When I went hands-on with Facebook's new launcher a few days ago, I stepped away pleased with the overall experience, but felt that it lacked a lot of the features a power user (or even a regular user who does stuff) would like. Still, I found the "lock screen" functionality to be a very pleasant experience – turning my phone on to nothing more than a scrolling photo and the time is very minimal and relaxing.
As an Android site, we try to keep a close eye on newcomers to the Play Store. Sometimes that helps us find new, innovative, and highly useful apps. On the other side of that, it also help us find WTF apps for the roundups. But every once in a while an app shows up that simply baffles the mind, because its existence is so seemingly questionable it's hard to imagine why it's a thing in the first place.
While I personally had not heard of Ting until today, the Tucows-owned Sprint MVNO operates on a pay-per-usage billing model, providing voice and data service on Sprint's complete network (including LTE). The company launched its first Android app in the Play Store today, designed to help you monitor your Ting account.
The Ting app may not be jam-packed with features, but it is decidedly clean and simple, and there's nothing wrong with that.
After an iOS update a couple weeks back, Real Racing 3 for Android received its first big content pack update on Android yesterday, adding two new vehicles, over 100 new events, a new event type ('Hunter' mode), and cross-platform cloud saving.
Last November, Microsoft released an Outlook.com 'app' for Android. I say 'app,' because it was only one in the strictest sense of the word. It was functional (barely), but it was also absolutely disgusting to look at, didn't do push email, and generally kind of sucked. The new app appears to suck much less, especially in the visual sense.
It has a completely redesigned don't-call-it-Metro UI look, push email, calendar and contact sync, and conversation view mode.
If you've not tried Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter franchise, it's definitely worth taking a look at. Dungeon Hunter 2 was the first in the series to be released on Android (and is still only available for select devices on the Gameloft store), and is genuinely one of the most fun titles I've played on mobile. Dungeon Hunter 3, though it went to a free-to-play model, was still extremely entertaining and undeniably well-done (4.5 stars with over 100,000 reviews on the Play Store).
If you're an avid Twitter user, then there's a good chance Falcon Pro is your go-to client on Android. For good reason, no doubt – it's fast, full-featured, and well supported. Today, the dev once again proves the latter, as the app is getting a nice little update to v1.8, which brings a handful of useful features to the app:
v1.8 - 16/04/2013
- New : *Starred Users* Inline Articles preview with offline access (enabled for all Starred Users that you follow)
- New : *Starred Users* Individual notifications (disabled by default)
- New : *Starred Users* Offline access
- New : translations (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish & Norwegian.
It looks like Google is gearing up for the Glass Explorer program, launching the MyGlass companion app and a new Glass setup page, both accessible to the general public.
The companion app relies on Google's now-signature "Card UI," and the listing's screenshots show off some of the app's functionality, though Google reminds us "if you don't have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time. Sorry about that." The description goes on to comfort readers, however: "But if you swipe the screenshots to the right, you'll see there's a picture of a puppy in pajamas.
There's nothing like sliding in behind the wheel of a finely tuned automobile for a little drag race. Odds are you have neither the inclination nor the resources to do that in real life, so why not enjoy the experience in a video game? CSR Racing has been released globally on Android, and it's got more officially licensed cars than than you'll be able to properly drool over.
CSR Racing is still a racing game, but it doesn't have the same level of interaction as something like Real Racing 3.
It was just five days ago that Hazard Rush was released to the Play Store. The developer took to Reddit to make the announcement and offer some freebies. Well, the community was into Hazard Rush, which (according to the app description) is a little like Snake and Geometry Wars. It's the next part of the description that got Hazard Rush banned from Google Play. The developer made a cheeky SEO joke, and that was enough for it to get swept up in Google's Play Store purge.