Aug 23 AT 8:20 AM Steve Raycraft 5 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Press, YouTube, SwiftKey, Duolingo


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, not focus on which apps have the most installs. As in the past, we’re 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.

Pandora – Version varies


What’s new in this version:

  • Fall asleep to the sounds of your favorite stations with our new Sleep Timer feature.
  • Easily control your music using Nissan’s touch screen or steering wheel controls in select Nissan vehicles that now support Pandora through the NissanConnect App.


Duolingo – Version 1.2.1


What’s new in this version:

  • The highly requested offline mode is now available. The app automatically stores about an hour’s worth of lessons that you can take while you are offline.


Google Keep – Version varies

Google Keep

What’s new in this version:

  • Reminders — add time and location reminders to important notes.
  • Be reminded through notifications and Google Now (if installed).
  • Switch between accounts via the sliding navigation drawer.
  • Attach existing gallery photos to notes.
  • Swipe between photos to view all photos in a note.


 SwiftKey Keyboard – Version 4.2

SwiftKey Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • SwiftKey Cloud: Backup and Sync, Trending Phrases, and additional Personalization sources for a more connected typing experience.
  • Better contextual predictions: based on field-specific context.
  • Smarter learning: recognizes deliberate actions e.g use of punctuation and delete keys and includes these in all suggestions.
  • New settings for physical keyboards: including space bar behaviour and punctuation settings.
  • Improved settings layout.


Todoist: To Do List, Task List - Version 2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Amazing new visuals.
  • New and simplified way of adding tasks.
  • New and more user-friendly left menu.
  • New UI for reminders.
  • Manage notes and reminders while adding/editing a task.


Vault-Hide SMS, Pics & Videos - Version


What’s new in this version:

  • New Feature App Lock added: Email, Facebook, Skype, Tango, Instagram, Amazon, Candy Crush…any apps you choose to lock will be protected with a password.
  • Private Contacts moved into SMS and Contacts section.


YouTube – Version varies


What’s new in this version:

  • Watch a video while searching for the next one.
  • Search for playlists and use the “play all” button for endless entertainment.
  • New card-based UI.


Press (RSS Reader) – Version 1.4


What’s new in this version:

  • Fever support.
  • Offline image caching.
  • Manual one-time image cache (hold sync icon).
  • Totally redesigned Settings.
  • Added preference to show titles-only in article list.
  • Image viewer improvements.
  • Freshened the UI throughout the app.


Chrome Beta – Version 30

Chrome Beta

What’s new in this version:

  • New gestures support.
  • WebGL support.
  • Search by image improved.


Fing – Version 2.5


What’s new in this version:

  • Fix for Traceroute.


I was first introduced to Android with the Samsung Fascinate and I've been hooked ever since. I love the customization that Android offers the user to personalize their phone. I enjoy writing and have been blessed with the opportunity to share this passion for Android with others.

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