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New Android apps worth downloading: Wink It Keyboard beta, CVS/pharmacy update, Word Science

by Phil Hornshaw

Add some emoticons to your texts with Wink It Keyboard, a replacement keyboard app that acts like predictive text for icons and images.

Wink It Keyboard Beta (Free)

Wink It Keyboard BetaWhat’s it about? Wink It Keyboard brings users a wealth of images, icons and emoticons that can quickly and easily be added to text messages and other communications right from your virtual keyboard.

What’s cool? Express yourself more quickly and easily with Wink It Keyboard, a virtual keyboard app that replaces your standard Android keyboard. The app functions as a regular keyboard for all your email, text message and other needs, but it also lets users quickly add emoticons, images, icons and other additives to your communications. Wink It also pays attention to your conversations and interactions and suggests emoticons and other additions you might throw in as you’re typing. Much like predictive type, the app will also suggest several different possible images in context for what you’re writing.

Who’s it for? Users who like using emoticons, images and other additions in their texts will want to see what Wink It Keyboard is capable of adding.

What’s it like? You’ll find more useful keyboard alternatives in Emoji Keyboard and Pure Android Emoji Keyboard.

CVS/pharmacy update (Free)

CVS/pharmacyWhat’s it about? Manage your prescriptions, find information about your nearest CVS store and more with the CVS/pharmacy app.

What’s cool? CVS/pharmacy’s official app lets users access the store remotely, specifically to manage and refill prescriptions, although that’s not all you can do. The app lets you order refills on medications or transfer prescriptions to other stores, and it also includes access to things like your CVS rewards account and the retailer’s weekly ads. There’s also the ability to find information about nearby stores, like their hours and phone numbers, and you can upload and order photos to be picked up later. The latest update to CVS/pharmacy includes some improvements and adds the ability to upload and order prints of photos from your Facebook account.

Who’s it for? If you’re someone who orders prescriptions from CVS and could use other access to the retailer from your Android device, try CVS/pharmacy.

What’s it like? Get more handy access to pharmacies and photo development with Walgreens and Rite-Aid.

Word Science ($0.99)

Word ScienceWhat’s it about? Word scramble game Word Science tasks players with using letter tiles to quickly spell out words, earning big points for finding tough words among the piles of letters.

What’s cool? Word Science is all about forming the biggest words you can. The app challenges you to pick letter tiles out of a flow of three rows that are constantly moving; like games such as Scrabble, each tile has a point value attached to it. Your goal is to drag letters out of the flow to form words and rack up as much points as you can, paying special attention to green tiles, which are worth bonus points, and power-ups that can give you more time and make other changes to the game. Word Science also lets you challenge other players to games across Facebook and Google Play.

Who’s it for? Word game fans and those who want to bring friends in on the challenge should check out Word Science.

What’s it like? Other great word games include W.E.L.D.E.R. and Scrabble.