May 04 AT 9:56 AM Taylor Wimberly 7 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: TuneWiki, AirDroid, Equalizer


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.

TuneWiki – Version 4.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  1. New ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ inspired design!
  2. Major performance improvements
  3. NOTE: There is an issue on some Android tablets. We’re working on a fix ASAP.
  4. As always, send feedback and ideas to [email protected]

TuneWiki is the music player that lets you get lyrics instantly translated into 40+ languages. This week they rolled out a major update that includes a new Android 4.0 inspired design. I tried out the new version and it appears the performance has been greatly improved. I was able to ID songs pretty quick and it pulled up the lyrics right away. If you have never tried TuneWiki, they also have a social network that lets you comment on and discuss the meaning of lyrics. It’s definitely a unique experience for music fans and it’s free, so check it out.

AirDroid – Version 1.0.5


What’s new in this version:

  1. Bug fixes
  2. Added web link login via
  3. Added QR code scanning for easier login
  4. Enhanced secure connection option with https
  5. Added multiple desktops
  6. Added various widgets
  7. Added “Speed upload” and “Speed install” on desktop
  8. Added Drag&Drop support for files/folder upload (Chrome)
  9. Added device picture matching for certain devices
  10. Added Videos management
  11. Added realtime device screenshot
  12. Optimized display and management of files, photos, music

Just yesterday we previewed AirDroid and then the developer pushed out the latest update hours later. This is the first upgrade since last year and it’s a pretty big one. If you want to manager you phone from your desktop browser, this is the ultimate app.

Waze – Version


What’s new in this version:

  1. Pioneer AppRadio support
  2. Fixes for Motorola Defy and Milestone
  3. Fix for application launch via API

Waze has been around since the early days of Android, but we haven’t really talked about it as much since Google Navigation was released. It still has a pretty strong following with it’s social features that connect you to other drivers. The latest update is rather minor, but we wanted to give Waze a shout out for pushing community-based traffic and navigation.

iris. – Version 4.5.1


What’s new in this version:

  1. Removed Notification(Airpush) ads. (fixed small bugs related to it)
  2. Upload images to facebook
  3. Set alarm and calender events.
  4. Open other apps.
  5. Google search revamped.
  6. Upgraded twitter and facebook feature for easy access.
  7. Bug fixes for smoother user experience
  8. Press back key cancel action

Iris is one of the original Siri clones, and it’s also one of the best looking. The latest update killed some annoying ads, improved integration with social networks, and enhanced the overall user experience.

AfterFocus – Version 1.1.0


What’s new in this version:

  1. Supports finer brush in manual mode
  2. (After zooming, brush size remains as it is)
  3. Fixes the distorted image In editing/saving on some phones
  4. Fixes the bug that image taken by front camera is not centered when editing

As long as AfterFocus remains one of the most popular apps in our community, we will keep reporting on the latest news. This week the developer released a new update that improves the brush control in manual mode. This makes it easier to zoom in on images and make selections for background and foreground. We still expect a Pro version to be released this month.

GO Weather Widget – Version 1.24


What’s new in this version:

  1. (New)You can set the start time and ending time of auto refresh
  2. (New)You can set the date style in the setting display
  3. (New)You switch the cities circularly in GO Widgets.Open it in the setting display
  4. (Fix)When changing the theme, it shows that the incomplete.

Weather widgets are always all the rage and the GO dev team has one of the nicer looking sets. The latest update lets you control when the weather forecast is refreshed and includes enhanced support for multiple cities. There are a ton of themes available, so hopefully you won’t get bored with this one.

Groupon – Version 1.14.2140


What’s new in this version:

  1. Push notifications enhancements
  2. Added Merchants’ reviews
  3. Added support for Samsung Galaxy Note and other tablets
  4. Added support for Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Argentina, Mexico, Romania
  5. Performance improvements and bug fixes

Like many of you, I have caught the Groupon bug. It used to annoy me with notifications, but the latest update provides users with more control over that. I still think half the daily deals are crap, but there are some real gems in there sometimes.

Apex Launcher – Version 1.1.1


What’s new in this version:

  1. Added option to keep Apex in memory
  2. Added dock options for tablets
  3. Long press menu key to start search
  4. Improved tablet transition effect
  5. Fixed margin settings on tablets
  6. Fixed wallpaper issue under single screen mode
  7. Fixed a bug with desktop data backup/restore
  8. Other bug fixes and improvements
  9. Updated translations
  10. New permissions are used for unread count notifications in the pro version.

Last week we featured Nova Launcher, so it’s only fair we share Apex Launcher this week. This home screen replacement tool is also targeted at Android 4.0 devices and focuses on performance and an insane amount of customizations. I’ve grown tired of most of these home screen launchers, but they are great if you love to tweak out your home screen.

TripIt – Version 2.4.1


What’s new in this version:

  1. Finally! View your Past Trips while you’re on the go
  2. Note: All of these updates are for the Android phone only.
  3. Various bug fixes and usability enhancements

I travel a lot for work, and I never leave home without making sure my TripIt account is synced. It automatically imports all your travel itinerary and helps you keep up with your flight and hotel information. I rely on it so much, that I can’t travel without it now. The latest update lets you view previous trips and fixes various bugs.

Equalizer – Version 3.1.9


What’s new since version 3.1.7:

  1. New Guided Tour and Tips page, aiming at making users more familiar with the app and how to use it properly.
  2. Available now to selected GoogleTV devices.
  3. Downloaded skins can now be applied from the Download skin page, simply click on the “Apply Skin” button after download finishes.
  4. New Equalizer icon! Special thanks to Keval Kankotiya

We know music apps are always popular, so we thought we should share the latest update to Equalizer. This app provides a ton of presets, multiple skins, support for Google TV, and some nice looking widgets. If you are an audiophile, this is a must download.

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  • droilfade

    Last time I tried was kind of a hit and miss….maybe this update is better!

    BTW, totally loving this section…not only shows the updates but also everytime I encounter a new app that I want to try out!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks for the feedback. Finding new apps for you to try out is kind of the point :)

  • Shawn Clark

    Them other updates cool…but AirDroid is the shit!

    • LukeT32

      I also downloaded Air Droid after that last article… Has anyone else noticed when you send a text from your PC is doesn’t appear in the convo listed on your PC? It shows up on my phone just fine…

      • LukeT32

        Nevermind… Didn’t see you had to hit refresh on the chat window… :)

  • cthonctic

    I can never really decide whether I want to stick with Nova or Apex. I keep switching between the two every other week or so with Apex having more features but Nova feeling a tad more responsive overall. Still, both are way awesome and are IMO the best way to instantly get a (mostly) stock-looking device regardless of manufacturer UI overlays.

    Have been using AirDroid for quite a while too and it’s still one of my favorites.
    Digging this column! :)