May 02 AT 5:18 PM Steve Raycraft 6 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Mailbox, HD Widgets

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Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently-upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with 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 we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Pushbullet – Version 14.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Pushbullet has been completely redesigned! The app is now easier to use, has tons of new features, and looks better too.
  • View pushes sent to specific devices or friends
  • Sharing from another app to Pushbullet no longer takes you out of the app to push
  • Improved widget & Tasker integration
  • Way better on tablets


Mailbox – Version 1.0.1


What’s new in this version:

  • added notification actions
  • bug fixes and UI improvements


Solid Explorer – Version 1.6.0

Solid Explorer

What’s new in this version:

  • workaround for write access to SD cards on KitKat (works only on Samsung phones, except newest S5)
  • fixed bug making file transfers freeze after skipping some files
  • fixed SD card detection under /Removable path
  • fixed bug not allowing to edit local bookmarks


500 Firepaper – Version 2.0.0

500 Firepaper

What’s new in this version:

  •  the Pro version now allowing to cache for 7 days and allowing you to ‘pin’ any background for that time
  • History Browser overhaul
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Reworked caching algorithms


HD Widgets – Version 4.0.0

HD Widgets

What’s new in this version:

  • requires OS 4.0.3 & up
  • new hourly weather graph (WB & WU)
  • 5 to 10 day forecasts
  • side menu navigation
  • app UI overhaul
  • battery and performance improvements


Facebook Messenger – Version 5.0.0

Facebook Messenger

What’s new in this version:

  • More ways to message: Now it’s easier to send photos, voice messages and more
  • Video: Send videos from your gallery and play them right in the app. (Works on Android 4.3 and up. We’ll continue to improve video and bring it to more phones.)
  • Instant photo sharing: Take a photo and send it in just one tap.
  • Stickers shortcuts: When someone sends you a sticker, press and hold down on it to get the pack.
  • Faster search: Just enter the names of people and groups


Redbox Instant – Version 1.5.1

Redbox Instant

What’s new in this version:

  • Chromecast support
  • Bug fixes
  • Updated UI to provide an more intuitive navigation experience


GoPro App – Version 2.4.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Automatically connect to your camera’s Wi-Fi network when you launch the GoPro App
  • Updated design for devices running Android 4.0 and greater
  • Share photos and videos directly from your GoPro Album to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more
  • Turn the GoPro Photo of the Day into rad wallpaper for your phone or tablet


NY Times – Version 3.9.0

NY Times

What’s new in this version:

  • NEW: The International New York Times ​is now ​on Android​.​To set your NYTimes app to the International Edition, go to your in-app settings. Scroll to Edition, and then select International Edition. You can always switch back to the U.S. Edition by repeating this process and selecting U.S. Edition.
  • Bug fix for loading replies to comments


Snapchat – Version varies


What’s new in this version:

  • Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared — but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!
  • We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video — and Chat face-to-face!


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  • Frank Zuber

    It’s nice that you notify everyone about important updates. Unfortunately, you do not explain what these apps do. A brief explanation would be appreciated.

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  • Stewart

    Thanks for sharing the updates available on these top featured apps. As I already updated Snap Chat on my Smartphone. Well just after fully charging my Nexus 5 on qi car charger I will definitely update the rest of apps to explore more.

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