Mar 23 AT 2:58 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates for the week ending March 23

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Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, and not focus on which apps have the most installs.

To find the most updated apps, I turn to AppAware. It’s a great tool that shows me which apps have active support from their developers and sometimes reminds me of an old app that I might have removed long ago. Make sure to install it so your activity can help determine our weekly top 10 list.

The following is a Top 10 list of apps which were updated in the last seven days and received the most updates during that time period on AppAware. Based on previous feedback, I am filtering out apps that have over 10 million installs since most are well known. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

QuickPic – Version 2.1.1

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Fix: blank image in CM ROM!!!
  2. New option: Don’t crop thumbnail into square
  3. Two fingers can drag picture also (in testing)
  4. New style of share menu
  5. Sharing hidden picture without making copy
  6. Select output aspect ratio in editor
  7. Many other optimizations
  8. Fix some minor bugs

A few weeks ago we mentioned this app and I had never heard of it. Now it is my default gallery app. I don’t understand why the native Android Gallery app is soooo slow, when QuickPic is amazingly fast. Grab this app now if you are frustrated with your slow Gallery app.

Pulse News – Version 2.8.3

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. bug fixes
  2. robust web view navigation (click on the title!)
  3. send stories to other apps with the ‘envelope’ button
  4. note: default web mode returning in next update

Pulse is one of the most well liked news reader apps for good reason. The developers update it every other week and continue to add new features. This latest version ads a new web view navigation mode for reading full stories in the app. I’m kind of surprised it hasn’t passed 10 million downloads yet.

DropBox – Version 2.1.1

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Performance improvements and bug fixes

There are many cloud storage apps, but Dropbox has seen their installs start to skyrocket the last 30 days. I’m not sure what the major appeal is, but their users love the service giving it an average review score of 4.6. The app is free and comes with 3 GB of free storage, so no harm in checking it out. Personally, I’m still waiting on Google Drive.

IMDb Movies & TV – Version varies with device

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. New “Latest Trailers” carousel on the home screen
  2. Added Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) compatibility
  3. Improved design and experience for a variety of 7” tablets
  4. We greatly reduced the size of the app by removing the “Scan DVD” feature (based on customer feedback)
  5. The “Hardware Controls: Take Pictures & Video” permission is no longer required.
  6. Improved showtimes

Ok I’m breaking my own rule about filtering out apps with over 10 million installs because IMDb just released a big update. The new version adds compatibility with Android 4.0 devices, improves experience for tablets, reduces the size of the app, and removes some permissions. This is my go-to app when I want to see showtimes or look up a movie, and I’m loving this update.

MX Video Player – Version 1 .6

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Added support for DVD, DVB, SSA/ASS subtitle tracks.
  2. Added support for full styling of SSA/ASS subtitles.
  3. Added support for Ruby tag.
  4. Added option to select subtitle folder.
  5. Added network subtitle file loading with http:// playback.
  6. Added support for loading previous/next videos with http:// playback.
  7. Added support for mms:// playback
  8. Added support for playing Gmail attached video.
  9. Added support for .m3u(8) playback.
  10. Added option not to touch main button backlight to avoid Galaxy

MX Player is another app with over 10 million installs, but this update was pretty big and we have never covered it before. It’s one of the more popular video players since it supports just about every codec out there. If you have ever had trouble playing a video file on your Android device, then give MX Player a try.

My Tracks – Version varies with device

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. new feature to play a track as a tour using the Google Earth mobile client
  2. updated GPX, KML, CSV, and TCX output format
  3. added fractional seconds to the location timestamp in GPX, KML, CSV, and TCX output
  4. added a task to periodically remove temp files in the SD card
  5. fixed bug so only show the account picker when there is more than one account
  6. fixed bug so always use H:MM:SS format for elapsed time when sending to Google Docs

It’s been a long time since I have used Google’s MyTracks (I prefer Cardio Trainer for similar functions), but I know a lot of people who do. This latest update adds an awesome feature that allows you to record a GPS track and then play it back in Google Earth. My Tracks can also record data from external sensors like bluetooth heart rate monitors, and you can share your track data in a ton of file formats.

Documents to Go – Version 3.004

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Fix Google Docs save issues
  2. Fix force close issues in WTG and STG
  3. Bug Fixes

Documents to Go allows you to view Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint Files all with one app. It’s totally free, but you will have to get the paid version if you wish to edit files. The paid version normally runs $29.99, but it’s on sale right now for $4.99 so it’s a good time to pick it up if you work with a lot of Office files on the go.

Aldiko Book Reader – Version 2.1.0

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. New tablet-optimized user interface
  2. Support opening files and importing files into the app directly from browser, email attachment, third-party apps like Dropbox
  3. Support opening PDF file attachment in Gmail client on Android 3.0+ tablets
  4. Support new OPDS callbacks feature
  5. Improved the quality of book covers in the store
  6. Added Finnish and Hungarian language support
  7. Performance improvement
  8. Miscellaneous bug fixes

Aldiko is one of the most popular eBook readers with over 5 million users. It comes with an in-app store that has a huge catalogs of eBooks, including best-sellers, new releases and classics (many are free). For those with an existing collection of eBooks, you can import your own EPUB and PDF files into the app to read them on the go. The latest version includes a new tablet-optimized layout.

Camera360 Ultimate – Version 3.1

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Newly add funny Effect—-‘Huge Head’;
  2. Timestamp is available for photos (Only for effected photos in System Album);
  3. Shoot with Volume Button is available;
  4. Timer is added for auto-save. That is to say photos are saved after countdown finished;
  5. Newly add metering mode settings (available when device supports);
  6. ‘十’ shaped composition line is added into ‘Funny’;
  7. Bug fix: fix bug that Parameters doesn’t save.

Here’s another app that we mentioned last month that I had never used. I gave it a try and it’s now my default camera app. Performance is sometimes a little slow, but it has a wide variety of filters to enhance your photos. This app, combined with QuickPic above, has made me start using my phone’s camera a lot more often and sharing more photos. The latest update adds a “Huge Head” effect along with various new features.

LinkedIn – Version 2.3.2

 

What’s new in this version:

  1. Who Viewed My Profile Improvements
  2. Bugs and crash fix

LinkedIn is one of the largest social networks for business professionals, but their Android app has not really taken off. It has less than 5 million installs and only has an average review score of 3.6. Clearly the devs have their work cut out for them and have a lot of room to improve. This latest update is mostly bug fixes, but it also adds the option to see who viewed your profile.

Honorable mentions

Did you see any Android apps that received notable updates in the last week? Share your suggestions in the comments below and we will add them to our honorable mentions list.

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