Apr 27 AT 12:22 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: Photowall, AVG Antivirus, Nova Launcher, Samsung Unpacked


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.

Twitter – Version 3.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  1. Updated design and improved relevance of Discover stories
  2. Activity in Discover tab shows who your connections follow, updates to their lists, and which Tweets they retweet and favorite
  3. Spelling suggestions and related searches in search results
  4. Username autocomplete in search
  5. New push notifications for when your Tweets have been retweeted, favorited, or when you have new followers
  6. New languages: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Thai

Most of you have the Twitter app and know what it does, but this week they rolled out a pretty big update. The design of the Discovery tab got a makeover to show more activity, push notifications received more control, and eight new languages were added.

PhotoWall Live Wallpaper – Version 1.4


What’s new in this version:

  1. _NEW_ Instagram photo feed! (beta)
  2. Reduced memory use, increased performance.
  3. Lots of bug fixes. A couple crash fixes.

PhotoWall is a cool app from top Android developer Larva Labs that shows your photos as your wallpaper. This week the app saw an update that added Instagram support, and increased performance. It’s free so check it out if you need a new wallpaper.

Taptu – Version 2.1.3


What’s new in this version:

  1. New features now available:
  2. Synching across multiple devices: Log in to Taptu using Facebook, Twitter, Linked or G Reader to synch between your different devices. When logged in, your streams and stories that you’ve read or bookmarked will be there for you.
  3. Create a stream for everything: If you are looking for something in particular, you can now create a keyword-based stream.
  4. Speed and performance improvements: faster and more fluid, Taptu has gotten a significant boost in speed.

TapTu saw a minor update last week, but they are back again with a new look. Their major new feature this time is user accounts that let you set up your streams on any Android device and have them automatically populate on another device. There is no need to register with Taptu, as your user account just requires you login to your Google, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account.

Antivirus Free – Version 2.11


What’s new in this version:

  1. Scan SD card — Enhanced file scanning feature.
  2. Tune Up — allows you to view your phone’s battery and app storage consumption to help you optimize your mobile device’s resources. It is available for users of the Free version of the app for a trial period of 14 days.
  3. New look — Fresh new look added for an improved look and feel.
  4. Widget — We removed the app widget following feedback for users and are now working on a new and improved widget with better functionality and ease of use.

Some say Android doesn’t need antivirus software, but there’s no harm in being extra cautious. AVG just updated their Antivirus Free app with a new look, new widgets, and a Tune Up feature that lets you optimize your device’s resources.

AfterFocus – Version 1.0.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. Supports moving to SD-card
  2. Crash-fix
  3. Fixes the bug not showing drawing lines in Galaxy Nexus
  4. Supports more phones

AfterFocus has become a fan favorite of the site and been featured several times, and this week they released their first update. The latest version is mainly bug fixes, but we also hear a Pro version is coming next month.

Opera Mini Next – Version 7.0.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. Fixed:
  2. Crashes related to virtual keyboard on some HTC devices
  3. Crashes related to non-standard ROMs (e.g. CyanoGen)
  4. Crashes related to text selection
  5. General stability issues

Opera Next gives you a sneak preview of what’s to come in future versions of Opera. This browser app lets advanced users try out new features still under development and provide feedback on how to make it even better. The latest update includes mostly bug fixes.

MX Player – Version 1.6c


What’s new in this version:

  1. Increased maximum volume of S/W audio to 200%
  2. Improved text subtitle drawing speed.
  3. Improved integrity checking of internal modules.
  4. Added options for on-screen elapsed time, battery/clock display; Background color and Bottom placement.
  5. Added support for .mov text subtitle.
  6. Added shuffle/loop option. (Long click the next video button)
  7. Added border thickness option for text subtitles. (except SSA)
  8. Added fade-out option for subtitle text.

MX Player is one of the more popular alternative video players that can handle just about any video codec out there. The latest update increased volume, improved subtitles, and added several on-screen video controls.

Nova Launcher – Version 1.1.2


What’s new since Version 1.1.0:

  1. Custom app drawer tabs and folders (Prime)
  2. Vertical scroll in app drawer
  3. Configurable drawer transparency
  4. Bulk add to desktop or folder
  5. 1×1 widgets in dock
  6. Tablet optimizations (Dock, full screen app drawer)
  7. System shortcuts for app drawer (Works with AOKP Navbar)
  8. Activities shortcut
  9. Many optimizations and bug fixes
  10. Fix folder custom icon scaling
  11. Fix FCs
  12. Updated Translations
  13. Fix startup FC and misc fixes

Android users have a ton of options for alternative home screens and Nova Launcher is one of the newer apps on the rise. It only has 100,000 installs, but the average review score is 4.6. It is targeted for devices with Android 4.0+ and includes a ton of performance tweaks and eye candy.

Samsung Unpacked – Version 1.1


What’s new in this version:

  1. Worked on more devices
This week Samsung updated their Unpacked app so that it actually works on Samsung phones. Make sure you grab this app if you want to watch the unveiling of the next Galaxy on May 3rd.

Camera360 Ultimate – Version 3.2


What’s new in this version:

  1. 5 new second-class effects are added to ‘Sketch’ and there are 9 in total.
  2. Newly add @ function, available for Sina and Tencent only at present.
  3. Newly add User Guides and Shooting Skills in Settings.
  4. Click the thumbnail image on share page and you can preview shared photo in big size. ‘Rotate’ is also available there.
  5. Newly add Guides for greenhands when start Camera360.
  6. Tips of shooting is added when photo processing.
  7. Optimize share function and make it easier and faster.

Camera360 is another one of our favorite camera apps. The latest update brings new effects, user guides to help you take better photos, and optimized share functions.

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  • Bryan Stoner

    Whoa did Nova launcher win the battle!! Nice XDD
    I actually had no clue it had this set of features~ Gotta try it out now!

    Thanks guys for the updates!

    • Bryan Stoner

      Nope, apex is still cooler imo.

      • thekaz

        I’d love to try one of these launchers, but I’ve spent a lot of time on my homescreen in stock ICS, and I don’t have a ton of time to re-do it.. Maybe one of these has this function and I just don’t know about it, but I think it would be awesome if these was a way one of these launchers could import as much of your stock desktop as possible into it to save some time…

      • Bob Saget

        Any particular reason you like apex better? I tried apex for a minute, they are very similar but I went with nova because it feels snappier on my nexus s. If you are rocking a gnex maybe the extra processing power makes apex not as sluggish…?

        • Bryan Stoner

          Apex is a little sluggish I have to admit. However a lot of the features available on Apex are in the paid version of Nova. So I’m willing to cave in for features ;)

          Whatever floats your boat is a good choice XD

  • Edelmo Araujo

    In this update, Twitter removed the synchronization of contacts! At least on my unlocked Galaxy S II sold in Brazil! Anyone else?

    • md

      It stopped working months ago anyway.

      • http://www.gurideape.net Edelmo Araujo

        Works on the first time you install the application, but after then always ended up with new sync error.

        But what I meant is that instead of correcting, they just removed the feature.

    • booyootoo

      Same here (NL). If you change the language of your phone to English US, it will work again… Waiting for an update.

      • http://www.gurideape.net Edelmo Araujo

        Interesting, i will try this.

  • Jedediah Sweetser

    Mx player is the best out there. Before I went on vacation I tried 5 players and only mx played avi mkv and mp4 without problems

  • Donzzy

    Nova Launcher and PhotoWall Live Wallpaper can’t run on lower devices, which means lower audience participation. One of the downsides of Android, tsk… Good thing there’s GO Launcher and I don’t like to use live wallpapers anyway.

  • android.fa.life

    I would love too use Nova Launcher on 2.3…….. And whats the point of using default twitter app

  • android.fa.life

    i like plume wayyyyy to much

  • paul

    Samsung unpacking seems to only work on Samsung devices which is silly so many people have it crashing in Motorola phones.

    • dVyper

      It works fine on my Desire Z