5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week
Welcome to the 463rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Google enabled Matter on Google, Nest and Android products this past week. It’s a pretty big deal. Matter is a smart home connectivity standard that aims to make smart home technology much easier to use. We’ve been talking about Matter all year, and it’s nice to see it launch.
- Apple may allow sideloading of apps on the iPhone in the future. Reports suggest that Apple is working on the feature as we speak. It’s a big deal because it will allow third-party app stores and a whole new side of iOS for users to explore. We already have it on Android, but it might not be a unique feature for much longer.
- Google announced its favorite Chrome extensions this year. There were no ad-blocking extensions on it, which we believe are many people’s favorite Chrome extensions. That said, Google listed Tango, SwiftRead, Liner, Compose AI, Visbug and Check US Visa slots. There were some others too. Click on the link to learn more.
- Samsung Good Lock is rolling out to more countries. The new markets include Europe, Latin America and a couple of Asian countries. It’s a good start, but there are still some pretty large parts of the world without it, including all of Africa. You can get the full list of countries in the linked article.
- Google plans to phase out Manifest V2 from Google Chrome. It would undo the ad blocking if they did it in time. However, Google is delaying the phasing out of Manifest V2 for a little while longer. The company says it’s to ease some migration challenges to Manifest V3. Click on the link to find out more.
Sumi Sumi Part is a tap-and-match-three-style puzzle game. Each round loads a bunch of cute little animals into a box. You tap where there are two or more identical creatures to remove them from the board. You progress by completing levels. Like most games in this genre today, there are several things to do. This is a restaurant sim where you unlock recipes by completing levels and using the food to feed other characters. It’s probably not going to make massive waves, but it’s a fun little time waster that’s also family friendly.
Price: Free / $10.99
Notifya is a home security app that sends you alerts when it detects that a door has been opened in your house. It uses the unit’s sensors to detect the pressure changes that occur when doors are opened and closed. In our limited testing, it seemed to work surprisingly well. The developers claim it works on most modern smartphones, and it integrates with Google Assistant. The developers are also accepting feedback in this Reddit thread if you want to check it out. They have mentioned adding things like IFTTT or Telegram bot support as well.
It’s a bit pricey for the full version, and it’s technically in beta, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a good home security app release.
Ninja must die
Price: Free to play
Ninja Must Die is a side scrolling runner with some action game elements. You defeat enemies, avoid obstacles and defeat bosses. The player has access to a variety of melee and ranged abilities to help you along the way. The game is fast-paced, which we think is part of the charm. It’s not overly complicated, so you can just play through the game and enjoy it without a ton of distractions. It’s a free-to-play game, so there are microtransactions. They’re not bad though, so it shouldn’t mess with your game too much.
Price: Free trial / $8.99 per month / $48.99 per year
Breathwrk is a meditation app and one of Google’s picks for the best Google Play apps of 2022. The app helps users focus on their breathing to relieve a variety of issues, such as anxiety, sleep problems, and stress. Like all meditation apps, your mileage will vary as different solutions work for different people. In terms of usability, the app looks and feels quite nice. You can access a variety of exercises to help you based on what’s bothering you. The only thing we’re not thrilled about is the subscription. You get a 7-day free trial, but otherwise you have to initially pay for it to use it effectively. Still, if it works, it might be worth the price.
Vampire Survivors is, according to the developers, a roguelite survival RPG. Players play from a top-down perspective. They explore the game world while literally hundreds of villains come at them almost constantly. The game is quite simple. You use attacks to kill enemies and movement to avoid things. There are also some nice little options like the ability to choose between portrait or landscape mode. It’s a decent little arcade game. The best part is the price. The game is completely free with no in-app purchases, and we think it’s nice to see reasonably decent games coming out for free.
If we missed any major Android apps or game releases, let us know in the comments section.
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