Oct 12 AT 12:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: EyeEm, Springpad, Lookout


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.

EyeEm – Version 3.2.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Fixed app crashing on start
  • Improved scrolling
  • Improved memory handling
  • Fixed problem with push notifications
  • Added support for more devices (incl. Nexus 7)
  • Improved caching

This is a minor update for EyeEm, but I shared it because I want you to install this app. It has some really unique features and a growing community, which makes it a nice alternative to Instagram.

Springpad – Version 3.2.2


What’s new in this version:

  • Now you can use drag/drop to reorder the contents of your notebooks!  Order will sync to the web app.
  • Added Rich Notifications for Jelly Bean
  • Redesigned notebook covers (and more show on tablet)
  • The Quick Note option has been removed from the device’s menu when in a notebook
  • Fixed a bug that hid controls when viewing an item on certain 7″ tablets
  • Existing users will no longer be taken through the app tour each time they log in

I couldn’t do my job without this app. Springpad makes it so easy for me to clip items from my phone or the browser and it organizes them into neat notebooks. The latest update includes expanded notifications for Android 4.1, new notebook covers, and some minro bug fixes.

Dolphin Browser – Version 9.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Dolphin Jetpack Compatibility: The only Dolphin Browser to work Jetpack Add-on.
  • Camera: Improved support of camera for web apps while browsing.
  • Night Mode: Easily dim your screen to lower brightness level when browsing at night
  • Dolphin Connect: Option to sync your data only when connected to Wifi
  • Dolphin Sonar: Even easier and user friendly
  • Various stability and performance improvements

There are tons of alternative browsers out there, but Dolphin is easily the most innovative and it receives the most updates. Version 9.0 adds the new Jetpack engine which makes Dolphin 5-10X faster than the default Android browser and 2X faster than Chrome. Even if you are glued to Chrome like me, Dolphin deserves a spot on your device.

Lookout – Version varies with device


What’s new in this version:

  • Completely Redesigned: Our battery friendly app has a fresh, sleek design that makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Activity Feed: A dashboard that allows you to see how your phone and data are being protected from mobile threats, identity theft and financial fraud.
  • Signal Flare: An added protection against lost phones that automatically saves your device’s location when your battery gets low, improving the chance of getting your phone back.

I have tested most of the mobile security apps out there and I keep coming back to Lookout because it has the nicest design and it’s the easiest to use. This new feature includes a cool feature called Signal Flare that automatically saves your phone’s location when the battery is low, so you can locate it even after the battery has died.

Foursquare – Version 2012.10.10


What’s new in this version:

  • Points back in for check-in detail pages
  • We’re now bolding out those shout-outs and mentions of friends for check-ins
  • Report tips that are spam, offensive or no longer relevant via the Tip detail page
  • New categorization of venue photos, now we show you what’s more relevant at the top, and no more duplicates!
  • Quick save capability from the activity stream
  • Addressed issue with viewing profile

I constantly travel and Foursquare is one of my most used apps when I’m on the road. It gets updated pretty frequently and the latest version improves the main activity stream, updates the check-in page, and enhances the venue photos.

Google Gesture Search – Version varies with device


What’s new in this version:

  • Now available on Android tablets such as Nexus 7.
  • Faster search performance for large user data set.
  • Support for searching multilingual contents using romanization, including Simplified Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  • The action for contacts is now customizable, e.g., changing calling to messaging.
  • Contacts without phone numbers now became searchable.
  • More UI improvements.
  • Bugfixes

Not many people use Google Gesture Search, but it just got a new update that puts it back in the spotlight. The latest version includes improved support for the Nexus 7, faster performance, and support for more languages. I’m not sure I will ever really use this app, but it’s nice to have the option to search by gestures.

IM+ – Version 6.4.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Support for Rage Faces emoticons
  • New IM services: MeinVZ and Gadu-Gadu
  • Improved interface: feels like Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Bulk chat history export to SD card
  • Auto OTR: option to automatically start Off-the-Record messaging session with selected contact
  • Sleep mode: you may set specific time when IM+ won’t bother you with notifications
  • Option to customize “Contact goes online” notification
  • Customizable “Go to Push in background” timeout

I’m pretty tied to Google Talk, but I know of lot of other people that still use other IM clients. IM+ supports the widest range of services and combines everything into a unified experience. This new version includes more emoticon, more IM services, and has an improved user interface.

Dropbox – Version 2.2


What’s new in this version:

  • Enjoy the photos and videos you’ve been uploading!
  • Introducing the Photos tab with all your uploaded photos and videos
  • Uploads moved to the menu in the file browser
  • Lots of under-the-hood bug fixes and tune-ups

I’ll admit I don’t really use Dropbox. I have an account, but I rely on Google for all my cloud storage and backup. Dropbox is starting to gain in popularity and they just released some new features like a Photos tab that existing users should love.

Photo Editor by Aviary – Version 2.1.91


What’s new in this version:

  • Fixed a bug in the Orientation tool when rotating 90° and straightening
  • Fixed a bug which was causing a crash in the stickers tool on small screen devices
  • Fixed a bug which occasionally crashed the app while saving
  • Fixed a couple minor bugs with displaying images on the home screen
  • Smoother animations
  • Added some more crop options

Aviary is a full featured photo editor that is offered for free. They do sell additional effect packs in the Google Play store, but you can still access all their features at no cost. This update is a minor one that focuses on bug fixes, but we thought we would share it since we have never mentioned Aviary before.

myTaxi – Version 3.2.3


What’s new in this version:

  • Adjustments for the PayPal registration for myTaxi Payment
  • Adjustments for US standards
  • Performance optimisations

MyTaxi pinpoints the passenger‘s current location and lets taxi drivers find them more quickly. The passenger can track the taxi‘s arrival on the map including time of arrival as well as the driver’s profile with picture, name, rating and phone number. The service is only available in 30 cities, but more are being added every month. This latest update improves the PayPal registration process.

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  • iamXiV92a

    Springpad – Love it!

    • iamXiV92a

      To add to this, I like this more than Evernote. Maybe I’ve not used Evernote long enough?

      I have a few quibbles with Springpad… I don’t believe there’s a way to move notes/lists between various notebooks unless you log into the website. Other than that, the website is fantastic and it’s VERY easy to tag notes not to mention the social “scene” is pretty nice as well – following other notebooks or lists for products you want, or new exercises to try. Very nice!

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  • AvatarZ

    Would love to see a break down on which Taxi calling apps are best

  • LukeT32

    I still would like a break down of all the Dolphin browsers. Isn’t there the regular one, mini, hd, and now beta?

  • pjamies

    I agree, a blog that looks at specific app types (ie Browsers, Note takers…etc) and does a comparison of them.
    This would be helpful in association with users input to which they prefer and why?

  • Hunter

    Thank you for posting all of these apps Taylor. I recently upgraded to a Galaxy III after months of ribbing from my DISH coworkers because I still had a flip phone. I have this Smartphone; now I need some good apps for it. I’ve noted EyeEm, Lookout and Dolphin, and I will be checking those out later. The best app I have found so far has to be the DISH Remote Access app. I have been using it to stream live TV to my phone, and I can stream DVR recordings from my Hopper too. I have been using it to watch the Playoffs while at work because I don’t have a TV in my office, but now that I have this spiffy phone I don’t need one.

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  • klcow92

    lookout and dropbox, my favourites!!!