Sep 14 AT 6:43 PM Taylor Wimberly 5 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: Noom, NQ Mobile, EyeEm, …


Welcome back to the return of 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.

As in the past, we are going to filter out minor updates for the super popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.



What’s new in this version:

  • The app has been completely redesigned and comes with a sidemenu navigation.
  • The all-new discover feed shows you photos, places & people through the photos you take
  • All bugs reported by users have been fixed

EyeEm is a great alternative to Instagram. The more you use it, the more your custom feed will learn what topics you like. Version 3.0 brings a complete overhaul and a new way to discover photos.

CHROME – VERSION 18.0.1025308


What’s new in this version:

  • This version update includes a number of security and stability improvements
  • Location preference now integrated to system level Google apps location setting.
  • Youtube videos controls now work in full screen mode; videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock
  • Fixes to make third-party IMEs work better with Chrome

Chrome recently left beta and it is now my full time browser. Moving from device to device is such a great experience with Chrome sync, and I don’t think I will ever leave this browser. It doesn’t get updated as often as the desktop version, but at least it gets regular updates.



What’s new in this version:

  • Improved navigation within sections, visible when you tap on section’s name
  • Easier access to Google Reader feeds and folders
  • In-app hints that expose helpful functionality
  • New shopping cart features (Gilt Taste section)
  • Improved performance and bug fixes

I keep trying to use Flipboard, but I quickly lose interest. It’s now installed on my daily device, but I find myself turning to other sources to get my news. The latest version exposes more in-app hints, so this is a great chance to learn all that it can do.



What’s new in this version:

  • Optimized NQ Account sign-in and sign-up process
  • Greatly optimized the NQ Space ( Anti-theft features
  • Changed the NQ icon on the status bar to be hidden by default
  • Improved first-installation user’s guide
  • Updated the Anti-theft interface
  • Added compatibility for larger screen phones

I don’t normally run a security app, but I feel like I should have some added protection. NQ Mobile just released a new version that includes an improved anti-theft interface, so I think this is a great time for me to try it out and see how it stacks up to the competition.



What’s new in this version:

  • Status-bar Widget: See what’s next & simply add new tasks straight from the new status-bar widget. Pull & DO (Android 4.0+)
  • Improved titles: Long task titles now supported
  • Some animations improved
  • Removed redundant permissions
  • Bug fixed

I was hooked on Any.Do for a couple of months, but I keep jumping from device to device and I have not been installing Any.Do recently. It’s a great app to manage your to-do lists, but I find myself turning to Google Docs more often when I need to share a list. The latest update includes a status-bar widget, which sounds like a great feature to keep your most important items right in front of you.



What’s new in this version:

  • New Design: shows your coach-assigned & extra-credit tasks at a glance
  • More Rewards and Motivation: earn points based on task difficulty & move through levels
  • Improved Food Logging: Dial-a-Meal, Saved Meals, and Sandwich & Soup Makers
  • Built-in pedometer: automatically tracks your steps using less than 4% of battery
  • Expanded Content Library: twice as much great content (5x more for Pro)

Noom might be the key if you have been struggling to lose weight and keep it off. The developer claims that 86% of active users lose weight successfully. Their built in coach  gives you daily tasks to help create positive lifestyle changes for long-term weight loss. I beta tested an early version last year and I enjoyed it, so maybe it’s time to give it a look again.



What’s new in this version:

  • Smart Space – fixes typos even if you miss spaces as you type
  • New look – two beautiful new themes for your keyboard
  • Easier layout – larger space bar, quick punctuation key and other tweaks
  • New languages – seven new languages for our international friends
  • Improved prediction – the words you want, more of the time

I will always prefer the stock Android keyboard, but SwiftKey 3 seems to be one of the best options if you want to try an alternative. It has improved next work prediction to help you type faster. The latest update includes a couple new themes and has a layout that is easier to use.



What’s new in this version:

  • Checklists are here! Keep your list private or use it to collaborate.
  • Add notes to Catch with a single touch of your thumb using the new capture wheel.
  • Manage your shared spaces with visual notifications that alert you when something has changed.
  • Easily tell your spaces apart with new color coding.
  • Use location tagging to remember important places, now with improved place names.
  • Catch 5 is an update for smartphones and small tablets currently.

I once used Catch Notes, but I have fully embraced Springpad now.



What’s new in this version:

  • For Android phones:
  • -An easier way to add/edit trip plans directly on the device
  • -Push notifications for TripIt Pro travel alerts
  • For Android tablets:
  • -Share, add, and edit buttons added to action bar
  • -Various bug fixes

This is my go-to app when I travel. I don’t think I could ever leave the house without having my travel itinerary synced up with Tripit.



What’s new in this version:

  • Pretty much everything. It’s all new. Like, all of it.
  • Well, kind of… you can still do all the stuff you used to be able to do, but now you can do a whole lotta other awesome stuff too.
  • Now available for Nexus 7
  • Squashed some bugs :-)

We were really impressed with the concept behind the first Zaarly, but it never took off. The app allowed you to buy and sell both goods and services from local people. The latest version includes all the features of the last update, but it now includes a completely new look. I think this service still has a lot of potential, but it will need to attract more users before it is really valuable.

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

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  • daveloft

    You missed my favorite app update of the week, Feedly. It’s a substantial improvement over the previous version and works wonderfully on the Nexus 7.

    • thekaz

      +1 for the feedly update. I installed gReader based on another blog’s raving about it, but then the feedly update came and I love it. I still think it is the best – with the swipe to mark read gestures, and the new interface is pretty slick.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice selection of apps.

  • Greg L

    Pretty sure you can’t draw your words using Swiftkey 3. I was curious and just tried. Nope. Great keyboard though. The auto space implementation is worth paying for by itself, and at least for me.

  • SGB101

    Epistle is my fav note app. Free,syncs with drop box and is very feature light so is very fast and stable.

    Smart Office is my proper doc suit.