The best NEW Android apps from January 2022
App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month. You can check out our selections for the best new Android apps released in all of 2021 here.
The best new Android apps from January 2022
Cast to TV is a different kind of app. It uses Miracast to connect to smart TVs so you can cast your media. It works with any smart TV with Miracast support. It’s a neat premise since most use Chromecast to do this, but it’s still a pretty simple app without much to it. It worked fine on my LG B7 TV casting from a Pixel 4 XL. Your mileage may vary based on your TV’s specifications.
DINA: Personalized Weather
DINA is a personalized weather app. It looks at the weather and then recommends clothing or accessories like umbrellas based on what it thinks you need. You can also tell the app your clothing preferences and the app adapts its recommendations as it learns. On top of that, it gives you the daily forecast and some other, more typical weather app features. This one is in early access beta so expect some bugs if you try it out.
Legion Network is a multipurpose app. It works primarily as a crypto wallet manager but it also has an NFT marketplace along with resources where you can learn more about modern concepts like NFTs, the Metaverse, Defi, GameFi, and other ideas. Honestly, it’s more valuable as a resource rather than a tool, but it still works okay most of the time. Most of the bugs reported by users are things we expect the developers to fix and honestly aren’t all that bad.
Matrix Code – Live Wallpaper
Matrix Code is a live wallpaper app that is also a blast from the past. Such live wallpapers were quite popular in the early days of Android and kind of fell off. This app brings it back in higher resolution with smoother graphics. You can also customize the colors, the size of the code falling, the frequency of the code falling, and other stuff. It’s $4.99, requires no permissions, and it doesn’t seem to eat up much battery.
NASCAR Tracks is an official app from NASCAR. It’s meant to be a sort of companion app for people when they go to a race. The app lets you access your mobile tickets, shows you race times, and other special events in and around the race itself. It’s only really usable during a race and we’re in the NASCAR off-season, so I couldn’t test out most of the features. However, it seems well set up and should work okay.
Pro Wear Calendar
Pro Wear Calendar is a calendar app for Wear OS watches. It’s a pretty simple little app that gives you a decent number of calendar views for quick reference. It syncs with Google Calendar and comes with various customizations. You can also add events, change the theme, and do a few other things. Most of the customizations take place in the full app and then reflect on the watch UI. It’s cheap, but it seems like it works well.
SafeUP is a neat idea. It’s a safety app specifically designed for women. The app connects you to other women who can help you through a situation, whatever the situation might be. It shares your location with the guardian women in case something happens and you can connect with them through video or voice calls. There seem to be quite a few bugs with the signup process that the developers still need to fix. Therefore, we think it’s a great idea, but the execution could be better.
Shadow Galaxy Anniversary
Shadow Galaxy Anniversary is a remaster of a popular live wallpaper from the good old days. Maxelus, the original developer, re-released the classic with some modern amenities. The features include support for 120hz displays, higher resolution graphics, and more. You can also customize the star count, color saturation, highlights, shadows, and simulation speed. It was quite gorgeous when it was released ten years ago and this version just ups the game.
Sleep.com Sleep Cycle Tracker
Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $49.99 per year
Sleep.com Sleep Cycle Tracker is an interesting app. It’s from Mattress Firm and the company partnered with SleepScore to do this app. Basically, the app listens to you breathe in your sleep and then gives you a sleep score. You can use that score to help improve your sleep in various ways. You can also view your sleep history, set goals, and set alarms.
It’s a decent idea although it is a bit expensive for what it does. The app also had a lot of bugs at launch and the developers are making their way through them. Keep this one on your radar, but we recommend giving the developers a bit more time to fix it up first.
Tracker Detect is the latest rare app release from Apple. This gives Android users the ability to track their devices through Apple’s Find My network. That includes AirTags along with other compatible devices. The app seems to have simple controls. You simply tap a button, and the app scans for your AirTags. In true Apple fashion, the app’s initial launch is a disaster, but since it’s the official app for the product, we think you should know it exists.
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