It can be Saturday, and that implies we now have obtained some other nice record of apps so that you can inspect in our Apps of the Week column. Every weekend the writers right here at Android Critical sing their own praises a single app that has been put in on their telephone or pill within the final week. Some are new, some are previous however in the end they may be nonetheless put in and that suggests they work for us.
Learn together with us after the ruin to peer how this week’s checklist breaks down. You may also simply in finding an app or two in order to be just right for you by yourself cellphone or pill.
Jared DiPane – Textra SMS
In relation to the best way notifications are taken care of on Android I completely love them, however the one factor that afflicted me used to be the shortage of choices for the inventory messaging shopper. There was once no fast reply, and it was once simply so boring, so I’ve hunted round for a greater alternative. Some other people have beneficial Textra SMS to me, and after I used to be somewhat hesitant to start with I gave it a shot, and I’m in love.
Textra SMS deals a ton of significant options and it has been tremendous dependable up to now. From the flexibility to set the colour of the notification on the high of the show to the power to make a choice from a gentle and darkish theme and alter the colours of the dialog, this app is loaded with options.
With the ability to view a message, faucet on it after which have a pop up window show the place I will be able to reply immediately makes the expertise that significantly better. From right here I will be able to speedy shoot off a message, or click on the contacts image and contact them if I needed as a substitute. With so many choices and an total extraordinarily fluid really feel, I might extremely suggest giving Textra SMS a shot if you’re taking a look to exchange your present textual content messaging utility.
Obtain: Textra SMS (Free)
Simon Sage – Archangel
Archangel is a new dungeon crawl-style action game with finger-friendly controls. Players take up the fiery sword of an Archangel to lay the righteous smack-down on ne’er-do-well demons. Draw patterns on screen to execute holy powers, and employ a smart series of taps to teleport about the extraplanar battlefield and unload fireballs. The progression system is pretty straightforward with loot dropping regularly and players able to buy new gear between levels. New powers are unlocked as you level up.
Between the polished graphics, mobile-first controls, and all the smiting going on, Archangel is easy to recommend.
Download: Archangel ($ 1.99)
Richard Devine – AllCast
I have an Apple TV. I use it practically every day, though any mobile device interaction is pretty limited. Then Allcast came along and changed all that. OK, so it doesn’t just work with Apple TV, but that’s what I have and that’s how I use it.
It’s a simple app from the folks at ClockworkMod that allows you to send content from your Android device to a wide range of TV connected products such as the Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Roku, some smart TVs and more. With locally stored content it works like a dream with my Apple TV, though it can be a little shaky if you try and share streaming content with it.
Chromecast support would be nice (thanks, Google) but it’s a great little app that does exactly what it sets out to do. And it also means I can get my Google Play Movies content onto my Apple TV (properly).
Download: AllCast (Free / $ 4.99)
Andrew Martonik – Houzz
We’ve likely all heard the saying, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like.” Well I’d venture to guess the same goes for interior design for most of us. We don’t know the wording or rules when it comes to design, but if we see a picture of a space we instantly can tell if we like it or not. Houzz hopes to help you get inspired with great interior design ideas for your own home by just showing you pictures of complete designer rooms.
You have over two million photos to look through, with design ideas for mostly interiors but also home exteriors as well. Most photos offer tags to show you the name and price of specific items, and you can also post questions to be answered about the items as well. Sign up for a Houzz account and you can add items to an “Ideabook” where you can keep your best ideas together.
The app recently received a bit of a UI refresh in version 3.0 and works fantastically. Houzz will likely be just one tool you use when looking for some design inspiration in your own home, but it’s a worthwhile one to have if you’re in need of some help.
Download: Houzz (Free)
Phil Nickinson – AWEsum
It pays to show up at our meet-ups. I met with the folks from Nomad Apps in Las Vegas, who showed off AWEsum, a sort of Tetris-like puzzle game that throws a bit of a math twist into things. Numbered blocks fall, and you have to stack them up so that the sum (hence the name) forms the AWEsume number. Matching colors gets you a bonus. If you’re stuck, use a Swap Sphere to change things up. The AWEsum number will change periodically. But if you’re for a little less game and a little more learning, check out AWEsum+ for $ 1.99
Download: AWEsum ($ 0.99)
Jerry Hildenbrand – Roadkill Xtreme
The art style is clearly the highlight of Roadkill Xtreme (think Dragon Ball Z meets Harvest Moon), but the game around it is pretty darn good as well. In this arcade style game, you direct your hero Walter Noodles safely around traffic-filled roads and grab some coins as you go. There’s plenty to try and stop you — things like trucks, thugs, rabid-looking dogs and even pretty girls with not-so-pretty intentions. Use the coins to buy power ups and equipment. You know the drill.
The controls (on-screen virtual joysticks) are solid and uncomplicated, the game is fun, and it’s all free. Give it a try.
Download: Roadkill Xtreme (Free)