Mar 30 AT 1:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Top 10 Android App updates: EyeEm, Hooked, Zaarly, …


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.

This week I’m going to do things a little different. I normally filter out apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for popular apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

EyeEm – Version 2.1.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. fixed crash reported by users after signup
  2. fixed problems with different cameras
  3. fixed various other reported issues
  4. 14 new photo filters
  5. 12 cutting-edge frames
  6. easy swipe-to-change-filter functionality
  7. improved search function
  8. discover the EyeEm community without signing up
  9. greatly improved stability and loading speeds
  10. new and improved suggestions
  11. faster and slicker camera

EyeEm is a photo sharing & discovery app that connects you with like-minded people through the photos you take. Clark turned me onto it and I’ve been playing with it this week. Yes, it’s another camera app for Android, but this one is special.  There is an interesting social network that allows users to find people who take similar photos of the topics, places & events they contribute to. It currently has less than 50k installs, so install it and give it a try.

Zaarly – Version


What’s new in this version:

  1. Performance and UI improvements
  2. Fixed “crashes” on particular devices

Zaarly is a location based app that allows you to buy and sell anything with people nearby. Think of it as a mobile, local version of eBay or Craigslist, with the addition of a market for services. The latest update is pretty minor, but I wanted to share this app because I think it has huge potential. There are less than 500k installs right now, so it might only be useful in metro areas.

Evernote – Version 3.6


What’s new in this version:

  1. New: Audio notes with speech to text transcription
  2. Note list improvements, including larger thumbnails
  3. Added ability to turn off auto-titling in app Settings
  4. Adds “Explore Evernote” feature discovery on tablet devices
  5. Improved legibility of the Settings screen
  6. Major Evernote Widget updates

There are a lot of note taking apps out there, but Evernote is the most popular by far. I have tried it on and off, but never been a regular user. The latest update adds the ability to record audio notes with speech to text transcription, so I might have to give it another try.

Endomondo – Version 7.0.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. Full history – Whether you reinstall the app, get a new Android mobile, create workouts online, or import from Garmin you now see the full history in the app
  2. Settings menu – Access all your settings: Profile, Sharing, Privacy, Workout, Audio & Accessories
  3. SonyEricsson’s SmartWatch integration
  4. Enhanced calculation of calories
  5. unable to set age greater than 42 years
  6. playlist track containing ‘ are now saved
  7. crashes fixed

Android has a ton of great fitness apps, so it’s hard to choose the one that’s the right fit. I’ve been using Cardio Trainer Pro and enjoying it, but I’ve been looking for something a little more social and the new Endomondo v7 looks to offer what I need (and I just installed it). Endomondo only has 1 million installs, but it has been able to maintain an average review score of 4.6.

Opera Mini – Version 7.0


What’s new in this version:

  1. Added:
  2. OpenGLES hardware acceleration
  3. RTL text support in UI (Arabic, Hebrew)
  4. Beam support (NFC on Android 4.x)
  5. Exit button
  6. Improved:
  7. Speed Dial start page
  8. Tab management
  9. Find-in-page UI

This week Opera Mini rolled out a major update to Version 7. Opera promises their browser is the world’s fastest and it can save users money by reducing data costs by up to 90% with their unique compression technology. Android fans seem to prefer Dolphin Browser as their favorite alternative browser, but Opera Mini is also well liked with an average review score of 4.4.

doubleTwist Player – Version 1.7.3


What’s new in this version:

  1. New in v1.7.3:
  2. Added support for Google Music (offline tracks appear in library).
  3. Improved method for downloading alternate album artwork.
  4. Fixed AirPlay support for recent Apple TV update.
  5. Search is now more easily accessible.
  6. Various improvements and bug fixes.
  7. Slimmer and Sexier!

DoubleTwist Player is one of those must have apps if you are an iTunes user. This free app syncs music (including iTunes playlists) to your phone from your Mac/PC over USB or AirSync over WiFi. The latest update added support for Google Music, which is a nice addition for Google users.

Hooked – Version 1.2.23


What’s new in this version:

  1. Bug fixes.

Hooked is another app discovery service, but they focus on finding the best games for you based on other games you already have installed on your device and what games you are playing the most. These week they released a minor update for bug fixes, but I wanted to share it because I’ve found the app to be increasing useful in my never ending search for new games.

GO TaskManager – Version 2.1


What’s new in this version:

  1. GO TaskManager Widget is updated to GO TaskManager Application NOW! More powerful, more useful and more secure.
  2. Since so many users question about the additional permissions in the new version, we made some eclectic changes. We cancelled the permissions of r/w SMS, r/w contacts, read browser history and read phone record. Accordingly we had to remove the “Clear History” function. Sorry for that.
  3. We’ll continue improving GO TaskManager to make it better and better.

Is there any part of your Android phone that the GO Launcher Dev Team doesn’t let you customize? We have already covered most of their apps, but this is the first time we have mentioned GO TaskManager. The latest major update turned their widget into a more powerful app that they claim is more useful.

Layar – Version 6.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. Streaming Video in Camera Mode for dual core phones
  2. Improved handling of Video
  3. Improved Layar Maintenance messaging
  4. Bug Fixes, including more responsive augments and tracking improvements

Poor Layer. They keep releasing new updates, and downloads keep sinking while the average review score hovers around 3.5. The latest update includes streaming video in camera mode, but it’s only available on dual-core phones. I have Layar installed, but I never use it.

GPS Essentials – Version 2.8.6


What’s new in this version:

  1. Auto skip waypoints on route
  2. Voice out
  3. Fixed force close in camera
  4. Reverse route
  5. GPX export
  6. Sharing by email, Google Docs, DropBox

I had never seen this app before today, but GPS Essentials claims to be “The Swiss army knife of GPS navigation!” and “The most complete GPS tool on market.” Based on the description, it looks like a pretty useful tool. GPS Essentials lets users build their own dashboard from 45 widgets.

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.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • Clark Wimberly

    EyeEm is the jam. The way it auto-suggest tags and locations has already created many lulz.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yep it tagged our little dogs as “food”.

      • cthonctic

        Maybe EyeEm is a Chinese developer? (kidding, just kidding!)

        • TWiT Commander

          or Korean


          • duck

            yeah its super cool community as well. they are german ;-)

  • spazby

    i like double twist, have to try out google music integration

  • thaghost

    You guys should put tmobile on blast for the annoying update to their “my account” app. They are now sending ads to customers’ notification bar…Super annoying and disturbing.

  • thekaz

    Aviary had an update to improve some tools. And Google Wallet had an update with “security enhancements”

  • PhyzX

    Just a minor spelling error for EverNote:
    “Speech” to text transcription

  • alexaac14

    have u tried overskreen browser?

    • Dan

      Way too buggy to recommend.

  • GeauxLSU

    Not an update, but check out the new RoadNinja (no space) app. It’s great for travelers.

  • dummy

    I’m a android tabs user android Google play is Gd but can’t surpass apple ios apps consumers using tablets likes gaming,videos streaming n more….games on ios more options esp after jailbreak users can almost play n using most paid apps free but for android u can’t do it like ios… devices to me the best product is from Samsung.will be so Gd if sammy is using ios apps not Google play.I dun think android can win ios in tablets market…..actually I start getting bored on android I sees my friends using ipads its a WOW to me esp on gaming n videos streaming live tv shows works so Gd on ipads as for my android tab I just sits n wait….:-(Google play got lots of apps too but most of the apps devices hardware only sammy can compete with it but back to the issue android apps can’t surpass ios now……hopefully in future Google play will make improvement on their apps to compete ios…..Google play android got to work more harder…..if the rumors is true enough ipad 3 (7.89in) coming to market I’m sure android users will switch to ipad 3. In tablets only sammy 7inches can makes phone calls just insert ur sim card n call out.if ipad 3 does the same like the sammy 7inches tabs I’m very sure android is going to lose out….why not switching to ipad 3 with sim card calling function n so many ios apps around…ipad 1 doesn’t support 3G but its Gd why cos once u insert ur sim card just download program from apple store n u can start making normal phone calls but not on ipad 2 n new ipad so I’m sure ipad 3 once out it will be their greatest hits…. android be prepare too get a heavy blow from apple.WHEN I SAYS CALLING FUNCTION MEANS U CAN MAKE A NORMAL CALL OUT WITHOUT USING APPS LIKE VIBER LINE OR SKYPE OK!so far only sammy galaxy tablets 7inches has it but it will be a different story if ipad 3 7inches also has it normal sim card call OUT….WITHOUT

    • Corey Mayweather


    • bob

      go ram an iPad up your arse

  • Eric Weiss

    It took me a few months of figuring out Evernote and how to use it in my life and now I am completely addicted. The latest update is awesome and fixed a lot of minor annoyances I’ve had with the Android app with the bonus of voice to text translation. Now if we can only get them to realize that Android is worthy of their other two mobile (iOs exclusive) apps: Food ( and Hello (

  • android fan

    I’m a fan of android Google play n I’m using Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 in but recently I’m getting abit frustrating on android Google play n my tab WHY bcos I love gaming videos streaming live online tv show but I dun understand why esp game on gameloft my devices is is not compatible only 2games from gameloft I can play n yesterday Google play came in a free game DUNGEON HUNTER 3 I can’t download it says devices not compatibl.CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?last time I’m using Samsung galaxy tab P1000 no problem for gameloft i now abit loss….I’m so jealous when seeing others using ios apps all games n apps works perfectly on ipads even free download on paid apps after jailbreak….some games which is hacked my devices still not compatible to play….if any guys know the reason pls give me a reply THANKS. If not I need to switch to ipad soon….

  • Suraj

    The main thing is User Interference. Just check the EVERNOTE screenshots in itunes store, you get rich UI on ios devices.

  • bob

    what about light box? i’ve downloaded and tried so many camera apps, i would recommend light box to anyone and everyone