App Radar: Latest apps and games you can’t miss
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Android users on lower end smartphones and on slower networks now have more Lite apps to try. Two popular social media apps, Facebook Messenger and LinkedIn now have a Lite version which are lighter in the resources.
Google has been on a roll since the Google I/O Developer conference and has updated many of its apps with new features recently. The Google app has a new security feature called Play Protect which runs regular scans on your device and apps to identify malicious content. The Maps app has added a time graph which can tell when the traffic will be low. Play Music allow users to play music directly from Google search results. Gboard has added the option to access YouTube and Maps from the keyboard.
Here are some other apps and games for Android and iOS which were released last month.
Kaizala is a unique collaboration app which has been optimised for slower networks, so the communication won’t stop even if the users are not on 4G networks. It allows users to communicate through group chats, where they can also share photos, videos or documents. Users can also create an assignment in the app, conduct a quick poll between members and request their location. With the Pro version (Rs130 per month) you can get some extras such as group management controls, advanced reporting, analytics tool, and advanced security controls.
For nature enthusiasts planning on taking a deep dive in the world of flowers, plants and trees, Plant Snap can be a big help. This is an AI based app which uses machine learning to identify any plants by simply taking a picture of the leaf or flower and then matches it to its a data base of over 315,000 plants and 71,000 plant species to tell what one is exactly looking at. It is free from advertisements but needs internet connection to work.
Teleport is the latest addition to the bunch of photography apps which uses AI to give a new spin to plain looking photos. In this case, the app can detect a face in a photo and then gives the option to separate it from the background by blurring it completely or partially. User can also change the colour of the hair in the selfie to make it look livelier. User can choose a hair colour or background from the app’s inventory it create a new background by taking a snap.
Android users looking for a new launcher to play can consider the OnePlus launcher. The official interface of OnePlus smartphones is now available to all Android users. It is fast and offers most of the goodies of the Oxygen OS such as Shelf, which is a fully customisable hub where one can create notes, get latest weather report, recent contacts and apps for quick access. User can also change app icons and access option in app without even opening them.
Messenger Lite is a trimmed down version of the Messenger app. It is been designed to run on slower network and basic Android devices and for this Facebook has made significant design changes to the interface and also removed some of the resource intensive features such as video chat, games and Secret conversations. It is ten times smaller in size compared to the original app and takes up just 22MB of space after installation.
LinkedIn Lite app is an attempt to make the social network for professionals click even when the user is on patchy or slower networks. Unlike the Lite apps by Facebook, it doesn’t compromise on any of the features. Microsoft has simply optimised it by switching to a modest layout, lighter colour themes and smaller fonts. The app takes up just 4MB of space after installation.
Street Fighting 2
Street Fighting 2: Master of Kung Fu is a duel based fighting game involving lots of boxing, martial arts and wrestling. It is dedicated to legendary martial artist Bruce Lee and provides the option to play as him. It offers a side facing layout during duels similar to games such as Shadow Fight 2. On-screen controls are user-friendly and easy to learn while the game itself is challenging and long. It is free to download but charges real money for weapons through in-app purchases.