings support for Lollipop, a new Material Design inspired interface, and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements. It’s one of the better apps that emulates the Moto Active Display with the notifications and clean look. It’s free to try if you’re interested.
Google Now Launcher was updated this last week. The update includes some Material Design elements to those running Android 4.1 through 4.4 and that includes animations, button changes, and other minor aesthetic changes. It’s not a huge update but those who want a more Lollipop style experience that don’t already run Lollipop should appreciate it. It’s rolling out right now.
Falcon Pro 3 was released this last week. It improves on prior iterations of the app by including boat loads of Material Design, improved performance, easier navigation, and more. It is a brand new release and that means there are bugs so if you try it out, do keep that in mind. If you don’t want buggy software, give the developer a couple of weeks to fix up the problems and give it a try then.
Adobe released Adobe Lightroom mobile for Android and pretty much any major name-brand release from Adobe is good news. It has a pretty decent set of features including desktop syncing and considering it’s an early release, it works pretty well. The bad news is that you’ll need a Creative Cloud account once the trial expires and that sucks for those who bought the software.
If we missed any great Android apps and games news, let us know in the comments!