App Radar: Latest apps, games for iOS and Android2 min read . Updated: 31 Oct 2017, 05:18 PM IST
The latest crop of apps include a new game on the recently released disaster movie 'Geostorm' and a companion app for Echo speakers
People are downloading more apps and are also spending more on in-app purchases, a new report by analysts AppAnnie suggests. A total of 26 billion downloads took place in the last one year on Play Store and App Store, marking an increase of 8% from last year. The revenue from in-app purchases, in Q3 2017 alone, was $17 billion. The study also points out that a major share of this growth is from emerging markets such as India.
App developers are trying to make their apps more user-friendly and exciting by tweaking the layout and adding new features. Amazon has redesigned the Kindle app for Android and iOS, while social media apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat have added a bunch of new features.
Shadow Fight 3
The third game in the popular RPG series marks a departure from the dark faceless figures battling in gloomy-looking arenas. The visual overhaul is a welcome change and is more in line with more popular RPG games such as Mortal Kombat. Players and arenas look more detailed, while the new gameplay offers more moves, weapons and opponents than before. Game controls are similar to the predecessor but bigger. The new game takes up more space (460MB) but works offline.
The official mobile game of the recently released disaster movie Geostorm is an exciting new addition to the puzzle genre. The game is about three different characters trying to survive the sudden catastrophic changes in world climate. Gameplay involves getting out of a building that is partially flooded, avoiding lightning and looking for cover and surviving extreme cold. Player controls are gesture based and easy to remember. The game requires regular assessment of the surroundings so one can make the most of whatever resources are available. The game works offline and takes up 583MB of space.
Mmm Fingers 2
Fans of the popular puzzle game Mmm Fingers can relive those nerve racking moments in its sequel. The gameplay hasn’t changed at all—press and hold on the screen to manoeuvre your finger past the fast moving blades. More funky looking blades of different shapes and sizes have added to jazz up the game. The game is also a lot more challenging to play this time. To keep users engrossed, Noddlecake Studios has added extra modes and daily challenge. The game works offline and supports portrait mode.
Paytm for Business
Paytm has come up with a mobile app for registered merchants. Anyone who sells on Paytm can use it to track their transactions and related details right after payment has been made and won’t have to wait for messages or mails. Users can also view their monthly, weekly sales and transactions in the app. The app can also be used to receive payment by generating a QR code on the app’s screen for the buyer to scan and pay.
If you own any of the new Echo smart speakers by Amazon, you should also download its companion app for smartphones. It allows users to chat and make/receive calls from other Echo users on the smartphone, and if you are at home, on the Echo speaker. The app also serves as the setup page for the speaker and can be used to see shopping list, music playlist and alarm. You can also see all your interactions with Alexa on the app.