Mar 21 AT 3:08 PM Steve Raycraft 2 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: PocketCasts, Kindle

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Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently-upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with 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’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Pocketcasts – Version 4.5

Pocketcasts

What’s new in this version:

  • Improved support for teeny, tiny, itsy bitsy phones
  • Fixed an issue where show notes wouldn’t load
  • Play all from here added for streaming mode
  • Option to turn off artwork skip buttons
  • Fixed Tasker intents
  • Lots of small fixes for the little people

 

Dayframe – Version 2.3

Dayframe

What’s new in this version:

  • Chromecast slideshow now free for ALL users
  • Can now add multiple Facebook friends at a time
  • Better support for wireless chargers (i.e. the Tylt)
  • Faster and easier to create playlists
  • Slideshow lighter makeover
  • Bug fixes

 

Google Keyboard – Version 3.0

Google Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • Improved suggestions and corrections using data from Google apps and services
  • Keypress popup animations
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

 

Duolingo – Version 2.3.4

Duolingo

What’s new in this version:

  • Better than Bitcoin, Lingots are Duolingo’s new virtual currency. From snazzy outfits for your owl to heart refills that help you pass difficult lessons, Lingots help you customize your learning experience. You’ll love getting them as rewards for doing awesomely in your new language!
  • The app now includes an English course for Romanian speakers and a Portuguese course for Spanish speakers.

 

Xfinity TV Go – Version 2.2.0.004

xfinity tv go

What’s new in this version:

  • Video performance improvements
  • Bug fixes
  • Build 2.2.0.004 should fix the crash-on-launch issue that some users experienced with build 2.2.0.003

 

BBC iPlayer – Version 3.0.0.587

BBC iPlayer

What’s new in this version:

  • We’ve added support for Chromecast! Connecting a Chromecast HDMI dongle to your television will allow you to send, or ‘cast’, a programme from BBC iPlayer on your mobile to your TV. Sit back and enjoy your favourite BBC programmes on the big screen.
  • We’ve also included a number of bug fixes.

 

Skype – Version 4.7

Skype

What’s new in this version:

  • Aggressive battery savings

 

AllCast – Version 1.0.8.6

Allcast

What’s new in this version:

  • Add a new Setting for Media Server proxying
  • Fix various crashes when using the drawer
  • Translations
  • New Now Playing screen
  • Lock screen controls
  • Cover Art for music and videos
  • Volume Control of Chromecast works with phone volume buttons

 

Kindle – Version 4.4

Kindle

What’s new in this version:

  • Font choices
  • Faster cover loading
  • Auto-brightness controls
  • Easy access to table of contents in the book
  • Fixed sensitivity of volume button page turning

 

Beautiful Widgets – Version 5.6

Beautiful Widgets

What’s new in this version:

  • New widgets: Try the new color widgets!
  • New color picker
  • Multiple bug fixes

 

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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