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.
Google's app on their own operating system is no joke; they're consistently refining it and updating it with the latest features and additions that can be implemented across Android devices. And this week, the app received a rather substantial update. This update (7.14.15) has added the Pixel-style search bar widget, allowing users on any Android version to get a taste of the Pixel experience (previously you would need a third-party launcher to achieve this). Not just that; the widget included has a series of customisable variables that you can mess around with and tweak to your heart's content, so you can get that perfect themed look. You can read more about the update here.
2: Nova Launcher
It's no secret that Nova Launcher is one of our favorite launchers out there; its simple UI and uber-versatile customisable UI made it one of our favorite Android launchers out there. And it scored an update this week, fixing a series of bugs and adding Pixel-esque features like the aforementioned bottom search bar, dot notification indicators and support for adaptive icon animations. The Android Oreo-style long-press popup is now also available to users. If you haven't already tried out Nova, go do it now! It will transform your Android experience.
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3: Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere is an unusually consumer-friendly offering from corporate capitaliser Disney. It offers users the ability to log into the service with all of their video and movie retailers such as iTunes, Amazon and more and synchronizes purchases cross-platform, allowing users to watch what they want, when they want and on whichever platform and app they want. It offers a clean, beautiful Android app and over 7300 movies from the vast majority of major Hollywood movie studios on launch, making it a very compelling offering for the movie purchases among us.
4: The Archers 2
This is an arcade-style game that's really won me over in the past few days. The goal of the game is to shoot your opponents with arrows before your opponent shoots you with arrows; seems pretty simple, huh? Well, it is, and that's the beauty of it. It's simple, with a sweet and minimalistic design and gameplay that steadily increases in difficulty at just the right level, keeping you hooked for hours. And did we mention it has a great multiplayer mode?
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.