L for Lollipop. Yes, that’s the biggest news this week as the Big G has revealed what’s next in its Android candy store with version 5.0. The next build of Android will come preloaded on Google’s big Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet. The world of Android apps was also packed with action always and here’s a look at the top titles that deserve your attention.
Notifwidget (Rs. 76.63)
With Lollipop, Android will offer a revamped way to interact with notifications. But, in case you want to enjoy such features right away without worrying about when exactly your device will receive the next Android build, then you can give Notifwidget a try. The app brings notifications to your lock screen as well as the homescreen, and also allow you to take actions on them. The app also has support for Android’s Daydream functionality.
Skype Qik (Free)
The Microsoft-owned Skype is banking on the rise of ephemeral and video messaging apps with its own app, dubbed as Qik. As the name suggests, Qik allow users to send video messages to their friends in a jiffy, and the best thing is that they don’t need to login with their Microsoft or Skype accounts. A user can send a video message of up to 42 seconds, since 42 is “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” (from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Video messages, once sent can also be deleted even if they have been watched, else a sent video is automatically deleted after two weeks.
Twitter has become one of the best ways to share anything with the world quickly, be it your thoughts, images, videos and even audio. For the latter, until now you had to open the website from which the particular soundtrack was shared. Not anymore, as Twitter has introduced audio cards allowing you to listen to songs directly from popular services like iTunes and SoundCloud. What’s more, you can also dock the card to continue listening to the song, while browsing through the app.
Walnut Personal Assistant (Free)
Finding it difficult to track your weekly expenditure and remember when to pay your bills? If your answer is yes, then give Walnut a try. Instead of other apps, where you have to key in your daily spend, it automatically tracks your SMS inbox. This way, you can already see various expenses paid for with your debit or credit cards, get reminders for pending bills, and even check out various offers that you receive from companies through messages. The app also makes it easier to see all this data with the help of graphs and insights.
Botanicula (Rs 250)
Botanicula is a simple game with lovely graphics and an awesome background soundtrack that will get you addicted. In the game, you’ll be helping five tree-dwelling creatures who have to save the last seed from their home tree, which has been infested with parasites. There are more than 150 locations as well as puzzles to solve through the entire game.
Drone: Shadow Strike (Free)
In this military warfare game, you will be operating an unmanned aerial combat vehicle (UCAV) to win against the enemy forces. Your job is to defend, survive, strike or escort in more than 24 missions and over 280 challenges. You can fly seven different type of UCAVs, and use four different weapons ranging from cannons, guided missiles to rockets and free-fall bombs against the enemy. If you complete the mission successfully, then your rank will also be upgraded every time.
Although the game is free, it does involve quite a few in-app purchases.
Before we end this week’s edition, do check out the latest update to Google Play Games, which now allow you to play supported games in a multiplayer mode with friends nearby.