App Radar: Latest apps and games for iOS and Android
The latest crop of apps includes a lighter version of Amazon Kindle, government’s UMANG app and Google’s new file manager app
Google has been quite active in the last few days. It is rolling out a new feature in Android 8.1 which can identify apps that are wasting more battery than others. The company is also cracking down on apps which have been misusing the Accessibility Services access in the name of making their apps friendly to users with disabilities. The news from the iOS ecosystem is that Apple has released the public beta of iOS 11.2. In case you are looking for a new app or game, here is the latest crop on the App Store and Play Store.
Amazon Kindle Lite
Amazon has come up with a light version of the Kindle app. It is called Kindle Lite and takes up just 4MB of space post installation. The original app occupies 147MB. It is designed to run smoothly on slower networks. You can browse through the book store, buy a book but you have to read online as there is no offline mode in it, yet. However, as long as you are connected to some form of data it won’t be a problem. The simple layout with no animations and use of low-resolution images when showing book covers, loads pages fast.
UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is a one-stop solution, which allows all major government agencies to reach out to the citizens on their smartphone. Developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the app is integrated with other digital India apps such as DigiLocker and PayGov. Users can register with their mobile numbers or Aadhaar card numbers and use the app to access over 100 government services. Users can get details of their Employees’ Provident Fund, book LPG cylinders, get hospital appointments using ORS, check out insurance schemes offered by government agencies and apply for passport.
Google Files Go
Google’s new file manager app can help users free up space in their smartphones by identifying apps which are rarely used and or duplicate copies of the same image. What separates it from other file manager apps is the option to send and receive files with other Android devices in the vicinity without involving Bluetooth or internet connectivity. The app sets up a wireless connection with the other device on the lines of ShareIt and can transfer large files in a few minutes.
It’s a live streaming quiz game which goes live twice every day and one session lasts 15 minutes. Participants are asked 12 trivia questions, with three multiple choice answers, and get 10 seconds to answer a question. It’s a knockout game so one incorrect answer can get you eliminated. Those who answer all three questions can win up to $500. If there are multiple winners, the money will be split among all of them. Developed by Intermedia Labs, the game needs active internet connection to work.
Monument Valley 2
Sequel to the popular Indie puzzle game, Monument Valley is now available to Android users too. Developer Ustwo Games has retained the surreal graphics and the unique gameplay that made the first game a hit. However, this time you get more levels to play. You can play it in portrait mode so you don’t have to use both hands. The game involves two characters, Ro and her daughter Tow, this time, and your objective is to figure out how to reunite them and open the next puzzle. The game works offline and takes up about 250MB of space after installation.