App Radar: New apps and games for Android and iOS
The latest bunch of apps and games for Android and iOS includes a cricket game for casual gamers, a social network for food enthusiasts and a language app with a refreshing approach to learning new languages
Android users have plenty to rejoice. After the Play Protect security tool which screens every app downloaded on the smartphone, Google has decided to improve the search and discovery algorithm in the Play Store. It will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create quality signals for every app based on their performance, user engagement and ratings given by users. This means users will get to see more quality apps instead of some random apps.
Looking for new apps and games? The Play Store and App Store has several surprises in store. Here some of the best apps and games released this month.
Cricket Megastar is very similar to the Stick Cricket series. It can be played in portrait mode without involving both hands using easy-to-master gesture-based controls. Graphics look impressive and more realistic than Stick Cricket. It is a batting-oriented game and doesn’t offer the option to bowl or play in a tournament. Users can compete in a series of challenges with different targets. As the game progresses, the target gets bigger and the game becomes more testing. In-app purchases start at Rs120 and give the option to buy better bats. It is developed by Distinctive Games, known for popular Rugby 17.
Swim Out is a unique puzzle game which revolves around swimming. It offers 100 unique puzzles set in different types of water bodies accompanied by a beautiful backdrop and music. It is a turn-based game similar to Deus Ex Go or Hitman Go. Players are entrusted to guide their swimmer in a swimming pool and avoid getting in the path of other swimmers, boats or water animals. It is an Indie game developed by French start-up Lozange Lab. There are no-in app purchases.
Google’s official contacts app is now available as a stand-alone app on the Play Store. It was earlier available only on Google’s Nexus and Pixel range of smartphones. Contacts will work with all Android devices running Lollipop or higher versions. It can help users who keep more than one Google account on their smartphone. Users can switch between accounts in case they want to see contacts linked to a particular account. In case of duplication of contacts in the same account, the app will bring it to users’ notice and merge them together.
Lingobites is a learning app which uses storytelling to help users learn new languages. The app uses stories in the language users wish to learn and then shows word-by-word translation right underneath on the same page. Users can also listen to the audio to get the pronunciation right and the meaning will show on the same page. Users can pick the difficulty level depending on their proficiency in the language. Subscribers can access three stories free every month, while paid subscription, which costs £3.99 (approximately Rs331) per month can get you unlimited stories.
Recipes- easy videos
This is a social network for foodies who like to cook and learn new recipes. Users can upload their videos directly or take pictures with text and the app will combine them to create a video of the recipe. Users can find new recipes by browsing through the various categories or by entering the name of the recipe in the search bar. Users can follow a member, like their recipe and even chat with people in the friends’ list. If the recipe is in another language, there is the option to translate it in English. The app is developed by San Francisco-based startup Craft, Inc known for apps such as Carpentry-easy and Home Improvement.
Samsung Internet Browser
Samsung’s official mobile browser, which was limited to Samsung smartphones until now, has been realised for all Android devices running Lollipop or a higher version. The browser comes with a number of cool gesture controls designed to improve browsing speed and experience. It comes with a built-in Amazon shopping assistant. If a webpage has progressive web pap, the browser will show a badge to highlight it in the url. The 360-degree video support allows users to watch 360-degree videos without a VR headset. Users can switch between various tabs by swiping left to right or vice versa in the url bar.