Tech moves fast. Android is no exception. New devices, tweaks and apps come and go faster than most of us can reasonably keep track of them (unless you're a robot, or a tech journalist that has no life). That's why every week we bring you the best Android apps that have made their way to the Play Store recently. Be it a game, a new customisation utility or a revolutionary way to look at cat pictures, you can rest assured that we've got it covered.
1: Microsoft Edge for Android
Microsoft Edge, the spiritual successor to Internet Explorer which does everything that it couldn't, made its way to the Google Play store this week. While it is in beta, it's a great browser that integrates seamlessly with your PC and any other Microsoft services you might use. A notable feature that many users will benefit from is the aptly named 'Continue on PC', which allows you to, quite literally, continue your mobile browsing session on PC (and vice versa) with the Windows 10 Creators Update. We discovered earlier this week that the browser is a Chromium fork; think of that what you will. Regardless, we're happy to see Microsoft diversifying their offerings on other platforms like Android.
2: Action Launcher
We recently named Action launcher as one of the 5 best launchers on Android right now, and for good reason; it's versatile and has a number of truly addictive features that make your Android experience slicker and easier. Once you start using it, you'll never want to go back. It was recently updated with support for the new Pixel-style search bar, and if you haven't tried it already, it's worth taking a look.
3: Facebook Messenger Lite
Facebook Messenger Lite is a solid option for the more storage-economical of us Android users. It packs all the standard features of Messenger into a lighter, smaller and faster application with considerably less bloat in sight. Sure, you might not have every feature that the full app has, but for the storage and battery savings it offers over its big brother, it might just be worth it.
notin is one of those interesting, quirky apps that suck you in as soon as you start using them. It's an incredibly lightweight note-taking application that lacks a real interface per-se. Instead, it has a pop-up interface that allows you to write a note and then add it to your notification shade. This obviously isn't designed for writing down poems or news articles in your notes app like I do sometimes; it's designed for quick, disposable and time-sensitive notes for things you may need to remember, like an appointment or to stop by the grocery store to pick up milk. We definitely see a place for apps like this, and while it may need a quick coat of polish in terms of optimisation, its light and pretty enough for us to forgive its shortcomings – for now.
What do you guys think? Was there a new or updated app this week that we missed? Will you use any of these apps? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.