Nov 08 AT 4:37 PM Steve Raycraft 7 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Swype, LastPass, LightFlow, SwiftKey


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.

Google Hangouts – Version 2.0

Google Hangouts

What’s new in this version:

  • SMS & MMS (Android 4.0+): Send/receive text messages with Hangouts! You can import your existing messages, quickly switch between SMS and Hangouts, and start group MMS conversations.
  • Animated GIFs: send animated GIFs, cute kittens and all.
  • Location: share a location in your conversations.
  • Device, in-call, mood status: share what device you’re on, whether you’re on a call, or your current mood.


SwiftKey – Version 4.3

SwiftKey Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • Innovative keyboard layouts and modes for a better experience for all users across all screen sizes.
  • Full keyboard including Extended layout for tablets, Thumb keyboard for two-handed typing and Compact layouts for one-handed use.
  • All three layouts can be resized and undocked so you can choose their position on the screen
  • Canadian English language model.


Swype – Version 1.6.2


What’s new in this version:

  • Bilingual feature.
  • Split and Mini keyboards for phablets.
  • Punctuation prediction.
  • New minimalist theme (“Blackbird”).
  • Combined secondary and tertiary menus.


 PushBullet – Version 12


What’s new in this version:

  • Add friends from your contacts or by entering their email address.
  • Friends can be pushed to just as easily as other devices.
  • View your pushes in your inbox (sent pushes list coming soon).


Lastpass – Version 3.00.7


What’s new in this version:

  • Updated interface.
  • Restore Samsung multi-window support.
  • Restore support for launching app with Yubikey NEO.


XFINITY TV Go – Version 2.0

xfinity tv go

What’s new in this version:

  • Watch Live TV.
  • Bug fixes.


TeamViewer – Version 9.0.1555


What’s new in this version:

  • Support for external keyboard and mouse.
  • Video transmission in real-time.
  • Two factor authentication.
  • Process customer cases in the service queue.


Box – Version 2.3.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Support for Android 4.4 (KitKat).
  • Several bug fixes and performance improvements.


LightFlow – Version 3.12.5

Light Flow

What’s new in this version:

  • Nexus 5 compatibility.
  • Android 4.4 compatibility.
  • Hangout / SMS integration.
  • Hangout contact specific notifications (see website for limitations).
  • Better layout on full HD phones.
  • Improved tablet layout.

Spire – Version 2.0.2


What’s new in this version:

  • LifeKraze has grown up, and we’ve got a new name and whole new look to prove it. Introducing: Spire.
  • Spire has all the features you know and love, but with a new three-tab design that’s simpler and easier to use than ever.
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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  • donger

    Love this week’s updates.

  • GordonX
  • Dhaval

    What about zomato??
    A great update!

  • echelon

    This looks very helpful. A brief description as to what each app does, instead of just what’s included in the update, would help readers discover apps useful to them.

  • Howie

    Can I suggest you add a 1 line summary of what the app does at the start of each update. Cheers

  • Al Simmons

    I see a couple new apps I’m going to have to check out! Surprised to see LastPass still around these days, I though almost everyone had switched to RoboForm like me following the multiple security breaches a couple years ago. (I hope they fixed that too!)

  • Kapil Thakar