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Top 5 Best New Android Apps You Need to Know About

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With June almost at an end, here are our top five picks for the best apps that debuted this month (or got a major refresh during June). These new Android apps totally rule.


1. Secret

Learn more about this app in the video above.

We’ve talked a bit about Secret in the past, so it’s not exactly a new app. The Android version of Secret gets included on this list because a recent update made the app feel like an entirely new experience for some users. Version 4 of Secret for Android dropped on June 18, and the app now supports even more secrets around you in Explore. Additionally, speed, reliability, and battery life improvements were made.

For those of you not in the know, Secret is a confessional app where people share secrets about their personal or work lives. The app lets you divulge your innermost thoughts anonymously, so it’s a great way to vent.


Download Secret for Android here.


Pros:

  • Anonymous
  • Interesting
  • Use both text and images
  • Customize further with blur, textures, and moods
  • Unique avatars for conversations

  • Cons:

  • App can feel mean-spirited or fake to some
  • Requires your device to be running Android 4.1 and up
  • Some users experience very few posts at first (the recent update should improve this issue)
  • Not password protected
  • Some users have complained of poor language localization in content

  • 2. Singles AroundMe GPS Dating

    Get a peek at this dating app in the video above.

    Singles AroundMe is a dating app based on the belief that chance encounters with the people who just happen to be nearby can lead to lasting connections (the founder met his wife in just such a chance encounter many years ago.)

    This dating app lets you find cool people near you, based on your GPS. It is open to people of any gender or sexual orientation. The app has been featured in USA Today and on CBS News. As of this writing, the most recent version of the app is 1.0.30, which debuted in mid-June.


    Download Singles AroundMe GPS Dating for Android here.


    Pros:

  • Works great on older Android devices (works with Android 2.2 and higher)
  • 100,000+ new users join every month
  • Easily show, hide, or shift your location for privacy/safety
  • Great for meeting people in a new city, or while traveling
  • Easy to report inappropriate behavior

  • Cons:

  • Nudity is prohibited, making this app bad for people who are just looking to hook up or sext
  • Some users find the app to be a bit of a sausage fest
  • Limited searching
  • May not have a lot of people in your locale if your aren’t in a big city
  • Responses from other users not guaranteed

  • 3. iKamasutra

    Check out a review of this cool app in the video above.

    Don’t be fooled by the “i” prefix of this app: this is an Android app through and through. If you want to be inspired by sex positions from exotic places, iKamasutra is a great introduction to advanced erotic positions.

    You can shake your phone to see a random position, or choose from over 100 positions based on factors like intimacy or strength required. There’s nothing more erotic than the Kama Sutra, and this app is way more fun to use than a boring old book on the subject. Plus, you can see sex positions from some of your favorite Hollywood movies.

    Download iKamasutra for Android here.


    Pros:

  • 110 of the most popular sexual positions are included
  • Includes sitar music to get you into the mood
  • Shake the phone to get a random position
  • Used by over 20 million people
  • App can be password protected

  • Cons:

  • Additional positions cost money to unlock
  • Social integration unlikely to appeal to all users
  • Plenty of filters, but some may not be that helpful
  • Some users want more swipe gestures and controls
  • Novice-Master ranking is a “take it or leave it feature”

  • 4. theScore

    Without question, the biggest event in June was the World Cup. theScore offers a ton of great features for the World Cup, along with other major sporting events. You can receive free Push Alerts about major goals or key moments, or just stay on top of breaking news about your favorite players.

    One great feature that will appeal to soccer fans is the Shot Tracker feature, which will let you see exactly how a goal was scored. Even after the World Cup wraps up on July 13, this app will still appeal to sports fans of all stripes…and you can expect big updates in the future that coincide with upcoming sporting events.


    Download theScore for Android here.


    Pros:

  • Also great for following NBA, NHL, MLB, and other major sports
  • Real-time World Cup coverage
  • Use the “My Score” section to customize the app
  • theScore has recently integrated with WhatsApp, making social sharing easier
  • Get alerts for Goals, Assists, Substitutions, Yellow & Red Cards, Clean Sheets, and Final Game Stats

  • Cons:

  • Requires relatively recent operating system on your smartphone
  • Parallax scrolling feature may not appeal to all (can be disabled in settings)
  • Some users have complained that more sports should be added
  • Some users find calculating time zones for certain games to be confusing
  • Some users dislike ads

  • 5. SwiftKey Keyboard

    Between Swype, Fleksy, and SwiftKey, there are a lot of keyboard apps vying for your attention. SwiftKey sticks out for its robust learning features and user-friendly interface. A big update on June 18 introduced a ton of new features, including the SwiftKey Store, with 30+ new themes and counting. Additional new features include Emoji prediction and learning, as well as a new prediction engine.

    SwiftKey has been called a “mind reader,” as the app is capable of learning your writing style based on your messages from your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo, and SMS. Your language can be further enhanced daily by using Trending Phrases, which are based on current news and trending Twitter topics. This keyboard app may be a little too smart for its own good.


    Download SwiftKey for Android here.


    Pros:

  • Has over 330,000 five-star reviews on Google Play
  • Accurately learns your language peculiarities
  • Enable up to three languages at once (ideal for people from multilingual backgrounds)
  • Multiple layouts that can be undocked and float
  • Awesome app community

  • Cons:

  • Uses Google Voice instead of Dragon (your opinion about whether this is good or bad will be a matter of personal taste)
  • Some users report app is slow to learn some apostrophe and capitalization quirks
  • Can have some issues when using a physical keyboard peripheral with this app
  • May not be compatible with all apps
  • App runs slowly on certain Android phones

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