The Best Android Apps & Games: June 2014

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Its the beginning of July, which means its time for our monthly round-up of apps and games released last month. Even though we had possibly the biggest Android related event in June, quite a few major apps and games were released on the Play Store. Henceforth, we would also be including apps that receive major UI and usability updates in our roundups.

So, without further ado and wasting much words, scroll below to read about the best apps released on the Play Store in June.

1Password

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1Password is, arguably, among the most popular password managers out there. However, its Android app was extremely terrible with a Gingerbread era design and was rarely updated with any new features or bug-fixes.

Last month, the developers — AgileBits — finally released a major new update to the app with a beautiful new design that gives it a very modern look and feel. Some nifty new features to the app include Auto-Lock, which makes sure that all your password and credit card details are safe, in case your Android device is stolen, and an AES-256 encryption for all your data.

The best part, however, is that the developers have made the app completely free to download and use until 1st August, giving users access to all their premium features for free.

Download: 1Password

Parallels Access

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The best remote-desktop client for iPad — Parallels Access — finally made its way to Android last month. Unlike all the other RDP clients out there, including Google’s own Remote Desktop Connection, Parallels Access provides users with the same experience as on a desktop by making use of some useful gestures and other innovative features.

It allows users to wake up a computer from sleep, input some data via the phone’s microphone and also features a file browser, when you only need to access the files stored on a computer.

The app and the service are free to use for two-weeks, after which users need to shell out $19.99 for a one year subscription, where they can access five computers via their Android (or iOS) device.

Download: Parallels Access

Sleep Cycle

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The popular iOS sleep tracking app — Sleep Cycle — made its debut on the Play Store last month. The app is an “intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase.”

Unlike other similar apps on the Play Store, Sleep Cycle offers a very beautiful and polished UI and comes with 15 high quality alarm sounds to help you wake up from your sleep.

Download: Sleep Cycle ($1.99)

Google Slides

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A few weeks after Google Docs and Sheets were released on the Play Store, Google has finally released Google Slides on the Play Store, bringing the complete suite of office editing tools to Android devices. While Google Drive itself offers all these features, Google decided to break them into three separate parts for better visibility among the non-technical users.

With Slides, Android users would be able to create and edit presentations on the go, even without an internet connection. The app also supports Microsoft PowerPoint files, and will not force you to convert them into a Google Drive supported format first.

Download: Google Slides

Android L Keyboard

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As the name suggests, this is the new keyboard that Google has included in Android L’s developer preview, complete with its material design. While the APK was already made available for rooted users to install on their device, Shen Ye and Chrisch1974  managed to pack all the neccessary libs and APK into a single file and uploaded it on the Play Store for all non-rooted users to enjoy.

The keyboard will work on all Android devices running Jelly Bean or higher without any issues.

Download: Android L Keyboard

Some other notable apps not include in the list above are:

Hitman GO

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Hitman GO comes from the studios of Square Enix, who are known for some excellent RPG games like Deus: Ex. Hitman GO is a turn based puzzle game where gamers are put in the shoes of Agent 47 and are required to solve puzzles on a beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces.

Get your daily fix of Agent 47 with this elegant, strategy-based Hitman game!

Hitman GO is a turn-based puzzle game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate well-guarded locations. You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises, distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers.

With Hitman GO, you’ll experience:

• Challenging puzzles that put your assassination skills to the test
• Beautiful scale model-style visuals
• Environments with secret passageways and off-limit areas
• Agent 47’s tools of the trade: Distractions, disguises, hiding spots, sniper rifles and even the iconic Silverballers
• Different enemy types with unique and deadly behaviours
• Different ways of completing each level, silently or forcefully

Download: Hitman Go

VVVVVV

VVVVVV (that’s six Vs if you keep getting confused for some reason) comes from the developer of Super Hexagon — Terry Cavanagh. The indie platformer –winner of Indiecade’s 2010 award for the most compelling game — has a very Mario/Dave feel to it, especially with its 90s graphics and extremely addictive gameplay.

If there is one game that you must buy from this list, VVVVVV has to be it.

Download: VVVVVV

Great Little War Game 2

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The second version of the Great Little War Game brings with it 60 massive and challenging new levels with high replayability. Users will need good planning and forward execution in this turn-based strategy game to wisely tackle their troops and move forward.

The crazy troops return in this next and final installment of the brand loved by literally millions across the globe.

You will need forward planning and good execution if you want to tackle the massive single-player campaign, deploying a variety of troops wisely whilst managing your resources carefully.

Next mission: Defend with armor and snipers, or maybe push ahead with tanks and artillery? You’ll need to make good choices each time, but remember – you need to be reactive as well as proactive as no plan survives contact with the enemy.

Download: Great Little War Game 2

Angry Birds Epic

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Rovio is back with a new installment of its popular Angry Birds characters, though this time there is no slinging action to be had. Instead, users are put into an RPG adventure where they lead their pack of Angry birds into a battle collecting weapons on the way and exploring the fantasy piggy island.

In typical Rovio style of late, the game is free to download but is filled with IAPs, which might ruin the gameplay experience for you.

Download: Angry Birds Epic

Other notable game released on the Play Store last month include:

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