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App radar: Latest apps and games to download

A launcher app that makes your phone look like the upcoming Android, a handy app for writing, carpooling solutions for odd-even Delhi and a Jungle Book game

There is new stuff ready for download, across categories including productivity apps, utility apps and couple of games. Connect to Wi-Fi or a fast mobile network, and start downloading.

Monospace-Writing and Notes

Price: Free

Download From: Google Play Store, Apple App Store

Monospace-Writing and Notes is a note writing app with some interesting features. You don’t require a login, except when you are syncing your files on Dropbox. The Dropbox integration allows the user to access the same file on multiple devices. The layout is clean and there are some interesting customisation options for typing at night. For example, you can change the background colour. To classify notes under specific categories, one can add a hash tag before any word and the next time you search for notes on the subject it will gather all notes with that word in it. To automatically highlight verbs, adjectives and adverbs or to sync it with Google Drive, you will have to upgrade to premium version that costs 149.

PoochhO Carpool

Price: Free

Download From: Google Play Store

With the second phase of odd-even vehicle rationing scheme in effect from 15 April, commuters in Delhi have been compelled to look for alternative modes of transport. Carpooling as a mode of transport has emerged as more convenient than travelling by metro or in an auto in the summer season. After PoochhO, an app for auto booking, Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd has come up with PoochhO Carpool. You will see the availability of cars with details of their driver within a radius of 1.5km of your location. You can contact the person driving it through chat message within the app. In case you don’t have a car, you can still use the app by providing your travel details.

N Launcher- Android N

Price: Free

Download from: Google Play Store

N Launcher replicates the recently released developer preview for Android N operating system for smartphones. N Launcher allows users to change the grid size in the homescreen and the app drawer. It also adds a second screen that shows all recent and favourite apps along with quick settings on a hidden panel on the left side of the homescreen. It can change the drawer style so one can switch between a vertical scroll with alphabet as a category or go for the simple vertical scroll with no alphabet. In case you liked the older side scrolling app drawer more, there is an option for that as well. It also supports multiple gestures which you can customise as you want. However, all these features are not available and you will have to switch to the premium version. Unlike most Android launchers, it doesn’t feel sluggish or shows any annoying ads.

Dream league Soccer

Price: Free (In-app purchase- 121 to 1223)

Download from: Google Play Store, Apple App store

Developed by a start-up Fun Touch, Dream league Soccer 2016 is the sequel to compact Fun Touch Soccer 2015. The new game continues in the vein of the old game by keeping the file size in check. Yet, it is one of the few games after the FIFA and Real football franchises that have got the basics right. The new game looks slightly better in terms of visuals but has fewer game modes. It follows a single carrier mode, similar to the FIFA franchise. Gameplay is challenging but the controls are a bit difficult to master. The licensed team roster means you get to play as your favourite players, which makes it better then the Real football series which still carries two-year old teams. What gives it an edge over the FIFA series is its small file size and the offline mode.

The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Run

Price: Free

Download From: Google Play Store, Apple App Store

After creating some of the best games in the endless runner genre, such as Temple Run OZ and Temple Run Brave, Disney has come up with a very similar game based on its recent movie The Jungle Book. The game is a simple endless runner where you run as Mowgli, hop from one tree branch to another and evade obstacles or opponents such as Shere Khan the tiger, King Louie the ape or Kaa the python. The game offers daily rewards and special power-ups. The power-ups can increase speed or help get back on the tree even if Mowgli loses his balance. The gameplay has more in common with Subway Surfers than Temple Run. To move left, you have to swipe left instead of just turning your device towards left as in the Temple Run games.

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