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. I’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 I’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Amazon for Tablets – Version 5.50

Amazon for Tablets

What’s new in this version:

  • A fun new way to set aside items – press and hold on any product image and swipe downwards. You’ll find items that you’re interested in at the bottom of your screen so they’re accessible to you throughout the app.
  • Launch of Prime Fresh grocery delivery, an exciting new Prime Program.
  • Improvements to search, including a new refinement menu and new list and grid views.
  • Ability to turn ad personalization on or off.


BBM – Version 2.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction of stickers available in the new BBM Shop.
  • Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos.
  • Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic to a group of people so you can all talk about it together.
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements.


AllCast – Version


What’s new in this version:

  • Crash fixes.
  • Performance Fixes.
  • Redeem code support.


Rdio – Version 2.8.13


What’s new in this version:

  • Playlist Editing. Now, you can update your playlists from any mobile device. Add, remove, and rearrange tracks; add and edit playlist artwork; change visibility settings and more. Available for Android 3.0 and higher.


VUDU – Version 1.5.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Chromecast support! Start casting the latest TV Shows & Movies on Google Chromecast with your Android device.
  • Support for tablets at all screen pixel densities and mobile phones with xhdpi or higher screen density (>320dpi).
  • App and bug fixes.


SwiftKey – Version 4.4.5

SwiftKey Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • Added the ability to personalize from Evernote notes and Google+ public posts.
  • Fixing several forced closes/crashes.


Crackle – Version 4.1.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Chromecast support: Cast Movies, Shows and Original Series to your TV.


Google Play Newsstand – Version 3.2

Google Play Newsstand

What’s new in this version:

  • See headlines on your Home screen with the Newsstand widget.
  • Scan more headlines quickly with mini cards (Menu > Mini cards).
  • Organize magazine issues (where available) by publication date.
  • Translate news sources instantly.
  • Support for RTL languages.


WordPress – Version 2.7


What’s new in this version:

  •  Refresh button has been replaced by a pull to refresh gesture.
  • Stats have been optimized to load and scroll faster than ever before.
  • Posts and Pages now support infinite scroll.
  • Media upgrades let you see content faster and scroll more smoothly.
  • Better post editor, uses less of your device’s memory when adding media to a post.


Facebook Messenger – Version 4.0

Facebook Messenger

What’s new in this version:

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place.
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn’t in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on.
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen.
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).


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