App Radar: Cool new apps for Android and iOS
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In the last few weeks, several new announcements were made in the app ecosystem. Google announced new AI-powered tools for Photos and updated apps such as Gboard and Device manager. Apple has redesigned the App Store and added a separate section for games. And at the ongoing E3 2017, leading game developers such as Ubisoft announced their upcoming games for smartphones.
Here are some of the recently launched apps for Android and iOS which you can’t ignore.
FaceSwap allows users to put their own selfie in any image from the camera roll or new ones from the web. Developed by Microsoft’s app incubator Garage, the app uses sophisticated face swap engine with tools to match skin tone, lighting conditions, head turns and tilts, and provide preview to help users find the best matched images. It is an online app and needs full time internet access to work.
Popular video editing tool Vizmato is finally available on Android. Developed by an Udupi-based company Global Delight, the app offers professional level video editing tools on smartphone. Users can crop and trim any video on their smartphone, apply filters, text, special effects and even add audio tracks from the Vizmato library. It has a built-in social network where one can share an edited video with the rest of the users. You can share them on other social networks as well.
Adobe’s new scanning app can scan anything from a business card to a full page document. It is linked to the Adobe document cloud so your scans can be automatically saved and synced with other related Adobe apps such as Acrobat Reader. It also offers a few editing tools such as the option to crop an image, change its orientation and save it in grayscale, whiteboard, or the original colour. It saves scanned files in pdf and supports OCR, but you need the Acrobat Reader app to take advantage of it.
Standoff 2 is a multiplayer shooting game with a lot of similarities to the popular PC game Counter Strike. Players can team up with others, join the defence forces or the terrorists and eliminate all the members on the conflicting side. On screen controls such as floating joystick, shooting button and binocular view are designed to make navigation easier. It is a small game with file size of 171MB yet looks well-designed. It needs active internet connection to work without interruption.
Racey Rocket is a nerve-racking puzzle game which tests players’ hand-eye co-ordination by making them control a fast moving rocket through 48 unique mazes with sharp turns. Players have to change the rocket’s direction by tapping on screen in time to avoid bumping into the wall. It is an immensely challenging game, works offline and occupies just 50MB of space after installation.