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Top 5 Best New Android Apps You Need to Know About

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Pictured above is football star Landon Donovan, who has been known to play FIFA 14 on his Samsung Galaxy S5. FIFA 14 is just one of our top picks for new and newly updated apps for June 2014. If you want to stay in the know, you’d better install these five Android apps today.


1. FIFA 14 by EA Sports

Check out the video above to see what this game looks like on mobile.

As seen being played by Landon Donovan in the image at the very top of this article, FIFA 14 is a compelling game for soccer (er, “football”) fans everywhere. The game includes officially licensed 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil national teams, kits, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. If you want a video game that fully captures the spirit of the World Cup, this is it.

Download this Android app here.


Pros:

  • Features 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players
  • Listen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Solid graphics
  • Intuitive controls
  • Every injury, suspension, and change in team form is reflected in-game

  • Cons:

  • Requires at least 1.35GB of free space on your device
  • Some users have lost their squads after updating
  • Some users have experienced EXP bugs
  • Doesn’t sync with console version of the game
  • Some features/modes feature IAP

  • 2. Yo.

    Learn more about the Yo. app in the video above.

    We’ve written about Yo previously. For the initiated, Yo. is an app that lets you send a push notification to your friends that simply reads, “Yo.” That’s it. Love it or hate it, this simple app is one of the biggest apps to launch in June.

    Download this Android app here.


    Pros:

  • Syncs easily with contacts
  • Takes way fewer taps than traditional messaging apps
  • Nice UI
  • Fun communication tool that has more applications that you might originally think
  • On-trend

  • Cons:

  • It only says “Yo.”
  • App has had some security issues
  • Now has a login mechanism
  • App parameters feel limiting to some
  • May not work on all Android phones, depending on your OS of choice

  • 3. Level Money

    Check out a handy video tutorial for Level Money in the clip above.

    Update on June 20, this financial app for Android devices aims to make balancing your budget as easy as possible. The latest update addressed a ton of annoying bugs that were negatively impacting the user experience of this app.

    In Level Money, you simply link your banking accounts to the app. From there, the app takes care of the hassle of budgeting, telling you how much of your total income you have left to spend. If you’re hopeless with money, or just juggling too many accounts to keep track of, this app has got your back.

    Download this Android app here.


    Pros:

  • Over 2,000 US banks support connections to Level
  • Automatically detects income and fixed expenses
  • Doesn’t require manual notation of transactions
  • Offers an optimized interface for tablet users
  • Free

  • Cons:

  • Requires Android 4.0 or higher
  • Not supported outside of the US
  • Some users have reported app has trouble recognizing annual fees
  • Lacks common finance app features, such as the ability to auto-scan receipts or weekly/biweekly payments (as opposed to just monthly)
  • Some users report an issue with one account can’t be resolved unless you delete all accounts and start from scratch

  • 4. Sicher

    Learn more about this secure, cross-platform app in the video above.

    Sicher is a secure messaging app that will appeal to people who value privacy. In addition to encrypting your messages, this German-made communications app can also encrypt files and documents. The developers state that Sicher is great for privacy fans, adding that the devs”don’t send crash logs, don’t track usage statistics, don’t use any advertising engines, [and] don’t integrate social network SDKs.”

    Download this Android app here.


    Pros:

  • No messages or files are ever transferred unencrypted
  • Push notifications are anonymous
  • Nice UI
  • Supports group chats
  • Password-protected app

  • Cons:

  • May not be compatible with all Android phones, depending on OS
  • New app, may still have a few bugs that need to be sorted out
  • Self-destruct settings can be altered in Settings menu
  • More options for sorting/organizing messages would be a nice touch
  • May still not seem secure enough to the seriously privacy-obsessed

  • 5. IFTTT

    Check out the CNET video above to learn all about the IFTTT Android app.

    IFTTT is an app for automating your life. Using basic “If this, then that” rules, you can program your phone to automatically complete certain tasks. You can use it to set conditions in your home based on time or location (assuming you have some cool connected devices).

    Recent updates to IFTTT’s functionality include a Fitbit channel. Some of the most interesting “recipes” you can set up with IFTTT include automated Fitbit tracking in Google Sheets, getting a text when you get an email marked “urgent,” or automatically sending a SMS to someone after you miss their phone call.

    Download it here.


    Pros:

  • Works with services like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, as well as devices like Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, and UP by Jawbone
  • Simple interface
  • Saves you time and effort
  • Great community
  • Useful for both business and personal needs

  • Cons:

  • Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • May require a little extra brain work for technophobes to wrap their heads around
  • Some users have reported bugs
  • Some users have reported delays on their recipes
  • Takes up a surprising amount of space

  • For the best Android mobile experience, we recommend:

    Headphones: iFrogz CAL-STEALT Caliber Stealth Mobile Gaming Headphones with Mic

    Portable charger: Anker® 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger

    Samsung S5 Battery Case: UNU Unity Samsung Galaxy S5 Battery Case


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