Among the gadgets that our smartphones have replaced, music players are somewhere near the top in the list and rightly so. Aptly, the Play Store is also filled with tons of related apps. Our this week’s edition of top apps include a couple of apps for consuming multimedia, along with several others. Read on to find our which apps you should try out on your Android device(s) this weekend.
CloudPlayer comes from the team behind popular music app DoubleTwist, and in accordance with its name, it’s aimed at being your go-to app for playing music via cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. It’s a great option for those who have a good collection of high-bitrate music and don’t want to rely on music streaming services. Along with streaming music from the cloud, you can also download them to your device. The app follows Material Design guidelines and also offers support for AirPlay and Chromecast.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one multimedia app, then look no further then Kodi. Formerly XBMC (Xbox Media Center), the app is a free and open-source media player that can play all kind of videos and music files. Along with playback capabilities for offline or online content, the app also makes it easier to users to organise their collection.
PayZapp by HDFC bank (Free)
Traditional banks are embracing the digital era to offer more convenience to users and the leading Indian private bank HDFC seems to be at the forefront of that. Just a few months ago, it partnered with Chillr to make it easier for users to recharge their mobile phones or send money to others, and now it has launched an app called PayZapp. The app makes shopping online a seamless experience, since you don’t need to enter your debit / credit card details each time you’re making an online transaction for buying goods or booking hotels or flights. You can also use the app for recharging your mobile number or DTH connection or for transferring money to others.
Pushbullet, a popular app for syncing notifications between smartphones and computers has now launched an app for transferring files from your computer to your Android device over Wi-Fi. Christened Portal, the app requires you to simply scan a QR code when you visit portal.pushbullet.com, and then you can simply drag-and-drop your files to transfer them to your Android phone or tablet. The app intelligently puts songs in the music folder and images in the gallery. If your handset is running Android 5.0 or up, then you can also configure the app to save files to the microSD card.
Popular torrent app BitTorrent has introduced a new app dubbed Shoot to make transferring of photos or videos between devices a breeze. Since the app works on its proprietary P2P technology, it’s fast and doesn’t even require the devices to be connected to the same network or even stay hooked to the internet. Moreover, the app is available for all major mobile platforms, so you don’t have to resort to the age-old method of Bluetooth or emailing files to share between Android and iOS.
The app is free for only first three transfers, and after that you will need to pay $1.99 for further usage.
This is the holiday season and most of you would have made plans to head out on a vacation along with the family. One of the most important things to figure out for any vacation is zeroing in on the place you’ll be staying and that’s where a new app called Tripvillas aims to help. Instead of listing hotels, the app offers you places for rentals, homestays and more across India, and other countries such as Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Along with travellers, the app can also be used by owners to manage the inquiries.
Online videos have taken off in a big way with Google-owned YouTube being the leading player in this space. However, many new companies are cropping up to make it easier for fans to stay connected to videos from their stars. Vessel is one such subscription-based service where people can watch videos from Machinima, Nerdist, Tastemade, and Linus Tech Tips among others. Users can also explore various categories of videos such as geek, gaming, comedy, food and drink, etc.
Surprisingly enough, this week we didn’t find any games that are worth your attention. But worry not, we’ll be back again next week to offer another dose of interesting apps and games for you.