Jul 31 AT 2:59 PM Steve Raycraft 0 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Snowball, HipChat

App Updates 2015

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. We’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 we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Microsoft Groove - Version 3.0.50729

Microsoft Groove

What’s new in this version:

  • Offline playback is now supported for many new devices
  • You no longer need Groove Music Pass to use the app! (Certain features still require it)
  • New app name and design
  • Music in your OneDrive music folder now appears as part of your collection
  • In addition to playlists, you can now download individual songs and albums for offline use

 

3DMark - Version 1.5.3263

3DMark

What’s new in this version:

  • New Sling Shot tests for OpenGL ES 3.1+3.0
  • New hardware monitoring charts
  • Android TV support
  • Russian localization

 

Google Translate - Version 4.0.0

Google Translate

What’s new in this version:

  • Smoother conversation in 40 languages. Improved accessibility support.
  • Instantly translate printed text in 20 new languages with your camera:
  • TO/FROM English: Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian FROM English to: Hindi, Thai

 

Rhapsody Music Player - Version 5.0.0.219

Rhapsody Music

What’s new in this version:

  • Rhapsody has a brand new look!
  • New mini player: updated design, swipe to change tracks, favorite right from the mini player
  • New full screen player: new design, simplified experience
  • New overall look
  • Several bug fixes

 

Motorola FM Radio - Version 02.00.0045

Motorola FM Radio

What’s new in this version:

  • Material Design, Sleep timer, Recording, tuner usability improvements and user settings enhancements

 

PrayerMate - Version 4.0.1

PrayerMate

What’s new in this version:

  • Adds automatic sync via Dropbox (under “Advanced settings” menu)
  • New “Take Words With You” scriptural prayer builder

 

CloudPlayer by doubleTwist - Version 1.0.4

CloudPlayer

What’s new in this version:

  • Added setting to turn Cellular Data use on or off. When off, streaming is WiFi-only.
  • Added full FLAC support (including 24bit 192KHz). We no longer rely on Android’s FLAC (which is buggy on Samsung devices).
  • Added support for WMA (Windows Media Audio) files in Cloud Storage.
  • Improved handling of mp3 files that contain corrupt frames (which was causing playback to skip to next track).

 

HipChat - Version 3.1.0

HipChat

What’s new in this version:

  • Landscape support! It’s back! We hear you, Android Tablet users! Stay tuned for more!
  • Reply to mentions and one on one messages from your WRIST! (Android Wear *required*)
  • Avatars. Avatars Everywhere.
  • Files will upload in the background. So what? Well you can keep chatting while you are uploading that giant GIF.
  • An all new Share To HipChat dialog shows you the conversations you *want* to see. We think. Maybe. If not, you can now search from it too!

 

Chrome Browser - Version 44.0.0

Chrome

What’s new in this version:

  • Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

 

Snowball – Version 2.0.3

Snowball

What’s new in this version:

  • Allow users to disable “Sent from Snowball” signature in settings
  • Fix crash with Samsung music player
  • Various other fixes

 

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