Looking up spruce up your Android device with some fresh apps? These are the top five apps you should install this May.
1. Best Android Health & Fitness App: Zombies, Run!
Get a sense of the creepy atmosphere in Zombies, Run! by watching the video above from App Advice Daily.
Zombies, Run! is part audiobook and part fitness app. As you run, the app tracks your running stats, while also immersing you in a fantastic story about the zombie apocalypse. The coolest function of the app are “Zombie Chases,” which force you to put on a burst of speed or risk getting “eaten” during a mission.
The Android version of the app was updated on May 2. Season 3 is airing now, with new episodes launching every week through the summer. This app has a ton of content, including various side missions and race missions.
Creative concept with an insanely addictive storyline
Full-featured run tracking, including time, distance, and map
Great way for less fit people to get motivated
Amazing voiceover cast
Play your own music in between audio mission tracks
Music may sometimes experience glitches
App is a bit of an investment to purchase all three seasons and side missions
Bugs can somewhat impact your run or base-building
Not great for older Android devices, requires Android 4.0 and up to work properly
App works best for most people when running on the ground, not on a treadmill
2. Best Android Utilities & Video App: Media Browser
Media Browser is a great app for streaming videos and more. Android Central notes that Media Browser has gone on sale, in celebration of the update to their sever. That makes it a perfect time to try this app.
Simple to set up
Responsive developers and community
Offers parental controls
Wide array of cross-platform support: Android, Chromecast, DLNA Devices (like Smart TV’s), iOS, Linux, OSX, Roku, Windows Phone, and Windows 7/8/RT
Attractive interface with rich media details
Requires you to also use Media Browser Server (free Beta, see Google Play page for more info)
You must be running Android 4.0 and up
User reviews indicate it can be a bit slow
App still prone to crashing on some devices
Takes a bit of configuration to work properly
3. Best Android Education App: Learn Spanish with MosaLingua
Check out the official video from the MosaLingua developers above, and learn more about this cool app.
Learn Spanish with MosaLingua was updated last month, and holds an impressive 4.8/5 star ranking on Google Play. Designed to be used for just five minutes a day, MosaLingua provides a shortcut to getting proficient. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can then focus on specific words that are relevant to your needs.
Works on devices running Android 2.2 and up
Designed by a Spanish professor
Works as both an introduction or a refresher course
3000+ flash cards of vocabulary and phrases (with audio from native speakers)
Some bugs may cause you to lose your progress
Does require long use to become proficient
Crashes/freezes have been reported
More advanced Spanish students may require a different app to further their skills
Costs more than some of its competitors
4. Best Android Social Networking App: Fenix for Twitter
Check out Techniqued.com’s review of Fenix for Twitter in the video above.
If you’re not a fan of the official Twitter app, Fenix for Twitter may be a good alternative. With a nice interface, support for multiple accounts, and tons of features, Fenix may just become your new Twitter client of choice.
Multiple theme colors
Delete unused functions to create a custom interface that suits your Twitter needs
Offers an internal browser
You must be running at least Android 4.0
App is still relatively new (Version 1.0.1 as of this writing) so bugs are likely
Some users find the interface to be an “information overload”
Additional customization features could be added to improve UX
Some users have reported an issue with refreshing the timeline
5. Best Android App for Business: TurboScan
Check out TechnoBuffalo’s overview of TurboScan in the video above.
Updated on May 1, 2014, TurboScan will appeal to business professionals who need to scan documents on the go. This app helps you to ensure that scanned documents look clean, polished, and pristine. You can also print docs via Cloud Print.
Uses advanced fast algorithms to auto-detect document edges,
Automatically minimizes shadows
Quickly email a copy to yourself, or save in Evernote
Send document images as PDF, JPEG or PNG, or save to camera
Doesn’t work well on glossy paper/documents
Lighting has a huge effect on image scan quality
Requires Android 3.0 and up
Scans may take up more space than similar docs created with other apps
Could benefit from additional organizational options
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