Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! Here are your app headlines this week and you can watch it above:
- Microsoft is merging their phone, tablet, and desktop OS and may eventually allow Android apps into the mix.
- A new Humble Bundle is out now with six games up for grabs and more coming soon! Check it out by clicking here.
- NBC will be streaming Super Bowl XLIX online through the Sports Live Extra app.
- WhatsApp now has a desktop application (that you can check out here) and it’s also cracking down on 3rd party clients.
- Google has updated and clarified their rules on naming third party apps.
And now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!
Next Lock Screen is a lock screen replacement app from Microsoft that received a huge update this last week. The lock screen now has music player controls, MMS support, instant messaging support for Skype, Line, and Google Hangouts, and the usual array of bug fixes and performance improvements. It’s still totally free with no in app purchase if you want to check it out.
[Price: Free / $4.99 per month]
CloudMagic received a bit update this week that has had some mixed reactions. They have started a new subscription service for $4.99 per month that users can get in on to access new features and functionality. For now the feature list is pretty short but the developer says it will get longer as time goes. Also, all the features of the free version remain free but we still remain dubious about spending $60 per year on an email client.
Asana is a task management service aimed at teams of people. You can organize tasks and assign tasks to people on a larger scale. This last week, they released a huge update to their Android app. It is not a native Android app instead of HMTL5 and it comes with Material Design, gesture controls, and more features. It’s still not amazing but it’s definitely a bit step forward.
LibreOffice Viewer Beta is a document viewing app that is now on Android. People have been clamoring for LibreOffice on Android for some time and this seems to be the first step to making that happen. It is in beta and it is rough so we recommend that only those interested in helping test give it a shot. Aside from that, it’s nice to see LibreOffice on Android, even in this limited form for right now.
Last up this week is the Niantic Labs app Field Trip. It’s essentially a guidebook that shows you interesting landmarks and tidbits about the city you’re in. It received a big update this last week with more Material Design, new content, and the boilerplate bug fixes and performance improvements. If you play Ingress or you like exploring, you should have this.
If we missed any great Android apps news, let us know in the comments!