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The 10 Best Android Apps of the Month: June 2013 (video)
There are thousands of apps that release every month, and we’re here to sift through all of that and show you some of the best ones that released this month! If you’re in a rush, jump straight to the video, otherwise, stick with us as we take a closer look at these apps!
First up on our list is a little game called Despicable Me: Minion Rush. If there was one thing everyone liked about the movie, it was the minion. And now you can put yourself in their world, as they now have their own game! A huge plus to this particular game is that it’s a lot of fun, unlike a lot of poor movie adaptions out there.
Upon first glace, one would say this is just another rendition of Temple Run. They’d be right, too, however, Gameloft added a lot of additional content. So much so that it really sets itself apart from all of those other Temple Run rip offs.
Furthermore, the graphics look really nice, and the cutscenes are a welcome and fun addition. Overall, the game was a lot of fun to play, and really, our only complain is the overused game mechanics. If you’re a fan of Despicable Me and the little minions, though, that’s easy to look past.
Ditalix Live Wallpaper
Next up is a live wallpaper called Ditalix. This unique and fun wallpaper has literally thousands of permutations — it’s one of the most customizable live wallpapers that we’ve ever seen. Not only that, but the settings are a lot of fun, too.
There are a lot of options available. You can use squares, hearts, owls, and they even pay an ode to XDA Developers. Unfortunately, there is simply way too many settings for us to cover them all. So if you’re into live wallpapers and like a lot of customization, Ditalix might just be up your alley!
Our regular viewers should recognize Duolingo, as we included it in our Best apps for Kids list. This is because it is a great learning tool for kids, as it assists them in learning a second language. It won’t teach your kid a second language on its own, though. It’s just a helpful tool to use on the side.
It also supports a lot different languages. So if your kid is learning a certain second language, chances are that that same language is available on Duolingo. All in all, it’s a very easy app to use. Each lessons is set up in a way that allows people to quickly complete it so you don’t have to sit around tethered to a computer for hours trying to finish an entire section. It gives it to you in bite-sized pieces, which is great.
Next up on our list is Floating Notifications, a unique, yet helpful little app. For those who have used Facebook Messenger’s chat heads, imagine that the chat head functionality was available for any app that sends notifications. That’s basically what Floating Notifications does.
Any app that is able to send a notification can be come a chat head, for lack of a better term. What’s really nice is that instead of dealing with notifications in your notification bar, you can take care of them directly from your desktop. This can be great if you’re in a hurry or if you’re just a fan of these kind of notification systems.
Not a fan of popular keyboard’s like SwiftKey and Swype? Are you into the vanilla Android look? Well, we’ve got some good news for you. Google launched the stock Google Keyboard from Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and put it on the Play Store!
As you might expect, it’s a very solid keyboard, and it has all of the features that you would normally get on a device running vanilla Jelly Bean 4.2.2. It has trace typing, auto correction, and it’s stylish. The voice dictation was also very accurate, and overall, everything seemed to work great.
Next up is Quick Social, a must-have for social network aficionados. If you’re on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ all day, Quick Social can make things vastly easier to manage. It does this by allowing users to post updates to all three social networks, or any number of them, at once.
While it’s a very simile app, it’s definitely one of the most handy out there. All you really need to do is sign into your various social networks. After that, simply go to your notification bar where you can post to any social network at any time. If you really want to update all three networks at once, you can use the quick social feature to do that.
SourcesPro is a very unique app, which means it’s pretty niche, too. This graphics app is a lot of fun if you’re into fractals and things like that. You can create custom images using a number of tool that can be tweaked over and over again until you get them the way you want.
There is quite a learning curve with this particular. We had to test them one out for quite some time before we were able to get the hang of it. Once you do, though, it’s quite fine to use, especially if you’re someone who likes to create art. SourcesPro can also be a lot of fun for creating quick animations or background images.
There’s a lot of good emulators out there — PlayStation, Super Nintendo, Game boy Advance, you name it. However, Nintendo 64 emulators seem to be strangely absent. There are a few out there, but most of them are just too broken to work. SuperN64 looks to change that, and so far, it’s done a pretty good job.
This is, far and wide, the most stable Nintendo 64 emulator to date. It still has a few bugs — if you try hard and play a lot of games, you can still find issues with it, but it’s nowhere near as bad as other Nintendo 64 emulators. Overall, it’s a really good Nintendo 64 emulator.
For those of you who somehow don’t know, Vine is a social network that features six second videos instead of your regular status updates. It’s not really unique, though, as other places have done something similar. However, in this scenario, it’s an app, and a lot of people seem to like it.
Being owned by Twitter, you’ll notice that Vine has a lot of similar functionality to Twitter. You can check out what’s trending, individual posts, your own activity, and pretty much everything else. The iOS version has been out for awhile, but the Android version just released this month. It’s also received a steady number of updates, adding new functionality and better performance. All in all, it’s a pretty solid app.
Where’s my Mickey?
Disney has a number of games based on their hit title Where’s My Water?. This new iteration is called Where’s My Mickey?, and as you might expect, it’s pretty much the same as Where’s My Water?. Only this time, you’re trying to get Mickey some water so he can successfully run a lemonade stand.
For those who aren’t familiar with the game, each level has a finite amount of water. A certain amount of that water has to get to Mickey, and to do that, you dig paths to him. It can be a little tricky, but nothing too difficult, and it’s a lot of fun!
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If you take a look at our leaderboard (image above), you can see how these apps stack up against each other. Keep in mind that these are not how we rated them — they are based off of Google Play Store ratings. So there’s no bias on our part whatsoever.
We try to keep these end of the month lists even with games and functional apps, as games usually rule the list. However, it was nice to see some good, functional apps make their way to the top this time around. Especially some of the useful ones, such as Quick Social and Floating Notifications.
Thousands of apps are released every month, so there’s always that possibility that we missed a really good one. If we did and you want to talk about it, tell everyone about it in the comments below!
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