App Radar: New apps and games for Android and iOS
The latest crop of apps includes an audio-streaming platform, a shopping app by Paytm and activity tracking app by Tom Tom
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Android continues to rule the smartphone segment with a market share of 81%, as per IDC (International Data Corporation). Yet there are apps that are released first on iOS and afterwards on Android. Batman Arkham: Underworld is one such app that is now available on Android devices. Super Mario Run, which released for iOS in December, is yet to show up on Android. Here are some other apps that you can consider.
Paytm Mall & Bazaar
Paytm Mall& Bazaar serves as a standalone e-commerce store. It keeps the payments and wallet services offered by Paytm, which every online shopper may not be interested, out of the picture. The app uses an all-white background with black text like the Paytm app. The categories have changed a lot. The app heads straight to the shopping section and shows the best ongoing deals at the top of the page now. The home page has a special section called Bazaar for cheap goods sold in unstructured markets.
Tom Tom Sports
If you are using any of the Tom Tom devices such as Tom Tom Runner, Tom Tom Touch Fitness tracker or Tom Tom Adventurer GPS outdoor watch, you can try this new mobile app. It is a fitness and activity tracking app developed with the help of athletes and users. User can keep track of their progress such as ascent, heart rate and speed. It supports up to 12 different activities including running, cycling, swimming, and skiing. User can stay pumped up by setting goals in the app and comparing their achievements with other users.
CastBox- Free Audio
This is an online radio audio streaming app with over 4,50,000 international podcasts and 50,000 audio book. The app clubs all podcasts and audio books into 16 categories. It also allows the user to save an audio book or podcast in the app’s download section for offline access. The app One can also identify popular shows with their posters. The homepage doesn’t jump straight to the genres, but shows special sections such as Suggestions, Featured and Top podcasts to help users posted about new and interesting content. It is completely free and doesn’t hassle users with ads, as of now.
Batman Arkham: Underworld
Warner Brothers’ mobile strategy game Batman: Arkham Underworld adds new spin to the franchise by allowing users to step into the shoes of famous villains in the Batman comics. Users can control the likes of Scarecow, Riddler and Joker to expand their territory in Gotham City. The players will be regularly challenged by Batman and the police. One can counter them by and hiring and training henchmen. The top-down view helps build the look and feel of a proper strategy game.
Skype Lite is lighter version of Skype which offers features of Skype as well as a mobile messenger. The app is targeted at mainstream users who expect more from communications apps than just video and VoIP calls. Skype Lite offers the option to send and receive messages from the app itself. The app has slightly smaller footprint than the Skype app and comes with user-friendly features such as the option to compress images and reducing data consumption in VoIP or video calls. Microsoft is working on integrating it with Aadhar as an authentication tool, which should be completed by June.