This week Google updated a number of their apps including Google Search, YouTube, and Google Play Music. LibreOffice has announced a plan to port their hallmark office suite to Android which is good news if you’re a fan of open source. HTC is doing something a little different by releasing some of their HTC-exclusive apps for everyone.
XBMC, we mean Kodi, has been spotted in the wild running on Android TV which is great news for fans of XBMC (we mean Kodi). Microsoft has announced that a new feature for Xbox SmartGlass will allow users to stream TV from their Xbox One to their Android device. Now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!
[Price: Free / $0.99]
YoWindow Weather is a newer weather app that focuses more on design than on functionality. It does show the weather and you can view hour by hour forecasts using a very attractive slider feature. It looks nice and comes with a live wallpaper if you want it to look even nicer. It lacks some features, but it makes up for it with good looks.
Google+ got a couple of updates in the last week or so. Included in the update was a lightly tweaked UI that doesn’t look all that different but it’s one of those “you’ll know it when you see it” kind of things. Also included was Chromecast support so you can now cast your photos and videos directly to your TV through the app which is actually kind of cool.
[Price: Free / $3.00]
Duet is a new minimal brain teaser game that is actually quite a bit of fun and those who tune in every week know that I don’t prefer minimal games very often. This one mixes an atmospheric soundtrack with simple graphics and a difficult to master game play premise where you must rotate two balls around objects. The core game is free and you can get extra stuff if you fork out $3.
T-Mobile has released an application that promises to unlock devices on their network so they can be used on other networks. Right now it only works on the Samsung Avant but we expect support for more devices to roll out eventually. Seriously, it only works for the Avant so giving it a 1-star rating because it doesn’t support all devices yet. Don’t be that guy. No one likes that guy.
TapPath is a new application from Chris Lacy, who brought us Link Bubble. With this application you can actually choose how links are opened. If you single click, it’ll open a web browser, but you can also set double clicks and triple clicks to do things like automatically add the link to Pocket or do other things with other applications. It’s pretty useful and can save people a ton of time. Check it out!