5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week
Welcome to the 462nd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Google merged its Waze and Maps teams this week. The company did it as a cost-saving measure since both apps do the same thing. On the plus side, consolidation can help both apps. On the negative side, Waze could lose a significant part of its independence. Click on the link to learn more.
- Amazon wants to pay users $2 per month to spy on their phone usage. The company wants to learn more about how people use their phones and the effectiveness of ads. It’s not open to everyone right now, and it certainly isn’t a lot of money. However, it may entice some to do so.
- Google Chrome becomes less power- and memory-hungry. The two new savings features are being rolled out as we speak, and we should see them fully rolled out over the next few weeks. The memory saver puts the tabs to sleep when they are not in use, and the battery saver function starts when the machine’s battery is below 20%.
- Google introduced a new spatial audio feature this week. It should land on Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 phones. Apps that support the feature include Google TV, HBO Max, Netflix and YouTube. The list isn’t as long as Apple’s spatial audio offering, but it’s a start. Click on the link to learn more.
- Google Photos is testing a new search function. The feature helps you find people by their faces. Some users have noticed that the Google Lens button has also been replaced by a search function. The way it works is you tap on someone’s face and Google Photos will show you multiple photos with that face. It’s kind of neat, actually.
Auto Scroll Video for TikTok is exactly what the name says. It automatically scrolls TikTok so you don’t have to. It works fine. You download it, give it accessibility permissions, and then configure it in the settings. From there, it will automatically open when you open TikTok and start scrolling. It can be adjusted for shorter or longer videos as you meet them. It’s definitely an early app and could use some tweaking. That said, it’s a neat idea, and it’s otherwise pretty clean.
Price: Free to play
Airship Knights is a casual RPG. Mechanically, it is similar to many others. You get new characters, level them up and use them to get through the game. Combat is mostly automatic. The game has a charming premise, although the voice acting is a bit amateurish. There is also a PvP mode along with many locations to unlock. It’s decent as far as idle RPGs go, but people who don’t like idle games won’t like this either.
ZomokMe is an expense tracker specifically for daily expenses. It allows you to enter purchases and expenses. Plus, you can share checks between your friends too if you share one. In everyday use, it’s easy to use and you can definitely see your expenses as you go. You have to create an account to use it, which isn’t ideal, but otherwise it works fine. The only real downside is that it has a social element to it that doesn’t really work unless your friends sign up as well.
Zombie Hunter D-Day 2
Price: Free to play
Zombie Hunter D-Day 2 is the official follow-up to the popular Zombie Hunter D-Day. The first game took place 80 days after the apocalypse, and the second takes place 160 days after the apocalypse. That means the games are definitely connected. It’s an FPS game where you fight zombies and monsters while trying to avoid dying. The game has an arcade shooter quality where you don’t really move much. The core gameplay is shooting zombies from an almost fixed position.
Some other features include offline support, a weapon combining mechanic, and tons of zombies to shoot. It’s free to play, but it’s not very greedy with in-app purchases. It will be a hit-or-miss type of game for most, but it’s not a bad arcade shooter.
Paint MS version
MS Paint Version is a mobile port of the Microsoft Paint application. It includes the tools you click and use. It doesn’t feel great with a finger, but it’s quite comfortable to use with a stylus or an S Pen if you have one. The app feels like an early build. There are some bugs, especially with the menu system not working properly. We think perhaps the developer should have tested a bit more before launch. Still, when they get it working properly, it’s a fun little drawing app that feels like old Windows.
If we missed any major Android apps or gaming news or releases, let us know in the comments section.
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