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Best apps and games of January 2016

The latest apps to download on your phones and tablets

The first two weeks of the year hasn’t seen a lot of new apps, but whatever has landed on our phones so far looks quite exciting. A popular online streaming service has finally come to India, Android users can now play an award winning game and motorcycle enthusiasts have a social network of their own.

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Trails of India

Download from Google Play store, Apple Store

Price: Free

Trails of India is a community-based app that focuses on bringing new trails/routes from bikers for other bikers. You can see the trails on a map within the app along with information and photos on what to see, where to stay and where to eat. Every new trail is added on the home page itself. You can read up, or simply follow the trail on the map. To create a trail, one has to enter a name for it, point of origin, date and where it ends along with the model number of the bike. To get people to add more trails, the platform gives titles to users who have travelled most and added more trails such as road scouts or pathfinders. It comes with a comments option where anyone can leave a comment for the biker or ask something to a trail creator. The app also carries updates on biking events and rallies.

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Netflix

Download from Google Play store, Apple Store

Price: Free (subscription starts at 500)

Netflix mobile app offers a huge repertoire of TV shows and movies classified under 15 different categories. You can browse through one by one or simply lookup for something by typing a keyword in the search bar. The basic monthly subscription plan starts at 500. There are plans which offer ultra HD resolution and the freedom of simultaneous viewing on up to five devices. While there aren’t many Hindi movies, there are plenty of international content such as old and current TV shows and movies which are very popular with users. However, it doesn’t offer all international content yet on the Indian app, something to do with broadcast rights. For example, the CBS show Person of Interest’s first two seasons are available in US but not in India. The interface is neat and smartly organised and the streaming works smoothly as long as you have decent internet connection speeds.

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Human-Activity Tracker

Download from Google Play store, Apple App store

Price: Free

This is a satellite app that works with Google Fit app. It adds a new spin to the activity of running, by adding the option to compete with your friends or neighbours. The app shows that who all are active in your neighbourhood, if they are using the app too. You can see how much and for how long they have run, bringing an element of competition. What makes it unique from other running apps is that it doesn’t just count your steps or calories burned, but keeps track of your movement, daily/weekly running or cycling average, and distance covered. In case you have missed a run, it nudges you with a reminder. The idea is to make running more fun and exciting. We were able to locate five people in our neighbourhood at 6.30am, which is not shabby considering the app is only a week old and more users may join the platform.

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The Room 3

Download from: Google Play Store, Apple App store

Price: 300

The award winning Room series’ third iteration is now available on Android. At the core of it is a puzzle game where the player has to play sleuth and look for evidence, piece them together to find more clues. The game offers rich 3D locations and plenty of items to ponder over. The option to rotate the screen to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding, the ability to zoom into for a closer look feels a lot more sophisticated than an average 2D puzzle game. The game is also a lot bigger than previous versions of The Room, has more missions with multiple endings. The file size is bigger too. The game takes up 563MB after installation, which is pretty high for a puzzle game. The graphics are brilliant, and the game runs smoothly. It can be a bit confusing at times but once you get the hang of it, it’s hard to put away.

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