App Radar: New and free apps, games for your smartphone

The latest apps include photography stuff, a new football manager game and a news aggregator app


A recent study by online metrics service ComScore shows that 13% of mobile users in the US account for 50% of all newly-downloaded apps. This means that only a handful of users are actually excited about everything that shows up on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. One of the reasons can be the lack of uniqueness in a majority of the new apps. But things are looking different now. Here are some apps for Android and iOS that bring something new to the experience.

May

Price: Free

Available on Android

Developed by Indian start-up Riafy Technologies, May is a unique photo editing app, on the lines of Prisma. What makes it better than Prisma is that it allows users to apply new filters and then create variations by modifying saturation levels, colour intensity, brightness and all this by simply tapping on the screen. Tapping on the screen shows another set of variations one can achieve within a filter.

The app works offline and has more than 40 art-based filters in its inventory. Users can share the images on all social networks form the app itself. It shows advertisements but only on the sharing page. This feels less frustrating compared to apps where advertisements show consistently.

NewsTab Reader: Feed Magazine

Price: Free

Available on Android

For users who rely on smartphones for their daily dose of news and stories, finding the right app can be challenging. The more popular ones feel a bit overwhelming and cluttered, while most of the new ones are poorly designed. News Tab Reader is a neatly designed news aggregator, which shows news based on the reader’s area of interest, their twitter timeline within NewsTab Reader and most relevant news feed from Google News.

The home page shows news feed from only one section at a time, keeping the interface clean. You can access all the sections by swiping on the screen. You can switch between light and dark themes. It also has a simplified article mode, which opens a page faster by removing images from it. You can also change the font style and size as well as the colour of the page.

ViewPointer- Photography Map

Price: Free

Available on Android

ViewPointer is a unique social networking app where you can discover new photos based on location. It collates images uploaded by other users on 500px, Flickr and puts them on the Map, based on location. Users can simply go to the app’s in-built map and tap on any location within a radius decided by the user. One can see images in the range of 30 km. This will show all the images taken in the area in a vertical layout.

Users can like an image, or go to the original source of the image by tapping on the Open in Chrome option. This will show more details on the place as well as the photographer of the image. It is free from advertisement but you need an active internet connection to use it.

Badland 2

Price: Free

Available on Android, iOS

The sequel to the award-winning game Badland, the new game is now available to Android users as well. Developed by Chinese developer Cheetah mobile, Badland 2 is a smartly designed game which gets tougher as the game progresses. Badland 2 is a unique adventure game where the player has to take control of a mystical creature and help it reach its destination.

The on-screen controls are not separately marked but it doesn’t affect the gameplay. One can move the creature by simply swiping on any part of the screen. There are too many advertisements, which can be a bit frustrating at times. It is an offline game and can be played anywhere.

Top Football Manager

Price: Free

Available on Android

Most football manager games focus more on one’s managerial skills. The graphics are always basic and the interface often looks cluttered. Top Football Manager is the new breed of manager game developed by Chinese start-up Gamegou, which offers better graphics and a more user-friendly layout. It allows users to build a club, design a team kit, buy players from the transfer market, and compete in the top leagues.

The in-game tutorial is very handy. The game allows greater control on the team’s mentality, passing style, formation width, attack direction and defence line. The in-game graphics is nowhere near FIFA or PES, but looks better than most manager games with 2D graphics. The portrait mode is a bonus as it lets users play the game without involving both hands.

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