As another week went by we are ready to bring you our best Android apps of the week column. As you may know, you will find here the best apps that were released in Google Play Store over the past seven days, along with the apps that received important upgrades.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at the apps that were worthy enough to make it into our Best Android Apps of the Week column.
Yatse, the XBMC remote – Free
Even though Yatse was already a pretty powerful XBMC remote solution, the application developed by Tolriq has received a major update, bumping it to version 4.0.
Besides the usual bug fixes, the Yatse 4.0 update brings support for Chromecaset, Muzei integration, a revamped user interface, stability and performance improvements, offline media support, and an internal audio player.
You will be able to try Yatse for free at this link (Google Play Store), but if you want to get the full version, you will have to pay $4.49.
MyScript Calculator 1.2
MyScript Calculator works like magic when it comes to perform mathematical operations. Multiply, divide, extract square roots, trigonometry, you name it, MyScript solves them all. It even solves equations in one unknown. All you need to do is doodle the mathematical operation and MyScript Calculator solves it for you.
The app was updated to version 1.2, now bringing a new user interface, a couple of new operators, and rounding option. The developers even added a calculate button that disables automatic calculation.
MyScript Calculator is free and it can be downloaded form Google Play Store at this link.
Google Search – Free
Google Now, which is the best thing that could happen to the Android phones is a part of the Google Search app, that just received a new update. If you are a cricket fan you will definitely love it, as it now integrates cricket results in the same way it integrates soccer, baseball, football, or hokey results. That’s it. Check for the new version in Google Play.
µTorrent 2.0 – Free
If you’re downloading torrents on your Android device, then you might want to consider µTorrent as your bittorrent client, especially now that it was updated to version 2.0.
µTorrent 2.0 arrives with a new design, allows the user to choose which files of the torrent to download, to choose the download location, or to delete torrents only or torrents and files. Here is the Google Play Store link for µTorrent 2.0. The Pro version has a price of $2.99.
AllCast 220.127.116.11 – Free
The AllCast Chromecasting app has been updated recently and it received the ability to stream media from DLNA servers to a Chromecast device.
You should also notice that AllCast has ditched the blue icon over a new icon that is more visible against white wallpapers and certain launchers. AllCast is free and it’s available for download in Google Play Store.
AirDroid 2.0.9 – Free
AirDroid it’s a wonderful web-based app that allows the users to manage their Android devices from a desktop browser. It’s a must-have app for anyone who owns an Android phone or tablet. Once updated to version 2.0.9, AirDroid became even more useful, allowing the user to drop files from their computers onto AirDroid folders to upload them on their devices. Also, it shows notifications from your Android device into your desktop browser.
Furthermore, AirDroid is completely free and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store at this link.
Flipboard – Free
Flipboard has been updated two times over the past week. First, it received Google Plus sign up option, allowing the users to configure their magazines and link the settings with their Google accounts. Later on the folks at Flipboard announced their partnership with a couple of news sources. One of them is CNN.com which will bring their standard and international news to Flipboard, along with three magazines (which are actually blogs) from Jake Trapper, Fareed Zakaria, and John King.
If you want to try Flipboard on your Android device click this link and download it for free from Google Play Store.
Evernote 5.8 – Free
If you are a note-taking maniac you will probably like Evernote, as the app developed by Evernote Corporation has everything you have been searching for. Besides the functions it already featured, Evernote learned new tricks after the 5.8 update.
Evernote 5.8 has support for handwriting allowing you to write or sketch inside your notes, keep handwriting, text, photos, and files in the same notes, and even choose from different colors or line thickness. It also allows you to highlight text, while the support for the notes made on other platforms has been improved. They say they even improved the camera, now being “better and faster.”
You can download Evernote 5.8 from Google Play Store at this link.
Nick by Nickelodeon – Free
The kid-targeted entertainment network has released a new app in the Play Store. It’s called Nick and it offers streaming for full episodes, games, allows your kids to vote in polls, and many other such goodies.
In order to be able to enjoy all the Nick features you will need a TV subscription and currently DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS are all supported. Head to Google Play and give your kiddo the chance to play with the new Nickelodeon app.
Pandora 5.2 – Free
Pandora, the internet radio streaming service has been updated to version 5.2, which brings more features on tablets and alarm and sleep timers.
With Pandora 5.2 you will be able to set a sleep timer that can be adjusted in increments of 15, 30, or 60 minutes, while the alarm clock received a snooze function. They even improved their notifications so you can now each time new music tracks are added to the database, as well as when your friends leave comments.
The Pandora app is available for download for free. Hit this link and download it on your Android device.
RAR for Android – Free
The folks at RARLAB have released official RAR app for Android. If you are using WinRAR on your computer you might also enjoy the new RAR app that helps you archive or RAR, ZIP, TAR, and many other types of files.
RAR for Android has a price of $29.95. Just kidding, it’s free just. I mean, really, who pays for WinRAR? Their trial period never expires so why bother. Here’s the link to the Android version of RAR.
Shazam 4.5 – Free
You probably heard about Shazam, the popular app that allows you to discover what song is playing in the background. Shazam is one of the most popular Google Play Apps with a few hundred million installs and it just got a new update.
Shazam 4.5 brings a refresh for the user interface, card-based links, lyrics and videos. The developers also worked on the recommendations and artist biographies screens.
Shazam is a free app and you can grab it from Google Play Store at this link.
Chrome Beta – Free
You probably know that the folks at Google are allowing their users to enter the Chrome Beta program. Chrome Beta has been updated recently and it received Chomecaset support for YouTube videos, but you might also be able to use it with any HTML5 videos.
In order to enable the experimental functionality you will have to open Chrome Beta and type “chrome://flags/#enable-cast” in the URL bar. You can download Chome Beta here, but you should be careful because the app it’s a bit buggy.