App Radar: Latest apps and games for Android and iOS
The craze for new apps is not going to fade away soon. Users are not just downloading new apps but are also spending more on them through in-app purchases. According to app analytics company App Annie, spending on all mobile app stores will surpass $110 billion in 2018, marking a year-on-year growth of 30%. If you are looking for new apps and games, here are some of the new launches that are worth a try.
After the progressive web app, Ola has released a standalone Lite app which takes up just 1MB of space and has been designed to load faster on 2G networks. The layout looks a lot simpler and devoid of graphic elements. Location tracking is available but on a 2D map. The app doesn’t miss out on any of the key features available on the original Ola app such as the various ride-sharing options, choose emergency contacts and pay through Ola Money.
Switzerland-based Proton Technologies, known for encrypted mail client and Proton Mail, has released a VPN app for smartphone users. It is not only free to download but also offers unlimited access unlike VPN apps which charge a premium for VPN access beyond 500MB of data usage. It encrypts all data passing through its servers, can hide user’s IP address and assures speed of 1Gbit.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has developed a security app called Haven, which can warn users if someone tries to tamper with their gadgets at home, office or in a hotel room while they are away. All users have to do is install the app on an old smartphone and leave it around the valuables. The moment someone hovers over the smartphone or tries to remove it, the app will capture the person’s photo and send it with a notification to the primary smartphone.
Developed by Microsoft’s Garage team, Favourites Lockscreen allows Android users to customise their lockscreen with wallpapers that would change every day on their own. It also provides the option to browse through latest news and search on Bing without having to unlock the smartphone first. It also adds more shortcuts to apps and quick settings on the lockscreen. This means users can access their favourite apps or elements such as WiFi, Bluetooth and Flashlight instantly.
NBA 2K 18
The mobile version of 2K Inc.’s popular basketball game NBA 2K18 is finally available for download. What makes it one of the best mobile games for basketball fans is the fact that it offers console-level graphics and fully licensed teams and players. Users can build their custom team, hire new players and play against others in the MyCareer mode or take on existing teams in the Association mode. It is a big game and takes up about 2.5GB to install.