Jun 28 AT 11:44 AM Steve Raycraft 3 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: Foursquare, Spotify, Duolingo, Vine

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Welcome back to the return of 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, not focus on which apps have the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

Spotify – Version 0.6.4.47

Spotify

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Control playback from the notification area. Skip and be happy. Android version 4.1 and above.
  • Fixed: Some troublesome Facebook login issues.
  • Fixed: A bug that could cause a white screen just when you least expected it.
  • Improved: Radio performance.
  • Fixed: No more silence when Spotify runs in the background

The ability to control music playback from the notification bar is a very useful addition to an already full-featured application. Spotify is a great way to listen to music while on the go. Make sure to get the latest update by following the link above.

Plume – Version 5.2.1

Plume

 

What’s new in this version:

  • refreshed UI design.
  • fixed storing user colors.
  • removed Twitgoo picture upload as it’s not working with API 1.1.

The number of options for Twitter clients is overwhelming at times, but Plume has been the go-to client for many of our readers.  Plume users will enjoy the updated, more modern user interface.

Marriott International – Version 3.0

Marriott

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Mobile check-in up to two hours before you arrive.
  • Receive automatic notifications when your room is ready.
  • When you arrive at the hotel, go directly to the Mobile Check-In desk for an enhanced arrival experience. We’ll have your key waiting.

Readers who stay at Marriott properties can attest to some of the issues found in previous versions of the application, such as the app not storing login credentials. The version 3.0 update aims to address these issues and alleviate user frustrations as well as add a couple of new features.

Foursquare – Version 2013.06.26

Foursquare

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Accessibility additions for the floating check in button.

Find out the best places to eat and shop when travelling by using Foursquare. Foursquare provides you an wealth of information about the best places to eat, drink and be entertained when visiting a new location.

RoadNinja – Version 2.7-3340

RoadNinja

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Improved search algorithm and drop down.
  • Updated general look and feel of app.

RoadNinja is a great app to bring along on vacation this Summer. You will find detailed information about the services available on every interstate exit. Share your travel photos and reviews with other RoadNinja users. The updated look is appealing for users that enjoy a darker theme for their application.

Vine – Version 1.2.0

Vine

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Front-facing camera.
  • New upload manager for unsubmitted posts.
  • Improvements to settings.
  • Improvements to camera loading time and support for more devices.
  • Speed improvements overall.
  • Bug fixes and UI improvements.

This new update could be seen as a step to help persuade users to stay with Vine instead of jumping to another application like Instagram. I like the support for the front-facing camera, but honestly, I don’t know the last time I wanted to take a short video using that camera.

CoPilot Live Premium USA - Version 9.4.0.183

CoPilot USA

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Improved SwiftKey keyboard support.
  • NEW Connection settings to control data usage home and abroad.
  • NEW Just Drive mode: drive without a destination.
  • Closed Road Alerts: ActiveTraffic™ will now warn when a road on your route is closed and check for an alternative route
  • WiFi detection: alert when WiFi signal is lost.
  • Automatic Cloud Backup.

CoPilot is the second navigation app we’ve seen receive an update this week. The new Just Drive mode is great if just enjoy the warm weather with no specific destination in mind.

Duolingo – Version 1.1.1

Duolingo

 

What’s new in this version:

  • TABLET-OPTIMIZED. Duolingo now supports the perfect device for learning!
  • LEADERBOARD. Sure, it feels great to spend the day making progress in a new language; but it’s even better when you can leave your friends behind in the dust.
  • LANDSCAPE MODE. Hold your device however you like, even Gangnam style.
  • AWESOME NEW SIDEBAR. With a single tap on the Duolingo logo you can now access your stats, see the leaderboard, and strengthen your skills.

If you have ever thought about learning a new language but thought it would be too hard, think again. Duolingo gives you an easy way to learn several languages, including French and Italian. The new leaderboard lets you compete against your friends to see who can learn the fastest.

Google Play Movies & TV - Version Varies

Google Play Movies

 

What’s new in this version:

  • New layout and visual design.
  • Watch Now provides quick access to what you’re likely to watch next.
  • Personal videos now available via overflow menu.

The Google Play Movies & TV app is a great option for those looking to cut cable. You can find top TV programs and Movies that can be streamed to your device or downloaded to be viewed offline. The updated interface gives a the application a clean look.

Google Search – Version Varies

Google Search

 

What’s new in this version:

  • Information about shows you’re watching on your internet-connected TV (US only).
  • Saved offers when near a redemption location.
  • New voice action: play music from your phone or the Play Store.
  • Voice actions tips.

Google is really working to include more searchable items inside Google Now. Searching for data about a TV show is a great feature, but it does require your TV and your phone/tablet to be on the same network.

I was first introduced to Android with the Samsung Fascinate and I've been hooked ever since. I love the customization that Android offers the user to personalize their phone. I enjoy writing and have been blessed with the opportunity to share this passion for Android with others.

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