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Top 10 Android app updates: Redbox Instant, GO Weather EX, Skype

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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.

Snapchat – Version 3.0.1

Snapchat

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • New interface!
  • Swipe to access snaps and friends
  • Easy search for friends
  • Faster camera
  • Snapkidz
  • Dancing ghost

Snapchat is a great app for sharing those special moments in your life.  You can easily add captions and share your photos and videos with friends.  The update gives the Snapchat user interface a good overhaul and improves search functionality.

Skype – Version 4.0.0.17847

Skype

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Complete overhaul
  • Analyzed how users used Skype and redesigned the app to focus on features they wanted implemented.

The team behind Skype values the opinions of it’s users and decided to redesign the application accordingly. The Skype app will also add tablet-focused changes in the near future.

GO Weather Forecast & Widgets - Version 4.0.9

GO Weather EX

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Improved homepage display
  • Improved Message show on notification bar
  • Fixed Widget time update
  • Fixed Launch weather update

GO Weather EX is one of the top weather forecast apps available.  The 4.5 rating alone should be enough of a reason for you to check out this app.

Redbox Instant by Verizon – Version 1.2

Redbox

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Stability and bug fixes.
  • The way rooted devices are handled

Redbox Instant is a great and inexpensive way to watch a movie either on the go, or in conjunction with an HDMI cable out to your TV.  The new update helps ensure the movie you are watching isn’t interrupted by the application crashing.

NOOK – Read Books & Magazines - Version 3.4.0.89

Nook

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Popular magazines now available on Android tablets: SELF, WIRED, Glamour, Vanity Fair, GQ.
  • Supports HD magazines on HD-supported Android tablets (1280×720 or higher).
  • Enlarge book illustrations for more detailed imagery.
  • Now accessible to blind and low vision users leveraging Android assistive technology, including screen magnification (OS 4.2 or higher required) & TalkBack (OS 4.1 or higher).
  • Bug fixes.

If you are an avid reader, you should take a look at the NOOK application. HD Magazines look great on high resolution devices. OneNote- Version 15.0.1827.2300 OneNote

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • New note formatting options and full fidelity viewing
  • Support for Office 365 based notebooks
  • Support for roaming “Most Recently Used” list
  • Home screen Widgets with quick actions for capturing photo and audio notes
  • Create audio notes
  • Search

OneNote is one of those apps that either you never use or you use all the time.  The addition of Office 365 document support is a welcome addition to this app.

JAY Z Magna Carta – Version 2.0

Jay Z

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Age selection fix
  • Other various bug fixes

JAY Z and Samsung decided to let Samsung users grab this new album a few days before general release tomorrow, July 7th.  Makes sure to download this app now if you are a Samsung device owner.

Pixel Artist – Camera Effects - Version 1.3.0

Pixel Artist

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • New effect added
  • Bug fixes

Pixel Artist is another good app to take your photos and give them an artistic flare by adding effects to them.  The number of effects provided grows with every update.

DirecTV – Version 2.5.1

DirecTV

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Just talk as you would to a person and the app finds what you’re looking for.
  • Search for programs by mentioning title, channel, keyword, actor, time frame, genre and more.
  • Switch to TV mode to see your dialogue and search results on your TV screen. HD DVR (HR24+) required. Your phone and HD DVR must be connected to same Wi-Fi network.

It’s nice to see the DirecTV app add support for voice.  This is a great app to stream content anywhere in your house and even stream certain channels when you are away from home.

Facebook – Version Varies

Facebook

View in Google Play What’s new in this version:

  • Now you can get early access to the next version of Facebook for Android by becoming a beta tester. Learn how to sign up, give feedback and leave the program in our Help Center: http://on.fb.me/133NwuP
  • Easily change who can see something you’ve shared
  • Send multiple photos in a single message—just tap the +
  • Stability and memory improvements

The Facebook app has seen significant improvement over time and it’s nice to see you can now get access to their upcoming versions as a beta tester.