There are far too many apps flowing into the Play Store on a daily basis to find all the good stuff yourself. This is the problem that Google Play App Roundup seeks to solve. Every week we tell you about the best new and newly updated apps in the Play Store. Just click the app name to head right to the Play Store and check things out for yourself.
This week we've got a new photo editor with a cool vibe, a game about commuting, and a good old-fashioned beat-em-up.
Taking photos is definitely one of the primary uses for a smartphone these days. In fact, most people don't even buy dedicated cameras any more. There are plenty of apps that will help you edit photos to make them look a little nicer, but Overam just makes them more funky. I can get behind that.
As with most photo editing apps, you can use a photo you've taken previously, or you can use the app itself to take a photo. If you think you might want to use said photo for anything else ever, you might want to take it with the built-in camera app from your device. Overam will apply the filters and overlays to the original image when taken with its camera.
If you choose an existing photo, the app gives you an opportunity to crop it. The default mode is custom aspect ratio, but you can also limit it to certain ratios, which is handy if you're planning to share to Instagram (kids still use that, right?). Overam's distinctive image manipulations are based on geometric shapes. There are the more standard squares, pentagons, and trapezoids, as well as more exotic barbell and Pac Man shapes. You can set the position, rotation, and scale of the shape as you like. This serves as the base of your image transformations.
Along the bottom of the editing interface are buttons for the various effects. The main event after adding the shape is the blur effect. This is applied to either the inside or outside of the shape, which you can still move around and re-scale at any point using swiping and multitouch. Some of the blur effects are a little generic, but the ones that apply transformations are neat--like the stacked overlay one or the expanding blur in the screenshot there. You also have filters, glow effects, and color overlays. All of this can be applied outside or inside the shape, whatever fits with your artistic vision.
Again, these photos look cool, but they aren't archival quality. You can probably guess that by how fast the filters are applied (really fast). Even a full crop of a high-resolution photo will only be about 1200 pixels high. That's fine if you're sharing it online, though.
Overam is free to use, as long as you don't mind an ad hovering at the bottom of the screen. You can remove it for $0.99, and that's it. There are no paid filters or additional in-app purchases.