June didn't see any huge releases in terms of Android apps, though we did finally get a publicly-available version of the Kodi Media Center, and Photoshop for Android (yes, yet another version of Photoshop). There are also some new tools for cloud storage fans, and probably the best cooking app on the Play Store. We've got some notable extras (especially if you're a Stephen Colbert fan). Here in no particular order are the best seven new apps from June, along with some honorable mentions.
Android Police coverage: Kodi Media Center For Android Is Now Available On The Play Store, No Beta Request Necessary
The open-source Kodi media player, formerly XBMC, has been available in a closed beta on Android for months. Today it's still in beta, but they've gotten rid of the closed bit - you can download it from the Play Store on phones, tablets, and Android TV devices without asking permission. With impressive audio and video management and a huge amount of supported codecs and add-ons, Kodi is the go-to choice for home theater buffs who prefer to roll their own.
Kodi™ media center, formally known as XBMC™ Media Center, is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.
CloudPlayer™ by doubleTwist
Android Police coverage: CloudPlayer From doubleTwist Is A Slick Way To Play Music From Your Favorite Cloud Storage
Google and Amazon give you free storage of music in the cloud, but they don't make it easy to work with your songs once you've uploaded them. If you'd prefer to simply throw songs on "dumb" storage like Dropbox or Google Drive, DoubleTwist will give you a way to play it quickly and easily. Most of the more advanced functions from the original DoubleTwist player are present in CloudPlayer, along with a snazzy new Material Design interface and support for both downloads and streaming.
CloudPlayer is a revolutionary music player that puts you in control of your music, no matter where it's stored. Use it as a traditional music player or link your Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive to create a giant cloud jukebox for all your music. Stream or download songs from your cloud accounts for offline playback. Enjoy built-in AirPlay and Chromecast support, hi-fidelity lossless sound, 10-band EQ and more.
As someone whose greatest culinary achievement is that one time I popped an entire bag of popcorn with only three raw kernels left, I don't get much use out of cooking shows or apps. But for those who do, Kitchen Stories looks like one of the better options for new recipes, instructional videos, and... I dunno, egg beater recommendations? The app can load up a recipe and generate a shopping list from the ingredients, which might actually inspire me to give this stuff a try.
Loved by millions of users, Kitchen Stories offers aspiring and seasoned chefs alike the opportunity to hone their cooking skills and discover delicious new recipes and cooking inspiration. All Recipes are easy to recreate and come with beautiful pictures, easy to follow step-by-step photo instructions, recipe videos, and clever how-to videos – all completely FREE of charge.
Inputting+：Universal undo redo
Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Inputting+ Brings Undo, Redo, And Find And Replace To Touchscreen Typing On Android
Typing on a touchscreen still sucks, even after years of it being a near-universal activity. Inputting+ hopes to make it suck less. This app runs in the background and "watches" everything you type (don't worry, it has no internet permissions and doesn't save passwords by default). You can re-enter text at any time, so you'll never lose five minutes of input to a random app crash again. A few extra tools like universal find and replace are also included.
It's 2015. Can you believe there is still no undo(ctrl+z), redo(ctrl+y), find & replace(ctrl+f) when inputting on a touchscreen? Fortunately, Inputting+ can handle this. With Inputting+, a smart floating bubble will automatically pop up when you are typing. It can help you undo, redo, find & replace text, and even quick insert clipboard history. Have you ever got a moment that you lost something very important in case of the app crash or network connection failure? Inputting Timeline can automatically collect all texts you typed in other apps to a simple timeline.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Android Police coverage: At Last, Standard Amazon Cloud Drive App Comes To The Company's Appstore And Google Play
Amazon's Cloud Drive isn't significantly different from the services offered by Google or any of the other competitors, but Amazon does like to keep a tight hold on some of its properties (cough, Instant Video, cough), so the Android app wasn't available on the Play Store until now. Amazon Cloud Drive includes the usual retrieval and upload functions, plus previews for most standard Office documents, images, and videos.
Amazon Cloud Drive lets you easily access all of the documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos that you have stored in Cloud Drive from your Android device, all in one app. Preview your files within the app and share files and folders. It’s easy to get started with a 3-month free trial.
- View all your files and folders
- Preview documents, spreadsheets, presentations and photos
- Play videos and music stored on your Cloud Drive
- Share your files as links and attachments though email, message and other apps
Kamcord - Game Screen Recorder
Android Police coverage: Screen Recording App 'Kamcord' Now Lets You Share Your Best And Worst Gaming On Android
Twitch is taking its sweet damn time to come to non-NVIDIA hardware, which is leaving a nice gap in the market for other apps to fill. Take Kamcord for example: it's designed almost exclusively for recording and sharing mobile game videos, in a setup that's not so much inspired by Twitch as directly copying it. The app requires Android 5.0 (where the APIs for easy video and audio recording are accessible without root).
Kamcord for Android is the best way to record and share videos of your mobile gameplay sessions. Recording your epic Clash of Clans battles or bragging about your monumental Minecraft creations has never been simpler. Kamcord is the #1 destination for mobile gamers, and players have already shared over 45 million awesome gameplay vids to Kamcord. Join the community, build your following, and become a Kamcord celebrity.
Adobe Photoshop Mix
Android Police coverage: Adobe Releases Photoshop Mix, Brush CC, Color CC, And Shape CC On The Play Store
This is Adobe's third Android app with the Photoshop brand, and after the company shuttered Photoshop Touch, it's now the most advanced. A few layer and selection tools make Photoshop Mix a true image editor instead of a photo "enhancer" like Photoshop Express. Color filters and social hooks round out the features. It's still not for serious large-scale editing, and you'll need to sign in with a free Adobe ID account.
Transform your photography with Photoshop Mix. Cut out and combine images, change colors and enhance your photos anytime, anywhere. Share your creations with friends via social media and send them to Photoshop CC on your desktop for advanced photo editing.
• Cut out and remove sections of your images or merge multiple photos.
• Seamlessly combine photos together to create fun or surreal images.
• Adjust colors and contrast or apply preset FX Looks (filters) to your pictures. Enhance the entire image, or just a portion with the touch of your finger.
• Non-destructive editing means your original pics stay pristine and untouched.
• Quickly and easily share your creations on social media.
That's all for June. If you prefer your apps on a discount, make sure to keep an eye out for our regular sale posts, and remember that apps and updates made specifically for Android Wear get their own roundups. We're expecting some big things from July, so stay tuned.