App Radar: Cool new apps and games for Android and iOS
Apps continue to be the focal point in the mobile ecosystem. Both Google and Apple are offering discounts on a number of apps and games right now as part of the ongoing festive season offer. Google is adding a new Try it Now button on the Play Store. It is similar to Instant apps on browser, but works in Play Store and allows you to experience an app and game without installing them. Also, Google has decided to follow Apple’s lead and slash its share in subscription apps from 30% to 15% if you stick with the subscription for more than a year. It will be effective from January 2018.
If you are looking for a new app or game, here are some of the options you can consider.
Microsoft Edge Preview
Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available on smartphones. Its key highlight is the Continue to PC feature which makes cross device browsing easier by allowing you to import your browsing session on a smartphone to a laptop. Built on Chromium web engine on Android and Apple’s WebKit engine for iOS, the browser has many of the elements of the desktop variant such as Hub view, reading view, In Private mode. Hub view lets you save your favourite websites, e-books, reading list on the browser for quick access. InPrivate mode is similar to the Incognito mode in Chrome and doesn’t store browsing history.
Google Assistant, an AI (artificial intelligence)-powered virtual assistant, which is available on new Android devices running Android 7.0 by default, is now available as a separate app on the Play store. It is meant for those who are still using older devices, running on Android 6.0. You can use the app to make handsfree calls, send messages, set reminders, get weather and news updates using voice commands. The AI will use all your requests and queries to understand and provide more accurate and contextual response.
Notin- Notes in Notification
If you don’t want to use your To Do app for every little thing or an urgent task, you can try Notin. It is simple to use and shows tasks as a notification until it is removed. To use this, open the Notin app. Type the task you want to remember and tap on the + icon. The task will be instantly added to the notification page. The only limitation is that it doesn’t allow you to pin tasks. So if you accidentally swipe it, you will have to create the task again.
Batman: The Enemy Within
The second game in Telltale Games’ Batman series is called the Batman: The Enemy Within. It’s an episodic saga like the first game and is divided into five chapters. So far only two chapters are available, while the rest will be added over time. The new game revolves around the notorious criminal Riddler, who is trying to terrorise residents of Gotham City again. It’s an interactive action adventure game and involves smart talk, puzzle solving and action. In terms of visuals, the game looks as good as its PC variant and takes up 1.7GB after installation.
Game of Thrones Conquest
Fans of the popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones can step into the world of dragons and queens in the official mobile game by Warner Bros. It is a strategy game where you start as a small time lord in Westeros, but with diplomacy, smart use resources and bigger army, you can increase influence and eventually claim the Iron Throne. You can speed up progress using real money in-app purchase. The characters and buildings in the TV series have been replicated in detail.
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