Top Android apps and games of the week #19

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Delhi Traffic Police
Google Maps
TuneIn Radio
Yahoo News Digest
Trials Frontier

With the launch of Sony’s Xperia Z2 in India this week, the trio of Android flagships (in case you’re living under the rock, the other two are the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5) is now complete. But there’s a lot of happening in the apps and games space as well. Read on to find out those that should be checked out this week.

ChadderChadder (Free)

The ex-founder of popular antivirus software McAfee is now back with another app offering secure messaging functionality. Dubbed as Chadder, the app uses end-to-end encryption techniques to ensure your texts are only between you and the person you are chatting with. It has a simple interface allowing you to focus on your chat and not get distracted by too many features.

Chadder 1 Chadder 2

DTPDelhi Traffic Police (Free)

Though it’s just limited to the National Capital Region, it’s really notable that the government is coming up with such digital initiatives and we hope that more states will start offering such measures. The app aims to be a one-stop solution offering you traffic alerts, a fare calculator to ensure that you don’t pay extra to auto-rickshaws, taxis or radio-cabs, as well as the ability to lodge complaints against them when required. It also shows the nearest location where wrongfully-parked vehicles have been towed away along with the option of calling the traffic police, in case of emergency.


GaanaGaana {Update} (Free)

The popular music-streaming service from the house of Times Internet Ltd. got a major update with version 4.0, bringing with it a suite of new features. Now users can watch music videos, and read lyrics while listening to their favourite songs. The interface of the app has also been revamped, making it quicker to access frequently-used sections like Downloads and Favorites.

Gaana 1 Gaana 2 Gaana 3

Google MapsGoogle Maps {Update} (Free)

The Mountain View-based company has added a host of improvements to its mapping app. Using the app in turn-by-turn navigation mode will now tell you to drive in specific lanes so that you don’t have to make a sudden turn. The update also makes it easier to save maps for offline use instead of using the keyword “OK Maps”, along with providing the option of naming them so that they can referred to later. There are more options for public transport including information about the last train timings too.

Google Maps 1 Google Maps 2 Google Maps 3

It also offers the ability to book Uber cabs, though this functionality is yet to arrive in our country.

TuneIn RadioTuneIn Radio {Update} (Free)

TuneIn has become one of the most popular apps for listening to online radio broadcasts globally, and with this latest version, it has donned a completely new avatar. The app is also aiming to become more than a directory of radio streaming sites, by adding a few social network-like features. You can follow your favourite radio stations or podcasts, give them feedback in 100 characters with the Echo feature and see a timeline of your favourites along with some stations that might be of interest.

TuneIn Radio 1 TuneIn Radio 2 TuneIn Radio 3

InstapaperInstapaper {Update} (Rs 161.39)

Popular read-it-later app Instapaper has undergone a redesign and added a couple of features. Now you can highlight any selected text from the article to save it and it will be seamlessly synced across all your devices. The app also offers a new section called browse showcasing daily recommendations from Instapaper.

Instapaper 1 Instapaper 3 Instapaper 2

WaygoWaygo (Free)

With the advancements in technology, you no longer need to carry a translation book with you whenever you’re travelling to a foreign country. Waygo makes it super easy for you to translate by simply pointing your smartphone’s video camera to the text and showing its translation in real time. The best part is that it doesn’t require a data connection. The free version of the app gives you 10 daily translations, while the paid one has no limits.

Waygo 2 Waygo 1

The app currently offers translations for Chinese and Japanese, and the developers promise to include other languages soon.

Yahoo news digestYahoo News Digest (Free)

Yahoo has been on an acquisition spree ever since hiring its new CEO Marissa Mayer, and this app is a result of purchase of Summly in 2013. As the name indicates, the app offers bite-sized news of the day’s important stories in a visually-appealing manner. The digest is available twice a day – in the morning and evening, and only lists 10 to 12 stories. The app also shows interesting statistics around the news as well as basic information about the subject, which comes in handy in case you aren’t aware about it.

Yahoo news digest 1 Yahoo news digest 2 Yahoo news digest 3


Trials FrontierTrials Frontier (Free)

There are a plethora of racing games, but Trials Frontier is able to differentiate itself with its adventurous tracks and story-based format. The game is completely optimised for use with touchscreens allowing you to have full control of your motorcycle. The gameplay involves helping your village to prosper by assisting the villagers and collecting medals and coins to upgrade your bike.

Trials Frontier 1 Trials Frontier 2

There you have it folks! Go ahead and enjoy the weekend with these interesting apps and games. Also check out the updated Google Camera app (available for Android 4.4 and up) giving you the ability to capture still images while recording a video. If you’re a productivity freak, then the update to the Todoist app will now allow you to sync your tasks across Dropbox or Google Drive (for paid users only), plus it now offers the ability to upload any kind of file. But updates are not always welcome. With the latest version, Google has stripped away editing functionalities from its Drive app and prompts user to download the newly-launched Docs and Sheets app.

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