Between Google describing new plans for its modular smartphones and the flood of futuristic cars coming out of the North American International Auto Show, you may have overlooked some of this week’s best new apps. Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out. This week’s list includes Adobe’s Lightroom on Android, a new app focused on hyperlocal discovery and the latest title in the Words With Friends franchise.
Adobe brought the mobile version of Lightroom to Android this week (phones only, for now). The app allows you to edit, organize and share images from your phone, and automatically syncs with its desktop version, so you can always pick up where you left off. Adobe Lightroom for Android is free, but requires a Creative Cloud subscription to use (new users can also try it out for free with a 30-day trial.) The app is available for iOS and Android.
Qork provides a refreshingly new take on local discovery. The app uses your location to show a map of your current neighborhood. Users drop pins — called “Qorks” — at a venue when they want to share an event, random thought, photo, question or just about anything else. Other uses can browse the map to keep tabs on what’s going on nearby, or follow the stream for real-time updates. The free app is available for iOS and Android.
Timeline is a different kind of news app, which focuses on contextualizing the news of the day. Timeline is updated with a new stream of a given day’s biggest stories. But rather than a straightforward news hit, each story is presented in the form of a single overarching timeline. For example, a story on problems with the United States Secret Service outlines the history of the organization and important milestones.
The latest game in the Words With Friends franchise, Words on Tour, challenges players to solve a series of word puzzles that become progressively difficult as you move through the game. Each series of levels takes place in a different world city, such as London, Paris or Tokyo; what’s more, famous landmarks and scenes from those locations become the backdrop for each level. The free game is available for iOS and Android.
This week’s list includes Adobe’s Lightroom on Android, a new app focused on hyperlocal discovery and the latest title in the Words With Friends franchise. Read more…