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New Android apps: AndroidPIT recommendations for June

Update: Socratic, DirectChat and Keybase added

Keeping track of the best new Android apps available to download is a full-time job, which is why we do it for you. Here you'll only find the ones worth spending your valuable time (and maybe even money) on. All you need to do is download them.

Apps you need to try: June 2017

Socratic

Socratic aims to be an app to help students with their homework. But, anyone who has a question in front of them can use this app to find the answer. The idea is simple: to find an answer to a question or solve an equation, just open the app and snap a photo of the question before you. The app then presents you with an answer from either Yahoo or Wikipedia. In short, it saves you the effort of typing out your query in Google. It does all the work for you.

The app is useful and has great potential, but it has some shortcomings. Mainly, it has trouble recognizing handwriting. I tried, and it didn't work consistently. Over time, this is sure to improve since it's a new app.

socratic app english screenshots
Results should improve over time. / © AndroidPIT
  • Version tested:  1.1.1
  • Size: 6.71 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: free
Socratic - Homework answers Install on Google Play

DirectChat

If you use Facebook Messenger, you'll be familiar with floating chat heads, small talk bubbles that appear on your screen and display the number of unread messages you have from a particular contact. When you tap the bubble, you see a small popup window where you can reply to the message without opening the app. 

With DirectChat, you can have chat heads for your other messaging apps, too. These include WhatsApp, Skype and more. The paid version allows you to get more features and get rid of banner ads, but the free version works just fine. For the app to work, you have to allow it to display notifications, but it works well and is stable.

DirectChat
Chat heads for all! © ANDROIDPIT
  • Version tested:  1.1.8
  • Size: 7.22 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 and up
  • Price: free
DirectChat (ChatHeads for All) Install on Google Play

Keybase

Today, we present you with a new type of messaging app. Here is how it works: You connect your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and communicate with your friends on these networks through a central app called Keybase. Once you're logged in, you can go to the messaging tab, and send messages to any of your friends on any network. 

This app is open source and messages are encrypted end-to-end. For those who want to streamline their communications, this will be a convenient method to bundle your conversations across social networks into one place. There's one small drawback: to connect to Facebook and Twitter, you have to publish a post, which may not be practical for everyone.

keybase
You can access your Twitter chats straight from the app. © ANDROIDPIT
  • Version tested:  1.0.2
  • Size : 36.7 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: free
Keybase Install on Google Play

Let us know what you think of these apps in the comments!

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  • Bret 4 days ago Link to comment

    I wish Socratic had a way to teach general knowledge. When standing in line, I'd like to just learn facts and interesting things.

  • The Android apps I use mostly when it comes to the messaging side of things are "Facebook Messenger," "Duo," and "Allo" (which is getting a "desktop" version soon.)
    I do have an iPod Touch of my own, though "IMessage" and "FaceTime" are rarely used.

    BTW, no one on here has mentioned "Threema" yet.

  • wow!
    really awesome, i like photo editor and i will install these apps.
    i am keen on snapnote. it is quite suitable for an old student like me.

  • Thanks for the recommendations, energy bar adds the touch I've been looking for

  • For Pete's sake don't use the comments section on this post to recommend your own favorite apps. Please restrict yourself to commenting on the apps presented in this article.

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      4 months ago Link to comment

      I went through the comments earlier and cleaned them up. If you find one (in general) that looks like spam etc. please use the report button found at the bottom of any comment. Thank you! :)

  • Yahya 6 months ago Link to comment

    still a lot of programs in this list, you can add

  • I recently installed Photoscan by Google its a Very nice app Never thought it would be so possible to get high quality scans from my phone. This app is amazing. I've scanned many photos & I'm really happy with the results.

  • still a lot of programs in this list, you can add

  • Thanks for this bro

  • Thanks for this list, but you have missed the
    "Google Play Music"

  • I like prisma & Google Duo, These two apps are awesome

  • steve 9 months ago Link to comment

    Just waiting on everyone else to download duo.

  • Why not a monthly list of games? Because I'm missing good puzzle games since the release of cut the rope...
    I luckily found a new one "Catch My Berry" in the android play store. Even though I'll have finished it in a couple of days... :-(

  • Hermit it is.

  • Andrea 9 months ago Link to comment

    After reading some of these comments, those of us who can remember, what it was like when we didnt have any apps! Gosh what did we do then? Really think about it! Now, however I must admit I have app install addiction! Yes we are all APP ADDICTS!! LOL.
    It would be fun if Scott did a piece about this. All of our little thrills when we install apps. All the little icons all over. You name it, there is an app for that.


    P.S I could create an app for app addiction.

  • Ryan 9 months ago Link to comment

    The whole video thing is completely stupid if you are not able to use it across ALL DEVICES, including Apple. Having video calling is cool but if the person has Apple or vise versa Android you can not video chat... Like how stupid is that. This is how they trap you brand specific Apple products only Apple to Apple video chat or iMessage, same with Google's new video chat keeps you trapped to Android users only so if your friend or family member had a different phone it's not possible. So to me this whole video chat is just stupid until they fix that.

  • I like the idea of Google Duo because there's this friend of mine who can't use Skype and when we tried to do a video call through Facebook the picture quality wasn't that good. I'm hoping that if we try this app the quality of the picture will be much better.

  • Linu S. 10 months ago Link to comment

    Prisma is good

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