Top 5 Apps to Check Out This Week: Gboard, SuperFly, and More

May 16, 2016

9:00 pm

After a weekend full of events, it may be hard to pick up the rhythm on the first day of the week. So, along with a strong espresso, here are some apps that will get you started. It’s up to you whether you want to continue to relax – maybe play a game – or start socializing with a friend to start the week with by sharing a good laugh, or just focus on making your device more secure. So, without further ado, here is my app recipe for this week.

Steve: The Jumping Dinosaur Widget Game

I’ve written about Steve before, but, you know, there are some apps – in this case a game – which are simple and fun, and you just can’t get enough of them. Steve has been updated, and the latest version allows you to unlock characters straight from the notification widget. So, to start playing, all you have to do is pull down the notifications widget, and that’s it. Steve is available for free from the App Store.


Paintball Rush

In case you want to test yourself before and after a doppio espresso, here is a nice little game, Paintball Rush, which tests your hand–eye coordination. It’s simple, fun, and beware . . . it can be addictive! Download Paintball Rush for free from the App Store.



It may be one of the best third-party keyboards released so far: meet Gboard, a utility that was developed by the Google team. It’s neat, and it packs most of the things you would expect from a good keyboard: you can even search GIFs and emojis, and Glide Typing allows you to type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter. There is even a trick that allows you to replace your default iOS keyboard with Gboard. Oh, since it was brought to you by Google, it means it also has Google Plus search built in. Download Gboard for free from the App Store.


Superfly: Live Video with Friends

You already know that live streaming is fun. But you don’t have to use Periscope or Facebook Live to live stream the event you want everyone to take part in (even if virtually only) – you may want to test Superfly. It surely looks like a fun app, as it allows users to find their friends via Address Book and then start streaming to a group of friends, who can react and go live with a simple swipe of the screen. But if they don’t want to interrupt your streaming with video, they can also type a message or send emojis and stuff. Download Superfly for free from the App Store.


AppLock Face/Voice Recognition

Android users may benefit from another layer of security with AppLock. After going through the setup process, users can select which apps they want to protect. There are two levels of protection AppLock offers: one that requires only voice or face recognition, and the second, “TrulySecure,” requires both to unlock the desired app. Download AppLock for free from the Google Play.



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Freelance tech journalist István Fekete covers the latest technology news and trends, such as mobile payments, Apple news and app reviews for multiple publications.

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