It’s Monday and besides being the beginning of the workweek (I know, it sucks) it means that we are ready for another round of the Best Android Apps of the Week. As we promised a couple of weeks ago, the Best Android Apps of the Week column will be here for you every Monday and it will bring you some of the latest and some of the most improved apps in the Play Store.
Last week we’ve presented you apps like Feedly 18, Floatifications, or GalleryNext, while this week brings you a couple of new apps like Dash or Beats Music, and a handful of apps that received noteworthy updates: Viber, Pushbullet, or PhotoShop Express. You know what? Let’s skip the introductions and let’s take a look at the apps that made it into the Best Android Apps of the Week.
Dash – Free
If you happen to own a technologically impaired car, we might have the right app for you. It’s called Dash and, among others, it is capable of letting you know when something is wrong with your car. How it works? Well, Dash connects to an onboard diagnostics tool (OBD) via Bluetooth and shows real-time information about your vehicle. You know, it’s useful when you have no idea why the “check engine” light has gone off.
From all the OBD-friendly apps out there, Dash stands out with its user-friendly interface which is also able to display mileage and safety information. All the data is compiled into a score and using Facebook integration you can compete with friends and family. Another useful feature of Dash is the crash detector, which automatically texts someone if it detects your car has been involved in an accident.
For the time being, Dash is in beta and only works for the US-based Android users. If you want to test the app yourself you can download it for free from Google Play Store by following this link.
Pushbullet 13.2 – Free
Pushbullet is one of the most useful apps available in Google Play Store. If you don’t have it installed on your smartphone already, you’d better install it now because it’s immensely useful. Using the Pushbullet Android app and the Pushbullet Chrome extension you will be able to sent links, files, notes, addresses, or lists to your device directly from Chrome and vice versa. You can even send items to your friends if you know their Google account associated to their Android device.
Pushbullet has now reached version 13.2 which allows the users to sync their Android device’s notifications with their computers via Chrome notification center. Before the 13.2 update, the users could only see Android notifications pop up on their desktop, but from now on you will be able to manage them from Chrome’s notification center
Aside being very useful, Pushbullet is also free and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store using this link.
Thingiverse – Free
Some say that 3D printing will be the next best thing in the tech world. If you happen to own a 3D printer then I am pretty sure you will find MakerBot’s Thingieverse app pretty useful. Even though MakerBot lacked creativity when they named their app, a glimpse inside the app and the 3D models will reveal that the community behind it is far more creative.
Thingiverse is free, the models you will find there are free, so, assuming you already own a 3D printer you will be able to print nice things for free. Here’s the Tingiverse Google Play Store download link.
Viber 4.2 – Free
Viber is one of the best VoIP calling apps available for Android and after the 4.2 update it has became even better. With Viber you can initiate free calls, free video calls, and free messaging, while the app is, you guessed, free.
Last week, the folks at Viber Media Inc updated their app to version 4.2 which transforms Viber into an even more useful communication tool. From now on you will be able to block any number or contact from calling or texting you, sent up to 10 photos at the same time, or customize message and call sounds.
Viber 4.2 also brings new media gallery within conversations, native Viber message and call integration for your contact list, and other improvements and fixes.
Beats Music – Free
Some say that Beats music accessories are the best, while others say that Beats music accessories are all about advertising. Me, I am saying that some say that Beats music accessories are the best, while others say that Beats music accessories are all about advertising. Good or bad, the folks at Beats want a slice of the music streaming pie, as they launched a competitor against the likes of Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, or Google Music All Access.
The Beats Music app is now live in Google Play Store, it’s free, but you will have to pay $10 a month if you want access to their streaming catalog of “over 20 million songs from every genre.”
Beats Music app offers an interesting UI, an unorthodox playlist system, and almost everything you’d expect from a music streaming service. It even allows you to download your favorite songs then listen to them offline. If you’re an AT&T customer you will get 90 days of free Beats Music subscription, also allowing you to choose the $14.99/month family plan to stream music on all shared AT&T accounts.
If you want to try Beats Music you can download it for free from Google Play Store using this link.
Photoshop Express 2.0 – Free
Photoshop Express has now reached version 2.0 and, in the same time, it made it to our Best Android Apps of the Week column. The folks at Adobe say that Photoshop Express 2.0 is “rebuilt completely from the ground up,” and that is now compatible with the Android 4.4 KitKat-powered devices.
Photoshop Express 2.0 somehow reminds me of the stock KitKat Gallery app, bringing tabs at the bottom which allow the user to switch between editing modes and tools. Since Photoshop Express is about editing photos you will be able to us it to apply filters, crop, rotate, and even do advanced stuff like red eye correction.
There’s one thing in particular I don’t like about Photoshop Express 2.0. Even though the folks at Adobe said they rebuilt it for KitKat, it doesn’t bring KitKat’s new immersive mode, which would have made it a lot more useful and better-looking. Anyhow, you can grab it for free form Google Play Store using this link.
Enpass – Free
If you constantly forget your passwords, we might have the app that you were looking for. Of course, you will find it pretty useful as long you can remember the masterpassword. Enpass will help you store your passwords and important information and sync them in the cloud. Aside that it has a beautiful user interface.
Even though Enpass was not launched over the past week (it made it into Play Store on January 3rd), I felt bad for not including it in our previous Best Android Apps of the Week posts.
Enpass is available for free in Google Play Store and it can be downloaded using this link. Anyway, if you want the full range of features you can unlock them with an in-app purchase of $4.99.
That’s it for now, see you next week!