Aug 14 AT 3:04 PM Steve Raycraft 0 Comments

Top 10 Android app updates this week: QKSMS, Hangouts

App Updates 2015

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.

Hangouts - Version 4.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Beautiful new user interface
  • New contact list and people search to find the people you care about
  • New compose button to create 1:1 and group conversations in just a few taps
  • Show a status message so contacts always know what youre up to
  • New Hangouts app for Android Wear devices
  • Receive and reply to Group MMS for Google Voice


Parallels Access - Version 3.0.0

Parallels Access

What’s new in this version:

  • File Sharing — Share any file directly from your computer. No cloud storage required, no file size limit, no upload time wasted. Just get a link to a file on your computer and share it with your friends.
  • Universal File Manager
  • Improved Help system
  • Ability to add applications stored in non-standard locations to App Launcher
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements


Play Newsstand - Version 3.4.3

Google Play Newsstand

What’s new in this version:

  • Auto download magazines: Automatically download new issues of magazines you subscribe to. Turn the feature on in Settings.
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes


Harmony® - Version 4.5.0


What’s new in this version:

  • New Home Control integration: August Smart Locks (with August Connect), Ecobee, Insteon, LIFX
  • IP control of Dish Hopper/Joey
  • Support for Nest presence as a Home/Away sensor
  • Bug fixes


Rdio Music - Version

Rdio Music

What’s new in this version:

  • On the Air on Rdio. Introducing support for live broadcast radio, starting with 500 Cumulus network stations in the U.S.
  • Discover live stations near you, follow stations and DJs, and listen to exclusive content.


DirecTV - Version 4.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Player UI update
  • User can now stream ESPN live
  • Users can now send an On Demand recorded stream from the television to an Android device, and vice versa.


QKSMS - Version 1.12.0


What’s new in this version:

  • QKSMS is now completely free
  • 150+ new free colors
  • Automatic night mode now free
  • Per-conversation notification settings now free
  • Android Wear QK Responses now free


Android Wear - Version 1.3.0

Android Wear

What’s new in this version:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi and get notifications even when away from your phone.
  • Scroll through notifications with a flick of your wrist.
  • Quickly see apps, contacts, and actions by touching the watch face.
  • Draw emojis and have more fun with messaging.


Tweetings for Twitter - Version 7.14.6

Tweetings for Twitter

What’s new in this version:

  • Send longer Direct Messages longer than 140 characters
  • Links on embedded tweets are now tappable from the Tweet view
  • Some Instagram previews didn’t work correctly


Snapchat - Version 9.14.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Travel Mode — enable this feature in Settings to reduce mobile data usage.
  • Tap the eye icon next to your Story to see who viewed it!
  • Add more emojis to your Snaps! Just tap the new button.


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