5 Android apps not to be missed this week


AAW dynamicSpot screenshot

AAW dynamicSpot screenshot

Welcome to the 451st edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the biggest headlines from the past week:

  • Android OEMs are considering adding a Dynamic Island-style feature. Namely, Realme polls users to see if people would be interested in such a feature. Such a move may prompt some app developers to incorporate it into their apps. Without full Android integration, however, we don’t see Dynamic Island clones being too useful overall.
  • Google Reminders is changing. Google is migrating both Google Assistant reminders and calendar reminders to Google Tasks. Users can then turn all of their reminders into tasks for which they will receive notifications. The move makes sense. To-do list apps are often only superior to reminders for some things. Still, we think things like birthdays don’t necessarily have to become chores. Either way, click the link to learn more.
  • It turns out that YouTube’s dislike button does next to nothing. Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, conducted a study showing that the dislike button does almost nothing for a user’s recommendations. They felt the better solution was to tell YouTube to stop recommending the channel, but even then it wasn’t a great solution.
  • Google Chrome implements a new feature. With it, you can lock your private browsing sessions behind a fingerprint. Basically, you can lock down your incognito mode so snoopers can’t see tabs you leave open. The rollout is pretty slow, but click the link to learn how to enable it now.
  • Android 13 may finally bring seamless updates to all Android phone brands, including Samsung. Google does this by requiring all phones running Android 13 to use virtual A/B partition support, which is required for seamless updates. Click the link to learn more.
Screenshot from the central stage 2022

Center Stage bills itself as a visual trading card search engine. It includes a feature where you point your camera at a card and it shows you what the card is worth. It is useful for card collectors who wish to negotiate a sale or tarde for their cards. Plus, it’s fun to browse your collection to see if you have any gems. Currently the app supports baseball, soccer, basketball, F1 racing and hockey. Future updates will add Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering. It’s new, but it has few competitors.

Yu-Gi-Oh! cross duel

Price: Play for free

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel is a card duel game set in the Yu-Gi-Oh universe. It plays like most games in this range. You collect cards, build a deck and duel other players. There are a variety of characters from the TV show, and you work to build your bond with each of them. There are several different ways to play, decent graphics, and an improved dueling system over previous Yu-Gi-Oh mobile games. The animations can slow down the pace of the game a bit, and as a free-to-play game, there will be whales to ruin people’s good times. Otherwise it’s not bad.

Justune screenshot 2022

Justune is a simple guitar tuner app. It works with some popular stringed instruments including guitar, bass, and ukulele. This one works well because it’s very simple. You open it, choose your instrument and tune it. That’s all the app does. The app automatically detects which strings you are trying to tune. There are also over 1,000 moods available. There’s nothing more to say about that. It costs $0.99 with no additional purchases. It’s a pretty good deal if you play guitar, bass, or ukulele.

Football manager 2023

Price: Free / $5.49-$28.49 with in-app purchases

Screenshot of Soccer Manager 2023

Soccer Manager 2023 is the successor to the relatively successful 2022 variant. Players form a team, build it and compete against each other to become the best team. It gives you a decent level of control, including the ability to buy and sell players, on-pitch tactics, and training. Many parts of the 2023 version are better than the 2022 version, but many players believe that it has taken a step backwards in terms of graphics and gameplay.

The game offers premium options as well as in-app purchases. The cheapest option grants you an ad-free experience, a saved game and 1,325 bonus credits. If you choose the highest tier, you’ll get an ad-free experience, 12,000 credits, ten game saves, and more. You can choose whichever you want.

dynamicSpot screenshot 2022

DynamicSpot is an app that emulates Apple’s new Dynamic Island. It can do a few things including showing you notifications, checking your music controls, adding a timer, and more. In some ways, it’s even better than Apple’s version. For now it’s mostly a proof of concept, although for something so new it works surprisingly well. We hope that development will continue because it’s actually quite fun to use.

If we’ve missed any major updates or releases of Android apps and games, let us know in the comments.
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5 Android apps not to be missed this week


AAW ScourgeBringer screenshot

AAW ScourgeBringer screenshot

Welcome to the 450th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Google puts many of its own projects on the chopping block. The company wants to work more efficiently. The answer seems to be to abandon unnecessary projects. The Area 120 division reduced its projects from 14 to seven. Overall, Sunday Pichai aims to increase Google’s efficiency by 20%. That likely means some apps are on the chopping block, too.
  • Google Play has introduced a 24-hour review delay for the Play Store. The aim is to prevent review bombing and prevent suspicious reviews. It’s no secret that fake reviews are a problem on Google Play. Developers can still reply to newly submitted reviews, but they won’t appear on the Play Store page for one day. Click the link to read more.
  • Google lost the first appeal to overturn a record-breaking 2018 EU fine because Google requires OEMs to preload phones with Google Search and other Google products in order to use Google Play. After deliberations, the courts stopped the EU’s decision, and Google is entering the second round.
  • Discord officially launched on Xbox this week. It’s been in beta for a while and we’re excited to see it in real life. The process isn’t very complicated, but it happens almost exclusively with the Discord and Xbox apps on your phone. Click the link to learn how to connect Discord to Xbox.
  • Apple’s Dynamic Island caused quite a stir this week. Also, it only took the developers about a day to mimic the effect on Android phones. It only works on Xiaomi devices via a MIUI theme, but it’s still pretty good to see. We asked our readers if they thought Dynamic Island was cool, and believe it or not, more than 50% of our readers said no.

Sniper Zombie 2: Crime City

Price: Play for free

Sniper Zombie 2: Crime City is a sniper game with a lot of zombies. The game features over 100 story missions in campaign mode, daily missions for extra loot, and an online PvP mode if you feel like it. There are also a variety of weapons to unlock. In terms of gameplay, it’s pretty basic. You run around the map and aim your scope, line up and record your shot. Your success or failure depends on how badly you injure yourself and how well placed your shots are. It’s free to play with the usual grind that shooters have in games like this, but it’s a nice little time killer.

Otter’s life

Price: Free

Otter’s life is a habit tracker app. The app lets you create new habits and then track them to ensure they become habits. You can also track your progress, keep a very basic mood journal, and more. It works completely offline and is free to use without ads. It’s a pretty basic app. However, the features work well and we think the user interface is pretty clean too.


Price: $6.99

ScourgeBringer is a roguelite platformer with some hack and slash mechanics. Your main ability lets you blink around the map instantly. You use the ability to avoid enemies and advance in the game. There are also other skills you can unlock as you go that will help you defeat bosses and enemies. The storytelling isn’t bad for a roguelite, and the frenetic gameplay is definitely interesting to delve into. It’s also a premium game, so there are no in-app purchases or ads after purchase to spoil your fun.

Qewd screenshot 2022

Qewd is an interesting app. It allows you to sign up for a variety of streaming services. From there you can manage your queue, discover new content to watch, and manage your playlists. The app is quite buggy at the time of writing this article as it has to integrate a number of different platforms. We think this shows promise, especially as it’s difficult to keep track of every streaming app you have. Keep an eye on this one. If the developers can fix it properly, it will be one of those hidden gem apps.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Price: Play for free

Star Trek: Lower Decks is an idle game. The story revolves around being locked in the holodeck where you have to relive old Star Trek stories and return to the real world. It’s a bit cheesy, but nostalgia is a big deal with games like this. As you play, you’ll unlock different crew members that will help you click your way out of the holodeck. In terms of mechanics, it’s a pretty standard idle clicker. So if you don’t care about the genre and nostalgia, you might not like it.

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AAW Plant Parent screenshot

Screenshot of AAW Plant Parent

Welcome to the 445th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • There were some nice new wallpapers to download this week. To start off, newer Pixel phones had access to some new wallpapers inspired by Indigenous Day. The James Webb Telescope takes some amazing pictures, we have more for your background here. Finally our newest Wallpaper Wednesday came out with even fancier wallpapers to try.
  • Wear OS gets a better Google Maps experience. The smartwatch operating system gains the ability to use Google Maps without an accompanying phone. The feature was announced earlier this week during Samsung’s Unpacked event. We don’t know all the details yet, but it’s certainly something else.
  • Google Photos has a new camouflage tool now available on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices. It’s a subtle editing feature. The feature blends lighter colors into photos better so they’re not as distracting. Click the link to see an example of how it works.
  • Google again this week criticized Apple and its green bubble culture. The company launched a website that specifically called for Apple to join forces. It boasts the benefits of RCS while also slamming Apple for giving Android users the dreaded green bubble. Click on the links to find out more.
  • Disney Plus will launch an ad-based plan on December 8th. In addition, prices for all other plans will increase. The ad-supported plan costs $7.99 per month. Meanwhile, the regular plans come in at $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year. Plus, Disney Plus Bundle prices are also increasing with Hulu and ESPN Plus. It will be a bit more expensive for Disney fans.

This is a cow

Price: Free / $2.99

That’s a Cow is a cute little running game. You play a cow and swipe the screen to spray milk in different directions. You use this mechanic to move forward, defeat enemies, and create a platform to avoid failure. Each level has coins, apples and villains to defeat to earn your three stars. There are also other cows to unlock and over 100 levels. It’s by no means a super deep game, but it’s good arcade fun that’s suitable for both kids and adults.

Threema Libre

Price: Free

Threema Libre screenshot 2022

Threema is a secure messenger on par with apps like Telegram and Signal. Threema Libre is the same app, but it doesn’t rely on Google Push services to work. In other words, you can run Threema Libre on any Android device, even if it doesn’t have the Play Store. The app allows you to send texts and voice messages. You can also make voice and video calls. It is fully functional and works pretty well.

The only downside is that the installation is a bit more complicated than others. You need to install a repository before getting the app on F-Droid. We have linked the installation instructions under the button below.

TerraGenesis: Landing

Price: Play for free

TerraGenesis: Landfall is the latest game in the TerraGenesis series. It’s a city building simulator where you manage your own city but in space. The aim is to enable life on Mars. It has many city building elements including resource management, life support challenges and more. You can even conquer new territories. The mechanics are solid and everything is pretty reasonable. The game has only been out for a few days, so there are some bugs the developers are still working on, and it’s just a little more aggressive with microtransactions than we’d like. Still, it should be a decent game in the end.

plant parents

Price: Free / $5.99 per month / $29.99 per year

Plant Parent Screenshot 2022

Plant Parent is a new gardening app and it has a lot of potential. It aims to help people take better care of plants by helping spot potential diseases or neglecting identifiers. Basically you take a picture of your plant and the app will tell you what it is and if there is anything wrong with it. There’s also a calendar and smart care reminders to help you stay on top of your plant care.

The app shows promise but needs to back up its subscription strategy. Some people have reported being charged before the free trial expires, and we think $2.99 ​​per week is a bit much. The developers would certainly have to fix these issues before we would wholeheartedly recommend it, but otherwise it shows promise as a new gardening app.

tower of fantasy

Price: Play for free

Tower of Fantasy is a new MMORPG. It has many of the usual MMORPG elements, including a story to play through, an open world to explore, and different classes for you to play how you’re comfortable. It has an anime aesthetic with a mix of futuristic and fantasy elements. You can also glide like in Genshin Impact to traverse the world a little more easily. Combat is hack and slash with skills, so nothing we’ve never seen in MMORPGs before.

There are a few minor bugs here and there, but nothing too serious. This should prove to be quite a popular game in this genre as it has all the elements for success.

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AAW Volume screenshot

AAW volume screenshot

Welcome to the 440th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the past week:

  • Diablo Immortal is gaining popularity. If you’re interested in trying out the game, check out our beginner’s tips and tricks guide. It’s designed to help you get through the first few hours and familiarize you with some of the game’s languages.
  • Author Dhruv Bhutani is an avid Plex user and is unhappy with the service’s feature dips. According to Dhruv, the service moves away from its roots and has many extras that die-hard old-school Plex fans just don’t want. We asked our audience and many of them use or are interested in Plex. About 50% of our readership is happy with Plex as it is now, but that’s a little less than what we expected for the service. Click on the different links to try them out.
  • Netflix is ​​in a strange area. It’s received a lot of vitriol lately, but it still remains the world’s number one streaming service. We suspect this is because it’s the legacy option and people are just comfortable with it. Also, some shows like Stranger Things are actually pretty good. Still, it’s an oddity when other streaming services like Disney+ and Hulu exist and people seem a lot less dissatisfied with them.
  • WhatsApp may add a new feature soon. The new feature allows you to show (or hide) your online status. Other services have this feature and they have had it for a very long time. WhatsApp would catch up. Nevertheless, we found some screenshots of the function. There is something similar at the moment, but the screenshot shows a second part that you can use to show your online status to specific people. Click the link to learn more.
  • Google’s Pixel Pass shows promise. You get an upgrade path for your phone every two years, 200 GB of Google One storage, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Pass. It’s honestly not a bad deal. Unfortunately, signing up for it is not good. People with existing accounts must close them before logging in. Also, those with family accounts don’t have an option to share their accounts with their families. Click the link to learn more, but we hope Google Pixel Pass will update over time.


Price: Free

Woice screenshot

Woice is an interesting messaging app. With it you can send voice messages to your friends or colleagues. It’s asynchronous, meaning it sends the message and they see when they check the app. Not only does it keep track of your conversations, but it also provides transcripts of your messages. This means they can both read and listen to your messages. We don’t know if this idea has enough to become a big deal and it seems mostly geared towards professional use. Overall it’s a nice idea though.

Heroes of the Crown

Price: Play for free

Heroes of Crown is an idle mobile RPG with some gacha elements. That’s quite a mouthful, but it basically means the game is able to play itself and all you really have to do is make choices. The game pits you against monsters, bosses and other villains. You can use it to grind as an idle game in the background, so you can get the previous things done without spending too much time grinding manually. The game also features a PvP mode, although it’s probably not the funnest in the game. The idle elements make you feel like you should watch the game more than play it, but it’s a decent casual experience for those who don’t want to push themselves too hard.


Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $79.99 per year

Capsll screenshot

Capsll is a different type of app. It wants you to save memories of your life, but instead of sharing them publicly with everyone, everything is private until you decide to share them. The video that starts when you open the app is a nice touch. The user interface is pretty decent and straightforward. You upload stuff, organize it into memories and can later share those memories. It’s a vault of sorts with the intention of sharing content with your kids or grandkids rather than your random friends. The free version gives you 1GB of storage and a few other things. Subscribing allows you to choose next of kin to have your belongings transferred to them after your death. It’s a bit pricey, but the idea is cool.

Stories Noir

Price: Play for free

Tales Noir screenshot 2022

Tales Noir is another new gacha game with over 100 collectible characters for you to get. It is an open world game where players explore the game world and discover different things. Combat is a fairly simple hack and slash RPG. There is also a fantasy story to play through. There are other things to do in the game as well. The different princesses you summon have different abilities, so you can largely customize your party as you need to. The voice acting is a bit dry and there are some early bugs, but that’s pretty typical for a newer game. It has a lot of potential.

Volume screenshot

Volume is a news and discovery app. It takes a bunch of themes and makes them bite-sized for you to consume quickly. Additionally, the whole experience revolves around listening rather than reading. The app has curated content based on an algorithm and editors so you see what the app wants you to see. Time will tell if that’s a good idea or not. You can browse different categories to learn new things, join communities, and view stats about your consumption so you can see why the algorithm chose what it chose. There’s really nothing wrong with that, so let’s hope the developers keep up the good work.

If we missed any important Android app or game news, update or release, let us know in the comments or contact me on Twitter @ThatJoeHindy.
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AAW Health Connect by Android screenshot

AAW Health Connect from Android screenshot

Welcome to the 438th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Gaming Chromebooks are apparently on the way from Lenovo and HP. They even include some gamer features like RGB keyboard support and other stuff. However, it seems that the main focus of these Chromebooks is streaming games rather than direct gaming. They will reportedly ship with Stadia preinstalled and access to Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming. Click the link to learn more.
  • Google’s password manager is now usable right from your home screen. Basically, you just open Password Manager, press the “Settings” cog and add it to your home screen. It adds an icon to your home screen that gives you much faster access to your passwords. Here’s a guide in case you want a step-by-step guide.
  • The board of Twitter has already approved the buyout of Elon Musk. However, Musk is delaying the sale. This week we found a few reasons why that might be the case. We are already aware of the problem with fake accounts. In addition, the compilation of the financing and the approval of the shareholders stand in the way. A shareholder vote is expected in late July or early August.
  • Samsung Pay morphed into Samsung Wallet this week, and that brings both good news and bad news. We’ll talk more about the new features later, but one of the bad parts is that it no longer works on non-Samsung devices. People without Samsung phones can’t install it and even if they could, it won’t work anymore. That’s a bit of a shame.
  • Telegram Premium officially launched this week, and it’s a pretty big deal. It costs between $5 and $6 per month and includes some new features. The premium version includes up to 4GB upload size, up to 1,000 channels, speech-to-text conversion, faster download speeds, no ads, and more. It’s still completely free to use. Click the link to learn more.

Bloodline: Heroes of Lithas

Price: Play for free

Bloodline: Heroes of Lithas is a mobile RPG and partial strategy game. The goal is to become a successful leader of a city while exploring the world and defeating evil. It offers a large number of character races and many places to explore and experience. You are also tasked with rebuilding and expanding a city. There is also a story to play through and the graphics are pretty decent. It got off to a bit of a bumpy start and the combat mechanics feel a bit like an idle game, but we’re sure it will find its niche over time.

Health Connect from Android

Price: Free

Health Connect by Android screenshot

Health Connect is a new app from Google. It aims to share data between your various health, fitness and digital wellness apps while remaining private. It keeps all your data in a single place and should work with most mainstream apps. I personally only use Fitbit, but this has worked pretty well. The user interface is very clean and easy to use. It should work well for most, and we look forward to improved support later.


Price: Play for free

Petness is a pet care simulator game. Pets come to your shop and you take care of them within a certain time limit. This will give you stars for each level. They’ll get up and move around to make it a little harder for you. The game also includes boosters to make things easier, a story to play through, and some goodies to collect. It’s not a super serious or deep game. It’s also reasonably family-friendly with a bunch of cute animals. This is something you would play if you like games like Candy Crush or a restaurant simulator.

Samsung wallet

Price: Free

Samsung Pay screenshot 2022

Samsung started rolling out its Samsung Wallet app last week. It still goes through Samsung Pay on the Play Store, but when I tried it on my S22, the UI says it’s Samsung Wallet. The new Samsung Wallet works like the old Samsung Pay, but now stores ID cards, boarding passes, digital keys (if your car supports it), vaccination records and more. In terms of usability, everything works the same. Tap to pay still works and everything seems fine. The only downside is that it no longer works on non-Samsung phones.

Disney Mirrorverse

Price: Play for free

Disney Mirrorverse is another new mobile RPG, except this one is an action RPG. It features both Disney and Pixar characters in an original story. Each character you unlock has their own spells, skills and abilities to help you get through it all. It’s one of the more competent western gachas we’ve played and has a lot of potential. The only issues are some occasionally stuttering on-screen controls, and the game’s UI isn’t the most visually appealing. Hopefully the developers will improve the stuff over time.

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AAW Ensemble Stars Music screenshot

AAW Ensemble Stars Music Screenshot

Welcome to the 437th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the past week:

  • WhatsApp had a few announcements this week. You can now control who can and cannot see your profile. This is obviously a security feature and you can click the link to learn more about it. In addition, you can now transfer data from your Android phone to your iPhone directly, which helps users who switch from one to the other.
  • We asked our target audience if they use any other app stores besides Google Play. Most of our readers don’t. That part was predictable. However, 48% of our readers actually use alternative app stores. That’s a little higher than expected. Click the link to view the survey.
  • Google released Android 13 Beta 3.1 last week. It wasn’t a planned drop and appears to be a bug fix. It enables the feedback app for people who may not have it. There was a second rollout later in the week to fix a few other bugs, including an issue with the back button not working properly.
  • Samsung has been caught cheating on benchmarks again. This time it’s about TV benchmarks. The company has its TVs juiced for color and brightness specifically for benchmarks so the numbers appear better. Samsung says it will update TVs to fix them. The company also announced Samsung Wallet, an apparent upgrade from Samsung Pay. It supports payments as always, but also includes support for digital car keys as well as cryptocurrency investments.
  • Adobe is tinkering with the idea of ​​making its web version of Photoshop free for everyone. This could be a big deal for Chromecast users who don’t have a full Photoshop version at their disposal. Adobe is currently testing this in Canada. Let’s see if they continue with that.

Artery Equipment: Fusion

Price: Play for free

Artery Gear: Fusion is a mobile RPG with gacha elements. It plays like a fairly typical mobile RPG, but the gacha elements are similar to those of Epic Seven or Azur Lane. All of the characters are mech girls, and that’s a surprisingly popular premise. The mechanics are pretty easy to understand. First of all, the fight is kind of neat. Players have the ability to fine-tune their auto-fighting to prevent resource overuse, and we really liked that. You get the usual stuff like banners, different characters to drag, PvP, and more. You can also interact with your characters a little more than you can with your standard gacha. It has potential, but you have to be interested in the whole chibi thing to really enjoy it.

calendar notification

Price: Free / $4.99

Calendar notification screenshot 2022

Calendar notification allows you to view your calendar and agenda as a persistent notification in your notification panel. You can view up to an entire month or just a single day. You also get some customization options, although this isn’t all that great. In short, it basically puts a widget in your notifications. Of course, its usability is limited, and you really have to rely on your calendar to make it work. Luckily, it’s not too expensive and you can try before you buy.

kingdom maker

Price: Play for free

Kingdom Maker screenshot 2022

Kingdom Maker is a strategy game in which you lead a kingdom. That includes building, fighting and all that stuff. There is actually a story with this one where you take on bad guys and defend your empire. In addition, there are upgrades to unlock, and you can do a number of different things inside buildings. It has a lot of potential, especially since it’s reminiscent of older kingdom builders. A common complaint is the time it takes for almost everything, and upgrades can take forever. It’s flawed, but there’s nothing seriously wrong with it.

Glimesh: Live Streaming

Price: Free

Glimesh live streaming screenshot 2022

Glimesh is a live streaming service that tries to focus on engagement and discoverability. You can stream many things, including games, art, and music. You can even hang out and just chat with your followers if you like. The company is also part of the Open Company initiative for transparency. It even works with OBS when streaming from PC. There aren’t many people there yet, but it has potential.

Ensemble Stars Music

Price: Play for free

Screenshot of Ensemble Stars music

Ensemble Stars Music is a new rhythm game with some potential. The game has a story like many mobile rhythm games, but people show up for the mechanics, so let’s talk about that. The interface has a crescent shape where you tap one of seven nodes to hit the note. There’s tap and hold along with double tap and swipe. Some of the songs are pretty easy, but it gets harder as you play. The free-to-play elements aren’t friendly, and we really don’t like games having separate “premium” gems versus regular in-game gems. The story and mechanics are good though, so you might have a good time as long as you can get through the free-to-play stuff.

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AAW Music Pro screenshot

AAW Music Pro screenshot

Welcome to the 436th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • We asked our readers if they still store music locally on their phones. As it turns out, almost 70% of our readership still listens to music without streaming it. Some of our readers have shared their stories of losing their massive collections and just giving up or streaming is cheaper than buying. However, some people also talk about their rare collection of stuff that you can’t find easily anymore.
  • File transfers on Android are much better than they used to be, but they can still be quite an irritating experience. Our author, Dhruv Bhutani, talked about how he bypasses Android’s file system limitations using know-how and applications. Click the link to learn more.
  • We ran another reader poll this week asking people how they watch new TV shows. Most of our readers watch TV in all sorts of ways, but others still try to catch TV shows while they’re on the air or wait until the season is over to catch the whole thing. You can click the link to check it.
  • Google launched Android 13 Beta 3 last week. It is the first released beta to have reached the platform stability milestone. Betas should have minor changes until final release. On platform stability, Google will stop adding new things, giving app developers time to update their apps for the official Android 13 launch. You should see app developers release updates to officially support Android 13 from now on.
  • Netflix is ​​said to be in talks to buy Roku. This would be a big deal since Roku is one of the big three set top box operating systems. However, both companies are currently struggling, and a merger could help both. However, this is only at the rumor stage, so we’ll keep an eye on it and let you know if anything changes.

Music Pro

Price: Free / Up to $4.99

Music Pro screenshot 2022

Music Pro is a new app from Sony specially designed for Sony phones. It doesn’t actually play music, as the name might suggest. Instead, its main purpose is to record audio files. It’s decent for a recorder, and you get nice-looking waveform animation in the process. Claiming fame for this one is its ability to monitor itself while you’re recording when using wired headphones. There are also some tuning features to help you get better sound out of your recordings, but that’s a premium feature. Unfortunately I don’t have a Sony phone so I couldn’t test this one, but it seems pretty easy.

MU origin 3

Price: Play for free

MU Origin 3 is a new MMORPG and the second one coming out in two weeks, Diablo Immortal is the other. This one has three customizable classes, which are basically melee, ranged, and magic. It also features an open world, cross-server PvP, tons of loot, and other MMORPG staples like flies. It’s a pretty straightforward MMORPG experience, but it does all the usual MMORPG stuff solidly. It has a lot of menus that can be confusing at first, and autoplay isn’t for everyone. It has its ups and downs, but it should be quite popular for a while.

Super Notes Screenshot 2022

Super Notes is a note-taking application with an interface reminiscent of Google Keep. You will get the main screen with your notes in different colors. It also supports lists, images, rich text, a night mode, and a few other things. You can lock this app with your fingerprint to protect yourself from prying eyes. In addition, you can export notes to PDF or TXT files if you want. It costs $5.99 upfront but has no ads or in-app purchases. Overall it’s quite nice if you need that extra level of privacy, but other note-taking apps keep up pretty well otherwise.

A story of a company

Price: Play for free

A Story of A Company is the latest game from Buff Studios, developers of Underworld Office and Buff Knight. This is a visual novel game similar to Underworld Office. You follow the everyday life of a group of human-animal hybrids in their normal office environment. There aren’t any real mechanics, but that’s indicative of the genre in general. You mostly just read the story, make some decisions and have fun until you reach the end. There are multiple endings, epilogues and achievements for the player. It’s a pretty chilled game overall, and Buff Studios generally makes a pretty good visual novel.

Microsoft lists

Price: Free

Microsoft list screenshot 2022

Microsoft Lists is a productivity tool for people who use Office 365 as part of their work. It lets you manage your work, track information, and stay organized. It’s similar to Asana or Basecamp but on a smaller scale. The app includes various templates to help you create content quickly, collaboration features to include colleagues, and integrations with other Microsoft products. A lot of the negative feedback stems from the fact that, despite its name, it’s not a note-taking app or a list app. However, it works well enough provided your job uses Office 365.

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AAW Diablo Immortal screenshot

AAW screenshot of Diablo Immortal

Welcome to the 435th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the past week:

  • WhatsApp may add another feature soon. The new feature is editing messages. A screenshot of the new feature was doing the rounds this week, and it’s a pretty simple thing. You can clearly see an edit button in it. Click the link to view the screenshot and learn more.
  • Google combines Google Meet and Google Duo. That’s actually a pretty good decision. Both apps do more or less the same thing and grow faster when a dedicated team is working on just one product. This is a lot different than the old Google where they would have split those two services into four services for some reason. Luckily the old Google is gone now.
  • The official YouTube app received a major update this week. This allows you to cast to your TV while remaining usable for the most part. The new direction lets the phone be the companion and the TV continues to display the content. It’s actually a pretty good change, as the new interface makes it much easier for you to do things like read comments and more.
  • Google Play Points will soon become more useful. Google Play is changing things up where you can use Google Play Points at checkout for in-app purchases. It works as a payment method. It’s similar to how Samsung used to make points in the Samsung Theme Store. You can select points and pay with them. Click the link to learn more.
  • RCS has some problems in Google Messages. One of our writers activated it and immediately started receiving spam. He wrote the article about it and got a response from Google. Later, Google temporarily disabled RCS in India after discovering that Indian companies were abusing RCS to send advertising messages. You can click the links to learn more.

Lost Shadow: Dark Knight

Price: Play for free

Lost Shadow: Dark Knight is an action role-playing game with a fairly typical story. You play as a knight, the last ray of hope in a world plunged into darkness by war. It’s a 2D game and a bit strange at first. You get used to that pretty quickly. The world is full of bad guys and you hack and slash them to death. In the meantime, you will become more powerful, fight bosses and progress in the game. There is a card system that serves as both your abilities and your recovery items. There is also an idle game element where your hero gets stronger even when you are not playing. Some might like it, some might not, but it’s not bad if you like this type of game.

MonkeyWerx screenshot 2022

MonkeyWerx is an online store that sells a lot of things. It’s mostly handmade stuff like you’d find on Etsy, but it’s kind of cool that this is its own thing. The app works pretty well. You can browse through the store’s inventory, buy stuff and also listen to the podcast. There is also a blog section. The podcast is military and political commentary so you may or may not enjoy it depending on your taste. However, the stuff you can buy looks pretty good. I’ve personally never shopped at MonkeyWerx, but I can’t see anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good beard balm on occasion.

Rotaeno is a new Japanese rhythm game. The mechanics are pretty standard. You can swipe, tap, and slide your fingers across the phone to hit the notes in time with the beat. This one also adds gyroscope support for a little extra zazz. There are numerous tracks by a number of rhythm game composers of various genres. The developers also promise more songs in future updates. The gyro function works really well and it’s always nice to see a fresh rhythm game on the phone.

Pokedexus screenshot 2022

Pokedexus is an unofficial fan-made Pokedex app for Android. It contains all 898 Pokemon along with all their variations. It also has some little extras like a quiz game, leaderboards, and some other mini-games to keep things interesting. We’re honestly not sure if this is a game or an app, but it primarily acts as a Pokedex, making it a companion app. It’s completely free with no in-app purchases or ads to mess things up. It also has an Item Dex, Ability Dex, Type Dex, and Nature Dex, so you can use it on more than just Pokemon.

Diablo immortal

Price: Play for free

Diablo Immortal is the second massive mobile game release in the last month. The other was Apex Legends Mobile. This is the same genre as all other Diablo games. It’s an action role-playing game with MMORPG-style interactions where you choose a hero, unlock skills, and explore the world while collecting loot. You can interact with other players in a variety of ways, and this is a real MMORPG in that regard. Otherwise, it’s a Diablo mobile game with some of the usual mobile game pitfalls.

Yes, this game gets a second paragraph because the launch wasn’t amazing. Apparently there is a problem with the game on Samsung devices with Exynos chipsets. Blizzard is investigating this as we speak. Otherwise, people seem to be enjoying the game in general. It will likely be battling for the best awards of the year when December rolls around.

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AAW Ni no Kuni Cross Worlds screenshot

AAW Ni no Kuni Cross World's screenshot

Welcome to the 434th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the past week:

  • Google TV introduces real profiles this time. Google has mislaunched this initiative a couple of times. It seems legit this time. Profiles allow users to keep their own settings on a Google TV, so there’s no arguing about how things are set up. Click the link to learn more.
  • You may see other apps with snoring and cough detection. Google is currently working on such capabilities for Android. The information was discovered in an APK teardown of the Google Health Studies app. The goal, of course, is to help people sleep better.
  • Google Assistant came to the Galaxy Watch 4 this week after a long delay. Galaxy Watch 4 users can simply go to the Play Store on their watch and install it like any other app. We would have thought it would drop sooner given that Samsung and Google collaborated on the watch, but better late than never.
  • Google Photos released an update this week. The new update includes the Real Tone filters that we first heard about at Google I/O 2022. The Real Tone filters help correct skin tone better for people of color, and it’s a welcome change of pace for the platform. It’s also available for the iOS version in case anyone was curious.
  • Android apps for Windows 11 are rolling out in five more countries this week. These include France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. That should dramatically increase the number of people who can use the new feature. It’s progressing as cleanly as many had hoped, but it’s nice to see Microsoft making progress.

Catalyst Black

Price: Play for free

Catalyst Black is a third-person shooter and MOBA from Super Evil Megacorp, the developers of Vainglory. It’s a pretty standard experience for a mobile game. There are different game modes to play, different weapons and equipment to level up, and you can play with (or against) your friends. It’s primarily an online PvP experience, so you’ll typically duel other players for dominance. Luckily, there are some PvE elements too, so you can take a break when you need to. The mechanics are pretty clean and the game ran smoothly on our test devices. However, you can buy an advantage and that’s never a good thing for players.

Remote control for Roku TV

Price: Free / $4.49

Remote control for Roku TV Screenshot 2022

Remote for Roku TV is a third-party remote control for Roku TVs. It works pretty well. You can do basic things like navigate the interface, change the volume, and control playback with the play and pause buttons. You can also cast images, videos and audio to TV via the app. You can even use it to mirror the screen onto your Roku TV, and we really like that. It’s fairly new, so it’s largely untested with any Roku TVs out there. It may work better or worse for some.

Streets of Rage 4

Price: $7.99

Streets of Rage 4 is the latest game from Playdigious, the developers of Dead Cells, Evoland 1 and 2, Teslagrad and others. This game is a mobile remaster of the classic game from the 1990s. It’s a side-scrolling beat ’em up game where you complete levels by defeating enemies and bosses without being defeated yourself. This variant features new characters, 12 stages, a few different game modes, and a Mr. X Nightmare DLC that adds a few other things. Honestly we don’t see many beat ’em ups these days and this is not only an excellent recreation but also a fun game. The only issue we’ve seen is some startup crashes, but that goes away once you get into the game.

Duolingo ABC Screenshot 2022

Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps of all time. Duolingo ABC is an educational app for kids. It helps teach them to read. Duolingo claims it improves literacy rates by 28% in just nine weeks, but that usually depends on the child. Aimed at children between the ages of three and eight, it teaches them things like letters, spelling and pronunciation through the use of mini-games and storytelling. It includes a total of 700 lessons. It’s a strong app in an area where we don’t see many strong apps.

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds

Price: Play for free

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is a mobile gacha game by Netmarble. It’s actually not half bad. The art style and animation are straight out of the Ni no Kuni games and you’ll even find some familiar music if you’ve played before. It’s an action role-playing game where you roam the world, experiencing the story and beating up bad guys. We appreciate a good open-world role-playing game. In terms of gachas, it’s pretty much standard stuff. Time will tell if Netmarble is friendly to free players or not. The only other gripe is that the auto-battle system makes the game a little boring. It’s definitely fun to watch though.

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