5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week
Welcome to the 459th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Google pays out a settlement of 392 million dollars after a lawsuit. The lawsuit says Google continued to track users even after they opted out of location tracking. Not only is Google paying this money, but they need to better express to users that location tracking still happens even if they opt out. Click on the link to learn more.
- You can finally message yourself on WhatsApp. The app allows you to send messages to yourself anything you want to send. This is a great way to send messages to yourself, files to share across your devices, and other things. The rollout started on version 22.23.74 on iOS and version 184.108.40.206 on Android. However, the rollout is in stages, so it’s not available to everyone yet.
- The public beta version of Android Auto for the new user interface opened twice in the last week. The first was late last week and again a few days ago. Android Auto’s new beta includes a new user interface along with some other features. Beta users are reporting some bugs here and there, but that’s to be expected. We only recommend signing up if you’re okay with being a beta tester.
- Netflix gives people several ways to manage their accounts. This week, the company announced a new feature that lets you boot specific devices from your account. There was already a feature to boot all devices from one account. This new variant only allows you to boot one. It’s a great way to get moochers off your account, but it also has other practical uses.
- For the past week, Twitter has been a cesspool between Elon Musk’s changes and people’s reactions to the changes. However, there is some comedy to be had. Our own Ryan McNeal rounded up some of the funniest tweets from parody accounts. Some of them were also surprisingly realistic.
Super Arrow Online is an online free RPG. Players start with a hero and level them up as they progress through the game. There are 150 skills, a bunch of equipment, collectibles and more to improve your hero’s stats. In addition, you have things like dungeons, challenge levels and more to play through. Its online nature means you’ll be enjoying other players quite often. As for combat, your hero just runs around attacking things until everything or the hero is dead. It’s not an action-packed game, but it itches if you like idle games.
Duet is a couples app with some nice ideas. The point is to help improve communication with your partner. It does so by helping you evaluate the various facets of your relationship. For example, you can reflect on things you love about your partner or things that aren’t so good in a way that won’t lead to arguments. It is not very different from couples counseling, except that the couple must have the means to accomplish the tasks without being mean about it. The app is free anyway, and it can’t hurt to try.
My cat tiles
Price: Free to play
My Cat Tiles is a mix between a match-three puzzle game and a pet sim. The match-three part is self-explanatory at this point. The game boasts thousands of stages for you to complete. From there, you unlock things to decorate a room for you and your cat. You can wash, feed and play with your cat to take care of it. There are 47 breeds of cats to collect, along with different ways to decorate your room. The game is free to play. However, it also supports offline play and the microtransactions aren’t too terrible. The only real unpleasant part of the game is the ads.
Plotter is a cloud library for audiobook and e-book collectors. It works in the same way as old Google Play Music, but for audiobooks and e-books. You upload your stuff to the service, and then you can play it from your phone over an Internet collection. It has cross-platform support between Android, iOS and more. In terms of ease of use, it’s fine. You won’t get the heavy, power-user feature set you’d find in an offline browser. However, it’s nice to have the collection with you wherever you go.
20 minutes to dawn
Price: Free to play
20 Minutes Till Dawn is a shooter with some rogue-like elements. It features top-down gameplay where you try to survive against a bunch of enemies and gunfights. The goal is to survive for a full 20 minutes. Players unlock upgrades as they play. There is also a wide variety of characters, each with their own unique traits and abilities. The frenetic gameplay and progressive difficulty make it addictive. It’s honestly pretty good.
If we missed any great Android apps or gaming news or releases, let us know about them in the comments section.
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