We've covered both of the previous entries in the Sorcery series, from 80 Days developer Inkle Ltd., when they landed on Android. At the core they're game-books, a genre that mixes old-school dice-based tabletop RPGs and structured "Choose Your Own Adventure" narratives, like those so prominently featured in the library of Tin Man Games. But the Sorcery series takes this idea further with a dynamic story engine, interesting animations, skeuomorphic interface design, and hand-drawn everything.
Ready is a third-party dialer that, from the beginning, has prided itself on being prettier than the one you're currently using. And for people where looks aren't enough, it consolidates various aspects of mobile communication into one place in order to improve the experience of actually making calls. You can know when you last talked, what was said in your last text, and when the next meeting is scheduled for all as you dial a person's number.
Here's a surprise for you. For once we're not talking about a photo editing app that has come to Android after being available on iOS for months or worse yet, years. How novel! Overam is the name of said app and it's being released on Android first (maybe only?).
While Overam does offer the usual panoply of filters, its selling point is the usage of geometric shapes to create a disconnect between two parts of the image and highlight the one you want.
Google hasn't updated Chrome Remote Desktop on Android for a while, but today it's jumping from v39 to v43 to match the latest Chrome release. The good news is the app no longer looks like a relic from the holo age, but I'm not seeing any feature additions as of yet.
Microsoft Outlook came to Android in January, and after no shortage of updates, the company now feels that the time has come to remove the app's preview label. It has become a full-fledged piece of software, mature and feature-rich enough to take on the world like countless freshly-out-of-beta apps before it. Outlook for Android, according to Microsoft, is ready to compete with its iOS counterpart.
Most Android apps from large corporations don't really consider the design guidelines worth following - hell, a lot of them are carbon copies of the counterpart iPhone app. (From three years ago.) The app from movie theater chain Regal Cinemas is refreshingly different: even before the latest update it followed Holo guidelines pretty well throughout the interface. The latest update, published in the Play Store yesterday, brings it up to Material Design.
After popping up in a leak several weeks back, Facebook's Android dialer app has been released in the Play Store. Rather than going with the generic and confusing "Phone," the app is called Hello. You can place calls, see who's calling, and block incoming callers.
Swiftkey prides itself on making your mobile typing experience easier and faster than stock keyboards, but these days the competition has really upped its game. Predictions and swiping aren't enough to qualify as unique anymore. But a new unannounced feature from SwiftKey might be just the edge they need to stay competitive.
With the version 5.3 beta launching on Android later this week, SwiftKey is addressing one of the most irritating aspects of typing on a mobile device—entering passwords, and not just in websites.
It doesn't get as much attention as the competition, but SkyDrive OneDrive is a capable alternative to Drive or Dropbox. The Android app has been lagging behind on features a little, but today's update improves things. The new features help you stay in the app more instead of jumping to the browser to get links or manage content.
You gotta love what you do, and the developers of Pocket Casts clearly do. Whereas most changelogs are merely a way to keep users abreast of changes to the app, Shifty Jelly sees them as a way to give you a chuckle while you wait for the update to download. Pocket Casts has just hit v5.1, and that means new features and a new changelog.