Oct 19 AT 1:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates: Swype, Glympse, Crackle


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.

Evernote – Version 4.3


What’s new in this version:

  • Simplified note editor toolbar
  • Premium feature: Multi-select notebooks to download for offline access
  • Jump directly to notes created in Skitch
  • Android tablets: Redesigned action bar changes based on context

I always hear great things about Evernote, but I’m currently addicted to Springpad for all my note-taking needs. Head over to the Evernote blog for more details on this latest update.

Glympse – Version 2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • New UI: streamlined design to make sending a Glympse even faster and easier than before
  • Glympse Request: request a Glympse from someone else
  • Glympse Groups: get all your friends on the same map by creating a Glympse Group

Most Android fans know they can share their location with Latitude, but Glympse takes it to another level with enhanced features. They just released a major update to Version 2.0 that includes a complete redesign and new features like Glympse Groups. If you have never tried Glympse, now might be the time to give it a look.

Starbucks – Version 2.2.1


What’s new in this version:

  • My Starbuck Rewards now delivered and viewable on your phone
  • Updated design
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes

Coffee lovers know that the Starbucks app is the fastest way to pay, track your Stars, and reload your Starbucks Card. This latest version includes a Holo-inspired theme and the ability to manage your Starbucks rewards.

VLC for Android Beta – Version varies with device


What’s new in this version:

  • This is the sixth beta available of VLC for Android.
  • The new beta is a bugfix release above 0.0.5, fixing audio glitches, Jelly Bean Hardware decoding, and reducing CPU and RAM usages in the UI.
  • It continues the UI improvements, the tablet-freedly mode, the stability and speed improvements of 0.0.5. It is still Intel and Tegra2 CPU compatible.
  • It also brings many crashes and issues that were reported by users, and translations updates.
  • But remember, this is still a beta ;)

The VLC media player is coming to Android and you can participate in the beta right now. This version only only supports a handful of devices, but it’s worth grabbing if you enjoy the desktop version.

Wigetsoid – Version 4.1.9


What’s new in this version:

  • Enable change icon for people buy theme
  • Fix some crash
  • Add popup to help with default notification
  • Improve notification speed
  • Add vertical widgets and big size
  • All is rewrite and new feature was added
  • New toggles : Weather, Clock, Swipe
  • Backup / restore from zip file or Dropbox
  • Load only toggles or theme from profil
  • Set default theme from profil
  • Swipe mode
  • Thin indicators
  • 2 rows in widgets and notifications
  • Unlimited toggles in widgets
  • Outer blur color

Want to create your own widgets with over 50 options to toggle? Widgetsoid is the tool to have if you want to control all your phone options with a single click. See the Play Store description for a tutorial video to get started.

Google Calendar – Version 201210120


What’s new in this version:

  • Improved compatibility with non-Nexus devices.
  • Time range for synced events extends from one year in the past to one year in the future.
  • Send feedback to Google from within the app.
  • Display event-specific colors.
  • Quickly email all event guests from a notification with a customizable message.
  • Snooze reminders right from the notification.

This week Google finally released their Calendar app to the Play Store. It normally comes preloaded on most Android devices, but there were some manufacturers that replaced the default app with their own custom version. Now all Android devices with access to the Google Play Store can once again enjoy the stock Calendar experience.

Crackle – Version varries with device


What’s new in this version:

  • Newly re-designed based on feedback from our 11 million mobile users
  • Support for even more handsets and tablets
  • Easier to find your favorite movies & shows
  • Improved video quality
  • Watch on your TV via HDMI out

Can’t afford a subscription to Netflix? Sony’s Crackle lets you watch full-length Hollywood movies & TV shows on your phone. This latest version features an all new design and it now supports video out over HDMI so you can watch videos on the big screen.

Any.Do – Version 2.20


What’s new in this version:

  • Simple folders: Simply add, edit and remove your folders from the Folders screen
  • Vibrating alerts: Not hearing the reminder is not an excuse anymore!
  • Hebrew Support: Any.DO now fully supports Hebrew (Many thanks to Dekel Wainer)
  • Fixed Repeating tasks and Resizable widget’s bugs, along other small issues
  • Status-bar Widget: See what’s next & simply add new tasks straight from the new status-bar widget. Pull & DO

There are tons of todo managers, but I have always liked Any.DO for its simplicity. This new version now supports enhanced tasks thanks to folders. There is also a cool status-bar widget that lets you quickly add tasks by pulling down your status bar.

Sleep as Android – Version 20121018


What’s new in this version:

  • Fix for empty sleep graph on some devices >4.0 including some of the Samsung, Motorola and Huawei
  • Two new lullabies: Wind walking, Old clock
  • Untagged music files are also shown in ringtone picker at the end of the list
  • Polish translations (many thanks to Kacper)

Sleep timers have recently become popular and Sleep for Android has already racked up 1 million installs. The free app includes a two week trial, and if you like the results you can opt for the paid version. I don’t know why you need to graph your sleep and post it to Facebook, but now you know there’s an app for that.

Swype Beta – Version 1.3

Download: Visit beta.swype.com

What’s new in this version:

  • Dictionary Backup & Sync: Swype now backs up and syncs a user’s personal dictionary across any of their mobile devices. So now when nicknames like “Ollie” are added to a mobile phone, that word will be automatically added to the personal dictionary on a tablet as well as all other registered devices.
  • Swype for Tablets: Swype has taken tablet innovation to the next level by offering a choice of three different keyboard layouts for tablets: the original keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard.  So no matter what style keyboard, people can stay connected and productive from anywhere.
  • Hotwords: Language is evolving faster than ever and Swype now updates dictionaries with the latest global trending words.  Swype users can opt-in to receive updates to their dictionaries and stay up to date with the newest ‘hotwords’, like “Gangnam Style.”
  • Themes: Swype allows users to further personalize their devices with the new keyboard theme options. Users can access up to 10 different themes in Swype’s settings menu for quick and cool keyboard customizations.
  • More Language Support: The latest update to Swype also features enhancements to the Chinese keyboard with an additional tool bar and has added a Flick keyboard to Japanese. Users can also expect many more languages with Advanced Language Models that predict the words and phrases users Swype the most.

I have tried Swype several times and I’ve never been a fan. Lots of other people can’t seem to live without it, so maybe it’s time to give the latest beta version a spin. It’s not available on the Google Play Store, so you will have to visit the Swype site for the download link and setup instructions.

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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  • shadhussain

    i’m one of those big fans of swype. it’s the first app i download on my phones. everything else comes afterwards.

    however until now, the tablet experience of swype was lacking: the keyboard was too big for one finger swyping and not flexible enough if you wanted to hold the tablet standing with two hands. the new smaller keyboard solves the first issue and the split screen mode allowing thumb typing deals with the second issue i had. the sizing of the thumb keyboard will probably still need some refining, but i’m glad swype has finally arrived for tablets!

  • kwills88

    Taylor you should check out UCCW, it’s kinda like widgetsoid.

    • DSaif

      UCCW is for widgets not actions

      • kwills88

        the concept is generally the same

      • Dwayne

        You don’t know what “kinda” means do you?

  • Nathan D.

    Clackle is awesome, of course it doesn’t have as much as nexflix but it still good.

  • R.S

    If anyone is having trouble downloading the update for Swype, uninstall both the previous version and the installer. That’s what I had to do in order to get the latest version.

    As for those who use Glympse, read the newest comments for the app. Apparently, some are unhappy with a few of the changes like always running in the background.

  • DSaif

    Your AppAware widget looks different than what I can get from AppAware.. How can I get this one?

  • inviolable

    Does vibrate with keypress not work on the latest Swype beta for anyone else?

    • Erik

      Mine still works, but it is about 1/10 as strong as it used to be. its on my Nexus S if it matters.

    • elyfant422

      I can vouch that it is really weak too. Also there is a problem with Samsung phones where the keyboard will not even work with anything turned on in accessibility.

  • LukeT32

    VLC says it isn’t available in my country….. Using VZW GNex in Iowa.

    • elyfant422

      Unfortunately they don’t allow USA and Canada through the Google Play Store, you can download it directly from their website though.

      • Nathan J

        How do they not allow USA? I mean how does that actually work? (Rhetorical. Of course I mean “Why”. As in, that is the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day, and I’ve seen a Motorola article on another blog, so that’s pretty special.)

        Get MX Player. Same thing (plays everything), not beta, and available in America. The ironic thing is I convert all my video for Android anyway. The Android system can play the video without a helper app. I just like how MX Player works. I’ve never thrown an MKV at it or streamed a video with it, but apparently it would be good for it.

  • RobBull75

    The new Swype beta rocks. Both Swype and SwiftKey keep updating features, so I find myself toggling back and forth between the two. The only thing I find aggravating is that tablet mode is not enabled for the N7, but is for the Xoom.

  • jb

    I believe swipe cane preloaded on my one s. Will it still get updates or does it have to wait for HTC?

  • klcow92

    swype keyboard, interesting and usefull!:P

  • kod8876

    I like andriod