This week was chock-full of news for Android enthusiasts and Google fans as the internet titan held its tenth annual I/O conference. We got a sneak peek into a number of new devices and software services it’s working on – right from the beta release of Android N (review) to the Google Assistant which takes Google Now to the next level, from the cylindrical Google Home to its ambitious VR platform dubbed Daydream, and much more. I/O aside, the big G was quite busy this week otherwise too as it’s taking a crack at the social networking arena again with a new app. There were several other apps which either entered the Play Store this week or got a major refresh. So without wasting much time, let’s take a look at the top apps and games of the week.
From just being an image format, GIFs have come a long way… so much so that they have become one of the best ways to communicate with each other without even typing anything. To allow you to use GIFs across apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Chrome and many more, Plughy offers a simple solution. Once installed, you simply need to type “/giphy [search term(s)];”, and it will let you use the relevant GIFs wherever you want.
Slash Keyboard (Free)
Last week, Google released its Gboard keyboard app for iOS with the ability to search the web or for GIFs directly. It’s surprising that this functionality is unavailable in Google’s Keyboard app for Android, and while you’re waiting for the app to be updated, you can try out Slash Keyboard. Going a step further, it not only lets you search web and GIFs, but photos, contacts, and tweets among other things by simply placing ‘/’ before the search term, and hence the name.
Over the years, Google has made several failed attempts to rule the social networking space. This time around, the Alphabet-owned entity is trying to play small with Spaces, an app which makes it extremely easy to share links, photos and videos among friends and family, who are part of a particular group. The app comes with Google Search, Chrome, Photos, and Youtube built-in. Being part of the same group, the members can share their comments on each post.
Assassin’s Creed Identity (Rs 300)
Hard-core gamers would already be waiting for the movie based on the popular game Assassin’s Creed. But while the movie is still some time away, you can now play the game on your mobile device. In the title, you’ll be playing as an assassin in the era of Italian renaissance and would need to complete a dozen missions and unravel the mystery of crows. You can pick any character for your assassin – Berserker, Shadow Blade, Trickster or Thief, and customise it too with weapons and outfits.
Vector 2 (Free)
Set in the dystopian world, Vector 2 offers incredible graphics with lifelike animations. The objective of the game is that you need to run through a huge and complex research facility and if you die, then you’ll need to try again. You will get experimental high-tech gear as well from time to time to help you out.