Top Android apps and games of the week #27

Last week, El Goog expanded the wings of its mobile OS to wearables and much more, and just this week it has launched a dedicated app section to download compatible apps for Android Wear. Though the count is fairly limited, it’s expected to grow rapidly as the search engine behemoth has launched the SDK for developers. For now, let’s see the best apps and games for your Android devices, which were launched or got an update this week.

Google DocsGoogle Docs {Update} (Free)

Many of you might be disappointed that Google is shutting down QuickOffice, but fret not, as you’ll get all its functionality in Google Drive’s editing suite, namely Docs, Sheets and Slides. The recently-updated Docs sports a new interface which brings it close to the material design language in the upcoming Android L. There are also several feature additions including the ability to create documents, differentiate between native and MS Office formats and share the documents as PDFs or Word files via email.

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Google has also updated the Sheets app with a similar set of features. (Free)

In this busy world, no one has the time to sift through the flood of news to learn about the day’s happenings. The app comes to the rescue, as it takes a human approach for the same instead of algorithm-based methodology to bring you a curated list of top news you must read. That’s not all, as its editors make a summary of the news to give you a gist. You can also customise your feeds based on your interests.

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Heads upHeads Up! (Rs 58.93)

The Android L release might seem a major change for the OS in the design department, but there are several useful features baked into it as well. One of them is the heads up notifications that show you notifications from various apps overlaid on top of the app you’re using. But you don’t have to wait for the update as you can get the same functionality through this app. The app provides floating notifications from a customisable list of apps.

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LINE Selfie StickerLINE Selfie Sticker (Free)

Even in a market crowded with a plethora of messaging services, LINE has made a mark for itself. One of the reasons for its popularity is the ability to express your feelings via stickers, and now the service is taking it to the next level with this new app. You can now share your own selfie in the form of stickers with the help of this app. All you have to do is to take a selfie, select an illustration and then combine the two and you’re good to go. Apart from using these as stickers in the LINE app, you can also share them on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

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TimeAwayTimeAway (Free)

Ever wondered how you can monitor the time your kids are spending on mobile devices? Well, there’s an app for that, which can be set up on your device(s) as well as your kids’ to track their usage, app downloads and most important of all, their location. What’s more, you can also lock their devices during events like family dinner time as well as schedules for study time and bedtime. It also lets you block certain apps or give limited-time access to them.

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TripAdvisorTripAdvisor {Update} (Free)

TripAdvisor is one of the most popular online services for travellers to plan their vacations and with this update, it has become even more useful. The app has added offline capabilities, allowing you to use it even when you aren’t connected to the internet. You’ll need to download reviews, photos and city maps of the place(s) you’ll be roaming around in first though. At the moment, this feature works just for 300 cities, and more will be added soon.

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However, be warned that the city data to be downloaded for offline usage can be huge, as it also includes listings of restaurants, attractions etc., apart from the map.


Guardians of the SkiesGuardians of the Skies (Free)

With this game, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is trying to attract today’s mobile-savvy youth to join its ranks. In the game, you lead a life of an Indian Air Force Combat Pilot and fight against the fictitious country named Zaruzia. Guardians of the Skies features amazing graphics, good soundtracks and aircrafts like Sukhoi 30 and MiG 29. That’s not all, as the second phase of the game due in October (Oct 8th, to coincide with Air Force day) will bring you eight more missions to play.

Do check out Google’s Chrome browser-based Smarty Pins game to test out your FIFA knowledge. You get a limited number of kilometers at the start of the game and you have to provide the correct answers to the questions by dropping a pin on the location. However, if you got the wrong location, you’ll be losing out on kilometres.

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