Links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.
15 best new Android apps and Android games from November 2014
First up is Amazon Echo and this is a pretty fun little app. It’s kind of like Amazon’s answer to Google Now or Siri and unfortunately it is invite only for right now. In order to use it, you’ll have to pick up the Amazon Echo hardware which is a device that houses seven microphones and turns your audible requests into various information. It does work on smartphones and tablets so if you manage to get an invite and get the hardware, you’ll still be able to use it on your Android devices. It’s a fun, unique idea, and some good competition for the others.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Angry Birds franchise has been getting a little tired as years go by but Angry Birds Transformers is actually pretty fun. It’s a 2.5D game with elements of 2D platformers and some shooting. It’s bright and colorful and free to play although the in app purchases are a little aggressive. In any case, it won’t cost you anything to try it out and it does feel like a fresher game than its namesake would have you believe.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
BitLit is a new application that aims to be the software you use to turn your physical book collection into a digital book collection. It works by allowing you to scan your bookshelf with your camera and then trying to find either really cheap versions of those books so you can buy them at the lowest possible price or finding them for you totally free so you don’t have to buy it over again. It’s a little rough around the edges as the app developers try to get more publishers on board but if you’re an avid reader, you should definitely give it a shot.
Civilization Revolution 2 was released this month and it is the latest installment to the Cid Meier’s Civilization series. It had some release day hiccups that seems to have been mostly fixed by now and its rating is rebounding thanks to that. It is expensive but fans of the series and of the genre can probably justify the cost. It’s a big game with decent, colorful graphics, and it’s from the one of the biggest names in the history of strategy games.
Disney Movies Anywhere was released earlier this month and its premise is easy to understand. It is essentially a digital storefront for all things Disney and that includes the popular Pixar movies as well. There’s no subscription needed, there is cross platform support, and for a limited time, signing up nets you a free Disney movie. There have been some issues with getting accounts set up but according to the update release notes, it is a problem Disney is working on.
Facebook Groups was released because Facebook apparently hates putting things all in one application. With this, you can create and manage Facebook groups much like you can on the website. Of course, it’s safe to say that any of this funcitonality that is in the official Facebook app will probably be phased out before too long. There are some features that still need implemented but otherwise it seems to be working pretty well.
The Hunt was already a popular application on iOS when it arrived on Android earlier this month. With this app you can take pictures of various outfits and other members of the service will tell you what they are and where to buy them. You can do other things like browse around, see what other people post, and there are more social aspects built in. It’s definitely a fashion app so if you’re interested in fashion, you may like this.
[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Kingdom Rush Origins is the latest installment in the already popular and highly rated Kingdom Rush franchise. So far it garners an impressive 4.8 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store and if you’ve played a Kingdom Rush game before then you know what’s coming. It’s a strategy game that takes place before the story lines of the two Kingdom Rush games that are already out. It’s inexpensive and by all accounts a lot of fun if you like strategy games.
Google released a new text messaging app this last month called Google Messenger. It’s a pretty basic text messaging app but it gets the job done. It is also adorned with Material Design which is all the rage right now. Aside from being officially supported by Google, there really isn’t much that sets this texting app apart from others. Those looking for something stable and solid but not overly flashy will probably like this.
Samsung released Milk Music a while back and it was surprisingly good considering it was only for US residents and only for Samsung smartphones owners. Milk Video is out now and it’s okay. Unlike Milk Music, which has music from the best and most popular mainstream artists, Milk Video is only internet video stuff. You’ll still find popular stuff like Rooster Teeth and College Humor but no TV shows or movies. Other than that minor setback, Milk Video is a lot of fun to use and it’s a different kind way to surf your favorite internet video producers.
Speaking of internet video sensations, Rooster Teeth has released their official Android application this last month. You can find a bunch of video content from the likes of Achievements Hunters, Let’s Play, and of course the Rooster Teeth content that we all know and love. It’s not perfect but they are working on the issues that people are experiencing. Fans of Rooster Teeth and its subsidiaries will probably enjoy this.
We’ve talked about RoughAnimator a couple of times now and we’re going to do it a third time. This fun little animation app allows you to draw various frames and then play those frames in a short film. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you have a device with a larger screen and a stylus. About the only bad thing with this application is that it is for basic animations and you likely won’t get too many professional features out of this one. Even so, it’s two bucks.
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Sleep Better with Runtastic is an attempt to move in on the same market that Sleep As Android currently controls. It’s a sleep and alarm application that does things like track how you sleep, how long you sleep, and other various metrics to help you get a better night’s rest and understand your body better. There are a few issues here and there but it is brand new so we’re sure most of those will be ironed out eventually. As far as sleep apps go, this one’s pretty good.
WeMail is a new email application that wants to do email a little differently. Instead of the usual email paradigm, it turns your email into a sort of chat app like you’d see in Whatsapp or Hangouts. It sorts emails by sender instead of by category or by date which is nice and can clean up a busy inbox depending on your use habits. They’ve also released some new themes if you’re into that.
Last and certainly not least this month is the Nokia Z Launcher. This launcher aims to simplify your Android experience a whole bunch. It removes all home screens and you’re left with just one along with an app drawer and some shortcuts. There is some contextual stuff there that can be hit and miss but the launcher itself is actually really good if you want something more simple and minimal. It’s in beta so you can expect there to be issues that Nokia is working out, but otherwise it’s free and seems to work really well.
Did we miss some awesome Android apps and Android games that were released this month? If so and you want to tell us about it, leave a comment below!