Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you’re looking for some new Android apps or games check out we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you’ll find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last seven days. We’re certain you will find something fun to play with this weekend. Let’s get to it!
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Play Store Description: “Stay in touch with friends and family. Messenger from Google is a communications app that helps you send and receive SMS and MMS messages to any phone. You can also send group texts as well as your favorite pictures, videos and even audio messages to your contacts.”
We say: Google has had a lot going on these past few weeks, between the release of Android Lollipop, updating all their apps to Material Design, and even some new apps uploaded on the Play Store. This week, it’s the new Messenger app on Lollipop, and it is available for download on the Play Store. Mostly a bare-bones SMS app, it brings basic SMS features in a simplistic format. It is also filled with Material Design. If that’s your thing, check it out with the widget below.
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Play Store Description: “••Are you a smartphone addict?••
Appdicted track how many time you spend with your smartphone each day, and how many times you check it.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Appdicted lets you know how much time you spend on social networks or the like instant messaging apps like Whatsapp,Messenger, Viber or Telegram.”
We say: This is a new app that doesn’t really do anything productive, but is a fun way to see how you use you’re phone. It tells you how often you check your phone, what apps you use the most, and more. Have your friends download it and it’s likely a fun thing to compare how everyone uses their phones.
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Play Store Description: “Easily switch between main and front cameras with a simple swipe, and capture photos and videos with ease.”
We say: HTC looks to be following the trend set by Google and Motorola of uploading system apps onto the Play Store making it easier to update them without the need of a new firmware update. While the requirements only list Android 4.4 and up, I had no luck downloading the app on my non-HTC device, so it seems you need Sense (a HTC device) in order to use the app. Still, for those phones that don’t come with Eye Experience can download this to gain that feature.
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Play Store Description: “Join two brave dots as they traverse the arctic tundra, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths in the #1 hit game in over 70 countries.”
We say: This is an app that has been on iOS for a few weeks, and is the successor to the popular Dots game. This has an actual storyline however, so if you prefer a storyline this is for you. It’s free but be warned, it has quite a few in-app purchases. Check it out with the widget below.
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Play Store Description: “Speed up your Phone by up to 60% with the simple touch of a button!”
We say: These sorts of apps are always questionable, and by no means are we suggesting it will work for everyone, however it is new, and is doing fairly well with 4.6 stars and over 100,000 downloads, so try it out.
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