Top 10 Android app updates this week: Maps, SwiftKey Keyboard

Digitally Imported Radio

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Digitally Imported Radio – Version 3.0.0

What’s new in this version:

  • Now with Google Cast support for Chromecast & Cast Audio devices.
  • We’ve revamped our user experience with an all-new player to give you the best listening experience possible. Listeners in the USA will now be able to search for and listen to shows on demand, and can scrub through the tracks as desired.

SwiftKey Keyboard – Version 6.0.0

What’s new in this version:

  • Double-Word Prediction: your next two words predicted at once
  • Redesigned & faster emoji panel
  • Complete settings menu overhaul
  • New Carbon Light theme inspired by Material Design
  • 5 new languages: Yoruba, Igbo, Zulu, Xhosa & Breton

Amazon Photos – Version 5.0.0

Amazon Photos

What’s new in this version:

  • Create albums with your photos and videos.
  • Edit and rename albums, change an album’s cover photo, and easily add or remove photos.
  • Share albums with friends and family.
  • Convert any of your folders into albums with the tap of a button.
  • Explore photos from your past with This Day.

Maps – Version 9.17.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Search for gas stations, restaurants and many more places along your route while driving
  • See up-to-date gas prices when searching for gas stations
  • Share what you think of local spots and help others make better decisions about places to go
  • Bug Fixes

Periscope – Version 1.3.0


What’s new in this version:

  • SKIP AHEAD IN REPLAYS: When watching a replay, press and hold to instantly jump into any part of the replay. Preview thumbnails help guide you as you seek forwards and backwards. For finer control, follow the on screen instructions.
  • MAPS 2.0: See more broadcasts than ever on the map, including replays. Zoom closer to a city or area, and start exploring!
  • ZOOMING: Pinch to zoom while broadcasting! Finally!
  • “Trending” users highlights an evolving list of recently popular broadcasters.

Z Launcher – Version 1.3.1

Z Launcher Beta

What’s new in this version:

  • Synonyms! (English-only) An experimental feature that shows similar installed apps for your scribbled searches (for example, search “music” and you’ll see Spotify and Pandora if they are installed)
  • Contacts with WhatsApp now appear in scribble results and launch into the WhatsApp conversation. The more you do this, the more Z Launcher learns to promote these too!
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes

Skyscanner – Version 4.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • New button for switching directions.
  • We improved the visibility of the famous barchart, find it in the calendar.
  • Price Alert currency bug should be fixed now. Sorry for the mess
  • Improved under the hood architecture, so we can react to your feedback faster
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

Google Play Books – Version 3.6.9

Google Play Books

What’s new in this version:

  • The comics section of Google Play Books has also received a redesign, which includes organizing many of the major comic book series by volumes, issues and other editions.

Android Wear – Version 1.4.0

Android Wear

What’s new in this version:

  • Interactive watch faces that respond to your touch
  • Together watch face to keep you connected to a friend
  • Weather app to see the forecast for the next 4 days
  • Translate app that lets you tilt your wrist to share a translation

Walgreens – Version 5.3.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Live Doctor Consultation is now available in select states. Skip the waiting room and see a doctor right away in a live video call! This feature requires access to your phone & microphone, so you’ll notice there is a new permission request for that access.
  • Now you can snooze your Pill Reminders if you want to be reminded a little later.
  • Photo cards are now available in a 4×8 size.

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