Top Android apps and games of the week #22

At the ongoing Google I/O, we were witness to a number of important announcements about the future of the company’s services. The search engine titan showcased the upcoming Android M, introduced a new platform dubbed Brillo for Internet of Things, updated the Android Wear platform, and released Cardboard v2, among many other things.

Amidst these announcements, there were many apps and games that came our way through the Play Store this week (though many of them are from Mountain View’s labs itself), and here are the ones that are worth checking out.

Google PhotosGoogle Photos (Free)

The app is poised to become your one-stop solution for backing up all your photos in an automated manner. Spun off from Google’s flailing social network, Google+, the app offers unlimited free storage so that you never need to worry about running out of space. However, it compresses the images in order to do so, and if you want the images to be in original resolution, you’ll have to use your 15GB of Google Drive space, or purchase the premium account. The app also has a magical search option that allows you to search for people, places and things. You can also create albums, collages, animations, etc. with the help of its Assistant feature.

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Google Spotlight StoriesGoogle Spotlight Stories (Free)

Spotlight Stories is one of the key features of Motorola’s flagship offerings, the Moto X and its successor. But now, Google has made the interesting app available for most Android devices (it’s not compatible with all). The app brings stories to life by allowing you to follow the character by rotating your smartphone, thus enjoying an immersive experience. Currently, the app has four stories, which have been developed with the help of renowned film-makers.

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Inbox by GmailInbox by Gmail {Update} (Free)

The biggest update to Google’s new email app is that now it’s open to everyone, which means you don’t need to scour for an invite to start using it. There are also several new features such as the ability to set your signature, undo send and an option to delete mail with a swipe. The app will also organise your travel-related emails in a new trip bundle. Another interesting feature is that the reminders created in Keep will now appear in Inbox too.

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Office LensOffice Lens (Free)

Microsoft released its Office Lens app in beta a couple of months ago, and now it’s available to download publically. With the app, you can turn your smartphone into a portable scanner since all you need is to capture the image and it’ll trim and enhance it. The captured images can also be converted to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files. Making the app more useful is its ability to recognise printed text, making it easy to search, copy or edit text.

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PeriscopePeriscope (Free)

Mobile live streaming has suddenly become a hot thing again, and Periscope, acquired by Twitter, is at the forefront of this trend. While launched for iOS initially, the app is now available for Android users allowing them to broadcast their videos to the world. Users can also choose whether they want to make their video available for replay or invite only a selected people to watch their broadcast. Users can view broadcasts by others, as well as recorded videos which are sorted by the number of likes they have received.

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SwiftKeySwiftKey {Update} (Free)

Among the most popular keyboard apps, SwiftKey is now aiming to become useful for users of other languages too. Its latest version has updated the layout for Indic languages like Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi for faster typing. The app also has a new content and settings menu called ‘SwiftKey Hub’ to display all the content and features you use at one place. The app has added a new default theme called ‘Carbon’, which combines the best of its Minimal and Material themes. SwiftKey has also partnered with the Dashlane password management app, making it seamless to login to different websites.

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NihulumbraNihulumbra (Free)

This game has an intriguing story and graphics. Set in the world of Nihulumbra, you’ll play Born, who was created from absolute nothingness, The Void. But somehow he manages to escape and starts exploring his powers and learning how to use colours. You job is to ensure that Born is never caught by The Void, which pursues him in a never-endingc chase.

While you can play the levels until World 2 for free, you will need to make an IAP for the full version of the game, which includes 200 levels.

One More DashOne More Dash (Free)

The title comes from the makers of One More Line and takes that idea to a more addictive level. The premise of the game is very simple – you have to time your moves as you dash from one circle to another, avoiding obstacles on the way. The game has over 200 levels and offers slick graphics with a space groove soundtrack to keep you hooked.

With that, we end this week’s edition of top Android apps and games. See you again with another list of must-try apps and games next week.

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