Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, covering smartphones and tablets.
All these apps have been released for the first time – i.e. not updates – since the last roundup. All prices are correct at the time of writing, with “IAP” indicating use of in-app purchases.
You can read the previous Best Android Appsroundups for more recommendations, but if iOS is your platform of choice, check the Best iPhone andiPad Apps roundups.
Ninja Jamm is the work of British dance label Ninja Tune: a music creation app that’s fun and accessible, but has plenty of depth too. The app provides you with samples and loops from a range of the label’s artists – some free, and some paid for in ‘packs’ via in-app purchases – then you create remixes and new tunes.
If you often find yourself turning to The Power Of Google Translate when abroad and stuck for a phrase, Microsoft is hoping you’ll give its new app a try as an alternative. You can quickly search for a translation and display it on your smartphone or Android Wear smartwatch – useful for showing people if you don’t want to balls up the pronunciation.
Internet users – Guardian colleagues included – have been getting excited about Google’s Deep Dream technology, and the trippy images that it produces. Now there’s an app for that. Dreamify takes your own photos and runs them through its algorithms to create digital masterpieces. Or frightening messes, of course. But let’s focus on the former.
MSTY is one of a flurry of startups exploring the middle ground between WhatsApp and Spotify: music messaging. It’s a quick, slick way to choose a song from the app’s catalogue, add a background image and text message, then send to a friend. Like Music Messenger, Rithm and others, it’s hoping to spread via word-of-mouth among chatty music fans.
Drupe Contacts & Dialer
Drupe is also part of a wider trend: apps trying to provide a smarter way to organise your contacts and get in touch with friends. In this case, it gathers and sorts your contacts, ties in services like Skype, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and promises to make it simple to initiate a conversation with individual friends and groups alike.
This one’s for American investors, really: the first Android app for the online service whose USP is that it doesn’t charge you a fee to buy and sell shares. The app helps you quickly control your account on the go, while also browsing market data and keep a ‘watchlist’ of stocks you want to keep tabs on.
Show Me the Money
Based on publisher DK’s book of the same name, this app does, indeed, show you the money. It’s an educational app about the history of money and financial transactions, from banknotes to credit cards. Aimed more at children, it does a good job of making what can be a dry subject engaging for young savers.
Govberg OnTime: Watch Toolbox
This is the narrowest niche audience in this week’s roundup: luxury watch collectors. It’s a way to store (and, let’s be honest, show off) the watches that aren’t on your wrist at any given time, while also reading up on new models. Govberg, which makes the app, will also buy your watches and sell you new ones – the motivation behind releasing the app.
Another educational app for children here, and it’s actually a remake of PC software from the 1990s. Children have to guide the Zoombinis characters through a succession of puzzles testing their logic and pattern-recognition skills. Parents of a certain age will feel pangs of nostalgia, but let’s see if their modern-day kids are as enthusiastic.
Find your VS Shade
Finally: hair! Dyed hair, to be specific. This is a Vidal Sassoon-branded app that gets you to take a selfie, trace the outline of your glossy locks, and then experiment with new shades via digital manipulation. And of course, persuading you to buy branded product is the goal here, but it could still be useful if you’re mulling that switch from strawberry-blond to autumn-plum or turtle-green.